Anton George Kubacak was born outside of Jourdanton, Texas on February 22, 1940 to Jim and Anna Kubacak. His parent's chose the middle name George because he was born on George Washington's birthday. He passed away at the age of 82 on January 31, 2023 in Abilene, Texas. A visitation will be held at Fry-Smith Funeral Home on Sunday, February 5, 2023 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. at 502 Kent Avenue, Tuscola, Texas. On Thursday, February 9, 2023, there will be a visitation at Englund's Funeral Home, 1400 West Woodrow Road, Slaton, Texas at 5:00 p.m. followed by a Rosary at 6:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be held Friday morning, February 10, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 10805 Indiana Avenue, Lubbock, Texas. Burial will follow at the Slaton Cemetery, Slaton, Texas.
Anton's family moved to the Posey community in 1944, and he began driving a tractor at the age of 8 to help on the family farm which was between Lubbock and Slaton. Anton attended Lubbock-Cooper schools until his graduation from Lubbock-Cooper High School in 1959. In high school, he was in FFA and showed pigs. He was a four-year letterman in football, baseball, basketball, track and volleyball and won many class-voted awards.
He attended Lubbock Business School after high school while working at Furr's Supermarkets where he quickly became a manager. He was then hired as an accountant for Plains White Truck. After two years, he became a part owner of the dealership. Three years later, he became the sole owner and renamed it Lubbock White Truck. Two years after that, he expanded and opened a truck dealership in Amarillo, Texas as well.
In 1994, he moved to Abilene, Texas and started Central Express, a long-haul trucking company. In 1998, he opened Abilene Dozer Sales and began selling heavy equipment such as tractors and dozers. That same year, he bought his ranch in Ovalo, Texas, southwest of Tuscola, Texas which would become his forever home. In 2001, he moved his business to Tuscola and renamed it Tuscola Tractor Sales which he still ran until his death.
Anton loved horses, and his favorite hobby was horseracing. He raced quarter horses and thoroughbreds across the country for 58 years and won many big races. He still has horses in training today.
He has always been interested in the oil business and was involved in drilling over the years, beginning in Seymore, Texas in the 1980s. He opened Amble Petroleum Corporation in 2011 in Tuscola and has drilled many wells across the big country. He is still actively drilling wells today.
Anton was a Red Raider and a tremendous fan of Texas Tech sports. He was a donor to the Texas Tech Athletics Department beginning in 1968 and a season ticketholder in football, baseball, men's basketball and women's basketball for over 50 years. In more recent years, after moving to Abilene, he became a huge fan of Hardin Simmons University and cheered for the Cowboy basketball team from his courtside seats.
Family was the most important thing to Anton. He had a large family with 5 brothers and 6 sisters and loved to reminisce about his mother Anna and how much she meant to him. He was an amazing cook, just like his mother, and his speciality according to his grandchildren was homemade gravy. His grandchildren were his pride and joy, and when he was away from his office, he could be found at their sporting events or special days at school. He even enjoyed cheer competitions. He would always say that he was still working so hard into his 80s because of them.
Anton married Cindy Williams after high school and became a father to Kristy Kubacak. He married Mary McMillon on October 6, 1963. They were the parents of two daughters, Jennifer and Kelly Kubacak.
Anton was preceded in death by his parents Jim and Anna Kubacak, brothers Ikey Kubacak, Jimmy Kubacak, Johnny Kubacak, Frank Kubacak and sisters Cecelia Steffens and Mary Denzer and former wife Mary Kubacak as well as several aunts and uncles.
He is survived by his daughters Jennifer Goebel and husband Frank of Lubbock, Texas, Kelly Leverett and husband Dennis of Lubbock, Texas and Kristy Trouy and husband Joe of Mequon, Wisconsin, grandchildren Emily and Julia Goebel of Lubbock, Texas, Grant, Evyn, Hunter and Bristyl Leverett of Lubbock, Texas and Allison Trouy and husband Craig Kurjanski of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, brother Ernest Kubacak and wife Rosemary of Bartonville, Texas, sisters Angelene Clark and husband Tom of Abilene, Texas, Fran Ehler and husband David of Lubbock, Texas, Betty Schaffner and husband Mike of Brady, Texas, Ann McCuiston and husband Lesly of Decatur, Texas, sisters-in-law Jan Kubacak of Brady, Texas and Cathy Kubacak of Lubbock, Texas, brother-in-law Walter Denzer of Slaton, Texas along with numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, friends and business associates.
Memorials in his honor can be made to the Hardin-Simmons Men's Basketball Program by mailing them to the HSU Men's Basketball Program, 2200 Hickory Street, HSU Box 16100, Abilene, Texas. 79698 or by contacting Mendy Huddleston, the HSU gifts coordinator, at (325) 670-1379. The link to online giving is http://bit.ly/3Ylu7ne.
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