Larry L. Vilda
Larry L. Vilda
  • August 4, 1939 - April 10, 2017
  • Lincoln, Nebraska

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Larry Lea Vilda, a resident of Lincoln, passed from this world to a greater glory on April 10, 2017 at the age of 77. He began his life on August 4, 1939 in Wilber, Nebraska, the son of Otto and Albina Vilda.

After graduation from Wilber High School, Larry worked for the State of Nebraska Department of Roads Striping Crew. Larry married Joann Jisa on April 29th, 1961 in Bruno, NE. Larry was a master painter and enjoyed working with wood. He loved animals, especially his granddogs, Jacie, Sammi and Jager. Never one to shy from conversation, he enjoyed telling stories of his native Czech Republic and the occasional joke to any listening ear. Proud of his Czech heritage, he played the French horn in the Wilber Alumni Band at Czech Days for 30 plus years. He also enjoyed riding his bicycle for the BRAN (Bike Ride Across Nebraska).

Larry served as President of the WFLA, Lodge Lincoln #426 for 18 years and was also on the Pre-Convention committee for the home office for Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for 16 years. He was elected as National Nebraska Director of the WFLA for 16 years. He was a member of Sokol Wilber and Sokol South Omaha for many years.

Larry retired from Goodyear as a painter after 30 years of service, in 1997.

After retirement Larry was asked by Father Van Vliet of St. Francis of Assisi to help restore the church. He worked with Father Karl Pikus and Tom Coffey, to complete outdoor restoration of windows, fixing up the basement of the church and spent the final 2 years doing stencil work and painting the inside of the chapel. He also helped with restoration of the church organ, which took about a year. Larry was proud of the work he did at the church and loved to show everyone pictures of his masterpiece.

Larry is survived by his wife, Joann; son, Jerry, Lincoln, NE; daughters, Jeanette, Lincoln, NE and Paula, Olathe, KS; grand children Amber and Jason Bissell, Lincoln, NE and Nicole Brown and Dillon Blackburn, Wahoo, NE; great- grandchildren, Ella, Sage, and Cole; sisters, Mary Heidecker, Beatrice, NE and Carol Hagan, Wilber, NE.