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Robert Cody Debner Sr.

Robert Cody Debner Sr. was called home by the Lord on April 27, 2012 at the age of 89. Cody was a devoted husband for 70 years to his cherished wife, Ruby and father to his five children. He was born the fifth of seven children on June 19, 1922 in San Antonio, Texas to Theodore Anton Debner and Katherine O'Shaughnessy Debner. Cody was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1939. He studied voice as a youth and became an accomplished singer, performing in several light operas for the San Antonio Civic Opera. He frequently entertained friends and family with his beautiful Irish tenor voice often accompanied by his gift of piano and guitar. At family gatherings he often sang "Danny Boy", which pleased his Irish mother. Devout in his Catholic faith, he sang in and led several church choirs as a ministry. Cody served in the US Coast Guard during World War II. He enjoyed a long career in banking and retired as Senior Vice President of the Broadway Bank. During his banking career Cody served as the President of the San Antonio Builders Exchange and was active with the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.He was preceded in death by his siblings Dorothy Schmidt, Emily Askers, Rita Kennedy and Emmett J. "Mickey" Debner. He is survived by his treasured wife of 70 years, Ruby Beck Debner; his loving children Holly Debner Puig, Rober Cody Debner, Jr. (Donna), Timothy Ryan Debner (Kimberly), Nancy Debner Day (Robert) and Annie Kay Debner Russell (Bryan); along with 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; brothers Theodore "Ted" G. Debner Sr. and Donald Debner (Helen); and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions can be made in his honor to Catholic Charities ( Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday, May 2nd at 6:00 p.m. with a rosary at 7:00 p.m. at the Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels, Texas. A mass will be held on Thursday, May 3rd at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Church in San Antonio, Texas
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels, Texas.
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Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home - New Braunfels
189 N Seguin Avenue
New Braunfels, TX 78130
(830) 625-3434
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Published in Express-News on May 1, 2012
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