Edward R. Koudelka died Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, in a local nursing home.
He was born in Milwaukee, Wis., Aug. 27, 1921, to Anton and Frances (Fojtek) Koudelka. He graduated from Riverside High School in 1940, and in 1941, joined the U.S. Army. He served from 1942 until 1945 in Iceland, England, France, Belgium and Germany. Fluent in four languages, he became a special agent of the U.S. Army Counter-Intelligence Corps, serving in that capacity in the European Theater of Operations.
After the war, in 1947, he married Geraldine Spor in Milwaukee, a marriage that lasted 27 wonderful years, ending with her death in January 1975. Together they had one son and one daughter.
Edward worked for the Milwaukee Road, first at Milwaukee then at Chicago for 35 years. He enjoyed a challenging and rewarding career, retiring in 1981 from the position of director of labor relations for the company.
Ed met the former Anna May Micu of Deer Lodge in 1975, when she was working for the Milwaukee Road in Deer Lodge in the superintendent's office. After a 10-month romance, they were married in 1976 and celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in 2001.
Ed was author of a book, "Counter Intelligence, the Conflict and the Conquest," published in 1986, detailing his experiences in that special service in World War II Europe. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and National Counter Intelligence Corps Association.
His wife, Anna May said that Ed was a great and innovative dancer, an activity he enjoyed throughout his life, starting in his teenage years. A virtual Fred Astaire, it can be said that he "danced his way through life."
Besides his first wife, Ed was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Julia.
Survivors include his wife, Anna May Koudelka of Butte; daughter, Christine and son-in-law, Earl; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Linda; grandson, Andy Robbins and his wife, Beth; and great-granddaughter, Vera. Also surviving are his good friends and stepsons, Charles and John Skewes and stepdaughters, Charlene Anderson and Lauri Rowe and their
Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home with the Rev. Thomas Haffey officiating. Interment of ashes will take place in Ascension Cemetery near Libertyville, Ill.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.