Harold (Chink) Pecenka


August 4, 1935 - January 23, 2017



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.


Thursday, January 26, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Scripture Service ~ 6:30 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Friday, January 27, 2017
10:30 AM
Saint Mary's Catholic Church
Stickney, South Dakota


Saint Mary's Catholic Cemetery
Stickney, South Dakota

Posted by Terry & Ramona Schroeder on February 2, 2017
Jan, Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. I just saw this and was sorry to hear of your loss.
Posted by Jim and Ginny Toft on January 26, 2017
Hi Jan, our sincere condolences on your loss. We have many memories of long ago years. Best wishes to you and the family.
Posted by Susan (Howard) Beckler on January 26, 2017
Jan, Mike and Dan I am so sad to hear that Chink has passed. He always had a joke or kind words. You are all in my prayers. God bless your entire family.
Posted by Rosalie Spaans on January 26, 2017
My sincere sympathy to you Janice, and your family in your loss.
Posted by Delmar and Marlene Koch on January 25, 2017
Sorry to hear of your loss. We send our sympathy and may your family find comfort in God's healing love.
Posted by David and Leona Feiner on January 25, 2017
Very sorry to hear of your loss, always enjoyed Harold, and will miss his friendly wave as he drove by our house.
Posted by Jim and Jennifer Srstka and family on January 25, 2017
Chink was a very loyal employee at the Argus for many years. When our oldest was a baby we'd bring him to the office and Chink would occationally take him to the back to watch the press running. He would bring him back to the office—always with a cookie in hand! We hope he enjoyed his retirement years. Thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Posted by Rick & Sue Haack on January 25, 2017
Our deepest sympathy. Sending love and prayers for God's comfort to the entire Pecenka family.
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