J. Patrick Hencerling
Born on Nov. 14, 1929
J. PATRICK HENCERLING
GOLIAD - J. Patrick Hencerling passed away in Houston on Monday July 15th at the age of 83.
He is predeceased by his beloved wife, Mildred Blanton Hencerling; his mother, Maurice Hardy Frederick; his father, Emil Hencerling, and his step-father, Lev Frederick, of Palestine. Pat is survived by his son John P. Hencerling, Jr. and John's wife Wendy, and John's step-son and his wife, Blake and Hannah Harmon, of Houston.
Pat was born in Yoakum, Texas on November 14, 1929. After graduating from Goliad High School, he went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Husbandry from Texas A&M University in 1950. He served our country during the Korean War and was honorably discharged, when it was discovered that he failed to mention he had suffered from rheumatic fever as a child and didn't pass the physical. He just wanted to serve this country. Upon returning from the War, Pat went to work for Port City Stockyards in Houston and soon began Cattle Feeders, Inc. in Goliad with the help of his business partner, Bill Blackburn, of Denver, Colorado. Years later, he bought out Mr. Blackburn's interest.
Pat also raised commercial breeding stock, both Brangus and Braford. He repeatedly won Best Pen of Commercial Heifers at the Houston Livestock Show and served on that committee. He survived many tragedies including West Nile Virus, bad cattle markets, herd quarantines and the stock market, never losing his zest for life.
Pat never really retired (he would have enjoyed looking at a good set of bulls the morning he passed) because after the cattle business, he never a found a suitable replacement for his talents, knowledge and expertise. Having bought cattle all over the state, he would generally start a conversation with a stranger by finding out where the person was from and who they knew in common. He was an eternal optimist and truly loved the art of the deal.
Pat had many successful businesses and partners throughout his lifetime (buying and selling cattle was mostly done with a handshake) and always regretted not honoring all his commitments to those in the end.
My father enjoyed and loved three things in life - his beloved Texas A&M (especially the Corps of Cadets), the cattle business and me. Being his son and writing this I'm not sure which he loved more, for he was passionate and fierce in his love of all three. He was a great father and friend, and he will truly be missed.
The funeral service for my father will be held at Grace Funeral Home located at 214 N. Market Street in Goliad this Saturday, July 20th, at 2:00 followed by a burial at the Hencerling place in Schroeder. A reception will follow at the Ranch following the grave side service.