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IN MEMORIAM: Robert Navrat

Robert J. Navrat, 84, passed away April 27, 2016, at St. Luke Living Center, Marion. 

He was born July 9, 1931, at Marion, to Mike and Helen (Ptacek) Navrat. 

He was a graduate of Marion High School with the class of 1948. 

He proudly served his country during the Korean War with the United States Army. 

On August 11, 1958, he was married to Harriett J. Krasuski, and to this union, his five children were born. The couple would later divorce. 

In 1960, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration and industry. 

He was a farmer and franchisee.

Amongst others, he built and operated Pizza Hut restaurants in Hillsboro, Herington, Council Grove, Marion, and Strong City.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Leonard and Marion Leo Navrat. 

He is survived by his children:  Sherida Navrat of Wichita; Michael Navrat of Marion; Monya Navrat-O’Donnell and husband Jeff of Boise, Idaho; C. Todd Navrat and wife Stephanie of Fairway; and Elizabeth Navrat of Wichita; his grandchildren,  Natasha O’Donnell, Jacob O’Donnell, Cole Mitchell, Helena Navrat, and Hallie Navrat; great-grandchildren, James Easton Mitchell and Grayson Reed Mitchell; sister-in-law, Joan of Wichita; and his best friend and caregiver, Elora Robinson of Marion. 

Viewing was held from 2 to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday at Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion. 

The Rosary was held at 7 p.m., on Sunday, and a Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m., Monday, May 2, 2016, both at Holy Family Parish, St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, Pilsen. 

Interment with military rites was in the Pilsen Cemetery. 

Memorial gifts may be given to the Navrat Family Charitable Foundation in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm St., Marion, KS 66861.

Last modified May 5, 2016

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