RAYMONDVILLE, TX. - John Thomas Zdansky, 86, a beloved member of the Lyford, Raymondville community and a well known and respected farmer in Willacy County passed away peacefully on September 6, 2013.
John, born in Corpus Christi, Texas, on December 12, 1926, was the second child of Frank and Antonia (Kajs) Zdansky. John spent his youth in Corpus Christi, attending grade school at Kostoryz Elementary school and later St. John's Seminary in San Antonio for three years before returning to Corpus Christi to complete his high school education at Corpus Christi Miller High.
Following his graduation from high school in 1945, John enlisted in the U.S. Army and completed his training at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio and Fort Bliss in El Paso. He excelled in the Army and was quickly promoted to the rank of Sergeant where he enjoyed a successful stint, training soldiers to use anti-aircraft artillery. He served honorably throughout World War II and completed his successful army career at the conclusion of the war.
In September, 1949, he relocated to Raymondville, Texas, in Willacy County, where he began his farming career. Farming consisted of growing cotton, grain sorghum and occasionally a field of onions. John spent the balance of his career as a proud and successful farmer in the Lyford and Raymondville area.
In November 1951, John married Aloisie Krupala from Harlingen, Texas.
In addition to his wife Aloisie of 61 years, John is survived by his six children, Eileen Corley (Davis) of Midland, John Zdansky Jr. (Ann) of Magnolia, Diane Busse (Dale) of Lyford, Nancy Douglas (Keith) of Austin, Tracy Zamora (Albert) of Alice, and Sharon Easter (Dean) of Sealy. John and Aloisie have 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
John was a faithful member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Raymondville, Texas for over 45 years. He was a member of organizations such as SPJST, KJT, Farm Bureau and American Legion Post 0364. He also served as President of the School Board for the Lyford CISD, and a member of Lyford Gin Board. After retiring from farming, John would frequently visit the Lyford Gin making sure to stop in daily to enjoy friendship and coffee with his fellow farmers and a lively game of dominoes.
Visitation will be held on Monday, September 9, 2013 from 8:00 A.M. to 9:00 PM and resume Tuesday, September 10, 2013 from 8:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. with family accepting friends from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. A holy rosary will be recited Tuesday at 7:00 P.M. at Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 1157 W. Hidalgo Ave., Raymondville, Texas 78580.
A celebration of John's life will be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 464 S. 1st St., Raymondville, Texas 78580.
A funeral procession led by the Patriot Guard Riders will lead to his final place of rest in the Mont Meta Memorial Park Cemetery, State Hwy 345 in San Benito, Texas where military graveside services will be conducted by The American Legion Post 205.
Honored to serve as pallbearers will be Davis Corley, Dale Busse, Keith Douglas, Albert Zamora, Dean Easter, Stanley Konarik, Donnie Konarik, and Meinard Kutra.
Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Krupala, Daniel Lefner, Emil Lefner, and Frankie Lefner.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Raymondville, Texas, or a
, in his memory.The family extends gratitude to the caregivers Rose, Jessica, Tommie, and Terri for their constant care and support through the last years.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the caring hands of Good Shepherd Funeral Home.
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Published in Valley Morning Star on Sept. 9, 2013