Earl William Niemeyer

08/27/1936 –

 03/25/2018

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Obituary

Earl William Niemeyer of Granbury passed away Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Harris Hospital Heart Center, Ft. Worth. We will gather for a Rosary service at 5:30 PM and fellowship from 6 to 8 PM Monday, April 2, 2018 at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life of 81 years on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at 2 PM at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers.

Earl was born August 27, 1936 in Saginaw, MI, to Earl Ector (Ladebauche) Niemeyer and Georgina Ellen (McInerney) Niemeyer. He served in the USAF from 1953 to 1961. After a short period with the Lubbock Police Dept., he began work as an insurance adjuster in 1968 and retired from Daniel Claim Service in December 1999. He married Patricia Kay Ryan on August 23, 1965 in Idalou, TX. He loved Bluegrass music and played the 5-string banjo. He was raised in the Catholic faith. He loved God and was a devoted son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He had a wonderful sense of humor, a sharp mind, and lived a full and blessed life.

He is survived by his wife, Kay; son, Terry (Kamma), daughter Kelly, and son David (Alicia), all of Lubbock and son, Kevin (Rebecca) of Weatherford, TX; brother, Ernie of Saginaw, MI; sister, Dixie Spayth (Larry) of Orlando, Fl; six grandsons, five granddaughters; three great-granddaughters plus one on the way; one great-grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; three brothers; two sisters and a great-granddaughter.

Memorials

Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or the Salvation Army.

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18 thoughts on “Earl William Niemeyer”

  1. Aunt Kay and family, Norm and I are very sorry for your loss. Uncle Earl was a a character. We enjoyed all our visits with you both through the last few years. He reminded me so much of my mom the night we went out to dinner and he wanted bean soup that was not on the menu. I always looked forward to his calls asking me how to make chop suey. He will be missed, but the memories will live on. Love and Hugs to you all.

  2. Betty L. Nations

    May your family be surrounded by God’s love and gentle care in these times of great sadness. John 14:3, And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

  3. Milagros Ostty De Zaza

    Todos tenemos personas que queremos mucho y que su sola presencia alegra nuestros días. Aceptar que uno de nuestros seres queridos ya no existe es un proceso difícil y penoso, definitivamente marca un momento importante es nuestras vidas.
    Lamentablemente, la muerte es parte del proceso de la vida y tarde o temprano nos tocará morir a nosotros.

    We all have people that we love a lot and the only presence alone makes happy our days. Accept that one of our loved ones no longer exists is a difficult and painful process, definitely mark a moment important is our lives.
    Unfortunately, death is part of the process of life and Sooner or later we will have to die ourselves.

  4. Christy roberts

    Aunt Kay
    I will miss uncle earl , if the banjo ever comes up in conversation I have to talk about my uncle earl . He a always been a positive part of my family heritage and stability. I lovey his great smile and sense of humor! He was a good man and he will be missed. Much love ❤️ and many blessings
    Your. Niece
    Christy

  5. Dixie and Larry Spayth

    To my sister in law and family. Just want you all to know my heart is with you during these hard times ahead.
    Kay you were the calm in his storm. The love the two of you had shows in your smiling eyes. Also the love for his children and grandchildren. What a legacy he leaves behind.
    He always called me baby sister, made me feel young lol.
    Prayers and hugs to all my brothers family????????

  6. Carrolle Bouliew

    Aunt Kay and family there are no words to say how sorry we are for the loss of Uncle Earl. He will for sure will be missed and he is loved by many. May He Rest In Peace. Love Carrolle, Jim and family.

  7. Back in 1964, in Lubbock, ’twas Earl Niemeyer that showed me my first runs, rolls, and riffs on my five-string banjo. When I heard that his name was “Earl,” (as in “Scruggs”), I knew he had to be someone special. And in that, he never disappointed. In 1972 he took me to my first bluegrass festival (Bill Monroe was the headliner of that fete, along with his Blue Grass Boys). Virtuoso musicians (and Earl was one) are often notorious for lacking common sense, but Earl Niemeyer was one of the most practical-minded people I ever knew. He knew the value of a dollar, and was wise in his use of them. His opinions and comments were logical and sound. Any advice he gave I could “take to the bank.”
    I’d like to fancy that there will be a “Great Bluegrass Festival in the Sky,” as Tom T. Hall proclaimed in song. If so, then Earl will be there with all the pickers and singers he had a passion and dedication for. The world is a poorer place without him; but perhaps we will join him Up There.

  8. Kay, we are so sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Janese Lowe and Cynthia Lowe

  9. Sweet Kay & Family…Praying for God’s grace and peace to be with you. Earl was such a wonderful man and what a life he had surrounded by so many who loved and adored him.

  10. Kay – We had the privilege of knowing Earl for nearly 30 years. Earl, Don Brown, Geoff Caldwell and I played together as ShortGrass for several years,
    Earl was the best banjo player I ever had the honor of playing with. He was a loyal and treasured friend. Annie and I send our love and heart-felt
    condolences to you and all of his family. We will all meet again.

  11. Michael Daniel

    I’ve known Earl since I was in college over 20 years ago. I enjoyed working with him and have enjoyed even more having him as a friend for all of these many years. I shall miss his quick smile and his sense of humor. And I’ll always appreciate what he did for my Dad and my family as a great adjuster. Kay you and yours will continue in my prayers. Sorry I can’t be there today and tomorrow, but please know we are thinking of you. God Bless.

  12. William A Bowers

    Kay and family, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss.
    Earl was big influence on my life, I think of him every time I pick my banjo!

  13. Dear Family,
    I wish to express my deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one. The pain, the grief, and the feelings of helplessness can seem unbearable. The Bible’s promises give comfort and hope. “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”- Revelation 21:4. I hope this will give your family comfort and hope. If you would like to know more about what the Bible promises, please visit: jw.org free of charge or obligation.
    With Deepest Sympathy, Kristy

  14. Donna Korchenko

    I’m so sad to hear of Earl’s passing. I have many fond memories of the fun times working with Earl at Hank’s Claim Service. My thought and prayers are with your family.

  15. Bernadette Drumma

    My heart felt condolences to Kay, Kelly & family. Earl was genuine, kind & always made us laugh. Thank you Kelly for sharing your parents with Madeleine & I! We shared many talks & laughs with Earl & I will always cherish the memories of him. I was happy to celebrate his life with you and will be praying God’s peace and love over the family.

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