Ellis Emil Glueck Jr

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Ellis Emil Glueck Jr passed into eternal rest Saturday, May 13, 2017. 

He leaves behind his wife of 51 years, Karin Vind (Pedersen), his children; Lise (Donnie), Robert, Tanya (Doug) and Candace (Rodney); his grandchildren Olivia, Yasmine and Christian.  He is preceded in death by his parents; Ellis Emil Sr. and Laura Mae and sister Kathy Sorenson.  He is also survived by his brothers Charles (Mickey), James (Judy), Patrick (Shirley), Richard (Cindy), John (Sandy) and sisters Therese (Rick), Becky (Jim), Judy (Sam) and Christy (Keith) many nieces and nephews and close friends.

Ellis was born on October 14, 1941, in Eagle Lake, Texas.  He was the oldest child of Ellis Emil Sr. and Laura Mae Glueck. He was a lifelong resident of Columbus, Texas.  Ellis’s childhood years were spent on the farm in Bernardo, Texas.  After graduating from Columbus High School he attended Texas A&M University, graduating in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture. He met his wife Karin Vind Pedersen in Springerville, Ariz., while Ellis worked as Forest Ranger for the United States Forest Service.  They were married in Eagle Lake, Texas in 1965. After living and working in Houston for many years, they found a historical home in Columbus, Texas in which they restored from the ground up and still reside in today. He took great pride in that.  He was an active member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, served as a Eucharistic minister and a “Faithful Navigator” for the Fourth-Degree Knights of Columbus Assembly No. 1136 and K of C Council No. 2971 of Columbus. Ellis will be remembered as a “man of faith” truly touching the lives of those who knew him. 

He had a passion for antique cars and was a member of the Victoria Model A Group.  He enjoyed tinkering in his garage maintaining his “fleet.”

He loved to travel the United States and abroad. He was kind-hearted, hard-working, and always made sure his family was provided for.  He took great pride in the Beautification of Columbus.  He was noted for many designs throughout Columbus and the surrounding areas.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Columbus, Texas on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Augustine N. Asante officiating. 

Visitation, a Parish Prayer Service and Knights of Columbus rosary was held at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, Texas. 

Burial took place in Mentz, Texas at St. Roch’s Cemetery immediately following the funeral service.

Pallbearers were his brothers Charles, James, Patrick, Richard, and John Glueck, Son, Robert Glueck and Grandson, Christian Godfrey.  Honorary pallbearers were sons-in-law Donnie Godfrey, Rodney Jennings, Douglas Stehling and special longtime friends, Pat Smith, Ed Wong, and Bob Alexander.

Memorials may be given to St. Anthony Catholic Church or School Building Fund, PO Box 669 Columbus, Texas 78934; Columbus Community Hospital, 110 Shult Drive, Columbus, TX 78934; or Hospice Brazos Valley, 1048 N. Jefferson, La Grange, TX 78945. Online condolences may be given at www.hennekefuneralhome.com.

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