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Leroy Sommerlatte, 79, of the Bleiblerville community, died July 17, 2005,
in Scott and White Hospital in Temple.
Mr. Sommerlatte was born November 15, 1925, in Columbus, to Lee Joseph and
Mary Mahalitc Sommer-latte.
He was baptized Feb. 3, 1926, in St. Matheas Church in Columbus and was
confirmed Feb. 7, 1945, in Farragut, Idaho.
Mr. Sommerlatte attended Columbus public schools.
He was honorably discharged as a boatswain mate Second Class in the U.S.
Navy and served from 1944 to 1946 in the Pacific Theater.
On Nov. 20, 1946, he was married to Mathilda Ella Drevojanek in St. Anthony
Church in Columbus.
At an early age, Mr. Sommerlatte began farming and ranch work, which he
continued until his death. After his service in World War II, he worked as a
welder in Columbus and Herder Freight Lines driver in Weimar.
He moved to the Bleiblerville area, where he worked at cattle auction sales.
He retired as foreman after 17 years of employment for the Austin County
Road and Bridge Department. He enjoyed retirement by continuing ranching in
Bleiblerville and Columbus.
Survivors include his wife, Mathilda Sommerlatte of Bleiblerville; three
sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Sandra Sommerlatte of Brenham, Dale
and Patti Sommerlatte of Bellville and Byron and Lavell Sommerlatte of
Caldwell; six grandchildren, Scot, Tracy, Kelley, Lindsey, Kyle and Curtis;
brother, Vernon Sommerlatte and wife Nelda of Houston; and sister, Ruby
Reinhardt of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, William.
The funeral service was 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 20 in Nelsonville Brethren
Church with the Rev. Albert Michalik officiating. Burial was in National
The family received visitors from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 19 in Memorial Oaks
Pallbearers were Scot Sommer-latte, Kyle Sommerlatte, Curtis Sommerlatte,
Herbert Schramm Jr., Delbert Schramm, Wilbert Makowsky Jr., Calvin Makowsky
and Kenneth Makowsky.
Memorials may be given to Nelsonville Brethren Church Building Fund or the
Bleiblerville Volunteer Fire Department.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main
St., in Brenham. For more information, visit the Web site:
Posted by Joy Neely


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