Reverend Henry E. Beseda Jr.

February 17, 1920September 16, 2013
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Reverend Henry Earnest. Beseda, Jr. was born in Port Lavaca, Texas on February 17, 1920, and dedicated his entire life to the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. His parents, the late Reverend and Mrs. Henry E. Beseda, Sr. inculcated Henry the tenets of the Christian faith through the Presbyterian Church and the Unity of the Brethren. Henry’s father pastored in Texas rural community churches for both denominations. His mother, the late Mrs. Julia Rose Chernosky Beseda studied to be a missionary at a Methodist seminary in Pennsylvania, prior to marriage as a pastor’s wife and mother of nine children. Reverend Beseda was married to Mrs.Carolyn Filipp Beseda, a retired public school teacher and professional musician/part-time insurance agent. Reverend Beseda’s education included studies in Alice, Texas and Holdenville, Oklahoma culminating with a high school diploma earned from West High School in West, Texas, where the family had later moved. His extra-curricular activities included playing halfback for three years on the West Varsity Football Team, as well as as active participation in the West Czech Club. During his lifetime, he was an avid sportsman, being competitive in both golf as well as bowling. He often caused much younger players to gaze in awe at his skills in these sports. Advanced education included studies at the Schreiner Institute, Texas Tech University, University of Texas and the Austin Presbyterian Seminary. This culminated in the following earned degrees: Associate Degree-Schreiner Institute, 1939; Bachelor of Business Administration-University of Texas, 1947; and the Bachelor of Divinity-Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 1951. The Certificate of Ordination was bestowed upon Henry Beseda in June, 1951 in Caldwell, Texas of Burleson County. A past, proud U.S. Veteran, Henry served courageously with the United States Navy during world War II as Yeoman-First Class, on the U.S.S. Oakland in the Pacific Theatre. He served from October 1941 until October, 1945. He returned to his home state of Texas via the U.S.S. Texas from Honolulu, Hawaii. It was during Henry’s service to his country that he heard God’s call to pursue the ministry. Reverend Beseda’s travels have included two trips to the Holy Land, missionary work in Honduras and shorter excursions to destinations here in the United States. He has always enjoyed travel and learning about new and exciting things. An avid reader, he read the newspaper from front to back in one sitting with his favorite cup of coffee and maybe a kolach. Years ago, Henry served as the “Kolach King” of the Caldwell Kolache Festival, a Czech festival held every fall in central Texas. His wife honored his private time of reading, knowing that this was one of his joys of life, as well as a few favorite shows watched on television. Regarding cuisine, seafood prepared by his wife, Carolyn, was one of his favorites. Henry’s faithfulness to his God had always been evident as he served first as the Beseda’s family pastor officiating at baptisms, marriages and family funerals and reunions. He pastored the Brethren at the Westheimer and Cy-Fair Community Churches until his recent hospitalization, following a major stroke with complications. Regarding the Unity of the Brethren, at large, he again served families throughout the state regarding baptisms, confirmation classes, vacation bible schools, Sunday schools, church meetings, church conventions and other activities. Awarded a plaque in July of this year on the sixty-second anniversary of his ordination, he was honored at the Unity of the Brethren Church Convention held in Taylor, Texas, on July 19, 2013. He had previously served as President of the Synodical Board of the Unity of the Brethren, President of the Mutual Aid Society and held many offices, including President, on the Hus School Board of Trustees for years: 1957-1965, 1969-1977, and 1986-1995. In earlier years during the 1950’s -1980’s, he was a Lead Instructor with Rev. and Mrs. John Baletka at the Hus School Encampment, Caldwell, Texas. Many Brethren fondly remember Henry as their inspiring pastor/counselor during their camping experiences which included Christian learning and Christ-centered activities. Since Reverend Beseda’s ordination, he has pastored in the following Unity of the Brethren churches: Rosenberg, Caldwell, Nelsonville, Houston, Austin, Snook, New Tabor, Dime Box, Placedo, Shiner, West, Vsetin, Smithville, Buckholts, Cy-Fair and Westheimer. Besides his church membership, Reverend Beseda was affiliated and served with the following organizations: Burleson County Ministerial Alliance, American Legion, Chapter 451-Chaplain, VFW,Chapter 4458-Chaplain, SPJST-Czech Choir, R.V.O.S. Lodge # 108, Germania Insurance, Schreiner University Alumni ,Burleson County Hospital Auxiliary-Chaplain, Caldwell Senior Citizens-Chairman of the Board, Habitat for Humanity, Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Forever Young Committee, Copperas Hollow Country Club, Snook Lions Club-Past President, Czech Heritage Society and Czech Center Museum Houston. He was an active Mason and past Chaplain in the Warren Lodge No. 56, A.F. & A.M. On January 21, 2012, Henry was awarded the coveted Golden Trowel Award from his Masonic chapter and in 1987 was named the Burleson County Outstanding Senior Citizen for his altruism in this county. Reverend Henry Beseda, Jr. is preceded in death by his parents, Reverend and Mrs. Henry E. Beseda, Sr. three brothers-Woodrow, Joseph Maitland and Robert Beseda; four sisters-Maravene Beseda, Orbin Vance, Julia Bradshaw and Effie Howell. Survivors include: Wife-Carolyn Filipp Beseda; Sister-Florene and Husband, Jerome Mrazek and fourteen nieces and nephews.

Reverend Beseda’s wishes were to have memorials in his memory made to The Hus Encampment, c/o Mr. Ron Kruger, P O Box 1225, Taylor, Texas, 76574.


  • Visitation Friday, September 20, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 21, 2013

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Bill Klozik

November 1, 2013

May God Bless this nice man whom I had the pleasure of meeting after he married my little cousin Caroline Francine. He served his brothers and sisters well and lived a great, long life.. Our best wishes for his surviving family.
~~Bill & Shirley Klozik, N Richland Hills, TX

Dorothy & Larry W. Pflughaupt

October 21, 2013

A true Christian in his entirety of Life, Body and Mind. This kind, gentle man inspired many lives, and he will long be remembered.

October 17, 2013

Peace and love. God bless!

September 28, 2013

Rev. Henry touched so many lives with his smile. On May 30, 1970 Rev. Henry married Betty and Herbert Neimann. As her minister and teacher at Hus School, Betty experienced Rev. Henry's love and trust in the Trinity. He was truly a man of faith who blessed everyone who met and knew him. Rev. Henry, you are a special soul that will be missed and remembered.

Blessings! Herb and Betty Neimann

September 28, 2013

Brother Henry was an inspiration to the Franta and Blinka families. Lillian and Billy Franta first met Brother Henry when his father held church services at the Fayetteville Brethren Church. Brother Henry and his father would spend the night at the home of John and Sophie Franta. On October 6, 1946, Brother Henry's father married Lillian and Harry Blinka. On May 30, 1970, Brother Henry married Lillian and Harry's daughter, Betty and Herbert Neimann at the Caldwell Brethren Church. Brother Henry was a fine, caring advocate for Christ's teachings. He will be missed, but not forgotten. Sincerely, Lillian Franta Blinka

Eldie and Lena German Whitsel Family

September 27, 2013

Our condolonces to Carolyn and all of Brother Henry's family. He was so loving and so sweet in his love of our Lord. He was a blessing to all of the Brethern Church and especially to the Dime Box Community. He will be missed.

September 23, 2013

Rev. Beseda has a long history with my family which goes back to his father marrying my mom & dad (Adolph & Theresa Kretschmar) in 1947 and then on May 12, 1979 Rev. Beseda Jr. married my husband and I. He was true man of God and will be greatly missed by many.
Charlene & John Vogelsang
Cameron, Texas

September 23, 2013

Brother Henry married Roger & Annie (Polasek) Runnels, March 10, 1973. In 2005 I was honored to be "Best Man" at Brother Henry's and Carolyn's wedding, on Dec. 24, 2005. Thanks Brother Henry for your service to God, Country and Mankind. Another Angel is now in Heaven. Love, Roger & Annie Runnels and Family.

Don Fruin

September 22, 2013

Henry was very special man, I only knew him for a short time, but I was very impressed with his love for his Lord and his wife. He had a genteel way of letting people know he cared about you and the things in your life. His singing voice was clean, clear and ready to praise God when ever the time was right. I will miss his easy smile.

Lisa Martinez

September 21, 2013

Brother Henry has a long history with our family, married my parents in 66, baptism, and funerals. From Caldwell Brethren Church to Houston Brethren Church, Reverend Beseda was a great minister and will be missed by many, especially the Unity of the Brethren. Prayers and sympathy to his family, may he rest in peace.