Joseph G. Chladek
Joseph G. Chladek

June 26, 1938 - March 29, 2024
Born in Omaha, NE
Resided in Johnston, Iowa
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Joseph Gerald Chladek, 85, of Johnston, IA passed away at his home on Friday, March 29, 2024.

Joe was born in Omaha, NE on June 26, 1938, the son of Albert and Agnes (Ramsey) Chladek. He received his education at Creighton Preparatory School and later attended Creighton University and Northwestern University in Chicago where he received his certificate in Orthotics.

In 1963 he married Helen Liknes and to this marriage, three children were born, Genelle, Noel, and Jonas. They moved to the Des Moines area where he owned and operated Iowa Orthotic’s. In 1987 he sold the business but continued to work for a few more years until his retirement.

Joe was an avid pool player and would never miss an opportunity to find a game or attend a tournament. He also set up and ran many pool tournaments throughout the area.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Genelle Valentine, and a brother James A. Chladek.

Joe is survived by his longtime companion Judy Pawell, two sons, Noel of Des Moines and Jonas (Amber) of Redfield, IA, stepson James D. (Merlita) Barr of West Des Moines, stepdaughter Laurie (David) Cronin of Des Moines, and grandchildren, Noel Jr., Sinea, Brienna, Karington, Breanna, Torin, Declan and Frederick, a son-in-law Tom Valentine and his ex-wife Helen Roush of Des Moines and many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2024, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Iles Westover Chapel in Des Moines.





Memorial Gathering
Iles Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Saturday, April 6, 2024