CLARKSON — Albin Vacha, 78, of Clarkson, died Sunday, March 5, 2017, at CHI Health Schuyler.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 9, at SS Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Clarkson with Fr. Rod Kneifl celebrating the Mass. Interment will be in Clarkson Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, with a 6 p.m. rosary, at the church. Visitation will continue from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church. Memorials are those of the donor's choice.

Albin was born March 7, 1938, in Howells to Edward and Nettie (Marek) Vacha. The family moved to a farm in Stanton County and Albin graduated from Clarkson High School. After graduation, Albin farmed with his father before entering the United States Air Force on May 24, 1957, until his honorable discharge on May 15, 1961. On April 20, 1963, Albin was united in marriage to Evelyn Mundil at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Leigh. The couple lived in Columbus for 13 years where Albin was a welder for Columbus Hydraulics. They later moved to Phoenix, Arizona, for the next 28 years, returning to Clarkson in 2004. Albin enjoyed going to the casino and horse races, playing cards and bingo, going bowling, listening to polka music and partaking in the activities at Clarkson Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Albin is survived by his stepson, Gary Shipman of Omaha; and brothers, Leonard (Lorraine) Vacha of Clarkson, Lambert (Bonnie) Vacha of Dodge, Adolph Vacha of Temple, Texas, James (Ruth) Vacha of Cedar Bluffs and Richard Vacha of Clarkson.

Albin was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Nettie Vacha; wife, Evelyn Vacha; and brothers, Edward Jr., Lumir and George Vacha.

Condolences may be sent to www.millersfh.com.

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