Frank Richard Bravenec
Frank Richard Bravenec
  • January 9, 1933 - July 9, 2017
  • Houston, Texas

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Frank Richard Bravenec, age 84, was born January 9, 1933 in Houston, Texas to Frank Charles and Betty Sustala Bravenec, and departed this world to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 9, 2017.

Frank was a 1951 graduate of Jefferson Davis High School in northeast Houston. He attended Rice University where he earned a BA in 1955 and BSEE in 1956, graduating with honors. He was a member of Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Tau National Engineering Honor Society, was a registered professional engineer, and Rice University Associate - Life Member.

Frank's 25-year career included various positions of increasing responsibilities at Welex, a Division of Halliburton Corp; Houston Instrument Corp; Houston Magnetics, a Division of AIC Corp; Graphic Arts Manufacturing Co; CRC - Automatic Welding, then returning to finish his career where it began, at Welex. Over the course of his career, Frank's creative engineering work earned him 18 patented inventions.

When Frank was not working, he restored a 1919 Ford Model 'T' and an antique pump organ. He enjoyed woodworking, camping, boating, fishing, gardening, reading, and home/auto repairs. Recently he stated he could fix anything, just not his own body. Frank had a fascination with science fiction, UFOs, and the NASA space programs and technologies.

Frank was an active member of Spring Branch Community Church where he served as deacon, he was a Camp Peniel board member, and also volunteered with Sonlight Ministries. He was a member of SPJST Lodge 88 and enjoyed attending the Houston Accordion Club meetings to hear Czech polkas and waltzes. He also enjoyed blue grass music.

Frank is preceded in death by his parents Frank Charles and Betty Sustala Bravenec, and daughter Patti Lynn Bravenec. Frank is survived by his wife of almost 59 years, Margaret Jean Reznicek; son Richard Alan Bravenec and wife Mary; and daughter Phyllis Ann Bravenec. Grandchildren April Bravenec Hunter and husband Ryan; and Michael Bravenec.

The family extends a special thank you to the staff and workers of Kindred Hospice and CareWorks for the tender and loving services they provided during Frank's final days of infirmity.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Camp Peniel, 6716 E. FM 1431, Marble Falls, TX 78654 in his honor (, or to Bridgepoint Bible Church, 13277 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77079 (