David Lee Maresh, age 71, of Nelsonville, Texas passed away surrounded by his loving family on December 30, 2012. He was born to Edmund and Wilma Schmalriede Maresh on January 16, 1941 in Nelsonville, Texas.
David attended Bellville schools and was a member of Nelsonville Brethren Church where he was baptized and confirmed.
On February 10, 1963 he married the love of his life, Grace Garling in Cat Spring, Texas. David was a commercial plumber by trade. Upon retiring from the plumbing business David became a very meticulous bull dozer operator.
He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Grace Maresh of Nelsonville; three daughters Ruth Shedd and husband John of Nelsonville, Helen Chase and husband Rusty of Sealy, Brenda Draehn and husband Michael of Brenham; two sons Aaron “Bubba” Maresh and fiancée Rachael Smith of Sealy, Justin Maresh and wife Terri of Bellville; grandchildren Blake and Kathy Shedd, Samantha and Sterling Merryman, Felicia and Brian Horsley, Debra Chase, Erlan “Buddy” Chase and special friend Faith Ferreri, Kelsey, Amanda, and Shelby Draehn, and Jared Maresh; great grandchild Jagger Shedd. David is also survived by sister and brother-in-law Carolyn and Werner Oeser of Brenham, Aunts Alice H. White of Nelsonville, Eleanor Turner of Navasota, and his beloved dog, Stumpy.
David was preceded in death by his parents Edmund and Wilma Maresh, sister Janice Maresh, and an infant son.
David or Paw, as he was affectionately referred to by his grandkids was devoted to his family. He loved children, hunting, fishing, and anything outdoors. Paw also believed that anything could be cured with the right amount of candy, which he made sure to have on hand to give his grandkids when they were sick. Paw will be remembered for his love of animals and his whit will be carried on through his many unforgettable sayings.
Family and friends will gather for visitation on January 3, 2012 6:00-8:00 pm at Knesek Brothers Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be held on January 4, 2012, 10:00 am at Nelsonville Brethren Church with the Rev. Michael Groseclose officiating. Interment will take place on January 4, 2012 at 11:00 am at National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Blake Shedd, Sterling Merryman, Buddy Chase, Brain Horsley, Douglas Marek, and Stephen Marek. Honorary pallbearers are Staff Sgt. Mark Oeser, Jeffrey Zane Frazier, Fay Janes, Ryan Burrer, and Jeff Damon.
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