Arnold Havemann of Wallis, Texas, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, at the age of 89 in his home.
Arnold was born in Fayetteville, Texas, to Willie and Emelia (Wuench) Havemann. He was the fourth of five children.
Arnold left home at the age of 12, where he became a ranch hand for Mr. Charles Kaechele Rance. He worked there until he was drafted into the United States Army in 1952, where he was stationed in California. He served his country as an anti-aircraft operator until 1954, when he was honorably discharged.
After his army discharge, he was employed by several ranches, including Freddy Schluenzch Brahmas, showing Brahma cattle at many shows. Arnold was also employed at Barrett Feed in Bellville, as well as, Duval Sulpher Company in Orchard, Texas, WKM in Missouri City, Wallis Grist Mill, Barn None Feeds, he then retired in 1993 to be a full-time rancher.
Arnold loved horses and was an avid rider. He was a member of the Austin County Saddle Club, where he served as trail boss, and also for the Austin County Fair Ride to Bellville, that would start in Wallis. He also rode with the Square Dancing on horseback.
Arnold, me the love of his life Gloria Abel, when she began working at Barrett Feed in 1955. They were married on June 22, 1957, at St. John Lutheran Church in Bellville. To this union, two children were born, Charles Arnold Havemann and Tracy Kim Havemann Semmler. Arnold and Gloria enjoyed 63 years of wedded bliss. They lived in Sealy, Texas, and then moved to Wallis where he began his cattle operation.
Arnorld was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Wallis. He was also, a member of the Wallis American Legion.
Arnold is survived by his wife Gloria; son Charles Havemann (Barbara); daughter Tracy Kim Havemann Smmler; three grandsons, Charles Cody Havemann (Casie), Justin William Havemann (Candi), and Dakota Coy Ross Semmler; nine great-grandchildren, Peyton and Ryder Havemann, Cody Callaway, Colten Havemann, Isabella and Emma Havemann, Tatum, Rostyn, and Amberlee Semmler; sister-in-law Dorothy Sliva; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Emelia Havemann, parent-in-laws Andrew and Birdie Abel, sister Katie, brother-in-law Homer Goodson, brothers Harry, Walter, and Alfred Havemann, sisters-in-law, Pat Abel and Sheryl Abel.
A memorial service will be held in Arnold’s memory on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, at the Wallis American Legion Hall from 2-5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wallis American Legion Post 200 or a charity of your choice.
Funeral arrangement entrusted to Knesek and Sons Funeral Chapel, Wallis; www.knesekfuneralhome.com.