obit: William "Bill" J. Vavra
William (Bill) J. Vavra, 68, passed away at the Ennis Regional Medical Center on Thursday, September 29, 2011.
Bill was born in Ennis, Texas, to Albin and Clara (Vrla) Vavra on December 6, 1942. He grew up in Ennis and graduated from St. John High School in 1960. He attended Navarro College and North Texas State University. On August 16, 1990, he married Lou Simpson and they made their home in Ennis. He served his country in the Texas National Guard.
He worked for the United States Postal Service for more than thirty-five years starting out as a Mail Carrier then moving to Clerk, Supervisor of Mail and finally to Post Master in Midlothian until his retirement in 1999. He was a member of St. John Catholic Church, SPJST, RVOS, and Sokol. He enjoyed restoring old tractors, working with wood and spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife: Lou Vavra of Ennis; two sons: Danny Vavra and his wife, Krissy of Kyle and Darren Davis and his wife, Heather of Rockett; three daughters: Christi and her husband, David Carson of Waco, Leah and her husband, Richard Watson of Ennis and Rhonda and her husband, Steve Jones of Frisco; twelve grandchildren: two great-grandchildren and one sister, Dorothy and her husband, Wesley Prachyl of Ennis. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will take place on Sunday, October 2, 2011, from 4 until 6 p.m. in the J.E. Keever Mortuary Chapel of Ennis with Rosary being at 5 p.m. A Celebration of his Life will take place on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 10 a.m. in the J.E. Keever Mortuary Chapel with Father John Dick officiating. A private burial will be held under the direction of J.E. Keever Mortuary, Inc.
The family requests donations be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 8111 LBJ Freeway # 425, Dallas, Texas 75240.