BOERNE, TX— On Monday, January 15, 2018, Colonel (retired) Rudolph John Kobarg, Jr., or Buddy, as those who knew him called him, went to be with his Lord in Heaven. His wife, Susan, was at his side as he passed peacefully, the end of a long battle in his well-lived and well-loved life. He was a staunch and caring friend, ever loyal and thoughtful, a favorite hunting and crabbing companion, a strong strapping football player, a navigator in ‘Nam, a mentor, a daddy and a life-long best friend and companion. He was a good man.
Buddy was born to Rudy and Laura Kobarg on November 27, 1946, in Galveston, TX. He served as an acolyte for the First Lutheran Church of Galveston, TX, played football for Ball High School and earned a an athletic scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated with Bachelors of Science degree in Industrial Management and met the love of his life and wife, Susan Correll Kobarg.
Like so many of his generation, Buddy enlisted in the military and served in the Vietnam War. He joined the United States Air Force and earned his commission in 1970. During his decorated and over 30-year Air Force career, he served as a B-52 electronic warfare officer, an instructor, a squadron commander, a base commander and ultimately as a Division Chief. He earned both his masters degree and Master Navigator rating as well as many commendations and awards. He also made many friends along the way.
Outside of the Air Force, Buddy was an active member of his church, an avid outdoorsman, a loving and supportive father and a devoted husband. He enjoyed playing with his grandchildren, traveling, wood working and making furniture.
Buddy is survived by his loving wife, Susan Kobarg of Boerne, TX; his daughters, Kristin (Matt) Herder of Dayton, OH, and Kelley Myers of Overland Park, KS; three grandchildren, August and Alex Myers and AnnaLee Herder; a sister, Judy (Walter) Kelso; and an extended family of cousins, nieces, nephews, inlaws and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rudolph John Kobarg, Sr. and Laura Kobarg.
Susan and the girls are so appreciative for the support of friends and family. They are also appreciative of the family who donated their son’s kidney to Buddy, as well as the medical teams that made it possible, allowing Buddy to know his grandchildren and share more of the world with them.
Buddy’s life will be celebrated at Gaddis Methodist Church in Comfort, TX at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 10.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Gaddis Methodist Church, the USO, Fischer House or a charity of your choice. And please consider being an organ donor.