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Gilbert William Minton, 92, of Bleiblerville, passed away Friday, Dec. 24,
2004, at Trinity Medical Center in Brenham.
Born July 10, 1912, in Nelsonville, Gilbert, affectionately known as Mickey,
was the son of John I. and Teresie Sefcik Minton. He was baptized on August
18, 1912, and confirmed at the Nelsonville Brethren Church. He attended
Nelsonville schools.
On November 29, 1939, he was united in marriage with Leona Warmke at the
Welcome Lutheran Church. He retired as a farmer, yet continued to work as a
ranch manager. Gilbert and Leona resided in the Bleiblerville community
throughout their 65 years of marriage.
As a young man, Gilbert joined the Civilian Conservation Corps to build
roads in Arizona. He served his community as a trustee at the Welcome
School, Chairman of the PTA and a leader in the Tri-County Community
Organization. Gilbert was a member of the Austin County Farm Bureau, SPJST
Bleiblerville/Nelsonville Lodge, Bleiblerville Volunteer Fire Department and
Starkšs Domino Club.
He was a lifetime member of the Nelsonville Brethren Church. He served over
20 years on the Board of Elders and was instrumental in the continuing
growth of the congregation. He was a BYF sponsor, Superintendent of Sunday
Schools and the manager of the church league baseball team. Gilbert
dedicated his time to his love of God.
Gilbert was an avid sports fan having played baseball and participated in
track-and-field events as a youth. He enjoyed singing hymns with his
siblings and continued to love music throughout his life. He looked forward
to playing cards and dominoes with friends and family. Gilbert enjoyed
woodworking, dominoes with friends and family, gardening and reading several
newspapers daily. A devoted husband, father and grandfather, he was proud of
his Czech heritage and of his country.
He is held in loving memory by his wife, Leona of Bleiblerville; daughter,
Carolyn Balke and her husband James, also of Bleiblerville; granddaughters,
Kelly Balke of Waco and Susan Balke of Houston; and niece, Lorraine Teufel
of Brenham.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Lexie Maresh, and Nettie
Bell Stepan; brother, Danford Minton and two infant brothers; also
brothers-in-law, A. J. Maresh, and Otto Stepan; and sister-in-law, Pearl
Nunn Minton. 
Funeral Service was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2004 at the
Nelsonville Brethren Church with Reverend Michael Groseclose officiating.
Burial followed in National Cemetery. Pallbearers were Randall Teufel, Steve
Doty, Virgil Tiemann, Billy Warmke, O. B. Shelburne, Kermit Kolwes, Allen
Stepan and Tommy Kamas.
Honorary pallbearers included Carden Jenkins, Bill Davis, Kermit Teufel,
Casper Balke, Herbert Schovajsa, Alvin Schultz, Sr. and Bruce Buenger.
In lieu of usual remembrances, friends who wish may make memorial gifts to
the Nelsonville Brethren Church Building Fund, 352 Nelsonville Church Road,
Bellville, TX 77418.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral
Posted by Joy Neely


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