Mr. Liska was born Feb. 27, 1930, in Hobson to Frank and Mary Hons Liska. He graduated from Karnes City High School in 1949. He enjoyed life, music, dancing, building bridges, farming and raising cattle, traveling, gardening and gambling.
As a young man, he worked on the family farm, raising various crops and livestock. For extra money, he hunted raccoons, possums and skunks and sold the hides. He enjoyed traveling around the countryside in his Model A Ford.
He played the fiddle, accordion and some electric guitar and enjoyed playing at dances with the “Hobson Play Boys Band” and a good polka. He married Joyce Heinen on Oct. 24, 1953.
Mr. Liska, together with Buddy Burba, formed B&L Construction Company and managed the construction of almost every bridge in Karnes and Wilson counties as well as many in Central and South Texas. When his partner retired, he bought the company and formed Liska Construction Company.
After spending a full day building bridges, he would head to one of many properties to farm crops. He enjoyed traveling with the highlight being a trip to Europe.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce; his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Marcellus and Lillie Marie Liska Kotara; and his great-granddaughter.
Survivors include his children, Pam (Francis) Kotara, Tim (Sandra) Liska, Don (Nancy) Liska and Lynette (Mike) Picco; his grandchildren, Kristen Kotara Potter, Duane Kotara, Tyler Liska, Travis Liska, Tara Liska, Matthew Picco and Andrew Picco; two great-grandchildren; special friend, Gladys Bordovsky; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held Friday, Feb. 28, at 3 p.m. at Rhodes Funeral Home in Karnes City with a rosary recited there that evening at 7 o’clock with Father Lambert S. Bily officiating.
The funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, March 1, at 10 a.m. at St. Cornelius Catholic Church in Karnes City with his nephew, Father James Kotara, officiating. Interment followed in the Hobson Cemetery.
Pallbearers were his grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers were his coffee drinking buddies, his gambling buddies and longtime Liska Construction Company employees.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Hobson Cemetery Association or the charity of one’s choice.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Rhodes Funeral Home Inc. An online guestbook may be signed at rhodesfuneralhomeinc.com.