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Emmett Lee Pophanken, 93, passed away Sunday, December 13, 2009. He was born Oct. 4, 1916 in New Ulm, to Theodore A. Pophanken and Frieda Miller Pophanken. 

Emmett was a graduate of Sealy High School, and then attended a business school where he studied accounting. He married Faye Dannhaus of Brenham, Texas on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, 1941.

Emmett was a veteran of World War II, enlisting in 1942 and serving in the Army Air Corps as an airplane instrument mechanic. He was discharged in 1946 with the rank of Staff Sergeant.

He worked for American Commercial Barge Lines for over 30 years, first in Houston, and then transferring to their headquarters in Jeffersonville, Indiana in 1960. He retired from there in 1978, and moved back to New Ulm. 

Emmett took great pride in his community. He was an active member of the New Ulm Lions Club, a past president of the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce, a member of the New Ulm Volunteer Fire Department, and served for many years on the Board of Directors of the New Ulm Water Supply Corporation. Emmett, and his wife Faye, were designated by the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce as “Citizens of the Year” in 2000. 

Emmett was a kind and gentle man with a love and respect for all creatures great and small. Emmett loved to tinker and could fix anything. He was the ultimate do-it-yourselfer. He was interested in electronics, building several radios and even his own color TV. He loved old clocks, and built a beautiful grandfather clock. Most recently, his greatest enjoyment was playing dominoes with his good friends. Emmett enriched the lives of all who knew and loved him. Family and friends will miss the soft-spoken man with the gracious smile and the twinkle in his eyes. 

He is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Faye; his daughter, Janice, and her husband William Snead; a nephew, Wayne Strickler Sr.; and a great nephew Wayne Strickler Jr. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Leroy; and his sister Bernadine Strickler. 

Funeral services were Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Elizabeth Kevilus officiating. Interment followed at New Ulm Cemetery in New Ulm.

Pallbearers were William Snead, Leonard Wideman, Jim Brooks, Joe Krause, Leonard Parker and Lee Reichle.

Memorials may be given to Industry United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 86, Industry, Texas,78944; M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210-4486; New Ulm Lions Club, New Ulm, Texas 78950. 

Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus was in charge of arrangements.

Posted by Joy Neely


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