Paul Jerry Kopecky, 89, of Richmond, passed away June 26, 2019. He was born Dec. 31, 1929 in El Campo to Joe and Annie Halamicek Kopecky. He served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force. Paul graduated from the University of Texas and went to work at Wyatt’s Cafeteria in 1957 and retired as CEO in 1994.

He is survived by his four children: daughters, Diane Spinks and husband Powell of Vadito, N.M., Sharon Hayes and husband Jim of Rockport, Debbie Mercatante and husband Mike of Dripping Springs; son, Paul Jerry Kopecky Jr. of Houston; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews who called him “Uncle Pistol.”

Paul was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Bernice Mary Kopecky; his parents; six brothers and two sisters.

Visitation will be from 3-6 p.m. Sunday, June 30 at Triska Funeral Home. Funeral services begin at 10 a.m. Monday, July 1 at the funeral home. Burial under the auspices of the American Legion Post 251 will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jody Kopecky, Lawrence Kana, David Cannell, Bruce Krenek, Chris Kopecky and David Kana. Honorary pallbearers are Barry Reinhardt, Billy Joe Kopecky and Larry Krenek.

Ushers are Gordon Newton, Alan Roy Krenek and Butch Houseworth.

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Arrangements are under the direction of Triska Funeral Home, El Campo.

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