Bill Text: TX HR2095 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Enrolled

Bill Title: In memory of the Reverend Donald R. Gebert of The Woodlands.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Passed) 2021-06-03 - Reported enrolled [HR2095 Detail]

Download: Texas-2021-HR2095-Enrolled.html
  H.R. No. 2095
         WHEREAS, The community of The Woodlands lost an inspiring
  spiritual leader with the death of the Reverend Donald R. Gebert on
  March 15, 2021, at the age of 91; and
         WHEREAS, Don Gebert was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
  on June 11, 1929; after graduating from the Wharton School of
  Business at the University of Pennsylvania, he was called to the
  ministry and entered the Lutheran Theological Seminary in
  Philadelphia; he married the former Barbara Hermanns in 1951, and
  the couple shared a loving union that spanned nearly 70 years; he
  was the proud father of five children, Sue, Judy, Rick, Bob, and
  Kathy, and later in life he was blessed with eight grandchildren and
  five great-grandchildren; and
         WHEREAS, In 1957, Reverend Gebert moved with his family to
  the South American nation of Guyana, where he worked as a Lutheran
  missionary until 1963; returning to Pennsylvania, he became senior
  pastor at St. Matthews Lutheran Church; he was in the audience in
  Washington, D.C., during Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream"
  speech, and he became active in the civil rights movement; with a
  group of Black pastors, he helped found King's Way Community Church
  in one of the poorest communities of Philadelphia, and he also
  helped establish several charities and churches in eastern
  Pennsylvania; and
         WHEREAS, Reverend Gebert and his family moved to The
  Woodlands in 1975, and he became the founder and executive director
  of Interfaith of The Woodlands, playing a vital role in the growth
  of the community during its early years; he also contributed to the
  creation of The Woodlands Resident Directory, The Woodlands Child
  Development Center, The Woodlands Villager, Montgomery County
  Youth Services, and The Woodlands Hospital; and
         WHEREAS, After retiring from Interfaith, Reverend Gebert
  served as assistant to the Bishop of the ULCA Texas Lutheran Synod;
  he came back to The Woodlands as associate pastor of Lord of Life
  Lutheran Church, where he became pastor emeritus; he worked until
  he was 90, serving as the chaplain at The Village in The Woodlands;
  in 2018, The Woodlands Hometown Heroes honored him for his
  contributions to the community with the prestigious Mitchell Award;
         WHEREAS, Don Gebert lived a rich and purposeful life
  dedicated to the service of others, and he leaves behind a legacy
  that will continue to inspire all those who knew and loved him; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 87th Texas
  Legislature hereby pay tribute to the memory of the Reverend Donald
  R. Gebert and extend heartfelt sympathy to his relatives and
  friends; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for his family and that when the Texas House of
  Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of Donald R.
  Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.R. No. 2095 was unanimously adopted by a
  rising vote of the House on May 31, 2021.
  Chief Clerk of the House