Obituaries

Rudy Perez

Date of Birth: September 25, 1956  |   Date of Death: May 15, 2015   |   Service Date: 1:30 P.M., Tuesday, May 26, 2015. 

Rudy Perez

Rudy Perez of San Marcos, Texas , beloved and cherished husband, father, grandfather and brother, passed away in Northern Virginia on May 15, 2015, at the age of 58.  He was born in San Marcos, Texas, to the late Virginia and Delfino Perez, on September 25, 1956. He is survived by his devoted wife of 32 years, Cathy L. Perez; one son, Samuel J. Perez and wife, Alexandria Perez and their children, Lillianna and Elena Perez; one daughter, Deanna M. Yuen and husband, Tsgt David Yuen, USAF; six sisters, Lupe Martinez and husband, Simon Martinez, Velia Urrutia and husband, Joe Urrutia, Grace Saucedo and husband, Tony Saucedo, Terri Guerrero, Diana Torres and husband, Arthur Torres, and Gloria Acosta and husband, Gilbert Acosta; one brother, Dino Perez and wife, Verna Perez; sisters-in-law, Patricia O’Leary and husband, David O’Leary, Judy Rizzo and husband, Tom Rizzo; and brother-in-law, Steve Wilcoxon.  He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and numerous other family members. Rudy touched many people in so many places throughout the world, far and near. A Celebration of Rudy’s Life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Pennington Funeral ...

Beverly Gail Sturm

Date of Birth: December 29, 1931  |   Date of Death: May 12, 2015   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Friday, May 15, 2015. 

Beverly Gail Sturm

Beverly Gail Sturm, age 83 of San Marcos, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. She was born December 29, 1931, in Beaver, PA, to the late Robert Gayle and Anna Mabel McClinton. Beverly graduated from Beaver Falls High School, received a business degree and later obtained a Real Estate License and practiced in Texas and Georgia. She enjoyed family, museums and worldwide travel to Alaska, Australia, Cairo, England, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Scotland, and Western Europe. There were many camping trips with her children, grand-children and extended family. Beverly's passion for sewing included making her own wedding gown to her grandchildren's clothes. She made approximately 900 baby quilts and donated them to various charities. Beverly was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. She served as Treasurer for many years, was part of the ladies quilting group and the annual bazaar. She also served on the welcoming committee in Summer Mountain Ranch. On June 9, 1951 Beverly married her high school sweetheart Walter James Sturm. Beverly is survived by her brothers James C. (Mamee) McClinton, Larry McClinton, daughters Deborah (Bobby) Sheridan, Nancy (Jim) Dean, Monica Carrington and son Bill ...

Doris R. LaCook

Date of Birth: August 19, 1925  |   Date of Death: May 10, 2015   |   Service Date: 12:00 P.M., Wednesday, May 13, 2015. 

Doris R. LaCook

Doris R. LaCook, age 89, of San Marcos, Texas, passed away on May 10, 2015. A Graveside Service will be held at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery in Houston, Texas, at 12:00 P.M., on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, Texas, 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com

Helen F. Floyd

Date of Birth: April 1, 1928  |   Date of Death: May 8, 2015   |   Service Date: 1:00 P.M, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. 

Helen F. Floyd

Helen F. Floyd, age 87, of San Marcos, Texas, passed away on May 8, 2015. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 P.M., on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Marcos. A Graveside Service will be held at 2:00 P.M., on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, Texas. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, Texas, 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com

Mary Melissa Byrn

Date of Birth: April 1, 1940  |   Date of Death: May 8, 2015   |   Service Date: 1:00 P.M., Saturday, May 16, 2015. 

Mary Melissa Byrn

Mary Melissa Byrn, loving mother and grandmother, passed away at home in San Marcos, Texas, on May 8, 2015, at the age of 75.  She was born to Dover Dell and Bertha (Wright) Chote on April 1, 1940 in Corpus Christi, Texas. A lifelong member and volunteer at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Marcos, Melissa served on the Altar Guild, was a member of Women of the Church, and worked part-time as a church office administrator.  She also served Meals on Wheels since the 1980s. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, James Edward Byrn and daughter, Anita Jeanette Holmes.  She is survived by her daughter, Andrea Byrn of Tulsa, OK; three sons, James Marcus Byrn and wife, Sheila of San Marcos, TX, William Thomas Byrn and wife, JoAnn of Magnolia, TX, and Eric Bradshaw and wife, Deena of Seguin, TX; and eight grandchildren, Kelsi, Ryan, Sean, Natalie, J.T., Phillip, Bridgett and Liam. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Marcos, on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at 1:00 P.M. Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 3003 R.R. 12, San Marcos ...

Robert L. (Bob) Tucker, Jr.

Date of Birth: May 3, 1948  |   Date of Death: May 1, 2015   |   Service Date: 3:00 P.M., Sunday, May 17, 2015. 

Robert L. (Bob) Tucker, Jr.

We lost a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend on May 1, 2015, when Bob Tucker passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. He will be missed by so many who knew and loved him. Bob was born in Fairfield, Connecticut on May 3, 1948 to Robert Tucker Sr. and Ruth Graves Tucker.  He lived in Connecticut for 18 years, graduating from Bullard-Havens Technical High School in Bridgeport in 1966. He attended West Virginia Institute of Technology, where he was involved in the Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity and graduated with a degree in Printing Management. It was here that he met and married his loving wife, Cora. They celebrated 45 years of marriage last August. Upon graduation, he served as a member of the U.S. Army National Guard and Bob remained involved with Tech’s printing department, and later served on the Newspaper Operations Advisory Board. Bob spent his life’s work in the newspaper printing industry and was a man devoted to excellence.  In his early career, he worked for The Wall Street Journal and later for The Detroit News.  He spent 17 years with The Columbus Dispatch, as the Director of Production, before moving to Austin to serve as the Vice President of Operations for The Austin American-Statesman.  He retired in 2010, after 11 years with The Statesman and almost 40 years ...

Lois Laverne Coleman Ridge

Date of Birth: October 14, 1946  |   Date of Death: May 3, 2015   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Saturday, May 9, 2015. 

Lois Laverne Coleman Ridge

Lois Laverne Coleman Ridge was born in San Marcos, TX, on October 14, 1946 to Douglas and Grace Coleman. She attended the San Marcos Colored School. Lois received God at an early age. Her faithful service and contribution to the church was demonstrated by her many years spent as a member of Wesley Chapel AME Church and choir. Lois was very talented, and had a passion for singing.  She shared her voice with others when she was a member of a local group called Mark IIII. Lois was united in marriage to Lemuel Eugene Thombs, and to this union one child was born, Neshia Lenette Thombs, who preceded her in death.  She later united in marriage to Glen L. Ridge. No children were born of this marriage.  She is also preceded in death by her loving mother Grace Delores Sanders, two brothers, Richard Dwain Coleman, and Wiley Michael Coleman, and one sister, Wanda Phillise Sanders. She leaves to mourn one son, Dwain Coleman , and wife Tosha, of San Marcos, TX, and one daughter, DeLinda Williams, of San Marcos, TX.  Two sisters, Jo Ann Jones, and husband Ronnie, of San Marcos, TX, ...

Clemmie Lee Egger New

Date of Birth: February 26, 1940  |   Date of Death: April 29, 2015   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Monday, May 4, 2015 

Clemmie Lee Egger New

Clemmie Lee (Egger) New of Wimberley, Texas, beloved wife, mother and grandmother,  passed  away on April 29, 2015, at the age of 75.  She was born February 26, 1940, to O.T. and Emily (Patterson) Egger, in San Marcos, Texas. Clemmie was an insurance agent for all lines of insurance.  She was a member of the Fischer Agriculture and Bowling Club, Daughters of the Nile, Hays County Historical Commission, Jacobs Well Cemetery Assoc. and the Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America. She enjoyed 9-pin bowling, dancing, baking, ancestry and rodeo.  She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. Her parents preceded her in death.  She is survived by her husband  of 56 years, Joe A. New; son, J. Dwayne New and wife, Julia; son-in-law, Wayne Gallo; three grandchildren, Jenna and Jarret New of  Wimberley, and  Kyle Kruse and wife, Leslie of Taylor; aunt, Joyce Smithey; numerous nieces, nephews, Godchildren and close family friends. In lieu of flowers, family requests memorial contributions be made to Jacobs Well Cemetery Assoc., P.O. Box 1455, San Marcos, Texas 78667, Shriners Hospitals for Children at www.shrinershosptialsforchildren.org. or Ben Hur Shrine at www.benhurshrine.org Family will receive friends at ...

David H. Hoerner

Date of Birth: May 1, 1947  |   Date of Death: April 28, 2015   |   Service Date: 11:30 A.M., Monday, May 4, 2015 

David H. Hoerner

David H. Hoerner of San Marcos, Texas, passed away on April 28, 2015, at the age of 67.  He was born in Houston, Texas to Clinton and Alice Hoerner. He graduated from the Lutheran High School in June 1967 and attended Career Academy  until September 1967, before enlisting in the U.S. Army in October 1967. He served in two tours of Vietnam.  After three years of service he joined the Houston Police Department and retired after 33 years earning the rank Sergeant. He is preceded in death by his parents, mother-in-law, Francis Brooks and brother-in-law, Jim Moran.  He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Linda Dale  (Brooks) Hoerner of San Marcos; brother, Clinton Hoerner and wife, Denise of San Marcos; sister, Lois Moran of Marlin, Texas; nephew, Travis Hoerner and wife, Litiana and their daughter, Skylar; and other extended family members. Family will receive friends at Pennington Funeral Home, 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., Sunday, April 3, 2015.  A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:30 A.M., Monday, May 4, 2015, at Grace Lutheran Church in San Marcos, with the Rev. Craig  DuBois officiating.  Interment will be on ...

Neldina Holubec Marek

Date of Birth: December 30, 1926  |   Date of Death: April 28, 2015   |   Service Date: 10:00 A.M., Friday, May 1, 2015. 

Neldina Holubec Marek

Neldina Holubec Marek died at her home in the early morning hours of April 28, 2015. She had endured many health problems for several years and was ready to go to her home in heaven to be with all of her loved ones-especially her husband for 60 years, Theodore Joseph Marek, who died on 4/6/2009. Other loved ones waiting for her in heaven are her parents John and Fannie Holubec, sisters Ella Holubec, Vlasta LaFaitte, Dorothy Holubec, Milady Skrivanek, and brother Ernest Holubec. Neldina was the fourth child born to John and Fannie Holubec on December 30, 1926 in Caldwell, Texas. Her family moved to Austin, Texas when she was a young child. She graduated from Austin High School in 1944. She married Theodore J. Marek on May 29, 1948. In 1951 her first child, Janette, was born followed by her son, Larry, in 1955. She loved her children and was a devoted mother. The family made Austin their home until 1966. In 1966 they moved to San Marcos, Texas because Ted became the Chief Auditor at SWT. Nel hated to leave Austin but quickly made friends in San Marcos and ...

Emma Claire Smith

Date of Birth: January 24, 1934  |   Date of Death: April 22, 2015   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, April 29, 2015. 

Emma Claire Smith

Claire Smith, formerly of San Marcos, Texas, passed away in Katy, Texas with her loving sons by her side on April 22, 2015.  She was born  and raised in Uvalde, Texas, where she met and married her husband of 32 years, Hollis Wilson Smith. During the Korean Conflict, Hollis and Claire were stationed in Germany.  After returning from Germany, they made San Marcos their lifelong home.  She was active in the successful campaign of her husband for his election to city council, school board and mayor. Claire graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a major in education.  She was a member of the Delta Zeta sorority.  Her much loved, lifelong teaching career in the San Marcos ISD spanned 32 years.  She taught at Travis Elementary where she was awarded the honor of “Teacher of the Year”. After retiring she practiced Real Estate and later taught at the Kyle Correctional Center in Kyle, Texas. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in San Marcos, a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International and president of the Classroom Teachers Association in San Marcos. Claire was a devoted loving wife and mother ...

Donald “Don” Fatout

Date of Birth: February 12, 1940  |   Date of Death: April 19, 2015   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Saturday, April 25, 2015 - Please call 512-557-5812 for more information. 

Donald “Don” Fatout

On Sunday, April 19, 2015, Don Fatout was released from the bonds and bounds of earthly life to fish, build, and barbeque with his Father in Heaven.  Don was born February 12, 1940, in Winfield, Kansas. Those who remain include his wife Leslie, daughter Jara, grandson Eli, granddaughter Gracie, sisters-in-law Janet and Karen, brother-in-law Dan, nieces and nephews Marcy, Leslie, Sherri, Gregg, Kelly, Danno, Christopher, Erin, and Amanda and great-nieces and nephews Morgan, Adriane, Myra, Benjamin, Jacob, Patrick, Brendan, Nathan, Emma, Leo, Will, and Riley.  Those who went on before him include his wife Willie, daughter Gina, nephew Terry, grandparents Cliff and Alma, parents Tom and Marie, brothers Jerry and Gene, and sisters-in-law Bobbie and Sherry. A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, April 25, at 11:00 a.m. Please call (512) 557-5812 for more information. Memorial donations to Christ the Redeemer Church are welcome: www.christredeemerchurch.com.  Cards and letters may be sent to 114 Timber Ridge Drive, San Marcos  TX  78666. Arrangements under the care and guidance of Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche, San Marcos, Texas 78666, 512-353-4311.  www.penningtonfuneralhome.com

Henry Edward Sodke, Jr.

Date of Birth: Nov 18, 1923  |   Date of Death: April 3, 2015   |   Service Date: Laid to rest in San Marcos, Texas. 

Henry Edward Sodke, Jr.

Henry Edward Sodke Jr., born in 1923 in Martindale Texas, passed away on April 3 2015 at the age of 91. He is preceded in death his parents Henry Sodke Sr. and Mable Sodke (Bowdoin) and by his wife Petrea “Tiny” Sodke (Petersen), his daughter and son-in-law Sue Ellen and Robert Sarmiento. He is survived by his son Henry Sodke III and his wife, Arlene Hoffman and his 4 grandchildren Laura Sarmiento, Kevin Sarmiento, Kaibab Hoffman Sodke, and Bjorn Sodke Hoffman. Edward was known as “Tex” by all. He was a career Navy officer. He joined the Navy the day after Pearl Harbor cutting short his attendance at Texas State Teachers College in San Marcos. He obtained a Masters degree from Purdue. He served on the USS Bushnell and the USS Albemarle. He became a pilot and flew P2V submarine hunters. He retired to Lakeway and later moved to Air Force Village in San Antonio.  Tex had the most wonderful laugh, and was loved by all who knew him. Tex was laid to rest in San Marcos Texas. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, Texas, 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com    

O.C. Haley

Date of Birth: February 12, 1941  |   Date of Death: April 4, 2015   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Saturday, April 18, 2015. 

O.C. Haley

O. C. Haley, 74, died on Saturday, April 4, 2015, following a brief illness. Haley was a longtime resident of San Antonio until he retired from NEISD in 2002 and moved to San Marcos, Texas. Haley was one of Texas State University’s most dedicated and beloved alumni.  He and his wife Johanna supported campus organizations and attended countless university events. "O.C. Haley was a wonderful friend of the university as well as a close personal friend of mine. He supported the university financially, but also with enormous contributions of his time, talent and involvement. It is hard to imagine Texas State University without O.C.'s presence and enthusiasm. We will miss him very much," said Texas State University President Denise Trauth. Haley was born on February 12, 1941, in Poteet, Texas, to Wilbert Wynn Haley and Lottie Edna Jordan. His early life was filled with hunting, fishing, skipping rocks and playing football.   A legend at Poteet High School, he was on the All-District football teams for three years; the only three times Poteet advanced to UIL post-season play in football. In 1959, his senior year, Haley was named First Team All State ...

William ‘Bill’ Addison Gast

Date of Birth: April 21, 1933  |   Date of Death: April 4, 2015   |   Service Date: Visitation 10:00 A.M. & Service 11:00 A.M., Thursday, April 9, 2015. 

William ‘Bill’ Addison Gast

William ‘Bill’ Addison Gast, age 81, died peacefully at home on Saturday, April 4, 2015, after an unexpected battle with Leukemia. Born April 21, 1933 in Reno, Nevada to William and Francis Gast, he lived in several states including Nevada, Indiana, Kansas, and California before retiring in Texas.  He graduated from Downey High School and Long Beach City College in California.  Bill enlisted into the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict and later served in the U.S. Naval Reserves for a total of 43 years attaining the rank of Petty Officer First Class.  Bill was an entrepreneur and published author. Bill’s strong patriotism to our country, dedication to veterans, and love for his family were his driving values.  His contagious smile, sharp dress and twinkle in his eye were always evident.  Later in life he met and married Cristela Nerio Harrison, they have made New Braunfels their home and have enjoyed many wonderful times with family and friends. Survivors include his loving and devoted wife, Cristela Gast (New Braunfels, TX); sisters, Nancy Rebensdorf (Chino Hills, CA) and Mary McManemin (Dallas, TX); son, William Gast Jr. (Dripping Springs, TX); daughters, Cynthia Andrade (Valleyford, ...