Funeral services for Nelson Mikeska, Sr., 89, of Shelby were held on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 10
a.m. from the Nelsonville Brethren Church with Rev. Michael Groseclose officiating.
Interment followed in the National Cemetery in Nelsonville.
Serving as pallbearers were Neil Mikeska, Andrew Mikeska, Randy Boelsche, Frank Sebesta, Jr., James
Sebesta and Joe Sebesta.
Nelson Mikeska was born on Feb. 19, 1922 to Frank and Mary (Surovik) Mikeska. He was baptized and
confirmed in the Nelsonville Brethren Church and attended Victoria School.
Nelson served in World War II in the Pacific on Leyte and Okinawa. He served in Grave Registration,
and attained the rank of Sargent. At the end of the war he served six months in the Army of Occupation in Korea.
When he returned home, he went to work for Champion Paper and Fibre in Pasadena where he worked for
15 years. During this time he bought land and went into ranching for the rest of his life.
On June 26, 1948 he married Ethel Sebesta at the Nelsonville Brethren Church. To them were born two
sons, Nelson Frank Mikeska, Jr. and Lawrence Mikeska.
Nelson was a member of the Mutual Aid Society being presidet of the local, also S.P.J.S.T., Austin
County Farm Bureau and National Farmers Organization where he served on the National Board of Directors for 19 years. He also was an active member of the
Nelsonville Brethren Chruch, the American Legion in Shelby, and was a Nelsonville Brethren Chruch Bell Ringer. It was during his tenure on the Borad of elders
where he served as President that the interior of the church was renovated and the new parsonage was built.
Nelson is survivesed by two sons, Nelson F. Mikeska, Jr., and wife Mary of Georgetown, Texas and
Lawrence Mikeska of Shelby. Two grandsons Neil Mikeska of Austin and Andrew Mikeska of Gerogetown. Sisters, Evelyn Kamas of Brenham and Gladys Boelsche, of
Pasadena, Texas. Numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ethel (Sebesta) Mikeska, and sisters; Olga Sisa,
Frances Konecny, Albina Vaura, Milady Vajdak, Minnie Pomykal, Lydia Stalmach, Elenora Morris, Vlasta Bormann.
Funeral Arrangements under the direction of Knesek Family Funeral Chapel, Bellville, Texas, 979-865-3121. www.knesekfuneralhome.com
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