Smith Funeral Home


Ben V. Darilek

September 27, 1942March 7, 2021

Ben V. Darilek, 78, of Moulton passed away on Sunday, March 7, 2021.

He was born on September 27, 1942 in Moulton to E.E. and Josephine (Simper) Darilek.

On February 1, 1964, he married his high school sweetheart, Marian Martha Krejci. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, his children, Michelle Herman (Brian), Brian Darilek (Heather), Nicole Kubenka (Brian), Clinton Darilek (Eddi), and Wyatt Darilek (Brittania). He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Christopher (Kelsie), Matthew, & Emma Herman, Gage & Slaid Darilek, Kayla & Lauryn Kubenka, Ian & Ryder Darilek, & Kamryn & Talan Darilek.

He served in the US Army as a Specialist in the Vietnam War as a gunner and tank driver in the 69th Armor 4th Infantry Division. He was honorably discharged with a Purple Heart and Bronze Star with "V" Device on August 25, 1968.

When Ben returned from the Service in 1968, they began their family while he worked at Kaspar Wire Works in Shiner during the day and barbered in the evenings. Then in 1977, he built laying hen houses where it became a family business. As his family grew and started getting married, he and several friends began catering for each other's kid's weddings to help save money. He continued catering while still working at Kaspar's, where he retired in 2013. His catering service became a thriving business, known as Country Cooks, until 2017.

He was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion and the VFW.

Ben is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Joe Darilek, his sister, Corrine (Darilek) Jiral; as well as his youngest son, Bradley E. Darilek.

Visitation for Ben will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, 2021 with a Rosary following at 6:30 p.m. Funeral service will be held Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. All services will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Moulton. Burial will follow at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.

Pallbearers are Christopher Herman, Matthew Herman, Gage Darilek, Slaid Darilek, Ian Darilek, Ryder Darilek and Talan Darilek, all grandsons of Ben.

Words of comfort can be sent to the family at

Smith Funeral Home – 404 West Bobkat Drive, Moulton, Tx 77975 Phone 361-596-4631


  • Marian Darilek, Wife
  • E. E. Darilek, Father (deceased)
  • Josephine Simper Darilek, Mother (deceased)
  • Michelle Herman (Brian), Daughter
  • Brian Darilek (Heather), Son
  • Nicole Kubenka (Brian), Daughter
  • Clinton Darilek (Eddi), Son
  • Wyatt Darilek (Brittania), Son
  • Bradley Darilek, Son (deceased)
  • Christopher Herman (Kelsie), Grandchild
  • Matthew Herman, Grandchild
  • Emma Herman, Grandchild
  • Gage Darilek, Grandchild
  • Slaid Darilek, Grandchild
  • Kayla Kubenka, Grandchild
  • Lauryn Kubenka, Grandchild
  • Ian Darilek, Grandchild
  • Ryder Darilek, Grandchild
  • Kamryn Darilek, Grandchild
  • Talan Darilek, Grandchild
  • Joe Darilek, Brother (deceased)
  • Corrine Jiral, Sister (deceased)

  • Christopher Herman, Pallbearer
  • Matthew Herman, Pallbearer
  • Gage Darilek, Pallbearer
  • Slaid Darilek, Pallbearer
  • Ian Darilek, Pallbearer
  • Ryder Darilek, Pallbearer
  • Talan Darilek, Pallbearer


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021

  • Rosary

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Thursday, March 11, 2021

  • Burial

    Thursday, March 11, 2021


Ben V. Darilek

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Maxine Michalec Davis

March 13, 2021

Ben was a great guy with a wonderful sense of humor. He was sweet snd kind to everyone and never had an enemy. He will definitely be missed. Ben is now in the hands of the Lord. Our prayers are with you and your wonderful family.

Barbara Anderle

March 10, 2021

Marian & Family,
So sorry for your loss,what a great person, always full of it!! We send our Sincerest Sympathy and Prayers to all of you and pray God will keep you all in his tender care. May he Rest In Peace and soar up high to heaven and be joined again with his loved ones and friends.
🙏🙏Eugene & Barbara Anderle

Diana Flessner

March 10, 2021

Marian & Family~~~~~~
Very sad to hear about Ben’s passing. My condolences to you & your family.
He was always such a friendly & nice person. One of my memories of Ben was when he brought dinner to my parents house for Thanksgiving . He did a great job & did it for years. He was a great cook.
Hope all cherished Memories comfort you all at this time & always.
God Bless You All ~~~~~~~

Carolyn Koerth

March 10, 2021

My deepest sympathy.

Carole Kalisek

March 9, 2021

I cannot think of him without smiling. My earliest memory of him was when we cousins would play hide and seek in the corn field at Grandma Darilek’s farm. He was always kidding around and making us laugh.
My condolences go out to you, his family. May you smile thinking of him.

Margie Kocian

March 9, 2021

Marian and Family, my deepest sympathies and prayers for you and yours! May God wrap His arms around you at this time of your sorrow! May he Rest In Peace!

Marilyn Hajek

March 9, 2021

Sorry for your loss. Thought and prayers for the family!

Kim (Fojtik) Rerich

March 9, 2021

My deepest sympathy to the family. I remember Mr. Ben from lots of years of coaching me in Little League. He was a very nice and cheerful man. May he Rest In Peace.

Dorothy Young

March 9, 2021

Sincere sympathy, so sorry for your loss.

Henry & Carolyn Janak

March 9, 2021

Our sincere sympathy to you, Marian and your family. So saddened to hear this news. May God comfort and bless you and the family.
Henry & Carolyn Janak