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Matt Elizabeth (Barnes) Sewell
1931 - 2014
Funeral services for Matt Elizabeth (Barnes) Sewell, age 83 of Saint Jo, are set for 10:00 AM, Saturday, January 3, 2015 at First United Methodist Church in Saint Jo with Rev. Charles Reed, Rev, Edwin Brooks, and Rev. Larry Coleman officiating. Burial will follow at Illinois Bend Cemetery under the direction of Scott Funeral Home of Saint Jo. A visitation will be held Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Scott Funeral Home in Saint Jo. Mrs. Sewell died December 31, 2014 in Gainesville, Texas.
Matt Elizabeth Barnes Sewell was born March 14, 1931 in Saint Jo, Texas to Erm James and Metta (Moore) Barnes. She was one of three children and lived in Saint Jo all her life. She married Marvin Eugene “Cowboy” Sewell on November 8, 1948 in Gainesville and they became the proud parents of eight children, three girls and five boys.
Matt is survived by her daughters: Lillie W. Sewell of Saint Jo, TX, Martha E. and husband, Andrew Roy of Prattsville, AL; sons: Lonnie C. and wife, Gail Sewell of Argyle, TX; Roy J. and Lennie Sewell of Gainesville, TX; Johnny L. Sewell of Saint Jo; Harold D. and Sharon Sewell of Saint Jo; son-in-law: Bob Roberts of Saint Jo; daughter-in-law: Jeanette Hayden of Waxahachie, TX; fourteen grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; three great great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by: her husband, Marvin Eugene “Cowboy” Sewell, daughter, Sharon R. Roberts, son, Rev. Raymond (Ray) D. Sewell, grandson, William E. Sewell, her sister, Cynthia Hendrix, her brother, Floyd Miller and her parents Erm James and Metta (Moore) Barnes.
Pallbearers were: Ray Durham, Brad Coffman, J.M. Gaston, Mike Turner, Justin Turner, Bill Lawler, Dalton Lyons, and Robert Cross. Honorary Pallbearers were: Randy Dunbar and the Men of First Assembly of God Church, Nocona.
Helen Marie (Evans) Tompkins
1936 - 2014
A memorial service for Helen Marie (Evans) Tompkins, age 78 of Muenster, is set for 2:00 PM, Sunday, December 14, 2014 at Scott Funeral Home in Muenster. Ms. Tompkins died Friday, December 12, 2014 in Muenster.
One of three children, Helen was born on April 13, 1936 to George Bailey and Mattie Estell (Warden) Evans in Bowie, Texas. Helen was a loving mother, grandmother and friend. She served as the chief of Police in Muenster for eighteen years.
Helen is survived by her: daughter and son-in-law, Sabra Ann and Greg Robertson of Bowie; seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Joe B. and Betty Evans of Sunset. She was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Kay Tompkins; sons: Mike and Joey Tompkins; two grandchildren; and brother, Bobby “Stick Horse” Evans.
Honorary pallbearers are: Bobby Tompkins, Jeramiah Robertson, Brian Tompkins, Matt Robertson, Cody Tompkins, and Jennifer Tompkins.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
Jessie P. “J.P.” Embry
1920 - 2014
A funeral service for Jessie P. “J.P.” Embry, age 94 of Saint Jo, is scheduled for 2:00 PM, Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Forestburg Methodist Church in Forestburg with Rev. Chuck Jestis, Rev. Veronica Greanead and Rev. Larry Kruger officiating. Burial will follow at Dye Mound Cemetery in Saint Jo under the direction of Scott Funeral Home of Saint Jo. A visitation will be held 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Friday, December 12, 2014 at the funeral home in Saint Jo. Mr. Embry died in Gainesville on Wednesday, December 10, 2014.
One of three children, Jessie Parks “J.P.” Embry was born on August 8, 1920 to Horace and Isora (Donnell) Embry in the community of Freemound, Texas in Cooke County. J. P. lived and was very active in the Dye Mound community since 1939 where he and his wife, Ora (Wade) Embry raised their two children, Gayle and Dewey. J. P. attended the Dye Mound Methodist Church until its closing and then became a member of the Forestburg Methodist Church. He enjoyed visiting his neighbors and sharing his garden produce and was very proud of his family. J. P. will be missed by his family and all those who knew him.
J. P. is survived by his: daughter, Gayle and husband, Charles Edwards of Forestburg, TX; daughter-in-law, Mary Embry of Newark, TX; five grandchildren: Pam Brant, Veronica Greanead, Douglas Edwards, Nelia Embry, and Josh Embry; eight great-grandchildren; his sisters and spouses: Imogene and Oscar Garza of Mission, TX and Dessie and Nelson Berry of Dallas, TX. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ora (Wade) Embry; son, Dewey Embry; and his parents, Horace and Isora (Donnell) Embry. Pallbearers were: Dudley Sparkman, George Baker, Wassie Reynolds, Carroll Dill, Don Farrell, and Raymon Wood.
Velma Earlene (Brackeen) McBride
1946 - 2014
Velma Earlene (Brackeen) McBride was born November 15, 1946 in Gainesville, Texas. She married WJ “Dub” McBride on December 29, 1966 and they became the proud parents of two children. They made their home and raised their children in Saint Jo. Velma died Wednesday, November 26, 2014 in Denton.
Velma is survived by her husband, Dub McBride of Saint Jo; daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Mike Barnett of Springfield, MO; grandchildren: Byron and Bailie Aston; great grandchildren: Bentley, Brison and Michael; her mother Ruby Brackeen of Gainesville; and several brothers and sisters. She was preceded in death by her father, LeRoy Brackeen, son, Eric McBride, and brother, Arvil Brackeen.
Mass of Christian Burial for Dorothy Hartman, age 95 of Muenster is set for 2:00 PM Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Muenster with Father Ken Robinson officiating. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery under the direction of Scott Funeral Home of Muenster. A Rosary/Vigil will be held 6:00 PM, Tuesday, November 25, 2014 also at the church. Dorothy died Sunday, November 23, 2014 at her home.
Dorothy was born on the Hartman farm on October 27, 1919, to John J. and Helena Hess Hartman. She lived there most of her life, helping with the farming, milking cows, picking cotton and corn. She was baptized by Father Frowin in Sacred Heart Church and attended the red brick school house.
At age 18 she went to work for Dr. T. S. Myrick as a night nurse for the Muenster clinic he was opening. She had on-the-job training for babies and the women who had them. She worked for 2 years at night, then switched to days. She worked as an office nurse, bookkeeper, and clinic nurse. She did everything except surgery. She assisted in bringing hundreds of babies into the world, treating many of her own nieces and nephews and their children.
She served with Dr. Myrick until his death in 1959, then with Dr. S. E. Saiken who came from Gainesville several days a week. She also worked with Dr. Kenneth Dobbs before he moved to Dallas. During a two-year time period when there was no doctor and no hospital in Muenster, she was a check-out clerk at Hofbauer’s Grocery Store.
She was involved in the fund drive for the new hospital and helped with the moving in of supplies. When the Muenster Memorial Hospital opened its doors she served on the staff for six months. She then went to work for Dr. B. F. Hejduk, the resident physician and surgeon, working as his office nurse and assisting in surgeries. She worked for Dr. Kralicke for 8 years and Dr. Juarez for 9 years. She retired in 1984.
She served as the local registrar for precinct 8 for 37 years. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, Catholic Daughters of America, served as a Eucharistic Minister at Sacred Heart, and served on the parish liturgical commission.
In May of 1975 she received the Jaycees Outstanding Citizen Award. In 2003 she was honored for 25 years of service to the Muenster Senior Center. The Muenster Memorial Hospital recognized her at their 50th anniversary as the first employee, Nurse Assistant, February 3, 1964.
She was very active in SNAP, loved crocheting and quilting. She enjoyed traveling, crafts, and playing cards and dominoes. She was an avid Texas Ranger and Dallas Cowboy fan, rarely missing a game on TV. She was a citizen of Muenster her entire life.
She is survived by 30 nieces and nephews, numerous great-nieces and nephews, and many great-great-nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Steve Corocoran, Justin Hartman, Craig Hartman, Jacob Endres, Jeff Flusche, Joseph Dangelmayr, Alan Thompson, and Kirk Hartman.
James Ray "Red" Martin
Funeral service for James “Red” Martin, age 83 of Montague, is set for 10:00 AM, Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at the Church of Christ in Saint Jo with Chester Cullum, C.E. Cole and Steve Chism officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain Park Cemetery under the direction of Scott Funeral Home of Saint Jo. A visitation will be held 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at Scott Funeral Home in Saint Jo. Mr. Martin died Saturday, November 22, 2014.
James Ray (Red) Martin was born on December 17, 1930 in Myra, Texas. Red was one of eleven children born to William Burl Martin and Zena Pearl (Warner) Martin. Red married the love of his life, Betty Lue Dunn on January 7, 1950 in Montague, Texas.
Red was a member of the Church of Christ. Red was a loving husband of 62 years. He enjoyed playing cards and dominos with his family as well as visiting and playing with his grand and great-grandchildren. He loved fishing, gardening, canning, and wood-working. He also loved for his daughters to sing hymns to him. He was a past member of the Alvord In-N-Out coffee drinkers club.
Red is survived by his daughters and spouses Linda and Jr. Thweatt, Penny and Jimmy Johnson, all of Alvord, Texas, Staci and Dale Romine of Montague, Texas; son Tom and wife, Linda Martin of Gainesville; grandchildren and spouses Lance Thweatt, DJ and Bri Thweatt, Jamie and Caitlin Johnson, Andy Johnson, Gregg and Jesse Romine, Ethan and Brittany Romine, Cody and Adrianne Martin, Casey and Heather Martin, Cyle and Sharissa Martin, 19 great grandchildren and one great-great grandson; sister Ruth Cain of Decatur, Texas and brother Bill Martin of Gainesville, Texas; sister-in-law Dee and C.E. (Sonny) Cole and brother-in-law, Melvin (Snooks) Dunn.
Red was preceded in death by his loving wife, Betty Martin, his parents, William and Zena Martin; two grandchildren; two great grandchildren; sisters: Jo Hardison, Thelma Ritchie, Lois McVeigh, Johnnie Fern Martin and Clemmie Mae Martin; brothers: Charley Martin, Clinton Martin, and Roy William Martin.
Pallbearers are his grandsons, Lance Thweatt, Jamie Johnson, Andy Johnson, Gregg Romine, DJ Thweatt, Ethan Romine and Eric Fox.
Maurus Rudolph Rohmer
Mass of Christian Burial for Maurus Rudolph Rohmer, age 81 of Muenster are set for 10:00 AM, Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Muenster with Father Ken Robinson officiating. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery under the direction of Scott Funeral Home of Muenster. A Rosary and Vigil will be held at 7:00, Friday, November 21, 2014 at the funeral home. Mr. Rohmer died Thursday, November 20, 2014.
The youngest of 12 children, Maurus was born in the family home to John A. and Mary Helen (Hesse) Rohmer on July 29, 1933. He graduated from Sacred Heart School in 1951. On September 29, 1953, Maurus joined the US Army and served in Lakenheath, England. Upon his return to the United States, he was discharged on August 23, 1955. In 1956, Maurus started working at National Supply Company in Gainesville in the assembly department where he continued to work for 31½ years until his retirement. He was a member of the VFW, the Knights of Columbus and the Sacred Heart Parish.
Maurus married Patricia A. Neu on April 24, 1965 at St. Mary’s Church in Gainesville where they continued to live until moving to Muenster in 1968. Maurus and Pat were the proud parents of one son, David.
Maurus is survived by his wife of 49 years, Patricia (Neu) Rohmer, son and daughter-in-law, David and Karissa Rohmer of Bluegrove, Texas; sisters, Loretta Spaeth, Dorothy Wright, Sister Romana Rohmer; in-laws: Agnes Rohmer, Marjorie Rohmer, Jeanne Hoenig, Clara Mae Taylor, Stella and Wilson Stinnett, Donna Boschert, Connie Neu, Phyllis and David Neu, and Bob Dorsch. He was preceded in death by his parents, John A. and Mary Helen (Hesse) Rohmer, sisters: Ida Rohmer and Sister Fidelis Rohmer; brothers: Lawrence, Joseph, Victor, Emil, Alfred, and Tony.
Pallbearers were Terry Rohmer, Greg Rohmer, Kenny Rohmer, Chris Rohmer, James Wright, and Everett Spaeth.
Dallie Dawn Allen
ARLINGTON -- Dallie Dawn Allen, 77, passed away Wednesday, November 19, 2014.
Funeral: 11:30 a.m. Saturday, November 22, 2014 in Mount Olivet Chapel. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, November 21, 2014 at Mount Olivet and 3 p.m. Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Scott Funeral Home, St. Jo. Interment to follow at Dye Mound Cemetery under the direction of Scott Funeral Home of Muenster.
Dallie was born May 29, 1937, in Decatur to the late Alan and Inez Kuykendall. She attended Handley elementary school and high school graduating in 1955. She was employed at Central Bank and Trust, and later in 1969 worked as an executive secretary for Pritchard & Abbott Appraisal Services for 31 years before her retirement. Dallie was a gifted artist and oil painter who won many first place ribbons and sold her art in galleries throughout Texas. She was a devoted wife and caretaker to her husband Ernest throughout his lengthy illness. Dallie has many friends and family that loved her. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest O. Allen; and parents.
Survivors: Daughter, Tamara Allen; sister, Bowery Prater; numerous nieces and nephews; and beloved cat, Red.
Eileen Cunningham Luke
Mass of the Resurrection and Christian burial for Eileen Cunningham Luke of Muenster, Texas is set for 10:00 am on Thursday November 20, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Muenster, Texas with Father Ken Robinson officiating. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery under the direction of Scott Funeral Home of Muenster. A Rosary and Vigil will be held at 6:00 PM on Wednesday November 19, 2014 at Scott Funeral Home.
Eileen Cunningham Luke died on Tuesday, November 17, 2014 in Muenster Memorial Hospital, Muenster, Texas following several strokes and a period of failing health. She was a devoted wife of WJ (Bill) Luke and the loving mother of Kathy Luke Hartman, Jim Luke, Carolyn Luke Powell and Nancy Luke Webster and the treasured grandmother to Jeff, Cindy, Preston, Emalee, Eric, Sarah, Amy, Megan, Tara, Brad and Mark. Eileen loved and adored her daughter-in-law Beth Luke and sons-in-law Don Hartman, Mike Powell and Fray Webster.
Eileen Luke was born on December 10, 1926, the daughter of Joseph and Margaret Cunningham in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She graduated from Marquette High School in 1945 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She married WJ (Bill) Luke on February 12, 1955 in Christ The King Catholic Church in Tulsa. After living in Midland, Fort Worth and Odessa, they moved to Muenster to raise their family.
Eileen was an active member of Sacred Heart Church, was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Choir, Catholic Daughters, and Muenster Garden Club.
Survivors are her husband Bill Luke, son and daughter-in-law Jim and Beth Luke of London, England; daughters and sons-in-law Kathy and Don Hartman of Muenster, Carolyn and Mike Powell of Muenster and Nancy and Fray Webster of Colleyville, Texas; brother Bernard Cunningham of Amarillo, Texas; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Eileen Cunningham Luke was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Margaret Cunningham, sister Louise Olsen, brothers Joseph Cunningham II and Robert Cunningham.
Ramon Dan Hamric
Mass of Christian Burial for Dan Hamric, age 73 of Muenster is set for 10:00 AM, Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Muenster with Father Ken Robinson officiating. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery under the direction of Scott Funeral Home of Muenster. A vigil is set for 5:30 PM, Monday, November 17, 2014 at the church. Dan died at his home on Saturday, November 15, 2014.
Born on December 4, 1940, Dan was one of the two children of Ervin and Bertha (Wieler) Hamric. He married Fay (Rude) Hamric in El Paso on June 8, 1962 and they became the proud parents of two daughters and one son.
Dan worked for many years in the education system, as a teacher, principal, superintendent, and coach. He was a math teacher in Muenster ISD and Anthony, New Mexico. He was also a principal at Forestburg ISD. After retiring as Superintendent of schools at Montague ISD, Dan continued to work part time as a golf coach in Lindsay and Muenster.
Dan was very involved in the Muenster community. He served on the hospital board. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and was a Co-Chairman of the German Fun Run from its inaugural year, 1976 and twenty-five more years. He was a member of Sacred Heart Parish, a Jaycee, and the Knights of Columbus, having served as the Grand Knight in the past. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend to many. His presence will be missed by all those who knew him.
Dan is survived by his wife, Fay Hamric of Muenster; daughters: Danna Rae and husband, Brian Hess of Muenster and Lisa Rene and Marcus Sadler of Muenster; son: Robert Darryl (Bob) and wife, Rhonda Hamric of Bridgeport; brother, Burt and wife Peggy Hamric of Houston, TX; grandchildren: Casey Hamric, Katy Fay Morris, Erin Hess, Halle Hess, and Dayne Sadler. He was preceded in death by his parents. Pallbearers are: Mike Bartush, Craig Monday, Steve Hennigan, Tim Schneider, Dusti Etter, and Jared Flusche. Honorary Pallbearers are: Lynn Heller, Ronnie Hess, Roy Monday, Gerald (Bud) Graham, Larry Wimmer, and Tommy Cook.
Lorena Clara Fisher Taylor
Mass of Christian Burial for Lorena Taylor of Muenster is set for 10:00 AM, Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Muenster with Father Ken Robinson officiating. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery under the direction of Scott Funeral Home of Muenster. A Rosary/Vigil will be held at 6:00 PM, Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at Scott Funeral Home of Muenster.
Lorena Taylor passed away Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the Muenster Hospital, Muenster, TX. She was born November 4, 1921, the daughter and eleventh of twelve children of Emma and Joe Fisher, Sr. in Muenster, TX. She was in the first graduation class of Sacred Heart High school in 1939. Lorena went on to attend Our Lady of Victory College in Fort Worth, TX and North Texas State University (now University of North Texas), where she received a teaching degree While teaching in Wichita Falls, Lorena met Charles (Chuck) Taylor and they were married on September 17, 1941 in Sacred Heart Church in Muenster. They became the proud parents of three sons and one daughter.
While Chuck served in the Army, the family lived in many places around the world, including Washington, D.C., Kansas, Georgia, Louisiana and Ohio. In 1947, Lorena traveled on a transport ship to the Philippines for 23 days with three young children and over a hundred wives and their children. In 1956 and after Chuck’s retirement from the Army, the family settled on a farm south of Muenster. Even after Chuck’s death in 1963, the family continued to live on the farm.
Lorena began working in 1964 for the new hospital, Muenster Memorial Hospital, until her retirement in 1986. After selling the farm, Lorena built a home in town where she continued to live until her death.
Lorena is survived by her sons, Roger and wife, Jane Taylor and Steve and wife, Doreen Taylor all of Muenster, TX and daughter, Ginny Mangum of Tacoma, Washington, 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by: her husband Chuck Taylor, all eleven of her brothers and sisters, and by one day by her son, Jerry Taylor, who was survived by his wife, Jane and sons, Charlie and Jim of the home.
Pallbearers were: Adam Taylor, Sandy Valentine, Nick Taylor, Laura Taylor, Charlie Taylor, and Jim Taylor. Honorary Pallbearer was Willie Fisher.
Steve David Yosten
A Rosary for Steve David Yosten, age 47 of Plano, will be held 7:00 PM at Scott Funeral Home of Muenster. A Memorial Mass is set for 12:00 PM, Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Muenster with Father Ken Robinson officiating. Steve died unexpectedly on Saturday, November 1, 2014.
One of three children, Steve was born on July 18, 1967 in San Angelo, TX to David and Susan (Bean) Yosten. He grew up in Plano and graduated from Plano High School. After attending North Texas State University (now University of North Texas) for a few years, Steve went to work for JC Penney in the IT Department where he established the entire web system for the company.
Steve was gifted when it came to computers and technology and he loved riding his Harley Davidson. But the joy of his life was his nieces and nephew, London, Jack and Fletcher. Steve was a fantastic man, brother, son, and uncle. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Steve is survived by his: father, David Yosten, of Plano; sister, Stephanie Diane Yosten of Arlington; brother, Terry and wife, Kimberley Yosten of Greenville; nieces and nephew: London, Jack, and Fletcher Yosten. He was preceded in death by his mother, Susan (Bean) Yosten and grandparents: Spike and Francis Yosten.
M. J. "Mac" McCoy
Funeral services for M. J. "Mac" McCoy, age 80 of Saint Jo, were held 11:00 AM, Thursday, October 30, 2014 at First Baptist Church of Saint Jo with Rev. Sam Campbell and Rev. Jeff Roe officiating. Burial followed the service in the M. J. "Mac" McCoy Family Cemetery in Saint Jo under the direction of Scott Funeral Home. A visitation and a meal were held at the McCoy Trophy House also in Saint Jo. Mac died at his home in Saint Jo on Saturday, October 25, 2014.
One of six children, Mac was born on September 12, 1934 to James Arthur and Luteenie (Bass) McCoy in Crosby County, Texas. Mac spent many hours picking cotton with his siblings and parents. He often told the story of picking more cotton than anyone else except his mother.
After graduating from high school, Mac was offered an athletic scholarship but turned it down to join the Army where he quickly rose to the rank of captain while working with the Pentagon as a nuclear weapons analyst. While analyzing satellite data, Mac discovered a new Russian nuclear weapon. After presenting the data to the Secretary of State, he was given the honor of naming the missile GANEF. Mac served 11 years in the military, three years in Germany where he saw most all of Europe.
After his honorable discharge from the Army, Mac went on to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He earned a mortuary degree and used that to work his way through school. Mac worked as the Director of Maintenance at Bell Helicopter in Amarillo, TX and Director of Plant Operations Maintenance at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL, but he always felt the pull to be his own boss and later moved back to Texas where his brothers, Medford and Melvin, helped him get into the funeral business. In 1979, Mac moved to Saint Jo and purchased the funeral home, and in 1983 he purchased the funeral home in Muenster. For many years, he ran the funeral home and an ambulance service for the community of Saint Jo.
Although Mac was a hard worker, he also enjoyed his time off hunting in many locations around the world, including Canada, Alaska, Mexico, New Zealand and Africa. He had so many hunting trophies that he and his friend and business partner, Les Scott, built a trophy room next to his house. He also enjoyed going on trips with his longtime companion, Annette. Saying she had never been out of Texas, Mac wanted her to see everything he had seen. They took trips every summer all over the United States and in the summer of 2014 they took a two week trip to Italy.
Mac loved Saint Jo and was proud to be a part of the community. He helped build the gazebo located on the town square without plans. Annette always called him a "Real Life John Wayne." To the outside observer, Mac was a big, rough old man but to those of us who knew his heart, he was a giant teddy bear that would do anything in his power to help – with or without you asking! He was a great man, father, grandfather (Pa Mac), great-grandfather (Pa Mac the Great) and friend. His presence will be greatly missed.
Mac is survived by his: longtime companion, Annette Walterscheid of Muenster; daughters: Peggy Anne and husband, James Thomas of Red Oak, Linda Lou Currans of Fort Worth, Katherine Sue McCoy of Arlington and Karen Kay and husband Hugh Hillebrand of Arlington; sons: Michael James McCoy of Farmers Branch, Dennis Mathew McCoy, Cameron Douglas McCoy; grandchildren: Jennifer Connell of Fort Worth, Jessica Thomas of Red Oak, Mathew McCoy of Sherman, Haley Hillebrand of Fort Worth, and Katie Beth Hillebrand of Denton; great-grandchildren: Clara Cameron Connell and Maxwell Douglas Connell of Fort Worth, who called him "Pa Mac the Great;" sister: Morelle and Jack Miller of Denton, TX; brother Pete and wife, Joyce McCoy of Tuttle, Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Arthur and Luteenie (Bass) McCoy, sister, Mary Viola Deal and brothers: Melvin McCoy and Medford McCoy.
Ricky O'Neal Smith
1955 - 2014
A visitation for Ricky O’Neal Smith was held 3:00 PM—5:00 PM, Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Scott Funeral Home of Saint Jo. Mr. Smith died Friday, October 24, 2014.
Julie Anna Hacker
1968 - 2014
Mass of Christian Burial for Julie Anna Hacker, age 45 of Muenster, is set for 10:00 AM, Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. Ken Robinson officiating. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Muenster under the direction of Scott Funeral Home of Muenster. A Rosary/Vigil will be held at 6:00 PM Friday, October 10, 2014 at the funeral home in Muenster.
Our Heavenly Father called Julie suddenly to her Eternal Home, Tuesday, October 7, 2014. She was a 1987 graduate of Muenster High School and earned a drafting degree from North Central Texas College in 1989.
She lived with her husband, Jean in her childhood home north of Muenster. She was the caregiver for her mother Florence, until her death in 2010 and she was employed by Peterbilt Motors of Denton for over 15 ½ years.
Julie loved her family greatly. She held many gatherings in her home, where hours were spent telling old stories and looking at family pictures. She enjoyed being outdoors, riding the country side looking for deer, sitting in the boat waiting for the fish to bite, going camping at the lake, or taking long walks. She was an avid sports fan, routing for the Rangers and the Cowboys. Julie was greatly loved and will be dearly missed.
Julie is survived by her husband, Jean Holder of Muenster; her brothers: Kevin and wife, Glenda Hacker of Ponder, Patrick and wife Kathy Hacker of Gainesville, and Allin and wife, Karen Hacker of Gainesville; her daughter: Jessica and husband Cody Rico of Muenster; her son Christopher Holder of Mississippi; her grandson Kyler Rico of Muenster; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul William and Florence Heddy (Van Zandt) Hacker and her nephew, Kasey Hacker.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her memory to “The Make a Wish Foundation.”
1940 - 2014
Graveside services for Stanley Riddle, age 74 of Bowie will be held in the Mountain Park Cemetery in Saint Jo, Texas at 2:00 PM on September 22, 2014. A brief service will be officiated by Rev. Jeff Roe. Services are directed by Scott Funeral Home of Saint Jo, Texas. Mr. Riddle died Thursday, September 18, 2014 in Bowie.
Stanley was born in Gordonville, Texas to the late Revis Riddle and Ottie (Jobe) Riddle. He was raised and went to school in the Gordonville area. He married Peggy Williamson on August 30th, 1983 in Saint Jo, Texas. They made their home there for several years. He worked at Nocona Boot Company until it closed. They moved and made their home in Sadler, Texas. There they raised their grandson, Shawn Williamson, as their own.
Stanley loved to spend time with family and friends. He loved kids and they loved him. In his spare time, he made toys from scrap lumber for grandkids, nieces and nephews which he adored.
He and Peggy loved spending time together going to flea markets and garage sales. They loved to eat out. They traveled a lot and took Shawn to see many historical sights and just to have fun. Stanley always kept a top notch mower and loved to mow. He was a very sweet man known to many as Nan-Nan and will be dearly missed.
Stanley is survived by his: wife, Peggy Riddle of Saint Jo; son, Shawn Williamson of Saint Jo; stepson, Ronald Williamson, Jr. of Caddo, OK; brothers: Bobby Riddle of Whitesboro, TX and Danny Riddle of Lakeshores, TX; sister: Dolores Craft of Sherman, TX; sister-in-law, Mary Lou and husband, Doyle Cook of Saint Jo; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Revis and Ottie (Jobe) Riddle; sister, Katie Riddle; his sisters-in-law: Judy Hosman, Nancy Argo, and Patricia Bunch; and his brother-in-law, Buddy Emerson.
1925 - 2014
Graveside services for Johnnie Campbell Orr, age 89 of
Garland will be held in the Grove Hill Cemetery in Dallas, Texas at 2:00 PM on
September 19, 2014. A brief service will be officiated by Elwin Campbell, a son.
Services are directed by Scott Funeral Home of Saint Jo, Texas. Johnnie died
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 in Bowie.
Johnnie was born in Sulphur Springs, Texas on August 28, 1925. She was the daughter of John Van Buren Finch and Maude Harris Finch. She married John Campbell in 1945. They were the parents of a son Elwin “Sam” Campbell and daughter, Valda Vierling. There are 5 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren.
1928 - 2014
Hazel Woods Cagle Huffman of St Jo went quietly to our Lord on September 16, 2014 in Denton, TX.
One of the three children born to Ike and Wano (Howeth) Woods, Hazel was born July 7, 1928 in Cement, OK.
Hazel was a strong Southern woman. Her quick wit and quirky sense of humor are what her family treasures the most. She always said her greatest gifts were her children and her grandchildren.
Hazel is survived by her son, Chris and wife, Terri Cagle of Coppell, daughter Barbara and husband, Tim Jordan of Saint Jo; grandchildren: Preston Cagle, Kevin Hendricks, Melissa Hendricks, Stacy Cagle, Raine Hazclip; five great grandchildren and her sister, Bonnie Moore of Saint Jo. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, Adfard Cagle and Donald Huffman, brother, J.D. Woods, and daughter, Jeanne Cagle.
Graveside services are set for 10:00 AM Monday, September 22, 2014 at Mountain Park Cemetery.
The family is requesting that donations be made to the American Lung Association in lieu of flowers.
Viola Mae Dennis Busby
1943 - 2014
Viola Mae Busby, 71 of Saint Jo Texas passed away Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at Denton Regional Hospital with her husband Larry Busby at her side. Viola was born on September 4th, 1943 in Capps Corner Texas, to Brian and Hattie Dennis. Viola attended school at Saint Jo and was a member of the National Honor Society. Viola worked for the Saint Jo Tribune for 53 years which she enjoyed being a part of the Tribune family and was a member of the Texas Associated Press. She married the love of her life Larry Dean Busby on August 25th, 1962, at the Saint Jo Baptist Church. Larry and Viola was married and devoted to each other for 52 wonderful years and resided in Saint Jo Texas. Viola enjoyed being with her family on any occasion but particularly enjoyed their family vacations to their property in Colorado, where they went camping and jeeping in the mountains. Viola’s life time achievement was being a loving wife and mother to her family.
She is survived by her husband Larry Dean Busby, son Cody Dean (Gus) Busby and his wife Sandra, son Larry Dwayne (Brutus) Busby, brother Clinton Sylvester Dennis, and grandchildren Arielle, Briana, and Baylie.
She was preceded in death by her parents Brian and Hattie Dennis, brother Richard Dennis, brother Rayburn Dennis, brother Davis Dennis, sister Clara Nell Breeze, sister Arlene Corley, and brother Billy Dennis. Pallbearers were: Scott Thomas, Nathan Cannon, Shawn Cannon, Mike Walters, Lee Dennis, and Jackie Breeze.
Funeral service was held 2:00 PM, Monday, September 15th, 2014 at First Baptist Church of Saint Jo with C.E. Cole officiating. Burial followed at Mountain Park Cemetery in Saint Jo under the direction of Scott Funeral Home of Saint Jo. Visitation was held 3:00 to 5:00 PM, Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at the funeral home in Saint Jo.
1916 - 2014
Mass of Christian Burial for Julia Cunningham, age 97 of Muenster, are set for 10:30 AM, Monday, September 1, 2014 at Sacred Heart Community Center with Rev. Ken Robinson officiating. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery under the direction of Scott Funeral home of Muenster. A Rosary/Vigil will be held 6:00 PM, Sunday, August 31, 2014. Mrs. Cunningham died Friday, August 29, 2014 in Granbury, TX.
Born in Muenster, Julia was one of the ten children of Joseph and Elizabeth Agatha (Rohmer) Pautler. Julia married Herb Cunningham in 1940 and they became the proud parents of five children.
Julia delivered Meals on Wheels and earned many awards for volunteering. She enjoyed playing dominoes, snap, and quilting. Going on cruises and bus trips was also a favorite pastime of hers. Julia made great cinnamon rolls.
Julia is survived by her: daughter, Carolyn and husband, Charles, Bridier of Tolar, TX; daughter-in-law’s: Patsy Cunningham of Fort Worth, TX, Janet Cunningham of Lindsay, TX, and Edith Cunningham of Fort Worth, TX; twelve grandchildren; twenty-four great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by: her husband, Herb Cunningham, her parents, her sons: Ronnie, Herbie, John, and Earl Cunningham, her daughter-in-law, Karla Cunningham and her sister-in-law, Betty Pautler. Pallbearers were: Alan Cunningham, Tony Cunningham, Michael Cunningham, Todd Bridier, Teddy Bridier, and Troy Bridier.
1950 - 2014
Gary James Fisher went to be with Our Lord on August 8, 2014 after a 2 year battle with Ocular Melanoma. Gary was born in Muenster, Texas on October 30, 1950 to Earl and Velma Evers Fisher; he was the 4th of 10 children. He is survived by his wife, Marlene Herr Fisher; his 3 children, Eric Jamison Fisher and wife, Jaclynn Fisher and 2 grandchildren, Grayson and Nolan Fisher; Karl Thomas Fisher; and Lana Fisher Hess and husband Cody Hess. Surviving siblings are Joan Fisher Demshock of Maryland, Doris Fisher of Washington, Robert Fisher of Colorado, Alan Fisher of Georgia, Janice Fisher Kincy of Texas, Mary Fisher Carnell of Colorado, Judy Fisher Newell of Texas and Glenn Fisher of Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his parents Earl and Velma Evers Fisher and his sister Donna Fisher.
Gary attended Sacred Heart Catholic School from 1st-8th grade, and graduated high School from Muenster Public School. He got his BA in Business with a minor in insurance from North Texas State University (aka UNT).
He married Marlene Herr on June 11, 1977 and God blessed them with 3 beautiful children, Eric Jamison in 1981, Karl Thomas in 1985 and Lana Rose in 1986. Gary was all about family, community and “doing for others” to make life a little sweeter. He gave countless hours to numerous community organizations, without need or thought of being recognized, but rather because it was the right thing to do.
He was very active in Boy Scouts and served as Co-Scout Master with Chuck Bartush. He had the pleasure of taking scouts to Philmont twice and loved every minute, except for the caffeine withdrawals. Some of his favorite scouting activities were out-of-state high mountain adventure hikes and rock climbing.
He was an active Muenster Chamber of Commerce member and managed the Texas Stage at Germanfest for many years. He was instrumental in getting the Keep Muenster Beautiful Organization started and in Muenster receiving its first Governor Achievement Award beautification with his “Clean Sweep” program. The monetary award allowed for the purchase of Street Lamps on Hwy 82 and Main Street.
He was a member of the Muenster Kiwanis and had the vision and physical drive to turn the vacant lot just north of the Muenster State Bank into a park and to beautify the corners on Main Street with rocked flower beds.
Gary was happiest when he had 15+ projects in the works and he worked tirelessly on seeing them through to completion. This was also his greatest heartache as his disease progressed because he no longer had the energy to see his visions become reality.
Mass of Christian Burial for Gary Fisher, age 63 of Muenster was celebrated 10:00 AM Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Sacred Heart Community Center in Muenster with Rev. Ken Robinson officiating. Burial followed at Sacred Heart Cemetery under the direction of Scott Funeral Home of Muenster. A Rosary was held 6:30 PM, Monday, August 11, 2014 also at Sacred Heart Community Center.
1984 - 2014
Services for Jeremy Howard are set for 2:00
PM, Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Saint Jo
with Rev. Eddie Ramsey officiating. Burial will follow in Perryman Cemetery in
Forestburg, TX under the direction of Scott Funeral Home of Saint Jo. A
visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Friday, August 8, 2014 at the
funeral home in Saint Jo.
Jeremy James Howard, age 29, passed from this life on August 6, 2014. He was born on November 12, 1984. Jeremy was loved by all who knew him. As a security guard at Winstar until sickness overcame him, he made many friends.
Jeremy is survived by his: grandparents: Ronnie and Bonnie Huddleston; brother, Brandon Firkins; grandmother, JoAnn Howard; father, Don Howard; and many uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Peggie Firkins Howard. Pallbearers were: Brandon Firkins, Taylor Westbrook, James Broyles, Clayton Huddleston, Michael Mullins, Travis Benson, and Dale Firkins.
1913 - 2014
A Mass of Christian Burial for Rose Catherine (Walter) Hofbauer, age 101 of Muenster, is set for 10:00 AM Friday, August 8, 2014 at Sacred Heart Community Center with Rev. Ken Robinson officiating. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery under the direction of Scott Funeral Home of Muenster. A Rosary/Vigil is set for 7:00 PM, Thursday, August 7, 2014 at the funeral home. Mrs. Hofbauer died Wednesday, August, 6, 2014.
One of the ten children born to John and Susanna (Trachta) Walter, Rose was born on January 18, 1913 in Muenster. She married Andrew Albert Hofbauer on June 5, 1933 in Muenster and they became the proud parents of three children. Rose was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and St. Anne’s Society. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, spending time with her family, and working on the family history. Rose made very many baby blankets for ABBA.
Rose is survived by her: son, Larry Hofbauer of Tsuchiura, Japan; daughters: Donna and husband, Don Glover of Dallas and Jeannine and husband, Harold Flusche of Muenster, Texas; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; sisters: Sylvia Walter Everette of Illinois and Genie Walter O’Dowd of Houston;. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Susanna (Trachta) Walter, husband, Andrew Albert Hofbauer, sisters: Romana Bayer, Marie Endres, Terese Miller; brothers: Joe Walter, Oscar Walter, Alfred Walter and Alois (Shorty) Walter.
Pallbearers were: Mark Flusche, Michael Flusche, Brad Knowlton, Scott Mann, Andrew Knowlton, Dale Hofbauer, Claude Walter, and Mark Miller.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to: Sacred Heart Trust Fund, Sacred Heart Catholic Church or to ABBA.
Paty Spearman Boyle
1921 - 2014
Graveside services for Paty Spearman Boyle, age 93 of Muenster, are set for 1:00 PM, Friday, August 1, 2014 at Restland Cemetery in Dallas, TX with Rev. Ken Robinson officiating and under the direction of Scott Funeral Home of Muenster. Mrs. Boyle died at her home on Monday, July 28, 2014.
One of two children, Paty was born on March 2, 1921 in Fairfield, AL to Braxton R. and Grace P. (Sain) Spearman. On March 23, 1946, she married John Hartford Boyle in Chattanooga, TN. They raised their five children, one daughter and four sons, in Allen, TX.
Paty’s favorite things were reading books and needlework. She especially loved to travel to London, Paris and Ireland. Paty was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Muenster. She will be missed by all those who knew her.
Paty is survived by her: daughter, Sharon Boyle Rivers and husband, Jon of Forestburg; sons: John Michael Boyle and wife, Pam of Huntington Beach, CA, Robert Hartford Boyle and wife, Debby of Corpus Christi, TX, Patrick Joseph Boyle and wife, Penny of Plano, TX and Timothy Richard Boyle and wife, Mary of Honey Grove, TX; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother and her husband, John Hartford Boyle.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital or a charity of your choice.
Edna Mae Wade Dunn
1931 - 2014
Graveside services for Edna Mae Wade Dunn, age 83 of Saint Jo were held 10:00 AM, Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Mountain Park Cemetery in Saint Jo with Rev. Sam Campbell and Rev. Larry Coleman officiating and were under the direction of Scott Funeral Home of Saint Jo. A visitation was held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Monday, July 28, 2014 at the funeral home.
Edna Mae Dunn went to be home to be with the Lord on July 26, 2014 in Denton, TX surrounded by her loving family. She was born January 17, 1931 in Sanger, TX to Ely Mannuel and Mary Etta Knowles Wade. She married Wilson Jack Dunn August 16, 1951. After living in West Texas where Jack worked in the oil fields they returned to Saint Jo to make their permanent home. Together they raised 3 children, Danny, Phyllis and Joanie.
Chances are if you grew up in or around the Saint Jo area you knew who Edna Dunn was. She was known by many as Granny Edna or Miss Edna. She loved her little town of Saint Jo and all of the people in it. Edna never met stranger and never passed up an opportunity to sit and talk with anyone. Anywhere you go there was always a chance you would run into someone that knew Edna. Throughout the years she worked many jobs in her hometown that allowed her to interact with all the people of the community. She worked at the Dairy Spot, opened her own Edna’s Cafe, cooked at the Saint Jo and Muenster Nursing Home, worked at the Russell-Newman factory on the square, Dusty’s food store and The Freight Outlet. In her spare time Edna was always on the go. You could always find Edna along with her best friend Lucille Welch at any or all of the athletic events at the school. She loved going and watching her grandkids playing sports whether it be in Saint Jo, Gainesville, Walnut Bend or wherever they happen to be playing. In fact this is how she became known as “Granny Edna” to countless teenagers throughout the years. She loved her sports. While at home her activities were planned around what time the Cowboys, Rangers, Mavericks, and Stars played. When not watching sports she would jump at the opportunity to go fishing or play a good game of cards or dominoes with anyone that would go with her. These were hobbies that she has passed down to her kids, grandkids, and even great grandkids. More than any of this Edna was a loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, and friend. She took great pride in her family and would brag about them to anyone that would listen. She was a very special lady and will be dearly missed by all that knew her.
Edna is survived by her: daughters: Phyllis and husband Larry Cook of Saint Jo and Joanie Mae and husband Milton Pierce of Sadler; son: Danny and wife Lori Dunn of Saint Jo; nine grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother James Leon Wade, and her husband, Jack Dunn.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Saint Jo Booster Club, Meals on Wheels or the charity or organization of your choice.
Claude J. Klement
1954 - 2014
A Mass of Christian Burial for Claude J. Klement, age 60 of Muenster, is set for 10:00 AM, Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Sacred Heart Community Center with Rev. Ken Robinson officiating. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery under the direction of Scott Funeral Home of Muenster. A Rosary/Vigil will be held at 6:00 PM. Friday, July 18, 2014 at Sacred Heart Community Center. Mr. Klement died at his home on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.
Claude J. Klement was born in Muenster on June 18, 1954. He was the third youngest of six children to Walter and Eleonore Henscheid Klement. Claude attended Sacred Heart School and Muenster Public School where he graduated in 1972. Claude also attended Cooke County College after his graduation from Muenster.
On November 18, 1978, Claude married Deb Schneider in Sacred Heart Church. Claude and Deb bought their home in Muenster in 1980 where they raised their son and daughter and have continued to live.
Claude was a life-long member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He was also very active in the Jaycees becoming a JCI Senator. He was active with the Knights of Columbus becoming a 4th Degree Knight. Following his faith and wanting to become more active in his church, Claude became very active with A.C.T.S. Claude’s greatest love was spending time with his family. He loved riding motorcycles with Deb and friends. He loved playing with his grandchildren. He loved working on the farm with his brothers “cattlin’.”
Claude is survived by his: wife, Deb Schneider Klement of Muenster; his son: Aaron and wife, Polly Klement of Muenster; his daughter: Ashley and husband, Jamie Baggs of Muenster; his five grandchildren: Caden Klement, Carson Klement, Kinsler Klement, Brody Baggs, and Avery Baggs all of Muenster; his sisters: Jeanette and husband Michael Fitzpatrick of Arlington, TX and Sharon Wolf of Gainesville; his brothers: Wayne and Doris Klement of Muenster, Doyle and Carla Klement of Muenster, and Mark and Carol Klement of Muenster. He was preceded in death by his parents: Walter and Eleonore (Henscheid) Klement and his father-in-law, Ed Schneider. Pallbearers were: Don Schneider, John Schneider, Tim Schneider, Mark Klement, Doyle Klement, and Wayne Klement.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: Heart to Heart Foundation (600 E. Taylor, Suite 3005, Sherman, TX 75090) or a charity of your choice.
Dorothy Marion McCoy Thompson
1928 - 2014
A memorial service for Dorothy Marion McCoy Thompson, age 85 of Saint Jo, is set for 2:00 PM, Saturday, July 19, 2014 at First United Methodist Church in Saint Jo with Rev. Larry Coleman officiating. Dorothy died early Sunday morning, July 13, 2014.
Dorothy Marion Thompson of Saint Jo, TX was born September 29, 1928 to E.C. and Omega McCoy in Ashland, KY.
Dorothy married Rev. George Albert Thompson, Sr. on June 9, 1953 at the Irving United Methodist Church. Their life of serving God through ministry began at Spanish Fort, TX and continued throughout many other churches in Texas. They then retired after serving Callisburg United Methodist Church to make their home in Saint Jo, TX and serve in a new capacity at Saint Jo United Methodist Church. She has been very involved in children's ministry and United Methodist Women for many years. She loved to see the love of Jesus come into the eyes of the children.
Dorothy is survived by: her daughter, Stella and husband Randy Fowler of Sunset, TX; her sons: George A. and wife Savitra Thompson, Jr of Austin, Charles L. and wife Mary Thompson of Lexington, KY and John P. and wife Cathy Thompson of Saint Jo; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sisters: Louise Buck, Alma Tumey, and Alice Venarelle; son, Walter Thompson; and half-brother, Charles Edward McCoy.
lieu of flowers, please donate to: Backpack Panther Buddy Club, Saint Jo United
Methodist Church, Drawer 310, Saint Jo, TX 76265.
Velda Lou Cannon
1921 - 2014
Funeral service for Velda Lou Ayres Cannon, age 93 of Saint Jo, are scheduled for 3:00 PM Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church in Saint Jo with Rev. Calvin Durham and Rev. Larry Coleman officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Park Cemetery under the direction of Scott Funeral Home of Saint Jo. A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Monday, July 14, 2014 at the funeral home. Mrs. Cannon died Saturday, July 12, 2014 in Denton, TX.
Velda Lou Cannon died July 12, 2014. She suffered a stroke in February 2014, and for four months was cared for by the kind and caring staff on the rehab wing of Good Samaritan, Denton Village in Denton, Texas. On July 5th she suffered complications from the first stroke and from that time on was cared for by the kind nurses from Altus Hospice.
Velda Lou was born to James Holland Ayres and Bertie Ann Ayres at Bonita, Texas on March 5, 1921.
She married Ruel E. Cannon on May 22, 1946. They had been married 51 years when Ruel died on June 17, 1997.
Velda Lou graduated from Bonita High School and after that graduated from Gainesville Junior College which is North Central Texas College. She went on to earn her Masters’ Degree from North Texas State Teachers College which is now the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.
Velda Lou was a much loved teacher, and the schools where she taught were Salona, Lone Star, Bonita, Spencer, Capps Corner and Saint Jo. She retired after 47 years and was enjoying teaching the year she retired as much as the year she began.
During the summer of 2013 Velda Lou was chosen to be a duchess at the crowing of the Pioneer Queen. This was during the annual Jim Bowie Celebration in Bowie, Texas. This was a thank you for her many years of teaching in Montague County. She was given another honor at the 2013 Saint Jo school homecoming when she was inducted into the Saint Jo School Hall of Fame.
Velda Lou was an active member of Saint Jo United Methodist Church and was always ready to help when she was called on to do so.
Velda Lou is survived by her son, James E. Cannon and his wife Melissa, sister Vanice Gilbert, nieces Linda Stinchcomb, Nancy Hunter, Mary Hunter and husband Charles, Patsy Clayton, Rose Tatum, Carol Ann Winchester, and husband Lon, Bobbie Gail Laird and husband Mack and a host of beloved friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and two very special friends, Bernice Parker and Cora Lee Grimes.
Pallbearers were: Roy Brawner, Curtis Wells, Roger Henley, Cotton Brawner, Charles Hunter, and Ronny Parker.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made, if desired, to the Saint Jo Methodist Church or a charity of choice.
Lucille Wimmer Zimmerer
1925 - 2014
Mass of Christian Burial for Lucille “Lou” Wimmer Zimmerer, age 88 of Muenster, are set for 10:00 AM, Friday, July 11, 2014 at the Sacred Heart Community Center in Muenster with Rev. Ken Robinson officiating. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery under the direction of Scott Funeral Home of Muenster. A Rosary/Vigil will be held at 7:00 PM, Thursday, July 10, 2014 at the funeral home. Mrs. Zimmerer died Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at her home in Muenster.
Lucille “Lou” Wimmer Zimmerer was born September 5, 1925 in Muenster to Charlie and Annie (Seith) Wimmer. She grew up on their family farm, one of eleven children. She graduated from Sacred Heart School. Lou married Leo J. Haverkamp on October 2, 1946 in Muenster. Together they owned and operated Leo J. Haverkamp Well Service. They had one daughter, Gloria born on June 9, 1948. Leo J. passed away on January 17, 1970. Lou married Frank Zimmerer May 24, 1974. Lou was very involved with her 6 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with all of them. She enjoyed sewing, traveling, and playing cards and dominos with friends and was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, St. Anne’s Society, and the VFW Auxiliary.
Lou is survived by her: daughter, Gloria and husband, Robert G. Klement of Muenster, 6 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; sisters: Lillian Reinart of Richardson, TX and Gracie and husband, Paul Luke of Farmers Branch, TX. She was preceded in death by her: parents, Charlie and Annie (Seith) Wimmer; husband, Leo J. Haverkamp; husband, Frank Zimmerer; sister, Hattie; her brothers: Ernest, Joe, Tony, Charlie, Lawrence, John, and Andy Wimmer; and one grandchild, Travis Klement. Pallbearers were her great-grandchildren: Toby Dyess, Tressa Jones, Kalyn Dangelmayr, Travis Dangelmayr, Lauren Rohmer, and Adrien Rohmer.
Mae (Thomas) Capps
1936 - 2014
Funeral services for Viola Mae (Thomas) Capps were held 10:00 AM, Monday, June 30, 2014 at Scott Funeral Chapel in Saint Jo. A visitation was held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sunday, June 29, 2014 at the funeral home. Mrs. Capps died Thursday morning, June 26, 2014 in Nocona.
Viola Mae (Thomas) Capps was born in Terral, OK on October 13, 1936. She attended Terral Public School until her graduation. Viola married George Capps in Anderson, MO in 1984. She worked and resided in Missouri and Connecticut prior to returning to Dallas, Texas in 1990. Viola was a very hard worker and lover her job at Walmart. She happily worked there until her retirement at age 68. Viola was a doting grandmother who always had an open door and snacks for grandkids and their friends. She loved attending their school activities and proudly wore her Saint Jo Panther t-shirts! She will be remembered for her dependability, hard work and sense of humor.
Viola is preceeded in death by her parents and husband George. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law Patty and David Fleitman of Saint Jo, stepdaughter, Donna Morse of Gainesville, grandchildren: Coby Fleitman of Saint Jo and Shelby Fleitman of Fort Worth. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Easy Street Animal Shelter of Saint Jo or a charity of your choice.
Homer Merle Bell
1942 - 2014
Funeral service for Homer Merle Bell, age 71 of Saint Jo, is scheduled for 2:00 PM Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at the Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Saint Jo with Rev. Ricky Kerr officiating. Burial will follow at the Montague Cemetery in Montague under the direction of Scott Funeral Home of Saint Jo. A visitation is scheduled for 6:00—8:00 PM, Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Scott Funeral Home of Saint Jo.
Homer M. Bell passed away at his home surrounded by family and friends on June 22 in Saint Jo, TX. Homer was born on July 16, 1942 in Decatur, TX to Homer J. and Eva Mae (Schockley) Bell. After graduating from Forestburg High School in 1960, he completed one year of college at NCTC. On July 21, 1962, Homer married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Linda Carol Landers. After 32 years at Lockheed Martin, he retired from his work as an aircraft assembler.
Homer is survived by his wife, Linda Carol (Landers) Bell of Saint Jo; daughters: Tina Lin Bell of Saint Jo and Janell Darice and husband, David Clark of Argyle; grandchildren: Micheal and wife, Kayla Mullins of Saint Jo, Travis Benson of Saint Jo, Mason Clark of Argyle, and Bryanna Clark of Argyle; one great-grandchild, Paxton Mullins of Saint Jo; sister: Karen and husband, Ronnie Johnson of Montague; brother: Wayne and wife, Lisa Bell of Bowie. He was preceded in death by his infant son, Baby Boy Bell, his parents, and his brother, Rex Darrell Bell.
Pallbearers were: Micheal Mullins, Travis Benson, David Clar, Mason Clark, Anthony Braatz, and Jimmy Simmons.
Florence Lorraine Moore Williams
1919 - 2014
A graveside service for Florence Lorraine Moore Williams, age 95 of
Muenster, is scheduled for 10:00 AM, Saturday, June 21, 2014 at City Cemetery in Great Bend, Kansas with Rev. Don Russell officiating. A memorial service is
scheduled for 6:30 PM, Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at the First United Methodist
Church of Saint Jo with Rev. Sam Campbell officiating. Mrs. Williams died
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at a hospital in Denton.
Florence Lorraine was born on March 14, 1919 to Samuel and Martha Moore in Otis, Kansas. She married the love of her life, Arthur Warren Williams, on August 12, 1937. Due to Arthur’s job in the oil fields, the family moved to many places including Garnett, Great Bend and Albert, Kansas, and Tonkawa, Oklahoma. They finally stopped moving when they arrived in Muenster, Texas in 1962.
Florence worked many jobs during her life. The family had a drug store in Albert, Kansas. In Muenster, she worked at the Dress Factory and Muenster Memorial Hospital.
In her late 40s, she decided to do more with her life and went back to school to be a teacher. She was employed as a Kindergarten Teacher at Muenster Elementary for 17 years.
She enjoyed playing the organ at the First United Methodist Church of Saint Jo. Florence also loved working the crossword puzzle in the newspaper and quilting. However, her greatest joy was spending time with family. They were the proud parents of three children.
Florence is survived by her: daughter, Janet Sponsel of Wichita, KS; son Randy Lee and wife Darlene Williams of Muenster; daughter-in-law, Janice Williams of Great Bend, KS; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Martha (Brack) Moore; her husband, Arthur Warren Williams; her son, Gary Williams; her brothers: Samuel Moore, Jr., Jimmy D. Moore; and her sister Alberta Bosch.
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Aileen Frances Hoehn Cler
1920 - 2014
Mass for Christian Burial for Aileen Frances (Hoehn) Cler, age 94 of Muenster, is scheduled for 10:00 AM, Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Sacred Heart Community Center with Rev. Ken Robinson officiating with burial to follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery under the direction of Scott Funeral Home of Muenster. A Rosary/Vigil is scheduled for 6:00 PM, Friday, June 13, 2014 at the Scott Funeral Chapel in Muenster. Mrs. Cler died Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at her residence.
One of the six children of Albert and Bertha (Donnelly) Hoehn, Aileen was born June 5, 1920 in Burkburnett, Texas. At the age of seven, her family moved to Muenster where she attended Sacred Heart Elementary and graduated from Muenster Public High School. Aileen became a Registered Nurse in September 1940 after attending nursing school at Gainesville Sanatorium.
On November 1, 1940, Aileen married Edward Cler at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Gainesville. From 1941 – 1947, they lived in Garland before moving back to Muenster to raise their family on the farm they bought.
Aileen worked as a nurse for a time at Major’s Clinic in Nocona and for ten years at Muenster Memorial Hospital in Muenster. She retired from nursing in 1976. In 1998, Ed and Aileen moved to Muenster. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters’ Association and St. Anne’s Society. Aileen took care of Ed until his death in 2008.
Aileen is survived by her daughters: Phyllis Youngblood of Muenster, Sandra and her husband, Leon Fuhrmann of Muenster, Deborah and her husband, Gene Hess of Muenster, Christa and her husband, Gerry Cash of Kennesaw, Georgia; her sons: Gary and his wife, Mary Cler of Snohomish, Washington, Jim Cler of Devine, TX, Tony Cler of Muenster, Mark and his wife, Ruth Cler of Muenster, Douglas and his wife Eva Cler of Lewisville; her sister-in-law: Lois Hoehn of St. Louis, MO; her brothers: Jack and his wife, Jeanne Hoehn of Nocona and Bill and his wife Rita Hoehn of Graham, TX; thirty-two grandchildren, thirty-six great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Bertha (Donnelly) Hoehn; her husband, Ed Cler; her sister, Bertha Jane Hoehn; her brothers: Albert D. and Clarence M. “Bud” Hoehn.
Pallbearers were her grandsons: McKenzie Molsby, Richard Fuhrmann, Tom Youngblood, Bob Youngblood, Steven Youngblood, and Bill Youngblood.
Patrick August Hess
1941 - 2014
Patrick August Hess, 73, of Muenster passed away June 6, 2014 at Texoma Medical Center in Denison surrounded by his family.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday June 9th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Muenster. Rosary/Vigil was held Sunday June 8th at Scott Funeral Home. Services were officiated by Rev. Ken Robinson with Rev. Kyle Walterscheid co-celebrating. Burial was at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Muenster under the direction of Scott Funeral Home of Muenster. Military Honors were performed by the Muenster VFW and the United States Air Force Honor Guard.
Pat was born April 24, 1941 the second child of ten of Albert and Agnes Hess. He attended Sacred Heart Schools, graduating from Sacred Heart High School in 1959. After graduation, Pat joined the United States Air Force on July 13, 1959. Three of his four years of service were at Sembah Air Force Base in Germany. After being honorably discharged, Pat went to work for the Muenster Telephone Company in 1963. In 1968, he went to work for Cooke County Electric Cooperative Association where he stayed for 39 years until retiring as Line Superintendent.
On June 6, 1964, Pat married Tommie Sue Hamilton which happily lasted until his passing on their 50th Wedding Anniversary.
Pat Hess is survived by his wife Tommie Sue of Muenster; daughter Renate Pagel of Muenster; son and daughter-in-law Rodney and Cindy Hess of Denton; son and daughter-in-law Stuart and Anne Hess of Muenster; 9 grandchildren; brothers Leo Hess, Gilbert Hess, Melvin Hess, Tim Hess, and Clarence Hess; sisters Angie Yosten and Florence Stockard.
He was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Agnes Hess, brother Virgil Hess, and brother Earl Hess.
The family requests that memorials be made to Subiaco Abbey, 405 North Subiaco Avenue, Subiaco, AR, 72865, or St. John Paul ll Catholic Church, 1303 Eagle Drive, Denton, TX 76201.
Stacie Matson Schinigoi
1972 - 2014
A memorial service for Stacie Lee Campion Schinigoi, age 42 of Muenster, will be held 10:00 AM Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Scott Funeral Chapel in Muenster with Rev. officiating and under the direction of Scott Funeral Home of Muenster. Mrs. Schinigoi died Tuesday, May 6, 2014 in Muenster after a brave fight against cancer.
One of the three children of Larry Campion and Micallee Matson, Stacie was born February 3, 1972 in Rochester, Minnesota. She married the love of her life, Joe Schinigoi, on May 26, 1990 in Kasson, Minnesota. They were blessed to be the parents of three strong daughters and one courageous son. Stacie was there to welcome her first granddaughter, Cabella to the world and was excited for the coming arrival of her grandson in June.
Stacie was known to quote Bible verses and these helped her get through her times of weakness. She fought her cancer with every might. She had a lighthearted spirit and a courageous smile. No matter how bad a day Stacie was having, she was always willing to lend a helping hand. Just like her mother and grandmother, she enjoyed watching birds. Stacie will be truly missed by all those who knew and loved her.
Stacie is survived by her: husband, Joseph Schinigoi of Muenster; daughters and spouses: Laticia and Josey Kyle, Taryn Schinigoi, Alyssa Schinigoi, all of Muenster; son, Jon Schinigoi of Muenster; sister, Kimberly and husband Nick Wegman of Mapleton, Minnesota; brother Jeff and Rachelle Campion of Stewartville, Minnesota; and her father Larry Campion. She was preceded in death by her mother, Micallee Matson.
Walter B. Acker
1936 – 2014
Mr. Walter B. Acker, 77, of Bartlesville, and Grand Lake area resident, Phillips Petroleum Company Supervisor of Oil and Gas Liquids, died at 8:20 A.M. on Monday May 5, 2014 in Bartlesville.
Local Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday in the Stumpff Funeral Home Chapel with Father Archie Fernandez of the St. James Catholic Church officiating.
Services in Muenster, Texas, will be a visitation, Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. at the Scott Funeral Home in Muenster Texas, and a Mass of Christian Burial on 10:00 A.M. Friday May 9, 2014 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Interment will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery on Friday at Muenster Texas by the Scott Funeral Home of Muenster Texas. Local arrangements and services were under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory.
Memorial contribution may be made to the Journey Home (3406 S.E. Kentucky, Bartlesville, OK, 74006) or to Home Hospice of Cooke County (316 E. Chestnut, Gainesville, TX, 76240).
Mr. Acker was born on December 19, 1936 at Nazareth, Texas to Valentine P. and Mary Margaret (Brockman) Acker. He was raised and received his education at Nazareth, graduating High School with the Class of 1954. He later attended a trade school there before entering the U.S. Army in 1956, serving until his Honorable Discharge in November of 1958. He was first married to Mary Catherine Walterscheid on November 14, 1959 at Muenster, Texas. They made their first home at Midland, Texas where he was employed by the Phillips Petroleum Company, until they relocated to Bartlesville, Oklahoma in Oct. of 1962 with Phillips. Mrs. Mary Acker preceded him in death in January of 1996. He later married Tanis Evans on September 19, 1998 at Dewey, Oklahoma at the Rose Hill Community Church. They made their home in Bartlesville and at their lake home on Grand Lake for the past 16 years. His hobbies were golf, fishing, gardening, reading westerns and crossword puzzles. He was a member of the St. James Catholic Church.
Mr. Acker is survived by his wife Tanis Acker of the home, by two sons Rick Acker of Owasso, Oklahoma, and Randy Acker and wife Diane of Moses Lake, Washington, by a daughter Dayna Tennison of Bartlesville, OK, by three brothers Luke Acker and wife Mona, and Don Acker and wife Betty both of Nazareth, Texas, and by Louis Acker and wife Pamela of Amarillo, Texas, and sisters May Hochstein and husband Jerry Stein of Amarillo, and Joan Melcher and husband Doug of Holly Colorado, by four step children David Evans and wife Sheba of Paola, Kansas, Mark Evans and wife Terri of Owasso, Oklahoma Scott Evans and wife Amy of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Eric Evans and wife Cathy of Bartlesville, and sisters–in–laws Ginny Schneider and Patsy Walterscheid, both of Muenster, Texas and brother–in–law Willy Walterscheid and wife Queenie also of Muenster, Texas, and by 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. In addition to his wife, Mary Catherine he was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother Fred and sisters Verna and Ellen and by a grandson Stephen.
Friends who wish may sign the online guest book and leave condolences at www.stumpff.org.
Merle Dean Griffin
1934 – 2014
A Memorial Service for Merle Dean Griffin, age 79 of Lindsay, was held 2:00 PM, Monday, May 5, 2014 at Scott Funeral Chapel of Muenster, with Rev. Ken Robinson officiating under the direction of Scott Funeral Home of Muenster. The family held a private burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Mr. Griffin died Monday, April 28, 2014 in Ardmore, OK.
The oldest of the three children of Elzia Alonzo (E.A) and Eugenia (Hobbs) Griffin, Merle was born December 24, 1934 in Graham, OK. After serving two years in the National Guard, he joined the Air Force where he served his country for almost ten years. During his military service, Merle met and married the love of his life, Kondilo “Lilly” Yeasemi. The two were married in a military service on November 19, 1957 in Athens, Greece and again in Santa Barbara Greek Orthodox Church on May 4, 1958 in Santa Barbara, Greece. After being discharged from the service as Staff Sergeant, he and Lilly owned and operated a Dairy Queen in Marietta, OK for four years. Merle later built F-111 swingwing bombers for General Dynamics. Merle went to work for BNSF Railroad in 1971 in motorcar maintenance and retired in 2001 after 30 years. He was a member of the Era Masonic Lodge 796 where he was a Master Mason and 32 degree Scottish Rite.
Merle was a volunteer fireman, an avid gun collector, a hunter and a lover of the outdoors. He was also a motorcycle enthusiast and was once quoted as saying “As long as I can hold a motorcycle up, I’m going to ride it. The day I can’t hold it up on my own is the day I get a third wheel.” He never did get that third wheel.
Merle will be remembered as a man who dearly loved his wife of fifty-six years, his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as well. He will be missed by all those who knew him.
Merle is survived by his: wife of 56 years, Kondilo (Yeasemi) Griffin of Lindsay; daughters: Karla and husband, Glenn Kyle of Lindsay, Katrinka and husband, Mike Bartush of Muenster, and Rebecca Parmeley of Ventura, CA; son: Aric and wife, Jodi Griffin of Lindsay; fifteen grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and five nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, E.A. Griffin and Eugenia Hobbs Griffin Wagstaff, sister, Judith Griffin, Mitchell, brother, Ronald R. Griffin, and grandson, Andrew W. Redel.
1930 – 2014
Funeral Services for Farris Martini, age 83 of Dallas, are scheduled for 2:00 PM, Sunday, April 26, 2014 at the Scott Funeral Home Chapel in Saint Jo. Burial will follow in Dye Mound Cemetery under the direction of Scott Funeral Home of Saint Jo. Mr. Martini died Friday, April 25, 2014 in Dallas.
Farris was born on July 9, 1930 in Jordan, West Virginia to Angelo and Louise (Toschi) Martini. He married Joan Siebold in 1975 in Wichita Falls.
Farris is survived by his: daughters: Jan Tigert of Collinsville and Jorie and husband, Dr. Kevin Klein of Dallas; son, Jerry Don and wife, Debbie Hester of Gainesville; nephew, Randy Martini of Pennsylvania; grandchildren: Krystal and husband Robert Krebs, Tony and wife Theresa Tigert, John Jacob Klein, Alexandra Kristen “Allie” Klein, Victoria Danielle “Tori” Klein; great-grandchildren: Evan Marshall Krebs and Gavin Tigert. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan Siebold Martini, his parents, and his brother, Luis Martini. Pallbearers were: John Klein, Kevin Klein, Curtis Bowman, Robert Krebs, Bill Bowman, and Jerry Hester.
William Lloyd Hamilton
1917 - 2014
Services for William Lloyd Hamilton, age 96 of Capps Corner, are scheduled for 1:00 PM, Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Shepherd of the Hills with Rev. Charles Wylie officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain Creek Cemetery under the direction of Scott Funeral Home of Saint Jo. Visitation will be from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the funeral home in Saint Jo. Mr. Hamilton died April 24, 2014 in Nocona.
Lloyd Hamilton was born September 2, 1917 in Hagerman, Texas to William Nathaniel and Venie (Buckhannan) Hamilton. During Lloyd’s life span of 9½ decades he was witness to many historical events, including the stock market crash, WWII, and the invention of radio and TV. He grew up in a church environment where his mother sang and some of his aunts played the organ.
Lloyd was always a farmer but at times he also worked on oil rigs all over Texas. He raised large gardens and he often shared the produce with his family and friends. At one time he had his own hay bailing business. Lloyd was an avid “wolf hunter” and spent many hours following and listening to his thoroughbred “Walkers” and “Julys” and attended many shows where he sometimes entered one of his dogs. Lloyd was a family man and will be missed by all those who knew him.
Lloyd is survived by his: wife, Mary Ann Wolfenberger Hamilton of Capps Corner; sons: Jim Hamilton of Colorado Springs, CO; Dale and Margaret Hamilton of Callisburg, TX; Charles and Katie Hamilton of Myra, TX; Randy and Pinky Hamilton of Hennepin, OK; and Gary Hamilton of Saint Jo, TX; fifteen grandchildren; sisters: Lois Hamilton Groce of Sherman, TX and Halma Ruth Hamilton Morgan of Sherman, TX. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hannah Celest Stanley; his sister, Faye Hamilton Martin; his brothers: Thomas Hamilton and W.N. “Man” Hamilton. Pallbearers were: Mark Hamilton, Bobby Hamilton, Jimmy Hamilton, Jerry Hamilton, Brandon Hamilton, Steve Hamilton, Nathan Hamilton, and Jamie Hamilton. Honorary pallbearers were: Billy Ray Hamilton and Justin Hamilton.
Ann Susanna Arendt Herr
1923 – 2014
Mass of Christian Burial for Ann Susanna (Arendt) Herr, age 90 of Muenster, was held at 10:00 AM Friday, April 25, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Muenster with Rev. Ken Robinson officiating. Burial followed in Sacred Heart Cemetery under the direction of Scott Funeral Home Muenster. A Rosary/Vigil was held at 7:00 PM Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the funeral home in Muenster. Mrs. Herr died Friday, April 18, 2014 in Muenster.
Ann was born September 10, 1923 to Paul and Susie (Neu) Arendt in Lindsay, TX. She attended school at Lindsay. She attended school through the 8th grade. It was at this time, when Ann was 14, that her mother a suffered a stroke. Ann stayed at home to help take care of her 7 younger brothers and sisters, never being able to finish high school as it took years for her mother to regain use of her affected side.
In her late teens, Ann worked as a nanny and housekeeper for several different families, often when the mother was recuperating from the birth of a child. In her early twenties, she worked as a salesclerk at JC Penney in downtown Gainesville and even modeled hosiery in the store window as this was a very popular item for the ladies of the day.
Ann married the love of her life, Albert Otto Herr, better known to most as Buster. They moved into the home at 206 West 7th Street in Muenster after their honeymoon and remained there, never living in another house.
She was a very devoted and loving mother to her children, volunteering as a Blue Bird leader, almost yearly room mother, was active in 4-H, Catholic Daughters and the Saint Anne Society. She enjoyed letting neighborhood children and cousins visit. She always fixed treats for them, but some of the favorites were homemade lemonade and homemade cookies or popcorn balls. At Christmas, she made her famous divinity and shared it with neighbors, friends and relatives.
Ann and Buster loved the outdoors; they took the family camping, pecan picking, fishing, and on numerous outdoor picnics. Ann was a great seamstress and made almost all of the girls’ clothes until they were in high school. She was an avid gardener of both vegetables and flowers. She loved iris and would exchange with neighbors and friends, cultivating a rainbow of colors, some of which are still alive and thriving today. Ann and Buster raised laying hens and always had plenty of fresh eggs on hand. She allowed her children numerous pets over the years including the typical cats and dogs, but also birds, turtles, rabbits, pigeons, and fish.
Family was always her top priority. She was a stay-at-home mom until her children were older and could stay by themselves, but still only worked Saturdays at Tony Luke’s Ben Franklin Store so that she could be available for her children during the week. She took a job at the Muenster Independent School as a study hall monitor only because it allowed her days and hours that her children were in school and did not take away from family time.
Ann will be missed dearly but she is now reunited with Buster in heaven.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Marlene and Gary Fisher of Muenster; her sisters: Lou Voth of Muenster, LuElla Zimmerer of Lindsay, Marie Metzler of Gainesville, and Joanie Bauer of La Ferria; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert "Buster" Herr, her daughters: Anna Marie Herr and Paula Reiter; her parents, Paul and Susie (Neu) Arendt, her brothers: Ernest, Ulrich, Andrew "Nick," Aloys, Paul, Arthur "Artie," Johnny, Patrick Arendt; and her sisters: Liss Hoberer and Flo Walterscheid. Pallbearers were: Danny Voth, Pat Walterscheid, Rudy Zimmerer, David Arendt, John Hoberer, and Mark Klement.
1948 – 2014
Mass of Christian Burial for Paula Cheryl Richardson Fleitman, age 65 of Muenster are scheduled for 10:00 AM Monday, April 21, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Muenster with Rev. Ken Robinson officiating. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery under the direction of Scott Funeral Home of Muenster. A Rosary/Vigil will be held at 6:00 PM, Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Scott Funeral Home of Muenster. Mrs. Fleitman died Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in Corinth, TX.
Paula was born December 31, 1948 to Elmer Homer and Pearl Edna (Jigout) Richardson in Gainesville. Paula married August Andrew Fleitman on June 29, 1968 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Upon marriage, they resided in the Muenster area. As a wife, Mom, & Grandmother she cared and loved her husband, children and grandchildren deeply. In the early 90s, Paula graduated with high recognition when she earned her GED. She enjoyed playing board and card games and playing electronic video games with her children and grandchildren. She also loved her favorite television shows and movies. Family and Friends was very important to her and she loved spending time with them. Paula was diagnosed with leukemia about ten years ago, and suffered several medical complications, and was limited on mobility. The last few weeks, her body was very weak and had multi-organ failure and died of a massive heart attack. She was surrounded by her family when she went to Heaven.
Paula is survived by her: husband, August Fleitman of Muenster; her son, Randy Fleitman of Muenster; her daughters: Jan and Brett Marion of Lindsay, Melinda and Mark Cameron of Roanoke, Kerry Fleitman of Muenster, and Kristen and Rocky Roberts of Saint Jo; her brothers: Lesley Richardson of Lubbock and Mark Richardson of McKinney; her sisters: Camilla Young of Callisburg, Linda Kay Zachary of Ennis, Delores Bush of Roswell, NM; her grandchildren: Darrin Springs, Stephen Marion, Ashley Fleitman, Hayley Marion, Marissa Cameron, Makenna Cameron, Nevaeh Fleitman, Maleina Cameron, and Macayla Cameron. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer Homer and Pearl Edna (Jigout) Richardson and her sister Laverna Snodgrass. Pallbearers were: Stephen Marion, Darrin Springs, Russell Fleitman, Aaron Fleitman, Scott Crum, Kyle Graham, Matthew Fleitman, Mark Fleitman, Bart Prescher, and Jay Prescher.
Marvin Eugene (Cowboy) Sewell
1926 - 2014
Funeral Services for Marvin Eugene (Cowboy) Sewell, age 87 of Muenster, formerly from Saint Jo, TX are set for 2:00 PM Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church in Saint Jo with Rev. Edwin Brooks and Rev. Larry Coleman officiating with burial to follow in the Illinois Bend Cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Scott Funeral Home of Saint Jo. Marvin (Cowboy) died Saturday, April 5, 2014 in Muenster Health and Rehab.
Marvin (Cowboy) was born to Lonnie H. Sewell and Lillie B. Hoover Sewell on December 30, 1926 in Illinois Bend. He dropped out of school to serve his country. He joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in Japan. He got his High School diploma graduating with his grandson, Rocky Roberts on May 7, 2003 at Saint Jo High School.
Marvin (Cowboy) served his church as superintendent and as a Royal Ranger leader. He was a member of First Assembly of God. He loved his Lord as his Savior. Marvin (Cowboy) was a farmer and rancher. He served as a board member on the Illinois Bend Cemetery Association.
Marvin (Cowboy) married Matt Elizabeth Barns on November 8, 1948 in Gainesville, TX. They enjoyed their church and their family. His friends and family who knew him, knew him as “Cowboy.”
Marvin (Cowboy) is survived by his wife Matt Elizabeth Sewell of Muenster; daughters: Lillie W. Sewell of Saint Jo, TX, Martha E. and husband, Andrew Roy of Prattsville, AL; sons: Lonnie C. and wife, Gail Sewell of Argyle, TX; Roy J. and Lennie Sewell of Gainesville, TX; Johnny L. Sewell of Saint Jo; Harold D. and Sharon Sewell of Saint Jo; son-in-law: Bob Roberts of Saint Jo; sister-in-law: Jeanette Hayden of Waxahachie, TX and Naomi R. Sewell of La Place, LA; sisters: Marcia L. Groves or Petrolia, TX; Norene Anderson of Las Cruces, NM; brothers: John Sewell of Longview, TX and Donald Sewell of Jacksboro, TX; twelve grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; four great great-grandchildren; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death his daughter, Sharon R. Roberts, son, Rev. Raymond (Ray) D. Sewell, grandson, William E. Sewell, his sister, Zelma Moore, and his brother Rev. James R. Sewell. Pallbearers were: Dalton Lyons, Craig McCrary, Randy Dunbar, Roy Brawner, Leslie Greenwood, and Rod Hoover. Honorary pallbearers were the members of the First Assembly of God Church of Nocona, TX. The family requests memorials be made to Saint Jo Fire Department or Illinois Bend Cemetery Association.
Roger “Kent” Lyons
1958 – 2014
Services for Roger “Kent” Lyons, age 56 of Saint Jo, are scheduled
for 10:30 AM, Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in
Saint Jo with Rev. Ricky Kerr officiating. Burial will follow in Illinois Bend
Cemetery under the direction of Scott Funeral Home of Saint Jo. Kent died
Monday, March 17, 2014 in San Angelo, TX.
Kent was born February 16, 1958 in Nocona, the son of Everett C. “Freddie” and Cleda Pauline (Carson) Lyons. After attending school in Saint Jo, he moved to San Angelo in 1997. Country music always brought Kent lots of enjoyment, especially George Jones.
Kent is survived by his brother, Dalton and wife, Cindy, of Saint Jo; his nephews: Rusty and Jody Lyons of Saint Jo; niece: Marty Bugg and husband, Brad, of Saint Jo; and several great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents: Freddie and Pauline (Carson) Lyons. Pallbearers were: Jerry Don Hester, Arlie Stogner, Rusty Lyons, Jody Lyons, Brad Bugg, Rod Hoover, Clint Thurman, and Craig McCrary.
Maria H. Gonzalez De Rodriguez
1947 – 2014
Graveside services for Maria H. Gonzalez De Rodriguez, age 66 of Muenster was held at 4:00 PM Sunday, March 16, 2014 at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Muenster. Services were officiated by Rev. Ken Robinson and directed by Scott Funeral Home of Muenster.
Mrs. Gonzalez died Thursday, March 13, 2014 in Muenster.
Born December 16, 1947 in San Pablo, Mexico, Mrs. Gonzalez was the daughter of Luis and Petra Garcia Gonzalez.
Maria worked most of her life in Mexico as a Nanny. She and Leo met in Mexico in February 1968. They were later married in Decatur, Texas in 1994. They have lived in Muenster for the past 10 years.
Maria enjoyed life. Her favorite things involved cooking, gardening and crocheting. She was a great family lady, the mother of one daughter.
Survivors include: her husband, Leonardo Rodriguez of Muenster; daughter, Rachel Rodriguez of Muenster; and four grandchildren: Anthony, Mariela, Leslie, and Robi. She was preceded in death by her parents, Luis and Petra Gonzalez.
Charles Edward "Doodle" Wimmer
1915 – 2014
Mass of Christian Burial for Charles Edward “Doodle” Wimmer, age 98 of Muenster, was held 10:00 AM, Monday, March 10, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Muenster with Rev. Ken Robinson officiating. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery under the direction of Scott Funeral Home of Muenster. A Rosary/Vigil was held 6:00 PM, Sunday, March 9, 2014 at the funeral home. Mr. Wimmer died Thursday, March 6, 2014 at his home in Muenster.
Born December 15, 1915 in Durant, Oklahoma, Charlie was the 5th of the 11 children of C.J. and Annie Seith Wimmer. At the age of 3, the family moved to Muenster. They settled 6 miles east of Muenster on a dairy farm. Charlie attended Sacred Heart School and helped with the farm work.
Charlie, in 1939, moved to West Texas where he worked on a farm and ranch. He then was drafted into the service where he served 4½ years in both the Pacific and European wars. He then returned to Muenster where he was employed by Cooke County Co-op. He worked there until retirement in 1981.
Charlie “Doodle” married Isabelle Neu on September 21, 1946. He then was transferred to Nocona as a serviceman for the Co-op. They were there for 18 months, then moved back to Muenster where they continued raising their family of 2 boys and 3 girls.
Charlie’s first wife, Isabelle, died on July 6, 1969. Five years later he married Helen Hess. She also predeceased him on July 3, 1979. He has since lived by himself in Muenster.
Charlie is survived by daughters and sons-in-law: Sharlene and Duwayne Schilling of Muenster, Shari and David Sampson of Tyler, Sandra Wimmer and companion Norma Bayer of Muenster; sons and daughters-in-law: Randy and Linda Wimmer of Muenster and Ricky Wimmer of Muenster; fifteen grandchildren, twenty-six great-grandchildren, one great great-grandchild; sisters: Lucille Zimmerer of Muenster, Billie Reinart of Muenster, and Gracie and Paul Luke of Farmers Branch; and sister-in-law Cecilia Wimmer of Muenster. He is preceded in death by: wives: Isabelle Neu and Helen Hess; sister: Hattie Berend; brothers: Tony, Andy, Jody, Lawrence, Johnny, and Ernest; and one grandchild.
Pallbearers were: Joseph McCoy, Brad Schilling, Charlie Schilling, Daniel Wimmer, Ryan Hess, and Max Koesler.
The family requests memorials be made to Sacred Heart Trust.
Frances Lawson Raymond
1922 – 2014
On March 6, 2014, lovingly surrounded by family and friends, it was time for mother to leave this earthly world and enter her heavenly home.
Mom was born December 9, 1922, to Katie & Virgil Lawson on the ranch in Saint Jo, Texas. She graduated high school there in 1940, attending college in Denton, Texas. During WWII, she returned home to work for the Rationing Board.
While at home, she married her sweetheart, Roscoe Raymond, on April 6, 1943. They lived a marvelous life of 42 years before he passed away in 1985. Mother continued to be actively involved in church, always the teacher and bible scholar, helping others thru her teaching and life lessons. An accomplished seamstress, she made many dresses for her daughters and granddaughters and as her mother had done, quilted baby blankets for her grandchildren.
She is survived by her sister, Mary and Coy Mosely of Saint Jo, her children, daughter Vicki and Steve McGavock of Lubbock, daughter Sheila and Sam Knipling of Sherman, son Jim and Julie Raymond of San Angelo, and son Jerry and Dana Raymond of Saint Jo, Texas. She was also blessed with 13 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren -and never forgot a birthday!
She was preceded in death by her husband Roscoe Raymond, parents Katie and Virgil Lawson, brothers J.B. and Alonzo Lawson of Saint Jo, Texas.
A Celebration of Life for her was held in the Church of Christ, Saint Jo, Texas on March 8, 2014. This world is better place for your having been here... We Love you, Mom.
The time has come for me to leave this life. I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day. Paul's Second Letter to Timothy.
"Jerry" Jerome Francis Yosten
1948 - 2014
A Mass for “Jerry” Jerome Francis Yosten, age 65 of Muenster, is scheduled for 10:00 AM Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Muenster with Rev. Ken Robinson officiating. A Rosary/Vigil will be held 6:00 PM, Friday, March 7, 2014 at Scott Funeral Home of Muenster. Jerry died Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at his residence.
Jerry was born on September 26, 1948 as one of the nine boys of Werner John and Frances (Bengfort) Yosten.
Jerry is survived by his mother, Frances Bengfort Yosten of Muenster; his brothers: Daniel and Patricia Jo Yosten, of Ohio, Steven and Janice Yosten of Muenster, Kenneth Yosten of Muenster, Christopher Yosten of Muenster, Ronald Yosten of Muenster, Mark and Danette Yosten of Wily, TX, James and Susan Yosten of Muenster, and Joseph and Michelle Yosten of Valley View; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Werner John Yosten and a niece.
Pallbearers were Nicholas Yosten, Jonathan Yosten, Matthew Yosten, Aaron, Yosten, Jeremy Yosten, Adam Yosten, Brad Yosten, and Caleb Yosten. Honorary pallbearers were Andrew Yosten and Chris Huchton.
The family requests in lieu of flowers memorials be made to Cooke County Home Hospice or Sacred Heart School Scholarship Fund.
Dorothy Lena Cook Foster
1921 – 2014
Funeral services for Dorothy Lena Cook Foster, age 93 of Forestburg, are scheduled for 10:00 AM Tuesday, March 4, 2014 the Church of Christ of Forestburg with C. E. Cole and Ricky Wyatt officiating. Burial will follow in New Harp Cemetery outside of Forestburg under the direction of Scott Funeral Home of Saint Jo. A visitation will be held Monday, March 3, 2014 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Mrs. Foster died Friday, February 28, 2014 in Muenster.
One of the fifteen children of Jim and Nora Helms Cook, Dorothy was born January 22, 1921 in Valley View, Texas. After the death of their father at an early age, she and her siblings were raised by their mother in the community of New Harp where she attended the small school. On December 24, 1939, Dorothy married Cecil V. Foster. They became the proud parents of two daughters. Dorothy retired from North Texas State University (now University of North Texas) as the Food Service Supervisor. She was a longtime member of the Church of Christ in Forestburg and a member of the Farm Bureau. Dorothy loved to be around people and thought of her family and others first. She loved the family reunions and was always the life of the party.
Dorothy is survived by her: daughters, Billie and Jerry Poirot of Forestburg and Kaye and Chuck Scott of Denton; her sisters, Inez Boydstun and Minnie Jones of Throckmorton, TX; four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Foster, her parents Jim and Nora Helms Cook, eleven of her sisters, three of her brothers, and one grandchild, Amy Poirot. Pallbearers were: Willie Scott, Chris Scott, Brent Walker, Ethan Rankin, Ross Scott, and Ryan Scott.
Lavern Graham Sampson
1935 - 2014
Funeral services for Audrey Lavern Graham Sampson, age 79 of Saint Jo, are scheduled for 2:00 PM, Friday, February 28, 2014 at First Baptist Church of Saint Jo with Rev. Jeff Roe officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain Creek Cemetery under the direction of Scott Funeral Home. A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Thursday, February 27, 2014 at the Scott Funeral Home in Saint Jo. Mrs. Sampson died Wednesday at the North Texas Medical Center in Gainesville.
One of the three children of Franklin and Gertie (Larson) Graham, Audrey was born on February 24, 1935 in Nocona. She and her husband, Jesse “Bud” Sampson were the proud parents of fourteen children.
Audrey is survived by her daughters: Linda Romine of Fort Worth, Debra and Jackie Husband of Gainesville, Belinda Sampson of Saint Jo, Leisa Sewell of Gainesville, and Kay Sampson of Gainesville; her sons: Jesse Bill Sampson, Jr. of Saint Jo, Gary and Evette Sampson of Nocona, David Sampson of Saint Jo, Frankie Sampson of Nocona, Jeff and Linda Sampson of Bowie, Dean and Martha Sampson of Nocona; her sister Hazel Sampson; twenty-nine grandchildren, thirty-four great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter Patricia Sampson Weatherread; her sons Ricky and Jerry Sampson; and her brother, Franklin Graham. Pallbearers were: Dean, Jesse, David, Jeff, Randall, and Alan Sampson.
1918 - 2014
“A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth more than rubies…Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.” – Proverbs 31: 10, 28
Heaven gained another saint on Thursday, February 20, 2014, as MaryNell King Donnell entered the gates and walked the streets of gold. MaryNell King was born to Joe and Nettie Pearl Buck on their home place east of Hardy, Texas, on June 19, 1918. She attended Hardy School and was a starting player on the basketball team. She married the love of her life J.C. Donnell on December 21, 1933. They had two wonderful children, Leonard Joe and MaryAnn. J.C. and MaryNell worked hard and made it possible for both their children to continue their education and earn college degrees. This extended for two more generations as they also made college a reality for their two grandsons, Terry and Gary, as well as their three great-granddaughters.
The Donnells lived on acreage along Willie Wallie Creek where J.C. and MaryNell cleared and planted much of the land by hand. In 1954 they were awarded the “Most Progressive Farm Family” of Montague County then went on to win the “Master Farm Family of Texas” award given by “Progressive Farmer” magazine the next year. J.C. and MaryNell received numerous other farm and ranching awards over the years. They were one of the founders of the Blue Bonnet Hills Memorial Cemetery in Collinsville, Texas. In 1973, the Donnells moved to town in Saint Jo, Texas, where they became very involved in the Methodist Church in Saint Jo as well as many civic groups. MaryNell was room mother for both children every year, FFA and FHA mother, and a Camp Fire leader. She was president of the Blue Bonnet Study Club, and a member of Twentieth Century Club, Garden Club, and Home Demonstration Club. She was Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star in Saint Jo as well as Sunday School teacher and choir member for several decades along with being a member of the Wichita Women’s Forum.
When you needed to find MaryNell, you could almost always locate her in a couple of in places…her flower beds with her gorgeous roses and hydrangeas, in her kitchen making yet another delicious meal, or at the local Dairy Queen having coffee and with her numerous friends and telling a good joke. In their 75 years together, J.C. and MaryNell traveled to all fifty states and several continents with friends and family. Their last excursion took them on a family cruise to Mexico as they celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary. They took top honors on the cruise for being the best “newlywed” couple on the ship! They loved watching the Mavericks and the Rangers play ball, and above all, they loved seeing their family members happy. MaryNell moved to Presbyterian Manor in 2009 following J.C.’s death. She dearly loved her nurses there.
MaryNell is preceded in death by her devoted husband, J.C. Donnell; her beloved son Leonard Joe Donnell; and her sisters Joann King Mock and Louise King Roberts. She is survived by her daughter MaryAnn Donnell Cunningham of Wichita Falls; grandson Terry Donnell Cunningham and great-granddaughter Laura Elizabeth Cunningham of Stillwater, OK; grandson Gary Dean Cunningham, wife Shelly Cardwell Cunningham and great-granddaughter Kelise Deann Cunningham of Wichita Falls; and great-granddaughter Callie Jo Cunningham of Lubbock.
Funeral services for Mary Nell Donnell, age 95 of Saint Jo, will be held 2:00 PM, Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church of Saint Jo with Rev. Larry Kruger and Rev. Larry Coleman officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Park Cemetery in Saint Jo under the direction of Scott Funeral Home of Saint Jo. There will be a visitation following the burial at the church. Pallbearers were: Don Vogel, Tommy Langston, Michael Roberts, Joe Roberts, Homer Kirk and Jess Kirk. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls, Presbyterian Manor, or the charity of your choice.
1952 - 2014
Mass of Christian Burial for Eileen Sicking, age 61 of Muenster was held 10:00 AM Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. Ken Robinson officiating. Burial followed in Sacred Heart Cemetery under the direction of Scott Funeral Home of Muenster. A Rosary/Vigil was held at 7:00 PM, Monday, February 17, 2014 at the funeral home.
Eileen was born May 6, 1952 and died February 15, 2014 in Muenster. She was one of the eight children of Joe H. and Hilda (Becker) Sicking. With an ever present smile, Eileen brought joy to everyone who knew her.
Eileen is survived by her mother, Hilda Sicking of Muenster; her sisters: Dolores and Johnny Stark of Irving, Ann Sicking of Arlington, Rose Sicking of Arlington, Sharon and Darrell Swirczynski of Kyle, TX; her brothers: Robert Sicking of Arlington, TX, Chris Sicking of Muenster, and Joe L. Sicking of Woodbine, TX; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Joe H. Sicking.
1932 - 2014
Mass of Christian Burial for Billy Joe James was held 10:00 AM Thursday, February 6, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Muenster. A Rosary/Vigil was held 6:00 PM, Wednesday, February 5, 2014 also at Scott Funeral Home. Services were officiated by Rev. Ken Robinson and under the direction of Scott Funeral Home of Muenster. Billy Joe died February 2, 2014 in Muenster.
Billy Joe was born in Gibson County, Indiana on March 10, 1932 to Thurman Delbert James and Ruth Viola Wicklin.
God, family, and country – the three most important elements in Billy Joe’s life in which he served with love and passion.
He searched for a long time and after 81 years he found his peace by joining Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Muenster on Palm Sunday, March 24, 2013. Daily prayers and bedtime thanks were among his many conversations with God.
Music was a window to Billy Joe’s soul. He wrote many songs and poems. Sharing his talent as a musician, he started a band named “The Country Rocks” where he played lead guitar and backup vocals with his brother, Kenny James, as lead vocalist. This was some of his happiest and fondest memories, often bringing a lump in his throat and tears to his eyes anytime he drifted down memory lane.
Billy Joe is his families’ hero. Being the first born, he served as son, big brother, daddy, grandpa, great grandpa, and great-great grandpa. There was no limit to what he would do for his family.
Billy Joe joined the Army in February 1956. Being award declarations in Carbine Sharpshooter, Rifle Expert, Good Conduct Medal, Expert Infantry Badge. He was stationed in Germany along the Berlin Wall. He was a lifelong member of the V.F.W and a member of the American Legion and served in many positions and duties.
Billy Joe worked in his early years helping his dad and his grandpa Joe on the farm, as a driller in the oil field in Indiana and Illinois and the coal mine in Illinois. After moving with his wife, Marilyn, and youngest daughter, Billie to Texas in 1986, he enrolled in the police academy and served as chief of police in Saint Jo until his retirement in 1996.
Billy Joe’s most loved work was farming and ranching, the hard work but simple life of a farmer. He took on many jobs brush hogging, plowing, disking and planting as well as many fence building jobs where he graciously supervised. Waking up early each day to check on the cattle and make sure all were counted for and repeating this before each evening’s sunset. Billy Joe was a simple man with simple ways, where a man’s handshake and good word was all that he needed to seal a deal.
Billy Joe is survived by his daughters: Gail and Mike Bryant of Newalla, OK, Betty James of Gainesville, Billie and Tony Grewing of Muenster; sons: Ralph and Sharron James of Gainesville, David and Kathy James of Oklahoma City, OK, Keith and Suzanne Haney of Fountain Valley, CA; his sister, Grace and Terry Kelsey of Odon, Indiana; brother Pete and Kathy James of Mt. Carmel, Illinois; thirteen grandchildren, twenty-four great grandchildren, and seven great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Marilyn L. Alldredge, Chrystal Adams, mother of his five oldest children; his parents: Thurman Delbert James and Ruth Viola Wicklin; his brothers: Ora Kenneth (Kenny) James and Hovey Ray James and one grandchild.
Pallbearers were: Keith Bartlett, Mike James, Tim James, Brian James, Jon Grewing, Matthew Grewing, Kenneth Grewing, and Ryan Hess.
1952 - 2014
Memorial Services for Leo Walters, age 61 of Saint Jo, were scheduled for 10:00 AM Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the Scott (was McCoy) Funeral Chapel in Saint Jo. Services were officiated by Steve Chism, pastor of Saint Jo Church of Christ, and C. E. Cole and directed by Scott Funeral Home.
Leo died in Bowie on Monday, January 27, 2014.
Leo was born on June 18, 1952 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was one of the three children of Leo Paul and Florence Mabel (Matthews) Walters. At a very early age, Leo, with his mother, moved to Florida where he grew up and attended school. They, then moved to Bowie, Texas and soon thereafter, in 1969 moved to Saint Jo where he has since lived and has worked for different drilling companies, and did mechanic work on heavy equipment and diesel machinery and for the last 13 years was the golf course mechanic at Lake Kiowa.
Leo and Linda were married on August 20, 1977 in Nocona. They have made their home in Saint Jo and have lived there since. They were the parents of one son.
Leo loved the family vacations in Colorado, Wyoming, Florida, Arkansas and Galveston. He, along with his wife, really enjoyed playing golf and his favorite past-time was working on old cars. He had made many friends while living in Saint Jo. He was a great family man and friend to many and will be greatly missed.
Leo is survived by his: wife, Linda of Saint Jo, son, Mike Walters of Saint Jo, sister, Jacquelyn Gardner of Nocona, brothers-in-law and their wives: David and Donna Evans of Gainesville and Jack and Glenda Evans of Callisburg and multiple nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents: Leo Paul and Florence Mabel (Matthews) Walters and his brother Greg Howard.
Honorary pallbearers were: David Evans, Jack Evans, Brent Bailey, Heath Spruill, Jim Moore, Justin Gary and W. T. Gary.
Imogene Pascall Buck
1923 - 2013
Funeral services for Mary Imogene Buck, age 90 of Saint Jo, were set for 2:00 PM Tuesday, January 21 at the Saint Jo Church of Christ. Services were officiated by C. E. Cole and Charles Yeager and directed by McCoy Funeral Home of Saint Jo. A visitation was scheduled for 5:00 PM Monday at the funeral home. Mrs. Buck died at 10:40 AM Saturday, January 18 in Gainesville.
Imogene was born on September 1, 1923 in Alma, Oklahoma. She was the daughter of Robert Earnest and Martha Pascall. Her mother died when she was three years of age. Earnest then, somewhat later, married Florence Donley. He and Florence were the parents of three sons and a daughter.
Imogene married J.W. Buck on September 13, 1941 in Montague County. They moved to the West Texas town of Vega when she about 18 years of age. They moved back to Saint Jo in 2005. J.W. died on August 12, 2009. Imogene continued living in Saint Jo until her death. J.W. and Imogene were the parents of four children, a daughter and three sons.
Imogene was a lovely, loving wife and mother. She busied herself caring for the family and grandchildren. She always had a vegetable garden and she canned food raised in her garden for the family’s use. She perhaps, even gave some of the garden products to friends and neighbors.
Imogene enjoyed cooking, sewing, canning, gardening and most of all, just being a wife, mother and grandmother. She will be greatly missed.
Imogene was a devout member of the Church of Christ.
Imogene is survived by: her daughter, Melody and husband Dennis Barkley of Gordonville, TX; sons and wives: Billy D. and Kay Buck of New Braunfels, TX, Denzil R. and Lyn Buck of Georgetown, TX, and Donald K and Sandy Buck of New Braunfels, TX; sister: Jane and her husband, Ralph Dennis of Big Springs, TX; brothers: John Pascall of Houston, TX, Martin and wife Lisa Pascall of Nocona, TX; and Steve Pascall of Nocona, TX; eight grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, J.W. Buck, her mother, Martha Bell Pascall, her stepmother, Florence I. Pascall, and her father, Robert Ernest Pascall.
Pallbearers were: Keith Buck, Kyle Buck, Paul Buck, Kit Johnson, Jay Pollard, Gary Pollard, Doak Hunter, and Kris Buck.
The family requests memorials be made to the Saint Jo Church of Christ or to a charity of your choice.
Catherine Walterscheid Bayer
1913 - 2014
Mass of Christian Burial for Louise Catherine Walterscheid Bayer, age 100 of Muenster was held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Muenster. A Rosary/Vigil was held at 6:00 PM Friday, also at Sacred Heart. Services were officiated by Rev. Ken Robinson and directed by McCoy Funeral Home of Muenster. Burial was in Sacred Heart Cemetery.
Mrs. Bayer died in Muenster on January 15, 2014.
Born October 26, 1913 in Muenster, Louise was a daughter of Joseph and Catherine (Hess) Walterscheid. She was one of their nine children, six daughters and three sons. She grew up in Muenster.
Louise and Martin were married on April 17, 1934 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Muenster. They made their home on a farm north of Muenster until purchasing the former Haverkamp farm in 1944, where they made their home until 1982, moving into their new home they built in Muenster. It’s at this place where they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Louise and Martin were the parents of eight children, two daughters and six sons.
Louise was a member of Catholic Daughters, Saint Anne’s Society, the Extension Homemaker of America and the VFW Auxiliary. She was a life-time member of Sacred Heart Parish.
Martin and Louise enjoyed their life together. She often fed crews of 20 or more, and for weeks at a time, during the harvest. She was considered to be an outstanding cook, homemaker, seamstress, did creative fancywork and ceramics.
Louise was a hardworking, loving wife, mother, and grandmother and a friend to many. She will be greatly missed!
Louise is survived by: her daughters: Nelda Bayer Van Meter of Dallas and Patricia Otto of Tulsa, OK; sons: Donald Bayer of Waco, Tom Bayer of Muenster, Dale Bayer of Dallas, and Bill Bayer of Muenster; twenty-one grandchildren and thirty-nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by: her husband: Martin Bayer, Sons: Ernest Charles Bayer and David Alois Bayer; sisters: Freda Dangelmayr, Gertrude Bayer, Adelaide Bayer, Olivia Wimmer, and Katie Ellison; brothers: Adolph Walterscheid, Theodore Walterscheid, and Joe Henry Walterscheid.
Pallbearers were: Brandon Bayer, Joel Bayer, Emil Bayer, Monty Joe Bayer, Ryan Bayer, Matt Bayer, Mikey Bayer, Adam Bayer, Andy Bayer, and Scott Bayer.
The family requests memorials be made to the Sacred Heart Trust Fund or a charity of your choice.
1924 - 2014
Mass of Christian Burial for Armella Lutkenhaus, age 89 of Muenster, is set for 10:00 AM Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Muenster. A Rosary/Vigil service is scheduled for 7:00 PM Tuesday, January 14 at the McCoy Funeral Home in Muenster. Mrs. Lutkenhaus died at 2:00 AM Sunday, January 12 in Gainesville.
Armella was born in Muenster, Texas on February 15, 1924. She grew up on the family farm north of Muenster. She attended Sacred Heart School. She and her twin sister made up the twelve children of Joseph C. and Mary Koelzer Flusche.
Armella married August (Gus) Lutkenhaus on November 21, 1944 at Sacred Heart. They set up housekeeping in the Hood Community on a farm where they raised wheat, corn, oats, hay, cotton, cattle, sheep, chickens and hogs. They were the parents of six children, four boys and two girls.
The family moved to the old homeplace in 1956, where she and Gus had since lived until his death. Armella continued living there.
Armella was a wonderful seamstress. She had a large garden where she raised all the vegetables for the family, canning and freezing enough for the winter months. She was an excellent cook and baked fresh bread each day. She made quilts and jewelry items, doilies, potholders and other items for gifts for her children and family friends.
Armella was a member of Sacred Heart Parish and belonged to the Home Demonstration of Cooke County and the Muenster club. She loved playing cards and dominoes with family and friends. She was a loving wife and mother and a friend to many. She will be greatly missed!
Armella is survived by: daughters: Norma and husband, John Kubicek of Valley View, Doris Muller and husband, WC of Muenster. The sons are: Walter and wife Kathleen Lutkenhaus, Dennis and wife Carolyn Lutkenhaus of Lindsay, Leo and wife Peggy of Muenster and Charles of Mesa, AZ. There are twenty grandchildren, twenty-eight great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren, a sister, Marie (Mrs. Lawrence) Zimmerer of Lindsay, and sister-in-law, Irene Wilson of Gainesville and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lorene and Henry Sandmann of Valley View.
Armella was preceded in death by her husband, August (Gus), parents, Joseph C. and Mary Koelzer Flusche, step mother, Frances Cresentia Flusche, sisters, Anna Henscheid, Ida Neu, Magdalene Zimmerer and Marcella Fetch and brothers, Lawrence, Alois, Conrad, Joe P., Andrew and Urban Flusche.
The family requests memorials be made to: The Muenster Volunteer Fire Department.
"Chas" Joseph Bayer
1942 - 2014
Mass of Christian Burial for Charles Joseph Bayer, age 71 of Muenster, was set for 10:00 AM Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Muenster. A Rosary/Vigil was set for 5:30 pm Monday, January 13, 2014 also at Sacred Heart. Services were officiated by Reverend Ken Robinson and directed by McCoy Funeral Home of Muenster. Charles, better known as Chas, died Friday, January 10, 2014 in Muenster following a courageous battle with cancer.
Charles was born on March 1, 1942 during a terrible snowstorm to John H. and Adelaide Walterscheid Bayer. He attended Sacred Heart School from elementary until his graduation in 1960 and he attended St. Edwards University.
On June 23, 1962 Charles married his high school sweetheart, Carolyn Rae Swirczynski at Sacred Heart Church. They are the parents of 5 children, and grandparents to 7.
In 1965, Johnny Bayer along with his 5 sons, formed J.H. Bayer & Sons, Inc., which they built and have continued to grow over the years into a very large farming and ranching corporation. Charles and Carolyn purchased Ray's Drive-In Grocery in 1978 from Carolyn's father, Ray Swirczynski, changed the name to Bayer's Kolonialwaren und Backerei, and grew this convenience store and bakery for 16 years before selling it in 1993. Remaining a partner in the farm and ranch corporation, Charles then returned to farming and ranching with his 4 brothers.
Always known for his generous spirit, Charles was involved in nearly all organizations in the community and was instrumental in either the building of, or the success of, many of these organizations throughout his life. He took much pride in his community and always strived to make it better, be it through the Sacred Heart Alumni, the Muenster Jaycees, the Muenster Chamber of Commerce, the Sacred Heart Trust Fund, the Muenster Industrial Foundation, the Germanfest Heritage Park, the Sacred Heart Church Building & Maintenance Board, and the Upper Elm Red Soil & Water Conservation District Board, just to name a few. Chaswas proud of the fact that he announced almost all of the Sacred Heart Tiger football games for 40 years and was often called the voice of Sacred Heart.
Charles is survived by his wife Carolyn Rae Bayer of Muenster, his children Craig Joseph & Rita Bayer, of Muenster, Cherilyn Rae Pollard of Gainesville, Charla Renee Taylor of Lindsay, and Curt John & Prudy Bayer of Muenster; seven grandchildren, Kalyssa Pollard, Jacob, Emma & Andrew Bayer, Will & Erica Taylor, and Madelyn Bayer; his brothers & sister-n-laws, Dan Bayer and wife Ethel, Leonard Bayer and wife Pat, Claude Bayer and wife Mary; & Clinton Bayer and wife Barbara.
Preceding him in death were his parents, daughter Charlene Bayer, and his son-in-law Greg Taylor.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sacred Heart Trust Fund or the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Cooke County.
Frances Evers Fisher
1922 - 2014
Mass of Christian Burial for Velma Frances Evers Fisher, age 91 of Muenster, was held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 10:00 AM, Saturday, January 11, 2014. A rosary/vigil was held at the funeral home at 7:00 PM on Friday, January 10. Services were officiated by Rev. Ken Robinson and directed by McCoy Funeral Home of Muenster.
Mrs. Fisher died at 12:50 AM Wednesday, January 8, 2014 in her home.
Velma was born in Umbarger on February 1, 1922. She was the daughter of Eddie J. and Anna Rose Evers. She grew up on a farm near Umbarger and later worked as a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell in Amarillo, Texas and then for Henry J. Kaiser at his home office in Oakland, California. Most of Velma’s life was spent as a dedicated homemaker, a loving mother and devoted wife.
Velma married Earl J. Fisher on February 17, 1943 in Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, Umbarger, Texas. They became the parents of ten children, all of which reached adulthood and attended college.
Velma is survived by: her daughters: Joan Demshock of Baltimore, MD, Doris Fisher of Vancouver, Washington, Janice Kincy of Lindsay, Mary Carnell of Colorado Springs, and Judy Newell of Dallas; her sons: Robert of Longmont, Colorado, Gary of Muenster, Alan of Dalton, GA, Glenn of Edmond, OK; seventeen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Fisher, her daughter, Donna Fisher, her sisters, Alma Halter and Teresa Fenoglio and her brother, Al Evers.
Pallbearers were: Karl T. Fisher, Eric J. Fisher, Michael Kincy, Mark Demshock, Steve Taylor, and Steve Fisher.
The family requests memorials be sent to: NCTC Endowed Scholarship Fund (NCTC Foundation, 1525 W. California St., Gainesville, TX 76240).
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