RV Kerbo, 78, of Hobbs, New Mexico went to his Heavenly home on January 12, 2020 after a long illness. RV was born in Mangum, Oklahoma on January 7, 1942 to Arvie and Estella (Langford) Kerbo.
After attending Centralview School in Russell, OK, RV proudly served in the US Army from 1961-1963 at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, CO. After his military service, he went to work on a farm in Stratford, Texas and then at age 22, he moved to Hobbs, New Mexico to work in the oilfield. He was introduced to a pretty young girl named Patsy Lou Kenyon. Sparks flew and they were married on March 11, 1964. They spent 55 amazing years together. They had four children, Martin Wayne, Roberta Michelle, Cody Allen and Ryan Vance. Raising their family together was what he lived for. He was very excited about the upcoming arrival of a new granddaughter in May of 2020.
RV was no stranger to hard work. He put 100% into whatever he did and taught his kids to do the same. He spent his life driving a big rig in the oilfield, owning Kerbo Pipe & Metals in Hobbs for years. He worked tirelessly, dusk to dawn, to provide for his family. He built their homestead with his own blood, sweat and tears. It’s a place they still love to call home.
RV was a just a good ol’ country boy who knew no strangers. He had the gift of gab and if you weren’t his friend, you would be soon. He truly enjoyed spending time with his friends. He loved hosting the neighborhood Friday night poker games to the delight of his best buds. He was quite a jokester and it was rare for him not to have one handy for you. He had an ornery side a mile wide and got a big kick out of seeming gruff, but he was really a big softie, especially when it came to his grandbabies. Although RV was a consummate dog man all his life, a very special cat named Cricket won his heart and was his faithful companion until the end. He loved watching a good western when he wasn’t busy outside tinkering with something. He loved building things and it was a known fact that if RV Kerbo built something, it would last forever. Years ago, and much to the dismay of his wife, he was an avid rooster fighter. He also enjoyed gardening, riding horses, camping, hunting and fishing.
Even though RV lived most of his adult life away from his family in Oklahoma, he looked forward to their annual family reunions at Lake Altus-Lugert near Altus, Oklahoma every summer. Some of his fondest memories were of times spent there with those he loved most.
RV is survived by his loving wife, Patsy Lou (Kenyon), of Hobbs, New Mexico; three sons, Martin Wayne (Allison) of Herriman, Utah, Cody Allen (Jamie) Burrows of Milwaukee, Oregon, and Ryan Vance of Hobbs, New Mexico; daughter, Roberta Michelle Kerbo of Hobbs, New Mexico; two grandsons, Tanner Kerbo of Springville, Utah and Domonic (Deasy) Cateriano of Colorado Springs, Colorado; six granddaughters, Lucy Burrows of Milwaukee, Oregon, Madison Sparks, Peyton Kerbo, Sydney Kerbo, all of Springville, Utah, and Katie and Alex VanBuren of Herriman, Utah; 4 great grandchildren; sister, Maggie Hancock of Hobbs, New Mexico and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
RV is preceded in death by his parents, Arvie and Estella Kerbo, five brothers, Lonnie Kerbo, Oscar Kerbo, Charles Kerbo, Walter Kerbo and Billy Kerbo and two sisters, Wanda Denton and Mary McGuire.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in RV’s name to Gideon’s Bible International Organization or the Lea County Humane Society.
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