OBIT: Juluis Martin Pechal
Juluis Martin PechalJULUIS MARTIN PECHAL, son of Frances and Martin Pechal of LaGrange, Tx. Was born April 4, 1921 passed away suddenly on July 5, 2004.Preceding him in death were his sibling Bea Clark, Bessie Schultz, MARY Hayden, Helen Gimbal, Ben and Milton Pechal. Julius graduated from the La Grange High School in 1939. He attended Hillsboro College. At the age of 21 he inducted into the United States Army, served in World War 2 in the European Theater, including the Battle of the Bulge where he received the Bronze Star as a forward observer. He remained active in the military for years and retired with the rank of Major. Returning from the war he returned to college and graduated in 1948 for S.M.U. with a degree in Economics to be followed by a P.E. degree from Trinity University and continued his education at Southwest Texas University receiving his Masters degree. He became a teacher and athletic director at Sequin High School. Moving to Houston in 1965 he owned an insurance agency from which he retired in 1993. In retirement he enjoyed playing golf, working in his yard, and remained an avid sports fan. He loved visiting his childhood farm and traveling with his family.Julius is survived by his living wife of 57 years: Nina Siebel Pechal, daughters: Camille Converse and husband John of The Woodlands, Stephanie Patton and husband Michael of Tulsa, Ok., and also his beloved grandchildren, Tara and Martin Converse and Mike and Ashley Patton. His sister: Elsie Linthicum of California, Polly Epps of Houston, brothers Joe and Albert Pechal of La Grange along with numerous nieces, nephews, life long friends and students.The family will receive friends Thursday from 5:00 - 8:00 at Klein Funeral home. Services will be Friday at 11:00 A.M. in the chapel of Klein Funeral home with Pastor John Bolt officiating. For those wishing donations should be sent to The National Parkinson Foundation, 1501 N.W. 9 Avenue, Bob Hope Rd., Miami Florida, 33136-1494, www.parkinson.org.
Published in the Houston Chronicle on 7/8/2004.
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