Richard Lee Rabb July 4, 1950 ~ July 24, 2013
July 16, 2013, 8:00 am by Staff Reports
Richard was born in San Saba on July 4, 1950 to Sam and Mary Rabb. The Rabbs have been part of the ranching tradition in Texas for seven generations. Richard was a descendant of Austinís Old 300. These were some of the first residents of this area, and Richard was very proud of his familyís heritage.
Part of that tradition involved ranching and raising show steers for his two daughters as well as countless others. He was a member, past president and director of the Hill Country Livestock Raiserís Association. Richard has given his time as a volunteer at the Fort Worth Stock Show and enjoyed watching the show calves he raised achieve success in the show ring.
Richard attended Llano schools for 12 years and graduated in 1968. He was a proud member of the Fightiní Texas Aggie Class of 1972 when he earned his Bachelorís Degree in Animal Science. Upon graduation, Richard went to work for the Federal Land Bank. He had a 27-year career and retired in 2000. He spent many an hour on the golf course and enjoyed hunting in Texas, Colorado, and New Mexico. He loved watching his two daughters, Casey and Cassidy, play basketball.
Richard married the love of his life, Debbie Welgehausen, on June 10, 1972. They were married for 41 years and are the proud parents of Casey and Cassidy. They are also the proud grandparents of Avery and Camry. Richard was fondly known to his granddaughters as "Cowpaw.Ē
He is survived by his wife, Debbie; daughter, Casey Kendrick and her husband, Andy, and granddaughters Avery and Camry of Friona, Texas, and daughter, Cassidy Rabb of Stephenville, Texas.
He is also survived by his parents Sam and Mary Rabb of Llano, brothers Sam Rabb, Jr. and wife, Carol, of San Antonio, Hilton Rabb and wife, Ginny, of San Antonio, and Russell Rabb and wife, Jane of Llano; mother-in-law Marion Welgehausen of Fredericksburg; brother-in-law, Myron Welgehausen, and wife, Lisa, also of Fredericksburg, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Richard was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Oliver Welgehausen.
Memorial services were held at 10 a.m, Saturday, July 27 at Lutie Watkins United Methodist Church of Llano with Reverend Elliott Pancoast and Reverend Leslie Tomlinson officiating.
Honorary pallbearers were Walter Milliorn, Dennis Raesner, Roland Rode, Reggie Osbourn, Mike Virdell, David Willmann, Charlie Bauman, Spence Tanksley, Donald Jordan, Cameron Thompson, David Potts, James Reeves and Mike Dail.
Contributions in memory of Richard may be made to the Hill Country Livestock Raiserís Association, the Llano County A&M Club or the charity of your choice.
Cremation arrangements were made under the direction of Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Homes, Inc. in Llano. E-mail condolences may be sent to email@example.com or online at www.whhfuneralhome.com.
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