OBITUARY

Dennis Norbert Kral

October 28, 1933June 7, 2019
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Dennis Norbert Kral, 85, was called home to the Lord on June 7, 2019 in Mesquite, Texas. He was a beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, and a friend to all. He loved to make others laugh and smile, and gave the best hugs. He was also lovingly known as “Popo” by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Dennis was born in West, Texas on October 28, 1933 to Frank and Elizabeth Kral. He began his education at Ross Elementary School, continuing on to West High School and then to Crozier Tech High in Dallas. He served his country in the United States Army. After returning home, he continued his education and became a machinist. He was employed by Recognition Equipment Inc. for 23 years and later he owned his own business.

In 1950, Dennis met Dolores Dudik, the love of his life, at a dance at the SPJST Hall in West, Texas. On October 10, 1953, they were married at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in West, and together they had seven children.

Dennis was a devout Catholic and served frequently at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church in Dallas. He was also a dedicated member of the Knights of Columbus. Since 1949, Dennis was a member of the KJT. He was a member of Society #111 where he also served as Vice President and President for over 10 years and was a KJT Sales Representative for over 25 years, winning several awards and recognition.

When Dennis wasn’t dedicating his time to his community, he enjoyed traveling with his wife Dolores. Their most memorable trips were to Czech festivals across the USA and a special trip to the Czech Republic. They also enjoyed many trips to Diamond Jacks in Louisiana with friends and family. His favorite pastimes included fishing, watching golf, and cheering on the Dallas Cowboys.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Elizabeth Kral; his brothers, Edwin and Alfonse Kral; his sisters, Annie Jurek, Irene Kaska, and Teresa Kral; his son-in-law, Dennis Pratt, Sr.; and his grandson, Lawrence Mechell.

Survivors include his loving wife of 65 years, Dolores; sister Margaret Carlile; children Jane Holy and husband Bud, Joyce Mechell, Dennis Kral, Jr. and wife Patti, Mary Wavrusa and husband Johnny, Patricia Pratt, Cindy Pierce and significant other Daniel Holy, and Tim Kral. He is also survived by his 26 grandchildren and over 30 great-grandchildren.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, June 11, 2019
  • Rosary Service Tuesday, June 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 12, 2019
  • Committal Service Wednesday, June 12, 2019

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Joycee Krall

June 24, 2019

I'm Dad's, 2nd oldest daughter, Joyce. I spent many nights with Dad in the hospital and in Prestonwood Rehabilitation center. Dad's shared many secrets with me late at night when he was laying in pain and couldn't sleep. Sometimes I just held his hands and prayed with him, other times he would tell me jokes or talk memories of the past. Dad loved all seven of his children and we all loved him. Dad taught me strength, hope and endurance and to never quit praying to God. He said he prayed for all children and grandchildren. Dad was a very loving, giving, sincere man. He never put himself first. His priorities were to put God first, he loved his wife dearly, and sacrificed for his children working day and night shifts. Dad you inspired love. Your face showed it no matter how much you were in pain. I love you Dad and carry you in my heart forever. Your loving daughter, Joyce Mechell ❤️

Anna Trojacek

June 11, 2019

Momo and Popo at Aunt Jane and Uncle Bud’s 40th wedding anniversary celebration

Sarah Pratt

June 11, 2019

My Popo loved life, laughter, and family. He had a way of making you feel like you were his favorite person. Upon entering or leaving, he gave the strongest hugs and whispered how much he loved you. When I was little, he would lift us off the ground in the hug. I remember Christmases where their house was packed full of children and grandchildren, and somehow, we all fit into the living room when Santa arrived.

He was present in so many of my memories as I grew up—the holidays, KJT events, Czech dances. One of my fondest memories were our trips to the casino with him, Momo, and Mom. When we got bored of the slots, Popo and I would walk around the hotel or sit and eat at the buffet.

Another favorite time spent with him was just sitting on the sofa watching a golf tournament or a football or baseball game. We didn’t have to talk; just spending time together was enough. But when we did talk, he had some great stories of his life and their travels. He was always ready to crack a joke and never missed an opportunity to give a giant bear hug.

I love you and I'll miss you Popo.

Anna Trojacek

June 11, 2019

Popo with some of his siblings

Anna Trojacek

June 11, 2019

The family of Frank and Elizabeth Kral

Anna Trojacek

June 11, 2019

Bud and Jane’s family photo from their wedding anniversary

Anna Trojacek

June 11, 2019

Popo’s parents Frank and Elizabeth

Anna Trojacek

June 11, 2019

One of the many times Popo played Santa Clause

Mary Wavrusa

June 10, 2019

Dad, thank you for the quiet moments and talks we had on the front porch with our pivo. I missed you so much and you gave me hope, love and a gift I will never forget. Enjoy your journey to your heavenly home. Our prayers and daily rosaries are with you. I love you more than you will ever know.

Anna Trojacek

June 10, 2019

Popo loved playing Santa Clause for the grandkids.

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