Published in The Daily Sentinel on March 8, 2013
Our precious husband,
father, brother, nephew, uncle and friend Harvey Wayne Alex passed into
the Heavenly gates on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, due to complications from
Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) and Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura
which he was diagnosed in December 2011.
He was born Dec. 19, 1940, to Alfred and Alvina Buchhorn Alex who predeceased
him. After graduation from Yorktown High School, he was selected as the
starting pitcher for the South Texas All-Stars in San Antonio. He then
represented Texas in the Hearst National Amateur Championship game in
New York City where he pitched in Yankee Stadium.
He was drafted into the Cincinnati Reds farm team and began his minor
league baseball career in Palatka, Fla., playing with Pete Rose his first
After his six-year stint on the baseball circuit, he ended his baseball
career with the Cincinnati Reds San Diego AAA team. He returned to Texas
to complete his education at Southwest Texas State College.
After completing his degree in business administration, he married Marcia
Simecek in 1965, and they were blessed with the birth of daughter, Kerry,
and son, Kevin. In 1975, he married Patricia (Pat) Bobo and a son, David
was born to this union.
After working in the insurance field for a number of years, he was hired
by the Texas Employment Commission (TEC) in Victoria, Texas, and enjoyed
a 27-year career with that agency working as a placement interviewer,
employer representative, district trainer, office manager and retiring
in 1995 as an area manager in Austin.
During his tenure with TEC, he was very active in the agency professional
association, International Association of Public Employees (IAPES), both
locally and statewide. He rose to be state president of the organization
After retirement he worked part-time for the Round Rock Express baseball
club for several years. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife and family,
and spent many hours at the family farm in Yorktown, Texas, where he showed
his love of the old home place by keeping it mowed, weed free and the
He is survived by his loving wife, Pat; children, Kerry K. Lischka (Troy),
Kevin W. Alex (Kristen) and David W. Alex; sister, Linda K. McCasland
(Dick); grandchildren, Mason Lischka, Alex Lischka, Katherine Alex and
Grayson Alex; and Aunt Adeline Alex, as well as numerous cousins, nephews
He loved his children, family and friends more than anything â€"
well except for maybe an ice cold Budweiser (and definitely not Lite)
and going to Western Days in Yorktown every year.
Visitation is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2013, at Beck
Funeral Home in Austin/Round Rock, located at 15709 RR 620 N., Austin,
Texas 78717, with services at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Grace
Lutheran Church, 708 Bluff Dr., Round Rock, Texas 78681, with Pastor Cindy
Interment will be at 4 p.m. at the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery. Pallbearers
will be Jerry Jaeger, Kraege Wolpman, Ray Simecek, John Dale Hurst, Vernon
Buchhorn and Larry Woytasczyk.
Honorary pallbearers will be Elroyce Metting, Edgar "Jake" Stratmann,
Lawrence Stratmann, John C. Bobo, Tony Buban and Dick McCasland.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia Research Foundation,
3520 Lake Avenue, Suite #202, Wilmette, Ill. 60091-1064, www.leukemia-research.org,
Arrangements under the care of Beck Funeral Home, 512-244-3772.