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Richard Gerlach

February 11, 1960 - August 18, 2017
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Richard H. Gerlach, Jr., 57, loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend, died unexpectedly on August 18, 2017. He is survived by his loving wife Marissa, dear children Amanda, Alejandra and Daniel, mother Mary, brother Bob and many family and friends. His father Rich preceded him in death. Rick was born on February 11, 1960 in Ponca City, OK. After several years, the Gerlach's relocated to Lake Charles, LA, where Rick spent his childhood. He enjoyed playing baseball, collecting Spiderman comic books, baseball cards and cheering for his favorite St. Louis Cardinals. He loved to read. After graduating from high school,...
Richard H. Gerlach, Jr., 57, loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend, died unexpectedly on August 18, 2017. He is survived by his loving wife Marissa, dear children Amanda, Alejandra and Daniel, mother Mary, brother Bob and many family and friends. His father Rich preceded him in death.

Rick was born on February 11, 1960 in Ponca City, OK. After several years, the Gerlach's relocated to Lake Charles, LA, where Rick spent his childhood. He enjoyed playing baseball, collecting Spiderman comic books, baseball cards and cheering for his favorite St. Louis Cardinals. He loved to read.

After graduating from high school, Rick moved to Houston to attend college. He graduated, worked, married Marissa, and together with her, raised their children.

Rick was a graduate of Rice University (BS Chemical Engineering), and University of Texas at Arlington (MS Environmental Engineering). As a professional engineer, he dedicated his career to projects that protected public health and safety and the environment. He designed multiple water and waste treatment infrastructure facilities for municipalities throughout Texas. Most recently, Rick was involved in the oversight of the delivery of the largest drinking water treatment plant in the USA. He practiced engineering with the highest level of integrity and excellence.

Rick was one of life's great cheerleaders.

His loudest cheers were reserved for God. He was a faithful, dependable member of White Oak Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday school, helped others and cultivated deep friendships. Most importantly, he was a loyal servant of God.

Rick's proudest cheers were for his family. He was optimistic and energetic. He continuously and enthusiastically encouraged Amanda, Ale and Daniel when they studied, ran track, and played volleyball and baseball. He attended every track meet and game and emphasized the importance of looking at situations from multiple viewpoints.

Rick enjoyed running. He loved the outdoors, mountains, long road trips and playing in fantasy baseball and football leagues.

Services celebrating Rick's life will be held Thursday, September 7, 2017 at White Oak Baptist Church, 3615 Mangum Rd, 77092: Visitation at 10am. Service at 11am. Interment at Memorial Oaks Cemetery, 13001 Katy Freeway, 77079 will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Rick's name can be made to White Oak Baptist Church or your charity of choice.

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"My deepest condolences. I sat in the office right next to Rick for the last few months. He was dedicated and wanted to make sure we "Got it right". He was..." Jasmin Zambrano

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