Vencil Mares was born in the Cistern-Kovar area of Fayette County on Nov. 10, 1923, to Stan and Lexie (Zimmerhanzel) Mares. He passed from this life Nov. 24, 2019 in Taylor.
Vencil served bravely as a medic in the 102nd EVAC unit that landed in Normandy in the Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. He also fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He earned the Bronze Star, an award for meritorious action, for serving in five battles. He never forgot those that were lost in combat. He was so very proud of his oldest great grandson that followed in his footsteps and is an Army medic, SPC Kyle Mares.
He opened Taylor Café in 1948, and was an icon in the barbeque world. He has been featured in numerous publications, including Texas Monthly and was once featured in a Super Bowl Chevrolet truck commercial. Vencil was proud and honored to have recently received the Key to the city of Taylor along with the mayor’s proclamation of declaring Nov. 10, “Vencil Mares Day.”
Vencil will be missed by all he has left behind, but all those that have gone before him – get ready, because the pits will be fired up in Heaven.
Vencil was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Fred and Daniel Mares; and sister, Della Brosch.
He is survived by his longtime friend and companion, Edith Remmel; son, Steve (Jan) Mares; daugh-ters, Cynthia (Denny) Williams and Betty Carol Leinneweber; grandchildren, Tod (Tiffany) Mares, Stephanie Woo, Chari (Scott) Matthijetz, Blake (Erica) Leinneweber, and Misty (Wade) Ujehly; great grandchildren, Kyle (Katy), Cash and Caden Mares, Doliver Brilliant-Woo, Saphire Brilliant, Piper Ujhely, and Carter and Brendan Leinneweber.
A service to celebrate Vencil’s life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 10 a.m. at Providence Fu-neral Home. Burial will take place Monday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m. on at St. Cyril and Methodius Ceme-tery in Cistern.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Cyril and Methodius Cemetery Fund, PO Box 186, Flatonia, TX 78941 or American Legion Taylor Post, Graham T. Luhn, Taylor, TX 76574.