Louis Edwin Malke
Louis Edwin Malke was born on February 7, 1926 in Northrup, Texas to Gustav & Esther (Biebas) Malke. He was baptized on February 14, 1926 and confirmed on April 2, 1939 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin by Rev. Herman Schmidt.
Louis attended school at St. Paul Lutheran School in Serbin and served in the U.S. Army from June 21, 1944 until November 21, 1945 and received his Honorable Discharge, having obtained the rank of Corporal.
Louis was united in marriage to Bernice Kubsch on April 13, 1947 at St. Paul Lutheran Church by Rev. Herman Schmidt.
He was a lifelong blacksmith and owned and operated Malke’s Blacksmith Shop in Northrup for 39 years before retiring in 1999. He was also a farmer and served as the custodian for St. Paul Lutheran Church and School from 1991-1999.
Following Bernice’s death in 1994, Louis was united in marriage to Helen ( Riske) Foerster on February 8, 1997 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin by Rev. Paul Hartfield.
He was a lifetime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and served in various positions and offices in the congregation and school.
He was a member of the South Lee County Volunteer Fire Department, the American Legion Post 276, the VFW Post 4476 and the Sons of Hermann Lodge #54.
Louis loved music, especially polkas and waltzes, and enjoyed playing dominoes and fishing. He was a big Texas Longhorn fan.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Bernice Malke and two sisters, Blandina Menzel and Dorothy Moerbe.
Louis is survived by his wife, Helen Malke of Giddings; four children, Doug Malke of Northrup, Carol Jean & Wilbert Noack of Northrup, Charles Malke and Dinah Akin of Giddings and Beverly Malke of Northrup; three grandchildren, Sherri Noack of College Station, Kristi & Dale Jurecka of Cedar Creek and Steven & Christine Noack of Northrup.
He is also survived by one great grandson, Cooper Jurecka of Cedar Creek; two sisters-in-law, Gladys Krakosky of Warda and Anna Kubsch of Buda; four brothers- in- law, William & Frances Riske of Houston, Curtis & Donna Riske of Coppell, Milton Riske of Richmond and Melvin & Kathy Riske of Brenham, as well as by numerous nieces, nephews and his special buddy, his dog Buster.
Funeral services were held on Monday, November 7, 2011 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin, Texas with Rev. John Schmidt officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Dale Jurecka, Gary Kubsch, Mark Mayfield, Donald Menzel, Eugene Menzel, Larry Moerbe and Steven Noack. Honorary pallbearers were Nancy Absnaider, RN, William Riske, Curtis Riske, Milton Riske, Melvin Riske and the American Legion Post 276.
Memorials may be given to the St. Paul Lutheran Church Restoration Fund or the charity of one’s choice.