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January 17, 2024 - 00:00
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  • Robert Cecil Marburger
    Robert Cecil Marburger

Robert Cecil Marburger, 90, of Columbus, Texas passed away at his home on Jan. 12, 2024 after a long and successful life.

Cecil was born in Houston on April 1, 1933 to Robert and Ella (Gest) Marburger. He was a graduate of Baylor University in Waco and The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. On May 29, 1954, he married his wife of 67 years, Sylvia (Smith) Marburger. After completing his medical training in family practice in Houston in 1959, he established his practice in Columbus spanning 40 years. In that time, he performed surgeries, delivered babies, and made many house calls.

In Columbus, Cecil and Sylvia raised 3 children. He loved his work, but also loved hunting, fishing, and spending time outdoors with family and friends. His most special times were gathering family for long weekends at the family ranch, enjoying time together laughing, pitching washers, and playing practical jokes.

Cecil is survived by his two children, son Byron Marburger and his wife Rebecca, and daughter Brenda Marburger Anderson and her husband Dale; grandchildren Colin (Tess), Mason (Megan), Miles (Heidi), Elizabeth (Saagar), and Price (Olga); great-grandchildren Sawyer and Ryce; and brother Jerry Marburger.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Sylvia, and his son Robert Cecil “Bobby” Marburger, Jr.

There will be a memorial service at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024 at St. Paul Lutheran church in Columbus. A reception will follow at the St. Paul Lutheran Lighthouse immediately following the service. Pastor Alan Kethan will be officiating. Service is under the direction of Henneke funeral home.

Honorary pallbearers are Todd Barten, Jerome Dvorak, Montie Holladay, Mike Craddock, Hugo Toepperwein and Jim Stein.

Memorials may be given to St. Paul Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 267, Columbus, Texas 78934 or the charity of your choice.

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