Abel William Ray "Butch" Abel was born Jan. 23, 1951 in Bellville, the son of Raymond John and Adele Meyer Abel. He grew up and attended school in Bellville graduating from Bellville High School in 1969. In 1973, he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agronomy from Texas A&M University. On Feb. 2, 1974, Butch was united in marriage with Sandra King at St. John Lutheran Church in Bellville. Butch and Sandy made their home in Bellville. Butch was employed as a gas measurement technician. He enjoyed golf, hunting and hanging out with friends at the Kenney Store. He also enjoyed barbecuing and cooking for the numerous local celebrations and fund raisers. An active member of St. John, Butch belonged to the Lutheran Brotherhood and the Men In Mission, and played softball with the church league. He was also a member of Woodmen of the World and the Austin County Go Texan Committee for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Butch passed away Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005 at the age of 54. He is survived by his wife Sandra King of Bellville; 2 daughters Nikki Abel of Bellville and Kacie Thuesen and her husband Michael, of Cat Spring; mother Adele Abel; sisters Doris Hagen and her husband James, and Jeanette Krolczyk and her husband Will, all of Bellville; mother-in-law and father-in-law Clarence and Doris King of Bellville; sisters-in-law Margie Mahlmann and her husband Don of Bellville and Brenda Cutler and her husband Phillip of Alief and numerous nieces, nephews, and many friends. Butch was preceded in death by his father. Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. Monday. Sept. 12, 2005 at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel in Bellville. Funeral Service was held at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2005 at St. John Lutheran Church with Pastor Jennie Jones and Pastor David Henske officiating. Interment followed in the Oak Knoll Cemetery. Pallbearers were John Marcinkiewicz, Mike Mueller, Stanley Jackson, Gregg Lange, Don Luedke and David Woods. Honorary pallbearers were Michael Thuesen, James Hagen, Will Krolczyk, Don Mahlmann and Phillip Cutler. In lieu of usual remembrances, friends who wish may make memorial gifts to either St. John Lutheran Church. Hospice Brazos Valley or to the charity of their choice. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home in Bellville.
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