Werner Leonard Franz


Werner Leonard Franz, 91, of the Luckenbach community of Gillespie County, died Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 10 a.m. in the chapel at Schaetter Funeral Home with the Rev. David Priem officiating.

Interment followed at Der Stadt Friedhof.

Visitation was held Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning at the funeral chapel.

Franz was born Sept. 8, 1921, at Luckenbach, the son of Leonard Franz and Hulda Eckhardt Franz. He married Alberta C. Manske on Jan. 17, 1948, at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church. She preceded him in death on April 22, 2009.

A farmer and rancher his entire life, Franz was also a U.S. Navy veteran. He served from Oct. 18, 1944, to June 11, 1946, and was discharged with the rank of Coxswain. He received numerous awards and citations for his service.

Franz is survived by one daughter, two sons and spouses, including Bertram (Bert) and Wanda Franz of Fredericksburg, and Connie and Ralph Breed and Keenan and Lorie Franz, all of Austin.

Survivors also include six grandchildren, five step-grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife and parents, Franz was preceded in death by one brother, Raymond Franz, and three sisters, including Lorina Pehl, Emma Mae Meyer and Louisa Pfeiffer.

Memorials may be made to the Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department, Hill Country Memorial Hospice or to the charity of choice.

Pallbearers included Glenn Breed, Eric Franz, Kristina Franz, Willie Pfeiffer, Kenny Pahl, Jerry Pehl, Charles Krieger and Kenneth Meyer. 

Honorary pallbearers were Rhonda Kosub, Andrea Sanford, Lindsey Franz, Korbin Cox, Danielle Cox, Lynn Ann Kosub, Leah Kosub and Aubrey San Ford.

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