Joel Melvin Lebo

Joel Melvin "Mel" Lebo passed away at his home in Katy, on Friday, October 11, 2013, at the age of 78 years. He was born on July 20, 1935, in San Antonio, Texas, to Jack Lebo and Hannah Reva Reich Lebo. Mel graduated with a BS from Texas A&M University in 1957, as the Outstanding Senior. He was also President of the Saddle and Sirloin Club. For his pleasure, Mel loved boating and fishing of any kind. As a businessman he was known as the "The Glass Man." He was President of EXACTA, Inc which specialized in unique Architectural Glass and Metal Systems Engineering and Design. He was published in the Architectural Digest. He was member First United Methodist Church of Katy and active in the Chrysalis Sunday School Class.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Jane Lebo; daughters, Angela M. Lebo and her partner Cherry Lynch, and Kathy Magarrell; sons, Henry T. Smith, Jr. and his wife Alyssa, and Duane D. Smith and his wife Ashley; grandchildren, Caroline, Bryce, and Taylor Smith; sister, Martha Jones and her husband Herb; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church, in Katy, where funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, with Rev. Marlin Fenn and Rev. Pamela Cline officiating. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Ledbetter Cemetery, in Giddings, Texas.
Those wishing to make memorial gifts may do so to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 925, Katy, Texas 77492-0925, or to the Methodist Children's Home, 1111 Herring Avenue, Waco, Texas 76708.
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Schmidt Funeral Home
1508 East Avenue  Katy, TX 77493
(281) 391-2424

Published in Houston Chronicle on Oct. 14, 2013