Waco Tribune Herald
Wednesday May 7, 2003

Arthur F. Abel, 95, of Riesel passed to his heavenly Father's home on Sunday May 4,2003 at a Waco hospital.

A celebration of life will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 2002 at Trinity Lutheran Church of Riesel with the Rev. Alfred Gallmeier and the Rev. Harold Fleischhauer officiating.

Burial will follow at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Pecan Grove Funeral Home, 3124 Robinson Dr., Waco.

Mr. Abel was born Feb. 5, 1908 to Gustav and Natalie Fenske Abel. He spent his entire life farming and ranching on the farm on which he was born near Trinity Lutheran Church of Riesel. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity. He married Meta Geisler on October 26, 1940 at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Waco. He was a lifelong member of Trinity and held leadership roles in various church organizations. He was an officer of Germania Farm Mutual Insurance for 28 years and was active in the Farm Bureau.

In the 1930's he played semi-pro baseball with various teams in the Riesel area. His interests included fishing, gardening, sports and travel. Throughout his life he was loving and supportive of his family. He enjoyed them as well as the many friends he made during his lifetime.

He was preceded in death by his wife Meta; his brothers Henry, Herbert, Edward, Walter, Paul and Edwin; sisters, Malinda Kelinske and Adeline Fleischhauer.

Survivors include his children, Elizabeth Abel of Riesel, Katherine Bode and husband Gene of Riesel, Kenneth Abel and wife Gail of Tomball,; grandchildren, Dr. Sonia Thew and husband Peter of NSW, Australia, Sara Pendergraft and husband Kevin of Waco, Allison and Nathan Abel of Tomball, and a great-grandchild, Kerah Pendergraft of Waco.

Pallbearers will be Glenn Dieterich, Ricky Dieterich, David Fenske, Glenn Hurta, Darrell Koester, David Lehrman, Kevin Pendergraft, Buddy Schraeder and Peter Thew.

For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, or Concordia Lutheran University of Austin.

Posted by Pat Lyon