Edward John Rozacky, age 79 years, passed away Friday, Sept. 18, 2020.
Edward John Rozacky was born Dec. 22, 1940, in Granger, to Frank Raymond Rozacky, Jr. and Matilda Gorubec Rozacky.
He attended first through eighth grades at Saint Cyril-Methodius Catholic School. He was a 1959 graduate of Granger High School. At the age of 14, Ed began working as an automotive mechanic at his Uncle Hubert Gorubec’s garage. Later in Houston, he worked at City Auto Supply and then at Pete’s Automotive Supply, where he became manager.
On Oct. 28, 1961, Ed married Amalie A. Gola at St. Mary’s Church in Taylor. In December 1965, he joined the U.S. Army and served in 4th Infantry Division in South Vietnam. He received the Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the National Defense Service Medal and Sharpshooter (Rifle).
Upon discharge in 1967, Ed returned to the automotive repair business in Houston, where he established Performance Automotive and Air Conditioning. In the 1970s, the family moved to Brenham. Here he established Brenham Auto and Air. Later, he was employed by Tarlton Supply Company and from there he retired.
Ed was involved with his children in 4-H, FFA and Washington County Fair. He was the “go to” person when anyone needed help with repairs or building projects. Ed was “The Rock” of his family. He was an avid hunter and fisherman throughout his life. As his family grew over the years, his greatest joy came from sharing the knowledge of those loved hobbies with nephews and grandsons. He was hard working, loyal, faithful and honest. Ed was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by parents, infant brother, Frankie Joe Rozacky; brothers-in-law, Joe Daniel “J.D.” Shirocky and Frankie Gola; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Urbanek and husband Allen.
Surviving family includes his wife of 58 years, Amalie Rozacky; son, Jason Rozacky and wife Lisa; daughter, Laura Krause and husband Koy; grandchildren, Kole, Ryder, Hunter, Dylan, Taylor and Emily; sister, Betty Shirocky; brother-in-law, Albert Gola and wife Patricia; numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Thursday, Sept. 24, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Services will be Friday, Sept. 25, with rosary recited at 9:30 a.m. and mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m., both at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Gregory Shirocky, Alan Shirocky, Dean Shirocky, Adam Shirocky Michael Urbanek and Rick Garza.
Honorary pallbearers will be Hunter Rozacky, Kole Krause and Albert Gola.
Memorials are requested to Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Washington County Veterans for Veteran Relief Fund or American Heart Association.
Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. Memories may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.