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William "Bill" Pokluda

1922 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
William "Bill" Pokluda Obituary
William "Bill" Pokluda went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 21, 2014. Bill was a devoted husband, a proud father, a loving grandfather, an adored great-grandfather, wonderful father-in-law, a devoted Christian and civic enthusiast. Bill was a proud and loving patriarch of his family. He will be remembered by all for his devotion to his family, his dedication to Rosen Heights Baptist Church, his loyalty and passion for the city of Fort Worth and his service to our country. His kind heart, big warm smile and gentle soul will be missed and remembered by so many. Funeral: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Rosen Heights Baptist Church. Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rosen Heights Baptist Church, 2524 Roosevelt Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76164. Bill was born April 21, 1922, and was the son of Charles Ludwig and Mary Stangel Pokluda who came over from Czechoslovakia and settled in Fort Worth to raise their family. Bill grew up on the "North Side" and graduated in 1940 from North Side High School. After he graduated, he went to work for Montgomery Ward, where he met the love of his life, Aliene Bridges. He asked Aliene to marry him before he joined the Navy and served on Saipan during World War II. When he returned, they married and shared a lifetime of 62 years together. They raised four boys: Eddy, Paul, Rick and Steve, and from then on the Pokluda name became a household name on the North Side, most everyone knew and loved the Pokluda family. Bill was a family man. There were no limits to what he would do for any one of them. He adored his wife and their deep love for one another was admired by everyone. They were two individuals who came together as one and made quite a team who worked hard, had fun, loved all around them and loved each other. He loved his four boys, and they all loved him. He loved sports, he followed all of his four boys' sports activities. He taught them all integrity, hard work, kindness and selflessness. And they all still live by these lessons to this day. And to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, he was the most loving, sweet, devoted "Papaw." For all of them, there was no safer or more comfortable place than to sit on Papaw's lap. A simple visit with Papaw on a Sunday afternoon in his living room seemed to make everything OK. At the center of his family, hard work and civic duty was his faith. He was a member of Rosen Heights Baptist Church for over 70 years. Countless hours of his time were spent up at the church doing whatever was needed. Bill served on the property committee and they could repair or fix anything. He was a longtime deacon of the church, served faithfully on the Treasury Committee (Baptists call this "the money counters"), served as superintendent of Junior 3B Sunday School department and as secretary to many other departments. His unconditional love and dedication to Rosen Heights Baptist Church are immeasurable. Bill had a way of accepting whatever came his way with no more than a shrug and had open arms to anyone or any request from others. Bill worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 38 years. He was a dedicated employee who literally never missed a day of work. In fact, in 38 years, never took a sick day. He was one of those employees companies now dream of: He was honest, loyal, fair, friendly and never complained; he just did the job put in front of him. However, all of the many hours he spent working at the Post Office could be equally matched with the hours he spent volunteering outside of his paying job. He was the utmost volunteer. Both he and his wife, Aliene, spent whatever spare time they had, serving their family and serving others. Bill had an undying love and deep appreciation for the city of Fort Worth and especially the North Side. He could talk for hours about the history of Fort Worth and anything North Side and answer any question about them. He was a trustee for the North Fort Worth Historical Society, city of Fort Worth Community Development Council and member of the North Side Neighborhood Association. He also served as president of the North Side High School Steer Club and a longtime coach of girls' softball for Rosen Heights Baptist Church. He always enjoyed a good ol' barbecue sandwich from Riscky's! He was preceded in death by his wife, Aliene; father and mother, Charles and Mary; brothers, Cecil and Carl; grandson, Austin; and great-grandson, Christopher. Survivors: Sons, Eddy and wife, Kathy, Paul, Rick and wife, Cindy, and Steve and wife, Diane; grandchildren, Michael, Kerri, Kelli, Leanne, Seth and Ian; great-grandchildren, Jacob, Garrett, Addison, Morgan, Griffin, Austin, Jackson and Mason; sisters, Mary Key Windham and Dorothy Russell; and many nieces and nephews.
Published in Star-Telegram on June 24, 2014
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