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Wally Scott Statema, of Cat Spring, owner of Wally’s Plumbing “Tallest Plumber in Town,” 49 years old, passed away on May 9, 2012 from pancreatic cancer.

Wally was born Oct. 14, 1962 in Little Falls, Minn. and leaves behind his Loving Wife, Joanie, his two daughters Marylee and Roxanne and his three grandchildren, Scott, Maggie and Jaxton.

Wally is survived by his mother Gladys Mae (Paulson) Statema of Minnesota, sister, Linda and Husband Doug of Minnesota, sister LaVonne and husband Rich of Tennessee, brother Gary and wife Tracy of Minnesota, brother Kevin of Minnesota and brother Tim and wife Sandy of Minnesota.

Wally is preceded in death by his father Bert Albert Statema of Minnesota and his grandmother by marriage Ethel “Ma” Hamby of Nacogdoches.

The memorial and funeral held at Knesek Funeral Home in Sealy on May 11 and 12 respectively with Rev. Gene Smith officiating. Interment in the Sealy Cemetery. 

A memorial fund has been established at Citizens State Bank in Sealy.

Wally was the epitome of a family man with a penchant for woodworking. When asked by anyone, the thing that is said time and again is that Wally is a GOOD MAN and will be missed immensely.

His ever-loving personality has touched so many hearts and will continue to do so through loving thought and ceaseless memories


“You are the very air that I breathe. We were not a you or a me.  We have always been an US.   Together we were ONE person.  I know God made a PERFECT MAN because I was married to him.  I am the luckiest woman in the world to have been loved by you & I will love you till the day I die.  I cannot wait to be in your arms again. I LOVE YOU!”


We would like to thank the pall bearers:  Andy Smith, Mark Fernandez, Wade Marek, Joseph Haisler, Billy Oliver, Matt Thomas, Russell Tally and Willie Joe Fernandez.

The family would like to thank all the family & friends who have helped and been there through these penitent times, you know who you are.  WE LOVE YOU ALL.

Knesek Funeral Home in Sealy in charge of arrangements: and at

Posted by Joy Neely



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