Walter Edwin Maass, 91, of Somerville passed away on March 3, 2021. Walter was born on August 27, 1929 to parents Otto and Freida (Ernst) Maass in the Mound Prairie Community. On June 9, 1965 he married Linda Rubach in Snook, TX. Walter attended Blinn College and Texas A&M University. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Education from Texas A&M. He taught Vocational Agriculture for a year in Caldwell and 32 years in Snook. He was always well known for teaching his students many life skills in Ag class. He taught them how to weld, build, plumb, farm, work cattle and how to be self-sufficient. He taught for so long that he ended up teaching children of his former students. Everyone remembered the experiences and knowledge gained with him as a teacher.
Walter was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a rancher, steward of the land and educator. His family was a welcoming committee to all of the new comers of Mound Prairie and Meryle. The friendships created with new residents have lasted for years. He was a former member of Adult Farmers, Young Farmers, Farm Bureau Board of Directors, Soil Conservationists Board of Directors as well as a member of the Retired Teachers Association, the Burleson County Fair Board and Blinn College and Texas A&M Alumni. He was a pillar of the community.
Walter is survived by his wife, Linda. Sons and daughters-in-law, Paul Maass and wife Heather of Mound Prairie, TX, and Ernst Maass and wife Kristin of Snook, TX. Brothers-in-law, Dr. Alton Rubach and Walter John Rubach both of Snook, TX. Grandchildren Cameron and Courtney Maass of Mound Prairie, TX. Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives, church family, friends and acquaintances. Also, Terry McMullin who student taught for Walter and has been considered family ever since and Georgia Ptacek who was loved like a sister.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Ernst, Otto and Theodore Maass and sisters, Katherine Bravanec and Esther Schafer.
He believed in being kind to everyone and never held grudges. He was always satisfied with good day’s work.
The family requests that memorials be directed to Snook Brethren Church and Hospice Brazos Valley, Brenham, TX.
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