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Sherman D. Durst
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 • Posted June 21, 2013

Sherman D. Durst of Fredericksburg passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at his home, at the age of 60 years.

Funeral services were held Friday, May 31, at 10 a.m., at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church with the Rev. David Priem officiating.

Graveside services and interment followed at Greenwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers included Eric Zey, Charles Kiehne, Jamie Sparks, Bill Rank, Bob Surma, Jim Thomas, Gavin Cain and Caleb Hail

Honorary pallbearers were

Austin, Kyle, Mallory, Katy and Kimmy Durst, Rex Weinheimer and Ryan Wille.

Visitation was held Thursday evening, May 30, and Friday morning, May 31, in the chapel of Schaetter Funeral Home, and at the church before the funeral.

Sherman was born in Fredericksburg, Texas on Sept. 13, 1952. He is survived by his wife, Rhonda Durst of Fredericksburg; parents, Woodrow and Ethelyn Durst of Fredericksburg; brothers: Douglas Durst of Houston, Ricky Durst and Carey Durst, both of Fredericksburg.

Also surviving are stepchildren: Wesley Ramsey of Harper, Ashley and Justin Bryant of Plano, Ty Ramsey of San Antonio and Shanley Ramsey of San Antonio, and grandson, Gage Bryant. Survivors also include nieces and nephews: Austin, Kyle, Mallory, Katy and Kimmy Durst; a sister- and brother-in-law, Wanda Griffin and Chris Kaiser; nieces and nephews: Ransom and Ashley Rust, Cole Rust and Alli Rust.

Sherman graduated from Fredericksburg High School in 1971, and attended Tarleton State University as an agriculture major before transferring to Southwest Texas State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, and a teaching certificate.

He entered real estate in 1978, and began working for Clinton and Ellie Herber of CC Herber Co. Real Estate.

In 1985, he purchased Fredericksburg Realty. Sherman spent 35 years dedicated to the real estate industry. Farm and Ranch sales were a part of his real estate expertise, which echoed his intrinsic love of the Hill Country.

Sherman believed in continued education and community involvement and gave of his time liberally even in his illness.

He served as a Fredericksburg City Councilman, a city Planning and Zoning Commissioner, Chairman of the early Oktoberfest celebrations, President (and VP) of the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce, co-sponsor of the Fredericksburg 150th Anniversary, President of the Gillespie County Board of Realtors, as the first president of the Fredericksburg’s Shopkeepers Guild, a member of the Texas Tech Hill Country University System’s Higher Education Steering Committee, and on numerous other city and county foundations, historical societies and special event boards.

Sherman even made a national appearance on HGTV as a special advisor on real estate, and was a frequent contributor to local and statewide periodicals.

Sherman was a big-hearted giver, always giving generously of his money and time to practically any organization that walked in the doors of Fredericksburg Realty in need of a donation, and he supported local fundraisers often. He valued this city and treasured the history of the county.

He had an extensive collection of Fredericksburg memorabilia on display at Fredericksburg Realty. He often attended local auctions, purchasing Fredericksburg history. His motto was, “Bid it to get it!” Sherman loved shopping for antiques, and attended the antique shows at Warrington and Round Top twice yearly and just recently in April.

He loved the outdoors; gardening and canning vegetables, entering his goods in to the Gillespie County Fair and winning several first place ribbons, even the award of “Best Pickle”. His delicious pickles were favored among family and friends.

Hunting season was always a special time of year for Sherman with many weekends being spent filling feeders and hunting.

He loyally supported the Battlin Billies sports program, often attending football, basketball, volleyball and softball games.

Sherman thrived on knowledge and news and would often be reading three books at one time and subscribed to multiple newspapers across the country. He enjoyed travelling which entailed reading multiple books and magazines learning all he at his ranch in Loyal Valley soaking up the Hill Country landscape that he loved so dearly.

Sherman was a faithful advisor, encouraging, full of wit, and a true friend to so many people. His wonderful laugh and funny stories, and quotes of the day will be missed by many.

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Hill Country Community Needs Council, Boys and Girls Club, Gillespie County Historical Society, Admiral Nimitz Foundation or to the charity of one’s choice.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent at

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaetter Funeral Home

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