2013-10-10 / Obituaries

Monroe Paul Maass

February 25, 1923 - October 5, 2013

Funeral services for Monroe Maass, 90, of Giddings were held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Giddings with Rev. Jeremy Walloch officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by the Giddings American Legion York Post 276, immediately followed in the Giddings City Cemetery.

Mr. Maass passed away on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at St. Mark's Medical Center in La Grange.

Monroe Paul Maass was born on February 25, 1923 to Ernest and Bertha (Albrecht) Maass in the Good Hope Community near Giddings. He was baptized on May 23, 1923 and confirmed on April 2, 1939 by Pastor William Mueller at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Giddings. Monroe served in the U.S. Army during WWII from May of 1944 through April of 1946. He served in Europe from November of 1944 until July of 1945 and received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. Monroe was united in marriage to Gladys Schwarz on December 28, 1945. This union was blessed with two sons, Clyde and Ray. In 1956, Monroe and Gladys established Maass Butane Company which is still in business. Monroe enjoyed running the family business. He also enjoyed horse and calf roping. He competed in the Old Timers Rodeo Association until the age of 71. Monroe loved having friends rope with him and helped provide his sons and grandson with good roping horses. Monroe and Gladys truly loved attending dance parties as long as his health let him. He simply enjoyed being with their many friends. Monroe was a lifetime member of the Lee County Sheriff's Posse, past president of Martin Luther Lutheran Church and a former member of the Old Timer Rodeo Association.

Monroe is survived by his wife, Gladys; sons, Clyde & his wife, Becky and Ray & his wife, LaShelle; his grandchildren, Justin Maass & his wife, Paige, Rae Lynn Beck & her husband, Marc and Brooke Myers & her husband, Bronson; his great grandchildren, Landon Lewis, Lincoln Myers, Crockett Myers, Addy Maass, Mason Beck and Carson Beck; his sister, Olefia Saegert; his sistersin law, Ruby Maass and Katie Maass and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Monroe was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest & Bertha Maass; parents-inlaw, Emil & Adala Schwarz; sisters, Mildred Berger (Elfred), Doris Maass and Lucille Goerlitz (Bill) and his brothers, Alton Maass (Ruby), Aaron Maass (Helen), Robert Maass and Milton Maass.

Serving as pallbearers were Danny Maass, Curtis Maass, Stanley Maass, Terry Maass, Mike Maass and Larry Sullivan. Honorary pallbearers were Jerry Fischer, Russell Koslan, Craig Albrecht, Kevin Carter, Clyde Schulze and Nathan Sistare.

Memorials may be made to the General Fund or the Capital Improvement Fund at Martin Luther Lutheran Church, 573 North Main, Giddings, Texas 78942.

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