In 2001, Carl Feltner was asked by fellow Braunfels Foundation Trustee Tom Burris to chair the Arrangements Committee responsible for planning and executing a unique and newly-formed fundraiser. The Living Legends event would be an evening to honor and celebrate those citizens of New Braunfels whose extraordinary volunteerism and service had contributed to and created the fabric and character of our community. Not only did Carl chair the inaugural event, but in typical Carl fashion, chaired the next five Living Legends events as well. In 2011, he was named Honorary Chair of the event and for his extraordinary service inside and outside the city limits of New Braunfels, Carl Feltner is now a Living Legend himself.
Carl Feltner is a local boy and the youngest of five brothers. He graduated from New Braunfels High School in 1947 and left his hometown for military service -– a common thread found in the fabric of our Living Legends –- as an officer with the United States Army overseas in France. After returning home to New Braunfels in 1953, Carl joined the Army Reserves accumulating thirty three years of duty when he retired as a Sergeant Major. Counted as one of his accomplishments in the Reserves, Carl oversaw the construction of the Fort Sam Houston Recreation Area at Canyon Lake.
Carl’s forty-plus year career with the United States Postal Service began in 1953. He rose through the ranks from letter carrier in downtown New Braunfels to Supervisor of Mails. His work as Supervisor is credited as being instrumental in our community working with Bexar Metro out of San Antonio to establish 911 emergency service to the area.
Carl is married to the former Roma Erben and the couple have two sons, Bryan and Stephen. They are current members of Cross Lutheran Church and former members of Grace Lutheran Church where they have faithfully served on numerous committees and Boards including Chairman of the Board of Elders and Congregation President to name a few. Carl was also President of the Local Aid for Lutherans Association for many years. He and Roma also served as Sunday school teachers for many years.
In 1967, Carl became a charter member of the New Braunfels Evening Lions Club. He was project chair for the creation of Eikel Park, and he has held all club offices including president. He was named Lion of the Year, a Melvin Jones Fellow, and was honored with a Life Member by Lions International. He also became a Life Member of the Lions Camp in Kerrville in 1976.
Carl founded the Community Service Center that served those needing a helping hand in our community. Proud of his German heritage, Carl has been a member of the Wurstfest Association since 1979 and secured a commemorative postal stamp cancellation for Wurstfest’s 25th Anniversary and for several Wurstfests thereafter.
A member of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Carl served as a Board Member and Chair of the RAP Council (Retirees Are Progressive). Carl also served on the Bar-B-Que Committee that served over 5,000 people during the New Braunfels Sesquicentennial in 1993-95. Appointed by the Chamber Board in 1996, he served as Braunfels Foundation Trustee for many years. He earned his Blue Coat in 1998 and was honored with induction into the Chamber’s Hall of Honors in 2003.
Carl has lent his time and talent volunteering for the Sophienburg Museum Capital, the United Way Capital Fund, and McKenna Memorial Hospital Campaigns, as well as helping at Folkfests, Weihnachtsmarkt, and at the old Hummel Museum where he and Roma chaired Hummelfest. He has been a member of Post 179 of the American Legion for over sixty two years.
Carl Feltner is an example to us all, and The Braunfels Foundation Trust is proud to honor him as a Living Legend of New Braunfels.