Luther “Fred” Paben was born January 16, 1935, in Pattison, Texas. The son of Arnold Richard and Inez Morgan Paben, he grew up in Pattison and attended the Royal and Katy schools. After …
Luther “Fred” Paben was born January 16, 1935, in Pattison, Texas. The son of Arnold Richard and Inez Morgan Paben, he grew up in Pattison and attended the Royal and Katy schools. After graduating from Katy High School, he served his country in the National Guard until 1965. He married Ruth Arlene Kveton on July 18, 1953, and worked as a peanut farmer and house mover before landing a job with Stoneberg Engineering in 1966. From Stoneberg, he went to Lubrication Systems in 1967 and became a pioneer in the creation of the oil mist system. He worked for Lubrication Systems until retiring at age 65 and then he continued to work with them as a contractor well into his 70s. Through work, he enjoyed traveling all over the world. He shared this love of travel with his wife and children.
He was happiest when he was helping others. A long-term Katy and Sealy resident, he was a leader in the Katy Volunteer Fire Department and EMS and served as an elder and church president in the Memorial Lutheran Church in Katy and at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sealy. His services also included volunteering with the American Cancer Society to drive cancer patients to their appointments, and he was an officer in the Sealy Lions Club. He enjoyed working on projects with the church and was instrumental in the building of the Memorial Lutheran Church bell tower. He was a devoted father and grandfather, and his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the joy of his life.
He passed away on July 7, 2021, after a lengthy illness at his home in Manvel, Texas at the age of 86. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Ruth; children, Dawn Holmes and husband Doug, Darla Bonar and husband Jared, and Doug Paben and wife Angie; grandchildren, Sheri Towne and husband Chris, Aaron Ramsey, Robyn McKeever, John Coleby McKeever, Joshua McKeever, Drew Paben, Owen Paben, and Reagan Paben; great-grandchildren: Zoey Ramos Ramsey, Nikko Towne, and Kaylee Smalley; sister: Sadie Paben; and brother, Ervin Paben and wife Wanda; and many other dear friends and relatives. Fred was preceded in death by his parents and brothers: Lee Roy Paben, Johnnie Paben, and Arnold Paben.