Sun | Obituaries | July 2022 (2022)

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Published July 20, 2022

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Theodore (Ted) R. Girvan

Theodore (Ted) R. Girvan, 83, passed away on July 14, 2022, in Georgetown. He was a long-time resident of Middlesex, New Jersey.

Ted Girvan was born on June 12, 1939, in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, to Francis Girvan and Mary Girvan.

Ted graduated from St Mary’s High School, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, in 1957 and went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Bucknell University. He started his career at Pittsburgh Steel as a Civil Engineer and went on to work at Merck for 25 years.

Ted married Maria Capone in 1961, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, in Kingston, Pennsylvania, and was married for 61 years. The couple had two children, Lisa Mickel and Michael Girvan.

Ted was a longtime volunteer fireman of 41 years. He started his volunteer career in Warminster, Pennsylvania, at the Hartsville Fire Co. When he moved to Middlesex, New Jersey, he became a member of the Beachwood Volunteer Fire Department, where he became President and Assistant Chief and was honored as a lifetime member. Once he retired to Texas, he was a member of the Round Rock Volunteer Fire Department followed by the Florence Volunteer Fire Department. Ted also volunteered at the Williamson County Fire Museum.

Ted was also a master woodworker and “Mister Fixit.” He made beautiful wood creations for family, friends, and the Santa Rosa Church.

Last but not least, he loved his antique cars. He built a barn and filled it with eight cars and an antique fire truck, which he and a few others restored. He loved to tinker with them all. But his pride and joy was a green 1958 Ford Edsel. He took that car to many car shows and even won a few awards.

Along with his many interests and hobbies, Ted and Maria were world travelers. They traveled for both business and pleasure. They covered eight continents and much of the U.S. They took 42 cruises and loved every minute of them.

Ted was a man who could not sit still and loved to be involved with many different things.

Ted is survived by Maria Girvan, spouse of 61 years, of Georgetown, Lisa [Kent] Mickel, daughter, of Leland, North Carolina, Michael [Dawn] Girvan, son, of Stafford, New Jersey, Johnny Benton, grandson, of Seattle, Washington, Travis Mickel, grandson, of Wilmington, North Carolina, Courtney [John] MacDonald, granddaughter, of Lebanon, New Jersey, Brynleigh MacDonald, great granddaughter, of Lebanon, New Jersey, Evan Mickel, grandson, of White Plains, New York, Erica Girvan, granddaughter, of Somerville, New Jersey, Skylar Girvan, granddaughter, of Middlesex, New Jersey, Kathryn [Clark] Beurlen, sister, of Tarpon Springs, Florida.

Theodore was preceded in death by Francis Girvan, father, Mary Girvan, mother, Edward Girvan, brother, Robert Girvan, brother, Frank Girvan brother.

The service for Ted Girvan will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Santa Rosa De Lima Catholic Church, Georgetown.

Visitation will also be held at Middlesex Funeral Home, Middlesex, New Jersey, on Friday, July 22, 2022, from 9 - 11 a.m.

Burial at Fern Knoll Cemetery, Dallas, Pennsylvania.

In lieu of flowers, please make any donations in Ted’s name to The Williamson County Fire Museum at Old Settlers Park, Round Rock, Texas, or to the Beachwood Volunteer Fire Dept, Middlesex, NJ 08846.

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Nelson Richard Barrett

Nelson Richard Barrett, of Liberty Hill, passed away on Saturday, July 16, 2022. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Ann Barrett, and son, Nelson David Barrett. He is survived by daughter, Carolann Barrett (Donna) of Cambridge, Massachusetts; son, Craig (Rick) Barrett (Christine), of Houston; daughter-in-law, Joyce Barrett, of Wilton, Connecticut; grandson, Luke Barrett of Seattle, Washington; and stepdaughters, Ria Van Fossen (Martin) and Margaret Sanna (Mark). Nelson enjoyed life to the fullest, and his life was enriched by the thousands of people he met on his journey.

Nelson was born in Buffalo, New York, on May 26, 1927. He enlisted in the Army to serve in WWII and was stationed in Germany. He graduated from the University of Rochester Law School. He was married to Phyllis Raffauf until 1974, and they had three children. He married Dorothy Ann Zanzano in 1976. They moved to Liberty Hill in 1984. Nelson was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Georgetown, where he served on the missions committee. He was an active member, Paul Harris Fellow, and proud past president of Rotary Clubs in Georgetown and in Orchard Park, New York. Nelson was a pilot, and he and Dorothy enjoyed many years of traveling around the world. His hobbies included history, photography, flying, scuba diving, and stamp collecting.

A funeral service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Georgetown on Wednesday, July 20, at 10:30 a.m., preceded by a graveside service with military honors.

Death Notice

Melba Doering, 88, died on July 13, 2022, in Georgetown. Services for Mrs. Doering are currently pending at Christ Lutheran Church. Please check back for more details.

Published July 17, 2022

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Dennis Earl Bryant

Dennis Earl Bryant left his earthly home on July 10, 2022, to be reunited in heaven with his beloved daughter April. He leaves behind a devoted family — his wife, Trish; his daughter, and son-in-law, Cristy and David Schuler; his dear grandsons, Jack and Jett Philpott; his brother, Pete and wife, Rose, their children: Gary, Petey, Jennifer, and Mandy; his brother-in-law, Bain Ward and wife, Jackie, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Dennis was born on February 11, 1948, in San Angelo, to LaVerne and Earl Bryant. He graduated from Alpine High School in 1967 where he was a proud member of the Fighting Bucks football team. His athletic prowess led him to obtain a football scholarship at the University of New Mexico. He left UNM to serve in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from June 1970 to August 1971, where he rose to the rank of an E6 Sergeant. When he returned to the United States, he graduated from Sul Ross State University. All the while, still in love with his high school sweetheart, he then married the love of his life, Trish in 1972. This July 22 would have been their 50th wedding anniversary.

Dennis Bryant leaves behind a legacy of patriotism, teamwork, and honor that impacted the lives of countless young men. He absolutely loved coaching football, and he loved turning young boys into men. He strongly believed in developing the character of his athletes, and that football, albeit hard work, should also be fun. He began his coaching career in Marfa, and culminated in Midland at Midland Lee High School. His coaching career led him and his family throughout the west Texas towns of Odessa, Monahans, Abilene, Kermit, Alpine and Garden City. Through the years he coached basketball, track, golf, and most influentially, football. Perhaps his most exciting moments were being on the Midland Lee Rebels staff that won three consecutive Texas High School state championships. He was also well-respected not only by his players but also by other coaches in the world of Texas High School football. He was selected by his peers to serve on the Texas H.S. Board of Directors, the All-Star selection committee, and coached in a North-South All-Star game.

The outside accolades of his life pale in comparison to his love and devotion to his family. DE was an original “girl dad.” He raised his daughters to be athletic, fierce, and self-assured warriors. He attended their games, meets, and practices and instilled in them a love of God and country as well as fairness. D.E. and Trish moved to Georgetown in 2008 to be closer to their daughters Cristy and April and of course, grandsons, Jack and Jett. Coach Bryant was a terrific dad, and an even better Papa. He was a regular spectator at Jack and Jett’s games, as well as working on pass plays in the back yard. His pride in his grandchildren was evident, and his influence on them unmeasured. His grandsons strove every day to earn his respect and meet his expectations.

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Dennis Bryant loved life and loved people. He enjoyed every day to its fullest, whether it be playing golf or eating a meal. He never met a stranger and could put anyone at ease. Even when dealing with his own health issues in recent years, he couldn’t help but brag to anyone who would listen about his grandsons’ accomplishments. He was especially proud on two counts for this coming year. The first being that Jett would be playing Liberty Hill High School football and the other being Jack’s appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. However, he was concerned about missing any of the boy’s upcoming events since it was getting more difficult to climb those bleachers. Rest easy, Coach, you now have a front row seat to watch all that they will accomplish. We love you and miss you terribly.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19, in the Chapel of Ramsey Funeral Home. A reception will follow the service in the Reception Hall of Ramsey Funeral Home.

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Charles Buddy Rogers Turner

Charles Buddy Rogers Turner of Georgetown died July 11 at age 88. He was born on January 28, 1934, in Rosanky to Roger Clifton Turner and Felton Grohman Turner.

Charles grew up in Coupland and graduated from Elgin High School in 1952.

Watching his grandfather, father, mother, and many other family members work for the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (Katy) Railroad, it was only natural that Charles would begin his career as an Agent-Telegrapher with the MK&T. Charles worked across much of Texas during his early career; while on an assignment in Waco, he was asked by a coworker to go on a double date with two young ladies who were attending Baylor University. This was the start of a long and happy relationship. Charles and Irelene (Worrell) were married on March 2, 1956, and recently celebrated 66 years of marriage.

During his 25 years with the Katy Railroad, Charles worked in many cities including Smithville, San Antonio, Dallas, Wichita Falls and Houston. In 1976, he was named Vice President of Operations of the Georgetown Railroad, and in 1983, he was appointed President of the Georgetown Railroad. He retired from that position in 1997 with more than 45 years of railroad service. Charles was an Honorary Member and Director at Large of the Katy Railroad Historical Society.

Charles was baptized at a gospel meeting at age 12 and was a faithful Christian throughout his life. He served in many roles in the church including as a deacon at the Georgetown Church of Christ, driving the church van to pick up members for services, helping Irelene as an assistant Bible class teacher, and organizing a weekly worship and communion service at the Wesleyan Nursing Home.

Charles had many interests including collecting railroad memorabilia, restoring and riding railroad motorcars, and even restoring a 1950 Santa Fe Pullman passenger railcar with his son, Lowell, which is now part of the Austin Steam Train Association’s Hill Country Flyer. He also enjoyed travel, taking numerous family vacations, and several private passenger railcar trips. Later in life, Charles and his Uncle Howard Finger attended the Indianapolis 500, which became a favorite memory. Another late-in-life interest was participation in 5K racing events, which Charles and Irelene enjoyed together. Charles took a keen interest in his grandchildren’s sporting and extracurricular activities, and he loved listening to classic country music, watching westerns, eating good barbecue, and most of all, spending time with family and friends.

Charles is preceded in death by his parents and special aunts and uncles including Bert and Howard Finger, Pershing Turner, and Alton Grohman.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Katie Irelene (Worrell) Turner, his daughter Dana Tucker and husband David, his son Lowell Turner and wife Cynthia, and his daughter Charlene Culpepper and husband Greg. He is also survived by grandchildren, Liz Hudson and husband, Brandon, Jenni Tucker, Matthew Turner, Jonathan Turner, Amanda Dominguez and husband, Gerardo, Danielle Alvarez and husband, Bryan, and Lela Meeks and husband, Alan as well as 11 great-grandchildren and a host of family and dear friends.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 19 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home in Georgetown. Funeral services will be at Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home in Georgetown on Wednesday, July 20 at 10 a.m. with burial to follow at IOOF Cemetery in Georgetown.

Memorial donations can be made to the Katy Railroad Historical Society, 22016 Senna Hills Drive, Garden Ridge, Texas, 78266.

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Richard Alton Holloway

Richard Alton Holloway (Ricky), 74, of Granger, passed away peacefully at his earthly home and into his eternal home with Jesus, on July 11, 2022.

He was born on October 16, 1947, in Pasadena, to Joseph A. Holloway and Lola Mae (Johns) Earle.

Ricky went to school in Liberty Hill, where he was quite the athlete, playing football, basketball and running track. He graduated in 1966, and joined the Air Force on July 11, 1966. He married the love of his life, Barbara Kirk on December 30, 1966. They built a life together and had three children, Rhonda, Brenda and John. Ricky spent most of his life working in construction and driving a truck. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He liked playing dominoes, dancing and listening to country music. In his early years, he was quite the pool player as well. He also enjoyed playing the lottery in his later years. He loved his family and will be greatly missed.

He is preceded in death by both of his parents, as well as his step-mother, Inez Holloway, sister, Debbie Thompson, sister, Jena Hill, and two grandsons, Christopher Wrinkle and Cody Hirstius.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Barbara, daughter, Rhonda Flick (Jeff) of Temple, daughter, Brenda Hirstius (David) of Holland, son, John Holloway of Bartlett, sister, Becky Walston (J.R.), brother, Joseph Holloway, brother, Robert Holloway (Jeanette), nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services were held Friday, July 15, 2022 in the Williams-Buck Cemetery in Liberty Hill.

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Richard Edgar Wheelis

Richard Edgar Wheelis, 81, of Georgetown, went to his eternal home on July 6, 2022. He was born in Corpus Christi, on August 16, 1940, to Lester W.(Bud) Wheelis and Ruth Pascoe Wheelis and had two brothers, Lester (Buddy) Wheelis and Mark Wheelis. He married Lois Reynolds in Corpus Christi in 1966, and they had two sons, Brian and Kevin.

Dick graduated from Roy Miller High School in 1958 and attended Del Mar Junior College in Corpus Christi, A&I College in Kingsville, and the University of Texas in Austin. After enlisting in the army in May 1963, he was sent to Vietnam and served as an aerial observer and an air traffic control operator. While in Vietnam, he earned the Air Medal for flying more than 75 combat missions. He was discharged in March 1965 and served additional years in the reserves. He returned to his studies at UT Austin in the summer of 1965 and graduated with an Aerospace Engineering degree in August of 1967. He and his bride moved to Hurst, where he spent 13 years at Bell Helicopter where he was a specialist in rotor design and also responsible for design, fabrication, and testing of wind tunnel models of helicopters. He authored a professional paper, “The Design and Fabrication of a One Quarter Size Mach Scaled Aeroelastic Rotor,” which was published by the Journal of American Helicopter Society in 1979 and was a co-holder of a U.S. Patent, “Bearingless Tail Rotor for Helicopters,” issued in 1981.

While the boys were growing up, Dick and his sons were involved in YMCA Indian Guides and he also coached their T-Ball and baseball teams. He and Lois always supported all the sports, concerts, competitions, school events, etc. their sons were involved in and later did the same for their grandchildren.

The family left Hurst in January 1981 and moved to Round Rock, when he joined Tracor Aerospace in Austin, later called Marconi, and then BAE Systems. There he enjoyed multiple assignments and projects with defense systems, more wind tunnel testing, a C-130 flight simulator project (where he ended up with about 300 hours in the pilot’s seat as demo pilot), and traveling all over the coastlines doing inventory on Coast Guard boats to upgrade the search and rescue systems. He received several Chairman’s Bronze Awards for Innovation over the years and served a three-year term on the UT Austin Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Visiting Committee to provide a bridge between the University and industry.

Dick’s avocations were flying and golf. While at UT Austin, he got his private pilot’s license through the Longhorn Flying Club and finished his commercial license with instrument and multi-engine ratings through Flight Dynamics in Fort Worth. While living in Hurst, he joined the Civil Air Patrol and attained the position of group commander. He flew many hours doing search and rescue, worked with teenagers interested in aviation, and did local charity work.

He enjoyed playing on a golf team in Arlington for several years with fellow Bell employees. He joined Georgetown County Club in 1990 and played regularly on weekends. He was anxious to live closer to the golf course so we moved to Georgetown in 1993. When he retired in 2005, he started playing four, five, and sometimes six days a week with various friends and members and enjoyed it immensely. He served on the GCC Board of Directors and was head of the grounds committee for several years. He was very proud of the two hole-in-ones he got on this golf course. He loved playing golf with his sons and got to make some fantastic trips with son, Brian, to major golf courses like Pebble Beach, played in several pro-ams, and attended the Masters in 2003.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his older brother, Buddy, and wife, Jan, his niece, Fran Bannahan, and infant twin granddaughters born too soon. He is survived by his wife, Lois, his brother, Mark, of Victoria, his son, Brian (Kim) of Round Rock, son, Kevin, of Richardson, grandsons, Ben, Patrick, and Brady, granddaughter, Megan, step-granddaughters, Taylor and Delaney, and great-granddaughter, Cora. He is also survived by sisters-in-law, Marilyn Lampman (Roger), Wanda Schulz, and Carolyn Reynolds, many nieces and nephews, greats and great-greats, and a host of friends.

The family wishes to thank St. David’s Hospital Georgetown, Wesleyan Memory Care, Wesleyan Home Health, and Wesleyan Skilled Nursing and Rehab for their kindness and care during Dick’s final weeks on earth.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Round Rock for the past 40 years. A memorial service will be held at FUMC at 1004 North Mays in Round Rock on Saturday, July 23, 2022. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. and service at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the FUMC, Parkinson’s Foundation, or a charity of your choice.

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George Thomas Timko

George (Tim) Timko, a resident of Wesleyan Independent Living, Georgetown, passed away peacefully on July 8, 2022, at the age of 93. He was born in Drifton, Pennsylvania. to George Timko, Sr. and Mary Timko.

“Tim” is survived by the love of his life and devoted wife of 26 years, Connie Florence Timko. Daughters Marie (Jeff) Dahmer and Michelle (David) Betts of Georgetown, Texas, grandsons Eston (Jennifer) Betts and Cray (Katherine) Betts and two great grandchildren, Remi and Nolan, of California, sister-in-law, Vada Timko, nephew, Timmy Timko and niece, Tobi Timko, of Pennsylvania, and Jane Brennan, of Florida. Brother-in-law, Chet (Christine) Geist of Austin, step-niece, Nicole Flood, and step-nephew, Bryan Geist. He was preceded in death by Pamela Timko, mother of his children, sister, Catherine Brennan and brother, Thomas Timko.

After high school graduation, Tim enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he served from 1948-1976, and reached the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. He was stationed at bases throughout the United States, England and Guam, training pilots on Flight Simulators. Tim was a charter member of the Veterans’ Memorial Plaza Group in Sun City. A tree and plague at that plaza, were dedicated to him by his wife, Connie, on Veterans’ Day on 11/11/11. They were active in many patriotic celebrations. Following his retirement from the Air Force, he moved to Austin and was employed for 21 years by Electronic Data Systems.

After Tim and Connie moved to Sun City in 2001, they fulfilled many dreams to travel throughout the world and enjoyed cruising the high seas and European rivers. He liked playing billiards, dancing and volunteering at the Williamson County Historical Museum. He was a member of The Worship Place in Georgetown.

Our sincere thanks to our family and friends for their support, and to the entire staff of Wesleyan Hospice for their care.

Services are pending. Burial with military honors will be held at the Central Texas Veteran’s Cemetery in Killeen. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tim’s memory to the Benevolent Fund of Wesleyan Independent Living, Georgetown, or a charity of your choice.

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George Randolph Meyer

Longtime Georgetown resident George Randolph Meyer, 90, passed away on June 17, 2022. He had recently moved to California to live near his daughter and grandchildren after losing his wife, Barbara, earlier this year. He was a beloved father, grandfather, husband, and teacher, whose kindness, humility, and service to others continue to inspire those who knew and loved him.

George was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1932 and grew up in nearby Anoka on the banks of the Mississippi River. After graduating from high school, George joined the army and served in the Korean War, where he was an assistant for a mobile dentist. Afterwards, he attended the University of Minnesota on the G.I. bill, earning his Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. He went on to serve in the Red Cross, taking him back to Korea, and then to Vietnam, where he served during the height of the Vietnam War.

In 1966, he married his wife, Barbara, who was his college girlfriend and fellow Anthropology major, and adopted her two young sons, Dana and John. His work for the Red Cross took the family to Lawton, Oklahoma, and ultimately to Austin, where they settled down and where daughter, Elizabeth, was born. Raising a son with developmental disabilities inspired both Barbara and George to become involved in special education, Barbara as an advocate, and George as a teacher. He earned his teaching certificate from the University of Texas and his Master’s degree in Education from Southwest Texas State University. He taught at the Texas State Schools for the Blind and for the Deaf and, in the later part of his career, taught children with special needs in Taylor and Hutto. He retired in 1992 with 23 years of service.

In his youth, George traveled throughout Asia, sparking a lifelong interest in Asian cultures. He continued to pursue this interest through decades of volunteer work, serving as President of the Austin chapter of the U.S. China People’s Friendship Association, leading tours of China during the years it was mainly closed to American visitors, and teaching English to recent Chinese immigrants in the Austin area. He maintained a lasting belief in the potential for human connection and understanding across cultural and political differences to create a more peaceful world.

He and Barbara shared an interest in antique collecting and together they sold antiquarian books and promoted and managed book and paper shows in Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas. George was an avid collector of political memorabilia; his comprehensive L.B.J. collection, acquired over decades, is now housed in the Poage Legislative Library at Baylor University. He and Barbara also shared a love of restoring old houses and together transformed a derelict historic home in Georgetown — a labor of love for nearly 20 years. A skilled handyman, George took great satisfaction in his house and yard projects, and into his late 80s, insisted on mowing his own lawn.

George is survived by his sons, Dana (Andrea) and John Meyer, daughter, Elizabeth Meyer (Armond Gauthier), and grandchildren, Pearl and George. A private interment will be held at IOOF Cemetery in Georgetown. In his memory, the family asks that donations be made to the Central Texas Foodbank or the American Red Cross.

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Robert Baden Clark

Robert Baden Clark (Bob) was born January 30, 1933 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Arthur Baden Clark and Mildred Grace (Sanford) Clark. He passed peacefully from this life June 29, 2022, in Georgetown, at the age of 89 surrounded by his children and family members.

Bob had lived in Georgetown since 2004, moving here from Overland Park, Kansas. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1955 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Business MBA. He was very proud to be a Wolverine. Robert enjoyed his profession, was recognized as a respected national expert for materials handling systems, and was awarded several patents for innovative and original engineering solutions. Bob enjoyed golf, telling jokes and was quick to point out that his memory was like a steel trap. He had an uncanny ability to recall dates of special memories shared with his family and friends that amazed all. He also enjoyed sailing, crossword puzzles, trivia, and playing cards — he was a brutal bridge competitor.

Robert and Kathleen Patricia Waite were united in marriage on June 1, 1956 in Chatham, Ontario, Canada. She preceded him in death on December 7, 2006. He was also preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Patricia Lynn Clark and a sister, Myrna Patricia Clark.

He is survived by his children, Gregory Baden Clark, his wife, Katherine, and their children, Alexander Baden Clark (Lorianne) and Kirstie Patricia Tedrick (Grayson), Shawn Elizabeth Sabo and her children, Justin Allan Sabo (Kyrstin) and Clark Kenneth Sabo (Lauren) and Todd William Clark, his wife, Cynthia Marie and their children, Sara Kathleen Clark, Lauren Frances Clark, Jack William Clark and Mackenzie Higgins Clark; great-grandchildren, Lincoln Baden Clark, Turner Albert Clark, Kora Satsuko Tedrick, Wesley Baden Sabo, Luke Rollins Sabo, Mollie Mae Sabo, Hadley Grace Weinland, Karlyn Elizabeth Sabo, Chloe Francesca Clark and a host of other relatives and friends.

A celebration of life gathering will be held Sunday, July 24, 2022, from 10 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. at Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home, 2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas, 78628.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Robert’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 42043, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73123

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Jennifer Nicole Hoff

We regretfully announce the passing of Jennifer Nicole Hoff, 47, of Austin. Jenn passed away on July 10, 2022, after battling Stage 4 colon cancer for the last 15 months.

Jenn was born to Harry B. and Vickie Lynn Hoff on December 5, 1974, in Granada Hills, California. An independent and vibrant personality from the beginning, Jennifer was an excellent wife, aunt, daughter, sister, godmother and nurse. Jennifer graduated from Diamond Bar High School and went on to study nursing at Mount Saint Mary’s College receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1999.

After graduating, she became a High-Risk Labor and Delivery nurse at UCLA. In 2007, she moved off the mainland to Honolulu and continued her career at Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women & Children. It was here she met William Reinhardt while living on her cousin Jerry’s sailboat. She returned from the islands and moved to Austin with Will in 2012, after spending a year in Escondido to be close with her immediate family.

Jennifer married William Reinhardt on June 6, 2014. Continued working at St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas bringing in new babies, training new nurses, heading the Bereavement Program, and being a rockstar patient advocate. She was loved by her coworkers; her “Tribe.”

In her personal time, she was the best auntie ever to her nieces and nephews; Lowen, Wylde, Ian, Dominic, Nathan and Ala.

Jennifer is survived by her parents, Harry Benjamin Hoff and Vickie Lynn Hoff, husband, William Reinhardt, Tabitha (Mimi ) Hoff (feline fur-baby), Foxy Reinhardt (canine fur-baby), brothers, Eric William Hoff and Stephen Hoff, sisters-n-law, Stacy Day Reinhardt, Mindy Dixon, and her godson, Easton Andrew Wales.

The service will be held Saturday, July 16, 2022, at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel in Georgetown at 3 p.m. and will be livestreamed for those who cannot join in person.

A fundraiser has been set up for funeral and medical expenses below:

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Debra Shobe

Debra Shobe (Debby/ “Shobie-do”) passed away unexpectedly Sunday, July 3, a few months before her 70th birthday. After persevering with dogged determination through a number of health problems including COPD and Parkinson’s Disease, she succumbed to a heart attack.

Her parents, Milo and Dorothy Shobe, predeceased her. She is survived by her sister, Tami Baker and husband Richard Baker; two nephews and a niece and their children: Dean Baker; wife, Kris, children Megan, Madi, and Mia; Dawn Cleaves; husband, Gardiner; children Liz and Kate; Ken Baker – wife, Anna, children, Dorothy and Matteo. All will miss her presence at family dinners and game times.

She enjoyed many pleasures and adventures growing up in the Rio Grande Valley, among them going to the beach, riding bicycles along the canals with friends, water skiing and rescuing kittens she found. She graduated from PSJA where she played clarinet in band, was a twirler in junior high, and was a member of several academic clubs.

Debby was proud to be a registered nurse, having earned a B.S. in nursing from the University of Texas, Austin. Nursing had been a passion since childhood and she was active in central Texas AORN (Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses).

Debby expressed her artistic side by earning a degree in Interior Design from The University of Texas, Austin, remodeling her homes, creating detailed “stuffed” dolls, designing and making her dresses she wore for competitive ballroom dancing, and growing orchids. She loved to travel, loved her cat families, was a fan of Doctor Who, and could easily get lost in a good crime/adventure or science fiction book or movie.

Per her wishes, Debby’s body will be cremated. A memorial service will be held at her home July 16. Instead of flowers, please make donations in Debby’s name to Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter, 1855 Southeast Inner Loop ( or Central Texas AORN (

The family expresses their gratitude to Debby’s friends Elizabeth and Gwendolyn who attempted to revive her and were there as EMS arrived. We are also grateful for the efforts of the EMS personnel and for the doctors and nurses at St. David’s North Austin who kept family informed and supported us.

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Blake Hovenden West

Blake Hovenden West died July 3, at the age of 90 in Georgetown.

Blake was born January 11, 1932 in the upstairs bedroom of his grandparent’s home in Bushnell, Illinois, to Maude Phinney Alexander and William West.

Blake attended secondary schools in both Illinois and Arizona. A graduate of Kemper Military Institute in Boonsville, Missouri, he was captain of the golf team and was named all-conference.

After Kemper, he graduated from the University of Houston where he met his wife, Katherine Satterwhite, and was active in ROTC and a member of the University of Houston golf team. They married in 1954 in Richmond. Both Katherine and Blake began their coaching careers in Katy. After their oldest daughter was born, the family returned to Illinois where Blake worked alongside his grandfather in banking and farming. Blake’s grandparent’s Nancy and Blake Alexander were very influential in Blake’s life. An avid outdoorsman, Blake learned to golf, fish, and hunt from his grandfather; pursuits which he taught his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Blake’s banking career took off at Farmer’s and Merchant’s State Bank in Bushnell and was followed by appointments in both New Mexico and Texas.

Blake was preceded in death by his parents, Maude Vance and William West.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Katherine Satterwhite West of Georgetown; his children: Nancy West of Georgetown, Jeana (Matthew) Kawamura of Newport Beach, California, Krisann West of Rockland, Maine, and Blake A. (Marsha) West of Colorado Springs, Colorado; his grandchildren: Katie Murphy, Christopher (Kristie) Murphy, Laura (Craig) Famoso, Paul (Lisa) Kawamura, Carrie (Adam) Stalnaker, and Kiley West; his great-grandchildren: Chase and Colby Johnson, Micheal Murphy, Madison, Taylor, and Brooklyn Famoso, and Brooks Kawamura; his brother, George (Chein) Vance of Bushnell, III, and two nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown or the OARS Foundation which works with first responders and past and present military personnel to promote physical, mental and social wellbeing through outdoor adventures and community outreach activities.

The service for Blake West will be held on Tuesday, at 11 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church.

Vincent Anthony ‘Tony’ Manning

Vincent Anthony “Tony” Manning, the Clock Man. Age 77, Georgetown.

Died: July 8, 2022, peacefully at home.

Date of birth: October 28, 1944.

Place: Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

Father: Vincent Anthony “Tony” Manning, Sr. Mother: Sarah Elizabeth Cotton Manning

Education: Pensacola College, Draftsman Military Service U.S. Navy, Viet Nam era

Wife: Charlene (McLaughlin) Reams Manning Married July 1, 2001.

Career: 30 years U.S. Mail Carrier;

Hobby of fixing old clocks became a business in his retirement years. He was a handy man who could fix almost anything. He did wood crafting, learned plumbing and carpentry from his father. He enjoyed yard work and working with potted plants.

He was a music lover: opera, big band, ‘50s-’60s and country. He was an animal lover, his preference was dogs.

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He is survived by his wife, Charlene; his daughter, Lisa Manning Domek and husband, Norman, granddaughter, Deanna Deporta; granddaughter, Rachel Jennings and husband, Jesse and great-granddaughter, Jasmine; step sons, Clint Reams and stepgrandson, Taylor Reams and wife, Connor and great-great-step grandson, Morgan, step; Ben Reams and wife, Alma, granddaughter, Maddie, grandson, Jayce,and granddaughter, Savannah; and his sister, Anita Manning.

Services will be held July 16, 10 a.m. at “Starry” 3001 Joe DiMaggio Boulevard, Building 300 Suite 300, Round Rock, Texas. 78665

In lieu of flowers the family suggests a gift to a worthy cause.

Published July 10, 2022

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Gerrie King

Gerrie King passed away during the 3 o’clock hour on the morning of June 18, 2022.

She was born to Esther and Robert Graupman on April 23, 1935 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

After high school graduation from St. Joseph’s Academy in 1953 in Minnesota, Gerrie decided to leave the cold and the snow and ventured to Long Beach, California. There she met Naval Officer, Lt. Charles M. King, III. They married in February 1960. Shortly afterwards they moved to Houston, Texas, and she became a Texan for life. Eventually she moved from Houston to Austin and finally to Georgetown.

Over the years she used administrative and training skills to find employment at Allstate, Continental Can Company, Occidental Petroleum Company, Farm Credit Bank of Texas, First Texas Bank, Tim’s Book Shop and Jan Hagara’s.

Gerrie was always faithful to church and service to God. And she was a kind and thoughtful friend to all who met her. She generously supported EWTN, Food for Friends and Samaritan’s Purse.

What she loved being most was a mother. She leaves behind two daughters, Caryn King and Judie King who will miss her very much. She also leaves behind two grandchildren and two great grandchildren as well as a niece, two nephews and other family members in Minnesota.

A funeral mass was held in her honor at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Corn Hill. She was then laid to rest at Holy Trinity Cemetery.

Blake West, 90, passed away on July 3, 2022, in Georgetown, TX. The service for Blake West will be held on Tuesday, at 11:00 AM at Grace Episcopal Church. You may share a message or memory in the online memorial guestbook at

Published July 6, 2022

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Geraldine Waldo Iltis (Gerri)

Geraldine Waldo Iltis (Gerri) of Georgetown passed away peacefully in her home on June 29, 2022, surrounded by her loving family. Gerri died at age 82 after a years-long battle with corticobasal degeneration (CBD), a rare brain disease.

She was born in Harlingen on July 31, 1939. She moved to San Antonio in 1952, where she met the love of her life, Leonard Iltis. They married on January 25, 1957. In 1966, they moved to Austin, where they raised their four children.

Family, faith, and home were her greatest joys. As a stay-at-home mom, she believed her role of mother was her most important job. Her most cherished role, though, was that of grandmother. Mimi lived for holidays and birthdays, and never missed her grandchildren’s school and sporting events.

Gerri’s faith was important to her. She and Leonard were active at St. Helen Catholic Church in Georgetown, where she relished her volunteer work with St. Vincent de Paul.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Helen Macomb Schnoke, and father, E.P. (Pat) Waldo. She is survived by her loving husband, Leonard Iltis; son, Wayne Iltis and wife, Sandi of Round Rock; daughter, Lynne Dodge, of Austin; son, Glenn Iltis and wife, Julie, of Georgetown; daughter, Andrea Ramirez and husband, Fletcher, of Buda; sisters, Elaine Cibulka and Judy Henckel; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel in Georgetown. Funeral Mass will be at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, July 8, at St. Helen Catholic Church in Georgetown, with internment following at Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates donations in her honor made to St. Vincent de Paul, CurePSP, or the Charity of your choice.

Published July 3, 2022

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Joe R. Maldonado

Joe R. Maldonado, 78, passed away peacefully in his home in Georgetown, Texas, surrounded by his family.

Joe was born on February 28, 1944, in Taylor, Texas to Eustacio Maldonado and Josefa Rodriguez with his twin sister Mary Barrera. Joe and Mary shared a very close relationship throughout his life.

Joe was a hard worker all his life. In the ’60s he worked making cabinets with Mearl Leffler. In the ’80s he worked with James Kuehne in air conditioning. In the ’90s he worked in landscaping with Ronnie Skaggs until his retirement in 2000.

Joe was a very loving father and grandfather to his daughter Joanna Maldonado and her children Jacob, Marcus, Desi and Julian; his son Joseph Daniel; his daughter Victoria Cynthia and her children Angelica and Brian Martinez; his son Adam and his three sons Matthew, Mason and Miles. Also Leon Mendoza Jr and his daughters Marisa and Emily, Lisandra and Miranda Tonkin. One great-grandson Israel Jose Maldonado.

Joe had eight sisters Carmen Garza, Delfina Moreno, Sandy Mojica Lorena Navarrette, Margarita Silva, Nancy Osuna, Martha Acosta and twin Mary Barrera.

Three brothers Juan Jacinto and Jesse Maldonado. He had 55 nieces and newphews whom he loved and they loved him very much.

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Memorial services will be held on Sunday, July 17, at

1 p.m. in the Georgetown Community Center.


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