Henry Bartell Zachry Jr.
1933 - 2020
BORN
1933
DIED
2020
FUNERAL HOME
Porter Loring Mortuary McCullough
1101 McCullough Ave.
San Antonio, TX

Henry Bartell Zachry, Jr., passed away on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, after a long battle with MSA. A man of great thoughtfulness and sincerity, Bartell valued family and community, honesty and humility. He believed in the goodness of people and considered it both a duty and a privilege to serve others, from his family to his employees to his fellow citizens.

Born in Laredo, Texas, on August 21, 1933, to Marjorie Powell and H.B. "Pat" Zachry, Bartell grew up learning the values of hard work and civic responsibility. He lived most of his life in San Antonio, where he attended Alamo Heights High School. After graduation, he enrolled at Texas A&M University (Class of '54), where he studied Civil Engineering and was a member of the Corps of Cadets. He was later named a Texas A&M Distinguished Alumnus and admitted to the Corps of Cadets Hall of Honor. After college, Bartell was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Having received his pilot's license at the age of 16, he trained as a fighter pilot, which only heightened his lifelong love of airplanes. He was honorably discharged in 1957, then returned to San Antonio to join H.B. Zachry Company.

Not long after, he met Mollie Steves; they were married on June 4, 1960. Their early years of marriage were marked by adventure, moving with Zachry Company first to Hawaii and then to the remote jungles of Peru. Then after attending the Program for Management Development in the Business School at Harvard University, Bartell returned to San Antonio, where he and Mollie remained and raised their four children. As a husband and father, Bartell was patient and devoted, always encouraging and supportive. Family was integral to who he was, and he was equally committed to his four siblings and to his parents.

These personal attributes carried over into business as well. In his 65-year tenure with H. B. Zachry Company, Bartell did not seek individual recognition but preferred collaborating as part of the team.

His accomplishments can be measured objectively, in terms of Zachry Company's global reach and stability, in the numerous industry awards he received for excellence in management and construction, and in his induction into the Texas Business Hall of Fame in 2000. In truth, Bartell's definition of success had little to do with traditional business measures. For him, the Company was the people who worked there, and he wanted to provide as much, for as many, as he possibly could.

Bartell was a beacon of steadiness; his analytical bent and his unshakable patience provided stability at home, at work, and in his many civic endeavors. While Bartell gave unselfishly to his family and business, he also devoted a significant amount of time serving the community, state, and nation. As an avid supporter of education, Bartell advocated in numerous roles for schools in San Antonio and in Texas. He served on the Board of Trustees of Texas Military Institute (Chair), Alamo Heights Independent School District Board of Trustees (Chair) and various advisory boards at Texas A&M. He was actively involved for many years with UT Health San Antonio and also served on the Boards of the Texas Department of Corrections, the Federal Reserve Bank San Antonio Branch (Chair), the Dallas District Board of the Federal Reserve Bank (Chair), Southwest Research Institute (Chair), and the World Affairs Council, by whom he was honored as International Citizen of the Year. He was chair of the Board of the United Way of Greater San Antonio and the Economic Development Foundation. In addition to these endeavors, he was always a quiet, but active, leader serving in many positions at St. Mark's Episcopal Church as well as in the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas.

For his service, he was often recognized. Meaningful to him was the Lifetime Achievement Award given in 2003 by the Associated General Contractors of America.

In 2001, he was named Mr. South Texas, a tribute awarded each year during the George Washington's Birthday Celebration in Laredo, special to him given his affection for his birthplace. However, Bartell was never motivated to serve for personal accolades. Instead, his service was an expression of his desire to contribute to the greater good,

Bartell loved flying kites as well as airplanes, dissecting problems to arrive at solutions, and spending time with his lifelong friends. All his life he loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing in South Texas, and in later years retreating to the Hill Country reveling in the company of his wife, children and grandchildren. As a proud American and faithful Christian, he espoused the principles of forgiveness and second chances. He believed people could be better if given an opportunity and, in this belief, he inspired others to do just that. A line from the poet William Wordsworth encapsulates his true legacy: "The best portion of a good man's life: His little nameless unremembered acts of kindness and love."

Bartell was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Emma Leigh Carter. He leaves behind Mollie, his wife of 60 years, as well as son John and his wife Laura; son David and his wife Karen Lee; daughter Anne Rochelle and her husband Jeff; daughter Ellen Carrie and her husband Chris; and grandchildren Bart, Joe and Will Zachry; Sam, Olivia and Henry Zachry; David, Thomas, Mollie, Lindsey and Sallie Rochelle; and John, Elizabeth and Andrew Carrie. He is also survived by his sisters Mary Pat Stumberg and Suzanne Word and his brother Jim Zachry and his wife Nancy, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

If you wish to honor Bartell's memory, please consider a gift to the Bartell Zachry Memorial Endowment for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases, a permanent endowment at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Contributions may be mailed to: UT Health San Antonio, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, Mail Code 7835, San Antonio, Texas 78229-3900.

Please reference the Bartell Zachry Memorial Endowment in your gift transmittal.

A Private Memorial Service was held for family members at St. Mark's Episcopal Church. Due to the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 virus, funeral services were recorded and is available to the public to view in his obituary on www.porterloring.com

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Dear Mrs. Zachry and Family, on behalf of the Luna family, I would like to extend our condolences and prayers on the passing of Mr. Zachry. I know that he will surely be missed and awarded for his sincere honesty, generosity, and humility. We also lost my father on the 14th of June as well. So let us mourn in solidarity, but also celebrate and give gratitude for their lives if service to the community! May the Lord's Blessings and Love comfort us at this difficult time! Good thoughts and prayers for you as well! God Bless and continued prayers! The Luna's
Louie Luna
Neighbor
July 11, 2020
My grandfather John Cape worked for Zachry and Bartell and he was instrumental in me getting a degree from Texas A&M. I am forever grateful for the impact he has had on my family and the community.
Joe Rust Jr
Family Friend
July 10, 2020
I knew Bartelll primarily as a client, and I always considered him and his father Pat as great examples for others to follow. He was a great businessman and kind, caring person. Each time I met him, he greeted me as if I had been a long-time friend even though our meetings were infrequent. God bless his family, and may they find great joy and comfort knowing that he is paradise with our Lord.
Kenneth Finch
Acquaintance
June 30, 2020
Dear Molly, David, Anne, and Ellen,

I was heartbroken to hear of Bartell's death. Although I now live in Austin, he was still an important part of my life and I looked forward so much to seeing him every Fiesta Week when we did Cavalier activities together. I will sorely miss him. He was a fine man and a great Christian, family man, Aggie, businessman, and Texas Cavalier. May our Lord Jesus Christ give you and all of us comfort in knowing with certainty that we shall see him again in the world to come.
Dick Brown
Family Friend
June 29, 2020
My prayers and condolences for the family from an old time family friend,
Love, Libby Renick Smith
Libby Smith
Family
June 26, 2020
A friend and mentor. Mr. Zachry was one of my "go to" leaders when I was president of A&M San Antonio. As busy as he was he was always available for me and the university. His passing is a huge loss for our community and a large world outside of San Antonio. I will be forever grateful for his impact on my life. My deepest heartfelt condolences to Mollie and the entire Zachry family. We grieve with you and yet rejoice in knowing that one day we will be reunited with him in heaven.
Maria Ferrier
Friend
June 23, 2020
Sincere condolences to the Zachry Family and the Zachry Team for their loss. The NCCCO Foundation deeply appreciates the support of Mr. Zachry over the years and his heartfelt commitment to the cause of crane safety. His positive impact on this industry is incalculable.
Graham Brent
Acquaintance
June 18, 2020
Truly a great man. It was my honor to work with him and his family. My prayers are with the family.
Mark Codd
Coworker
June 17, 2020
While the city of San Antonio, the state of Texas and proud Aggies everywhere have lost a friend, loyal supporter, visionary and business leader, I know Bartell's family has lost a loving father and mentor. They say if you want to know what your children will be like in the future, just look in the mirror. That reflection serves as a proud and powerful tribute to Bartell. My thoughts and condolences. Curt
Curt Karges
Acquaintance
June 17, 2020
Dear Molly and family: my deepest sympathy for the passing of Bartell. he was such a fine christian gentleman that was a great example for me and may others. As his urologist I hope I contributed to his quality of life because his kind demeanor was always an example for me in my life. Our city , Texas, and our country will miss his leadership in our great tome of need. God bless you in your sorrow . Randall Singleton MD
randall singleton
Friend
June 16, 2020
Keeping the entire Zachry family and organization in my thoughts and prayers.
Myron Marshall
Acquaintance
June 16, 2020
So sorry for your loss
T.C. Collins
June 15, 2020
David and Family, sorry to learn of your Dad's passing and you have our deepest sympathy and condolences. During one of my trips to Moscow, I had the opportunity to dine with Bartell one on one (in the Zachry dining hall) and as his legacy goes, he was very congenial, willing to help and proud that his organization was participating in the development of a significant project for the U.S. States of America. It was a privilege to know him. God Bless.
Sonny Caputo
Acquaintance
June 15, 2020
Mollie, John, David and all of Bartell's family.....we first met Bartell, whenever he would make his annual trip to Kwajalein, my wife, Cheryl and I would always invite him to our place for dinner and over the years he got to know our children and he treated them like his grandkids, getting on the floor to play with them, we were family. Bartell is a truly remarkable person a super friend and has the respect of all that knew him
Frank Nathaniel
Friend
June 14, 2020
Most sincere and heartfelt condolences to you Mollie, John, David, Ann and Ellen.
Edward Sealy
Family Friend
June 14, 2020
A beautiful life has come to an end. He died as he lived, everyone's friend. In our heart a memory will always be kept. Of one that we loved and will never forget.

Farewell my friend.
Robert Jaklich
Friend
June 14, 2020
Dear Mollie, David, John, and family: My children and I are very sad to learn of the passing of your husband and father, Henry Bartell Jr., a very kind, generous, and truly thoughtful friend, boss, business and community leader. I will never forget what Bartell said to me and my daughter, that he has a very high respect for (my late husband) Manny. My family and I are most grateful to Bartell for bringing us to San Antonio, TX when Manny worked with his construction company locally and overseas. Manny knew Bartell from Thailand, and it seems that friendship and working relationship was forever. We offer our heartfelt and deepest condolences for the loss of your husband and father to your children and grandchildren. May God bless Bartell Jr. and your family during this sad time. May he rest in peace. - Mrs. Carolina T. Tamayo and children. June 13, 2020.
Carolina T. Tamayo
Friend
June 13, 2020
This world has lost a great man. His hard work, kindness and generosity will live on forever. He touched more lives than anyone can imagine and will forever be an angel among us.
Margie Vera
Acquaintance
June 12, 2020
A truly great man. He will be missed.
James Tilley
Coworker
June 12, 2020
Dear Mrs. Zachry and Family, It was with great sadness that I read of the passing of Mr. Zachry. I so admired him as a man of great character. He was courteous, polite, and true friend to the hundreds if not thousands of people that were privileged to have known him. My late father spoke very highly of the Zachry family and treasured the friendship. The City, State, and Nation has lost a great American. May God bless Mr. Zachry and may God bless your family during this sad and difficult time.
George Dennis, Jr.
Family Friend
June 12, 2020
John - Your Dad was Great Leader and a Great Man of Character. Follow you Grandfather Footsteps - Thought and Prayer are with the Zachry Family during this time. May the Lord Bless and be with you during this time. I have been very fortunate to work under you, your Dad and Grandfather! My the Lord be with you.
Luther Durkop
Coworker
June 11, 2020
My deepest condolences to the Zachry family. Bartell was one of the reasons I stayed in College. I was blessed to have know him, his father Pat and his wife Molly during my various time with Zachry. May he rest in peace."
Derrick Conner
Coworker
June 11, 2020
My prayers and condolences are with the Zachry family.
Clay Hanks
Friend
June 11, 2020
Mollie may the arms of God wrap you and your family and ease your grief, My condolences we will keep you in our prayers.
Delia Steinmetz
Acquaintance
June 11, 2020
May God Bless him and keep him with Him. May his family know that he is at rest now as we all will be one day, as it is part of the cycle of life, may God give him peace, Amen.
Ricardo Torres
Coworker
June 11, 2020
Bartell will always be a beacon to the leaders of our construction industry - this is how one lives an exemplary life. He will always be with us.
Richard Weeks
Friend
June 11, 2020
He will be missed by all
Tom Spaits
Coworker
June 11, 2020
Linda and I are very sad for the loss of such a revered gentleman. I had the utmost respect for him and enjoyed my 42 year career working for him.
David Hill family.
David Hill
Friend
June 11, 2020
My deepest condolences to the Zachry family - and extended construction family. Bartell was a man of great integrity and thoughtful intentions. I was fortunate to have known and worked for him. He will be missed by all.
Jack Rothe
June 11, 2020
Sally and Albert McNeel
Sally and Albert McNeal
Friend
June 11, 2020
Richard Powell
June 11, 2020
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family"
Paul & Lisa Castro
Coworker
June 11, 2020
Caroline and I give our most sincere condolences. Bartell was an amazing person and we are so happy to have known him. All of you are in our prayers.
William and Caroline Carrington
William Carrington
Friend
June 11, 2020
My deepest condolences and prayers go out to the family during this time of grief. Bartell was a great and humble man who chose to maintain a low profile in spite of his great accomplishments. He was always on an even keel whether things were going well or not so well as happens in the construction business. He truly believed in second chances for people almost to a fault. I'm sincerely grateful to have known Bartell.
Ken Cook
Coworker
June 11, 2020
Courtney Bennett
June 11, 2020
John, thoughts and prayers to you and your family on the passing of your father. Sending love to you, your mom and family.
Lana King
Coworker
June 11, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Zachry family, Bartell was a mentor and friend. Rest in peace!!
John & Betty Stewart, Sr.
Friend
June 11, 2020
My thoughts & prayers are with your family, so sorry for your loss
brian ohlenbusch
Coworker
June 11, 2020
Our deepest condolences for your loss. My heart if filled with wonderful memories of Bartell. I will treasure that fact that I was able to truly know him. I will also treasure the many gifts he shared with me that many times came in the form of his compassion and kindness. He will forever live in my heart and memory.
Rene and Aimee Garcia
Friend
June 11, 2020
My deepest condolences to the Zachry family. Bartell was a wonderful man and will be truly missed. I was blessed to have know him and his father during my 53 years with Zachry. May he rest in peace.
Hector Sandoval
June 11, 2020
My late father, Frank W. Hill, worked for H.B. Zachry Co. from 1955 to 1997 when he passed away. I am his only son. Mr. Zachry was a friend to my father all those years and his many kindnesses to our family over the decades will never be forgotten. Within an hour of my father passing away he was at the hospital to help myself and my mother, Mildred, deal with the grief - an act of mercy that I will remember for the rest of my life. He spoke eloquently at my father's funeral a few days later. As a Zachry 'family' all those years, and on behalf of my mother and my sisters, Melody and Melissa, I want to convey our deepest sympathy to Molly and her family during these temporarily dark but ultimately happy times. God bless you all.
Gary Hill
Acquaintance
June 11, 2020
Julissa Carielo
June 11, 2020
John; So sorry to learn of your Father's passing and I send my prayers and condolences to the Zachry Family. Although I am a previous Zachry employee I will always consider myself a Zachry Team-Member and thank you, your Father and Grandfather, that created and nurtured a Company that truly promotes their employees as their Number One Asset, for giving me the best opportunity in growing in my career in so many ways. May God Bless and continue to watch over You, Your Family and Company.
David Miller
Coworker
June 11, 2020
My deepest condolences to the entire Zachry family. May he rest in eternal peace, he was a great man.
Nicole Garza
Coworker
June 11, 2020
To the entire Zachry family, I extend my sincere condolences for your loss. He was a great man, and his legacy lives on in the lives of you all. May God bring you comfort and peace at this difficult time.
Sallie Guy
Family Friend
June 11, 2020
Rest in Peace.
James White
Acquaintance
June 11, 2020
A great man and a great family.
Ed Barron
Coworker
June 11, 2020
MOLLIE: SORRY ABOUT BARTELL'S PASSNG, HE, YOU, AND YOUR FAMILY ARE IN MY PRAYERS
Willlis Brown,
Neighbor
June 11, 2020
Molly, Please accept my condolences for the loss of Bartell. Like you, I have know him almost forever. Always a gentleman and friend. May his soul rest in peace.
John J Kuntz III
Family Friend
June 11, 2020
What a beautiful tribute for such an incredibly inspirational man. The gates of heaven opened with welcoming arms to you sir.
Wendy Wedgworth
June 11, 2020
"We have truly lost a Great Friend in our lives. Bartell always inspired me to be a better person. He always took the time to listen and invariably always had the most perfect comments to make during any of our conversations. It didn't take long to learn that he absolutely loved Rancho Blanco and everything associated with it. He was passionate about and enjoyed the livestock operation, the lake & fisheries, the outdoors, and Mother Nature! I will sincerely miss our dusty ranch ride-arounds in a pickup truck where he was able to relax and enjoy some of the activities he loved. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Zachry Family and May the Good Lord Bless Each of You during these times of sorrow."
Mike Fishbeck
Friend
June 11, 2020
Sorry for your loss, honored to have known both Bartell and his dad, both great men. So honored to be part of the Zachry family. Our Sympathies are with your whole family.
Martin and Claudia Ramirez
Martin Ramirez
Friend
June 11, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Mrs. Betty Joyce Chavana
Friend
June 11, 2020
Mr. Zachry was a great man and one I admired a lot. My deepest condolences to and his family. I knew he, John, and David personally. I had talked to them all several times and admired them. Mr. Zachry will certainly be missed greatly.
Tom tilley
Coworker
June 11, 2020
Bartell, like his father H.B.(Pat) Zachry, was a man of great character, humility and integrity. I was fortunate enough to consider him, not just as my employer, but a friend. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to his entire family and his extended Zachry Construction family.
Ida Belle Ranney
Coworker
June 11, 2020
Rest in peace
Susan Sansalone
Coworker
June 11, 2020
So sorry for your loss, honored to be a part of this Zachry family
Marsel Brewer
Coworker
June 11, 2020
Prayers for the family and sorry for your loss.
John West
Coworker
June 11, 2020
I am so sad to read of Bartell's passing. I,along with so many have lost a special friend.San Antonio has list a giant of a man and a devoted friend. The obituary accurately reflects the man that we all knew Bartell to be. He made me a better person by trying to emulate his generous and kind spirit. Many of my non- profit organizations were the beneficiary of his and Mollie's generosity. Joe and I offer our sincerest condolences to Mollie and his extended family. He will be missed.He legacy will be felt for generations. Well done Bartell. Rest in peace.
Aaronetta Pierce
Friend
June 10, 2020
My Most Felt Deepest Condolences. I will Remember Bartell with much Fondness He was Always so Kind .
Alma Arcos Hernandez
Family Friend
June 10, 2020
I am so grateful for the chance to get to know Bartell and his story. He was always so kind and thoughtful to me. I always looked forward to our next meeting! He genuinely cared about me and my family and I could feel that each time we spoke. I learned so much from him and will carry that always! Please know I am thinking about you and your family! Sending lots of prayers and love!
Rory Siefer
Friend
June 10, 2020
To the Zachry family I offer my most sincere condolences. For 20 years I considered myself blessed to work for such an honorable man.
Martha Earhart
Coworker
June 10, 2020
I will miss my Christmas visits with Bartell! My love and condolences to all of the family. I am sure that he and my dad are having a great time discussing South Texas and how they can make it even better. Love to you all.
Amy Bitter Scheiber
Family Friend
June 10, 2020
Such a great friend and an honorable employer. May God bless your soul and rest in peace. Jim Snyder
James W Snyder
Friend
June 10, 2020
I have taught eight of the grandchildren and every one of them was respectful, kind, and empathetic. I never got to meet Mr. Zachary, but I can see how his commitment to family and his work ethic as well as the virtue he possessed are living on in those wonderful grandchildren.
Jane Mannock
Teacher
June 10, 2020
To all the Zachry family,
I feel so blessed to have known Bartell and to have been a part of the Doctors' Hunts that he and Jim hosted for so many years. He was truly a great man and a wonderful person, and we will all miss him.
Sincerely,
Steve Burkhart
Steve Burkhart
Friend
June 10, 2020
my most deepest condolences from my heart to mrs mollie and all zachry family,rochelle fam., carrie fam.,with all my love betty n roberto
veronica vela
Family Friend
June 10, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss. He was a remarkable man. His dignified presence and selfless dedication to San Antonio will be greatly missed!
Bob and Jennifer Shemwell
Family Friend
June 10, 2020
I knew and appreciated Bartell for all of my 26+ years of service with Zachry. I feel a deep loss and express my deep condolences to the family (not just by name, as we all were family). Mike & Linda Mosley
Mike Mosley
Coworker
June 10, 2020
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