GIDDINGS—Funeral services for Erwin Gustav Billig, 97, of Giddings will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings with Rev. Robert J. Tiner officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the American Legion Post 276 will follow in Giddings City Cemetery.

Visitation is set for 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, and 7 a.m. to 12-noon Thursday, Feb. 14, at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The family will be present from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Mr. Billig died Friday, Feb. 8, at St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange.

He was born May 31, 1915, in Sealy to Eduard Claude and Henrietta (Stuessel) Billig.

He was baptized on June 17, 1915, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sealy and confirmed in 1929 at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Mr. Billig attended the Mixville school where he was active in the 4-H program and was a member of the 4-H Congress.

He went to St. Johns College in Winfield, Kansas, before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps in December 1941.

He ser ved in Guam until his honorable discharge was received in February 1946.

Mr. Billig continued to serve in the U.S. Air Force Reserves until retiring on May 31, 1975, having obtained the rank of major.

He married Edith Sharlemann on Nov. 24, 1944, by Rev. W.F. Peters in Hastings, Nebraska, and their union lasted for over 52 years until her death in June 1997.

He married Delores (Bethke) Moss on Aug. 2, 1998, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings.

Mr. Billig was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings, the American Legion Post No. 276 in Giddings and the Lee County Seniors in Action.

He enjoyed ranching, gardening, hunting and spending time outdoors.

Mr. Billig was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Henrietta Billig; his wife, Edith Billig; a sonin law, Russell Cottone; four sisters, Alice Cockrell, Esther Wilke, Mildred Kaechele and Helen Morgan; and two brothers, Adolph Billig and Harold Billig.

Survivors are his wife, Delores Billig of Giddings; two daughters, Barbara and Joe Cavazos of Corpus Christi, Margaret Cottone of Peachtree City, Georgia; a son, Robert and Caroline Billig of Rockdale; a stepson, Russell and Ladonna Neumann of Giddings; a sister, Marie Stephens of Oregon; and two brothers, Herbert and Bernice Billig of Somerville, Leon “Mike” and Virginia Billig of Burnet; also, 12 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and three step-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Missions Fund at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 300 N. Grimes St., Giddings, TX 78942.

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