Harry J. Tichavsky

Harry J. Tichavsky

Monday, September 25th, 1950 - Sunday, August 23rd, 2020
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Harry J. Tichavsky
September 25, 1950 – August 23, 2020

Harry James Tichavsky, 69 of China Spring, passed away early on August 23, 2020 at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Hospital after a tragic tractor accident on August 8, 2020. A Rosary will be held on August 26, 2020 at 6 pm at St. Philip Catholic Church, with visitation following. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Louis Catholic Church on August 27, 2020 at 2 pm with Fr. Ryan Higdon as Celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in West, TX. Social distancing and masks will be required.

The Rosary and mass will be streamed live on the OakCrest Funeral Home Facebook site.

Harry was born September 25, 1950 in Hill County to the late Frank and Mary Macha Tichavsky. He grew up in the Abbott area, graduating from Abbott High School. He received his bachelor’s in political science from University of North Texas and his masters in banking from Louisiana State University.
He married his high school sweetheart in 1973, Nancy Sinkule.

Harry’s banking career spanned many years beginning with West Bank and Trust, Lake Air National, Texanna Bank, Texas National Bank and Texas First State Bank. After retirement in 2018, he enjoyed selling supplemental Medicare coverage for the Copeland Insurance Group of Waco.

Harry had a love for banking, gardening, working on the farm and spending time with family, especially his grandchildren. He was a servant leader with a tremendous giving heart. He was an honorary member of the Knights of Columbus serving St. Louis Catholic Church for over 40 years as an usher at the 8 a.m. Mass and treasurer many years, has served on the St. Louis Pastoral Council and volunteered with Baylor Bear Foundation, Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce and most recently treasurer of the Heart of Texas Sertoma Club.

Harry took pride in fixing almost everything. He rarely said “no” to anyone’s help or need. He had an unwavering love for the Heavenly Father and ensured his family had that same devotion. Harry could calm almost any situation with his methodical approach.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers-in-law Bennet French and Ludvik Bajer.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Nancy of 47 years; son Clint and wife Olivia; daughter Amber and husband James “Jim” Greenwood; grandchildren Eleanor and Joseph; brother Raymond and Dorothy Tichavsky; sisters Evelyn Skopik, Mildred Bajer, Dorothy French and Joyce and Gene Petross, her husband and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers will be Larry Skopik, John Mebane, Brock King, Louis James Bajer, Brian Sinkule and Stephen Pavalas.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Sheriff Parnell McNamara and the entire McLennan County Sheriff Department, EMT – AMR, Air – Evac Lifeteam, Waco Fire Department, China Spring Volunteer Fire Department, Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Trauma Doctors and Nursing Team, especially Molly Little. Also, special appreciation to neighbors and friends, Mel and Jackie Hawkins, Kerry and Lou Gray, Tom Noble, Amy Viertel and Jamie Brooks.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Bishop Reicher Catholic School Scholarship Fund, 2102 N. 23rd St., Waco, TX 76708 or to the John Sid Jones Scholarship at Baylor University, 1 Bear Place #97026, Waco, TX 76798.

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, August 26th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, August 26th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    St. Phillip Catholic Church
    13095 Old China Spring Road
    CHINA SPRING, TX 76708
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    Rosary will be streamed live on OakCrest Funeral Home Facebook page at 6 pm Wednesday
  • Service

    Thursday, August 27th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Thursday, August 27th, 2020 2:00pm
    St. Louis Catholic Church
    2001 N. 25th St
    WACO, TX 76708
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    Funeral mass will be streamed live on OakCrest Funeral Home Facebook page at 2 pm Thursday
    Father Ryan Higdon
  • Interment

    St. Mary's Cemetery - West, Texas
    WEST, TX
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John W. McAnally

Posted at 01:02pm
Rose Ann and I were very sad to learn of Harry's passing. We knew him at church and through our banking. He was a very professional banker and loan officer. We always enjoyed our visits with him. He was a very dignified man, and we admired his love of the Church and God. He was a great example for everyone who knew him and he will be greatly missed. We hope he will look down upon us from heaven and pray for all of us that we may see him and our Savior some day. God bless his family.--John and Rose Ann McAnally

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April Petross

Posted at 10:06pm
Dear Aunt Nancy, Clint, Olivia, Amber, Jim, & family, please accept my love and sympathy during this incredibly sad and difficult time. I remember Uncle Harry with much respect and admiration, a man of honor dedicated to both family and the greater community, whose strength, intelligence, and kindness will not be forgotten. With love from April Petross.

McLennan County Sheriff's Dept

Posted at 09:40pm
The community will greatly miss this good man and the seeds he planted will live indefinitely.
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