Gene Colbert

Gene Edward Colbert, born January 9, 1924 in Lake Charles, Louisiana, to Ardis and Anne Elizabeth Cabaniss Colbert, passed away peacefully in his home Saturday, January 26, 2013 with his devoted wife, Virginia Garrett Colbert at his side. He was predeceased by his parents; his brother, William Ardis Colbert, his wife of fifty years, Mary Kopecky Colbert; grandson, Bryan Douglas Earle; nephews, Sam Kopecky, Tom Kopecky, and Sean Hughston; in-laws Dr. Joseph and Golda Kopecky, and dozens of dear friends. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Colbert; his children, Mary Colbert Earle (Doug), Susan Colbert Cohen, William Ardis Colbert (Karen), and Thomas Joseph Colbert (former wife Amy Yost Colbert); grandchildren Jason Earle, Claire Gillen (Tim), Jack Cohen, Will Colbert, Paige Colbert, Abbie Colbert, and Hallie Colbert; great grandsons Grover and Calvin Gillen; niece Beulah Hughston (Tommy); nephews, Joe Kopecky (Connie), and Dr. Charles Kopecky; and step daughters Linda Blumich (Darrell) and Sharon Tarter; step grandchildren, Thomas Peiser, Cody Peiser, Crystal Ferguson (Mark), Matthew Goolsby (Kathryn), Michael Dobbins, Elizabeth Tarter; step great grandchildren, Eric and Taylor Chaney, and his dear canine friend, Elvis. Gene was a graduate of Alamo Heights High School, where he was a High Stepper and one of the original bat hunters of Cave Lane. He attended Texas A&M University prior to his enlistment in the US Army during World War II. He fought as a gunner with the 987th Field Artillery, enduring the Battle of the Bulge and the battle at Remagen. At the end of the war, he returned to Texas to marry Mary Kopecky and earn his BBA at the University of Texas at Austin. He was a faithful member of the Episcopal Church, serving his latter years in a variety of outreach ministries at The Episcopal Church of Reconciliation. Gene devoted many hours to San Antonio charities, including SAMM, Agape, NESA Coop and Inner City Development. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, the San Antonio Town Club, and many civic organizations over the life of his career as an accountant and businessman. He was rarely without a rescued animal in his household. His love of the outdoors led him to fish the Gulf Coast and Canyon Lake, to hunt in the hill country, and to happily garden in his own yard. Countless fish in the Gulf and in Canyon Lake give thanks that Gene cared more about the experience of fishing than the catch. The family wishes to thank Dr. Melba Beine and the wonderful staff of Vitas Hospice Team 557, especially Joan, Bob, Roberto, Pablo, Gloria, Debbie and Dr. Chacko, for their tender care and respectful attention.

FEBRUARY 2, 2013
11:00 A.M.

Reverend Robert Woody presiding. Gene would be proud to have faithful friends Bud and Betty Storrs, Nora Gill, Bill Frazer, Sally Geis, Bill Swann, Joe Thomas, Peter Maddox, Virginia Corrigan, Art Trompeter, and Lee Cohen serve as his honorary pallbearers. In honor of Gene's life, contributions may be made to VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, 5430 Fredericksburg Rd., #200; San Antonio, Texas 78229; (210) 348-4300, The Humane Society of San Antonio, 4804 Fredericksburg Rd.; San Antonio, Texas 78229, (210) 226-7461; Inner City Development; 1300 Chihuahua St.; San Antonio, TX 78207, (210) 224-7293, The Landscape Committee of the Episcopal Church of Reconciliation, 8900 Starcrest Dr.; San Antonio, Texas 78217 or the .

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Published in Express-News on Jan. 30, 2013