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Elmo Ammann, Jr. passed away on Friday, May 4, 2012 at Christus Dubuis Hospital in Bryan.

He was born Jan. 29, 1933 in El Campo, Texas to Elmo August Ammann and Bessie Morton Ammann who predeceased him in death.

He leaves behind his beloved wife of 48 years, Jeanette (Jan) Socha Ammann, his beloved daughter Kira Hellyer and her husband Chris of Houston and brother Donald R Ammann and wife Glenna of El Campo.  Also surviving him is his dog, Hailey who misses her rides in the pickup with him.

Elmo graduated from El Campo High School in 1952 where he played basketball and belonged to the Rifle and Camera Club. He attended Wharton County Junior College for one year in the woodworking program and served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 at Loring AFB, Maine.  He had a long career in the agricultural business while living in El Campo. When he retired in the 1990’s he and Jan moved to the Bellville area in Austin County.

Elmo had a life full of family and friends and a passion for car racing, knife making, woodworking and power tools.  Being a member of a race car pit crew while a young man started his love for racing and Nascar.  Knife making was his other love.  During his lifetime he hand made 1,550 knives of varying sizes and types and even made Blade magazine. He was always a “friendly guy” and liked by all with his wide smile and soft spoken demeanor.  He never said no to a chicken fried steak or a burger.

For those wishing to honor Elmo, a donation to the Animal Friends Shelter, P.O. Box 615, Bellville, Tx. 77418 would make him smile.  A celebration of his life will be held in the Fall.

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

Posted by Joy Neely



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