BALLINGER– Funeral services for Ballinger Police officer Larry Joe Nitsch, who passed away at home last Wednesday, July 24, will be Monday, July 29 at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Ballinger. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Winters.

A visitation time has been set for Sunday, July 28 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. 

Corporal L.J. Nitsch was found dead Wednesday morning at 7:15 a.m. at his sister’s residence, located at the 1400 block of Hutchings Avenue, in Ballinger, Texas. Nitsch, who had been with the Ballinger P.D. for three and one-half years, was 25-years-old.

Causes of death remain unknown, his body was sent to Lubbock Medical Examiner, in Lubbock, Texas. Ballinger Chief of Police Mark McNulty said that the case will remain under investigation.

It is believed that Nitsch passed away at some point between 2 and 3 a.m.

Nitsch was pronounced dead on site by Judge Glenda Wood.

Nitsch was a well-know member of the community and his departure leaves a deep hole in the lives of many people. He was bound to get married this week. “He was a good guy, he’ll be missed,” said McNulty.

Nitsch, who started his law enforcement career in Ballinger, was raised in Winters, Texas and graduated from Winters High School. Earlier this year Nitsch’s service and dedication earned him the promotion to corporal. He received his two-bar chevron on May 10, 2013.

Nitsch was born September 2, 1987 to Larry Joe Nitsch and Lisa (Carson) Yates of Ballinger.

L.J. is survived by his mother, Lisa Yates and husband Alfred of Winters; his father; Larry Nitsch and Becky of Ballinger.