2013-03-21 / Obituaries

Calvin Kermit Koether


Funeral services for Calvin Koether, 85 of Giddings, were held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings with Tim Pitts officiating. Burial followed in the Dodd Family Cemetery near Beat Five, Texas.

Calvin Kermit Koether was born on September 21, 1927 in Sandtown, Texas to August & Emilie (Stiewert) Koether. He was baptized at the home of his parents on April 8, 1928 by Rev. H. Brunotte. Calvin went to grade school at the Sandtown School and attended Burton High School. He went into the U.S. Army in 1946 and took his basic training at Camp Crowder in Springfield, Missouri. He was sent to San Antonio, Texas for training at Brooks Army Medical Center as a medical technician. Calvin served in the medical field at Fourth General Hospital in the Phillipines. He received his Honorable Discharge in 1949 and returned to Carmine, Texas.

Calvin was united in marriage to Brennice Dodd on June 21, 1952 at the First Baptist Church in Giddings by Rev. H. McLerran. They had one daughter, Cathy. He began working for Southern Pacific Railroad in 1950 and worked as a machine operator for 18 years. He was then promoted to traveling mechanic for Texas and Louisiana. Calvin retired from Southern Pacific in 1990 and then was employed by Jaeger’s Inc. in Giddings for 8 years as a maintenance man.

Calvin passed away the afternoon of Sunday, March 17, 2013, surrounded by his family, at his home in Giddings.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Myrtle Bigler; 5 brothers-in-law and 2 sisters-in-law.

Calvin is survived by his wife of 60 years, Brennice Dodd Koether of Giddings; his daughter and son-in-law, Cathy & Robert Carney of Ledbetter; granddaughter, Caitie Carney of Ledbetter; two grandsons, Josh Carney of Pflugerville and Lee Carney of Cedar Park; two brothers-in-law, Albert Bigler of Ennis and Bert Dodd & his wife, Katy of Dime Box; four sisters-inlaw, Margurite Lawrence of Giddings, Sue Placke & husband, Robert of Giddings, Dorothy Koenig of Ledbetter and Nancy Regiene of Houston, as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Serving as pallbearers were Lee Carney, Josh Carney, Dennis Placke, Robert Carney, Bobby Lawrence and Don Alan Koenig. Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Brookshire Brothers coffee group.

Memorials may be made to the Dodd Family Cemetery Fund, 6092 FM 180, Ledbetter, Texas 78946- 7028 or to the charity of one’s choice.

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