Dr. John Robert VacekApril 17, 1926 ~ November 13, 2017 (age 91)
John Robert Vacek, D.D.S. Dr. John Robert Vacek, 91, of Greenwood Village, passed away peacefully on November 13th, 2017, with family by his side. John was born April 17th, 1926 in Pawnee City, Nebraska. John served in the US Army Air Corp during World War II as an Airborne Radio Operator flying missions over Europe and North Africa. John graduated from Peru State College where he earned a bachelor’s degree and a teaching certificate in Physical Sciences and Biology. He taught high school in Eustis, Nebraska and in Basin, Wyoming prior to entering dental school. He graduated from the University of Nebraska Dental School in 1957 and he and his wife, Dotsy, moved to Littleton, Colorado where they opened and operated their dental practice and raised their family. Dr. John R. Vacek was a lifetime member of the American Dental Association and served on the Council on Dental Care Programs from 1984-1987. This council formulated policies for improving the planning, administration and financing of dental care and benefits programs that changed the face of dentistry in Colorado. He sat on the Colorado Dental Association’s Peer Review Committee to help preserve the quality and integrity of dental practices in Colorado. Always concerned about people and service, Dr. John R. Vacek was a true humanitarian providing quality dental services for individuals and organizations in need. He is survived by his wife Dotsy of 66 years; his children Dotsy Moroney, Janet Rosé, John R Vacek II, Jill Brugioni and Amy Smith; his grandchildren Megan Gunnufson, Matthew Moroney, Margaret Rosé, Patrick Rosé, Kathryn Gabrielli, Anna Sedgwick, Daniel Brugioni, John R Vacek III, Everett Vacek, William Vacek, Benjamin Vacek, Andrew Smith, Jillian Smith, Sarah Smith; great-grandchild Aubrey Gunnufson and his sister Barbara Rakosnik. John was an avid outdoorsman and sportsman - skier, hunter, fisherman, golfer, tennis player - who also loved building and working with his hands. He took great joy in sharing his passions and zest for life with the family and friends he loved. He had a large, adventuresome spirit and an even larger heart and genuinely wanted everyone to succeed in life. A devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother and friend, he touched the lives of everyone he met with his genuine interest, kindness, humor and generosity. He leaves a great legacy and will be deeply missed. Private interment ceremony will be at Fort Logan National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to; Maude Phelps Vacek Scholarship Fund, Peru State College, P.O. Box 10, Peru, Nebraska, 68421. Please contact the family about memorial celebration of life.