GIDDINGS—Funeral services for Alfred Walter Zoch, 80, were held Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at Immanu- el Lutheran Church in Giddings with Rev. Robert Tiner and Rev. Keith Aschenbeck officiating. Burial followed in Giddings City Cemetery.
Mr. Zoch d ied Sunday, Ju ly 17, at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin.
He was born June 13, 1931, in Giddings to Carl M. and Maria (Prellop) Zoch.
Mr. Zoch was baptized on June 21, 1931, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings and was confirmed on March 25, 1945, also at Immanuel Lutheran.
He married Vernelle Biebers tein on June 23, 1951, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings.
Mr. Zoch was a U. S. Army veteran, serving April 22, 1953 until receiving a honorable discharge on April 21, 1955. He obtained the rank of corporal.
He was employed at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home for the past 55 years and was part owner for the past 40 years operating funeral homes in Giddings, Rockdale, Caldwell and Lexington.
Mr. Zoch took an active role in the improvement of the community and was always supportive of his church and school.
He served as the Giddings mayor from 1970 until 1980 and was elected Outstanding Citizen of the Year for 1979-1980.
Mr. Zoch served on the Capital Area Planning Council, was a past director of Giddings Chamber of Commerce, the Veterans Service Officer, served on the Veterans Land Board Committee for Lee County, served on the board of directors of Smithville Savings & Loan, was a member and past commander of t he American Legion Post No. 276, v ice president of the American Legion 10th District and a member of Giddings Noon Lions Club.
Mr. Zoch was also an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church where he held various offices.
He enjoyed spending time with his wife and family, liked Astros baseball, fishing, camping and traveling.
Mr. Zoch was preceded in death by his parents, Carl M. and Maria (Prellop) Zoch; parents in-law, Herman and Selma Bieberstein; a son-in-law, Bill Brademan Jr.; his siblings, Louise and Marvin Mitschke, Alvina and Ben Lehmann, Albert and Lorene Zoch, Herbert Zoch and Marvin Zoch; a brother-in-law, Oscar Menzel; in- laws Leroy Niemtschk, Lucille and Roy Walther and Viola Church.
Survivors are his wife, Vernelle Zoch of Giddings; a son and three daughters, Denise Brademan of Lexington, Clyde and Penny Zoch of Lincoln, Lisa and Ronnie Petzold, Susan and Glenn Karisch, all of Giddings; grandchildren Elizabeth, William and Cameron Brademan, Joe and Andrea Carter, David Campbell, Jeffrey Zoch, Jessica and Colby Handrick, Donovan Prihoda and Brooke Williams, Stephen Petzold, Heather and Eulalio Perez, Lindsey and Garrett Durrenberger and Jordan, Jacob and Joshua Karisch; greatgrandchildren K ayla Car ter, Brianna, Alex and David Perez; a sister, Hattie Menzel of Houston; and three sisters-in-law, Lorene Zoch of Giddings, Glory Mae Bieberstein of Houston, Elyne Niemtschk of Thorndale; also, numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were William Brademan, Cameron Brade - man, Donovan Prihoda, Stephen Petzold, Jacob Karisch, Joe Carter, Colby Handrick and David Campbell.
Honorary pallbearers were the staf f of Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings, Rockdale, Caldwell and Lexington.
Memorials may be made to Christ Our Cornerstone or Forward in Faith at Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Christian Service Committee of the Immanuel Lutheran Ladies Aid, Immanuel Lutheran School or the charity of one’s choice.