Mon, Jan 9 2012
A memorial service for longtime LeTourneau University engineering professor, William H. “Bill” Kielhorn, will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, on the third floor of the R.G. LeTourneau Memorial Student Center on the LETU campus, 2100 S. Mobberly Ave. in Longview. Kielhorn passed away Friday, Jan. 6, at home. He taught welding engineering at LeTourneau for 45 years, never missing a day of class. His last class was taught from the bed of his ICU room.
Born June 25, 1931, in Oxford, Wis., he was married to his faithful wife, Betty, on June 13, 1953. A loving husband, father, grandfather, Kielhorn was a devoted Christian and family man. He was an active member of Hope Fellowship Church in Longview, Texas, and wanted to serve the Lord in all that he did.
For 45 years, Kielhorn started every lecture with a devotional. He was a professional engineer and a certified welding inspector by the American Welding Society (AWS) for decades; he also served in many capacities in AWS leadership roles locally and nationally. He received many awards and recognitions for his dedication to his students and LeTourneau University and for his work with the American Welding Society.
Preceded in death by his parents and sister, Kielhorn is survived by his wife, Betty; and two daughters and sons-in-law, Glenda and Jim Hooker of Chicago, IL, and Martha and Gary Croft of Longview, and five grandchildren Amanda Streed, Courtney Bellamy, Chad Streed, Jacqueline Hooker, and Jamie Hooker.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the William H. Kielhorn Scholarship Fund at LeTourneau University. Gifts can be mailed to PO Box 7001, Longview, TX, 75607 or online at www.letu.edu.
LeTourneau University is an interdenominational Christ-centered university located in Longview, Texas, offering academic majors in aviation, business, criminal justice, education, engineering, health science-nursing, human services, liberal arts, science and psychology. LeTourneau University also offers graduate degrees in business administration, counseling, education, engineering, psychology and strategic leadership. In addition to its residential campus in Longview, the university offers undergraduate and graduate programs online and at educational centers in Athens, Austin, Baytown, Bedford, Dallas, Harlingen, Houston, and Tyler.