Obituaries

Leonard L. Sellstrom

Date of Birth: August 14, 1934  |   Date of Death: November 28, 2016   |   Service Date: 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, November 30, 2016. 

Leonard L. Sellstrom

Leonard  L. Sellstrom, age 82, passed away in San Marcos, TX,  on November 28, 2016.  He was born August 14, 1934 in Williamson County, Texas, to Conrad and Lizzie (Handsel) Sellstrom. He is survived by his devoted wife, Susie (Headrick) Sellstrom; daughters, Kathy Richter and Karen Schwake; brother, Loyd Sellstrom; sisters, Joyce Madsen and Dora Smith; three grandchildren, Michelle Metz, Michael Richter and Kourtney Morgan; and six great-grandchildren, Dustin Richter, Michael Metz, Emma Morgan, Todd Morgan, Daniel Webb and Christian Webb. He is preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Boyce Sellstrom; and a sister, Bessie Johnson. Family will receive friends at 1:00 P.M., and Funeral Services will follow at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at Grace Lutheran Church in San Marcos. Interment will follow at Memory Lawn Memorial Park in Martindale. Arrangements under the care and guidance of Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche Street, San Marcos, TX 78666, 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com  

Charles Earl “Buddy” Wiegand

Date of Birth: June 10, 1925  |   Date of Death: November 27, 2016   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016. 

Charles Earl “Buddy” Wiegand

Charles Earl “Buddy” Wiegand, 91, beloved father and grandfather, died peacefully on November 27, 2016.  He was born on June 10, 1925, to Carl and Leona Wiegand in Kyle, Texas.  He graduated from San Marcos High School. A World War II veteran, Buddy enlisted in the Army Air Corps at the age of 18 and served in the Pacific as a P-38 Crew Chief in the 475th Fighter Group.  After returning home, he met and married his wife of 67 years, Josephine Spence Wiegand. Buddy was a long-time resident of San Marcos.  He was a Mason, serving as Worshipful Master of the San Marcos Lodge.  He was also a former President of the San Marcos Shrine Club, where he helped children gain entrance into Shriners Hospitals.  Buddy was a member of First Baptist Church of San Marcos.  He donated service to the Commemorative Air Force Central Texas Wing.  He was a member of American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, serving on the Veterans Day Parade Committee. Buddy is survived by his wife Josephine Spence Wiegand, son Bob Wiegand and wife Julie, daughter Carla Roberts and husband Randy, and grandchildren Lindsey Wiegand, ...

Herlinda V. Hernandez

Date of Birth: Jan 8, 1937  |   Date of Death: Nov 19, 2016   |   Service Date: Mass: 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, November 23, 2016. 

Herlinda V. Hernandez

Herlinda V. Hernandez, 79,  passed away peacefully on November 19, 2016 surrounded by her loving family.  She was born on January 8, 1937 in Marion, Texas. She is preceded in death by her parents, Celestino and Gracia Valdez and her brother, Ernesto Valdez.  She is survived by her loving husband of fifty eight years, Arturo E. Hernandez; her children, Arthur (Rose) Hernandez, Arnold (Delia) Hernandez, Angela (Robert) Picasio, Andrew (Anna) Hernandez, and Allen Ray Hernandez.  She is also survived by her siblings, Sam Valdez, Celestino Valdez Jr., Johnny Valdez, Mary Cervantez, Lupe Garza, and Adelina Facundo.  Grandchildren, Ashley (Jason) Hernandez-Martinez, Allison Hernandez, Arthur C. Hernandez III, Amanda Hernandez, Ray Arnold Hernandez, Bobby Picasio and Levi Picasio.  Great-grandchildren, Jayden and Jared Martinez, and numerous nephews and nieces. Herlinda worked and retired after 22 years of service from the San Marcos CISD where she worked as a Nurse’s and Teacher’s Aide.  Herlinda loved dancing with her husband, enjoyed family gatherings, and her monthly Camadre luncheons.  She loved caring for kids, especially her children and grandchildren and would do anything for them. Reciting of a rosary will be at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, November 22,  ...

Prudencio M. Calderon

Date of Birth: April 28, 1927  |   Date of Death: Nov 17, 2016   |   Service Date: 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, Nov 22, 2016. 

Prudencio M. Calderon

Prudencio M. Calderon of San Marcos, fell asleep in death on November 17, 2016, at the age of 89.  He was born on April 28, 1927, in Gonzales County, TX, to the late Dolores and Juanita (Mungia) Calderon. He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 54 years, Luz S. Calderon. He was the eldest of eight siblings with only one surviving baby sister, Camila Calderon Herrera.  He is also survived by daughters, Esabel Rios (Paul), Maria Luisa Puhlhofer, Michaela Sanchez (Joe, Sr.), and Barbara Sanchez (Danny, Sr.); sons, Joe Hector Calderon (Bertha), Reyes Calderon, and Ted Calderon (Teresa); 17 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Mr. Calderon worked at Gary Job Corp. as a cook for 25 years.  He was an excellent cook and fishing was his passion.  He always entertained his family and friends with jokes, and most of all, our mother would laugh at each joke every time as if she had heard it for the first time.   He will be missed by all who knew him but he will never be forgotten. Family will receive friends at Pennington Funeral Home at 5:00 P.M., on Monday, November 21, ...

Roger Johnson, Sr.

Date of Birth: October 24, 1937.  |   Date of Death: Nov 17, 2016   |   Service Date: 2:00 P.M., Saturday, Nov 26, 2016. 

Roger Johnson, Sr.

Roger Johnson, Sr., of San Marcos, TX, beloved husband, father, grand-and great-grandfather, passed away on November 17, 2016, at the age of 79.  He was born to Archibald and Elizabeth (Kares) Johnson in Lima, OH on October 24, 1937. His parents, a brother, Wayne “Brother” Johnson and son-in-law, James Rainer preceded him in death. He is survived by his devoted wife, Carol (Snow) Johnson; two sons, Roger Johnson, Jr. and wife, Penny of San Marcos and Robert H. Johnson of Lake Charles, LA; daughter, Rebecca Johnson-Rainer  of San Marcos; brother, Dean Johnson and wife, Debi of Georgia; sister, Karen Thomas of Lima, OH; nine grandchildren, Robert L. “Rob”, Robert H. “Bobby”, Amanda, Ashley, Brandon, Becca, Trinia, Keri and Amber; and eight great-grandchildren. Roger served in the United States Marine Corps. During his life, he was many things, including a race car driver, a hunter and fisherman, an inventor, builder and creator.  He was very out-going and enjoyed being with family and friends; he was the “Rock” of the family.  Roger touched many lives. He will always be loved and greatly missed. A Celebration of Roger’s Life will be held at his home, 311 ...

Nora Sue Ralls

Date of Birth: October 8, 1944  |   Date of Death: November 16, 2016   |   Service Date: Memorial Service: Pending 

Nora Sue Ralls

Nora Sue Ralls passed away on November 16th, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. Nora  was born in Corpus Christi, Texas on October 8, 1944. Nora was preceded in death by her father, James Everette “Bud” Ralls and in June of 2016 her mother, Frankie Nell Ralls. She lived in Corpus Christi most of her life. Nora  is survived by two daughters: Kathleen (Scott) Geiger of Waco  and Susan (Scott) Butler of Austin; three grandchildren: Stuart and Audrey Scott Geiger and Andre Balbarov (Colette) and one new-born great grand baby girl, Oyuna Francesca Balbarov.  Her surviving  siblings are: Margie Gorham, Joshua, Texas; twin sister Cora Goding, Ruby Duggins, Nat Tauber, and Mike Ralls of Corpus Christi; Teresa Justice, Huachuca, Az; James King of Muncie, Indiana and Richard King of San Antonio. Nora loved to fish.. Her favorite memory was “fishing with her girls” at their cabin in the Laguna Madre. She loved animals and had a magnificent green thumb. Nora loved children and they loved her. She was the favorite aunt of her 73 nieces and nephews, as well as other children and teenagers far and wide. People were drawn to her generous heart. Nora enjoyed life in all its’ abundance. Months before her ...

Tony Dwayne Walker

Date of Birth: June 27, 1959  |   Date of Death: November 12, 2016   |   Service Date: 1:00 PM, Saturday, November 19, 2016. 

Tony Dwayne Walker

  Tony Dwayne Walker, beloved father, son and friend, passed away on November 12, 2016 at the age of 57 years. Tony was born June 27, 1959 to Elmo and Mary Lou (Hubbard) Walker in Fentress, Texas. Tony graduated from San Marcos High School in 1977and was honored as a Distinguished Alumni in 2011. Tony was one of the few San Marcos High School Athletes to be drafted into professional sports directly out of high school. He played for the Cincinnati Reds Minor League from 1977-1983. He also enjoyed many years playing for the San Marcos Rebels. At the time of his passing, Tony was a Quality Control Supervisor at Lhoist North America in New Braunfels and also was the beloved assistant baseball coach at the San Marcos Academy. One of his passions was giving private baseball lessons to his many up and coming future baseball stars. Tony lived his life with great enthusiasm and an unwavering positive attitude. He loved being a life coach to young people and always wanted to instill in them how awesome life could be if you put God first, have dreams, set goals and weren't afraid to pursue ...

Tom Bond

Date of Birth: October 28, 1943  |   Date of Death: November 12, 2016   |   Service Date: Visitation: 5:30 PM, Nov 15 and 5:30 PM, Nov 16. Service: 10 AM, Nov 17. 

Tom Bond

Tom Bond, 73, passed away peacefully on November 12, 2016.  Tom was born October 28, 1943 in Bryan, Texas to Monroe George and Georgia Belle (Moore) Bond and attended school in Bryan, Texas. Tom graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University and Sam Houston State University, where he earned his master’s degree in Special Education. He was a teacher for over thirty years and retired from Mary Branch Elementary School in Bryan.  After retirement, and after many years of visiting friends in San Marcos, Tom moved to San Marcos where he became an active part of the community and was one of the founding members of the Krewe of Okeanos.  He enjoyed reading, gardening, and being with friends and family.  He loved the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and worked many summers during and after college at Grand Lake Lodge. Tom was preceded in death by his parents and brothers George Bond and Morris Burkhalter.  He is survived by his brothers, Searcy Bond of Midway, TX and Steven Burkhalter of Bryan, TX; sisters, Ann Nichols of Bryan, TX, Carolyn Ashmore of Lone Oak, TX and Delores Slaydon of Hilltop Lakes, TX; and close ...

Irene Elliott

Date of Birth: September 29, 1925  |   Date of Death: November 4, 2016   |   Service Date: 1:00 P.M., Monday, November 21, 2016. 

Irene Elliott

Irene Elliott, 91, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away November 4, 2016 in San Marcos, Texas. A Memorial will be held November 21, 2016 at 1:00 pm at the San Marcos City Cemetery Chapel. If weather is inclement the memorial will be held at Pennington Funeral Home. Irene was born on September 29, 1925 in Simpson, Louisiana to Elon Miller and Ethyl (Bennett) Miller. She grew up in the state-border area of Newton County, Texas and Vernon Parish, Louisiana. In 1943, she went off to Nursing School in Shreveport, Louisiana where she met and, in 1946, married her husband Benge. By 1952, she and her husband, Dr. Benge Elliott, were in San Marcos where they raised their three sons. Irene is preceded in death by her parents and by her only sibling, a sister, Edna Mae Emmons of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Irene is survived by her husband, Dr. Benge Elliott of San Marcos; son, Benge Jr. (Beverley) Elliott of San Marcos; son, Michael (Elsa) Elliott of Cochabamba, Bolivia; son, David (Deborah) Elliott of San Marcos; two grandchildren, Joshua (Priscilla) Elliott of Austin, Texas and Erika Elliott of Norco, California; two great-grandchildren, Jan Michael Veizaga and Thalia Veizaga, both of Manassas, Virginia; a ...

Robert “Bob” B. Norman

Date of Birth: Dec 29, 1919  |   Date of Death: Nov 8, 2016   |   Service Date: Private Family Services. 

Robert “Bob” B. Norman

A long-time resident of San Marcos, Robert “Bob” B. Norman, 96, beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully in his home on November 8, 2016.  He was born on December 29, 1919 in Ringwood, NC to Joseph Hunter and Marie Antoinette (Williams) Norman. Bob served his country as an Air Force Pilot during World War II.  Before being deployed to India, he married the love of his life Lilly Whitaker on May 18, 1943.  In India, he was one of the pilots that flew “The Hump” to get fuel to the Flying Tigers. With the loss of the Burma Road, “Flying the Hump” was the only option to re-supply the forces fighting the Japanese from within China.  This was one of the most dangerous flying routes at the time.  The DC-3 and C47 were the primary aircraft tasked with this operation. After the war, he was stationed in San Marcos at the Navigation School (currently Camp Gary) where he was a pilot instructor and shared his love of flying.  After the closing of the school, Bob went to work for the Texas Comptroller’s office from which he retired after ...

Ben P. McCollum

Date of Birth: September 26, 1934  |   Date of Death: November 4, 2016   |   Service Date: A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. 

Ben P. McCollum

Ben McCollum, 82, of San Marcos passed away on Friday, November 4, 2016. Family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., Sunday, November 6 at Pennington Funeral Home. A Celebration of Ben’s Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, Texas 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com

William E. (Ed) Jordan

Date of Birth: October 20, 1924  |   Date of Death: November 3, 2016   |   Service Date: 2:00 P.M., Thursday, November 10, 2016. 

William E. (Ed) Jordan

William E. (Ed) Jordan, beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away peacefully on November 3, 2016 at the age of 92 years.  Ed was born on October 20, 1924 in Stockdale, Texas to Roy Lee and Willie Bessie White Jordan and attended school in Stockdale, Texas. Ed served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.  He graduated with a B.B.A in Business from Southwest Texas State Teacher’s College, now Texas State University. He later earned a Masters degree in Accounting there.  He worked for Southwest Texas State University his entire career and retired as Comptroller.  After retirement, Ed served on the board of Scheib Opportunity Center. During his early college years, he met the love of his life, Kathryn Montier. They were married on July 10, 1948 and made their home in San Marcos for over 66 years until her passing in 2015.  Ed is survived by his son, William R. (Roy) Jordan and wife Alane of Oklahoma City, OK.; son, Edwin A. (Eddie) Jordan of San Marcos; grandson, Justin Jordan and wife Shelbi of Edmond, OK.; granddaughter, Elise Armstrong and husband Oscar (Chip) of Forney, TX.; great-granddaughter Ava and ...

Mabel K. Hall

Date of Birth: October 8, 1924  |   Date of Death: October 28, 2016   |   Service Date: 2:00 P.M., Thursday, November 3, 2016. 

Mabel K. Hall

Mabel K. Hall of San Marcos, Texas, passed away on Friday, October 28, 2016, at the age of 92.  She was born in San Marcos on October 8, 1924 and resided in San Marcos her entire life. Mable is preceded in death by her husband Joe Hall, who passed away in 1974.  They were married August 26, 1955. She is survived by a daughter, Donna Kelly and husband Mike, of Austin; a son Dennis Hall and wife Susan, of Kyle; 2 grandsons and 7 great-grandchildren.  She also is survived by her sister Anita Crockett of Bryan TX. Mable was a very talented musician and singer.  She was a 1946 graduate of Southwest Texas State Teachers College, now Texas State University.  Mable retired from the San Marcos Baptist Academy where she taught music for 33 years.  A devoted Christian, she also played the piano and organ for the First Christian Church of San Marcos for over 50 years, and was celebrated at the church for her 50 years of service anniversary in 2007.  Mable taught private piano lessons to many in the community.  She also enjoyed competitive ballroom dancing, and was involved in ...

Delores Hurtado DeLeon

Date of Birth: November 20, 1929  |   Date of Death: October 22, 2016   |   Service Date: Mass: 10:00 A.M., Friday, October 28, 2016. 

Delores Hurtado DeLeon

Delores Hurtado DeLeon, 86 of San Marcos, Texas passed away on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at her home after a lengthy illness. Funeral Services are entrusted to Pennington Funeral Home in San Marcos. Visitation will be Wednesday, October 26 from 4pm-8pm. Holy Rosary will be held on Thursday, October 27th at 8:30pm at St. John's Catholic Church in San Marcos. A funeral mass is scheduled for 10am on Friday, October 28th  @ St John’s Catholic Church with Father Brion Zarsky officiating. Interment will follow at Memory Lawn Memorial Park in Martindale, Texas. Serving as pallbearers will be Aaron Lugo, Jason DeLeon, Edward DeLeon, Marcos Lugo, Michael James DeLeon, Jonathan DeLeon, Jeremy Lugo, Michael DeLeon and Joshua DeLeon.  Serving as honorary pallbearers will be her additional grandchildren. Mrs. DeLeon was born in Maxwell, Texas on November 20, 1929 to Macario Hurtado and Isabel Guerrero Hurtado. She worked at the San Marcos Treatment Center and Gary Job Corps. Delores is preceded in death by her husband, Marciano Prado DeLeon whom she married on July 7,1955. She is also preceded in death by her parents, sisters Olivia Castaneda, Consuelo Duran, Lillie Mendoza, Maria Inez Tapia and brothers, Julio Hurtado, Ernesto Hurtado and Macario ...

Casandra G. Tvrdik

Date of Birth: June 7, 1945  |   Date of Death: October 21, 2016   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Thursday, October 27, 2016. 

Casandra G. Tvrdik

Casandra G. Tvrdik of San Marcos, Texas, passed away at home on Friday, October 21, 2016, at the age of 71, with her family by her side.  She was born June 7, 1945 in Junction City, Kansas, the daughter of the late Vernon E. and Mildred (Burleigh) Gregory. Casandra taught medical terminology at Southwest Texas State University (now called Texas State University).  An avid reader and a keen traveler, Casandra traveled through all 50 States, including Alaska.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #144 and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Marcos. Casandra’s family will miss her dearly and especially the personal medical advice she gave them! She is survived by her husband, Thomas “Tom” Tvrdik; sons, Gregory T. Tvrdik and wife, Gennifer and James E. Tvrdik and wife, Christina; brother, Gene Gregory and wife, Sue; sisters, Terry Sewell and husband, Bill and Cilla Gregory. She is also survived by three grandchildren. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, October 27, 2016, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Marcos, with the Rev. Fr. Ben Nelson officiating. Memorial Contributions may be made to the American ...