Wesley H. Hradek
March 3, 1924 – March 7, 2018
Wesley H. Hradek passed away Wednesday March 7, 2018. He was born March 3, 1924 in Chicago IL, to Louis and Anna Hradek and attended Farragut HS pursuing music. After graduating, he entered the US Army in 1943, and served as a forward weather observer in the Pacific Islands until his honorable discharge in 1946. Mr. Hradek returned home to continue his education at Northwestern University in Chicago, and upon graduation with a music degree, took a job teaching orchestra at Bowie High School and later at Burges HS, as well as various elementary and middle schools in the El Paso School District, retiring after 38 years. He became a member of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra in 1951 playing violin, and occasionally served as concertmaster, retiring after 40+ years of dedicated service. Mr. Hradek was a central figure in the local classical music scene, regularly performing with musicians such as Abraham Chavez, Bruce Nehring, Robert Semon, Lucy Scarbrough, Ruth Lewis and Joe Cueto. He continued teaching privately, and throughout his career mentored thousands of students who still seek him out to say thank you.
Mr. Hradek is survived by his beloved wife Lillian Romo Hradek, sons Mark and Michael, grandchildren Lindsey, Noah, Taylor, Adam and Rachel and great-grandchildren Colton, James, Elani and Wesley Jr., daughters-in-law Deborah and Whitney, niece Deborah Brown and a nephew Randy Hradek. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Lou Hradek, and great grandson Colton.
Visitation will be at Crestview Funeral Home at 1462 N. Zaragosa on Thursday March 15, from 4 – 9pm with a Rosary at 7pm. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Raphael Catholic Church, 2301 Zanzibar on Friday, March 16 at 12:30pm, followed immediately by burial at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery at 5200 Fred Wilson Ave at 2pm. The family requests that donations be made to the EPISD Fine Arts Program of your choice.
Wes, your calm, gentle soul will be missed. Vaya con Dios.
- Lillian D. Hradek, Wife
- Mark F. Hradek, Son
- Michael D. Hradek, Son
5 great grandchildren
- Visitation Thursday, March 15, 2018
- Vigil Service Thursday, March 15, 2018
- Funeral Mass Friday, March 16, 2018
Wesley H. Hradek
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March 22, 2018
Wesley will be greatly missed by the Sack family, He had a great impact on us. He was like a brother to my father John Slack. As they grew up in the Chicagoland area my father (who passed a short while ago) was an only child and Wes and his whole family embraced him as family. Though they were cousins they spent much time together in their youth. I had the pleasure to be in his presence as he visited to Chicago. I could see he was a gracious and kind man and I was the better for knowing him. I will say the same for Lil. As Wes stayed in touch with my father over the years I could see he was a special man.
Mark and Dominick even though you were vary young when you visited us in Northbrook I remember it like it was just a short time ago. Consider it a blessing to have such a great father. Your whole family is an inspiration. God Bless.
Carmen S Gonzalez
March 16, 2018
I am with you in spirit I am sorry I can't be in person I am very sick I love all of you very much hope to see you as soon as I can
March 10, 2018
Wes was the most upstanding man I have ever had the honor of knowing. He was not only my father in law, he was a my Godfather, who always gave me his perfect wisdom and perfect guidance. The absence and void my heart feels can never be replaced! I will miss you for eternity Poppa! You're not too bad looking yourself! I love you, til we met again ❤