Francis John Truchard of Bernardo was born on Nov. 4, 1941 to Joe and Lily (Schneider) Truchard in Sealy, Texas. He was called to be with the Lord on March 8, 2023 at the age of 81.
He was Justice of the Peace for Colorado County Precinct 3. Francis was appointed to the position in April of 1963 and has been elected by the people ever since. He was the longest current serving Justice of the Peace in the State of Texas, serving for almost sixty years.
Francis gave his life to helping others. There was never a time that he was more than a phone call away for those who needed him, no matter what time of day or night. He was also a cattle rancher who spent much of his time with his beloved herds. His “Satsuma Trees” were also a passion. He grew them to give away as well as his watermelons and cantaloupes!
He was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Lily Truchard; sistersin- law Lenora Truchard, Ethel Truchard and Lee Truchard; nephew Patrick Truchard.
Francis is survived by his wife of fifty-five years, Barbara Gaertner Truchard, daughter Jackie Kovar and husband Mike, sons Jacob Truchard and wife Alicia, Tommy Truchard and Brian Blumhorst, Bobby Truchard and wife Leah, Philip Truchard, and daughter Jessica Bergfeld and husband George Bergfeld II; grandchildren Kayelynn Truchard, John Michael Truchard, Adelaide Truchard, William Truchard, Andrew Truchard, George Bergfeld III and Nicole Bergfeld; brothers Tony Truchard and wife Joann, Joe Truchard and Sally, James Truchard and wife Marci, Denis Truchard and wife Nancy; sisters Anne Linville and husband Jim and Sister Mildred Truchard; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation was Monday, March 13, 2023 from 5-7 p.m. at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, Texas. A parish prayer service and rosary followed at 7 p.m. officiated by Deacon Chuck Glynn.
Funeral service was Tuesday, March 14, 2023 at 2 p.m. at St. Roch Catholic Church in Mentz, Texas with Fr. Gabriel Maison and Deacon Andy Nunmaker officiating. Visitation at church was from 1-2 p.m.
Burial was in St. Roch Catholic Cemetery in Mentz, Texas.
Pallbearers were Chief Deputy Troy Neisner, Sargent Andrew Weido, Sargent Justin Lindemann, Sargent Jacob Gorman, Deputy Ryan Ohl and Ivan Menke. Honorary pallbearers were all local and surrounding peace officers.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Roch Catholic Church, 1600 Frelsburg Road, Alleyton, Texas 78935, Bernardo Volunteer Fire Department, 2845 FM 949, Cat Spring, Texas 78933 or a charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be given at www.hennekefuneralhome. com.