Kenton Lee Loy Schwenke passed away at the age of 81 years, 5 months, 7 days, on Monday, July 3, 2020 in Navasota.
He was born in Engle, the son of Paul and Lydia (Neirlich) Schwenke. His lifelong love of horses began when he was given his first at 4 years old and he has had quarterhorses ever since. Kenton met his wife, Mary, on Jan. 27, 1962. Their first date was at the Houston Livestock Show on Feb. 24, 1962. He bought her a wedding band and put it on her finger that day. They were engaged on June 10, 1962 and married on June 8, 1963. They were married for 57 years.
He retired from Houston Independent School District after 35-plus years of service. He was a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show since 1975. He was a charter and lifetime member of the Harris County Fair since 1979 as well as a lifetime member of Houston Farm & Ranch. He also served as a 4-H leader in Cypress for 20 years. He judged numerous county fairs and high school FFA shows. He devoted most of his time to educating youth in raising and showing animals. He was called “Pop” or “Dad” by many 4-H kids.
The highest honor he and his wife Mary received was when 10 Cyfair high schools dedicated their 2010 FFA show to them. He and Mary lived in Cypress for 36 years, moving to Navasota when Cypress wasn’t “country” any longer. There, he planted his many gardens and continued raising quarterhorses.
He is survived by wife Mary; daughter Kendra Schwenke; son Kenton Schwenke Jr. and wife Kandi; grandchildren (who called him “Honey”) Kenton III and wife Tori, Jake Bolten, Kori and wife Jessica, and Kole Schwenke; granddaughter Summer; great-grandchildren, Gabriel and Rowyn; sisters, Lucille Barton and Neva Smouse; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents and his sisters, Grace Schwenke and Myrtle Rinehart.
Services were conducted by Rev. Tim Carter of Salem Lutheran Church in Tomball. Burial was at Salem Lutheran Cemetery.