Johnny Lee Kubacak, 78, of Brady, Texas, died Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at his residence in Brady. Johnny was born on January 24, 1944 in Jourdanton to Jim Kubacak and Anna (Gaydos) Kubacak. He was the last child of the Kubacak family born in Jourdanton, before the family moved to the Slaton area in 1944. He contracted polio at the age of 10, but was able to avoid the permanent impairments that left him affected a lot. He attended elementary school at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Slaton and graduated in 1962 from Cooper High School in Lubbock. It was in high school that he excelled in sports, academics, and earned his American Farmer’s Diploma, which is the highest degree available in the national FFA. It is the organization’s gold standard. He married Jan Morrison on February 25, 1965 in Plainview, Texas. He was the first in his family to graduate from college. He attended Texas Tech University where he led the crop judging team to a national championship in Kansas City. Graduated in 1968 with a degree in agronomy, the EI DuPont company recruited him to its team. Raised on the farm with a strong work ethic, he rose quickly and was responsible for implementing herbicide programs in the agricultural and industrial markets. While at DuPont, Johnny pioneered herbicide application equipment that was soon patented and led to the establishment of Cibolo Manufacturing, Inc. In 1976, in an old cotton gin near Cibolo Creek in Bulverde, Texas, he started his life’s dream. In 1979, he left DuPont to devote himself entirely to the design and manufacture of spray equipment. He was asked to help the Texas Department of Transportation find a more efficient way to apply herbicide to roads and rights-of-way. He designed and built the very first “Right Of Way” sprayer. Its spray rigs are still sold nationwide. He was always thinking of new ideas and ways to improve his platforms. He had a genuine concern for people and a tremendous drive to succeed. In January 2000, he moved Cibolo to Brady where he remains today.
Outside of business, he maintained his commitment to preserving his traditional values and his love of family and friends. He has always been the cornerstone. If you ask Johnny, his greatest achievement hasn’t been his business legacy, academic accolades, or athletic accolades. It was to be a husband, a father and a friend. Because, if you knew Johnny, you had a place in his heart. He was an avid trophy hunter, winning numerous deer contests over the years, as well as an expert fisherman. By far the best shot I have ever seen, rifle or shotgun. Gone but not forgotten, thank you for the love, laughter, memories and wisdom…
A Christian funeral Mass for Johnny Kubacak was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday July 9, 2022 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brady. Interment followed at Rest Haven Cemetery in Brady. The family received friends Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and the Holy Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Friends can view Johnny’s Memorial Video Tribute and/or sign his memorial guestbook online at www.leatherwoodmemorialchapels.com. The pallbearers were Raleigh Kubacak, Taylor Kubacak, Andrew DelBosque, Gavin Jordan, James Kubacak, Anthony Kubacak, Matthew Kubacak, Jason Kubacak, Cary Byrd and Garyn Byrd.
Johnny Kubacak is survived by his beloved wife, of over 57 years, Jan (Morrison) Kubacak of Brady, Texas; Brady’s son Greg Kubacak and wife Cheryl; his daughter Kimberlee Del-Bosque and her husband James of Helotes; brothers Ernest Kubacak and his wife Rosemary of Argyle, and Anton Kubacak of Tuscola; sisters Ann McCuiston and her husband Leslie of Decatur, Betty Schaffner and her husband Mike of Brady, Frances Ehler and her husband David of Lubbock, and Angelene Clark and her husband Tom of Abilene; grandchildren Raleigh Kubacak, Allie Jordan and husband Gavin, Taylor Kubacak, Ashlee Schoepf, Andrew DelBosque and Amanda DelBosque; great-granddaughter Aviyana Marquez and a multitude of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, brothers Ikey, Jimmy and Frank and sisters Mary Denzer and Cecilia Steffens. Memorial donations in memory of Johnny Lee Kubacak may be made to the Brady/Mc-Culloch County Volunteer Fire Department, 216 West Commerce Street, Brady, TX 76825.