Charlie Backhaus of Lampasas, Texas passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2018.
He was born on his family's farm located on Backhaus Road in Pipe Creek, Texas Jan. 13, 1927 to Julius and Minnie (née DeKunder) Backhaus. He attended school in Boerne and Dripping Springs. He worked at the Galveston Army Air Corps Repair Depot prior to enlisting in the Army serving in World War II in the South Pacific. This enabled him to continue his boyhood dream of flying which he loved for the rest of his life. He was the recipient of several medals for distinguished service.
Returning from the war, he worked at his brother-in-laws business, Dumas Brothers Machine Shop in Lampasas, later, working in Austin, he played guitar, sometimes in jam sessions with Kenneth Threadgill. He opened his own Austin business, Accurate Iron Works, designing and fabricating ornamental and structural pieces that can still be seen all over Texas and the United States.
He returned to Lampasas as co-owner of the Dumas Brothers Machine Shop. Upon "retirement" he opened his Feathers and Iron Studio where he designed and created unique furniture, he also enjoyed carving wild birds and had several of his carved ducks sold at Ducks Unlimited auctions. He loved gardening, he was a Mason and a member of the Son's of the Republic of Texas.
Charlie is survived by his wife Marilyn; a son, Chris; daughters Linda Humphrey (Gary) and Kathy Salinas (Roland); grandchildren Whitney, Jack, Charlie, Brandy, Casey and three great grandchildren.
Visatation will be today from 5 to 7pm at Sneed Funeral Chapel in Lampasas. Burial will be at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen on Friday, Aug. 10 at 11am followed by a Memorial Service at Sneed Funeral Chapel in Lampasas at 2pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mission Fund at First Street Church of Christ in Lampasas, Texas.