Joseph Everett "Joe" Drabek (1946 - 2019)

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Joseph "Joe" Everett Drabek, 72, passed away on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Austin, Texas.
Joe was born on Sept. 25, 1946, in Hallettsville, Texas, the son of Joseph Steven and Irene Rose (Rothbauer) Drabek. He was preceded in death by his parents; his twin sister, Janet Drabek; and his sister, Carolyn Dossey. He is survived by his wife, Linda Firestone; his daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Chris Ratcliff; his grandchildren, Ethan and Katelyn Ratcliff; his former wife (Melissa's mother), Anna Torstenson; and many extended family members.
Joe served in the U.S. Navy from 1964-1969 as an E4 Engineer. After leaving the service, Joe began his career as a mechanical engineer/project manager in the oil and gas industry, working in Ireland, England, Norway, South Africa, Russia, and various other locations, including Alaska.
A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at 1 p.m., at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery, located at 1421 Cemetery Road, Hallettsville, TX 77964. A family reception will follow from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Family Center at 306 South Glendale, Hallettsville, TX 77964, next to the church.
A Celebration of Life will also be held on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, at 1 p.m., at 7905 Tiger Eye Cove, Austin, TX 78749.
Donations may be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Blue Bonnet Youth Ranch, dedicated to helping abused and neglected youth, at 4652 US Highway 77A South, Yoakum, TX 77995; 361-293-3546;
Memories of Joe, including comments and photographs, are welcomed at the Forever Missed website,

Published in Anchorage Daily News on Jan. 13, 2019
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