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1515 South College Ave, Bryan, TX

OBITUARY

Edward L. "Eddie" Putz Jr.

March 1, 1948November 15, 2019
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Edward L. “Eddie” Putz, Jr., 71, went home to be with our Lord and Savior on Friday, November 15 with his family by his side after a long battle with lung cancer which he fought like a champ.

Visitation will be Monday, November 18 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. with an evening service by Pastor Michael Curry at 6:30 p.m. and a rosary service to follow at 7:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan. Mass of Christian Burial officiated by Monsignor John Malinowski and Father Joseph Varickamackal will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Eddie was born March 1, 1948 in Bryan the son of Edward L. “Bill” Sr. and Alice (Meyer) Putz. Eddie learned at an early age what hard work was and what it took to provide for a family. Being the oldest boy, Eddie helped haul cattle for his dad, a local cattleman, gaining experience in the world of hard work. While working for Twin City Meat Market he would deliver meat to the Dairy Burger in Bryan, little did he know he would meet the love of his life, Ann Reina. Eddie and Ann dated for two years before getting married, August 31, 1969. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Although not feeling well, he was determined to celebrate!

Eddie was a Butcher by trade and owned and operated Ed’s Butcher Block for over 40 years. He worked as a market manager or assistant market manager at various local grocery stores for several years and Readfields Meats before going into business with his brother, Billy Putz. On February 9, 1979, Eddie and Billy opened The Butcher Block, an old-fashioned meat market with old fashion friendly service. In 1982 they opened a second location. Eventually Billy retired, but Eddie continued the business changing the name to “Ed’s Butcher Block” where he became known as “Mr. Ed” to his customers. Eddie strived and took great pride in his business and making his “award winning” smoked sausage and made a “true” hot link, as well as beef summer sausage all of which were his own private recipes. He always said he would never sell something he wouldn’t eat himself! Eddie took great joy in going to work each day, looking forward to seeing his customers that had become friends and family to him. Eddie’s son Trip, who has special needs, was his sidekick. Trip went to the “market” every day with his daddy, where he would help a little, but he also loves the customers, visiting with them and giving hugs.

Although he was devoted to his business, he did take time off occasionally. Sometimes it was a family vacation to the mountains he loved so much in Western Colorado. While in Colorado he enjoyed renting jeeps to travel over the old mountain passes, visiting family in Montrose, Colorado and spending time with extended family in Norwood, Colorado. Other times it would be a weekend trip to Bossier City, Louisiana to his favorite casino The Horseshoe Casino, where he would play slots, eat good and occasionally roll some dice. Eddie also loved to elk hunt in Colorado. He and his daughter, Shelley enjoyed fishing together, even a tournament or two. That is, once she got old enough to hold on to her rod and reel without losing it in the lake! Eddie has passed his love for hunting and fishing to his pride and joy, his only grandchild, Cameron Bailey.

Eddie had an endless capacity for helping his family and friends. Some he helped, we will never even be aware of, but the outpouring of prayers, love, care and support that has been showered on he and his family during his illness attests to his true, giving, completely loving personality and nature. He truly blessed so many and will be missed dearly.

Eddie is preceded in death by his parents, Edward “Bill” Sr. and Alice Putz; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Frank and Mavis Reina; sister, Edith “DeeDee” Hill; nephews, Dean Putz and Howard Grelen; great-nephews, Christopher VanWinkle and David Harris, Jr; brothers-in-law, Woody VanWinkle and Dennis Gaston; aunts and uncles, Dorothy and Ernie Graves, Bill Sims, Ernie Frazier, Sylvia Putz Willingham; Adolph and Mildrene Putz and Lee and Lillian Putz.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ann (Reina) Putz; daughter and son-in-law, Shelley and Rick Bailey; son, Trip Putz; grandson, Cameron Bailey; sisters and brother-in-law, Alice VanWinkle, Mary and Kenneth Melesky, Donna Gaston; brothers and sisters-in-law, Billy and Brenda Putz, Gary and Cindy Putz, Tommy and Theresa Putz; sister-in-law, Jane Reina; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Larry and Bonnie Reina, Tommy and Rhonda Reina, John Hill; aunt, Flo Putz Sims; numerous nieces and nephews, extended family and a host of friends.

Special thanks to Dr. Frank Fossella at MD Anderson in Houston, Dr. Anup Amin and Dr. Gloria Mays of Bryan and Hospice Brazos Valley nurse Jessica Sahm for her compassionate care and support.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • VISITATION Monday, November 18, 2019
  • ROSARY SERVICE Monday, November 18, 2019
  • MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Tuesday, November 19, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • INTERMENT

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Viola Hartman

November 28, 2019

Ann I am so sorry to hear about Eddie's passing. Johnny told me he was getting worse. Just want you to know that you and the family are in my prayers. I don't think there is a much worse disease than cancer; we have lost so many loved ones to this disease. Wish I was there to be with you. Love you all. Vi

Frank Fossella

November 25, 2019

Ann, Shelley, and Trip,

It was a great honor and privilege to take care of Mr. Putz. I wish there was more that we could have done for him. He did fight like a champ.

Frank Fossella and your care team at MD Anderson (Susan, Liz, and Claire)

Sherry Miles

November 20, 2019

Shelley and family. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of loss. I know your dad was a very special man to you and many others. I am sending you a big ole hug and lots of love. So so sorry for your loss. Love you girl.

David Hovorak

November 19, 2019

I am so sad and sorry to hear about the loss of Mr. Putz. He will be missed not only by me, but this whole community.
I always enjoyed talking with Him at the Shop. He was a Great Man! Please let me know if Yall need anything. I will keep the Putz Family in my Prayers and Thoughts.
David R. Hovorak

Garry Willis

November 19, 2019

The man was like a saint to me and my wife. How many butchers in town are willing to only package at half a pound of meat meet their customers goals. Ed was just that kind of a man, he would go out of his way to help the everyday man. Thank you Ed you will be missed greatly

Dani’el Mason

November 18, 2019

I was the neighbor kid to Gary and Cindy. My last name was Hazelwood. I’m sorry for your loss.

Kathy Cooper

November 18, 2019

My prayers and condolences to Ms.Ann, Shelley and Tripp.
Mr Ed was an angel and a true Christian. He always had a big smile and how you doing today.
He feed my sons and I, took my boys fishing. He let Mickie work for him. I will always be grateful for God placing he and his family in our lives. My heart is breaking. Love you all and hug Tripp for me.
Love Kathy and the boys

Kris Kemp

November 18, 2019

I am saddened to hear about Mr. Ed passing I remember when I first moved to Bryan years ago and I use to come in and say do u have some of that special sausage lol...He knew what I was talking about...you will be missed

Jimmy Haddick

November 18, 2019

Shelley, Sorry to hear about Ed. He will be missed by all of us who knew him. I am sorry I can be there but my prayers is with you and the family. God bless. Jimmy

Renia Kyle

November 18, 2019

Mr. Ed was always kind and friendly. I enjoyed talking to him at the meat market. He processed many deer for my family over the years. I was a very happy customer with his recipes and his work. Mr Ed had a heart of gold. I will truly miss his big smile and shaking his hand. We are praying for his family. So very sad to hear this news.

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Biography

Edward L. “Eddie” Putz, Jr., 71, went home to be with our Lord and Savior on Friday, November 15 with his family by his side after a long battle with lung cancer which he fought like a champ.

Visitation will be Monday, November 18 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. with an evening service by Pastor Michael Curry at 6:30 p.m. and a rosary service to follow at 7:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan. Mass of Christian Burial officiated by Monsignor John Malinowski and Father Joseph Varickamackal will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Eddie was born March 1, 1948 in Bryan the son of Edward L. “Bill” Sr. and Alice (Meyer) Putz. Eddie learned at an early age what hard work was and what it took to provide for a family. Being the oldest boy, Eddie helped haul cattle for his dad, a local cattleman, gaining experience in the world of hard work.
While working for Twin City Meat Market he would deliver meat to the Dairy Burger in Bryan, little did he know he would meet the love of his life, Ann Reina. Eddie and Ann dated for two years before getting married, August 31, 1969. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Although not feeling well, he was determined to celebrate!

Eddie was a Butcher by trade and owned and operated Ed’s Butcher Block for over 40 years. He worked as a market manager or assistant market manager at various local grocery stores for several years and Readfields Meats before going into business with his brother, Billy Putz. On February 9, 1979, Eddie and Billy opened The Butcher Block, an old-fashioned meat market with old fashion friendly service. In 1982 they opened a second location. Eventually Billy retired, but Eddie continued the business changing the name to “Ed’s Butcher Block” where he became known as “Mr. Ed” to his customers. Eddie strived and took great pride in his business and making his “award winning” smoked sausage and made a “true” hot link, as well as beef summer sausage all of which were his own private recipes. He always said he would never sell something he wouldn’t eat himself! Eddie took great joy in going to work each day, looking forward to seeing his customers that had become friends and family to him. Eddie’s son Trip, who has special needs, was his sidekick. Trip went to the “market” every day with his daddy, where he would help a little, but he also loves the customers, visiting with them and giving hugs.

Although he was devoted to his business, he did take time off occasionally. Sometimes it was a family vacation to the mountains he loved so much in Western Colorado. While in Colorado he enjoyed renting jeeps to travel over the old mountain passes, visiting family in Montrose, Colorado and spending time with extended family in Norwood, Colorado. Other times it would be a weekend trip to Bossier City, Louisiana to his favorite casino The Horseshoe Casino, where he would play slots, eat good and occasionally roll some dice. Eddie also loved to elk hunt in Colorado. He and his daughter, Shelley enjoyed fishing together, even a tournament or two. That is, once she got old enough to hold on to her rod and reel without losing it in the lake! Eddie has passed his love for hunting and fishing to his pride and joy, his only grandchild, Cameron Bailey.

Eddie had an endless capacity for helping his family and friends. Some he helped, we will never even be aware of, but the outpouring of prayers, love, care and support that has been showered on he and his family during his illness attests to his true, giving, completely loving personality and nature. He truly blessed so many and will be missed dearly.

Eddie is preceded in death by his parents, Edward “Bill” Sr. and Alice Putz; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Frank and Mavis Reina; sister, Edith “DeeDee” Hill; nephews, Dean Putz and Howard Grelen; great-nephews, Christopher VanWinkle and David Harris, Jr; brothers-in-law, Woody VanWinkle and Dennis Gaston; aunts and uncles, Dorothy and Ernie Graves, Bill Sims, Ernie Frazier, Sylvia Putz Willingham; Adolph and Mildrene Putz and Lee and Lillian Putz.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ann (Reina) Putz; daughter and son-in-law, Shelley and Rick Bailey; son, Trip Putz; grandson, Cameron Bailey; sisters and brother-in-law, Alice VanWinkle, Mary and Kenneth Melesky, Donna Gaston; brothers and sisters-in-law, Billy and Brenda Putz, Gary and Cindy Putz, Tommy and Theresa Putz; sister-in-law, Jane Reina; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Larry and Bonnie Reina, Tommy and Rhonda Reina, John Hill; aunt, Flo Putz Sims; numerous nieces and nephews, extended family and a host of friends.

Special thanks to Dr. Frank Fossella at MD Anderson in Houston, Dr. Anup Amin and Dr. Gloria Mays of Bryan and Hospice Brazos Valley nurse Jessica Sahm for her compassionate care and support.