William "Bill" Clarence


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William "Bill" Clarence Dvorak

Mar 16 1920 - Jan 28 2006

William “ Bill” Clarence Dvorak passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 28, 2006. He was born March 16, 1920 in Chicago, Illinois to Charles B. Dvorak and Cora Brown Dvorak. In 1926 Bill’s mother died suddenly followed in 1931 by the death of his father. From 1931 until 1937 he lived with his older sister Frances Webster, his brother-in-law Dallas Webster, and their two sons. Bill graduated from Calumet High School in 1937 and went to work for Chicago Portrait Company. There he met his future wife Lois Blanche Gillson. Bill and Blanche were married on August 9, 1941. Following America’s entry into World War II Bill joined the Navy and served on submarine chasers and later a high speed transport, the USS Tolberg. After the war Bill returned to Chicago where he worked for Buda Engine Company and later Ingalls-Shepherd while completing his education at Northwestern University. In 1955 Bill and Blanche moved to Dallas where Bill again worked for Buda. 1956 brought Bill an opportunity to purchase the Allis Chalmers Forklift dealership in Houston. Along with three associates, Bill formed Applied Power Equipment and Manufacturing Company, Inc. During the next thirty years Applied Power expanded its operations from Houston eastward to Beaumont and Lake Charles, Louisiana and south to Corpus Christi, Alice, Harlingen and McAllen. It became one of the largest material handling dealerships in the country. Bill’s personal efforts paid off with promotions over this period from Secretary Treasurer to Vice President and eventually President and CEO. Bill was also chairman of the dealership council for Allis Chalmers. In 1992 Bill retired from full time employment but used his spare time and extensive knowledge of the material handling business to form DDI Supply, a niche business for hard to locate forklift and machine parts. He was active in DDI until his death. He enjoyed boating and was an “Admiral” in the Texas Navy. He was a Mason and member of Hillcrest Christian Church of McKinney. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lois Blanche Dvorak; daughter, Delores Ann Dvorak; son, William Charles Dvorak and daughter-in law Linda H. Dvorak; nephew Kenneth Webster; granddaughter, Angel Drewett and husband Scott; granddaughter Melody Beale; granddaughter, Lauren Christine Dillon and husband George of Chesapeake Virginia; granddaughter, Lindsey Caroline Banks; grandson, Grant Thomas Dvorak; and six (6) great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be officiated by Pastor Nathan Randall on Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 4:00 P.M at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel. Visitation is Monday, January 30, 2006 from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M also at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home.
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