Obituaries


Larry Doyle Dierking

Larry Doyle Dierking, age 68, died peacefully on June 21, 2021.  Visitation for Larry will be held on Friday, June 25, from 8 am-7 pm with the family present from 5 pm- 7 pm at Brenham Memorial Chapel located at 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, Texas. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 26, at 10 am at St. James Lutheran Church of New Wehdem with Pastor Evan Cameron officiating. Burial will be following the service in the church cemetery.  Larry was born September 12, 1952 to Willie, Jr. and Pearlie Henske Dierking in Brenham, Texas. Larry attended school at Kenney-New Wehdem Elementary School. He then went to Bellville High School and was the first class to graduate in the new auditorium. He graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelor of science degree in 1975. Growing up Larry enjoyed Boy Scouts and Junior Lutherans. He was a life-long member of St. James Lutheran Church of New Wehdem and served on the church council including as president. Larry enjoyed working – hauling hay, welding fences, working cattle and horses. Larry could build anything; from barns to swing sets. After retirement he enjoyed spending time on his ranch in South, TX, hunting deer and hogs; spending time with his grandchildren and riding his ranger checking fences. He also enjoyed playing dominos with his friends, especially 42.  Larry was preceded in death by his parents, William Dierking, Jr. and Pearlie Henske Dierking. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandparents, William Dierking Sr. and Selma Mueller Dierking and Charlie and Almeta Ueckert Henske. He got his love of the outdoors from his grandfather, William Dierking, Sr..  Larry is survived by his loving wife Sally, his children, Marc Dierking (Brooke) and Laurel Washington (Marcus); his grandchildren, Paisley, Palmer and Harper Dierking; his sisters, Cheryl Buenger (Bruce) and Donna Huebner (Glenn); Uncle Clarence Dierking and several nephews and cousins.  The family would like to thank his close friends, caretakers, doctors and hospice personnel who cared for Larry during his illness.  Memorial contributions can be made to St. James Lutheran Church of New Wehdem, the American Diabetes Association, Allumine Hospice of College Station or the charity of your choice.  Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel and online condolences may be shared with the family at www.brenhammemorialchapel.com.

Victoria Meschwitz

Victoria Meschwitz died June 14, 2021.  A visitation will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 20, 2021 at Memorial Oaks Chapel. Her funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 21,2021 at Memorial Oaks Chapel with Pastor Bob Hofmann officiating.  Burial to follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Burton, TX.  Victoria is survived by her daughter Marchell Meschwitz; grandchildren Marisia and Aramondo; brother Johnny and sister-in-law Darlene Ligues of Brenham, Texas; and sister Pas Kellogg of Crystal Falls, Michigan.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, Texas 77833.  To post a tribute to the family visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Denise-Rosan Ebert

Denise-Rosan Ebert passed away peacefully on June 11, 2021.  “Dana” as her loving husband of 60 years would call her, was born in Alexandria, Egypt on October 10, 1932, where her parents of European descent had immigrated in the Early 1900’s.  Denise briefly attended French and English-speaking schools, but spent the majority of her school years at the German Catholic School of Alexandria where she excelled and became proficient in several languages. She spoke Italian, French, German, Arabic and was self-taught in Spanish. As a girl, Denise spoke Greek with her grandmother and friends. She had a very unique accent when she spoke English which her friends and family loved to hear.  Denise and Harvey were married in Alexandria on December 30, 1954. They lived and worked in Egypt until 1958, when Harvey was transferred to Libya where they lived until 1972 with their two children Lisa and John.  Denise was a talented seamstress and had received a certificate of accomplishment from a fashion school in Paris for some of her designs.  During the first years in the United States, she worked and designed many clothes for clients in the Houston region.  Harvey and Denise started Harvey’s Water Well Company in 1978, where Denise worked managing the business for many years.  Denise was preceded in death by her husband Harvey J. Ebert, Sr., parents Alexander and Mary Rosan and siblings Fernando, Augusto, Victor, Bruno, and Paula Rosan Abel.  Surviving family includes her daughter Lisa Ebert-Stacey; son John Ebert and wife Linda; grandson Jamie John Ebert and wife Brook and their two children Addie Grace and Walker John; grandson Desmond Riley Traudt and special friend Lauren; nephew Stan Abel and wife Staci and their two sons Desmond and Christian; niece Diane Abel-Petan and husband Greg and their sons Jake and Jordan; nephew Henry Rosan and niece Marlena Rosan.  Visitation for Denise Rosan-Ebert will be at Brenham Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, June 15th from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. A private family service for Denise will be held on Wednesday, June 16th with burial following at Eben-Ezer Lutheran Church Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for memorials to be sent to Eben-Ezer Lutheran Church, 356 South Berlin Road, Brenham, TX 77833.  Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Memories may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

Ellen W. Ellison

Ellen W. Ellison danced into heaven June 4, 2021 ready to celebrate and be home.  Ellen was born March 20, 1934 in Lufkin, Texas to Warden and Elsie Wells. She was a graduate of Clovis, New Mexico High School and Texas Tech University. She also attended Texas A&M for graduate work. Ellen married James Roy “JR/Jim” Ellison, September 7, 1952.  She is survived by her husband, Jim; children and their spouses Chuck and Tedi Ellison, Margie and Larry Warren and PJ Ellison; grandchildren Kimberly and Dave Russell, Courtney and Lance Harvell, Trevor and Rachel Warren, Kelsey Warren and Nathan Warren; great grandchildren Katheryn and Karter Russell and Bodie and Ellie Harvell; and nephew Mike Wells.  She is preceded in death by her parents Charles and Elsie Guinn, her brother Curtis Wells, daughter-in-law Sharon Ellison, son-in-law Michael Kalil, Jr. and nephews Steve and Rick Wells.  Ellen was involved and worked passionately throughout her career in the floriculture industry. She and Jim owned and operated The Mad Hut, The Flower Pot, Ellison’s Florist and Gift Shop and Ellison’s Greenhouses. She was a teacher in her early career and became the first female president of Brenham Independent School District.  After retirement Ellen continued to champion the floriculture industry and her efforts culminated in the establishment of the Ellen and Jim Ellison Chair in International Floriculture at Texas A&M University which continues to guide and serve the industry. In 2019, Ellen and Jim were inducted into the Society of American Florists Hall of Fame. In 2002 she was inducted into the TAMU Horticulture Hall of Fame. Ellen was a leader, trailblazer, visionary, mentor, trainer and giver. She was a gracious lady and a welcoming presence. Although small in stature, she left huge footprints wherever she went. As gracious and kind as she was, those who knew her never backed her into a corner because she fiercely and invariably prevailed.  She loved deeply, beautifully and completely. She lived life with an intensity that changed the world around her and made it a better place....every day.  Pallbearers are: Trevor Warren, Nathan Warren, Dave Russell, Lance Harvell, Jack Weatherford, Jimmy Klepac and Arthur Hlavac.  Honorary Pallbearers are: former team members of Ellison’s Greenhouses and the Advisory Members of the Ellison Chair.  There will be a Celebration of Life Service, Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at the Cowboy Church of Brenham at 2:00 p.m. with a reception following at Rockin’ Star Ranch.  Memorials can be made to: Brazos Valley Hospice, 302 East Blue Bell Road, Brenham, Texas; Washington-on-the Brazos State Park Association, P.O. Box 1, Washington, Texas 77880; Cowboy Church of Brenham, 4400 SH-105, Brenham, Texas 77833.  Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Memories may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

Gary Phillip Schroeder

Gary Phillip Schroeder, age 45, passed away May 31, 2021.  Phillip was born July 16, 1975 in Houston, Texas to Gary and Lynn Schroeder. He was baptized October 26, 1975 and confirmed May 7, 1989 both at Advent Lutheran Church in Houston. Phillip was a 1993 graduate of Dwight D. Eisenhower High School. He received his Associate Degree in Business Management from Tyler Jr. College.  Phillip loved rooting for the Astros, Dallas Cowboys and all UT teams. He was very proud of his Southern, Texas and German heritage. Phillip always wanted to be a farmer and cattleman. He realized his passion upon the death of his grandfather. Phillip enjoyed working cattle, fencing, and shredding. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, especially if he had companions. He also enjoyed sitting on the deck watching cattle and the weather. Phillip’s big heart and smile led him to always help family and friends at any time or in anyway. Uncle Lip’s favorite pastime was taking his younger cousins riding through the pastures and letting them help drive. Phillip loved being with his nieces, helping them move to new places and having spirited conversations. Phillip and Matt worked well together and loved talking sports. Phillip and Krista had a very tight and loving relationship. Phillip also enjoyed working in the kitchen at home or at Kinsmen Lutheran Church breakfasts, congregational meetings and Thanksgiving Feast.  Phillip is preceded in death by his grandparents, two aunts and an uncle.  He is survived by his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Krista and Matt Dankert; nieces, Kennedy and Kylie Dankert; aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.  Phillip will be dearly missed, but his loving and generous spirit will live on in all of us.  Visitation will be Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 10 a.m. at Kinsmen Lutheran Church (12100 Champion Forest Houston, Texas 77066) with services to begin at 11 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the church or charity of your choice.  Memories may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

Wilfred “Peanut” Gaskamp

Wilfred “Peanut” Gaskamp, 85. Our beloved father and friend passed away on June 6, 2021. Wilfred, known to everyone as “Peanut”, was born on September 24, 1935 in Gay Hill, Texas to Clara ”Seilheimer” and Gus Gaskamp.  Peanut was a great man who always had a smile on his face and never met a stranger. He loved to talk and laugh but if he got upset with you, he would give you the silent treatment for at least 3 hours! There were so many things in life that Peanut enjoyed like fishing, hunting, cooking, bbq’s, sitting at the kitchen window and watching the deer and his pride and joy, Phoebe, who was always beside him or sat in his lap as he sat in his recliner and either watched TV or looked out the window. His true passion though was dancing and he loved getting out there to the dance halls and listening to his favorite band, Blue Denim Band and swinging his lady friends around on the dance floor. Peanut was a painting contractor and an active member of the Latium Wesley Greenvine fire department. Peanut was greatly loved and will be incredibly missed by all who were blessed to know him.  Peanut is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife of 39 years, Dorothy Gaskamp; his second wife of 20 years, Charlotte “Parkison” Gaskamp; his brothers, Gilbert, Jacob (Joyce) and Larry Gaskamp; his sister, Doris Ebers; his granddaughter, Melissa Lauter-Stokes and his son in law, Jerry Lauter. Peanut is survived by his daughters, Karen Lauter and Theresa Orts (Jimmy Anders); grandchildren, Amanda Lauter (Blake), Jason Riggins (Jamie), Colby Orts (Leslie) and Ethan Orts; two great grandchildren, Madyson Meier and Riley Stokes; sister in law, Helen Gaskamp and many nieces and nephews.  A Memorial Gathering for Peanut will be held on Saturday, June 19, 2021, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at Brenham Memorial Chapel located at 2300 Stringer Street, Brenham, Texas. A Celebration of Peanut’s life will begin at 11:00 am with a reception to follow at the Brenham Elks Lodge located at 400 E Germania Street, Brenham, TX.  Honorary pallbearers will include the members of the Blue Denim Band and all their fans.

Gerdine Buerger Blome

Gerdine Buerger Blome, 88 of the Sandy Hill Community, died June 10, 2021.  Viewing at Brenham Memorial Chapel will be Friday, June 11 from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 12 at 11 a.m. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Sandy Hill with Rev. Kris Brower officiating. Visitation with family and friends will be held at 10:30 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the church cemetery.  Gerdine was born August 25, 1932 in Washington County to Adolf and Ella Berger Buerger. She was baptized on September 18, 1932 by Rev. Geo Czerkus and confirmed on March 30, 1947 by Rev. W.C. Poehlmann both at St. Matthew Lutheran Church.  On April 8, 1951, she married Wilfred Blome at St. Matthew Lutheran in Sandy Hill by Rev. A. M. Fiedler. Gerdine was a housewife, but also worked four years at Vernon Ball Greenhouses and then 15 years at Perry Brothers. She was the church organist at Sandy Hill for 40 years and was also a substitute organist at St. James Lutheran Church of Wiedeville. She was a lifelong member of St. Matthew Lutheran of Sandy Hill.  Gerdine was a gifted seamstress. She sewed blankets as baby and graduation gifts as well as for Lutheran World Relief and local charities. She enjoyed quilting with the Sandy Hill ladies. She also proudly crocheted baby blankets for every niece and nephew and tablecloths for wedding gifts.  She also was an avid gardener and helped Wilfred with their cattle.  She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters and brothers-in-law, Hortense and George Rhodes, Dorothy Wehmeyer and Fred Louis Heckmann.  Survivors include: her husband of 70 years, Wilfred Blome; sister, Majorie Heckmann; brother-in-law Calvin Wehemeyer all of Brenham and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.  Gerdine was Godmother to seven children: Glenn Reimer, Kirby Lampe, Debbie Mueller, Tammy Lampe Whidden, Kendall Kramer, Stephanie Ball and Rachel Kramer Phife.  Pallbearers will be Mark Lehmann, Kim Mueller, Glenn Reimer, Daniel Phife, Kendall Kramer and Kirby Lampe.  Memorials are requested to St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Sandy Hill, Hospice Brazos Valley or a charity of choice.  Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Memories may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

Earl Blum

Earl Blum, 89, died Monday June 7, 2021 in the comfort of his own home.A funeral service will be held at 10 am, Friday June 11, 2021 at Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Karen Buck officiating. Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 pm Thursday June 10, 2021 at Memorial Oaks Chapel.Mr. Blum is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Lisa Blum, David and Sandra Blum; and son Jason Blum; daughter and son-in law, Karen and Mike Mueller; his brother Barry Blum; sister Carolyn Heidemann; sister-in-law Doris Blum; grandchildren, Marcus, Nathan and Meghan Blum, Kelly Pohorelsky and husband Thomas, Kevin Blum and wife Alayni, Kyle Mueller and wife Emily, Amanda Mueller, Ryan Blum and fiancé Lanie Bones, Justin, Leonora and Gavin Blum; great-grandchildren Emily Pohorelsky and Brittan Blum. He is also survived by his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Marvin and Joyce Marburger; and numerous loved nieces and nephews.Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833. To post a tribute to the family,visitwww.memorialoakschapel.com.

The Honorable Gladys (Jurchak) Oakley

The Honorable Gladys (Jurchak) Oakley, 94, of Bellville, passed away at her home on June 1, 2021.  She is survived by her daughter: Mary Ann Oakley Christensen and husband Dr. Robert E. Christensen; son: Charles F. Oakley, Jr.; 7 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; nephews: Bruce Buenger and wife Cheryl, and Greg Buenger and wife, Anneta; and numerous other family members and friends.  In lieu of flowers, a remembrance can be made to Gladys’ favorite charities which include the Austin County Boys and Girls Club, St. John's Lutheran Church of Bellville, and the Bellville Hospital Foundation.  Gathering of Family and Friends will be held from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at the Schmidt Funeral Home in Bellville.  A Celebration of Life will be held at 4:00 P.M., Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at St. John Lutheran Church with Reverend Phillip Fenton officiating.  Arrangements under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home, P.O. Box 610, 12029 Hwy 36 South, Bellville, Texas 77418 – (979)865-2424 – www.schmidtfunerals.com

Robert Allen “Uncle Bob” Kiesewetter

Robert Allen “Uncle Bob” Kiesewetter, 97, passed away peacefully on June 3, 2021, at the home of his family, Kent, Lynn, and James D. Kiesewetter, in Katy, Texas.  Robert “Bobby” Kiesewetter was born in Bellville, Texas, on May 22, 1924; he attended Bellville High School and graduated in 1942.  After High School, he joined the Army Air Corp and was a Corporal in the 349th Night Fighter Squadron during World War II; in 1946, he was honorably discharged from the military.  He moved to Houston, where he found a passion for millwork and creating cabinets.  There were three ways to do things:  The Right Way, the Wrong way, or the Bob Kiesewetter; with this discipline and determination, he grew a successful cabinet shop into a millwork manufacturing company.  Robert became a part-owner of Fixtures International, Inc. and retired in 1991.  After retirement, he lived in the Carmine- Round Top area and took care of his mother, Hattie Kiesewetter, until her passing in 1996 at the age of 97.  Over a 40-year period, Uncle Bob acquired the property in Shelby, Round Top, and Carmine, Texas, where he enjoyed raising cattle.  He had a prolific memory and could tell you the exact acreage near each cross fence. He expected the best out of everything, but the best was average; if he knew you, he knew you were capable of more, and he never let it go until you saw it too.  He loved to travel and especially gambling in Las Vegas and Lake Charles, playing video poker.  Robert is preceded in death by his parents Hattie Schroeder Kiesewetter, William Kiesewetter, brothers Wilbur, and James F. Kiesewetter, sisters Leila Daniels and Pearl Radabaugh, and his companion of 50 years, Sue Blair.  He is survived by many nieces, nephews, and family.  We are grateful for Uncle Bob's caregivers over the past 4 years, especially: Karen, Maria Esther, Marisa, Beth, and Rosa, who laughed, learned, and cared unconditionally for his every need during his transition.  Pallbearers:  Kent Kiesewetter, James D. Kiesewetter, Robert E. “Bobby” Kiesewetter, Wayne Hegefeld, Corey Kiesewetter, and Willie McKenzie.  Honorary Pallbearer: Casey Kiesewetter.  Graveside Service will be held at Pilgrims Rest Cemetery, Bellville, Texas, on June 6th at 12:30 pm.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to The American Legion, VFW, Round Top Warrenton VFD, or Carmine VFD.  Visit the Knesek Family Funeral Chapels website to sign the guest book or to send a sympathy card www.knesekfuneralhome.com  Knesek Family Funeral Chapels (Wallis, Sealy and Bellvil

 

LeRoy Frank Tegeler Jr.

LeRoy Frank Tegeler Jr. died Friday May 28, 2021 at home and at peace.  A memorial service will be held at 11 am, Thursday June 3, 2021 at Abiding Word Lutheran Church. A luncheon and visitation to follow. Rev. Martin Moore will officiate.  He is survived by his wife, Lottie, son and daughter-in-law, Bubba and Sarah Tegeler of Katy, Texas and daughter Dana Tegeler of Seabrook, Texas. Grandsons Owen and Everett Tegeler of Katy, Texas. Sisters-in-law Edina Kossow of Lakeland, Florida and Rhonda Burleson of Mineola, Texas.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833. To post at tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Thomas Homer McMahon, Jr.

Thomas Homer McMahon, Jr., 80, a resident of Washington, Texas since 2000 passed away on June 4, 2021.  He was born November 9, 1940 in the Saintly City (St. Paul) Minnesota. Tom was a cowboy deep in his heart since the spaghetti western days of Audie Murphy and Roy Rogers.  He often said “I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could” but he never left his Midwestern roots behind.  He was the best dressed cowboy with a collection of cowboy boots and hats for every occasion and a pocketful of handi-wipes.  A real gentleman, Tom’s Irish roots touched everyone around him.  His Irish eyes were always smiling, with laughter and a kind word.  With friends from coast to coast and all around the world, he had the gift of gab and could be found on the phone daily calling those friends to check on them and just catch up with the news of the day.  He had the McMahon “talk gene” and frankly, he could talk to a “post”.  His favorite travel destinations were Ireland and Scotland.  Today, he is surely practicing his golf swing with his new Heavenly golf clubs and driving 300 yards as he always dreamed he could do.  Proud of his Irish heritage he was always offering up Irish Prayers, believing those were the most powerful and healing prayers for his friends in need.  Tom was a highly respected executive in the shopping center business for over forty years.  He created many friendships in the industry that lasted well beyond his working years in the business.  He loved the simplicity of life in the country. After a career in Commercial Real Estate with several national retailers, he was content to live in the tiny town of Washington, Texas, with his horses, dogs, and wide open spaces.   He found his life partner with Cyndee Smith when they started their journey in 1992.  He is survived by daughter Kate McMahon and son-in-law Tom Hoppensteadt of Cape Cod, MA; son Sean McMahon and daughter-in-law Shannon of Scottsdale, AZ; sister Sheila and brother-in-law Ray Meyer of St. Paul, MN and his stepdaughter, Angie Gonzales of The Woodlands, TX.  The sun rose and set with his grandchildren, Reece Hoppensteadt of Cape Cod and Emery McMahon of Scottsdale.  Services will be held on Tuesday, June 8 at 11 am at Cowboy Church of Brenham, 4400 Hwy 105, Brenham, Texas, followed by a reception at the same location.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Camp For All (www.campforall.org) or Washington on the Brazos Historical Foundation (www.wheretexasbecametexas.org).   Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Memories may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

Arnold Knuppel

Arnold Knuppel, 92, of Brenham, TX, died on May 30, 2021 in Bryan, TX. A visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at Memorial Oaks Chapel.  A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 3, 2021 at Christ Lutheran Church with Pastor Mark Groves officiating. Burial will follow at Prairie Lea Cemetery.  Mr. Knuppel is survived by his wife, Magdalene Knuppel; son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Ann Knuppel; daughter-in-law, Paula Hill; grandchildren, Alisha and Tim Hardwick, Mark Knuppel and fiancé Tabatha Blauen, Elizabeth Knuppel and significant other Andrew Maicke, Suzanne Knuppel and significant other Cody Stewart, and Jennifer Knuppel; great-grandchildren, Kylie Hardwick, Lilly Hardwick, William Hardwick; sister, Bernadine Blum; sister-in-law, Lenora Voelkel; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main Street, Brenham, TX 77833. To post a tribute to the family, visit www.memorialoakschapel.com.

Isaac Jones

Isaac Bowie Jones was born on July 31, 1941, in Big Spring, Howard County, Texas the son of Walter B. and Beatrice Bowie Jones. He graduated from Big Spring High School in 1959, and then attended Howard County Junior College. He was called into the United States Army, where he was stationed in Korea and was part of the Communications Pool. Upon returning home, he attended Texas Tech University, where he received his Textile Technology and Management Degree on May 16, 1960. In 1975, Ike moved to Brenham. He was employed by Brentex Mills as Plant Manager. On June 5, 1976, he was united in marriage to Peggy Martens at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bellville by the Rev. Willard Rotter. Ike was a big fan of Bob Wills and Western Swing Music. In his younger days, Saturday nights would find him at the Stampede in Big Spring dancing with every pretty girl he could find. His love of this music continued, as he and Peggy enjoyed going to the local opries to enjoy live music. Ike loved the game of golf and especially the time spent with the fellas of the Two Bit Club. He met many wonderful people through the game of golf and was always looking for that perfect shot. He had the engineer’s mind with the wheels always turning. Pencil behind his ear, he was trying to figure out how something worked or thinking of how to fix it. He seemed to always have a “project”. Just past midnight hour on May 28, 2021, Isaac was called Home to rest in the arms of Jesus. Isaac is survived by his wife Peggy Jones of Brenham; son Chris Jones of Lubbock; daughter Jamie Jones of Dallas; grandson Derrick Jones of Lubbock; sister Beverlyn Jones of Big Spring; brothers-in-law R.S. “Pat” Patterson of Big Spring and Lon Baucum of Abilene; sisters-in-law Mary Jones of Corpus Christi and Pasty Barrett of Bellville; and many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Walter B. and Beatrice Bowie Jones; brothers Walter Cameron “Amos” Jones and Gary Shelton Jones; sisters and brothers-in-law Lois Ann Jones, Ellen Jones, Jacqueline “Bitsy” and Harold Martin, Gay and Walker Hart, Iris Baucum, and Norma Lou Patterson; mother-in-law and fathers-in-law Lorene and Frank Hegar and Walter Martens; brother-in-law Robbie Barrett; and niece Christi Durham. Isaac attained the age of 79 years, 9 months, and 28 days. Visitation with family will be Tuesday, June 1 from 5-8 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 2 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church with Deacon Katharine Cameron officiating. Interment will follow in Pilgrims Rest Cemetery, Bellville. Pallbearers will be: Jason Barrett, Robert Hart, Derrick Jones, Harold Martin, Walter Martin and Kenneth Ray. Honorary pallbearers will be his Two Bit Club golf buddies. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, City of Brenham Pet Adoption Center, or the Brenham High School Golf Team. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Memories may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.

Gilbert O. Schroeder

Gilbert O. Schroeder, 85, passed away on May 27, 2021 in College Station, Texas.  Gilbert lived in Brenham and was formally from Axtell, Texas. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at Brenham Memorial Chapel in Brenham, Texas from  5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  The funeral will be held on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel in Brenham, Texas.  Graveside and burial service will be at 3:30 p.m. at Riesel Cemetery, Riesel, Texas.  Gilbert was born in Riesel, Texas.  He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Riesel, Texas.  He was the youngest of 10 children born to Henry W. Schroeder and Lydia Lehrmann Schroeder.  Gilbert was married to Evelyn Yvonne Willis of West, Texas on June 14, 1957 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Riesel, Texas.   To this marriage was born three sons, Calvin, Ronald and Bruce.   Evelyn and Gilbert were married for 39 years until her death in October, 1996.   Gilbert was a Senior Service Manager for Lacy Feed Co. and Plantation Foods for 40 years until he retired.  To his work family, Gilbert was known as “Aleman”, which means “German” in Spanish.  He was a dedicated and loyal employee.  After retirement, when he had the opportunity, Gilbert enjoyed visiting with his work friends.  He also loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and family, gardening, fishing, hunting and playing 42.  Gilbert married Gertrude Lehrmann on August 17, 2002 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church at Gay Hill, Texas.  He and Gertrude enjoyed gardening, traveling, visiting with family, friends and playing 42 and cards with friends and at the senior center in Brenham, Texas.  Gilbert is survived by his wife, Gertrude.  His sons, Calvin and wife, Rose, Ronald, and Bruce, grandchildren Tristan and fiancée, Reagan, Morgann and Caelyn.  His step-children, James Lehrmann (Lucretia)and their son, Toren (Stephanie); Patricia Cooke; Carolyn Conklin (Cary) and their son, Carson (Linsay and their children, William, Jackson, and McKenna), and their son, Colby (Brandy and their children Abigail, Sarah Beth and Tucker); Marilyn Snell and her daughter, Melissa Santanta (Scott and their children, James and Sophie) and her daughter, Courtney Tarbox (Jason and their children, Aubrey and Garrett), and Faye Rogers (Doyle,deceased).  Special friends Larry and Judy Kieke and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers are Tristan Schroeder, Roane Lacy, Jr., Ken Perry,  Scott Santanta, Lloyd Schwarze, James Lehrmann, Michael Aldridge, and Brian Brewer.  Honorary Pallbearers are Epifanio Portillo, Dick Taylor, Pete Palasota, Roger Dale Kocian, Floyd Hueske, EJ Kasper, John Randolph, and Wayne Hurst. The family wishes to thank the medical staff at Baylor Scott and White in College Station, Texas  for the excellent care that Gilbert received.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 8201 Old Gay Hill Road, Brenham, Texas 77833. Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel and online condolences may be shared with the family at www.brenhammemorialchapel.com.

T.K. Condron

T.K. Condron passed away on Sunday, May 23, 2021 at the age of 98. A funeral service will be held at First Baptist Church of Brenham on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation starting at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery.  T.K. was born on September 17, 1922 in Throckmorton, Texas to C. C. “Monk” and Ollie Peeler Condron. Upon graduation from high school, he attended Texas A&M University until December 1941 when Pearl Harbor was bombed, and he immediately enlisted in the Army. During his service in Indianapolis, he met the love of his life, Christine Condron.  They were happily married for 70 years before her death in 2015.  Upon his retirement from Texas Rice Inc. in Houston, he fulfilled his dream of returning to living in the country and raising cattle.  T. K. and Christine considered their acreage in Brenham as a “slice of heaven.”  If one word could describe T. K., that word would be service.  When Christine began deteriorating from dementia, he tirelessly cared for her for eight years before her death on June 15, 2015.  He loved God, family, country, and his fellowmen.  He was extremely involved in church having served as Deacon, Sunday School Director and Teacher, Chairman of multiple committees among several other jobs.   For the past 40 years, T. K. has been a member at First Baptist Church of Brenham.   He was extremely devoted to providing food to the less fortunate in Washington County through his involvement in Bread Partners.   He had a heart for helping others in need – often delivering food to individuals who called.  He would always say that he could not allow someone to go hungry.  For his service, he was awarded the Lifetime Service Award by Adult and Teen Challenge of Brenham.  T.K. never met a stranger and was never at a loss for words. One of his greatest pleasures was telling stories and "solving the world's problems" with his Bread Partner group on Thursdays.  T.K. is survived by his daughters, Shirley Stevens and Glenna Knight (Joe), his son, Trevin Condron (Cindi), eight grandchildren, Bryan Stevens, Katrina Kauffman, Shannon Deer, Kristin Dickerson, Lindsay Pitman, Colt Groth, Ginny Groth and Luke Condron, seventeen great grandchildren, Garrett, Reagan and Carson Stevens, R. J., Zachary and Nicholas Kauffman, Madi McDonald, Harper Pitman, Emma and Colten Groth, Turner, Tillman, Truett, and Tennessee Dickerson, Brayden, Brynna and Byrdie Laird, sister-in-law Brenda Condron, brother-in law Hubert Stacy, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by treasured “family of the heart” who he loved dearly and allowed him to stay in his home until his final day.  T.K. was preceded in death by his wife, Christine; brother, Blake Condron; son-in-law, Freddie Stevens; granddaughter- in-law, Aly Groth, and great grandchild, Gracie Groth.  Serving as pallbearers are Luke Condron, Ryan Deer, Troy Dickerson, Colt Groth, Robby Kauffman, and Bryan Stevens.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to New Beginnings Pregnancy Center at 1016 East Blue Bell Road, Brenham, Texas 77833, 979.836.0397; Bread Partners of Washington County, P. O. Box 1202, Brenham, Texas 77834; or the charity of your choice.

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