Robert Alfred (Bobby) Kiolbassa died peacefully surrounded by his family in his home on July 20, 2021. He was born to Rufus and Juanita Kiolbassa on January 10, 1937, in San Antonio. He attended Catholic schools beginning at St. Joseph's Academy where he served as an altar boy at daily Mass and then attending St. Peter Prince of the Apostles school where he was part of the inaugural 8th grade graduation class. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1954 and attended St. Mary's University leaving just shy of his graduation to take over his family's business, Kiolbassa Provision Company, when his father became ill. In 2003, St. Mary's University awarded him the Distinguished Alumni Award and in May 2021, conferred an Honorary Doctor of Commerce degree for his lifetime achievement in business and commitment to the San Antonio community.
In 1958, Bobby married the love of his life, Linda Luedemann and they had a beautiful love affair for almost 70 years. Their love for each other inspired everyone who knew them and together they raised four children. They loved to travel and enjoyed many trips with friends and family and Bobby always had a camera in his hand! He loved to dance and sing love songs to his wife. He loved to cook, and especially loved to fry up tacos, make his own special enchilada sauce and smoke ribs (the best in the world!) for family and friends. He loved to sing at church (and occasionally practice in his car in the driveway) and have a scotch old fashioned for Sunday lunch. He loved to tell jokes and could tell a joke better than most. He prayed the rosary, usually every day on his way to work. But what he loved most was loving Linda!
Bobby led Kiolbassa Provision for over 60 years in various roles from General Manager to President to his last role as CEO which is the title that he held when he passed away. He became the leader of the company at the young age of 21 after his father became ill and grew the company steadily over the years. His reputation for integrity, hard work, creativity, and generosity drove the company's success and he was a strong influence in the company until he passed away. He was a remarkable leader who put people first in everything he did. He was generous to all who needed help and quick to donate sausage to churches, schools or to anyone trying to raise money for a worthy cause. He created a legacy of generosity that will continue to live on through the company that he built.
He had a strong faith that sustained him throughout his life and brought peace to him. He lovingly served his parish, St. Peter Prince of the Apostles church in several lay capacities over his life including as a member of the choir, lay eucharistic minister, Cantor, and member of the Parish Council. In 2000, Bobby was knighted into the Papal Knighthood of The Knights of St. Gregory the Great by Archbishop Patrick Flores and in 2012, he received the Lumen Gentium award from Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller. He was a member of Legatus, an international organization of Catholic businessmen and businesswomen dedicated to spreading the Catholic faith in their business and professional lives. He and Linda were founding members of the Sacred Heart Guild which has met continuously for over 50 years. The friendships that he had within their guild were the most meaningful and impactful of his life.
Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, Rufus, and Juanita Kiolbassa. He is survived by his loving wife, Linda and their four children and spouses, Kathy and Clem Spalding, Michael and Nita Kiolbassa, Julie and John Yancy, and Amy and William Meyers; as well as their grandchildren and spouses: Andres Weisse and Andi Ramos, Daniel Weisse, Ali Weisse and Michael Kaiser, Kimberly Martin, Rusty Kiolbassa, Claudia Kiolbassa Hendry and her husband Luke, Robert Yancy and his wife Samantha, Hannah Yancy Sorley and her husband Will, Sarah Yancy and her fiancée Jacob Coleman, Madeline Meyers, William (Tres) Meyers and Luke Meyers. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Aubrey Rutledge, Dylan Sorley, Jaxon Babin and Lincoln Babin. He is also survived by his sisters, Barbara Kiolbassa Britton and Sandra Kiolbassa as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to give special thanks to the care given to Bobby by Dr. Mark Thornton, Karel Hoffman, and caregivers: Kwaiwatta Wimes-LeDoux, Ana Cardoza, Sandra Forrester, Kristin Forrester, Chenita Lovings and Brandon LeDoux.VISITATIONSUNDAY, JULY 25, 20216:00 PMPORTER LORING CHAPEL ROSARYSUNDAY, JULY 25, 20217:00 PMPORTER LORING CHAPEL MASS OF RESURRECTIONMONDAY, JULY 26, 202111:00 AMST. ANTHONY DE PADUACATHOLIC CHURCH102 LORENZ RDFOLLOWED BY BURIAL AT HOLY CROSS CEMETERY
The Mass will be livestreamed. You may find the livestreaming link within his obituary page at www.porterloring.com.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice in honor of his name.You are invited to signthe Guestbook atwww.porterloring.com