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Conway Lloyd Waak Sr., was born in Bellville, on Jan. 8, 1931, to William and Emma Grawunder Waak, Jr.

He was baptized and confirmed in Bellville. He attended Piney School and Bellville High School. There he enjoyed playing football until graduating in 1948.

He met his wife Helen Catherine Landrum at Coshatte Hall, and they were married on June 3, 1950.

Conway’s life always included farming and ranching. He and his wife, Helen, are also known for having been the proprietors of Waak’s Sausage and Meat Market.

His traditional German sausage recipe and his market’s reputation for choice, fresh cuts of meats provided many tasty meals for Austin County and the surrounding areas.

Sandy Oaks Fox Penn and a trailer park have been additional business ventures. He belonged to the Woodmen of the World, the Bellville United Methodist Church, and was trustee of Piney School.

Anyone who knew Conway, knew he was an avid hunter, but not with guns. Conway loved hunting with dogs, especially Walker hounds. He knew the “voices” of countless hounds and exactly what they were saying. 

He developed many friendships while attending numerous field trials and bench shows, not only in Texas, but also in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Conway also loved his family of 5 children and 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and numerous in-laws.  He was the welcoming committee at the back door to greet everyone with a smile, a wave, and a big howdy.

Mr. Waak passed away Aug. 15, 2010, at his home near Bellville, at the age of 79 years after battling cancer for several years.

 He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Helen of Bellville;  sons Conway (Fuzzy) Waak, Jr. and his wife, Marlene of Carmine; Kyle Waak, Sr. and his wife, Jan, of College Station;  daughters Peggy Emshoff and her husband, Weldon, of New Wehdem; Candi Hardin and her husband, Johnny, of Bellville; grandchildren Russell Schrader, Kelli Schrader Campbell, Chance Waak, Mia Waak Williams, John Hardin, Keith Hardin, Ty Hardin, Marcus Hardin, Maggie Emshoff, Shea Emshoff, Kyle Waak, Jr., Ashley Waak, and Suzi Waak; 11 great grandchildren; sisters Ruby Waak Koehn and Marceline Waak Jones;  and numerous nieces and nephews.

Conway was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Billie Waak Schrader.

VISITATION was 2-7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010 at Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel, Bellville.

Funeral service was Wednesday, Aug.18, 2010, Bellville United Methodist Church, the Rev. Amy Haralson Officiating

Intermet immediately followed in the Coshatte Cemetery.

Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the: Bellville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 188, Bellville, Texas 77418.

Pallbearers: Russell Schrader, Chance Waak, John Hardin,  Keith Hardin, Ty Hardin,                                                        Marcus Hardin, Shea Emshoff, and Kyle Waak, Jr.

Honorary pallbearers: John Campbell, Bill Portis, Buck Williams and fellow fox hunters.

Please visit our website at and view the video and sign the guestbook in memory of Conway Lloyd Waak, Sr.


Posted by Joy Neely


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