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Funeral Services for William Julius Schaffner, age 100, of the Millheim
Community were held Friday, December 7, 2007 at St. John Lutheran Church in
Cat Spring, TX at 2 p.m. with Rev. Kevin Haug officiating. Interment was at
Millheim Cemetery. Pallbearers for the service were Ronnie Luhn, Mike
Michalke, Steve Fleming, James Schaffner,Jr., T.J. Minke, James Froebel, Ron
Luhn, Bill Hohlt, Brandon Michalke and Nathan Michalke. Honorary Pallbearers
were, Larry Uhlig, Otto Reichart Jr., Tyler Hohlt, Kyle Luhn, Wyatt Hohlt,
Joshua Fleming and Michaela Fleming.
William Julius Schaffner was born in Millheim, Austin County, Texas to
parents, Julius E. Schaffner and Clara Kretzschmar Schaffner and was
baptized and confirmed on August 25, 1946 at St. John Lutheran Church in
Bellville. He attended Millheim public school. William and the former Miss
Hilma Luedecke were married on February 20, 1929 in Bellville. He was a
farmer and rancher and enjoyed being with family and friends. He also served
as a substitute rural mail carrier for Cat Spring Post Office for 27 years.
His many hobbies included hunting, trapping and gardening. He was a member
of St. John Lutheran Church, Cat ≥Spring, Sons of Herman Lodge # 299 and
Millheim Harmonie Hall.
Survivors include daughter, Ruby Luhn of Brenham, son, Billy Schaffner and
wife Doris of Sealy, grandchildren, Ronnie Luhn and wife Dotsy of Brenham,
Debbie Howell and husband Clarence of Redondo Beach, CA., Laurie Michalke
and husband Mike of Sealy, Beth Ann Fleming and husband Steve of New
Waverly, great-grandchildren, Christi Hohlt and husband Bill of Brenham, Ron
Luhn and special friend Veronica Majewski of Brenham, Brandon Michalke of
Sealy, Nathan Michalke of Sealy, Joshua Fleming of New Waverly, Michaela
Fleming of New Waverly, Clarence Howell, Jr., Joshua Howell, Michael Howell,
and  Mikayla Howell all of Redondo Beach, CA, great-great grandchildren,
Tyler Hohlt, Wyatt Hohlt and Kyle Luhn of Brenham, sisters-in-law, Eileen
Luedecke of Spring, Esther Luedecke of Cat Spring, numerous nieces and
nephews.  He was preceded in death by his wife Hilma Schaffner on Sept. 16,
1999, brother, James Schaffner, sisters, Mabel Ellett, Anita Froebel ,infant
great-granddaughter, Sarah Beth Fleming and son-in-law, Felix Luhn.
Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, Rt. 1, Box 57A, Cat
Spring, TX 78933 or Charity of Choice.
Funeral arrangements were made under the direction of Knesek Bros. Funeral
Chapel, 768 Fourth St., Sealy, TX 77474 (979)885-3535.
Posted by Joy Neely


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