OBITUARY

William A. "Bill" Domask

October 19, 1951February 4, 2021

William A “Bill” Domask (69) passed away February 4th, 2021 in Houston, Texas. He was born in Austin, Texas to William G. and Mary Margaret (Gunter) Domask (Domaschk) on October 19th, 1951. He is survived by his sons Warren G. Domask and wife Maleie, and David H. Domask and son Ezra. He is also survived by his best friend and companion of twenty years, Meike Ripke, and his five younger siblings, Lucy Holt, Susan Moody, Richard Domask, Margaret Domask, Madeline Domask, and their extended families.

Bill graduated from Memorial high school in Houston Texas in 1970 and joined the Marines at Camp Pendleton, California. He studied fire science in the Marines and in college and enjoyed a lengthy career with the Baytown fire department. He was active in his community, earning commendations and awards for his service. He enjoyed camping and riding ATVs with his kids and extended family. He loved gathering around campfires, and fireworks at Bill’s was a family tradition. He was a lifelong gardener and his tomatoes were widely in demand. He loved Polka and Conjunto dancing, joined German and Czech clubs, and went to festivals every chance he could. Bill and Meike travelled to see her family in the Netherlands and surrounding countries. He was happiest in the great outdoors enjoying nature.

In consideration of safety, no formal service or visitation is scheduled. The family would like to thank the staff of Autumn Leaves, Crossroads Hospice, and Dr. Jeffrey Lee. In lieu of usual remembrances, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice, Fill the Boot for muscular dystrophy next time you see a fireman collecting, or plant it forward.

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Lovella Desormeaux

February 11, 2021

I have many fond memories of Bill. We worked together at BFD for many years. I think my first memory was of Bill being injured during his physical agility test to become a firefighter. Don't remember the details but I don't think it was any fault of his but it did require medical attention but didn't discourage him from continuing his career with BFD.

I also remember the lunches I shared with his crew at Sta. 6 and him showing me his garden at the station where he grew beautiful tomatoes. He knew I loved fresh tomatoes so he shared them with me along with tips about growing them. (I didn't have a place to grow them but did enjoy the tips.)

After I retired, Bill would come by during most seasons with a bag of fresh tomatoes. I hope he knew what this meant to me. It was definitely special.

Bill also helped me with a new exhaust fan on my roof which was greatly appreciated. Most of all I enjoyed the occasional visits when he would just drop by to talk.

One more thing, the only time we ( my Bill and I) rode the Baytown bus to the Houston Live Stock show, Bill and Mieke were on the same bus. Although this was before we were very close, it was nice having familiar faces with us.

I am so very sorry for the loss of Bill to Mieke and his family but as we know he is in a far better place.

Jeanny Heesakkers

February 11, 2021

Lieve Bill en Mieke,
Ik weet nog dat ik Bill voor het eerst zag. Hij kwam mij ophalen
van het vliegveld in Houston.
Het was meteen vertrouwd alsof ik hem al lang kende.
Dat gevoel is nooit veranderd en ik zal altijd aan hem blijven denken
als een lieve broer.
Bedankt Bill dat ik jou heb mogen kennen.

Liefs Jeanny. Ook voor jou Mieke
Ik wens zijn familie ook heel veel sterkte.

Madeline Domask

February 10, 2021

Bill, I’m going to miss you.
I remember when you got your first video camera and needed a star to projectile green stuff on a tree. Being 9 yr younger, I was happy to oblige. I remember you going off to the marines a long haired scrawny “kid” and coming back a buzzed , 2ft taller man.
I remember you carrying me around the dance floor at the German club on my visit to calif at age 14 and for years and years after that! You knew every dance club in Houston when you moved back. Not to mention camping at wurstfest.... floating down the river with a beer was legal then. Rapids on the Guadalupe, Floating on Toledo bend, and ATVs at the farm with all our growing families.
We were fortunate to have so many enjoyable family gatherings over the years in a family that mostly got along. Commitments shifted time, but I always loved our back yard visits. You tried to help me grow tomato’s like you but my thumb is not as green. I’m still struggling with veges, but you are always with me in my backyard oasis.
I miss you Bill😘

Marika Ripke

February 10, 2021


My favorite memories of Bill are his big smile, his helpful and generous nature, him playing enthusiastically with my son Kamala, doing fireworks with him on July 4th/New Year’s, watching him feeding birds and turtles, and he and my mom visiting me in Hawaii. One of the last things I remember him saying to me was "I'm sure glad we got to come to Hawaiii, that was something I've always wanted to do". See you somewhere over the rainbow Bill

Kirk Loveland

February 10, 2021

I met Bill when I left the swamps of northern Ontario to attend fire school in Texas. He had a great heart and took me under his wing and showed me great Texas hospitality . He would bring me home on weekends to share it with his family. We stayed lifelong friends and travelled to California and Ontario Canada together. He was a great friend and I was blessed to have met him. I want to express my condolences to Mieke, sons Warren, David and families and his siblings and their families. RIP Bill.
Kirk Loveland

Theron Ripke

February 10, 2021

Thank you for always being there for us. Rest in peace...

mieke Ripke

February 10, 2021

And ever has it been that LOVE knows not its own depth until the hour of separation

Kahlil Gibran

The Prophet

Ralph and Mary Feniello

February 10, 2021

We don't know where to start with the memories we have of Bill. He was one of Ralph's first and true friend in the fire department. Mary and Bill enjoyed sharing birthdays together. Bill kidding Mary about being 13 days older. Along with Mieka we went dancing, camping ,going to wineries, and out to eat. Mostly we liked sitting in Mieka's beautiful yard sharing each other's company. Bill and Mieka spent many happy hours working in the yard. It will be a living memory of him. Bill will be so missed.

Agnes and Theo Paesen -Heesakkers

February 10, 2021

Dear Bill! We are very lucky to have known you and we will miss you very much especially in summer when you visited us. You were a very good barbecue cook and dishwasher (joke)! We are happy you were our friend and we love you and will never forget you. Tot ziens. ..Agnes en Theo

Mieke Ripke

February 10, 2021

Words cannot describe the pain and grief of losing my best friend, my companion and the love of my life. So grateful for the kind care he received from the nurses of Crossroads Hospice who made it possible for me to walk him home. As he took his last breath and I was holding him, one of our our favorite songs: "In this Life" by IZ, was playing .

Loving Bill has taught me what unconditional love is and I will be forever grateful for his love. So glad my family in the Netherlands got to know this wonderful guy and we were able to fulfill one of his "bucket list" wishes of travelling to Hawaii. LOVE YOU FOREVER.

FROM THE FAMILY