In Memory

Terry Sladek

Terry Lawrence Sladek, born October 14, 1941 to Robert Leo Sladek and Martha Jane Calhoun Sladek, died at home May 14, 2008 with his wife and children present. Terry, a native son of Corpus Christi, loved this city, Jim Lago’s radio show, the Corpus Christi Hooks, the Texas Longhorns, and frogs. He also loved children, serving on the board of Vinson Morris Children’s Center at First United Methodist Church, where he also taught Sunday School and was a Logos table parent. While his table probably didn’t learn polite manners, he always entertained with his imaginative adventures of Mr. Possum as he modeled God’s unconditional love. For nearly 15, years, Terry attended FUMC’s Christian Adventure Camp in Leakey, Texas as each of his children participated in CAC as campers and counselors. Terry loved the natural beauty of the Hill Country and called it his "holy ground". He ran the snack bar, led quest groups and participated in Prayer Trail, comforted the homesick young kids, gave affirmations and advice to the older teens and college students, and for Skit Night organized a legendary worst version ever rendered of John Denver’s "Country Roads". He absolutely could not sing, he knew it, and he celebrated it. Terry Sladek graduated from W.B. Ray High School in 1960 and received his BBA with Honors from the University of Texas in January 1965. He worked in San Antonio for two years as a CPA with Ernst and Ernst, then returned to Corpus Christi to work with Flusche and Hatch and later Coastal States Petroleum. He belonged to the UpTown Kiwanis Club where his father Robert was a charter member, twice serving as president and enjoying his father’s company every Wednesday for many years. Terry is survived by his wife of 43 years, Kathy Sladek, and children, Kathleen Childs (Jim), Susanna Kohlmyer (Charles), and Robert L. Sladek (Jaime) all of Austin, Texas. He has three grandsons, Andrew and Reid Childs and Zachary Kohlmyer, a sister, Cynthia Waltz (Bob) of Austin, Texas and a brother, Randy Sladek of Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was also blessed with nieces and nephews, LeeAnn Radeka, George Sladek, Dr. Amanda Green, Dr. Georganna Miles, Ben Davis, and the late Judson (J.D.) Davis.

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11/06/09 10:06 PM #1    

Linda Greek (Fowler)

In the twelve years that Terry and I were in school together, he always exhibited strong leadership qualities and was an honorable person with a gentle spirit. He once told me that if there were music in Heaven, he hoped that it would be Zydeco. I am confident that God loves Terry, and I believe that Terry is enjoying Zydeco with the angels. My condolences go out to his wife Kathy and their children.

03/09/10 08:34 AM #2    

Linda Baker (Hearne)

Terry and i were classmates at TG allen Elem. He always called me "Linda Jane" from the old days. I always smiled. He was a great guy. He is missed. Sympathy to his family.

12/09/14 09:48 PM #3    

Larry Russell

Terry and I were in Boy Scouts together...the Apache patrol.  That was probably a suitable name for our bunch of characters.  We had a lot of fun together there and in church.  And we talked at about the same speed!  He was always even tempered and easy going.  I looked forward to seeing him when we'd run into each other in Corpus.  A good man.

12/10/14 09:49 AM #4    

Darby Harris (Kachmar)


I remember Terry, and his sister Cynthia as well, from St.Luke's Methodist Church.  He always seemed like a really nice guy, pretty quiet and extremely bright.  I know his family misses him very much, while heaven has gained another special angel.  Darby Kachmar.

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