Published by News Staff on Thu, 09/03/2015 - 10:13am
Joe C. Orsak, 84, of Weimar, died Aug. 29, 2015 in Katy. He was born on Aug. 17, 1931 to Joe J. and Mary (Becka) Orsak in Ellinger. On June 30, 1963, he married Verline Evelyn Brune. Joe served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. He retired from TxDOT where he worked in the highway sign detail for approximately twenty years. Joe was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, American Legion Post 259 and V.F.W. Post 5875 in Weimar. He is survived by his wife, Verline Orsak of Weimar; sisterin- law, Geraldine Hoegemeyer of Weimar; and niece, Glenda Bartek of Weimar. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Joe J. Orsak and Mary (Becka) Orsak, brother, Glen Hoegemeyer, and great nephew, Justin Bartek. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at 10 a.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Weimar with Monsignor John Bily officiating. Burial followed with military honors by the American Legion and V.F.W. of Weimar in St.
Published by News Staff on Thu, 09/03/2015 - 10:12am
William “Bill” Roy Briggs, 77, of Katy died Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. Bill was born in Live Oak on June 6, 1938, the son of Roy and Willie (Taylor) Briggs. He married Susan Bibby on Sept. 9, 1967 in Dallas. Bill served in the U.S. Army. He worked as a Dispatcher for 45 years and retired in 2003. He is survived by his wife, Susan Briggs, of 47 years; daughter, Lisa Thomas-Morrison and husband, Josh, of Somerville; son, Billy Briggs and wife, Angel, of Bastrop; daughter, Phyllis Briggs of West Virginia; son, Anthony Briggs of West Virginia; two sisters: Louise Law of Lipan; Lula Mae Tiner of San Antonio; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held at Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home, 208 W. Pearl St. in La Grange, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. Burial will follow at La Grange City Cemetery.
Published by News Staff on Thu, 09/03/2015 - 10:11am
Anthony Joseph Sevcik, 51, beloved Dad, entered into eternal life on Aug. 31, 2015. Anthony was born on Sept. 14, 1963 in Galveston to Leon and Evelyn Sevcik. On Nov. 21, 1981 he married Darla J. Naumann at Sacred Heart Church in La Grange. Anthony was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus. In the early 1980’s Anthony began a construction company in La Grange under the name J&A Construction which later became known as Sevcik Construction. He worked alongside many contractors in the construction industry in the Fayette County area for 30 plus years. Anthony enjoyed hunting, fishing the Colorado River, and vacations at the beach in his hometown Galveston. He spent long hours at deer camp with his daughters teaching them invaluable life lessons while enjoying all the things that nature has to offer. He enjoyed going out and having a good time. If you were one of the lucky ones, you have witnessed his one-of-a-kind Elvis dance moves.
Published by News Staff on Thu, 09/03/2015 - 10:07am
Terry Joe Vyvial, 55, resident of Santa Fe, Texas died Aug. 31, 2015. He was born in La Marque on Sept. 18, 1960 to parents George and Nora Faye Vyvial. Terry was a commercial fisherman and shrimper. He was preceded in death by his father, George Vyvial and brother, Donald Vyvial. Terry is survived by his mother, Nora Faye Vyvial; brothers, Patrick Vyvial, David Vyvial, Michael Vyvial and wife Sandra; nephew, Aaron Vyvial; and niece, Amy Farmer. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 at Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 at Crowder Chapel. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015 at Schulenburg City Cemetery in Schulenburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Czech Heritage Center, P.O. Box 6, La Grange, Texas 78945. Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson is in charge of arrangements.
Published by News Staff on Thu, 09/03/2015 - 10:06am
Ralph T. Johnson of La Grange was born July 24, 1938 in Glassboro, NJ. He quietly passed away at home on Aug. 28 with his devoted wife of 58 years and loving daughter Bunny by his side. His thirty five years of employment with the Fluor Corporation took him and his family to the far corners of the earth. Our fabulous journey began in the summer of 1969 when our family moved to Columbia, South America. Our adventure continued when we moved to Brazil and Aruba. Always an avid hunter, Ralph realized his life long dream when we lived in South Africa by hunting big game with both camera and gun. Swaziland was wonderful, and Rhodesia with the magnificent Victoria Falls was beautiful beyond words. The falls can be heard 40 miles away. We continued our life’s journey to Ceylon, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan, Okinawa and Hawaii. We trekked the foothills of the Himalayas and watched the morning sun burst upon Mt. Everest.