Harvey Wayne Alex
Submitted by crecord2010 on Tue, 03/12/2013 - 5:05pm
Our precious husband, father, brother, nephew, uncle and friend, Harvey Wayne Alex passed into the Heavenly gates on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 due to complications from Myleodysplastic Syndrome and Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura which he was diagnosed with in December 2011.
He was born Dec. 19, 1940 to Alfred and Alvina Buchhorn Alex, who predeceased him. After graduation from Yorktown High School, he was selected as the starting pitcher for the South Texas All-Stars in San Antonio. He then represented Texas in the Hearst National Amateur Championship game in New York City where he pitched in Yankee Stadium. He was drafted into the Cincinnati Reds farm team and began his minor league baseball career in Palatka, Fla. playing with Pete Rose his first year. After his six year stint on the baseball circuit, he ended his baseball career with the Cincinnati Reds San Diego AAA team. He returned to Texas to complete his education at Southwest Texas State College.
After completing his degree in business administration, he married Marcia Simecek in 1965, and they were blessed with the birth of daughter, Kerry and son, Kevin. In 1975, he married Patricia (Pat) Bobo and a son, David was born to this union.
After working in the insurance field for a number of years he was hired by the Texas Employment Commission in Victoria and enjoyed a 27 year career with that agency working as a placement interviewer, employer representative, district trainer and office manager, retiring in 1995 as an area manager in Austin. During his tenure with TEC he was very active in the agency professional association, International Association of Public Employees, both locally and statewide. He rose to be state president of the organization in 1975. After retirement he worked part-time for the Round Rock Express baseball club for several years. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife and family, and spent many hours at the family farm in Yorktown, where he showed his love of the old home place by keeping it mowed, weed free and keeping the fences mended.
He is survived by his loving wife Pat, children Kerry K. Lischka (Troy), Kevin W. Alex (Kristen) and David W. Alex; sister, Linda K. McCasland (Dick); grandchildren, Mason Lischka, Alex Lischka, Katherine Alex and Grayson Alex; and Aunt Adeline Alex, as well as numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. He loved his children, family and friends more than anything, well except for maybe an ice cold Budweiser (and definitely not Lite) and going to Western Days in Yorktown every year.
Visitation was held from 6-8 p.m. on March 8 at Beck Funeral Home in Austin/Round Rock with services held at 11 a.m. on March 9 at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Cindy Wolf officiating. Interment was at 4 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Yorktown.
Pallbearers were Jerry Jaeger, Kraege Wolpman, Ray Simecek, John Dale Hurst, Vernon Buchhorn, Larry Woytasczyk. Honorary Pallbearers were Elroyce Metting, Edgar “Jake” Stratmann, Lawrence Stratmann, John C. Bobo, Tony Buban and Dick McCasland.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia Research Foundation, 3520 Lake Avenue, Suite #202, Wilmette, Ill. 60091-1064, www.leukemia-research.org, 847-424-0660.
Arrangements under the care of Beck Funeral Home, 512-244-3772. Condolences may be shared at www.beckchapels.com.
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