Buffington Funeral Home

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Leon Henry Bertram

January 21, 1928August 1, 2019
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Leon Henry Bertram, 91, of Shiner, Texas, passed from his earthly life on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Stevens Nursing & Rehab in Hallettsville, Texas.

Funeral Services are under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home in Shiner, Texas and will be held on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Yoakum, Texas with Reverend Alsen Wenzel officiating. Interment will follow at Shiner City Cemetery in Shiner, Texas. A Visitation and Luncheon will be held from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm prior to the funeral. Visitation will be from 1:00 pm until 9:00 pm on Monday, August 5, 2019 at Buffington Funeral Home.

Leon was born in Bishop, Texas on January 21, 1928 in Bishop, Texas. He was the son of Edwin and Bertha (Startz) Bertram. He attended Bishop ISD in Bishop, Texas where he graduated in 1945. Leon attended college for 3 years before joining the US Army. He served in the Korean Combat Zone as Counter Intelligence Personnel. He earned the Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star, Combat Infantry Badge, Army Occupation Medal (Japan), and the UN Service Medal. After he returned home, Leon finished his education, earning his Bachelors Degree in 1954 in History and Government, and a Masters Degree in 1955 in Education from Texas A&I in Kingsville, Texas. Leon Married Sylvia Trojcak on August 8, 1954 at Saint John Lutheran Church in Bishop, Texas. Leon was a teacher and administrator in the Corpus Christi, Texas and Bishop, Texas School Systems for 35 years. He also owned a farm for 30 years in Bishop, Texas. He was a member of the Texas State Teachers Association, The Texas Classroom Teachers Association, The Texas Secondary School Principals Association, Texas Retired Teachers Association, The German-Texan Heritage Society, and The Texas Farm Bureau. Leon was the “voice of the Bishop Badgers” in Bishop, Texas on Friday nights for many years. Leon was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Yoakum, Texas. He was a former member of Zion Lutheran Church in Kerrville, Texas, and Saint John Lutheran Church in Bishop, Texas where he was baptized and confirmed. He served many terms in both churches as President, Council Secretary, and Sunday School Superintendent. He was a Sunday School Teacher for 30 years. Leon liked to go fishing, bird hunting and gardening. He liked to travel and learn about history, play dominoes “84”. Leon was a collector of many different items.

Leon is survived by his loving wife of 65 years; Sylvia Bertram, two sons; Dwight Bertram and his wife, Linda of Pflugerville, Texas, John Bertram of Shiner, Texas, one daughter; Amy Thornberry and her husband, John of Riviera, Texas, seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one sister; Dolores Leifeste of New Braunfels, Texas, two Brothers-in-law; S.A. Trojcak of Missouri City, Texas, Owen Miller of Southlake, Texas, one sister-in-law; Carole Trojcak of Missouri, Texas, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; Edwin and Bertha Bertram, one sister; Jeanette Miller.

Pallbearers for Mr. Bertram will be; Steve Miller, Howard Miller, Mark Leifeste, Ken Trojcak, Matthew Bertram, and John Thornberry. Honorary Pallbearers will be; Cole Patchell and Billy Fedorko.

To join the family in celebrating Leon’s life, and to offer words of comfort, please go to: www.buffingtonfuneralhomeshiner.com


  • Edwin Bertram, Father (deceased)
  • Bertha Bertram, Mother (deceased)
  • Sylvia Bertram, Wife
  • Dwight Bertram, Son
  • Linda Bertram, Daughter-in-law
  • John Bertram, Son
  • Amy Thornberry, Daughter
  • John Thornberry, Son-in-law
  • S.A. Trojcak, Brother-in-law
  • Owen Miller, Brother-in-law
  • Delores Leifeste, Sister
  • Jeanette Miller, Sister (deceased)
  • Carole Trojcak, Sister-in-law
  • Leon also leaves seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and several
    nieces and nephews to cherish his memory.

  • Steve Miller
  • Howard Miller
  • Mark Leifeste
  • Ken Trojcak
  • Matthew Bertram
  • John Thornberry
  • Cole Patchell, Honorary
  • Billy Fedorko, Honorary



  • Visitation Monday, August 5, 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, August 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, August 6, 2019


  • Interment


Leon Henry Bertram

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Carolyn Faske

August 6, 2019

Our deepest sympathy to the Bertram family. Mr. Bertram was one of our land owners that we farmed for. He was a nice man and was always concerned as to what was happening on the farm. May you know that he is now at peace with His Lord and Savior. Sorry we will not be there and know that we are now harvesting cotton.
Our Deepest Sympathy,
Jerry and Carolyn Faske

Kay Mask Keeling

August 4, 2019

What a wonderful legacy Mr. Bertram left for so many! I forget what year (late 50s) Mr. Bertram also coached me and several of my classmates debate in Bishop, Texas. A couple I remember, Harold Ducote and Tommy Culp. I think we succeeded to regionals before losing. I will always remember him so fondly. There's no telling how many students' lifes he has touched. I hope his family will gain comfort and pride that he was so special to so many of us! God Bless!

Tom Donalson

August 4, 2019

I graduated Bishop in 1963, and Mr. Bertram had been our history teacher. I don't remember how many years we had him, but he was an interesting teacher and helped me and some of my close friends develop a life-long interest in history. During the 1963 school year he was also the debate coach for me and Gene Johnston (Class of 1964). He must have been a good coach, because we were able to attend the Texas UIL state meet in Austin, where we placed 2nd. We and he always thought we should have won 1st, but that's another story. That was a big moment in our lives. We were very proud, and as I recall, so was Mr. Bertram.

It is interesting to know what a major effect someone, like a teacher, could have on your life while you really knew little about them on a personal level. Mr. Bertram obviously lived a full and interesting life, and I know his family will miss him. So will I and many of his other students. I think he was a fine man.

Patti Kozlowski

August 4, 2019

I had Mr. Bertram for general science my freshman year. He was such a patient teacher. My outstanding memory was that I was the only one in the science class who couldn't get their motor to work. We all had to build a motor that would run. Of course it couldn't have anything to do with that I procrastinated until the night before to do it. He and the class members tried so hard to get it to run but it just wouldn't do it. I deserved the grade I got for that project. I am sure he is smiling at me now knowing that I was a teacher for 37 years and I had my share of students who procrastinated.
God bless the family members and may you all remember the positive things he did for so many students, friends and family.

Carl and Nancy Smith

August 4, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with Leon’s family. May God wrap His loving arms around the family giving peace, comfort, and strength.
Love from Carl and Nancy