LT. Colonel Kenneth K. Gabbert, of Nursery passed into rest on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 at the age 80. He was born on June 21, 1939 in Havensville, Kansas to the late Harold Thomas and Pauline Cordon Gabbert.
Kenneth served his country in the U.S. Army and retired after 20 years of service as a LT. Colonel. He received the Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. While serving his country and raising his own family, he and his wife fostered children and worked with refugee families. Upon retiring from the Army, Ken continued to work as a CRNA in Kingsville and Victoria until he retired completely in 2003. He loved living on his ranch (Adanal Ranch named after his boys), working his cows and driving his John Deere tractor. Above all, Ken loved to laugh and make everyone around him happy. He never met a stranger, and he was generous to a fault. He was a member of the VFW and a member of First United Methodist Church, Victoria.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Amy Gabbert, his sons Adam B. Gabbert (Ann), Andrew J. Gabbert, and Alan L. Gabbert (Dana); his sister, Frances E. Campbell; six grandchildren, Amanda Stiefer (Jason), Maryann Zieschang, Carson and Caden Gabbert, Mallorie Sarvis (Robert) and Madeline Gabbert; four great grandchildren and one on the way.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ronald Gabbert and sister, Marcile Emerson.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23 at First United Methodist Church in Victoria at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hospice of South Texas. To leave a comforting message, or to share a fond memory, please visit www.gracefuneralhome.net.