Valerian 'Val' Huvar
Born on Oct. 19, 1919
VALERIAN "VAL" HUVAR
VICTORIA - Valerian Dennis Aloysius "Val" Huvar, 93, of Victoria passed away Thursday, March 21, 2013. He was born October 19, 1919, in El Campo, the second of four children to Fred and Stella Holcak Huvar. Val began his education at Nazareth Academy, transferring to St. Joseph's for the first grade. After graduation from St. Joseph's High School in 1937, he worked at a variety of jobs prior to entering the United States Army's Air Corps on December 31, 1941. After basic training at Ellington Field in Harris County, Val served at Randolph Field in San Antonio, South Plains Army Field in Lubbock, and the ordinance depot outside of Manila, Philippines. Val was discharged on February 5, 1946, with the rank of master sergeant. On May 4, 1947, Val married Luella "Lu" Edwards Knowlan. Val and Lu had four children, Charlotte, Carolyn, Dennis and Michael. Val was an active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church where he served as president of the Parish Board, as lector, congregation song leader, choir member and Eucharistic minister. For his numerous personal contributions and eternal loyalty to the Catholic Church, he received the Pro Ecclesia Pontifice medal and diploma. Val also held membership in the VFW and the American Legion.
During the late 1940s and early 1950s Val worked at the Goodyear tire store, the Montgomery-Ward catalogue store, and the First Victoria National Bank. While working at the bank, friends urged him to run for Victoria County Clerk. Val made a spirited campaign in 1954 and emerged successfully. On January 1, 1955, he took office. Thereafter, Val ran unopposed for re-election, and remained as county clerk until 2011, establishing an enviable precedent for elected officials in Victoria County. There has been no other elected Victoria city or county official who has equaled or surpassed the number of years that Val served as county clerk. During his tenure he was active in the state's County and District Clerks Association, serving as the organization's president in 1963-64. In 1970 Val was named the Outstanding County Clerk of Texas by the Texas Association of Counties and District Clerks.
Survivors include his children, Charlotte Kizer of Baytown, Carolyn Wright of Victoria, Dennis Huvar and wife, Brenda, of Pipe Creek, Texas and Michael Huvar and wife, Karen, of Victoria; sister, Marguerite Epperhart of Houston; brother, Edward Huvar of Houston; ten grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and one on the way; nieces and nephews and many extended family members.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Luella Huvar and his brother, Fred Huvar, Jr.
The family will receive friends from 6:00-7:00 pm Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at St. Mary's Catholic Church. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 am Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Rev. Dan Morales officiating. Burial with full military honors under the direction of the Victoria Veterans council will follow at Catholic Cemetery #2.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Myers, John Hammack, Richard Voigt, Kevin Janak, Wayne Dierlam and Judge Robert Whitaker.
Honorary pallbearers will be Stuart Posey, Rex Easley, Sr., Nancy Brown, Sheila Knight, James Carter and employees of the Victoria County Clerk's Office during Val's tenure.
The family would like to express special thanks to Val's caregivers, Brook, Linda, Brittany, Sandra and Tracy.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of South Texas, St. Mary's Catholic Church, or St. Joseph High School.
Words of comfort may be shared at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.