Al Prebula

December 9, 1946 ~ October 6, 2010

Al Prebula, 63, of Sulphur died at 12:20 PM on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 in his residence.

Al retired from CITGO Petroleum Corporation in Houston, TX, in July 2006, where he served as Vice President of Refining with overall responsibility for CITGO's Lake Charles, Corpus Christi, and Chicago refineries. Prior to this assignment, Al was the Vice President of CITGO's Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex, the fourth largest refinery in the United States. Earlier, he was the Vice President of CITGO's Corpus Christi Refinery. Prior to joining CITGO in 1992, Al worked for Exxon Company USA and Exxon Company International in a number of managerial assignments. After retirement, Al continued his work as a refinery business consultant and most recently managed an acquisition study for a crude oil and asphalt refinery in the Gulf Coast and Southwest Louisiana area.

Al earned a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland and an M.B.A. from Rutgers University.

Al currently owned and operated LA Fitness Health Club in Lake Charles, and was President of Prebula Enterprises, LLC, and PGB, LLC.

During his eleven years in southwest Louisiana, Al was very active in the community. He was a past chairman of the SWLA Chamber of Commerce and past chairman of the United Way of SWLA. He also served as United Way campaign chairman and served on the United Way executive committee. Al served on various other boards, including the Louisiana Association of Business Industry, Mid-Continent Oil Gas Association, Lake Area Industry Alliance, and the Louisiana Chemical Industry Association (LCIA). He was state vice chair of LCIA and the chairman of LCIA region 4. Al was also a member of the McNeese State University industry advisory board and a board member of the SOWELA college foundations and Calcasieu Community Clinic.

Al enjoyed traveling, playing golf and spending time with his family and friends.

Al leaves behind his wife, Patricia Niel Prebula of Sulphur; a daughter, Megan Lehnhoff and husband Scott of San Antonio, TX; two step daughters, Kelli and Katelyn Hemphill of Lake Charles; and a brother, John S. Prebula and wife, Carol of Darnestown, MD. Additional survivors include: mother and father-in-law, Pat and Charles Niel of Lake Charles; brother and sister-in-law, Jeanne and Tony Gilbert of Katy, TX; brother-in-laws, Jim and Charles Niel both of Lake Charles; sister-in-law, Andrea Sauviac of Dallas, TX; several nieces and nephews; and his extended family and many friends from CITGO, Exxon, and throughout the country.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin William, Sr. and Margaret Korbini Prebula; his step mother, Marian Prebula; and his sister, Margie Prebula.

A funeral Mass will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Sulphur. The Rev. Aubrey Guilbeau will officiate. Burial will follow in Consolata Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Friday from 4:00 PM until 9:00 PM with scripture service being held at 7:00 PM officiated by Deacon Glenn Viau. Visitation will continue on Saturday from 10:00 AM until 12:00 noon in the funeral home.

Pallbearers are Billy Navarre, Dick Gregory, John McMullen, Larry Avery, Richard Baggett, Barry Morrison, Adolph Lechtenberger, Joel Kieffer and Jimmy Cureton.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to M.D. Anderson Brain Spine Center, 1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, TX 77030-4009.

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  1. Al Prebula has gone to receive his reward of eternal life. He is and will be missed greatly by all who knew and worked with him. I consider it a great honor to have known and worked with Al. My heart and soul go out to all his family and friends. dan

  2. Dear Family: I was honored to serve as an attorney/counsel to the CITGO refinery in Lake Charles when Al was Manager. He was always a pleasure to work with and was a fine gentleman in every way. May God comfort you during this difficult time.

  3. Dear Prebula Family~I have fond memories of Al when he served on the Board of Directors-The Chamber/SWLA, especially when he was Chairman. I admired his sense of humor which was enhanced with his relationship with Patricia. May you all recall fun experienes from the past that help to brings smiles to your hearts and your faces. Prayerful thoughts are with all of you as you honor Al knowing he fought a good fight! Mary Ellen Montgomery

  4. Hi Patricia,Embrace your friends who are here to share the experience with you! We all will remember his great sense of humor and his zest for living life to the fullest… We had so much fun playing golf together – my favorite was when the ball hit a tree and it landed 2 feet in front of him – in a tournament! He kept his sense of humor…Earl


  6. I worked with Al Patricia here at CITGO. Patricia, we are all thinking of you during this difficult time. O God, by Whose mercy the faithful departed find rest, send Your holy angel to watch over him, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

  7. Lovely Patricia, Al was such a special man and will be greatly missed by a tremendous number of people. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, know that you are loved and thought about.

  8. Megan I hope that memories of all the happy family times spent together will help carry you through. Memories of times spent together at SAM's Place and Robin's Nest will always be special. We love you to the moon. The Bro Family

  9. Megan, I am very sorry for your loss! Your dad was a huge part of my life for a lot of years and those are memories I will treasure forever. I love you and wish I could be with you during this time. Hugs and kisses from the Russell Family.

  10. Megan, I'll always remember the times spent in and around your pool in Walnut Creek with your Uncle Al. I love you, and am thinking so much about you. We send prayers and love and wish we could just hug you. xxoo Ellen, Zach Delia

  11. Our deepest condolences to the Prebula's family. We are deeply sorry for your lost and will keep Al and Patricia in our prayers. Al not only was my boss in the refinery, he was a great person. Patricia, I know you will have the strength to continue with your life based on the good memories of Al. We will alway remember you and Al as our good friends and appreciate everything you did for us. Again, our deepest condolences and let God guide your future life. Gilberto, Diana, Jorge, Juan and Santi.

  12. patrica, i want to say how sorry i was to hear about al, he was a very super nice guy, if i can do anything for you just call. my heart goes out for you and the family, i always like you and al very much. god bless you, stay strong

  13. Patrica, my wife and I will keep you and your family in our prayers The one thing I will have to say, Al was a great man; and I have to agree he loved to play golf and he also loved his family Patrica if you guys need anything please call. I fill I can speak for everyone we all lost a great friend and a great person.

  14. Patrica,Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. will always appreciate what you and Al meant. Will miss seeing Al at all the McNeese sporting events.

  15. Patricia – I just wanted you to know that I have been praying for you every night for GOD to give you peace and comfort in this most difficult time in your life. You are a strong woman and I know you will get through it somehow. Hold onto all your memories and they will make you smile I am sure. It was a privilege that I was able to work with Al at CITGO. He was a special person.

  16. Patricia – Tony and I both offer our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May love and kindness support you always. We all have special memories from CITGO to share and remember.

  17. Patricia – we want to offer our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May love and kindness support you always. The Cadenas Family.

  18. Patricia and family,Our most sincere condolences to each of you. You are in our prayers and we know God will give you the extra portion of grace and mercy to see you through this time.Rick and Cathy Humphrey

  19. Patricia and her family, we,the Ric-Olin Lyles family, have thought of you all be comforted in our love and support. I knew Al had been so wonderful to you all.

  20. Patricia family,It was my pleasure to get to know Al over the past two years. I always enjoyed his humor, intelligence, advice and ability to enjoy life. My visits to Louisiana will not be the same. My deepest sympathy to you during this time. May God allow you to focus on your wonderful memories of Al.–Jeremy Neuhart, PPG

  21. Patricia When I think of you and Al, I smile. Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers; we will continue to ask God to strengthen and comfort you during the weeks and months ahead. Petula Alana

  22. Patricia, (my adopted sister through Ron), Please accept our condolence (Sheryl and I) for your lost. As you know we believe in prayer and we are praying for you and your family. I never question God's wisdom for why he choose to call his own home early, but he has never failed me yet, so I've come to know that His wisdom is supreme. Continue to trust God for your future, I'm sure Al would want to know that you are in God's hands just as he is now in God's hands.Be Blessed.Donald and Sheryl Piper

  23. Patricia, I am so sorry for your loss of your husband. may you find comfort and strength in the Lord at this most difficult time in your life. you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  24. Patricia, Kelli Katelyn – When we lose someone we love, it seems that time stands still. May your memories give you strength and the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.

  25. Patricia, My family, and I are so sorry for your loss. Even though Al, and I had our differences of opinion, I respected him, as manager, and friend.If you find yourself, or your family in need of anything, please call me. Sincerely,Chuck Smith Family.

  26. Patricia, Shelli and I are very sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed the times that I was able to visit with you and Al. I respected him as manager. Al and yourself played a role in positively shaping the early days of my career and for that I will always be grateful. You and your family are in our prayers.

  27. Patricia, You and your family are in ALL of our thoughts and prayers. Al was such a special person and will be miss by everyone who knew him. If you need anything!

  28. Patricia,I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband. Only God can fill that void now and I pray that you and your children will get through this time with His strength.Lesa

  29. Patricia:Sharon and I were just talking the other day about your and Al's wedding celebration and what a loving couple you were. We both offer you our sincerest sympathy but be assured that you gave him many years of joy and love as he did you. As long as you hold him in your heart he will never truly be gone and you will meet hime again in Heaven.God bless you and give you strength.

  30. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss and know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Pat Schwan

  31. Stephanie we know this is a difficult as you cannot be there. We enjoyed all our time with you and Al over the 30 years. Take care of yourself.

  32. To my forever friend Patricia, there are not enough words or time in the day to express my gratitude to you and Al. I have had the most amazing memories that I will always cherish. You both are such a great inspiration to all of us. I know god will get you and the girls through this… One day at a time. Love you!!

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