83R5693 LUC-D
  By: Hunter H.R. No. 276
         WHEREAS, A full and generous life drew to a close with the
  death of Erich E. Wendl of Corpus Christi on February 27, 2012, at
  the age of 80; and
         WHEREAS, Erich Wendl was born on November 13, 1931, in
  Munich, Germany, to Johann and Emilie Wendl; after immigrating to
  the United States in 1953, he accepted an internship at HEB in
  Harlingen to study the American grocery business; while in
  Harlingen, he met his future wife, Elvira Castillo, and with the
  passing years, their family grew to include two children, Karl and
  Barbara; and
         WHEREAS, From 1954 to 1956 Mr. Wendl honorably served in the
  United States Army; he became a naturalized citizen of his adopted
  country during his tour of duty; and
         WHEREAS, In 1961, after success as a top salesperson for
  Boggus Motor Company in Harlingen, he bought five Corpus Christi
  convenience stores; he renamed them Maverick Markets, and his
  handful of properties eventually grew to include 102 locations
  across South Texas; he sold Maverick Markets to Coastal Market
  Incorporated in 1995; in recognition of his long and successful
  career, Mr. Wendl was inducted into the Corpus Christi Business
  Hall of Fame in 2005; and
         WHEREAS, This respected entrepreneur was one of the original
  founders of the National Association of Convenience Stores and was
  elected president of the organization in 1979; he served as
  president of the Corpus Christi District Retail Grocers Association
  in 1965 and 1966 and was elected to the Corpus Christi Chamber of
  Commerce board of directors in 1971; the following year, he became
  president of the Texas Retail Grocers Association, and in 1975 he
  was named Retail Grocer of the Year by the National Association of
  Retail Grocers of the United States; and
         WHEREAS, In addition to achieving success in retail,
  Mr. Wendl served on the board of the San Antonio branch of the
  Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; appointed in 1990, he was named
  chair in 1993 and served in that capacity through 1996; and
         WHEREAS, Mr. Wendl gave back to the Corpus Christi community
  by serving on the boards of the Art Museum of South Texas, the
  Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, the Christus Spohn Health System
  Foundation, and the local chapter of the National Conference of
  Christians and Jews; he played an active role in the Corpus Christi
  Rotary Club, the Corpus Christi Mustangs, and numerous other local
  organizations; and
         WHEREAS, A member of the German Society of the Coastal Bend,
  Mr. Wendl was made an honorary consul of the Federal Republic of
  Germany and was awarded the Order of Merit from the German
  government; while he never lost his German accent, he would always
  answer those curious about his origin by saying proudly, "I'm a
  Texan by choice"; and
         WHEREAS, Though Erich Wendl achieved extraordinary success
  in the business world, it is his humility, generosity, and devotion
  to his family for which he will be remembered; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature hereby pay tribute to the life of Erich E. Wendl and
  extend sincere sympathy to the members of his family: to his wife,
  Elvira Castillo Wendl; to his children, Karl D. Wendl and his wife,
  Julie, and Barbara Pender and her husband, Donald; to his
  grandchildren, Erich Wendl II, Brittany Ann Wendl, Rose Elizabeth
  Pender, and Claire Miriam Pender; to his nephew, Dr. Florian Wendl,
  and his niece, Johanna Wendl; to his sister-in-law, Gisela
  Schmitt-Wendl; and to his other relatives and friends; and, be it
         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 Erich
  E. Wendl.