Eugene Richard Werlein passed away May 3, 2012. He was born March 6, 1923 to Dr. Presley Ewing Werlein, Sr. and Sarah Louise Richard Werlein in Biloxi, Mississippi. He graduated from Biloxi High School and was attending Mississippi State University in Starksville, Mississippi when he was called to serve during World War II in the United States Army - 258th Combat Engineers - European Theater. He participated in the battle of the crossing of the Rhine. After his honorable discharge as a First Lieutenant in 1946, he enrolled at the University of Texas - Austin to complete a degree in Chemical Engineering. Upon graduation, he was employed by Magnet Cove Barium Corporation (Magcobar), later named Dresser Industries, Inc. - Magcobar Division. Gene remained with the company where he patented a number of drilling products. He retired in 1982 after working for over 33 years. Most of those years were spent in the Research Department and later in the Marketing Department. Gene also worked several years after retirement as a consultant at Exxon Chemical Corporation.
He was a member of St. Lukeís United Methodist Church in Houston and Simonton Community Church in Simonton, Texas where he lived during his retirement. Gene belonged to the Paul Carrington Chapter No.5 of the Sons of The American Revolution. He was also a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Navasot Cattle Company, Inc. (hunting), Magcobar Menís Luncheon Club and Senior Citizens of Simonton Community Church. He served 14 years on the Simonton City Council. While he was employed, he belonged to the American Society of Petroleum Engineers, American Society of Corrosion Engineers (Corrosion Specialist), Registered Professional Chemical Engineers, American Chemical Society, Metals Engineering Institute and others. Gene was interested in hunting, especially with the bow, fishing, gardening and golf.
Gene was preceded in death by his son, Philip Benjamin Werlein; his parents; two brothers, Judge Presley Ewing Werlein, Jr., Shepard Halsey Werlein, Sr.; two sisters, Lilla Louise Werlein and Sarah Blanche Werlein Beck.
Gene met his wife, Janelle Floyd Werlein, at work and they married in 1951. After 60 years of marriage, he is survived by her and one child, Diane Werlein Gilliam and husband, Graham Wilson Gilliam, two grandchildren, Holly Michelle Werlein and Conner Wilson Gilliam, two step-grandchildren, Patricia Taylor Gilliam and Robert Carter Gilliam.
Graveside services were held 11:00 am., May 5, 2012, at the Madisonville City Cemetery in Madisonville, Texas.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at the Simonton Community Church in Simonton, Texas
Madisonville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Born: March 6, 1923
Place of Birth: Biloxi, Mississippi
Death: May 3, 2012
Place of Death: Simonton, Texas