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Harry Walter Cervenka

Harry Walter Cervenka

Harry Walter Cervenka

Harry Walter Cervenka, a devoted husband, father, papa and friend, peacefully passed away June 18, 2024, at his home in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, after bravely battling Stage 4 renal cell carcinoma for two years.


Born Aug. 19, 1940, at the Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Harry was the son of John W. and Anna (McBeath) Cervenka, growing up in Granger.

Harry pursued higher education at Arlington State College in Arlington, where his passion for business flourished during his three years of study.

On Dec. 10, 1960, Harry married the love of his life, Glynda Briley, at her family home, beginning a beautiful journey together that spanned across different cities and states. Over the years, they built a foundation of love and support in each place they called home from Arlington, Hurst and Kansas City, to Downingtown, Pennsylvania, and eventually settling in Naperville, Illinois, for 28 rewarding years before retiring to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, in 2005.

He started his career at Acushnet Rubber Co. working there for seven years. He then started with AMP Special Industries, retiring after 31 years in 1998. He then kept himself busy working for Glynda at her rubber stamp store, The Stamp Shack. He entertained the ladies (employees and customers), proud of his self-given title “head of security” and created the Stamp Shack cyber store. He re-retired with Glynda in 2005.

He enjoyed racquetball, tennis and golf in the earlier years. He golfed with the Dawn Busters on Sunday mornings, followed by drinks and camaraderie. He also became a monthly diner with the AMP Romeo Club (Retired Old Men Eating Out). He has remained a Cubs and Bears fan through and through, as well as a Dallas Cowboys fan.

After retiring to the village, he enjoyed fishing, barbecuing, birdwatching and golfing with buddies on Tuesdays and couples on Saturdays. He has been an active member at Village United Methodist Church, serving on the evangelism committee/ welcoming new members, as head usher, served on almost all committees within the church and involved in their shepherd group 22. He was also active in the Village Audubon Club. He held an officer position, was a blue bird monitor at Isabella GC and co-chaired the bird seed sales annual fundraiser. To his neighbors on Lake Pineda, he was referred to as “The Mayor” and for many years he organized floatillas.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Chelle at the age of 6; his parents John and Anna Cervenka; and many aunts, uncles and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Glynda, of 63 years; his children, Kela (husband Harry) Davis of Sugar Grove, Illiois, Kelly (husband John) Johnson of HSV, John (wife Andrea) of Spring Lake, North Carolina; six grandchildren, Brittany (husband Evan) Olson and Courtney (husband Austin) Kintz, Jacob and Jeremy (fiancé Kiana) Johnson, Austin and Zachary Cervenka; and two very loved great grandchildren, Reese & Waylon Olson. Harry is also survived by his one and only little sister, Sally (husband Norm) Landry of Missouri City; and only nephew, Brian (wife Anne Marie) Cervenka and their three children, Alex, Adam and Grace of Sugarland.

Harry was a happy man who had a full and meaningful life and was respected by all that met him.

A celebration of Harry’s life was held Tuesday June 25, 10:30 a.m. at Village United Methodist Church with Rev. Chris Hemund.

Burial services were held in the Granger City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to American Cancer Society, donate.cancer.org; HSV Audubon Society, hsvbirds. org; Village United Methodist Church, villageumc. net.

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