Harold Emil Pecenka was born August 4, 1935 in Lesterville, SD to Emil and Alta Mary (Hojem) Pecenka. When Harold was in the second grade, his father became section foreman of the Stickney railroad line, so his family moved to Stickney. Harold, also known as “Chink” loved to play baseball and basketball. He spent summers working on the rail line replacing railroad ties. After graduating from Stickney High School he served two years in the US Army in Kentucky. On November 7, 1957 he married Janice Billars. Harold was an offset press operator at the Stickney Argus Printers for 50 years. He also delivered printing all over South Dakota, did printing for the St. Joseph Indian School, Stephan Indian School and the State of South Dakota. He was the sports editor for all the basketball and football games and was on the “chain gang” for 46 years. Harold was caretaker of St. Mary Catholic Church and cemetery for many years. He did maintenance for the Community Development Corporation apartments in Stickney. After moving to Mitchell he worked in the produce department at Coborns Food Store and for the Davison County Weed Department for several years.
Harold is survived by his wife, Janice; two sons: Michael (Paula) Pecenka of Mitchell, Daniel Lee (Cathy) Pecenka of McKinney, TX; four grandsons: Jacob (Cassandra) Pecenka and Daniel John Pecenka of Brookings, Tyler (Laura) Hockett of Indianapolis, IN, and Conor Hockett of San Diego, CA; one sister, Wanda DeBoer of Brandon; three sisters-in-law: Karen (Daryl) Heusinkveld of Spring Branch, TX, Fran (Jim) Billars-McKinnis of Littleton, CO, Dottie Hojem of Phoenix, AZ and a brother-in-law, Thomas (Lynda) Billars of Sioux Falls.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, MaryBeth Hockett, half-brother, Lee Hojem and brother-in-law, James Billars.