John A. Sykora Jr.
8/17/1939 - 1/2/2019
John A, Sykora Jr.,
passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2019.
Services will be
1:00 pm Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Bellmead Funeral Home Chapel
with visitation from 11:00 am till service time with Father Albert
officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Moore
Cemetery in Chalk Bluff.
John was born August
17, 1939 in Elk, Texas to John Sr. and Julia (Pavelka) Sykora. He
attended La Vega High School where he played football. He was drafted
into the Army January 1962 and played football for the Army in
Special Services. In the off season he worked out of the Pentagon. He
returned to Waco in 1964 and worked for Darr Equipment for 14 years.
John went into business for himself as Sykora's Heavy Equipment
Service. He contracted out to A. K. Gillis & Sons in Sulpher
Springs, Texas for 15 years. John took disability in 1993 turning the
family business over to his son, John Allen Sykora. He married
Barbara Nolene Wilson on June 30, 1962 at St. Joseph Catholic Church
He was preceded in
death by his parents; his sister, Anne Sykora Payne; son, John Allen
Sykora; son-in-laws, Donald Osborne Sr. and Michael Wayne Osborne;
and brother-in-law, Bob Province.
his wife of 56 years, Nolene; daughters, Sharee Osborne and Karen
Riel Osborne; sisters, Dorothy Sykora, Julie Frazier and Helen
Province; brothers, Robert Sykora and wife, Barbara and Jimmy Sykora
and wife, Cindi; grandchildren, Cody Sykora and wife Jennifer, Kyle
Sykora and wife, Casey, Kevin Sykora and wife, Mallary, Bobby Riel
and wife, Marlee, Sean Osborne and wife, Rebecca, Donny Osborne Jr.
and wife, Miriam, Megan Riel and Rose Osborne; 13 great-grandchildren
with one due in summer of 2019; and John's beloved dog, “Lola”.
Pallbearers will be