Lubin K. Hernandez
May 26, 1929 – September 3, 2018
Funeral Services for Lubin K. Hernandez, 89, of Killeen, will be 11:00 AM Monday, September 10, 2018, at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen which is charge of the arrangements. Burial with full military honors will follow at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery. Lubin was born May 26, 1929 in Del Rio, Texas and passed away September 3, 2018 in Killeen. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the Parkinson's Foundation.
Lubin Kiniskey Hernandez was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.
His parents were Merced and Maria Hernandez. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.
Growing up in the Hernandez household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Lubin was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and he was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Lubin was raised with eight siblings. He was the oldest of all the siblings. Lubin was constantly involved in activities with his brothers and sisters. Lubin and his siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Lubin was always consistently loyal to his family.
As a young child, Lubin was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. He wasn’t pushy and never forced his way into games or other activities. Lubin developed a variety of interests, though, and the things he enjoyed doing he did well. He was always curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. Lubin took part in football and baseball. However, what he enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with his many friends.
While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of Lubin as being a serious person, he managed to have a pretty good time in high school as he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from San Felipe High School in 1948. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Lubin was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using his exceptional memory, he was able to learn much through observation. Lubin always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.
Always considered to be a solid friend, Lubin was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during his life. Since he disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw his own conclusions based on direct observation, Lubin was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew him. He was committed to his friends and valued the trust he placed in them. It was not uncommon for Lubin to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought him out for advice because he had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. Later in life, he became friends with Bill Hinkle, Ron Osborn and Rolo Young.
Lubin and Lilli Herrmann were married in Mannheim, Germany on September 28,1957. Compassionate and devoted to Lilli, Lubin held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment. He was a source of strength to Lilli and using his gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, he worked hard to make his new family happy.
Lubin brought the same traditional values in his marriage to bear on how he raised his children. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. He would always listen carefully and think things through before he acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Lubin was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Lubin was blessed with three children, two sons, Lubin M. and Randall, and daughter, Rebecca. They were also blessed with seven grandchildren, Stephanie, Sheryl, Alex, PJ, Domonic, Mazdyn and Jessica.
Lubin greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Lubin enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Lubin was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation was serving in the US Army. Lubin worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.
He was stationed at Fort Hood, Germany, Korea and Vietnam. Lubin saw action in the Vietnam War. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Command Sergeant Major. He received praise for his valor, including being awarded 3 Bronze Stars. A literal thinker who possessed a calm exterior, Lubin seemed to enjoy the routines set forth by the military. His results-oriented approach to things made him committed to the job, and he understood well his role in serving his country.
Lubin liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he enjoyed his private time, Lubin always tried to allocate a specific time for working on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were hunting, fishing and shooting. Lubin was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.
Lubin found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, he could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. He applauded those who won, and he enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find himself wrapped up in those details. In high school, Lubin played football. He would watch his favorite sporting events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Longhorns, which were his favorite teams.
Lubin enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since he was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Lubin appeared effortless. He enjoyed researching all of his examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where he traveled, Lubin always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. Favorite vacations included touring Germany, Italy, Colorado and New Mexico.
Lubin was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Lubin’s favorites was his dog, Bengie. They were best friends for 14 years.
When Lubin’s retirement finally arrived in 1979, he was well prepared. He always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things he knew, so he was very confident in planning his retirement. He had begun the process early and had his retirement all laid out well in advance. In retirement, he found new pleasure in working as a manager for Aafes Snack Bar. Even in retirement, Lubin continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in his new community and felt fulfilled.
Lubin suffered with Parkinson's Disease for 10 years and finally succumbed to failing health and age. He is survived by his wife, Lilli Hernandez, sons, Lubin M. Hernandez and his wife Christine, Randall Hernandez and his wife Kalyn, and a daughter, Rebecca Hernandez, four siblings, 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Services were held at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen, Texas. Lubin was laid to rest in Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.
He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.
- Funeral Service Monday, September 10, 2018
- Committal Service with Military Honors Monday, September 10, 2018
Lubin K. Hernandez
September 8, 2018
My sincere condolences go out to Lubin's family. It was always a joy seeing him and Lili. He was a good man and friend and he will be greatly missed.
September 5, 2018
My deepest condolences to my Aunt Lily and my cousins...Uncle L ubin was a great man..I have beautiful memories of him when he used to go visit his parents and siblings in Del Rio...He was always laughing he had a wonderful personality..He would go to my mom's house (Molly) and talk about their old times and laugh like young kids...it was something beautiful...Lily sat there patiently and smiling...great lady..Lubin was mama's and papas oldest son and he is now with his parents and some siblings..Love you L ubin may you be in Gods Glory! Amen..
Rosie Hernandez Thomas
September 5, 2018
I always remember Tio Lubin as a strong and kind man. He had the most wonderful smile and gave the biggest bear hugs. And when he and Tia Lily visited Del Rio and all of us got together at Mama and Papa house, we had the best times. I will always remember him just the way he was, tall, strong and with alot of grit. Truly the backbone to the familia. Give my dad a hug from me Tio Lubin. As I know he will be hugging you in heaven. With all my heart.