Mr. Labus was born July 3, 1934, to Theodore M. and Eleonora Dragon Labus on the Labus homestead north of Panna Maria. Born into a farming/ranching family, Mr. Labus continued to carry on in the family business. He was a member of the South Texas Cattle Ranchers Association. Mr. Labus was a skilled blacksmith and tractor mechanic. Joe was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Polish Choir in Panna Maria. He was an exceptional fiddle player.
Preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Lucian, Lambert and Florian “Sam” Labus.
Survivors include his daughter, Debbie (Randy) Pawelek of Panna Maria; son, Mark (Geralyn) Labus of Hobson; grandchildren, Ryan Pawelek, Rebekah Pawelek and Samuel Labus and a host of cousins.
Pallbearers were Ryan Pawelek, Shelby Buehring, Gene Dragon, Gary Pawelek, Randy Pawelek, and Mark Brysch.
A Rosary was recited at 7 p.m., Friday, July 20, 2012. Funeral Mass was celebrated at 11 a.m., Saturday July 21, 2012. Interment followed in the Panna Maria Cemetery. Funeral services were entrusted to Rhodes Funeral Home Inc. where the on-line guestbook may be signed at rhodesfuneralhomeinc.com.