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Leyendecker, Adam

Adam Leyendecker, Former Commissioner, Was Buried Friday

Adam J. Leyendecker died at the family home last Thursday, April 20, at 20 minutes to 12 a.m. after a serious illness of about a month, and was buried Friday afternoon in the family [Zimmerscheidt] cemetery, Rev. R. S. Garrard, pastor of the Columbus Baptist Church, officiating.

Mr. Leyendecker was, for many years, commissioner from his precinct and made the county a popular and efficient officer. He served the voters of his precinct first as Justice of Peace. He was then elected commissioner three terms and later, served two terms and still later two more, making his entire time in office about twenty years.

Mr. Leyendecker, by reason of his many years of public service, had a wide acquaintance over the county and his funeral was well attended.

Adam J. Leyendecker and Miss Alma Hunding were married on September 21, 1893 and nine children were born to this union, six of whom are now living. They are: Herbert, Wilton, Jack Edgar, Zerlina, Clifford and Elvira. He also leaves one brother, Charles Leyendecker and one sister, Mrs. Margaret Frels.

He was 64 years, 5 months and 22 {days} old at the time of his death, he having been born at Zimmerscheidt, near Frelsburg, October 28, 1857.

Pallbearers were: E. B. Mayes, G. R. McNiel, H. Braden, Peter Schuette, Herman Ramthum and B. H. Meinert.

The Citizen joins a wide circle of friends in extending sympathy to the bereaved family.

Colorado County Citizen, April 28, 1922
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Leyendecker, Adolph Sylvester


At a stated meeting of he Lone Star Farmers’ Alliance, brothers G. Fehrenkamp, H. Venkaus[sic] and H. Schmidekamp were appointed a committee to draft resolutions on the death of brother Adolph Sylvester Leyendecker, a member of this Alliance

WHEREAS. The Supreme Ruler of the Universe has thought proper to remove from our midst Adolph Sylvester Leyendecker, a worthy brother of our Alliance, who died on the 3d day of July, 1887, of typhoid fever. There be it

Resolved, 1 That while we bow with humble submission to the divine will, we deeply deplore the untimely death of our departed brother, who was an honored member of Lone Star Farmers’ Alliance.

2. That the sympathy of all the members of this Alliance is hereby extended to our brother and sister, ( J. F. and Francis Leyendecker, the parents of our deceased brother,) in this their sad bereavement, and that a page on the minute book be set apart and these resolutions be spread thereon, and that the Secretary of our Alliance, be instructed to furnish the said parents with a copy of these resolutions.

3. That the members of this Alliance wear the usual badge of mourning for thirty days, and that the Editor of the Colorado Citizen be requested to publish the above.
Q. G Frels,
Secretary Lone Star Farmers’ Alliance.
[Interment in Zimmerscheidt-Leyendecker Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, July 14, 1887

Leyendecker, Albert W. "Funce"

Funeral services for Albert (Funce) Leyendecker, 74, of Rockdale, a native of the Zimmerscheidt community, were held in Rockdale Monday morning with the Baptist minister there officiating.

Mr. Leyendecker, a rancher, died at his home last Friday after a long illness. He was born at Zimmerscheidt Aug 16, 1893, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Leyendecker, Sr. He moved to Rockdale in 1932. Survivors include his widow and 2 brothers, Charles Leyendecker of Route 1, Columbus and Arthur Leyendecker of Route 2, Columbus.  Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest cemetery here.

Colorado County Citizen, November 23, 1967
Submitted by David Hahn

Leyendecker, Alice

Died, at the residence of her parents in Colorado county, January 14th, 1878, Miss ALICE LEYENDECKER, oldest daughter of Hon. J. F. and F. Leyendecker, aged 17 years.  [Interment in the Leyendecker Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, January 17, 1878, page 3

Leyendecker, Alma (Hundt)


Funeral services were held at the Columbus Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon for Mrs. Alma Leyendecker, 83, who died in Columbus hospital Sunday evening.   Mrs. Leyendecker had been in frail health for some time.   A native of Texas, born July 4, 1871, she was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Julius Hundt.   She had lived in Columbus 25 years.   Her husband, Adam Leyendecker, died many years ago.   Burial was in the family cemetery in the Zimmerscheidt community, Dr. Norman L. Roberts of First Baptist church officiated.   Survivors include 2 daughters, Mrs. Frank Stuckly of Houston and Miss Zerlina Leyendecker of Columbus, and 4 sons, Herbert of Kentucky and Weldon, Jack and Clifford of Columbus; also 2 grandchildren, Lt. (j.g.) James Tracey Leyendecker of Pensacola, Fla., and John Adam Stuckly of Houston.   Pallbearers were E. C. Fehrenkamp, W. B. Till, Clarence Potter, Forrest Brooks, Sam K. Seymour, E. Y. Ginn, Pete Dechner and Russell Pynes.

Colorado County Citizen, March 11, 1954
Submitted by David Hahn

Leyendecker, Anna (Hahn)


Funeral services were held at the family residence Tuesday afternoon for Mrs. Anna Leyendecker, 86, who died in Columbus hospital early Monday morning after a long illness. Columbus Funeral Home was in charge of services and Rev. W. A. Flachmeier of Austin officiated.  Burial was in the Leyendecker {Zimmerscheidt] family cemetery.  Mrs. Leyendecker had spent her entire life in the Frelsburg community.  Born on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, 1866, she was a daughter of Jacob and Rosa Tenius Hahn. Her father was a native of France and her mother a native of Germany. At the age of 18 she was married to Charles Leyendecker Sr.  He died in 1947.  After her marriage, she and Mr. Leyendecker operated a ranch, farm, molasses mill and slaughter house.  She had remained very active until several months ago.  Surviving are 4 daughters, Mrs. Maude Rau, Mrs. Ewald Stein, Mrs. Percy Kollman and Mrs. Ernest Gay; 3 sons, Arthur, Albert and Charles Jr. and 3 sisters, Mrs. Lena Perry, Mrs. Mamie Hastedt and Mrs. Paul Fricke.  She also leaves 25 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and 2 great-great granchildren.  Pallbearers were her grandsons, Charles F. Kollmann, Charles Leyendecker III, Raymond, Jack and David Rau, Crockett and Manly Leyendecker and Le Roy Stein.

Colorado County Citizen, August 14, 1952.
Submitted by David Hahn

Leyendecker, Anne Edmunda (Brune)

Mrs. Arthur (Annie) Leyendecker, a lifetime resident of Columbus, died at her home Monday at the age of 84.  She was born in the Brushy community Jan. 19, 1891, a daughter of Florence and Sophie Bruedigam Brune.  She married Arthur Leyendecker Oct. 24, 1911 and they established residence near Columbus where Mr. Leyendecker was engaged in farming and ranching.  Funeral services were held from Henicke Funeral Home Tuesday with The Rev. B. A. Justice officiating.  Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.  Besides her husban, Mrs. Leyendecker is survived by 6 daughters, Mrs. Florence Zajicek, Mrs. Annie Louise Franta and Mrs. Emma Schneider, all of Alleyton, Mrs. Charline Lichey of Glidden, Mrs. Non Etheridge of Columbus and Mrs. Bettty Sens of Sealy; 3 sons, Manly and Crockett Leyendecker of Columbus and Jack F. Leyendecker of Alleyton; one sister, Mrs. Willie (Henrietta) Georg of Frelsburg, and 25 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.  Pallbearers were Bobby Zajicek, Emerson Etheridge, Jimmy Simpson, Sam Hodge, Ned Leyendecker, Henry Schneider, David Leyendecker and John Mangini.

Colorado County Citizen, February 4, 1975
Submitted by David Hahn

Leyendecker, Arthur Peter "Manny"

Funeral services for Arthur P. (Mannie) Leyendecker of Columbus were held Saturday from Henneke Funeral Home.  Interment was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.  Mr. Leyendecker passed away Friday at Columbus Community Hospital.  He was 94 years of age.  He was born Nov. 8, 1886 at the Zimmerscheidt community, the son of Charles Leyendecker, Sr. and the former Anna Hahn.  He was married to the former Annie Brune on Oct. 24, 1911.  She preceded him in death in 1975.  Mr. Leyendecker, a lifetime resident of the Columbus area, was a retired farmer and rancher and a member of the Methodist Church.  Survivors include three sons, Manly, Crockett and Jack, all of Columbus; six daughters, Mrs. Florence Zajicek of Columbus, Mrs. Charline Lichey of Glidden, Mrs. Nona Etheridge of Columbus, Mrs. Annie Louise Franta of Columbus, Mrs. Emma Schneider of Columbus and Mrs. Betty Sens of Sealy; one brother, Charles Jr. of the Zimmerscheidt community; 25 grandchildren, and 28 great grandchildren.  Mr. Leyendecker was preceded in death by one daughter, Aline Leyendecker, in 1920.  Pallbearers were Bobby Zajicek, Emerson Etheridge, Ned Leyendecker, Jimmy Simpson, Sam Hodge, Gary Sens, David Leyendecker, Henry Schneider and Carlton (Smokey) Leyendeker.  Honorary pallbearers were remaining grandsons and Lester Hastedt, Bill Schindler, John Hastedt, Jr., Raymond Rau, Howard Schindler, Fritz Cranek, Leroy Stein, Owen Miller, Russell Leyendecker, Pet Crawford, Charles Copeland, Roy Cloat and L. W. Stiles, Jr.

The Colorado County Citizen, December 11, 1980.
Submitted by David Hahn

Leyendecker, Carrie


Miss Carrie Leyendecker, 81, a native of New Ulm, was laid to rest Tuesday following funeral services at 2:30 p.m. at the family residence, conducted by Rev. Norman Roberts of Columbus.  She was buried in the Leyendecker cemetery near Frelsburg.  Death came after a long illness Sunday at 12:45 a.m.  Miss Leyendecker was the daughter of the late J. F. Leyendecker, a native of Germany, and her mother's maiden name was Frances Stanger, a native of Virginia.  Survivors include 2 sisters, Mrs. E. J. Brune of New Ulm and Mrs. Josephine Frels of Houston; and one brother, Robert F. Leyendecker of Lockhart.

Colorado County Citizen, May 4, 1950
Submitted by David Hahn

Leyendecker, Charles 

C. Leyendecker Funeral Held At Frelsburg

Funeral services for 91 year-old Charles Leyendecker Sr., who died at his home with his son at Fredlsburg Sunday, were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the family home with Rev. W.A. Flachmeier in charge.   Mr. Leyendecker, a retired cattleman and farmer, had lived all his life in Colorado county.   He was born Dec. 24, 1855, five years before the Civil War.   He was a son of Johann Leyendecker who came to America in 1843.   His mother was he former Josephine Zimmerscheidt.   Married in February, 1883, he was the father of nine children.   Mr. Leyendecker was a member of the Sons of Herman for 55 years.   Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Anna Hahn Leyendecker; seven children, Mrs. A.W. Rau, Arthur Leyendecker, Albert W. Leyendecker of Rockdale, Mrs. Ewald Stein, Mrs. Percy Kollman, Mrs. Ernest Gay and Charles Leyendecker Jr; 25 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.   Pallbearers included his grandchildren, Raymond, David, A.W. Rau, Manly and Crockett Leyendecker, LeRoy Stein, Charles F. Kollman and Charles Leyendecker III.

Burial was in the family cemetery near Frelsburg with the Boehm Funeral home of New Ulm in charge.   Out-of town people here for the funeral were Mrs. Edna Muske, Mrs. Selma Gray, Mr. and Mrs. Longshore, Brookshire; Robert Leyendecker, Lockhart; Miss Victoria Frels, Huntsville; Reuben Frels, Victoria; Mr. and Mrs. Leo A. Miller, Gregory; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stuckly, Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Wehner, Barbara and Herman Jr., Mr. and Mrs. S.O. Smalley, L.O. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Westphal, Mr. and Mrs. James Sykora, Mrs. Hattie Reichl, Miss Vallie Dobrfts, Mr. and Mrs. Dave Rau and Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Pophanken, all of Houston.   Also Mr. and Mrs. Gus Backhus and daughter Peggy and Mrs. Albert Leyendecker, Rockdale; Mrs. Henry Hastedt and Rev. and Mrs. Flachmeier, Austin, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schiller, College Station.

Colorado County Citizen, September 4, 1947
From Files of David Hahn

Leyendecker, Charles, Jr.

Funeral services were held for Charlie Leyendecker, 82, a lifetime resident of Frelsburg, at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 26 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Eugene Fitzwater officiating.  Burial was at Leyendecker Cemetery near Frelsburg.  He passed away June 24 at River Oaks Nursing Home in Columbus.  Mr. Leyendecker was born Feb. 4, 1906 in Frelsburg to Charles Leyendecker Sr. and Anna Hahn.  He married Taska Ida Westphal Leyendecker on Feb. 12, 1933.  He was a retired oilfield worker.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and one son, Charles Leyendecker, III; two brothers, four sisters and one granddaughter.  Survivors include two daughters, Billie Halamicek of Frelsburg and Jeannie Meitzen of Eagle Lake; one son, Russell Leyendecker of Frelsburg; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three step grandchildren; and, one step great-grandchild.  Pallbearers were Jack Gorman, David Zajicek, Bill Carroll, Pet Crawford, Dave Rau and Jack Leyendecker.  Honorary pallbears were Billy Gene Dupree, Brett Carroll, Charles Leyendecker IV, Walter Meitzen, Dan Prause, Howard Schindler, LeRoy Stein, C.C. Bradford and Clifford Leyendecker.

Colorado County Citizen, June 30, 1988, Pg. 2
Submitted by David Hahn

Leyendecker, Charles Wesley, III


Funeral services for Charles Wesley Leyendecker III, 42, of Columbus were held Sunday, May 9 at Columbus Funeral Home, with the Rev. Milroy Gregor officiating.

Burial was at the Leyendecker Family Cemetery near Frelsburg.

Mr. Leyendecker was born and reared in the Columbus area and lived most of his life in Columbus with the exception of time spent in the armed services and working as a plumbing contractor in Houston for 10 years.

He is survived by his wife, Frances; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Leyendecker Jr.; one son Charles Leyendecker IV; 2 daughters, Mrs. Hugh (Susan) Berger and Lisa Leyendecker; 2 stepchildren, Bobby and Tammy Griffith; one brother, Russell Leyendecker; and 2 sisters, Carol Jean Meitzen and Billie Gaye Simmons.

Pallbearers were Gene Dupree, Stanley Carroll, Jack Dodd, Bill Knox, Clifford Leyendecker, Leroy Stein, Darryl Gully and Glenn Stevens.

Colorado County Citizen, May 13, 1976
Contributed by Mary Anne Pickens

Leyendecker, Clifford


Clifford Leyendecker, 93, of Columbus, passed away, Jan. 28, at Spring Branch Medical Center in Houston.

He was born in Frelsburg, Nov. 28, 19097 to Adam and Alma (Hundt) Leyendecker and married Jackie A. Bienvenu, Oct 23, 1977.

His parents; brothers, Weldon and Jack Leyendecker; and sister, Zerlina Leyendecker preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife; step-daughters, Netta Parmer of Las Vegas, Nev. and Loretta Tomchesson of Houston; sister Elvera Stuckly of Schulenburg; niece, Nora Lou Peeler of Phoenix., Ariz; nephew, John Adam Stuckly of Schulenburg; three step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 30 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Father Dan Kahlich officating. Interment followed at Leyendecker Cemetery near Frelsburg.

Pallbearers were: John Adam Stuckly, Roger Stuckly; David Stuckly, Tim Lafferty, Chris Shaw and Jay Tomchesson.

The Colorado County Citizen, Wednesday, January 31, 2001
From Files of Mary Anne Pickens

Leyendecker, Corine (Vester)


Columbus, Texas, Jan. 18--Mrs. Corine Leyendecker, 36, died here at the home of her sister, Mrs. Lois Evans. Monday and was buried Tuesday, Rev. W. D. Wyatt, pastor of the First Baptist Church, of Columbus, officiating. Deceased was a life-long resident of Colorado county and is survived by one son, Charles Edward; her mother. Mrs. Josephine Vester, of Columbus; four sisters, Mrs. Alice Catlin of Wharton; Mrs. Victoria Teague of Alice; Mrs. Ruth Weber of Houston; Mrs. Louis Evans and brother Marcus Vester of Columbus.

Mrs. Leyendecker, if we mistake not, was born and raised in this section, has many relatives and friends here, was a lovable, good woman, and her death is deeply and sincerely deplored by all. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, January 27, 1933, page 2


The remains of Mrs. Corine Vester Leyendecker, who died in Columbus, were brought here and laid to rest in the Live Oak Cemetery. Rev. Wyatt of the Baptist Church of Columbus performed the last sad rites. The Vester family formerly lived here, and Corine was known to all. She was a considerate girl, always thinking of the pleasure and comfort of others. Our deepest sympathy is extended to her mother, brother and three sisters in their sad hours.

Weimar Mercury, January 27, 1933, page 8

Mrs. Corine Leyendecker

The death of Mrs. Corine Leyendecker occurred at the home of her sister, Mrs. Louis Evans, Monday evening at about three o’clock, following an illness with flu and pneumonia. Funeral services were held at the residence at 2:30 Tuesday, Rev. Wm. D. Wyatt of the First Baptist church officiating.

Miss Corine Vester was born April 6, 1896. She married Albert (Funice) Leyendecker in 1917 and they were divorced last September.

She is survived by a brother, Marcus Vester, and four sisters, Mrs. Alice Catlin of Wharton, Mrs. Victoria Teague of Alice, Mrs. Louis Evans of this city and Mrs. Ruth Weber of Houston. Our sincere sympathy is extended.

Colorado County Citizen, January 19, 1933, page 1

Leyendecker, Crystal Ann (Matheson)


Crystal Ann Leyendecker, 31, of League City, passed away Thursday, March 2, at her home.

She was born Feb. 15, 1975 in Marshaltown, Iowa. She attended Clear Creek High School and married Chuck Leyendecker May 31, 1995. She attended Alvin Community College Nursing School and graduate magna cum laude with a degree in nursing.

She was preceded in death by her father, Douglas Matheson and step-father, Freddie Buster Jr.

She is survived by her husband; children, Landon and Lawson Leyendecker; mother, Diana Hart; sisters, Amber Matheson, Jade Hart and Citrine Hart; brother, Zachary Buster; grandparents, Betty Altmaier, Donna Lathrop, Robert Matheson and Donna Matheson; Godmother, Jackie; and close friends, Brittny Poston and Peggy Sherman.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 8, at Dignity Memorial Bay Area Chapel at 1625 East Main St. in League City. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. in Leyendecker Cemetery in Columbus.

A memorial fund for Landon and Lawson Leyendecker has been set up under the name of Charles Leyendecker Memorial Fund at any Bank of America.

Colorado County Citizen, March 8, 2006
Courtesy of The Citizen

Leyendecker, Frances Ann (Stanger)

From the Columbus Citizen of this week we learn with sincere regret of the death of Mrs. Leyendecker, the beloved wife of our friend, Mr. J. F. Leyendecker, which occurred at the family home near Frelsburg Last Saturday morning. It would seem that the cup of sorrow of our friend is indeed filled to overflowing. But recently he lost two grown sons, and now the beloved wife and companion of many years is laid away never to greet him in tis life again. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you, friend Leyendecker, in your misfortune.[Interment in Zimmerscheidt/Leyendecker Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, July 26, 1902

Leyendecker, George M.

Geo. Leyendecker went from here to Galveston to take a position, but was taken sick, and his brother Robert has gone down to bring him home. [George Leyendecker died on November 3 and was interred at the Zimmerscheidt-Leyendecker Cemetery.]

Weimar Mercury, November 3, 1900, page 1, Buescher's section

Leyendecker, Herbert


Funeral services for Herbert Leyendecker were held at 3 p.m. yesterday (Wednesday) afternooon at Columbus Funeral home.  Rev. Logan Cummings of First Baptist church officiating.  Mr. Leyendecker apparently died in his sleep early Tuesday morning.  He had been making his home with his sister, Miss Zerlina Leyendecker.  She went to the back porch, where he was sleeping, at about 6:15 to call him for coffee and he did not answer.  A doctor was called who said he had been dead only a short while.  Mr. Leyendecker was 67 in June.  His wife died of cancer a number of years ago.  Besides Miss Leyendecker, he is survived by another sister, Mrs. Frank Stuckly, of Houston, and 3 brothers, Weldon, Jack and Clifford of Columbus.  A nephew, John Stuckly, lives in Schulenburg.  Burial was in Zimmerscheidt cemetery.

Colorado County Citizen, August 27, 1964.
Submitted by David Hahn

Leyendecker, Jack

A memorial service for Jack Leyendecker of Columbus was held Monday afternoon at the First Baptist Church.  Mr. Leyendecker was 78 years of age.  Mr. Leyendecker passed away Saturday at Sweetbriar Nursing Home.  He was born Feb. 25, 1902 at Zimmerscheidt and lived in Colorado County all of his life.  He was employed by Mobil Oil Co. for 37 years.  Mr. Leyendecker was a member of the First Baptist Church which he served as a deacon for 30 years and treasurer for 20 years.  He was active in civic affairs, serving two years on the city council and working with the chamber of commerce.  He was also an active Boy Scout leader, helping several boys achieve the status of Eagle Scouts.  For his work he received the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award given by the Scout organization.  A charter member of the Columbus Lions Club, he received a life membership from Lions International.  He is survived by his widow, Geraldine Leyendecker; one sister, Mrs. Elvera Stuckley of Houston; two brothers, Weldon of Columbus and Clifford of Alleyton. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery]

The Colorado County Citizen, February 26, 1981.
Submitted by David Hahn

Leyendecker, Jack Floyd

Jack F. Leyendecker, 66, of Columbus passed away Sept. 11 at Columbus Community Hospital.  He was born to Arthur and Annie (Brune) Leyendecker in Columbus on April 10, 1933 and married Gladys Meyer Leyendecker on Oct. 27, 1951.  Funeral services were held Sept 14 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Bill Johnson officiating.  Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Aline Leyendecker.  He is survived by his wife; mother-in-law, Millie Ladewig; daughters and sons-in-law: Debbie and Richard Baron of Columbus and Jackie and Johnnie Gooch of Katy; son and daughter-in-law, Smokey and Cheryl Leyendecker of Columbus; sisters: Florence Zajicek of Columbus, Charline and Robert Lichey of Glidden, Nona Schmidt, Annie Louise and Fred Franta and Emma and Nottie Schneider all of Columbus and Betty and A. J. Sens of Sealy; brothers and sisters-in-law: Manley and Sophie Leyendecker and Crockett and Dorothy Leyendecker all of Columbus as well as grandchildren: Pam, Cindy and Kristy Baron, Manny Leyendecker and Phillip Leyendecker.  Pallbearers were: George King, Russell Leyendecker, Bobby Zajicek, David Zajicek, Kenneth Brune, Chris Stein, Neal Zajicek and James Luedecke.

Colorado County Citizen, Wednesday, September 15, 1999, Pg. 9
Submitted by David Hahn

Leyendecker, Jackie A. (Bienvenu)

Jackie A. Leyendecker

Jackie A. Leyendecker, 89, of Columbus passed away Feb. 8 at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born in Beaumont March 12, 1919 to Nathan August and Rosalie Cynthia (Barcelona) Bienvenu.

She married Clifford Leyendecker on Oct. 23, 1975. She was a clerk for the City of Houston and was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Mary Queen of Snows 1588 and St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband; second husband, Clifford Leyendecker; siblings, Nathan, Rose Grace, Ejilda and Sidney; and granddaughter, Retta Renee.

She is survived by her daughters, Netta Parmer and husband Earl of Katy and Loretta Tomchesson and husband Sandy of Houston; grandchildren, Rachelle Peebles of Katy, Jill and Tim Lafferty of Hockley and Jay and Stephanie Tomchesson of San Antonio; and great-grandchildren, Jamie McMahan and Jason Lafferty of Hockley; and Callie Peebles of Katy.

Graveside service took place at Leyendecker Cemetery near Zimmerscheidt community with Deacon Charlie Novosad officiating.

Colorado County Citizen, February 17, 2009
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Leyendecker, James Tracey

Plane Crash Kills J. T. Leyendecker

James Tracey Leyendecker, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. Weldon Leyendecker of Columbus, who was killed in the crash of his jet plane with another Tuesday near Corpus Christi, will be memorialized in service at Kingsville Naval Airbase tomorrow at 4. p.m.

Another memorial service will be held here in the First Baptist Church Sunday at 2 p.m. with Dr. Norman L. Roberts officiating.

The bodies of the 2 pilots who crashed about 50 miles from Corpus Christi over the bay could not be recovered. A helmet was found in the water near the crash scene but it was not known whose it was.

Name of the other pilot was not known here.

Word of the tragic death of their only son was relayed to Mr. and Mrs. Leyendecker here Tuesday night by Dr. Norman Roberts who was telephoned by naval officials at Kingsville where James Tracey was stationed.

In addition to his parents, James Tracey is survived by his wife, who is at Kingsville. They expected a baby in July.

Mr. and Mrs. Leyendecker, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Leyendecker and Clifford Leyendecker left for Kingsville early Wednesday. Following Wednesday afternoon were Miss Zerlina Leyendecker, Mrs. Frank Stuckly and John Adam Stuckly of Houston and Herbert Leyendecker of Piketon, Ohio. The latter uncles and aunts.

James Tracey graduated from Columbus high school in 1948 and from south Texas State Teachers College in San Marcos in 1952.

He was to have received his wings next Saturday and then was to come here for a week to visit before going to Florida where he was to be a ground instructor.

He had been stationed on the Antietam, in waters near England and in the south Pacific, attended officers school in California and had served at New York, Norfolk and Florida. [memorial at Zimmerscheidt-Leyendecker Cemetery]

Colorado County Citizen, Thursday, May 12, 1955
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Leyendecker, Jennifer Lynn


Funeral services were held at the graveside in the Leyendecker cemetery Monday afternoon for Jennifer Lynn Leyendecker, month-old daugher of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Leyendecker, III.  The infant died Saturday night while the Leyendeckers were visiting Mr. Leyendecker's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Leyendecker, Jr., who live north of Columbus.  Dr. Norman L. Roberts officiated and Columbus Funeral home was in charge.  The infant was born in a Houston hospital Sept 2.  It mother is the former Virginia Leehy.

Colorado County Citizen, November 2, 1955
Submitted by David Hahn

Leyendecker, Johann Baptist


J. B. Leyendecker, aged 76 years, died at the home of his brother, Adam Leyendecker of Frelsburg, where he has spent the last two years. The deceased served as a Confederate soldier and for 19 years resided in Mexico, where he had interest in two copper mines. Interment will be made in the family cemetery today, Rev. Gus Szillat officiating. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Chas. Boedeker, of Houston; two brothers, Chas. and Adam Leyendecker of Frelsburg; and a sister, Mrs, Marguerete Frels of Welcome.--New Ulm News.

Weimar Mercury, April 26, 1918
Submitted by David Hahn
Photo courtesy Mary Anne Pickens and David Hahn

Leyendecker, Johann Frederick

J. F. Leyendecker, of Frelsburg, Colorado County, died on August 8.  In less than two months he would have been 70 years old.  He was born in Neuhausel, Germany, and emigrated to this country with his father and family in 1843 and has resided in one place there sixty five years.  He was educated at old Independence University, in Washington county, under Dr. Baylor, and married Miss Frances Stanger, and they raised a family of six boys and six girls, four of whom are yet living.  He served as justice of the peace and county commissioner for eighteen years, also as county tax collector, and was a member of the Thirteenth legislature in 1873.  During the war he was a member of the Seventeenth Texas volunteers and saw hard times.  In all my life I never heard one speak of him except to praise.  He loved horticulture intensely and would have been widely known if he had written for the press but half of his experiments and what he observed.  He was probably the first one in the state to grow fruit of Japan persimmons, and the Le Conte pears.  He seemed always first in having new fruits bear, but he was so modest and retiring in his nature that one had to ask him to learn these things.  He was a member of our State Nut Growers's association and was present a year ago when the question came up about budding pecans on hickory, but he exhibited the same variety of nuts in two lots --one lot grown from a bud on pecan, and the other on a hickory.  In his quiet way he has kept up a good nursery for about thirty five years, and was one of the first in the state to become proficient in budding pecans.  The nursery will be continued by his daughter, Miss Carrie, and others of the family. [Interment was in the Zimmerscheidt/ Leyendecker Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, Oct. 2, 1908.
Submitted by David Hahn
Photo courtesy Mary Ann Pickens

Leyendecker, Mary Geraldine “Gerry” (Bowen)


Mary Geraldine “Gerry” Leyendecker, 92, of Columbus died Thursday, Aug. 30, 1995 at Trinity Medical Center in Brenham.

Born Jan. 4, 1903 in Sterling, Kan., she was the daughter of George William and Mary Ellen (Ferwalder) Bowen. On Feb 24, 1934, she married Jack Leyendecker. A retired schoolteacher, Mrs. Leyendecker had lived in Columbus since 1911, where she was a member of the First Baptist Church and a former member of Live Oak Art Center.

Funeral services were held Sept. 1, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Sammy Carr officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Henry Potter, Gus Miller, Buddy Wooten, Joe Potter, James Dunn Seymour and H. O. Priest.

Mrs. Leyendecker is survived by her sisters Emma Hay of Columbus and Georgia Loretta Tutt of Fort Worth, as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband on Feb. 21, 1981 and brothers Dwight Bowen and Clarence Bowen.

Colorado County Citizen, September 6, 1995, page 12

Leyendecker, Mary Louise (Ivey)


Mary Louise Ivey Leyendecker, died in Phoenix, Arizona on May 7, having lived 84 years. She was born November 19, 1907.

She preceded in death by her mother, Middie May Wagley Ivey, her father, James Ford Ivey, husband, Weldon Leyendecker, brothers, John Ford and Jesse Patrick Ivey and a son, James Tracey Leyendecker.

She is survived by her granddaughter Nora Lou Peeler and her husband, John Peeler, great granddaughter Tara Louise Peeler and two brothers, Claude Ivey of San Antonio and Col. Robert H. Ivey of Fulton, Tennessee, one sister Sue Ann Ivey Raeke of Gonzales, and six nieces, five nephews and many great nieces and nephews.

Mary Louise’s musical career started in the late 1920’s as she performed as an organ accompanist for silent movies at the movie house in Columbus. There she met the movie projectionist, Weldon Leyendecker who was to become her husband. They were married in 1928 and to this marriage a son, James Tracey was born on December 21, 1930.

Mary Louise was a very family oriented person who thoroughly enjoyed family get-togethers: Christmas, Easter and birthday celebrations were always more special because of her special gifts. She loved shopping and day long shopping excursions to Houston or San Antonio were memorable “fun” days for her and relatives who accompanied her.

She lived most of her life in Columbus, where she taught piano, organ and dance for many years. There are surely many adults today who remember her talent, her ready wit and her kind and caring efforts to encourage her young students to excellence.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Columbus and taught a Sunday School class during the years that her son was growing up.

Because of poor health, she lived with her granddaughter, Nora Lou and her husband, John and daughter Tara, in Phoenix the last years of her life.

Funeral services were held Sunday May 10, at 3 p.m. with Rev. John Ferguson officiating. Burial was in the Leyendecker Family cemetery near Frelsburg.

Pallbearers were, Pet Crawford, James Raeke, Tom Wine, Kenneth Brune, Crockett Leyendecker, John Stuckly, and Russell Leyendecker.

Colorado County Citizen, May 13, 1992
Contributed by Mary Anne Pickens

Leyendecker, Mary Victoria (Harris)


Mrs. M. V. Leyendecker, 62 years old and a member of one of the pioneer families of South Texas died suddenly at 11 o'clock Wednesday night.  She was ill but about five minutes.  Death is attributed to heart disease.

Mrs. Leyendecker was born at Columbus, Texas, 62 years ago and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. I.A. Harris.  For the past eight years she has resided with her daughter, Mrs. Charles Boedecker, 2614 San Jacinto street, at whose home she died.

She is survived by her mother, Mrs. I. A. Harris, residing at Eagle Lake; two daughters, Mrs. Charles Boedecker of Houston and Miss Lula Leyendecker of Houston; and two sons, Harris Leyendecker of Hillsboro and J. B. Leyendecker of Yoakum.

The following brothers and sisters survive:  Mrs. Ella Guinn, Eagle Lake; Mrs. Sarah Ziegler, Eagle Lake; Mrs. Laura Hahn, El Campo; J. P. Harris, Houston; Guy C. Harris, Houston; I. A. Harris, and Lee Harris, Parcela, Oklahoma.

The funeral will be held at the Boedecker residence, 2614 San Jacinto Street, Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and interment will follow at Glenwood Cemetery.  Rev. T. J. Windham will conduct the services.  The active pall bearers will be L. C. Ayres, J. S. Radford, H. L. Washburn, M. L. Womack, Dan C. Smith, Jr..  The honorary pall bearers will be Jake F. Wolters, W. T. Eldridge, J.M. Rockwell, Nelson Webb, Carey Shaw, R. S. Stephens, J. F. Minton, Sr., J. H. Thompson, Floyd King and H. R. Byars.

Houston Chronicle news clipping
Submitted by David Hahn

Leyendecker, Peter H.


Today (Saturday) on receiving our home paper, you can imagine my shock when the first thing that caught my' eye was the sad news of the death of Peter Leyendecker, third son of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Leyendecker. The Reaper has called the sweetest flower in the home garden. We can not realize that this noble boy is dead! What will the home be without this loved one? How my tears flow for the sorrow-stricken parents and brothers and sisters who will all through life miss his cheery presence and loving companionship. The mother, for whom his last act was a labor of love, how can she, and the father who idolized his boys, live without him? God, the Father, alone can prepare the tempest tossed souls for their burden. Few boy's were as true and noble as he was, his love for his parents had been so marked all his life. I have so often beard his mother say how he grieved when his father would be called from home on business, and how eager he was always for news of him, and wanted to know if he was well cared for, He could neither eat or sleep when away from either parent. His love was requited in every wish he expressed being granted, and they were the sharers of his every pain and joy. They were companions and confidants to him. I have so often envied that unbroken, happy home. But alas for human hopes--bright today and in a few short hours dashed to earth. Loved ones, let not your heart be troubled, for death is not to be eternal. Jesus is our resurrection, and he will take your treasure borne, to dwell forever with the angels. As Peter lived in this life, so patiently will he wait beside the portals for mamma and papa, and his query of each shining angel will be: "Are my loved ones coming soon?" Our heartfelt and sincere sympathy goes out to the bereaved family in their loss. [Interment in the Leyendecker-Zimmerscheidt Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, June 24, 1899, page 8

Leyendecker, Robert Ford


Funeral services were held in the Methodist church in Lockhart Sept. 11 for Robert F. Leyendecker, 84, native of Zimmerscheidt, who died in Lockhart the morning before.  He and Mrs. Leyendecker had been residents of Lockhart for 54 years.  He owned a plumbing business and a large ranch there and was a member of the Methodist church and of the Masonic lodge. A son of Fritz and Frances Ann Stanger Leyendecker, he was born July 14, 1878.  His father founded Pearfield Nursery in Frelsburg in 1876 in the same place it is now operated by Emil Brune.  He is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth Henrichs, whom he married in Ellinger in 1905.  The couple lost their only child, a daughter, at birth.  Also surviving is a sister, Mrs. Emil Brune, the last one living of the 12 brothers and sisters.  Mr. Leyendecker's twin brother died in 1900. Among those from this area attending the funeral were Mrs. Brune, Mrs. Jack Leyendecker, Miss Zerlina Leyendecker, Clifford Leyendecker, LeRoy Stein, Mr. & Mrs. W. A. Struss, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Leyendecker, Crockett Leyendecker, Mrs. Kirby Etheridge, Mr. and Mrs. G. T. Miller, V. M. Crawford, Charles Leyendecker, Mrs. Raymond Rau and Mrs. W. T. Youens, Columbus; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Brune, Angleton; Mr. and Mrs. Allen Brune, Mission; Allen Brune, Mrs. Rose Brune and Miss Terry Brune, Austin.

Colorado County Citizen, September 29, 1962
Submitted by David Hahn

Leyendecker, Taska I. (Westphal)

Funeral services were held at Henneke Funeral Home Tuesday for Mrs. Charles Leyendecker, Jr.  She died Sunday morning at St. Lukes's Hospital in Houston where she had been a patient for the past three weeks.

The Rev. Milroy Gregor of Round Top officiated at the services.  Burial was in the Leyendecker family cemetery.

Mrs. Leyendecker was born Sept. 22, 1911, the daughter of Hugo and Helend Westphal.

She had been a victim of cancer for the past eight years.  Despite her illness she had a busy and active life until two months ago when her condition worsened.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Leyendecker Jr.; two daughters, Billy Gaye Simmons of Tyler and Jeannie Meitzen of Eagle Lake.

The Colorado County Citizen, December 7, 1978
Submitted by David Hahn

Leyendecker, Weldon

Funeral services for Weldon Leyendecker, 82, of Columbus, were to be held March 11, at 2:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.  Rev. Henry Teems officiated and James D. Seymour gave the eulogy.  Leyendecker died at the Columbus Community Hospital on March 9 after a short stay.  He was born on July 29, 1899 in New Ulm to Adam Leyendecker and Alma Hundt.  He married Mary Louise Ivey Leyendecker on Feb. 14, 1929 in San Marcos.  He was a retired wholesale hardware salesman for the Heitman-Beoring-Cordis Co.  Leyendecker belonged to the Baptist church and was a charter member of the Columbus Lions Club.  He lived most of his life in the Columbus community.  Leyendecker was preceded in death by a son, Lt. James Tracey Leyendecker.  He is survived by his wife Mary Louise of Columbus; a sister Mrs. Elvery Stuckley of Houston; a brother Clifford Leyendecker of Columbus and one grand daughter, Nora Lou Leyendecker Redfern of Houston.  Pallbearers included Russell, Jack, Floyd, and Crockett Leyendecker, V.M. Crawford, Chris Stein, Tom Rau, John Adam Stuckley and Donnie Rau.  Honorary pallbearers were William Smith, LeRoy Stein; Charles Leyendecker, Raymond Rau, W.E. Campbell, Bill Till, James D. Seymour, Sam K. Seymour Jr., Milton Boothe, Joe J. Kallina Sr., Sam Boothe, Doug Hastedt and J. D. Seymour and Karl and Billy Youens. [Interment was in the Zimmerscheidt/Leyendecker Cemetery]

The Colorado County Citizen, March 11, 1982.
Submitted by David Hahn

 Leyendecker, Zerlina

Funeral services will be held in Columbus Funeral Home today for Miss Zerlina Leyendecker, who died Tuesday in M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston.   Dr. Farrar Patterson will officiate and burial will be in the Leyendecker family cemetery near Frelsburg.   She was born in that area Sept. 15, 1906, daughter of Adam and Alma Hundt Leyendecker.   She had been employed in the Tax Office for nearly 20 years.   She was a member of the Baptist Church.   She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Frank Stuckly of Houston and by 3 brothers, Clifford, Jack and Weldon Leyendecker, all of Columbus.   A brother, Herbert, died about 3 1/2 years ago.

Colorado County Citizen, April 25, 1968
From files of David Hahn
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