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James Conway WERCHAN

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WERCHAN, James Conway

James Conway Werchan, 83, of Austin died on Monday, March 17, 2014. He was born in the Waldeck community of Fayette County, TX to Edwin and Lillie Werchan. As a young boy, his family moved to the Manheim community in adjoining Lee County.

James attended public school in Manheim and Giddings and played varsity baseball. He began his higher education at Blinn College in Brenham and completed it at The University of Texas at Austin where he received a BBA and an MBA in accounting. After completing his BBA, James served in the US Army and was deployed to Germany. James became a certified public accountant, a distinction he held in high regard. He enjoyed a long career with UT Austin where he rose to the level of Director of Accounting, a position he held for 21 years.

James and his wife Sophie made their home in Austin and their union led to a son, Alan. James' first loves were his God and his family but hunting, baseball and ranching closely followed. He was a long time member of Christ Lutheran Church in Austin where he served in numerous capacities. Known to his grandchildren as "Opa", he loved watching their various sports activities.

James is survived by his wife Sophie, son Alan, daughter-in-law Alice, and grandchildren Adam, Seth and Katherine. The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm, Thursday, March 20, at the Harrell Funeral Home, South Austin location. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 21, at 10 am at Christ Lutheran Church, 300 E. Monroe St, in Austin with interment following at 2 pm in the Giddings City Cemetery.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Mar. 20 to Mar. 21, 2014
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