Eugene Frank Hrncir, 79, died in Estes Park, Colo., on Feb. 1, 2008, from lymphoma cancer.

He was the son of Rudolph and Agnes Hrncir and was born on July 13, 1928, on the family farm near Robstown. He graduated from Robstown High School in 1945 and farmed northwest of Robstown for 45 years following his service in the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean conflict in the early 1950s.

He married Thelma Jean Mrazek, also of Robstown, on Dec. 7, 1952. Besides his farming career, he drove a school bus for the Robstown School District for 30 years and received many commendations for his safe driving record. He and Thelma were selected by Texas A&M in 1960 to launch a pilot program in Nueces County raising Yorkshire pigs bred for low fat/high meat and won awards for two years in the Best Hog Cut-out competition in the state of Texas.

After retiring in the mid 1990s he shared his driving skills transporting guests for the Holiday Inn in Corpus Christi to and from the local airport.

In 2002, he and Thelma moved to Estes Park, Colo., a long time dream of theirs, referring to the Estes Valley as "living in paradise without dying." After 18 months they felt a need to relocate to Dyersburg, Tenn., to care for four grandchildren, returning to Estes Park in January 2007.

He was an elder and member of the Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies in Estes Park. He was a long time member of the SPJST Fraternal Society and served on the Board of Directors of SPJST Rest Homes in Taylor and Needville for 30 years. He volunteered as an ambassador at the Estes Park Visitors Center where he enjoyed sharing his love and knowledge of the area.

He is survived by his wife, Thelma Hrncir of Estes Park, Colo.; two sons, Dr. David Hrncir of San Antonio, and Lt. Col. Brent Hrncir of Abilene; two daughters, Dr. Constance Smith of Dyersburg, Tenn., and Angela Henderson of Atlanta, Ga.; a brother, Wilson Hrncir of Robstown; 10 grandchildren with one on the way; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rudolph and Agnes Hrncir; and a brother, Oscar Hrncir.

Funeral Services were conducted at the Sawyer-George Funeral Home on Friday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. followed with military burial in Robstown Cemetery.

Donations may be made in Eugene's memory to the Gideon's International, in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 1302 Graves Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517 or to a favorite charity.

Sawyer-George Funeral Home