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D. J. Prochaska


Sat, Jan 13th, 2001
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D. J. Prochaska, 62, a 35-year partner of Erickson-Prochaska, Inc., a prominent Cresco real estate and auction business, died Thursday, January 4, 2001, of natural causes at Regional Health Services of Howard County in Cresco.

Born November 18, 1938, in Cresco, the son of Clarence and Helen (Hubka) Prochaska. The was a 1957 graduate of Rudolphinium High School in Protivin, IA. Upon graduation, he worked for Clet Kosbatka Implement dealership in Protivin until 1961 when he entered the U.S. Army. He served two years. After returning to the area, he entered the appraisal, real estate and auction business. Also part of the business were his wife, Barbara, his father- and mother-in-law, Lyle and Irene Erickson. He and Barbara were married on March 3, 1962.

In addition to being associated with numerous real estate, auction and appraiser organizations, D.J. was past president of the Cresco Jaycees and was a long-time member of the Cresco Industrial Development Corp., serving a term as president. A strong promoter of the Cresco area, he served on the city’s planning and zoning board and was an avid member of the Driftrunners Snowmobile Club. D.J. was past president of the Northeast Iowa Board of Realtors, was regional vice president of Realtors Land Institute, was chairman of the Howard County Board of Review, and belonged to several national realtors, appraisers and auctioneers organizations. He supported numerous Cresco activities including Cresco Ag Fest, the Cresco Chamber of Commerce, the Cresco hospital and was instrumental in the purchase and renovation of the Cresco Opera House in 1979. He was also a member of the Cresco American Legion and served on the St. Joseph’s Parish Council. He enjoyed woodworking and frequently donated his talents.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, a son Gregory of Louisberg, KS, and a daughter, Lynn of Minneapolis; one grandson, Cody Prochaska; and a sister, Marlene Pecinovsky of Protivin.

Funeral services for Mr. Prochaska were held Monday, January 8, 2001 at St. Joseph’s Worship Center in Cresco with the Rev. Henry W. Charipar officiating. Burial was in Oak Lawn Cemetery with military honors.

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