Myron O. Paroubek, 92, died February 17, 2012 at the VA Hospital in Madison, WI of pneumonia and age-related complications.
Myron was born May 3, 1919 to Joseph/Josef and Ida (Wendt) Paroubek in Merrill, WI and grew up in the 6th Ward. His childhood memories include playing in and around Devil’s Creek, and helping his Wendt uncles on surrounding farms. His father died when Myron was eleven, a life-changing event. Myron often recalled how he and his siblings assisted their widowed mother throughout her lifetime.
Myron was a proud member of the Civilian Conservation Corps prior to enlisting in the Navy during WWII, where he served as a machinist. After his discharge from the Navy, he lived in Milwaukee and Chippewa Falls before moving to LaCrosse. Myron worked for Trane Company in LaCrosse from 1953 until his retirement in 1981. While living in the LaCrosse area, Myron’s hobbies included tennis, fishing, and any kind of hunting (including bow hunting). He enjoyed travel, occasionally packing up the family (or his motorcycle) for extended camping trips across the western U.S. After retirement, Myron moved to Florida where he lived for twenty years. He returned to Onalaska, WI the decade before his death.
Survivors include his children: Larry Paroubek of Madison, WI, Pamela (Gerald/Jerry AKA Fijalkiewicz) Fields of Colorado, Craig (Dianne Pederson) Paroubek of Onalaska, WI and Becky Paroubek of LaCrescent, MN. His legacy includes grandchildren Joshua Paroubek (WI), Jennisa (Gavin) Retzer (SD), Felicity Fields (OR), Tobias/Toby Fields (CO), Caitlin/Cat Polivoda (TX), and Lillia/Lilly Polivoda (MN), and great-grandchildren Avery and Olivia Retzer (SD). Myron is also survived by brothers Norman (Emily) Paroubek of Seneca, IL, and Donald (Doris) Paroubek of Wausau, WI. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Rosella and Angela (Koerner), brothers Milton, Roland and Wyman, and ex-wife Lorraine (King).
A private graveside service will be held at a later date in Merrill. Memorials may be sent to the Merrill Historical Society, 102 E. Third St., Merrill, WI 54452. Condolences may be e-mailed care of Myron’s son-in-law: firstname.lastname@example.org