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In memoriam Vernon Allen Wuensche, Corpus Christi Branch

Tuesday, January 3, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Annemarie Gasser
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Vernon Allen Wuensche, P.E., died December 25, 2016 in Corpus Christi, TX.  He was born September 20, 1950 in Kingsville to Ruben Vernon (Pete) and Helen Ruth (Coleman) Wuensche.  After graduating from Eagle Pass High School in 1969, he worked his way through college as a carpenter and repair technician in the gas industry before receiving his BS in Civil Engineering in 1974 from Texas A&I University in Kingsville.  


Vernon began his professional career with the engineering consulting firm of Ogletree & Gunn of Corpus Christi, involved primarily with marine engineering and professional diving.  He was next employed by the firm of Urban Engineering where he worked on utility and wastewater management projects.  He was then hired as a project engineer by the late James K. Lontos, P.E., Director of Engineering Services for the City of Corpus Christi.  In 1994 Vernon received a MS in Environmental Engineering, also from Texas A&I.  During his career he designed about $100,000,000 worth of municipal/civil projects, including streets, bridges, utilities, drainage, solid-waste, wastewater, and marina facilities, and performed numerous sanitary and drainage studies.  Vernon was employed by the City a total of 33-years before retiring to enjoy his many hobbies.  He was especially passionate about fishing, baseball, photography, and civil engineering history.


Among numerous professional affiliations, Vernon was proudest of his long-term memberships and leadership roles in the Corpus Christi Branch and the Texas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the Nueces Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE).  He was totally dedicated to the success of these organizations and was recognized statewide for his service.  Among numerous honors he received from the Texas Section of ASCE were the Professional Service Award in 1995, the Lifetime Service Award in 2013, and the History & Heritage Award in 2016.  Earlier this year he was recognized with Life Member status.  And in 2007 he was named Engineer of the Year by the Nueces Chapter of TSPE.


Vernon was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church.  He was preceded in death by his father, Ruben Vernon (Pete) Wuensche.  He is survived by his mother, Helen Ruth Wuensche, a brother, John Anthony Wuensche (Dena), a nephew, John Austin Wuensche, his beloved girlfriend, Barbara Ann Moses, and a circle of great friends too numerous to name.  His ashes will be scattered in Nighthawk Bay. 

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