In Loving Memory of
Chester Louis Koudelka
Chester Louis Koudelka
"You were born an original," author John Mason declares. "Donâ€™t die a copy!" Friendly and unique, Chester Koudelka lived boisterously by this adage, filling his fifty-two years with drama and love.
He was born in Bryan on January 11, 1963, to Joe Charles Koudelka and Syble Ann (Grisham) Koudelka, an Alcoa aluminum worker and a homemaker, respectively. Along with his sister, Anita Ann Koudelka, and his brother, David Benton Koudelka (and wife Joyce Ann), Chester was brought up on farms in Caldwell and Dime Box, Texas, where he regularly indulged in as much trouble as he could find while learning to work hard as he hauled hay behind his sister, who drove their tractor. In the country, Chester chased cows and rode pigs, and later in town, he enjoyed both chasing girls and being chased at high speeds by police during his time at Caldwell High School. He later boasted that all his exes lived in Texas but that he wasnâ€™t afraid to remain here.
Eventually, Chester earned his diploma and worked as an oil field truck driver and construction supervisor, with multiple trade certificates to his name. Drinking and dancing with a flare all his own at The Cowboy Dance Club and Lonesome Dove Bar (in Bryan) after hours, Chester laughed and fell in love many times, reveling not only in the drama he created, but also his role as father to his three children: Amy Nicole Koudelka (32), Sierra Charisse Koudelka (23) and Chester Killian Koudelka (21). To them, Chester was a constant, attentive presence that kept in touch daily. Together, they enjoyed trips to Kemah, to Galveston, to various waterparks and even to Coloradoâ€"where Chester complained of discomfort, caused by the effect of the mountain cold on the rod in his leg, just so he could stay in the lodge and drink Crown Royal rather than venture further into the Rockies. As he hit the road in the oil field, Chester sipped his favorite hazelnut coffee and never tired of listening to favorites such as Return of the Mack (which became his theme song) and in more tender moments, Almost Home (by Craig Morgan) as he reminisced about his childhood.
Unforgettable to his family and friends, Chester remains a loveable original who cheated at golf, chafed under new technology (like smartphones and Facebook) and marveled at the antics of professional "wrasslers" such as Randy Orton, Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock, all of whom had him convinced that their sport was real. He recklessly pursued each adventure that came along on a motorcycle, in a fast car or boat, witnessing to others that: "When you mess with the bull, you get the horns." Often, he crashed the vehicles he drove, but at least he found comfort in the constant affection of his dogs: Cocoa and Moose (both Labrador mixes) and even Molly (his "granddog").
Friends and family will gather in celebration of Chesterâ€™s life from 1-3 PM on Sunday, December, 6, 2015 with a Life Celebration beginning at 3 PM at Hillier Funeral Home of Bryan.
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