Harry Edwin Sultemeier was born March 3, 1934 in Sandy, Texas to Edwin Adam Sultemeier and Adele Hulda Sultemeier and passed away on September 10, 2011.
He was confirmed in the Lutheran faith in April, 1951 at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church in Fredericksburg, Texas, by Pastor Otto Lindenberg.
Harry attended school in Sandy until the community school closed. He then attended school in Johnson City, Texas, and graduated from Johnson City High School in 1952. After graduation from high school, he attended college at Tarleton State Junior College in Stephenville, Texas in 1952 and 1953 where he was a member of the Plowboys football team, basketball team and the ROTC. After completing this stage of his education, he transferred to McMurry College in Abilene, Texas. While attending McMurry, he played football and basketball for the Indians. He loved to teach and coach and, in the fall of 1956, he started his professional career teaching and coaching in the Johnson City ISD on an emergency certificate while pursuing a BS degree in History.
On June 12, 1959 he married the love of his life Sharlene Wood in Johnson City, Texas. After their marriage, Harry and Sharlene attended the Christadelphian Church in Hye, Texas. This union was also blessed with 5 children.
Harry taught and coached in Harper for eleven years and then returned to Johnson City where he taught and coached until his retirement in 1987. He touched many lives during his 30 years of service as a teacher. After retiring from teaching, he worked on the ranch where he and Sharlene lived for 40 years. A day didn’t go by that he wasn’t taking care of his hogs and cows or preparing things for hunting season. From a small child, he learned to make sausage with his parents and grandparents, which was always a family affair. He continued that love of making sausage and deer hunting with his family. In 1999, he opened a deer processing facility where his family worked alongside him to make some of the best dry sausage around. After a day at the smokehouse, he always knew just how many deer had been processed and how many rings of sausage had been stuffed that day.
Harry was always very involved in all of his kids’, grandkids’ and great-grandkids’ many activities. He was honored in 1977 with the Outstanding Adult Leader Award for 4-H. Harry also served as a director on the board for Stonewall Farm Mutual Insurance for 25 years. Harry was happiest when he was around all of his family and friends hunting, fishing, barbecuing and shelling pecans for his wife and kids and grandkids.
He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years Sharlene, his children Terrie and Bob Felps of Johnson City, Randy and Barbara Sultemeier of Johnson City, Ronnie and Dana Sultemeier of Fredericksburg, Stephanie and Erin Needham of Dripping Springs, and Kristen Linson and Brian Spies of Johnson City. Although he touched many lives in his many years, those he touched the most were those of his 11 grandkids and 2 great-grandkids who knew him as Papa: Lauren Sagebiel and husband Henry, Jamie Felps, Brittany and Clay Sultemeier, Kyler Sultemeier, Ryleigh and Hadleigh Needham, Matasen, M’Lehne, and Keen Linson, Landri and Reese Sagebiel. He was preceded in death by his grandson Slater Sultemeier. He is also survived by one brother and sister-in-law of Mason, Victor and Victoria Sultemeier and their family; and one brother-in-law and sister-in-law of Johnson City, Paul and Gladys Wood and their family. He will be remembered by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation was from 4:00pm to 6:00pm on Sunday, September 11, 2011 at Crofts Funeral Home. Services were held at 10:00am on Monday, September 12, 2011 at Crofts Funeral Home in Johnson City, Texas. Burial followed in the Christadelphian Cemetery in Hye, Texas. Pallbearers were Henry Sagebiel, Sheldon Wood, Edward Sultemeier, Bill Lindig, Al Lindig and James Sultemeier.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Slater Sultemeier Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Randy Sultemeier, 7842 Ranch Road 1320, Johnson City, Texas 78636 and the LBJ High School Memorial Scholarship Fund.