Theophil “Bob” Koennecke, of Fredericksburg, passed away on Friday, April 13, at the age of 84. Mr. Koennecke is survived by his children Steven Koennecke and wife Molly of Johnson City, Dianne Meier and husband Edward of Stonewall and Mark Koennecke and wife Mickey of Fredericksburg, a sister Esther Klein, sister-in-law Ruby Koennecke, 8 grandchildren Traci DeBault and husband Scott, Tina Waid and husband Jason, Jared Koennecke, Shane Meier and wife Tonya, Lydell Meier and wife Holly, Tyson Meier and wife Allison, Monte Koennecke and wife Cayle and Megan Koennecke and 11 great-grandchildren Allen and Alex DeBault, Chase and Landry Waid, Mills and Mason Patrick, Tristen, Annie and Allysa Meier and Tatum and Jaxson Koennecke.
Theophil was born on May 6, 1927 to Theodore Koennecke and Olga Mayer Koennecke. He attended school at Rheingold and served his country in the US Army during World War II. He was sent overseas to Europe where, because he could speak German, he served as a guard at a P.O.W. camp in Austria. After the war, he returned to Gillespie County where he married Ellen Jeanne Gastinger on Valentines day, 1948. They made their home in the Post Oak Community where he ranched. Through the years he raised sheep, goats, cattle and hogs. “Bob” loved to hunt and looked forward to going mule deer hunting with friends. He was a member of Zion Luthran Church where he was baptized, confirmed and married and also served as Sunday School Superintendent for many years. In his earlier years Bob was quite a horseman and passed that love of horses to his children, especially his daughter Dianne. He also liked to collect arrowheads and loved to play practical jokes on his family.
Funeral services for Theo Phil “Bob” Koennecke will be held on Monday, April 16, at 10:00 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church with Rev. Dr. Faye Schott officiating. Interment will follow in Der Stadt Friedhof. Visitation with the family will be Sunday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. at Beckmann Funeral Home. Serving as pallbearers are Pat Klein, Curtis Klein, Glen Koennecke, Monte Koennecke, Tyson Meier and Jared Koennecke. Honorary pallbearers are his grandchildren.