Thu. Jun. 8, 2017
1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
Memorial Lutheran Church
5800 Westheimer Rd.
Houston , TX 77057.
Thu. Jun. 8, 2017
2:00 pm
Memorial Lutheran Church
5800 Westheimer Rd.
Houston , TX 77057.
In Memory of
The Rev. Dr. Gene Oesch

Isaiah 40, Verses 1 and 2

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her inequity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.


Gene Oesch died on Monday, June 5 after a brave battle with many health issues.  He was 87 years old and had a long and productive life, full of family, friends, and love for his Savior Jesus Christ.

Gene was born in Valentine, Nebraska to Rev. Adalbert and Anna Oesch on April 2, 1930.  He grew up in the Midwest; his higher education began at St. John’s College in Winfield, Kansas and culminated with his graduation from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. in 1955.

He is survived by the love of his life, Peggy, and six children:  Rebecca (Jeff) Parsons, Marci (Bill) Bahr, Paula Clinton, Kristen Oesch Stubbs, Jonathan (Alex) Oesch, and Katie Oesch.  He also is survived by seventeen beloved grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  His parents and two sisters, Elizabeth and Lois, preceded him in death; one granddaughter, Kirby Parsons, also went to heaven before him.  He and his wife Peggy had a special kind of love and devotion to each other and would have celebrated their 64th anniversary on June 7th.

He had a career of service to his Lord. He was called by the Texas District, Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS) to be the first pastor of Memorial Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas; he accepted the call and was installed December 2, 1956.  He continued as Senior Pastor for 40 years.  During those years he served LCMS in many capacities:  Regional Stewardship & Evangelism contact, Zone Counselor, Vice President of the Texas District for 8 years, Chairman of Concordia Seminary Board of Regents, and many other chairmanships.  In 1966 he was selected for another honor - to be a member of Harris County, Texas Grand Jury.  In 2000 he was awarded the Doctor of Divinity degree by Concordia Seminary.

In retirement, he built a beautiful lake house for himself and Peggy and formed Lakeside Development Company in East Texas. He was General Contractor for 12 houses at Lake Cypress Springs.  He was a man of many talents and a generous heart.  He loved learning, golf, tennis, fixing and building things, and his wife and children. His greatest passion was his love for his Savior.

His family wishes to express heartfelt thanks to Houston Hospice, whose nurses comforted and cared for him to ease his intense pain, especially Svanhaniel, Marjorie, and LaShundia.

Funeral services will be conducted at Memorial Lutheran Church, 5800 Westheimer. Viewing will be at 1:15pm and service at 2 o’clock Thursday, June 8, with the Rev. Ian Pacey and Rev. Victor Atsinger officiating. Pallbearers will be his grandsons: Jonathan and Doug Bahr, Buddy, Tim and Jack Parsons, Taylor and Cameron Stubbs, and Sam Clinton.  A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall.  If you wish to honor him, a donation to Memorial Lutheran Church would be gratefully received.

Gene Oesch will be remembered as a good and faithful man.  He was well loved, and he loved well.


Message from
Louann Webber
Thu, 06/08/2017

Pastor Oesch was very instrumental in my Christian life - He performed our wedding ceremony, took Rob and I through Adult Confirmation, and baptized both of my children. We are blessed to have known him. Prayers for the entire Oesch family during this time of mourning. We rejoice, though, that he is face-to-face with his Lord.