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2015 Obituaries

January 21, 1956 – August 26, 2015


Johnny Dan Hays, Sr., 59, of Andrews, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, Texas.  

 A visitation will be held Saturday from 6-8 at McNett Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be 2:00 PM Monday at the Cross Bar Cowboy Church in Andrews. Pastor Kerry Pack and Rev. Rick Doyle will officiate. Burial will be in Andrews North Cemetery under the direction of McNett Funeral Home.

Johnny was born January 21, 1956 in Andrews. He married Elizabeth Sue Livesay July 14, 1978 in Andrews. Johnny worked for Harvey’s Well Service in Andrews. He loved to collect guns and spend time with his family target shooting and hunting. He loved to watch old westerns and wrestling on TV and was a HAM radio operator. Johnny loved his wife and his family more than anything and had cherished all the special memories he made with each of them.   

He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnny Henry and Patricia Ann Hays and sister Linda Hays. 

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Sue Hays of Andrews, his children, Joana Dee Heronema and husband Chris of San Angelo; Johnny Dan Hays, Jr. and wife Griffin of Midland; Jamie D’Ann Montague and husband Stacy of Andrews; Jennifer Dawn Hays and partner Ashley of Wolfforth, Texas; sisters, Tena Lee of Odessa; Cathy Horne of Texas; Grandchildren, Hayleigh Michelle Valdez and husband Michael; Hesston Lewis Montague, Madison Elisa Hays; Sterlin Wynn Montague; Alyson D’Ann Montague; Kennedy Hays; Harley Grace Hays; Johnny Colt Hays; and great grandson, Jacob Michael Valdez. 


McNett Funeral Home
705 North Main Street P.O. Box 864
Andrews, Texas, United States
Phone: 432-524-5809  

Thanks to WA5ZBX for the information


June 26, 1928 – December 31, 2015  

Wayne “Bud” Hughes. Age 87, of Dripping Springs, passed away Dec. 31, 2015.   

Service Jan. 4, 11 a.m. at OHHO Plateau Family Cemetery, Dripping Springs. Harrell Funeral Home, Dripping Springs. 


Published in Austin American-Statesman
from Jan. 3 to Jan. 4, 2016
Tribute published in the Dripping Springs
Century-News January 14, 2016  
Tribute written by Craig Kissock of Travis Settlement  

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 Herb Sleeper WB5PHM
November 1, 1932 – December 30, 2015

Herbert Franklin Sleeper, Sr., 83, of Wichita Falls, passed away Wednesday, December 30, 2015.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 7, 2016 at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Isaac Butterworth, officiating. Interment will follow at Crestview Memorial Park under the direction of  Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita Falls.

Herbert was born on November 1, 1932 in Arlington, Massachusetts to Edna Schoolcraft and Olie Sleeper. He enlisted in the USMC at age 18, and served in the Korean War for 3 tours, 4 tours in Vietnam and received numerous awards and medals such as the Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/Palm and Frame. In April, 1965 at Cherrypoint, North Carolina, he and his wife, Roma, had twins, Frank and Heather. During this time he also learned to fly. He retired after 20 years in 1971 at the rank of Master Sergeant. 

After the USMC he worked at PPG where he remained until he retired yet again. As a HAM radio operator, Herb would assist the community by "storm chasing" as well as sending and receiving Military Affiliated Radio traffic, which he did until his final days. Frank followed his dads' footsteps into the USMC and Heather serves as head nurse for a major trauma center. On Nov. 1986, Herb married Joan Loveall. They moved to the Cashion community, where Herb became involved with the Friberg-Cooper Water Supply Corp. He served several terms as a board member and was the board president for 2 terms and was the serving president at the time of his passing. He was instrumental in getting several grants to improve the water system and he helped lay several miles of pipe to provide better water pressure to the members. He served as the emergency management coordinator for the city of Cashion.

 Herb was also involved in the formation of the Friberg-Cooper Volunteer Fire Department in 2006. Herb was a very active member of the fire department serving as a Captain and he recently completed the testing process for Firefighter ll. He was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, and participated in yearly missionary trips to Piedras Negras, Mexico to build houses for needy families. 

Herb touched the lives of countless people, is known for his loving mischievous humor and will be greatly missed by his wife, "Joanie"; his son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Carol of San Diego, California; his daughter, Heather Byers of Reno, Nevada; his sister, Edna; and three grandchildren, Crystal, Danielle and Rachael.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita Falls.

The family suggests that memorials be made to the Friberg Cooper Volunteer Fire Department, 291 Bailey Road, Cashion Community, TX 76305.

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Owens & Brumley Funeral Home1317 9th Street
Wichita Falls, TX 76301

Our thanks to Newt W5DAD for informing us  

Philip C. Gronewold  W0OET

October 12, 1925 – December 5, 2015  

Funeral services for Philip C. Gronewold, 90, of Lewisville, MN will be held on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Zion Lutheran Church, Lewisville with Rev. Brian Thorson officiating.  Military honors at the church will be with the American Legion Post 561, Lewisville.  Interment with full military honors will be held on Monday, December 14, 2015 at Ft Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN.  Philip died on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at the Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen, TX.    

Visitation will be held Friday, December 11, 2015 from 5-7:00 PM at the Zaharia Family Funeral & Cremation Service of Truman and for one hour before the services in the church.  

Philip Charles Gronewold was born on October 12, 1925 in Madelia, MN to George and Cora (Halvorson) Gronewold.  He was baptized at a rural Linden church in 1929 and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, Lewisville in 1939.  Philip attended schools at Lewisville Dist. 55 and graduated from Madelia High School.  Phil then attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis for Electrical training.  He served in WWII in the US Army Air Corp in Panama.    

On September 11, 1949 Philip was united in marriage to Amelia Mae Eads in Alvon, West Virginia.  Philip farmed his entire life in the Lewisville area until retiring in 1988.  Philip was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Lewisville, a lifetime member of the VFW Post 1648 in New Ulm, a member of the American Legion Post 561, Lewisville and the US Air Force Sgt. Association.  In 1953, he built his own amateur radio station.  Philip went moose and bear hunting in Alaska in 1984 and salmon and halibut fishing in 1990.  Philip and Amelia spent their winters in San Juan, TX.  

Philip is survived by his wife of 67 years, Amelia of Lewisville; two daughters, Jeanne (Bevan) Burroughs, Pflugerville, TX, Wendy Gjerde, Lafayette, MN; two sons, Kerry (Linda) Gronewold,  Fairbanks, AK, Larry (peggy) Gronewold, Altavista, VA; one daughter-in-law, Anna Gronewold, Lake Crystal, MN; 18 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; one sister, Kay (Richardd) Gillespie, Madelia, MN; one brother, Gerald Gronewold, Lewisville, MN; numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Chet; five grandchildren and one brother.  

Zaharia Family Funeral Home

Lewisville, MN  

Our thanks to KC5IMW for informing us

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Henry Voelcker Jr   KD5NAU

November 25, 1933 – November 9, 2015

Henry Voelcker Jr., of New Braunfels, passed away on Monday, November 9, 2015 at the age of 81.  Henry was born on November 25, 1933 to Henry Sr. and Mena Kappelmann, also of New Braunfels.  After returning from Military Service, Henry married Bettie Sue (Norris) Voelcker who preceded him in death.  They were married for 46 years.  They had two daughters, Rosalie Voelcker Maples, who also preceded him in death and Cheryl Lynn Voelcker of New Braunfels.  Henry was a wonderful husband and father. 

His many interests included hunting, fishing, and HAM Radio Operator.  He spent many hours talking to people all over the world.  To those HAM’s he is now a “Silent Key”.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.  No services will be held as per Henry’s request.

Published in the Herald-Zeitung
549 Landa St.
New Braunfels, TX   78130

Thanks to George K5BMR for the info

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Olin Doyle Huff W5BCB

March 28, 1919 –June 8, 2015


Olin Doyle Huff, 96, of Joshua passed away Monday, June 8, 2015. 

Olin was born March 28, 1919, in Lockney to Floyd Washington Huff and Madge Watson. He was an amateur radio operator and had a extra license. He was also a real estate broker. He served as mayor pro tem of Richland Hills. He spent most of his professional career as an insurance broker. He loved country living. He proudly served as a final inspector in the U.S. Marine Corps Aviation in San Diego, Calif. He received an MBA from West Texas A&M University in Canyon. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Glenn Degge; and wife of 60-plus years, Mildred Baber Huff. Survivors: His wife of 10 years, Lola Huff of Joshua; children, Dr. Patricia J. Cox of Springfield, Mo., and Charlotte A. Ertelt of Paris, Texas; stepchildren, Shirley Taylor of Burleson, Jimmy Eudy and wife, Carolyn, of Joshua and Myra Law and husband, Sammy, of Burleson; 14 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Service: 2 p.m. Friday in Mountain Valley Funeral Home Chapel,

Jesse Johnson and Alvin Jennings officiating. 

Interment: Skyvue Memorial Park, Mansfield. Visitation: 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. 

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Mission Hospice in Cleburne.


Mountain Valley Funeral Home - Joshua3407 SW Wilshire Blvd. Joshua, TX 76058(817) 426-3200

Published in Star-Telegram on June 10, 2015


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Wendell White WA5LVH
September 26, 1938 – July 13, 2015  

Wendell O. White, 76, was born on September 26, 1938 in Coleman, Texas. He went to be with the Lord on Monday, July 13, 2015, after a brief illness. Services will be held Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at North’s Memorial Chapel. Burial will be in Coleman County Cemetery under the direction of North’s Funeral Home, 242 Orange.   

Wendell was a faithful member of the Highland Church of Christ for almost 30 years. He actively participated in several ministries at Highland, including 39ers, the Son Shiners, and the Early Birds Bible class. He was loyal and faithful to his church family and he always appreciated and encouraged his friends.  

Wendell retired from AISD after serving there for over 35 years in the electronics department.  

Wendell was an active ham radio operator, participating in many radio clubs and making connections with people all over the world.   

He was preceded in death by his parents, W. O. White and Thesia Smith White. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the ACU Foundation or the Highland Church of Christ.  


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North's Funeral Home

242 Orange Street
Abilene, Texas
Phone: 325-677-6246  

Thanks to K5AVJ for the info   

John Wesley Lawson Sr N5YEN
May 2, 1962 – May 5, 2016  

John Wesley Lawson, Sr., 53, of Brownwood, TX, passed peacefully from his earthly home to his eternal home on May 5, 2015 at the VA Olin Teague Hospital in Temple, TX.  

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 PM on Saturday, May 9, in the Netherton Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Brian Hall officiating. Interment with Masonic Rites will be held at Cedar Point Cemetery under the direction of Netherton Funeral Home and Cremations. The family will receive friends Friday 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  

John Wesley Lawson was born on May 2, 1962 to Vada (Smith) Lawson and Foy Gene Lawson in Brownwood, Texas. He married Deborah Rogers on July 9, 2002 in Bangs Texas.   

John was a man of strong, Christian faith in his service to God. Over the years, he had served as a Sunday School Teacher, church board member, member of a church band, and as a Chaplain. He lived his life to bring a smile to everyone he met. He would never leave their presence before seeing them smile. To do that brought him great joy in his heart. John was a hugger and had such a tender heart for children. Sometimes, when interacting with a child, he was the bigger child, especially if he made those children smile and laugh.   

He shared with all, his great faith and belief in the redemptive power of Jesus. He never missed an opportunity. He walked and lived his faith, without question. He is where he wants to be. He really wanted to be in the second group when the trumpet sounded but he also knew he would more than likely hear his personal trumpet calling him home. Be happy for him and just a little bit jealous because he beat us there. Once we have won our race, at the Eastern Gate, with open arms, he will show us Jesus and the glorious wonders of Heaven.   

When John was in his battle with cancer all this past year, he never lost faith, but instead became stronger because of it. Not physically, but deep in his heart and soul. Yes, he was greatly loved and will be missed by those he had to leave behind.  

John touched many lives, sharing Christ’s love in word and action. He also showed us the strength of his character, integrity, tenacity, and faith. We were truly blessed to have had the opportunity to be touched by John’s love for everyone. John is where his heart longed for, to be with Jesus in eternity.  

John attended school in Brownwood, TX before trekking out on his own. He eventually joined the Army and showed us his patriotism to his county. He was with the 101st Airborne, Screaming Eagles. He actually completed his education while in the service of the Army. He then went on to college to receive an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Electronics. John was salutatorian of his class. He was invited to be a member of the International Society of Certified Electronic Technicians as well as a FCC licensed radio engineer. He served in with companies in Weatherford and Brownwood before settling into his service with Texas Communication/Mid-Tex Cellular for the major part of his working career. He was a Master Mason and was raised in 1999 and was also Past Worshipful Master of two lodges, Bangs 926 and Indian Creek 807.   

John was an active enthusiast in Amateur Radio, a member of Brownwood Amateur Radio Club, Certified Examiner through W5YI and ARRL. He was also involved with Skywarn, CERT, American Red Cross, MARS and ARES. Any capacity in hobby and emergency radio communication was his passion. He had a heart for his community and wanted to serve in any capacity he could in order to give back to his community. He was also a graduate of Brownwood’s very 1st Citizens Police Academy Class.  

John is survived by his wife, Debbie Lawson of Brownwood; son, John Wesley Lawson, II and wife Samantha of Brownwood; step children, Thomas Edwards Seils II and wife Melody of Gales Ferry CT, and Jessica Faith Kluka and husband Brad, of Baton Rouge LA; brother in law and “best buddy”, Bobby Rogers; step-mother, Earline Lawson of Abilene; brothers and sisters, Foy Arthur Lawson of Brownwood, Steve Lawson of Washington IA, Rosetta Watson and William of Lake Brownwood, Brenda “Crickett” Lawson of Brownwood, Jeanie Lee Bailey and Speedy of Clyde, James Lawson and Kassie of Rockland FL, Linda Casady of Abilene, Carol Bilbrey of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and Earl Lawson and Terry, of Kentucky; grandchildren, Tyler Hashberger, Maria Seils, Edin Kluka, Mara Seils, Darci Kluka and John Wesley “Tripp” Lawson III. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins, numerous other family members and a host of friends.   

He was preceded in death by his father, Foy Eugene Lawson, his mother, Vada Smith Kelly, step-father, James Kelly and a sister, Lillian Earline Lawson. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one’s favorite charity. 

Family and friends are invited and encouraged to sign the online guestbook at


Netherton Funeral Home
1412 Belle Plain Street
Brownwood, TX, US, 76442
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April 1, 1935 – January 17, 2015  

Dalton Wood was born on April 1, 1935 and passed this life on January 17, 2015. He is survived by one sister, Robbie Bonorden, two sisters-in-law: Lois Wood and Jackie Meadows, one brother-in-law, Tommy Wheeler, plus numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Lima Wood, four sisters: Beth Wheeler, Eris Brown, Floris Roemer and Louivaile Harris and two brothers: Seth Wood and Royce Wood.  

Dalton loved country music and he also loved gospel singing. He had a really good bass voice and could read music well, so it was a treat to sit next to him when singing gospel songs and hymns  

He enjoyed studying his Bible and taught many students through the World Bible School evangelistic program, but because of his health problems has not been able to be active in that work for a number of years. Memorials to this evangelistic effort would be fitting:P. O. Box 2169 Cedar Park, Texas, 78630.  

He enjoyed attending the Wood family reunions. Home and family were important to him. We will miss him here, but as his mother wrote in a song we will sing later, we must go "Forward together with God."

John 14:1-3
"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also."   

A graveside service will be held at 2 pm on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at the Green Lawn Gardens Cemetery with Wayne DeDear officiating.  


Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home
123 Newlin Street, Port Lavaca, TX 77979-3059 361-552-9766  

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January 5, 1956 - March 2, 2015   

Mike Shaw KD5CB of Hillsboro TX became a Silent Key on March 2.  

Service were held at the Loveview Baptist Church at 2 PM on March 7 in Hillsboro TX.

Mike was a long time member of our net and he will be missed.

No obituary was available.

Thanks to AA5II for letting us know


Long time net member and active traffic handler became a Silent Key in 2015.  No other information is available.

Melvyn Ray Goodwin KI5WT
January 8, 1941 - January 13, 2015

Melvyn Ray Goodwin, 74, of Kilgore, Texas died quietly at home Tuesday, January 13, 2015. A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church, Liberty City, Texas at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 17.  

Mel was born January 8, 1941 in Tyler to Burl and Yvonne Goodwin. He graduated from Texas A& M University with a degree in industrial education. He also attended East Texas Baptist College and pursued studies as a music minister. He served in the United States Air Force.  

During a vibrant, active life, he lived all over the United States and visited many countries around the world on mission trips and post-disaster relief efforts. As just a few examples, he helped serve earthquake survivors in Turkey, fed Hurricane Katrina survivors in Louisiana and Texas, and served as a Salvation Army chaplain to first responders at the World Trade Center after 9/11. Involved in fire service for more than 40 years, Mel taught fire science at colleges in Texas, Wisconsin and Arkansas. He developed the Navajo Nation Fire Department at the Tribe’s request, developing a multi-station fire service and highly trained Navajo leadership to lead the Department after he left. He also held positions at Monsanto, IBM, Amstrad Computers.   

He was also ordained into the Christian ministry by Cold Springs Baptist Church in Garrison, Texas, and served many churches as minister of music. During his “retirement” he devoted countless hours to disaster relief efforts with the Salvation Army and Texas Baptist Men. He also returned to firefighting as assistant chief of the local volunteer department.  

He was preceded in death by his parents. He leaves behind his loving wife of 54 years, Virginia Goodwin, of the home; daughter Cheryl Kester of Fayetteville, Ark.; daughter Cathy Berg and son-in-law Joe Berg, of Kilgore, Tex.; granddaughter Alyssa Waite and her husband, Logan of Longview, Tex.; grandson Micah Berg, of Kilgore, Tex.; and adopted grandson Charles Bagbey of Shreveport, La. He is also survived by two sisters and their families, Dianne and Travis Phillips of Bandera, Tex. and Sandra Goodwin of Kilgore Tex. 

Visitation will be held at Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore, Tex. on Friday, January 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts to the mission fund of First Baptist Church of Liberty City ( or Western Indian Ministries ( Condolences may be left online at


Radar Funeral Home
401 N. Martin • Kilgore, TX  75662 • 903-984-2525  

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