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William A. (Bill) Gabig passed away peacefully on Aug. 2, 2009 with his loving family surrounding him.

Born Oct. 24, 1922, Bill grew up in Pittsburg, Penn., and received a BA in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and later, a Masters from the University of Houston in 1952.

He served as a Captain in the US Air Force during World War II.

In 1947 he married his sweetheart, Helen Klinger, and began his 39 year career with Shell Chemical Company, working in Houston-New Orleans-Houston-NewYork-Houston.

Following retirement in 1986, he continued to work as a volunteer for the Executive Service Corp. of Houston and moved to Bellville. There, he began his community involvement with the Bellville Historical Society, the Austin County Tax Review Board and Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

Bill enjoyed having family and friends come to his beloved home, “the Gathering” for many celebrations, including the 7 weddings of his children and grandchildren.

The legacy he left to his children was that of being a man of great strength of character-a truly honorable man.

He was preceded in death by his 3 sons, Patrick (age 12), Tom (age 23), and Paul (age 32).

He is survived by his loving wife, Helen and 5 children: Mary Ann and Greg Plate (Katy), Jack and Brigit Gabig (San Gabriel, Calif.), Retta and Carl Yarbrough (Fraser, Colo.), Annie and Kevin Wingo (Bellville), Michael and Regina Gabig (Katy). Grandchildren: Jenn and Mark Goodner (Austin), Patrick and Andrea Plate (Chicago), Markus Brazill, Sasha and Andrew Gabig, Emily and Sean Yarbrough, Will, Katy and Claire Wingo, Wesley Gordon, Wyatt and Natalie Gabig. Great grandchildren; Tylar Gregg, and Wilkes Goodner, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and many dear friends.

Visitation was from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, from the Knesek Bros Funeral Chapel, 832 E. Main, Bellville, TX 979-865-3121.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated at 11 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Industry, with the Rev. Tim Bucek, officiating. Private interment followed in the Gabig Family Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Pat Plate, Sean Yarbrough, Will Wingo, Markus Brazill, Andrew Gabig, Pat Singleton, and Mark Goodner.

Memorial may be made to the Cenacle Retreat House, 420 Kirkwood, Houston, TX 77079.


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