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Orsak, Charles Edward “Chuck”

On November 3, 2012 Charles Edward “Chuck” Orsak passed away in Dallas, TX. Chuck is survived by his three children Leah Orsak Erard of Austin, Geoffrey Charles Orsak and his wife Catherine Bohnert Orsak of Dallas, Stephen Paul Orsak and his wife Katherine Cecil Orsak of Dallas, and his sister, Linda Orsak Fitch and her husband Randy Lynn Fitch of El Campo. Chuck is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, John David and William Edgar Erard of Austin, and Emily Ann Orsak, Sarah Grace Orsak, Mary Elizabeth Orsak, and Peter Geoffrey Orsak, all of Dallas, along with his wonderful nieces and nephews.

Chuck was born on July 25, 1937 in Blessing, TX to Charles Vince Orsak and Justine Zapalac Orsak. Shortly thereafter, they relocated to El Campo, TX where he attended school and graduated from El Campo High School. He had an active and successful sports and academic life while attending school in El Campo. He always thought it special that he was the only boy to graduate in the academic top ten in his senior class. He loved all sports, having been a four year letterman in football, baseball, basketball, and a three year letterman in track. When he was 14, his baseball team, the El Campo Sluggers captured the attention of the city during the summer of 1952. Competing in the national Little Bigger League (today known as the Babe Ruth League), they were Texas State Champions, National Region 6 Champions, and then as one of eight teams competed for the national title in Camden, NJ. The boys had a successful run, eventually winning the Consolation Championship, and placing third in the nation. The city of El Campo hosted a victory parade for the team upon their return. All the Sluggers stayed connected with one another throughout their lives.

After high school, he attended Wharton County Junior College for two years where he was elected student body president both years. He then was awarded a scholarship by Central Power and Light Company to study Electrical Engineering at Texas A&I University in Kingsville, TX. There he met his wife Elizabeth Grace Cumberland, and upon graduation they moved to Schenectady, NY for his first job with General Electric. While in New York, they had their first two children, Leah Therese and Geoffrey Charles. After a few years, they returned to Texas where he began a long and successful career at CPL in Corpus Christi. Shortly after returning, they had their third child Stephen Paul. When Chuck retired as Executive Director of Electrical Design, he was working to help bring wind power to the Gulf Coast as a way of reducing energy costs in Texas. In recognition of his contributions to Texas electrical power, he was recognized with a Texas Senate Proclamation.

He later moved to Dallas to be closer to family. One of his great joys was to support his grandchildren in their school and athletic activities. As the first member of his own family to attend college, he was passionate about the importance of higher education. He started a scholarship fund at Wharton County Junior College in the names of his parents, and helped make it possible for his children and nieces and nephews to attend and graduate from college.
Chuck was a devout Catholic who was proud of his Czech heritage, and his hometown of El Campo. He loved to fish, play golf, sail, and eat great food. Most of all, he loved to be with his family.

Charles Edward Orsak was preceded into death by his mother and father, Justine Zapalac Orsak and Charles Vince Orsak, his brother James Clifton Orsak, and his niece Sarah Lynn Fitch.

Throughout his adult life he was dedicated to helping the poor through his service to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. When the society’s allotted money ran out, he would often quietly supplement these funds with his own, making it possible for families to continue living with dignity.

Visitation will begin at 11 am on Friday at Triska Funeral Home. A parish Rosary will be recited at 9:30 am on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church with funeral services to follow at 10 am. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Memorial Park in El Campo, TX.

Pallbearers are Emily Orsak, Sarah Orsak, Mary Orsak, Peter Orsak, John Erard and William Erard.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, National Council of the United States, 58 Progress Parkway, Maryland Heights, MO 63043-3706.

Source: Triska Funeral Home-El Campo, Texas