Archive for April, 2015

Larry P. Botkin

Botkin, Larry P.

On Tuesday, April 28, 2015 Larry P. Botkin, age 78, passed away at home following a short illness. Larry was born on September 12, 1936 in Charleston, West Virginia, graduating from Huntington East High School in 1954, and marrying Patsy Ann Altizer in 1956. The two of them would spend the next 58 years together, raising two children, Tricia Jo, born in 1957, followed by Larry Robert in 1962. After moving to northwest Indiana in 1956, Larry enjoyed a long and successful career in the steel industry. It was here that he experienced his greatest career triumph where, as a Process Control Engineer, he worked in a small team which was tasked with the development of one of the first computer automated steel production lines. After retiring in 1986, he continued to consult on key production automation issues as the owner of PC Computing. In addition to his work in the steel industry, Larry also enjoyed a wide variety of other interests. He was an avid reader, sports lover, and Civil War history buff. He also loved photography, was a bird watcher and member of the Audubon Outdoor Club. In addition, he held an FCC Extra Class Amateur Radio Operators license for over thirty years going by the call sign of N9PC. Preceding him in death are his daughter, Tricia (2007); sister, Judy (2008); mother, Fay (1994) and father Holly (1983). Mr. Botkin is survived by his loving wife, Pat; son, Robert;  grandchildren, Joseph, Margaret and Laura Kaufman. A memorial service for Larry will be at 11:00 AM on Friday, May 1, 2015 at Grace United Methodist Church.

Floyd Miller

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Floyd Miller, better known as Mike, passed away Friday, April 24, 2015 at Bay Area Medical Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Mike was born October 6, 1937 in LaVale, Maryland, the son of Floyd Miller and Genevieve (Pope) Miller.  He graduated from St. Joseph High School in Emmitsburg, Maryland and attended Towson State Teachers College in Towson, Maryland.  He subsequently joined the U.S. Air Force and served a four year enlistment.  He moved to Texas in the sixties and has lived in Corpus Christi ever since.  He grew to love his adopted state of Texas and all the wonderful friends whom he acquired over the years.   He often said he wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

Mike had many passions but the three that were paramount to him were golf, fishing and dancing.  He spent many happy hours on the golf course perfecting his game followed by many more memorable hours on the dance floor.

Mike was a member of River Hills Country Club.  He was a Drug and Alcohol Counselor and loved to help people.

He was preceded death by his parents and two sisters, Mary Lou Kerrigan and Saranna Beegle.

Mike is survived by his brother, John Miller of Hadley, MA.; a sister, Dolores Gillelan of Biglerville, PA, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services will be conducted at Sawyer-George Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 10:00 A.M.  At a later date there will be an additional service in the Gettysburg, PA. area for friends and family.  Burial will be in Pennsylvania.

Jacob Sanchez Rivera

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Jacob Sanchez Rivera was taken to Heaven on April 26, 2015.  He was 36 years old.

Jacob farmed with his dad Cecil Wright and his brother Isaac at CW Farm’s and was a machinist at Puffer Sweiven.  He was a loving, caring,  big hearted husband, father, son and brother.  He loved spending time with his family and friends.  He will be greatly missed. We love you Jacob.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Julian Dominguez, Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Rivera and Mr. Serafin Sanchez.

He is survived by his wife, Bernadette G. Rivera and two beautiful daughters, Marizabel Jayden Rivera and Lorena Renee Rivera.  His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil and Emery Wright; father, Antonio Rivera and brothers, Tony Rivera(Claudia Rivera) and Isaac Rivera (Irene Rivera), a sister, Grace DeMaris and eleven nieces and nephews; uncles, Serafin and (Tina) Sanchez, Richard (Miriana) Sanchez, Robert (Adeleida) Dominguez, Oscar Rivera, Isreal (Mirvslava) Rivera and Ismael (Genneva) Rivera; Aunts, Josie Campos (Simon) and Donna Rivera.

Visitation will be on Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 2:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. with a Rosary being recited at 7:00 P.M. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Visitation on Friday will begin at 9:00 A.M. and the Funeral Procession will depart from Sawyer-George Funeral Home at 1:30 P.M. on Friday.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church.

Interment will follow in the Robstown Memorial Park Cemetery.

Tyrone “Tony” Wayne Looper

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Tyrone “Tony” Wayne Looper found peace and went to Heaven on Sunday morning, April 26, 2015, after losing his battle with Lewy Body Dementia and Parkinson’s Disease. Tony was 70 years old, born on May 2, 1944, in Aransas Pass, Texas.

Tony served as a Sergeant with the United States Army from 1962-1968. Tony married his forever love, Cindy Marshall, on May 30, 1970, almost 45 years ago. He worked as an auto mechanic and then worked for the Corpus Christi Police Department as a Police Sgt. from 1973 until his retirement in 2000. During that time Tony worked extra security jobs at the movie theaters, motorcycle police escort, and Corpus Christi dog races so he could provide more financial security for his family. He wore his badge with honor.  Tony had many hobbies throughout his life which included golf, fishing, motorcycles, boats, horses, trail rides, bowling, playing guitar, loved going to Vegas and many more. Tony was a man that would tell you like it is, like it or not. If you were lucky enough to win his trust, then you had a forever friend. He believed in second chances and forgiveness. He valued the cowboy way of life, and lived by its code, where a handshake and a man’s word, were just as good as a piece of paper.  He enjoyed retirement by spending his mornings with his buddies at the Taqueria Guadalajara off 624, playing golf at River Hills Country Club & riding his Harley with his buddies. Tony had piercing blue eyes and a smile that could melt hearts. Tony appreciated the simple pleasures in life and lived life to its fullest. Tony loved to watch his grandkids play sports, ride horses, school events and was proud to be their Paw Paw. He loved his life and family so much that he fought hard to stay with us. Tony and Cindy shared a love story that few get to live.

Tony was a friend, father, grandpa, hero and husband. He will forever be in our hearts and forever missed…

Our family sends a special thanks to Hospice & especially to Garden Homes, Sam & Raoul Sanchez and their wonderful, loving staff. Our family would have been lost without their care, love and faith.

Tony is preceded in death by his mother, Susie Zoe Miller; father, Phillip Warren Looper; sister, Darlene Looper Cantu.

Tony is survived by his wife, Cindy Looper of Robstown (Calallen), Texas; mother-in-law, Dorothy Marshall of Corpus Christi, Texas; son, Tyrone Wayne Looper (Lori) of McDade, Texas; daughter, Jill Looper McCreary (Michael) of Corpus Christi, Texas; daughter, Shereen Bickham (Danny) TX; his grandchildren, Colton & Connor McCreary, Kadence & Autum Looper, Jake & Zack Bickham; sister, Devon Looper Brown (Terry); brothers, Floyd Looper and Roy Holley; several cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.

Visitation will be Wednesday, April 29, 2015, from 6-8 p.m. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services to honor Tony will be conducted at 10:00 a.m.  Thursday, April 30, 2015 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will follow at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.

Benigno Garcia Escamilla

Escamilla, Benigno

Benigno Garcia Escamilla, 89, of Laredo, Texas, passed away Thursday, April 23, 2015.  He was born February 13, 1926 in Laredo, Texas.  Benigno was a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War and was retired with over 30 years of service in the General Services Administration of the U. S. Government.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Pedro Reyes Escamilla and Carmen Garcia Escamilla and his sister, Francisca Rubio.

He is survived by his sisters, Beatriz Donaghy of Merced, California, Diamantina Smith of Laredo, Texas and Maria Luisa Ortiz of Corpus Christi, Texas; his brothers, George Escamilla of Bluntzer, Texas and Jose Angel Escamilla of Laredo, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 3 P.M. until 7 P.M. with a Rosary to be recited at 7 P.M. Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 P.M. Monday, April 27, 2015 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial with full military honors will follow in Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery at 2 P.M.