- July 12, 1925 - March 26, 2015
- Hye, Texas
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Crofts-Crow Funeral Home
Freddie Clyde Armke, of Hye, Texas passed from life, through death, to eternal life on Thursday, March 26, 2015 in Fredericksburg, Texas at the age of 89. He was preceded in death by his parents, Erich and Ottilie Heidrich Armke; his loving wife of 62 years, Joyce Dean Armke; a son, Tim Daniels; a brother, Leroy Armke; and two sisters, Lola Ammann and Rowena Voges. Freddie is survived by his six children: daughter, Brenda Lindig and husband, Al ; sons, Troy Armke and wife Kathy, Tibby Armke and wife Robin, Ted Armke, Travis Armke, and Pat Daniels and wife Angie. Freddie was blessed by eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren and is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and other loving relatives and dear friends.
Freddie was born on July 12, 1925 at the Flat Creek Community, south of Blanco where his family farmed. Times were tough then and hard work was always a part of his life. When Freddie was 10 years old, his father died and left the young family to work the farm and sustain the family.
In 1943, when he was 17 years old, Freddie enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served overseas during WWII. He was a part of a PBY crew in the Pacific campaign. Freddie proudly served with and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1946. From these hard times of the depression, war shortages and no father Freddie learned to be a very resourceful man. If he didn't have it or couldn't afford to buy it, he made it. The home was scattered with "invented tools".
Returning to Blanco after the war, Freddie worked in the Blanco Locker Plant. He enjoyed dances and met Miss Joyce Dean Nowotny at Twin Sisters Dancehall. Joyce told her sister "I just met the man I'm going to marry". Freddie and Joyce were married on Thanksgiving Day 1949. They settled into married life and were blessed with five children. In 1968, Freddie and Joyce moved their young family to the AR Ranch on Yeager Creek, in east-central Blanco County, which later became the Byram Ranch. Freddie worked there managing the livestock and property, enjoying the land, and raising his family of rambunctious boys, as Brenda had married. In 1976, Freddie and Joyce opened their hearts to foster Tim and Pat Daniels. They provided a stable, loving home and shared their strong work ethic and common sense. Freddie and Joyce lived at their Yeager Creek home until Freddie retired at age 80! Afterwards they moved to Hye to begin their "retirement." Freddie and Joyce shared a life-long love of travel and music. Freddie played the guitar and attempted to pass the skill along to his boys, of which only Tibby responded. They traveled around Texas in their camper and often went to music festivals. Freddie and Joyce attended as many of their grandchildren's sporting events and were always the proud spectators. One thrill they enjoyed was the 1996 Centennial Celebration of the settling of Fredericksburg, when Freddie drove a covered wagon from New Braunfels to Fredericksburg to commemorate the German immigrant's journey across the land. Later in life, Joyce & Freddie would take Sunday afternoon rides in the countryside. They often enjoyed bird watching at the birdfeeder right outside their window in Hye. Freddie was an avid reader of western novels and other historical books.
The last years of Freddie's life, on occasion, he needed support in walking. He used a walking cane. Not just any walking cane. It was a cedar cane with a beautiful knot at the top. It was the result of Freddie tying a knot in the limb of a cedar tree nearly 30 years ago. He tied countless limbs of cedars. But only the one matured enough to make a walking cane. He received many inquiries as to how he got the knot in that cane and was proud to answer. It stayed in use right up to the end.
Visitation will be Sunday, March 29, 2015, at Crofts - Crow Funeral Home, 305 E. Elm St. Johnson City, Texas from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Funeral services will be on Monday, March 30, 2015 at Crofts - Crow Funeral Chapel in Johnson City, Texas at 2:00 PM, burial with military honors will follow in the Rocky Creek Cemetery.
The family wishes to give special thanks to the staff at Windcrest Nursing Home and lieu of flowers you may donate to the charity of your choice.
305 E. Elm St. Johnson City, TX 78636
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