Brookside Funeral Home & Brookside Memorial Park

13747 Eastex Freeway, Houston, TX


Theodore Paul Surovec Sr.

October 26, 1958July 1, 2020
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Theodore Paul Surovec Sr., age 61, of Houston, Texas passed into eternal rest on Wednesday July 1, 2020. Theodore was born October 26, 1958 to parents Emil Joseph Surovec, Sr. and Eileen Joyce Surovec in Houston, Texas. As a young man, he was involved in auto mechanics, shot put, baseball, football and The Boy Scouts of America. He attended grade school at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School and then went on to graduate from M. B. Smiley High School in 1977.

Ted worked as the test lab lead for Baker-Hughes from 1979 - 2020. He was a member of Piney Woods Wildlife Society, Houston Audubon Society, Ornithology Group of Outdoor Nature Club. He was active first in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church then Prince of Peace Catholic Churches. He loved his Czech heritage and was fond of polka music, bowling, bird watching, fishing, gardening, traveling, hiking, photography and bicycling.

Ted was preceded in death by his father Emil Surovec, Sr. and his sister Theresa Surovec Mars. Left to cherish is memory are his mother Eileen Surovec, son Ted Surovec, Jr. and wife Hillary, grandchildren: Corey, Drew, Hailey, Ayden, and Jada. Also survived by brother Emil Surovec, Jr. and his wife Rhonda and their children Brittinee and Christopher.

Special thanks to his girlfriend, Peggy Wilkinson, for her love and devotion for over 20 years.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Theodore's memory may be made to Houston Methodist's Living Donor Liver Transplant Foundation.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.brooksidefuneralhomelauder.com for the Surovec family.


  • Ted Surovec, Jr.
  • Corey Surovec
  • Slade Hebert
  • Casey Cornman
  • Danny Matthews
  • Rumaldo Peña


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 7, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, July 8, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, July 8, 2020


Theodore Paul Surovec Sr.

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David Verzwyvelt

July 14, 2020

Ted will be missed! I worked with him a lot during my days at Baker. We worked, joked, and broke bread together in the test lab at Emmott. Those are some of the best memories from my time there. My sympathy goes out to his family and friends. Ted shares a special place in my heart as I'm sure he does with many others. RIP Big Ted!

James Cox

July 9, 2020

“Big Ted” a man of integrity.

Charley Tompkins

July 8, 2020

I worked with Big Ted, starting in 2006. I am stationed in Oklahoma and would come down to make updates to all the software in the Test Labs. I would routinely sit down with Big Ted and discuss new ideas and features. Ted would cross his arms, look down at me and say "You keep your Oklahoma ideas to yourself, we Texans don't need those updates." It was a rivalry we had back and forth. I truly loved checking in on Ted when I was in Houston for other projects. I miss working with Ted, I miss his smile and smirk when he was giving me an extra hard time when I made mistakes. My thoughts are with the Surovec family. I will remember Big Ted with fond memories.

Khalid Khan

July 7, 2020

Ted was a very good friend as well as a caring neighbor. We have been next door neighbors for the past 22 years. He always made sure to check in with me and my family. You will be greatly missed by many. Prayers & condolences to Ted's family. Rest In Peace my friend.

Khalid Khan and family

Michael Johnson

July 7, 2020

What can anyone say about Ted? I never socialized with Ted outside of work, which is my loss for certain.

Ted always brought out the best in people, including me. I loved his manner and attitude in all things. Ted was a special human God put on this earth.

I came to love the man and if I saw him, go out of my way to say hello. Why? Because he made me feel better, happier, brighter just by having a quick exchange and a few moments in his presence. How many people can you say just made you feel good about yourself and life?

He might get upset, frustrated, and even angry; but you still knew everything would be ok. I will miss this man, as he made my world a better place. It will no longer be the same, but because of his memory it will be ok, his memory makes my life better. Thoughts of those conversations give me a warm, good feeling.

Say hello to all in heaven for me Ted.
Heaven is now a better place Ted, because of you.


Walt Laflin

July 7, 2020

I worked with Ted at Baker Oil Tools dating back to '98. He is a very likeable and helpful man with a kind heart. He had a knack for bringing a smile to your face when you most needed it. He will be greatly missed by many. Prayers & condolences to Ted's family & friends. RIP, Big Ted.

Matt Krueger

July 7, 2020

I also worked with Ted at Baker, in the Emmott lab and at CTI. As others have noted, the thing I will never forget about Ted is his smile. Especially when it was combined with a sideways glance. Looking at the pictures brings me right back to those times.

He was a tremendous man, and positive influence on many of us, as these testimonials show. I express my condolences to the family. Rest in peace Big Ted.

Phil Crabtree

July 7, 2020

Ted was truly a good person and a pleasure to work with at Baker! He helped shape my understandings as an engineer and co-worker. Rest In Peace Big Ted!

ET Moorhead

July 7, 2020

Ted was a polymath, interested and knowledgeable in a variety of areas, not all related to his work. He seemed to me to be devoid of ego. In fact, in my presence he didn't begin many sentences with the pronoun "I."

Terry Moorhead

Daniel Hart

July 7, 2020

I had the privilege of working with Big Ted for over 30 years. I'm sure I drove Ted crazy trying to keep this young engineer out of trouble from smashing my fingers to hooking up the pressure lines backwards. Ted always took the time to explain how to assemble and test tools the right and safe way. Somewhere along the way, for no reason, he started calling me Sweet Thing and I called him Buttercup. So that became our greeting every time we saw each other. Sure got strange looks from every one else but we didn't care. It became our own personal joke. We always had good laughs talking about the many characters we have known over the years. Rest in peace my good friend. Prayers to your family, Buttercup!


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