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John "Jack" Cvancara
April 8, 1936 - June 2, 2024

Place of Birth: Ross, North Dakota
Residence: Ross, North Dakota
Age: 88

John Charles (Jack) Cvancara, 88, of Ross, ND, passed away on June 2, 2024 at Mountrail County Medical Center in Stanley, ND.

Jack was born April 8, 1936 to Joe and Antonia (Slemin) Cvancara at the family farm south of Ross, ND. Jack was the 5th of 10 children. He grew up on the family farm and attended school in Ross and Palermo, and graduated from Ross High School in 1953. On June 7th 1955 he volunteered for the US Army and proudly served his country from 1955-1957 when he was honorably discharged. While in the army he was stationed at Fort Huachuca, AZ, and then sent to Fort Chaffee, AR, where he was trained as a radio operator. He was also selected to be part of Queen Anne’s Drill Team and performed at special events. After his time in the service, he met his wife of 63 years, Judene (Judy) Moore at Ponchos in White Earth, ND. They were married May 31,1961 at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Stanley, ND. They purchased a farm near his parent’s farm south of Ross where they raised their 5 children.

Jack loved his life on the farm. As well as farming Jack and Judy raised beef cattle and milked cows. Jack also worked off the farm as a bus driver, at Farmers Union/Cenex, custom combining, Tri-City, and during the drought of the 1980’s worked at Glacier National Park (a job he truly loved). He was also the “unlicensed community” vet for Alger and Debing Township. Even though Dad was a busy man he always made time for the little things in life that turned out to be the big things. He would send the kids to dig for worms while he finished up the milking and still catch an evening of fishing with them. He would stop what he was doing and take the time to see what you needed, help with or teach a life lesson. Dads favorite time of the year was spring when it was calving, branding or anything else that would involve cattle but most importantly that’s when all of the family would gather together, drink beer and smack talk.

His favorite activities were, fishing, gardening (weeds were the biggest produce out there), hunting with the boys, (which he followed his own rules), and trying his luck at the casino where he had very little luck, (casino 20- Jack 0). If he won everyone knew it. Jack loved to dance, they were members of the Swing and Twirl Square Dance Club. He loved a good Polka and a good game of horseshoes. He was an Eagle Scout, Scout Master, involved with 4-H, on the Alger Township Board, Soil Conservation Winner, but he was most proud of being a part of the American Legion and representing the Military during the Memorial Day and the 4th of July parades every year except this year. Jack was a very patriotic man and you stood for the Flag no ifs and or buts unless you physically couldn’t. Dad’s all-time favorite job was being a husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and rancher.

Jack is survived by his wife, Judy of Ross, ND; children, Jana Cvancara-Olson (Barry) of West Fargo, ND, and their family, Alex (Morgan) and August Sailor of San Diego, CA and Kyle Olson of West Fargo, ND; Jaci Nichols (Robby) of Stanley, ND and their family, Drew (Kelsea) Abel, Layla and Jax Nichols of Stanley, ND; Landon, Asher, Swayzi, and Suede Nichols of Watford City, ND; and Whitney (Chris), Kiplee, Koier, Kuf, Kaper, and Kue Nordloef of Stanley, ND; Rowdy (Melanie) Cvancara of Sidney, MT and their family, Chase (Shannon) Brantley and Brielle Cvancara of West Fargo, ND; Malorie (Casey), Avalynn and Haisley Peterson of Sidney, MT; Jaret (Candy) Cvancara of Williston, ND and their family, Dawson Cvancara of Ray, ND; Payson Cvancara of Ray, ND; Lindsay, Sophia and Alex Falcon of Williston, ND; and Caitlin and Aniyah Falcon of Williston, ND; brothers, Dennis (Barb) Cvancara of Phoenix, AZ, and Clark (Kathy) Cvancara of Cold Spring, MN; sister, Marjorie Jaha of MI; many nieces, nephews, in-laws, outlaws, cousins, neighbors, friends. I’m sure we may have missed a name or a title but know that you all were held near and dear to him.

Preceded in death and lovingly reunited with his son, Kip Cvancara; and grandson, Jaxon Cvancara; his father and mother, Joe and Tony Cvancara; brothers, Paul, Vic, Joe, and Bob Cvancara; sisters, Rose Aaberg and Alice Frandson; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Andy and Myrtle Moore; also, by so many animals but to name a few: Scooby, Mooch, Blue, Tripper, and Lady.

Dad you were the hardest worker we knew. You are so loved and will be so missed. But we are so excited for you to be reunited with Kip and Jaxon. Thank you for all you’ve done.

Memorial Contribution
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to:

Angel Fund
c/o Barb Reese
109 8th Ave SW
Stanley, ND 58784

American Legion Post #134
PO Box 488
Stanley, ND 58784

6724 Perimeter Loop Road, Suite 314
Dublin, Ohio 43017

Navy SEAL Foundation
1619 D Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23460

Stanley Park Board
PO Box 901
Stanley, ND 58784

or any charity or your choosing

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Brenda and Steve Lautenschlager (Belgrade , MN)
Jun 3, 2024
Cvancara family~ Jack has always held a special place in my heart. He was one of the greatest men I have ever known! My heart breaks for all of you.

Buffy (Brenda) and Steve
Kim Meyer (Ashland , Wisconsin )
Jun 3, 2024
My sincere sympathy to Judy and all of Jack’s family. He was one of the good ones, had a funny story and kind words for everyone. May he rest in peace and his memory comfort all of you.
Sheila Dazell (Sidney, Montana)
Jun 4, 2024
I'm so sorry for the loss of such a great man. Jack had a special way of bringing joy& laughter to all . He won't be forgotten. My deepest sympathy
Robyn Soiseth (Williston)
Jun 4, 2024
Jaret and family,

Sending our condolences on the loss of your dad. It is hard to lose a parent. I never met your dad.
In reading his obituary, you all had a caring, hard-working role model, a veteran and loving husband, father, and grandfather. What a blessing. Cherish your precious memories.

Our condolences,

Robyn and Kirk Soiseth
Jonie & Billy Greenlee (Berthold, North Dakota )
Jun 4, 2024
Jack will certainly be missed by many.
I always loved his outlook on life...he could make you laugh just by saying hello.
Prayers to all!
Wayne Allard (Williston, ND)
Jun 4, 2024
So sorry for the loss of Jack. Prayers go out to Judy and his family.
He was a great guy and I always enjoyed visiting with him.
Gary and Cookie Graham (Scottsdale, Arizona)
Jun 4, 2024
Jack and Judy 2010
Jack you made us laugh, your humor was a joy.
A great friend and a truly great person. It was such a blessing to share your friendship and to know you, Judy and your family. Such a great adventure you had in life. So glad we were able to be part of it..
Gary and Cookie Graham
Sherry Kinsella (Williston, North Dakota)
Jun 4, 2024
Jack was my favorite bus driver and I still remember as a kid going to the farm for fresh milk. Rest in peace Jack you will be missed.
Jim and Gail Chamley (Gold Canyon, Az)
Jun 4, 2024
so sorry to hear about Jack. He was a great man and a great friend. Loved our visits!
RIP my friend!
Ella Cvancara (Madison, AL)
Jun 4, 2024
Judy and family—My condolences on the passing of Jack. I only knew him as a young man and Alan’s cousin, but that doesn’t diminish the loss of another great man. May his memory give you comfort.
Jeffery Herman (Bismarck, North Dakota )
Jun 4, 2024
My sincerest condolences Judy and Family -- Jana, Jaci, Rowdy and Jaret -- in hearing of Jack's passing. I always enjoyed talking with him when I had the opportunity to visit. Words can never express enough when a loved one is lost. God Bless and Godspeed -- Amen.
Karen Garaas (Williston, ND)
Jun 5, 2024
Even tho we only met you, your wife and daughter at the restaurant in Parshall. It was like we known you all our lives. You will be missed. You will always have a place in our hearts for ever. John and Karen Garaas
Jim and Gail Chamley (Gold Canyon, Az)
Jun 5, 2024
so sorry to hear about Jack. He was a great man and a great friend. Loved our visits!
RIP my friend!
Amy Frandson (Bloomington , Mn)
Jun 6, 2024
It will be saddening to not see Uncle Jack the next time I am in ND. He was a very outgoing, fun, entertaining man.
My condolences.
David & Chris Cvancara (Anchorage , AK)
Jun 6, 2024
Judy and family… it was very special to see Uncle Jack last week and saddened it will be our last.. His witty smile, unique laugh, corny humor, cows of many types, love of cheap beer are just a few of my fondest memories. He personified a hard working man and left his fingerprints on many lives. He was fondly loved and will be dearly missed. Deepest condolences.
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