VisitationMEMORIAL OAKS CHAPEL INC
BRENHAM, Texas 77833
Bennie E Faist, Jr., 87, of Burton, passed away peacefully October 4, 2019, in College Station in the presence of his loving family.
Bennie was born in New Ulm on August 22, 1932 to Bennie and Frieda Wassermann Faist. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church of New Ulm, Texas by Rev. Paul Fisher. He attended school at Henkhaus School in Industry and graduated from Bellville High School in 1950. After graduation he worked moving houses and was an oilfield roughneck. In 1953 he entered the armed services. In the military he was a truck driver serving in Germany. Honorably discharged in 1955. After his service commitment he spent more time in the oilfield, eventually going to Houston working for Reed Roller Bit. In 1958 he enrolled in the Houston Police Academy and graduated to be become a patrol officer. Bennie retired after 20 years’ service in 1978. On October 24, 1959 he married June Marie Stiewert at St. Paul Lutheran in New Ulm. To this union were born two children, Rodney and Rhonda. Bennie and his family moved back to Burton in 1974. This union ended in 1976 when June went to eternal rest. Bennie raised his children and began custom farm work and a farm dirt construction company. It was also during this time he continued with his passion of public service, working as a bouncer at Silver Wings Ballroom in Brenham for many years. In September 1992, he married Lillie Buechmann at St. Paul Lutheran Rehburg. Bennie loved going to dances and visiting with family and friends. His family was one of the most important parts of his life; he loved the quality time spent together telling stories and jokes on the weekends and watching the great grandkids play in the yard under the shade trees.
He is preceded in death by his wife June Faist; son Rodney Faist; parents Bennie Sr and Frieda Faist; sister-in-law; and numerous brothers-in-law.
Survivors include his daughter, Rhonda Maass and her fiancé David Lichti of Burton; grandchildren along with great grandchildren Stephanie, Cody, Hadley, and Karsyn Schulze of Burton; Melissa, Justin, and Layne Bilski of Burton; and Colton Maass with special friend Lauren Schobel of Brenham. He is also being mourned by his beloved dog Shirley. He is survived by his sister Peggy Venghaus of Frelsburg, and brother in law Hubert Stiewert of Halletsville; sisters in law Ruby Gandy of Belton; Wilma Boeker of Brenham; and Esther Klatte of Brenham. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers will be: Colton Maass, Cody Schulze, Justin Bilski, Herbert Klatte Jr., Ricky Stiewert, Steven Glaeser, Robert Kieke, Ricky Ripple, Brian Chenault, and Adam Spies.
Honorary pallbearers are All law enforcement, All military personnel, and All Bennie’s friends and family.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday evening at Memorial Oaks Chapel.
The funeral service for Bennie Faist, Jr. will be Tuesday, October 8 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Rehburg with Pastor Dennis Shaw officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to St. Paul Lutheran Church of Rehburg.
Funeral arrangements for Bennie Faist, Jr. are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main St., Brenham, 979-836-4564.
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