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I am a Veteran.Edward John Zatopek

April 6, 1929 - May 28, 2018

Edward John Zatopek, 89, of Columbus, Texas, passed away on May 28, 2018 in Columbus.

He was born on April 6, 1929 to Rudolph Zatopek and Julia (Krenek) Zatopek in Ellinger, Texas. On June 7th, 1952, he married Shirley Jones.

Edward was a retired mechanical engineer and inventor. He was a Sergeant in the US Air Force from September 1946 to August 1949.

He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Ellinger, TX.

Edward enjoyed bird hunting and raising Brittany Spaniels. He was fascinated by his Czech heritage and spent time researching his ancestry.

Edward is survived by his daughters, Mary E. Zatopek of Selina, KS, Barbara Z. Dickhaus and husband Tom of Mercer Island, WA, and Julie Z. Hart and husband David of Baton Rouge, LA; his brother, Thomas Zatopek and wife Marvadean of Columbus, TX; 4 grandchildren, Katherine Dickhaus, Erin M. Hart, Alissa D. Hart and Emily M. Hart.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley (Jones) Zatopek, and his parents, Rudolph and Julia (Krenek) Zatopek.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 02, 2018 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church in Ellinger, Texas with a parish rosary at 9:30 am.

Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 10:00 AM at St. Mary Catholic Church in Ellinger, Texas. Rev. Nock Russell will be officiating.

Burial will take place in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Ellinger, Texas.

Memorials are suggested to Texas Czech Heritage & Cultural Center, 250 West Fairgrounds Rd., La Grange, Texas 78945, www.czechtexas.org.


Edward John Zatopek
April 6, 1929 - May 28, 2018



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