Glenwood Ray “Dinky” Kveton was born in Sealy, Texas on April 21, 1928 to William Bryan “Bill” and Ivybell (Eckelberg) Kveton. He attended Sealy schools, graduating in 1945. He married Vivian Rika Kiesewetter on August 4, 1951. They were married over 64 years, building a lifetime of wonderful family memories in the same home from the time they were married to his passing.
He greatly enjoyed the outdoors and took pleasure in harvesting his vegetables, pecans, dewberries and oranges with hobbies of fishing, hunting and working with his wife on their family cattle ranch for over 45 years. He enjoyed watching sports contests on TV and in person when possible. A wonderful, beloved husband, father and grandfather, he enjoyed countless hours entertaining his granddaughters in their early years.
In his last years, Dinky felt productive while cracking/shelling pecans, raking leaves and riding his tractor mower. However, most of all, he enjoyed the daily companionship of his wife Vivian and their dogs, the frequent visits from his son Edward and all the many occasions where the entire family gathered including daughter-in-law April and granddaughters Bonnie and Andrea. Although he raised cattle, there was never any doubt that April’s shrimp dinners were his favorite. His empty chair leaves a huge hole in the lives of his family.
All of his working years were spent in the family home building business, initially with his father, brother and uncles and then as an independent painting contractor. Glenwood was the fifth straight generation of carpenters/builders in the area dating back to 1850.
He was baptized in the Sealy Lutheran Church, confirmed in St. John’s Lutheran Church of Bellville and was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Sealy for the past 55 years.
Glenwood unexpectedly passed from this life on January 16, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Vivian Kveton, son Edward and wife April Kveton, granddaughters Bonnie and Andrea Kveton, nephew Ervin (Emma) Kiesewetter Jr., nieces Susan Kiesewetter and Shirley (Mark) Ueckert along with numerous cousins, concentrated in Austin County. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Ivy Kveton, brother Gene Kveton and brother-in-law Ervin Kiesewetter Sr.
Services were held at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Sealy on Wednesday, January 20, with burial following in Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery of Bellville.
Pallbearers included Chad Eckelberg, Thomas Eckelberg, Gordon Goebel, Ervin Kiesewetter Jr., David Mueller and Pat Sechriski. Honorary pallbearers include Franklin Goebel, Alton Kveton and Fred Paben.
His family greatly appreciates and thanks their many friends and family for the kind words, condolences, flowers, food and memorials. Special thanks to the Lutheran Ladies Aid for the reception lunch, all involved in the beautiful service and particularly to the pallbearers and Rev. Kenneth J. Bersche. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church of Sealy or a charity of your choice.