Fred Arnold Munke

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Fred Arnold Munke, 86, of Anahuac, died Monday, April 7, 2014 at St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange. Fred was born in Fayette County on July 15, 1927, the son of Herman and Elizabeth (Fietsam) Munke. He married Gladys Herbrich on Nov. 20, 1949 at Zion Lutheran Church in La Grange. Fred served in the U.S. Army from 1945-1946 and was stationed in Japan. He was a commercial fisherman and retired after 58 years. Fred was a talented boat builder and built his own 
boats for his commercial fishing business. He never ran from any of the hurricanes and had the hope to live through more. Fred loved children, even though he never had any of his own. He loved to listen to classical music. He was very proud of his German heritage. He is survived by five nieces: Theresa Banse and husband, Norbert; Peggy Hartensteiner
and husband, James; Mary Herbrich; Susie Polasek and husband, David; Pam Vinklarek and husband, Russell; four nephews: Mike Sellstrom and wife, Theresa; Robert Herbrich and, wife, Wanda; Clinton Herbrich, Jr.; Richard Herbrich; numerous great and great great nieces and nephews; and close special friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Gladys, of 43 years; three sisters: Josephine Munke Rosenberg and husband, George; Ruth Munke  Sellstrom and husband, Dave; Judith Munke Vacek and husband, L.F.; and sister-in-law, Rosemary Woody Herbrich.
Visitation was held on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 12 to 7 p.m. at Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home. Family will 
receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral services were held at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in La Grange at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014. Burial followed at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 800 N. Franklin, La Grange, Texas 78945 or Hospice Brazos Valley, 1048 N. Jefferson, La Grange, Texas 78945. Family and friends can view  and sign the guestbook online at
Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home in La Grange was in charge of arrangements.    
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