Lawrence J. Blazek, 87, of Sealy passed away peacefully at the Memorial Hermann Hospice with family by his side on Jan. 20, 2017. Lawrence was born on Aug. 9, 1929 at home in Nelsonville, Texas, to Ladgie and Annie Pilcik Blazek. He grew up in Nelsonville, Texas, starting his career in the auto repair industry at Boriack Ford in Bellville, Texas. In 1948, Lawrence enlisted in the USAF to support the Korean War effort and was stationed at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 1949, Lawrence was reassigned to Ladd Field in Fairbanks, Alaska, where he would serve out the remainder of his Air Force career. While stationed there as a staff sergeant in the motor pool, he continued to write to Irene Sodolak, the love he left behind in Frydek. Not long after, he asked for her hand in marriage and, on March 30, 1951, they were married in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fairbanks. They became the parents of one daughter, Debbie, and three sons, Larry, Michael, and Patrick.
After being discharged from the service, Lawrence and Irene settled in Bellville, eventually moving their young family to Houston, Texas, where he worked for various Ford dealerships for 50 years. In 1972, the family settled on their ranch outside of Frydek and Lawrence continued to commute to work in Houston. Lawrence loved working on cars, ranching, hunting, playing dominoes, and going to the casinos with his wife.
Lawrence was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Frydek KJT, Third Degree Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree Knights, and Sealy American Legion Post 442. He was also a member of the Frydek/San Felipe Volunteer Fire Department and maintained an honorary lifetime member status.
Visitation was held at Knesek Hwy. 36 Chapel, 1140 Meyer St., Sealy, TX, on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, from 5 to 7 p.m. Wake Service and Rosary followed at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Frydek with Father Thuy Nguyen celebrating the Funeral Mass and Rite of Committal. Interment at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Frydek.
Pallbearers and Honor Guard for the services included the 4th Degree KC, Sealy Assembly 2103 and St. Mary’s Assembly 3182 with Honorary Pallbearers being David Sodolak, Gary Guthmann, Larry Marusik, Derrell Krebs, Kenneth Mlcak, and Donnie Wunderlich.
Lawrence is survived by: his loving wife of 65 years, Irene Blazek; daughter, Debbie Zapalac; and sons, Larry Blazek, Michael Blazek and wife Cyndi, and Patrick Blazek and fiancé Karen Velivis; grandchildren Christopher and wife, Andrea, Steven and wife Christina, Justin, Tonya, and Earl Blazek; and great-grandchildren Sullivan, Hannah, Alana, Juliana, Ethan, and Carter. Lawrence is also survived by his sister, Mary Ann Guthmann, plus numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ladgie and Annie Blazek, and sisters Nola Dell Marusik, Delores Kaase, and Rosalie “Totsie” Krebs.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lawrence’s name to: The Sealy American Legion Post 442, Boys State Program, 1630 Meyer St., Sealy, TX.