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Douglas William Vodraska

March 19, 1963 - June 13, 2019
From: Spencer, IA
Douglas William Vodraska

Douglas William Vodraska

Born: March 19, 1963
Died: June 13, 2019
Age: 56

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Douglas William Vodraska was born March 19, 1963. Doug was born in Storm Lake, Iowa the son of Francis and Rita (Schreier) Vodraska.  Doug attended high school in Spencer, IA. On May 11, 2019 he married the love of his life Sherry Vodraska at Living Word Outreach in Spencer. They reside at his family home in Spencer.

            Doug worked most of his life. Doug worked at IBP in Storm Lake, Iowa for seven years. Then he went to find another adventure working at Shine Brothers for approximately eleven years and then went to work for the City of Spencer.  From there he went to find his dream job as a truck driver for the elevators here in Spencer. He started with Great Lakes Elevator from May 2005-April 2008 and when the company got sold and became Green Plains he worked from April 2008- December 2012.  The company got sold again and it then became The Andersen's. He worked for them from December 2012-April 2016 when Max Yield bought it out and Doug drove for them from May 2016 until he was diagnosed with cancer.  He was finally let go in May 2019 due to the cancer spreading.

          Doug was an active member of Living Word Outreach for seventeen years where he found the Lord. He also loved driving bus for kids club and armadillo club. He loved picking the kids up and driving them home.

          In his free time Doug enjoyed camping, boating, fishing and riding his bike across Iowa in RAGBRAI. He did this actively for seven years with one of his best friends and co-pilot, Becky Nielsen. Doug loved going for coffee with his coffee buddies, Brandon Kruse and Ivan Kruse. He loved getting groceries for Sisters Mainstreet Cafe on Grand for Deb Marlow. Doug enjoyed spending quality time with friends and family especially around a good old bonfire outside his home. Doug was a huge Denver Bronco fan. He also enjoyed going to the Spencer fair grounds and watching Roger Tripp race.

        Doug will be remembered by his wife, Sherry Vodraska of Spencer, IA; his daughter, Holly Vodraska and her special friend from Cedar Rapids, IA; his two brothers: Kevin Vodraska and his wife, Jackie of Spencer IA and Brian Vodraska and his wife, Gina of Aurora CO; his aunt, Pat Jensen of Gilmore City, IA; aunt, Bernadine Rice of Pocahontas, IA; uncle, Joe Vodraska of Primghar, IA; uncle, Tom Vodraska of Osceola, IA; his step mom, Carolyn Petersen from Rockwell City, IA; father-in-law, Roger Updike, Sr.; brother-in-law, Roger Updike and his wife, Brenda of Spencer, IA; sisters-in-law: Dawn Updike of Cherokee, IA, Teresa Updike of Sioux City IA and Michelle Nelson and her husband, Cliff of Cherokee; and  brother-in-law Ricki Updike and his wife, Sarah of Sheldon, IA and many cousins. His nieces and nephews are: Jacob and Kevin, Jr., Kimberly and Keith Vodraska, Amanda Person, Cassie and Zack Vodraska and his step kids: Dustin, Samantha and Andrew Miller.

             Doug is preceded in death by his grandpa, Louis Vodraska (1966); his mother, his brother, Ricki Vodraska (1972); grandma, Evelyn Vodraska (1997); his mother-in-law, Glenda Updike (2004); aunt, Marcy McCord (2014); his dad, Francis Vodraska (2015); his mother, Rita (Schreier) Vodraska (1970); Kathy Fitzgerald (2018); uncle, Larry Vodraska (2018); aunt, Dawn Vodraska (2019) and Maxine Williams (2010).

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at Living Word Church in Spencer.
Pastor Alan Dean
Brandon Kruse
Roger Updike, Jr.
Dean Bond
Joe Peters
Rhys Nehman
Curtis Drost

Honorary Casket Bearers
Jacob Vodraska
Kevin Vodraska, Jr.
Cassie Vodraska
Zach Vodraska
Samantha Miller
Andrew Miller
Will be held one hour prior to the Funeral Service at Living Word Church.
"Jealous Of The Angels"
"See You Again"
"Foot Prints In The Sand"
Calvary Cemetery
Pocahontas, Iowa


Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 9:51 AM
“Doug will be missed by many people . We have not seen him for a while but always ask how Gene was doing”
- Gene and Joyce Hall
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 9:51 AM
“My Sympathies to you on Doug's passing. He was always a very positive person and I enjoyed working with him.”
- Jerry Metzger (MaxYield)
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 9:50 AM
“So sorry to hear of Doug's passing. Rest in peace, you will be missed, Doug.”
- Mel and Margaret Molitor
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 8:08 AM
“Brian, Kevin and family, I am sorry for your loss Doug was a wonderful neighbor and a great friend to me and my family. He will be missed. Rest in Peace Doug....”
- Joan Nehman
Monday, June 17, 2019 at 3:16 PM
“Thoughts and prayers to Doug's family. I remember growing up with him always going to the races with us in Jackson,Fairmont, and other local tracks. Always a hoot to be around. RIP Doug ”
- Greg Sidles
Monday, June 17, 2019 at 7:52 AM
“Have known Doug for a lot of year's. Always a pleasure to visit with. So sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to his Family. R.I.P. My friend.”
- Doug Alger
Monday, June 17, 2019 at 7:52 AM
“Doug is going to be miss bye alot. Of peop l e friends family & coworker and his wife sherry and alot more people ”
- richard johnson
Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 3:31 PM
“In the time that Doug and I both worked at the grain elevator, it was clear that he was a unique caring person. I happened to see him a month ago and he was telling of his wedding that was coming soon and the things he needed to finish before his time was done. Blessings to Doug and his family. God has taken special person home.”
- Claudia Seavert
Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 11:35 AM
“Doug through the years of driving truck with you I've got to know a side of you that some don't get to see. We had some fun times racing down the highway to our next loads together. May God bless you with everything you could ever ask for. Keep the big truck shiny bud. ”
- Ryan, Alyssa, and Jagr Climer
Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 10:22 AM
“David is going to be missed by everyone who knew him he used to talk to everyone if you were at the races Bingo or the casino Doug's going to be missed by his family and friends rest in peace Doug you're going to be missed by everyone”
Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 10:22 AM
“My heart and prayers for you and your family rest in peace my friend you will be missed”
- Mike blair
Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 8:00 AM
“Ive known Doug for 35 plus yrs.. He was my 1st foster brother.. We had alot of good times getting in trouble with my mom... my parents Danny and Dona Johnson worked with him at city sanitation and he need somewhere to got.. so here they came with in pease my brother from another mother. Im deeply sorry for your loss... Prayers for the whole family..♥️♥️♥️♥️”
- Stacy (Johnson) Mckee
Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 7:58 AM
“Rest in Piece Doug, Always so kind and thoughtful.. and so hardworking...Bet there was a Recliner in Heaven with your name on it, waiting for You!”
- penny bussell
Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 7:58 AM
“I'm so sorry for your loss and prayers are with you and your family”
- Ashley Stougard
Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 7:58 AM
“So sorry to hear about Doug. We enjoyed visiting him when ever we saw him. RIP Doug, you will be missed!”
- Jean & Kenny Williamson
Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 7:58 AM
“Doug your faith kept you strong and allowed you to see some of life’s great wonders and to spend time with family and friends. Sherry play you know he has found a new adventure and will be by your side every day. Doug you were quite the man and will be missed.💫”
- Kimberly Feller
Friday, June 14, 2019 at 3:25 PM
“Went to school with doug very nice guy ”
- Fern Falline
Friday, June 14, 2019 at 2:12 PM
“Sorry to hear about Doug I can always remember the great times we had together riding motorcycles going out for coffee and even going camping together memories will last a life time with Doug and I ”
- Joe&Samantha Peters
Friday, June 14, 2019 at 12:47 PM
“So growing up around City Sanitation since my Dad worked there, every time Doug saw me we always played MISMATCH OR MATCH by flipping quarters. 20 years later every time we saw each other we would still flip quarters so he could try and win his money back!!! Lol!!! Great man and even a better friend!! RIP BUDDY! Hopefully we will meet up again!!”
- Jeff Streuli
Friday, June 14, 2019 at 12:47 PM
“So sorry to hear about Doug have known him and family for many years he will be miss”
- Carol Kathman
Friday, June 14, 2019 at 11:08 AM
“My deepest sorrow to Brian, Kevin, Doug’s wife and the family- a year and 10 days for my dad and Doug - what a great reunion they are having right now with each other and all the others that were there to meet Doug. Hugs to you all. ”
- Trina (Vodraska) McCreary
Friday, June 14, 2019 at 11:08 AM
“Sorry to hear about doug he was a good man”
- Justin woodyard
Friday, June 14, 2019 at 11:08 AM
“Doug put up a good fight, Heaven got a great person when they received him. God's blessings to his family. ”
- Lois Becker
Friday, June 14, 2019 at 11:07 AM
“So very sorry to hear of Doug's passing. I bet he is driving a big grain semi in the sky today. R.I.P Doug. Jim & Jan Rusk”
- Jan Rusk
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