OBITUARY

James Leonard Sirovy

January 13, 1936April 11, 2019

James Leonard Sirovy, 83 of Temple, TX and longtime resident of Copperas Cove died of complications from pneumonia, April 11, 2019 at the VA Hospital in Temple surrounded by family. Jim Sirovy attended York High School in Illinois and joined the Army July 8, 1955. He was a Vietnam War Veteran and served his country honorably for 20 years before retiring June 30, 1975. His bravery during the Vietnam War earned him the Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Bronze Star Medal.

After his military retirement he worked for government contractors Raytheon and Bell Aerospace as a computer technician/engineer for 5 years, later working in the local business community He was an active member for the Mount Hiram Lodge No. 595, A.F. and A.M., and Scottish Rite in Copperas Cove, and the Cove Oasis Shrine Club, Karem Temple. He was honored to raise money for the Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas and the Shriner's Hospital in San Antonio.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis of Temple, TX, his oldest daughter Vicky Harlan of Las Vegas, NV, a son James Jr. of Temple, TX and youngest daughter Wanda Beard and her husband and longtime friend James Beard of Liberty Hill, TX, 2 grandchildren, Kayleigh Galetto and her husband Chris of Alvardo, TX, Brandon Beard and his wife Nina of McKinney, TX, 2 great grandchildren, Porter and Wyatt Galetto. He is also survived by two brothers, Fred Sirovy of Roselle, IL, Robert Sirovy of Glen Ellyn, IL and a sister Wanda Pillette, Radcliffe, KY.

Services will be Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Crawford Bowers Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Robin Traweek officiating with a visitation at 1:00 p.m. prior to service.

Interment will be Thursday, April 18 at 9:00 a.m. at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by his wife, Phyllis of Temple, TX, his oldest daughter Vicky Harlan of Las Vegas, NV, a son James Jr. of Temple, TX and youngest daughter Wanda Beard and her husband and longtime friend James Beard of Liberty Hill, TX, 2 grandchildren, Kayleigh Galetto and her husband Chris of Alvardo, TX, Brandon Beard and his wife Nina of McKinney, TX, 2 great grandchildren, Porter and Wyatt Galetto. He is also survived by two brothers, Fred Sirovy of Roselle, IL, Robert Sirovy of Glen Ellyn, IL and a sister
    Wanda Pillette, Radcliffe, KY.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, April 17, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 17, 2019
  • Interment Thursday, April 18, 2019
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Biography

James Leonard Sirovy was blessed with an abundance of leadership qualities. This man was an outstanding luminary and his natural abilities served him well. He knew with certainty how he wanted to set priorities in all aspects of his life. He struck those who knew him as the kind of person who awoke in the morning with a clear sense of exactly what he expected from his day and how to set about accomplishing those goals. James was a man who definitely liked order and was most comfortable with an organized and structured lifestyle.       

James was born on January 13, 1936 at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. His parents were George Sirovy and Juanita Sirovy (Collins). Raised in a children's home in Illinois, James grew up learning to appreciate his blessings. He was a clever and curious child -- traits that would last throughout his life. Even at a young age, James grew to be independent and strong.

      James was raised with six siblings and seven half siblings: his older brother - George, one older sister - Marilyn, three younger brothers - Frederick, Robert and Victor and one younger sister - Wanda. He also had seven half-siblings..

      James had an enthusiasm for learning sparking a creative approach to problem solving. He liked to see things executed properly and showed skill for taking control of situations. As a young boy, he enjoyed bicycling and bought a 10 speed, lightweight bike with his own earnings. In his spare time, he liked to ride his bike, walk in the woods and fish.     

 When it came to academics and school, James showed a natural curiosity when tackling new types of problems and would regularly challenge his own reasoning ability in finding solutions. He attended York Community High School in Elmhurst, Illinois, later attaining his GED in the military. While in school, he developed a passion for science and physics.

       In a twist of fate, James was shown a picture of the woman he would later marry by a stranger to him on a bus to the Midwest. Her photo would inspire him to begin writing her while traveling with his Army unit. After several months of letters back and forth, James took a bus and began walking the 20-mile journey up the mountain in the dark to meet the woman he was falling in love with. On July 18, 1959,James exchanged wedding vows with Phyllis Jean Buchanan at Ledger Baptist Church of Bakersville, North Carolina. Phyllis was the love of his life and they remained married, reaching just shy of 60 years upon his death.
      Family and children were important to James. James was blessed with 3 children: one son - James Jr. and two daughters - Vicky and Wanda. They were also blessed with two grandchildren - Kayleigh and Brandon and two great-grandchildren - Porter and Wyatt. He raised his children to become strong, independent adults who know how to stand on their two feet with a strong sense of right and wrong.

      At work James was viewed as a natural leader. He could marshal all of the available resources, including personnel and materials, in order to meet virtually any objective. He was great at developing strategies was also adept at uncovering new and more efficient ways of getting things done. James has been described by some as an overachiever, if not a little bit of a control freak, and was a dedicated and diligent employee. He was employed for 7 years designing weapons simulation systems for the Army for Raytheon, Bell Aerospace, and BDM; and a partner in ownership of Computers Unlimited, computer sales/repair business.

      James was an Army Veteran serving in the United States Army from 1955-1975 as a Signal Maintenance Technician and was stationed in many places including Panama, France, Alaska, Missouri, Maryland and North Carolina. James saw action for two tours of the Vietnam Conflict. Through his dedication and hard work, he achieved the rank of Specialist E6. He received several awards including National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Expert (Rifle) Bronze Star Medal.
      
Not only did James find pleasure in pursuing his various hobbies, he also enjoyed the discovery and research involved in learning about them. His favorite pursuits were electronics, reading science fiction books, model railroading, and computer programming. In the early 70's he built his own computer - a very advanced machine for that time. To achieve this, James had to teach himself information that today, is coded into computer chips.

      James's ability to motivate, direct and organize others made him a valuable asset to the organizations to which he contributed during his lifetime. James was one who could be counted on to work hard to implement goals. In high school, James was employed at Wimpy's Restaurant working as a short
order cook. Throughout his later years, James was an active member of the Masonic Blue Lodge Gatun, Panama and later Cove Oasis Masonic Lodge and Scottish Rite, York Rite and International Shriners Organization.

      James was a man who took pride in upholding his beliefs. When he became active in community affairs, he did so in the same determined and forthright manner that he applied to other aspects of his life; for example he assisted Scottish Rite and Shriners in raising money for their hospitals and drove as a member of the Rat Patrol in parades.

       Faith and religion influenced the well-defined set of beliefs that James lived his life by. The Cowboy Church in Kempner became his place of worship in the year before moving to his new home at the Meridian of Temple, TX.

       James was committed and driven to many organizations and causes throughout his life. He had the honor of serving 40 years as a Scottish Rite Mason. He was also a member of the 100 Million-Dollar Group in support of philanthropy for Shriners Hospitals for Crippled Children and received the President's Award from Cove Oasis Shrine Club, Copperas Cove, Texas.

       Throughout his life, James enjoyed vacationing, especially with his family. He had a great time exploring landmarks, horseback riding and riding the train to Pike's Peak. Favorite vacations included Colorado Springs, Royal Gorge, Colorado and the Great Smoky Mountains. He also enjoyed visiting Chicago, Illinois and Las Vegas, Nevada.  Throughout his life, James enjoyed the companionship of his cats. Blackberry was the first family pet enjoyed by everyone, C.C. (Computer Cat) was rescued from his workplace in Fort Hood, Old Tom was a fearless tabby scared of nothing and Heather (Skeeziks) was a white Persian cat, his and his wife's long-time companion and best friend for 17 years.

      When James's retirement finally came in 1975, he was well prepared and excited for the next chapter. James and Phyllis moved to Copperas Cove, Texas, later building a new home in Kempner, Texas. In the last years of his life, he moved to Meridian in Temple Texas to be closer to the nursing home where his wife resides. In retirement, he found new pleasure in fishing, Shriners Go-Kart Exhibition driving in parades, coffee with friends, bingo, card games, and making fruitcakes. Retirement afforded him the time to enjoy life and provided one more opportunity to look ahead to the future.

      James passed away on April 11, 2019 at VA Hospital in Temple, Texas. James passed from complications from pneumonia. He is survived by his children - Vicky, James, Wanda and his grandchildren - Kayeigh and Brandon as well as great-grandchildren - Porter and Wyatt. Services were held at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, Killeen, Texas. James was laid to rest in Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery with full military honors in Killeen, Texas.

      James Leonard Sirovy knew what he wanted from life and never hesitated in going after it. He could be characterized as a driven individual, someone who understood the importance of achievement. James was decisive and outspoken at times; however, was also positive and upbeat and cherished by any. He was a leader, both intentionally and sometimes by default; if he saw that something needed to be done, he was always ready to step up and actualize, organize and implement a plan. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family.