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1928 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Terry Kobusch donk Obituary
O)DESSA - On November 3, 1928, in St. Louiso Missouri, Edmund C. Donk and Julia Kobusch Donk,

joyously welcomed their third Son,Terry Kobusch Donk.

Terry graduated from Clayton High School, Clayton Missouri in 1946. Afterwards, he went

to Greencastle, Indiana to attend De Pauw University. While at De Pauw, he was catcher for

the baseball team and became a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. He graduated in 1950

from De Pauw University. He remained close friends for many years with his fraternity

brothers and attended with many of them their 25th graduation reunion. After graduation, he

returned to St. Louis and joined the U.S. Marine Corp., serving a tour of duty in Korea, where

he was a Tank Commander. He received the Bronze Star for service as Platoon Leader of a

tank battalion in May, June and JuIy, 1952 and in an engagement with the enemy, positioned

his tanks on an enemy held field, although blanketed by heavy hostile artillery and mortarfire.

By moving his tank forward in the main line of resistence, he silenced hostile positions and

diverted the enemies attention from a main attack saving many lives.

Upon his return to St. Louis, he entered Washington University and received his Law Degree

and was admitted to the St. Louis and Missouri Bar Associations in 1956. He began his law

practice with the Law Firm Rassiero Long & Yawitz. Not particularly liking the big city, cold

winters and long commutes, he visited his brother, Roger L. Donk along with a couple of

buddies from St Louis, who had previously moved to Odessa, Texas. Liking what he saw in

this small West Texas town, he moved to Odessa in late 1959 and joined the District Attorney's

Staff of Ector County as Public Prosecutor, after being admitted to the Ector County and

Texas State Bar Associations.

He went into private practice with a few attorneys and in 1974, went into the solo practice of

law with offices at American Bank Building (now Prosperity Bank Tower), where he continued

a respected law practice for 44 years.

He was the recipient of many awards and life achievement acknowledgments during his {ifty

plus years of law practice.

On a lighter note of Terry's lifeo he so looked forward to the lunch hour for the food and

camaraderie he found at the Pemian Basin Hamburger Company (more affectionately known

as the hamburger joint). His love of golf began at approximately 4 years of age when his

father sawed off a wooden club to fit his short stature and it continued for as long as his body

allowed him to play until his late 80's. He also loved reading, working crossword puzzles, had

various whimsical collections and simple, pleasant conversation.

Terry exemplified the highest standard of personal and professional integrity. He was a

proud, yet meek man, a strong man, yet humble. He was a true southern gentleman in every

aspeet ofthe phrase.

On November 18, 2018, fifteen days after his 90th birthday, Terry left this earthly life and

entered his heavenly home and welcomed into the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Terry was predeceased by his parents and by his older brothers, Ed and Roger Donlc Terry

was married to the former Jane Garber Donk for many years' who was also the secretary and

office manager at his law firm. He is survived by Jane, son Joe, of Odessa, Texas, and nieces,

Lisa Lewis of Boulder, Colorado and Julia Donk, of Seattle Washington, two nephews,

Douglas Donk of Arlington, Texas and Brian Donk of Austin, Texas; extended family,

Elizabeth and Charles Campbell of Jonesborough, Tennessee and many nieces and great

nieces, nephews and great nephewsn all of whom he cared for and loved. In addition he is

survived by a long time faithful employee and friend, LaDonna Johnson of Odessa, Texas.

He took a piece of our hearts when he left this earth.

Romans 8:38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,

neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else

in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord'

It is requested that in lieu of flowers, a donation in Terry's name be directed to American

or other .

A memorial service will be announced when available.
Published in Odessa American on Dec. 7, 2018
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