Brett Russell Kornacki was born on Sept. 30, 1972 at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland to Robert Kornacki and Mary Jane.
He began his education in Butzbach, Germany, where he resided for three years with his dad, mom and brother Scott.
From kindergarten through high school, Brett attended Lampasas public schools where he graduated with honors. Brett was in the National Junior Honor Society, National Honor Society, top 10 percent, Lampasas Badger football for five years, speech, debate, drama, UIL One-Act Play and a winner of the American Legion “Voice of Democracy” speech contest.
Brett was baptized at age 9, was an acolyte and was confirmed, and attended First Methodist Church and First Assembly of God.
After his graduation with honors from The University of Texas at Austin, Brett welcomed his first son, Kristian Sheppard. He married Shawna Hall, and Liam Kornacki was born soon after.
Brett accepted a teaching position at Parades Middle School where he completed 17 years.
On Aug. 1, 2018, Brett was in a car accident that caused a diffuse traumatic brain injury. He threw himself into his PT, OT and speech therapy, but his severely injured brain and body began breaking down until he took his last breath.
Brett is survived by sons Kristian Sheppard and Liam Kornacki of Austin; mother, Mary Jane Yanta, and sisters Allison Yanta and Mary Beth Yanta, all of Austin; sister Jessica Huffman and Dan of Lanstul, Germany; father, Robert Kornacki and Cathie of Platte City, Missouri; sister Tess Kornacki of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; sister Erin Fetzer and Russell of Fort Riley, Kansas; sister-in-law Shelly Kornacki of Buda, Texas; nieces Rachel and Bethany Kornacki of Kyle, niece Rebekah Kornacki of Buda; nephew Luke Allen Huffman of Lanstul; aunt Susan Sylvester of New Jersey; aunt Deb Kornacki of North Carolina; Karen Yanta of San Antonio; Clarence Yanta and Dona, and Dorothy Yanta, all of Karnes City; many Yanta cousins, cousins Charles Browne III and Yukari of Japan, Christine LaBruno of New Jersey, Jenn Sheffield and John of Florida, Travis Kornacki, USCG; many extended family throughout the United States; foster brother Randy Patterson of Lampasas, Texas and Casey Patterson of South Carolina.
Brett was preceded in death by brother Scott Kornacki, sibling Adrian Yanta, stepdad Allen Yanta, cousins Veronica Yanta and Brandon Kornacki, uncles Kerry Kornacki, Martin Yanta, Larry Yanta, and Brett’s six grandparents.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Aug. 17 at Harrell Funeral Home, 4435 Frontier Trail in Austin. Visitation will follow until 3 p.m. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. at Forest Oaks Memorial Park.