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Rudolph James Pawlik
Rudolph James Pawlik, 69, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, June 12, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas. He was born Oct. 31, 1944, in Floresville to Ignatz and Albina Pawlik.
He served his country in the U.S. Army Reserve 238th Maintenance Company. He was active duty in Vietnam from 1968-69. He worked for City Public Service for 34 years and retired in 2002.
In 1970, he married Virginia Richter and together they had four children. They divorced in 1987 and Rudy later met his longtime girlfriend, Betty McCoy. A unique soul, Rudy, known by his friends as “Gator,” was very funny, and enjoyed good laughs and good times with his family and friends. He loved the water and spent his free time in Rockport living the good life. He was a father, brother, uncle, cousin, friend, and dad to so many. He will be greatly missed by all, his family said.
He was preceded in death by his nephews, Gerald Olinick and Cliff Pawlik; parents Albina and Ignatz Pawlik; and a brother, Alvin Pawlik.
Rudy is survived by his daughters, Laurie Mcllhany and husband Bryan, Dana Pawlik, and Jana Pawlik; his son, Ryan Pawlik; mother of his children, Virginia Pawlik; his sister, MaryAnn Olinick and husband Leonard; sister-in-law Elsie Pawlik; and longtime girlfriend, Betty McCoy. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends, and his loyal dog, Rusty.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 18, at 5 p.m. in the Mission Funeral Park South Funeral Home in San Antonio, with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m.
A funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home.
Interment will follow in the Mission Burial Park South in San Antonio.
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