Obituaries

Petrea Delores Sodke

Date of Birth: April 22, 1928  |   Date of Death: October 22, 2014   |   Service Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014. 

Petrea Delores Sodke

Petrea Delores Sodke, born April 22, 1928 in Pensacola, Florida, passed away on October 22, 2014 at the age of 86. She is preceded in death by her parents, Peter Albert and Daisy Winifred (Gunn) Petersen, and by her daughter and son-in-law, Sue Ellen and Robert Sarmiento. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Henry "Tex" Sodke Jr.; her son, Henry Sodke III and his wife, Arlene Hoffman; and her four grandchildren Laura Sarmiento, Kevin Sarmiento, Kaibab Hoffman Sodke, and Bjorn Sodke Hoffman. Petrea was know as "Tiny" by all. As the wife of a career Navy officer, she lived in seven states as well as Morocco and Japan. She was the first city secretary of Lakeway, Texas. Tex and Tiny moved to Air Force Village in San Antonio in 2000. Tiny was layed to rest in San Marcos, Texas, on October 23, 2014. She was loved and will be missed by all who knew her. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, Texas 78666, 512-353-4311. Obituary and guestbook online at www.peningtonfuneralhome.com

Kirk Michael Johnson

Date of Birth: Aug 6, 1983  |   Date of Death: Oct 20, 2014   |   Service Date: 10:00 A.M., Saturday, Oct 25, 2014. 

Kirk Michael Johnson

Kirk Michael Johnson died unexpectedly on October 20, 2014 at 31 years of age. He was born on August 6, 1983. He was loved dearly and is survived by his parents, Charles and Linda Johnson; his brother and sister-in-law, Matt and Danielle Johnson; and his aunt Marsha Johnson. Kirk was a loyal employee of HEB Grocery, and aspired to move into store leadership and eventual corporate level human resource support. He was working his way up within HEB, recently serving as a principle trainer for new employees throughout Central Texas. Kirk was always known as a “people person” and counselor to many. Even through his high school years, he would frequently be called upon for advice from his many friends. Kirk graduated from San Marcos High School in 2002. For all four years of high school he played trombone in the band under Johnny Martinez and was a member of the choir directed by Angus McCloud where he played many roles in high school musicals. He completed his baccalaureate degree from Texas State University in 2007, majoring in education. He taught 5th grade for one year at Hernandez Elementary. ...

Martha D. Jackson

Date of Birth: Sept 9, 1932  |   Date of Death: Oct 15, 2014   |   Service Date: 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, October 22, 2014. 

Martha D. Jackson

Martha D. Jackson of San Marcos, Texas, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and affectionately known to her family as “Mopsie”, passed away on October 15, 2014, at the age of 82.  She was born September 9, 1932, in DeKalb, Texas to the late H.G. and Audrey (Shipp) Jackson. A member of First United Methodist Church in San Marcos, Martha was a “skilled organizer” and she supported, and gave of her time to many organizations, including the Twice Blessed Consignment Shop, the Heritage Assoc. of San Marcos, The Friends of the San Marcos Cemetery, the San Marcos Guild, Meals on Wheels Assoc., and the Mt. Laurel Garden Club.  With time permitting, she managed to squeeze in a game or two of bridge, which she enjoyed. Her husband, Marcus Jackson (2009) preceded her in death.  She is survived by her son, Jim Jackson and wife, Sharon of San Marcos; daughter, Carolyn Spinelli and husband, Ralph of Baltimore, Maryland; granddaughters, Angela Spinelli and Asti Spinelli; great-granddaughter, Audrey Spinelli; and a host of friends.

Larry Warrell

Date of Birth: November 1, 1941  |   Date of Death: September 23, 2014   |   Service Date:  

Larry Warrell

Larry Warrell, born in Ouray, CO., passed away September 23, 2014, and is survived by his wife, Paula Warrell, and 3 children Ren Douglas (wife Tasha , and grandsons Trenton and Colby) and daughter  Robin Hill, (granddaughter Tessa, and grandson Kohl); and Larry Warrell Jr.  His children  and grandchildren are all in Arizona. There are numerous cousins from Yorktown, TX to the state of CO.   There are a host of friends throughout the nation in the National Council of Corvette Clubs, as well as Rocky Mountain Vintage Racing.   Larry spent the majority of his career with AT&T (Atlanta, GA to Austin, TX) , Raychem Corporation (Houston, TX to Denver, CO)  and a restaurant owner in Conifer, CO.   He retired in 2005, and with his wife Paula, moved  to Wimberley.   Larry enjoyed Corvette racing, riding Harley’s, playing golf, and various other activities making numerous friends along the way.  He will forever be missed. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, TX, 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com

Eileen Crook Vance

Date of Birth: February 5, 1921  |   Date of Death: October 4, 2014   |   Service Date: 2:30 P.M., Saturday, October 11, 2014. 

Eileen Crook Vance

Eileen Crook Vance, dearly loved by her family and friends, long time resident and community organizer in San Marcos, died in her home, surrounded by loved ones, October 4, 2014. She was 93 years old. Eileen was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on February 5, 1921, to William George Crook and Violet Edith Devine Crook. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Gerald W. Vance; and her siblings: Ellen Crook Barber, Leonard Crook, George Robert Crook, and William Herbert Crook. She is survived by her daughter Phyllis M. Vance and her sister-in-law Eleanor Crook, along with many beloved nieces, nephews and people who thought of her as a best friend or a second mother. When Eileen was a child, her family moved from Canada to Chicago, and then to Aransas Pass, Texas, where she graduated from Aransas Pass High School in 1939. Soon afterwards, during the Second World War, she served as local head of the USO (United Service Organization), dedicated to providing morale to U.S. troops. During these years she also assisted the local doctor and helped to deliver countless babies, often driving rural coastal roads with the doctor at night, ...

Paul Dennis Jarvis

Date of Birth: March 24, 1967  |   Date of Death: September 26, 2104   |   Service Date: 7:30 pm Thursday Oct. 2, 2014 

Paul Dennis Jarvis

Our brother and friend Paul died unexpectedly in an Austin hospital on Friday, September 26, following a cardiac arrest. Paul had gone into the hospital for severe abdominal pain several days after a hernia repair operation. He was only 47, and though he had been dealing with long-term health issues, his death was a complete shock to us. Returning to Austin to see Paul was truly a weird feeling, when remembering that what has brought his siblings here to join Wendy is actually his death. Shocking, tragic, heartbreaking, and way, way too soon. Paul was born at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, D.C., and he always felt his attachment to the nation’s capital, but ultimately his attachment to Texas was stronger. He moved to Texas with his family, as an army brat,  in 1975.  Later, his parents retired in San Marcos, and Paul entered Southwest Texas State University. He wasn’t born with that Texas Twang, but it quickly became natural to him, and he loved Texas and Texans. Later he joined the Army, graduating at the top of his class of military medics at Ft. Sam Houston, and earning the extra qualification as an EMT. Paul served with distinction as a ...

Pedro Gutierrez Esquivel

Date of Birth: March 14, 1923  |   Date of Death: September 22, 2014   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, Sept 30, 2014. 

Pedro Gutierrez Esquivel

Our beloved Pedro Gutierrez Esquivel, resident of San Marcos, Texas, was called by our Savior on September 22, 2014, at the age of 91. He leaves behind four sons, Henry Esquivel and wife, Jeanie of Las Vegas, Nevada, Asencion Esquivel and wife, Janie of San Marcos, Texas, Pedro Esquivel, Jr. and wife, Sylvia of San Antonio, Texas and Rosalio (Pat) Esquivel and wife, Melinda of San Marcos, Texas; four daughters, Irene Varela, Janie Romero and husband, Robert , Susie Chapman all of San Marcos, Texas and Gloria Miranda of Austin, Texas; and a sister, Asencion Esquivel of San Marcos, Texas. He is also survived by 23 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Rosa Sauceda Esquivel; a brother, Julian Peña; grandson, Mark Anthony Valdez and great-grandson, Lance Coby Esquivel. Pedro was born in Staples, Texas in 1923. He was an auto mechanic from a very young age. He learnt that trade and was good at what he did. Pedro loved to play the guitar. We would sit around him just to listen to him sing. He would sing romantic songs to our mother. He ...

David G. Ybarra

Date of Birth: Sept 14, 1937  |   Date of Death: Sept 24, 2014   |   Service Date: Rosary: 7:00 P.M., Sunday, Sept 28 and Memorial Mass: 2:00 P.M., Monday, Sept 29, 2014. 

David G. Ybarra

David G. Ybarra, age 77, of San Marcos, Texas, passed away on September 24, 2014. Rosary 7:00 P.M., Sunday, September 28, 2014, and Memorial Mass 2:00 P.M., Monday, September 29, 2014 at St. John's Catholic Church in San Marcos. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, Texas 78666, 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com

William Pattillo “Bill” Barber

Date of Birth: November 4, 1933  |   Date of Death: September 25, 2014   |   Service Date: 11:30 A.M., Saturday, September 27, 2014. 

William Pattillo “Bill” Barber

William Pattillo “Bill” Barber (November 4, 1933-September 24, 2014) A longtime resident of San Marcos passed away on Wednesday, September 24 at St. David’s hospital. Bill Barber (the peppermint man ) was born on November 4, 1933 in Luling, Texas (because Fentress did not have a hospital). He was a fourth generation resident of Fentress, Texas. He was the son of the late Horace Neil (Jack) Barber and Dorothy Pattillo Barber. He was preceded in death by his sister, Charlotte Ruth Barber Shook. Bill is survived by his devoted wife of 58 years, Jean Stafford Barber . He also leaves behind his two sons, Clayton Stafford Barber (wife Jessica) of Little Rock, Arkansas and Robert Neil Barber (wife Rachael) of New Braunfels, Texas. Bill was a proud “Gandad” to eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A graduate of Prairie Lea High, Bill at the age of 16 headed to Southwest Texas State College where he was a proud member of the Bobcat Basketball team coached by Milton Jowers. He was the first recipient of the honorary “T” association award.  Bill spent two years in the U.S. Army and then returned to SWTSC where he finished ...

Katherine “Katy” Feltner Rheinlander

Date of Birth: January 30, 1919  |   Date of Death: September 24, 2014   |   Service Date: 10:00 A.M., Saturday, September 27, 2014. 

Katherine “Katy” Feltner Rheinlander

Katherine “Katy” Feltner Rheinlander was born to August and Olga Feltner on January 30, 1919. She passed away on Wednesday, September 24, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 51 years, Alfred Rheinlander; two sons, Clyde Alfred and Richard Max Rheinlander; two sisters, Norma Dedeke and Elizabeth Stephenson; and one brother, Walter Feltner. Katherine is survived by a son, Guye Rheinlander of Austin; a daughter, Susan Stripling and husband, Michael of Lockhart; and daughter-in-law, Lindee Rheinlander of San Marcos; her four grandsons, Rhy Rheinlander of Pflugerville; Clay Rheinlander and wife, Angela of New Braunfels; Sloan Gill and wife, Teresa of Wimberley; and Collin Gill of Austin. She is also survived by 5 great-granddaughters, Delaney and Addison Gill; Rylin Rheinlander; and Raelyn and Phaedra Rheinlander; and by her special niece, Patricia Hemsell. She was very active in the First Christian Church where she taught Sunday school, sang in the choir and was a member of the Christian Women’s Fellowship. She had worked part time at the San Marcos Coca Cola Bottling Co. which her father owned. Over the years she was a Cub and Brownie Scout leader, member of AARP and ...

Royce Scott Williamson

Date of Birth: December 3, 1951  |   Date of Death: September 23, 2014   |   Service Date: 2:00 P.M., Friday, September 26, 2014. 

Royce Scott Williamson

Royce Scott Williamson, 62, of San Marcos, Texas, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. Scott was born December 3, 1951, in Temple, Texas to James and Dorothy Williamson. A memorial service will be held Friday Sept 26, at 2:00 pm at Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, Texas, Brother Bill Major, officiating. Celebration reception will follow for family and friends at Embassy Suites, San Marcos, Tx. Scott attended San Marcos schools and graduated from San Marcos High School in 1970. He then attended SWTSU and later Plumbers and Pipefitters apprenticeship program and graduated as a licensed journeyman plumber. In 1984 he married Susan Stuart. They had 3 children, James, Jake and Amanda. Scott worked for Freescale Semiconductor in Austin until February 2014 when he became ill. He also remained a member of Local Plumbers and Pipefitters 286. Scott was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in San Marcos. He was preceded in death by his father, James Williamson, in-laws, Kenneth and Velda Stuart, brother in law, David Basey and grandparents. He is survived by his wife, Susan, three children, James, Jake, and Amanda, all of San Marcos. He is also survived by ...

David M. Gish

Date of Birth: June 26, 1962  |   Date of Death: September 22, 2014   |   Service Date: 2:00 P.M., Sunday, October 12, 2014. 

David M. Gish

David M. Gish of San Marcos, Texas, beloved husband, father, son and brother, passed away on September 22, 2014, at the age of 52. He was born to Malcolm and Virginia (Atkins) Gish in Dallas, Texas, on June 26, 1962. David joined Texas State University in January 1990, after having worked at San Marcos High School where he was the Rattlers’ Athletic Trainer for four years. He also worked as an assistant athletic trainer at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette for two years. He began his athletic training career under the tutelage of Dennis Hart at North Mesquite High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of North Texas in 1984 and completed a master’s degree from the Texas State University in 1990. He was proud to be an Eagle Scout and continued to be active in Boy Scouts. In his role as head athletic trainer for the Athletic Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, David lead a Texas State University athletic training staff that included four full-time assistant and nine graduate assistant athletic trainers. He was employed at Texas State for 24 years, having been named head athletic trainer in ...

Allyn W. Gill “Dobber”

Date of Birth: December 27, 1927  |   Date of Death: September 20, 2014   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, October 1, 2014. 

Allyn W. Gill “Dobber”

Allyn W. Gill “Dobber” was born on December 27, 1927 in Brownwood Texas, the first of four children to E. W. Gill, Jr. and Louise (Kemp) Gill and raised on the Gill Ranch, a purebred Polled Hereford Ranch in Whon, TX. Allyn joined the Boy Scouts of America at the age of 12. At the age of 15 he joined the Air Scouts and shortly after received his private pilots license. He later organized a squadron of Air Scouts in Arizona from 1948 – 1950. Allyn continued to enjoy flying for business and pleasure until recent years when his health deteriorated. Allyn attended The University of Texas in Austin and after college married Bessie Gamble of Crowell, TX. Allyn and Besse moved to Arizona and both worked for Phelps Dodge Mining Corporation. In 1950 Allyn and Besse moved back to Texas when he had to take over the management of the family Polled Hereford operation. At the age of 22, Allyn became the President of the Coleman County Telephone Company. He was President until moving to San Marcos in 1967 where he founded Teledata, Inc., a computer service bureau. Teledata, Inc. had ...

Annette Hoffman Mathes

Date of Birth: February 20, 1936  |   Date of Death: September 18, 2014   |   Service Date: 10:00 A.M., Thursday, September 25, 2014. 

Annette Hoffman Mathes

Annette Hoffman Mathes of San Marcos, Texas, passed away on September 18, 2014, at the age of 78. She was born February 20, 1936, in Bastrop County, Texas, to George and Bertha Lee (Salinas) Hoffman. Her husband, Robert F. Mathes preceded her in death on August 31, 2007. She is survived by three sons, Robert “Bobby” Mathes, Jr. and wife, Renee, Mitchell Mathes and wife, Gale Ann and Johnny Mathes and wife, Mariah; two daughters, Kathy Shannon and husband, Everett and Christine Hughes and husband, Wayne; four sisters, Averill, Vinnie, Vonnie and Elizabeth-Anne; 16 grandchildren; and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends at Pennington Funeral Home, 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Wednesday, September 24, 2014. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, September 25, 2014, in the Pennington Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at the San Marcos City Cemetery. Arrangements under the care and guidance of Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche, San Marcos, Texas 78666, 512-353-4311. Obituary and guestbook online at www.penningtonfuneralhome.com  

Darrell Wade Butler

Date of Birth: June 17, 1946  |   Date of Death: September 16, 2014   |   Service Date: 10:30 A.M., Friday, September 19, 2014. 

Darrell Wade Butler

Darrell Wade Butler, age 68 died at home peacefully on September 16th, 2014 after a hard battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Wade was born June 17th, 1946 in Orange Cove, California to James Oliver and Joyce Pauline Butler. He attended nine different schools while his father was in the army until his family moved to San Marcos in 1960. There he attended all four years at San Marcos High School, enjoying outdoor sports such as golfing, fishing and hunting with his friends. He worked a forty-hour week at Wuest’s Grocery after school and on Saturdays. After graduation in 1964, Wade attended Southwest Texas State University where he began to turn his interest towards science after teaching Biology labs and working as a student technician one summer for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. On January 18th, 1969 he married his High School sweetheart and graduated with a degree in Fisheries Biology and Chemistry later that year. Shortly after graduate school, Wade started his career as a biologist for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, where he served as a Fisheries Biologist, then the Project Leader for the Central Texas Area for more ...