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Earl Clyde Rabke, Jr.

Obituary for Earl Clyde Rabke, Jr.

April 25, 1952 - April 27, 2017
San Antonio, Texas | Age 65

An independent spirit, Earl had a varied and eclectic professional career...

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Earl Clyde Rabke Jr. passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, April 27. During his final days, he was surrounded by the sounds of his beloved grandchildren, good music, and lots of dear friends.

Earl was born on April 25, 1952 in Biloxi, Mississippi. He graduated from Churchill High School in San Antonio, attended the University of Texas at Austin and completed his business degree at St. Edward's University in Austin. An independent spirit, Earl had a varied and eclectic professional career, managing bars and restaurants, working as a business manager and accountant for several companies, pursuing entrepreneurial successes, and cheerfully applying his talents as a builder and gardener to help his friends, family, and neighbors with projects in their homes and gardens.

Earl was an involved member of San Antonio's community, serving on the board for the local American Red Cross, Paseo del Rio Association, Fiesta Commission, CoSA Animal Control, FEMA Food and Shelter program, UT Health Science Center – High Risk Infant Program, and several other organizations. He was a smiling volunteer for the San Antonio Conservation Society as the Chairman for Beer Booth #1 at NIOSA for over 20 years, and he was selected for the Leadership San Antonio program.

He was preceded in death by his father, Earl C. Rabke, who was an Air Force officer and lifelong pilot, and his beloved mother, Blanche Skowronski Rabke, a local college educator. He is survived by his son Earl C. Rabke III ("Trey"), and his wife Angela, their children Cypress, Meriwether, and Storey, as well as his sister, Janine Soto, his nephew Randy, and many close friends.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: "To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." In each of these ideas, Earl was incredibly successful.

The family is especially grateful for the warm assistance provided by Four Seasons Hospice and to the many friends and family members who offered their support. A small private gathering celebrated Earl's life, and memorial donations may be made in his name to the San Antonio Conservation Society or ThriveWell who offers daily cancer patient support in the SA community.

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A small private gathering celebrating
Earl's life was held

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  • Memorial donations may be made in his name to the San Antonio Conservation Society or ThriveWell who offers daily cancer patient support in the SA community.

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Porter Loring Mortuary

1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
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