Archive for December, 2011

Jerome E. Jalufka

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Jerome E. Jalufka was born August 23, 1927 to Jewel Vick Jalufka and Jerome W. Jalufka in Corpus Christi, Texas. He attended grade school in Violet, Texas and graduated from high school in 1945 from Peacock Military Academy in San Antonio, Texas. After graduation, he served two years in the Navy during World War II. After returning from his service, he attended Texas A&M, Denver University and in 1950 received a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&I University in Kingsville.

He managed the Violet Gin and Grain Company from 1952 to 1959. He then owned and operated Coastal Storage, Inc. for the next 35 years. He also owned and operated Coastal Bend Manufacturing Co. and Coastal Bend Mote Plant.

He loved the outdoors, spending many hours planting and maintaining his farms. As an avid gardener, he was happiest when growing vegetables and flowers and sharing them with friends and neighbors.

He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of forty-nine years, Patricia; two sons, John L. Jalufka and wife Terri, and Jerome H. Jalufka both of Corpus Christi, Texas; two daughters, Debbie Dysart of Leander, Texas, and Kim Hohle of Corpus Christi, Texas; grandsons, John L. Jalufka II, Jake L. Jalufka, Justin L. Jalufka; brother, Earl D. Jalufka, and wife, Dee of Robstown, Texas; two sisters, Barbara Williams of Robstown, Texas and Mary Frances Studer and husband, Ralph of Fredericksburg, Texas and numerous nephews and nieces.

The Rosary will be recited on Monday, January 2, 2012 at 6:00 P.M. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Violet, Texas.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Violet, Texas with Rev. Msgr. Celestine Murray as celebrant.

Interment will follow in the St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested contributions to, Odyssey Vista Care Hospice, 101 North Upper Broadway, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401 or ASPCA, 424 E. 92nd St., New York City, New York 10128.

Robert (Bob) Earl Knippa, Sr.

Kanippa, Robert

Robert (Bob) Earl Knippa, Sr., age 79, of Robstown, Texas passed away December 24, 2011. He was born October 13, 1932 in Gonzales, Texas to Earl and Marie Knippa.

Bob grew up in the Gonzales TX area and, as a Marine volunteer, served in the Korean War. After serving in the military he became a barber instructor and for many years ran the Gulf Coast Barber College on Ayers St. in Corpus Christi. He also opened his own barber college, C & B Barber College, on Morgan Ave in Corpus Christi. Bob retired from the Orange Grove School District in May of 2000 and owned multiple private businesses throughout the years involving mobile home moving, restaurant and barbeque sales.

Outside of work and into retirement, Bob enjoyed ranching and for many years owned a large variety of various livestock.

Bob loved children and greatly enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, great grandchild and visiting with his friends and neighbors near his home off of FM 624 near Robstown TX where he lived for the past 32 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife of 56 years, Charlotte Knippa of Robstown, Texas; daughter, Tamela (Van) Fielding of Corpus Christi, Texas; sons; Robert (Stacy) Knippa, Jr. of Corpus Christi, Texas, Raymond (Sheryl) Knippa of Lewisville, Texas; brother, John (Monta) Knippa of Aransas Pass, Texas, grandchildren, Amy Fielding, Carly Fielding, Kelsey Knippa, Breann Knippa, John (Leah) Van Meter; great grandchild, Rowdy D. Van Meter. Sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jan and Bob McIntosh; brother-in-law, James W. Collins, Jr. all of Houston, Texas.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Graveside funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. at the Harwood Cemetery in Harwood, Texas.

Robert “Zach” Ellison

Ellison, Zach

Robert “Zach” Ellison, born June 16, 1983, was called home to be with the Lord on December 25, 2011, at the age of 28. Zach graduated from Calallen High School in 2001, and was employed by Martin Water Wells as a Service Manager for the past 10 years. He was an avid sports enthusiast and if anybody had a question about stats, he was your go-to guy. Zach was a practical joker who loved to make people laugh and he could put a smile on anybody’s face. Zach was a loving son, brother, grandson, and uncle who will be dearly missed.

Zach is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Robert “Bob” Ellison.

He is survived by his mother, Linda Ellison; his father, Robert (Pam) Ellison; sister, Lauren (Luke) Moodie; brother, Zalen Ellison; maternal grandparents, Amos and Hattie Martin; paternal grandmother, Barbara Ellison; nephew, Parker Moodie; Goddaughter, Madison Faith Bell; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends; and his dog “Buddy”.

Visitation will be from 2 P.M. until 8 P.M. with the family present from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M. Friday, December 30, 2011 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 A.M. Saturday, December 31, 2011 at River Hills Baptist Church with Bro. Bill Simmons officiating. Burial will follow in Robstown Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Cody Bell, Josh Boyd, Brad Criswell, Brandon Guffey, Shane Martin and Matt Myers.

Evelyn Havran

Havran, Evelyn

Evelyn Havran, 76, passed away at her home after a long illness on December 24, 2011. She was born July 4, 1935 in Robstown, Texas to Edmund Jacob and Mary Lottie Moravek Havran. Evelyn worked for G.T.E. for several years and was a past owner of Evelyn’s R.V. and Mobile Home Park. She was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church and was a shareholder of the Robstown Community Hall. She was a very loving and devoted mother, MaMaw and great grandmother. She was a caring friend to so many and had a special heart to help people in need.

She was preceded in death by her father.

She is survived by her daughter, Diane (Tim) Brown; her true partner in life, Kenneth Rogers; her mother, Mary Nemec; her grandsons, Scot (Michelle) Brown and Shane (Ravyn) Brown; three great grandsons, Brooks Brown, Spencer Stallone Brown and Jackson Stallone Brown; three great granddaughters, Makayla Brown, Bailey Brown and Blakely Brown; one sister, Ginger (Earl) Logue; one brother, Jody Havran; several nieces and nephews and numerous friends.

The Rosary will be recited at 7 P.M. Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 A.M. Thursday, December 29, 2011 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr. Michael Howell as celebrant. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Odem, Texas.

Pallbearers will be Scot Brown, Shane Brown, Joey Hominick, Earl Logue, Chad Logue and James Mills.

Honorary pallbearers will be John Hominick, Jr., Jerry Hominick, Charles Barrett, M. P. Wright, IV, Spencer Stallone Brown and Jackson Stallone Brown.

The family would like to especially thank Sue West, the home health nurse, for all the special love she gave to Evelyn.

“Buddy” A. C. Allen Jr.

Allen, Buddy

“Buddy” A. C. Allen Jr. took his final ride December 25, 2011, at the age of 69, after a lifetime of wind in his face, friends by his side, and love in his heart.

Buddy was preceded in death by his parents Alva Clifford Sr. and Neoma Louise Allen.

He is survived by his loving wife Beverly Allen of Robstown Texas; daughters, Becky Allen Calaway (Gary) of Corpus Christi Texas and Brooke Allen of Odem; brother, Elgin “Bub” Allen Sr. of Stockdale Texas; sister, Myrtle Peace (Jim) of Portland Texas; nephews, Doug, James, Richard and Elgin, as well as niece, Susan; grandchildren, Gary Jr., Jennifer, Aaron, Bailey, Brennam, Blaire and Bryden; great grandchild, Cambri.

He will be truly missed by all who had the honor of meeting him.

Visitation will be on Thursday, December 29, 2011 from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, December 30, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. in the Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will follow in the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.