Roy Gene Kveton died October 7, 2017, in Huntsville. A fifth-generation Texan, he was born June 10, 1928, to Alvah and Alma Utrecht Kveton. His great-great grandfather, Wenzel Kveton, arrived in Galveston in 1852 with his wife and four children from Bohemia.
Upon graduation from Houstons Stephen F. Austin High School in 1945, he began a 39-year career with Hughes Tool (later Baker Hughes), which was interrupted by service in the U.S. Army from 1952-54 and modified by combination with classes at the University of Houston that resulted in a degree in journalism in 1959.
His retirement in 1985 began a new phase of life: despite a thoroughly urban background, he purchased acreage in Walker County and built a house. He took agriculture courses at Sam Houston State University to aid in establishing an orchard, a large garden, and a fine home for chickens; he enjoyed sharing the products of his labor with his many friends and charitable organizations. He volunteered many years at Good Shepherd Mission and Huntsville State Park (his Master Naturalist Certification made him a regular in the Nature Center), and was a devoted member of Huntsville Audubon Society in many capacities. By heritage a Lutheran, he became a Unitarian during his university years, and was the second president of the Huntsville Unitarian Fellowship (now Thoreau Woods Unitarian-Universalist Church).
His memorial service will be held at Thoreau Woods U-U Church Saturday, October 28th, at 10:30, though attendees are invited for coffee at 10:00. Beth Williamson will officiate. The Church is located at 144 East Mosley Lane, just off South Sam Houston Avenue, Huntsville.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Good Shepherd Mission, 1005 MLK, Huntsville, TX 77320 or Thoreau Woods U-U Church, P.O. Box 6751, Huntsville, TX 77342.
Full obituary may be viewed and memorial condolences made to the family at www.shmfh.com.
Published on October 24, 2017