OBIT: Benjamin Joseph Lednicky, Jr.
Benjamin Joseph Lednicky Jr.Benjamin Joseph Lednicky, Jr., 67, beloved father, grandfather, brother, and friend of many, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, the 5th of March 2008.He was born the 7th of October 1940 to Benjamin Joseph and Billie Ellis Lednicky in Paris, TX. After graduating from Brownwood High School, he graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Landscape Architecture. He was a proud member of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Company E-2. After graduating, he served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army until 1965. He spent a lifetime of service to his school, his trade, and to many different organizations where he meant so much to so many. In life, he was the founding owner of Ben Lednicky and Associates, Landscape Architects, and The Texas Opry House.His volunteer organizations included: Ben Johnson Roping and Cutting (Cystic Fibrosis), Red Adair-Jackie Sherrill Charity Golf Tournament, Theatre Under the Stars, Alley Theatre, Pin Oak Charity Horse Show. He had a special bond with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo participating with various committees achieving Lifetime Membership status in 2007. He was especially proud of winning the HLSR World Championship Barbecue Contest in 1978 as a member of the Hernia Hill Ranch and Cattle Co. He was a member and served as vice chairman of the Texas State Board of Landscape Architect Examiners and served as an Advisory Trustee with the National Wildflower Research Center. Additionally, he was a member of the Capitol Grounds Advisory Committee. He served as his class ('62) agent from 1977 until 1982. He served as president and founding member of the Southwest Houston A&M Club as well as Vice President of the Former Students Association.He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin Joseph Lednicky and Billie Ellis Radle Lednicky. He is survived in death by his sisters Laura Arney and husband Paul of Mabank, Marilyn Gostecnik of Houston, and Carolyn Giles of Austin. Also surviving are his son, Kyle Lednicky and his wife Leigh of Sugar Land, three step daughters, Robin Rogers Antonio and her husband John of Norman, Oklahoma, ReNae Rogers Scott and her husband Bill of Sugar Land, Rebecca Wanza Wineburg of Plano and step son, John Bradley Rogers of Ft, Myers, Florida. He was known as Papa and adored by his 10 grandchildren: Alexander Antonio, Victoria Antonio, Nicole Antonio, William Scott, Reagan Scott, Madison Wineburg, Colby Wineburg, Cayden Wineburg, Logan Lednicky, and Addison Lednicky. He also leaves behind his loving friend Brenda Pavlow, her children Melissa, Trevor and family.Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six o clock until eight o'clock in the evening on Sunday the 9th day of March at Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive. Memorial services will be conducted at twelve o'clock noon on Monday the 10th day of March in the Jasek chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive. A private interment to be held at the Houston National Cemetery at a later date. Serving as pallbearers will be Charles Arnold, Dolph Arnold, Phil Agnew, Tom Kennerly, Harry Green, Lupe Fraga, Lloyd Little, Ronnie Moore, Steve Stevens, and Mike Swan. Honorary pallbearers are Ernest Davis, Lynn Gostecnik, Charlie Hammonds, John Lindsey, Juan Lobo, Bob Meiers, Mike O'Connell, Maurey Rubin, George Shanks, Mike Walker, Chris Wall, and Bob Wright.For those desiring, the family suggests memorial donations be made to: National Multiple Sclerosis Society or Fort Bend County A&M Club Scholarship Fund, PO Box 16684 Sugar Land, TX 77496, attn: Ben Lednicky Scholarship Fund. He will be remembered as a man of God, for his love of his family, his dedication to his friends and the manner in which he celebrated life.
Published in the Houston Chronicle from 3/7/2008 - 3/8/2008.