January 27, 1930 – June 24, 2020
Chester Sugarek was born January 27, 1930 and passed away June 24, 2020. He was born in the small town of Olmos, Texas to the late William Sugarek and Angelina Sugarek. He was the youngest of three and was preceded in death by his two sisters, Virginia Rae Lartigue, and Willadine Thomas; brother in laws, Clement Lartigue and Russell Thomas, and daughter in law Debbie Sugarek.
He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Dolores Sugarek and their children Alan Sugarek, Susan Langford, Steve Sugarek (Sally), Ron Sugarek (Tamara); his seven grandchildren, Stacy Meischen (Robert), Kyle Langford (Sarah-Beth), Lynn Sugarek, Lee Sugarek (fiancée-Kate), Cayden Sugarek, Morgen Sugarek, Reagan Sugarek; four great grandchildren, Aubrey, Ryan, Jett and Lucy; beloved nieces & nephews, as well as many other close family, and friends, who all meant so much to him. Chester spent his early years in Pierce, Texas and El Campo, Texas, where he completed high school. During that time in addition to his studies, he played football, as well as trumpet in the marching band. He also played his trumpet in a dance band on weekends to earn extra spending money. He attended University of Houston on a full football scholarship and actively played for all four years, including as a member of the winning team in the Salad Bowl his senior year. He was selected as an all-conference player and that same year he received an invitation to try out for the San Francisco 49ers pro team. During his Freshman year at U of H, he met his future wife, Dolores, in an Ancient History class, and they were married on March 24, 1951. He graduated in 1953 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and began his chosen career, working for Union Oil & Gas of Louisiana, followed by Gulf Oil, Transco, and eventually retiring from Columbia Gas, all in the Houston area. While providing for his family, he still found time to coach several Fun Football and Little League teams, as well as continuing to participate in sports himself, playing golf and tennis with friends. After his retirement, he and Dolores had the opportunity to take several amazing international trips. They also formed many close friendships over the years, and enjoyed socializing, playing bridge, and traveling with them.
Chester especially loved spending time with his family making many wonderful memories including years of family fun vacationing at Schlitterbahn and Wimberley. This annual tradition still continues to this day. His generous spirit, big personality and terrific sense of humor will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
- St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Chester A. Sugarek
Wednesday, July 1, 2020