Herman William Borchardt, Jr.
February 8, 1931
August 4, 2019
Our beloved husband, dad, PoPo, and friend Herman Borchardt, Jr., 88, was called home to be with his Heavenly Father on August 4, 2019. He will be greatly missed by family, friends and all who knew him.
Herman was born in Zionsville, Texas on February 18, 1931 to Herman, Sr. and Minnie Reddehase Borchardt. He left school at a young age to help on the farm. Herman proudly served in the U.S. Army being deployed to Korea where he defended our country in the Korean War, and received The Purple Heart. He was a member of Zionsville Lutheran Church, American Legion Buddy Wright Post #48, V.F.W. James F. Dillon Post #7104, Sons of Herman Lodge #6, Brenham Elks Lodge No. 979 where he served as Exalted Ruler.
After completing his commitment in the U.S. Army, Herman returned home and was married to Elverna Thielemann, his loving wife of 65 years. At this time, he continued his education and earned his Associates Degree from Blinn Jr. College in Brenham, Texas where he and Elverna began their family together. In 1954 Herman began his career with The Sealy Mattress Company where he enjoyed 39 years with all of the wonderful people whom he was so blessed to have worked with. He retired in 1993 after a successful career as Plant Manager.
Herman is survived by his beloved wife Elverna, son Craig Borchardt and wife Linda, daughter Gail O’Malley and husband Richard, son Jason Borchardt and wife Kristi, and daughter Shiela Spivey and husband Marty. Proud PoPo to Morgan Wood and husband Travis, Joshua Borchardt and Mary Borchardt; Jackson and wife Lauren, Adam and wife Jenna, and Erin O’Malley; Makenzie and husband Casey Funk, Chandler, Landon, and Isabella Borchardt; Seth Spivey and Alli Spivey. Super proud Great PoPo to Reese and Sawyer O’Malley, James, Emma and Jake O’Malley, Jacob Wood, Thoryn Schaefer and Wyatt Funk. Also survived by sisters-in-law Florence Borchardt, Evelyn Thielemann and Elaine Thielemann Grinde, brothers-in-law Walter “Butch” Rodenbeck, Wilbert Thielemann and wife Dinora, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law and mother-in-law Herbert and Else Thielemann, brother Franklin Borchardt, sisters and brothers-in-law Adeline and Pete Studhalter, Elouise Rodenbeck, Bernice and Wilbert Eickhoff, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Vada and Roy Bockhorn; brothers-in-law Walter Thielemann, and Milton Thielemann.
Both during his work life and in retirement Herman (PoPo) enjoyed spending his time with family and friends and at his farm in Prairie Hill. He also enjoyed a good round of golf on a regular basis, as well as playing cards with his friends. Most of all, there was nothing he would rather do than spend the afternoon or evening with family watching “his” Houston Astros.
All who knew and loved Herman (PoPo) will greatly miss everything about him. They will miss his great laugh and smile, his unique humor, his ability to tell you exactly what he was thinking and making you like it, and the great love he had in his heart for others.
Serving as pallbearers are Jackson O’Malley, Adam O’Malley, Joshua Borchardt, Seth Spivey, Landon Borchardt, Travis Wood, Casey Funk, Ray Rodenbeck, Don Lee Studhalter, and Jimmy Eickhoff.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Brenham Memorial Chapel in Brenham, Texas. A celebration of Herman’s life will be held on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 10:00 am, at Zion Lutheran Church, Brenham, Texas.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Brenham Nursing and Rehabilitation, Hospice Brazos Valley and special caregivers Eunice, Glenda, and Pam for their loving care over the last few months.
Memorial contributions in Herman’s honor may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, Hospice Brazos Valley, or charity of your choice.
Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. Tributes may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.