Louis Kmiec, Jr. "Pete"
August 11, 1951
January 5, 2022
Louis P. Kmiec Jr., 70 of Chappell Hill and husband of Kathy (Kenjora) Kmiec, passed away on January 5, 2022.
Louis was born in Brenham, Texas on August 11, 1951 to Louis Sr. and Stella (Kubeczka) Kmiec. He attended St. Stanislaus Catholic School as well as Brenham schools and received the sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation in St. Stanislaus Catholic Church.
Louis met the love of his life, his Sweetheart, Kathy (Mary), at Tin Hall in Cypress, Texas, and they married on August 4, 1973 in Assumption Catholic Church of Houston. He worked for T&L Installation in Houston for twenty seven years. In 1998 he and lifelong friend, Donnie Quarles, founded a tank installation company, MC Services.
God blessed Louis with a variety of talents and many interests. He was a jack of all trades. Louis was known as Mr. Fix It to his family. When something was broken, he was number one on speed dial to call about how to fix it. Louis always had the right answer and could coach over the phone about how to make a repair. Much of his spare time was spent servicing his farm tractors, hay equipment and vehicles. Louis had the ability to envision a project in his mind and build it with his hands. One of the joys of his daily routine was checking his cows and tending his herd. He took pride in introducing the livestock industry to his grandchildren.
One thing Louis always looked forward to each winter was turning the garage into a sausage making factory during a good cold snap. He and his brothers’ goal was to replicate the taste of their parents’ sausage recipe. They got it as close as they could, and it was better than any you could purchase from a shelf.
Louis enjoyed supporting Chappell Hill eateries and looked forward to visiting with the local patrons at breakfast or lunch.
Rodeo time in Houston meant Louis was gathering his tack to join the trail with his “Cuz” Poncho and other Longneck Riders on the Saltgrass Trail Ride. Louis looked forward to his week of adventures socializing, riding horses, and enjoying Zydeco tunes with his “Cuz”.
A fun fishing tradition Louis loved to take part in was fishing during Holy Week with his brothers and close friends. They always hoped to catch an abundance of catfish for a Good Friday fish fry.
Hunting trips were another favorite of his. Although Louis never shot many deer, if any at all, he shared many stories and life lessons with his sons-in-law and grandsons at camp.
God trusted him to be our rock, our protector, and the leader of our family. He took those jobs seriously, and we miss him dearly.
Surviving family includes: wife, Kathy (Mary) Kmiec, daughters and sons-in-law, Bridget and Nathan Goodlett, Jennifer and Andy Faist, Pamela and Chad Riley. His seven pride and joy grandchildren: Hayden and Cole Goodlett, Wyatt and Claire Faist, Bowen, Maysen, and Callen Riley.
Also surviving are siblings and spouses, Cathy Stegint and special friend Andy Felchak, John and BB Kmiec, Henry Kmiec, Joe and Denise Kmiec, Margie Jozwiak, Joyce Kenjora, Rita Kenjora, Joe and Pat Kenjora, and lifetime friends Donnie and Carol Quarles.
Louis is also survived by his aunts Carolyn Kubeczka and Ruby Kubeczka, many cousins, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Louis was preceded in death by his parents Louis Sr. and Stella Kmiec, In-Laws Joe and Pauline Kenjora, brothers-in-law Walter Stegint, and VJ Jozwiak.
Visitation for Louis will be held Monday, January 10, 2022 from 8 am to 8 pm at Brenham Memorial Chapel with family present at 5 pm. Rosary will begin at 7 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 11:00 am at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Chappell Hill with Father Ed Kucera officiating. Graveside service to follow in St. Stanislaus Catholic Church Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers will be Cole Dismukes, Vincent Jozwiak, Kevin Kenjora, Jarrett Kmiec, Justin Kmiec, Bobby Krolczyk, Ronnie Pasket, and Michael Stegint.
Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel and online condolences may be shared with the family at www.brenhammemorialchapel.com.