G.W. Kreiter

A memorial service for G.W. Kreiter, 79, of Emerald Bay will be held Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Emerald Bay Community Church with Dr. Darryle Dunks officiating. A graveside service will be on Monday, April 22, 2013, in Restland Memorial Park Cemetery in Dallas at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Dennis Cable officiating. Arrangements are with Stewart Family Funeral Home. G.W. passed away April 17, 2013.

G.W. was born July 20, 1933, at home in Mergargle, a small town in northwest Texas. He was the youngest of eight children of Paul and Ida Kreiter. G.W. had one brother, the oldest, and six sisters. His mother moved the family to Dallas in 1939 and struggled to raise them.

G.W. attended schools in Dallas and graduated from Sunset High School in 1951. He married Jane Adams in 1955 and moved to Austin in 1956 so he could attend The University of Texas, while Jane worked. G.W. graduated with a B.S.M.E. in 1959. He returned to work for LTV (now Lockheed Martin) where he was previously employed and retired after 35 years. During that time he earned his M.S.M.E. from Southern Methodist University in 1963 and then his Doctor of Engineering in 1965. He taught graduate classes for SMU for a brief period. Early in his career, G.W. received two U.S. patents on cryogenic welding of refractory metals, which were used on re-entering spacecrafts.

During his 35 years, G.W. started as Loads and Dynamics engineer and worked for 17 years on the Scout launch rocket. The Scout was the first NASA launch vehicle to place a spacecraft in orbit. Over 200 satellites were placed into orbit during that time. G.W. was the project engineer of mission analysis for many years and later acting chief engineer. In 1984 he attended the Department of Defense's Program Engineering course at Fort Belvoir in Virginia. He was one of the few from LTV appointed to and to successfully complete the program. G.W retired as program manager in advanced programs at the end of 1989.

G.W. and Jane had four children, Linda Lee, Tana Ann Tatnall, Keith William and Jackson David. They raised their family in Irving, Southlake and Grand Prairie.

Upon retiring, G.W. moved to Emerald Bay. For the remainder of his life, he enjoyed the benefits of living in Emerald Bay and became a member of Emerald Bay Community Church. He made a lot of friends and played a lot of golf. G.W. was selected to be on the MUD board and served as president in 1993. He also served as leader of the men's Thursday morning Bible study and as treasurer of the church in 2003 and 2004.

He leaves behind his wife, Jane; daughter, Tana Ann Tatnall and husband Bill; sons, Keith and wife Jayline, and Jackson and his wife Crystal. G.W. is also survived by grandson, Brian and his wife Jenna; granddaughters, Kristen and her husband Mike, and Megan Kreiter, as well as four great-grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers will be D.A. Harness, his friend since high school, Keith Estep, his golf tournament partner, Everett Hare, Don Lambeth, Dickey McGaughey, Jerry Calhoun, Bobby Locke and all members of the Golden Tees.

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Apr. 19, 2013