Thomas H. Lentz


Thomas Herman “Tom” Lentz was born on Oct. 12, 1923 in Red Rock, Texas, and passed away on Aug. 20, 2008.

Tom grew up in Red Rock, and graduated from Lockhart High School. Tom graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University as a member of the class of 1946. During World War II, he served in the US Navy.

Tom was a businessman

in Houston from 1950 until his passing. He was still consulting for Riviana Foods. He was owner/president of Sebastian Corporation and Keene-Aire, Inc. In the past, he served on the board of the Salvation Army.

Bellaire had been Tom’s home since 1952. In the past, he was active at Condit, Bellaire Little League and Bellaire High School Baseball and Football. He was a member of the Texas A&M Association of Former Students and a member of the 12th Man. Tom loved Aggie Sports, he regularly attended basketball and football games in College Station with his family. They also enjoyed Football Bowl Games.

Tom’s family arrived in Texas in 1832 and received a Mexican land grant on Nov. 13, 1832 and a letter of patent from the state of Texas in May 1847. He was honored in the past by the Texas Department of Agriculture for having his land under continuous cultivation for over 100 years. He also was a member of the Texas State Genealogy Society – Texas First Families.

He was preceded in death by his parents O.B. and Annie Paster Lentz; his brothers: Duncan, Cody, Zac and Dennis; and sisters: Wilma Bridgewater and Becky Lentz.

He is survived by his wife, June Perry Lentz; daughter, Meredith Foster and husband, John Foster; son, Thomas H. Lentz, Jr.; grandson, John-Thomas Foster; sisters-in-law, Lois Lentz and Pam Conway and husband, Jerry Conway; brothers-in-law, Richard Ward and wife, Teddy Ward, and Dorsey Ward; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Services were held on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008 at 11 a.m. at the Earthman Bellaire Funeral Home, with a visitation preceding the service at 10 a.m.
For those who wish to make memorial contributions, the family suggests donations in Tom’s memory to Texas A&M University or to the Salvation Army.

Services under the direction of Earthman Bellaire Funeral Home, 6700 Ferris St., Bellaire, Texas 77401.


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