Jerome Francis Kobos
March 2, 1941 – October 30, 2020
Jerome Francis Kobos passed away peacefully on October 30, 2020 after a short battle with Liposarcoma. He was born in Buffalo, NY to his parents Frank Kobos and Alfreda Grzedzielski Kobos. Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Debra Michulka Kobos, his son Michael and wife Kimberly, his daughter Christine and son Bryan. He is also survived by his granddaughter McKenzie, who brought him so much joy. Other loved ones surviving him are his sister Carol Miller, his brothers Robert Kobos and Thomas Kobos and wife Julie. He leaves behind many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles, cherished friends, and his very loved and spoiled puppies Lexi and Lola.
Jerry attended Transfiguration Catholic School in Buffalo, NY. He was an Altar Boy and since his family lived almost next door to Transfiguration he was called upon quite often to do his Altar Boy duties. Jerry graduated from Hutchinson-Central Technical High School where he worked on one of the first computers. This love of programming continued during his years of college at the State University of New York at Buffalo where he was awarded a scholarship and received his BA in Mathematics. During college, he played the accordion and sang in the “Hi-Lites” band to help with college expenses. He loved to serenade Debbie with his beautiful songs and sometimes even to his coworkers. After college, he volunteered in the Air Force where he served for four years during the Vietnam War as a Ground Power Technician and was honorably discharged.
He eventually wanted to get away from all of the Buffalo snow and made his way to Houston, Texas and began work at Systems Application Engineering, Inc. (SAE) where he met the love of his life and future wife Debbie. His career spanned for over 40 years as a Computer Programmer, Systems Analyst, Network Designer and Systems Integrator.
Jerry was a member of the Boy Scouts of America for over 25 years. He served as Advancement Chairman for Troop 1631 and was instrumental in promoting many scouts to the highest rank of Eagle Scout, including his two sons, Michael and Bryan. He received the Scoutmaster Silver Award and the Tomahawk District Award of Merit. He also taught several Merit Badges – Auto Mechanics, Computers, Rifle Shooting, and Citizenship in the Nation. He was a serious student of the Constitution and the operation of our Republic. He stayed informed on current events as well as being well-grounded on the duties, obligations and rights of citizenship in this nation. He was a lifetime member of the NRA and the Texas State Rifle Association.
Jerry also coached Little League Baseball and Basketball for many years. He was a wonderful pitching and batting coach. In fact, he took a batting lesson himself from Ted Williams. In between all of his sons’ sports he always made time to make each and every one of Christine’s gymnastics meets. He always encouraged her to go for it and to always “picture it in your head”. He was so proud of his children and their accomplishments. They were his pride and joy.
Jerry enjoyed fishing immensely. He was always a “catch and release” kind of guy. He made several trips to Lac Seul in Canada with his brother, Bob. Those were special trips for him, not only for the fishing but for making wonderful memories with his brother. Jerry was a big brother to his only sister Carol. He was instrumental for her love of music as he played the accordion and frequently allowed her to choose the music he would practice. In recent years Jerry, Debbie and his siblings and their significant others went on Caribbean cruises and trips to Riviera Maya. Jerry, Debbie and the kids made many Spring Break ski trips to Park City. They also enjoyed family trips to Niagara Falls, Las Vegas, New York City, Washington DC, Disney World, cruises to Cozumel, and just relaxing at Padre Island and Galveston. Their most special trip was to Fatima, Portugal where they visited and prayed at the Shrine and Chapel of Apparitions where our Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to the three little shepherds.
Jerry was the ultimate family man. Family was always first with him. He was always there for all of us and will be immensely missed. He was a man of character and he was a believer in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Jerry and Debbie have been members of St. Laurence Catholic Church in Sugar Land for over 35 years. We are confident that he is now in Heaven and reuniting and celebrating with his deceased family members and friends. He loved to dance so we are certain that he is already dancing with the Angels!
There are no services scheduled currently due to COVID. However, we plan to have a Mass of Celebration of his Life in early Spring 2021 at St. Laurence Catholic Church in Sugar Land.
Until we meet again, rest in peace Jerry. We don’t know how we are going to go on without you. You were loved so much by so many. My darling husband and father to our children, please save a place for us with you in Heaven.
Friday, June 18, 2021
Jerome Francis Kobos
Leo and Nicki Calimbas
November 16, 2020
Forty years ago we had a new hire programmer from the East. I told my wife Nicki that Jerry is good looking and a bachelor. Every Friday after work we go on the first floor of the building and meet at a bar. It was fun times. Debbie remarked to me, “How come your friend (Jerry) is like a stick in the mud? What do you mean I asked. What does a stick in the mud do?, Debbie asked. I thought about it and said nothing. Exactly, Debbie said. So I told Jerry about this. This somewhat sparked an interest and both of them developed a relationship. And it all led to them getting married.
We get invited to the Michulka clan annual gathering. Nicki and I have been attending there that I think some of them think we are also relatives. A simple gathering, pot luck, some beer and an auction at the end. We saw the same people attend. These are mostly descendants of of Debbie’s great grandfather Joseph Michulka who fathered 14 children. His descendants filled up the hall and they come from all over the map. After about half a dozen of these gatherings I feel like I am one of the relatives.
Ah so many wonderful dinners, the four of us, Jerry and Debbie and Nicki and I. We never tried to outdo each other in the food and the drinks are always plentiful. Jerry is the one who introduced me to single malt whisky. He opened this green bottle and after sipping I almost spit it out. It tasted between turpentine and iodine. Jerry was gracious enough to let me take it home. By the end of the week I took a sip and I couldn’t believe it. Is this the same whisky that tasted of turpentine? Because now it taste great! It is still the same bottle. My taste bud acquired the single malt taste. And from then on, I was hook to that particular liquor.
Those many days are gone and great memories remained. Jerry, my dear friend, you belong to the ages. As all of us will be, just a matter of time. Goodbye my friend.
November 6, 2020
Dear Jerry, I have many fond memories of our childhood. You taught me to play chess when I was only five and taught me many other things. I wish we could have seen each other more often as adults but responsibilities and distance made that difficult. I am thankful for our family get togethers the last few years. I will always remember the big hug you gave me this past February when we said goodbye in Riviera Maya not knowing we would not see each other again. Good bye big brother. Rest In Peace. I will miss you.
November 6, 2020
Jerry, I have so many fond memories from growing up together like playing baseball and football in the backyard, and in later years fishing in Lake Leroy, the fishing trips to Lac Seul in Canada, the Caribbean cruise, and the vacations in Riviera Maya. I will miss you so much. Rest in peace big brother.
November 5, 2020
Dad, you were the only man I looked up to. I miss you so much. I need you to help me get through this tragedy. Please, please help us. I loved you so much. I pray that you are in peace. I don't know what else to say. I love you.
November 5, 2020
Dearest Debbie, Michael, Christine, and Bryan,
We are very saddened for the loss of Jerry, our friend. He was a fun-loving guy with an abundance of energy. You could always find him on a dance floor at weddings or special events. He loved a polka. He loved to entertain and host dinners. He was a gourmet cook who loved to prepare a tenderloin or grill for any occasion.
In these days of sorrow, hold dear all the wonderful memories of Jerry as we will. May you find comfort and peace in your memories.
Eternal rest grant unto Jerry, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.
Love, Rebecca and Norbert
November 5, 2020
My dearest husband, I don't know how I am going to go on without you. You were my everything. You are not forgotten, my love nor will you ever be – As long as life and memory last your soul will live in me. Rest in peace sweet Jerry until we are reunited again. I miss you so much.
November 4, 2020
It is with great fondness that I can say I knew Jerry Kobos and will miss him
First I am Jerry’s and his wonderful wife Debbie’s Financial Planner but over the many years I feel Jerry Debbie and I became good friends and sounding boards off each other .
Jerry and I would talk Financial Markets or course but it would always be our very long discussions on Politics and History that would keep us going for an hour or two or three . Jerry was always concerned where we as a people were headed and how to stay on the straight and narrow
I enjoyed and looked forward to these times together and will miss them and Jerry
My condolences to all the Kobos family and one final point of discussion for Jerry I bet you are enjoying yet another Election Circus and somehow someway your hands are in the mix.
God Rest your Soul
November 4, 2020
May your faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, give you peace and hope during this most difficult time. I am praying for you and your family each day. May the love of God envelope you today and each day forward as you try to navigate the days ahead.
November 3, 2020
Dearest Debbie and Family,
In this difficult time, may God hold you all close to his heart, where He can feel your deepest loss and fill you all with His deepest love. May you find comfort in loving memories, strength in the support of those who care, and hope in each new day.
With sincere sympathy,
Louie, Ana and KellyAnn Medrano