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Published April 27, 2022

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Gary Gene Smith

Gary Gene Smith, 67, of Jarrell passed away on April 20, 2022, surrounded by his loving family after a long battle with Paraneoplastic Syndrome.

Gary was born in Georgetown, on November 8, 1954, to L.R. and Lillian Smith of Jarrell. Gary resided in Jarrell with his parents and sister, Peggy. He graduated from Jarrell High School and continued his education at Temple Junior College to receive his Air Conditioning and Heating certification. He worked for a couple of businesses before starting his own air conditioning and heating company, Smith Air Conditioning and Heating. His customers were a huge priority to him, and he strived to be fair and honest. Throughout his years, he sponsored many youth sports teams and donated to a variety of charities and organizations. He retired in 2019 after working more than 40 years in the HVAC service industry. Gary enjoyed fishing, hunting, and was a huge sports fan. He spent a lot of time in fishing tournaments with his friends, as well as many hours patiently waiting for the “big buck.”

Gary was married to Janet on January 7, 1978. They were married for 44 years. Each year for their anniversary, he bought Janet a bouquet of roses based on the number of years they were married.

Gary is preceded in death by his father, L.R. Smith and his sister, Peggy Bartek.

Gary is survived by his mother, Lillian Smith; his wife, Janet Smith; his children Holly Shafer (Dustin) and Michael Smith; and his grandson, Colton Shafer.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Gary. Services will be held at the Ramsey Funeral Home, 5600 Williams Drive. Visitation will take place on Tuesday, April 26, from 5 -7 p.m. and a memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 27, at 10 a.m. Burial at Corn Hill Cemetery in Jarrell following the service.

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James ‘Clay’ Lloyd

James “Clay” Lloyd, 80, of Jarrell died on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, in Jarrell.

Clay was born June 7, 1941, in Austin, the son of Clark and Lorraine Lloyd. He married Virginia Idanell Bamsch, January 26, 1962, in Austin.

Clay was involved in the community. He owned and operated L&B Garage in Jarrell from 1971 to 1981. He then started his trucking business from 1981 until his retirement in 2007. Clay served on the JISD school board as well as being the Assistant Fire Chief with the Jarrell Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Lloyd enjoyed working on his antique cars in his spare time. He could always be found watching his son, grandsons and great-granddaughter playing sports.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Virginia Lloyd, son, Kevin Lloyd (Sharon), grandsons, Kyle Lloyd (Jana) all of Jarrell, and Corey Lloyd (Alisha) of Moore, Oklahoma, three great-grandkids Hannah, Harper, and baby boy, Lloyd, and sister, Kaylynn Davis of Fayetteville, Georgia.

Visitation will be on Friday, April 29, 2022, at the Ramsey Funeral Home, 5600 Williams Drive, from 5 - 6:30 p.m.

A private graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2022.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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Paul Martin Williams

Paul Martin Williams, 61, of Florence, Texas, joined our heavenly Father on April 24, 2022, in Florence. Paul was born in Georgetown on August 25, 1960, to Hal David Williams and Nadine Williams.

Paul graduated from Florence High School. He was a kind man with a huge heart and a great sense of humor. He could make you laugh when you felt like crying and his hugs were the very best. Like his sister, Celeste, he had a great love of animals and was known to “feed anything with a mouth.” Paul loved spending time with family and friends, picking on his mother, Nadine, hunting, and baking. If you ever had one of his steaks or dump cakes, you know they were the best. 

Paul is preceded in death by his father, Hal David Williams Sr., brother, Hal David Williams. Jr., and sister, Charlotte Celeste Behrens. He is survived by his loving mother, Nadine Williams of Florence, his sister, Lisa Pimpler of Florence, numerous nieces and nephews, and lots of dear friends. 

The family wishes to thank the First Responders for the care and compassion they brought to Paul and our family.

Funeral Services will be conducted graveside at Florence Cemetery, 507B Story Avenue, Florence, with Pastor Roy Smith presiding at 2 p.m., Friday, April 29, 2022.

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Dennis Gene Busch

Dennis Gene Busch of Georgetown passed away on April 16, 2022. Dennis was born to Charles and Peggy (Stark) Busch on January 7, 1950, in San Antonio.

Dennis graduated from John Marshall High School in San Antonio in 1968, playing the clarinet in the school band. Among his first jobs was the San Antonio HemisFair of 1968. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with honors in 1972 and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1976, supporting himself through both degrees. Dennis was the first person in his family to graduate from college.

Upon graduation in 1972, Dennis went to work for Texas Instruments before leaving to spend the remainder of his career at IBM as an electrical engineer and a manager, retiring in 2007. Dennis traveled extensively for IBM, making numerous business trips not just domestically, but to Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Dennis married Peggy Anne Goethe on June 14, 1975. To their union, sons Jeffrey Andrew in 1978 and Brian Allen in 1981 were born. They spent the first years of their marriage in Austin before spending the last 38 years in Georgetown.

Dennis had a lifelong love of freshwater and coastal fishing, and in recent years took up an interest in fly fishing. He also had an encyclopedic memory of classic and antique cars and airplanes. In his retirement years, he indulged his interests in genealogy research, gardening, working on home projects, listening to music, cooking and grilling, and traveling to new places with Peggy. Their time in retirement allowed them to indulge their lifelong love of Longhorn sports by attending numerous home and away games. Dennis especially loved spending time with family and friends, and was widely known both for his big heart, kindness, and sense of humor. Dennis was a beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend who was devoted to his family.

Dennis was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey Busch, father, Charles Busch, Jr., father-in-law, Art Goethe, and his paternal and maternal grandparents. Dennis is survived by his wife, Peggy Anne Busch of Georgetown, son, Brian Busch of Austin, mother, Peggy Joyce Busch of Bergheim, and mother-in-law, Helen Goethe of Georgetown. He is also survived by sisters, Rebecca Busch and Cindy Valdez of Bergheim, sister-in-law, Susan Stanfield of Denton, brother-in-law, Gary Goethe of Georgetown, several aunts, nieces and nephews, and numerous friends that he made throughout his life.

A celebration of life will be held Friday, May 6, 2022, at

2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Georgetown with a reception following in the McKinney Center. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to The Caring Place of Georgetown or Brookwood in Georgetown (BiG), or the charity of your choice.

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Wilbert Harold Else

Wilbert Harold Else passed away at his home in Georgetown, on April 6, 2022. He was born in Fairbury Nebraska on April 4, 1936, the son of Irl Roy Else and Helen Gertrude (Lynch) Else. He graduated from Fairbury High School in 1954, and completed a B.S. (Business Administration) from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1958. During his college years, he was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity. Following his education, he served in the United States Air Force, and was honorably discharged with the rank of First Lt. in 1970. He was employed as a Commercial Banker, and he was C.E.O. and Board Chairman of the Fairbury State Bank until his retirement in 1996. During his life, he held membership in the American Legion, Sons of the American Revolution, Masonic Lodge #35, Sun City Shrine Club, and Georgetown Senior University. He was married to Dianna Lynn Brown of Hamburg, Iowa from March 6, 1970, until her death on May 8, 1998. Mr. Else is survived by his three children, Deborah Lynn Else of Salado; Charles Joseph Else of San Francisco, California; and Catherine Leigh Else and her husband, Dan Martus of Chicago, Illinois; granddaughters, Lauren Engdale, Anna Engdale, and Riley Engdale; grandson, Theo Ambrose; sister-in-law, Carole (Brown) O’Riley and W.R. O’Riley of Maryville, Missouri; sister-in-law, Marion (Eggers) Else of Hudson, Ohio; niece, Teresa (O’Riley) Bartkoski and Joe Bartkoski of Kansas City, Missouri, and their children; niece, Sharon Else-Ware of Hudson, Ohio and her children; niece-in-law, Dana Else of Chesapeake, Virginia and her daughter; and nephew, Robert Else of Hudson, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, his brother, Willis Irl Else, and his nephew, John Frazer Else. His internment took place on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, at Mount Olive Cemetery in Hamburg, Iowa, with a reception that followed at Lied Lodge in Nebraska City, Nebraska. A celebration of life gathering is scheduled for Friday, May 6, 2022, from 5-7:30 p.m. at Wriggley’s Pub in Sun City. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Worship Place in Georgetown,  or Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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James Alfred Builta

James Alfred Builta, 85, of Kerrville, passed away on April 23, 2022. He was born in Pleasanton to Roy and Alberta (Babbitt) Builta on November 23, 1936, and his family moved to Kerrville a year later. He delighted in his two children, James Ross (JR) Builta, and Suzy Builta Hankins; the four grandchildren they gave him, Joyce Hankins McCown, Tommy Hankins, Lizzy Builta and Kaci Builta; and his namesake great-grandson, Lawson James Hankins. He married his love, wife, and partner of 40 years, Susan Cory, on July 17, 1992, after a decade of enjoying adventures and friendship together.

Jim graduated in 1955 from Tivy High School in Kerrville. His memories of youth include dances, band, running track, sports reporting, and the small town 50’s hangout, The Grove. Of great importance was time with his best friend and brother, Ken, creating long-lasting memories for themselves (and others) of building cars up from antique models, and drag racing both as members of the official Kerrville Drag-Uns team and otherwise. He and brother Ken were a “team.” Jim never missed a Tivy ‘55 class reunion and, after moving back to Kerrville in 2014, enjoyed reconnecting with his dear friends and classmates. 

Jim was a journalist and newspaper man at heart. His love of newspapers started when he was a paper delivery boy of the Kerrville Times at the age of 12. He began working for the Kerrville Times press in 1953. He was always proud of, and grateful for, his training in setting type, pouring hot lead and running a linotype machine, and handling print jobs, and in having coffee with editor Sam Braswell and Lyndon Baines Johnson. 

Jim attended his first year of college at Schreiner College in Kerrville where he was assistant editor of the school newspaper and sports editor of the school yearbook, and performed in the school and dance bands before completing his undergraduate degree in journalism at the University of North Texas in Denton in 1959. While there, he worked providing sports publicity for UNT. As a member of the ROTC at UNT, he was editor of the ROTC monthly publication, served as Company Commander in his junior year, and then as Troop Commander, the highest officer of the school’s ROTC, in his senior year. He also received the high honors of being named Distinguished Military Student and Distinguished Military Graduate, graduating with his second lieutenant bars, proudly pinned on by his mother.

Jim served as a captain in the United States Air Force between 1959 and 1964. With navigation, combat crew, advanced radar, escape and survival, and bombardier training, Jim flew B47s as a part of the 379th Bomb Squadron. During aerial navigation training, he received top scores, including four “shacks” in one year, reflecting absolute “0” hit at high altitude. Flight reflex runs included frequent trips to Alaska, Munich, Spain, London, and Switzerland. He spent time in the plane on the runway waiting for orders after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and during the Cuban Missile Crisis. His squadron closed out the B-47’s service in the Air Force.

Jim returned to Kerrville after his Air Force duty, serving as editor of the Comfort News, where he enjoyed his association and visits with Hondo Crouch, and then the Kerrville Times from 1964 until 1967 when he decided to attend the University of Texas, and graduated with a law degree in 1970. The plan was to go to law school on the G.I. Bill to gain knowledge that would allow him to buy and successfully run a newspaper, but the law got under his skin and his story went in a different direction.

The path of being a lawman started by working for James E. “Jim” Nugent in the Texas Legislature during the 1969 session. It continued as briefing attorney for Chief Justice Joe Greenhill of the Texas Supreme Court in 1970-71 and in several private practices and as City Attorney in Lampasas from 1971-1979. His longest held legal position was with Railroad Commissioner Jim Nugent from 1979-1995, during which he provided sound legal advice and counsel regarding the oil and gas, electric utility, and transportation industries, and the reporting duties of a state official. While there, he served as co-chairman for the Railroad Commission Centennial Committee in 1991, pulling together the vast, lengthy history of the state agency, leading to a year-long celebration of its importance to the state and the industries it regulates. He concluded his ten-year service to the state of Texas in July 1995 as staff attorney to Pete Laney, Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. 

After retirement, Jim often said he didn’t know how he ever had time to work! As a full-time man of leisure, he continued to work by farming and piddling on his land at Theon and visiting his good friends and neighbors. Any day he worked on a bulldozer was a “good day,” regardless. He also enjoyed time at Ruidoso with Susan and the bears, and getting to know his four grandchildren. He enjoyed restoring antique furniture and automobiles, working in the yard, regularly gathering with his sister, Clara, and extended family, playing gin rummy with his grandchildren, and backgammon with his brother Sam.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Alberta Builta; his younger brother and best friend, Ken Builta; and his son, James Ross (JR) Builta.

Survivors include wife, Susan Cory; daughter, Suzy Builta Hankins (Keith); daughter in law, Kim Thomas Builta; brother, Samuel Builta (Bettye); sister, Clara Bullard; grandchildren, Joyce Hankins McCown, Tommy Hankins (Candace), Lizzy Builta and Kaci Builta; great-grandson, Lawson James Hankins; numerous nephews, nieces and cousins; many friends from old and newer times.

Visitation will be Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at 6 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. at Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 28, 2022, at 1 p.m. at Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville. Burial will follow at the Pipe Creek Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the Nugent Family Scholarship Fund at Schreiner University. 

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Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.



Published April 24, 2022

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Elsie Mae Crossman Moore

Elsie Mae Crossman Moore, a much-loved wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother, died peacefully in Georgetown, on April 7, 2022, at the age of 89. Elsie was born in Port Arthur, Texas, on August 18, 1932, to Eva and Linington Crossman. She grew up in Houston, where Elsie attended Lamar High School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Rice University, where she met her future husband, Pat. 

While at Rice, Elsie was president of the Owen Wister Literary Society (OWLS). After graduation, she remained involved with Rice University, including serving for several years on the Admissions Committee as an alumni representative.

Elsie had many interests during her lifetime. She was in a sextet singing group during high school. She enjoyed playing tennis and bridge, most often with the same group of life-long friends. She enjoyed mystery novels, Harry Potter and Jurassic Park movies, and visiting the beach and the zoo. She loved playing Mahjong and Canasta with her neighbors at Sun City in Georgetown. She also had been a volunteer helping with her church Alzheimer’s group and with Meals on Wheels.

She was preceded in death by Pat Moore, her husband of more than 64 years; her parents, Eva and Linington Crossman; her brother, Lin Crossman; and sister, Margaret Crossman Rainey Badger.

Elsie is survived by two daughters, Linda Ford and Margaret Moore, and son, Andy Moore; her two granddaughters and their husbands: Allison and Randy Fuller and Erin and Blake Palmer; and five great-grandchildren: Barrett, Levi, and Myla Fuller, and Madelyn and Mackenzie Palmer. Elsie is also survived by her brother, Al Crossman and wife, Janet.

A memorial service for Elsie will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at 2 p.m. at San Gabriel Presbyterian Church, 5404 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to San Gabriel Presbyterian Church, the Society of Rice University Women, or the International Rescue Committee, which will aid Ukrainian refugees.

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Betty Ann Santella

Betty Ann Santella was born at home on September 17, 1940, in Walburg, Texas to Walter E. Domel, Sr., and Frieda Maria Magdalena Domel.

She was baptized on September 29, 1940, and confirmed on April 3, 1955, at Zion Lutheran Church in Walburg, where she had been a lifelong member.

Betty was a retired nurse from Georgetown Hospital.  She enjoyed family get togethers, going to church, shopping and watching cooking shows on TV.

She married Francis N. Santella on July 5, 1975, at Zion.  He preceded her in death on January 23, 2011.

Betty went to her heavenly home on April 17, 2022, Easter morning, at the age of 81 years.  She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, and one granddaughter.

She is survived by her children, Gwen Glover and husband, Robert; Michelle Reynolds and husband, Sean;  Mark Santella and wife, Denise;  and Steven Santella.  

She is also survived by her sister, Bernice Becker and brother, Curtis R. Domel along with nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are her grandsons, Bryan Glover, Corey Hickman, Chad Hickman, Jordan Santella, Joshua Santella, and Noah Santella.

Honorary Pallbearers are Donnie Domel and Stanley Domel.

Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church General Fund.

Pastor John Davenport is officiating. Organist is Janet Meyer.

Arrangements are being handled by the Gabriels Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Georgetown, Texas.

Family and friends are invited to the church for a time of greeting and refreshments following the graveside service.

Visitation will be on Saturday, April 23, from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Gabriels Funeral Chapel and Crematory Stateroom.

Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m., on Monday, November 25, 2022, at Zion Lutheran Church. Interment will follow the funeral service at Zion Lutheran Cemetery.

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Jerry Yvonne Graves

Jerry Yvonne Graves, age 93, a longtime Austin resident, made his heavenly journey home on Saturday, April 16, 2022. Jerry was born on July 27, 1928, in Hico, Texas, to Jerry Wysong Graves and Mamie Spaulding Graves.

Jerry had a passion for learning. After graduating high school in Stephenville, Texas, Jerry went on to attend three colleges; Brantley Draughon College, Nixon Clay College, and Central Texas College.

Jerry had many occupations in his life, he worked for Cook Paint & Varnish Co. in Waco, served four years in the United States Air Force as a staff sergeant at Randolph and Lackland Air Force Bases, worked over 27 years in numerous positions at the U.S. Post Office in Austin, served as a bank courier, and became a licensed realtor and residential property appraiser.

Although he was kept busy with multiple careers and many passions, Jerry made time to be with his family. Jerry was a quiet man, however, the volume of his love spoke loudly. Even with a large family, Jerry never wanted anyone to feel left out. The door to the home shared by Jerry and Eugenia was always open.

Jerry is survived by his beloved wife of 73 years, Eugenia (Jean) Pearl Graves; three children, Cathy Bible, Jerry “Mike” Graves and wife, Sherry, Judy Halter and husband, James “Jim,” seven grandchildren, Kelly Castleberry, David Bible and wife, Tanna, Amy Nevland and husband, Dave, Jonathan Graves and wife, Lisa, Scott Graves and wife, Cortney, Christina Franklin and husband, Walter, Nick Hardin and wife, Starr; and 13 great-grandchildren, Ashlee, Stirling and Brilee Castleberry, Jack and Sam Bible, Rose Marie, Beck and Haddie Nevland, Mason and Mackenzie Graves, Matthew Bailey, and Christian Hardin.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Clarence Kenneth Graves and sister, Faye Nell Graves, who passed away at birth, and son-in-law, Thomas Allen Bible.

Jerry was very loved and respected by all of those who knew him and will be greatly missed.

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Julia Helen Clark

Julia Helen Clark of Florence, Texas, formerly of Michigan, age 74, passed peacefully into the arms of God with family at her side on Saturday, April 16, 2022.

Julia will be greatly missed, she was a strong shoulder to lean on and was known to be a “second mom” to many. She was a strong woman who loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren deeply. She had a strong work ethic, was willing to lend a helping hand when needed and had a generous heart in giving. She loved spending time with family, playing a good game of cards, listening to country music and watching a good movie.

She is predeceased by her husband of 48 years, LeRoy Clark; parents, Lloyd and Grace McMiller; two brothers; four sisters; a granddaughter; and a great-granddaughter.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, LeRoy Clark and Patsy of Georgetown; Mark Clark and Sara of Holton, Michigan; Betty Fuentes and Arthur of Hart, Michigan; and Theresa Castro and Javier of Georgetown; her brother, William McMiller of Florence, Texas, formerly of Michigan; 12 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren (plus two on the way).

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Clark family.

You were here at our side, ours to love for a time.
Through tears of sorrow and smiles of joy, our hearts bound together forever more.
To see you go broke our hearts, but in God’s hands you have a new start.
With Jesus your Savior’s covering, spending eternity with God just loving Him.
Seeing God embrace you with His love, watching Him call you to His side above.
This world can no longer keep you in pain, you delivered to heaven is eternal gain.
As your breath left from you, we saw His peace cleanse you through.
Even though we miss you so, you free with God is all we need to know.
One day we will see each other again, together in the presence of our Lord praising Him.

Dennis Gene Busch, 72, of Georgetown, passed away at home April 16, 2022. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2022 at First United Methodist Church of Georgetown. Arrangements in care of The Gabriels Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Georgetown.


Published April 20, 2022

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H.H. “Sonny” Painter

H.H. “Sonny” Painter passed from this earth on March 26, 2022. He was 81 years old.

He was born in Alice, Texas, in 1940. He graduated from Crystal City High School in 1958, and was the first senior to letter in all four sports. After a short semester in college, he did a short time in the Army. It was there he started to learn the game of golf and fell in love with it. Sonny started his career with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1962. In 1980 he moved to Austin and joined Great Hills Golf Club. In 1991, when he retired, he started playing six to seven days a week. In 1995, he heard of a Dell Webb Community coming to Georgetown. He chose a lot and built his and Christine’s forever home. Sonny said it was where he wanted to live the rest of his life. It was his heaven on earth. He was instrumental in starting a group of golfers who became known as the Maverick’s. They all became an extended family.

Sonny was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and one brother.

He is survived by his wife, Christine, of 37 years and her three children, and three grandsons, and his beloved dog, G.G. He leaves behind cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Sonny will be remembered for his love of God, golf, family and his GG and a real zest for life.

In memory of H.H., donations may be made to Santa Rosa Catholic Church in Andice, Texas. He said that though he did not attend a church, it was as close he came to a religion.

A celebration of Sonny’s life will be held Monday, April 25, 2022, from 3 - 4 p.m. at Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home, 2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas, 78628, followed by a reception from 4 - 6 p.m. 

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Painter family.

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Virginia (née Stifel) Winford

On April 12, 2022, Virginia (née Stifel) Winford was sent to Heaven at age 82, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born on January 8, 1940, and grew up in Wickenburg, Arizona, where her parents ran the Wickenburg Motel. She attended Arizona State University but left before graduation to manage a medical computer diagnostic office for several years in Riverside, California. She then entered and graduated from Riverside City College and went on to teach medical terminology there. She joined the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) group and later became president of that chapter. She later moved to San Diego, where she finished her B.A. degree, joined the CMA group there, and later became the President of the California CMA group.

Virginia retired and moved to Sun City, in Georgetown, Texas. She was very active in numerous groups including the Sun City Singers, and the neighborhood book club. She also did volunteer work for hospitals, schools, and charity organizations. Virginia loved cruises and enjoyed many trips to various climates.

She is survived by her husband, John Winford; her children: Earl Taylor (Susan), and Denise Gardner (Rodney); along with her grandchildren: Jenna Taylor, Troy Taylor, Amber Gardner, and Nicole Gardner.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on April 20, 2022, in the Chapel of Ramsey Funeral Home. 5600 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas, 78633. Mrs. Winford will be laid to rest following the service at 1 p.m. at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery. 11463 TX-195, Killeen, Texas, 76542.

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Joseph Montgomery

Joseph Montgomery died on April 9, 2022. He was born May 1, 1929, to Lucile Montgomery and Fred Montgomery, Sr., the fourth of five sons all of whom served in either the Korean War or World War ll. All five graduated from Texas Tech University.

Joe graduated from Sweetwater Texas High School in 1946 as salutatorian, was on the all-district basketball team, and state semi finalist in tennis doubles. Tennis was the sport he enjoyed until he was 83.

Joe entered Texas Tech in 1946, and graduated with honors with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1950. He has endowed a scholarship for aspiring Chemical Engineering students. Joe was president of the Student Chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, was on the varsity tennis team where he lettered his freshman year. His second degree was obtained in 1965 in Industrial Administration from Purdue University.

From 1951 - 1954 he served as an officer and industrial hygienist in the United States Air Force. Civilian work experiences include Magnolia Petroleum Company, Cosden Petroleum Corporation, Humble Oil and Refining Company and Exxon Chemical Americas. After his retirement from Exxon Chemicals in 1986, he enjoyed time for volunteering with the Georgetown Library’s Second Hand Prose Shop, and at Lone Star Circle of Care as well as church responsibilities. He and wife, Eda, enjoyed travel experiences in the United States and Europe, Central America, and Russia. 

Joe was a cradle to grave member of the Methodist Church, most recent being First United Methodist Church of Georgetown after moving there in 1993. Joe also found comfort and spirituality in attendance at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Austin.

Joe is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Eda; brother, Dudley and wife, Patty; daughters, LeeAnne Holmberg, Ann Tietyen and husband, Joe, Leslie Przybyzewski and husband, Joe, three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and four great great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to either of the churches listed above or to Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Published April 17, 2022

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Norma Jean Millegan

February 23, 1930 – April 11, 2022

Norma Jean Millegan passed away on April 11, 2022, at the age of 92. She was surrounded by family during her final days.

Jean was born to Tom and Myrtle Hutte on February 23, 1930, in Georgetown, Texas, and married Cecil Millegan on February 10, 1951. Jean is survived by Thomas Millegan (son) and Audra (daughter-in-law) of Georgetown, Christopher Millegan (grandson) and Rebeca of Jarrell, Tawni Lopez (granddaughter) and Ector of Georgetown, Ryleigh, Ryan, Ariana, Isaiah, Bella, Elena (great-grandchildren), Ann Castleberry (sister) of Georgetown, Johnnie Headrick (sister) and Jackie Sr., of Burnet.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband Cecil Millegan in 2015 and Tracy Millegan (daughter-in-law) in 2016.

Jean was an excellent cook and baker and always served up the best food in town. She loved reading books, doing word find puzzles and watching hummingbirds visit her pretty flowers in her yard. She volunteered for many years making cakes and cookies for lunches at Crestview Baptist Church where she was a member for many decades.  Jean worked many years for Airborn in Georgetown.

A special thank you to Bel Air at Teravista and Encompass Hospice for the wonderful care they took of Jean.

A short visitation will be held Friday, April 15, 2022, at

2 p.m. at Gabriels Funeral Chapel in Georgetown followed by a graveside service at the IOOF Cemetery in Georgetown at 3 p.m.

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Stephen Gordon Hobson

Stephen Gordon Hobson, 82, of Georgetown, Texas, passed away on Sunday, April, 3, 2022. He was born in 1939 in Ogden, Utah, to Warren and Louise Hobson. The family moved to Los Angeles when Steve was five years old, and later to Montebello, California, where he graduated from high school. He attended California State University, Long Beach and later earned a bachelor of science degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Los Angeles. 

Steve joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1961, and retired a sergeant detective 20 years later. While he was on the police department, he was drafted into the Army in 1963, serving two years before transferring to the Army reserves. He went on to work in corporate security and investigations for a number of different companies in Southern California. 

Steve married Linda Cortese in 1965, and they had a daughter, Kari, and a son, Craig. After many years, Steve and Linda divorced and Steve later met and married Stacy Reed Schulz in 1988. They enjoyed attending rodeos, chili cook-offs, playing golf, weekends in Belmont Shore, annual trips to Cabo San Lucas, and holiday gatherings with family and friends. In 2004, Steve finally retired from work and he and Stacy moved to Sun City in Georgetown, Texas, where they played golf and enjoyed many social activities. Both were active in their church, and Steve was involved in missions and many ministries that served children and families in the local area. 

Steve was a kind, loving, generous man. He loved sports, playing tennis and basketball in high school, and continued to play basketball for many years on police department teams. He loved watching UCLA play basketball and football. He was a long-time season ticket holder for the Los Angeles Rams, and an avid follower of the LA Lakers basketball team. He took up golf in his 50s, and became somewhat obsessed. He enjoyed reading, going to concerts and the theater, movies, and mowing his lawn. He remained lifelong friends with dozens of his high school classmates, and dozens of the officers he worked with and met on the police department. He made many friends in Sun City, at his church, and his men’s bible study group, Men on Mondays. He loved his family most of all.

Steve is preceded in death by his parents Warren and Louise Hobson, and his brother, Richard Hobson. He is survived by his wife, Stacy Hobson of Georgetown, Texas; daughter, Kari Hobson (partner Scott Altpeter) of Los Angeles, California; son, Craig Hobson of Santa Ana, California; step-son, Jason Schulz of Longview, Texas; sister, Casey Jones of Glenns Ferry, Idaho; granddaughters, Kristen Schulz and Sydney Altpeter; and his first wife, Linda Hobson of Irvine, California.

His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 22, 2022, at First Baptist Church, 1333 West University, Georgetown, Texas, 78628. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to Alzheimer’s Association, or First Baptist Georgetown – Missions.

The family would like to thank The Help Givers, Georgetown Living, and Tranquility Hospice for the kind and compassionate care provided to our beloved Steve.

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Peggy Wynell (Lewis) Whitworth

Peggy Wynell (Lewis) Whitworth, 82, of Kosse, Texas, went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 8, 2022. 

Peggy was born to Elmer W. Lewis and Annie (Ray) Lewis on September 25, 1939, in Kosse, Texas, and grew up in Houston. Peggy trusted in Jesus at an early age and was blessed with a strong heritage of faith to encourage this way of life. She graduated from Milby High School in Houston and later completed computer programming classes at a local college in Pueblo, Colorado. 

Peggy married Carl Nelson Whitworth, Sr., on February 15, 1958, at Allendale Baptist Church in Houston. They were married for 64 years prior to her passing. 

Peggy worked in various administrative positions throughout her life, the last being as a buyer for the railroad. Peggy balanced work and family life masterfully, never missing an event her children were involved in. She was devoted to her faith and to her family. She was most recently a member of Reagan Baptist Church. 

Peggy had a heart that was passionate to serve others and spent her retirement substituting at elementary schools and volunteering. She had a contagious laugh and was always ready to make a new friend. She and Carl were fortunate enough to be able to travel to Hawaii, Australia, and a number of other places throughout her life, often including other family members in their adventures. She returned to Kosse about 10 years ago to live near the very spot where she was born, after spending years living in Houston, Texas; Pueblo, Colorado; and Westcliffe, Colorado.

Peggy was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Geraldine Sanders; and grandson, Marty Whitworth.

She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Carl Nelson Whitworth, Sr., of Kosse; daughters, Beth Wynell McClary and husband, David of Georgetown, Texas, and Veronica Whitworth of Pueblo, Colorado; sons, Carl Nelson Whitworth, Jr., and wife, Marta of Kosse, and Robert Whitworth of Pueblo, Colorado; brothers, Elmer Ray Lewis and wife, Marise of Holly Lake Ranch, Texas and Rodger Lewis and wife, Barbara of Pleasanton, Texas.   

She is also survived by 18 grandchildren: Tina (Kevin), Shannon, Melanie (Eric), Michael Nelson (Yvonne), Michael, Robert, Wesley, Jessica, Matthew (LaDeidre), Michelle, Marcus, LaDerious, Mariposa, Christina, Cheyanne, Jasmine, Karma, and Athena; and ten great-grandchildren: Daylan, Issac, Joseph, Elizabeth, Elijah, Travis, Damien, Victoria, Ray, and Brandon.

Memorial services are set for Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Reagan Baptist Church at 2 p.m.



Published April 13, 2022

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Jimmie LaVern Bizzell

January 29, 1933 to April 9, 2022

Jimmie “LaVern” Bizzell peacefully made her way to Heaven to be with her Lord and Savior and many family and friends who await their reunion.

LaVern was born in Georgetown, Texas, on January 29, 1933, to Anderson Fambrue (A.F.) Morris and Mary Lessie Mitchell Morris. LaVern married William “Billy” Morris Bizzell on November 3, 1951. They had three children and were very active in their children’s lives and their community.

LaVern worked as a waitress at L&M Cafe, Georgetown Elementary as Librarian, Georgetown Junior High as Librarian, City Pharmacy, and at Southwestern University where she retired. LaVern was active in Northside Methodist Church, PTA, Georgetown Fire Auxiliary, and the VFW Auxiliary. Her greatest joy was being there for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s many activities and sporting events. She was the loudest and proudest fan in the stands.

LaVern is preceded in death by her parents A.F. Morris and Mary Morris, her husband, William “Billy” Bizzell, in-laws, Guy and Myrtle Bizzell, her sisters, Ary “Sis” Cooper, Marie Helgren, and her brothers, Elmer “Buddy” Morris, Douglas Morris, S. L. Morris, and Wallace Morris.

She is survived by her sisters Margie Hamilton and Barbara Gunn, both of Burnet, her son, Lynn Bizzell and wife, Janet of Fredericksburg, daughters, Glenda Williams and husband, Herbert, Kathy Kohutek and husband, Mike of Georgetown, her grandsons, Timothy Rye, Jr. (Gretchen), Jerod Rye (Stephanie), Chancy Bizzell (Jaclynne), Levi Bizzell (April) and Rowdi Bizzell (Shandy) along with her granddaughters, Robyn Densmore (Nathan), Tamara Sherman (Jayson), and Alysha Kohutek (Stuart) and many loved great-grandchildren, and extended family members.

Pallbearers are Tommy Bizzell, Cade Rye, Canton Bizzell, Lane Bizzell, Hal Hawes, and Jerry Sharpe, and honorary pallbearers are Mike Kohutek, Ernest Bizzell, Kavin Bizzell, and Bill Hollon.

We would like to send our extreme thanks to the staff at Baylor Scott and White Oncology Clinic, Sandy Anne, MD, and the staff of AccentCare, Inc. Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. John’s Methodist Church, Georgetown or a Volunteer Fire Department of your choice.

Services will be held Thursday, April 14, 2022, at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel in Georgetown Texas; visitation to begin at 1 p.m. with services beginning at 2 p.m. Following the service, LaVern will be interred at Cook-Walden Memorial Hill Cemetery. 

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Reverend R.V. Douglas Rhoads

Reverend R.V. Douglas Rhoads passed from this world on April 6, 2022, at the age of 97 in Austin, Texas. He will be missed deeply by all who had the joy to know him. 

R.V. was born to Andy and Monnie Rhoads February 13, 1925, in Holt, Texas. One of nine children,  R.V. lost his mother at the age of 14 and had to help take care of his younger siblings. He moved to Long Beach, California, at the age of 18 to live with an older sister and on October 2, 1943, he joined the Navy.  During his time in the Navy he serveded as an Electrician’s Mate Second Class, and received an Honorable Discharge in May of 1946.

After the Navy, he returned to Texas to work as a concrete finisher. It was during this time that he met his great love Vera Wiley of McGregor, Texas and they were married in Belton June 27, 1947; a union that would last for 54 years, until Vera’s passing in April of 2001. After a few years he was called to the church and was ordained as a Baptist Minister. Over the next 67 years he pastored a total of seven churches in Belton, Killeen, Austin, Silver Creek, Buchanan Dam and finally in Andice, Texas. During his ministry he made two trips to Brazil to do missionary work and on one of the trips helped build a Boys Orphanage. He also worked as a mission builder for the Southern Baptist Convention and over a period of 15 years he built over 40 churches in numerous cities and towns including El Paso, San Antonio, Wichita Falls, Sandy Creek, Anderson Mill and Andice, Texas. R.V. remarried in 2003 to Bevely Robinson of Leander, Texas. 

 R.V. now joins those that have gone before him, including his parents, all of his siblings, and his first wife, Vera. He is survived by his wife, Bevely Rhoads, daughter, Monnie DeUnger of Pflugerville, grandsons, Douglas Blaine DeUnger of Round Rock and J.B. Michael DeUnger of Pflugerville, great-granddaughter, Caroline Lorraine DeUnger of New Braunfels, stepsons, Brennon Robison of Marble Falls, and Greg Robison of Burleson, stepdaughter, Libby Giles of Seattle, Washington, numerous step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren, and more friends than can be counted. 

Services for Brother Rhoads will be held on Thursday, April 14 at the Andice Baptist Church in Andice, Texas. A visitation will be held 9-1l a.m., followed by a service at noon officiated by Reverend Derrick Norris of Andice Baptist Church. Interment at Andice Cemetery to follow the service. 

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Marita June McElvain

Marita June McElvain passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2022, in her home at The Oaks Gracious Living from natural causes. She was 80 years old at the time of her death. 

She was preceded in death by her beloved mother, Anna Jane McElvain Webb, and her father, Walter McElvain. She had five older brothers and sisters of whom all preceded her in death: Anna Mae Minten of Southern California, Christine Shingleton of Roseville, California, James “Jimmy” McElvain of Auburn, California, Joe Allen “Buck” McElvain of Stockton, California, and Edwin McElvain of Manteca, California. She left multiple nieces and nephews, and grand nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved dearly.

Marita was born April 10, 1941, at the General Hospital in Shawnee, Oklahoma. She lived in Shawnee until she was eight years old. She and her mother, Anna Jane, boarded the train headed to California for a new life. Marita celebrated her ninth birthday on that train ride. On that train, a love for travel was born.

Anna’s older children were already in California to welcome them. Anna dreamed of a good education and life for Marita and her other children as well, as times were hard in Oklahoma. 

Marita graduated from Butte Valley High School June 5, 1959. Over the summer, along with her best friend Kaye, she wrote her life plan.

An excerpt of what Marita wrote:

“Life was all planned out. I would go to college, have a teaching career, travel, and finally marriage. But there were other things in store for me.” Seeds planted years before.

There again she boarded the train headed for the next chapter in her life:
• University of California at Davis
• California State University at Stanislaus, Bachelor of Arts-Social Science
• Master’s Degree from Fresno State College in Social Work
• Registered by the state of California LCSW, held that license for 25 years
• Adjunct faculty member for California State University, Sacramento
• Consultant for the State of California Commission on Aging
• Recipient of the Mental Health Worker of the Year 1988 by the Mental Health Association of Sacramento, California

After her career was established, she began traveling. And travel she did. All over the world. Scotland and China were her favorite. Scotland being her heritage, she learned all she could, including how to speak Gaelic. She said not very well though. She always wanted to walk the Great Wall of China so in 2008, her dream of walking that wall was fulfilled with a trip to China and Japan.

Not only did she have a life of service to her community, she was a philanthropist as well. Samaritan’s Purse was her favorite charity. The love she had for children in other countries. She fostered these children until they would age out of the system, and then choose another, having three or four at a time. Other organizations include: World Vision, The Caring Place of Georgetown, Texas, The Baptist Children’s Home of Round Rock, Texas, The Worship Place of Sun City, Texas, and multiple others.

She was also a Stephen Minister for churches in California and Texas. A Core Group Leader for CBS (Community Bible Study), she was a plethora of Bible study knowledge. She also studied with the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Ashville, North Carolina.

She had a true love of God and Country instilled by her mother of which we are so grateful. She was our Queen of everything, and the matriarch of our family, and we will all miss her very much.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the McElvain family.

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Charles Fredric McAferty

Charles Fredric McAferty, 80, went to a better place. Fred lived a very full life reaching his 80th birthday just two days before he left us. The love of my life went to be with Jesus on Thursday, April 7, 2022. He was born on April 5, 1942, in Longview, Texas, to Thomas and Thelma McAferty. 

After high school Fred attended some college before joining the ROTC. He served in the U.S. Army, working on helicopters as well as other special assignments while serving his country. He was employed with PHI Aviation and worked at different bases on the coast and in Louisiana. He was lead mechanic for PHI for 42 years before retiring in 2007. 

Fred married his high school sweetheart, the former Sue Lincoln, in 2005, and they moved to Georgetown where they shared their life together. Other survivors include much loved children, Tammy Ramgobin and husband, Sonny, Charles (Bubba) Simpson and Susie Watson, sister, Sally Benson and husband, Dick, brother, Tom McAferty and wife, Gennie, grandson, Erik Malan, wife, Crystal and son, Johnny; several nieces and nephews and many friends who will miss him greatly.

Fred and Sue loved cruising both alone and with family and friends — they made many new friends along the way.

Fred was a lifetime member of the San Gabriel Lodge #89.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 15, 2022, from 4-8 p.m. at Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home, 2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 16, 2022, at 10 a.m. at Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home. Interment will follow at IOOF Cemetery.

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Harlan Louis Tonn

Harlan Louis Tonn of Jarrell, Texas, passed away peacefully with family by his side on April 6, 2022, at St. David’s Hospital in Georgetown, Texas. 

Harlan was 92 years old and was born near the community of Walburg, Texas, on February 27, 1930, to Louis and Alda (Rydstrand) Tonn. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Walburg. Harlan was a soft spoken humble man. He loved his pets from dogs to bulls. He was a good steward of the land and enjoyed his time outdoors on his farm. He truly loved his blackland prairie farm which he purchased with his brother and best friend Charles. He and Charles played guitars in their younger days, with Harlan on rhythm and Charles on steel. Their love of music came from their parents. Both Harlan and Charles played in local bands and loved doing so. 

In time, Harlan met Fayrene Buchhorn. They married at Zion Lutheran Church in Walburg on October 12, 1963. Together they farmed and ranched near Salado and later near Jarrell. After several years of marriage a beautiful baby girl, Amy, was born and then Melissa bounced into the family. Harlan was proud of his girls! He taught them to work and appreciate the simple things in life. He loved the Lord, his family and friends, and of course his animals. He was a longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church. 

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Fayrene, daughter, Amy and husband Gentry Watt Taggart, Melissa Tonn and significant other, Randy Lesikar, grandchildren, who he loved and adored Laura and Blake Spears and their future daughter, Carly and Ahern Arnett, and Samuel Taggart. He is also survived by nieces, nephews and numerous friends. Harlan is preceded in death by his parents Louis and Alda Tonn, brother, Charles and sister-in-law, Lynette Tonn, brother-in-law, Harlen Buchhorn, sister-in-law, and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Ray Schubert, and niece, Rebecca Schubert-Brabandt. Serving as pallbearers are Samuel Taggart, Charles D. Tonn, Ronald Tonn, Scott Schubert, Blake Spears, and Ahern Arnett. Honorary pallbearers are John Schubert, Johnny Brabant and Charlie Pate. Burial will be at the IOOF Cemetery in Georgetown.  Memorials can be made to Zion Lutheran Church, West Texas Rehab in San Angelo, Texas or favorite charity.



Published April 10, 2022

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Edmund Stanley Salva Jr. 

Edmund Stanley Salva Jr. passed away on April 1, 2022, in Round Rock, Texas, at the age of 78.

Ed was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on July 29, 1943, to Edmund Salva Sr. and Amelia Harezga Salva.

He attended Monson Academy and Western New England College and earned his Bachelor of Science in business. Ed married Linda Warner, and enlisted in the United States Army in 1967, where he served in South Korea and Ft. Belvoir, Virginia as a personnel specialist.

After his Army enlistment, he returned to western Massachusetts where he enjoyed an accounting career with Mobil Oil Company. He was also an avid dog breeder and trainer and had a huge love of horses. Ed and Linda had two children, Edmund Salva and Donald Salva.

In 1984, Ed married Angela Barron, and they, along with Angela’s two sons, Douglas and Paul, moved to Georgetown, Texas, Angela’s home town. Ed enjoyed many hobbies, including spending time with his many friends, golfing, collecting coins and sports cards, traveling, and continued his love for horses, accompanying friends to many horse races as a trainer and helping out any way he could. He and Angela also shared a love for Port Aransas, Texas, and enjoyed their beach condo for many years. The ocean was one of their favorite places to be.

Edmund is preceded in death by his parents, Edmund and Amelia Salva; and his sister, Barbara. He is survived by his loving wife, Angela Salva, his two sons, Eddie Salva and wife, Diane, Donald Salva and wife, Michelle, two stepsons, Douglas Barron and wife, Sylvia, Paul Barron and wife, Maria. Ed was also survived by eight grandchildren and step grandchildren, Justin Salva, Olivia Salva, Donovan Salva, Allyson Barron, Ryan Barron, Samuel Bushong, Alina Bushong, and Sarah McIntosh.

Ed did not wish to have a memorial service. Instead, his wish was to have his family and friends remember him as he was as they gather over time in his favorite places to tell stories, remember and laugh. He will be truly missed by all who knew him.

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Louis Sterling Brown

Louis Sterling Brown, retired Major of the USAF and middle school history teacher, died on Sunday, March 27, 2022.

Lou was born on February 8, 1937, in Sandusky, Ohio. Lou alternated between Berlin Heights in Ohio and Lompoc in California as a youth. He played football, basketball and tennis growing up. Tennis became his passion, which he played late into his 70’s. Upon graduating high school in Lompoc, he briefly attended Junior College. Lou then decided to enlist in the Air Force. He quickly entered Officer Cadet School and graduated as a Second Lieutenant.

During his 22-year career with the Air Force he was a navigator, pilot and flight instructor of the F4 Phantom. It was early on in his career, when stationed in Kansas City, that he went on a blind date with Martha (Marty) Baker, whom he married four months later and had a long, loving marriage of 62 years. While serving, Lou was stationed in numerous locations, including Las Vegas, West Germany, Tucson, Phoenix, Tokyo and ultimately Austin. In 1968-69, Lou served in Vietnam, flying out of Bangkok, Thailand, with a night squadron of F-4 Phantoms. Lou retired in 1977 as a major to start his next career.

Upon retirement, Lou attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, to finish his bachelor’s degree and attain his teaching certificate. While attending school Lou, played on the tennis team at Southwestern as the #1 singles player. He was the oldest collegiate tennis player in the state, at that time, at the age of 43. This was something that he loved to share. Upon graduation, he taught 7th and 8th grade history at Chisholm Trail Middle School until he retired for the second time, in 1996.

In retirement, Lou continued doing what he had always enjoyed. He traveled extensively with Marty, played tennis 3-4 times a week and continued working at Chisholm Trail as a volunteer. He also took over the grounds keeping at First Presbyterian Church of Georgetown, where he had been a member since 1977.

Lou is survived by his wife of 62 years, Martha Baker Brown; two daughters, Holly Brown Ceshker and Heidi Brown Arimes; his son, Sterling Hill Brown and daughter, in law Amy Brown; grandchildren, Hayden Bowers, Ethan Brown, Noah Brown, Alexandra Arimes, Diona Arimes, Talan Ceshker, Sterling Joseph Ceshker, Avery Ceshker and Jaden Ceshker; and his brother, Edwin ”Ned” Brown. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis Smith Brown and Lillian Miller, and grandson, Grayson Ceshker.

A memorial service was held at First Presbyterian Church of Georgetown on April 9, 2022. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Presbyterian Church of Georgetown, Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, or your preferred charitable organization.

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Claude Edwin Hill

Claude Edwin Hill, 79, of Georgetown, Texas, passed away very unexpectedly on February 17, 2022, at his home. A memorial service is scheduled for April 23, at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 210 South Main in Salado, Texas, with light refreshments to follow. 

Claude was born the son of Seth & Mary Louise Hill on April 25, 1942, in Brenham, Texas. He was a 1960, graduate of Somerville High School and subsequently graduated fromBlinn College. He excelled in various sports and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the outdoors so much that when he had an episode with an inflamed appendix, his mother, a nurse, was going to restrict his fun times camping and swimming in the woods with his cousins, so he volunteered to have his appendix removed instead. He loved a good bargain and never left home without a gun and a few toothpicks. 

Claude earned the rank of Sergeant with the Austin Police Department, which he worked for from mid-1960’s to the mid-1970’s. He was called in on August 1, 1966, to work the infamous UT Tower shooting. He had many amazing and funny stories that he enjoyed telling about his time as an officer.

He then worked for The State of Texas in the Inspector General’s office as a food stamp fraud investigator. He retired as Deputy Inspector General. He made many friends in both jobs and was a hard-working and dedicated employee who could be depended upon to do the right thing.

Claude was an ordained deacon in the Southern Baptist faith. He had a true servant’s heart and dedicated his life to serving others. He was selfless, generous, soft-hearted, and friendly. Claude had a great sense of humor and enjoyed playing practical jokes with coworkers, family, and friends. He relished making his grandkids laugh and had many patented “Grandpa phrases” and songs. He could be counted on to give incredibly wise advice, a helping hand, and a listening ear. His passing has left a large hole in our hearts and lives. 

Claude was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Nancy Hill Morrison, a brother-in-law, David Garrison and sister-in-law, Mary Lee Knippenberg. He preceded a sister-in-law, Ruth Garrison in death by four days. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Elizabeth Hill, three children and their spouses, son, Marshall Hill (Mary Jane) of Lexington, Kentucky daughter, Carrie Elsass (Paul) of Georgetown, and son, David Hill (Whitney) of Salado. Nine grandchildren, Derek Elsass (Meagie), Arkansas, Mary Grace and Thomas Hill, Kentucky, Jordan Elsass, of Georgetown and Vancouver, and Cade, Ethan, Tara, Jenna and Nate Hill of Salado. One great-granddaughter, Kaiya Daniel, of Kentucky. One sister-in-law, Kay Montgomery (David) and brother-in-law, Tom Knippenberg and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Georgetown Animal Outreach, in honor of his two beloved cats, Harry and Katy, who miss him greatly, as well as the wild stray he once tamed named Whiskey and his tamed grandcat Buda.

Howard Bleeke

Howard Bleeke passed away on April 2, 2022, in New York City at 81 years of age. Howard, son of W.G. and Hilda (Kelm) Bleeke, was born on April 16, 1940, in Walburg, Texas. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, Walburg. After attending Zion Lutheran elementary school, he graduated from Georgetown High School (Mr. GHS in 1958) and pursued his college education at Valparaiso University. He attended Goodman Theater in Chicago before moving to New York City (NYC) in the mid-1960s.

Howard is survived by his sister, Helen wife of Wes (Jerry) Cassens and brother, Fred (wife, G. Candace) Bleeke.

Adopting many different names, some legally changed, he survived as an actor in New York City for his entire career. His early success was part of the cast who won the State-wide first place for one-act play while a senior at Georgetown High School. He was chosen Best Actor each of the years he attended Valparaiso. 

Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran School Drama Department or the drama department of your favorite educational/community institution.

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Gene Harlan Bingham

Gene Harlan Bingham, 89, of Temple, Texas, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 28, 2022, following a lengthy illness that he bravely fought until the end. An interment service will be on Monday, April 11, 10:30 a.m. at the Salado United Methodist Church Columbarium with military honors.

Gene was born in Temple, Texas, to parents Florence and Earnest Faulkner and raised from infancy by Florence and Charlie Bingham. His early years were spent in school in Burnet, Texas, before leaving for Odessa, Texas, to make his way in the world. While working in the oilfield during one of the boom oil periods, the United States Army called for his service. He proudly and dutifully served in Germany until being honorably discharged in May 1955.

Following his tour of duty he returned home to work in the stone quarry business in different capacities. One opportunity landed him in west Texas that eventually led to a lifetime in the management, ownership, and brokerage of hotels and motels. Friendships were bonded with clients that have endured many years. He served on several bank boards, volunteered on Rotary Clubs and enjoyed serving on numerous church committees.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Frances, Ruby and Charlene, and brothers, William and Vaughan. Survivors include his wife, Jan, brother, Robert, sons, Larry and William, daughter, Vicki, and stepsons, Chris and Kevin, as well as a growing family of grand-children and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

After many miles of travel while working, Gene and Jan retired to a slower pace of church activities, gardening, enjoying family and short trips.

At an early age, Gene had become the patriarch of the family; a role he happily accepted and lovingly fulfilled. Family and friends throughout the years consulted him for advice, encouragement and assistance. To the very end, friends, family and strangers have complimented what a polite, gentle, sweet man he was. Many years ago after surviving an airplane crash, God vowed to Gene that his life would not end that night. God had promised, “It doesn’t end here, I’m not finished with you yet” and as always, God is right.

The family deeply appreciates the care and support of Amedisys Hospice Care of Temple.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or your favorite charity.

Broecker Funeral Home of Salado is in charge of the arrangements. Please sign the guestbook: 

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Lisa Rae O’Reilly

Lisa Rae O’Reilly, 58, of Georgetown, Texas, passed away on Friday, April 1, 2022.

Lisa was born to Lawrence Markert and Edith Gregg on March 4, 1964, and grew up in Austin and Round Rock, Texas. Lisa attended Redeemer Lutheran School and then Round Rock public schools graduating in 1982. She participated in the band and played the clarinet. Lisa became a lifelong fan of the Bay City Rollers as she went through school and was a penpal to other fans throughout the world.

When Lisa was 19 years old, she met her soulmate, Michael O’Reilly, working together at Tellabs in Round Rock, Texas. The two bonded over listening to music and great conversation. Lisa and Mike quickly fell in love and were married April 16, 1984. 

By 1988, Lisa and Mike had two boys, Andrew and Patrick. Lisa was most natural in her role as mom, she loved her boys with everything she had, and taught them life lessons as they grew up. She raised her boys at Faith Lutheran Church. She supported all the activities that interested them, including multiple sports teams, taekwondo, school band, and drama. 

Throughout Lisa and Mike’s life together, Lisa enjoyed the beach at Port Aransas, and they took many trips in the RV to soak in the sun, sand and ocean life. Driving on the beach, flying kites and watching the sunsets was a great pleasure for Lisa and Mike. Lisa was also a skilled crocheter and could sit for hours making blankets, hats, scarves and whatever was required to present as gifts to others. Lisa was a great cook and frequently made her favorites for her kids, husband, and extended family. She also loved going out for a ribeye steak with a loaded baked potato. This was one of her favorite meals and done on several special occasions.

Later in life when the boys got married and had children, Lisa took on the role of Grandma (Nana). She took most pride in her grandchildren and did everything in her power to spoil them. Lisa also spoiled her loving companion Duke, a dachshund/bull terrier mix, who stayed by her side every day and provided comfort and joy throughout her last years of life.

Lisa spent time throughout her life studying the Bible and highlighting passages that she enjoyed. Throughout Lisa’s career, she got the most pleasure out of working with the Visiting Angels, providing care and comfort to multiple clients. Lisa really enjoyed learning the life stories of her clients and sharing her personal experiences.

Lisa’s legacy will be forever as the loving wife and mother and a trusted friend to her family and friends. She valued honest and goodhearted people; she was loving, caring and compassionate; and she was a great storyteller and could spark up a conversation with anyone.

Lisa is survived by her husband Michael O’Reilly; son, Andrew O’Reilly and his wife Therese and grandson, Khai; son, Patrick O’Reilly and his wife, Taylor and granddaughter, Addison; brother, Larry Markert and wife, Rhonda and daughter, Lauren.

The family will receive friends and family from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, April 11, at the Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home in Pflugerville, Texas. A resurrection celebration will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, at Faith Lutheran Church in Georgetown, Texas.  

Flowers are welcomed or, In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated in Lisa’s memory to Faith Lutheran Church, 4010 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas, 78628

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Viola Rita Schroeder

Viola Rita Schroeder, beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away peacefully on April 4, 2022, in Georgetown, Texas, at the age of 99. Daughter of the late Bernard and Anna (Doerr) Langley, she was born in St. Charles, Michigan, on February 14, 1923. She married the love of her life, Robert Schroeder, on October 2, 1948. They shared 66 wonderful years together until Bob’s passing in 2014.

Viola loved her life and loved growing up with her six beloved sisters. She was a graduate of St. James High School, class of 1941, and fondly remembered the kind nurturing of the nuns. She attended Bay City Business College after graduation and was employed by Dow Chemical Company and American Seating Company before retiring to lovingly raise her family. Her love of sports was paramount throughout her life. She was Bay City Women’s tennis champion at the age of 14 and continued playing very well throughout her 70’s. She was also a skilled golfer and enjoyed a spirited game of cards. She was artistic and creative, painting many beautiful oil paintings and beautifully decorating her lovely home. Viola also donated her time to various volunteer activities. But mostly, Viola loved life, loved the adventures she shared with her husband and family, loved dancing and entertaining. Her easy laugh was shared with family and friends throughout the years. Bob and Vi lived most of their lives in Bay City, Michigan, and spent 17 years in Spring, Texas, before moving back to Bay City in 1993. After her husband retired, they enjoyed wintering in Florida and Texas. Viola relocated to Georgetown, Texas, in 2016.

She is survived by daughters Maryanne (David) Maruszak and Janice (Patrick) Towey, both of Georgetown, Texas; sons, Dan (Debbie) Schroeder of Caledonia, Michigan; and Ken (Esther) Schroeder of Austin, Texas. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Mark (Audra) Maruszak, Shelly (Greg) Bowden, Kristy (Nate) Carver, Tim (Christen) Maruszak, Ken Robert Schroeder, Daniel (Autumn) Schroeder and Nicholas Schroeder; and nine precious great-grandchildren; Wade, Lily, Annabelle, Haley, Thomas, Greyson, Paisley, Kinley, Kallen and a little boy due in August. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Viola was predeceased by six sisters, Marie (Leo) Moran, Dorothy (Earl) Rottmayer, Genevieve Babcock, Zita (Donald) Brady, Eileen Langley, Bernadine (Harvey) Ricard and longtime, dear family friend, Ruth Adair. Her sister-in-law, Lillian (Wallace Seelinger) and (Chuck Goddeyne) also predeceased her.

We would like to thank everyone at The Delaney and HealthPRO Heritage who gave mom such kind and compassionate care.

The family will have a private celebration of Viola’s life here in Texas. She will be interred this summer next to her husband at Floral Gardens in Bay City, Michigan. We hope friends and family take a moment to remember the good times you shared with Bob and Vi and say a prayer in her honor.

Those wishing to provide an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the American Diabetes Association.

Please contact the Ramsey Funeral Home in Georgetown, Texas, for further information. You may share a message or memory in the online memorial guestbook at



Published April 6, 2022

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Teddie Lou (Guthrie) Whitehead

Teddie Lou (Guthrie) Whitehead, 91, went home to be with the Lord on April 3, 2022. She was born September 3, 1930, to Session and Pearl (Thompson) Guthrie in Florence, Texas, and was a lifelong resident of Florence.

She is preceded in death by her husband, John Whitehead; her parents, Session and Pearl Guthrie; daughter, Patricia Garrison; brothers, T.F. Guthrie and Linwood Guthrie; and sister, Fay Hubbard.

She is survived by one daughter, Deanie Hill and husband Dudley; granddaughters Wendy Coco and husband, Mugsy, Jayme Jasso and husband, Joe, and Erin Heine and husband, Darrell. Grandchildren, Cade, Meredith, Morgan, Macey, Jackson, and Harper. Sisters, Sue Harrell and Martha Georg, and sisters-in-law, Belva Guthrie and Donna Guthrie, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Teddie was a loving mother, grandmother, and sister. She will be missed by all those who knew her.

Visitation will be Saturday, April 9 at 1 p.m. at Lawler Baptist Church with the service following at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lawler Baptist Church or the Florence Volunteer Fire Department.

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Emil J. Danek

Emil J. Danek passed away on Thursday, March 31, 2022, with his wife by his side. He was born on July 8, 1936, to John Frank and Rosie (Lefner) Danek of Jarrell.

Emil attended Holy Trinity Catholic School and graduated from Jarrell High School. After graduation, he worked at American Desk in Temple and part-time farmed and ranched. He worked for his father for several years and then purchased Danek Hardware and Lumber when his father retired. Emil still currently owns the hardware store. 

He married his soulmate, Dolly Marburger, on June 30, 1962, at New Dime Box, Texas. They were blessed with 59 years together. They raised their four children on the family farm. 

Emil was a businessman. He was involved in many organizations throughout the community, which included Knights of Columbus, KJT, Woodman, Moravian Club, Jarrell Bass Club, Jarrell School Board, and Jarrell Voluntary Fire Department. He was a lifetime member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in New Corn Hill, Texas.

Emil enjoyed raising cattle, gardening, fishing and hunting. Later in life, he enjoyed driving his Kubota on the family farm. Emil looked forward to his morning and afternoon drives throughout the communities and surrounding areas. He loved listening and dancing to Polka music.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Freddie and Stanley and brother-in-law, Jim Porfirio. 

Emil is survived by his wife, Dolly, son, Gregory S. Danek, daughter, Teresa Nemec and her husband, Ray, daughter, Michelle Eckert and her husband, Jeff and John S. Danek and his wife, Jacqueline. Seven grandchildren: Ryan Nemec, Rachael Nemec, Jamie Danek, John Thomas Danek, Jenna Danek, Logan Eckert and Hannah Eckert. A sister, Edith Porfirio and sister-in-law, Barbara Danek, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Corn Hill, Texas, or a charity of your choice. 

Visitation will be Friday, April 8, from 6 - 8 p.m., with Rosary at 7 p.m. at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel, Georgetown, Texas.

Services will be on Saturday, April 9 at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church of Corn Hill.

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Jay H. Humphreys

Jay H. Humphreys, 86, of Florence, Texas, died Thursday, March 31, 2022, in his home.

He was born on February 14, 1936 in Colorado City, Texas, the son of John Harvy and Mary Ellen Humphreys. He was a 1954 graduate of Colorado City High School, and a 1958 graduate of Howard Payne College in Brownwood, Texas. He was licensed as a Christian minister in 1954. In 1969, he earned a Master of Divinity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and eventually went on to earn a Doctorate of Ministry in Evangelism & Missions from Patriot University of Colorado in 2001. Jay married Fayma Rundell on September 9, 1956, at First Baptist Church of Florence, Texas.

During his career, Jay was a home missionary, starting churches and holding pastorates in Texas, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Colorado, before becoming the director of missions in Colorado. After retirement, he returned to Texas and started the Cowboy Church in Georgetown, which eventually moved to Wier. Throughout his life, he ministered personally to countless individuals, and performed innumerable acts of service, once even heroically rescuing a woman from a burning car. After resigning from his position at the Cowboy Church in 2015, he resumed his membership at First Baptist Church of Florence.

Survivors include his wife, Fayma Humphreys of Florence, Texas; daughters, Regina Garrell of Morristown, New Jersey, and Alice Humphreys of Florence, Texas; son, Jason Humphreys of Florence, Texas; sister, Judy Chambers of Tallahassee, Florida; grandchildren, Jacob Humphreys, Holly Ashe, Heidi Blanco, Jeremy Garrell, Kristie Garrell, and Shelby Humphreys; great-grandchildren, Hailey Humphreys, Ashley-Catherine Humphreys, Baylor-Grace Humphreys, Moshe Chaim Garrell, Shimon Meir Garrell, and Mikhaella Blanco.

He was predeceased by his brother, Johnny Bob Humphreys, father, John H. Humphreys, mother, Mary Humphreys, father-in-law, James Rundell, mother-in-law, Lois Rundell, and son, James Humphreys.

Memorial Service was held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, 2022 at First Baptist Church of Florence, with Pastor Wes Willie officiating.

You may share a message or memory in the online guestbook at 

Louis Sterling Brown age 85 of Georgetown TX, born February 8, 1937, passed away March 27, 2022. A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Georgetown on April 9, 2022 at 1 p.m.



Published April 1, 2022

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Peter Carl Geiger

Peter Carl Geiger born June 2, 1928, passed away March 24, 2022, at home surrounded by his family. Pete was born in Pontiac, Michigan, to Bertha VerSluis and Peter Casper Geiger. He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Clarice Geiger, children, Neal B. Geiger and Shirley Shackelford; sister, Carol Seibel, and grandchildren, Cote Phillip Geiger, Bailey Ellsworth and John Geiger.

A gifted musician, he attended schools in Pontiac, Michigan, graduating in 1946. He studied with the renowned band director Dale C. Harris from the age of 14. He also studied with Larry Teal of the Detroit Symphony and later with Richard Waller of the Cincinnati Symphony. He was a highly accomplished musician, playing clarinet and saxophone. He entered the United States Navy and attended the Navy School of Music in Washington D.C. and became the youngest member of the United States Navy Band at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C. in 1947. He played with the Navy Band until his retirement in 1965. 

Upon retirement he became the clarinetist and conductor of the New York City Broadway show Man of La Mancha from 1965 to 1968. During this time he also was principal clarinet of the Queens Symphony and a woodwind quintet. In 1967, he conducted the Man of La Mancha for the grand opening of the Ahmandson Theater in Los Angeles and in the blue room of the White House for President Lyndon and Ladybird Johnson as well as the President of Italy.

He also performed in the musical Fiddler on the Roof. After leaving New York City in 1968 Peter studied court reporting and was a freelance court reporter from 1972 to 1996 working in the Detroit Michigan area. During this time he played clarinet in the Pontiac Oakland Symphony where the first chair was named in his honor as well as the West Bloomfield Symphony, Flint Symphony, Franklin Symphony and the Detroit Concert Band. He also had his own woodwind trio and collaborated with Angelina Pashmakova performing solo recitals and small ensembles in the Detroit area. 

He and his wife moved to Sun City Texas in 1997 and Peter immediately contacted Southwestern University where he volunteered his services with the school’s wind ensemble and several musicals. He also attended the Georgetown San Gabriel UU Fellowship where he regularly performed during services. He was a member of the Sun City Jazz Band and he also played in the Temple College orchestra for several years. He enjoyed playing bridge and was past president of the Sun City Bridge Club and Sun City Stained Glass Club.

A memorial service will be held April 3 at 3:30 p.m. at the Georgetown San Gabriel Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 1322 East University Avenue, Georgetown. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the San Gabriel UU Fellowship:

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Jessie Alline Sharpe

Jessie Alline Sharpe, 82 of Georgetown, Texas, passed away on March 30, 2022. 

Jessie was born to George and Lois (Nelson) Floyd on July 6, 1939, in Burnet, Texas. She will be remembered by her children, grandchildren, extended family and numerous friends. 

A funeral service is planned for Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at Liberty Hill Cemetery in the Pavilion. There will be a visitation with the family beginning at

1 p.m. and the funeral service will start at 2 p.m. The graveside internment will take place immediately following the funeral.

Beverly Williams

Beverly Williams, (Gigi) passed away peacefully on March 24, 2022, at the age of 94, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Beverly is survived by her son, Robert Hartmann (Cheri), Stuart, Florida, daughter, Kim Batchellor (Alan) Williamsburg, Virginia. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Beck Hartmann (Kim), Heather Vanderplate (Jake), Sarah North (Cody), Angela Smoller (Phil). Her great-grandchildren Alexia and Ava, Logan, Ashley and Spencer, and Marlee.

Beverly was born in Hazelton, Pennslyvania, on November 3, 1927. Throughout her life, Beverly displayed a deep love for animals, focusing on horses and dogs. She was adept at training dogs, and was recognized for her skills in canine behavioral training. She also had a love for ballroom dancing and worldwide cruising.

Beverly spent the last remaining years of her life, residing in the suburbs of Austin, Texas. At her request, Beverly will be cremated, and no services will be held. In lieu of flowers, please remember Beverly by donating to the animal shelter of your choice.

John J. Oshel

John J. Oshel of Temple died Wednesday, March 23, 2022.  He was born in Chanute, Kansas, December 11, 1935. At 17 with his parents’ permission, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After his service, he attended Emporia State Teachers College where he met and later married Frances Jeannette Wallace. He spent the majority of his career with IBM and retired in their employ.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his wife Jeannette, brother, Dwight, sister, Dovie, and great-grandson, Jayce Forsberg.  He leaves behind and is missed by his daughter, Melany Forsberg, sons, John E. and Douglas Oshel and their families.  He also leaves nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

As per his wishes, no funeral or memorial service is planned.

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Duane Theodor Napp, Ph.D.

1933 — 2022

Duane was born Owatonna, Minnesota, to Theodor and Bertha Napp. Duane’s father was killed in an automobile accident five days after he was born. At the farm home of his maternal grandfather, Peter Krey, he was baptized in front of his father’s casket. Duane and his mother lived with his grandparents until he was three-and-a-half years old, after which they moved to Austin, Minnesota. His mother converted their home into four apartments, renting out three of them. In 1942, with the beginning of WWII, his mother began working nights at The Hormel Company. Duane learned to be independent, and to cook and take care of himself. He attended Austin public schools, working at the Austin Dairy and Woolworth’s, before graduating in 1951. Duane graduated from Austin Junior College in 1953 and from the University of Minnesota in 1956, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Natural Science. When in college he worked for the Austin Engineering Department during the summers surveying for the city.

While in college, Duane dated Arlene Anhorn and they became married in June of 1956. Upon graduation, they both taught school in Minnesota and California. In 1959, their first child, Brian, was born and Arlene become a full-time homemaker. Duane then attended University of Michigan during which time Tracy was born. Duane received a Masters degree in chemistry in 1961. Upon graduation, Duane taught at Slippery Rock State University, where he was a professor of chemistry for three years. He took a leave of absence to further his education and enrolled at the University of Minnesota where he obtained his Doctorate in Electroanalytical Chemistry in 1967. While at the University, Bradley and Timothy were born.

As a teacher, Duane was innovative and was well respected by both his high school students and college students. He inspired many of his high school students to enroll in college and receive bachelor’s degrees. Many of his college students sought his advice on career choices, and he encouraged many to pursue advanced academic degrees.

Upon completion of his Ph.D., Duane left the world of academia and began a long career at IBM Corporation in Endicott, New York. In 1983, he moved the family to Austin, Texas, before retiring from IBM in 1987. As a scientist at IBM, he managed many critical projects to assure the introduction of new products. He generated numerous technical papers and patents and presented technical research at a variety of scientific conferences. He received numerous awards for his contributions. After retirement from IBM, he subsequently worked at Digital Equipment Corporation, and National Center for Manufacturing Sciences as well as engaged in professional consulting. At DEC, he provided leadership in the development of their first mainframe computer.

In 2019, he was acknowledged with the Austin High School Distinguished Alumni Award.

In his later years, Duane suffered from Inclusion Body Myositis but always remained involved with his family and was always optimistic. He passed away in Houston in 2022.

Duane is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Arlene. He is survived by his son, Brian (Sheilah) and grandson, Evan, of Idaho, daughter, Tracy Napp of Minnesota, Brad, (Joanna) and grandsons, Parker and Hayden of Austin, Texas, Tim (Patricia), grandson, Ted and granddaughter, Tori of Houston, Texas. Duane was a devoted father to his four children and encouraged their education. He loved to travel throughout the U.S. with his family. After his children left home, he and his wife, Arlene, did extensive travel throughout Europe. He will be severely missed by his family and everyone who knew him.