David Lee Jonas of Spring Branch, Texas was called to his heavenly home on Sunday September 23, 2012 at the age of 82. David was born on October 3, 1929 in Comal County in the Hancock area. He was the eldest of four children born to Marvin & Nelda Rust Jonas. He was baptized on April 3, 1932 at the First Protestant Church of New Braunfels and was confirmed at the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Bulverde on March 22, 1959. He attended schools in Comal and surrounding counties including Lamar School.
He began his first job in 1947 working as a plumbers helper for the E. Kleck Plumbing Company in San Antonio, Texas. In February of 1951 he received his induction notice from the United States Army. He reported to the Ft. Sam Houston Army base in San Antonio where he left by train to Camp Atterbury , Indiana for basic training. He was with the 28th Artillery Division of the US Army. He then traveled to New Jersey and then boarded the USS Butler for Goeppington Germany. David remembered becoming very seasick. He was trained as a ham radio operator in Germany during the Korean War. He was discharged of active duty in 1953 and was placed on reserve and received an honorable discharge in 1956. After returning from duty he began working for the Comal County Road Department . As foreman of the road department David traveled every county road in Comal County. He knew those roads like the back of his hand! He always knew that heavy rain would usually prompt a call in the middle of the night requiring him to set up” high water” signs. He retired from the road department in December of 1997 after 44 years of service. Upon retirement , a county road was renamed “David Jonas Drive” in his honor. David also worked weekends for many years for the Schneider family at the Spring Branch Store.
David married the love of his life, Viola Wehe on June 27, 1959 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Bulverde. Their two families were friends so they knew each other for quite some time before they were married. Their marriage was blessed with three children Cheryl, Karin and Dwayne. David & Viola were married for 41 years. The two enjoyed working side by side on their ranch after David retired. Both Viola and Dwayne preceded him in death.
David was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Bulverde where he formerly served as usher and also worked as groundskeeper at the church in his younger years. He enjoyed bowling and deer hunting. He was a member of the Spring Branch Hermann Sons, The Germania Farmer Verein and the American Legion Post 179. He was a lifetime member of the Bulverde Bowling Alley, a former president of the Bulverde Community Center and a former director of the Twin Sisters Bowling Alley.
David loved the outdoors and enjoyed taking care of his ranch and his cows. He loved riding around in the pasture on his John Deere Gator and enjoyed seeing the wildlife. He appreciated all of God’s creations , but mostly he liked watching the wild birds and always made sure the feeders were well stocked with birdseed. He enjoyed driving his tractor and plowing his fields. David always looked forward to hunting season, it was his favorite time of year. He loved visiting with his hunters at the hunting camp and hearing stories about the big one that got away! David loved the San Antonio Spurs, and the Dallas Cowboys. He loved to watch NASCAR racing and he never missed Wheel of Fortune!
David loved his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a very proud “Opie” . He was a kind and gentle man who never spoke an unkind word. He will be dearly missed by so many that loved him!
David is survived by two daughters, Cheryl Koepp and her husband Dwayne and Karin Boos and her husband Russell. Also, six grandchildren Travis Barton, Garrett Barton, Jennifer Koepp, Kendall Barton, Kailey Koepp and Colton Boos, and one great-grandchild Rylan David Barton. He is also survived by his sister Arlene Uecker and her husband Marvin, his brother Donald Jonas and wife Ethel and his sister Carol Abbott and husband Jerry , ten nieces and two nephews. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Arlene Mezger. He was preceded in death by his wife Viola, his son Dwayne, his parents Marvin and Nelda Rust Jonas and a brother-in-law Lawrence Wehe.
Visitation will be on Wednesday September 26th from 4 to 8 PM at the Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home. Services will be Thursday September 27th at 1:00 PM at St. Paul Lutheran Church of New Braunfels with the Pastor Paul Owens officiating. Interment will follow the service at the Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park. Memorials may be given to the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Bulverde or the St. Paul Lutheran Church of New Braunfels. Pallbearers are Dennis Koepp, Randy Merz, Shawn Merz, Billy Schaefer, Travis Barton and Garrett Barton.