Floyd Smith Domnick, Jr., age 76, of Tyler, Texas, passed from this life on April 29, 2016 at the East Texas Medical Center following a very short illness of cancer. A celebration of his life will be held at the Apostolic Christian Church in Kiowa, Kansas at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday May 5, 2016 with Ron Allenbach and Matt Schupbach officiating. Viewing will be Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. with family present from 7:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
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He was born in Peoria, Illinois on March 13, 1940 to Floyd Smith Domnick and Doris Lorraine (Fritz) Domnick.
They moved to Udall, Kansas when Junior was about three. In 1945 they moved to a farm west of Burlington, Oklahoma where he attended school 1st -10th grades and participated in FFA, basketball, tennis and track. However, he had a desire to play football and transferred to Kiowa High School his junior year, where he graduated in 1958. He then attended Northwestern State University in Alva, Oklahoma and Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado majoring in Horticulture.
He was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Vanda Garner of Kiowa, Kansas on October 30, 1959 at the United Methodist Church in Kiowa. To this union two children were born: Brandon and Holly.
He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in 1960 and followed the Lord in baptism. He loved the Lord in his own special way and in his later years really enjoyed talking to people about the Lord, even total strangers.
In 1961 he enlisted in the Army and was stationed in Cleveland, Ohio and Fairbanks, Alaska.
His dad was a custom cutter and he, with his siblings, spent their summers cutting wheat from the Texas-Oklahoma border to the Canadian border.
In 1973 Junior and Vanda established Hilltop Nursery and Landscape Service north of Hazelton, Kansas, and then later went into farming in 1980. He also drove a school bus and was janitor for South Barber Schools for several years. He had many different jobs throughout his lifetime, but horticulture and working with plants was his passion.
Junior loved his children and family deeply, cherishing memories of Domnick family reunions in years past. He was the oldest of five siblings and twenty-one first cousins. Every time he had an opportunity to be with any member of the family, he had a story to tell about each one of them.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a miscarried son.
He is survived by his wife, Vanda of Tyler, Texas; son, Brandon and wife, Amy of Northglenn, Colorado; daughter, Holly Beavers and husband, Scott of Phoenix, Arizona; two granddaughters, Megan and Harry Lujan of Englewood, Colorado and Rachel and Dylan Zollars of Highland Ranch, Colorado; two brothers, Ronnie Domnick and Skeet of Kiowa and Terry Domnick and Donna of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; two sisters, Judith Kildow and Roger of Cherokee, Oklahoma and Cindy Domnick of Missoula, Montana; many nephews; nieces; many cousins and friends.
In liew of flowers, the family requests memorials be made through Lanman Funeral Home in Kiowa to The Apostolic Christian Church of Kiowa, Hardtner or Kiowa Volunteer Fire Departments, Kiowa District Hospital or South Barber Schools.
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