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Travis Broesche

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TRAVIS BROESCHE, age 92, long-time resident of Houston, died in Brenham, TX on Aug. 22, 2003. He was born May 6, 1911, in Ellinger, Texas, the son of H. G. and Ida Ehlert Broesche. He attended Brenham schools,and Blinn College, where he was captain of the football team. He then attended the University of Texas in Austin, graduating with a B.S. degree in Architectural Engineering in 1935. He was a member of Tau Sigma Delta, honorary architectural society, and his senior year was awarded the A.I.A Citation as outstanding senior student in architecture. On Oct. 11, 1936, Mr. Broesche married Lucille Krause, and they remained husband and wife for the remainder of his life. Mr. Broesche began his practice of architecture in Brenham, designing a number of buildings funded by the Public Works Administration, including: the Washington County Courthouse and Brenham City Hall. During WWII, Travis and his family moved to San Antonio where he served as Chief Architect for the Hondo Navigation School and designed and supervised the construction of a number of Army camps out of Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio. Following WWII, Travis and his family moved to Houston, and he continued his architectural practice here for over 40 years. During the majority of these years, his firm was known as Broesche and Condon Architects, AIA. While practicing in Houston, he designed and supervised the construction of over 150 churches throughout Texas, as well as hospitals, schools, and other commercial and public buildings and private residences. In 1962, Mr. Broesche and his firm entered the first architectural competition sponsored by the Houston Independent School District, a competition intended to facilitate the award of school design contracts on a merit basis. The firm won first place and, on that basis, was awarded contracts for four elementary schools designed using the winning plans. The first of these schools was Walnut Bend Elementary. Mr. Broesche was an organizing member of Faith American Lutheran Church in Bellaire and, over the years, served that church in many capacities, including President of the congregation. In the late 1970's Mr. Broesche began phasing out his architectural practice in Houston and moved his residence to Brenham. He continued to practice architecture in Brenham, first in association with Ben Boettcher, and later as a solo practitioner. Following his full-time return to Brenham, his architectural projects included Blue Bell Creamery offices and Visitor's Center (and other Blue Bell facilities throughout Texas and neighboring states), Trinity Medical Center, the remodeling and expansion of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, and Kruse Memorial Lutheran Village, phases 1 and 2. He finally ended his 60-year architectural career in his mid- 80's because of failing eyesight. Mr. Broesche was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Viola Broesche and Ida Mae Howell, and his brothers Henry Broesche and Charles Broesche. Surviving Mr. Broesche are: Lucille, his wife of 66 years; daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Ira Allen of Brenham; son and daughter-in-law, Travis Charles and Suzann Broesche of Houston; grandson, Travis Jefferson Allen and wife Charla of Houston; grandson, Maj. Neil Thomas Allen, U.S.A.F., and wife Debbe Jo of Montgomery, Alabama; grandson Jeffrey Charles Broesche of New York City; grandson, Garreth Paul Broesche and wife April of Austin; and five great-grandchildren, Cheyney Allen, Claire Allen, Taylor Allen, Zachery Allen, and Hannah Allen. A visitation with the family will take place on Aug. 25 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 305 W. Third St., Brenham. Funeral services will be held at St. Paul's, at 11:00 am on Aug. 26, with burial following in Prairie Lea Cemetery, Brenham. Serving as pallbearers will be his four grandsons and his nephews: Henry Broesche, Michael Pettit, Randy Broesche, Rodney Broesche, Jerry Broesche, and George Howell. Honorary pallbearers are Erwin Dallmeyer, Berry Krause, Lawrence Seidel, Edward Kruse, Howard Kruse, Dr. Walter Hasskarl, Jr., Alton Gassaway, Pierre Roberts and William Rothermel. The family offers it great thanks to Mr. Broesche's caretaker during his final months, Judy Sargent, and to Cynthia Wilson who joined Judy in that task during his final days. The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 305 W. Third St., Brenham, TX 77833; Kruse Memorial Lutheran Village, 1700 E. Stone St., Brenham, TX 77833; or the Lucille and Travis Broesche Scholarship Fund, Blinn College, 902 College Ave., Brenham, TX 77833. Memorial Oaks Chapel 1306 West Main Brenham, TX 77833 979-836-4564
Published in Houston Chronicle from Aug. 24 to Aug. 25, 2003
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