William J. “Bill” Jirik

March 24, 1939 - July 20, 2020

William J. “Bill” Jirik, age 81, of New Prague, died peacefully after a long battle with heart disease on Monday, July 20, 2020 at Mala Strana Rehabilitation Center.  Bill was born on March 24, 1939 in New Prague to William J. and Josephine J. (Javurek) Jirik, Sr.  He attended St. Wenceslaus Parochial School, graduated from New Prague High School, and served in the US Army Reserve for 6 years during the Vietnam War and Cuban Missile Crisis.  Bill married the love of his life, Joan M. Schimek, on February 10, 1962 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in North Mankato.  Bill started his career with Rynda Plumbing at the age of 14, where he learned the trade and became a master plumber.  He stayed with Rynda Hardware until 1969, when he went to Stein’s Inc. and worked for them until purchasing the business in 1985, as Minnesota Plumbing and Heating in Shakopee.  He retired in 2005.  Concurrently to his plumbing career, he and Joan owned and operated Jirik Monument from 1965 – 2019.  His heart of gold and kind spirit often led to charitable acts in his years of monument sales.


Bill was a member of the American Legion, Western Fraternal Life (ZCBJ) and Plumbers Local 15.  He was a well-known and well-loved people person, always personable and ready with a joke.  He could be seen having coffee with his buddies at the bakery, playing cards with friends, and engaged in a lively conversation.  He loved to fish, both summer and ice fishing, and made sure all his grandchildren knew how to fish.  Nothing made him happier than gatherings with his family.  For the last 13 winters, he and Joan loved the months spent in Yuma, AZ.


Bill is survived by his loving wife, Joan of New Prague; son, Duane (Amy) Jirik of New Prague; daughter, Deanna (Michael) Riker of New Prague; grandchildren, Izak & Josef Jirik, Kate (Mark) Spyhalski, Michael Riker; sister, Dorothy Jirik-Moore of New Prague; sister-in-law, Jean Jirik of Blackduck.  He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Francis Jirik.


Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 10 AM at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church with Father Michael Miller officiating.  Mass will be live-streamed on npcatholic.org.  Those in attendance are encouraged to wear masks.  Burial will follow at Czech National Cemetery where military honors will be provided by the New Prague Area Veterans Honor Guard.

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5 months ago

Thinking about you Deanna and Mike, Kate and Mark, and Michael. ❤️ Steve and Lori, Kristi and Zack, Brett and Lexie, and Emily

Mark and Cher Rezac
5 months ago

We are so sorry for your loss. Such a kind man Bill was.

Pam Flaten
5 months ago

Duane, Amy and family, My deepest sympathy to you and your family in this sad time. Take care or each other.

Darlene and Joe Singer
5 months ago

Joe and I send our deepest sympathy and love. What a wonderful man he was.

Linda and Scott Mazar
5 months ago

What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man. We are so sorry to hear of his passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Last edited 5 months ago by Linda and Scott Mazar
Roman and Mary Dorzinski
5 months ago

Roman and I send our condolences on the death of your father.

Sonny Jirik
5 months ago

So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He will be missed. Our deepest sympathies and condolences.
Sonny and Barb Jirik

Katie Adamek
5 months ago

So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing! I always enjoyed talking to him. May he Rest In Peace.

Jean Keogh
5 months ago

Our deepest sympathies to all of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Ed and Jean Keogh

Jim and Cathy Sieberg
5 months ago

How we loved Bill,,always a smile and a joke.. the twinkle in his eye will be remembered, with a warm heart

5 months ago

So so sorry. Deepest sympathy.
Love, Dave and Pam Tietz

Kim Washa
5 months ago

Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Kari (Jirik) Slindee
5 months ago

Thinking of you and praying for you all.

Vern and Carol Strusz
5 months ago

Sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He will surely be missed by many. His family has our deepest sympathy. We will always remember his great smile and his great since of humor. Sending prayers and hugs to you all.

Tom Pint
5 months ago

Sorry for your loss. Bill was always so nice and funny. A lot of good times at the bowling alley. We even used his fish house one time on Mille Lacs. Whenever I would ask him how he was, he would reply “ nice”! Haha! Rest In Peace Bill.

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