BOB OPELA YOAKUM - Bob G. Opela, 75, passed away Wednesday, September 11, 2019. He was born May 25, 1944 in Sweet Home to Willie and Mary Ann (Minarcik) Opela. He served in the National Guard, was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, a devote Catholic and faithful servant. He worked at the Yoakum Herald Times Newspaper early on and later joined Circle Y Leather Company as a printer/photographer until his retirement. He photographed , designed and printed impressive catalogs displaying belts, handbags, saddles, jewelry, buckles and etc. for sales market and company distribution. Bob loved his life work as a photographer, being proud owner and operator of "Bob's Photography". He captured memories for others through dance recitals, class reunions, engagements, wedding, anniversaries, little league and other school related activities. Always taking just one click and the picture was perfect. Survivors are his beloved wife of 52 years, Beatrice (Pekar) Opela of Yoakum; daughters, Cheryl (Joseph) Machicek of Hillje, Lynette (Darrell) Vyvjala and Tiffany (Greg) Janda of Schulenburg; 9 grandchildren, Kirsten (Jacoby) Bussell, Shayla (Desmond) Pulliam, Blaine and Daylon Machicek, Kade, Brandt and Layne Vyvjala and Jayse and Aubryn Janda; 3 great-grandchildren, Adi, Ross and Glenn Pulliam; sisters, Delores (Daniel) Vyoral of Victoria, Joyce (Pervez) Khan of Humble and Mary Jane Harabis of Victoria; brother-in-law, Clarence Wenske of Victoria. Preceded in death by his parents; sister, Shirley Wenske; brother, Bill Opela; brother-in-law, Leonard Harabis. Visitation 4:30 to 6:30 with Rosary recited at 6:30 p.m., Friday, September 13, 2019 at Thiele Cooper Funeral Home. Funeral Mass 10 a.m., Saturday, September 14, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Matthew Huehlefeld officiating. Burial to follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be given to St. Joseph Catholic Church or Hospice of South Texas. Arrangements by Thiele Cooper Funeral Home, 361-293-5656.
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