Bert H. Kivell, Jr. Bert Kivell passed away October 22, 2007, in Elgin. Born on July 9th 1940, in Houston, Texas to Bert and Elizabeth Kivell. He was the son of Bert Kivell, Sr., a high school coach in the Houston area for over 30 years and honored by the Texas High School Coaches Hall of Honor. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, of Elgin; his sister, Carolyn Cumming; his daughter, Clare and husband Will Lesieur; his daughter, Gale Woods and husband Cochise Cerna; his son, Bert Kivell III; his son, Bruce and wife Kit; four grandchildren, DJ Woods, Shanna Cerna, Cheyenne Cerna and Cole Kivell. Bert attended the University of Texas at Austin, earning a BBA degree in 1964. He loved spending time with his family while hunting, fishing, barbequing or watching sporting events. He enjoyed restoring classic cars and searching for great must-haves on Ebay. His love of the outdoors was never more apparent than the annual family fishing trip. He always had a project going on, most evident with the sheds he built for his miniature donkeys and Case tractor. Everyone that knew him enjoyed hearing his embellished hunting and fishing stories, and his strong opinions of his sports knowledge. His deep laugh, sharp tongue and witty sense of humor kept everyone around him entertained. His passion for life made everyone drawn to him. His bigger than life smile will always be treasured. Bert's life in the country brought a deeper appreciation for birds and wildlife, even including the possums and raccoons that came for visits and free food. He and Shirley raised and loved their sweet miniature donkeys and Bert carefully screened prospective owners for the ones they sold. Like his mother, he believed in caring for homeless animals and would appreciate donations to the Elgin Humane Society in lieu of flowers. Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 25th, at the First Baptist Church in Elgin.
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Oct. 24, 2007.