Franklin 'Hank' Podbelsek
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NEW HOLLAND -- Franklin R. "Hank"
Podbelsek, 76, of New Holland, died Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, at 1:22
a.m. at St. Johnís Hospital in Springfield.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday at
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln. His funeral
will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Richmond Grove Cemetery.
Podbelsek was employed with John Deere Co. at New
Holland for 58 years.
He was born Feb. 9, 1933, in Minier to Carl and
Clara Lula Imig Podbelsek. He married Noreta "Dee"
Wurzburger on Oct. 27, 1956, at Granada, Miss.
He is survived by his wife, of New Holland; two
sons, Dan (and Ann) Podbelsek of Lincoln and Guy
(and Rose) Podbelsek of New Holland; three
daughters, Ginger Musick of Lincoln, Jennifer Tobias
of St. Louis, Mo., and Natalie (and Mike) Metzger of
Decatur; two brothers, Charles Podbelsek of Spencer,
Wis., and Alan (and Jean) Podbelsek of Louisville,
Ky.; one sister, Ruth Dravis of Bloomington; 12
grandchildren, Ty Sank, Miles Musick, Marissa Musick,
Mason Musick, Toby Tobias, Molly Tobias, Paige
Podbelsek, Amanda Podbelsek, Will Podbelsek, Wade
Metzger, Rachel Podbelsek and Lance Podbelsek; and
one great-granddaughter, Paycen Schaefer. His
grandchildren will serve as active and honorary
He was preceded in death by his parents; one
daughter, Leslie Sank; one sister, Wanetta Jacobs;
and two half brothers, Billie Podbelsek and Larry
He was former fire chief for the New Holland
Volunteer Fire Department, served on the New
Holland-Middletown school board for 11 years and was
a Sheridan Township trustee for 40 years.
Memorials may be made to New Holland Fire and
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