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2013-01-24 / Obituaries

Gerald W. Sitterle

February 25, 1930 - January 15, 2013

Gerald Ward Sitterle was born on February 25, 1930 in Victoria, Texas to Sid & Minnie (Wagner) Sitterle. He was united in marriage to Artie Jean King on February 3, 1951 at the First Baptist Church in Victoria. Gerald was a retired technical instructor for Houston Natural Gas. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and a life member of the NRA who enjoyed crossword puzzles, cooking and reading. He always had a smile, a cigar and a friendly hug. He was a Knight in the Order of San Jacinto, was the Past Commander of Sam Houston Chapter 38 SRT and a 50 year Mason with the Holland Lodge #1. He was a Shriner with the Arabian Temple in Houston and a Past Commander for the Flying Fez. He was currently a member of the First United Methodist Church in Giddings and a former member of the Bellaire United Methodist Church.

Gerald passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Gerald is survived by his wife, Jean Sitterle of Giddings; two daughters and sons-in-law, Susan & Brock Merritt of Aquilla and Jill & Randy Jennings of Giddings; five grandchildren, Brian & Tanya Merritt of Tyler, Derek & Michelle Merritt of College Station, Sid & Rochelle Jennings of Spring, John Jennings & his fiance, Stephanie Seale of Austin and Ron Jennings of San Marcos; five great grandchildren, Clayton Merritt and Coleman Merritt both of Tyler, Logan Merritt & Morgan Merritt both of College Station and Lily Jennings of Spring; brother and sister in law, Travis and Opal King of McKinney; brother in law, R.C. Arnold of Midwest City,OK.; cousin, Audrey Wagner of Victoria, as well as other family members and many friends.

Funeral services for Gerald Sitterle, 82 were 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings with Rev. Tim Edwards with the First United Methodist Church and the Worshipful Master Barry Podwin of the Holand Lodge #1 officiating. Graveside services were at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 18, 2013 at the Rockwood Cemetery in Rockwood, Texas with Rev. Pat McClathey conducting the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sons of the Republic of Texas 1717 Eighth St. #12, Bay City, TX 77414, the First United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund, 279 Monroe St Giddings, TX 78942, or the charity of one’s choice.

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