Richard James Estok

Richard Estok

     Richard James Estok was born on March 31, 1950 in Rochester,  Pennsylvania to Michael James Estok and Loretta Sambol Estok. He graduated from Aliquippa High School in 1968. 

     Following graduation, he entered the United States Army.  After enlisting, he served  from May 1969 to Jan 1972,           including time spent in Vietnam. Shortly after returning home from the service, he began working side by side with his father in the Gulf Car Care Center.  He re-enlisted in the Army in Jan 1985, where he served in Desert Storm and  retired in May 2002 from Fort Lewis, Washington as Staff Sergeant                                                 .

     During his time in the service, he received many honors:  Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal,       National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Star, NCO Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 2, Army  Service Ribbon, Army Good Conduct Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Kuwait  Liberation Medal, Sharpshooter Marksmanship Qualification Badge with Rifle Bar, Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver W Bar.

    Richard loved his family, wife and friends.  His hobbies included his “Harley” and “Pittsburg  Steelers” football.

    He is preceded in death by his adored grandparents, James and Madeline Sambol and Michael and Anna Estok.

    Richard passed away at home on April 22nd, at the age of sixty-five, with his wife by his side.  He is survived by his wife of three years, Belinda of Dickinson, Texas; parents, Michael J. and Loretta Estok of  Aliquippa, Pennsylvania; sister, Debbie Dinwiddie; good friend, Bill Rathjen; niece, Leah Chase; nephew, Eric Dinwiddie; great nephews, Michael and Alex Chase all of Missouri City; step-daughter and husband, Staci and Jeff Drilling; grandson, Milo Drilling; granddaughter, Max Drilling of League City; step-son, Clinton Ward and many
family members and friends.

     Your guests are invited to share in the Celebration of Life Visitation for Mr. Estok from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 with 11:00 a.m. Memorial Services to follow at Carnes Funeral Home -Texas City, TX, 3100 Gulf Freeway, Texas City, Texas 77591.  The United States Army Honor Guard will provide Honors.


 “I love you more than words can show,

I think about you more than you could ever know,

Until forever this will be true,

Because there is no one

I would ever love,

the way I love you”