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Col.  John  "Jack" Pellek

Obituary for Col. John "Jack" Pellek

October 16, 1941 - November 25, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 77

... enjoyed a bowl of Blue Bell every night before bed...


Colonel John "Jack" Pellek, USAF (Ret.) was born in Newark, NJ to Barbara and Jules Pellek on October 16, 1941 and died in San Antonio, TX on November 25, 2018 due to complications from exposure to Agent Orange during his service in the Vietnam conflict.

After graduating high school from Seton Hall Preparatory School and obtaining a degree in Civil Engineering from Newark College of Engineering, Jack entered the U.S. Air Force in 1963 and served until his retirement in 1987. During his active service he earned a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University and had three overseas tours (Thailand, Germany and Korea) for a combined seven years.

Following his military career, Jack worked first as Safety and Environmental Manager for the Texas Instruments plant in Sherman, TX. Returning to San Antonio in 1990, he served as Facilities Director for the Alamo Colleges District for ten years. Among the more visible projects he oversaw were the initial increment of Northwest Vista College, the natatorium and library at Palo Alto College, the theater and student center at St. Philip's College, and a number of new buildings and major renovations at San Antonio College. He completed his working life by holding key positions in the construction of Greehey Children's Cancer Research Institute and NEISD'S Claudia Taylor "Lady Bird" Johnson High School.

Jack was twice blessed in love. He was married to his first love, Barbara Zach of Irvington, NJ from 1964 until her death in 1985. He is survived by his second love, native San Antonian Margaret Traugott Kloza, whom he married in 1988 and who herself was a widow. He was the proud father of Carolyn Wigington (Jeff) of Corpus Christi and Katherine O'Connor (Jim) of Fort Worth. He was also the stepfather of Margaret's children Jimmy Kloza (Ruth), Jean Harris (Carl), Steven Kloza (JaNice), Tommy Kloza (Natalie), Rosann Cochran (Kurt) and Danny Kloza (Desiree). He was PaPa to sixteen grandchildren, Jennifer Cross (Scott), Michelle Harris, Maggie Kloza, Kyle Kloza, Sydnee Kloza, Ella Wigington, John Cochran, Michael Kloza, George Wigington, Daniel O'Connor, Kendall Kloza, Matthew O'Connor, Chase Kloza, Kameron Kloza, Sophia Wigington and Claire O'Connor; and three great-grandsons, Austin, Cody, and Tyler Cross. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Ann Kopycienski (Rick) of Branchville, NJ and brother-in-law Robert Zach (Roxane) of Timonium, MD, four nieces and two nephews.

In addition to his faith and his family, Jack loved anything involving a ball, particularly if one of his grandchildren was playing. He attended hundreds of football, soccer, basketball and baseball games. He was a NY Giants fan when they were a baseball team, and then NY Giants football fan. He loved the Red Raiders and the NEISD Robert E. Lee Volunteers. He wagered with his grandsons on Everton games and inevitably mailed $10 when Everton lost. Jack and Margaret spent the week of his 77th birthday in Fredericksburg with his Air Force friends of more than fifty years. He enjoyed a bowl of Blue Bell every night before bed and an occasional cocktail with his stepsons or sons-in-law, which brought him immense joy.

Family will receive guests from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. prior to Mass.

10:30 a.m.

1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Jack's wish was that his family and friends treat themselves to a nice dinner out, and while there, raise a glass of cheer to his memory. Margaret, Lyn and Kathy add that if you would like to make a donation, please consider the Blessed Sacrament Catholic School, 600 Oblate Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78216.

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