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May 11, 1960 – Friday, March 15, 2013

Service Information
Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Winsted, MN
Friday, March 22, 2013
11:00 AM

Visitation Information
Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted, MN
Thursday, March 21, 2013
4-8 PM

Douglas Loren Jilek, age 52, of Lester Prairie, MN passed away suddenly on March 15, 2013.

He was born on May 11, 1960 in St. Cloud, MN the son of Loren and Miriam (Skerik) Jilek.

Doug was a respected businessman. President of First Community Bank of Lester Prairie and First Community Bank of Silver Lake, and outstanding supporter of his local community and Lester Prairie School of which he was an alumnae, graduate of the class of 1978.

He has served on the local businessman’s association and as Treasurer and Director of the Lester Prairie Foundation for Education. He has been an active member of the Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota and the Bank Holding Company association serving on the Board of Directors of both organizations.

He was an extremely active community member and promoted and supported many local community involvement projects.

He was cherished by his family and many, many friends and will be dearly missed by all. He lived life to the fullest with no regrets for things left unsaid or undone. Our community and our lives were the richer for the privilege of having him in our lives even though far too brief a time.

“The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour. Now is the only time you own. Live, love, toil with a will. Place not faith in time. For the clock may soon be still.”

Beloved husband to Sheila for over 30 wonderful years. Cherished father of JaNaye (Ryan) Dressler of Lester Prairie, Kelsey (Aaron) Thiemann of St. Bonifacius, Brooke (significant other Beau Weise) Jilek and Blair Jilek both of Lester Prairie. Devoted grandfather to Eliza and Layne Dressler. He is further survived by his parents Loren and Miriam Jilek of Lester Prairie, brother Jerry (Lisa) Jilek of St. Bonifacius, sisters Renee (Casey) Lehman of Iowa City, IA and Bonnie (Scott) Schlichting of Ham Lake, mother-in-law and father-in-law DeVota and DeVan Stoltenow, sister-in-law Quanita (Norman) Arlt of Aurora, CO and Scott (Sheila) Schmalz of Woodbury, many nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins, other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by father-in-law Ortwin Seeman, grandparents Clara and Ernest Jilek and Bill and Christine Skerik.

A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Friday, March 22, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Father Paul Schumacher and Father Tony Stubeda will be Concelebrants.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, March 21 from 4-8 PM at Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. A Prayer Service will be held at 7:00 P.M. Further visitation will take place one hour prior to services on Friday.

Casket Bearers will be Bryon Weisenburger, Barry Kyllo, Richard Kiekhaefer, Al Millerbernd, Tony Foss and Eric Gustafson.

Interment at Holy Trinity Cemetery.

Chilson Funeral Home of Winsted assisted the family with arrangements.

54 Guestbook Entries

  1. Cindy Latzke

    Our very deepest sympathy at the passing of Doug. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
    Cindy & Keith Latzke

  2. Shad Ketcher

    Our hearts go out to your family. Doug will be missed. May The Lord be with you! Shad and Melissa Ketcher

  3. Ronald R Rolf

    Sheila. I was heart broken to hear about Doug. He was much too young, with so much to do and enjoy. There are no words I can say to ease your grief, but now that I, and so many others, share your pain. May the Lord bless you and keep you, and your family, during this difficult time. Ron and Pam Rolf, Fishers, IN.

  4. Pastor Bill Baldwin

    I extend our deepest sympathies to your family from the people of Prairie Community Church and myself at this most difficult time. May God’s strength walk you through each step as you move forward. Our prayers are with you and we are here for you in any way you need. May Christ hold you gently and grant you peace.

  5. Kim Weinzierl

    Jilek family – our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this unexpected and difficult time. God’s Blessings to all of you.

  6. Greg and Terri Bestul

    Sheila, JaNaye, Kelsey, Brooke, Blaire, Loren, Miriam, Bonnie, Jerry, and RaNaye;

    Through this most difficult time, may you feel the peace, comfort, and love of God. We will keep Douglas in our prayers.
    Greg and Terri Bestul & family.

  7. LuAnn Moy

    Dear Jilek Family,
    Although I didn’t personally know Doug, I do know some of his (your)family. One memory I have of Doug was he used to jog past our house every day, no matter what the weather was. My condolences to the entire family and may God be with you during the extremely difficult time in your lives. Treasure the many memories, keep God, family & friends close and you will make it through.

  8. Tina Hoen

    Dear Jilek Faimly,
    My heartfelt condolences to the entire family at this very difficult time. It was such a shock to hear about Doug and it saddens me. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers!


  9. Donn and Caroline Birkholz

    Our prayers go out to all of you at such a difficult time. We feel so bad for your loss. Doug will be greatly missed. May the grace of the Lord be with you all.

  10. Mike and Midge Menzies

    Midgie and I so enjoyed our brief visit with you two last week. You were both happy and enjoying all of your banking friends. I know the last day of his life were filled with joy. If we measure our lives based on how we live the years we are given, not the number of years we live, then Doug had a rich and long life. Our prayers are with you. Mike and Midge

  11. Jeanie Pilarski

    Dear Jilek family;
    We are so very sorry to hear of the sudden passing of your loved one, Doug. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. God give you strength. God welcome Doug to his new home….

  12. Heather Yellick

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts are with you.
    Heather Yellick Family

  13. Roy and Mary Lou Terwilliger

    Dear Sheila and your entire family, Like all of your many, many friends, we share your sorrow on Doug’s passing. He was a wonderful man and respected banker who be missed by all of us. We will treasure the times shared together and send our deepest condolences and sympathy. Roy & Mary Lou

  14. Chris Skaalen

    Dear Sheila and Family; Deb and I are deeply shocked and saddened by the loss of our good friend, Doug. It was an honor and priviledge to be able to call him a friend and I enjoyed the times we served together representing Minnesota’s community banks. I am grateful that I was able to share some time with Doug and you all in Las Vegas. I will cherish his memory and the warm smile he brought to all he met. May God keep you all in his loving arms through this time of sadness.
    Chris & Deb Skaalen
    First Southeast Bank

  15. Kent Christian

    Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Doug always provided a joyous and smiling face at all of the banking events. He will be missed.
    Kent and Joan Christian

  16. Lisa & Tim Lepel

    Sheila and family ~ We will continue to keep your entire family in our thoughts & prayers. The days ahead will continue to be tough, but we pray that you celebrate the happy times you had with Doug and hold them close to your heart.

  17. Jeff Berghuis

    I would like to express my sympathy to the Jilek family.

  18. Steve and Diana Olson

    Dear Sheila and Family,

    Our deepest sympathy to you and may the Lord give you comfort and peace over time. The memories we have of times shared with you and Doug during ICBM’s various meetings are some of my most cherished. Doug was one of a kind and was one of only a few people that could truly make me laugh. Whenever I think of him it brings a smile to my face. His spirit will always live within us. Please let me know if there is anything we can do for you and your family.

    Steve & Diana Olson

  19. Julie Blake

    Sheila and family;
    We are so sorry for your loss. What a great, fun, wonderful man!! We will miss him.
    Julie and Mark Blake

  20. John & Janet Forstrom

    Our hearts are heavy for you Sheila & family. It’s so hard to believe we just spent the weekend before Doug’s passing together with the two of you creating wonderful memories with many laughs, stories and great friendship. We are so thankful to have both of you in our lives. Doug’s endless smile, genuine friendship and true sincerity will remain in us forever. May God continue to wrap His loving arms around all of you in comfort during this time of sudden loss and in the days to come.

  21. John & Bridgett Baumiller

    Sheila and Family; May the Good Lord provide you and your family strength in this time of sorrow and healing with Doug’s passing. Bridgett and I are blessed to have spent time with you recently. Doug’s impact on myself as a Banker is to smile, live life to it’s fullest and with passion. Doug will be honored and remembered for his impact and commitment to our industry.

  22. Judy McCourtney

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Judy McCourtney

  23. Matt Becker

    My heartfelt condolences to you all. Doug was a great guy and will be missed by us here at UBB.

  24. Dwight Larsen

    Sheila and Family – I was stunned and very sorry to hear of Doug’s sudden passing. I will always remember Doug as being so full of life, and fun to be around. May your loving remembrances of him help you bear your grief. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this very difficult time. Dwight

  25. Phil & Nancy Hoover

    Dear Sheila and Family:
    We are deeply saddened to hear about Doug. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You and Doug were always wonderful to me during my insurance career.

    Phil & Nancy Hoover

  26. Brian and Jeanne Nicklason

    Sheila and family; We are both heart-broken. Doug lit up the room whenever he came into it. We both have so many great memories over the years. Doug always contributed to the ICBM when I was chairman and I know from reading all of these posts that he made a difference in everything he was associated with. Our prayers will remain with you all.

  27. Pastor Bill & Lavonne Metzger

    Sheila and family,
    We left LP 16 years ago already, but we remember you well. Meghan and JaNaye were good friends. We are so very sorry for the emptiness you feel now. But we pray that God will fill that emptiness with the assurance that Jesus died and rose for Doug and you will have a blessed reunion again. May Jesus wrap His loving arms around you that you feel His presence during this very hard time.

  28. Lonnie and Vicki Clark

    Sheila and Family,
    We are saddened to hear of Doug’s untimely passing. We have so enjoyed you and Doug and your family. We will miss Doug’s friendly engaging personality and his bright smile. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
    Lonnie and Vicki Clark from the State Bank of Chandler

  29. Jessie Krone

    Dearest Jilek Family;
    Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to you all during this very difficult time.

    Jessie and Logan Krone

  30. Orono Dental Care Staff

    We were all saddened to hear about your family’s loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with your whole family at this time.

  31. Cynthia and Gary Blankenship

    Doug was a great banker and was respected by his peers. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  32. James A. Espeland

    Words can not express the sorrow which Julie and I have for you, Sheila, and your family.
    Doug was one who possessed passion, excitement, and a genuine love for life. We will all miss him, we can see his wonderful smile as I write.

    May the memories be many for there is strength there.

    May the Lord Bless all of you and surround you with his arms to give you all the strength you need in this time of sorrow.

    Jim & Julie Espeland

  33. Robert Etter

    Sorry to hear of your family’s loss. I served on the bank holding Co. Assn. Board with Doug, and know Doug was a respected and active person in the Community banking world. He is someone who made things better whenever he was involved.

  34. Tom, Joann, Cody, and Aaron Bebo

    Dear Sheila, JaNaye, Kelsey, Brooke, and Blair; We are truly heartbroken about the sad news of Doug’s passing. You were like a second family to us. Doug will be deeply missed. May God bless you and help your family through this difficult time. We will keep you in our prayers.
    Tom, Joann, Cody, Aaron, and St. Christopher Bebo

  35. John & Mary Ann Teubert

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and the entire family. I worked with Doug on a few projects for the city and enjoyed his company. He was an asset to our town and we will truly miss him. God be with You.

  36. James Espeland

    Words can not express how Julie and I feel for you and your family in this time of loss.
    Doug was full of life! His perpetual smile, his enthusiasm and general love for life was exhibited each and every time we saw him.
    May the Lord wrap his arms around each of you and give you the strength needed to deal with your loss. Remember the memories, for there is strength in them.

    God Bless,

    Jim & Julie Espeland

  37. Jason and Marlene Kubasch

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  38. Jim Mylander

    To the entire Jilek family and extended family. I would like to express my deepest condolences to all of you during this time. May God always be with you and especially during this time. Sincerely, Jim Mylander United Bankers Bank employee. I also will remember when Doug & Sheila would come to visit at UBB and was always great to see them both. He will be missed.

  39. Susan Loch

    I am so very sorry for your loss of such a wonderful man, husband, father and grandfather. I had the pleasure of sitting with both Doug and Sheila at the UBB golf outing last July in Minneapolis and Doug was so friendly and outgoing. He exhibited such a love of family and banking and stressed the importance of what we bankers do. He was such a familiar face in banking – I will miss him.
    Susan Loch

  40. Craig Uecker and Cynthia  Erickson-Uecker

    May all of the wonderful memories be of comfort to you during this difficult time. God Bless All of You and Keep You in His Tender Loving Care Always.

  41. Chuck Hokans

    Diane and I cannot begin to express our sorrow at your loss. We knew Doug very well, as you know, and always found him upbeat, full of spirit and almost without saying a big smile on his face. He was so much a part of so many people’s lives. Please accept our prayers for you and your family. If I or we can be of any help going forward please do not hesitate to call.
    Chuck and Diane Hokans

  42. Sandie Adams-Bruins & Bob Bruins

    To watch the world go on like nothing ever happened, to hear the children playing, like your heart isn’t broken, to wait for the nightmare to end, but you’re not sleeping, to listen for the voice you’d give anything to hear again, but he’s not speaking. This is grief. And my heart aches for all that your family is going through right now. Our prayers for God’s grace to fill you with peace. Sandie & Bob

  43. Billy Rosacker

    To the Jilek Family;
    Megan and I are sorry for your loss! We wished we could have traveled to Vegas. Doug will be missed by everybody he touched with his big smile and personality.

    Our thoughts are with you Sheila and the family.

    Billy and Megan

  44. Jackie Herman

    I am so sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. His upbeat personality and friendly smile will be some of my cherished memories of Doug. The world has lost someone so very special. Please accept my sincere condolences to you and your entire family.

  45. Tana Christensen

    Jilek Family; I am thinking of you at this time, so sorry to hear about your loss! I can’t help but to think of the proud look Doug had on his face as Brooke cleaned his teeth, you could tell he was one proud Dad! Bless you all! Tana

  46. Marvin Fiecke

    Doug, there is nothing I can say to ease your family’s pain at this time. I want them to know I am a better person for knowing you. All the smiles, laughs, & stories over the past several years will be cherished & remembered forever. Rest In Peace.

  47. Linda Albrecht

    My sincere sympathy to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  48. Tammy Sullivan

    JaNaye & family,
    My deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your wonderful father. May all of the wonderful memories be of comfort at this most difficult time. I am praying for your family.

  49. Mark and Peg Hewitt

    Sheila and family; Our deepest sympathies on your sudden loss. It was our pleasure to get to know Doug though our association with ICBM. He always brought a smile to my face when he came into a room. I enjoyed his company very much. Doug was a valuable member of our banking fraternity and will be missed. Our prayers are with you as you grieve. May God be with you.
    Mark and Peg Hewitt, Park Rapids MN

  50. Ralph & Donna Machemehl

    Loren & Miriam, Sheila and family:
    Doug was a good son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and an asset to the community. We knew Doug at a young age and you have much to be proud of. He left a legacy for his family and would want you to enjoy the memories that you had with him.
    God bless you and give you peace.

  51. Hubert & Judy Haekenkamp

    Our sympathy and prayers to the family. He will be missed.

  52. Sally Stolen Grossman

    Shelia, Loren, Miriam, and other members of the Jilek Family, It was with great sadness that I just learned today of Doug’s death from a mutual friend. Doug was so full of life with his big smile and hearty laugh. We used to see each other at Bank Holding Company meetings and I always enjoyed our visits. While he was taken too soon, I am so glad he had the chance to take over the bank when he did. He truly loved banking. He will be greatly missed. I have no words of comfort in such an awful situation, but I pray that God will send His Holy Spirit, the Great Comforter, to give you peace. Blessings, Sally

  53. Randy and June Rodenburg

    Sheila; We are so sorry to hear of Doug’s death. We have such fond memories of our years in Lester Prairie with you both. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your children at this difficult time.

  54. Jim MacPhee


    Judy and I want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We had issues with Judy’s Mom when we returned from Vegas, and I apologize for not getting a message off to you sooner. Doug will be missed, his outgoing personality and fun for life were contagious! Much love and prayers, Jim and Judy MacPhee


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