Dearly loved husband, devoted father, beloved brother, adored friend, respected colleague and proud Aggie, Hank Wiederhold, 60, of Nacogdoches, Texas, passed away on May 9, 2014. Hank was born a Texan in 1953 and grew up on the family farm in Dime Box. After graduating from Lexington High School in 1972, Hank attended Blinn Junior College. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1976 with B.S. in Agricultural Engineering. Hank is survived by his wife of 25 years, Angela (Morgan) Wiederhold; sons, Dustin Judson, Henry Wiederhold II, Hunter Castle Girard and Evan Chatman of Nacogdoches; future daughter-in-law, Laura Adams of Nacogdoches; brothers and sisters-in-law, Billy & Linda Wiederhold of Milano, Lee Roy, Jr. and Arlene Wiederhold of Dime Box and Otto and Laura Wiederhold of Harker Heights; sisters and brothers-in-law, Barbara and Glenn Wenzel of Marble Falls and Shirley and Barry Carter of Austin; sisters-in-law Nancy Stokes, Pamela McCrory and Lisa Bonner; and many treasured nieces and nephews and pets Doodle, Cholula Belle and Ms. Kitty. He was preceded in death by his parents, Evelyn and Lee Roy Wiederhold, Sr. Hank retired from the United States Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Services in December 2013. His work with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service started in 1977. Thousands of acres in Texas have benefited from his soil and water conservation projects and his expertise has been instrumental in the construction of hundreds of wetland projects. In 2006, Hank was NRCS's lead engineer in the agency's response to Hurricane Rita. He was recognized by both the city of Port Arthur and NRCS for his exceptional work on recovery efforts. For his outstanding performance and lifetime achievement as an agricultural engineer, the Texas Section of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers presented Hank with its highest achievement award, naming him "2006 Engineer of the Year." In 2009, Hank became the first State Wetland Engineer for Texas NRCS. Hank loved his family, working in his garden, following the weather, fishing, tailgating and cheering on the Texas Aggies. Hank and super-fan Scarlett Sloane saw every home and away game Dustin Harris and Johnny Manziel played for Texas A&M. He also served as an elder at First Lutheran Church of Lufkin. Hank loved unconditionally and was truly loved. Hank left a piece of his heart with everyone he met. He was a man of faith, strength, integrity, ingenuity and wisdom. Words cannot explain the impact he had on the lives he touched. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Dr. Bill Shelton's Totally Awesome Fishing Adventure, P.O. Box 1447, Lufkin, Texas 75902, and the Texas A&M FoundationÐmemo Hank Wiederhold, 401 George Bush Dr., College Station, TX 77840. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, May 11, at Laird Funeral Home in Nacogdoches. Funeral will be held in Nacogdoches at Grace Bible Church, Monday, May 12, at 1 p.m. To convey condolences or to sign our online register, you may go to www.lairdfh.net. Laird Funeral Home.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on May 11, 2014