Charles L. “Chuck” Hrncir, 88, of Schulenburg, retired Vice President of Austin National Bank, passed away June 16, 2011.
Chuck was born on September 25, 1922 to Charles R. & Ida Gallia Hrncir in Komensky, TX. A graduate of Hallettsville High School, Chuck attended Texas A&M in 1940. He enlisted as a private in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942. During his active duty (1942-46, 1950-51), he served as a drill instructor and as Asst. Provost Marshal of Fukuoka, Japan. A Marine “Mustang”, he rose through the ranks to become an officer. On retirement from the USMCR Fleet Marine Force in 1958, he held the rank of Major.
Chuck married Marilyn McGehearty on January 21, 1946 in St. Austin’s Catholic Church in Austin, TX. A member of the Texas A&M Class of 1944, he received his degree in1949 and joined Sears Roebuck and Company as a management trainee. On his retirement in 1978, he was Regional Manager of the Kansas City Group and he had held management positions in Sears’ stores in Austin and throughout Texas and the Midwest.
Active in civic and church organization, Chuck served as President of the Austin Chamber of Commerce (1976), Director of the Texas Retail Federation, President of the Capitol City A&M Club, President of Merchants Association of Greater Kansas City; Vice President of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce; and a member of the Board of Kansas Industrial Commission and on the Boards of Directors of: the Capitol Area, Council of Boy Scouts; United Way; Holy Cross Hospital, and other civic and church organizations.
A Knight Grand Cross in the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, he was an active Catholic who participated in the founding of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Austin and the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Shawnee Mission, KS. He was a member of the KJZT and the Serra Club.
Chuck is survived by his children: Charlotte Hrncir of Washington D.C., Kathleen Hrncir of Austin, Charles “Charlie” Hrncir & wife Karen of College Station, TX; Dr. Peggy Minnich & husband Glenn of Fredericksburg, VA, and Sharon Kennedy & husband Johnny of Houston; 2 brothers, Wilton A. “Bill” Hrncir of Hallettsville, TX, and Col. Oran “Doc” Hrncir of Copperas Cove, TX; sister Ida Bludau of Hallettsville, TX; and 7 grandchildren, Michelle Minnich, Shannon Minnich, Charles “Chase” Hrncir, Kaleb Hrncir, Jacob Hrncir, Katie Mae Kennedy, and Sean Kennedy.
Chuck was preceded in death by: his wife Marilyn; parents; and daughter Marilyn Anne Hrncir.
Funeral Mass Service: 10 am, Thursday, June 30, 2011, at Ascension of our Lord Catholic Church of Moravia, Texas. Visitation: 4 pm, Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at Kubena Funeral Home. Rosary: 7 pm, Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at Kubena Funeral Home. Officiate: Rev. John Peters. Pallbearers: Chase Hrncir, J.G. Hrncir, John Hrncir, Kaleb Hrncir, Pat Pagel, Andy Pesek, Lt. Col. (ret) Michael Loftus, and Sean Smith. Honorary Pallbearers: Wink Bludau, Wilton”Bill” Hrncir, Oran “Doc” Hrncir, John Hrncir and Tommy Hughes. Memorials: Texas Czech Heritage Cultural Center, or Ascension of our Lord Catholic Church. Burial: Ascension of our Lord Catholic Cemetery.
Source: Kubena Funeral Home-Hallettsville, TX