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2012-01-19 / Obituaries

Billy Roy Els

October 6, 1947 - January 9, 2012

Billy Roy Els was born on October 6, 1947 in Ledbetter, Texas to Frank Herman & Erna Ella (Stork) Els. He graduated from Giddings High School and married Joan (Joanie) Weidemann on February 22, 1969 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Giddings. Billy was a “jack-of-alltrades” and did everything. He did metal work for farm, ranch and commercial construction. He enjoyed ranching, fishing and hunting (most of all trapping wild hogs). Billy loved to work and build and make things. Above all he loved his family (especially his grandkids), his horses and his close friends. He passed away the afternoon of Monday, January 9, 2012 at his home in Ledbetter.

Billy was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Bobby Els and David Els.

He is survived by his wife Joanie Els of Ledbetter; two daughters and sons-in-law, Wendy & Donnie Turner of Ledbetter and B.J. & Heath Alford of Ledbetter; five grandchildren, Dusti Marburger, Dylan Marburger, Delaney Turner, Raci Alford and Koi Alford all of Ledbetter; aunt, Bernice Mueller of Carmine; brother, Glenn & Pearlie Els of Ledbetter; five sisters, Shirley Hart of West Columbia, Marilyn & Mel Lebo of Katy, Peggy Simmang of Richmond, Sharon & Otis Proske of Ledbetter and Katy & Mack McCoy of Brazoria; brother-in-law, Jack & Bobbie Weidemann of Ledbetter, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Visitation was held on Thursday, January 12, 2012 and Friday, January 13, 2012 at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings.

Funeral services will be private.

Serving as pallbearers will be Steven “Tick” Lehmann, Pete Arreola, Joah Weidemann, Jordan Weidemann, Glenn Els and Lynn Lehmann. Honorary pallbearers will be Alan Lindner, Timothy Smith, Alan Roberts, Dylan Marburger, Heath Alford, Donnie Turner, Steve Simmang and Claude Kuemple.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Brazos Valley, 1048 North Jefferson, La Grange, Texas 78945.

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