2018-07-12 / Obituaries

Milton Friedrich Kasper

Funeral services for Milton Kasper, 92, of Serbin, Texas, were held on Friday, July 6, 2018 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin with Pastor David Mumm officiating. Milton passed away peacefully on July 2, 2018 at Bec’s Blessing in Serbin. Milton Friedrich Kasper was born April 22, 1926, on the family farm near Hills, Texas, the son of Otto Kasper and Frieda (Weise) Kasper. He was baptized at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Serbin on May 2, 1926, by Rev. Herman Schmidt. He confirmed his faith on March 17, 1940, also at St. Paul, Serbin by Rev. Herman Schmidt. His confirmation verse was, in German, Genesis 15:1, “Do not be afraid. I am your shield, your very great reward.” He grew up in the Hills community helping his family with the farming and cattle raising. On April 11, 1948, he married Edna Umlang at St. John Lutheran Church in Lincoln. They started their lives together as farmers, but after two years they moved to Houston where Milton worked for Curtiss Candy Company. When the opportunity arose for a transfer to Giddings, he took it. He worked as the “Candy Man” for 35 years, first working for Curtiss Candy and then later as an independent candy distributor. Together Milton and Edna raised their five children, Marian, Judy, Lois, Stephen and Carol. Milton’s faith in God was an important part of his life. He served his church as President of the congregation, Elder, Sunday school teacher and was an active member of the Lutheran Laymen’s League. Daily devotions and listening to The Lutheran Hour every Sunday continued until his Creator took him to be with Him in Heaven. Milton loved the farm and his family. He took great pride in keeping his place free of cactus and mesquites. Some of his greatest joys were taking the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren for hayrides to feed the cattle at Christmas gatherings and other family get-togethers. Milton was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Frieda Kasper; his wife, Edna; three sisters, Frances Mertink Durrow and her husbands, Herbert Mertink and Al Durrow, Louise Schautschick and her husband Alfred, and Lillian Theis and her husband Alfred; two brothers: Edward and his wife Ruby, and Calvin and his wife Ruth, and also two sisters and one brother as infants; one grandchild, Timothy Wiederhold, and one son-in-law, August Wolff. Milton is survived by one sister, Junelle Nittsche and her husband Herbert of Houston; his children, Marian and husband Jack Wiederhold of Serbin, Judy and husband Ray Wilke of Norfolk, Nebraska, Lois and husband Dennis Teinert of Round Rock, Stephen and wife Nancy of Giddings, and Carol and husband Tom Dove of Round Rock. He is also survived by ten grandchildren and 17 greatgrandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. Serving as pallbearers were Nathan Wiederhold, Shawn Kasper, Kyle Kasper, William Sherrerd, Dennis Murphy, Rick Osborn, Mack Linan, Shayne Barr, and Paul Hailes. Honorary pallbearers were Lydia Wiederhold, Rachel Sherrerd, Leah Murphy, Elizabeth Osborn, Laura Teinert, Tiffany Linan, Laurie Kasper, Amber Barr and Erica Hailes. In lieu of flowers, the Kasper family requests that memorial contributions be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church General Fund, the Lutheran Hour, Bec’s Blessing, Orphan Grain Train, or to the charity of one’s choice.

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