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George Rybak


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George Rybak Obituary
RYBAK, George April 22, 1929 to July 21, 2018 George Rybak was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia to Jaroslav and Marie Rybak. As a young boy, he experienced first-hand the terror of World War II and the arrest of his parents by the Nazis. Then in 1948, when the USSR took control of the government, George, active in the Democratic (Resistance) Movement, was forced to flee Czechoslovakia to avoid imprisonment himself. He escaped into West Germany, then England, and eventually found his way to America as a political refugee. As soon as he set foot in New York City, he began the process of applying for American citizenship. Shortly after that, he moved to California to pursue post-graduate studies at USC and UCLA to help in his chosen career as a food technologist. He was married to Donna Pogrell from 1958 to 1977, and together they founded what grew into a very successful company called Flavorcraft, which produced a variety of extracts and flavorings used by many different food production companies. After 25 years at the helm of Flavorcraft, George made plans to retire in Austin, TX. George was a man of varied interests: skiing, hunting, fishing, art, cooking and building model ships were among them. A member of the Freemasons, George rose to the high office of Worshipful Master. In 1993, George obtained dual citizenship status with the newly established Czech Republic. He regularly travelled to Prague and enjoyed a good relationship with his relatives there. In 2011, after the sudden death of his daughter, Vickie, George began attending a Bible study at Bannockburn Baptist Church with his fiancé, Bette Mayfield. There, George re-discovered his faith in Christ. It was that faith which sustained him during his final struggle with Dementia. Bette and her family, along with a host of caring helpers from Encompass Health and Hospice, filled George's last days with comfort and love. He will be sorely missed. A Memorial Celebration will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, August 12, 2018 in the Worship Center at Bannockburn Baptist Church 7100 Brodie Lane. For a more complete story of this remarkable man's life, please visit www.cookwaldenforestoaks.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Aug. 5, 2018
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