Gerald Steindorff peacefully made the transition to eternal rest on June 17, 2014, while at home and in the loving company of his family. Born in Woodsboro, Refugio County, Texas on August 25, 1945, Gerald grew up working on the family farm on Steindorf Road until he left home to attend Texas A&M University.
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While at Texas A&M, Gerald studied civil engineering, earned his boots in the Aggie Corps of Cadets, and played on the Texas A&M basketball team. He received his BS in civil engineering in 1967 and thereafter began his career working for Exxon. While with Exxon, Gerald served as a project manager on the Arco/Exxon Prudhoe Bay Facilities, and also was involved in the design and installation of oil & gas production facilities for Exxon, worldwide. Gerald joined Gulf Interstate Engineering Company in 1976 as Vice President of Venezuelan Operations based in Caracas, Venezuela, taking responsibility for all engineering and technical activities in the areas of pipeline and production facilities design and project management for Ingeneria Petroleo Gas S.A. In 1987 Gerald started his own full service engineering firm, Pro Plus, Inc. Pro Plus, Inc. and Gerald's work as an engineer were his pride. Whether it was providing design and construction services on a pipeline or a natural gas gathering and compression system, Gerald made utmost efforts to always deliver not just professional services, but also to add the "plus" to every project, as he and Pro Plus, Inc. serviced the energy industry from the wellhead to the end user for the next 27 years. Gerald enjoyed his work, routinely arriving at the office at 7:00 a.m. and working a twelve hour day, then, coming home to mow the yard, clean the pool and tinker in the garage with his John Deere equipment or a repair project. He would only come indoors when all the work was through, which was typically after dark. Gerald enjoyed dove hunting, playing golf, and going to the drag races with his brother, where they would grill sausages in the parking lot.
Gerald and wife, Amy, made a country home for themselves in Bastrop, Texas at Gerald's beloved El Ranchito 6445. In Bastrop, Gerald rode his four-wheeler, attended grandchildren's rodeo and sporting events, fished in his pond, raised a few head of cattle and made a treasured group of friends. At home in Houston, Gerald and Amy created a space where the entire extended family and friends gathered for every occasion-hosting Thanksgivings, birthdays, Fourths of July, Christmas, crawfish boils, graduations and any other festive event imaginable, including last year's family bus trip to see George Strait's final Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo performance.
Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, Gerhard and Dora Steindorf. He is survived by his wife, Amy Thompson Steindorff, and two children, Clint Steindorff (Sharen); and Emily Steindorff Allen (Ross); his three grandchildren, Shelby Steindorff, Averi Allen and Easton Allen; his brother, Eldon Steindorf (Anna); nephews, Stephen Steindorf (Kim), and Chris Caldwell; niece, Joanna Mason (Perry); grandnieces, Kennedy Steindorf, Perri Mason and Brandi Shaddock; and grandnephew, Jackson Steindorf. In addition, Gerald leaves behind many devoted extended family members, friends and colleagues who cherish the memories of his incredible accomplishments and the good times they shared with him.
A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 4:00 p.m., at the Steindorff Residence, 11807 Dover St. Houston, Texas 77031. In lieu of flowers, donations given in Gerald's Steindorff's honor, to Methodist Sugar Land Hospital will be gratefully acknowledged, website: www.methodistsugarland.com; and by mail: Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, c/o Maria Socci, 16655 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, Texas 77479. 281-276-8549. Condolences may be offered at www.millerfuneral.com
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Published in Houston Chronicle on June 22, 2014