About Piper Funeral Home

We're caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions.

We have three locations to serve you: St. Marys, Rossville and Eskridge. We invite you to call one of our locations to set up an appointment to discuss your pre-planning needs at any time!

Rodney “Tex” Doebele

January 11, 2019

Silver Lake—Rodney “Tex” Doebele, 73, passed away Friday, January 11, 2019 at the Midland Hospice House In Topeka.
Tex was born on June 13, 1945, in Marysville to Urban & Marie Doebele. He graduated from Hanover High School in 1963. He served his Country in the U.S. Navy from 1965 until he was honorably discharged in 1968 as Petty Officer 2nd Class.
Tex worked for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company for 35 ½ years, retiring on March 1, 2004. He and his wife Connie, owned and operated “Tex’s Drive In” in Silver Lake for 19 years, from 1971-1990. Tex was a member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church and served on the parish council from 1985-1987 as president. He was a charter member of Knights of Columbus Council No. 10755, serving as Grand Knight from 1999-2001, becoming a 4th Degree Knight in March of 2004. Tex was a volunteer with Silver Lake Fire Department for 8 years, and was a member of American Legion Post No. 160. He had served on the Silver Lake Planning Commission since 1984. He and Connie ushered for the K-State football games for 10 years. He had battled bladder cancer since January 2016.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Diane Behrends.
He married Connie Crome on August 2, 1969 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Hanover. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include his two children, Crystal (Jeff) Rippe, Silver Lake and Craig Doebele, Stephenville, TX; four grandsons, Dallas Rippe, LaGrande, OR, Tucker Rippe, Silver Lake, Cole and Ryan Doebele and granddaughter, McKenzie Doebele Arvada, CO; three brothers, Jerry (Nancy), Colorado Springs, CO, Wayne (Sandi) and Chuck (Debbie) all of Silver Lake; a sister, Connie Doebele, West Lafayette, IN; a brother-in-law, Gary Behrends, Diller, NE.
Tex loved hunting, sport shooting; pitching horseshoes, working in his yard and garden, traveling and spending time with his grandchildren and attending any activity his grandchildren were involved in. He was a fan of K-State, Chiefs and the Royals. He was well known for his “Gift for gab” and joking with his many friends. (His granddaughter would always say he was a walker and a talker!)
Mass of Christian will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Rossville. Interment will be in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery at Hanover at 3:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 16, 2019. A rosary will be recited at 5:00 P.M. Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at the church followed by a family visitation until 7:30 P.M. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Stanislaus Catholic Church Building Fund, Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center or Midland Hospice and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas 66536.

Print this obituary

13 thoughts on “Rodney “Tex” Doebele

  1. Tex’s Family: I just saw on the web site that Tex had passed away. I worked with Tex at Goodyear where besides a being a co-worked he was friend. Sorry for your lost. DUBIE

  2. Connie, I was so sorry to learn of Tex’s death. Please accept my sincere sympathy to you and your family. Just knowing he is in God’s hands now is knowing he is at peace.

  3. I am so sorry to hear this Connie. My sincerest condolences to You and your family. May you remember the fondest memories in this difficult time of losing your loved one.
    Many hugs and prayers sent your way.

  4. I met Tex a few years ago, I was doing some tile work for him at his home and from there on ,I would run into him and his wife,Connie,he was always friendly and one person you would say was a great guy,my condolences to his family,prayers for all.

  5. To the Family,
    It hurts extremely bad when someone we love falls asleep in death. (John 11:11-14) Our Heavenly Father, in His Word the Bible, calls death an enemy (1Cor. 15:26). God promises that the anguish of death will be done away with. in the very near future. (Rev. 21:4,5) Also, God’s Word highlights that one day there will be a reuniting, by means of a great resurrection of the dead, a bringing back to life instead of losing life. (John 5:28,29) Please accept my deepest thoughts of sympathy in the passing of your dear loved one.

    Mr. Terry

  6. Having read of your most recent loss, I want to leave you a brief thought. May God grant you peace and comfort while the memories you cherish bring solace when you need it. Look forward to the time when all things that cause sickness and death will be eradicated by God’s kingdom (Matthew 6:9,10).

  7. My sincerest condolences to Connie and family. Every small town deserves a hangout like Tex’s Drive in. I spent many hours there eating pizza burgers and drinking shakes while playing Ms. Pacman. It was a great place thanks to your and Tex’s stewardship. Your family is in my thoughts.

  8. Connie, Crystal, and Craig we are so sorry for your loss. Tex was truly one of the nice guys. Many fond memories of Tex’s Drive In. We miss our Silver Lake friends. Our prayers are with you and all your family.

  9. Connie and Family I am so sorry for your loss. Tex was loved by all and such a wonderful person to everyone. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. You are in our thoughts and prayers praying that God will give you comfort during your time of sorrow.

Sign Guestbook

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *