CA LDWELL— Ser v ices for Charles Ernest Praesel, 75, were held Saturday, March 24, 2012, at First Assembly of God Church in Caldwell with Rev. David Ryman officiating. Burial was in Caldwell Masonic Cemetery with military honors under the auspices of VFW Post No. 4458 of Caldwell.

Mr. Praesel died Wednesday, March 21, at Hospice Brazos Valley Inpatient Facility in Bryan.

He was born Feb. 23, 1937, in Milam County to Carl Arthur and Ida (Schramm) Praesel.

Mr. Praesel was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Germany from 1961-62.

A heav y equipment operator, he was employed by TXU in Mount Pleasant for 25 years, retiring in 1992.

Upon retirement, he became a full-time rancher on his family homestead with the Praesel Cattle Co. along with his brother Arthur Gus Praesel.

As a member of First Assembly of God Church of Caldwell, he served as a member of the board of deacons for 18 years. Prior to this, he had served as a deacon at Assembly of God Church of Mount Vernon for 16 years.

Mr. Praesel enjoyed gardening, raising and eating catfish, and heavy equipment side-work.

He was devoted to his daily Bible study, attending church, and supporting the cause of world missions.

Mr. Praesel was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John Praesel; a sister, Mary Praesel Fleming; and two grandsons, Matthew and Thomas Roe.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Praesel of Caldwell; two daughters and a son-in-law, Nanette and Donald Roe of Flint, Pamela Praesel of Bryan; a brother and sister-in-law, Arthur Gus and Virginia Praesel of Rockdale; a brother-in-law, Ken Fleming of Palmer; a sister-in-law, Birdie Kristoff; and “Pepper” his faithful dog.

Pallbearers will be Roger Praesel, Charles Alford, James Kristoff, Joel Cowan, Bruce Asphren and Troy Poehl.

Honorary pallbearers were Ken Anderson, Nick Gilley, Todd Huddleston, D. J. Strickland, Paul Martin and Shannon Outland.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Brazos Valley.

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