James “Jim” Hruska dies at 77
James “Jim” Hruska, 77, of Protivin, passed away on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 14, 2017 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Protivin, with Father Kyle Digmann presiding. Burial will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery Protivin. Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, July 14, at the Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home in Protivin.
James S. Hruska was born May 17, 1940, in Howard County, son of August F. and Emma (Zajicek) Hruska. He attended country school a few blocks from his home and graduated from Cresco Public High School in 1958. He entered the US Army on September 9, 1963, and was honorably discharged August 31, 1969. He was employed at Frudden Lumber Company in Protivin from 1958 – 1988, and at Decorah Building Supply from 1989 – 2007.
He was united in marriage to Margaret Ann Pecinovsky on November 28, 1970 at Holy Trinity Church, Protivin.
Jim has been a member of American Legion Post 605 Protivin. This year he was honored as a 50 year continuous member. Jim was a member of Howard Co. Conservation board, Prairie’s Edge Foundation Member, Past American Legion Adjutant, Service Officer, and Commander; First Responders and the Fire Dept., and Legion Firing Squad. He started and maintained a bluebird trail of 70 nest boxes. Other hobbies include trap shooting, gun-smithing, collecting rocks, antiquing, collecting tobacco and other tins, beer glasses, and M & M dispensers.
He is survived by his wife Margaret of Protivin, and 3 sisters Marcella Burke, Bea Miller, Irene (Jerry) Kirschbaum, brother-in-law Roger Pecinovsky, sisters-in-law Marilyn (Mark) Quandahl and Madonna (Mike) Lasack, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents August and Emma Hruska, sister Judy in infancy, sister Jane Voyek, brothers-in-law Matt Miller, Larry Voyek, and Charles Burke, nephew Tom Voyek, his mother and father-in-law William and Evelyn Pecinovsky, nephew Tom Quandahl, and niece LeAnn Pecinovsky.