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Gilbert Vrazel

October 8, 1941 — May 2, 2017

Gilbert Vrazel was born October 8th, 1941 in Rek Hill, Texas to Rudolph and Clara Vrazel. He passed away on May 2nd , 2017 at St. David’s Hospital in Austin surrounded by his loved ones. Visitation for Gilbert Vrazel will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Fayette Memorial Funeral Home. Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 4th, 2017 at Fayette Memorial Funeral Home in La Grange. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5th, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ellinger. A private burial will follow at a later date.

Gilbert grew up in Rek Hill and attended St. John’s Catholic School where he completed 8th grade and received a class ring. He married Mary Smidovec on October 20, 1963. Together they had three children: Lisa, Nancy and Michael. Gilbert was a lifetime rancher. He had cattle all around the Ellinger area and enjoyed taking a drive in the afternoons with a cold beer to check on his cattle.  Gilbert started working for the gravel pit in 1963. He worked as a mechanic there for 35 years until his retirement. After retirement, him and his brother, Norbert added another job to their list when they began Vrazel Trash Hauling. He gave up the trash business this past December. He worked nearly 20 years for the Columbus Livestock Company. He and Mary also ran Gil’s Barbecue every weekend for 38 years. When Gilbert wasn’t working, you could always find him at Hobo Inn. He spent half of his life at Hobo Inn alongside his brother, Norbert. Gilbert loved his beer, tobacco, scratch offs and his grandchildren. He was very proud of his grandchildren. But his GREAT grandchildren were EVERYTHING to him. They were the light of his life.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary Vrazel, Daughters; Lisa Krebs and husband Glendale, Nancy McCown and husband Mike. Grandchildren; Lacey Vitek and husband Josh, Michael Krebs and Katy, Taylor Dominguez, Sydney Krebs, Kayla Kaspar and husband Kory, Kim Sodek and husband Marcus. Great Grandchildren; Chipper Vitek, Olivia Dominguez, Carolina Krebs, Decker Vitek, Parker Vitek, Tara Vitek, Kandon Kaspar, Henley Sodek and Kennedy Kaspar. And his favorite dogs Berkley and Humphrey.

He was preceded in death by his son Michael Vrazel, parents Rudolph & Clara Vrazel and brother Norbert Vrazel.

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