2018-02-01 / Obituaries

Brice Edward Kuhlmann

Brice Edward Kuhlmann of Giddings, Texas was born on December 18, 1933 and passed away on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 in Austin, Texas at the age of 84. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in De Soto, Missouri. Brice was given to God in Holy Baptism on December 31, 1933. In early youth, he solemnly renewed his Covenant with the Triune God, renouncing the devil and pledging himself to serve Christ and Him Crucified, when he knelt before the altar of Confirmation at Redeemer Lutheran (now Faith Lutheran) of De Soto, Missouri and together with his class, made his Confirmation vows on March 30, 1947 before The Rev. Walter Dierking. He attended St. Paul’s Lutheran High School of Concordia, Missouri, Concordia Lutheran High School and College of Seward Nebraska. He graduated as a commissioned Lutheran School Teacher with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Prior to his graduation, Brice taught at Immanuel Lutheran School of Giddings and returned for his senior year and graduated from Concordia College (now University) of Seward, Nebraska in 1957.

Brice was joined in holy wedlock with the wife who today survives him, Lavine (Jenke) Kuhlmann. Their marriage vows were spoken by The Rev. Max Studtmann on June 23, 1957 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings. Brice and Lavine’s marriage was blessed by the Savior with four children, two sons, Gregory and Steven and two daughters, Deborah and Leah. The Lord permitted them to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary last June. Brice served as a Lutheran school teacher to congregations in Warda, Brenham, Walburg, Mercedes, Bishop, and Giddings, Texas. He shared his love of music by serving as the choir director and church organist for many of these same congregations. Brice retired after 41 years in education yet still remained active in his church and community. He was a founding member of the Lee County Seniors in Action and had also served as the organization’s president. He spent a few years as the church secretary at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Warda and enjoyed playing the piano and keyboard at home as well as at community events. He enjoyed singing and attending Bible studies and had a passion for researching and studying family genealogy.

Brice was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Edna (Junge) Kuhlmann; his in-laws, Oscar and Meta (Domann) Jenke; his son, Gregory Kuhlmann; his three sisters and brothers-in-law, Dorothy and Bob Manning, Elaine and Jack Ames, and Melba and David “Buck” Irwin, and two brothers-in-law, Franklin Jenke and Milburn Jenke.

He is survived by his loving wife of over 60 years, Lavine (Jenke) Kuhlmann of Giddings; three children, Deborah Wilson and her husband, Mark of La Grange, Steven Kuhlmann of Austin, and Leah Wolf and her husband, Frank of La Grange. He is also survived by eight grand-children, Sommer Garman and her husband, Christopher of San Antonio, Caleb Kuhlmann and his wife, Wendy of Conroe, James Wilson and his wife, Amber of Marble Falls, Daniel Wilson and his wife, Dallas of Taylor, Andrew Wilson and his fiancée, Ana Casian of La Grange, Hannah Wilson of La Grange, Trey Wolf of La Grange and Autumn Wolf of La Grange; seven great grand-children, Nathan and Oliver Garman both of San Antonio, Jeremiah, Micaiah, Leah Grace and Isaiah Kuhlmann all of Conroe and Elijah Wilson of Taylor; one brother-in-law, Eugene Jenke and his wife, Eleanor of Lexington; one sister-in-law, Annie Jenke of Giddings and numerous nieces and nephews. He will also be remembered by countless former students who were impacted by his years of teaching.

Funeral services on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings, Texas with Rev. Robert Tiner and Rev. Chris Nietubicz officiating. Graveside services immediately followed in the Giddings City Cemetery in Giddings.

Serving as pallbearers were Brice’s grandsons, James Wilson, Caleb Kuhlmann, Daniel Wilson, Andrew Wilson, Trey Wolf and Christopher Garman. Honorary pallbearers were his granddaughters, Sommer Garman, Hannah Wilson and Autumn Wolf.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Faith Lutheran High School of Central Texas Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 138, Warda, Texas 78960, the Immanuel Lutheran School Scholarship Fund, 300 North Grimes Street, Giddings, Texas 78942 or to the charity of one’s choice.

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