William Lenz

William “Willie” J. Lenz, 72, of Houston, passed away Friday, January 13, 2012 at his residence. The family will receive friends during a visitation from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home in Bryan. Funeral Services will begin at 10 a.m., Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Rest-Ever Memorial Park in Bryan.

Willie was born August 5, 1939 in Kurten, Texas, to Henry and Alma Lenz. He lived in the Houston area for forty years and retired after working for the Port of Houston. He was a standing member of the Sons of Hermann.

He was preceded in death by his brother Eugene Lenz; sisters, Bernice Myers, Doris Luther, Johanna Luther; and his parents.

Survivors include his son Daryl Lenz and wife Susan, of Huntsville, Texas; brother, Fred Lenz; sisters, Mary Lou Newsom, Margaret Eimann; granddaughter, Maranda Lenz; nieces, Patricia Junek and Karen Coleman; step-granddaughters, Bailey Rounsavall, Samantha Rounsavall, Skylar Brodie; and his former wife and best friend, Gloria Jeannie Johnston.


  1. To those Willie loved,

    We really loved Willie and enjoyed our last visit with him in November, 2011 while visiting my sister. He is a kindly, sweet & gentle man, & Wise beyond words. He will be greatly missed by his adopted-extended family & friends who were lucky to have sat down & had a cup of coffee with him. He always had a smile ready for you & when you left you had one to give to someone else. I remember the times my dad & he would sit for hours in conversation about how to save the world & family from themselves. Willie will be greatly missed by all. He left this world a better place for those he met & those he leaves behind. Our heart felt prays to his family in this hour of loss.

    Fay Spangenberg, Ron Spangenberg & family, Bobby & Norma Sechrist & family and many more family members & friends he met here.

  2. Uncle William will always be a special man and will be endeared to us. As many of his friends and family have expressed, he was a southern gentleman bearing a kind spirit and always turning the other cheek. When life delivered thorns instead of roses he would move forward with prayer and fortitude.

    He gave of himself to those surrounding him. A witty joke to a co-worker to make the day a little brighter, overtime to get the job done, a quick trip “home” to College Station to spend time with extended family, lending a hand to neighbors, helping others when isoloated by the hurricane with little to no resources, always visiting and making new friends, and sharing his stories of his travel thorugh life. He enjoyed using his diverse skills to restore relics (people and things) and found great value in a frugal life.

    William recently expressed his love for his family and friends, requesting no one pity the recent deterioration of his health. He gave of himself to each of us having the honor to share a path with him.

    On his behalf, our family provides his blessings through the Lord to each of you.

    The Lord has delivered peace and salvation to a cherished man.

  3. My sister, Jan Pitman, and her husband David often talked about what a fine man and neighbor Will was. He took such good care of their dogs when they visited me and always treated them like family. He will be missed. God bless his family and many friends. The world needs more fine people like Will.

  4. Daryl, Maranda and family:
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Words could never take away the pain of loosing a loved one but I hope his memory can make you smile a lifetime. We love you and please let us know if there is anything you need.

  5. My Will left this world oh so soon.He was one of the of a kind southern Gentlemen.His word was as good as Gold. With all we did togather places we went he was always ready for a new Adventure. I saw life in him and will always Cherish those trips and times. He really was my soulmate and Love of my life. May your soul have peace from the Cancer that took you from the ones who loved you and miss you every day.

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