obit: Marvin James Vanicek Sr.
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Marvin James Vanicek Sr., 66, of Hot Springs, Ark., passed away peacefully in a local hospital on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010.
Marvin was born and raised in Temple, Texas, before moving to Kerrville and then to Hot Springs.
He was predeceased by his parents, Johnnie H. and Lydia A. (Klinkovsky) Vanicek.
He will be dearly missed by his son, Marvin Vanicek Jr. and wife, Melanie, of Kerrville; his daughter, Michele Pappagallo and husband, Al, of Hot Springs; his sister, Anna Bradberry and husband, John, of Denver, Colo.; his brother, Ronnie Vanicek and wife, Sara, of Ballinger, Texas. Also his granddaughters, Brittany and Jordan Rubac of Texas; and great-grandson, Justis Alexander of Texas; along with countless other friends and family who were blessed to know him.
Marvin will be especially remembered for his long career in Texas law enforcement. He served as a Temple police officer, a Bell County Sheriff’s deputy and as the Precinct 3 constable of Bell County, Texas, for many years. He also was very proud of his work as a security officer with the Department of Justice at the U.S. Attorney’s office in Waco, Texas, where he made many special friends.
Marvin loved to travel and was able to visit more than 30 states and five foreign countries in his lifetime. He especially enjoyed his trip to Germany and the Czech Republic due to his tremendous love of World War II history and his Czech ancestry.
His fondest passions were hunting, fishing and antiquing, and he loved the time he spent doing all three.
Services will be private.
Friends desiring to do so are encouraged to make a contribution to the charity of their choice.
Cremation arrangements are with Gross Funeral Home in Hot Springs.