2011-04-21 / Obituaries

Elbert D. Menzel

April 29, 1936 - April 16, 2011

Elbert D. Menzel passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, April 16, 2011. Elbert was born on April 29, 1936, the son of Edwin and Erna (Leubner) Menzel at Serbin, Texas. He was baptized at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Serbin, Texas. He grew up and attended Lutheran schools in Lincoln and Giddings, was confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings. His confirmation verse was Isaiah 51:10 “I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God, for he hath clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness.” He graduated from Giddings High School in 1954. He volunteered for service in the United States Army and served in Germany as an interpreter since he was fluent in German. While serving in Germany he helped manage the Officers Club and formed friendships with the German staff. This Service time shaped his future years. He reached the rank of Sergeant while serving in the Army.

Elbert married Annette Marie Niemeyer on November 25, 1961, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings with Rev. Max Studtmann officiating. They lived in Austin and were active members at Redeemer Lutheran Church. In 1974, they returned to Giddings and Immanuel Lutheran Church where he served faithfully as elder for many years. Elbert retired from the State of Texas General Land Office. He enjoyed raising cattle, building furniture, playing dominoes, and being a Grandpa.

Survivors include his wife, Annette of Giddings, and his daughter, Sandra Marie and her husband, Cliff Marshall, and grandchildren, Kaitlyn Marie Marshall, Kristin Ann Marshall, and Aaron Clifton Marshall all of Austin; brother, Clarence and Nancy Menzel of Stuart, Florida; brothers- in- law, Eugene and Barbara Niemeyer of La Grange, Fred Niemeyer of Giddings; and sister-in-law, Betty Petzold of Giddings. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services for Elbert D. Menzel, 74 of Giddings, Texas, were held at 10: 00 a. m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings, Texas with Rev. Keith Aschenbeck officiating. Burial followed in the Giddings City Cemetery. Visitation was held at 11:00 AM Monday morning at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home with the family present from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

Memorials have been requested to be given to Christ our Cornerstone at Immanuel Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice.

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