OBITUARY

David Joseph "DJ" Bludau

January 13, 1954October 16, 2012

David Joseph “DJ” Bludau, 58, of Victoria, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on October 16, 2012, after a courageous 2 year battle with brain cancer.

He was born on January 13, 1954, in Hallettsville, Texas, to Hubert and Ethel Claus Bludau. He married Joyce Zissa on September 25, 1976, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Yoakum, Texas. He was a member of Our Lady of Victory Cathedral.

David was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who had great faith in God and a strong work ethic. He cherished spending time with his loving family. He loved the outdoors, working in his yard, hiking, camping, and attending The University of Notre Dame and Texas Tech University football games. When asked if he needed anything, his standard reply was “a few kind words.”

He worked for Southern Pacific/Union Pacific Railroad for 36 years as a trainman. He was a devoted member of the United Transportation Union serving as Local Chairman of Lodge 953 for 25 years, a Legislative Representative for 19 years and serving most recently as Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Texas Legislative Board. He was a Eucharistic minister for Our Lady of Victory Cathedral and a member of the Knights of Columbus. David was a member of the Board of Directors of the Corpus Christi Southern Pacific Credit Union, and served as an adult leader for Boy Scout Troop 368.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce; daughters, Tiffany Juett and husband, Justin of Victoria, and Vanessa Bludau of Dallas; son Brandon Bludau and wife, Brigid of Houston; brothers, Carl Bludau and wife, Rudie Kay of Victoria, Everett Bludau and wife, Pam of Hallettsville; sisters, Janet Hornischer and husband, Ronnie of Hallettsville, Joan Rodgers and husband, Luke of Conroe; granddaughter, Kadence Juett of Victoria; father-in-law, Julius Zissa of Yoakum, and sister-in-law, Janie Fitzgerald and husband, Mike of Telferner.

He is preceded in death by his parents and mother-in-law, Mary Zissa.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 pm Thursday, October 18, 2012, at Rosewood Funeral Chapels. A Rosary will be recited at 7 pm.

Funeral services will be at 10 am Friday, October 19, 2012, at Our Lady of Victory Cathedral, Rev. Msgr. John Peters officiating. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Tim Bludau, Mike Fitzgerald, Jr., Steve Young, Nunzio Randazzo, Robert Sugarek, Tyler Gray, Scott Kuester, and David Pagel.

Honorary pallbearers will be Connie English, Jerry Basinger, Larry Bumpurs, retired and current members of United Transportation Union Local 953, and current and retired employees of Southern Pacific/Union Pacific Railroad in Bloomington hub.

The family extends their sincere appreciation to the rehabilitation staff at Warm Springs Specialty Hospital, and to Accolade Hospice for their dedicated care during his illness.

Memorials to MD Anderson Cancer Center, Glioblastoma Cancer Research, PO Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com. Honorary pallbearers will be Connie English, Jerry Basinger, Larry Bumpurs, retired and current members of United Transportation Union Local 953, and current and retired employees of Southern Pacific/Union Pacific Railroad in Bloomington hub.

The family extends their sincere appreciation to the rehabilitation staff at Warm Springs Specialty Hospital, and to Accolade Hospice for their dedicated care during his illness.

Memorials to MD Anderson Cancer Center, Glioblastoma Cancer Research, PO Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.

Services

  • Funeral Mass Friday, October 19, 2012
  • Visitation Thursday, October 18, 2012
  • Rosary Thursday, October 18, 2012
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Tyler Gray

October 2, 2013

I feel it is important that I pass along my thoughts on DJ.

I want you to know that I feel honored to have known David. He was truly the most selfless person I have ever met. He had a knack for doing the right thing for the right reason. He commanded respect with a calm even resolve and charm that disarmed most contentious situations. He was a mentor to me and I will go forward in my professional and personal life using the example he has set. He always had the right advice at the right time. He was extremely proud of his family and when we traveled for union functions the majority of our conversations related to our families. The day he called me to tell me about the cancer, I distinctly remember him turning the conversation back to me and how my family was. I thought for a second about telling him this was about him now, but that was not what he wanted to hear. That was not who he was. He cared about other people and I appreciated that.

I thank you for allowing him to touch my life.

Stacey Petrich

November 5, 2012

Bludau Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I was the ringbearer in David and Joyce's wedding, and David's grandmother (Hilda Petrich Claus) was my grandfather's sister (William Petrich). My dad, Howard, who is originally from Hallettsville passed away last Monday, October 29th. I saw David's obituary when I was double-checking my dad's. My dad had cancer too. I read that David enjoyed watching Texas Tech football games. I played for Texas Tech from 1990-1993. I know you have the wedding picture, but I added one to the gallery. I'm the little dude with blond hair holding the pillow.
In addition to the wedding, I remember David well from my days in Hallettsville. He was always giving me a hard time when I would see him at Timm's Grocery Store wanting me to make the fire truck siren sound out loud in the store. Good memories of David and his mom and dad.
My heart is with you as I am experiencing similar pain.

October 31, 2012

My prayers are with david,s family. I was one of david,s crew dispatcher in the 90,s. He was always so pleasant and nice to me. I will miss him but i know he is with our Lord and Saviour now and is safe. May God Bless all of his Family. Wanda Carter Carbajal

Bobby Saenz

October 28, 2012

My deepest condolences to all of the Bludau family for your loss. I have so many pleasant memories of DJ. He was a very good friend and co-worker. I always looked forward to seeing him at work, cause I knew he would a have a smile and a complement for me. To the Bludau family, especially my dear friends Carl and Everett, may God Bless you and watch over you during this very difficult time.

Rocky Beaudoin

October 22, 2012

Our deepest sympathy to your family. I have known him for nearly 40 years. A great person, one of the best railroad guys I've worked with and well liked by all.

October 21, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bludau family. Our hearts ache for your loss. We are so sorry that we couldn't be there but we are in Houston undergoing treatments at MD Anderson. May God bless each one of you. Lex and Madonna Painter

October 20, 2012

Joyce, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of grief. May God bless you and hold you up as you celebrate Davids life. Bud and Dorothy Sappington

Dorothy Bujnoch

October 20, 2012

Please accept my sincere sympathy on the loss of your loved one. My prayers are with you at this sad time. Dorothy Bujnoch

October 20, 2012

We are so sorry about your loss. Ellis and myself had a wonderful experience with him as we traveled in Fatima and Lourdes. He had so much strength and we enjoyed him so much. Ellis is still battling his liver cancer and we cherish every day we are together. Much love to you and we know he is with our heavenly father in peace. Love, Ellis and Karin Glueck

William Fishbeck

October 19, 2012

Condolences to a brave family of a brave man.