Funeral services for William Velchoff, Sr., 77, of Bellville, were held Saturday, July 31, 2004, at 10 a.m. from St. John Lutheran Church in Bellville with the Rev. Milroy Gregor officiating. Interment was at Pilgrims Rest Cemetery near Bellville. Serving as pallbearers were Larry, Jim and Bill Velchoff, Jr., Gary Newby, John Garoni and Chris Ruffo. Born in Rayville, Louisiana, William Velchoff was the son of Stephen Velchoff and Nila Roberts Velchoff. He was raised in Vicksburg, Mississippi and finished his schooling there. On December 20, 1952, William and the former Miss Esther Hassebrock were married with ceremony held in San Antonio. William served in the United States Air Force for 20 years and in the U.S. Navy for three years. He retired in 1968 from military service. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Bellville and the American Legion. William Velchoff, Sr. died Thursday, July 29, 2004 in Bellville. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Esther Hassebrock Velchoff, of Bellville; daughter, Nila Newby and husband Gary of Pagosa Springs, Colorado; sons, Larry Velchoff and wife Kathy of Kingwood, Bill Velchoff, Jr., and wife Evelyn of Stephenville, Jim Velchoff and wife Debbie of Leander; brothers, John Velchoff and wife Florence of Clearwater, Florida, James Velchoff and wife Emma Jean of Benton, Louisiana; grandchildren, Amy, Melisa, Devon, Regan, and Robert Velchoff; and great-grandson, Korbin Velchoff. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stephen and Nila Velchoff; sister, Anna Lee Feiblemann; and brothers, Nick and Steve Velchoff. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, 520 N. Hollan d, Bellville TX 77418. Funeral services under the direction of Knesek Family funeral Chapels, Bellville.
Posted by Joy Neely