Paul E. Wilke, Jr., 76, of Kingsbury, passed away on Aug. 6, 2013. Visitation was held on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 at Evangelists’ Lutheran Church in Kingsbury from 5 – 7 p.m. Paul lay in state at Evangelists’ Lutheran Church in Kingsbury on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Funeral services began at the Church at 3 p.m. with Rev. Duane Bamsch officiating. Interment followed at the Kingsbury Cemetery.
Paul was born in Kingsbury on Sept. 1, 1936, to Paul A. Wilke and Elizabeth Wilde Wilke Habermann. He began ranching in Kingsbury at the age of 15. He lived in Kingsbury his entire life, working hard alongside his son T. J. at the Wilke Cattle Company.
Paul spent most of his life farming and ranching and had many, many friends in the cattle business. Many good times were celebrated with family and friends at the ranch.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Paula Grimm and her husband, George; brother, Raymond Wahl and his wife, Jo; and his nephew, Brian Wayne Wilke.
Survivors include his children, Ann Wilke Henderson, T. J. Wilke and wife, Charmaine, and Audra Schulz and husband, Shane; siblings, Lawrence Wahl, Katherine Lewis and husband, John, Herman “Bub” Wilke and William Wilke and wife, Carol; grandchildren: Joey Wilke and wife, Rebekah, Travis Jacob Wilke and wife, Laura, Megan Henderson Pierson and husband, Michael, Nathan Henderson, Marshal Wilke, Bridget Henderson and James Wilke “Wil” Schulz; great-grandchild, Scarlett Wilke; bookkeeper and faithful friend, Karen Stautzenberger; special friend, Jackie Mueller; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Serving as pallbearers were Joey Wilke, Travis Wilke, Nathan Henderson, Marshall Wilke, Wil Schulz, Ricky Abrameit, Johnny Abrameit, John Wilke, Jay Wilke, Justin Wilke, Eddie Wahl and George Grimm. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Paul’s cattle-buying friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to Evangelists’ Lutheran Church, P. O. Box 176, Kingsbury, Texas, 78638 or to the American Lung Association, 8207 Callaghan Road, Suite 140, San Antonio, Texas, 78230 or www.lungusa.org. Arrangements are under the direction of Tres Hewell Mortuary, 165 Tor Dr., Seguin, Texas, 78155, (830) 549-5912.