James Joseph Janik, age 78 of Alvin, Texas, passed peacefully into eternal rest Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 at Georgetown Living, in Georgetown, Texas. James was born on March 15, 1938 in Wallis, Texas, and was a resident of Alvin for over 50 years. He graduated from Brazosport High School in 1957, enlisted in the United States Army as a medic, and was stationed in Washington, D.C. at the Pentagon pharmacy. Upon his honorable discharge, he attended Sam Houston State University where he met his future wife Katie. They were married in Sealy, Texas in 1963 and settled in Alvin shortly thereafter. James worked at the Chocolate Bayou Petrochemical Plant for 30 years as a laboratory technician where he made many lifelong friends. He was actively involved in his community and a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. James was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus Council #6403 where he spent innumerable hours in volunteer and fundraising efforts. He served in many positions, including Grand Knight. He was an Assistant Scoutmaster for his sons during their involvement with the Boy Scouts of America and also worked with the American Heart Association on multiple fundraising events. As an avid outdoorsman, he spent countless hours with family and friends hunting, fishing, and golfing along the Texas Gulf Coast. James was a charter member and supporter of the Alvin-Manvel Chapter of Ducks Unlimited. He will be lovingly remembered and missed by all those who were blessed to have known him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, August and Lillie Janik, and brother, Larry Gene Janik.
James is survived by his loving wife, Katie Janik; sons, James Janik (Amy) and Thomas Janik; brothers, Augie Janik (Sandra) and Charlie Janik; grandchildren, Kinley, Chris, Logan and Dawson Janik, along with numerous other relatives and friends.
The Janik family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the staff at Georgetown Living and New Century Hospice for the compassion and care that James received in his final months.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to: American Cancer Society at cancer.org.
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. A Rosary service will follow at 7 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 110 East South, Alvin, Texas.
Graveside Services will be at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 at Pilgrims Rest Cemetery, Bellville, Texas. Arrangements under the direction of the Scott Family, 1421 East Hwy 6, Alvin, Texas 77511.