Bert C. Striegler, age 87, of Rochelle, Texas passed away Friday, May 10, 2019 in Brady. He was born May 21, 1931 in Brady, Texas to Cecil Striegler and Neva (Moseley) Striegler. Bert graduated from Brady High School in 1948 and went on to Parks Air College in Cahokia, Illinois. He joined the U.S. Air Force at the beginning of the Korean War, serving in the Air Weather Service. He married Beverly Irene Engdahl on June 12, 1951 in Brady. After completing his military service in 1955, Bert attended Trinity University in San Antonio. After graduating with a degree in business management and advertising, he began working for Conoco in Houston. While with Conoco, the Striegler family lived in Houston, Texas, Casper, Wyoming, Ponca City, Oklahoma, Albuquerque, New Mexico and eventually back to Houston where he served on the Harris County and the City of Houston Parks boards for nearly 17 years. He retired as Technical Services Manager after 34 years of service with Conoco.
Bert became a model airplane enthusiast at a very young age. When he was just eight years old, he bought his first miniature engine. He has been very much involved with model airplanes and engines since his childhood. He has collected miniature internal combustion engines and met with people all over the world. Over the years he was very involved with the Academy of Model Aeronautics. He was founder and honorary life member of the Houston Radio Control Club (now called Fort Bend Radio Control Club) and served as President for 2 years. He was founder of the Houston Area Model Council Inc.(HAMCI) He was also a honorary life member of the Johnson Spacecraft Center Radio Control Club. He was one of the founders of the “Motor Boys”, an elite group of enthusiasts from the U.S., England and Australia. He has designed kits for large balsa-wood gliders and remote control airplanes with the “Ebenezer” being one of his most successful designs. The design is over 50 years old and still flying, with a big Ebenezer mass launch held annually in England. Bert has written and published numerous plans and articles about model airplanes, model airplane engines and radio control flying.
After retiring in 1990, Bert and Beverly moved back to Brady. Civic involvement being no stranger to Bert, he was active in many areas. For several years he helped the Cub Scouts, getting them started with the Delta Dart program and having an annual building session in one of the hangers at Curtis Field. He served on the Brady City Council and Hickory Underground Water Conservation District Board. He also served on the Heart of Texas Historical Museum Board where he served as president. He and his wife Beverly helped coordinate the restoration and reconstruction of the Curtis Field Tower at the museum. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Brady.
Funeral services for Bert Striegler will be held at 2:00pm Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Leatherwood Memorial Chapels in Brady with Reverend Fernando Nandin officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Rest Haven Cemetery in Brady. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Leatherwood Memorial Chapels in Brady. Friends may view Bert’s Memorial Video Tribute and/or sign the online memorial guest book at www.leatherwoodmemorialchapels.com. Honorary Pallbearers will be Ralph Copenhaver, Knute Blomstrom, Lupe Lira, Perry Peterson and Warren Burns.
Bert leaves behind his daughter Michele Breaux and husband Dan of Rochelle, Texas; grandchildren Kristin Brenemen and husband Jack of Jackson, MS, Kathryn Davis and husband Blake of Clinton, MS, Jonathan Breaux of Jackson, MS and Karen Breaux of Austin, TX; great-grandson Brady Ulloa and very dear friends Ralph & Barbara Copenhaver of Brady, TX, the Fernando Nandin family of Brady, TX, Lisa Cheng Bowman and husband Shannon of Houston, TX, Stephanie Cheng Khan of Sacramento, CA, Vilita Cheng of Houston, TX and many other Cambodian refugees that Bert and Beverly sponsored thru the process of becoming U.S. Citizens. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Beverly and 2 infant daughters. Memorial contributions in memory of Bert C. Striegler may be made to the Heart of Texas Historical Museum, P.O. Box 48, Brady, Texas 76825 and/or the Divine Redeemer Church, 1302 Dos Street, Brady, Texas 76825.