Frank Anton Kocurek, longshoreman and mechanic, died on April 29, 2009.

He was born Jan. 5, 1925 in West, Texas to Anton and Bertha Urbanovsky Kocurek. During World War II, he served four years as a seaman in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater on a liberty ship. After discharge, Frank worked his entire career as a longshoreman and gear man on the Corpus Christi waterfront. Most family members remember the go-cars he designed and built using Crosley parts. He enjoyed music and polka-dancing with gusto. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Violet, the I.L.A. Local Union and the Czech Heritage Society.

One of eight children, he is survived by his sister, Mary Frances Raska and brother, Edward Kocurek (Jeanette). He is survived by his six children, Jeanne Kocurek Hand (Dave Platt), Marie D. Kocurek (Charlie Montgomery), Susan L. Kocurek, Linda K. Kocurek (Jay Jackson), Nancy Ivey (Trey), and Frank A. Kocurek Jr.; his grandchildren, Ryan Carvahlo, Ben Ivey III, Forrest Ivey and Heather Hunsaker (Bryan); great-grandchild, Joshua Hunsaker; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Friday, May 1, in the Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 2, in St. Anthony Catholic Church in Violet with the Rev. Msgr. Celestine Murray as celebrant. Burial followed in Robstown Memorial Park.

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