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Raymond Wenzel

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Raymond Eldor Wenzel, 90, of Hamilton, passed away Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, at Heartis Senior Care, Waco, surrounded by his family.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15, at St. John Lutheran Church in Hamilton with Pastor Keith Reich officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery at Aleman. Visitation will be at St. John Lutheran Church 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Raymond was born Jan. 20, 1928, in the Aleman Community, Hamilton County, to Richard and Bertha Siems Wenzel. He attended school at the St. Paul Lutheran Church parochial school in Aleman and later transferred to the Aleman public school. He joined the U.S. Army in 1946 and was honorably discharged in 1948. On July 15, 1950, he married the love of his life, Emmalene (Maxine) Taylor, at St. Paul Lutheran Church. They lived their entire married life in Hamilton County.

Raymond was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He enjoyed ranching and farming in Hamilton County for more than 70 years. He was also employed by Bert Schrank Gas Co. for 19 ½ years and served as a Hamilton County Commissioner for 12 years. He and Maxine had many close friends and relatives and loved to engage in “hot games” of 42 and 84 dominoes. He was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church in Hamilton where he served as elder for several years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mack Taylor of Carlton; brother Melvin Wenzel; and sister Lilly Voges.

Raymond is survived by his wife of 68 years, Maxine Wenzel; two daughters, Brenda Faubion and husband Tommy and Karen Grisham and husband Robert, all of Gatesville; six grandchildren, Jason Faubion, Shelly Boyd and husband Torrey, Carrie Jones and husband Joe, Jeffrey Grisham and wife Jennifer, Melissa Wiecker and husband Randy and Lindsey Brindle and husband Jacob; and 14 great-grandchildren, Macie, Sarah, Josie, Hunter, Jed, Cooper, Ethan, Gracie, Noah, Nate, Claire, Jaxon, Abby and Emma; brother, Clarence Wenzel of Bedford; sister-in-law, Lou Rovetto of North Richland Hills; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials can be made to St. John Lutheran Church, 122 Cheyenne Mesa, Hamilton, Texas 76531 or to the charity of your choice.

Pallbearers will be grandsons Jason Faubion and Jeffrey Grisham and grandsons-in-law Torrey Boyd, Joe Jones, Randy Wiecker and Jacob Brindle.