William "Bill" Noack Jr. passed away Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at the Methodist Hospital in San Antonio at the age of 68 years and 7 months.
Bill was born May 27, 1943, to Olivia Wilheminia Paulina Glatzert Noack and William Julius Noack. He was baptized at the Dr. Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Shiner on Dec. 6, 1943. He was confirmed in the Dr. Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Shiner on April 14, 1957, by Pastor Edwin J. Oehlke. He was a strong believer in his Lutheran church and that anything was possible as long as he had God walking along side of him.
The family made several moves since Bill's father was involved in farming and tending cattle for people. One of their moves was in a house where the Green Dickson Park in located in Shiner and another move was in the house that stood where the Shiner School is now located.
Bill attended the country school called Green School through first and second grades. The teacher picked him and his sister Marion up every morning in her personal vehicle and returned them home each afternoon. This school closed up the next year and he was enrolled in Shiner Public School in 1952 in the third grade.
Bill, being the only boy of five children, had a lot of fun interfering sometimes with his sisters playing house. He could recall the time he came between their dancing with each other and his sister Marion hit him with a purse they were playing with. For a few minutes he was kind of out, but as he regained his consciousness, he realized four sisters were too much to play with.
After graduation from Shiner High School in 1961, he moved to Victoria but remained working for G&G Woodworks in Shiner. Shortly after moving to Victoria, he got employment with Sterrett Supply and A&A Electric.
He married the love of his life, Betty "Jeanie" Lamprecht, on June 2, 1963. Bill and Jeanie then moved to Gonzales in 1970 to be closer to their parents, and Bill went to work for Superior Dairies and later with Bugman. In 1978, he went to work for Gonzales Auto Supply and became manager of the store in 1989 and retired Dec. 31, 2004. Gonzales Auto Supply was owned by Frances Fishbeck, and not only was he Bill's employer, he took care of Bill in many ways of appreciation. One was by always including Bill and his wife on trips provided by Auto parts dealers.
Bill was an excellent dancer, and, if it was possible, he and Jeanie did not miss many dances that the "Moods" played for until the band stopped playing in 1969. He also loved to waltz and polka. They had many Saturday nights at Boedecker's outdoor dance floor between Shiner and Gonzales dancing lovingly in each others arms. He celebrated Jeanie's birthday at Turner Hall on Aug. 14, 2010, dancing to the music of the "Moods" which was the last time he got to dance.
Bill's likes and hobbies were fishing, hunting and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Bill would always reminisce of the days he and his brother-in-law "Brother Bob," as he was referred to him, spent fishing in local tanks and hunting in Dilworth. Bill liked to travel to different places with Jeanie. They traveled through many states visiting relatives, sightseeing and taking tours. He had a desire to visit Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park, but Leukemia sapped the strength from his body and he was unable to make that trip.
Bill loved his grandchildren and always looked forward to their visits and hearing of their accomplishments in school and sports. He looked forward to the times one of the grandsons would come around, for there were always odd jobs he needed help completing. Since Hunter, Connor and Coby were around most of the time, they always got the job of trimming and cleaning up the limbs in the spring. Even though Jennifer, Wyatt, Jessica and Kasey did not live close by, they would get left over jobs when they came to see Nan and Pop Noack. He enjoyed sitting at the kitchen table telling the grandchildren stories of how it was when he was growing up. He told them how it was to get up at 5 o'clock every morning with his sisters to make sure the cows were milked, and then eating breakfast and making sure they were ready to catch the bus by 7 a.m. The weather many times brought freezing temperatures. He also told them stories of how he had to feed 20 or more hogs that his dad raised and how he had to shuck three five-gallon barrels of corn every week for the hogs. Even though Bill had a date with Jeanie, the feeding had to be done first.
Bill liked to plant a garden every year. His tomatoes, green peppers and onions were something to brag about. He even made attempts to raise watermelons a few times. During the last years, he would convince his grandson Connor to make sure the garden was plowed for the spring planting. His garden would become the subject of conversation when he visited with his brother-in-law Emil as they compared the progress of their gardens. He liked comparing deer hunting stories with his brother-in-laws Mark and Edwin.
Bill is survived by his wife of 48 years, Betty Jean "Jeanie" Lamprecht Noack; sons Kenneth William and wife Dee of Gonzales, and Kevin Wayne and his wife Jeannie of Austin, and daughter Sheila Ann Pruett of Gonzales; and grandchildren Hunter Noack, Jennifer Noack, Wyatt Noack, Connor Pruett, Coby Pruett, Jessica Noack and Kasey Noack. He is also survived by sisters Ruby Kelly and husband Mark of Gonzales, Angie Pekar of Shiner and Susan Ulcak and her husband Edwin of Shiner.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Marion Zumwalt.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, in the First Lutheran Church in Gonzales with Pastor Ildiko Rigney officiating. Interment will follow in Denton Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers are Hunter Noack, Conner Pruett, Coby Pruett, James Kocian, Roger Tomas, David Hewig and Dustin Ulcak. Honorary pallbearers include Jennifer Noack, Wyatt Noack, Jessica Noack and Kasey Noack. Memorials may be made to the First Lutheran Church in Gonzales or the American Leukemia Foundation.
Services are under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home.