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Born in Birch community, Burleson Co., Texas on Nov. 20, 1937
Departed on Feb. 3, 2009 and resided in Caldwell, TX.
Visitation: Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Funeral Mass: Friday, Feb. 6, 2009
10:00 am
Cemetery: Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery
Please click on the links above for locations, times, maps, and directions.

Billie Joe Shupak, 71 of Caldwell, passed away Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. A Funeral Mass celebrating the life of Mr. Billie Joe Shupak will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Frenstat with Father Dimitrij Colankin and Father Ed Karasek serving as celebrants. Interment will follow in Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday with a Rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. at Strickland Funeral Home in Caldwell.

He was born November 20, 1937 in the Birch Community of Burleson County, Texas, the son of Willie and Dora (Brinkman) Shupak. He was baptized in September 1938 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Frenstat and later attended Birch and Somerville schools.

At the time of his death, Billie Joe was President of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church Parish Council and President of the Deanville Water Supply Corporation. He served 42 years on the parish council and later served as President until his death. He was elected to the Deanville Water Supply board of directors on February 11, 1980 and appointed President on October 8, 1981.

Billie Joe loved the outdoors, and he enjoyed many things to include riding on his John Deere gator for fun and to tend to his cows, going to farm equipment auction sales, and hunting. He was co-owner of Shupak Utilities. He was known for his bright orange cap he wore. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

He was married to Elizabeth Gaas on February 7, 1959 in Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Frenstat. He was a loving husband, wonderful father, father-in-law, and grandfather. He was a farmer/rancher and an active member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church; Chairman of Holy Rosary Catholic Church Bazaar; Usher of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church; Past President, Burleson County Fair Association; founding member of the Burleson County Fair Association Commercial Heifer Committee; Past Member, Burleson County Go-Texan Committee; Past Advisor, Deanville State Bank, currently Citizens State Bank of Deanville.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He barbequed chickens for a number of years in support of the Caldwell Volunteer Fire Department.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Willie & Dora (Brinkman) Shupak, brothers-in-law and sister-in-law: James Laskowski and Edwin & Mavis Gaas.

Survivors include his loving wife, Liz Shupak of Caldwell; three sons and daughters-in-law: Phil & Tammy Shupak of Somerville, Craig & Lisa Shupak of Somerville, Curtis & Ashley Shupak of Somerville; four grandchildren: Tyler Shupak, Karli Shupak, Ryan Shupak, Natalie Shupak all of Somerville; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Eddie & Carol Gaas of Caldwell, Lydia & Stanley Zgabay of Houston, Martha Laskowski of Houston, JoAnn Gaas of Caldwell, and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Pallbearers include Eddie Gaas, Dennis Gaas, Randy Gaas, Jeff Gaas, Ronald Sebesta and Rodney Carson. Honorary pallbearers are his grandchildren, Tyler Shupak, Karli Shupak, Ryan Shupak and Natalie Shupak.

Family members have requested that memorials be made to the Barbeque Building Fund at Holy Rosary Catholic Church of Frenstat, 8610 FM 2774, Caldwell, TX 77836, or to Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 West 26th Street, Bryan, TX 77803 or to the charity of choice.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Strickland Funeral Home, 530 Hwy 36 South, Caldwell, TX 77836.

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