Brinkman, Stonewall

Funeral services for Stonewall “Buster” Brinkman, 82, of Bryan are set for 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 7, 2012, at Dime Box Brethren Church, with Pastor Jim Heckman officiating. Interment will follow at Hranice Cemetery in Dime Box. A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, July 6, 2012 at Strickland Funeral Home in Caldwell. Mr. Brinkman passed away July 4, 2012, in Bryan, Texas.

Buster was born in Birdsong, Texas on December 31, 1929, and grew up in Deanville, Texas. He was the second youngest of nine children. During his teenage years, Buster worked in his father’s cotton gin, driving cotton to market in Bryan and selling it for his father. He joined the Navy during the Korean War, specializing in ship mechanics, and traveled the globe, including the Artic, Japan, and Korea. While in the Navy, Buster married his teenage sweetheart, Rose Marie Balcar. They were blessed with 42 years of marriage and three children ~ Keith, Dawn, and Kyle.

Buster attended Texas A & M University in College Station and earned a bachelors degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1959, which led him to the Texas oil and gas fields with Halliburton. A few years later, Buster secured a job with the IRS as part of the first ever Federal Petroleum Auditing Division, which he eventually managed and from which he retired. His IRS job afforded additional travel to Canada and many states throughout the United States, including Alaska and Washington DC.

Buster moved back to his beloved Aggieland in 2004, when he married Olga Marie Nimtz. During their seven year marriage, he and Olga enjoyed tropical cruises and vacations to various destinations throughout the United States.

Buster is a member of the Brethren Church, in Dime Box, Texas, and has been a dutiful servant in God’s churches throughout his life. He had a wonderful singing voice and sang harmony often and most especially enjoyed traditional hymns.

Buster is survived by son and daughter-in-law; Keith and Roberta Brinkman of Dime Box, daughter and son-in-law; Dawn and Jim Freeman of Mansfield, step daughters and husband; Sharla and Kendal Beason of Pearland, Susan Nimtz of College Station, brother and sister-in-law; Jimmy and Betty Brinkman of Deanville, sister and brother-in-law; Mildred and Doyle Weiderhold of Pasadena, grandchildren; Andrew Hayes-Stoker, Robert and Sarah Brinkman, Elizabeth and Matt Reiter, Celia Klorman, step grandchildren; Chase Ahrendt, Kaylee Beason, great grandchildren; Allyson Reiter and Jonas Evans and Ava Klorman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gus Brinkman and Emma Fojtik Brinkman, two wives, one son, Kyle Richard Brinkman, and one grandson, David Keith Brinkman.
The family requests memorial contributions be directed to the Dime Box Brethren Church, 8361 FM 141, Dime Box, Texas 77853.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Strickland Funeral Home of Caldwell.
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Submitted by Lydia Mousner