Joseph Charles Repa left this world to be with our Heavenly Father March 20, 2020. Born to Paul and Frances Repa March 30, 1936, in Granger, he was the eighth of nine children.
He grew up and attended catholic school and church in Granger and graduated from Granger High School. Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. army and before departing for Germany, married Joyce Cervenka. They were married 26 years and had five children.
After his discharge from the army, he returned to the area and farmed land in Hutto. Later, he opened an insurance agency in Taylor and began his career in real estate. He became a realtor as well a builder/developer and was instrumental in the development of what is known as the Dahlberg Estates in northern Taylor.
During his 40-year career as a realtor, he mentored many and was a well-known and respected member of the Williamson County board of realtors.
Joe served his community as an active member of the Rotary Club, Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis Club, Taylor Chamber of Commerce and was a founding member of the Taylor Jaycees. He was also the scout leader for boy scout troop 167 for many years and was also a member of the honorary order of the arrow.
Joe was also one of the original organizers of the Taylor TIF days, Taylor BBQ Cookoff and the rattlesnake roundup, all held yearly for many years in Taylor. He was a board member at the Round Rock Serving Center and served on various development committees in organizations in Round Rock.
In 1983, Joe married his wife, Billie Jean, and they lived in Round Rock until his passing.
Joe never met a stranger and remembered every conversation he ever had. He spent many mornings having coffee with friends and made life-long friends everywhere he went.
He always had advice, and an opinion and knew something about everything. He and Billie adopted a cat, Mickey, and he was Joe’s constant companion. Anyone who knew Joe, knows he liked to move around to new houses and did the same with vehicles. He liked buying things off tv.
He spent many many hours sitting on his front or back porch and talked to every single person who passed by. Before you walked away from him, he’d know where you were from, what you did, how many kids you had and what they all did and on and on. He was the life of the party always. Everyone has a fond memory of him.
He was loved by many nieces and nephews and many, many friends.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, three brothers and a grandson, Jordan Tiemann.
He is survived by his wife, Billie Jean (BJ), whom he loved for 37 years; five children, Charles (Ellen), Donna (Rick) Connell, Paula (Steve) Garrett, Keith (Lisa) and Mark (Angela). He also is survived by four stepchildren, Bonnie (Robert), Rodney, Ginger (Mark) and Russell (Brandi). He has 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Gilbert Repa (Maybelle); and two sisters, Sybil Naizer and Dorothy Rozacky (Lawrence).
Family requests no flowers, but you many a donation in his honor to a charitable organization of your choice.
There will be a celebration of his life and mass at a future date.