William Henry Richard Kubala was born December 9, 1944 to Fred and Florence Havel Kubala in Wharton County, Texas. A place of small towns and large farms. H died on February 24, 2023 in Kyle, Texas following a short illness.
William was born and raised on a farm near Louise, Texas. He graduated in the Class of 1963 from Louise High School. His membership in FFA was a happy memory and resulted in his raising a small herd of cattle before his graduation.
After High School he joined the Army and served mostly in the Mechanics Corp. Following an Honorable Discharge, he moved to Houston where his well-developed skills in all things mechanical gained him a position with Cameron Iron Works where he quickly moved up to Supervisor of Quality Control in his division. He left Cameron Iron Works to attend Wharton Junior College, using his G.I.Bill. Part-time work helped fund his studies in Industrial Arts. He transferred to SWTSU in San Marcos to major in Industrial Arts Education. He quickly found a job working for Jim Byrne, his Supervisor in a surveying crew for the City of San Marcos and later his employer in the newly-formed company, Byrne and Associates.
While surveying in Caldwell County, he found land outside of Lockhart to raise cattle, build a home, and raise a family.
This led to his move to Lockhart and his work for the City of Lockhart; the with Tommy Bufkin to start a Paving Co.; and then building his own Paving Company whilst continuing to build his herd of cattle. This love of county-life and hard-work ran through his whole lifetime.
Early in his move to Lockhart, he was invited by his neighbor, John Potts, to join the Lions Club. Accepting his invitation came with many years of friendship with other members and he also committed to Lockhart Community life.
William was preceded in death by his parents and siblings; brothers Fred Kubala Jr, and James Kubala; and sister Gertrude Capak.
He is survived by his son Shawn Kubala and daughter Shannon Kyrie Kubala and by his grandchildren Carelyn Paige Haidusek of New Braunfels and Waylon Sage Kubala of Austin. He is also survived by many beloved nephews and nieces and an extended family of cousins throughout the U.S. He will also be missed by his friends in Lockhart and Salt Flats during his retirement years in Luling.
Private Memorial Services are planned for family members. A public Memorial will be at a later date for frends.
His ashes will be spread in the mountains of New Mexico that he loved.
Memorial contributions in Williams name can be made to:
Wounded Warrior or
Stop Solder Suicide
The Family wishes to thank nursing home staff at Diversicare of Luling and Magnolia Living & Rehab and especially the doctors, nurses, aids, and staff of Ascension Seton Hays – Kyle ER and Hospital who attended him in his battle along with Chaplain Father Juan Pablo who brought prayer and comfort at the end.
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