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John Hugh Pape, 49, of New Ulm, passed away suddenly Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, in Ft. Pierre, S.D.

He was born March 29, 1961, in Ganado to parents Kenneth Ray and Patricia Ann (Frnka) Pape. He grew up in New Ulm and attended the Columbus schools graduating from Columbus High School. 

John worked as a horse trainer and was licensed at all major quarter horse race tracks in the U.S. also assistant at race tracks in Texas. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing and horses. Very devoted father to his son Dillon.

He is survived by his son Dillon Ray Hill of South Dakota; mother Pat Kneupper and her husband, Stanley, of New Ulm; uncle and aunt John and Lynette Frnka of New Ulm; 3 cousins Renee Weishun, Jonathan Frnka and Dyanna Machinsky, all of New Ulm; and many other dear friends and other relatives. 

John was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Ray Pape, and his grandparents, Jim and Bernice Frnka, and Della Pape Lynn.

Visitation, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, Schmidt Funeral Home, Bellville.

Funeral service, 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011,  Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel, Pastor Kevin Haug, officiating

Interment, Frnka Cemetery, New Ulm.

Pallbearers, Jonathan Frnka,                                   Heath Weishuhn, Justin Weishun                                      Loran Nawara, Bryson Machinsky, Edward Machinsky.

Honorary pallbearers Roy Balldiez, Ernest Fennell, Brad Bolen, Johnie Goodman.

Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the: Dillon Ray Hill Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 56, New Ulm, Texas 78950.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home, P.O. Box 610, 12029 Hwy 36 South, Bellville, Texas 77418. (979)865-2424.


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