April 11, 1917 – March 7, 2005
Leon D. Yezak, Sr., 87, of Marlin, Falls Co., Texas, passed away Monday, March 7, 2005, at Falls Community Hospital in Marlin.
Rosary was be recited at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, 2005 at the Bremond Funeral Home with family visitation following. Services were at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 11, 2005 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Marlin with Father Chris Ferrer officiating. Burial followed at Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin.
Mr. Yezak was born April 11,1917, in Bremond, Texas, to Kie and Josephine (Klotz) Yezak. He was very proud of serving his country during WWII as part of the Company D 103rd Infantry division of the United States Army. From February 1941 through September 1945, he served in several locations throughout the South Pacific Ocean, including New Zealand, New Caledonia, New Guinea, New Georgia, Guadalcanal and others of the Solomon Islands, the Russell Islands and Luzon of the Phillipines. During actual combat he was attached at times to PT Squadron No 9. He received a Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 Bronze Star Good Conduct Medal and an Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Stars.
He married Pauline Muzyka on January 23, 1946. They were married for 59 years After spending a few years in Bremond, they made their home in Marlin, where he worked as head plumber at the VA Hospital until his retirement.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Herman, Ted, Dan, Mitchell, Andrew and Edmund Yezak.
He is survived by his wife, Pauline Yezak; two sons, Charles Ray Yezak, Sr, and wife Nellie, and Leon D. Yezak, Jr. and wife Sue, all of Marlin; six grandchildren, Charles Ray Yezak, Jr., and wife, Maria of Tampa, Florida, Christi and Kimberly Yezak of Marlin, Danny Yezak and wife Shelley of Hutto, Denise Bachert and husband David of Katy, and Ashley Yezak and wife Jessica of Riesel; five great-grandchildren, Dylan Hamlin and Emma Yezak, Elizabeth and Rebekah Bachert and Kaitlyn Yezak; one sister, Helen Kleypas of Marlin, and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbears were Charles Yezek Jr., Danny Yezak, Ashley Yezak, David Bachert, Gearld Yezak and Robert Yezak.
Leon was a caring and loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend He will forever be remembered for the interesting stories he told about the past and will be greatly missed by his family, the pride and joy of his life.
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