Aug. 15, 1924 – May 12, 2020
Alvin Joseph Anders, 95, passed peacefully on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. He was a World War II veteran, a 65-year member of the American Legion, 23- year member of the VFW and a member of the Sons of the American Legion.
Public visitation was held Friday, May 15 at 9 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. A rosary led by Fr. Felix Twumasi followed at 9:30 a.m. Funeral Mass began at 10 a.m. Darlene Watkins was the lector. Linda Venghaus provided reflections on Alvin’s life. Music was provided by organist Peggy Kalich and soloist Bruce Lebeda. Pallbearers were Larry Tumis, Mark Anders, Jimmy Anders, Joe Anders and Keith Anders, all nephews. Burial with full military honors was conducted by the Schulenburg American Legion at the St. Rose of Lima Cemetery.
Alvin was born Aug. 15, 1924 to Joseph Ernest and Louisa Agatar Blaschke Anders on the Blaschke farm west of Schulenburg. He was raised with his sister Valeria and brothers Leo, Waldo and Werner on the family farm. Their lifestyle instilled in him a strong work ethic and love of his family and faith. He attended St. Rose Catholic School and was a lifetime member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.
Alvin was drafted into the United States Navy and was inducted in February 1943. He was stationed at Barber’s Point Naval Air Station in Hawaii. He and 35 men cooked for 4,000 men a day. He was discharged May 14, 1946, with the title Ship’s Cook Third Class. He would have reenlisted if his dad had not passed in March 1945. After serving in the military, Alvin returned to the family farm. In 1948, Alvin operated his own company building Grade A dairy barns. He built 34 barns all over Fayette County with some still standing to this day. Alvin started his custom hay hauling business in 1952. At the end of July 1959, he purchased his own farm on Mazurek Road near Schulenburg. In 1967, he went to work for Drymalla Construction Company building schools, courthouses and commercial projects. He worked there until 1985. After leaving Drymalla Construction, Alvin continued to farm. In 2008, he became a resident of College Place where he remained until his passing.
Alvin leaves behind a legacy of faith, love and generosity. He used his time and God-given talents to make life better for others – a life well-lived.
Alvin is survived by eight nieces and their spouses, Sharon and Ruben Rodriquez of Schulenburg, Brenda and John Steelman of El Campo, Sabrehna and Artie Everett of Odessa, Darlene and Tom Watkins of Kerrville, Linda and Harvey Venghaus of Cat Spring, Leann and Michael Rosas of Schulenburg, Dana Seay and David of Bastrop, and Kathy and David Orsak of Schulenburg; and five nephews and their spouses, Larry and Sheryl Tumis of Katy, Mark and Kim Anders of Schulenburg, Joe and Missy Anders of Kerrville, Jimmy Anders of Burton, and Keith and Becky Anders of Cedar Park. He also leaves behind two sisters-in-law, Carolyn Anders of Houston and Georgia Anders Moretz of Schulenburg.
Alvin was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Valeria Tumis and her husband Allen; and his brothers, Leo Anders, Waldo Anders and Werner Anders and his wife Josie.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rose of Lima Catholic School, Church, Cemetery or a charity of one’s choice.
Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.