74121obit: Ralph Arthur Zajicek
- Apr 27 3:39 PM
ZAJICEK, RALPH ARTHUR 85, of Richardson, Texas died on Saturday morning, January 15th, 2005.
He was born in Richland County near Excelsior, Wisconsin August 6, 1919. He attended Woods and Bell Center schools and graduated from the Gays Mills High School in Wisconsin. In 1941 during World War II he enlisted into the Air Force and served as aircraft machinist instructor. During this time he took a correspondence course in tool and die making. He met Marcella Boyd in Oklahoma and they were married on January 19, 1944. After his discharge in 1945 the couple moved to Wisconsin to start their married life. After doing some electrical work with his brother, Virgil, he moved to Beloit and worked at Beloit Iron Works. Two sons were born; Ray Arthur on February 15, 1947 and Monte Carl on November 1, 1949. In 1956 he decided to venture out and moved to Richardson, Texas to form the Texon Tool and Die Works.
As a part of his many accomplishments, he made parts for the President's Air Force 1, the Davis Cup trophy case, NASA rockets for moon launches, parts of the lunar land rover and computerized automated machinery. Ralph and Marcy joined the Methodist Church, worked with their children in Cub Scouts, Little League, archery, field clubs and participated in school and band activities. They also sponsored a foreign exchange student. Ralph maintained full sponsorship in Richardson Sports, Ins. And was voted Richardson, Texas' man of the year in 1975. At Texon Tool and Die Works 25th anniversary in 1981 Ralph and Marcy received the Mayor's Proclamation honoring their contribution to the growth and service to Richardson. Marcy and Ralph have done extensive traveling around the world. He also became very interested in Model T Fords. He and Marcy took many Model T trips around the country with caring friends.
Preceded in death by his parents, John and Bessie Kimmel Zajicek and his oldest brother Orland (Sue) of Richardson.
Ralph is survived by his beloved wife, Marcy Boyd Zajicek, of 61 years of Richardson; two dear sons, Ray (Sheila) of Dallas and Monte (Darlene) of Richardson. He was the proud and loving grandfather of three grandsons, Ryan, Monte and Corey. Also survived by loving brothers, Virgil, Neil (Ethel) and Melvin of Soldiers Grove, WI and Harlon "Pete" (Jane) of Waukesha, WI. He is survived by loving sisters, Kathy (Bob) Greenwood of Chester, NY, Marilyn (Bob) Figie of Mukwonago, WI and Gerri (Dick) Leenhouts of Brookfield, WI. He is also survived by one aunt (Orpha) of Mt. Sterling, WI and many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Ralph as a great entrepreneur was known for his fun loving, playful sense of humor and his creative, venturesome nature. Many who loved him dearly, will miss him.
Services will be 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at Restland Wildwood Chapel. Followed by entombment at Restland Memorial Park. Family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at Restland Funeral Home. Donations may be given to the charity of your choice in Ralph's memory. Restland 972-238-7111 restlandfuneralhome.com .
Published in Dallas Morning News on Jan. 18, 2005