Funeral services for Roy Franklin Sitze, 89, of Lufkin, will be held Monday, March 11, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel in Lufkin with Dr. Walter Futch and Brother Cory Page officiating. Graveside services with military honors will follow in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park. Mr. Sitze was born May 28, 1923, in Grassy, Missouri to the late Elmer O. and Ethel Lola (Hinkle) Sitze, and died Friday, March 8, 2013, in a local hospital. He had resided in Lufkin since 1977. Mr. Sitze served in the U.S. Navy from 1941 to 1946, and retired from NASA following 20 years of employment as an engineer. He was an avid reader and loved to garden and feed the squirrels. He was a woodworker and enjoyed building birdhouses, but he could build anything you asked him to. Mr. Sitze was a charter member of Trinity Baptist Church and the Jolly Seniors Sunday school class. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Shirley Sitze of Lufkin; children and their spouses, Allan Plopper of Houston, Doug and Sis Plopper of Lufkin, Jeff and Penny Plopper of Mt. Enterprise, Verlene Beheler of Mesquite, Terry and Denise Sitze of Mt. Enterprise, and Jerry Sitze of Lufkin; 18 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son, Dana Franklin Sitze; three brothers and four sisters. Pallbearers will be Jerrod Beheler, Justin Plopper, Doug Plopper, Jr., Shane Plopper, Devin Sitze, Chris Plopper, Cody Plopper, Chase Luce, Tre' Luce and Ty Morris. Honorary pallbearer will be Dean Jones. Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Baptist Church Jolly Seniors Class Fund, 2909 East Lufkin Avenue, Lufkin, Texas 75901. The family will welcome friends and loved ones from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral home. Memories and condolences may be added at www.carrowayfuneralhome.com. Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Mar. 10, 2013