Archive for November, 2018

Robert (Bob) Ware

Ware, Robert

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Theresa “Tre” Catherine Morris

Morris, Theresa

“Tre” was born on August 29, 1948 to George & Louise Schmidlkofer in Gainesville, Texas.  She was the first of eight children.

She was a devoted Catholic and was very active in The Journey to Damascus. Tre was a member of KJT (Catholic Union of TX), KJZT (Catholic Family Fraternal of TX), The Moravian Club of Nueces County, Czech Heritage Society of South Texas, was an avid “Bunco” player,  enjoyed  monthly “supper club” get together’s with her husband and close friends, dancing at the Moravian Hall, book club,  and “antiquing” at the Roundtop, TX.  Antique Festivals in the Spring and Fall.

Tre concluded her career in insurance with McKenzie & Shell Ins. Company in Corpus Christi. Her career as an independent insurance agent spanned fifty years until she was forced to retire based on her diagnosis of leukemia last December.

Tre is predeceased by her parents, brothers, Kenny, James, Robert and sister, Patsy.

She is survived by her husband, Sam; daughter, Erica (Butch) Duff; son, Aaron (Brooke) Larson; granddaughter, Miale (Ryan); grandsons, Tanner, Camden & Katin; great grandson, Kai; sisters, Dot Hogue (Larry), Polly Brinkley (Earl), Donna (Rick) Hess; brothers-in-law, Charles (Pat) Morris , Victor (Debbie) Morris and sister-in-law, Karen (Rick) Huer.  She is also survived by loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be from 4 PM until 6 PM Sunday, November 25, 2018 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Violet, Texas immediately followed by a Rosary at 6 PM. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 PM  Monday,  November 26, 2018 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Violet, Texas.

Burial will follow at the St. Anthony’s Cemetery  in Violet, Texas.

Tre’s pallbearers are Dennis Black, Bob Black, Mark Baize, Rick Knocke, Randy Sykora, and Lane Homeyer.

Donations in Tre’s memory may be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, The Violet Historical Society or the charity of choice.

James (Jim) Kittoe

Kittoe, James

James (Jim) Kittoe went to be with his Heavenly Father on November 20, 2018. He was born on December 24, 1939, to Norman and Martha Kittoe in Chicago, Illinois; however, he considered Seymour, Texas, his hometown  where he was raised by his parents.

Jim graduated from Robstown High School in 1958 and soon after went to work in the oilfield. He had a long, successful career in the oilfield that began with American Smelting, Storm Drilling, and Shell Offshore where he retired after 32 years of service as a Senior Mechanical Technician working on some of the largest drilling and production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

He met his loving wife Erna in July 1972, and they were married in Langtry, Texas, on the steps of Judge Roy Bean’s court in 1979. This was a proud moment in Jim’s life. Jim and Erna were married for 39 years and were best friends.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Martha Kittoe, his father and mother- in-law Hugo and Wanda Wolter, his brothers- in-law Hugo Alfred Wolter and Wilman Robert Wolter.

He is survived by his loving wife, Erna Kittoe and his godchildren Rocky Lee (Erica) Lorenz of Prosper, Texas, Daniel Lorenz of Spring, Texas, William (Briana) Lorenz of Pleasanton, Texas, Dylan Lorenz of Conroe, Texas, John Wehman of Portland, Texas, Cameron Calvo of Austin, Texas, and Collin Calvo of Austin, Texas.

Jim had a love for animals, horses, the Professional Bull Riders Association, racecars, and hot rods. Jim was referred to by his wife as “her MacGyver.” Everyone who knew Jim knew that he was a jack of all trades from mechanical to electrical to setting up the latest and greatest electronics at his home or shop. Jim spent many hours “mechanic-ing” and tinkering in his shop at his residence outside of Banquete, Texas, where he had an arsenal of tools and gadgets to solve most any problem. He could fix just about anything.

Those who knew Jim knew his love of Joe Cotten’s BBQ, where he spent many Friday evenings with his wife grabbing dinner and catching up on local news with the staff at Cotten’s who, after many years of interaction, were great friends of Jim and Erna. Joe and Cecil Cotten knew when Jim was at the restaurant they would have to get a new tablecloth ready because Jim always used his own pocketknife and it typically cut through the butcher paper dinner was served on.

Pallbearers will be Rocky Lee Lorenz, Daniel Lorenz, William Lorenz, Dylan Lorenz, John Wehman, and Cecil Cotten.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Larry Custer, Ronnie McNeill, Bill Wehman, Tony Hill, Bobby Gallagher, Vic Gillespie, Jimmy Daniels, Jimmy Smith, Cameron Calvo, and Collin Calvo.

Visitation will be Sunday, November 25, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Sawyer- George Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted on Monday at 10 a.m. November 26, 2018 at the Sawyer- George Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Jeffery Thompson of Buda, Texas officiating.

Burial to follow at Robstown Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. John Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice in honor of Jim.

Leslie H. Owen

Owen, Leslie Hector

Leslie H. Owen of Corpus Christi, Texas, went to reside with his savior on November 16, 2018 after a prolonged illness.

Throughout his life, Mr. Les, as he was known to friends, lived by a code that included loyalty and service to God; his family; and his country and community. A good and faithful servant, he upheld those values most conducive to the American way of life.  Though accomplished in many ways, he never boasted.  He always tried to see the best in others.  Even after his loss of speech, his brilliant smile, lively eyes, and warm hugs communicated his desire to love and encourage all around him.

Leslie’s early years fostered the diversity he would carry into his later life. Born in 1925 to Hector and Gertrude Owen, he lived his early life in DeKalb, Texas, a farming community outside Texarkana.  As a boy, Leslie rode a Shetland pony to school.  Later, in his teen years, he retired the horse and began running to and from school.  He lettered in football, as well as playing trumpet and trombone in the band.  He also sang in a bluegrass gospel choir in his spare time.  In 1943, at high school graduation, Les was selected for the Navy.  He spent the next two years aboard the U.S.S. Tatum, a two-star destroyer escort which survived attack in the South Pacific Theater.

After returning from WWII, Leslie resumed civilian life as a young man in Aransas Pass. He went to work in the warehouse of Commercial Motors where he met his true love Theresia Le Blanc.  They were married in 1952 and maintained a devoted union for nearly 66 years.

Leslie and Theresia have three daughters: Sandra (Jim) Dudley of Corpus Christi, TX, Liz (James) Patterson of Pflugerville, TX; and Pam (Sanford) Tirado of Anthem, AZ. His wife and daughters survive him, along with 6 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

As he matured, Leslie faced the challenges of cancer and heart disease, but he continued to work steadfastly for both Sinclair and Citgo Refineries.  At Citgo he meticulously supervised two warehouses for 35 years, retiring with both safety awards and the respect of his co-workers.

At the core of Leslie’s life was his belief system and church affiliation. As a member of Parkdale Baptist Church, he taught 4th grade boys and became the director of Adult Bible Study.  He served in the Parkdale Pantry to support the community.  In Jamaica, he helped set up summer time Vacation Bible School.  In later years, when he moved his membership to Second Baptist Church, he served on the Personnel Committee.  For several years he faithfully attended the adult Sunday School there.

Les also enjoyed various hobbies and activities through life. He managed an industrial league baseball team, bowled, jogged, fished; and played tennis and golf.  When he could no longer swing a club, he could be found in his lounge chair watching his favorite sport on television.  In addition, Les was a talented wood worker, building projects without benefit of patterns.  He also enjoyed constructing model ships and airplanes.  Further, Les was a lifetime member of the Oso Masonic Lodge, and served as its secretary for 25 years.  As he always felt it was a privilege to serve his country, after retirement he volunteered on the U.S.S. Lexington, greeting and guiding visitors.  He donated his WWII naval uniform to her museum.  He loved airplanes, especially the Blue Angels, and could often be seen gazing at them, even if it interrupted a round of golf!

As he grew older, Les and his wife moved from family camping trips on the Frio River to an exploration of the whole United States, his beautiful country. These trips frequently included relatives Buddy and Billie Cavitt.  Upon Buddy’s passing, Les’s sister-in-law Billie continued to travel with the couple on the road trips and cruises.  Les considered her a true sister of the heart, and their visits and conversations enriched his life.

To know Leslie Owen was to know a man who quietly stood in the background showing competence and steadfastness as he pushed others forward and upward; a man of integrity and forgiveness. Beloved by the youngest family members who called him Grandpa Gigi, to the oldest who knew him as Daddy, he will be missed, but none of us will forget the joy that comprised the life of Leslie Owen, our rock and our anchor.

The family would like to thank Dr. Breeling and the other doctors and nurses in attendance during the final days at Doctor’s Regional Hospital; Dr. Cathy Cole-Perez; Dr. Robert May, Jr.; Dr. Alfonso Villamil, and Zakaria Saleem. The home hospice care, especially that of Cynthia, Madonna, and Dora, is also much appreciated.  We would also like to acknowledge the love and care of friends and neighbors, which means so much.

A military funeral will be held December 3, 2018 at 11:00 at the Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Calallen. A memorial service will follow after the first of the year, at the Second Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to one’s choice of charity.

Betty Sue Rosas

Rosas, Betty Sue

Betty Sue Rosas, passed away on November 17, 2018, at the age of 81. She was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time outside doing her gardening. Betty was a devoted mother and loved spending quality time with her family and many friends.

Betty is preceded in death by her husband, Gilberto Rosas; her sons, Gilberto Jr., Rolando and Alexander Rosas; her parents, three brothers and one sister.

Betty is survived by her children, Norma Gonzales (Benito), Esmeralda McElhaney (Brian), Gilberto Rosas, Diana Matula (Thomas), Eddie Rosas (Jennifer); fourteen grandchildren; many great grandchildren and her sister, Lydia Trevino.

So many thanks to Betty’s in-laws who came by or called daily to check on her health and to see if the family was in need of anything. Also, the family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to Betty’s providers and caregivers from OPUS Hospice for their kindness and service during her illness.

Visitation will be from Noon to 1 P.M., Wednesday, November 21, 2018 with a rosary being recited at 1 P.M. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral Mass will celebrated at 2 P.M. Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at St. Peter, Prince of the Apostle Catholic Church on Violet Road.

Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Robstown.

Pallbearers will be Gilberto and Eddie Rosas, Betty Sue Gonzales, Roger and Marvin Parker, James McElhaney and Joel Rosas.