The Ondrusek family mourns the loss of Joseph Carl Ondrusek, Sr., who passed away on April 18, 2018, in Dallas, Texas surrounded by loved ones.
Born in Dallas, Texas on October 17, 1943, to Willie and Carlyn Ondrusek, Joe and his sister, Barbara, grew up in Dallas and attended Adamson High School. He graduated from East Texas State University, where he was Treasurer and President of his fraternity, Delta Tau Delta.
Joe began his career at Columbia Packing Co., Inc in 1967 joining his brothers Billy and Bob along with his father Willie. He began as a truck driver, enjoyed his work in the accounting department as well as numerous production roles, and became President of Columbia in 1978. Just this last year, he celebrated with his colleagues and family his 50th anniversary with Columbia Packing. Joe, along with the Ondrusek family, was awarded The Century Award from the Southwest Meat Association in 2013.
Joe was married to Timpy in 1973 in Dallas, Texas.
Joe was a member of Dallas Fort Worth Grocers Association in which he served on the Board of Directors. He was a founding member of the Texas Spurs, the social arm of the Texas Retail Grocers. Joe was a lifelong member of the Czech Fraternal Benefit Organization – SPJST. He served as President for two terms at the Lodge level. He also served on the Sunnyvale School Board for four years before becoming President his final year.
In his spare time, Joe loved to make sausage with his college friend, Ron, in Oklahoma, and locally with his friend, Vince. He looked forward to sharing the knowledge his grandfather gave him as well as letting loose with this friends. He also could be found with his foot on the petal behind his Corvette! His love for his Corvettes began in college and continued throughout his life. Making friends and memories all along the way, he and Timpy traveled throughout the United States with the Corvette Club. His travels did not end there, as he continued to snow ski every chance he could. He also enjoyed yellowfin tuna fishing and traveling abroad. Joe never met a beach that he did not love.
Joe is survived by his devoted wife, Timpy, of Rockwall, Texas; son, Carl and his wife, Stephanie, and their sons, Cole and Cade of Wills Point, Texas; daughter, Amber Ondrusek and her son, Drew of Heath, Texas; nephew, Rusty and his wife, Amanda, and their children, Hagen and Willie of Combine, Texas; sister, Barbara Wolfe, and her husband, Jack, and their children, Bryan, Betsy, and Bridget; and a host of other relatives and friends.