Joseph J. Slovacek passed away at the age of 89 in Dallas, Texas on Monday, April 2, 2018.

Joseph was born on October 3, 1928 in Bardwell, Texas to Louis C. and Frances (Belha) Slovacek. He grew up in the Ennis Area and attended Palmer schools. He went to Arlington State College for four years where he earned a certificate in engineering. On September 27, 1958 he married Charlyne Agnes Spaniel and they made their home in Dallas for seven years before moving back to the farm near Ennis. He served his country proudly in the United States Army serving in Okinawa and was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant.

He worked for LTV for seventeen years before retiring to the farm where he loved spending time working the land and ranching. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and formerly a member of St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, SPJST, American Legion, VFW, and KJT. He served as precinct 122 Election Judge for many years. He was also elected to serve as the Farm Service Agency of Ellis County committee Representative.

He is survived by his wife, Charlyne Slovacek; son, Ronald Slovacek and wife, Barbara; daughters: Donna Blankenship and husband, Cord and Yvonne Jander and husband, Christopher; grandchildren: Christy Meaney, Katy Blankenship, Sarah Slovacek, Jason Jander, Jacob Jander, Adam Miller, Lindsay Whitman and Shelly Miller; four great-grandchildren; two brothers: Albin Slovacek and wife, Lillian and John Slovacek and wife, Anna; two sisters: Mary Foitek and husband Jerry and Margaret Kozlovsky and husband, Charles; sister-in-law, Delphie Slovacek along with a host of extended family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, son, David Slovacek; brother, Louis Slovacek and sisters: Emily Marusak and Georgie Kozlovsky.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the J.E. Keever Mortuary of Ennis with Rosary at 7 p.m.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018 at 10 a.m. in the St John Nepomucene Catholic Church of Ennis with Father John Dick as celebrant. Interment will follow in St Joseph Cemetery under the direction of J.E. Keever Mortuary, Inc.