Roger Lee Buchtien, 59, passed away on April 5, 2013 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston.
He was born on Dec. 28, 1953 in Bellville to Lee Roy and Marie (Kaliszewski) Buchtien.
Roger grew up in Bellville, where he graduated from Bellville High School in 1972 and then attended Blinn College in Brenham. After attending college, he worked for several Ford dealerships as a parts manager.
In February of 1980, Jo Ann Mantey joined Roger in marriage and they have called Bellville home for the last 33 years of his life. Out of their marriage, two children were born, son, Eric and daughter, Jennifer.
Roger was a loving, devoted husband and father. He had such a zest for life, remaining upbeat and positive about everything although, secretly, he was in pain. He loved laughing and telling jokes to make others laugh. Talking about cars, cooking for family and friends or baking for various events were just some of the things Roger enjoyed. He was a wise man and all who knew Roger were fortunate to have met him.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Lee Roy and Marie Buchtien; and mother-in-law Joyce Mantey.
Roger is survived by his spouse Jo Ann Buchtien of Bellville; son and daughter-in-law Eric and Jane’t Buchtien of Shreveport, La.; daughter Jennifer Buchtien of Rosenberg; father-in-law Leon Mantey of Brenham; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Clint and Terry Mantey of Brenham; niece and nephew-in-law Melania and Tracy Lehde and their children, Kyle and Carson of Brenham; nephew Timothy Mantey of Brenham; nephew Quint Mantey of Bryan; special cousin Darcy Dehnel of Bellville; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Pallbearers include: Eric Buchtien, Darcy Dehnel, Timothy Mantey, Quint Mantey, Tracy Lehde and Jerry Olson.
Friends called from 5-7 p.m., Monday, April 8, 2013 at the Schmidt Funeral Home in Bellville where family was present to receive friends.
A Funeral Service was held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jennie Jones and Pastor David Henske officiating.
Interment followed in the Oak Knoll Cemetery in Bellville.
Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the Oak Knoll Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 667, Bellville, TX 77418, or to St. John Lutheran Church, 520 North Holland, Bellville, TX 77418.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home, 12029 Hwy. 36 South, P.O. Box 610, Bellville, TX 77418 - (979) 865-2424 - www.schmidtfunerals.com.
Posted by Joy Neely