Eugene Gail Wagenecht

Eugene Wagenecht

Eugene Gail Wagenecht died Dec. 17, 2014, at his home in Houston after a brief illness. He was 86.

            Memorial services are scheduled Jan. 17, 2015, at 1 p.m. in the chapel at Chapelwood United Methodist Church with the Revs. Wick Stuckey and Scott Endress to officiate.

            Mr. Wagenecht was born June 13, 1928 in Morrison, Illinois, to Irene and Eugene Julius Wagenecht.

            He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. He then began a 35-year career as a petroleum engineer with the company that became Amoco Production Company.  He became a registered petroleum engineer in the state of Louisiana.

             While working in Houston in 1955, he met Margaret Ann Newton, and they were married Nov. 28, 1955 in Birmingham, Ala.

            While living in Beeville, Texas, Mr. Wagenecht was a member of First United Methodist Church, where he served on the Administrative Board and a term as Social Concerns Chairman.

Work then took him to Lafayette, La., and later to New Orleans. There he was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, where he was on the Administrative Board, the Building and Grounds Committee, and served a term as Education Commission chairman. Mr. Wagenecht also was an assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 103.

            He was a loaned executive from Amoco to the United Way campaign for several years and also served with a group that periodically repaired homes for the elderly poor.

            In 1978, he was transferred to Amoco's home office in Chicago, where he worked for four years before being transferred to Houston in 1982. He retired in 1986.

            Mr. Wagenecht volunteered at Memorial Assistance Ministries for many years and for two years as a mentor to a fourth-grader in Spring Branch ISD. He worked with Rebuilding Houston, another organization whose participants repaired homes for the elderly poor, and served on his neighborhood Citizens Patrol. For many years he was a volunteer for the East Spring Branch Food Pantry.

            He is survived by wife Margaret; children Gail Ann Lowe and husband Jim of Lampasas, David Newton Wagenecht and wife Anne of Baton Rouge, La., and Marianne Theriot and husband Mike, also of Baton Rouge; grandchildren David Lowe, Ashley Hernandez, Jeff Lowe, Rachel Theriot, Emily Theriot, Annika Wagenecht and Allysa Wagenecht; and two great-grandchildren, Eva Kate Lowe and Eli Hernandez.

            He also is survived by a sister-in-law, Betty Wagenecht, of Rockford, Illinois. Mr. Wagenecht was preceded in death by his sister, Virginia Lange, and his brother, Wayne Wagenecht.

            Memorials may be made to the East Spring Branch Food Pantry, c/o Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 7901 Westview, Houston, TX  77055.

            Arrangements by Carnes Funeral Home.