2017-09-14 / Obituaries

Thomas James Krenek

Thomas James ‘Tommy’ Krenek, 76, of Somerville, formerly of Dime Box, passed away Wednesday, September 6, 2017. Services were held on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Dime Box with Father Joy Adimakkeel as Celebrant.

Thomas James was born August 18, 1941 in Dime Box, Texas to Henry Louis and Annie Catherine (Malinak) Krenek. He began kindergarten and graduated from Dime Box High School. He later continued his training through an apprenticeship where he became an electrician and spent his career at Alcoa in Rockdale, Texas. Tommy grew up with Patsy Carol Spitzenberger of Dime Box and they were married on November 11, 1961 in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Dime Box.

The friendships he made during his lifetime were countless and he never met a stranger. Those who knew him will remember his infectious smile. His family loved hearing the stories he shared while at work with all of his buddies. Tommy retired from Alcoa in 2000 and spent endless hours in his woodworking shop where he loved designing and milling cedar furniture. The creations were priceless and the time he spent with his customers will forever be remembered. Tommy was also an avid fisherman and enjoyed fishing any spare moment he had. He was also a passionate rancher and cherished his prize gardens. Over the years, he treasured volunteering his time at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Dime Box School Board, Lee County Jr. Livestock Show, where he served on the Board, and was an active member of Dime Box and Birch Creek Volunteer Fire Departments, along with The Burleson County Municipal Utility District #1, serving on the Board there as well.

Tommy (“Paw Paw” as he was called) leaves behind a large loving family, including his wife, Patsy, of Somerville; son, Tim Krenek of Somerville; daughters, Tami Knipstein and husband, Chuck of Lexington, Trudy Bennett and husband, Rick of College Station; grandchildren, Cody Krenek and Lane Stoddard of College Station; Phillip Knipstein and Angel Gonzales of Austin; Rachel Knipstein and Justin Wehmeyer of Austin; and Sara and Scott Martin of Austin; and Hayden and Tatum Bennett of College Station. He is also survived by his brother, James Krenek and wife Cynthia of Dime Box, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Annie Catherine Krenek; older brother, David; father-in-law, Walter Spitzenberger, and mother-in-law, Marie Spitzenberger.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Birch Creek Volunteer Fire Department, 202 Birch Forest Drive, Somerville, TX. 77859.

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