October 12, 1965
August 11, 2021
Allen Wayne Huelsebusch, “Big Al”, age 55, of Brenham, Texas passed away on Wednesday, August 11, 2021.
He was born October 12, 1965 in La Grange, Texas to Alton and Evelyn (Kollaja) Huelsebusch. He graduated from Columbus High School in 1985 and continued his education at Blinn College, Houston Community College, and the TEEX Fire Academy at Texas A&M University. He was a volunteer at Brenham Fire Department from August 1989 to 1994, and again from 1997 to 2000.
He married the love of his life Terri Jean Haack on June 6, 1987.On April 4th, 1992 his son Alex Dwayne Huelsebusch was born.
He was co-owner in Central Texas Marine with his father and was a Ricoh service technician at Brenham Office Supply before starting his firefighting career with the City of Conroe in June 1993, retiring with 20 years of service in April 2014.
During his career as a firefighter, he pursued selling fire apparatus for Martin Apparatus, which is now known as Siddons-Martin Emergency Group. After his retirement from Conroe, he pursued his dream of selling fire apparatus full-time.
Along the way, Allen saw a need in the industrial market for specialized fire apparatus, so he sought out knowledge on that market sector. He became a pioneer in the industry for specialized firefighting vehicles.
Allen’s passion for “foam” and what it could do in the fire industry was his driving force. He was a research and development expert, trying to find the next foam product that had the right mixture needed to extinguish large industrial fires as well as structure fires.
Allen worked alongside industry experts like Clearance Grady, Paul Darley and Pierce Manufacturing to develop the next “big thing” that flowed big water and lots of foam.
Allen accomplished his dream with the development of “ZEUS”, a 10,000 gallon per minute pumper that could also flow 450 gallons of foam. This dream was started on a napkin in a Whataburger in College Station. Allen, Tom High and Wayne Hable drew it on a napkin, and it is now in production at Pierce Manufacturing with several already serving departments and industrial complexes.
With the direction of Allen, Siddons-Martin established Industrial Apparatus Services located in LaMarque. His role as Director of Sales and Service was to manage the design, maintenance, and manufacturing of new products for the industrial community. One of Allen’s inventions was the “Texana Quick Attack”, and his product is now in many industrial departments around the country.
Allen was well respected in the industrial community by virtue of designing, selling, and training departments on the use of new apparatus. Allen’s passion and dedication to the industrial community will be hard to replace.
With his family and friends, Allen enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, creating new welding projects, vacationing, and spending time at the family bay house in Port O’Connor.
Allen is survived by his wife Terri Jean Huelsebusch, his son Alex Dwayne Huelsebusch, Vitaly Clee and his wife Ashley, his sister Gloria Ruether and her husband CJ, his sister Shirley Sodolak and her husband David, father and mother in-law Jerry and Patty Haack, brothers-in-law Jerry Haack Jr and his wife Tracy, Gary Haack and his wife Vickie. He was also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Firefighters Helping Firefighters at P.O. Box 773, Houston, TX 77002.
Visitation with the family will be Sunday, August 15th from 2-5 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Monday, August 16th at 2 pm. at Brenham Fireman’s Training Center, 1101 Highway 290 West, Brenham, TX 77833.