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Joe S. Patak

Joe S. Patak, age 86, a lifelong resident of Ennis, Texas passed away Thursday, March 24, 2011 at the Green Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Arlington, Texas, where he lived with his wife of 64 years, Mary Honza Patak.

Joe S. Patak

Joe Stanley Patak was born March 18, 1925 in Ennis, Texas. He was the oldest of three sons and one daughter of Joe A. and Mary C. Nekuza Patak. He grew up on his parent’s farm, and after the sixth grade was pulled out of school to work the farm with his father and brothers. He met his future wife in 1942, who he dated until he entered the military in July, 1943. He served in the United States Army during World War II beginning in June, 1944 when he was sent overseas to England and later stationed in Omaha Beach, France. During the remainder of that year he served in Belgium and the Black Forest in southern France, and was finally stationed back to the Rhine River in Belgium in 1945. He returned home to Ennis, Texas in January, 1946 and married Mary A. Honza on November 5, 1946.

After his military duty, he drove a gasoline delivery truck to East Texas and back for Slovak Gasoline Co. He later secured the bookkeeper job at Cameron Lumber Co. But his love for farming moved his family to Bardwell, Texas in 1958 where he and Mary farmed until 2004. Joe continued his custom hay baling business until 2008. As a side career, Joe was a sales representative for RVOS Insurance Co. for over 20 years. Joe and Mary lived at Odd Fellows and Rebekah’s Nursing Home in Ennis, Texas until March, 2010 when they moved to Arlington, Texas.

Joe was a member of St. John Catholic Church, where he served as an usher for 40 years. He was a member and past President of the KJT #35, member of KJZT #16, and a member of the American Legion.

Joe is survived by his wife, Mary; sister, Evelyn Patak; sisters in-law, Josephine Grmela, Adell Honza, Sr. Mary Ann Honza, Louise Honza, Lucy Honza, Ruth Honza and Carol Honza; brothers in-law, Adolph Honza, Lawrence Honza and Jerry Honza; children, Linda and husband Charlie Stump, James Patak, Rita and husband Adolph Zaidle, Donna and husband Mark Simpson, Robert and wife Jan Roebuck Patak, Lori and husband Ronny Fairless, and Patti and husband Gary Gunter; eight granddaughters and one grandson, four grandsons-in-law, one granddaughter-in-law, six great grand children, and his most special friend, Glenn Skrivanek and wife Tracey and sons.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Edwin and Wesley Patak; sisters in-law, Lillian Salik Patak and Rosa Ann Honza; brothers in-law, Joe Honza Jr. and Leo Honza: daughter in-law, Brodwynne King Patak and granddaughter, Deborah Zaidle.

Mass of the Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 2 p.m. in St. John Catholic Church of Ennis. A visitation will take place on Sunday, March 27, 2011 from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m in the J.E. Keever Mortuary Chapel with Rosary at 7:30 p.m. Interment will follow the Mass of the Christian burial service in St. Joseph Cemetery under the direction of J.E. Keever Mortuary, Inc.

In lieu of flowers, memorials made be made to the KJT Memorial Foundation, c/o KJT #35, 1216 S. Paris St., Ennis, TX 75119. Joe was revered and respected by all who met him.


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