Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1954

Bill Brazda ADOLF WILLIAM "BILL" BRAZDA II, 65, passed away on April 20, 2002, after a long battle with cancer. He faced this challenge as he faced other life challenges with strong resolve and tenacious determination. He was born on Oct. 28, 1936, to Ellie Carter Brazda & Doctor A.W. Brazda, in Richmond, West VA. The family moved to Ranger, TX, where he attended grade school and high school. He graduated from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX in 1958. He moved to Corpus Christi, TX in 1965, to continue a successful forty-year career in the insurance industry. He was a member of the Southside Rotary Club, the Mustangs, the Life Underwriters Association, the Texas Leaders Round Club, & St. Philip the Apostle Church. He was also a past president of the Texas Tennis Association. He was one of the top life and health insurance agents in the Corpus Christi area. He was not only respected and trusted by his clients as an insurance agent but also as a friend. While he expected his employees to be self-disciplined and hardworking, he never refused to give guidance and support. His parents and a sister Yvonne preceded him in death. At the time of his death, he was survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Rosalind Ann "Linda" Brazda. Four daughters: Katherine Brazda Kurtz (Kevin) of Dallas, TX; Cindy Ann Brazda Horsburgh (Richard), of Norman, OK; Claire Johnson Morrow (Johnny) of Austin, TX; and Jennifer Leigh Johnson Eggleston of San Antonio, TX. Three grandchildren whom he loved deeply: Kyle William Kurtz, Colin Mitchell Eggleston, and Carsyn Leigh Eggleston also survive him. His sister Elaine Brazda Howe (RHS-1946) lives in Dallas, TX. Dr. Adolph Brazda FATHER: DR. ADOLPH W. BRAZDA, 60, Ranger physician for 20 years, died at his residence after suffering a heart attack on May 20, 1959, with burial in Restland Memorial Park at Dallas, TX. City Health Officer for three terms, Dr. Brazda served as a member of the Ranger General Hospital Board for six years and one term as board chairman. He is past president of the Rotary Club, of which he had been a member for 22 years. In 1945-46, Dr. Brazda served as president of the County Medical Society. A member of the American Legion since World War I, Dr. Brazda served with the Veterans of Foreign Wars since World War II. He was a Mason, a Shriner, a member of the Cross Timber Shrine Club, Chamber of Commerce and Phi Chi Medical Fraternity. He was a member of the Board of Stewards at the First Methodist Church. Born in Dodge, NE,on Jan. 11, 1899, Brazda graduated from high school there in 1917. He attended the University of Nebraska from 1919-1923, obtaining his B.A. degree in science. In 1929, Brazda received his M.D. degree from the School of Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Brazda finished his internship at French Hospital in San Francisco, CA, in 1930. At San Joaquin General Hospital in French Camp, CA, he completed his surgical and obstetrical residence. He married Miss Ellie Carter at Houlka, MS, in Sept. of 1927. In 1959, Dr. Brazda received his retirement from the Air Force Reserve. He served with the U.S. Air Force for 40 months, spending 20 months overseas with the ETO. Dr. Brazda served as Captain, Major, Flight Surgeon and in the Medical Corps. He was Commander of the 819th Air Evacuation Squadron with the Ninth Troop Carrier, receiving the EAME Campaign Medal with two battle stars. Dr. Brazda was listed in “World Biography,” “Who’s Who in Texas” and “Who’s Important in Texas.” Survivors at the time of his death include his wife; mother, Mrs. Charles Brazda of Ranger; one son Adolph W. Brazda, II (RHS-1954), of Dallas; one daughter, Mrs. Melvin A. Howe (Elaine) (RHS-1946) of Dallas and four grandchildren. Ellie Carter Brazda MOTHER: ELLIE CARTER BRAZDA, 99, born on Aug. 26, 1899, at Selma, MS and passed away March 22, 1999, at Dallas, TX. Graduate of Charity Hospital School of Nursing at New Orleans, LA, she was the first female anesthetist at Georgia Baptist Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia. Preceded in death by parents, Mary Elizabeth Johnson Carter and James Thomas Carter; brothers J.T. Carter and William Merrill Carter; sisters, Beaufort Carter Riordan and Sadie Carter Shields; daughter, Patricia Yvonne Brazda and husband, Adolph W. Brazda, M.D. Survivors at the time of her death include her daughter, Beaufort Elaine Brazda Howe (RHS-1946) and son, A.W. Brazda II (RHS-1954) & wife, Linda. Grandchildren, Susan Rebecca Howe Rader, William Lawrence Howe and wife, Holly, Mary Elizabeth Howe Winspear, Daniel Jonathan Howe and wife, Julia, Katherine Lynn Brazda Kurtz and husband, Kevin, and Cynthia Ann Brazda Horsburgh and husband, Richard. Four great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and their families. Mrs. Brazda was a longtime Ranger resident where her husband practiced medicine and owned the Brazda Clinic. She later moved to Dallas to be close to family.