William Arthur Brubaker, beloved husband, father and grandfather, died April 4, 2013, in Houston at age 81. Bill is survived by his cherished wife of nearly 60 years, Shirley Oliver Brubaker, his college sweetheart.|
Bill was born Nov. 13, 1931, in Houston, son of Arthur and Lura Mae Brubaker, both deceased. Bill graduated with honors in 1949 from Reagan High School, where he was on the debate team and played clarinet in the band. He was the first in his family to earn a college degree, graduating from Baylor University with a Bachelor's of Business Administration in 1953. While at Baylor, Bill was a member of the Chamber and met the love of his life. Bill was a charter member of The Presidents Club and remained a passionate Baylor Bear his entire life.
Bill and Shirley wed June 6, 1953, shortly before he was sent to England as a 1st Lt. in the U.S. Air Force. While living in the UK, they discovered their love of travel and began a lifelong adventure that took them to 34 countries, ranging from Iceland to Russia to the tip of South America. They passed this wanderlust to their children through frequent camping vacations, as the family visited national parks and historic sites across the U.S. each summer for more than 20 years.
Bill was the first in his family to become a Certified Public Accountant, and he maintained his CPA even after he retired in 1995 as associate director of the American Urological Association's Office of Continuing Medical Education.
Bill was a lifelong servant of God. He served many years as a deacon, choir member, treasurer and youth Sunday School teacher at Baptist Temple in the Heights, before moving his membership to Tallowood Baptist Church in Memorial, where he and Shirley were members of the Joshua Class.
Bill is survived by Shirley and their children: James (Jim) Brubaker and wife, Beth; and Laurel Brubaker Calkins and husband, Charles; grandsons William and Ben Calkins; and by his sister Dorothy Klotz and husband, Bill, and their many children and grandchildren, all of Houston.
Visitation with the family is tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home at 13001 Katy Freeway, 77079. Bill's memorial service will be held at 10:30 Saturday morning, April 6, at Tallowood Baptist Church at 555 Tallowood Rd. The service will be preceded by a private internment at Memorial Oaks Cemetery at 9:00.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Apr. 5, 2013