obit: Ernest Buzek
Posted: February 20, 2013
Ernest Buzek of Texas City passed away at his home on Monday, Feb. 4 at age 69. He died of cancer after a short illness. Graveside services were held on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 11:30 a.m. at the Schulenburg City Cemetery, with full military honors including a 21-gun salute by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 870.
Pallbearers were Don Steven McGary of Schulenburg, nephew; George Tofel of Schulenburg, brother-in-law; Joe Buzek of Hallettsville, cousin; Evan Darilek of Moulton, cousin; Lee Beyer of Weimar, nephew-in-law; and Elias Wood of Texas City, friend.
Born on Oct. 11, 1943, he was the son of Louis and Stazie Buzek. He was a Vietnam veteran, and Purple Heart recipient. Mr. Buzek worked as a welder, rigmaster and vacuum specialist in cryogenics. In 1996, he traveled to Florida to work at NASA with the Jack B. Kelly company. For 15 years, he ran barbecue cookoffs in Pasadena. He once operated Ernie's Cafe in downtown Schulenburg. He was also a devoted fan of the Telstars band.
Survivors include his wife, Nita Nutt Buzek; a step-daughter, Sherita Perez of Texas City; two sons, Shannon Buzek of Spring and Jeffery Buzek and wife Angel of Conroe; a step-son, Clark Covington and wife Amber of Brownwood; a sister, Joyce McGary of Schulenburg; and five grandchildren and one step-grandchild.
Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, Harvey Buzek; and a nephew.
Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.