Benjamin T. Cervenka

December 8, 1936 - August 9, 2019

Benjamin T. Cervenka, age 82, of New Prague, died suddenly on Friday, August 9, 2019 at his home. Ben was born on December 8, 1936 in New Market Township, Scott County, MN to Theodore B. and Helen M. (Stejskal) Cervenka.  He attended country school and graduated from New Prague High School.  Following high school, he entered the US Army and following his service, he married Dorothy M. Preslicka at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church on July 2, 1960.  The couple farmed while raising their three children and Ben’s career also included delivering fuel for NP Coop Oil and serving as a Title Inspector. He was a member of the 3rdDegree Knights of Columbus and the Credit River Tractor Club.  He was an avid Allis Chalmers enthusiast and bought, restored and sold Allis Chalmers tractors throughout his life.  Friends and family will miss his kind heart; he was always first to volunteer his time, his talents, or his resources.  Known for his hugs, Ben was a big teddy bear, loved by his family and his friends.  On occasion he could be found enjoying fishing and especially more recently, lunches and cards with friends and family.


Ben is survived by his children, Brian Cervenka of Jordan, Sherry Cervenka of Minneapolis, Scot (Lori) Cervenka of Askov, MN; grandchildren, Benjamin Cervenka, Sonya (Rick) Koerner, Cassie & Hannah Cervenka; sisters, Sylvia Hill of New Prague, Evelyn (Dick) Mushitz of Elko; sisters-in-law, Shirley Cervenka of Detroit Lakes, Judie Cervenka of New Prague.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy on Feb. 3, 2019; parents; brothers, Robert and Daniel.


Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be held Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Bruzek Funeral Home with Reverend Ben Hilding of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church officiating.  Visitation will take place 1 hour prior to service starting at 10:00 AM.  Lunch will follow at the Legion Clubroom.

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Paul Newman-Credit River Antique Tractor Club
1 year ago

I think I can speak for all the members of the Credit River Antique Tractor Club in saying we will all miss Ben terribly. He was always willing and able to give advice and encouragement to us all and most always with a smile and twinkle in his eye. He had great talents and gave of his time and talents without bragging or making us feel like we didn’t know anything. We will always be glad to call Ben our friend!!!!!

Jim and Roxanne Prokes
1 year ago

Brian and family,
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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