Milton Edward Friesenhahn entered into God’s Heavenly Kingdom on Sept 13, 2023 at the age of 92. Milton was born to Edward and Olga (Sauer) Friesenhahn on Oct 30, 1930 in San Antonio, Texas. He is preceded in death by his parents, infant son Stephen, sister Nola Haecker and brother-in- law Harold Haecker, nephew-in-law Roger Haug and longtime friend Jerry Wyatt. Milton is survived by his wife of 68 years, Billie (Vaughn) Friesenhahn, his three daughters Elizabeth (Ed) Basha, Jeanne (Aubrey) Zwicke and Katherine (David) Menk, his grandchildren, Ben (Melissa) Zwicke, Hannah (Jody) Mancuso, Jonathan (Christina) Basha, Sara (Andrew) Mitschke, Madeline (Joey) Dalman, Evan (Sarah) Basha and great grandchildren Jolene Zwicke, Annabelle Basha, Lincoln Mancuso, Josie Zwicke, Zachary Basha, Valerie Basha, Fox Dalman and McCoy Dalman. He is also survived by his beloved niece Beverly Haug, nephew Jerry Haecker, his farmer friend Daniel Beck and best friend Milton Twiefel. The family would also like to thank Julie Navarro who helped with Milton’s care in his final weeks and days.
Milton met and fell in love with the love of his life and they remained inseparable for 72 years. On July 2, 1955 they married and recently celebrated 68 years of marriage. Date nights would include a stop at the Bun and Barrel located on Austin Highway. As a young man, he was entrusted to carry money to the nearby bank while working at a Piggly Wiggly grocery store. But, in his heart and soul, Milton was a farmer. He loved the land, his cattle and his dogs. As a dairy farmer he would milk his cows at 3am and again at 3pm, every day. It was nonstop work, but he loved it and he excelled at it. He was named dairyman of the year and received blue ribbon recognition at the county fair for his Sudan hay. After he sold the dairy, which was located at what is now the corner of Weidner Road and Wurzbach Parkway, he moved to a new farm in 1975 in Schertz. There, he raised beef cattle and farmed the land growing wheat and hay. Again, there was always work. Preparing the land for planting, fertilizing, planting crops, pulling weeds, harvesting, feeding cattle, mending fences, etc., there was never an end to work on a farm.
If he wasn’t taking a break in his favorite recliner chewing on Beechnut tobacco and watching the Houston Astros or the Dallas Cowboys, he was on one of his John Deere tractors farming. He did manage to take some time off by going to the coast fishing with his friend Jerry Wyatt, spending time on a 1962 TexAll Boat he refurbished and fishing at Padre Island, or going deer hunting, which allowed him to spend time in the outdoors.
In his later years, he purchased a ranch near Dewees, that he enjoyed visiting several times a week. He continued to cultivate his love for the outdoors by feeding the wildlife and watching what might come out to eat. He enjoyed sitting on the front porch of the 1923 ranch house, which he had renovated with his wife and family, to eat lunch and talk about hunting or whatever topic came up. He also enjoyed 9 pin bowling and was the team captain, playing dominoes, visiting his sister and brother-in-law, going to East Texas to visit his wife’s family, watching the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park (his favorite team) and even managing a trip to New Orleans. Time spent with his niece Beverly, her husband Roger Haug and their family in Lockhart was always enjoyable. Milton was never at a loss for words and would always tell you how, “The cow ate the cabbage”.
In his later years, when he no longer was able to farm, his friend Daniel Beck, took over most of the farming. Corn became the crop and Milton would help Daniel where he could, even riding along with him in the combine during the harvest. He will be truly missed here on Earth, but can now rest in his Father’s Heavenly Kingdom.
Pallbearers will be his six grandchildren and honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren’s spouses.
In lieu of flowers, the family recommends making a donation to the charity of your choice.