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    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
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      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
      Park.
      The family suggests memorials to the Lubbock American Cancer
      Society, Pancreatic research.
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