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Dennis Sedlak

DECATUR, Ill. — Dennis Louis Sedlak, 79, of Decatur, Illinois, passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Decatur.

Dennis was born on Aug. 19, 1937, in Schuyler, the son of Louis and Adela M. Sedlak. He married Eleanore "Ellie" Navrkal on Oct. 7, 1961, in Schuyler. He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in agronomy. He was employed by DeKalb AgResearch for 35 years in Ulysses, Kansas, Dumas, Texas, and Illiopolis, Illinois, where he was a foundation manager of the sorghum and soybean division. He was a member of the Illinois Seed Dealers Association and past president of the Illinois Seed Trade Association.

Dennis was a longtime member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, where he was active in Bible studies for many years. He proudly served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He was also a member of the Golden K.

Having been raised on a farm in Nebraska, Dennis never lost interest in agriculture. He always enjoyed watching things grow and continued to be an avid gardener after his retirement. He bravely struggled with the effects of Type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis for over 40 years.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Ellie; and beloved daughters, Allyson Vogt (Jim) of Mayfield, Kentucky, and Audrey Szews (Tom) of Brookfield, Wisconsin. He is also survived by his grandsons, Ryan, Eric and Christopher Vogt and Matthew, Jonathan, Michael and Andrew Szews, who were the joys of his life; sister, Dorothy (Frank) Jedlicka; and brother, Don (Diane) Sedlak.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Richard; infant sister; and niece, Becky Jedlicka.

A Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate Dennis' life was held 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Decatur with the Rev. Rick Weltin as celebrant. Burial followed at Graceland Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association, St. Teresa High School or Golden K Scholarship.

The family of Dennis Louis Sedlak was served by Moran & Goebel Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Decatur, Illinois. View the online obituary, send condolences and share memories with the family at


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