Gustav Herald, 96, of Johnson City, formerly of St. Cloud, MN, died Monday, June 14, 2004, at LBJ Medical Center Nursing Home in Johnson City.
Funeral services were held Friday, June 18, at Foley Funeral Home. The Rev. Jeff Loewen officiated. Burial was in the Maywood Covenant Cemetery in Foley, MN.
Gustav was born Nov. 28, 1907, in Eichelberg, Germany, to Johann and Dorothea (Zier) Herold. He married Eunice Olson Jan. 19, 1944, in St. Cloud, MN. He came to the U.S. from Germany at the age of 16. He carried a pistol in his sock when arriving in New York because he was worried about the Indians he had seen in many Western movies.
Gus was U.S. Army veteran of WWII, serving from Jan. 19, 1943, to Nov. 9, 1945. He was a cake decorator in the Army, specializing in Gothic letters. Gus was a nurse’s aid at the St. Cloud VA for more than 24 years. He was also a plumber of 20 years.
The couple lived in St. Cloud most of their life and lived in Johnson City for the past 22 years. His wife, Eunice, was born and raised near Estate Brooke, MN, and graduated from Foley High School.
Gus is survived by his wife, Eunice, of Johnson City; sons Jerry and wife Elsa of Forrest Heights, MD; Robert (Bob) and wife Cheryl of Albert Lea, MN; Donald of Muskogee, OK; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and one sister.
EVA LOIS STUELER
Lois Stueler passed away June 24, 2004, in Johnson City at the age of 88.
She was born Nov. 19, 1915, to Edward Foster and Ella Lange Foster in Dripping Springs. She married Frank Alton Stueler Aug. 8, 1936, in Johnson City.
Two sons were born to this union, Alton Douglas and Ronald Lee. She, Frank, and the boys lived in San Antonio until Frank’s death in 1959 after which she and the boys returned to Johnson City.
In the late ’70s, Lois moved to Marble Falls to work and live with her eldest son and his wife. After retiring in 1989, she moved back to Johnson City.
Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, her sons, Doug and Ronnie, two sisters, and a brother.
Lois is survived by two grandsons and their wives, Kevin and Carol, and Keith and Charlene of Johnson City. Also she is survived by four great- grandchildren; and her sister Marie Conley of Austin; daughters-in-law Sherry Stueler of Johnson City and Bobbie Chambless of Austin; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Her pallbearers include Perry Holt, Pat Robertson, David Woods Jr., Kevin Stueler and Keith Stueler. Graveside services were held June 28, 2004, at the Post Oak Cemetery. Services entrusted to Crofts Funeral Home Johnson City.
D.J. Whittington Jr.
D.J. Whittington Jr., 71, of Johnson City, TX, passed away Monday, Sept. 6, 2004. Funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 9, at First Baptist Church in Johnson City.
D.J. is survived by his wife, Gertrude, with whom he celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 28, 2004. He is also survived by son Gordon and his wife, Catherine, of Marietta, GA, and their son, Jason Kelly, and family, of Augusta, GA. D.J. is also survived by son Sam and his wife, Susan, of Johnson City, and their children, Rilee and Luke. D.J. is also survived by brother-in-law Bobby Uecker, and his wife, Rhonda, of Blanco. Preceding D.J. in death were his parents, Des and Lela Whittington, sister Greta Uecker, nephew Mark Uecker and niece Becky Finklea.
Born in Algiers, LA, on July 19, 1933, D.J. spent his childhood in Devers, TX. He was a graduate of Sam Houston State, where he was a founding member of the rodeo club. In 1957, he and Gertrude moved to Johnson City, there entering the ranching and meat processing business. D.J. was a charter member of the Texas Association of Meat Processors and became known regionally as “the jerky man,” due to his popular beef jerky still made in Johnson City. He retired from that industry in 1999, when he sold Johnson City Locker Plant.
D.J. was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Johnson City and a member of the Johnson City Lions Club for over 40 years. As a longtime member and past president of the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce, he was honored in 2003 with a Golden Service Award. D.J. coached Little League for several years, and for over 20 years, he and his family hosted Easter sunrise services on the family ranch on Miller Creek.
D.J. served over 25 years on the Pedernales Soil and Water Conservation District, for which he was Outstanding Conservationist in 1970. He also was named an Honorary Chapter Farmer by the local FFA. D.J. bred and trained Catahoula cowdogs, winning several awards and hosting cowdog competitions.
Arrangements are under the direction of Crofts Funeral Homes, Johnson City: 830/868-4444. Internment will be at Miller Creek Cemetery. In lieu of the usual remembrances, family requests donations be made in memory of D.J. Whittington to: First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 417, Johnson City, TX 78636; or to the charity of your choice.
Joel P. Smith
Joel Phillip Smith, age 90, passed away on Tuesday, September 7, 2004, at the LBJ Medical Center in Johnson City, Texas.
Joel was born on October 28, 1913, at the Smith Ranch in Round Mountain, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl C. Smith and Bertha Crownover Smith, sister Cleo Smith Parsons, and brother Glen Crownover Smith.
He lived his life as a rancher, cattleman, and cowboy on the ranch of which he was born and raised. He spent much of his early days traveling the rodeo circuit to rope with friends and relatives, and was still able to ride and throw a loop well into his senior years. He will be remembered for his knowledge of local and family history, his quick wit and wonderful sense of humor. He leaves a legacy rich with family tradition and a love of the ranch land.
Joe is survived by his wife of 65 years, Thelma Alderson Smith, who he married on December 22, 1938.
He is also survived by daughter Camilla Jo and her husband Walter Pilgrim of Johnson City, daughter Frankie Ann and her husband Kirby Hohenberger of Johnson City, four grandchildren, Leann Kunz, Midge Dockery, Jason Hohenberger and Jennifer Helfrich, along with five great grandchildren, Quinten Kunz, Kelli Kunz, Devon Dockery, Hannah Dockery and Joel Helfrich.
Visitation was held on Thursday, September 9, 2004 from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm at Crofts Funeral Home in Johnson City, Texas. Memorial service will be held at 10:00 am at Walnut United Methodist Church located approximately three-quarters of a mile west of FM 962 on RR 3347, Round Mountain, Texas. Interment will be immediately following at the Smith Cemetery also on RR 3347. Pall bearers include Kermit Sultemeier, Melvin Sultemeier, Brigham White, Hatch Smith, Quinten Kunz, Jason Hohenberger, Joe Don Dockery, Jason Helfrich and Kenny Boswell.
Memorials may be made to Walnut United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice.
Thekla Wengenroth, age 94, passed away on Thursday, October 14, 2004, at her home in Kendalia.
Thekla was born April 25, 1910, in Blanco, Texas to Herman and Emma Jonas Fischer. She lived there until her family moved to Kendalia on January 21, 1921. She married Watler Wengenroth on May 12, 1930 and they lived on Walter’s ranch south of Kendalia.
Thekla was preceded in death by her husband, Walter, her parents, her brothers- Alvin and Edgar, her sisters- Hilda and Alvina. Thekla is survived by her sisters, Emma Werner of Comfort and Norma Krause of Kendalia and numerous neices and nephews who will miss her dearly.
In 1990, Thekla and her brother, Edgar, moved to Kendalia to Edgar’s place. This was her home until her death.
During her lifetime, she worked side by side with her husband, Walter, in the fields and whatever needed to be done. She assisted in the community by quilting raffle quilts & was very supportive of Trinity Lutheran Church in Blanco.
She was known for her cooking. If anyone showed up around noon, you were invited to eat. She also loved bowling and still went to watch. She played bunco with the Kendalia ladies each month and was supportive of the community club and the local fire department.
Funeral services will be Saturday, October 16 at 1:00 P. M. in Trinity Lutheran Church in Blanco with Pastor Annamae Storbeck officiating. She will be buried beside her husband in the Kneupper Cemetery in Kendalia. Palbearers will be Bryan Werner, Tom Gary, Owen Dwight Blevens, Frank Brussel, Jr., Terry Brussel, and Aaron Nuckles.
Maxine Brown, 82, passed away February 9, 2005 in Dripping Springs, Texas. She was a lifelong resident of Okolona, Ms., prior to moving two years ago to be closer to her daughter. She and her beloved husband, William O. Brown (deceased May, 1, 2004) enjoyed their Texas experience and their marriage of 52 years. She was a career woman who at one time managed up to 100 employees, a beloved mother, wife and friend and a member of the Methodist Church. During World War II she aided the war effort working in Amory, Ms., where bombs were manufactured.
Survivors include her daughter, Jacquelyn Hatch of Driftwood, texas and a sister, Gladys Hinton of Panama City, FL.
Her final resting place is Chickasaw Memorial gardens in Houston, Ms., next to her beloved husband. There will be no planned services in Houston. She request that individuals back home send up a prayter for world peace. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity.
Marian Frances (Kent) Waldrope
Marian Frances (Kent) Waldrope, 78, passed away Sunday, February 6, 2005. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 8 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home Chapel in Llano with Rev. David Griffin officiating. Interment followed at the Llano City Cemetery.
She was born July 23, 1926 in Blanco County to Agnes (Gorley) and Jeff Kent and died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2005, in Llano.
She was married to Donald C. Waldrope on July 7, 1945, in Johnson City.
She was a co-owner of Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Homes, Inc. in both Llano and Kingsland and was a member of the Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church in Llano.
She had resided in Llano since 1953 coming from Falfurrias.
Preceding her in death were her husband on Dec. 19, 1988; son Dale Kent Waldrope and brother Royal Kent.
Survivors include daughters Donna Davis of Llano; Diane Hatfield of Llano; sister Billie Melancon of Marble Falls; brothers Bernie Kent of Round Mountain, and Luke Kent of Sandy; sisters-in-law Lela Kent of San Angelo, Mildred Waldrope of Rowlette; grandchildren Ronnie Walters, Deann Wilson, Penny Walters, Brad Hatfield; great grandchildren Destiny, Diamond, Ron, Rose Marian, Tyler, Tyson, Sunshine and Andrew Kent; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Randy Scott, Kirk Winfrey, Mike Bonney, Ronnie Yates, James Bradshaw, Cary Otto, Bob Gammage and Rod Decker.
Honorary pallbearers will be Horace Etheridge, John Rabb, Tom Yates and Gary Reed.