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Kopecky, Thomas R.

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March 27, 1948 - August 13, 2012

Kopecky, Thomas R.

Thomas Rayner Kopecky was born 27 March 1948 and went to live with the Lord on 13 August 2012. He graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Services in1984 and worked for several years in the funeral service industry in the Dallas area. In the early eighties, he worked with the David Wilkerson Ministries. He moved to Tyler, Texas in 1988. Whatever endeavor he attempted, he was always good at it.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Joseph Willis and Beulah Elizabeth Kopecky of San Antonio; his grandparents, Dr. Joseph and Golda Kopecky of San Antonio and grandparents, Frederick H. and Beulah Jeanette Rayner of Hitchcock; brother Samuel Rayner Kopecky (Pam) of Auckland, New Zealand and nephew, Sean Michael Hughston of Boerne.

He is survived by his wife, Lisa Suzanne (Hughes) Kopecky of Tyler; brothers, Joseph Kopecky (Connie) of San Antonio, Dr. Charles Rayner Kopecky of Houston; sister, Beulah Ann Hughston (Thomas) of Boerne; Joshua Beasley of Dallas whom he loved as his own son, many nieces, nephews, cousins and Uncle Gene Colbert (Dot) of San Antonio and Aunt Jeanne Deaquier of Hitchcock, and his faithful and constant companion of six years, his Golden Retriever, Champ.

Visitation will be from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm with the funeral services beginning at 1:00 pm on Sunday, August 19, 2012 in the Brooks Family Chapel of the North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts to World Challenge Ministries or the SPCA. He will be missed by all who were privileged to know him.

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John P. Brooks

August 19, 2012 9:52AM

Have fun Tom and tell everyone hello for me. Tell them I will see them just inside the Eastern Gates. Tom was my friend for over 30 years. We had alot of laughs and we cried on each others shoulders more than once. Tom and I always said that there is most likely a special place in Heaven for Funeral Directors. Well my friend save me a place next to the coffee pot and I will see you and Bunk and Bob and all the rest in a little while. Rest In Peace My Friend. "Bud"


sandy speir

August 18, 2012 5:25PM

All of my condolences to all of Tom's family during this very sad time. My heart goes out to all of you. Please let me know If I can help in any way.

Love always,

Sandy Speir


Marvin E. Sikes, Jr.

August 18, 2012 1:36PM

I want to extend my condolences to the family. Tom and I were friends early in life and had many happy adventures together. I never will forget when he won first place in the bareback riding event at a rodeo we participated in. Tom could do anything he put his mind to and he will be missed.


James Beasley

August 18, 2012 1:05PM

Tom was a brilliant man with unstoppable energy and a zest for life matched by none. To be in his presence was if you were standing
next to a wizard honing his craft.

Once Tom and I worked a service together. The family requested that we all meet at the cemetery instead of having a procession.
Some how the preacher got lost and never made it to the cemetery.

Tom decided to step in for the no show preacher and officiate the service himself. Without missing a beat he recited a few of his favorite Bible versus and spoke for
several minutes like it was planned from the beginning.

I have known Tom most of my life. He helped raise me and my 2 brothers. I saw Tom as a part of the family and
will cherish the time I have spent with him and the life lessons he tought me.

Tom was a jack of all trades and probably a master in all of them. I will miss him -this genius of a man whose
unique laugh and witty remarks will echo in my mind forever. We love you Tom, and have a happy journey breaking on through to the other side!


patsy david sladek

August 18, 2012 1:04PM

our deepest sympathy to the family.


Melissa Garza

August 17, 2012 7:59PM

Lisa,I am so sorry to hear that Tom has left us. I loved Tom very much. He always had a way of making me laugh. Tom and I knew each other for many years(since I was very young),I had very much respect for him. I will remember our friendship and all the kindness he showed me and my family. God be with you and know I have you in my prayers.