William J. Rybka of Raleigh, N.C. passed away on February 20, 2015. Bill told his family to notify Jesus that he was on his way via purgatory. He was born in New Castle, PA, on April 6, 1920, to the late Bartholemew and Marianna Podobinsky Rybka. He enlisted in the United States Army in March, 1939, and retired as a Lt. Colonel in April, 1959. He also retired from Huyck, Wake Forest, in 1980 and from Cooper Handtools in 1986. He attended the University of Maryland and N.C. State University.
While in the military, he witnessed the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor; and as a member of the 84th Field Artillery, 9th Infantry Division, was involved in campaigns in French Morocco, Tunisia, Sicily, Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe, earning eight Battle Stars. During the Korean War, he was assigned to I Corps Artillery and earned four Battle Stars. During these two wars, he was awarded two Bronze Stars for meritorious achievement in ground operations against the enemy, two U.S. Presidential Citations, and a Korean Presidential Citation. His unit also received the Belgian Fourageres. He spent over eight years overseas, including two years in Alaska with the Arctic Test Board.
He was preceded in death by his wife of forty years, Ruth Yancy; sisters, Sister Mary Dorothy Rybka, Sister Mary Terence Rybka, Anastasia Cwynar, and Elizabeth Kolodziej. He is survived by his wife, Laryce; a daughter, Judy Rybka, of Ft. Lauderdale, FLA; a son, Dr. Gary Rybka, of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; granddaughters, Carrie O’Brien, and her husband Tim, Anna Rybka, and Katie Mashburn, and her husband Matthew; grandson, Christopher Pace, and his wife, Julie; stepdaughter, Lillianne McDonald-Kepley, and her husband, David; stepsons, Eugene McDonald, and his wife, Priscilla, and Enos McDonald, and his wife, Pam; and brother, Chester Rybka.
The family will receive friends, 4:00-6:00 p.m., February 22, 2015, at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 1701 E. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh, N.C. Interment will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., on February 23, 2015, at Raleigh Memorial Park, Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, N.C.
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In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Sisters of the Holy Spirit, 5246 Clarwin Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15229, or First Baptist Church Clothing Ministry, 99 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh, N.C. 27603.