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Albrecht, Edwin                                    

Funeral services for Edwin Albrecht, 86 of Lincoln, Texas, are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Giddings with Rev. Jeremy Walloch officiating. Burial will immediately follow in the Giddings City Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 20, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The family will be present for visitation Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Edwin Alvin Albrecht was born on May 11, 1928 in Bastrop County, Texas, the son of Reinhold & Anna (Urban) Albrecht. He was baptized on July 1, 1928 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Giddings and confirmed on April 18, 1943 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings. His confirmation verse was Psalm 23:1, "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want". He was united in marriage to Bernice Saegert on November 23, 1952 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Giddings by Pastor Fred Mgebroff. Edwin served as an usher on the German usher team at Martin Luther Lutheran Church until German services were no longer held. He was a hard working, lifetime farmer and rancher who enjoyed his cattle, cutting hay and was always "on the go". He was an outdoorsman, with a very keen sense, full of adventure and had a natural bond with nature. His hobbies included hunting, especially deer, fishing and trapping. He applied common knowledge to all aspects of life. Edwin was a tough man, very independent, honest, remained fearless, maintained a young mentality, could always think of something humorous to say and always wanted to help everyone else while wanting nothing back in return. He loved his family and enjoyed their visits and family gatherings. He was definitely one-of-a-kind. 

Edwin passed away during the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 18, 2015, after a hard fought battle with cancer, having attained the age of 86 years, 10 months and 7 days.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Bernice in 1995 and his granddaughter, Jamie Siegmund in 1993. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Werner, Elmo and Nerbert Albrecht and his sister, Adelie Haverland.

Edwin is survived by his children, Ruth & Norvel Siegmund of Lincoln, Martin & Michele Albrecht of Manheim, Melvin & Karen Albrecht of Lincoln and Agnes & Calvin Lay of Lexington; eight grandchildren, Terry & Amber Siegmund, Heath & Hope Siegmund, Amanda & Jon Hart, Jared Albrecht and friend, Lindsey Zapalac, Michael Schneider & friend, Julie Gifford, Christine & John Grange, Timothy & Brooke Schneider, Andrew & Candice Albrecht, Belinda & Daniel Bamsch, Sarah Lay and friend, Kevin Patschke and Rachel & Yogi Etheredge; sixteen great grandchildren, Catherine, Clare, Lee & Tate Siegmund, Jack Fischer, Lauren, Luke & Shay Siegmund, Brett & Sydney Schneider, Caitlyn & Trenton Grange, Raynee & Saydee Hart, Maverick Schneider and Hailey Bamsch; his brother, Wilbert & Ursula Albrecht of Houston; his sister, Lorene & Franklin Hoffman of Giddings; his sister-in-law, Gladys Saegert of Round Rock and his special cousin, who he thought of like a brother, Dan Saegert & his wife, Judy of Granger. He is also survived by numerous other relatives and friends.

Serving as pallbearers will be Terry Siegmund, Heath Siegmund, Andrew Albrecht, Jared Albrecht, Daniel Bamsch and Jon Hart.

Memorials may be made to Martin Luther Lutheran Church, 573 North Main Street, Giddings, Texas 78942, Hospice Brazos Valley, 1048 North Jefferson Street, La Grange, Texas 78945 or to the charity of one's choice. 

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Berger, Mildred Baack Funeral services for Mildred Berger, 71 of Giddings, are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings with Rev. Robert Tiner officiating. Burial will follow in the Giddings City Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, May 8, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The family will be present for visitation Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Mildred Fay (Baack) Berger was born on December 30, 1943 in Giddings, Texas to Otto Carl Ben Baack and Pearl Frances (Hibbler) Baack. She was baptized in 1952 at the First Baptist Church in Giddings by Rev. H.L. McLerran. She was confirmed on October 27, 1961 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings by Rev. Max Studtmann. Her confirmation verse was Luke 11:28, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” Mildred was united in marriage to Norman Otto Berger on May 27, 1961 at Immanuel Lutheran Church by Rev. Max Studtmann. Their union was blessed with three children, Norma, David and Darald. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings and volunteered with Rejuvenation. Mildred used to babysit children in her home and had worked at the Best Western and the Ramada in Giddings. She retired from Country Care Plex in Giddings where she had worked in housekeeping for many years. She enjoyed gardening, fishing and watching and taking care of her hummingbirds.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Otto & Pearl Baack; her great granddaughter, Tessa Pollard; an infant sister, Inda Mary Baack; two brothers, Otis August Baack & his wife, Lorene and Otto William Baack & his wife, Billie Ruth; brothers-in-law, Wilson Daggs Sr., Emil Proske, Willie Hobratschk, Albert Hobratschk and Edmund Kappler and a sister-in-law, Adeline Schroeder & her husband, Willie.

Mildred is survived by her husband of nearly 54 years, Norman Berger of Giddings; three children, Norma Gray & her husband, Roy of Wichita Falls, David Berger of Giddings and Darald Berger & his wife, Rebecca of Cedar Park; five grandchildren, Terrie Pollard of McDade, Michael Gray of McDade, Daniel Gray of Giddings, Brooke Berger of Cedar Park and Bowen Berger of Cedar Park; one great grandson, Sammy Pollard of McDade; two sisters, Marilyn Daggs of Ft. Worth and Francis Proske of Giddings; sisters-in-law, Irene Noack of Serbin, Gertrude Hobratschk of Giddings, Gertrude Hobratschk of Kerrville, Annie Mae Kappler of Warda and Carolyn Mitschke & her husband, Clarence of Houston; brother-in-law, Herman Hobratschk & his wife, Eunice of Giddings as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 300 North Grimes Street, Giddings, Texas 78942 or to the charity of one's choice. 
Behrens, Willard

Graveside services for Willard Behrens, 94 formerly of Paige, Texas, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the Giddings City Cemetery with Leroy Opiela officiating.

Willard Albert Behrens was born on September 16, 1920 in Paige, Texas to Emil Carl Behrens and Amalia (Dunk) Behrens. He was a longtime farmer and rancher in Paige. He enjoyed working on jigsaw puzzles, listening to polka music and keeping up with sports, especially football. Willard passed away the afternoon of Thursday, February 19, 2015 at the Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lockhart, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Emil & Amalia Behrens; his brother, Conrad Behrens and his sister, Angelyne Feuerbacher.

Willard is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Milton & Laray Behrens of Austin and two nieces, Elva Opiela & her husband, Leroy of Buda and Sherral Coe & her husband, Randy of Kyle.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the charity of one's choice. 

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Carey, Walter Funeral services for Walter Carey, 83 of Lexington, Texas, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Lexington with Pastor Chris Bruce officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, May 22, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Lexington. The family will be present for visitation from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Walter Irwin Carey was born on June 26, 1931 in Lower Newton Falls, Massachusetts to Horace Walter Carey and Lucy Osgood Trenham Carey. At the age of 17, Walter enlisted in the U.S. Army and was sent to Korea. After his military service, he married Barbara Ann Roe. Their union was blessed with five children. At the age of 24, he was baptized into the Baptist faith. On April 18, 1972, Walter married Patricia Stiffler in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Their union was blessed with four children. During his life, Walter studied many different religions, people and life itself. He was a lighting designer who also enjoyed photography, classical music, reading every book available to him, playing the violin and spoke many different languages. His latest hobby was researching genealogy and the computer was his best tool. Walter passed away the afternoon of Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his aunts and uncles, Jean & Bob Topplift and James Casey and a grandson, Timothy Cox.
Walter is survived by his wife of 43 years, Patricia Carey of Lexington; seven daughters and sons-in-law, Karen & Junior Price of Mississippi, Kristin & Wayne Barnes of Louisiana, Katie & Glenn Hawthorne of Louisiana, Angela & Homer Brower of Lexington, Michelle & Dwayne Lockhart of Lexington, Holly & Doug Peterson of Lexington and Erin & Michael Thames of Lexington; two sons, Sean Carey of Elgin and Timothy Carey & his wife, Cherie of Louisiana; 27 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, David & Lois Carey of South Carolina; sister, Barbara Foster of Michigan as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Memorials may be made to the Lexington American Legion Post 6, P.O. Box 94, Lexington, Texas 78947-0094 or to help the family offset final expenses. A gofundme account has been created and can be accessed at gofundme.com/v2e65wkc. 

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Cole, Yvonne

Funeral services for Yvonne Cole, 80 of Giddings, are scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Graveside services will be held at the Hickory Grove Cemetery in Laurel, Mississippi at a later date.

Yvonne passed away the morning of Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Oakland Manor Nursing Center in Giddings.

She is survived by her two daughters, Lori Bazor of Giddings and Fran Hasty of Austin; four grandchildren as well as several other relatives and friends. 

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Cottrell, Alene Funeral services for Alene Cottrell, 88 of Dime Box, Texas, are pending at this time.
Darden Hervey, Lamar Hervey, Aaron Hervey, Clint Smithson, Brian Fitzsimmons, Lawton Hervey, and Stewart Hervey will serve as pallbearers.
Alene Cottrell passed away on April 8, 2015 at her home of 62 years in Dime Box, Texas with her son Terry and her daughter Virginia by her side.
Alene Annie Wiederhold Cottrell was born on February 4, 1927 in Burleson County. She was the 8th of 12 born to Robert (1885-1972) and Alma (Klagmann) (1894-1979). A third generation Texas-born Lutheran German, Alene was the first to enter public school speaking English. She was baptized at St. John Lutheran in Deanville on August 19, 1928 by Rev. H.T. Flachmeier and her sponsors were Annie and Bill Mahlmann. She was confirmed on October 31, 1943 at St. John Lutheran in Dime Box by Rev. W.G. Tillman.
Alene began writing letters in 1934, saving all the replies. Letters were her life. The letters document graduation at sixteen (1943) from Dime Box H.S. and enrolling in Caldwell vocational nursing school. Much to the chagrin of her family, Alene dropped out of nursing school and moved to Austin to be the elevator operator at Seton Hospital (June 1944). After several months, Alene was promoted to bookkeeping and working the front desk, quickly embracing city life and the war effort.
The ink shows a 1946 courtship with a local Czech American from the Blaha clan, James Cottrell (b.1924). James and Alene were married at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Giddings on November 11, 1946 by Rev. S.T. Schroeder. A bride at nineteen and a mother at twenty (Virginia), Alene was to have a second child (Terry) before becoming the Postmaster of Dime Box in 1958. During her 34 years of employment she never took a day of sick leave, and she came to know everyone in 77853. Postmaster Alene’s self-described job description included helping citizens complete all related governmental forms from food stamps to income tax. The U.S. flag went up in the morning and down in the evening; she loved the rules, the authority and the letters.
Alene was a faithful member of St. John Lutheran Church in Dime Box since 1938. She chaperoned numerous FHA school bus trips to the State Fair of Texas and to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo as her husband drove the bus. She reported the rain to the National Weather Bureau for 25 years, served the food and cleaned the pots for the Meals on Wheels program, and sold tickets at the SPJST dances.
The letters are fading away, memories scrambling for a place to stay. Alene was plain spoken and dogmatic about all matters; from birth to death there was no hubris. She chose to die at her home of 62 years, and daughter Virginia did not hesitate to see her final wishes fulfilled.
Alene is preceded in death by her husband, James Lamar Cottrell; her parents, Robert and Alma (Klagmann) Wiederhold; brothers Albert (wife Milady), Lee Roy (wife Evelyn), Marlin, and Ervin Wiederhold; sisters Viola (husband Gerhard) Kissman and Joyce Zwerneman; brother-in-law Leroy Zwerneman; sister-in-law Ruby Wiederhold; and son-in-law John Wayne Shows, Jr.
She is survived by her son Terry Cottrell and his wife Mary; daughter Virginia Shows; brothers Edgar, Wilburn, Robert (wife Alice), and J.C. (wife Dorothy) Wiederhold; sister Lavern Zwerneman; brother-in-law Fred Zwerneman; sisters-in-law Mildred Wiederhold and Ruth Wiederhold; grandchildren Darden and Shannon Hervey, Lamar and Kimberly Hervey, Aaron and Michelle Hervey, CC and Brian Fitzsimmons, Jamie and Clint Smithson, Jeff and Kimberly Shows, Danny Shows, Kathleen and Allen Hoover, and Jaime Norris; and great-grandchildren: Kellyn, Stewart, and Elizabeth Hervey; Lawton Hervey, Henry Fitzsimmons; Kacey and Derrick Smith; Kelly Shows; Allison, Peyton, and Layne Hoover; Caitlyn, Savannah, Kolbie, Kolton, and Kaden Norris; one great great-grandchild, Jaxon Smith; and numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to all of her caregivers who stayed with her at her home for the past 8 years and to Encompass Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hranice Cemetery Fund, 1009 PR 8007, Dime Box, or to a charity of your choosing.

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Crow, Elaine

Funeral services for Elaine Crow, 75 of Ledbetter, Texas, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2015 at St. John's United Church of Christ in Burton, Texas with Pastor Greg Felder officiating. Committal services will follow at 5:00 p.m. at the Giddings Memorial Park in Giddings, Texas. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Friday, March 20, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The family will be present for visitation Thursday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Elaine Lillian (Hoffman) Crow was born on April 23, 1939 in Giddings, Texas to William Edward & Lillian Violet (Lindner) Hoffman. She graduated from Giddings High School in 1957 and attended Blinn College in Brenham, Texas. Elaine was united in marriage to Maury Lee Crow on September 26, 1959 by Pastor H.C. Newman in Giddings, Texas. She was an active member at St. John's United Church of Christ in Burton and the Ledbetter Homemakers Club and enjoyed her many trips with the Round Top Texas Roadrunners Travel Club. Elaine was a loving and devoted homemaker to her family and enjoyed cooking, sewing and traveling. She passed away unexpectedly the morning of Sunday, March 15, 2015 following an automobile accident in Ledbetter. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband and daughter, Maury & Sandra Crow; her brother, James Hoffman; her son-in-law, Bill Skinner Jr and Earl's daughter, Natalie Chabot.
Elaine is survived by her companion in life, Earl Mueller of Ledbetter; her two daughters, Marlise Skinner and her companion in life, Kevin Peckham of Houston and Carol Martinez & her husband, Victor of Houston; her grandson, Jacob Skinner of Houston; Earl's two sons, Mike Mueller & his wife, Lori of Giddings and Greg Mueller & his wife, Tara of Bastrop; her grandchildren by heart, Lindsey, Carra, Ty, Chloe, Avery and Alexa; her two sisters, Margaret Walther & her husband, Cecil of Giddings and Mary Mutschink & her husband, Bob of Giddings as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Mary Gutierrez, 885 South Chambers Street, Giddings, Texas 78942, the Ledbetter Homemakers Club, P.O. Box 216, Ledbetter, Texas 78946 or to the charity of one's choice.

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DeGerolami, Stanley

A Mass of Christian Burial for Stan DeGerolami, 65 of Giddings, is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 23, 2015 at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Giddings with Father Mike DeGerolami and Father James Olnhausen officiating. Burial will immediately follow in the Giddings City Cemetery. Everyone is invited to a reception following the committal services at the Sons of Hermann Hall located at 1031 County Road 223 in Giddings. Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Monday, February 23, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. A Rosary will be recited and led by the Giddings Knights of Columbus at 6:00 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral home followed by a eulogy given by Father Greg Perez. The DeGerolami family will be present for visitation Sunday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
Stanley Carl DeGerolami was born on January 9, 1950 in San Antonio, Texas to Quinto & Helen (Barger) DeGerolami. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and his master's degree in Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. He was united in marriage to Christine Perez on July 7, 1983 in San Antonio. Stan served as the assistant superintendent of West Texas State School in Monahans before assuming the assistant superintendent position with the Giddings State School in 1984. Stan retired as the superintendent of the Giddings State School in 2013. He was an active member of St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Giddings, where he taught CCD classes, and the Giddings Knights of Columbus 8085 Centennial Council. Stan also served on the Giddings I.S.D. School Board for thirteen years. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, traveling in their motor home and trips to the beach. Stan passed away at his home, surrounded by his family, the evening of Thursday, February 19, 2015 following a battle with cancer.

He was preceded in death by his parents.
Stan is survived by his wife, Christine DeGerolami of Giddings; his four children, Giovanni DeGerolami & his wife, Melissa of San Antonio, Matt DeGerolami & his wife, Sara of Giddings, Michelle Hines & her husband, Braden and Alyson DeGerolami of Giddings; his five grandchildren, Natalie DeGerolami of San Antonio, Austin DeGerolami of California, John DeGerolami of San Antonio, Ryleigh DeGerolami of Giddings and Blakely Hines of Giddings; his two brothers, Father Michael DeGerolami of San Antonio & Joe DeGerolami & his wife Allison of San Antonio; his parents-in-law, Butch & Herminia Perez of Giddings; his sisters-in-laws and brothers-in-law, Virginia & Ramiro Cantu of Giddings, Mary Frances Arriaga of Giddings, Father Greg Perez & Doug Flores of New Jersey and Barry & Angie Perez of San Antonio as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Brazos Valley, 1048 North Jefferson, La Grange, Texas 78945, the Lee County Cancer Resource Center, 165 West Austin Street, Giddings, Texas 78942 or to the charity of one's choice. 

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Ebner, Raywood "Ray" Funeral services for Raywood "Ray" Ebner, 72 of Ledbetter, Texas, are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home  in Giddings with Pastor Pat Herlitz officiating. Burial will immediately follow in the Ledbetter Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The family will be present for visitation Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Ray passed away the morning of Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at his home in Ledbetter.
Raywood Edwin Ebner was born on February 26, 1943 in La Grange, Texas to Edwin Ernst Ebner and Edna Mae (Schultz) Ebner. He was baptized and confirmed at Waldeck Lutheran Church in Waldeck and graduated from Round Top- Carmine High School. He was united in marriage to Ginger Faye Sump on May 1, 1965 in La Grange, Texas. Ray had worked at Alcoa, Southern Pacific Railroad and worked as an oilfield pumper for many years. Most recently he had been employed as a security guard with the Giddings State School. He and Ginger also owned and operated Ebner's Grocery in Giddings for several years. Ray was a member of the Giddings Sons of Hermann Lodge #54 and enjoyed gardening, fishing, horseback riding and riding in trail rides. He was known for his barbecuing skills and won numerous awards at area cook-offs. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin & Edna Ebner; his parents-in-law, Ernest & Sue Sump; his brother-in-law, Tommy Sump and his nephew, Billy Drews.
Ray is survived by his wife, Ginger Ebner of Ledbetter; three sons, Ricky Ebner of Ledbetter, Reagie Ebner & his wife, Michele of Ledbetter and Randall Ebner of Ledbetter; one grandson, Louis Symons of Waco; one sister, Loretta Chilek of Giddings; three brothers, Max Ebner & his wife, Brenda of Giddings, Valgene Ebner & his wife, Carmen of Round Rock and Glenroy Ebner & his wife, Waldene of Giddings; one sister-in-law, Donna Phillips of Giddings; nieces and nephews, Debra Bailey of Cedar Park, Jason Ebner of Ledbetter, Jamie Schroeder of Austin, Cori Grostecik of Bellville, Laci Gonzales of Giddings, Willie Sump of Giddings, Corrie Busby of Caldwell, Craig Van Praag of Kansas, Gary Holland of Giddings and Mike Drews of Ledbetter as well as numerous great nieces and great nephews.

Memorials may be made to Lee County Cancer Resource Center, 165 West Austin Street, Giddings, Texas 78942, Hospice Brazos Valley, 1048 North Jefferson, La Grange, Texas 78945 or to the charity of one's choice. 

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Gatlin, Winston Crutchfield

Winston Crutchfield Gatlin Sr., 88, of Dime Box, Texas died on Saturday, February 28, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. Funeral services for Mr. Gatlin will be at First United Methodist Church, Giddings, Texas at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 7, 2015, with burial at High Prairie Cemetery, Beat Five, Texas. Visitation will be at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home , Giddings on Friday, March 6, 2015 from 12:00 PM until 9:00 PM, with the family present from 5:00 until 7:00 PM, and on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 7:00 until 8:30 AM.
Winston was born on May 30, 1926 in Cleveland, Tennessee to Jacob Gatlin and Ruth Crutchfield Gatlin. He graduated from Grandview High School in Grandview, Texas, then later attended Tarleton State University and the University of Houston. As a young man Winston owned and operated a washateria in Houston. He and Florence Bolander became husband and wife on June 8, 1963 at Memorial Baptist Church, Houston, Texas. Mr. Gatlin was employed as an electronic inspector for Western Electric, now Lucent, from 1948 until 1982. After retirement in 1982, Winston and Florence moved to Lee County where he began ranching. He served on the Dime Box ISD School Board, the Lee County Appraisal Board, and was involved in the Two Creeks Wildlife Management Association. He also was very active within the Methodist Church. Winston enjoyed reading, watching football, buying & selling land, collecting antiques, and playing with his grandkids. He was a supporter of the Lee Co. & Magnolia ISD 4H Clubs, and he “never met a stranger”.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Ruth Gatlin, and two brothers, J.R. Gatlin and Robert Gatlin. 
Winston is survived by his wife, Florence Gatlin of Dime Box; his daughter, Tina and husband, Craig Wernecke of Magnolia; his son, Winston C. Gatlin Jr. and wife, Gwen of San Antonio; three grandchildren, Weston Wernecke of Magnolia, Victoria Gatlin and Abigail Gatlin, both of San Antonio; his sister, Juanita Dobbins of Cleburne; his two brothers, Earl Gatlin and wife, Marie of Grandview, and Gilbert Gatlin and wife, Ann of Corsicana; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Memorials have been requested to go to First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 759, Giddings, Texas 78942 or to a charity of one’s choice.

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Hartfield, Roy Funeral services for Roy Hartfield, 61 of Webberville, Texas, are pending at this time.

Frederick Roy Hartfield was born on April 13, 1954 in Giddings, Texas to Rev. Herbert Otto Hartfield and Frieda Bertha (Maas) Hartfield. He was united in marriage to Deborah Sue Clark on May 19, 1973. Roy passed away during the early morning hours of Friday, May 15, 2015 at this home in Webberville. 

 
Haydon, Elmer

Elmer Haydon passed away on Monday, March 30, 2015 in Bel Air Hospice at Teravista in Round Rock, Texas due to a recently diagnosed brain tumor. He was 97 years old and a former resident of Parmer Woods/Brookdale Assisted Living Center in Austin.
Elmer Ross Haydon was born on September 30, 1917 in Teck, Texas to John and Evelyn Elizabeth (Brown) Haydon. He attended grade school in Teck and graduated from Whitestone High School in the Leander/Liberty Hill area in 1936. Following graduation, he spent 2 years in Wortham, Texas where he owned a café. He then entered Nixon Clay Business College. Following graduation, he took a job at Mountjoy Auto Parts as their bookkeeper. In December of 1941, Elmer entered the Army and spent the next four years serving his country in the Pacific Theatre with the 27th Infantry Division and was awarded the Bronze Star. 
Following the war, Elmer returned to Austin and his job as the bookkeeper for the new Wayne Bull Auto Parts Store. He retired from there in 1982. Elmer was a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 50 years. 
On September 28, 1946, he was united in marriage with the love of his life, Mamie Lillian Winter in Giddings, Texas. During their 67 years of marriage they enjoyed traveling, RV camping with the Texas Bluebonnet Club and spending their weekends and holidays at the farm in Giddings. Although they never had children of their own, they were considered a very special aunt and uncle to many nieces and nephews. They were especially close to Mamie’s sister, Annie Marie’s, children, Larry & Linda and treated them as their own.
Elmer was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 67 years, Mamie; his brothers and their wives, Bill & Mirl Haydon and Burgess & Julia Haydon; brother-in-law, Leslie Wingfield; sisters-in-law, Lorene Winter, Annie Marie Mitschke and Edith Haydon.
Survivors include his brother, Herman Haydon and his sister, Annie Mae Wingfield both of Austin; brother-in-law, Arthur (Sonny) Mitschke; children and grandchildren in his heart, Linda & Ralph Mutscher of Giddings and Larry & June Mitschke of Spring; Jeff & Brandi Mutscher of Giddings & their children, Mikayla, Landry & Jase, Travis & Laurie Mutscher of Round Rock & their children, Austin & Jackson, Ty Mitschke & Erica Mitschke both of Spring and special nieces and nephews Craig & Claudia Haydon, Ruby Ray, Doris & Dwayne Simpson, Alene & David Brown, Carolyn & Ron Sunstrom, John & Kay Haydon, George & Linda Haydon, Shirley Garey, Brenda & Dick Cole, Ronnie Haydon, Terry Haydon, and Randy & Sharon Haydon.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 3, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Giddings with Rev. Jeremy Walloch officiating. Burial will follow, with military honors provided by the Giddings American Legion York Post 276, in the Giddings City Cemetery. A light luncheon will be served prior to the service at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Friday, April 3, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. 

Serving as pallbearers will be Jeff Mutscher, Travis Mutscher, Ty Mitschke, Craig Haydon, John Haydon and Randy Haydon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Martin Luther Lutheran Church General Fund, 573 North Main Street, Giddings, Texas 78942 or to a charity of your choice.

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Kappler, Leroy Paul Funeral services for Leroy Kappler, 85 of Austin and formerly of Giddings, are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 19, 2014 at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home  in Giddings with Rev. Mark Nuckols officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by the Giddings American Legion York Post 276, will immediately follow in the Giddings City Cemetery. Following the committal services, the family would like to invite everyone to join them for a reception and light lunch in the fellowship hall at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Giddings. Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Sunday, April 19, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home  Funeral Home in Giddings. The family will be present for visitation Saturday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Leroy Paul Kappler was born on April 8, 1930 in Serbin, Texas to Willie August Kappler and Minnie Marie (Synatschk) Kappler. He was baptized on April 20, 1930 and confirmed on April 18, 1943 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin by Rev. Herman Schmidt. His confirmation verse was John 14:23, "Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him". Leroy actively served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and received his Honorable Discharge on December 16, 1954 having obtained the rank of Sergeant. Following his active service, he served an additional six years in the Army Reserves. Leroy retired from the State of Texas Purchasing Department following over 20 years of service. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Austin and the American Legion. Leroy's joy in life was his niece and nephews and great nieces and great nephews. He treasured the time he spent with them and enjoyed attending all of their various activities. Leroy passed away suddenly the evening of Thursday, April 16, 2015 at St. David's North Austin Medical Center in Austin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie & Minnie Kappler; his sister-in-law, Linda Kappler and his nephew, Todd Miertschin. 

Leroy is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Frances & Elmo Miertschin of Austin; his brother and sister-in-law, William & Tina Kappler of Giddings; his niece, Rebecca Burgdorf & her husband, Wesley of Giddings; three nephews, Tim Miertschin & his wife, Diane of Georgetown, Tommy Miertschin & his wife, Deanna of Serbin and Russell Kappler & his wife, Kari of Giddings; his great nieces and great nephews, Chris & Katie Miertschin of Georgetown, McKayla & Ethan Miertschin of Serbin and Kailey & Brandon Burgdorf of Giddings as well as numerous other family members and friends.

Serving as pallbearers will be Russell Kappler, Tim Miertschin, Tommy Miertschin, Chris Miertschin, Wesley Burgdorf and Jason Atnip. Honorary pallbearers will be Rebecca Burgdorf, Katie Miertschin, McKayla Miertschin, Ethan Miertschin, Kailey Burgdorf and Brandon Burgdorf.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3501 Red River Street, Austin, Texas 78705 or to the charity of one's choice. 
 

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Lyles, Stephen

Memorial Services for Stephen Lyles, age 59 of Lexington will be 10:00 AM Saturday, April 4, 2015 at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale. Family will receive friends from 9:00 AM until service time.

Stephen was born January 5, 1956 in Rockdale and was the son of James Alfred Lyles, Sr. & Artie Lucille (Dismukes) Lyles. He graduated from Spring Branch High School in Houston and attended the University of Houston and later Texas A & M. He lived a number of years in Houston but had previously lived in Lexington when working for the Lee County Sheriff Dept. In Houston he worked for Gray Tool, the V. A. Hospital and Halliburton. While with Halliburton he traveled to a number of places over seas such as Kosovo, Bosnia and Albania. He moved back to Lexington 5 years ago and at his death he was the current Lee County Precinct 3 Constable.

Stephen passed away at his home near Lexington on Thursday, March 26, 2015. He reached the age of 59 years, 2 months and 21 days.

Surviving are two nieces; Gina Burroughs & fiancé Trey Cooper of Conroe, Texas and Jackie Lyles of Conroe, Texas. Great nieces and nephew; Savannah, Brittney, Molly and Christian. 

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Menzel, Martin Funeral services for Martin Menzel, 97 of Serbin, Texas, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin with Rev. John Schmidt officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by the Giddings American Legion York Post 276, will immediately follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The family will be present for visitation Saturday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. 

Martin Henry Menzel was born on February 1, 1918 in Serbin, Texas to Gerhard & Martha (Wukasch) Menzel. He was baptized on February 9, 1918 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin by Rev. H.T. Kilian and confirmed on March 20, 1932 also at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin by Rev. Herman Schmidt. His confirmation verse was 1 Timothy 6:12, "Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses". He served in the Army during WWII and received a Purple Heart. Martin was united in marriage to Gliceria "Cherry" Villaluz on February 1, 1985 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin by Rev. Paul Hartfield. He was a farmer and rancher, carpenter, the school bus driver for St. Paul Lutheran School in Serbin and worked at Northrup Store. He was a lifetime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church where he sang in the choir and was a member of the men's club. He was also a member of the Giddings American Legion York Post #276 and enjoyed farming, fishing, traveling, watching Texas Longhorn football and spending time with his family. Martin passed away the afternoon of Thursday, April 9, 2015 at the Giddings Residence and Rehabilitation Center.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerhard & Martha Menzel; his wife, Cherry; two brothers, Herman Menzel & Arthur Menzel and nephews & niece, Melvin & Bonnie Menzel and Milton Mersiovsky.

Martin is survived by his sister, Hermine Zoch of Northrup; two nieces, Doris Fritsche & her husband, Erwin of Northrup and Elaine Mersiovsky of Serbin; two nephews, Donald Menzel of Serbin and Eugene Menzel & his wife, Lorna of Alabama as well as a host of extended family and friends.

Serving as pallbearers will be Rodney Fritsche, David Fritsche, Tim Menzel, Troy Menzel, Russell Kappler and Justin Mersiovsky.

Memorials may be made to The Lutheran Hour or the charity of one's choice.
 
Moore, Dorthy Jean Frosch Dorothy Jean (Frosch) Moore was born on October 1, 1939 in Lexington, Texas to Clarence & Lena (Marburger) Frosch. She married George Edward Moore on June 17, 1956. Dorothy passed away, with family by her side, the morning of Thursday, April 2, 2015 at her home in McDade following an extended illness. Burial in McDade Cemetery Bastrop County TX.

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Newsom, Jack Funeral services for Jack Newsom, 73 of Granger, Texas, are scheduled for 2:00 PM on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings with Rev. Rick Hirtless officiating. Burial will immediately follow in the Giddings City Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The family will be present for visitation Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. 
Jack Wilburn Newsom was born in Giddings, Texas on a farm in the Concord community on December 17, 1942 to George & Lillie (Bohot) Newsom. At the age of 16, he and Lillie moved to Austin, Texas where he attended McCallum High School. It was here that he met his wife, Jeanene Perry. They were wed on August 21, 1962. Jack worked for Holt Machinery for a few years then went to work for Central Freight Lines where he retired after 38 years of dedicated service. He and Jeanene had three children, Shawn, Shelly and Shannon. Jack loved spending time outdoors with his garden and animals. Before his illness, he spent a lot of time in his woodshop. He also loved spending time with his 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
Jack passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2015 in Round Rock, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his father, George Newsom; his wife, Jeanene Newsom and his daughter-in-law, Kathy Newsom.
Jack leaves to mourn his passing his mother, Lillie & John Foerster of Giddings; his children, Shawn Newsom & his wife Rachael of Granger; Shelly Newsom Stautz & her husband, Dennis of Taylor and Shannon Newsom & his wife, Michelle of Taylor; grandchildren, Shane & Dylan Newsom and Mikayla Larremore, Brandon, Justin, Chastin & Marcus Stautz, Brooke & Makayla Newsom and Kyle Newsom; great grandson, Greyson Stautz as well as other close family and friends.
Serving as pallbearers will be Shane Newsom, Dylan Newsom, Brandon Stautz, Justin Stautz, Chastin Stautz, Marcus Stautz and Kyle Newsom. Honorary pallbearers will be Brooke Newsom, Makayla Newsom and Mikayla Larremore. 
Memorials may be made to the Susan B. Komen Foundation or the charity of one's choice. 

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Oltmann, Brandon Funeral services for Brandon Oltmann, 30 of Midland, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin, Texas with Rev. John Schmidt officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, May 11, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The family will be present for visitation Monday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Brandon Scott Oltmann was born on November 20, 1984 in Austin, Texas, the son of Ronald & Linda (Namken) Oltmann. He was baptized on December 9, 1984 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin by Rev. Paul Hartfield and confirmed on March 28, 1999 also at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin by Rev. Michael Buchhorn. His confirmation verse was Joshua 1:9, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Brandon attended St. Paul Lutheran School in Serbin and was a graduate of the Giddings High School, Class of 2003. He graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2007 with a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science. He had been employed with the Lee County Appraisal District and was currently working as a petroleum landman with Purple Land Management in Midland. Brandon had been a member of Ducks Unlimited and the South Lee County Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed hunting, playing golf and was a huge Dallas Cowboys fan. Brandon passed away unexpectedly the afternoon of Thursday, May 7, 2015 at his home in Midland. 
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alton Namken and Ernest & Edna Oltmann and a cousin, Jessica Oltmann.
Brandon is survived by his parents, Ronnie & Linda Oltmann of Serbin; his sister, Heather Sowders of Serbin; his niece, Shiloh Sowders of Serbin; his grandmother, Esther Namken of Giddings; his aunts and uncles, Gene & Valerie Namken of Giddings, Kay & Chris Oltmann of Allen, Debbie & David Peterson of Lexington, Ronnie & Stacy Namken of Giddings, Bobby & Carolyn Oltmann of Northrup, Dennis & Shirley Oltmann of Giddings, Dianna & Arthur Noack of Northrup and Ralph & Darlene Oltmann of Waco as well as numerous cousins and his many friends. 
Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran School in Serbin, 1572 County Road 211, Giddings, Texas 78942 or to the charity of one's choice. 

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Ortegon SR, John

Funeral services for John Ortegon, 54 of Lincoln, Texas, are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 3, 2015 at the Primera Iglesia Bautisita Hispana Church in Giddings, Texas with Pastor Adam Gusman officiating. Graveside services will follow at 12:30 p.m. at the Round Rock Cemetery in Round Rock, Texas. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Friday, April 3, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The family will be present for visitation Thursday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Mr. John Elliott Ortegon was born on August 12, 1960 in Taylor, Texas to Frank & Hope (Guerrero) Ortegon. He was a self-employed trucker driver who loved his children and grandchildren deeply. He enjoyed puzzles, fishing, playing baseball, watching John Wayne movies and other action movies, throwing darts, playing pool and antiques. He was the type of person who never met a stranger and would share the message of Jesus Christ with every opportunity he was given. John passed away unexpectedly the morning of Saturday, March 28, 2015 at his home in Lincoln.
He was preceded in death by his father and a son, John Ortegon Jr.
John is survived by his mother, Hope Guerrero Ortegon of Lincoln; his son, Joseph Elijah Ortegon of Missouri City; his four daughters, Mary Elizabeth Gonzales of Houston, Emily Ortegon of Missouri City, Suzanne Marie Luna of Houston and Christina Espranza of Mexico; his eleven grandchildren; his brother, Frank Ortegon Jr. of Lincoln; his sister, Linda Elizabeth Ragan & her husband, Johnny Ray of Missouri City as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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Requardt, Jean Jean Requardt, 73, of Ledbetter, Texas passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 9, 2015 in Pflugerville, Texas with her children by her side. Funeral services are pending at this time.
Jean Mary (Guttormson) Requardt was born on October 6, 1941 in Minnesota to Martin & Thelma Guttormson. She was united in marriage to Larry Requardt on March 19, 1960 in Lake Oswego, Oregon. She was a retired banker who enjoyed being a member of the San Jacinto Corvette Club, working in her flowerbeds and attending all of the various activities that her granddaughters participated in.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Survivors include her son, Lee Requardt of Brenham; her daughter and son-in-law, Diana & Jeff Ingram of Pflugerville; two granddaughters, Amanda Lynn Ingram and Casey Lea Ingram both of Pflugerville; two sisters-in-law, Lavan Feldhoft of Beasley and Lorene Engeling & her husband, Bill of Needville; brother-in-law, Edward Requardt & his wife, Rose of Beasley.
Memorials may be made to the SPCA, the American Cancer Society or the charity of one's choice.

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Rodgers, Bobby R.

Funeral services for Mr. Rodgers willl be held Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 11:00 a.m. at the Tanglewood Baptist Church in Lexington, TX. Burial will follow at the Hugh Wilson Cemetery in Tanglewood. Visitation will be at the Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Lexington on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Sunrise for Bobby R. Rodgers came on April 19, 1937 in the community of Pleasant Grove in Lee County, TX. 
Sunset came on March 1, 2015, in Georgetown, TX. He lived to be 77 years old. 
Bobby was preceded in death by his father, Odie Connor Rodgers and mother, Bertha Mae (Bert) Rodgers, two children, Beverly Ann and Jeffery Lynn Rodgers.
Bobby is survived by sons, Ronald Wayne and Michael Ray Rodgers and their children and grandchildren. 
Bobby is also survived by his wife, Jessie Lee Rodgers and their son, Bobby Shane Rodgers, and his children, Calan, Sophie and Emory and their daughter, Jamie Lyn Sagebiel and her children, Mallory and Jameson. Survivors also include nieces, nephews and cousins.
Bobby lived in the Lexington, Tanglewood are where he attended the Lexington schools. He joined the Army in 1954 and was stationed in France.
Bobby moved to Houston where he met and married his wife, Jessie, in October 1959, and went to work for the City of Houston Fire Department. After 21 years of service he retired as a Captain. He and his family moved to Lexington to their farm. Bobby worked for the Lee County Sheriff's Department as a Deputy for 13 years while making many friends.
Bobby enjoyed working on his farm and traveling with his children and family. Bobby was active in the Masonic Lodge, American Legion and a member of the First Baptist Church of Lexington.
Memorial have been requested to be given to the American Legion post 6, the Lexington Masonic Lodge #138 , or the charity of one's choice. 

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Simcil, Frank E.

Funeral services for Frank E. Simcil will be a rosary, Monday, at 7 P.M. at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Lexington. Mass will be Tuesday at 2:30 PM. at Holy Family Catholic Church. Burial.will follow in the Lexington Cemetery. The family will receive visitors prior to the rosary.

Frank was born January 22, 1937 in Flatonia, Texas, one of six children born to the union of Edward J. Simcik and Louise (Weber) Simcik. Frank was raised in the Flatonia area and on June 23, 1962 he and Dorothy Dybala were married in Holman, Texas. Frank was a pot tender for ALCOA of Rockdale until 1995. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. He loved hunting, fishing, traveling, and dominoes.

Frank died Friday, March 27, 2015 in the Brackenridge Hospital in Austin. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Paul, John, and Charles Simcik.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Dorothy "Dot" Simcik; daughter, Kristina "Kristi" Simcik; grandchildren, James and Emily Simcik, all of Lexington; brother, Edward Simcik of Columbus; sister, Dorothy Melvin of Tampa, Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like memorials to be directed to the Holy Family Catholic Church in Lexington.

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Urban, Amanda Jenke

Funeral services for Amanda Urban, 90 of Manheim, Texas, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Manheim with Rev. Herb Keistman officiating. Burial will immediately follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, March 23, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The family will be present for visitation Monday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Mrs. Urban passed away the evening of Saturday March 21, 2015 at St. Mark's Medical Center in La Grange. 

Amanda Louise (Jenke) Urban was born on April 19, 1924 in Bastrop County, Texas to Otto Emil Jenke & Louise Anna (Eschberger) Jenke. She was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fedor, Texas on May 4, 1924 by Rev. William Seidel and confirmed there as well on April 10, 1938 by Rev. A.F. Michalk. Her confirmation verse was Revelations 3:11, "Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown". Amanda attended school in the Long Branch community and at Trinity Lutheran School in Fedor. She was united in marriage to Alfred Emil Urban on November 14, 1943 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fedor by Rev. A.F. Michalk. Their union was blessed with five children, Henry, Reinhold, Alfred Jr., Helen and Allan. Amanda was a loving and devoted homemaker and caregiver her entire life. She was a member of Ebenezer Lutheran Church where she helped to sew quilt tops for the LWML's Lutheran World Relief. She loved her family, animals, gardening and taking care of others.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Otto & Louise Jenke; her husband of 43 years, Alfred "Jim" Urban Sr.; her son, Alfred "Fritz" Urban Jr. and her great granddaughter, Kaylee Urban.

Amanda is survived by her four children, Henry Urban & his wife, Joyce of Paige, Reinhold Urban of Manheim, Helen Galipp & her husband, Paul of Schulenburg and Allan Urban of Giddings & his wife, Linda of Leander; her daughter-in-law, Donna Urban of Houston; nine grandchildren, Rodney Urban & his wife, Lenora of Houston, Michael Urban & his wife, Shea of Paige, Cheryl Adams & her husband, Bo of Schulenburg, Candy Carter & her husband, Randy of Houston, Michelle Zapalac & her husband, Barry of Cedar Park, Jaime Rainosek & her husband, Brian of Flatonia, Rachel Urban of Austin, Sarah Urban of Leander and David Urban & his fiancee, Morgan Hiser of Hutto; nine great grandchildren, Christopher Urban of Houston, Alexis Moore & Ryan Urban of Paige, Kambri & Kieryn Adams of Schulenburg, Cassidy & Casey Carter of Houston and Caleb & Jacob Zapalac of Cedar Park; her sister, Annie Schulz of Paige; her sister-in-law, Dalia Markert of Victoria as well as several nieces and nephews. 

Serving as pallbearers will be Rodney Urban, Michael Urban, David Urban, Bo Adams, Randy Carter, Barry Zapalac and Brian Rainosek. Honorary pallbearers will be Christopher Urban, Ryan Urban, Caleb Zapalac and Jacob Zapalac. 

Memorials may be made to Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 4146 West Highway 21, Paige, Texas 78659, Hospice Brazos Valley, 1048 North Jefferson, La Grange, Texas 78945 or to the charity of one's choice. 

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Walther, Marvin William

Marvin William Walther of Houston, Texas (formerly of Giddings, Texas) joined his Heavenly Father on March 21, 2015 at the age of 75, after a battle with leukemia. He was born July 16, 1939 in Warda, Texas, the first child of parents Wilhelm (Willie) and Anita Walther, who baptized him into the Christian faith two weeks after he was born. On April 11, 1954, he was confirmed at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Warda, where he received the verse that guided him during his life: “I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit” (John 15:5). 

Living his early years in Central Texas, Marvin keenly understood the importance of faith, family, and being obedient to God’s will in his life. At age 17, Marvin enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he honorably served his country for nine years throughout Texas, Mississippi, Colorado, England, Guam and Vietnam.

While stationed in Colorado, he met the love of his life, Carolyn Smith. They were united in Holy Matrimony on August 7, 1960, and began their life together in Austin. Marvin led a long and fulfilling life, retiring in 1994 after 28 years as a field engineering specialist with IBM. Then he moved to the country, where he reconnected with his rural roots, growing and selling hay, hunting deer, and clearing lakes and ponds of their fish.

Rooted in a strong Christian faith, Marvin was a dedicated member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Warda, Texas. He was also an active member of American Legion York Post 276 and Lee County Wildlife. His omnipresent smile and enthusiasm were admired by everyone.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents Willie and Anita Walther; brother-in-law Phil Going; brother-in-law Dick Smith; and good friends Frank Peters and Ed Richter.

Marvin is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Carol Walther; son Rodney and Susan Walther of Sugar Land, Texas; daughter Glenda and Curtis Davis of Giddings, Texas; daughter Karen and Jimmy Roberts of Spring, Texas; nine grandchildren (Lee and Brittany Davis, Kimberly and Billy Davis, James and Briana Davis, Tony and Natasha Davis, Lisa and Lance Sublett, Justin Roberts, Jordan Roberts, Brian Walther, and Kaitlyn Roberts); five great-grandchildren (Ariel Davis, Kaleigh Davis, Addison Davis, Tyler Davis, and Brielle Roberts); sister Shirley Going of Round Top, Texas; sister Mary and Bill Peikert of Athens, Texas; sister-in-law Ann Smith of Colorado; brother-in-law Don Smith of Colorado; sister-in-law Jo Ann Inman of Colorado and numerous “kinfolk” of nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

As a memorial, Marvin requested that donations be made out to Holy Cross Lutheran Church—Outreach to benefit their evangelism program. 

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Warda, Texas with Rev. Dennis Tegtmeier officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by the Giddings American Legion York Post 276, will immediately follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The family will be present for visitation Tuesday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and a prayer service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

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Watson, Nancy La Rue Delvige

Funeral services for Nancy La Rue Watson, 88 of Forest Grove are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 21, 2015 in the Forest Grove Christian Church. Burial in the Forest Grove Cemetery. Pastor Lance Walch will officiate. Visitation is 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale.

Nancy La Rue Watson was born September 27, 1926 in Milam County to Willie W. and Nancy Jane (McFarlin) Delvige. She was raised in the Florence Community near Adina in Lee County. She was her high school class Valedictorian and then earned her Business Degree certificate. La Rue worked in the Lexington State Bank from 1975 to 1977 and from 1977 to 1987 in Lexington I.S.D. as Tax Collector, but her favorite job was being a homemaker and taking care of her family. On December 16, 1947 she and Hubert Preston Watson were married in Rockdale. She was a member of Forest Grove Christian Church and the Eastern Star. La Rue loved to cook, work in her yard and collect her treasures of salt and pepper shakers and bells.

La Rue passed away Thursday morning, February 19, 2015 at her home in Forest Grove. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Preston Watson on October 1, 1995; her parents; two brothers, O.C. Delvige and Don Delvige and two sisters, Zelma Brinkmeyer and Alene Rowland.

Surviving are her daughters, Mary Margaret Ross and husband Ray of Rockdale, and Cynthia Kay Saegert and husband James of Rockdale; her sister, Willie Mae Morgan of Austin; four granddaughters, Meredith Ross, Allison Ross, Elizabeth Saegert and Erica Saegert and sister-in-law, Ruth Delvige of Westminister, Colorado.

Pallbearers are Travis Crim, Hollins Spence, Bob Hasselbush, Davis Edwards, Jim Delvige and Ronnie Rowland.
 

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Wilson, Betty L. Long Betty L. Wilson, 85 of Giddings, TX passed away on Tuesday March 31, 2015 in Giddings TX. 

Mrs. Wilson was born in June of 1929 in Vandalia, Missouri, to Harry and Bessie Long. Betty moved to Barstow in 1972 and lived and worked in the area until 2008. Mrs Wilson worked in many different fields but her most loved occupation was being a nurses aid. 

Betty is survived by her niece Thelma Arnold and family of Saint Louis, Missouri. 

Arrangements entrusted to Pecos Funeral Home in Pecos, Texas.
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Wolf, Gus W. Gus W. Wolf was born August 16, 1931 in Lexington, TX and passed away October 16, 2007 in Houston. He was raised in Port Arthur where he attended and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1950. He attended Texas Lutheran College, was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a former Texas Highway Patrolman, and retired from the Johnson Space Center. He was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. He is survived by wife Grace Wolf, daughter Suzanne Fagan, son Louis Wolf, daughter in law Stephanie Wolf, and the best granddaughter in the world, Lindsay Fagan. Gus was a member of the La Porte Masonic Lodge #857; Houston Scottish Rite, 32 degrees; Ducks Unlimited; Texas Rifle Association; National Rifle Association; Coastal Conservation Association, and Montana Wildlife Association. In lieu of usual remembrances donations may be made to: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center P.O. Box 4486 Houston, TX 77210-4486 or Houston Hospice 1905 Holcombe Blvd. Houston, TX 77030. Visitation will be held Friday October 19 at 6-8 pm at Paul U. Lee La Porte Funeral Home Chapel. A memorial service will be held Saturday October 20 at 2 PM at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

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