Archive for July, 2016

Ralph Warren Kurz

Kurz, Ralph

Ralph Warren Kurz, 63, was called home by his Lord and Savior on July 26, 2016. He was born on January 26, 1953 in Morris, Illinois to William Bernard Kurz and Betty Jean De Pompea.

Ralph was a dedicated husband, father, counselor and friend to so many. He loved teaching Sunday School and spending time with his beloved cows.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Betty Jean Kurz.

He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Joni Kurz; daughter, Kelly (Ryan) Yates; sons, Justin (Jessica) Kurz and Michael (Shauna) Kurz; two sisters and one brother, David (Pam) Kurz, Kim (Mark) Schrader, Barbara (Mike) Marcum; eight grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Ralph’s life will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the Rafter K Ranch, County Road 1918, Odem, TX.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ralph Kurz Memorial Scholarship Fund for the San Patricio County A&H Commercial Heifer Show. Contributions can be sent in Ralph’s memory to P.O. Box 29, Odem, TX, 78370.

Peggy Ann Bickham

Bickham, Peggy Ann

Peggy Ann Bickham

Calallen, Texas

Peggy Ann Bickham, a beautiful soul, passed quietly into the arms of her loving Savior on July 24, 2016 after a short battle with cancer. She was at home, surrounded by her family.

Born Peggy Ann Lisemby on October 26, 1936 in Watt, Texas, to Naomi (Kelley) and Charles Clifton Lisemby, the family lived in Mart and Corpus Christi, before settling in Robstown. Peggy graduated from Robstown HS where she was a twirler for the Cottonpickers.  It was in this area where she first caught the eye of Gordon Bickham, and they were married on Sept 4, 1954 at Central Baptist Church in Robstown.  The couple settled in Calallen, building a home where they resided for nearly 62 years, and raising a family among relatives and lifelong friends.

Peggy worked at the J.W. Cunningham Water plant, and the State National Bank of Robstown, before finding her calling as a home childcare provider. For 35 years over 80 different children played in the halls and fields of “Mama Peggy’s” house.  Through the years, she loved, disciplined, and spoiled them as her own.

Throughout her life, Peggy served her community with faith and dedication. She loved history, serving as a member of the Nueces County Historical Commission, Nueces County Historical Society, and was one of the earliest supporters and advocates for the Robstown Area Historical Museum.  She was active in Camp Fire USA and served as Precinct Chairman and Election Judge for many years.

Peggy’s home was always decorated for any holiday, with plenty of handmade ornaments and light switch covers. She often cooked large family meals for her immediate, extended and church families.  Her home was open to all comers, and she was always diligent about giving everyone she knew a place to have holiday meals. She and Gordon would often travel with friends and family, taking in many of this nation’s wonders. They would travel by car, truck or camper, eating sandwiches from an ice chest that Peggy had lovingly packed. 

Peggy was a surrogate mom to more people than we will probably ever know. Always willing to lend a sympathetic ear, she was a sounding board for anything anyone needed to talk about.  Never forgetting a birthday, an anniversary, or what was happening in someone’s life, she was a prolific writer of cards, notes and letters.  As one friend recently noted, she was the embodiment of all that you admire in a person.  She touched the lives of most that she met during her 79 years on this earth.

Peggy was a longtime member of the Highway 44 Church of Christ in Robstown and a tremendous example of what a Christian should be. Her quiet and humble appearance belied inner strength, faith and wisdom that served as an anchor for many around her.  She was truly, a good and faithful servant.

Peggy is survived by her husband of nearly 62 years, Gordon Keith Bickham; 2 sons, Keith (Kimberly) Bickham of Spring, TX; Duane (Susan) Bickham of Friendswood, TX; a brother, Frank (Donna) Fritz of Rockwall, TX; 9 grandchildren, Amber (Bob) Erickson of San Antonio, TX; Charlie, Cody & Chance Wakefield of San Antonio, TX; Kaitlin (Brian) Cannon of Rogers, AR; Joseph Keith and Karch Bickham of Spring, TX; and Hannah and Zeke Bickham of Friendswood, TX.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Ruby Wakefield, her parents Naomi and Clifton, a step-father Frank Fritz, Sr., and 2 sisters, Margie (Fritz) Taylor and Gloria Fritz.

Pallbearers will be Charlie, Cody & Chance Wakefield, Joseph Keith, Karch and Zeke Bickham.

Visitation will be held at Sawyer-George Funeral Home, Tuesday, August 2, 2016 from, 5-7 p.m. Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 3, 2016, at Highway 44 Church of Christ, 301 West Avenue J., Robstown, TX at 10 a.m. with burial to follow at Robstown Memorial Park on FM 1889.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be sent to Highway 44 Church of Christ or the Robstown Area Historical Museum (201 E. Main Ave/P.O. Box 467, Robstown, TX 78380

Marian Jackson Salge

Salge, Marian

Marian Jackson Salge, age 87, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away July 22, 2016.

She was born February 27, 1929 in Floresville, Texas to Van Aubrey and Margaret Jackson.

She was an active member of Jackson Woods Presbyterian Church serving as an Elder for two separate terms and as a Deacon (one of the original 4 Deacons), a member of the vision committee for the Mary Lois Fields Learning Center.

Mrs. Salge graduated Orange Grove High School in 1946, graduated with a B.B.A. from the University of Texas in 1951. She earned her master’s degree in education from Corpus Christi State University in 1979.

Her teaching career spanned many years with the Calallen and Tuloso-Midway I.S.D.  She was one of the original 12 teachers that opened the first Magee Elementary school.  She taught at Magee Elementary for 16 years, then in the position  as Educational Diagnostician at Middle and High School levels for Calallen and Tuloso-Midway schools.  She retired from Calallen I.S.D. in 1989.

She served as classroom teacher and Tutor Trainer with the Corpus Christi Literacy Council for 15 years.

She was an active member of the Corpus Christi Retired Teachers Association (serving as a Board Member), Member of Winner’s Investment Club, Book Discussion Group, South Texas Sew-Ciety group, American Association of University Women, Monthly Bridge Group and various community activities.

She married Allen J. Salge in Corpus Christi, Texas on November 1, 1952.

She was preceded in death by her husband Allen Salge in June 2000, her parents, a brother, Van A. Jackson Jr. and a son-in-law, Fred Mauldin.

She is survived by her children, Debra Salge of San Antonio, Texas, Steve A. Salge of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Emily Mauldin, Abby Salge, Lesley Salge, and Paul Salge.

Visitation with the family will be on Monday. July 25, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. in the Jackson Woods Presbyterian Church.

Interment will follow in the Robstown Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the Corpus Christi Literacy Council or the charity of your choice.

Harry Rychetsky

Rychetsky, Harry

Harry Rychetsky, 79, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 15, 2016 at home, in the arms of the love of his life, Pat, of 57 years.

Harry was a 23-year cancer survivor, who fought many unbelievable battles, always being the smiling, humble winner.

Born January 9, 1937, in Robstown, Texas, to Louis and Annie Rychetsky, he was the oldest of 3 sons proudly raised on the farm. Throughout his years at Robstown High School and Texas A&I Kingsville, he continued to pursue his farming background by applying his strong and honest work ethics into anything to do with agriculture and ranch land.

Throughout his farming career, he also became an Independent Farm & Ranch Real Estate Appraiser, doing numerous contract jobs for the State of Texas and farm and ranch owners. Harry’s favorite things in life were hard work, hard play, any activity that involved family and endless dancing with his bride. He was an avid fisherman and hunter, and always included family and friends in his passion of the great outdoors.  After retiring from farming, he continued growing and nurturing through his garden and fruit trees.  Paw Paw’s homegrown, homemade sauerkraut, dill pickles and navel oranges were sought after, requested and enjoyed by many.

In his later years, while in and out of hospitals, Harry looked forward to any opportunity to wet a hook, play just (1) slot machine for hours and have his weekly domino game and lunch at home with friends.

Harry was a wonderful son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He will forever be respected and remembered for his strength, his generosity, his love, and his gusto for life.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his in-laws, Edgar and Frieda Taylor.

Survivors include his wife Pat, daughter Dena Trahan (Lynn) of The Woodlands, son Ronald Ray Rychetsky (Barbara) of Calallen; grandchildren Lacy Cole (Morgan), Riley Rychetsky, Luke and Joshua Trahan, and two step grandsons and their families; brothers Jerome Rychetsky (Carmen) of Bluntzer and Dickie Rychetsky (Laura) of College Station; numerous nieces and nephews, and his beloved best buddy Bear.

Visitation will be held at Sawyer-George Funeral Home, Tuesday, July 19, 2016 from, 5-7 p.m. Funeral services will be Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at St. John Lutheran Church on Highway 77, at 2 p.m. with burial to follow at Robstown Memorial Park on FM 1889.

Pallbearers will be Mickey Kloth, Ray Calloway, Bob Worsham, John Schroeder, Josh Wilson and Sam Celum. Honorary pallbearers will be Albert Hornung, Larry Beaman, Hank Jones, Ramiro Cantu, Richard Guerra and Onesimo Moreno.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to St. John Lutheran Church, or any cancer or child care organization of your choice. The family would like to thank Dr. Hanisch, Dr. Segal and staff, the amazing caregivers at Encompass Home Health, as well as Dr. Jonasch and the wonderful people at M.D. Anderson who provided such great care over the many years.

Joy Carolyn Winters

Winters, Joy

Joy Carolyn Winters passed away July 12, 2016. She was born January 19, 1930 in Banquete, Texas to Tilman and Ernestine Richards.

She is preceded in death by her parents and husband, Walter Winters and a brother Fred Richards.

She is survived by one daughter, Kandee (James) McCain; four sons, Rick Winters, Randy (Barbara) Winters, Greg (Barbara) Winters and Bruce (Tracy) Winters; sixteen grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren; a brother,  Don (Cindy) Richards; and sister-in-law, Grace Richards; and a lifelong friend, Maxine Bode.

Memorial services will be conducted at 11 AM Saturday, July 16, 2016 at Grace United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Grace United Methodist Ministries.