James “Jimmy” Lange was born on Dec. 1, 1939, in Burton, to Alfred and Evelyn Wendland Lange, and passed away Tuesday, Sept. 15, at St. David’s Rehab in Austin, at the age of 80.
He attended school and graduated from Round Top-Carmine High School in 1958. After graduation, he joined the Army National Guard for one year of active duty. He worked for Pohl Mechanic Garage in Carmine until July 1969. In July 1969, he married his dear friend Leona Ulrich. They were married at St. Michael Catholic Church in Weimar.
After July 1969, Jimmy moved to Weimar and began to work at Brasher Motor Company as a mechanic and later in the new car department checking out new cars. In September 1972, their daughter Brenda, their pride and joy, was born. He continued to work at Brasher until his eyes and health failed and he had to retire early in 2002.
Jimmy enjoyed going deer hunting with his buddies and going fishing with his family on vacation trips. He was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Sons of Hermann Lodge, and just became a member of the American Legion. He was also a member of the Weimar Volunteer Fire Department. Jimmy is preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Evelyn Lange; in-laws, Fred H. and Ottilia Ulrich; brother in law and wife, Robert and Vivian Ulrich; and great-niece Mylee Dippel.
He is survived by his wife, Leona of Weimar; daughter, Brenda Gindler and husband Henry; grandsons, Chase and Grant Gindler, all of Weimar; brother in law, Joe Ulrich and wife Joan, of Weimar; niece Debbie Wise and husband Kevin, of Richmond; niece Myra Dippel and husband Myron, of La Grange; and nephew Mark Ulrich and wife Veronica, of Universal City; and many more relatives and friends who he loved dearly. He will be deeply missed by all.
Visitation was Friday, Sept. 18, at Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar. Funeral Mass was Saturday, Sept. 19 at St. Michael Catholic Church with Father Wayne Flagg officiating. Altar servers were Jonathan and Hunter Shupak. Veronica Ulrich was the lector and Debbie Wise read the poem, “As I Sat in Heaven.” Interment followed at St. Michael Cemetery. Pallbearers were Chase and Grant Gindler, Kevin Wise, Myron Dippel, Mark Ulrich, and Larry Wick. Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Wick, Zachary Wise, Darrell Kubesch, Tommy Holub, William Stokes, Santo Nieto, and Leo Nieto.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Catholic Church, St. Michael School, Weimar Volunteer Fire Department, or a charity of one’s choice.