2016-04-21 / Obituaries

Curtis Ray Namken

Our beloved Curtis Ray Namken, 65, of Giddings went to his Heavenly Home on Sunday, July 17th while surrounded by his loving family. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 22, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Giddings with Tim Pitts officiating. Burial will be in the St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Dime Box. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Friday, April 22, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. The family will be present for visitation Thursday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Curtis was born to Gladys and Erwin Namken on August 26, 1950 in Giddings, Texas. He graduated from Giddings High School where he met his soul mate and the love of his life, Donna Michalk Namken. They were married on July 26, 1969 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Giddings. He then attended Blinn Jr College and Sam Houston State University. In 1976, he began his 30-year career with Union Carbide/ Dow Chemical in Seadrift. He was instrumental in spreading the product and technology for Dow Chemical around the world living in many countries such as Saudi Arabia, East Germany, Russia and China. He received the title of ‘Honorary Engineer’ with Dow but his favorite title at work was what everyone called him-‘Coach’. His love for this title was evident in his passion for coaching his 3 sons in sports. His sons have estimated that he coached 26 seasons of baseball and football. Over these 26 seasons of coaching, he has impacted many of his player’s lives who are grateful to this day for his leadership and guidance. His love for sports extended beyond what his sons were involved in. He loved all University of Texas sports and that love has been extended to his sons and grandsons. Curtis enjoyed all things outdoors-including hunting, fishing and setting trot lines.

Curtis will always be remembered as a strong, happy, thoughtful, and loving man of God. Even with the decline in his health over the past few years, his laughter never faded.

He is preceded in death by his father, Erwin Namken of Giddings and twin grandsons, Jackson Clay and Jase Lane Namken of Georgetown.

He is survived by his best friend and wife, Donna of Giddings; son, Shannon Ray Namken and wife Kristen of Georgetown; son, Brandon Clay Namken and wife Leigh of New Braunfels and son, Daryn Lane Namken and wife Melissa of Victoria; mother, Gladys Namken of Giddings; brother, Terry Namken and wife Cindy and brother, David Namken and wife Sandy both of Giddings. His pride and joy were his 7 grandsons, Parker Ray, Cooper Scott, Tanner Lee, Clayton James, Blayne Curtis, Dylin Lane, and Jordyn Ryan and 2 granddaughters, Kelsey and Danielle. He is also survived by brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill & Diann Hilton of Giddings, Gaylon and Becky Michalk of Victoria and Donnie and Valla Blasig of Giddings. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews that meant so much to him.

Many thanks to the many thoughtful people of Giddings that helped Curtis during the past few years in his time of need, including the members of First Baptist Church of Giddings, Aseracare Hospice and the entire Michalk and Namken families.

Memorial donations can be made to First Baptist Church, 600 Sunrise Ave, Giddings, Texas 78942 or Aseracare Hospice, 1015 Main Street, Bastrop Texas 78602.

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