In Memory

Lee Huebel

Lee Huebel

Here is a copy of Lee's obituary. We found it difficult to adequately describe him in the size allowed by the newspaper.


Robert Lee Huebel, born April 3, 1951, died at the age of 62 after a courageous battle with cancer on November 9, 2013 in Houston, Texas.

Lee was born in Columbus, Texas to John and Mary Katherine Huebel. He grew up in the small town of Lake Jackson with his older sister Katy before graduating from Brazosport High School, later obtaining a B.S. in Economics from the University of Houston and a M.S. in Community and Regional Planning from UT at Austin.

His early careers in furniture restoration and movie theater management led him to his real passion; helping others. This calling was realized in his professional life thru non-profit urban planning. Lee was an important figure to many of the residents of low income housing developments such as Twin Oaks, Independence Hall, and Roland Hilliard. He was a 19 year member of Clear Lake Presbyterian Church serving as an elder, board member of Family Promise, and several other mission committees. He also devoted large amounts of time serving in multiple charitable organizations.

Lee met the love of his life in second grade, but it took him until the age of 28 and 10 years of dating to marry Laura McDonald Huebel. They had two boys, Ross and Adam, and resided in Lake Jackson and Austin before settling in Seabrook. First and foremost, Lee was a family man who epitomized leading by example. Lee taught both his sons how to enjoy life through his constant encouragement and compassion, and he was instrumental in his son’s enthusiasm for athletics and hunting. Lee had an extraordinary talent for woodworking; he made several pieces of furniture for his family which will be cherished for years to come. Lee’s love of cooking will be missed by his family and friends.

Lee is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Katherine Huebel. He will be greatly missed by his wife Laura Huebel, his son and daughter-in-law, Ross and Elizabeth Huebel, of Anchorage, Alaska, his son and daughter-in-law, Adam and Danielle Huebel, of Fordham, England and his granddaughter, Madison Leigh Huebel. Lee is also survived by his father John Huebel, his sister and brother-in-law, Katy and Buzz Pruitt, as well as many beloved brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm November 14th, 2013 at Clear Lake Presbyterian Church with pastors Steve Oglesbee and Katrina Pennington officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations to should be sent to Independence Hall, 6 Burress, Houston, TX, 77022 with Lee Huebel in the Memo.

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11/12/13 12:08 PM #1    

Mike Sharp

I don't check this site often.  I am saddened to learn of Lee's passing.  Nice guy.

11/12/13 05:51 PM #2    

Kathaleen Snyder (Varnado)

I am TRULY saddened to hear of Lee's passing. Such a fine person & so young. Laura my heart goes out to u & your entire family. I hope u find comfort in the fact that Lee is walking the streets of gold now & that he will be so missed by his classmates, friends, & families. GOD BLESS U ALL- pls get in touch w/ me if u need ANYTHING- Praying for you

12/01/13 09:18 AM #3    

Alice Day (Smith)

Lee was always such a kind and gentle person. From the earliest memories  in Kindergarten until the last time I saw him at the reunion, Lee expressed Christian love and friendship. I know Laura and his family will miss him. 

12/02/13 08:03 PM #4    

Wanda Leonard (Jones)

I have such fond memories of Lee.  I am not sure he would have even remember me, but I admired him since grade school.  Even as a child, he exuded such kindness and compassion.  In grade school, I thought his dad must be the richest person in all of Lake Jackson, (that meant 'in all of the world' to me), and it always amazed me that someone so rich would be so kind and polite.  I have thought of Lee and Laura often over the last 40 years.  Lee made the world, my world, a better place.   I very sad to hear such a wonderful person was taken so soon.  Wanda Leonard Jones

01/12/14 09:16 PM #5    

Joe Ballard

Lee was one of those friends growing up that was as all have said was very genuine. He always had a smile. He was friends with the popular kids and even with those that were not.Looking back to those early days of our lives in Lake Jackson, Lee exemplified the average kid and more, One thing I have learned in the last 63 years is that no one can take away your memories. Laura my heart goes out to you.and your family at the loss of such a fine man.

06/27/14 04:28 PM #6    

Roy (Eddie) Carr

I have not read our Exporter site in a couple of years or more. I am so sad to hear of Lee's passing. I knew Lee since we were in elementary school. I remember seeing him at the old Lake Theater that his dad ran, back then a movie ticket was twenty five cents and popcorn and coke were a nickel each. Sometimes Lee worked the popcorn machine.

Lee made everyone feel like you were his best friend, he loved and accepted everyone. He was a very unique individual, one that I admired and respected. He was clearly a cut above most, some of us wished we could be just like Lee. From everything I read after he left Brazosport he continued in his warm, friendly, honest, caring ways. He was a man of integrity, and kindness. While we have not been in touch since we left BHS, I have always consider Lee my friend. Lee's passing is a great loss to all of us.

All my best to Laura, their sons and everyone in Lee's family.

Eddie Carr

07/07/14 11:17 PM #7    

Teresa Walters (Reupert)

I have not looked at this site in years. So very sad to hear about Lee. Lee was one of those people you admired in school. He was the sweetest guy and he treated everyone kindly --did not matter who you were. I remember many years ago running into Laura at a store and finding out they were finally getting married. She was so happy and we just hugged. I was just so happy for those two beautiful people. I saw Lee once years later at the theater and introduced him to my husband. He was so sweet to me and it made me feel so special that he remembered me. And that is how I will always remember him. Sending sympathy and love to Laura, their sons, and the whole family.

07/22/14 09:05 AM #8    

Henry Maresh

Laura,  as a guest member passing through the pages of time - I'm so sorry to read of the passing of Lee. He was one of the good guys, and I'm sure the love of your life. He will be missed by all that knew him, but will be remembered and loved by all. God bless !

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