Paul Milton Strunk was born in Abilene, Kansas, on May 11, 1934. He passed away June 17, 2018.
Two of Paul’s proudest accomplishments were receiving his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geology from Kansas State University. He also remained an avid “Wildcatter” to the end!
He became successful in the Oil and Gas Exploration Industry, serving
on numerous Boards and Councils. His career began in 1956 with PanAmerican and Skelly Oil Companies. He, along with his partner, founded Fontana Oil and Gas in Corpus Christi, Texas. They later merged with Centura Inc., with Paul serving as President. After resigning as President of Centura he founded American Shoreline, Inc.
In 2002, Paul also became the South Texas pioneer in the field of Renewable Energy. His company’s wind farms have now spread throughout the Midwest, Texas and Mexico.
In 2017, Paul was only the tenth recipient of the American Association of Geologists (AAPG) Foundations L. Austin Weeks Memorial Medal — the organizations highest honor—given in recognition of philanthropy and service.
In addition to his professional activities, Paul has been active in civic and governmental affairs. He supported a number of charities in his local area which focused primarily on programs for children and families.
To quote a dear friend, “Paul was brilliant, yet humble, in all of his successes. Few people outside his profession knew what amazing accomplishments he had in Geology and Wind Energy developments. Paul was admired and respected by all in his profession. The man from Kansas blessed Texas big time with his presence.”
Survivors include his wife, Deana McNorton Strunk of Rockport, Texas, his children Cheryl Casterline, Kim Linn, Cindy Bradley, Scott Casterline, Guy Strunk, Chris Strunk, Janet Strunk; grandchildren, Cas Purdy, Daryl Ann Estill, Mason Estill, Shane Strunk, Joshua Strunk, Tamara Strunk, Ryan Strunk; great grandson, Dom Kelner.
Paul was a man who knew what he wanted in life. In death, he has chosen not to have a funeral nor celebration of life. He wishes you to remember him as he was in your life.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
I just learned that Paul had passed on. My sympathy to you Deanna and all you family
Gail BrockettBridgehampton, NY
Paul Strunk was a very kind and generous man. It was an honor to be able to work for his company and learn so much from him. We had a lot of fun thru the years at AmShore and he loved when his team from University of Kansas beat one of the teams that the coworkers cheered on. !!!! He will be so deeply missed by so many people. Continued prayers for his family and the AmShore Family.
Debra RoweIngleside, TX
We will all miss your sweet smile, kindness and generosity💙 Hugs and prayers to Deana and all the family at this sad time. Paul was a man respected by all who met him.
Rocky & Patty MartinRockport, TX
Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of Paul. I would like to share with you the Bible's promise of the resurrection hope for our dear loved ones. John 5:28,29 tells us that ¨…. All those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out..” We can be confident in this promise made by our heavenly Father. May the constant love of caring family and friends soften your sadness.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Strunk Family - Paul was a wonderful man and will be truly missed.
Shirley LaurenceCorpus Christi, TX