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Reagan Texas Obituaries Page


This webpage is dedicated to the memory of those residents of the great town of Reagan Texas that have passed on in recent years. If you have an obituary you'd like to add to this page, please send me an email: leonard@forttumbleweed.net



Helen Louise McKelroy Latta
Died January 6, 2009

Helen Louise McKelroy Latta passed away January 6, 2009 in Mesquite, Texas. She is survived by her daughter,Linda Latta Butler of Mesquite, Texas and a son, Robert Galen Latta of Aurora, Colorado, 5 grandsons, 3 great-grandchildren, and her brother, Herman Joe McKelroy of China Spring, Texas.

Helen graduated from Reagan High School as Salutatorian in 1945. She moved to Waco and attended business school. She worked for the City of Waco, the City of Lacy-Lakeview, and H & R Block. She moved to Mesquite, Texas in 1994. There she was very active in her church and served as part-time church secretary.



Doris Downes
Born September 06, 1927 --died November 21, 2009

Doris Downes met and married her late husband T.C. Downes shortly after WW 2 and settled down in Reagan where she raised her children and lovingly cared for her many grand children and great grand children. Dorris died on November 21, 2009 leaving behind two Daughters and two sons, John Downes and Richard Downes.




Jessie Mae Route Stewart
August 24, 1912--March 28, 2010

Mrs. Jessie Mae Stewart, daughter of Emily Clark and Spell Route and granddaughter of Mary Eaden Clark and William Clark was born and lived her entire life in Falls County. Jessie Mae Route Stewart was one of two last living granddaughters of William Clark, an Emancipated Slave from Baton Rouge, LA. She lived her entire life in Reagan, Texas, full of life and love.

Ms. Jessie Mae was an educated woman. She attended school until the 11th grade when she had to drop out to care for her ailing grandparents. She could read and write and always said that no one could cheat her out of a red penny. She took pride in being able to read and write. She loved reading the paper, watching Jay Leno and receiving letters in the mail.

Jessie's siblings included William Mason, Charlie W. Mason, Castoria Bradley Watley, Maehelen Woolridge, and Marion Mason.

She was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Reagan, Texas.

Jessie Mae was married to Horatio Singleton and one child was born to this union, Doris Singleton Anderson.

Jessie Mae then married Sandy Stewart, Sr. and nine children born to this union: Robert Stewart, Arthur Stewart, Charlie Raymond Stewart (Deceased), Hattie Mae Stewart Turner, Sandy Stewart, Jr. (Deceased), James Stewart (Deceased), Ida Mae Stewart Moody, Ruth Ann Stewart Wilson, and Jearldine Stewart Young.

Jessie Mae had 18 Grandchildren, 48 Great-Grandchildren, and 20 Great-Great-Grandchildren.

Visitation and Memorial Service: Friday, April 2, 2010
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Reagan, Texas
Rev. James Taplin, Pastor
Homegoing Celebration: April 3, 2010
12:00 Noon
Marlin Baptist Church
Rev. Wayne Silas, Pastor
509 Bennett Street
Marlin, Texas 76661
Pastor James Taplin, Officiating
Interment: Clover Leaf Cemetery Bremond, Texas





Tim W. Shaunfield

December 30, 1923 - March 11, 2010

Tim W. Shaunfield, 86, of Reagan, entered into rest Thursday, March 11, 2010. He was burried in the Waite Cemetery in Reagan. Mr. Shaunfield was born Dec. 30, 1923, in Reagan, to Walter L. and Alma Wagnon Shaunfield. He was a graduate of Texas A & M University where he earned a degree in civil engineering in 1949, and he practiced in that field for over 30 years, working for Lumus Corporation in Houston. He retired in 1982 and moved back to Falls County where he has lived since that time. He was a most scholarly man who loved to read and to debate the scriptures. Mr. Shaunfield translated the new testament from the original Greek to English. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving aboard the USS Louisville during World War II, receiving 14 battle stars. He was a member of the Eastside Church of Christ in Marlin. He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Kate Shaunfield in 2003. Surviving him are his nephews, Miles and Randy Shaunfield of Rosebud, and Benny Shaunfield of Lake Limestone. Memorials may be made to The Tim W. and Annie Kate Shaunfield Scholarship Fund, C/O Edward Jones Investments, 200 Craik, Marlin, TX 76661


Frederick David VanCleave

August 22, 1920-November 8, 2008

Fred was born in Reagan, TX, the tenth child of the twelve children of Willliam G. VanCleave and Daisy Leana Dotson VanCleave. He graduated in 1940 from Reagan High School in Reagan Tx in a class of 29, following which he hitch-hiked with a friend to California.

Fred was an instructor in Army Anti-Aircraft in World War II in addition to which his employment included several years as a policeman in Pasadena Ca, a gas station owner in Houston Tx, and a book store owner also in Houston.

He met his companion of 52 years, Eddie Ayo Haws, in 1956 in Houston and became loving father to her son Edward Leon Haws when they were married on March 11, 1957 in Houston. They retired to Marlin Tx in June 1988.

Fred served his Lord for 32 years as a minister in the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in many areas, among which were Bryan, Hearne, Houston, and Marlin.

Fred is survived by his wife Eddie VanCleave, his son Edward Leon Haws, granddaughters Sherry Little and Tracy Post, six great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson born May 27, 2008. Also surviving are his only two living siblings: Mildred VanCleave Sherwood and W. G. VanCleave.

Fred was buried in Suggs Cemetery, Hearne Tx November 11, 2008 in a graveside service.

Margaret Hay
Jan. 11, 1930 - April 13, 2007

Margaret Tate Hay, 77, of Marlin passed away Friday, April 13, 2007. Funeral services were held Monday, April 16 at the First Baptist Church in Marlin, with Rev. Jimmy Phillips officiating. Burial followed at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Margaret was born Jan. 11, 1930 in Reagan, Texas to Fletcher and Effie (Swinnea) Tate. She married Hugh Thompson Hay March 31, 1951.

Margaret attended school in Reagan, graduating from Marlin High School. She then continued her education at North Texas and Baylor University. She taught Sunday school at the First Baptist Church for over 30 years and was a teacher at Presbyterian Day School for many years. Margaret was an avid bridge player until poor health permitted her not to.

Preceding Margaret in death were her parents and a brother Chester Tate.

Margaret is survived by her husband Hugh of Marlin; one sister, Mary Beth Malcik of Rosebud; one son, Scott Hay of Marlin; one daughter: Ann Rekieta of Reagan; son-in-law, James Rekieta of Reagan; three grandsons, Nathan Hay and wife Kim of Lott, Justin Hay of Marlin, and Jonathan Rekieta of Austin; several nieces, & nephews.





Edna White McCain
Dec. 12, 1916 - March 8, 2007

Edna White McCain, 90, of Marlin, entered into rest Thursday, March 8, 2007. Graveside service will be 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 10 at Waite Cemetery in Reagan with Rev. Clement Gordon officiating.

Edna was born Dec. 12, 1916 in Falls County to Herman H. and Birtie Wornat. She was a member of the Reagan Baptist Church. She loved to sew, she loved her family and people, and she also enjoyed playing the piano.

She was preceded in death by parents, husband, two brothers, a son and a son-in-law.

Survivors include two sons, Robert L. and wife Pat White of Angelton and Lester L. and wife Barbara White of Florence; one daughter, Joyce A. Raupe of Bryan College Station; a brother, W.A. "Dick" and wife Audrey Wornat of Marlin; three sisters, Mable and husband Johnny Ludwig of Arlington, Doris and husband William Goeke of Marlin, and Ruthie and husband Bill Coble of Burnett; four grandchildren; several great-grandchildren.



Received the following obituary notice curtesy of Travis Hetherington's daughter, Susan Hetherington Lloyd who lives in San Antonio.


William Zebulon Burke

William Zebulon Burke , DMV, 96, passed away Friday, April 14, 2006 as a result of complications of congestive heart failure. Instrumental in the establishment of the Northside ISD, he was honored in 2000 when the W.Z. 'Doc' Burke Elementary School was named for him.

Born in Reagan, Texas, he attended Texas A&M, graduating from the School of Veterinary Medicine in 1934. In the 1930s & 1940s he tested cattle for Bang's Disease & TB throughout TX & CA for the US Govt. until joining the Army during WWII. Following his honorable discharge as Lieutenant Colonel, he purchased a dairy farm on Bandera Road in San Antonio, TX & established a large animal practice.

In the late 1940s he survived Anthrax, sold the dairy farm & built the Bandera Road Animal Hospital, expanding the practice to include small animals. The hospital continues in operation today. Since his veterinary career retirement, he volunteered for the VA Hospital in Kerrville, TX; Memorial Primary School & Hope Hospice both in New Braunfels, TX.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Hazel of 66 years, his parents Zebulon and Leona Burke, and sister Betty Ellwood. He is survived by his children Betty Ann & Michael Canney, W.Z. (Bubba) & Karom Burke, & Susan & Gary Osborn; grandchildren Katherine West, Gary & Karen West, Siobhan & Steve Fingado, Laura Kathleen Haass & Kayanna Pace, Karen & Chris Carrillo, Tom & Kim Osborn, Joy & Trey Drake; great-grandchildren Marshall Rosales, Matthew & Jared West, Benjamin & Isabelle Carrillo, Hansley & Halley Osborn; & numerous family & friends.

His wit, sense of humor and care for all people was evident in that he never met a stranger. To know him was to love him.





Jane J. Burge
October 31, 1916 — Nov. 13, 2002

Services for Jane J. Burge are scheduled for 3:00 pm Monday, November 18, 2002 at St. Lukes Methodist Church with the Rev. Richard Edwards officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Mrs. Burge passed away November 13 as the result of injuries sustained in a fall in her home.

She was born October 31, 1916, in Reagan, Texas. Jane was valedictorian of her graduating class at Tivy High School in Kerrville, TX and attended Mary Hardin Baylor College.

She married Earl C. Burge on November 12, 1938, in Grove Hill, Alabama. Jane had a sharp wit, a keen intellect, and a life-long thirst for knowledge, viewing each day for an opportunity to learn. She demanded excellence of herself, and strongly encouraged it in her family and friends. Though not a trained theologian, her depth of knowledge of the Bible, it’s history and context was the envy of many and equaled by few. She used this knowledge extensively, teaching Sunday School and Bible study for many years. She was an active member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Midland until 1999, when she moved to Houston to live nearer her daughter. She found great joy in nature. Bird watching and spring drives to see the wildflowers were favorites of hers.

Jane was a true patriot, even when that was not fashionable. She was proud that all three of her sons chose military careers, and that they had a combined total of over 66 years of service to the Nation. Also deeply religious, Jane took pride in knowing that her daughter found her calling as Director of Christian Education at her church.

Mrs. Burge was preceded in death by her parents, Stanfield S. and Perla Chapman Jones; her husband, Earl C. Burge; a granddaughter, Sharie Burge; and a great-grand daughter, Courtney Renee Conner.

Survivors include three sons: Earl S. (Stan) Burge and wife Irene of Abilene, TX; Pruett W. Burge and wife JoAnn of Warner Robins, GA; and Andrew L. (Andy) Burge and wife Deborah of Comfort, TX; one daughter, Janell Schultz and husband David of Spring, TX; her brother, Frank D. Jones and wife Bernice of Kerville, TX; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one niece.




Ruth Thomas Davison
November 3, 1896-June 3, 1998

Ruth Thomas Davison of Reagan died Wednesday, June 3, 1998 at a local nursing home at the age of 101. She was buried at Waite Cemetery in Reagan, Texas.

Mrs. Davison was born November 3, 1896 in Lanham in Hamilton County to parents James William and Martha Ann Adams Thomas. She attended schools in Needmore and Lanham and graduated from Hamilton High School. Ruth attended college at North Texas Normal College in Denton and taught school in Pottsville and Hico before coming to Reagan to teach in 1919.

Ruth married Hugh Tankersley Davison of Reagan on November 16, 1920. (Hugh died April 20, 1977). Ruth taught one year after marrying and did substitue teaching for a number of years. She was an active member of the Reagan Methodist Church in Reagan and was always interested in local community and political affairs. She was president of the P.T.A. Her hobbies included quilting, sewing and gardening.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. H.T. (Ruth Ann) Torgerson of Marlin; a son Hugh Thomas (Tom) Davison of Bryan; five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.



Archie Herbert Hetherington
September 24, 1908-April 20,2003

Archie Herbert Hetherington, 94, of Reagan, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2003, at Falls Community Hospital in Marlin.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 23, 2003, at 11:30 a.m. at Adams Funeral Chapel in Marlin with the Rev. Curtis Holland officiating. Interment was at the Calvary Cemetery in Marlin.

Archie Herbert Hetherington was born Sept. 24, 1908, in Reagan, to John Charles and Frances Emma Tanner Hetherington.

Archie married Vida Elizabeth Sissom in Belton on Dec. 24, 1934. Mr. Heterington lived his entire life at Reagan, where he farmed and was a carpenter and paper hanger. He was a member of Reagan Baptist Church.

Archie Hetherington is survived by a daughter, Frances Elizabeth “Beth” Boettcher and her husband, Charles, of East Bernard; son, Dan Herbert Hetherington and his wife, Sharon, of Waco; grandchildren, Jerry Clem Boettcher and his wife, Robin, of East Bernard, Brenda Boettcher Hood and her husband, Jeff, of Austin, Kevin Hetherington and his wife, Michelle, of Waco, Jason Hetherington of San Marcos; step-son, Kris Neill of Austin; eight great-grandchildren and one foster great-grandchild; sisters-in-law, Irene Hetherington and Obelia “Bill” Hetherington of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Evelyn Snodgrass of Irving; brothers-in-law, Edward Sissom and Bill Sissom of Irving;and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Vida Hetherington, his parents and his brothers, Andrew Monroe Hetherington and John Arthur Hetherington.





Brigadier General Travis Monroe Hetherington, USAF (Ret.)
February 20, 1908-October 22, 2002


Brigadier General Travis Monroe Hetherington, USAF (Ret.) passed away on October 22, 2002 after a lengthy illness at Air Force Village II. He was born in Reagan, Texas,(Tarbox) on February 20, 1908 to George and Fannie (Herridge) Hetherington.


Reagan Loses a Bright Star, Brigadier General Travis Monroe Hetherington


Travis graduated from Reagan High School in 1926 and entered Tyler Business College and later Texas A&M. In 1929, he received a congressional appointment to the U.S. Military Academy. He graduated in 1933.

Second Lieutenant Hetherington's initial assignment was that of student officer at Randolph Field, Texas. In 1934, he received his pilot's wings at Kelly Field. Lieutenant Hetherington's first assignment after Kelly Field was with the 72nd Bombardment Squadron on Ford Island, located in Pearl Harbor.

In 1936, he was ordered to Chanute Field, II., where he attended the Communications Officers' Course. He was retained there as an instructor. From 1939 to 1945, he was the director of various Radio and Radar Schools, two of these he organized and activated. They were the largest technical schools in the Air Training Command. During this period, he was progressively promoted from first lieutenant to colonel. Such activities earned Colonel Hetherington the Army Commendation Ribbon, and later in 1945, the Legion of Merit.

In 1945, Colonel Hetherington was ordered to the Pacific Theater, where he was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff and later A-3 of the Fifth Bomber Command. In 1946, he became Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, Fifth Air Force. For this particularly superior ability and diligent work in the Fifth Bomber Command, he was awarded the Second Army Commendation Ribbon. From July 1947 to July 1948, he commanded the 315th Composite Wing in Fifth Air Force, Japan.

Upon returning to the U.S. from Japan in August, 1948, Colonel Hetherington entered the Air War College from which he graduated in 1949. His next assignment was as Commander of the U.S. Air Force Security Service at Brooks Field, Texas. In January, 1951, he moved to Washington, D.C., where he became Deputy Director of the National Security Agency. For the next two and one-half years, while working as Deputy Director of NSA, Colonel Hetherington attended The George Washington University two nights each week. He received his Master's Degree in Advanced Management from that institution in November, 1953. Following graduation from the National War College in 1954, Colonel Hetherington was appointed Director of Operations of the 806th Air Division Lake Charles Air Force Base, LA. During this assignment, he attended the B-47 Transition School at McConnell Air Force Base. When the 379th Bombardment Wing (Medium) was activated at Homestead Air Force Base, FL, he was designated its Commander. On May 31, 1957, he assumed command of the 823rd Air Division at Homestead, being promoted to Brigadier General in July, 1957. In June, 1957, he was awarded an Oak Leaf Cluster to the Commendation Ribbon. The citation which accompanied this award read in part: "As Commander, 379th Bombardment Wing, Colonel Hetherington continually exhibited the highest qualities of leadership and resourcefulness in developing his organization within the time limitations from a small cadre to a highly effective and efficient combat unitÉ(he) surmounted many obstacles prevalent in building a formidable bombardment wing, applying mature judgment and enthusiasm to enable his unit to assume its position as an integral part of the command mission. General Hetherington was awarded the first oak leaf cluster to the Legion of Merit in October, 1958 for distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct of outstanding service during the period June 1, 1957 to August 15, 1958 as commander, 823rd Air Division, Strategic Air Command. The citation stated "The professional and aggressive leadership displayed by General Hetherington had a profound effect upon the buildup of Homestead Air Force Base, and was a significant factor in making his command an integral element in the strike force of the Strategic Air Command". Following his assignment with the 823rd Air Division, General Hetherington was a student at the Military Assistance Institute, Arlington, VA. Later, in November, 1958, he became Chief, Air Force Section, Military Assistance Advisory Group, Japan. In July, 1959, the general assumed command of the 39th Air Division, Japan. Two years later, he became deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Operations, Headquarters, Pacific Air Forces at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.

Gen. Heatherington retired from the United States Air Force August 31, 1963. Upon his retirement, Gen. Hetherington embarked on his second illustrious career. He formed T. Hetherington & Daughters, Inc., a home-building company with his wife and two daughters. During the twenty-five years of business, the company built 500 homes in San Antonio and Leon Valley.

Gen. Hetherington established a special scholarship fund at the Reagan United Methodist Church for four-year scholarships for young women and men from Falls County to attend Texas A&M University and local community colleges. These scholarships enabled 150 young people to obtain higher educational degrees. Travis was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Lois Elaine Herridge. He is survived by his daughters, Susan Elaine Lloyd of San Antonio, and Mary Carolyn Lee of Colorado Springs, CO; four grandchildren, Joseph Sanders Rogers, III, Melissa Elaine Withaeger, Melinda Lee Ferguson and Robert Travis Lee. MEMORIAL SERVICE SATURDAY 11:00AM UNIVERSITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 5084 De ZAVALA ROAD Chaplain Jim Thompson, officiating. Graveside Service was held in Reagan, Texas.



Essie Johnson Kirkpatrick, Age 92
Dec. 6, 1911-Mar 1, 2004



Essie Johnson Kirkpatrick was born Dec. 6, 1911 in Bremond, Texas to Emory and Georgia (Jackson) Johnson.

Essie was a member of Reagan Baptist Church and a life-long resident of this area. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh, in 1985 and her daughter, Linda, in 2002. She was a loving and kind person and was especially happy when surrounded by her family.

Essie was married to Hugh Kirkpatrick and they had five children including:
Robert W. Kirkpatrick of Klein
Billy H. Kirkpatrick of Arlington
Betty J. Mackie of Arlington
Jack T. Kirkpatrick of Ladonia
and Linda Kirkpatrick (died in 2002).

Essie had worked in the cafeteria both in Reagan and Marlin and later she and Hugh ran a little grocery store in Reagan.

Essie is survived by her children, Robert W. Kirkpatrick of Klein; Billy H. Kirkpatrick of Arlington; Betty J. Mackie of Arlington; and Jack T. Kirkpatrick of Ladonia; 12 grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Tim Mackie, Karl Kirkpatrick, Kevin Kirkpatrick, Keith Kirkpatrick, David Kirkpatrick and William Zermeno.

Essie was buried at Waite Cemetery in Reagan.


Thagard Keith "T.K." Kirkpatrick
July 15, 1900-1999

MARLIN — Services for Thagard Keith "T.K." Kirkpatrick, 99, of Reagan, Texas, were held at Adams Funeral Home Chapel in Marlin, Texas with burial in Hillcrest Cemetery.
T.K. was born in Tomlinson Hill, Texas. He attended what was then called Texas A&M College and taught in Ozona, Texas. He operated a lumber yard in Reagan and was a farmer and rancher.
He was a member of Reagan Methodist Church and served as Sunday School superintendent for 40 years. He was a member of the Reagan and Marlin school boards and a member of the Reagan Homecoming Association.
Survivors include one son, Donovan Kirkpatrick of College Station; one daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Tom Griffin of Houston; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Mary V. Kirkpatrick
April 9, 1908- April 2, 1992

Mrs. Mary V. Kirkpatrick of Reagan, Texas died Friday, April 2, 1992 in Temple, Texas at the age of 84. Funeral services were at 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 5, at Adams Funeral Home Chapel in Marlin, Texas with burial in Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin.

Mrs. Kirkpatrick was born April 9, 1908, at Bremond, Texas. She earned a B.A. and M.A. at Baylor University and taught school at the West End School in Wootan Wells and later was a teacher and principal at Reagan. She then was a 4th grade teacher at Marlin where she taught for 30 years.

She was a 50-year member of Delta Kappa Gamma, honorary teacher's sorority. Mrs. Kirkpatrick received the 50 year pin in Austin in 1988 as well as the Chapter achievement award. She was a member of the Marlin Retired Teachers Association, the Learners Club, the Marlin Community Garden Club and the Tuesday Afternoon Bridge Club of Marlin. Mrs. Kirkpatrick was a member of the Reagan Methodist Church where she was a long time Sunday School Teacher and pianist.

Survivors include her husband, Thagard K. Kirkpatrick; a son Lt. Col. (Ret) Donovan Kirkpatrick of College Station; a daughter, Karen K. Griffin of Houston; and two granddaughters.

what was then called Texas A&M College and taught in Ozona, Texas. He operated a lumber yard in Reagan and was a farmer and rancher.
He was a member of Reagan Methodist Church and served as Sunday School superintendent for 40 years. He was a member of the Reagan and Marlin school boards and a member of the Reagan Homecoming Association.
Survivors include one son, Donovan Kirkpatrick of College Station; one daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Tom Griffin of Houston; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.




John T. Kubiak
Dec. 20, 1914 - April 13, 2001

ROCKDALE Services for John T. Kubiak, 86, of Rockdale were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rockdale with the Rev. Robert Herald of St. Joseph's Catholic Church officiating. Mr. Kubiak died Friday in the North Austin Medical Center.

He was born in Robertson County and lived in the Reagan area for approximately 15 years. John was a former and later a small business owner in Reagan (Kubiaks Garage). In 1955, John went to work for Alcoa Aluminum in Rockdale where he worked for 22 years before his retirement in 1977. He was a rancher and farmer at the time of his death.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Connie Snider Kubiak, a daughter, Jean Condieff, and a son, state Rep. Dan Kubiak.

Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Leonard and Rosemary Kubiak and Dr. L.B. and Jenny Kay Kubiak, all of Rockdale, and Dr. Richard and Linda Kubiak of Giddings; a daughter and son-in-law, Shirley Ann and Ricky Stewart of Rockdale; three brothers, Floyd Kubiak of California, Frank Kubiak of Rockdale and Lee Kubiak of Houston; two sisters, Willie Kwasnica of Bremond and Verna Snider of Houston; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.



Daniel James Kubiak
March 19, 1938-- August, 1998


(1938-1998) Daniel James Kubiak was born March 19, 1938 in Reagan, (Falls County) Texas (near Bee Creek a couple of miles west of HW 6), the oldest son of John T. and Connie Snider Kubiak. Dan graduated from Reagan Jr. High (8th grade class of 1953) and graduated from Marlin High School in 1957 where he was class president and a letterman in football, basketball, track and baseball.

Dan Kubiak received an Associate of Arts Degree in 1959 from Blinn College in Brenham, Texas and a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1962 from the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. He attended UT on a football scholarship. In 1968 he received his Masters of Education from Midwestern University in Wichita Falls, Texas and performed graduate work at Georgetown University in Washingon, D.C. Kubiak later received a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Texas.

Dan Kubiak was a teacher and coach for Vernon Public Schools, Vernon, Texas (1962-1963) and Cypress-Fairbanks Public Schools, Houston, Texas (1963-1968). He was a semi-pro football player for the 1962 state champion Vernon Vikings. He received the Teacher of the Year Award in 1967 for both Cypress-Fairbanks High School and the Texas State Teachers Association District Award.

Kubiak began his political career in 1968 when he won his first term in the 61st Texas Legislature by defeating the incumbent state representative of District 27 (Milam, Falls and Robertson Counties). He was reelected to his second term in 1970 and in 1972 defeated the District 36 (Burlington, Milam, Robertson, Washington and Waller Counties) incumbent to win his third legislative term. In 1973 Kubiak was a delegate to the historic constitutional convention in Milam County as Chairman of the Committee and Section on Education. He was later reelected in 1974, 1976, 1978 and 1980 as the representative for District 36.

During these seven terms in office, Kubiak served on the Education Committee, Agriculture and Livestock Committee, Parks and Wildlife Committee, Penitentiaries Committee, Special Committee on Four-Quarter School Plan, Rules Committee and the Appropriations Committee. He served as Chairman of the Budget and Oversight Committee and the Subcommittee on Federal Funds during the 67th Legislature (1981), his seventh term in office. Speaker of the House Bill Clayton appointed Kubiak as Chairman of the State Fire Ant Committee in 1981. After his seventh term in office, Kubiak left public office to pursue other political and business interests. He unsuccessfully ran for Texas Land Commissioner in 1982 and lost to Republican Phil Gramm in a special election for U.S. Congress in 1983. In 1984, he lost another bid for Congress againtist the GOP's Joe Barton of Ennis. During this time he also concentrated on personal real estate, farming and construction projects. In 1990 Kubiak was reelected to his 8th term in the legislature representing District 13 (Burlington, Milam, Robertson, Washington and Waller counties). He was reelected in 1992, 1994 and 1996.

In 1992, District 13 was redrawn to include Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Lee, Milam and Washington Counties. During these terms he served on the Higher Education Committee, the Agriculture and Livestock Committee, the Committee to Study Texas State Technical College, the Appropraitions Committee, the Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee and the Joint Interim Committee on State Investment Policy. He served as Chairman of the Funding Formulas for Higher Education Committee, the Deferred Maintenance Committee, the Sub-Committee for regulatory Agencies and the Oversight of Major Information Systems Interim Committee. Kubiak was Vice-Chairman for the Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee. Kubiak was running for reelection in 1998 when he died unexpectedly at his home in Rockdale, Texas.

Throughout his 22 years in public office he was the recipient of many awards and a member of many private and non-profit organizations in addition to being active in his hometown community of Rockdale, Texas. Dan Kubiak was the father of three children and is buried at the Texas State Cemetery.




Elizabeth Jean Kubiak Cundieff
November 5, 1942- May 1997

Jean was born on a farm 2 miles west of Reagan and attended Reagan elementary school up to the 5th grade. In 1955, she moved to to Rockdale. At Rockdale, Jean became a standout in girls basketball leading her team to the state playoffs in 60/61.

Jean graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. Jean taught school at Sealy and then became librarian at Blinn College. Jean married Newton Cundieff and moved to Alvin where Jean worked as a schoolteacher and wrote a series of educational articles for the local newspaper. Then in 1971, Jean and Newton moved to Farson, Wyoming where she taught English and reading for all grade levels 1 through 12.

Jean was an outstanding teacher and educator (named Teacher of the Year twice) and made a big difference in the lives of her students. In her own life, Jean always pursued excellence and was a deeply religious person.

She continued her education obtaining a Masters degree in Education from the University of Wyoming and working on a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. Then in the early 90 s, Jean contracted breast cancer. For a while, be managed to live a normal life helping her brother Dan, campaign for office and working on her Ph.D.

During Jean s final two months, she was hospitalized in Seton's Hospital in Austin. Although racked with pain, her beautiful smile was an ever-present inspiration to us all. A few weeks before her death, Jean received her sheepskin diploma (Ph.D. in Education) from the University of Southern California.



Mildred Louise Land
Feb. 8, 1927- Oct. 29, 2001

Mildred Louise was born in Seale, Texas on Feb. 8, 1927 ; Died at age 74 on Oct. 29, 2001

Her surviving relatives include her husband, John Land of Reagan; four sons and daughters-in-law, Billy Ray and Carol Land of Bradyville, Texas, James David and Susan Land of Navasota, Jimmy Leverne and Sally Land of Reagan and Ronnie and Debra Land of Hockley; a daughter and son-in-law, Brenda Louise and Terry Ray Harp of Kerrville; her brother, Roger Taylor of San Antonio; and two sisters, Myrtle Brock and Evelyn Marlowe, both of San Antonio; 17 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.





TONY LOMBARDO
Nov. 13, 1929 - April 10, 2004

Tony Lombardo,74, was born November 13, 1929, in Eloise, Texas, to Joseph and Joanne Abate Lombardo. The son of Italian immigrants, Tony was very proud of his culture and heritage. He grew up on a family farm in the Brazos River Bottom in Falls County. He was a member of the last graduating class of Reagan High School in 1947 and served in Western Europe with the United States Army from 1951-1952. He married the former Providence Marie Salvato February 8, 1953, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Marlin.

Throughout his adult life, Tony worked the family farm and took much joy in caring for his crops and was known for his integrity, generosity, sense of humor and fairness. Tony loved to play dominoes and bocci ball and watch western movies.

Tony was raised in a family with much love but few resources, Tony worked as a carpenter in Bryan as a young man before returning to Falls County to farm and to work for his uncles in a cotton harvesting business. Through hard work, skill, and calculated risk taking, Tony achieved success in farming and eventually became co-owner of L&S Cotton Harvesting Company. His hard work meant a better life for the next generation of his family.

Tony is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Providence; daughters, Judy Green, husband Steve and grandson Aaron of Waco, JoAnne Cotto and husband Gabe of Wichita, Kansas; son, Tony Lombardo, Jr. and brothers, Paul and Pat Lombardo of Marlin; and sister Katherine Fazzino of Bryan. He was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.

Pallbearers were Joe Falco, Carl Salvato, Basil Margoitta, Phillip Todaro, Paul Wayne Lombardo and Joe Lombardo.



Bob Lee Matthews, Jr.
October 7, 1914- Dec. 28, 2002

Robert Lee (Bob)Matthews, Jr. Funeral Services Held on Monday Robert Lee Matthews, Jr., 88, of Reagan passed away Saturday, December 28, 2002 at a Marlin Hospital. Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at Adams Funeral Home Chapel in Marlin, with Rev. Phyllis Carey officiating. Interment was in the Waite Cemetery.
Robert Matthews was born on October 7, 1914 in Reagan to Robert L. and Beulah Peeples Matthews. He was a self employed rancher and a life long resident of Reagan. Bob served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and was a member of the Reagan United Methodist Church. He married Willie Vera Roark on October 29, 1938 in Groesbeck and she preceded him in death on April 17, 2002.

Bob is survived by a son, Bobby Matthews and wife Sandra of Groesbeck; daughters: Martha Alyee Steen and husband Jon of The Woodlands, Judy Kay Buckner of Cleveland, Texas; sister, Gloria Matthews Spivey of Shreveport; grandchildren: Jeffrey Steen, Brent Buckner, Kimberly Thorsen, Kelly Carroll, Stewart Clancy and Jennifer Wilson; great-grandchildren: Cassie Carroll, Brittany Steen, Spencer Steen, Hunter Thorsen and Paige Wiseman. Pallbearers were Jeff Steen, Brent Buckner, Stewart Clancy, Terry Matthews, Jimmy Matthews, Stanley Roark and Mike Roark; Honorary pallbearers were Roger Pritchard, Bobby Neil Roark, Otis Roark, Joe Roark, Ronnie Roark, Charles Spivey, Sam Spivey and Tarver Spivey. Adams Funeral Home of Marlin was in charge of arrangements.



Willie Vera ("Bill") Roark Matthews

Willie Vera Roark Matthews, age 82, passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2002 at a Marlin Hospital. Services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20 at Adams Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Phyllis Carey officiating. Interment followed in the Waite Cemetery.
Mrs. Matthews was born on February 13, 1920 in Groesbeck to Dill Worth and Martha Ann Polk Roark. She retired in 1987 from the Marlin I.S.D. after 27 years of service in the cafeteria. She was a member of the Reagan United Methodist Church, a 64 year resident of Reagan, loved to cook for her family and was an accomplished seamstress.
She married Robert Lee Matthews on December 29, 1928 in Groesbeck and they farmed and ranched together for their entire married life. She was preceded in death by a sister, Ollie Prichard and brothers, Otis Roark and Alvie Roark.

Mrs. Matthews is survived by her husband of Reagan; son: Bobby Matthews and wife Sandra of Gause; daughters: Martha Alyce Steen and husband Jon of The Woodlands, Judy Kay Buckner of Cleveland, TX; sister, Nonie Esslinger of Athens; grandchildren: Jeffrey Steen, Brent Buckner, Kimberly Thorsen, Kelly Carroll, Stewart Clancy, and Jennifer Wilson; great-grandchildren, Cassie Carroll, Brittany Steen, Spencer Steen and Hunter Thorsen and Paige Wiseman. Pallbearers were Jeff Steen, Brent Buckner, Stewart Clancy, Terry Matthews, Jimmy Matthews and Stanley Roark.

Honorary Pallbearers were Roger Pritchard, Bobby Neil Roark, Otis Roark, Joe Roark, Ronnie Roark, Charles Spivey, Sam Spivey and Tarver Spivey. Memorials may be made to Reagan United Methodist Church, Reagan, Tx 76680. Adams Funeral Home of Marlin was in charge of arrangements.



James D. McCaleb
July 26, 1905-October 30, 1999

James D. McCaleb, born July 26, 1905, the son of James Buchanan and Velura Ida Flowers McCaleb in Menard County, died Saturday, October 30, 1999 in a Midland hospital.

James McCaleb married Jocie Johnson on December 22, 1928 in Marlin, Texas. They resided in Reagan where Mr. McCaleb was employed at the Reagan Schools by the Marlin Independent School District before he moved with his family to Midland in 1960. James McCaleb was then employed by the Midland Independent School District until his retirement in 1976. He was a member of the Baptist church.

Mr. McCaleb was preceeded in death by his parents, two brothers and three sisters, two grandparents and a grandson.

Survivors include his wife, Jocie McCaleb of Midland; two sons, Billie McCaleb of Port Neches; and Reverand Gary McCaleb of Dallas; four daughters: Gladys McCaleb Emmons of Littleton, Colorado; Charlcie McCaleb Laws of Houston; Glenda McCaleb Rhea of Midland; and Nona McCaleb Tarver of Lubbock.

Survivors also include a sister, Pearl McCaleb Faw of Pasadena; 17 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.


Melvin M. McCaleb, Sr.
(March 5, 1927-April 6, 2002)

Melvin McCaleb was born March 5, 1927 in Reagan, Texas and passed away on April 6, 2002 in Humble. He is survived by his wife, Louise McCaleb; three sons, Melvin McCaleb, Jr. and wife Deborah, James McCaleb and wife Peggy, Rodney McCaleb; one daughter, Jennifer Lloyd and husband Bob; one stepson, Bert Polk and wife Connie; ten grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; six sisters, Mary Lou Fox, Ruth Davis, Oma Lynn, Irene Slaughter, Dorothy Picha, JoAnn Boeche; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, at Brookside Funeral Home Chapel in Houston. Interment followed at Brookside Memorial Park.

Helen Bledsoe Pruitt
1939-Sept. 10, 2002

ODESSA — Helen Ruth Pruitt, 63, of Odessa, a housewife, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002, at her residence. Burial will be at the Ector County Cemetery. Hellen was born in Reagan, Texas. SURVIVORS: Sister, Ladell Smith of Dallas; brothers, Quincy Bledsoe of Greensboro, N.C., Horace Bledsoe of Austin and Garland Bledsoe of Odessa.





Beatrice Elva Herndon Raynor
Sept. 20, 1902 -Jan. 25, 2002

Beatrice Raynor, an African American, born on Sept. 20, 1902 to Dock Talbert & Cora Henderson Herndon in Reagan, Texas came close to reaching the century mark.

Beatrice Raynor attended PVAMU when it was Prairie View Normal & Industrial College. There she met and married Robert W. Raynor on Jan. 23, 1925 and was the mother of a son, Marvin Othello Raynor and a daughter, Joyce Elva Raynor Nickerson.

Beatrice Raynor was a very active member of her Sunday School Bible Lovers Class, the Women Department School Number One Class, Senior Choir, Mission I and Martha Circle. She also was a member of Debra Circle under Pres. Rosie Rand and a member of Shining Beauty Court #319 Heroines of Jericho.
Surviving grandchildren include Cynthia Maureen Raynor Sedberry, Marcus Lydell Raynor, Brent Talbert Raynor, Jonathan Chandler Nickerson and Jana Georgette Nickerson.

Great-grandchildren include: Brian and Brenton Raynor (their mother Carolee); Darius Jefferson, Elliot Raynor, II and their mother, Andrea Lynn; Shemarcus Sedberry, Kirwin Donato, Brian Donato, Joseno Nickerson, Jared Nickerson and their mother, Frances; a sister-in-law, Rosalee Raynor and a daughter-in-law Ora Ellis Raynor.


Mary Wesley Shaunfield Brantner (February 29, 1908-December 12, 1997)

Mary Wesley Shaunfield Brantner, 89, of Reagan died Friday, December 12, 1997, after a brief illness. Graveside services were held at 2pm Sunday, December 14 at the Waite Cemetery in Reagan. Dr. Richard Jenkins of the First Methodist Church of Marlin officiated. Mary Wesley was born February 29, 1908, in Reagan to E. Wesley Shaunfield and Tem Duke Shaunfield. She graduated from Reagan High School in 1926 and from college at S. W. C (now TWU) at Denton. On June 3, 1934 she married Seth Ward Brantner. They resided in Bremond and the Wootan Wells community until moving to Reagan in 1984. He preceded her in death on February 24, 1988.

Mrs. Brantner taught grade school for 31 years and also worked at the cotton gin in Bremond. She retired from teaching at the Bremond ISD. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Walter Lynn Shaunfield and Jack Shaunfield, and one nephew, E.W. Shaunfield.

Survivors include her three nephews, Jackie Shaunfield and Tim Shaunfield, both of Reagan, and Joe D. Shaunfield of Rosebud; several great-nieces and great-nephews, including Clint and Eric Shaunfield of Reagan; and many dear friends.

Pallbearers were Richard Bielamowicz, Jimmy Chmiel, Benny Shaunfield, Miles Shaunfield, Ronny Erwin and Johany Erwin.

Memorials may be made to the Waite Cemetery or Covington Cemetery, Box 96, Reagan, Texas 76680.


Willie Snider Storemski
March 10, 1910 — Jan. 26, 2001

BREMOND — Services for Willie Snider Storemski, 90, of the Reagan community in Falls County, Texas, are set for 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bremond. Mrs. Storemski died Friday in Marlin. She was born in Marlin and was a homemaker. She attended Wooten Wells schools and was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and Holy Rosary Society. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kie Storemski.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Alice Storemski of Reagan; two daughters and a son-in-law, Theresa Wisnoski of Houston and Louise and Roy Erwin of Reagan; a brother and sister-in-law, Louis and Natalie Snider of Willis, Texas; a sister and brother-in-law, Christine and Frank Knapik of Bremond; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.




CELEBRATION OF LIFE

ROLAND GUY TURNIPSEED
April 22, 1912-February 25, 2002






Roland Guy and Hazel Pauline McCarver Turnipseed of Reagan

Survivors
Daughters:
Imogene Burton and husband, Randy, Glenda Acklen, Son Milton Turnipseed and wife, Peggy Son-in-law Allan Cassens

Grandchildren:
Cathy Sapp and husband, Randy, Sharon Jungman, and husband Leland, Neal Burton, Brian Cassens and wife, Joni, Cynthia LeDonne, Patti Cassens, Kevin Cassens, Dennis Turnipseed and wife, Sally, Michelle Cole and husband, Clay, David Turnipseed, Dana Redmon, and Tammy Tippey and husband, Doug.

Great Grandchildren:
Jason Young, Brett, Mandy, and Jenna Sapp, Taryn and Taylor Jungmann, Austin and Hunter LeDonne, Kelly and Austin Turnipseed, Chelsea, Carly and Cade Cole, and Brent Redmon.

Sister-in-laws:
Juanita Allen and husband Hollis, Annie Lee Davis, Mildred McCarver, Gwen McCarver Bennett, Lorraine Turnipseed.

Graveside services at Powers Chapel

“For whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” Galatians 6:7b




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