Robert S. Slovak, age 90, of Corpus Christi, passed away on October 29, 2021 following a short illness. A graveside funeral service with full military honors will be held at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery, 9974 Interstate 37, Corpus Christi, Texas on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (with a recitation of the Rosary at 7:00 p.m.) at the Sawyer-George Funeral Home, 12497 Leopard Street, Corpus Christi.
“Bob” Slovak was born on December 1, 1930, in Wichita County, Texas, to Anton A. Slovak and Justina (Halencak) Slovak. The family farmed in nearby Foard County, near Crowell, Texas. In 1951, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp and saw action in the Korean War where he sustained injuries during combat. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in 1953. He served in the Marine Reserves for several years. Following his active military service, Bob began a decades long career as a heavy equipment operator working for Slovak Brothers Construction and W.T. Young Construction. He took pride in his work and his expertise in construction was sought by many contractors.
On June 25, 1960, Bob married Judith (Judy) Miller of Weslaco, Texas. The couple settled in the Calallen area of Corpus Christi and were blessed with four daughters. Bob, proud of his Czech heritage, taught his girls to sing, polka, and waltz. Bob and his family were faithful members of the St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church, where Bob ushered and served for many years.
Bob was predeceased by his parents, brothers: Johnny Slovak, Jerry Slovak, Ernest Slovak, William Slovak, Adolf Slovak, Pete Slovak, infant Jimmy Slovak, and Frank Vanek; and sisters: Shirley Johnson, infant Dorothy Slovak, infant Patricia Slovak, Mary McNary, Jodie Ennis and Leona Pavlicek. Bob is survived by his wife, Judy, and daughters Sharon (Michael) Ragusa, Barbara (Richard) Harrell, Marilyn (John) Cornelius and Stephanie (Edward) Cinek; and nine grandchildren: Preston (Allison) Harrell, Carmen Cornelius, Audrey Harrell, Rosemary Cornelius, Grant Harrell, Troy Cinek, William (Jordan) Cinek, Joseph Ragusa and James Cinek. Bob is also survived by brothers: David Slovak, Danny Slovak and sisters: Ruth Gerik and Gladys Jares, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
The family of Bob Slovak is very proud of their “Papa” for his service to his Country, to God, his community and to his family. Bob’s six grandsons are honored to serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Military Service Detachment Honor Guard at P.O. Box 10210, Corpus Christi, Texas 78460.
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