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Herbert Polgue


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Herbert Polgue Obituary
Herbert E. Polgue "Herb/Err Err"
Former Pasadena, Texas resident, recently of Rio Frio, Texas, died November 19, 2013, at Sid Peterson hospital in Kerrville. He had just turned 82 on Oct. 19.
A graveside service will be held Friday, November 22, at Rio Frio Cemetery, officiated by Nito Guajardo & Charles Carlson.
Herb was born October 19, 1931, in Lufkin, Texas, attended Hillsboro High School & earned a BBA degree from Texas A&I in Kingsville, that also included journeys through University of Texas, Texas Tech University, & University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. He also studied Criminology in graduate school at Sam Houston State University.
Herb served in the U. S. Navy from 1949 to 1953 during the Korean Conflict & from 1959 to 1963 as an Aviation Storekeeper on the aircraft carriers: USS Boxer, Valley Forge & Philippine Sea.
After Honorable Discharges, he was employed by the Kingsville Police Dept., Garland Police Dept., and Taylor Police Dept. (where he met his wife Betsy when she failed to stop at a stop sign, resulting in a warning on her police record & a marriage two years later in June 1966).
After receiving his BBA, Herb worked for the Texas Youth Council (TYC) as a Caseworker at Gatesville State Schools for Boys & transferred to Houston as a juvenile parole officer. Following retirement from TYC, Herb worked in Security for Memorial Hermann Hospital in SW Houston.
Recently, Herb received his 50 year pin from the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Texas in recognition of his being a Master Mason for half a century. He was a life member of Pasadena Masonic Lodge #1155, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the National Rifle Assoc., and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. He was a member of the First Baptist Church Pasadena.
In retirement, Herb & Betsy built a home just north of Garner State Park, where he enjoyed hunting, visiting with wonderful Cold Springs neighbors, and solving the world's problems with staff and customers at Mama Chole's Restaurant in Leakey.
Friends and family often say, "Herb is one of a kind and a master at telling 'stories' (not jokes)." He liked to live his life as if someone had left the gate open so he could escape on one of his special Herb-ventures.
Herb was preceded in death by his foster parents, Frank "Sarge" & Bonnie Jircik; father-in-law & mother-in-law J. B. & Elizabeth Dabbs; brother-in-laws Mike & Tim Dabbs; & several wonderful furry 4-legged kids.
Herb is survived by his wife Betsy Polgue; daughter and son-in-law Holly & Dan Kurth; grandson Jakeb Kurth; "adopted" daughter & son-in-law Dawn Haines-Greenberg and Brian Greenberg; "extra daughter" Lael Cardenas & husband Dane & daughters Trystn, Kiala, & Betheni; sister-in-law Kay Dabbs; goddaughter Julie Baxter & husband Paul & children Aidan, Evie, & Wyatt; "adopted" son & hunting partner Gary Griffith & wife Jan; many beloved friends & extended family; & Pete, Herb's "damn good dog."
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Masonic Home and School of Texas, 338 Grapevine Highway, Hurst, TX 76054 (877-203-9111); Utopia EMS, 462 Sycamore, Utopia, TX 78884 (830-966-2435); Friends of Garner Park, 234 RR1050, Concan, TX 78838 (830-232-5999); or a .

Published in Houston Chronicle on Nov. 24, 2013
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