Henry Wesley Odlozil, Sr.
Henry Wesley Odlozil, Sr., 86, passed away in Dallas, Texas early Friday, May 10, 2013. Henry was born in Ennis, Texas on February 7, 1927 to Josef and Frances (Vavra) Odlozil. He grew up in Ennis and graduated from St. John High School. He married Mary Jane Slovak of Bardwell on February 15, 1949, and they made their home in Dallas for seventeen years before moving to Ennis. He served his country proudly in the United States Merchant Marines during World War II in the Pacific and Atlantic Theatres. He worked for Dallas- Fort Worth Brewing Company for four years and for Prior Products in Dallas for forty years as a fabrication manager. He then worked for Quality Running Gear in Royce City for six years, and was also a part time rancher and farmer. He was a member of St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church of Ennis and helped in the construction of the church. He was also a member of KJT, Knights of Columbus and lifetime member of the Ennis A & M Club. He had his private pilot’s licenses for sixty-six years and was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter #168. He enjoyed gardening, motorcycles and aviation. He owned the Flying “O” farm airstrip in Bardwell. He was a great fabricator and shade tree mechanic. He loved his family and enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a fan of the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys. He owned and restored a 1947 Champion airplane. When the Ennis Airport was in the planning phases he was an avid supporter of the Ennis Municipal Airport. He is survived by his wife of sixty-four years, Mary Jane Odlozil; son, Henry W. “Buckshot” Odlozil, Jr. and his wife Kennette of Pineville, LA: daughters; Catherine and her husband, Rodger Hefner of Ennis, Janice and her husband, James Kirk of Mansfield, Cynthia Odlozil of Ennis and Mary and her husband, Mike Minter of Ennis: grandchildren; Heather Hefner, Samantha Cervantes and husband, Oscar, Jodie Odlozil and wife, Nikki, Nicholas Odlozil, Mason Odlozil, Kelly Jones and husband, Allen, Lisa Speer and husband, Grant, Dianna Glenn and husband Joe, DeLayna Navarro and husband Carlos: great-grandchildren; Guy and Grant Cervantes, J.R. and Hayden Odlozil, Beryl Odlozil, Ryan Henry and Emily Jones, Abigale Speer, Ava Jo, Jackson and Kate Glenn: sister’s-in-laws; Theresa Odlozil and Patsy Odlozil, Anna Lee and George Toth, Joyce Slovak; brother-in-law, Robert Slovak and wife, Merrijo, along with a host of other family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Jodie, Johnnie and Wesley Odlozil. Visitation was held on Sunday, May 12, 2013 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the J.E. Keever Mortuary of Ennis with Rosary following at 6 p.m. Mass of the Christian Burial was held on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 10 a.m. in the St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church of Ennis with Father Fred Caldwell and Father Henry Drozd as celebrants. Pallbearers were son: Henry Wesley (Buckshot) Odlozil Jr., grandson’s: Jodie Odlozil, Nicholas Odlozil, Mason Odlozil great grandson: Grant Cervantes and long time family friend, David Hunter. Interment followed in St. Joseph Cemetery under the direction of J.E. Keever Mortuary, Inc. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association, The American Diabetes Association, the Parkinson’s Society or the Ennis A&M Club in Henry’s name. www.jekeevermortuary.com