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Kenneth Ray Jatzlau

May 17, 1954 - August 17, 2018

Kenneth "Kenny" Ray Jatzlau, 64, tragically lost his life on August 17, 2018 as the result of a major, motor vehicle accident that occurred through no fault of his own.

Kenny was born on May 17, 1954, in Houston, Texas to Oscar and Susie (Meyer) Jatzlau. On February 17, 1996, he married Roberta "Bobbie" Criswell. He was preceded in death by his parents Oscar and Susie Jatzlau, infant brothers Glen Elwood and Edward Glen Jatzlau, mother-in-law Ora "Nannie" Criswell, sister-in-law Connie Laake and husband Harvey. For the past twenty-plus years he had resided in Sheridan, Texas in Colorado County.

Kenny is survived by his wife Bobbie Jatzlau of Sheridan, daughter Tammy Judd and husband Ray of Hallettsville, grandchildren Danielle "Tinker" and Kody "Tuff" Judd of Hallettsville, sister Sandy "Sis" Sneck and husband Carl "Bro" of Conroe, brothers Lawrence Jatzlau and wife Margaret of Sealy, Edwin Jatzlau and wife Jimmie Gail of Magnolia, and Maurice Jatzlau and wife Betty of Cypress; along with nieces Debbie, Kerrie, Brandie and Brenda, and nephews Steven, Raymond, Edwin, Jr., Richard, Rodney Laake and wife Cheryl and Shane Laake.

Visitation will be Friday, August 31, 2018 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. The funeral service will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at the Henneke Funeral Home with Lonnie Brisco officiating. Burial will follow at Willow Creek Cemetery in Sublime.

Pallbearers are Carl Sneck, Jimmy Lee Sumbera, Richard Jatzlau, Rodney Laake, Shane Laake and Jason Laake. Honorary pallbearers are Dennis Sumbera, William Sumbera, and Ty Laake.

Kenny was a self-employed, dedicated, hardworking drywall contractor for his entire working life. This profession was, without question, a trade that he thoroughly enjoyed. Kenny would often say he loved to make the insides of newly framed structures turn white and inhale the aroma of fresh, sheet rock dust.

While Kenny cared about his loved ones, he had two very special family members who really had a tremendous impact on him. Something changed within Kenny when each of his two, very precious grandchildren was born. Tinker and Kody ("Tuff") seemed to give him a new purpose, a new outlook and a renewed sense of life. He loved the time he shared with them. When looking at any of the pictures of Kenny with those two special people, recalling his words and tone of voice it is clearly obvious that he loved and cherished every moment that he was able to be with them.

Kenny had many activities in his life that gave him comfort. He thoroughly enjoyed the hours when he was on his property tending to his cattle, watching passing wildlife, working with his tractor or addressing anything that needed attention. For some, this may seem like work or chores; for Kenny, these were his hobbies, his time to mellow; and he did. Kenny was never very good at sitting still.

His cattle were some of the best fed and pampered, even going so far as to hand cut fresh grass for one of the spoiled ones that he had bottle fed as a baby calf. Kenny had a tremendous love and compassion for all animals.

Kenny loved God, his family and his country life. He had a big heart and loved those around him, always finding time to give folks a hand when they needed it never expecting anything in return.

He so much missed his Mother ("Mama") since her passing and now they are reunited.

Family and friends are heartbroken over the sudden loss of such a wonderful person. Our only peace is to know that he is now in a much better place. Rest in Peace our beloved Husband, Daddy, Father-In-Law, Papa, Brother, Brother-In-Law, Uncle, Cousin and friend; we shall all miss you greatly.


Kenneth Ray Jatzlau
May 17, 1954 - August 17, 2018



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