Kenneth B. Strange was born on November 18, 1929 in Corpus Christi, Texas to Burnett Porter and Hallie Green Strange. He passed away April 26, 2014 in Clifton, Texas surrounded by his family and was buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Walnut Springs on April 29, 2014. After graduating from high school in Walnut Springs, Texas he enlisted in the US Army serving in Korea from 1947-1950. On March 3, 1951 he married Bette Gene Davis, also a graduate of Walnut Springs High School, in the parsonage of the First Baptist Church in Walnut Springs. |
After trying various jobs, at age 26, he enrolled at The University of Texas, Austin in 1955, graduating in 1959 with a degree in Civil Engineering. While attending college he worked full time for McKown & Sons at the Onion Creek Quarry.
Kenneth had a distinguished engineering career in both the public and private sector. From 1959-1967 he worked for the Texas Highway Department in Austin, followed by positions as the County Engineer of Bell County and Director of Public Works of Temple, Texas. In 1967 he moved his family of five children to Houston as a project engineer for Lockwood, Andrews, & Newnam working on a joint venture with Turner, Collie, & Braden. In 1969 TC&B hired Kenneth where he served in various capacities culminating in a Vice President position. In 1982 he left TC&B to work on the City of Houston's computer mapping initiative. He moved back to Austin in 1984, and later founded EMA, an engineering and surveying consultancy. He retired in 2005.
Kenneth was a member of the Houston Engineering and Scientific Society from 1967-81, on the Consultiing Engineers Council Board in 1974 and 1986, and the American Congress of Surveying and Mapping Board from 1972 to 1976. Other honors included Railroad Commission of Texas Certificate of Appreciation 1982, election to the Alief School Board from 1971-73 (president 1973), and charter member of the Greater Alief Chamber of Commerce (president 1971).
His hobbies included HAM amateur radio, callsign K5JQE.
He also enjoyed hunting and fishing, often with his family traveling to the Texas Coast. He leaves behind Bette, his wife of 63 years; children, Shannon Able and husband, Conover of Houston, Jon Strange and wife, Suzanne of Katy, Bridget Holland of Georgetown, Ron Holland of Georgetown, Kelly Torrez and husband, Dave of Denver, CO and David Strange and wife, Dee Anna of Houston, grandchildren, Trey Able, Corie Able Green, Julie Gray, Maggie Payne, Samantha Atchison, Victoria Strange, Elizabeth Strange, and Conley Strange and nine great grandchildren; sisters, Jennie Parr of Arlington and Sherron Thomas of Walnut Springs along with many nieces and nephews.
As Kenneth often said "Life is good".
The family asks that memorials may be to the Oak Grove Cemetery Association, 1051 FM#203, Walnut Springs, Texas 76690.
Published in Houston Chronicle on June 15, 2014