NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas — The man who founded the Schlitterbahn water park in Central Texas has died.

Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts said in a statement Tuesday that Bob Henry died at his New Braunfels home a day earlier after a prolonged illness. He was 89.

Gary Henry, president of Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts, says his father leaves a legacy “to generations of guests who have made memories in the parks he made possible.”

Henry and his family started Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels in 1979.

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The Henry family named the water park by combining the German words for slippery — Schlitter — and for road — Bahn.

The company also has water parks in three other Texas cities — South Padre Island, Galveston and Corpus Christi — as well as in Kansas City, Kansas.