James Albert Mittasch, 61, of Giddings, died February 26, 2012 at home surrounded by his wife of almost 40 years, Carol Mittasch, his two daughters, family and friends.
James was born July 20, 1950 at Lee Memorial Hospital in Giddings, Texas, the son of Ruth Walthers Mittasch and the late Herman Mittasch. He was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings on July 30, 1950 and confirmed on March 24, 1964 by Pastor Arthur Arndt at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin. His confirmation memory verse was Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” He was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church where he served on the usher team. He had a strong faith in his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
On July 1, 1972, James was married to Carol Liberty at St. Paul Lutheran Church by Pastor Arthur E. Graf in a quiet ceremony with family and friends in attendance. James graduated from Giddings High School in the Class of 1968 and then in 1990 went on to graduate from ITT Technical Institute with his Associate’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. James had quite a diverse career which started in high school when he began working for the Invader Boat Factory. Following high school, he worked for Walter Droemer Construction Company helping build condos on South Padre Island, then as a Security House Parent at the Giddings State School and later the Federal Correction Institute in Bastrop, Texas.
James first got his start in the oil field working for B&N Oil Field Service, then to International Western Mud driving trucks and later he worked with Champlin Exploration. He started his own contract well gauging business with several independent oil companies in the Giddings area and eventually gained the opportunity to work for Texas Vanguard Oil Company. Over the years, through hard work and dedication, he became the Oilfield Production Supervisor over approximately 250 oil wells throughout the Austin Chalk and Taylor Sand Field and supervised a number of employees.
James had many hobbies and activities he enjoyed, including, but certainly not limited to: fishing, hunting, gardening, golf, ski-diving, procuring Saturday barbecue and Sunday morning breakfast for his family, and most recently, his favorite past-time was spending time with his grandson, Ivan.
James was preceded in death by his father, Herman Mittasch; his father and mother-in-law Edwin and Ella Liberty and by two brothers-in-law Royce Pietsch and August Eschberger.
He is survived by his wife, Carol of Serbin and his two daughters and their families: Jamie and Justin Knox of San Antonio and Sara and Freddy Koenig and their son Ivan of San Antonio. He is also survived by his mother, Ruth Mittasch of Giddings and two sisters and their families: Diana and Clarence Mitschke of Austin and Bill and Kathy Pfeiffer of Winchester; nephew Jason Mitschke of Austin and niece, Karen and Tracy Robbins and their children of Winchester. In addition, he is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Marilyn Pietsch of Austin and Frances Eschberger of Paige and one brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Leslie & Marlene Sherfy of Giddings; nephews Mark Jaehne, Patrick Jaehne, Jon Eschberger, and many other friends and family.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 2, 2012 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings with Rev. Robert Tiner and Rev. Keith Aschenbeck officiating. Burial will follow in the Friendship Cemetery near Hills, Texas. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Friday, March 2, 2012 from 7:00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. A prayer service will be held Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Serving as pallbearers will be Jason Mitschke, Tracy Robbins, Drew Canon, Kyle Albrecht, Jon Eschberger and Mark Jaehne.
Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings towards the Portals of Prayer Program or the Building Fund.