OBITUARY

Clyde Skrhak

October 8, 1932May 26, 2018
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Clyde “Chief” Skrhak, age 85, of Taylor, TX passed away Saturday May 26, 2018. Chief was proud of his service to his country. He was inducted into the Army March 17, 1953 and served in the Korean War where he received the National Defense Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, and the Korean Service Medal. He later joined the Texas Army National Guard in Taylor, TX as a cook where he was known for transforming army food to a delicious home style meal. He was a lifelong member of the Sydney Pierce VFW Post #4476 and also a member of the American Legion Graham D. Luhn Post #39. He retired from the University of Texas at Austin as a carpenter and took pride in passing along his carpentry skills to his sons. He loved playing the guitar, harmonica, and singing old country and Czech songs with family and friends at gatherings. He would never miss an opportunity to go fishing, hunting or BBQ-ing and loved competing in BBQ cook-offs with his family. No one had a greener thumb than Chief, and his large garden was always the envy of the neighborhood. He will be remembered for his kind heart, great smile and his willingness to help anyone that needed a hand. He loved his family dearly and will be greatly missed. Clyde was preceded in death by his brothers, Rudy Skrhak, Daniel Skrhak, and Edward Skrhak; his sister, Evelyn Motloch; and his son, Clement Frank Skrhak. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Mokry Skrhak; his children, Terry Skrhak, Deborah Marek and husband Harold, Randy Skrhak and wife Stacy, and Kevin Skrhak; his grandchildren, Gracie Skrhak and Bailey Skrhak; and his sisters, Annie Loeve and Lillie Bonkowski. A visitation will be held on Friday June 1, 2018 from 6pm-8pm at Condra Funeral Home with a rosary at 7pm. Mass will be held on Saturday June 2, 2018 at 10 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Sydney Pierce VFW Post #4476.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, June 1, 2018
  • Rosary Friday, June 1, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, June 2, 2018
REMEMBERING

Clyde Skrhak

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Geoff Burtt

June 2, 2018

Dear Dorothy and family:
I was very saddened to hear of Clyde's passing. I knew him back in the '70's when he worked for us at FaShinn's. I will always remember what a good man he was and his sense of humor. When he got up on the stage at the FaShinn's Xmas party at the American Legion and started singing, when y'all had me over for lunch one day and when ya'll came up to Dallas, stayed at the house and took that old car back to Taylor. Lots of great memories of a gentle kind and friendly soul. Rest in Peace Clyde.

Dorothy Tepera Palmer

May 30, 2018

I am so very sorry for your loss. I will always have fond memories of Clyde. He is the one who taught me how to polka and waltz at the first and second Skrhak-Sherek Family reunions back in 1978 and '79 in Circleville and I always loved him for that. I wish I had a picture of us dancing but the best I could find was one of him dancing with my grandma in '79. My prayers are with the entire family.

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Biography

Clyde “Chief” Skrhak, age 85, of Taylor, TX passed away Saturday May 26, 2018.
Chief was proud of his service to his country. He was inducted into the Army March 17, 1953 and served in the Korean War where he received the National Defense Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, and the Korean Service Medal. He later joined the Texas Army National Guard in Taylor, TX as a cook where he was known for transforming army food to a delicious home style meal. He was a lifelong member of the Sydney Pierce VFW Post #4476 and also a member of the American Legion Graham D. Luhn Post #39. He retired from the University of Texas at Austin as a carpenter and took pride in passing along his carpentry skills to his sons. He loved playing the guitar, harmonica, and singing old country and Czech songs with family and friends at gatherings. He would never miss an opportunity to go fishing, hunting or BBQ-ing and loved competing in BBQ cook-offs with his family. No one had a greener thumb than Chief, and his large garden was always the envy of the neighborhood. He will be remembered for his kind heart, great smile and his willingness to help anyone that needed a hand. He loved his family dearly and will be greatly missed.
Clyde was preceded in death by his brothers, Rudy Skrhak, Daniel Skrhak, and Edward Skrhak; his sister, Evelyn Motloch; and his son, Clement Frank Skrhak.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Mokry Skrhak; his children, Terry Skrhak, Deborah Marek and husband Harold, Randy Skrhak and wife Stacy, and Kevin Skrhak; his grandchildren, Gracie Skrhak and Bailey Skrhak; and his sisters, Annie Loeve and Lillie Bonkowski.
A visitation will be held on Friday June 1, 2018 from 6pm-8pm at Condra Funeral Home with a rosary at 7pm. Mass will be held on Saturday June 2, 2018 at 10 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Sydney Pierce VFW Post #4476.