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Posted: Friday, Nov 30th, 2012

PUEBLO — Edward Joseph Tezak Jr. (“Rapid Eddie”), 65, died Nov. 21, 2012, in Pueblo, Colo.

He was born April 18, 1947, in Pueblo to Edward Joseph Tezak Sr. and Elsie Marie (Ercul) Tezak.

Ed and his brothers started Tezak Construction in the early 1970s and became famous for doing much of the work on Wolf Creek Pass.

Ed loved the mountains and being outdoors. He loved to hunt, fish, camp and travel. He was a very generous man with the community.

After his first retirement in 1988, he purchased and restored the Robinson Mansion in Cañon City.

Upon completion of this project, he started Tezak Heavy Equipment with his son and daughter in March of 1989. He continued with this until selling his interest in the company to his son in 1998.

In the late ‘90’s Ed started developing the land in the Cañon City area, including Wolf Park and Dawson Ranch.

Never one to retire, he started Rocky Mountain Landscape in 2009 as a means to occupy his time. He enjoyed dealing with his many customers and clients throughout the years.

His philanthropic endeavors included St. Michael Catholic Church, St. Scholastica Academy and the Fremont County 4-H, along with numerous other community projects.

His parents preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Kathleen (Palulis) Tezak; children, Daniel Edward (Shelli) Tezak of Cañon City and Rhonda Kaye (Steven) Lewis of Pueblo West; grandchildren, Kyndra and Bryce Tezak, Tiffaney Lewis, Stephanie (Chad) Pfeif; great- grandchildren, Luke and Jennifer Smith; sisters, Carol Goss and Madeline Chambers; brothers, Jim Tezak, Bill Tezak and Mike Tezak; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

Services will be at 11 a.m., today, Wednesday, Nov. 28, at St. Michael Catholic Church with burial following in Lakeside Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ed’s memory to either the Cotopaxi School or Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Arrangements are in the care of Holt Family Funeral Home.

Online condolences @ www.holtfamilyfuneralhomes. com

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