Archive for April, 2018

Kathleen Ann Huntsinger Beers

Beers, Kathleen

Kathleen Ann Huntsinger Beers, a beloved friend to many, was born February 26, 1965, in Alice, Texas. She passed away April 26, 2018 at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas after losing her battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

Kathleen grew up in Calallen attending Annaville Baptist Church and Calallen schools. She was a Calallen Wildcat class of 1983. She was a long time employee of Corpus Christi Army Depot.

Kathleen was a faithful friend, generous to a fault, was strong willed, determined and had a kind heart. She loved animals, country music and 70s rock music. She especially adored her nephew and nieces.

Kathleen was dearly loved by her family and will be missed by her husband, Howard Beers; her parents, John and Carol Huntsinger; her sister, Crystal (Jeff) Horne; her nephew, Chris (Brandi) Horne; her nieces, Holly (Vitaliy) Tsymbalyuk and Karen Horne; great nephews, Evan, Collin Bennett and Ian; also Howard’s children, Sarah Beers, Joey (Shelley) Beers, John (Gina) Beers, Jason (Christine) Beers, Chris (Ashley) Beers; and grandchildren: Zoe, Julien, Haley, Landen, Tommy and Mikey Beers.

Services will be held at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel with visitation on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. and funeral service on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. Burial will follow at Sons of Hermann Cemetery in Orange Grove, Texas.

Memorial gifts could be made to Lymphoma and Leukemia Society or a Pet Shelter.

Edgar V. Kunkel

Kunkel, Edgar

Edgar V. Kunkel, 97, of Corpus Christi, Texas, claimed his promised home in Heaven, through faith, on Monday, April 23, 2018.

A 1942 graduate of the University of Texas, Mr. Kunkel was a state licensed chemical and mechanical engineer. He began his career with Gates Rubber Company in Denver, Colorado. In 1945, he accepted employment with Celanese Corporation at their chemical plant in Bishop, Texas. In 1961, he was transferred to Celanese Technical Center in Corpus Christi. There, he established a consulting group of engineers and lab technicians to solve corrosion problems serving 40 Celanese plants throughout many countries. In mid-career, Mr. Kunkel was a technical editor for Corrosion Engineering Magazine for several years. Retiring in 1982 after 37 years with Celanese, he established his own consulting firm.

September 25, 1948, Edgar married Edalene Boswell, a native of Bishop, Texas. The union continued until his death, a total of 69 years and seven months. Their four children and spouses include: Rev. Lee R. Kunkel (Deborah) of Brenham, Texas, Dr. Dale A. Kunkel (Diane) of Neosho, Missouri, Dr. Cynthia L. Scott (William) of Jackson, Mississippi, and Robert W. Kunkel (Judy) of Corpus Christi. Edgar and Edalene were blessed with ten grandchildren: Belinda, Cara, Jaron, Matthew, Lauren, Virginia, Victoria, Stephen, Emily and Kristen, as well as 15 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Edgar Kunkel served his Lord in a number of churches including St. Luke Lutheran in Olney, St. Paul Lutheran in Kingsville, St. John Lutheran in Corpus Christi, Trinity Lutheran in Corpus Christi and River Hills Baptist in Calallen.

Mr. Kunkel was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Lorenz and Leonard, and sister, Mrs. Lillian Cates.

The family will receive visitors at the Sawyer-George Funeral Home, 12497 Leopard Street in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Friday, April 27, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at River Hills Baptist Church, 16318 FM 624 in Calallen on Saturday, April 28, at 10 a.m. The committal service will follow at 11:45 a.m. at the Restland Memory Park Cemetery in Bishop, Texas, on CR 6 at CR 79A.

The family is thankful for the loving care provided by The Villa Northwest, caregivers Georgette Lugo and JoAnn Hernandez and hospice nurse Ann Kingsbury.

Memorials may be given to River Hills Baptist Church or a charity of one’s choice.


Ted Ray Madden

Madden, Ted

Ted Ray Madden, 74, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away Friday, April 20, 2018 at his home after a sudden illness.  He was born August 3, 1943 in Red Oak, Oklahoma to the late Bernie M. and Doris Rose Riley Madden.  Mr. Madden was retired from the oilfield where he had worked his entire adult life.  He was a member and former Deacon of Annaville Baptist Church.  Ted enjoyed fishing, hunting, riding motorcycles and swapping stories over coffee with his many friends at several area restaurants almost every morning.

He is survived by his wife of almost 54 years, Linda Madden; his daughter, Kim (Gilbert) Medrano; his son, Larry (Gina) Madden; three brothers, Jimmie (Ann) Madden, Raymond Madden and David (Mimi) Madden; seven grandchildren, Aiden and Mason Medrano, Bridgette, Cody, Sonia, Morgan and Leann Madden; five great grandchildren; numerous friends.

Visitation will be from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00P.M. Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Hebron Baptist Church near Yoakum, Texas. Burial will follow in the Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home in Yoakum, Texas.

John Power Westervelt

John Power Westervelt, 91, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away peacefully on April 18, 2018, after a long battle with a stroke in late 2014.

John was born to Marie Power and George Conrad Westervelt on December 1, 1926, in Corpus Christi, Texas. He graduated from Corpus Christi High School and attended Texas A & M University for a short time before joining the United States Navy.  After he was released from the Navy at the end of World War II, he returned to A & M and completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering.  In 1949, he went to work for Pontiac Refinery, which later became Champlin Petroleum and is now Citgo Refinery, and worked there until his retirement in 1988.  After he retired, he worked part-time for Southern Paper and Chemical and later for Arlene Steele Real Estate in Corpus Christi; then he moved to Austin, where he worked for a real estate appraiser for several years.  He was active in and served as president of Westside Rotary in Corpus Christi for many years.

John married Gwendolyn (Gwendy) Olive Elwell on June 24, 1950, and they made their home in Corpus Christi, Texas for the next 46 years. John served as a deacon at First Baptist Church of Corpus Christi for many years and loved the Lord.  He and Gwendy raised three children, Van, Wayne, and Kay Lynn and were very involved in activities with them.  They took many wonderful family vacations and made sure they brought their children up to love the Lord.  John was a Scout Master, and both Van and Wayne achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with the guidance and encouragement of their dad.  In 1996, John and Gwendy moved to Austin, where they lived until John’s stroke in December 2014.  They made many friends there who love and miss them.

John was the true definition of a Biblical husband. He was the head of the home, and he loved his wife and cared for her.  That was very apparent in the last eleven years of Gwendy’s life as she suffered from Alzheimer’s.  He cared for her at home with some help from caregivers coming in to their home for eight hours a day for the last four or five years, but he had the responsibility for the rest of every day for doing everything for her.  He did it lovingly and willingly up until the day he had the stroke.  He took her out to dinner with him to Rosie’s on Tuesday nights to meet with their friends.  He made sure to include her in as much of his life as he possibly could.  His testimony of what marriage should be was lived out as an example to his children and grandchildren, and we are forever grateful for his life and legacy.

John is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, George Conrad Westervelt, Jr., and his beloved Gwendy.

He is survived by his sister-in-law, Nita Westervelt of Dallas; his son, Van (Gwynell) Westervelt of Bluntzer; his son, Wayne (Laura) Westervelt of Magnolia, and his daughter, Kay Lynn (Monte) Davenport of Grapevine. Other survivors include his grandchildren, Drew Westervelt of College Station, Erik (Tiffany) Crawford of Magnolia, Nathan (Kim) Westervelt of Corpus Christi, Shayne (Hannah) Westervelt of Robstown, Luke Westervelt of Denton, and Melody Davenport of Grapevine; one great-grandson, Emmett Van Westervelt  of Robstown, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

John’s family is forever grateful to The Gathering at West Lake Hills Presbyterian Church in Austin, where he took Gwendy each week to be with other people whose spouses suffered from Alzheimer’s and received support and had fun.  We are also so thankful for the wonderful caregivers at the Plaza at the Mirador.  You loved John and Gwendy and treated them like family.  We will never forget the love you have shown our family, and we pray for God’s greatest blessings on each of you.

The memorial celebration of John’s life will be at the Chapel of First Baptist Church, 3115 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas, on Saturday, April 21, at 11:00 am, with the Reverend Ralph Green, III officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Corpus Christi, The Gathering at West Lake Hills Presbyterian Church in Austin, Christ Central Baptist Church, Boy Scouts of America or Rotary Club International.

Donald L. Hanson

Hanson, Donald

Donald L. Hanson, 81, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away peacefully at his home on April 16 ,2018, after a short illness.

Don was born to Virginia and Eugene E. Hanson on February 18 , 1937 in Detroit, Michigan.

He served in the United States Air Force stationed in Tucson, Arizona then returned to Corpus Christi and began working for Tennessee Pipeline Company and Coastal States refinery. In 1977 he started YoJo Oilfield Service company and later he owned and operated Alice Auto Salvage. Don also owned several bars in and around the Corpus Christi area eventually ending his career working for RepCon as a project superintendent .

Donald is preceded in death by his wife of fifty-eight years Phyllis L. Hanson and his mother and father .

He is survived by his daughter, Candyce G . Hanson; son, Eugene E. “Scooter” (Rosetta) Hanson II, Richard “Rick” Hanson; grandchildren, Gregory A.( Kera) Steward II , Melissa A. (Gordon) Chaviers , Jerry A. Campbell, Travis M. (Valerie) Hanson, Elizabeth J.(Ryan) Kelly ;Taylor R.(John) Hanson and numerous great-grandchildren; brothers, Daniel E. (Gail) Hanson and Richard D. (Bea) Hanson; sister, Norma “Cookie”  Miller . and  many , many  friends in Corpus Christi and around the United States . Anyone that knew Don could see he lived life by his own rules.

He was one of a kind and will truly be missed by all .

Memorial services will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel with Jerry Campbell officiating..

Honorary Pallbearers will be Robert “ Bob” Dumas, Anthony ”Buck” King, Hicks Elliff, Carlos Watson ,Travis Hanson and Gregory A. Steward II