E. Merle Goff, 83, of El Campo, passed away on February 3, 2016. She was born on Nov. 6, 1932 in Wharton County to the late Sam H. and Marjorie Smith Defee. She was a retired farmer and rancher and a member of the Church of Christ.
Joe Fred Drastata, 91, of Palacios passed away Feb. 4, 2016 in El Campo.
Bennie Dean Oates, 85, of Edna passed away Feb. 3, 2016. She was born Feb. 1, 1931 in San Marcos to Robert Claudeen and Velma Smith.
Dorothea Marie Bubela, 85, of Louise, passed away Feb. 1, 2016. She was born May 16, 1930 in Bautzen, Germany to Richard and Elizabeth Puls Hobe. She was a homemaker and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 251.
Leona Macha was born on April 22, 1920 in El Campo to Lillian and John Kruppa. She passed away peacefully on Jan. 25, 2016. She married Ralph Macha June 18, 1942 in New Orleans, La. at the Air Force Chapel.
Gay Germaine Hoffman, 50, of El Campo, passed away Jan. 22, 2016. She was born March 21, 1965 in Houston to Jim and Gladys Welch Hoffman. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Cemetery in Hillje.
Jesse Lee Ellis Sr. went to be with the Lord January 22, 2016. He was born Sept. 8, 1940 in Brownwood. In the summer of 1953, Jesse and his three younger brothers came to live in Collegeport with their loving adoptive parents W.L. and Rosalie Nelson Ellis.
Leona Patricia Kruppa Macha, 95, of Franklin, formerly of El Campo, passed away Jan. 25, 2016. Services are pending at Triska Funeral Home, El Campo.
Dorothy Mae North, 88, of El Campo died Sunday Jan 17, 2016. Visitation is 1-5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22 at Matthews Funeral Home in Wharton. Funeral service is 3 p.m. Saturday Jan. 23 at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in El Campo with burial to follow at the El Campo Community Cemetery.
Grace Ann (Brandes) Mariner, 58, of Bay City, Texas died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016 after a brief struggle with brain cancer.
Andres Solis, 71 of El Campo, passed away Jan. 15, 2016. He was born on Dec. 24, 1944 in Midfield to Benito and Pauline Meddin Solis.
John Raymond Hajovsky, 83, of Louise, passed away Jan. 14, 2016. He was born Sept. 2, 1932 in East Bernard to Jno and Mary Beran Hajovsky. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of American Legion Post 251 and an honorary member of Louise Volunteer Fire Department. John worked for Alcoa Aluminum for 32 years before retiring in 1984.
Isabel Bennett Long, 83, passed away Jan. 13, 2016 in Stafford. She was born Nov. 1, 1932 in Louise Texas to Webb Bennett Sr. and Eula Mae Hardaway Bennett.
Dolores Marie Wallis, 85, of Palacios, passed away Jan. 13, 2016. She was born June 30, 1930 in Houma, La. to Houston Eschete and Libby Blanchard Eschete.
Julia Ann Wesselman, 61, of Needville passed away Jan. 13, 2016. She was born Dec. 17, 1954 in El Campo to Jerome and Mary Ann Staff Koudela. She was a geriatric nurse for more than 30 years.
Raymond V. Kocurek, 84, of El Campo, passed away Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. He was born Nov. 27, 1931 in El Campo to Frank and Johanna “Annie” Krenek Kocurek. He was a Korean War veteran, having served in the Navy from 1950-1954 and was a cotton farmer until his retirement.
James H. Hubenak, 81, of Houston, died Jan. 5, 2016. He was born Jan. 9, 1934 in El Campo to Henry and Angeline Hubenak. He attended El Campo High School and Wharton County Jr College. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. James owned a successful export business for more than 25 years. In his spare time he loved to dance Country & Western, Ballroom and Latin dancing as well as playing dominoes, cards and pool.
Funeral services for Tommie Roberson Jr., 69, of El Campo, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in El Campo with Pastor Jerrell Barron officiating and Pastor Michael Moore serving as eulogist. Burial will follow at El Campo Community Cemetery. Viewing will be 1-5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15 at Pierce Boone Funeral Home in Wharton and from 1 p.m. Saturday at the church until service time.
Jose Lopez, 41, of El Campo died January 4, 2016. He was born Oct. 29, 1974 in El Campo to Juan Lopez Sr. and Victoriana Garza Lopez. He was a home health provider for Texas Home Health.
Roy Price, the father of former El Campo Leader-News sports editor Shawn Price, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 5.
Lottie Lee Koehl Wessels, 87, of Louise, passed away Jan. 4, 2016. She was born Oct. 11, 1928 in Plainview to Walter and Albina Kostka Koehl.
Raymond Lee Roberts Sr., 77, of El Campo, born Feb. 17, 1938, briefly entered 2016, then at 2:41 a.m. Jan. 1, 2016 he passed on.
Patricia Ann F. Fonseca, 58, of El Campo, passed away Dec. 31, 2015. She was born Nov. 11, 1957 in El Campo to John G. Fuentes and Elisa V. Fortanelli.
Carol Jane Sens Allen, 75, of Bay City, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015. She was born Jan. 2, 1940 in Eagle Lake, to Elmo and Pauline Miller Sens.
Terrel “Butch” Alford of Damon died Dec. 18, 2015 at the age of 66. He was born Nov. 14, 1949 in El Campo to Lawrence and Billie Spell Alford. He served in the U.S. Army from 1971 to 1975 and was stationed in Germany. He returned home and joined the United States Postal Service working as a clerk for 26 years in Brazoria. He loved horses, rodeos and going gambling.
Maria Ines Lara, 87, of El Campo, passed away Dec. 21, 2015. She was born Feb. 22, 1928 in Mexico to Juan and Victoria Hernandez Lara.
Wanda Louise Jones Richardson, 79, of El Campo, passed away Dec. 20, 2015. She was born Aug. 29, 1936 in Montgomery to James and Jerelene Rabon Jones. She worked for 15 years as the first female chief dispatcher in all of Halliburton.
William “Bill” Wayne Brandl, 75, of Houston, passed away Dec. 8, 2015. He was born March 17, 1940 in El Campo to Willie and Evelyn Sohrt Brandl.
Delfina Munoz, 78, of El Campo, passed away Dec. 10, 2015. She was born June 16, 1937 in Edna to John and Maria Guzman Longoria.
Kenny Juranek, 59, passed away on Nov. 27, 2015. Memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 19 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Hillje.
Willis H. Brown III “Trey”, 36, of Bay City, died Dec. 2, 2015. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 at Bay City Baptist Church in Bay City. Arrangements are under the direction of Wheeler Funeral Home, El Campo.
Richard Baldeschwiler, 66, of Victoria, died Dec. 7, 2015. Graveside service were Friday, Dec. 11 at Memory Gardens in Victoria. Arrangements under the direction of Wheeler Funeral Home, El Campo.
William Wayne Brandl, 75, of Houston, passed away Dec. 8, 2015. Services are pending at Triska Funeral Home, El Campo.
Delfina Munoz, 78, of El Campo, passed away Dec. 10, 2015. Services are pending at Triska Funeral Home, El Campo.
Jeanette Lee Dybala Newman, 57, of El Campo, passed away Dec. 10, 2015. She was born Oct. 26, 1958 in El Campo.
Robert Dale Sheard Jr., 51, of Speaks, passed away Dec. 9, 2015. He was born Nov. 11,1964 in Omaha, Neb. to Robert “Bob” Sheard Sr. and Fay Patterson Sheard.
Lois Jean Millican Wigginton, 85, of El Campo, passed away Dec. 7, 2015. She was born Jan. 30, 1930 in the Hahn Community to Alba and Myrtie Lee Millican. She worked as a charge nurse at Wharton Manor before retiring as an office nurse for Dr. Cochran.
Portia Koenig Powell, 67, of El Campo, passed away Dec. 5, 2015. She was born June 2, 1948 in East Bernard to Walter and Lorene Roznovak Koenig. She attended and graduated from El Campo High School. She owned and operated the Video X-press in East Bernard for more than 20 years.
Billy Glen Knowlton, 76, of West Columbia passed from this life at his home on Dec. 3, 2015 with his children by his side.
Lucy Jane Craft, 97, passed away Dec. 3, 2015. She was born June, 12, 1918 in Morales to Edwin Thompson and Lillie Roberta Gipson Thompson.
O’Neil Hardeway, 77, passed away Dec. 5, 2015. He was born Sept. 2, 1938 in El Campo to Rochelle and Fannie Parson Hardeway.
Services for William “Bill” Marshall Lee Jr., 77, of Arp, will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the Chandler Street Church of Christ, Kilgore, with Chris Vidacovich, Bob Payne and Wayne Brown officiating. Burial will be military service at the Overton City Cemetery, Overton. Arrangements are under direction of Cottle-Pearson Funeral Home, Overton.
Charles Martinez, 57, of El Campo passed away Nov. 30, 2015. He was born Nov. 9, 1958 in Carson City, Mich. to Pete and Sarah Hessbrook Martinez. Charles attended and graduated from the El Campo Life Skills Center. He enjoyed puzzles, bowling and collecting baseball caps.
Juliana “Julie” Hargrove, 72, of El Campo, passed away Nov. 29, 2015. She was born July 6, 1943 in Inez to Julian and Wenseslada Flores Baldillez.
Herbert “Bear” Leroy Vernon, 72, of Wharton passed away Nov. 30, 2015 in a local hospital after a long illness. He was born Dec. 19, 1942 in North Zulch to Emmanuel Le Vernon and Edith May Stancliff.
Rose Marie Schipula, 84, of Nada, Columbus, Victoria, Houston, Tx, Virginia Beach and Prospect, Va., died on Nov. 28, 2015 at the Woodland’s Assisted Living Facility in Farmville, Va. She was born Jan. 28, 1931 in El Campo to Emil and Mary Kubecka.
Jose Reyna Zuniga, 89, of El Campo, passed away Nov. 27, 2015. He was born March 19, 1926 in Tamaulipas, Mexico to Jose Torivio and Zeferina Reyna Zuniga.
Leonard Frank Staff, 85, of Nada, passed away Nov. 27, 2015. He was born Aug. 26, 1930 in El Campo to Frank and Anna Schramm Staff. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus of Nada, St. Joseph Society and Nocturnal Adoration.
Alvin Franklin Faltysek, 89, of El Campo, passed away Nov. 28, 2015. He was born Jan. 12, 1926 in Moulton to Frank and Olga Hohensee Faltysek.