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Bert L. Rubbright

Obituary for Bert L. Rubbright

May 6, 1930 - October 25, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 87


His motto was: "I want to live forever, but exist for five minutes." He got his wish on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, when he left this world to be with his Lord and Savior at the age of 87. He will be greatly missed by all that loved him and whose lives were changed for the better by knowing him. We are given peace and solace knowing that he is resting in God's place. In Bert's last few years, God saw his sincere heart and transformed his life into a model of godliness. Bert used that gift right up to the end. It gave him an extraordinary purpose.

Bert was born in Houston, Texas, on May 6, 1930, to parents Kirby Aloysius Rubbright and Bertha Marie Witt. He had an older brother, Donald Rubbright, who served in WWII. Not long after graduating Reagan High School, Bert married Dorothy Ehrlich in 1949, and they had two children. Son Rick was born in 1954; daughter Leigh in 1956. At retirement in 1992, Bert married his second wife, Leslie Brooks, with whom he spent the last 25 years of his life in Austin, Texas.

He loved America and was honored to serve in the United States Marine Corps from 1952 - 1960 (two years active; six years reserve). After his active service, Bert spent a number of years in the retail automotive business before going to work for the Pontiac Division of General Motors. He stayed for 33 years, from 1959 - 1992, moving 11 times, and working up from District Service Manager out of San Antonio, all the way to Assistant General Sales and Service Manager, South, Pontiac Division, GM. He considered it a privilege.

Pontiac is where Bert truly found a place to utilize his gifts and talents for business, management, and leadership. It was a perfect fit. He had a flair for handling people, making decisions, and recognizing talent - from his own personnel to dealers that would benefit GM. He got to the bottom line quickly. Bert was strong, steady, honest, and disciplined. He could be tough when he needed to be because he cared. He wanted others to learn and to be better - to do the right thing.

Bert was an exceptional man with a heart of gold. He enjoyed life and took everything in stride. He had a great sense of humor and never took himself too seriously. He kinda liked football, too. He had a handshake that you could never forget and had special terms of endearment for friends. He was a first-class dad, loving husband, and gracious son-in-law. He cherished his friends - old and new, his "Beginnings" Sunday School class, and his church, Austin Baptist. Semper Fi.

Bert is survived by his wife, Leslie Brooks, and mother-in-law, JoAnne Brooks; son Richard B. Rubbright of St. Clair, MO; daughter Leigh Ann Rubbright of St. Louis, MO. Memorial service: Monday, November 13, 2017 - 2 pm, Austin Baptist Church, 7016 Ribelin Ranch Dr, Austin, TX 78750. Bert would be honored with gifts to your favorite veterans group or the Salvation Army.

Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve.
In many a strife we've fought for life
And never lost our nerve.
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.

from "The Marines' Hymn"

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