|Howard W. Luensmann of Zuehl, Texas was called home to our Lord on Saturday, February 24, 2018. During his last days, he was surrounded by family reflecting on a life well-lived. |
Howard was born on October 27, 1935 to Henry and Alma Luensmann at the family home in Zuehl. His childhood consisted of hunting and fishing on the Cibolo Creek. Sundays and holidays were reserved for church and fellowship with the three Luensmann families. Although they were poor, they wanted for nothing because of the incredible love that a close family shares. Howard attended Clemens School until 10th grade, and then completed his diploma at East Central High School in 1954. During this time, Howard saw all of his brothers go off to war. He decided to also enlist, and served as a switchboard operator at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas where he shared an army base with Elvis Presley. Upon his Honorable Discharge from the Army in 1959, Howard returned to his home town. At a dance in La Vernia, Texas, he met the love of his life, Jeanette Wieters. The two were married on May 25, 1963 at Redeemer Evangelical Church. They enjoyed 54 years of marriage that included the birth of three children. Howard played 3rd base and shortstop at the community baseball field in Zuehl, golfing at area greens, and discussing politics with whoever would listen. He loved to bowl and was crowned King several times at the Bexar and Germania Bowling clubs. Weekends were spent teaching his children to do the same things he loved doing in his childhood: appreciating quality time with family, enjoying a good sporting event, and fishing on the Cibolo creek. Howard enjoyed his job at City Public Service as a heavy equipment operator and then later as a small engine repairman. He worked for CPS for 35 years, and met many people who remained close friends for his entire life. One day on the way home from work, Howard and some friends came across a car that had ended up going off the bridge into the Cibolo Creek. Howard jumped in to save a man in the swollen creek. CPS presented him with the "Helping Hand Award" for his bravery. In retirement, Howard found a new passion - enjoying his grandchildren. He was so proud of his grandchildren and would often be heard telling everyone that he had the best kids and grandkids in the world. Howard attended sporting events and stock shows watching his grandchildren grow into wonderful people. He enjoyed family fishing trips to the coast and just spending time with family and friends. Howard had a strong faith in Christ. He was an active member of St. Paul Evangelical Church in Cibolo, serving as a council member. Prior to that, he was a member of Redeemer UCC and served on their church council as well. Howard is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jeanette Luensmann; their children, Deborah Wiegand (Shawn), Cynthia (Bryan) Davis, and Derek (Rosalie) Luensmann; his seven grandchildren, Shayna and Seth Wiegand, Sutton and Sawyer Davis, and Faith, Christian, and Hope Luensmann; brothers, Bill (Phyllis) Luensmann, Roland (Anna Dell) Luensmann; sister, Alma Ploch; sister-in-law Cecilia Luensmann; brother-in-law Jerry Wieters; and, countless nieces, nephews, and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Alma Luensmann; brothers, Edgar (Glory Ann) Luensmann, John Luensmann; sisters, Linda (George) Koltermann, and Alice (Willie) Walters; brother-in-law, Virgil Ploch; and, sister-in-law Helen Wieters. A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30AM on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at St. Paul Evangelical Church with Rev. Jason Ford presiding. Interment will follow at Redeemer UCC cemetery. Guests are invited to the Clemens School Party House following the internment. Memorials may be made to St. Paul Evangelical Church, 108 S. Main, Cibolo, Texas, 78108 or a charity of your choice. You are invited to sign the guest book at treshewell.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Tres Hewell Mortuary, 165 Tor Dr., Seguin, Texas, 78155, 830-549-5912.