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C. Wardell Leisk

C. WARDELL LEISK, beloved husband, father, and friend died at home on the 9th of June 2007 following a long illness. Wardell was born on 12th of July 1915 in Newark, NJ. He grew up in Shreveport, LA where he graduated from C.E. Byrd High School in 1933 winning a football scholarship to LSU as an All-Southern tackle. He graduated with a degree in petroleum engineering in 1938 and was named an All-Southeastern Conference guard on the LSU football team. While at LSU he met and married Mayme Tee Lyles. Upon graduation, he was drafted by the NFL where he played with the then Brooklyn Dodgers. After playing in the NFL, he started his career in the oil industry working for the Texas Company and George W. Strake. In 1952 he joined Austral Oil Company where he became chairman and CEO retiring in 1978. He was a former director of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, a member of the American Petroleum Institute and Society of Petroleum Engineers of A.I.M.E., a Registered Professional Engineer, and a former vice president and director of the Petroleum Club of Houston and a member of River Oaks Country Club. He was a member of the LSU Foundation, past president and director of Campanile Charities, Inc., and was national chairmen of the 11th annual LSU Alumni Fund. He served a term as alumni member of the LSU Athletic Council, served as vice president and a director of the LSU Foundation, and was initiated into membership of the LSU Alpha Nu Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership fraternity. He was recognized by the All American Wildcatters for his creative and courageous contribution to the Petroleum Industry in the search for development of new oil and gas reserves in the U.S. and other countries. Outside of his career he had a great love of family, friends, football and equestrian sports. After the death of his wife Mayme Tee, he married Vera Watkins House in 1990. Also preceding him in death was his son, William Wardell; and brother, William Thomas Leisk. He is survived by his beloved wife Vera; daughter, Janet Tee Butler and husband Bennis; grandchildren, Bennie Wardell Butler and wife Carla, Laura Michelle Collie and husband Dallas: great grandchildren, Nicholas Alexander Wilkin, William Michael Wilkin, and Emily Miranda Butler; brother, James Clark Leisk and wife Anna Glen; and numerous other relatives and friends. Serving as pallbearers are Bennie Butler, Dallas Collie, Robert Leisk, Allen Misher, Paul House, and Ryan West. Serving as honorary pallbearers are A.G. Gueymard, Jack Collie, and Ted Roggen. The funeral service will be conducted at ten o'clock this morning, Tuesday, the 12th of June, in the sanctuary of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer Road in Houston, where Dr. Tom Pace will officiate. The interment will follow, via an escorted cortege, at Memorial Oaks Cemetery, 13001 Katy Freeway in Houston. In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions in memory of Mr. Leisk may be directed to St. Luke's United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 22013, Houston, TX, 77227; or to the Boys and Girls Country, 18806 Roberts Road, Hockley, TX, 77477.

Published in Houston Chronicle from June 11 to June 12, 2007
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