Our Dad, Ed Sykora, grew up as a farm boy in Penelope, Texas where he worked hard on the family farm. After graduating from Penelope High, trying other careers and getting married, Dad went to work for the Waco Ford dealership in 1955 working in the parts department. In 1961 HJ Kozelski made him the offer to come work at Kozelski Motors in West as the parts manager. Ed worked hard and also began to fill in as a salesman on the showroom floor, later becoming Mr. Kozelski's right hand man as sales manager.
After Mr. Kozelski passed away in 1967, Dad and Mrs. Kozelski became partners with Ed running the dealership from day to day. Starting in the 1970s, Ed began putting the kids to work, with Becky and Dianne working in parts, and then Ronnie and Ken changing oil and washing cars. The 1980s brought Pat and Brian to parts and service. Through the years almost all of Ed and Dorothy's ten children have worked at least part time during their school years and the boys have all stayed in the automotive business at Sykora Family Ford with Pat eventually moving on to the Smith South Plains dealerships in the other west Texas.