Reverend Walter Leonard Otto Lentz went to his final home on March 9, 2021 at the age of 99.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on April 17th at Emanuel’s Lutheran Church, 206 N. Travis Street, Seguin, Texas at 10:30am.
Walter is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Melba Lorene (Bremer) and infant son, Mark Lentz.
He was born in Lanham, Kansas on August 10, 1921 to Rudolph and Louisa Lentz. He was the last of 9 children. His siblings who preceded him in death: Adolph, Rudolph, and Gotthold Lentz and sisters, Mechtilda Rowoldt, Ruth Cavitt, Esther Oelke, Louise Hohn and Maggie Lentz.
Our dad was ordained on January 29, 1945 in San Antonio, TX at St. Lukes Lutheran Church. His service to the ministry began in Victoria, TX. Over the years he pastored churches in Port Lavaca, TX, Tivoli, TX, Corpus Christi, TX, Snyder, TX, Auburn, NB, Great Bend, KS, Pottsville, TX, Shive, TX and retired from full time pastoring in Gonzales, TX. Also, he assisted as a visiting pastor for Denhawkin, TX and helped to cultivate a Lutheran church in Luling, TX.
Dad married our mother, Melba Lorene (Bremer) on July 8, 1957 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Tynan, TX. They are survived by their son, Luther Lentz and wife, Alice and great grandson, Abel of San Marcos. Daughter, Claire Gregory and husband, Don and their children, Taylor wife Maci, of Odessa, TX, Morgan of McKinney, TX, Austin of Lubbock, TX. Daughter, Crystal Lentz of Longview, TX. Youngest son, Paul Lentz and wife Donna of Garland, TX and their children Mariah of Austin,TX, Kendall and Natalie of Garland, TX.
Our dad was a people person and the oldest fan to his alma mater, Texas Lutheran University in Seguin. He and Melba liked to volunteer in their early years as pastor and camp nurse at Lutheran Children’s Camps. As our family grew they took us camping and later in their marriage enjoyed RVing.
Walter enjoyed playing the piano, guitar and harmonica. He enjoyed entertaining at the TLU coffee house for the students. He participated in Lions Club, Habitat for Humanity and was a long time member of the Hill Country Barber Shop Chorus. He played tennis well into his 80’s and participated in the tennis Senior Olympics. He was beloved by the TLU students and went to chapel daily to congregate with them. All in all, dad was living life and made many friends along the way.
If you wish to make memorials, please make them to Texas Lutheran University, 1000 West Court Street, Seguin, TX 78155.