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2013-03-14 / Obituaries

Albert H. Namken

January 18,1921-March 4, 2013

Funeral services for Albert Namken, 92 of Giddings,were held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Giddings with Rev. Jeremy Walloch officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by the Giddings American Legion Post 276, immediately followed in the Giddings City Cemetery.

Mr. Namken passed away the evening of Monday, March 4, 2013 at the Country Care Plex in Giddings.

Albert Henry Helmuth Namken was born on January 18, 1921 in Giddings, Texas to Henry D. & Selma A. (Fischer) Namken. He was baptized on February 20, 1921 and confirmed on April 5, 1936 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Giddings. Albert joined the U.S. Army on November 7, 1942 and served in the European Theater with the 979th Field Artillery Battalion. He was also an interpreter, speaking three different German dialects. He received his Honorable Discharge on November 5, 1945 having obtained the rank of Private First Class. Albert moved to Houston following the war and was employed by the Texas Bolt Company and also did sheetrock work. He moved back to Giddings in 1965 where he spent his time working on his farm and taking care of his cattle. Albert was a member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Giddings, the Giddings Sons of Herman Lodge #54 and the American Legion Post 276. He was active in the Sunday school and Bible class programs at his church and enjoyed playing bingo, playing skat, fishing, gardening and reading his Bible.

Albert was preceded in death by his parents, Henry & Selma Namken; sister, Ruby Markert; three brothers, John Namken & his wife, Berdine, Alton Namken and Leroy Namken and two brothersin law, Herbert Zoch and Leonard Faske.

He is survived by his brother, Robert Namken & his wife, Virginia of Smithville; two sisters, Lorene Zoch of Giddings and Lillian Faske of Houston; two sisters-in-law, Esther Namken of Giddings and Billie Jo Namken of Cleveland; brother-in-law, Edward Markert of Giddings, as well as several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews other relatives and friends.

Serving as pallbearers were Ronnie Namken, Dennis Faske, Allen Faske, Robert Namken Jr., Kenneth Zoch and Jimmy Markert.

Memorials may be made to the Adult Education Program at Martin Luther Lutheran Church, 573 North Main Street, Giddings, Texas 78942, or to the charity of one’s choice.

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