Colonel George H. Gentry JR. USMC RET.
1929 - 2016
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Colonel George H. Gentry, Jr. USMC Retired, was born in Big Spring, Texas, on April 17, 1929, and passed away peacefully in Houston, Texas, on September 1, 2016. He graduated from Temple High School and in 1947 went on to The University of Texas at Austin where he played football for the Longhorns, became a member of the NROTC, and was commissioned a Marine officer in June, 1951. During his 26 years as a Marine officer, he served as an infantry officer in both Korea and Vietnam, and received numerous awards including the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, and 3 Navy commendation medals. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1977. After earning his Master's Degree in History in 1985, he spent 19 years teaching history at Southwest Texas University.
He loved all sports, but golf was his passion and later in life he achieved a hole-in-one and occasionally "shot his age". Most of all he loved God, his wife, his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and other close family members. He leaves behind his loving wife of 62 years, Emma Jean; his children, George H. Gentry III and wife Christie and Joanna Gentry Ambs and husband Loran; his brother, Thomas Gentry; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was a Christian, a Marine, a Longhorn, and a Texan who lived his life with character, honesty, and conviction always striving to do the right thing. Special thanks go to Dr. Iqbal his Oncologist, the Nursing Staff on the 3rd floor of Cy-Fair Hospital, and the caregivers from Houston Hospice.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 10, at Klein Funeral Home - CyFair Northwest, 9719 Wortham Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77065. He will be interred at Houston National Cemetery at a later date.
Hook 'Em and Semper Fi!

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Sep. 8, 2016.
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September 9, 2016
George, Christie, and family, we are so sorry for your loss. The Colonel was a wonderful man, and we enjoyed our too brief encounter with him. Love and Prayers,
Jeff and Paula Sposato
September 9, 2016
My heartfelt condolences to the family. May you continue to cherish the memories you have and remember that God is there for us like it tells us at 1 Peter 5:6,7. I hope you continue to feel the love and support from your family and friends.
September 8, 2016
Semper Fi Colonel! Hand Salute to an American Marine Corps Hero!
LArry MUse
September 7, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Georges wife Jean and his family. George made a tremendous impact on the live of our residents at Village on the Park.
Tab Werner
September 7, 2016
George and family, my sympathy to you and your family. Your father was a wonderful Christian man who loved his family and country. Your memories of him will be a treasure you will cherish forever.
Linda Romer
September 6, 2016
My deepest condolences for Jean and the entire Gentry family. My heart is full of love and prayers for you all.
Danielle Kellar
September 6, 2016
I feel so blessed to have had this wonderful man as my father in law. His example as a Christian, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather couldn't be matched. I will always be grateful for the amazing love and close relationships he had with his grandchildren. All of them loved him so very much. Thank you, Col for all the memories .......I love you, your daughter in law, Christie
Christie Gentry
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