Fred E. "Gene" Proft, 85, died Saturday, April 12, 2014, at the Kerrville VA Hospice Program. He was born July 1, 1928, in Port Arthur, Texas, and has resided in Leakey, Texas, since 1995.
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Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until funeral time Saturday in the Fellowship Hall of St. Raymond Church in Leakey, Texas. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church, celebrated by the Rev. Jose Villanueva and Deacon Ruben Navarro.
He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Gwen Pellegrin Owen Proft; daughter, Pam Proft (John) Swendig, of Garland, Texas; son, Eddy Gene (Varunee "Dang") Proft, of Grants Pass, Ore.; daughter, Stephanie Proft Dumesnil, of Garland, Texas; grandsons, Dennis Dumesnil, Brett Swendig, and Kyle (Beck) Swendig; granddaughters, Kristin (Brian Widdoes) Dumesnil, Shelly Swendig, and Veena Proft (Ron) Rorison; and brothers, Frank (Mary Ann) Proft, of Port Arthur, Texas, and Paul (Joan) Proft, of San Antonio, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his first wife of 40 years, Kathryn "Katy" Homan Proft; father, Conrad Proft Sr.; mother, Emma Katherine Miller Proft; and brothers, Conrad Proft Jr. and Robert "Bob" Proft.
He worked for Texaco, Inc. Marine Department in Port Arthur, Texas, for 38 years. From 1951 to 1952, Gene served in Korea with the U.S. Army First Field Artillery Observation Battalion (Tenth Corps). As a SFC, he earned a Bronze Star medal for Valor. He loved and supported his family and friends. He thoroughly enjoyed retirement, especially playing guitar and singing in church or with friends. He loved travel, history, hiking, music, jamming with his musician friends, making people laugh, entertainment, Leakey and the Texas Hill Country, serving his Lord, and volunteering at his place of worship. He will be missed.
The family wishes to thank our families, friends, and special friends. Thanks goes to Dr. Michael Martin and staff of the GEM Team (Geriatric Evaluation and Management) at the Kerrville VA Hospital, the staff of the Dementia/Hospice Unit (called Home of the Brave) at the Kerrville VA Hospital, Dr. Gerald Sioco, Cardiologist, of San Antonio, Texas, for always "being there". Thanks also to Circle "C" Flower Shop for the flower arrangements and Nelson Funeral Home of Leakey, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name may be made to: Volunteer Services (135)-Hospice Fund, Kerrville VA Medical Center, 3600 Memorial Blvd., Kerrville, TX 78028 Attn: Ricardo Rodriguez, Volunteer Service Manager-In memory of Fred E. "Gene" Proft.
The family invites you to leave a condolence at www.nelsonfuneralhomes.net.
Nelson Funeral Home in Leakey, Texas, is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Houma Today & The Daily Comet from Apr. 22 to Apr. 23, 2014