Story last updated at 2:08 a.m. Thursday, August 30, 2007
Leo J. Ruzicka
Leo J. Ruzicka, 86, passed away Monday, Aug. 27, 2007. He was born
Aug. 23, 1921 in Abbott, Texas to the late Leo M. and Frances Marek
Ruzicka. He graduated from Abbott Public Schools and Hillsboro
Junior College. He attended the University of Texas prior to
entering the U.S. Army Air Force where he received his Silver Wings
from Stockton Field in Santa Anna, California, advanced to a First
Lieutenant, and became a Pilot Instructor at Randolph Field, San
Antonio from Feb. 6, 1943 through Jan. 9, 1946.
He moved to the South Plains with his family from Abbot, Texas, as
he was helping to build and open County Line Gin, outside Morton, he
taught school at Pep, Texas, where he met the love of his life,
Margaret (Mike) Demel, they married in Pep, on Aug. 17, 1948, and
shared a loving marriage for the past 59 years. His achievements
include partnering and mentoring other fine people in cotton
ginning, delinting and several farming ventures. Due to his respect
in the business, he was nominated for the Texas Cotton GinnersÌ
Association Ginner of the Year in 1996. He established West Hub Gin,
near Friona and Bovina, in 1954, where he and his wife raised their
five children until 1976, when they moved to Lubbock. He never
retired. Instead, he enjoyed going to the farms and stayed active
mentally and physically until recently being diagnosed with
pancreatic cancer. He was a member of St. John Neuman.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret of Lubbock; son William (Bill)
and wife Victoria; daughters, Rhonda Cutair and husband Ray
Fournier, Donna and husband Billy Pevehouse all of Amarillo, Linda
and husband Kevin Herbert of Greenville, Texas, and Margaret (Noni)
and husband Cody Love of Lubbock; brother, Jerry Ruzicka; and
sisters Mollie Beseda, Frances Wilkerson all of Lubbock. He had 14
grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He is preceded in death
by his sister, Eveline Greener.
Pallbearers include Mark Ruzicka, Larry Beseda, Marty Demel, Miles
Demel, Billy Demel, and Rory Brito. Honorary pallbearers are Norton
Baker, Coy Myrick, David Rodriguez, Stanley Degan, Arthur Summers,
Buzz Poage, John Marek and Jerry Walker.
Rosary will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007 at
Resthaven's Abbey Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m.,
Friday, Aug. 31, 2007 at St. John Newman Catholic Church with Msgr.
Joseph Tash officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial
The family suggests memorials to the Lubbock American Cancer
Society, Pancreatic research.