Richard (Dick) Henry Novacek

Passed January 20, 2021

Obituary For Richard (Dick) Henry Novacek

Richard (Dick) Henry Novacek died on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at age 71 after a brief illness.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh, NC 27613. Interment will follow at the columbarium at the church.

Dick is survived by his son Kelsey Novacek, daughter Katherine Novacek, and brother Robert Novacek (Sharon). He was predeceased by his wife of 35 years, Ruth Marie, in 2010. He was the son of Henry and Marcella (nee Nemastil) Novacek.

Dick was a man who, together with his beautiful and loving wife, raised two successful and devoted children. He was a loving family man, hard-working individual, and devoted friend. He showed everyone respect, exuded positivity, and was outspoken about the truth. His kindness, humor, and passion for his faith will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

In recent years, he planned challenging adventures and set impressive physical goals. He was an accomplished walker, tackling many demanding physical feats including spending six months in Europe to hike the entire length of the Campo de Santiago religious trek in Spain and various treks throughout the United Kingdom.

Dick was a member of Knights of Columbus All Saints Council #9709 and Knights of Columbus St. Francis of Assisi Assembly #3552, both associated with St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. He was very involved with many other volunteer activities including programs to assist military veterans and those with intellectual disabilities.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the following programs: The Veteran's Affairs/Veteran Services of Knights of Columbus at St. Francis of Assisi Assembly #3552
Operation LAMB (Least Among My Brethren)
to help organizations assisting those with intellectual disabilities.




12:30 AM
St. Francis of Assisi Church
11401 Leesville Church Road
Raleigh, NC 27613
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To the Novacek family and my brother knights: I went to high school with Dick at St Peter Chanel HS. He was a good influence on the guys we hung with and me. I will pray for him and you during these trying times. May God's blessings be with you forever. Vivat Jesu
- Carl Haaser
I met your Dad through many Meetup hikes and was always happy to have him as a hiking companion. His feats in his later years were impressive and he always talked proudly of you kids! He will be missed! Charlie Wilkins
- Charlie Wilkins
Katie and Kelsey, We were very sorry to hear about your father's death. We send our condolences and much love, Barbara and Gordon
- Gordon Still
To the Novacek Family, I had the pleasure to work with Dick at TRW. Always a gentleman and a good leader. God rest his soul. God bless, Michael Stefan
- Michael Stefan

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