Pesek, Edwin J. Edwin Joseph Pesek, passed away peacefully on October 18, 2013, at the age of 96. He was born at the family farm in Sweet Home, Texas, on March 19, 1917, to Thomas and Rose Pesek. He graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a BBA in Accounting. He enlisted in and was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps. He served his country with great pride in World War II with the 441st Squadron, 320th Bomb Group, 12th Air Force. As the pilot of a B26 bomber, he led a crew of 6 and completed 66 missions in the European theatre including missions over North Africa, Italy and southern France, and receieved numerous air medals. Following the war, Ed worked his entire career as a CPA with Magnolia Oil, later to become Mobil Oil and now Exxon Mobil. His assignments included positions in Dallas, Midland, New York and New Orleans. In his career at Mobil, he developed a circle of close lifelong friends. Ed's life was devoted to his faith, his family and his friends. He made all in his life feel special and loved, and his faith, courage, generous nature, and optimism surely contributed to his long life. Ed was active and volunteered through his church where he served as usher and through other civic organizations and veterans groups. He was active well into his 90s, always cheerful and kind to all he met. He is survived by his beloved and adoring wife of 63 years, Margaret Ann Pesek, daughter Carol Frey and husband Bob Frey, son Paul Edwin Pesek, brother Robert Pesek, grandchildren Brian Lowes, Paul Edwin Pesek, Jr. and Laura C. Pesek, and nephews and nieces Thomas Pesek, Robert Via, Marianne Garcia, Judy Pesek Skipper, Connie Ballou and Joyce Hermes and their families. His family is so proud of him and will cherish his memory. A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church, 8017 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75225. In lieu of flowers, he would desire that donations be made to the charities of one's choice.
Published in Dallas Morning News from Oct. 22 to Oct. 23, 2013