Midlothian resident Max Smesny, 82, passed away on Dec. 8, 2015 surrounded by his family.
Max was born in Eastgate to Frances and Ludvik Smesny on Sept. 4, 1933. Max attended Dayton High School and enlisted in the Navy upon graduation where he was stationed in California, and Cuba.
He married Georgie Lillian Pavlat on March 1, 1954. They made their homes in Irving, Houston and Portland, before moving to Ewa Beach, Hawaii. They later settled in Midlothian, where their home remains.
Max worked as an aircraft mechanic for Braniff International Airways for twenty seven years after which he taught small engine repair at Waxahachie High School.
He retired in 1995 and continued to work his cattle ranch.
Max was an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waxahachie, and a member of their local chapter of the Knights of Columbus where he served a term as Grand Knight.
Survivors include Georgie Smesny, his loving wife of 61 years, five sons, Ron Smesny and Eva Savala, of LaFayette, Georgia, Mark Smesny and wife, Elizabeth, of Richland Hills, Michael Smesny, of Midlothian, Gregory Smesny, of Austin, and Craig Smesny, of Arlington. Sister Edith and Thomas Jasek, of Baytown; Eight grandchildren, Lt. Col. Jason Smesny and wife, Cassie, of Huntsville, Alabama, Stephen Smesny and wife, Christy, of Vidalia, Georgia, Bryan Smesny and fiancé, Blakely Shaye Pendergrass, of LaFayette, Georgia, Airman 1st Class Maxwell Smesny, Ben Smesny, and Lilliana Smesny, of Richland Hills, Mitchell Smesny and Jordan Smesny, of Austin. Two great grandchildren: Grayson Smesny of Vidalia, Georgia and Collin Smesny, of Huntsville, Alabama.
Max was a special man that was deeply loved. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015 from at the Pat Boze Memorial Chapel of Wayne Boze Funeral Home, with a Rosary at 7 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waxahachie with Father Martin Moreno officiating. Interment will follow at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas.
In lieu of flowers make donations to the St. Joseph Catholic Church building fund.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wayne Boze Funeral Home.