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Service set For Ronald 'Pops' Lhotak

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Chesterton resident Ronald “Pops” Lhotak passed away Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. He was 68.

Born in Evergreen Park, Ill., on August 14, 1943, he was the son of Frank and Anne (Slezak) Lhotak. On August 15, 1964, in Chicago, he married Virginia Thedens, who survives in Chesterton.

Also surviving are sons Kevin Lhotak of Valparaiso and Kraig (wife Jennifer) Lhotak of Chesterton; daughter, Kim (husband Miles) Nilson of Chesterton; grandchildren Kris, Kraig Jr., Heather, Adam, Danielle, Sarah and Braiden; brother Dennis (wife Nancy) Lhotak of Naperville, Ill.; nephew, John (wife Michelle) Lhotak of Salt Lake City, Utah; niece, Kathy Lhotak of Naperville; and many cousins.

Ronald was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Anne Lhotak.

He was the owner and CEO of Reliable Transportation in Chesterton, where he recently celebrated his 25th year in business. He was a wonderful man and giving person. He loved his country and enjoyed his family and spending time with his grandchildren. He considered all the employees at Reliable his extended family. He was an inspiration and a man of success. His legacy and visions will live on.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway in Chesterton. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home, with Father James Meade officiating. Entombment will be at Graceland Cemetery, Valparaiso. Memorials in Ronald’s name may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. Online condolences may be left for the family at


Posted 2/20/2012