Services held for Raymond Novak

Raymond Novak of Brooks, MN age 67, died unexpectedly on Friday, July 3, 2015 at his residence.
Mass of Christian Burial were held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Brooks, MN with Father Bill DeCrans presiding.  Burial will follow at St. Anthony Cemetery in Terrebonne, MN.
Visitation was held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service with the rosary to follow on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Brooks, MN.  Visitation held for one hour prior to the funeral.
Raymond Andrew Novak was born on December 30, 1947 in Grand Forks, ND to Walter and Monica (Vanyo) Novak.  He attended country school at Sandsville School District #38, a one room school house near Tabor, MN.  They moved to the family farmstead 3 ½ miles west of Brooks, MN in 1956.  He attended Brooks Elementary School and graduated from Pershing High School in Plummer, MN in 1965.  
Raymond attended Moorhead State College.  He then joined the Navy Reserve and served active duty in Guam.
He started in 1969 as a welder at Arctic Cat, as well as helping on the family farm.  
He thoroughly treasured visits with family and friends, deer hunting, and enjoyed reminiscing.  Raymond gave to many charitable organizations and sponsored children overseas.  He was very compassionate and true to his Catholic faith.
Raymond worked in partnership with his brother, Walter in dairy and grain farming until his death.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.   Raymond also served on the Board of Directors at the Brooks Elevator.
Survivors include his siblings, Jerome (Barbara) Novak of Brooks, MN, Leonard (Marilyn) Novak of Warren, MN, Walter (Cindy) Novak of Brooks, MN, Reinette (Ray) Walter of Plummer, MN, Gerard (Kim) Novak of Thief River Falls, MN, Anita (Jack) Mattson of Bismarck, ND, Madonna (Danny) Johnson of Ames, IA; loving dog, Daisy; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Dorothy.
Condolences may be sent at
Musicians, Anita Mattson, Madonna Johnson, Becky Novak, Jacqueline Schroeder
Accompanist, Sherry Knott
Pallbearers, Tim Novak, Steve Novak, Tom Novak, Brian Walter, Christopher Novak, Caleb Novak, Adam Reese, Adam Mattson, Paul Mattson, Jacob Johnson
Honorary Pallbearers, All of Raymond’s nieces, nephews, spouses, and their children
Military Honors by the Brooks/Plummer American Legion Honor Guard & Minnesota National Guard Honor Guard.

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