|Birth: ||Nov. 6, 1904|
|Death: ||Feb. 20, 1992|
Alfred C. Oefinger owned a livestock commission company for more than 50 years and was the leading hog seller at the Union Stockyards for many years, relatives said.
Oefinger, 87, died Saturday. "My father was deeply devout, religious and very hard-working," said his daughter, Norma Giebelhaus of San Antonio. "His children will remember him as a wise, loving and supportive not to mention stubborn father," she said. Musical talents "He also had many musical talents and was always ready to play his accordion or harmonica," his daughter said.
Born Nov. 6, 1904, in Hondo, Oefinger was the grandson of Alsatian immigrants who arrived in Medina County in the 1840s. He attended the nine-grade Storm Hill School nine miles northeast of Hondo, where his 98.2 grade point average was the highest in school history. The school no longer exists. He said in a 1985 interview with the San Antonio Express-News he had always wanted to go into real estate, but he applied for law school before finishing high school. Rejected, he hired a tutor and passed the college entrance exam, he said. Five years later, Oefinger earned his law degree and passed the Texas Bar exam. Although he did not practice law, he received a plaque from the Texas Bar Association in recognition of 50 years of membership, he said.
Oefinger began working at the Union Stockyards June 2, 1928, and while employed there, he graduated from Draughon Business College. In June 1932, during the Depression, he bought the Rothe Livestock Commission Co. During more than 52 years of handling livestock sales, he became known as the leading hog seller at the stockyards, said his daughter.
He married Estelle Jenkins Dec. 22, 1932, in San Antonio. In May 1946, he bought a farm near Elmendorf and raised chickens, turkeys and cattle. He also sold eggs. Oefinger was a former director of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo and a supporter of the Bexar County Junior Livestock Show.
The first oil well in Wilson County was on his farm. At first, it produced about 600 barrels daily, but eventually went dry, he said in the 1985 interview. After his retirement from the commission business in 1985, Oefinger remained at the ranch until 1991, when he and his wife moved to San Antonio.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Mission Park Funeral Home South with the Rev. Louis Retzloff officiating. Burial will be in San Jose Burial Park. Other survivors include two sons, Dan Oefinger of Houston and Bob Oefinger of San Antonio; one sister, Hulda Winkler of Hondo; and three grandchildren.
Copyright (c) 1992 San Antonio Express-News
Jacob Oefinger (1873 - 1954)
Ida Gertrude Heyen Oefinger (1875 - 1946)
Estelle Joan Jenkins Oefinger (1912 - 1993)
Louis Jacob Paul Oefinger (1899 - 1983)*
Hulda Elizabeth Oefinger Winkler (1902 - 1993)*
Alfred Carl Oefinger (1904 - 1992)
Milton Oefinger (1910 - 1991)*
San Jose Burial Park
Created by: Donna Schulte Loth
Record added: Jan 23, 2013
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