obit: Alois Paul Blinka
PORT LAVACA – Alois Paul Blinka, 18-year-old Calhoun County farmer, was killed instantly early Wednesday when a pickup truck in which he was a passenger overturned and reportedly landed on him on the Lavaca Bay Causeway on State Highway 35 a half of a mile north of Port Lavaca.
State Trooper Rich Manning of Port Lavaca said Blinka, who resided on Route 1, was passenger in a 1977 model pickup truck driven by Courtry Eugene Stidham of Bragg City, Mo., when it went out of control, overturned and came to rest on a raised median.
Manning said Blinka died from head injuries. Stidham escaped injury in the 2 a.m. accident which occurred while the pickup truck was northbound over the long structure.
The death of Blinka, a May graduate of Calhoun High School, marked the second rural traffic fatality of the year in Calhoun County.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church with the Rev. Don Burnet officiating. Burial will be in Green Lawn Gardens.
A rosary was recited Wednesday night at Richardson Funeral Home Chapel.
Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Blika, and three sisters, Deborah, Mary and Annette Blinka, all of Port Lavaca; four brothers, Albert, Mark and Edward Blinka of Port Lavaca and Anthony Blinka of Waco, and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Sternadel of Ganado and Lewis Blinka of Hillje.
Victoria Advocate, August 10, 1978
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis