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Kenneth Wayne Rebecek

16 November, 195423 May, 2021
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Kenneth Wayne "Rippy" Rebecek, age 66, of Moulton, Texas passed away on Sunday, May 23, 2021. Kenneth was born November 16, 1954 in Shiner, Texas to Helen (Gast) Rebecek and Charles Rebecek.

Kenneth is survived by his wife, Margaret Rebecek; daughter Heather Rebecek of Moulton, Texas; and son Chris Rebecek of Moulton, Texas; brother Jerry Rebecek (Lillian) of Seguin, Texas, sister Margie Kresta of Shiner, Texas and sister Geraldine Roller of San Antonio, Texas and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Kenneth was preceded in death by father Charles Rebecek and mother Helen (Gast) Rebecek; brother-in-law Daniel Kresta; brother-in-law Gene Roller; sister-in-law Lucy Gold; Father-in-law Henry Gold and Mother-in-law Anita (Marko) Gold.

A visitation for Kenneth will be held Thursday, May 27, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM at Smith Funeral Home in Moulton, Texas. A rosary will be recited Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 6:30 PM at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Moulton, Texas. Funeral mass will be Friday, May 28, 2021 at 10:00 AM at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Moulton, Texas with Father Gabriel Maison officiating.

Serving as pallbearers are Mike Gold, Scott Filipp, Gene Anderle, Keith Simper, James Fairchild and Dale Fojtik. Honorary pallbearers are his nephews.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Rebecek family.

Smith Funeral Home - 404 West Bobkat Drive Moulton, Tx 77975 Phone #361-596-4631


  • Margaret Rebecek, Wife
  • Charles Rebecek, Father (deceased)
  • Helen (Gast) Rebecek, Mother (deceased)
  • Heather Rebecek, Daughter
  • Chris Rebecek, Son
  • Jerry Rebecek (Lillian), Brother
  • Margie Kresta, Sister
  • Daniel Kresta, Brother-in-law (deceased)
  • Geraldine Roller, Sister
  • Gene Roller, Brother-in-law (deceased)
  • Lucy Gold, Sister-in-law (deceased)
  • Henry Gold, Father-in-law (deceased)
  • Anita (Marko) Gold, Mother-in-law (deceased)
  • Kenneth also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews to cherish his memories.

  • Mike Gold
  • Scott Filipp
  • Gene Anderle
  • Keith Simper
  • James Fairchild
  • Dale Fojtik
  • Nephews, Honorary Pallbearers



  • Visitation

    Thursday, 27 May , 2021

  • Rosary

    Thursday, 27 May , 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, 28 May , 2021


  • Cremation


Kenneth Wayne Rebecek

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Shannon Wagner

27 May 2021

I have some great memories from years ago when playing and coaching little league. He always pushed me to be better and to keep working hard. Above all, he reminded me to enjoy what I was doing. I know he will be missed by many, but he will live on because of the memories he left with us. Sympathies to the family and know that your friends are here if you need them.

Martha Davis Hartl

27 May 2021

I had the pleasure of working with Rippy at Wendel Motor. He will be missed. Sympathy to his family.

Harriet Simpson

26 May 2021

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Spent many pleasant times talking with Rippy and will miss running into him in various places. Fond memories of a great person!

Isaac (UPS) Solis

26 May 2021

I delivered to Moulton as a UPS driver for over 31 years in all of those years I met and knew Rippy, He was a fine person and I always thought highly of him. I remember a time my truck broke down, he came by and asked me if I needed any help , he said how many stops do you have and I said 15 , he said let me have them and I’ll deliver them for you, I told him I need a signature for all of them , he said I can do that, he took all the stops I had and made sure that the people got their packages I’ll never forget that day. That was only one of many times that he was helpful with me, when I couldn’t locate someone he would say leave it here I’ll call them and I’ll make sure they get it. My condolences goes out to the family and I am so sorry for your loss. he will be greatly missed and he will always be in my thoughts and prayers. Rest In Peace my friend..

Paula Fojtik McEwen

26 May 2021

Margaret, Heather and Chris so sorry to hear about y’all loss. Heather I’m sorry I couldn’t be there for you during this time. Y’all are in my thoughts and prayers. I’ll always remember all the hours I spent at the y’all house playing softball in the back yard with you and your dad, us swimming at Sulfur Park or just hanging out in the front porch of Aunt Lucy’s watching the cars go by and laughing at Rippy’s jokes. that was the good old days. May God keep y’all during this time in y’all lives.
Paula Fojtik McEwen

Judy Friedl

25 May 2021

Mark & Judy Friedl
Our Sincere Sympathy to all the Rebecek Family. So sorry for your loss.

Dennis & Shirley Kocian

25 May 2021

Our Sincere Sympathy to all the Rebecek Family. Our prayers are with you all.

Jimmy & Rose Becka

25 May 2021

Our sincere condolences to the entire family. Our prayers are with you all.

David & Dorothy Young

25 May 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with you; so sorry for your loss!

Kelley & Bobby Moeller

25 May 2021

Our hearts hurt for you all. Rip was such a great guy. We are so blessed that we could call him our friend and will cherish our memories of him. He will be missed. May you find peace in knowing he suffers no more and he’s flying high with the Angels. Rest In Peace Rippy, till me meet again.

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To Kenneth Wayne "Rippy" Rebecek, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, he was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around him, he seemed to be eternally happy, and he willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life he touched. For Kenneth, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, he could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Kenneth really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

      Kenneth was born on November 16, 1954 at Wagner Hospital in Shiner, Texas. His parents were Charlie and Helen Rebecek and was raised in Shiner, Texas. Even as a child, Kenneth had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around him. He was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. He couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. He was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, he succeeded in entertaining his entire family.

      Always a good playmate, Kenneth was easygoing and fun loving. He managed to lighten the mood wherever he was, even during family squabbles. He seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Kenneth managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Kenneth was raised with three siblings. He had one older brother, Jerry; and two older Sisters, Margie and Geraldine.

      All of Kenneth's playful good humor carried over into his childhood. He was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed him to be constantly on the go. As a result, Kenneth experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited him very well. He took part in football, he was a cub scout and in his spare time he liked collecting baseball cards.

      Ask anyone who knew him from school and they would tell you that Kenneth was a class “cut-up.” He didn’t do it to be unkind or to garner all the attention. Rather, Kenneth simply enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of his friends and acquaintances having a good time. It could be said that for Kenneth, grades may not have been the most important thing to him, but he really did enjoy his school experience. Since experience was Kenneth's best teacher. He enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the “practical” approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in “theory.” Kenneth graduated from St. Paul Hugh School in 1973. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was Mechanics. The teachers he enjoyed learning from the most were Henry Kalick and Arnold Stanek.

      Kenneth never actually encountered a stranger in his dealings with people. He was drawn to individuals and crowds, using his gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate his audience. This quality allowed Kenneth to continually develop new relationships, ever widening his circle of friends. Kenneth delighted in his role among all his acquaintances, because he viewed them all as potential spectators for his performance. Whether it was a story, a joke, a song or just plain fooling around, Kenneth was always right at home putting on a show among his friends. Kenneth utilized his interest in others as a great way to connect with them. While growing up, some of his best friends were Donnie Valis, Oscar Hirsch, Pat Janak and David Mikes. Kenneth loved sharing life and having his home filled with people he knew.

      The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Kenneth very easy to approach. On September 16, 1977 Kenneth exchanged wedding vows with Margaret Marie Gold at St. Joseph's Church of Moulton, Texas. He tried hard not to impose on his spouse. He was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.

      Perhaps the reason Kenneth related so well to children was the fact that he never really completely grew up himself. The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped him in raising his own children. Kenneth was blessed with two children, daughter Heather and son Christopher. Kenneth had the ability to focus his attention on the present moment. If he was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of his attention was directed. Kenneth's compassionate side prevented him from being a strict disciplinarian, and he could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. He could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play. In fact, Kenneth had a knack for turning some of those nasty old chores into games.

      At work, as in life, Kenneth was a real “people person.” He had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and his enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. Kenneth liked to see himself as something of a virtuoso. When dealing with various projects and problems, Kenneth was an adaptable realist, using his common sense and trusting his experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Kenneth's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around him to see Kenneth as an excellent problem solver. His primary occupation was Auto Part Sales.

      Kenneth enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An “arts and crafts” type, Kenneth liked creating and making things. His favorite pursuits were fishing. Kenneth was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Kenneth felt excited and challenged by sports. Even if he wasn’t the best, Kenneth loved to participate and thoroughly enjoyed the competition and the pleasure of being around other people. Kenneth relished the opportunities where he could make an impact, and he would often push himself to play above his abilities. A quick thinker who understood the basics, Kenneth never seemed to get caught off guard, even when confronted with unexpected conflict. In high school, Kenneth played baseball, basketball and track. Recreational sports included Bowling, Softball and Dancing. Kenneth was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were Football, Baseball and Softball.

      Kenneth had an endless appetite for new and different activities. He was always ready to join in the fun and add his flair and energy to an organization. Because of his personality, his humor, and his ability to get along with everyone, Kenneth's service was greatly valued by the organizations to which he belonged. In high school, Kenneth was a member of the Mechanics Club. Throughout his later years, Kenneth was an active member of the Volunteer Fire Dept., KC's, Booster Club and KJT.

      Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, Kenneth recognized that his faith was important to him throughout his life. He was a member St. Joseph's Catholic Church for 46 years and Shiner Catholic Church for 20 years. During that time, he was a KC Member.

      Naturally outgoing and generous, Kenneth was regularly doing things for others. For him, the gift of giving to others was second nature. Though he never set out to gain individual recognition, Kenneth was given accolades for his many and varied accomplishments throughout his life. Some of his most prestigious awards included being a 35 year KC Member.

      Living life in the fast lane suited Kenneth just fine. It is no surprise that he loved to travel and to visit new and different places. He was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. He was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Favorite vacations included the beach trips.

      Kenneth was a lover of animals and cherished his pets, enjoying them almost as much as he enjoyed being around other people. One of Kenneth's favorites was Lucky, a Collie dog.

      Kenneth passed away on May 23, 2021 at Citizens Hospital in Victoria, Texas. Kenneth fought cancer till it resulted in pneumonia and lead to respiratory failure. He is survived by wife, Margaret; children Heather and Chris; Brother Jerry; Sisters Margie and Geraldine; nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces. Services were held at St. Joseph's Church in Moulton, Texas and he was laid to rest in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Moulton, Texas.

      Kenneth brought joy to all of those around him. He never had a mean bone in his body. He loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. He loved to share his energy, wit, and his zest for all of his activities with his friends and family. Kenneth Wayne "Rippy" Rebecek lived life to its fullest and made everyone around him happier just for knowing him. He will be remembered with a smile.