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Frank Joe Darilek

January 14, 1925June 3, 2020
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Frank Joe Darilek died peacefully at his farm home on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at the age of 95. Frank was born on January 14, 1925 to Josephine and Frank Darilek, Czech immigrant farmers. Following his Army and Air Corp service as a fire fighter in Italy during World War II, he returned home where he met and married his sweetheart, Evelyn Ducho on November 12, 1946. They settled on their farm south of Moulton and proceeded to raise six children and establishing themselves as integral leaders of the church, school and community. He was a farmer, rancher and carpenter, working the land growing cotton and corn, raising chickens, pigs and cattle. He used his carpenter skills to expand the farm house as the family grew. He was very active with St Joseph’s Catholic Church where he served on the Church Council and as a long-term member of the Knights of Columbus. Recognizing the importance of education, he served on the Moulton ISD school board as trustee and president. He served his community as a lifetime member of both the VFW and the American Legion and as the 40 year President of the local branch of Hochhiem Prairie Farm Mutual Insurance. In 1990, he retired after working 23 years at Kasper Wire Works. He will be remembered for his love of Czech songs, his talent with the accordian and his hard work and dedication.

Frank was preceded in death by his wife of over 69 years, Evelyn, his parents Josephine (Beran) and Frank Darilek, his sister Vlasta Mikes and her husband Edward, his sister Della Darilek, his sister Olga Darilek, and his daughter-in-law Anne Darilek (wife of Michael). He was the last surviving member of the Birthday Group.

He is survived by six children: Diana Kloesel and her husband Harvey, Elyse Chaloupka and her husband Gene, Beverly Darilek and her husband Larry Koch, Robert Darilek, Joan James and her husband Roy, and Michael Darilek. His grandchildren and (great-grandchildren): Laura Parsons and her husband David (Lawson, Lincoln and Alec), Jason Kloesel and his wife Renee (Colten and Walker), Chad Chaloupka and his wife Niki (Landon), Krisie Janak and her husband Marty (Lily and Claire), Scott Chaloupka and his wife Kim (Eli, Isaiah and Clayton), Craig Darilek and his wife Laurie (MacKenzie and Avery), Stacey Collins and her husband Dee (Hailey), Shelley Arkell and her husband Steve (Allison and Jared), Brant Darilek and his wife Samantha (Taylor, Jake and Tabitha), Trey Darilek and his wife Karla (Trevor, Kaelyn and Trent), Ross Darilek and his wife Tara (Deacon), Blake Darilek, Ashley James (Payten), Holly Conant (Kendall), Heather Kelly and her husband Alan (Conner), Chelsey Cisneros and her husband Chris (Liam, Sophie and Easton), Shayne Johnson and his wife Lindsay (Braydon and McKenzie), Angelina Guzman, and Anthony Guzman.

Services are scheduled for Monday, June 8, 2020 at the St Joseph’s Catholic Church Social Center. Viewing at 9:00am and Rosary at 9:30am followed by the Funeral Mass at 10:00am. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Frank’s life. Pallbearers are Jason Kloesel, Chad Chaloupka, Scott Chaloupka, Craig Darilek, Brant Darilek, Trey Darilek, Ross Darilek and Blake Darilek. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Joseph’s Social Center, Hospice of South Texas at or a charity of your choice.

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Smith Funeral Home - 404 West Bobkat Dr. Moulton, Texas 78941 Phone # 361-596-4631


  • Evelyn Ducho Darilek, Wife (deceased)
  • Frank W. Darilek, Father (deceased)
  • Josephine Beran Darilek, Mother (deceased)
  • Diana Kloesel (Harvey), Daughter
  • Elyse Chaloupka (Gene), Daughter
  • Beverly Darilek (Larry Koch), Daughter
  • Robert Darilek, Son
  • Joan James (Roy), Daughter
  • Michael Darilek, Son
  • Laura Parsons (David), Grandchild
  • Lawson, Great Grandchild
  • Lincoln, Great Grandchild
  • Alec, Great Grandchild
  • Jason Kloesel (Renee), Grandchild
  • Colten, Great Grandchild
  • Walker, Great Grandchild
  • Chad Chaloupka (Niki), Grandchild
  • Landon, Great Grandchild
  • Krisie Janak (Marty), Grandchild
  • Lily, Great Grandchild
  • Claire, Great Grandchild
  • Scott Chaloupka (Kim), Grandchild
  • Eli, Great Grandchild
  • Isaiah, Great Grandchild
  • Clayton, Great Grandchild
  • Craig Darilek (Laurie), Grandchild
  • MacKenzie, Great Grandchild
  • Avery, Great Grandchild
  • Stacey Collins (Dee), Grandchild
  • Hailey, Great Grandchild
  • Shelley Arkell (Steve), Grandchild
  • Allison, Great Grandchild
  • Jared, Great Grandchild
  • Brant Darilek (Samantha), Grandchild
  • Taylor, Great Grandchild
  • Jake, Great Grandchild
  • Tabitha, Great Grandchild
  • Trey Darilek (Karla), Grandchild
  • Trevor, Great Grandchild
  • Kaelyn, Great Grandchild
  • Trent, Great Grandchild
  • Ross Darilek (Tara), Grandchild
  • Deacon, Great Grandchild
  • Blake Darilek, Grandchild
  • Ashley James, Grandchild
  • Payten, Great Grandchild
  • Holly Conant, Grandchild
  • Kendall, Great Grandchild
  • Heather Kelly (Alan), Grandchild
  • Conner, Great Grandchild
  • Chelsey Cisneros (Chris), Grandchild
  • Liam, Great Grandchild
  • Sophie, Great Grandchild
  • Easton, Great Grandchild
  • Shayne Johnson (Lindsay), Grandchild
  • Braydon, Great Grandchild
  • McKenzie, Great Grandchild
  • Angelina Guzman, Grandchild
  • Anthony Guzman, Grandchild

  • Jason Kloesel, Active
  • Chad Chaloupka, Active
  • Scott Chaloupka, Active
  • Craig Darilek, Active
  • Brant Darilek, Active
  • Trey Darilek, Active
  • Ross Darilek, Active
  • Blake Darilek, Active


  • Viewing

    Monday, June 8, 2020

  • Rosary

    Monday, June 8, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, June 8, 2020

  • Burial

    Monday, June 8, 2020


Frank Joe Darilek

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Linda Wagner

June 16, 2020

I heard of Mr. Darilek's passing rather late, but still want to send best wishes to all of you in the family. I am so sorry for this loss but know you had so many wonderful years with him. Our families intertwined in several different ways and the memories are sweet.

DJ Darilek

June 9, 2020

I remember him from the days at Henkhaus, Texas, to his later years. He was the kind of person that made an impression on you.
He always had kind words to say and was always friendly.
My deepest sympathy to the Darilek Family.

D.J. Darilek

Lorene Windham

June 8, 2020

Was so sad to hear of his passing. Thoughts and prayers being offered for the Darilek family.. May he Rest In Peace.

Diana (Dierschke) Flessner

June 7, 2020

With a heavy heart ❤️ I am deeply sorry to hear the passing of Frankie.

He & Evelyn were our neighbors all our lives
and there was so many memories we all shared.
They were the best neighbors in the world.
Frankie was the best guy in every way. They would always be there for you no matter what.
So asking God to wrap his faithful love around all of you & cherish all the Memories you all hold dear. He will be missed.

God Bless you all know at this sad time. 🙏😇

Michael Biehunko

June 7, 2020

I had the extreme pleasure of knowing both Mr. and Mrs. Darilek when I was growing up in Moulton. They were just perfect for each other it was like god meant them to be together. No matter who you were they treated everyone with kindness. Both were devout Catholics and definitely have a special place in heaven. I will always cherish the fond memories of this fine couple. Since there are so many Darilek's to list I just want god to bring special blessings on all of you. God bless.

Debra Hurley

June 6, 2020

He held a special place in my heart and soul.My prayers are with you and your family during your loss of your loved one.

He nry Kresta

June 6, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Will keep the family in our prayers .
Henry and Bobbie Kresta

Linda Knesek Smith

June 5, 2020

Elyse and family,

I am very sorry to read of the loss of your father. It is so obvious from all the posted photos that his family was the center of his life. I’m sure that they have brought him great joy and pride. May Our Lord walk with each one of you as you travel this sorrowful journey.

Linda Knesek Smith

Carole Kalisek

June 5, 2020

When my mother was still at Shady Oaks I would often spend some time talking with your father and grandfather. I asked him if he remembered my dad (Ben L Darilek) . He did though there was a ten year difference. He would reminisce about old days when he was young on the farm and I enjoyed those conversations very much! He was a good storyteller! My condolences to you all.
Carole and Julius Kalisek

Margie Kocian

June 5, 2020

Sympathies to the Frank Joe Darilek Family! May God wrap His arms around you at this time of your sorrow! May he Rest In Peace!



“Anything is possible.” That is how Frank Joe Darilek lived his life. He was a creative man, a perpetual inventor, a doer, who seemed to be able to find a solution for any difficulty confronting him. It was not something he said, he just did it and led by example. Frank thoroughly enjoyed understanding how things worked. He possessed an inquisitive, confident, and rational nature matched with a versatile and agile mind. Frank was a person who believed that he could achieve whatever he set out to do.

      Frank was born on January 14, 1925 at home in Shiner, Texas. His parents were Frank William and Josephine (Beran) Darilek. Frank was raised on the farm in Shiner, Texas. He showed his ingenuity and his love for learning even as a child. When he was confronted with a problem, Frank could develop an imaginative solution, and he derived satisfaction from knowing he had that ability.

When he was about 14 years old, he decided he wanted an accordion. Since it was not a necessity, he had to work odd jobs to raise his own money to buy his first accordion from Montgomery Wards. Then his spare time was spent teaching himself to play the accordion. He could not read music, but he had a musical ear and was soon able to play almost any song he heard. The extra work was worth it because playing music with his accordion was an important aspect in his life.

Education was also especially important to him and he pursued it independent of his parents and siblings. As a born American, he understood the opportunities that America offered even at a noticeably young age and he wanted to take advantage of it. He attended rural Dixon School where he learned English in addition to his other studies. Endowed with an appetite for knowing how his world worked, Frank enjoyed school, especially when the learning experience involved dissecting and probing the unknown. He completed 9th grade at which time he turned his attention to helping his parents with their farm.

      This same talent for finding solutions had a positive bearing on Frank's family relationships. Frank was raised with three siblings. He had three older sisters, Vlasta, Olga and Della. When a difficult situation or dilemma arose within the family, Frank was always there to do what needed to be done to make thing work. Even though he was the youngest, he was a responsible young man who valued family and would be there for them throughout his life.

      When he reached adulthood, Frank was proud to defend his country, so he joined the Army. He was then transferred to the Army Air Corps to become a pilot. Unfortunately, though he had the intelligence, he did not have a High school diploma, so he did not enter the pilot program but was instead trained to be a fireman. He was in the 123rd Army Air Force Base Unit mostly in Italy as a fire fighter during World War II. Through his hard work and dedication, he earned not only the respect of his fellow service men and women, but also was presented with various awards, including Two Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Campaign Medal, American Theater Service Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, and 3 Overseas Service Bars. While in Italy, he was able to bring some light into the dark aspects of war by playing his accordion to lead sing-a-longs with his fellow soldiers. He achieved the rank of Private First Class and was an Army Air Corps veteran.

    Frank returned from the war and had a decision to make - move to the city to become a fireman or stay in Moulton and become a farmer. He chose the rural life and returned home where he soon met his future wife on a blind date. On November 12, 1946 Frank exchanged wedding vows with Evelyn Roselyn Ducho at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton, Texas. After they were married, Frank and Evelyn bought a farm between Moulton and Shiner that is still in the family today. Frank was seldom a critical person, but rather the one who was able to bring out the best in others. Frank was an entertaining conversationalist who was quick to respond to his spouse’s needs. He had a vibrant personality and he enjoyed verbally sparring with Evelyn. In fact, those who knew him often remarked that Frank loved to argue for argument’s sake. However, he was very perceptive in recognizing others’ feelings, especially Evelyn's.

     Frank was socially resourceful, an expressive person who was willing to try new things. These qualities drew a lively circle of friends around him. Frank and Evelyn soon procured life-long friendships. Their inner circle of friends consisted of eight other couples that would eventually be referred to as the "Birthday Group". This group remained friends their entire lives with Frank being the last survivor. Frank was generous with his time and energy, and these same friends found him to be very stimulating company. His humor and curiosity were contagious for those around him. Frank had few hobbies, but other than fishing or reading, most of his hobbies were enjoyed with his family and friends. These included dancing, playing dominoes, and playing the accordion.

      Frank's primary occupation was Farmer/Rancher, but he often worked other jobs to supplement the unpredictable farm income, especially as his family continued to grow. Frank was a focused worker with a strong drive for achievement. In his early forties, Frank was employed at Kasper Wire Works where he always made an effort to be a team player, doing what was needed and was necessary to get the job done. With his strong work ethic, he was soon promoted to supervisor and was a positive influence on many employees thru the years. He was always good at getting a project started and then, at the appropriate time, handing it on to a colleague. Frank eventually retired from Kasper's after 23 years on January 19, 1990.

     Even though he worked other jobs, Frank was always working on the farm too. He worked the land growing cotton, corn, maize, and hay while raising chickens, pigs, and cattle. He learned gardening, welding, and carpentry and made regular improvements to his home and farm. He recycled before recycling was the 'thing', by repurposing almost everything. His carpentry skills were especially valuable as he added rooms to his home for his expanding family. He continued to add to his home until there was room for all six of his children. Frank was also an excellent teacher as he passed his variety of skills onto his children. However, he also taught them many other skills just by the way he lived his life. The most important of these were a strong work ethic, integrity, the importance of family and that success and riches have nothing to do with money.

      Frank's talents were well suited for being actively involved in church, school and community organizations, something he did throughout his life. He enjoyed being involved and was willing to jump in and help out in most any situation. Frank was active with St. Joseph's Catholic Church where he served on the Church Council, as Church Picnic Chairman and as a long-term member of the Knights of Columbus. He also regularly volunteered as a church layman and as helper or chairman for church programs and festivals. Recognizing the importance of education, he served on the Moulton ISD school board as trustee and president. He served his community as a lifetime member of both the VFW and the American Legion and as the 40-year president of the local branch of Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Insurance.

      Having the opportunity to visit and explore a new place always intrigued Frank. Traveling and going away on vacations offered yet another opportunity for Frank to expand his ever-growing inventory of knowledge. Over the years, he went on many excursions with friends, with family, or just a get-away with Evelyn. Favorite vacations included European vacation in 1995, London, Florida, California Coast, East Coast, and European Rybak vacation in 2014.

      Even while in retirement, Frank never stopped sharing his time and talents. He and Evelyn continued to travel, ranch, and volunteer - drive elderly to dr. appointments, share time and talents with the church and community. He helped his aging parents and siblings whenever help was needed. He continued to stay in touch with his old friends and while making plenty of new acquaintances. But most important, he loved to spend time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed taking them fishing, on rides on the tractor, singing and playing the accordion for them, or just teaching them important skills or life lessons. During his retirement, he was active in the family, church and community and felt fulfilled.

Frank's remarkable talent for being inventive influenced his relationship with his children. He would create original, clever, and fun games for his kids and had a knack for finding ways to make everyday events, even chores, enjoyable to them. Frank and Evelyn built quite a legacy with their humble life on their farm. They were blessed with six children, two sons; Robert and Michael and four daughters; Diana, Elyse, Beverly, and Joan. They were also blessed with nineteen grandchildren, Laura, Jason, Chad, Krisie, Scott, Craig, Stacey, Shelley, Brant, Trey, Ross, Blake, Ashley, Holly, Heather, Chelsey, Shayne, Angelina, and Anthony. And thirty-one great grandchildren. Lawson, Lincoln, Alec, Colten, Walker, Landon, Lily, Claire, Eli, Isaiah, Clayton, MacKenzie, Avery, Hailey, Allison, Jared, Taylor, Jake, Tabitha, Trevor, Kaelyn, Trent, Deacon, Payten, Kendall, Conner, Liam, Sophie, Easton, Braydon and McKenzie. Someone who was quick to laugh, Frank found it easy to spend lots of time with his children and grandchildren, but he was never overbearing or guilty of pushing himself on them. He had a positive impact on all who loved him.

      Frank passed away on June 3, 2020 in his home in rural Shiner, Texas. He lived a full life until age 95. He is survived by his six children, nineteen grandchildren and thirty-one great grandchildren and their spouses. Services were held at St. Joseph Catholic Church Social Center. Frank was laid to rest in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Moulton, Texas.

      During his lifetime, nothing appeared impossible to Frank. He met the words “it can’t be done” with a determination to find a solution and see it through. Frank was able to recognize the possibilities a new idea held, even when those around him could not. For Frank, when the traditional way of doing things fell short of his expectations, he was ready to learn new skills and forge forward with original and untested methods for handling the challenge. For Frank Joe Darilek, the fun of living his life could be found in the next new challenge but the fullness in his life could be found in his strong relationships and devotion to family.