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December 5, 2019
I would like to share the touching eulogy that was read for my grandfather at his services. Thank you to all that shared thoughts and support during this time. Victor will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

Eulogy for Br. Victor Hurych

First let me say that we in have lost a true mentor and our condolences go out to his family and all of the Sokol members who have lost a true friend. Those of you who knew Victor will not be surprised to know that he wrote much of this for his family to share with us today. It was found taped to the back of his Sokol Honorary Membership diploma.
Victor was born on April 19th, 1924, to John & Josephine Hurych (Prochaskova), in Detroit Michigan. Both of his parents were immigrants from Czechoslovakia in the early 1900s. He was preceded in death by his parents, his precious younger sister Marjorie, and his beautiful wife, Mary Frances.
Victor started in the gym in 1930 as the child of a Sokol family. He remembered gyming in summer exhibitions at Ryan Park and at Ryznars farm in Belleville. One year there was not a Junior Boys Class, so Victor gymed at the end of the Mens class.
His childhood was very unique to say the least. When Victor was around 4 years old he contracted Scarlet Fever. This left him almost completely deaf but his mother insisted he attend Regular schools, and not be treated any differently. Victor studied the Double Bass in the schools band, and also played in the Joe Kopecky band for Sokol Detroit. How he played that instrument and also learned to play the piano by ear was simply amazing. Victor could be seen on many occasions carrying that huge instrument up and down Michigan Avenue on his way to and from high school. He walked because he had used his bus fare to buy candy to satisfy a sweet tooth, one which never really left him. Victor graduated from Western High School in Detroit in 1942 and was the oldest active member of the Western High School Alumni Association. The last monthly get together he attended with the association was at Bob Evans two weeks ago.
After High School, Victor worked toward a Die Making apprenticeship at the Cadillac Motor Car Division. He entered in a co-op program at U of D College, and earned a Mechanical Engineering Degree. He went on from there to work for numerous manufacturing and Tool & Die companies. Some of these include Karmazin Manufacturing, United Metal, Marx Manufacturing, & Greenfield Tool & Die. One of his proudest accomplishments was bringing Marx manufacturing out of bankruptcy. He had an article written about that accomplishment in the Wall Street Journal. He also maintained a long-standing membership of the SAE or the Society of Automotive Engineers.
As a child Victor remembers picking up glasses and schuppers at the back of the bar during dances and plays at the old hall on Tillman & Butternut while his parents attended to their duties. His mother would be in the kitchen and his Dad would be selling beer and dinner tickets. He became a member in 1943 and at 20 a member of the Board of Directors in 1944. At that time all the meetings were held in Czech. He was the secretary of the BOD for more than 10 years, and the Treasurer for many more.
He met the love of his life, Mary Frances Orleman, on a blind date. She was a beautiful, educated, Catholic girl: Victor was smitten and they married in 1953. They were blessed with 3 children. Mary Louise, Ann Marie and Victor Jr.
Im sure that if we went through all the books over the years, we would find Victors name mentioned prominently for countless jobs. He opened the Camp clubroom after WW II and was the camp caretaker form 1948-1950. He was the President of Sokol Detroit in 1966 and 1967. He signed the mortgage papers for the $125,000.00 loan from the Slovak Gymnastic Union for the construction of the Sokol Cultural Center in Dearborn Heights, and was President again in 1972 and 73 for the Mortgage burning ceremony. During the years of 1968, 69, 70, and 71 he was the 1st and 2nd Vice-President and a delegate to the ASO convention. Victor did all of this while working, raising a family and helping his parents. He fit the axiom If you need a job done, ask a busy person.
Victors family spent every summer at a cottage at Sokol Camp. He had been going there himself since his childhood when Victors father, John built it in the 1930s. John Hurych was one of the contributing Sokol members who helped Sokol Detroit purchase Sokol Camp property. Victor could frequently be found under someones cottage fiddling with their water pumps. In the evenings, after arriving at the lake from work, he could be found in a row boat, fly fishing, and on Saturday evenings he was in the clubroom gathering together other members for a game or two or three of Euchre. He was one of the first cottage owners to purchase a speed boat, and many of you here today first learned to water ski at the back of that boat. Victor loved Sokol Camp, all that it provided and stood for, and will always be remembered walking up and down the Hill.
Victor also loved to drive and took his family all around the United States on annual vacations which sometimes included a side trip to an American Sokol National Slet.
He was an avid bowler and bowled in the CSA league for over 50 years. He attended their annual tournament and later, his son Vic Jr. joined him as his doubles partner and teammate. They traveled together all over the US for the annual spring tournament. Victor stopped bowling less than one year ago when he was 94 years old.
Victor was referred to as Grandpa by his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Over the years he attended, sporting events, recitals, birthdays, weddings, and other activities for all his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He even met and held his newest great grandchild Evan Hampton last month.
Finally, Sokol Detroit must say thank you to Victor and his family for all the years of devotion and love that he gave to Sokol. Our memories of Victor are many. He was just always around: at meetings, at functions, on committees, playing cards in the clubroom (at the hall and at Sokol camp.), selling tickets, tending bar, walking on the hill at Sokol Camp, picking up the mail, checking the insurance policies, paying bills, going to Lansing when the State questioned our existence and always supporting, supporting, supporting. He played Euchre at the camp on the Friday before the hayride and we were grateful to see him at the Annual Sokol Dinner Party on Sunday, November 3rd, 2019.
Victor was always non-judgmental and non-confrontational. His thoughts and deeds were for the betterment of Sokol Detroit. He never expected anything in return. Victor was a member of the Unit Property Committee, formerly known as the Board of Directors from 1944 thru 2012 or 68 years. He held every position during those years. He was on the Scholarship committee, which he helped form, the Slet Committee as one of the Treasurers, the Bingo committee, and the Budget and Finance committee, and he only missed meetings when he was ill or hospitalized. He had been, in his own words on just about every committee Sokol Detroit has and has held almost every office at one time or another. It was his avocation. Victor never asked why someone else didnt do the job he just kept doing whatever he could. His knowledge and expertise were valuable to Sokol Detroit and his mentorship and memories will be sorely missed. His dedication to Sokol showed in the way he always accomplished his roles with dignity, grace and a gentle touch.
Victor leaves behind his daughters Mary Lou and Ann Marie. His son Victor Jr. and wife Diane. His Grandchildren Derrick & wife Angie, Brian and Karen Fair, Rachel & Ken Molter, Melissa & Mike Hampton, and Rebecca & Derek Jones. Also, his great grandchildren, Miles, Isaac & Cooper Fair, Hannah & Madison Molter, Roger Parker III, and Vera & Evan Hampton.

Sokol Detroit wants to thank you Victor for all of your years of dedicated service with a final NAZDAR.


December 3, 2019
Ann,
I pray that you find peace, comfort, & strength from the memories you shared with your Dad. God Bless you & your family. SaMia
December 3, 2019
Dear Ann, I am praying for you and your family.
December 1, 2019
Dear Mary Lou.
I wanted to let you know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I remember your dad from spending time at your home many years ago when we played basketball.
Blessings..
Paula Chermside
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