Oct. 7, 1925 – April 24, 2020
Alvin John Langhamer, 94, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 24, 2020.
A military funeral service was conducted on Monday, April 27 at 1 p.m. at the High Hill Catholic Cemetery in High Hill.
Alvin was born to John and Pauline Langhamer on Oct. 7, 1925 along with his twin sister, Evelyn, on a farm at Middle Creek, just north of Schulenburg. He was raised on the farm, always working very hard with his parents and four brothers and sisters. He family instilled in him a strong work ethic and a never-ending love for family and faith. Growing up, he has a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in the High Hill community. When Alvin was 18 years old in 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country in World War II and the Battle of the Bulge. He was wounded in war and was awarded the Order of the Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1946 as Corporal Alvin Langhamer. After the war, Alvin quickly picked up the pieces and began a full and wholesome life.
Alvin took his first “real” job with United Gas Co., which later became Entex. He married his first wife, Henrietta, in 1949 and they had two daughters, Lynda and Diane. Alvin’s 40 years of employment with Entex took him/family to Hallettsville, Elgin and San Marcos, where he was area manager. He was the guy everyone knew – always involved in civic duties, taking care of people and making people happy. . That was his joy – helping people! He was very active in Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce which he served as president, Knights of Columbus and volunteer fire departments. Where there was a need, Alvin was there to lend a hand. Alvin loved life, always had a smile that lit up the room, he never met a stranger and was the life of any party! He had a twinkle in his baby blue eyes that made everyone he met, want to know him. Alvin was an avid deer hunter and loved to fish. He continued to hunt on his deer lease in Llano for 50-plus years. There are so many very special memories and stories of the best times had with the guys at deer lease – heartfelt buddies for life.
After retirement, Alvin and Henrietta moved “home” to Schulenburg. Henrietta soon passed away from cancer and 9 months later, his daughter Lynda passed away from cancer as well. He and his family were crushed. He, once again, began to try and pick up the pieces. He found love and life again. He married Lynette Billimek and spent the next 26 years enjoying every minute of life with her, family and friends. Alvin always had Lynette, “Babala” close to his heart. He and his “Babala” were deeply devoted to each other. They had many, many wonderful years together. Being back home in Schulenburg gave him the opportunity to spend unforgettable, special times with “Brudder” Leon, traveling together, gambling with his sisters, playing poker with his buddies, engaging in fitness center activities, enjoying good friends, making more friends and while always being faithfully dedicated to his family. Alvin was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church.
Alvin was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife Henrietta; his daughter, Lynda Koenings; his brothers, Leon Langhamer and his wife Marcella and Norman Langhamer and his wife Melba; his twin sister, Evelyn Backus and husband Earl; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Franklin and Janie Billimek.
Alvin leaves behind his loving wife, Lynette of Schulenburg; his devoted daughter, Diane Wuest and son in law David of Horseshoe Bay; his son-in-law, Art Koenings and his wife Tammy of Bee Cave; his wonderful and doting five grandchildren, Michele Pierpoint of Dripping Springs, Tres Koenings and his wife Jamie of Austin, Trent Koenings and his wife Ashley of Austin, Dustin Wuest and his wife Natasha of Franklin, Tenn. and Devin Vicars and her husband Erik of Briarcliff. Alvin was blessed with 10 great-grandchildren, Mackenzie and Hunter Pierpoint, Kearis and Phoenix Koenings, Tilden and Bennett Koenings, Keatyn, Harper and Lillian Wuest and Owen Vicars. Alvin is also survived by his sister, Elizabeth Kotrola of San Antonio; his sisters-in-law, Pat Stroud of Houston and Lucille Bujnoch of Hallettsville; brother-in-law, Stanley Bujnoch and his wife Betty of Hallettsville; sister-in-law, Karen Billimek of Victoria; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In Alvin’s memory, pease consider a contribution to St. Rose Catholic Church, Compassionate Care Hospice or Hospice of South Texas.