Leon James Marek
7/3/1936 - 3/10/2021
Leon Marek, age 84, of Bellmead, passed away Wednesday evening, March
10, 2021 at the VA Hospital in Temple.
A rosary will be
recited at 6:00 pm Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at Bellmead Funeral Home
Chapel with visitation to follow until 8:00 pm.
Mass of Christian
Burial will be celebrated 10:00 am Thursday, March 18, 2021 at St.
Joseph Catholic Church in Bellmead, with Rev. Timothy Vaverek
officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow at St. Mary
Cemetery in West.
Leon was born in
Penelope, Texas, the son of Frank and Mary (Kroulik) Marek. He was a
1955 graduate of Penelope High School. He enlisted with the United
States Army in 1957 and was honorably discharged in 1963. On February
11, 1961 he was united in marriage to Katherine Macha of West. He and
Katherine had just celebrated their 6oth wedding anniversary. Leon
was a musician and loved playing and listening to country music. He
began playing at an early age and he and his brother Eugene, as the
Marek Brothers, were regulars on the All Star Country Road Show
before he enlisted in the Army. He also played in various local
bands. He instilled his love of music in his children and
grandchildren, whom he loved dearly. He always looked forward to
strumming his guitar and singing with them at family gatherings.
Another favorite pastime was playing dominoes. Leon and Katherine
owned and operated Marek Truck Repair for 25 years. After retirement,
he devoted his time to taking care of his animals, doing yard work
and playing the piano.
Leon was preceded in
death by his parents; his sisters, Mary Marek, Lillie Marek, Albina
Howard, Willie Mae Skerik, Josephine Kallus and his twin sister,
Leona Kolar; and his brothers, Frank Willie Marek and Joe Marek.
his wife, Katherine; son, Gregory Marek and his wife, Joyce; his
daughter, Gina Kresge and her husband, Allen; his grandchildren, Chad
Hutyra and his wife, Amy, Matthew Marek, Kristen Niekamp and Ryan
Niekamp; his great-grandchildren, Nolan and Hope Hutyra; his brother,
Eugene Marek and his wife, Betty; brother-in-law, Dennis Macha and
his wife, Hattie; sister-in-law, Sally Macha; and many nieces and
nephews; and a special friend who was like a daughter, Gail Sinkule.
Pallbearers will be
Ronnie Skerik, Michael Marek, Thomas Kolar, Kenneth Kolar, Dennis
Macha Jr. and Matthew Marek.
will be his grandchildren.
Memorials may be
made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Red C Catholic Radio.
The family would
like to express a special thank you to the Doctors, Nurses and
veterans at the Temple VA Hospital.