Henry Joe Repka, 76, of Hallettsville, son of Martha and Herman Repka was born on April 29, 1942. He passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018.
A life-long musician, Henry’s love and passion for music began at an early age. He played alto saxophone in the Hallettsville Sacred Heart School band and played with several local bands during his high school years and beyond.
He formed his own band and added tenor saxophone, trumpet and clarinet to his collection of instruments. In 1991 he was awarded the Male Vocalist of the Year award by the Texas Polka Music Association and was recognized for the Song of the Year and Album of the Year.
Treasured friendships were formed as he enjoyed a musical career that spanned over 60 years.
While living in Aldine, a suburb of Houston, he was affectionately known as the “dog man of Hollyvale” because of his love and companionship with his dogs. Over the years he loved and nurtured many rescued dogs that became his traveling buddies when commuting between Houston or Sealy and Hallettsville. He loved nature and had compassion for all animals, not wanting harm to come to any.
Henry is survived by his wife of 55 years, Betty Bennett Repka; daughter, Rhonda Lynn and husband Allan McConnell; son, Bruce Alan Repka and wife Shara Bueler-Repka; grandson, Nicholas McConnell; brother, Dennis “Shorty” Repka and wife Diane Repka; sister-in-law, Kathy Chaney Repka; aunt, Margaret Kucera; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, David Michael Repka.
Funeral service was held on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church in Hallettsville, TX, with interment in the Hallettsville City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requested memorial donations sent to: Hallettsville High School Band with the notation: Henry Repka Memorial Scholarship. Mailing address: P.O. Box 368, Hallettsville, TX 77964, Attn: Kristin Marak.