Joe F. Urbis, 82, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007.

He was born May 1, 1925 in Abbott to Mary and Joe J. Urbis.

Urbis served in the United States Navy and was a veteran of World War II. After his honorable discharge, Joe attended Hillsboro Junior College where he played football and earned Little All-American honors. He then accepted another full athletic scholarship from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth where he played football and graduated. After graduation, he was drafted by the world champion Detroit Lions where he went through spring training. He then ranched and worked in the cotton gin industry in Central Texas. Later he moved his family to Robstown, where he co-owned the Robstown Gin Co. with his family. Joe taught at Lotspiech Elementary and coached at Robstown High School in the early 1960s. In 1966 he accepted a coaching and teaching position at Calallen I.S.D. where he remained employed until his retirement in 1990. Joe was an avid sports fan and loved fishing. He was a member of St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Robstown, the V.F.W. and the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity. Joe had a passion for life and helping his fellow man.

Joe is survived by his wife of 56 years, Evelyn Mazanec Urbis; his sons, Richard Urbis and wife SuZanne, David Urbis and wife Kathi; daughter, Joan Teel and husband Dennis; his grandchildren, Karleen Pape and husband Kyle, Joe A. Urbis, Julie Urbis, Lorraine Urbis, Sarah Teel and Margaret Urbis; great grandchildren, Cameron and Carson Pape; sisters-in-law, Rosalee Urbis and Josephine Urbis; and several nieces and nephews.

A Rosary was recited at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, in the Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Robstown. Burial followed in West, Texas.

Sawyer-George Funeral Home