Frank G. Strieder passed away in his sleep in the early morning of Aug. 13, 2017. He was born in Bernardo, Colorado County, on Dec. 28, 1923, son of Joseph Strieder and Catherine Frey Strieder. His oldest sister Jolene died at 25 in 1940 and an older brother died as an infant in 1918. His older brother John is still alive at 94 but lives in a nursing home in Weimar. John’s wife Marjorie still looks after him as best she can. Frank’s youngest sister, Margaret, died in 2015.
Frank married Ora Dell Ludwig in 1948 and were married 68 years. They have four children, Leon, Cathy, Donnie and Willie. They lived next to Cathy in Needville, Texas these past years. Leon is a Catholic Priest and professor at the seminary in Houston. Cathy is a retired registered nurse and married to Allen Hanzik and he runs Hanzik Hydraulics, an oilfield service company. They have three boys, Cody, Travis and Spencer. Cody is married to Theresa, works for Schlumberger. Travis is married to Monica, works for his father, and they have four children, Ruth, Marie, Lee and Anne. Lee has the same birthday as his great grandfather, Dec. 28. Spencer is a computer whiz and is married to Mackenzie. Donnie lives in Sealy, works for Shoppa’s Farm Supply in East Bernard, and has two boys, Wyatt and Blake. Willie is married to Robbie and is the trumpet professor at Texas Tech University. hey have four boys, Cameron, Colin, Sean and Noah.
After growing up in Bernardo, Frank served as a Marine during World War II. He was part of the invasion of Peleliu and Okinawa. He returned from the war, returned to farming and ranching, and to music, which was one of his loves. His family had a western swing band and he met the love of his life, Ora Dell, at one of the dances they played at. He was active in the VFW and then the American Legion. Many may remember his enthusiastic calling of bingo at the American Legion Hall in Sealy.
They moved to Austin County shortly after their marriage and moved to their own farm and ranch in 1956. He was active in the Austin County Farm Bureau, serving as a director for many years. In 1968 Frank began working for Port City Stockyards where he worked for many years, being chosen top hand one year.
His faith was very important to him, being an active member of Immaculate Conception Church until having to move to Needville. He was active in the Knights of Columbus and he and Ora Dell were Family of the Year one year.
The funeral was Aug. 15 at 10 a.m., at the Solemnity of the Assumption, making a nice faith connection with his faith in the resurrection. He was buried in the Catholic Cemetery. Fr. Leon Strieder presided.