2018-01-04 / Obituaries

Rudie Lee Mitschke

Funeral services for Rudie Lee Mitschke, 75, of Houston and formerly of Winchester, were held on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Winchester, with Rev. Nate Hill officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Rudie Lee Mitschke was born on April 14, 1942 to Rudie Arnold Mitschke and Wanda Eleonora (Schulz) Mitschke in Winchester, Texas on the family farm. He was baptized on April 26, 1942 at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Winchester by Rev. Edward Rathgeber and confirmed on March 25, 1956, also at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Winchester by Rev. Walter Streicher. His confirmation verse was 1 Corinthians 6:20, “For you were bought at a price; therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s”.

Rudie graduated from La Grange High School in 1960 and was united in marriage to Jeanette Mildred Kappler on December 8, 1962 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin by Rev. Arthur Arndt. Rudie and Jeanette moved to Houston, where he worked as a structural welding inspector with Continental Emsco for 44 years. They were members of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church before transferring their membership to Ascension Lutheran Church, where Rudie served as an Elder, and were current members of Mount Olive Lutheran Church.

Rudie enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He was happiest when he was at the farm in Winchester, taking care of his cattle and riding on his 50 year old Farmall tractor.

Rudie passed away the evening of Wednesday, December 27, 2017 in Winchester, Texas, in the same house he was born in, after a seven-year battle with cancer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rudie & Wanda Mitschke; two sisters-in-law, Josephine Kasper and Ruth Lehmann & her husband, Roy; and two brothers-in-law, Edgar Weiser and James Tate.

Rudie is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jeanette Mitschke of Houston; five children, Phillip Mitschke of Houston, Thomas Mitschke of Katy, Michael Mitschke & his wife, Susan of Friendswood, Christy Cohn & her husband, Keith of Katy, and Deborah Cole & her husband, Kevin of Santa Fe; eight grandchildren, Adam Mitschke of Spring, Garrett Mitschke of La Porte, Madyson Mitschke of Leesburg, Virginia, Andrew, Hanna & Sara Mitschke of Friendswood and Ty and Victoria Cole of Santa Fe; five great grandchildren, Colton, Autumn, Jaxson, Blayne and Mila; one sister, Laverne Weiser of Serbin; one sister-in-law, Linda Tate of Serbin; two brothers-in-law, Paul Kappler & his wife, Happy of Serbin and C.W. Kasper Jr. of Serbin, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Serving as pallbearers were Daniel Kasper, Adam Mitschke, Andrew Mitschke, Garrett Mitschke, Brent Weiser, Dylan Weiser and Glen Zoch. Honorary pallbearers were John Weiser and Dale Weiser.

Memorials may be made to the St. Michael’s Lutheran Cemetery Fund or to the charity of one’s choice.

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