Gertrude Theresa (Sicking) Koelzer
Gertrude Theresa (Sicking) Koelzer, 90, of Muenster, TX passed away on August 2, 2002 in Gainesville, TX.
Mrs. Koelzer was born on April 2, 1912 in Muenster, TX to August and Augusta Flies Sicking. She married Peter Frank Koelzer on November 27, 1929 in Muenster. Mrs. Koelzer was a homemaker and a member of the Saint Annes Society. She was also a member of the Sacred Heart Parish. She loved being with her family, crochetting and baking.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, August 5, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Church in Muenster, TX with Rev. Don Branner, O.S.A. officiating. Interment was held in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Muenster, TX under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home of Muenster, TX.
Surviving relatives include: four daughters, Aileen Knabe, Muenster, TX, Beronica Jones, Madill, OK, Alice Hermes, Lindsay, TX and Dolores Hermes, Wood Bine; four sons, Victor Koelzer, Lindsay, TX and Norman, Wilfred and Melvin Koelzer, all of Muenster, TX; thirty-five grandchildren; thirty-four great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; five sisters, Agnes Prescher, Gainesville, TX, Marie Ford, Rosston, Christine Sicking, Benton, AR, Hilda Prescher, Valley View, TX and Dorothy Buttrell, Fort Worth, TX; and two brothers, Louis and Victor Sicking, both of Muenster, TX. She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Koelzer on April 16, 1987; her parents; three grandchildren, Margie Walterscheid, Melissa Koelzer and Debbie Jones; one great-grandchild, Amie Hilton; one brother, Thomas Sicking; four sisters, Ceciel Perryman, Annie Hacker, Hattie Zawks and Margaret Rainwater.
Pallbearers included: Chris Hermes, Kenneth Koelzer, Helmuth Koelzer, Kevin Jones, Carl Hermes, Gary Knabe, David Fleitman and Steve Koelzer.
Mable Ellen Diehl
Mable Ellen Diehl, 87, of Nocona, TX passed away on August 3, 2002 in a Wichita Falls Hospital.
Mrs. Diehl was born on June 25, 1915 in Montague County, TX to John and Nannie Stokely Veretto. She married Newel A. (Button) Diehl on April 6, 1946 in Gainesville, TX. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethel Baptist Church. She was also a member of a Pioneer Family recognized in 1992 by the American Immigrant Wall of Honor and a lifetime Montague County resident. Mrs. Diehl was happiest quilting, gardening and cooking for her family and being surrounded by her children and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mrs. Diehl were held on Tuesday, August 6, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church with Reverends Scott Moore, Ron Meador and Brent Justus officiating. Interment was held in Nocona Cemetery under the direction of Jerry Woods Funeral Home.
Surviving relatives include: his children, John Welch, Lewisville, TX, Dale Welch, Roy Diehl, McAlester, OK, Mary Craig, Bedford, TX, Lonnie Diehl, Nocona, TX, and Jimmy Diehl, Duncan, OK; one sister, Jewell Nelson, Canton, TX; three brothers, Morris Veretto, Bosque Farms, NM, Roland Veretto, Albuquerque, NM and Lee Veretto, Roswell, NM; sixteen grandchildren; and twenty-one great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Newel Diehl on March 2, 1991; one sister, Lorine Franklin; and three brothers, Paul and George Veretto and Elmer Mills.
Pallbearers included: Steve Womack, Sam Howard, Ray Walker, Jimmy Keck, David Allen, Bill Crabtree and Don Sewell.
Eric Lawton McBride
Eric Lawton McBride, 28, of Saint Jo, TX passed away on August 5, 2002 in his home.
Mr. McBride was born on February 8, 1974 in Gainesville, TX to W.J. and Earlene McBride. Eric attended the Saint Jo schools all of his life. He worked at Weber Aircraft for the past two years. Eric was a member of the Saint Jo Fire Department for about 12 years and was an Emergency Medical Techinician. He was one the the group and was admired and respected by all. Eric loved fishing and really enjoyed the fire deparment activities and fellowship with all the fire department members.
Funeral services for Mr. McBride were held on Wednesday, August 7, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Saint Jo with Reverend Gary Carter officiating. Interment was held in Lakeview Cemetery in Marietta, OK under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Surviving relatives include: parents, W.J. and Earlene McBride, one sister, Laura Hall of Springfield, MO; maternal grandmother, Ruby Brackeen of Gainesville; one niece, one nephew, several aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends.
Pallbearers included: Jacob Cook, Charlie Dunn, Lucas Thompson, Willie Talley, Scott Thomas, and Dustin Wright.
Honorary pallbearers included: Saint Jo Fire Department.
Quentin R. Coleman
Quentin R. Coleman, 82, of Bowie, TX passed away on August 2, 2002 at Bowie Nursing Center.
Mr. Coleman was born on April 20, 1920 in Roswell, GA. He served in the CCC Camp before serving in the Army Air Corps during WWII. He married Billie Louise Prestwood on April 22, 1944 in Wichita Falls, TX. Mr. Coleman was a surveyor for Continental Oil Company for 30 years until his retirement in 1983. He was a member of the Carter Laker Road Church of Christ in Bowie, TX.
Funeral services for Mr. Coleman were held on Sunday, August 4, 2002 at 3:00 p.m. at the Carter Lake Road Church of Christ in Bowie with David Hall officiating. Interment was held in Oak Hill Cemetery in Stoneburg, TX under the direction of Fry Funeral Home.
Surviving relatives include: his wife, Billie Coleman, Bowie, TX; one son, Randy Coleman, Fort Worth, TX; one daughter, Mrs. Linda Smith, Worland, WY; two granddaughters; one brother, Ora K. Coleman, Roswell, GA; one sister-in-law, Mildred Dooley, Roswell, GA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers included: Harry Shaw, Bert Cunningham, John Deuback, Jim Hickerson, Bill Houston and Jim Howard.
Hugh V. Bowden
Hugh V. Bowden, 73, of Vashti, TX passed away on August 4, 2002 at his home.
Mr. Bowden was born on March 25, 1929 in Addington, OK to Arnold and Bessie Bowden. He married Mary Laughlin in Las Cruces on April 24, 1948. He was an employee of Standard Oil and was one of the first employees of the Apollo Site (now the Johnson Space Center) as a cryogenics engineer. Mr. Bowden was responsible for testing the Apollo 11 rocket thruster for manís first moon landing on July 20, 1969. During the 70ís-80ís, he was the owner of Bowdenís Tractors, where he designed, fabricated and sold farm equipment as well as tractors. After retirement, he devoted his time to training horses and enjoyed competing in AQHA shows. He was a member of Southern Baptist Church and served as deacon for many years.
Graveside services for Mr. Bowden were held on Friday, August 9, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. in Vashti Cemetery with David Maher officiating. Services were directed by Davis Funeral Home of Henrietta, TX.
Surviving relatives include: his mother, Bessie Bowden, Las Cruces; his wife, Mary Bowden, Vashti, TX; two daughters, Kathye Warner, Glenwood Springs, CO and Marilyn Thompson, Las Cruces, NM; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Thelma Ola Johnston
Thelma Ola Johnston, 98, of Granbury, TX passed away on August 7, 2002 in her home.
Mrs. Johnston was born on October 16, 1903 in Emory, TX to William Clinton and Georgia Washington Riley Caldwell. She married Henry Quillah Johnston on October 15, 1921. Mrs. Johnston was the former owner of the Montague Cafe.
Funeral services for Mrs. Johnston were held on Friday, August 9, 2002 at 2 p.m. at Scott-Morris Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Scott Moore officiating. Interment was held in Montague Cemetery.
Surviving relatives include: one daughter, Doris Morgan, Granbury, TX; fifteen grandchildren; twenty-five great-grandchildren; twenty-nine great-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-great-grandchild. Mrs. Johnston was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Johnston, in 1957; two sons, Clinton and James Johnston; and two daughters, Lois Limpus and Connie Stuckey.
Pallbearers included: her great-grandsons.
Milton D. Carter
Milton D. Carter, 83, of Bowie, TX passed away on August 7, 2002 in Decatur.
Mr. Carter was born on September 5, 1918 in Balzora, Texas to William E. and Collie Cordelia Johnston Carter. He married Mary Elizabeth Blackmon on December 24, 1942 in Bowie, TX. He was connected with some form of the food business all his adult life. He was supervisor of Morton Foods of Dallas for a number of years. He was owner/operator of Carterís Food Store for many years before retiring in 1986. Mr. Carter served as president of the North Texas Grocerís Assn., president of Texas Retail Grocerís Assn., and president of Affiliated Foods of Dallas. He was a charter member of the Bowie Jaycees and Bowie Lionís Club. He served three years on the Bowie School Board and twelve years as Montague County Democratic Chairman. Mr. Carter was secretary of the Bowie Industrial Development Foundation for thirty years and was a member of the Montague County Geneology Society. Mr. Carter was a resident of Bowie for 82 years and has been a member of the First Baptist Church since April 1929.
Funeral services for Mr. Carter were held on Friday, August 9, 2002 at 10:30 a.m. at Fry Funeral Chapel with Dr. Ronnie Lawson officiating. Interment was held in Elmwood Cemetery under the direction of Fry Funeral Home.
Surviving relatives include: one daughter, Milta E. Carter, Dallas, TX; twin brother, Wilton "Doc" Carter, Grand Prairie, TX; one sister-in-law, Rose Gray Carter, Arlington, and several nieces, nephews and numerous friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, in 2001.
Pallbearers included: Lynn Gray, Jim G. Moore, Ligon Griffin, Gene Brown, Jack Winn and Mike Wheeler. Honorary pallbearers included: Bryant Whitaker.