Lawrence Haba Jr.

Lawrence Louis Haba Jr. was born on Sept. 7, 1960 in Schulenburg, and died suddenly on Monday, March 26 in Kenedy from a heart attack at age 51 years, 6 months. He was the first of seven children born to the late Lawrence Haba Sr. and Violet (Roeder) Haba.

He attended St. Rose of Lima and Bishop Forest Catholic Schools in Schulenburg, graduating in 1979. After graduation, he worked in the oil field business for five years before returning to Schulenburg and purchasing Vanek's Exxon (currently Speedy Stop). It became known as Haba's Exxon and he later opened a second location off I-10 in Columbus. After several years, he sold his business and became an owner/operator of his own semi-truck. He worked as a truck driver for the past 20-plus years. He loved his job as he got to travel and see the sites of the various states he visited. It was through his work that he made many lifetime friends along the way and made an impact on those whose paths he crossed. Mr. Haba also absolutely loved the outdoors and spent all of his free time hunting, fishing or working in the yard with his wife Pam at their home in Sealy.

A rosary/vigil service was held on Thursday, March 29 at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, with Rev. Eddie Winkler officiating.

The funeral Mass was celebrated by Rev. Tim Kosler on Friday, March 30 at 10 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, followed by interment in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were brothers Darryl Haba and Steven Haba, along with close friends George Crawford, Vernon Morris, Richard Philpitt and Jeff Sparks. Honorary pallbearers were nephews Darren Haba, Shay and Reid Ulrich, Tyler Rolirad, and Justin, Michael, John and Charlie Sutherland, and nieces Karina Haba, Alycia Ulrich and Bailey Rolirad.

Mr. Haba is survived by his mother, Violet Haba of Schulenburg; wife, Pam Ritchie of Sealy; daughter Lauren Bubela and husband Chad of Katy; son, Dustin Haba of Columbus; step-son, Nathan Barton and wife Amy of Eastland; step-grandson, Tyler Barton of Eastland; sisters, Terri Rijos of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Jeanine Ulrich and husband Steve, Lisa Rolirad and husband Andy, and Kim Haba, all of Schulenburg; brothers, Darryl Haba and wife Lora, and Steven Haba, all of Austin; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence Louis Haba Sr.

Memorials may be made in Mr. Haba's name to the Bishop Forest High School Memorial Museum, c/o Carol Kana, 7640 Anders Bottom Road, La Grange, TX 78945, or to the American Heart Association.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

“Those who knew Lawrence knew he definitely had a story to share for every occasion,” his family writes. “He was loved by many and will truly be missed. While we may all agree that his life was way too short, what we also have to agree with is that his life was very full – overflowing with laughter and joy and love for his family and friends.”