William “Bill” Peter Frank Pekar of Gonzales passed away on Monday, Dec. 30, 2019 at 10:07 p.m.
Rosary was said on Thursday, Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. at Seydler-Hill Funeral Home in Gonzales, led by Deacon Dennis Kutach.
The funeral was held on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 at 10 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Gonzales, with Fr. Stanuslaw Fiuk and Deacon Dennis Kutach officiating. Interment was in St. James Cemetery in Gonzales. Pallbearers were Eric Quinton, Zachary Quinton, Melissa McCollum, Darin Breitschopf, Dick Kuenzler and Harvey Matusek, Born on May 28,1921 in Lavaca County, he was the son of James Pekar and Annie (Frit) Pekar. He married Dorothy Ann Kutach on Feb. 5, 1946 in Lavaca County.
Bill grew up near the Sweet Home community where he attended school. He worked as a machinist and welder in Hallettsville during his formative years, accumulating talents that would lead him to great heights in his profession, but most importantly save many American soldiers’ lives during World War ll. In the fall of 1942, at age 21, Bill joined the 2nd John Deere Battalion 303 Ordnance. Training was in the Mojave Desert in California under Gen. George Patton. Bill and his unit reinforced the bellies of M4 tanks. These men also manufactured and welded durable and heavy steel plow-like structures to the front of some tanks to aid the tanks in breaching fortified enemy blockades.
Bill worked at a couple of businesses in Gonzales before going to work for Marrou & Company as a welder. Some of his time was spent in the shop; however, a majority of his time was spent traveling in and around Gonzales County helping farmers and ranchers with repairs to their heavy equipment. During his career as a State Certified Welder, Bill welded on the construction of many buildings in Gonzales such as the Post Office, City Building, GVEC buildings and Gonzales High School. He welded for Purina Mills, Southern Clay Products and did extensive work on Interstate
10. Bill was welding aluminum before most figured it possible. Common words spoken about town were “Take it to Bill, he can fix it” because it was simply the truth.
Bill is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn Ann and Billy Breitschopf of Gonzales, and Rita Jane and Gary Quinton of Schulenburg; son and daughter-in-law, William J. and Laura L. Pekar of Ottine; sister, Evelyn Theresa Opela of Hallettsville; brother-in-law, Bennie Brod of Wharton; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife; parents; sisters, Bessie Agnes Sitka and Mary Annie Knezek; brother, John Charles Pekar; stepmother, Mary Cervenka Dworsky Pekar; four step-brothers; and a precious granddaughter, Catherine Marie Quinton.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the St. James Altar Society in Gonzales.
Services were under the direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home. Friends may leave their condolences by visiting www.seydlerhillfuneralhome.com.