LT. COLONEL ALLEN HENRY DARILEK, USAF Retired, died at first light
Tuesday, March 30, 2004.
Colonel Darilek was born about half way between Moulton and Shiner in
Lavaca County, Texas on June 22, 1917 to A. J. Darilek and Francis Tousek
Darilek. He grew up in Moulton, Texas, graduating from Sam and Will Moore
Institute in 1935 and lived in San Antonio until 1940 when he joined the
U.S. Army Air Corps. He earned his commission and wings and saw war time
service in B-24s with the 98th Bomb Group (H), 4l5th Squadron in Italy
where he was credited with 62 missions and over 300 combat hours. He flew
the first high altitude raid to Ploesti in April, 1944, as well as raids
to Prague, Vienna, Munich and Budapest. Remaining in the Air Force after
World War II he served at various foreign posts in the Aleutians, Germany,
Korea, Hawaii, Japan and Viet Nam During his Viet Nam service, he
accumulated additional combat flying time. Colonel Darilek finished his
military career in, 1968 rated a Senior Command Pilot with over 15,000
flying hours accumulated in 29 aircraft types
He is predeceased by his Grandparents J.K. and Anastase Darilek,
Martin and Marie Baborek Tousek, his Parents and a sister Marjorie Marian
Darilek. Survivors include his widow Evelyn Darilek of Pearland, brother
and sister-in-law Dan and Carol Darilek of Houston, nieces and nephews Dan
Darilek, Jr. and wife Jeanette of Pearland, Bob Darilek and wife Gayle of
Spring, great nieces and nephews Dr. Andrea Darilek and husband Major Greg
Tober of Pascagoula, Mississippi, Allen Darilek and fiance Shannon McGee
of San Antonio, David Darilek and wife Michelle of Houston, Robert
Darilek, Jr., attending Rice University and Alicia Darilek, attending the
University of Texas. He is also survived by many, many 1st, 2nd and 3rd
Special thank you to Debbie, all the folks at Friendship Haven, Dr.
Luis Sabatini, the 5th Floor staff at Clear Lake City Regional Hospital
and Jane, Alainia and Evelyn of American Hospice.
Service will be held 10:00 in the morning Friday April 2, 2004 at
Forest Park east Funeral Home with visitation to start 9:30 a.m. Friday
April 2, 2004 until service time. Burial will be at Forest Park East
Cemetery. Fr. Paul Chovanec of St. Christopher Catholic Church
officiating. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St.
Christopher Catholic Church, American Hospice or a charity of your
Published in the Houston Chronicle on 3/31/2004.