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Earthman Funeral Directors

8303 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Rudolph Joseph Netek, Jr.

October 29, 1950November 7, 2019
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Rudolph Joseph Netek, Jr., age 69, passed away on Thursday, November 7, 2019 in Houston, TX. He was born on October 29, 1950 in Corpus Christi to Rudolph Joseph Netek, Sr. and Vlasta Cykala Netek. He attended Corpus Christi Academy from 1965-1968, but graduated from Mary Carroll High School in 1968. He graduated from Texas A&M University with his Bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1972.

Rudy started at Peat, Marwick & Mitchell (now KPMG) in Houston, Texas in January of 1973 and worked there for 2 years before moving to Jayne Wrightsman Company in July of 1975. In 1990, he and the family were transferred to New York, New York. The Neteks settled into Chappaqua, New York, putting down deep roots. Rudy worked for JWC for the rest of his career, over 40 years in total. He was a tireless and loyal employee of JWC, eventually becoming the General Manager and overseeing multimillion dollar holdings in Texas, New York and London, and making relationships with such prestigious organizations as The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Sotheby’s, and Christie’s. He was very proud of his tenure working in the oil and gas industry, through JWC, and maintained a company culture of loyalty and honesty.

Rudy greatly enjoyed marathon running, restoring classic cars, yardwork, and baseball. Rudy’s love of baseball and softball led him to share this love with his community, best embodied through coaching and umpiring throughout upstate New York. Through this involvement he was able to provide a positive example to countless area youth, teaching them the value of honesty, hard work, and selfless teamwork. This commitment to help others further found action through his volunteering and fundraising for the San Miguel Academy of Newburgh, whose mission is to break the cycle of poverty through education.

Rudy was a consummate gentleman in every way. He did everything with a smile and with grace. He was generous, had a great sense of humor and was a lover of pranks. He was happiest on the ballfield, at Yankee Stadium, on “The Bench” with his friends, and at his Houston lake house surrounded by loved ones. He believed in working hard and always being kind and honest. His bright blue eyes, infectious smile and loving energy lit up any room and drew you in to what was sure to be an interesting conversation.

He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Marilyn Johnson Netek, and their three children: Jonathan Netek and his husband Daniel Oslie, Anne Netek Hart and her husband Michael, and Margaret Netek Bork and her husband Aaron. His four grandchildren: Victoria, Emerson, William and Molly were his favorite MULE-riding, ice-cream eating partners in crime.

Visitation with the family will be Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm with remembrances beginning at 6:45 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, November 15, 2019 at 10:00 am at St. Michael Catholic Church, 1801 Sage Road, Houston, Texas 77056.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Rudy’s name to the San Miguel Academy of Newburgh at www.newburghsanmiguel.org/contributions.

Services

  • Visitation with the family Thursday, November 14, 2019
  • Remembrances Thursday, November 14, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, November 15, 2019

Memories

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Mike and Karen Johnson

November 15, 2019


Celebrating A Life Well-Lived! We will miss your infectious smile; your welcoming hugs; your homemade apple pies; boat rides, with you at the helm, on Lake Houston; your incredible sense of humor; relentless practical jokes; soft spoken voice and gentle mannerisms; and strong faith in God, which sustained you throughout this whole ordeal, your last journey, battling brain cancer over the past 13 months! You loved with all your heart; laughed out loud, hard and often; and shared yourself with your wife, children, grandchildren, extended family, and friends every single day. You may be gone now, but you will not be forgotten. Rest In Peace, Rudy! Another angel has just entered heaven’s gates.😘

Dodie McCartney

November 14, 2019

Rudy!! Rudy’s kindness and patience encouraged Ryan to play ball! In fact, Ryan added an extra chapter in his Class III autobiography “Coach Netek” - he changed my life! Rudy changed many lives in his quiet, humble way. He will be missed in myriad ways- love love him!

W O Bill Wilson

November 14, 2019

You will always be our unofficial class President ❤️

Michele Barnhill

November 14, 2019

Rudy was the best of the best. Always smiling and so pleasant. I'm so sorry for your loss Marilyn and to all of your family. He will truly be missed. God Bless you all.

Sandy/Ron Grannan

November 14, 2019

Our friendship started years ago at St .John Vianney Church working with a youth group, sponsoring families at Christmas with a group of friends (what a hoot grocery shopping together), traveling to Europe together...Many good memories!❤️

Daniel Osloe

November 13, 2019

Rudy, your spirit lives on through your wife, children, grandchildren, son in-laws, family and friends. The joy and laughter you gave us is eternal. Words can’t express how much we will miss you...

Thank you for teaching us all how to love and laugh.


Roxanne and Paul Meyer

November 13, 2019

We met Rudy when he was involved in the Dutchess Debs. Our daughters were on the team. He was such a pleasant man and we were honored to know him. Our deepest condolences are extended to his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time

Sonny DeLeon

November 13, 2019

I heard just today Marilyn and am so very sorry to hear about Rudy. What a wonderful, pleasant and gentle soul he was. I remember those beach trips with you and Rudy and wrestling around in the sand dunes with you guys, Davey and Linda, Susan Farek and Shawn and Cherrie and I. Those ball games and basketball games at IWA were always fun. God bless you and the family. I am so sorry for your loss.

Sonny DeLeon

Karen McGorry

November 13, 2019

Oh the Greeley Dad, ever present in every conversation and always with that beautiful smile that seemed to light up a room or field. Rudy your journey here is done, but you have left a lasting impression, a lovely wife, three wonderful children and those adorable grandchildren. Your family will continue where you left off make no doubt about it. It was our pleasure to know you.
Love, The McGorry's

Linda Salyers

November 13, 2019

Dear Marilyn and family,

I was so sorry to learn of Rudy's passing. Although I know what a wonderful loving couple Marilyn and Rudy were, I never had the privilege of meeting his children. I really don't think you need me to tell you what a great father you had. You have your own memories of him that exemplify that. Luckily, your children will have those memories of him, too. Marilyn, I will pray that you and your family will be comforted by the love he had for you, the love your friends have for you and Rudy, and the love He has for all of us.

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