Wednesday, January 14, 2009

RIP Willie

We lost a wonderful man on Monday evening.

Willie Fischbeck passed away after losing a battle with cancer. He was a retired investigator from the Comal County District Attorney's office who continued to work as a bailiff for our Grand Juries.

He was a former Comal County Deputy Sheriff and he can be seen in a picture hanging outside of the District Courtrooms on the 3d floor of the Courthouse Annex. It is a picture of the Comal County Sheriff and his deputies taken around 1957. A younger Willie is looking out at you from the photo.

I got to know him when I started working here in 2005 and worked on the Grand Juries.

His funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, January 16, 2009, at the First United Methodist Church at 572 W. San Antonio Street in New Braunfels.

You will be missed Willie. Rest in Peace.
UPDATE: From Comal County
It is with great sadness that Comal County reports the loss of a dear friend, Wilburn “Willie” Fischbeck, who passed away on Monday, January 12, 2009 at the age of 80.

“Willie” was a long-time employee of Comal County with fifty years of service. On his fiftieth anniversary on September 16, 2004, then Judge Carter Casteel honored Willie in Commissioners Court and presented him with a Texas Flag that had been flown at the Capitol. He retired from his position as an investigator in the District Attorney’s Office, after 16 ½ years of service, on June 9, 2005 when he was again honored in Commissioners Court by Judge Danny Scheel.

Willie was working for Comal County citizens long before the Human Resources Department was in existence and much of that time was as an unpaid “Special” Deputy in the 1950’s and then in the 1970’s, as Reserve Deputy in the Sheriff’s Office under Sheriff Walter Fellers. During that time, Willie also worked for the United States Postal Service and retired from there with 35 years of service. According to Max Wommack of the SO, Willie was his Deputy Constable in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s until he started his job with the District Attorney’s Office in January 1989.

Willie’s daughter, Cathy Rogers, works in the Accounting division of the Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office.

Visitation will begin at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home at 1:00 p.m. today and continue until 9 p.m. On Thursday, January 16, visitation will be from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. with funeral services conducted on Friday, January 16, at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in New Braunfels.

Judge Danny Scheel has started a collection in the name of Willie Fischbeck with proceeds going to the Comal County Regional Habitat Conservation Memorial Fund. If you would like to contribute to this fund in Willie’s honor, please bring your donation to me at Commissioners Court and sign the Sympathy card there.

The family has requested Memorial donations to the American Cancer Society or to the charity of one’s choice.