Lonnie Kirk Pence entered heaven and eternal rest on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at the age of 82. He was born on December 18, 1939 in San Antonio, Texas to his parents, Ralph and Marian Pence. After high school, Lonnie joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served honorably from 1958 to 1962. On May 31, 1962, Lonnie married Gailene Rikard. Together, they had five daughters: Jackie, Rhonda, Heidi, Jessica, and Lonna. In 1968, the Pence family moved to Marion, Texas. During this time, Lonnie worked as an electrician for the City of San Antonio and then as a supervisor for SAWS. After his retirement in 1998, Lonnie kept busy with his business, TelStar Services. He always enjoyed learning something new and often sought out new adventures. He was an active man, who continued to enjoy riding horses, going swimming, riding his motorcycle, and reading. He often started new projects and helped others with their projects. Above all, Lonnie was a devoted family man. He loved his wife, children, grandchildren, other family members, and friends dearly. He enjoyed spending time with them as often as possible and didn’t need a special occasion or any particular reason to get together. For Lonnie, every day was a celebration of life, family, and friends.
Lonnie is preceded in death by both his parents, Ralph and Marian, his father in-law and mother in-law, Gail and Thelma Rikard, his sister, Karen Bennett and brother, Lloyd Pence. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Gailene Pence, his five devoted daughters, Jackie Pence, Rhonda Pence, Heidi Schriewer and husband Daniel, Jessica Hilliker, and Lonna Pence. He is survived by his eight grandchildren and their spouses, James Story III and wife Jessica, Kyle Schriewer and wife Stacy, Shawn Simpson, Kirk Story and wife Devin, Thelma Stegall and husband Chris, Amber Christene Torres and husband Philip, Rachel Story, Leah Fulgium and husband Spencer as well as six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Lee Pence and wife Sharon, his sisters Connie Taylor and husband Larry, Vickie Parker, brothers in-law and sisters in-law Jack and Nova McElwee, Buddy and Marietta Rikard, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Friday, February 4, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, 600 S. Center St. Marion, TX with the Funeral Service beginning at 10:30 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow at St. John Lutheran Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers are Daniel Schriewer, James Story III, Kyle Schriewer, Kirk Story, Spencer Fulgium, Chris Stegall, Aaron Stine, Paul Zuckerman, Shannon Zuckerman, Topher Bustamante, and Rachel Story. Honorary pallbearers are Lee Pence, Larry Taylor, Buddy Rikard, Jack McElwee, Shawn Simpson, Brian Howel, Fred Hall, Bruce Switzer, Robert Padgett, and Craig Hime.
Memorial contributions may be made to Guadalupe Regional Medical Center Hospice, 1215 E. Court St. Seguin, TX. 78155 or the Guadalupe Valley Family Violence Shelter, PO Box 1302, Seguin, TX. 78155.
Funeral services have been entrusted to Goetz Funeral Home located at 713 N. Austin St. Seguin, Texas, 78155 830-379-2313
**Due to current weather conditions and Winter Weather Advisories, the Visitation scheduled at Goetz Funeral Home on February 3, 2022 has been postponed and will take place on Friday, February, 4, 2022 at St. John Lutheran Church in Marion beginning at 9:30 a.m.**
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