2014-10-02 / Obituaries

Elmo Marvin Walther

June 19, 1924- Sept. 27, 2014

Elmo Marvin Walther went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, September 27, 2014. He was born in Greens Creek, Texas to Alvin and Hulda (Driessner) Walther. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church in Greens Creek.

Elmo served in the U.S. Army in France and Germany during World War II as a Corporal in Battery C 191st Field Artillery Battalion, and fought during the Battle of the Bulge. He was active in both the VFW Post 4475 and the American Legion in Giddings, Texas.

Elmo married Lillian (Ashorn) Walther at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas on February 9, 1951. Mr. Walther was a member, and served as an elder, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas, and later became a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings, Texas. He was employed by Stauffer Chemical Company in Houston, where he worked for over 25 years. Upon retirement, he became a cattleman, which was the fulfillment of a lifetime dream. He was an active, lifetime member of the Beefmasters Breeders Union, as well as a supporter of the Junior Beefmasters Breeders Association. He loved to go fishing with his grandchildren and frying fish with his sons for family meals.

Elmo Walther is survived by his wife Lillian (Ashorn) Walther; two sons, Kenneth Walther and his wife, Cheryl, and Ray Walther and his wife, Kathleen; grandchildren, Janet and her husband, Kevin Banes, Phillip Walther, Stephen Walther, Aaron Walther and Joshua Walther; great granddaughter, Emma Banes and a sister, Irene Wright.

Elmo Walther is preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Hulda Walther; brothers, Herbert Walther, Erwin Walther, Roy Walther, Martin Walther and Alvin Mitschke, and sisters, Hattie Hobratschk, Minnie Pietsch, Hulda Wolf, Clara Bieberstein, Elsie Kirby and Lucille Harrison.

Funeral services were Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings, Texas with Rev. Robert Tiner officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by the Giddings American Legion York Post 276, followed in the Giddings City Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were Melvin Ashorn, Larry Ashorn, Billy Ashorn, Barney Walther, Allen Wolf and Leslie Tharp.

Memorials have been requested to be given to Immanuel Lutheran Church’s Christ Our Cornerstone Fund, 300 North Grimes, Giddings, Texas 78942, or to the charity of one’s choice.

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