Posted: Mon 1:27 PM, Feb 11, 2013
Funeral Home: Lindley Robertson Holt Funeral Home
January 22, 1920 – February 8, 2013
William "Bill" Elbert Walkoviak, 93, a lifelong Grimes County resident, passed away Friday morning, February 8, 2013, at his home, with his loving family at his side.
A gathering of family and friends will be held Monday, February 11, 2013, at Christ Our Light Catholic Church, 9677 Hwy 6 in Navasota. A Knights of Columbus rosary followed by a vigil service will follow at 7 p.m.
A Funeral Mass and celebration of his life will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at Christ Our Light Catholic Church. The rite of committal will follow in St. Stanislaus Church Cemetery in Anderson. The celebration of Bill's life will continue with a lunch reception at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Anderson following the graveside service.
Serving as pallbearers will be grandsons, Raymond and Michael Snow, Clint Branch, Clint Walkoviak, James Lowry, Anthony Klodzinski and great-grandson, Ryan Walkoviak. Honorary pallbearers are Airman 1st Class Chris Walkoviak and Johnny Cabrera.
Bill was born January 22, 1920 in Richards, Texas, to Thomas and Katherine Sicinski Walkoviak. At birth his given name was Valentine Albert, but at his baptism, the priest changed his name to William Elbert. At the age of 5, Bill's family moved to Salem Bottom Road, now known as CR 409 outside of Navasota. He grew up with 11 brothers and sisters, worked the fields and sang and played guitar with his brothers and a few friends. Bill loved to laugh and make others laugh and was always eager to tell everyone a joke. His amazing sense of humor stayed with him until the end. Days of sadness and sorrow were equally spent with much joy and laughter.
Bill proudly served his country during WWII as a Corporal in the Tank Destroyer Division of the U.S. Army and served in campaigns in Normandy, Northern France and Central Europe.
It was on October 5, 1948 that he married Clara J. Smith and promptly began his family. A longtime member of Christ Our Light Catholic Church, Bill was also a charter member of Anderson Council 4054 of the Knights of Columbus, achieving 4th Degree status.
A hard working man, Bill is perhaps most remembered as THE tractor repairman from Mallard Tractor Company/Phallon, serving the farmers and ranchers in the area for over 25 years. In addition, he was a dairyman from 1965 to 1978. In 1982 he opened his own tractor repair business. It was often said he was the best tractor repairman in 4 counties. Having never met a stranger, Bill could visit for hours with anyone. When asked what he was most proud of, he would always respond, "my children". The only thing he ever asked for when a holiday or birthday approached was to have his family with him.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Anthony; a granddaughter, Rachel Marie; sons-in-law, John Branch and Jeff Davis; brothers, John, Lee, Robert and Thomas; sisters, Hattie, Sally Borski, Lucy Borski and Alice McClosky.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Clara Smith Walkoviak of Navasota; sons, William Walkoviak and wife Neva of Plantersville, Sam Walkoviak and wife Carol of Iola, John Walkoviak and wife Cindy of Old Washington and Smith Walkoviak and wife Amanda of Navasota; daughters, Janice Branch of Montgomery, Mary Davis of Caldwell and Bonnie Klodzinski and husband Gary of Anderson; 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; brothers, Pete Walkoviak of Houston and Arch Walkoviak of Anderson and a sister, Annie Parker of Houston.