GEORGE ALBERT LUEDKE
George Albert Luedke was born June 4, 1932 and raised in New Bremen, the son of Edwin and Millie Josie Machinsky Luedke. He attended the New Bremen school and after graduating from Bellville High School in 1949. George served his country in the United States Army from April 1953 to April 1955. A resident of Bellville for 37 years, George retired in December, 1986 after 35 years of service with the Texas State Department of Transportation and Public Works. He then moved to his home place in New Ulm where he enjoyed spending time farming and ranching. Being a wildlife and nature lover, George loved raising fruit trees and baby deer. He was a member of the Industry - West End Lions Club, as well as a former member of the New Ulm Volunteer Fire Department. George passed away Wednesday, April 28, 2004 in Brenham after a courageous battle with cancer, at the age of 71. He is survived by his children, Douglas A. Luedke and wife Sharon of New Ulm, Kathryn Baranowski of Industry, Bruce W. Luedke and wife Chana of New Ulm; seven grandchildren, Cassie Luedke, Brian Luedke, Michael Daughtrey, Jessica Daughtrey, Darian Edgar, Thomas Edgar, and Kayble Luedke; two great grandchildren, Caitlyn Daughtrey and Zoe Daughtrey; mother, Millie Luedke of New Ulm; brother, Marvin Luedke of New Ulm; and many other friends and relatives. He was preceded in death by his father, Edwin; and brother, Curtis Luedke. Prayer Vigil Services were held Thursday, April 29, 2004 at 6 p.m. at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Gerald Dupont officiating. Funeral Service was held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 30, 2004 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Industry, with Father Timothy Bucek officiating. Interment followed in the New Ulm Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ronald Luedke, Jimmie Luedke. Delbert Luedke, Darrell Gross, Clyde Heiman and Oliver Weishuhn. Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the Austin County Unit of the American Cancer Society, Hospice Brazos Valley, the Industry-West End Lions Club, or the charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Schmidt Funeral Home, Bellville.
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