August John Kaderka of Mason, Texas went to be with his heavenly father on Sunday, August 17, 2008, in Denver, Colorado, at the age of 60.
Gus was born September 17, 1947, in Georgetown, Texas, to August Albert Kaderka and Vlasta Svehlak Kaderka. Gus grew up in Granger, Texas, the oldest of four children. He spent much of his childhood in Granger farming for his family, playing baseball and football, and fishing along the San Gabriel River. After graduating from Granger High School in 1965, he attended South West Texas State University. On September 7, 1968, Gus married Gladys Pekar of Granger in Austin, Texas, at the St. Louis King of France Catholic Church. Shortly thereafter, Gus was called to serve his country in the United States Army where he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. He served in the Vietnam War from 1968-1969. For his distinguished military service, Gus was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, the Army Commendation Medal, two Purple Heart Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Combat Infantry Badge.
Gus was equally proud of his service to his state, Texas. After completing his duty in the war, Gus returned home to his wife, Gladys. In September 1972 they had their first child and in November of 1972 Gus graduated from the 28th Class of the Game and Management Training School. Gus and Gladys moved to Mason, Texas, where they had two more children, raised their family and shared their life. During this time Gus also received a Bachelor of Science in Range Management from Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.
At different times in Gus’s life he enjoyed farming, ranching, hunting, tennis, golf, fishing and water skiing. He always remained a loyal UT Longhorn Football fan and a Mason Punchers and Cowgirls supporter.
Toward the end of Gus’s life, he spent his time RVing with Gladys and family and spending time in his workshop “building” with his grandsons. Earlier this year Gus was given the gift of a heart transplant and the opportunity at a “second chance” to live life, and that is what he did—live!
Gus Kaderka was preceded in death by his infant son, Kalan Travis Kaderka and his father, August Albert Kaderka.
Gus Kaderka is survived by his wife, Gladys Pekar Kaderka of Mason, Texas; his mother, Vlasta Svehlak Kaderka of Austin, Texas; daughter Serena Kerr and husband Reese of Comfort, Texas; son Kelly Kaderka and wife Christina of Lakeridge, Colorado; daughter Kylie Kaderka of Denver, Colorado; grandsons: TR Kerr, Matthew Kerr, Josef Kaderka, Bailan August Kerr and Jakub Kaderka; sister Linda Fisher and husband Dale, brother Garry Kaderka, and sister Connie Sanders; eight nephews, and four nieces; and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, cousins, aunts, uncles, and other family members.
Visitation was held Friday, August 22nd from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mason Funeral Home in Mason, Texas. Rosary was held at the Mason Funeral Home at 7:30 Friday evening, led by Deacon George Keller of Mason. Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 23rd at 10:30 a.m. in the St. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, Granger, Texas led by Father Joseph Nisari, assisted by Deacon George Keller. Graveside services followed at the Calvary Cemetery in Granger with a reception at the St. Cyril and Methodius Church hall immediately following the burial.
Pallbearers were nephews: Robert Fisher, Terry Lee Pekar, Ryan Fisher, Todd Pekar, Matthew Pekar, Lance Roasa, Garrett Pekar and Austin Kaderka. Honorary pallbearers were Texas Game Wardens, retired Game Wardens and Law Enforcement Officers.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be sent to the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Building Fund, in care of Gladys Garner PO Box 921 Mason, Texas 76856; the Gus Kaderka Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of Mason National Bank PO Box 1789 Mason, Texas 76856; or the Texas Organ Sharing Alliance at 8122 Datapoint Ste 200 San Antonio, Texas 78229. The family would like to thank everyone for their prayers as well as the doctors and nurses who have provided care over the years.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.masonfuneralhome.net. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.