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John C. Novak

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A good friend of mine and yours passed away this morning. I can hardly believe he is gone. I would just like to call him and hear his voice one more time. He bounced back so many times, I was sure he would do it again. He was one tough soldier.
The best thing we can do is honor him by sharing this program with the still suffering alcoholics and addicts that still need us. John Novak shared this program with me and many other people. He would be the first to tell you, he was not perfect, but with the help of the program that he loved...he was the best he could be. Share the program and work it to the best of your ability. John would be proud of all of us if we try and do that.
Funeral arrangements are still pending. I hate losing friends, but it will be good to see you all there. Please watch the Lincoln Journal Star for the announcement.
Thanks for keeping Pat (his loving wife) and his family in your prayers.
- Fred Marks

Lincoln Journal Star:

John C. Novak, 78, of Lincoln, died Wednesday (2-27-13). Born (8-15-34) in Omaha to John J. and Veronica (Belick) Novak. Retired military veteran after 23 years. Served in the U.S. Navy, Air Force and Army. Retired from NPPD. Former K-9 handler for Lincoln Police Dept. Member: Christ Lutheran Church, Rebels Auto Club, American Legion Post #3, D.A.V. and V.F.W. Post #3606. John celebrated 34 years of sobriety.

Survived by wife, Pat; sons, John (Catherine), David (Dobbie), Mike (Deb), Douglas (Shelly Waldo), and Toby Chapman, all of Lincoln, Steve (Connie), Seward; daughter, Tammy Chapman, Bella Vista, Ark.; 19 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Wayne (Norma) Chaddock, Leawood, Kan. Preceded in death by parents, brother, Willard Chaddock, grandson, Derek Novak, father-in-law, Orville Holle, sister-in-law, Sharon Schoenleber.

Funeral service: 10 am Monday (3-4) Christ Lutheran Church, 4325 Sumner St. with Rev. Dr. Luke Schnake officiating. Memorials to Lincoln Police Dept. K-9 Division, Independence Center Alumni Association or Wounded Warriors. Visitation: 9-8 pm Sunday, with family present from 4-6 pm, at Roper and Sons, 4300 'O' St., and one hour prior to service time at the church. Condolences online at

Click here to follow announcements on John in the Lincoln Journal Star.

United States Army, United States Air Force

Nebraska Army National Guard

K-9 Handler- Lincoln Police Department

John C. Novak 78,

The family of Veteran John C Novak, 78, has requested the Patriot Guard Riders participate in his funeral service at 10am on Monday morning at Christ Lutheran Church in Lincoln Nebraska. Burial with military honors will be in Lincoln Memorial Cemetery.


Veteran Novak 78, Retired Military Veteran after 23 years. Served in the U.S. Navy, Air Force and Army National Guard. Former K-9 handler for Lincoln Police Dept. Member: Christ Lutheran Church, Rebels Auto Club, American Legion Post #3, D.A.V. and V.F.W. Post #3606.


The PGR will provide a Flag Line at the 10am service at Christ Lutheran Church, a Flag line at the graveside service and weather permitting, an escort to the Cemetery.
Monday, March 04, 2013

Christ Lutheran Church, 4325 Sumner St, Lincoln NE 68506

FLAG LINE: 9:30am Flags will be provided

Cemetery service and escort details will be communicated at the 9:15 riders meeting.

Graveside service: Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, 6800 S 14th St, Lincoln, NE 68512

RIDE CAPTAIN: Bob Bennie bob 402-613-0858


FLAG CAPTAIN: Farley Pool 402-560-8026

Safety being paramount – ride only if conditions permit. The Nebraska Patriot Guard Riders have been recognized by the National Safety Council and the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety for adhering to and promoting motorcycle safety. Ride Alert – Ride Safe.

Please monitor “Confirmed Missions” for changes and updates

Scott Knudsen
Nebraska State Captain
Patriot Guard Riders
402-680-7598 -Omaha


John and Pat


Not a subject we like to give a lot of thought to but this is presented beautifully...


A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said, "Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side."

Very quietly, the doctor said, "I don't know."

"You don't know? You, a Christian man, do not know what is on the other side?"

The doctor was holding the handle of the door… On the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness.

Turning to the patient, the doctor said, "Did you notice my dog? He's never been in this room before. He didn't know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing... I know my Master is there and that is enough."