GREAT BEND — Weldon M. Brozek, 73, died June 16, 2014 at the Newton Medical Center. Born March 12, 1941, in Lucas, he was the son of James A. and Agnes (Rezabek) Brozek. On Oct. 16, 1965, he married Mary “Paula” Hipsher in Great Bend. A resident of Great Bend since 1962, coming from Lucas, he was a service technician for Southwestern Bell and AT&T. Mr. Brozek was an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed cowboy poetry and music, and attending ranch rodeos. His greatest love was for his family, especially his grandchildren. A very kind and gentle man, Mr. Brozek enjoyed traveling, especially to Alaska and visiting family.
Mr. Brozek was a United States Army veteran, serving during the Vietnam Conflict. He was a member of Prince of Peace Parish at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Southwestern Bell Telephone Pioneers, and Kansas ACTS Ministry, where he was actively involved in taking people to the ACTS Retreat in Amarillo, Texas.
Survivors include his wife, Mary “Paula” Brozek, of the home; two sons, Justin Brozek and his wife Arlene of Bovina, Texas, and Joshua Brozek and his fiancée Stephanie Larson of Chaska, Minn.; a daughter, Jill Schmitz and her husband Adelbert “A. J.” Jr. of Wichita; daughter of heart, Karen Harrelson of Bel Aire; three brothers, Wendell Brozek of La Crosse, Wayne Brozek of Livingston, Mont. and Eldon Brozek of Great Bend; a sister, Lillian Edwardson of Topeka; and seven grandchildren, Jake Brozek, Justus Brozek, Emma Brozek, Elizabeth Brozek, Ethan Brozek, Jordan Schmitz, and Joni Schmitz. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Wilma Rounkles and Amelia Ehly.
Vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Bryant Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate Weldon’s life will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Great Bend. Father Don Bedore will be celebrant. The casket will not be opened at the church. Military rites will be conducted by Fort Riley Honor Guard. Cremation will follow the service and private family inurnment will take place at a later date at Everitt Cemetery.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, at Bryant Funeral Home. Memorials are requested to Kansas ACTS Ministry or Lasting Life Ministries for the Benefit of Almost Home or Holy Family School Endowment or St. Rose Foundation for the benefit of the Heartland Cancer Center, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home**
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS,. 67530
Great Bend (Kan) Tribune, June 19, 2014