Obituaries

Adeline Laechelin

Date of Birth: Sept. 18, 1927  |   Date of Death: Aug. 11, 2017   |   Service Date: 10 AM, Wednesday, Aug. 16, at Pennington Funeral Home 

Adeline Laechelin

On August 11, 2017 in her 90th year, Adeline Laechelin was called home.  She was born September 18, 1927 in Geronimo, Texas to Valentin and Ella (Bartoskewitz) Bormann. Adeline was a member of the Daughters of The Republic of Texas, The Grand Lodge for the Sons of Hermann, SPJST(Sloranska Podporujici Jednota Statu Texas) and Friedens United Church of Christ.  She retired as the accounts manager of Sherwin-Williams. Adeline is preceded in death by her husband, Harley G. Laechelin; daughters, Nancy Hajek and Donna Bomer. She is survived by daughter, Connie Bagley (Donny); 5 grandchildren whom she loved, Jason Hajek (Irena), Josh Bagley (Elise), Kharley Bagley Smith, Robin Bagley Logan (Andrew) and Jill Hajek. She is also survived by 7 great-grandchildren, whom she absolutely adored,  Avery Kelley, Rebecca Hatfield, KayDee Smith, Flint Hajek, Adeline Smith, Case Hajek and Walter Logan. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Friedens United Church of Christ,  2555 Friedens Church Rd, Seguin, TX 78155 or CTMC Hospice Care, San Marcos, TX. A Celebration of Adeline’s Life will be held 10:00 A.M., Wednesday at Pennington Funeral Home.  A private family burial will be at Guadalupe Valley ...

Marcedes Beene

Date of Birth: September 3, 1922  |   Date of Death: August 11, 2017   |   Service Date: 3:00 P.M., Sunday, August 13, 2017. 

Marcedes Beene

Marcedes (Murray) Beene, longtime resident of San Marcos, TX, passed away in Kyle, TX on Friday, August 11, 2017, at the age of 94.  She was born in Port Lavaca, TX to Arthur and Eva (Perrin) Murray on September 3, 1922. Her parents, husband, John Beene, daughter, Nancy Smith, and two brothers, Amos  Murray and Arlie Murray preceded her in death. She is survived by her son, John Ray Beene (Olga) of San Marcos; daughter, Donna Dees (Kenneth) of San Marcos; son-in-law, Kenneth Smith of Jacksonville, FL; sisters, Mildred Renfro of Prescott Valley, AZ and Lorene Younger of Seguin; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Graveside Services will be conducted at 3:00 P.M., Sunday, August 13, 2017, at the San Marcos City Cemetery, with the Rev. Dennis Spire officiating. Arrangements under the care and guidance of Pennington Funeral Home, 323 North Comanche, San Marcos, TX 78666, 512-353-4311, www.penningtonfuneralhome.com

Louis Costello Chavez, Jr.

Date of Birth: Feb 3, 1954  |   Date of Death: Aug 7, 2017   |   Service Date: 10:00 A.M., Monday, August 14, 2017. 

Louis Costello Chavez, Jr.

Louis Costello Chavez, Jr. , age 63, of San Marcos, TX passed away on August 7, 2017. Graveside Services will be held at Memory Lawn Memorial Park in Martindale, at 10:00 A.M., on Monday, August 14, 2017. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, TX, 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com

Adeline Laechelin

Date of Birth: September 18, 1927  |   Date of Death: August 11, 2017   |   Service Date: Pending. 

Adeline Laechelin

Adeline Laechelin, age 89, of Staples, TX, passed away in San Marcos, TX, on Friday, August 11, 2017.  Services are pending. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, TX 78666, 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com

Ralph Edward Randow

Date of Birth: Nov 20, 1939  |   Date of Death: Aug 7, 2017   |   Service Date: 10:30 A.M., Friday, Aug 11, 2017. 

Ralph Edward Randow

Ralph Edward Randow of San Marcos, TX passed away on August 7, 2017, at the age of 77.  He was born November 20, 1939  in Maxwell, TX to Martin and Bertha (Posey) Randow. He graduated from San Marcos High School in 1958 and served in the U.S. Navy aboard the “USS Finch”, from 1959 to 1961.  Before he retired, Ralph was an Assistant Postmaster for the U.S. Postal Service for over 30 years. He married his wife, Patricia “Trisha” on June 29, 1991 in the First Lutheran Church in San Marcos.  A member of Sertoma, Ralph’s involvement in the community was widespread and included serving on the Hays County Historical Commission, Meals on Wheels, and volunteering wherever help was needed.  He especially enjoyed playing Santa Claus and a train conductor for the children. His parents, son-in-law, Jonathan Dowdy, brother, Elton Joe Randow and sister, Ella Herzog preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Trisha (Biggs) Randow; son, Paul Randow (Sherri) of San Marcos; two daughters, Tammy Gramling (Keith) of Denton and Lisa Dowdy of San Marcos; brothers, Leonard Randow of Aransas Pass and George ...

Dr. Curtis W. White

Date of Birth: April 28, 1954  |   Date of Death: July 27, 2017   |   Service Date: 2:00 pm, Saturday, August 5, 2017. 

Dr. Curtis W. White

Dr. Curtis W. White, age 63, passed away, Thursday, July 27th, at home surrounded by family after a hard fought battle with cancer. He was a loving husband, devoted father, avid golfer and firm believer in Jesus Christ. Curtis was known for his lighthearted sense of humor, devotion to his family, and concern for those in need. Curtis was born April 28th, 1954 in Dallas to the late Eugene and Wanda White, raised in Jasper, a graduate of Lamar University in Houston and Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena, Curtis' roots were purely Texan. Having served in the United States Air Force for four years and treating patients for over 30 years at his practice, Hill Country Chiropractic Center in San Marcos, TX, Curtis' heart for serving others was evident in his daily life. He is survived by wife Irene; daughters Brittany, Talisa, Adrienne, and Faith; siblings Sharon Dickerson (Larry), David White (Elaine), and Cecelia Daniel (Dennis); along with many nieces and nephews. Services will be held on Saturday, August 5th at 2:00 pm at Pennington Funeral Home.    There will be a visitation before the service at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, ...

Caitlin Louise Duvall-Hammer

Date of Birth: July 31, 1990  |   Date of Death: July 25, 2017   |   Service Date: 2:00 P.M., Saturday, July 29, 2017. 

Caitlin Louise Duvall-Hammer

Caitlin Louise Duvall-Hammer, 26 years old, of Blanco, Texas, beloved daughter, sister and friend passed away unexpectedly after complications from minor surgery on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 in Kyle, Texas. She was born in Nassau Bay, Texas to Gerald Hammer and Laura E. Duvall on July 31, 1990. Caitlin loved to travel and by the time she was 13 she had already been to 10 countries, some multiple times.  After graduating from Clear Lake High School in 2008, Caitlin decided to pursue her dream of becoming a chef.  At age 19, she went to France for a year and earned her Grand Diplome De Cuisine Et De Patisserie at Le Cordon Bleu in 2011. Back in the States, she realized that being a chef was not going to take her where she wanted to go in life, so she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from Texas State University in the summer of 2017, and was recently accepted into the Master’s Program for Healthcare Administration also at Texas State University. She funded her academic studies by working at the Austin Spa, the Leander ISD food program, and ...

Dr. Ronald Burke Jager

Date of Birth: December 31, 1927  |   Date of Death: July 26, 2017   |   Service Date: 10:00 A.M., Saturday, August 5, 2017. 

Dr. Ronald Burke Jager

Dr. Ronald Burke Jager of San Marcos, Texas passed away at Central Texas Medical Center on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at the age of 89, after a long illness with bone and liver cancer.  Dr. Jager was born on December 31, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois and moved to San Marcos in 1972. He earned a Geology Degree from the University of Miami, a Law Degree from the University of Houston, a PhD Degree in History from the University of Texas and he taught for over 30 years at Texas State University. Dr. Jager is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Marie; his only child, daughter, Dea Marie Jager-Perez; granddaughter, Samantha Marie Myronenko and husband, Graydon; and his great-granddaughter, Charlotte Marie. If you've ever been to the Price Center, you've seen Dr. Jager’s handiwork. He was often seen wearing his tool belt around the old First Christian Church on San Antonio Street as he and his wife Marie were rescuing the structure once destined to be razed. That wasn't always their plan. When he retired from Texas State University in 1993, his original plan was to continue his research into ...

Bert L. “Bubba” Reinke

Date of Birth: November 26, 1949  |   Date of Death: July 23, 2017   |   Service Date: 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, July 26, 2017. 

Bert L. “Bubba” Reinke

Bert L. “Bubba” Reinke, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away at home in Staples, TX on Sunday, July 23, 2017, at the age of 67. He was born November 26, 1949 in Austin, TX to Berthold Walter and Anna Juliana (Kissman) Reinke. Bert earned his BS degree in Agriculture from Southwest Texas State University and was self-employed.  He had several interests, including antique tractors, fishing and BBQ Cook-offs. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Karen (Wimberly) Reinke; step-daughter, Denise Sheppard and husband, Brent of Katy, TX; step-son, Petty Officer, 1st Class, Brian R. Butler of San Diego, CA; sister, Patricia Roy and husband, Paul of Meadow Lakes, TX; four grandchildren, Nadia, Yalena, Christian and Faith; Uncle Herman Kissman and wife, Dot of Austin, TX; nephew, Wade Owens and wife, Jennifer and their children, Shelby, Laney and Hunter of Austin, TX. Family will receive friends at Pennington Funeral Home, 6:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M., Tuesday, July 25, 2017.  Bubba’s Life will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in the Pennington Memorial Chapel, with the Rev. Tim Bauerkemper officiating.  Interment to follow at Memory Lawn Memorial ...

Robbie Lea Taylor

Date of Birth: May 13, 1934  |   Date of Death: July 21, 2017   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, July 25, 2017. 

Robbie Lea Taylor

Robbie Lea Taylor of San Marcos, TX passed away on Friday, July 21, 2017, at the age of 83. Robbie Lea was born in the front bedroom of the little house on North Street on May 13, 1934 to C.H. and Robbie Finnie. She spent her childhood in San Marcos, graduating from San Marcos HS in 1952. She remained an active member of her graduating class and has maintained close relationships with several of her classmates. One of her greatest joys was helping plan her high school reunions. Robbie Lea met and married James "Jim" Taylor in 1951. They were married for 62 years until Jim's passing in 2013. They were members of the University Church of Christ for many years, where Robbie enjoyed teaching the toddler Sunday school class. She is survived by three children.  Daughters Janet and husband, Bubba Fain of Rockwall, TX, Sheri and husband, Randall Sanders of Cypress, TX ,  and son, Jimmy Taylor of Dripping Springs as well as six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Ima Gene Magedson, brother-in-law Marion Taylor and his wife Joyce and sister-in-law Naomi Taylor and numerous ...

Elton Joe Randow

Date of Birth: June 25, 1933  |   Date of Death: July 18, 2017   |   Service Date: 10:00 A.M., Saturday, July 22, 2017. 

Elton Joe Randow

Elton Joe Randow of Manchaca, TX passed away on July 18, 2017, at the age of 84.  He was born June 25, 1933 in Zorn, TX to Martin and Bertha (Posey) Randow. He graduated from San Marcos High School and later from Southwest Texas Teachers College.  He married his wife, Sue on June 1, 1957. His band directing career began in Prairie Lea and Comfort, TX. In Rockport, TX, his teaching career spanned 25 years where he was the Band Director, Principal and Superintendent of Schools.  In 1984 they moved to Manchaca where he began working for the Texas Education Agency.  He was active in both the Rockport and Manchaca United Methodist Church and a member of Lions Club.  He was also very proud of his granddaughters, Meredith, who earned her J.D. Degree in May and Madeleine, who is in a Master’s Degree Program at CSU. His parents and sister, Ella Herzog preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Sue Randow; daughter, Beth Randow Keith of Austin; brothers, Leonard Randow of Aransas Pass, Ralph Randow (Patricia) of San Marcos, and George Randow (Francis) of ...

Esteban Cruz

Date of Birth: Aug 3, 1925  |   Date of Death: July 17, 2017   |   Service Date: 1:00 P.M., Friday, July 21, 2017. 

Esteban Cruz

On Monday, July 17, 2017, Esteban Cruz, 91 of San Marcos, Texas was called home by our Lord. Esteban Cruz honorably served in General Patton's army in France during World War II. He was a true patriotic Texan. He was a barber by trade for fourteen years. He then worked and retired from Southwest Texas University after twenty years. Esteban was a devoted, tenderhearted, humorous, generous, and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed playing cards at home with his grandchildren and loved watching the Dallas Cowboys with his sons. A true Dallas Cowboys fan! On Sundays, he enjoyed having his family over to visit. His favorite shows were “The Price is Right” and “Wheel of Fortune”. He also enjoyed western movies and Tom & Jerry cartoons. Esteban is survived by his beautiful and loving wife of sixty-one years, Maria Cruz; sister, Maria B. Cruz and brother, Vicente Cruz (Lola). Children, Mary Cruz (Manuel), Lydia Cruz Giesbers (John), Raymond Cruz (Rick), Lino Cruz (Michael), Thomas Cruz (Josie), Esteban Cruz, Jr. (Elda), Simon Cruz (Diana), Irma Cruz (Frank). Grandchildren, Christine Rodriguez, Veronica Ortega, Steven Cruz, Robert Samaniego, Jr., Jonathan Flores, Bianca ...

Rev. Pedro S. Mendoza, Sr.

Date of Birth: May 13, 1938  |   Date of Death: July 9, 2017   |   Service Date: 7:00 P.M., Thursday, July 13, 3017. 

Rev. Pedro S. Mendoza, Sr.

Rev. Pedro S. Mendoza, Sr. of San Marcos, TX, devoted husband, father, brother, grand-and great-grandfather departed this life on Sunday, July 9, 2017 to be with his Lord and Savior, at the age of 79.  He was born to Abello Mendoza and Lydia (Sanchez) Mendoza Ortiz  in Edinburg, TX on May 13, 1938. Rev. Mendoza served his country in the USMC and received an honorable discharge.  He also devoted 45 years of his life serving the Lord as a Pentecostal Pastor. He will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known this man of God, who led his life by example and whose church was open to anyone who wanted to hear the Word of God.  To know Rev. Mendoza was to love him. His beloved wife, Susie Alvarado Mendoza (2006) preceded him in death. He is survived by three sons, Pablo Rios (Esabel)of San Marcos, Danny Mendoza (Elizabeth) of Jarrell, and Pedro Mendoza, Jr. (Rebecca) of San Marcos; four daughters, Elia Marmolejo (Pedro) of San Marcos, Sylvia Smith of San Marcos, Rosabella Mendoza (Ricardo Garza) of San Marcos, and Cynthia Kilstrom (Matt) of Buda; brother, Alfredo Ortiz (Connie); ...

Janice “Jan” Louise Cox

Date of Birth: February 2, 1947  |   Date of Death: July 6, 2017   |   Service Date: 1:00 pm, Saturday, July 15, 2017. 

Janice “Jan” Louise Cox

It is with much love we bid Jan “Janma” Cox farewell and into the arms of God and her adoring husband, Jack H. Cox, Jr.  Jan was born and raised in Kenedy, Texas and later moved to the Corpus Christi area where she earned her Bachelor of Arts at Texas A&I, Kingsville and Masters in Education at Corpus Christi State University. Jan was a devoted 1st grade teacher for 29 years at Flour Bluff Elementary School in Corpus Christi, Texas where she built friendships that would span a lifetime. Jan retired in 2001 in San Marcos, Texas with her husband Jack to the now famous “Cox Compound” surrounded by Jack’s life-sized yard art creations, towering oaks, limitless views of the Texas Hill Country and a Texas-sized porch big enough to hold her countless wind chimes, vibrant yellow flowers, and all the family and friends that frequently visited their Hill Country paradise. Jan was preceded in death by her parents Wilber and Maxine Jones and her loving husband of 25 years Jack H. Cox, Jr. She is survived by her sons Paul Cox and his wife Alice; Scott Chauvette and his wife April; Jason Cox and fiancé Emily McGann; Chad Chauvette and his ...

Robert Corey White (Bob)

Date of Birth: April 2, 1951  |   Date of Death: July 6, 2017   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, July 11, 2017. 

Robert Corey White (Bob)

ROBERT COREY WHITE (Bob) died July 6th 2017 in New Braunfels, Texas at age 66. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Claire White. He was born April 2nd 1951 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  He is survived by an older brother Alan White, a niece Deborah Roen and a great nephew Justin Roen. Robert was a 1969 New Braunfels Senior High School graduate.  He more importantly was a loyal 1975 Texas  A&M graduate.  He was a proud owner of the NAPA Auto Parts Store in San Marcos, and had been associated with NAPA for over 40 years.  He is survived by his business partners, Helen Krueger and Beverly Bretzke.   He was a push over for a stray cat, and would hand feed deer that came to his yard. A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday July 11th at 11:00 AM at Dick’s Classic Garage located at 120 Stagecoach Trail, San Marcos, Texas.  In lieu of flowers, please consider the American Cancer Society.  Burial will be in Timberlake, South Dakota. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, TX, 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com