Archive for January, 2017

Alton Robert Hutchinson (Hutch)


Alton Robert Hutchinson (Hutch) passed away on January24, 2017 at 100 years of age in New Braunfels, where he resided for the past seven years. In 1916 he was born in Oshkosh, Nebraska to John and Abbie Hutchinson.

After graduating from high school in Oshkosh at the age of 15, he studied chemical engineering at Chadron State Teachers College. After taking flying lessons while in Chadron, Hutch developed a love of flying. He joined the Marine Corp in 1942 and was involved in instructing pilots until he left active duty in 1946 as a Captain. For a brief time he had a crop dusting business and also managed the airport at Robstown. Hutch farmed in the area for over thirty-five years. After retiring from farming he worked as a rural mail carrier for almost twenty years.

During his lifetime, Hutch enjoyed hunting, collecting paperweights, coins and playing bridge. He was a 32nd degree Master Mason and a member of Masonic Lodge No. 1062 for over 60 years. He was a long-time member of First United Methodist Church in Robstown.

Hutch was preceded in death by his wife of sixty-eight years, Carolyn; his parents; his sister, Shirley Mae; his brother, Norman.

He is survived by his daughters, Carole Carlson (Kent) of Colorado Springs and Cindy Weise (Gary) of New Braunfels; grandchildren, Kyle Carlson of Colorado Springs and Ashley Cirac (Kyle) of Reno, Nevada.

Visitation will be from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

A graveside service will be conducted at Robstown Cemetery following the visitation.

The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to the staff of Rio Terra for all of the care, love and tenderness they gave Hutch and his daughters and to the staff of Compassionate Care Hospice for their comfort and care.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Mario Sanchez

Sanchez, Mario

Mario Sanchez, age 75, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed January 25, 2017. He was born September 30, 1941 in Weslaco, Texas to Rafael C. Sanchez and Albina Esquivel Sanchez.

He graduated from Roy Miller High School in 1960 and served in the United States Air Force. Mario received Honorable Service award from United States Air Force and was a Certified Pilot. He was a member of St. Peters, Prince of the Apostles Church, NRA and USGA. He worked at the Corpus Christi International Airport, Berry Contracting and retired from the Kingsville Naval Air Station.

Mario was a man of integrity, loving, strong will, disciplined, hardworking, cared for others before himself, faithful to family and friends. Loved playing golf, fishing and being with his grandkids. Enjoyed singing in the church choir and being a member at St. Peters, Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church.

He is survived by his children, Rene (Lori) Sanchez, Sharon (Stanley) Hudson and Melissa Sanchez; grandchildren, Estevahn Cadena, Joshua Sanchez, Nikki Hudson, Paige Hudson and Jacoby Sanchez; brothers and sisters, Gilbert, Israel, Oscar, Olga Rodriguez, Nora Martinez, Viola Esquivel and Sandy Sanchez.

Visitation with the family will be on Monday, January 30, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Sawyer-George Funeral Chapel followed by a Rosary being recited at 7:00 P.M.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 11:30 A.M. at the St. Peters, Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church with interment to follow in the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.

For those that desire donations may be made to the St. Peters, Prince of the Apostle Catholic Church.

Ephesians 4:2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one

another in love.”

Donnie Frank Ham

Ham, Donnie

Donnie Frank Ham, 67, went to be with the Lord January 26, 2017.

He was born May 5, 1949 to parents Bill Cody and Margaret Ham.

He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Linda, and his three daughters, Joy (Brent) Beverly, Jana (Scooter) Dennis and Julie (Joey) King; seven adoring grandchildren, Dustin (Alyssa) Dennis, Cole Dennis, Ashley Beverly, Brent Beverly, Hailey King, Henley King and Hattie King; one great-grandchild, Parker Dennis.

Donnie was an extremely intelligent and generous person and was very successful in the construction industry.  He was and always will be extremely loved and admired by his family and close friends and he will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be conducted at 10:00 am on Monday, January 30, 2017 at Sawyer George Funeral Home chapel.

Herman Wilbert Buetow

Buetow, Herman Wilbert

Herman Wilbert Buetow, 67, of Sandia, Texas passed away on January 24, 2017 surrounded by family after a long struggle with cancer. Wil was born in Beeville, Texas to Marvin and Opal (Kruse) Buetow.

Wil was preceded by his parents and his father-in-law Marvin Groom.

He is survived by his sister, Sarah Buetow; wife, Anita (Groom) Buetow; children, Lynley (Buetow) and Jason Doyen, Derek and Cari Buetow, Brent and Holly Buetow, and Megan Buetow, and his mother-in-law, Melva Groom.  He was a big, gentle giant who loved his family deeply, including his grandchildren, Jeremiah Doyen, Lindy Puckett, and Piper Buetow.  He also enjoyed woodworking , gardening, and his co-workers.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4pm on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 2 pm on Monday, January 30. 2017 at Sawyer-George Funeral Chapel.

Burial will be at Live Oak Cemetery in Manacha, Travis County, Texas.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:

MD Anderson Cancer Center

P.O. Box 4486

Houston, TX 77210-4486

Please include that the gift is in memory of Wil Buetow


Website:, when using the website please select the give in memory tab and under the billing information please select the checkbox that says I would like to choose where my donation goes. Once selected, please select the Fund designated by family option from the drop down box.

Mildred Juanita Voelkel

Voelkel, Mildred J

Mildred Juanita Voelkel (1923-2017), beloved mother, sister, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away on January 23, 2017.  She was born in Honey Grove, Texas and lived her life in South Texas.  She worked and retired as a registered nurse.  She enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, playing cards and games with friends and watching the Astros, Spurs, and Cowboys games.  She is remembered for the love and kindness she shared and admired for her courage and strength in facing life’s challenges.

She is preceded in death by her husband Weldon and nine siblings.

She is survived by Jeff (Linda) and Carla, Dub; three grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, January 27, 2017 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.