Valerian Albert Bilski, Sr

Valerian Albert Bilski, Sr., age 91, loving husband and father of 3 children, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 5, 2023.

Val was born on February 1, 1931 to Pete and Theresa (Gutowski) Bilski in Chappell Hill, Texas. In his youth, he greatly enjoyed being a daily altar server for Bishop Burns at the Bishop’s Palace in Galveston. Val graduated from St. Thomas High School in Houston in 1949 and then served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War from 1951 to 1955.

After honorably serving our country, he began a long and successful career in banking serving as Vice President at several banks over many decades.

On July 24, 1954, Val married his sweetheart, Lois Wright, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Houston, Texas. Val and Lois had three children: Beth, Valerian II and Frank.

Val retired in 1993 when he and Lois moved to the family farm in Groveton, Texas. For many years he greatly enjoyed the wildlife, fishing, hunting, gardening, watching the red birds, driving one of his tractors, and front porch sitting.

Val did everything with honesty and integrity, had incredible patience and always made time to help others. He had very strong Catholic values, an unsurpassed work ethic, and was supremely dedicated to his entire family.

Val was predeceased by his loving wife of 64 years, Lois Bilski; his parents, Peter and Theresa Bilski; and his brother, Mackie Bilski. He is survived by his sisters, Rose Marie Hutton and Dorothy Ross; his children, Beth Landry (Mike) of League City, Val Bilski II (Tammy) of Houston and Frank (Laura) of Bastrop; 7 grandchildren: Kevin Mahaffey II (Amanda) of Brunswick, ME, Dr. Kristi Nord (Jon) of Jasper, IN, Brittany Hackney (Ben) of Dickinson, Valerian Bilski III of Houston, Mitzi Moore (Dustin) of Round Rock, Adam Merino (Brandi) of Lexington, and Isaac Merino (Kasandra) of Bastrop; 9 great-grandchildren: Sean, Zach, Alex, Abigail, Everlee, Bryson, Jaden, Sadie and Cayla.

Visitation will be held Monday, January 9, 2023 from 6 to 8 pm with Rosary at 7 pm at Crowder Funeral Home, 111 E. Medical Center Blvd in Webster, TX.  A funeral mass will be at 10:30 am Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 15500 El Camino Real in Houston, with visitation beginning at 9:30 am and a military honors burial service at 2 pm at the Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Bob Woodruff Family Foundation, Fisher House Foundation or the Gary Sinise Foundation.


  1. We are sorry for your loss. More importantly we trust you will reflect on the many years you all had with a man who served his county, family, community and GOD with 100 percent of his being. Reading his life story leads us to believe you will have many wonderful memories to cherish in times of sadness, leading you to carry his example forward. May he meet the communion of saints and may you hold him in your hearts until you are united with him in eternal life. Much love and prayers❤️

    Beth & Joe Kirsch
  2. Uncle Val (Fred) was a great man who will be missed by those who knew him. I learned a lot from him growing and he helped me in many ways throughout the years of my life.
    “Fred” was a positive role model and influenced me in my life and many others as well. We would always have a good time together with a lot of camaraderie regardless if working on projects, shredding paper at the bank, throwing ball on the stomp yard, socializing or playing “42”.
    To Beth, Val II and Frank my sincere condolences and thank you for sharing your father and many wonderful memories with me.
    Love Robert.

    Robert Tucker
  3. Miss you Uncle Val… Thursday morning, y’all’s Christmas card caught my eye. It made me think of y’all. Then, I got the phone call 2 hours later… Love you, you will be missed.

    L.R. Tucker
  4. I am sorry for your loss but he earned his wings. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Mr. Val. He always had a smile on his face and never complained through all my occupational therapy activities. We enjoyed talking about his airforce days, since my husband was also airforce. Val will be missed. Jan Duck

    Jan Duck
  5. Beth, we are truly sorry for your loss. I’m praying for you. Steve sends his condolences as well.

    Amber and Steve… formally your neighbors.

  6. Sorry for your loss but he is doing better than us now.

    Charles Lee
  7. Dear Frank and Family,
    Praying that God’s peace will bring you comfort as you all celebrate the memories of your father and a life well lived.
    You will love him even more in the time to come as dear memories, many you’d forgotten, come rolling in.
    We love you,
    Jo and Debra

    Jo and Debra Pardo
  8. Please accept our heartfelt condolences for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family. I hope God blesses and comforts you during this difficult time and you can celebrate the beautiful life he lived!

    Resendez Family and Brian McGinnis

    Jill, Andrew and Brian
  9. Frank, I’m so sorry for your loss! I have fond memories of spending time at your house. Your Mom and Dad always made me feel welcome and treated me like I was part of the family. While we’re never ready for our loved ones to leave this Earth, I hope you find comfort that your parents are together again with our Lord. I pray that you have peace and only find love in your memories.

    John and Linda Smith

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