uec 22, lyey - May so, 2014 Major (Ret) Patrick Thomas Tvrdik passed away peacefully at his home after a 7 year battle with ALS. Pat was born in Fort Hood, TX, grew up in Omaha, and graduated from Benedictine College, Atchison, KS, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics. Pat was then commissioned into the US Army Chemical Corps, where he served his country for 16 years before being medically retired. Pat was a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and NATO Operations in Bosnia where he earned several medals, including the Bronze Star and 3 Meritorious Service Medals. His duty stations while serving in the US Army included Fort Knox, KY; Fort McClellan, AL; Baumholder, Germany; Fort Hood, TX, Los Angeles, CA; Omaha, NE; Hanau, Germany; and Heidelberg, Germany. Pat is survived by his wife of 18 years, Pamela Rati iff Tvrdik; parents, Tom and Janis Tvrdik; sister Christine Tvrdik; mother-in-law Su Therrell; father-in-law Bill Ratliff; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lisa and Jimmy Downs, and Emily and Lee Havens; nieces, Callie Downs, Harrison Downs Wood, Elizabeth Gray Havens, and Anna Patrick Havens; and nephew, William Havens. Pat also leaves behind his precious cats that brought him much joy, Wrigley, Wilbur, and Winifred. Pat was preceded in death by his beloved cat, Celes Tvrdik.
FUNERAL SERVICE Tuesday, June 3, at 10am, St. Columbkille Parish, Papillion with Pat's lifelong friend, Father Dan Andrews officiating. VISITATION with the family begins Monday, after 5pm at the Bellevue Chapel, with a 7pm WAKE SERVICE. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Downs, Lee Havens, William Havens, Wilks Wood, Jonathan Bush, Bruce Whitehead, Doug Henningsen, and Sean Kelly. Honorary pallbearers are Dale Davis, Rob Rohren, Ryan Rohren, Reid Rohren, Rob McWilliams, Kolin Bernardoni, Aaron KruII, Todd Nugent. In lieu of flowers, donations in Pat's memory can be made to the ALS Association - Keith Worthington Chapter 10730 Pacific Street Suite 103 Omaha, NE 68114 or Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675 JOHN A. GENTLEMAN MORTUARIES BELLEVUE/SARPY CO. CHAPEL 3402 Samson Way, Bellevue, NE 402-293-0999 www.johnagentleman.com