OBITUARY

Ogene John Pomykal

September 1, 1928September 22, 2020
Play Tribute Movie

Ogene John Pomykal, age 92, of Mont Belvieu, Texas, passed away Tuesday, September 22, 2020. O. J. was born on the family farm near Rosebud, Texas, September 1, 1928. He was one of eight children born to Mate and Joe Pomykal.

Growing up during the depression years, he learned early how to work hard and waste nothing. He was married to Bettye Hrozek Pomykal for 68 years. He worked for Shell Chemical in Deer Park, Texas. In February 1947, O. J. enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, and was a member of the 6507th communications squadron, decoding classified communications for the Pacific air command at Hickam Air Force Base on Oahu, Hawaii. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and volunteered for duty in Guam before leaving the Air Force.

He was a member of the Mont Belvieu First United Methodist Church and Cedar Bayou Masonic Lodge. He was the final surviving member of Mont Belvieu’s first city council where he served as the first city secretary-treasurer and two terms as city councilman. After taking early retirement at age 56, O.J. and his wife moved to Lake Limestone. While there he taught his grandchildren and many grand nieces and nephews how to fish. The most important part was how to hold the fish so that it looked even bigger in the pictures. When he wasn’t fishing, hunting deer or various game birds, he enjoyed arguing with the grandkids about whose fish was just a little bit bigger. In their home, he and Bettye hosted many fish fries for friends and family. OJ was known for his beautiful, productive vegetable gardens. Many neighbors and friends benefited from his garden bounty.

OJ was preceded in death by his wife, Bettye in January 2020, infant son Andrew Paul, brother Amos, and sisters Lil and Alda. He is survived by son Mike (Gayla) Pomykal of Mont Belvieu, daughters Nancy (Maurice) Nelson of Iola, Jeannie (Craig) Sonnier of Georgetown and Peggy Meyers of Baytown. Also, grandsons Christopher Sonnier of Boston, MA; Steven Sonnier of Katy; Shane (Michelle) Portis of League City; granddaughters Claudia (Jason) Johnston, Mandy (Joseph) Wright, Gayla Brooke (Brad) Hicks all of Mont Belvieu; Emily (Erivan) DeLaCruz of Bryan; Paula (Doug) Nelson Honkamp of Phoenix, AZ; great grandsons Liam Portis and Jack DeLaCruz. Pallbearers will be Chris Sonnier, Steve Sonnier, Shane Portis, Jason Johnston, Joseph Wright, Brad Hicks, Erivan DeLaCruz and Doug Honkamp (Honorary).

The family would like to thank Meryl Edmeade and Paula Greene for taking great care of our loved one. Thank you also to Faith Community Hospice LLC for your care and support.

The family will received friends from 10 - 11 a.m., Monday, September 28, 2020, at Navarre Funeral Home, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, Texas 77521. The funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Magnolia Park Cemetery in Dayton, TX.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, September 28, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, September 28, 2020

  • Burial

    Monday, September 28, 2020

Memories

Ogene John Pomykal

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY
Jackie Carol Watson (Armstrong)

October 2, 2020

When Larry Joe and I were about 5 to 6 years old, Uncle Gene would offer us "2 bits" a piece if we'd fight each other at family gatherings. It was his joke but it never failed to ruffle my Mother's feathers! Congratulations Uncle Gene on a successful life well lived and so very well loved. Our families will will miss you so much.
Our sincere condolences to all of his children and their children.
Jackie Carol and Ben Watson

Gayla Hicks

September 25, 2020

I keep trying to find the words to express how very much I love you, and the great hole I feel with your passing. I’ve looked up poems I could post, and those don’t do it justice. Paw Paw, you were a life force to me and to this family. We all just naturally gravitated towards you. Your stories, your sense of humor, your easy going smile just drew people in. I could be happy just sitting with you and not saying a word. You just brought a peace and calm to my life. PawPaw, I’m not sure what we will do without you. And it makes me sad thinking of big moments in my life that you won’t be here to witness. But that’s me being selfish. I’m so grateful for the time that God gave us with you and that you are no longer in pain. These past few weeks have been hard as we watched you lose that wonderful smile of yours. And I have great peace knowing you are pain free and in the arms of your love again. While I can’t have you physically here, I know you and Grannye will be watching over us all. And that makes me smile. I love you two more than y’all will ever know. It’s not goodbye. It’s just see you again.

Shane Portis

September 25, 2020

I just still can't believe they are both gone now.

But I will always remember these in regards to Paw Paw. He loved giving everyone a hard time, but in a good way. And just like with Granny he made sure you never left their house hungry, or without taking a bunch of stuff home as he would often throw open his freezers and pack you some vegetables, fish and whatever random meat he had. He also had a really big stubborn streak, which is probably why he has lived so long lol.

But two things I will personally keep with me is first how much fun it was to be able to go out in his boat and be on the water with him, and all the things he has taught us about fishing. And second, is because of him our shared love for John Wayne movies! He and Granny had a metric ton of his VHS tapes and every visit I would always watch a couple with him.

Paw Paw, I'm sure you knew, but you will be terribly loved and missed! I just hope you and Granny are both better up there! 💗

SHERRY GOEKE

September 24, 2020

Our families spent a lot of time together back when we were growing up & then when Bettye & OJ were at Limestone, we would swing by & visit. Always good times. Will miss him but its comforting to know he is with Bettye and my mom now up in heaven. So sorry for the family's loss.

Jimmy Hook

September 24, 2020

Mike I'm so sorry for the lost of your love one. My thoughts an prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Jimmy Hook

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Learn more about the Pomykal name

VISIT ANCESTRY.COM