John Benjamin Kremenak, 86, of Bryan, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church, 1100 Carter Creek Parkway, Bryan, Texas, with Reverend Marie Mickey, Associate Pastor, officiating.
John was born and raised in Toledo where he attended Toledo High School. After returning from service in the Coast Guard at the end of WWII, he met and married Delores, and they devoted the rest of their lives to each other. They moved to Texas in 1952 and while living in Dallas he began his career with Chevrolet. Beginning as a mechanic at a dealership in Dallas, he thrived on learning new skills and eventually worked through many positions with the company to become a Field Service Engineer. His work required that he travel extensively, and when John retired, he and Delores kept traveling for many years. He participated in the Boy Scouts of America as a dedicated leader and was an active member of his tribe, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. When not on the road, John enjoyed carpentry work as he refinished and repaired antique furniture, and avidly followed NASCAR. Interests in his family heritage also lead to extensive genealogy research, which was supplemented by travels to locate family records.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Delores Kremenak; son, Wayne Kremenak and wife Nancy of Hempstead, Texas; daughter, Beverly Pecotte and husband Allen of San Antonio, Texas; three grandchildren, Lindsay Silk-Kremenak and wife Valerie, Brenton Kremenak and girlfriend Ashley, and Rachel Pecotte; his brother, Albert Kremenak and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is well remembered by family and friends in the Bryan area and in the many locations around the country, which he visited during his years of work for Chevrolet and during the many trips he and Delores enjoyed after retirement.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Alzheimer's research, or the First Presbyterian Church of Bryan.
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