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Eddie Pribyl

July 30, 1952 — April 13, 2024

Eddie was born July 30, 1952, in Edna, Tx. To Edwin Pribyl and Ruby Horecka Pribyl. Eddie went to Victoria Jr College where he met MaryRakowitz. They were soon engaged and married shortly after, they moved to Waco where he enrolled in the Texas State Technical College’s automotive program where he graduated from. 


Eddie worked at several local tire services and automotive repair shops in Waco and Killeen until he opened his own business on Franklin Ave in Waco. He later bought the building and lot at 6600 Woodway Dr in Waco, Tx and established Kwik Tire and Automotive. 


Every place he worked or owned, his customers became his friends and he treated them like family. Many were multi-generational customers and their children called him ‘Uncle’ Eddie. For a while he lived in Lorena where he bought an older home in a rural area and completely remodeled it himself. At that time Eddie was a ‘dog man’ and had several dogs. One in particular he named Maynard. All the children in the area came and asked to play with Meenard using him to pull their wagons.


Later Eddie bought 25 acres off Sam Bass Rd where he and Mary built the home they would retire in. He worked tirelessly improving the land and was very proud of the home they had. He had one dog left when a stray cat came up. Eddie took it in and became a ‘cat man’ as three more strays came up and he adopted them. Eddie had a way with people and animals and he had many friends of each. There were his deer that he fed, that would come into his shop or up to him when he was outside. And then there were his ‘coons. They would come up on his porch to him and he would give them pieces of bread. He named them all but there were some favorites, Peewee, Precious and Bully to name a few. 


Eddie was a Mason and a member of Waco Masonic Lodge 92. He was also a Shriner at Karem Shrine. He and Mary loved going to the dances and there was always a group of friends at his table. He was a member of the Karem Shrine Motor Escorts and loved riding his Harley which he named Blackie. He also loved chrome accessories which earned him the nickname of MoChrome! Eddie and his beloved Mary loved taking Blackie on long trips. They toured the back roads of Colo Wyoming Montana and the Dakotas and everywhere he stopped, he made friends. From helping a rancher round up some loose cows on the highway w Blackie to meeting Tiny in a little town in Wyoming he had friends all over. 


Once he retired he started the Harris Creek Store Breakfast club. Where he and friends would meet for coffee and breakfast and swap stories. There was also lunches with friends at Kim’s and seeing Boris. 


He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Mary and his father Edwin Pribyl and mother Ruby Pribyl. 


He is survived by his sister, his nephews, and many beloved lifelong friends. 


Memorial contributions can be made to Karem Shriner's or a charity of your choosing. 
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