Raymond “Ray” Thomas Gabba joined his wife and youngest son to be with our Heavenly Father on Sept. 27, 2019 at the age of 86 in Katy, formerly from Kingsville.
Ray was born on Sept. 14, 1933 in Thomasville, Colo. to Elizabeth Stone and Thomas Gabba. Not much is known about Ray’s childhood except that he was raised in an orphanage from 4 to 17 years of age.
He joined the Marine Corp. in March 1950, served his country in Korea, and was honorably discharged in March 1960, after also serving five years in the reserves. He married Margaret “Eileen” Martin on Dec. 22, 1954.
He kept food on the table initially as an iron worker on the Corpus Christi high bridge then at other companies doing similar construction, until he went to work for Champion Petroleum company as an operator and painter in Bishop for many years. He later began a career as a self-taught gunsmith and he and Eileen ran Gabba’s Gun Shop for more than 25 years. He enjoyed many big game hunts and was often called to be an expert witness for trials involving guns. He and Eileen had four children and he was an active member of Knights of Columbus Council 3389.
After retiring from the gun shop, Ray and Eileen took many RV trips around the country. Their favorite place to visit was Alaska, where they returned seasonally for many summers.
He is survived by his sister, Margaret Amourso; daughter, Kathy (Joe); sons, Paul (Cecilia) and Bobby (Linda), grandchildren, Ashley Mills, Cory Gabba, and Christopher (Denise) Gabba; and numerous nieces, nephews and their children.
He was predeceased by his wife, Eileen; son, John Joseph Gabba; and both of his parents and siblings, Doris Mantione, Robert Gabba, Louie Gabba, Clifford Gabba and Albert Stone.
Visitation was held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at Turcotte-Piper Mortuary, with a Rosary at 6 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Gertrude’s Catholic Church at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, with internment at Kingsville Resthaven Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be his sons, Paul and Bobby Gabba; grandsons, Chris and Cory Gabba; son-in-law, Joe Mills; and nephew, John Harwell.
The family wishes to thank Maria Esther Munoz for many years of loving care of our parents while they were in Kingsville, and Tiara Lawson and Rochelle Taylor for their outstanding care and love for my father nearly 24/7 over the last three months.
In lieu of flowers, if anyone wishes to make a donation, the family requests you donate to The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 4550 Montgomery Ave, Suite 1100 N, Bethesda, MD, 20814 (cff.org) or St. Gertrude’s Catholic Church in Kingsville, Texas.