In Memoriam

We would like to say thank you to everybody who has donated to us in support of our mission.  Every donation helps us rescue a dog that can be trained and give a second chance at life by helping a disabled Texas Veteran.  While we mourn those that are lost, we are thankful to those who donate in their memory.


Hayden G. Hummel

Hayden G. Hummel, 27, of Muldoon, formerly Richmond, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Feb. 25, 2018.

Hayden was born in Richmond on March 5, 1990. He is a veteran of the United States Navy. He served on the USS Harry S. Truman as an aviation boatswain's Mate. Deployment activities included support of Operation Enduring Freedom and the global war on terror. He was awarded the Navy "E" ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, and attained the rank of E4 from E1 in less than one year. Friends and fellow service men and women remember him for his loyalty, dedication, and work ethic. He was proud of his service and worked to help himself and others who struggled with PTSD.

His hobbies include traveling, physical fitness, cooking and watching sports. Hayden was a high school athlete, playing football and running track at Foster High School in Richmond.

Hayden is preceded in death by grandparents, Fred Henry Holub, Sylvia Kresta Holub and William Hummel. He is survived by his mother, Tracie Holub; father, Stephen Hummel; stepfather, Jim Pfeil; grandmother, Nancy Alston Hummel; grandparents, Glen and Joyce Pfeil; brothers, Collin Hummel, Brandon Pfeil and Andrew Pfeil; sister-in-law, Caitlin Shine; nephew, Eamon Pfeil; aunts Jean Ferrell and Sharon Holub Pinebrook; and uncles William Pinebrook and Rusty Hummel.

Hayden's funeral service will be Monday, March 12, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Praha, Texas (821 FM 1295, Flatonia). Services will start with the rosary at 9:30 a.m. and the funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Burial will follow and there will be a gathering afterwards at the parish hall.

In lieu of flowers, a request for donations to Texas VA Dogs; either by website in Hayden's name, or by check to: Veterans Assistance Dogs of Texas, 601 N. Spur 100, Kerrville, TX 78028 Attn: In memory of Hayden G. Hummel.

And to our Hayden: 'Kembali Bung' (Until we come back to each other, brother).

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Thomas Lloyd Sievers

We would like to extend our condolences to Ken and Nancy Donley, and June Sievers, as well as to the friends and family of Thomas Sievers.  


Dr. Brock Lutz

We would like to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Lutz, as well as the community of Tyler, TX.  Dr. Lutz is remembered for his compassion and sense of humor.  We would like to extend our thanks to those who donated in his memory; including the Physicians and Staff of the ETMC Wound Healing Center, FAME of all Episcopal School, and the East Texas Infectious Disease Consultants, PLLC.


Margaret Riedil and Jaclyn Etheridge

We would like to extend our thanks and condolences to Holly Riedil for her contribution to VA Dogs in memory of Margaret Riedil and Jaclyn Etheridge.  They both loved dogs, very much, and Holly's donation in their memory will help us to continue our work rescuing dogs, and giving them a second chance through helping out Veterans.


Edith Marion Carlberg

7 January 1918 - 7 July 2017

Edith Marion Carlberg passed away peacefully in her sleep the morning of July 7, 2017 at the wonderful age of 99 1/2 years young.  She was the only child born January 7, 1918 to Frank Bartell and Henrietta Weller.  After returning from WWI, her father passed away in 1919 during the flu pandemic.  Edith known affectionately as Edie was raised by her mother on the family farm in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.  She grew up loving animals and was a fervent horseback rider.  At the age of 18, she met and married an Army officer named Capt. Lawrence Carlberg.  They had a lifelong romance of 67 years that took them on adventures and travels all over the world.  Edie was a proud military wife.  She enjoyed dancing, reading novels, playing card, fashion, spending time with friends and most importantly her family.  Larry retired after 30 years' service as an Air Force Colonel in 1959.  They happily lived out their dats to the fullest at Air Force Village in San Antonio, TX.  Edie is survived by her two loving sons Col. Ronald and wife Gwendolyn Carlberg, CW4 Douglas Carlberg and wife Patti Meisetschleager, Granddaughter Jody Astrom and husband Mika Astrom, cousins Paul, Lina, Leana, Marcus Carlberg.  Services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery in the fall.  In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Wounded Warriors or VA Dogs of Texas.

 Hayden G. Hummel

Hayden G. Hummel

 Edith Marion Carlberg

Edith Marion Carlberg