Lee Roy Gendke

Lee Roy Gendke, 78, of Tenaha, Texas passed away on May 7, 2020 in Center, Texas.  Born June 17, 1941, in Houston, Texas, Lee Roy is the son of Ervin Herman Gendke and Eleanor Arlee (Boldt) Gendke.  Graveside service will be held at 12PM on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at Gendke Cemetery in Tenaha, Texas.


Lee Roy grew up in Pasadena, Texas.  He graduated high school and joined the workforce.  He married Willie Sherll Hooper in 1967 and the two spent over 49 years together before her passing in 2016.  Together they served as missionaries in Ukraine for over 18 years.  Lee Roy worked many years for Houston Police Department before retiring. He was a very handyman.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time outdoors. Lee Roy loved his family but most of all loved the Lord. 


He is survived by his son, Isaac Van Gendke; daughter, Elizabeth Oolyana Gendke; grandson, Dalton Gendke; one great grandchild; and a host of family and friends that will miss him dearly.


Lee Roy is preceded in death by his wife, Willie Gendke; and brothers, Michael Ervin Gendke, Harlon Dale Gendke; and sister, Jean Ann Gendke.


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Mangum Funeral Home, Center, is in charge of arrangements.


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