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Eugene R Danielak

August 13, 1942 — July 4, 2022

Stockdale

Eugene R Danielak

 Eugene R. Danielak, 79, of Stockdale, passed from this life on Monday, July, 4, 2022.

On the Fourth of July, Dan’s spirit soared unto the wild blue yonder to join his beloved brothers, Jr. and Joe. Peacefully, in the home he built with his own hands, and with his family, he slipped away. Next month, Dan would have been 80 years old and married to Vicky for 60 years.

Born in “da Bronx” New York on Aug. 13, 1942, to Walter Danielak and Gloria Gurney, Dan grew up in the city. He joined the U.S. Air Force on his 17th birthday. He was first stationed at Dow AFB in Bangor, Maine, where he met Victoria Berry. Two years later, on Aug. 17, 1962, they were married. Their son, Raymond was born at Dow AFB. They started moving across the globe with the Air Force. He held fond memories of his time stationed in New Jersey, Naha, Okinawa, and Hill AFB, Utah. Daughter Valeska was born at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, shortly after arriving in San Antonio, Texas. Dan served two tours in Vietnam. Upon returning from Vietnam, he cherished his years of being a training instructor. For years after, he continued to hear from those finding his discipline, encouragement, and leadership a positive impact on their lives.

After retiring in 1980 as a Master (First) Sergeant, Dan worked 32 years’ Civil Service at RAFB. The flightline was, and always will be, his second home. Had anyone been inclined, they would find him running in the dark at 4 a.m. around the flightline before starting his work day. Other running memories were training for five Las Colonias marathons with his wife and friends. Dan ran in the inaugural Capitol 10K in Austin. He ran it multiple times, including twice with his daughter, Valeska.

Family was most important to him. He so enjoyed going to the gym to lift weights! This was a lifelong activity. He never believed a gym should be air-conditioned. He was tough. Building model airplanes and always reading were enjoyable hobbies.

Along the way, Dan and Vicky became foster parents, sharing their home with lots of babies.

Having grown up in New York City, Dan decided to move from San Antonio, fortunate to find land in Stockdale. The last 35 years were spent enjoying life in “the country.”

Dan was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers Raymond Danielak, Leo Perez Jr., and Joseph Perez.

He is survived by his sister, Linda (Perez) Blanco; wife Vicky Danielak; son Raymond Danielak and wife Letty; daughter Valeska Danielak and husband Douglas; daughter Ellie Ottmers; son Brandon Thomas; daughter Selena Danielak; son Ayden Danielak and Diana Mariscal; granddaughter Kristina and wife Kelsie and their newborn Eleanor; grandson Blake Danielak and fur baby Duke; many nephews and nieces; his Berry family; lifelong friends Frank Denisac and (ret.) Lt. Col. Mike Mullins; special neighbor Bella Wiatrek; friends and co-workers from RAFB; and the Green Iron gang, in which Dane and son Ayden attended car shows with his deuce-and-a-half military truck. Together, they acquired numerous awards for their appearances.

Dan was such a presence, so loved by his family, who miss him terribly. Love and peace, Dan.

Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Kerrville Funeral Home (830) 895-5111.

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