OBITUARY

Hans Hamilton Blangger

December 2, 1925January 26, 2013

Hans was born in Donora, Pennsylvania, and spent his early years in the New Eagle/Donora/Monongahela area. During his youth, he worked to help support his family, played trumpet in the high school band as well as a small dance band on weekend nights. Having convinced his parents to let him join the Navy at the age of 17, Hans served as a radioman and gunner during World War II. After the war, he visited his cousin in Texas and fell in love with the ranch life she and her husband led. In l946 he moved to Texas permanently, followed shortly after by his immediate family in 1947. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and Durham’s Business College where he met his future wife, Ina Naumann of Spicewood. Hans and Ina were married in 1948, and would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on February 19 of this year.

During the first years of his married life, Hans worked as a mail carrier, but the majority of his working career centered around real estate. He worked as a real estate agent for Harrison, Wilson, Pearson Real Estate, and later, along with a partner, established his own real estate business. He also became a licensed residential and commercial real estate appraiser, after which he worked as a commercial property manager until his retirement. Hans was a Past Worthy Patron and 50-year member of Travis Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star; a Past Master and 50-year member of Colorado Lodge #96; and Past Potentate and 50-year member of Ben Hur Shrine Temple. He was also a member of several other fraternal organizations.

Hans loved fishing and spent many cold winter nights huddled in a boat on Lake Travis hoping to catch a boatload of white bass. He also spent many hours with his family cruising up and down Lake Austin in his cabin cruiser, stopping many weekends to spend the night where the Pennybacker Bridge now spans the lake. In 1986, Hans and Ina purchased a cabin on a private lake in East Texas, which they affectionately dubbed “Golden Pond,” and where Hans spent time fishing from their dock. He also made many trips to various locations in Colorado (along with his son, Randy, and other companions) to hunt mule deer and elk.

A very family-oriented man, Hans loved his family deeply. He made a point to spend as much time as possible with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and delighted in watching them all grow up through the years. He has kept in touch with his family in Pennsylvania also—either through phone calls, annual visits by train or plane himself and, when he became unable to travel, having them visit him here in Texas each year. Hans was a compassionate man who, along with Ina, took care of his dying dad, moved his mom and sister close by to be able to care for them, and cared for and visited his aunt and uncle when each became ill. He was always one that would step in to care for a loved one, especially when they had no one else.

Hans was blessed with a loving family who survive him and who will miss him immensely: wife, Ina; daughter, Nancy Love and son-in-law Rodger; sons, Randy and Mark; grandchildren, Bobby Pounds and wife Gena, Amy Grimm and husband Heath, Sarah Stobaugh and husband Wes, and Emily Francis; and great-grandchildren, Danielle, Madelyn, and Benjamin Pounds, Gracie Grimm, Sophia Stobaugh, and Jayden and Colton Francis. He is also survived by his brother, Albert and wife Clara; his sister, Betty Lou Hargis; and several nephews. Hans was preceded in death by his parents Louis and Margaret Blangger, sister Lorraine Blangger, and granddaughter Lisa Pounds.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to all those who played important roles in Hans’s care through the years and in his final days and hours Dr. Jerry Hood; Dr. David Terreson and his NP Dorothy Darby; and Lighthouse Hospice staff, Lindsey, Yvonne, Kelly, Carmen, and Dub.

The family would also like to thank the pallbearers: Bobby Pounds, Wes Stobaugh, Heath Grimm, Justin Francis, Ronnie Hargis, Bill Wentzel, and Bob Wentzel.

Knowing that their dear loved one was a man of unyielding faith and strong spiritual conviction, Hans’s family takes great comfort in knowing that he left this world in peace and comfort and is now in the arms of God.

A visitation was held with the family from six o’clock until eight o’clock in the evening, on Monday, the 28th of January 2013, at Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home in Georgetown, Texas. The funeral service were conducted at ten o’clock in the morning on Tuesday, the 29th of January 2013, at in the chapel of Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home with Reverend Dub Falsone officiating. Interment followed at the Haynie Flat Cemetery in Spicewood, Texas. In lieu of flowers and customary remembrances, the family suggests donations be made to Shriners Crippled Childrens Hospital.

Arrangements by Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home, 2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas 78628 (512)863-2564.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, January 28, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, January 29, 2013
  • Graveside Services Tuesday, January 29, 2013
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Rick Fitzgerald

February 2, 2013

We send our condolences to Nancy, Rodger and family on the death of Hans. What an fine man he was and led a life of service to many.
Rick and Peggy Fitzgerald

Bill Glass

February 1, 2013

I think of Hans as a model gentleman representing our family and know why mom and dad had him as a house guest when he first came to Texas. I'm certain all of our lives are richer for his having been a part.

Judy Briscoe

January 30, 2013

Nancy - I am so very sorry to hear about your dad. It doesn't matter how old we are or the fact that it's part of life's cycle, it is still difficult. Your dad, like so many of ours, was part of that greatest generation. They worked hard, they served their country, and they loved their family. Please know that Gary's and my thoughts are with you. Take comfort in knowing that you were a wonderful daughter and that your daddy is at peace and in a better place. My heart goes out to you and your family.
Judy Jenkins Briscoe

January 29, 2013

our thoughts & prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.

sharon and monty

January 29, 2013

I send my deepest sympathy to all of the family at this time of loss. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you...may you find peace and comfort in knowing that others share this time with you....Love, Elaine Mullener

Tanya Evans Mulkern

January 29, 2013

Dear Nancy, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

January 29, 2013

Dearest Ina: It's been a very long time but I remember countless days as a child with you and your family through Ben Hur. My heart and prayers go out to you and the family. Deborah Howard (Ken & Georgieana)

Mark Austin

January 29, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Blangger family and especially with you Mark.

Jim Adams

January 29, 2013

My heart and prayers are with the entire family during this time. I had a lot of respect for Hans and the way he lived his life and raised his children. I lost my mother a year ago and nothing can prepare you for this type of loss.

Ann Love

January 29, 2013

My dear Nancy, I'm so very sorry that you lost your daddy. Losing our parents is almost more than we can bear even when we know the time has come. You've seen more than your share of grief in your life but you continue to show us that beautiful smile. I know that your faith helps get you through these difficult times. And you will be of such comfort to your mom. You know how we all love you and that we're here for you but her circle of friends is probably smaller and she will be looking to you for support. Perhaps you can help each other get through this terrible loss. You will be in my thoughts, my sweet girl. My condolences to your family.