VAHRENKAMP, Carl Ferrell "Van"|
It has pleased our great God to release Carl Ferrell 'Van' Vahrenkamp from pain and struggle and say to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant. Come into My eternal peace.' Van went home on Saturday, January 25, 2014. He was 75 years old.
Van was born on August 24, 1938, to Ben and Myrtle Vahrenkamp in Giddings, Texas. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings. He attended parochial school there and graduated from Giddings High School in 1956. From there he attended Texas A&M University, graduating with the class of 1960.
Van's career was varied. He first started as a science teacher and principal in Lexington, Texas. During this time, he married Lois Naumann Vahrenkamp on September 24, 1960. From there, he returned to Giddings where he taught high school history and science. Then Van and Lois moved to Austin, Texas, where he began to work in real estate and then managed a transfer and storage company. This venture led to a lifelong interest in transport and shipping. He and former Texas State Rep. Jake Pickle did the work to have Austin declared a customs port of entry.
Many years of his career were spent as the General Manager of the Austin Chamber of Commerce. During this time, he and Lois opened Biscuit Barrel Antiques in Oak Hill, an international antique business. This enabled them to import antiques from all over the world. After his time with the Chamber, he began an international boat business. Working with these two businesses enabled them to enjoy many wonderful travels around the world. Throughout all of these ventures, he loved raising cattle in his spare time.
When Van and Lois first moved to Austin, they became active members of Christ Lutheran Church. Moving to southwest Austin, they became members of Bethany Lutheran Church where Van faithfully served as an usher and church council member. He began the church barbecue crew aptly named "The Holy Smokers."
Van was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by Lois, his wife of 54 years; his brother Ralph (Carolyn) Vahrenk his sister-in-law Jeanette Naumann Patterson; his sister-in-law Rachel (Craig) Settlage; his brother-in-law Ted (Janet 'Termite') Naumann; nieces Stacy, Julie, Lori, Cindy and Emily; nephews Tim and Eric; many other relatives; and a host of friends. We will all miss his famous barbecues, which he so loved to do.
The memorial service for Van will be held at Bethany Lutheran Church, 3701 West Slaughter Lane, Austin, on Sunday, February 16, at 3 p.m. with a barbecue reception following in the Fellowship Hall provided by the Holy Smokers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Bethany Lutheran Church Holy Smokers or to Bethany's "Worth the Sacrifice" program.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Jan. 29 to Jan. 30, 2014