Archive for May, 2016

Edward Anthony Schwirtlich

Schwirtlich, Edward

On May 29, 2016,  at 3:01am Edward Anthony Schwirtlich, 85 years old, of Corpus Christi, Texas went to his eternal resting place in Heaven.

Eddie was born in Violet, Texas on October 14, 1930.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Schwirtlich, his brothers, Isidore Schwirtlich, Joe Schwirtlich, Jr., Leo Schwirtlich, Leon Schwirtlich, and Raymond Schwirtlich, and his sisters, Teresa Lawson, Rosina Bockholt and Isabella Ranly.   He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Jean Schwirtlich and his children Don (Christina) Schwirtlich, Lonnie (Jordan) Schwirtlich, Brenda (Rick) Mireles, and Randy (Sherry) Schwirtlich, his brother, Sylvester Schwirtlich, and sisters Rosalie (Howard) Frantz, and Doris (Johnny) Jones and fourteen grandchildren, Brad, Amanda, Kassie, Joel, Jessica, Hillary, Erik, Kelsey, Lauren, Sara, Emilie, Kirsten, Sabrina, Teresa, and six great grandchildren, Hailey, Justin, Evelyn, Addison, Gavin, Leena, and one more on the way.

As a young man, Eddie was very athletic and enjoyed sports. He attended Violet School, where he was an excellent student and athlete. He ran track and played baseball at Corpus Christi College Academy and won many awards. During that time, he also farmed the family land and worked at the family business, Schwirtlich Feed and Seed Store.

He married the love of his life, Jean Kahanek on June 18, 1950 at Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church in Moravia, Texas. They met when Eddie’s parents brought Jean in as family when she was teaching at the Violet School. They have been married for 65 wonderful years. Eddie continued his passion for sports with his children; he coached his boys in baseball and was a Scout Leader. He is remembered for his noble attitude and sportsmanship. He always supported their grandkids at all the different sporting events. Eddie and Jean never missed any home games.

Eddie was a faithful and devout man, teaching not only through words but actions throughout his 85 years. He would read his little black prayer book or his Bible every morning and finished the day praying the Rosary with his wife before going to bed. He was a great man of morals and truly loved God and his family. Eddie lived his life being the best example of a loving husband and father.

He will be remembered with love forever and for always.

The Rosary will be recited on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. in the Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, June 3, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church with Rev. Emilio Jimenez as celebrant.

Interment will follow in the St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery in Violet.

Julian R. Gonzalez

Gonzalez, Julian

Julian R. Gonzalez, age 73, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away May 27, 2016.

He was born July 15, 1942 in Benavides, Texas to Manuel and Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez.

Mr. Gonzalez served as Chairperson for the Robstown United Council, former Commissioner for the Robstown Housing Authority, served as Volunteer Fire Department Treasurer 1991-1992, former Utility Board Member and a Reserve Deputy  Constable Pct. 5. He worked for the La Porderos Christian Radio Station and was a D.J. for Liberty Radio.

Julian is survived by his wife of 25 years, Cynthia Gonzalez; eight children; four sisters; two brothers; numerous grandchildren.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

with a Prayer Service starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1, 2016

in the Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will follow in the Robstown Memorial Park.

Robert Lee “Boone” Hans II

Hans, Robert

Robert Lee “Boone” Hans II, age 31, of Calallen, Texas passed away May 26, 2016. He was born October 2, 1984 in Corpus Christi, Texas to Robert Lee (Bobby) and Mary Ann Hans.  Growing up he was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Alice, Texas and is currently a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.   He was an avid hunter, a fighting Texas Aggie (class of ’08) and enjoyed tailgating and attending games at Kyle Field.  Boone was a loving son, brother, uncle and friend who fought a long and courageous battle with cancer.  His body may have given out, but his mind and heart never did.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Lee (Bobby) Hans.

He is survived by his mother, Mary Ann Hans of Calallen, Texas; two sisters, Vanessa (Brad) Downey of Tyler, Texas and Melissa (Jason) Morris of Calallen, Texas; niece, Ryann Downey; nephews, Mason and Maddox Morris.

Visitation will begin at 6 P.M. and the Rosary will be recited at 7 P.M., May 30, 2016 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 A.M. Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church with Rev. Bill Marquis as celebrant. Burial will follow in Robstown Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Rodney Hans, Scott Hans, Daniel Salas, Skye Yocum, Derek Worthington,  and Andrew Napier.

Matthew Joel Terhune

Terhune, Matthew

Matthew Joel Terhune was born September 10, 1976 in Houston, Texas to David and Patricia (Golden) Terhune. He passed peacefully in his sleep on Friday, May 27, 2016, surrounded by family.

He graduated from Klein High School in Spring, Texas, and proudly graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelor degree in Meteorology. His first Meteorology job was in Waco, before coming to KRIS TV here in Corpus Christi in March, 2001.  His greatest joys were being a husband, father, weatherman, and eating at Whataburger.  Matt never gave up striving to live as one the happiest people, despite his cancer.  He seemed to approach every day with the thought, “Today I will choose joy”.

He is survived by his loving wife, Michelle; children, Nathan and Madeline; his parents, David and Patricia; his sister, Michelle (Brian) Burtis; as well as his niece and many other friends and family.

Memorial services will be conducted at Noon Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at River Hills Baptist Church with Brother Bill Simmons officiating.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make contributions to River Hills Baptist Church, to sponsor children to attend church camps, P. O. Box 260200, Corpus Christi, Texas 78426.

Kenneth Ray Hoya

Hoya, Kenneth Ray

Kenneth Ray Hoya, 83, passed peacefully on May 22, 2016 with his family by his side. He was born on January 10, 1933 to Albert and Lula Hill Hoya of Nacogdoches, Texas.

He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He retired from Eastern Airlines after 29 years of service and then went to work for Bradley’s Inc. for another 5 years.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and being with his family. He was a proud supporter of the Calallen Wildcat football and baseball programs.

He is preceded by his parents; brother, Else Wayne Hoya; sister, Katherine Harbuck of East Texas; grand son, Christopher Knief.

Kenneth was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Joyce; three children, Connie Knief, Ray Hoya (Nettie), and Desiree Ellis (Donnie); sister-in-law, Judy Roberts (Richard); grandchildren, Stephanie Knief, Jenny Hillin (Matt), Austin Hoya and Laurel Hooker; great grandchild, Collin Hillin; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be at 12 pm on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial with military honors will at 2 pm Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.