Romane L. Votava, 93, Minot, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in a Minot hospital.
Romane was born Sept. 6, 1919, near Pisek, to Frank and Barbara (Hodny) Votava. He was educated in country schools in the area and reared on the family farm.
Romane was joined in holy marriage to Ermil Wood on Nov. 27, 1942, in Grafton. They resided in Fordville, where they were blessed with two sons, Richard and Larry. He was employed at O&M Elevator in Fordville as the manager for almost 10 years.
They followed his career in the grain industry with a move to Minot in 1958. For the next 30 years he worked as an elevator manager, grain buyer and grain merchandiser for O&M, McMillan Co., ConAgra, Burdick Grain, and Peavey ConAgra until his retirement in 1987.
Romane's love for family was endless and unconditional. In his spare time Romane could be found enjoying the outdoors with his sons and grandsons. Fall was a much anticipated time of year; hunting was a passion that the entire family enjoyed from the first scouting trip to the final touches of game cleaning and preparation. Douglas Bay on Lake Sakakawea provided a cabin getaway and many fishing memories are still being made by the family today.
It was not a secret that he was an avid gardener. Every year, he would plant a large garden full of flowers and produce for Ermil, family and many friends. They enjoyed dancing at the Elks Lodge on many Friday and Saturday evenings and occasionally he would sing Bohemian with Hal's Quartet.
Romane and Ermil enjoyed bringing family and friends together for holidays and special occasions, times the family will never forget and will carry on in tradition
Ermil passed away in 2003.
Romane was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, the Eagles Aerie, Elks and Moose lodges, and the Czech Heritage Club, all of Minot. He will be deeply missed by all who shared in his life.
His loving family includes: sons, Richard and Larry Votava, both of Minot; grandsons, Jason (Mary Beth) Votava and Jon Votava, both of Minot; great-grandchildren, Jayden and Marissa Votava and Tayten Votava; sister, Loretta Votava, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; and brother, Leonard (Marlene) Votava, Fargo; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Romane was preceded in death by his parents; infant sister, Patricia, sister, Irene Benson; brothers, Frank and Stanley Votava; and daughters-in-law, Ann and June Votava.
Funeral service: 11 a.m. Monday, April 8, 2013, at Christ Lutheran Church, Minot.
Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Minot, later in 2013.
Visitation: Sunday, April 7, from noon until 5 p.m. at the Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: Are preferred to an organization of the donor's choice.
Those wanting to sign the online memorial register or share memories and condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).