Don Franklin

 John Donald Franklin

Don FranklinJohn D “Don” Franklin was born in San Antonio, Texas on March 26, 1948 and was called home on Dec. 31, 2014 at the age of 66.  Don grew up in Kenedy, Texas and graduated from Kenedy High School in 1966, and then attended Texas A & M University for a short while, but still called himself an Aggie.  He attended Texas A & I University for two years and, as he said, “finally graduated” from Sul Ross University on December 14, 2013 at the age of 65.

Don married his high school sweetheart, Becky Lynn Bates, on August 8, 1970.  Becky and Don moved to Katy, Texas in 1982.  Don was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.  He was a member and deacon at Kingsland Baptist Church in Katy.

Don was an avid fan of his family.  He loved to watch his sons’ athletic events and attended countless banquets and awards ceremonies. This tradition continued with his grandchildren as he rarely missed a game, ceremony or event.  Cheering his family on and celebrating their accomplishments was his passion and he will continue to watch over them from his new home.

The outdoors and hunting are a family tradition that Don embodied.  He dearly loved the outdoors and hunting with his sons and grandchildren.  Whether it was hunting on the Huajuco Ranch with his sons, hunting muleys in West Texas with his grand-daughter, or hunting whitetail in South Texas with his grand-son, Don fostered a spirit of faith, family, conservation and the outdoors.  He often said “I never feel closer to God than when I am enjoying the outdoors.”

Don is survived by his wife Becky, his father and mother-in-law Marshall and Helen Bates, his oldest son Michael and spouse Carol, their children Mollie and Braden, his younger son John and spouse Sarah, their daughter Avery, his older brother Richard H. Franklin of Amarillo, his younger sister D’Anne and her husband John Conrad of League City along with their children and grandchildren, and his sister-in-law Tonja Franklin of Washougal, Washington and cousins.

A graveside service will  be held at the  Kenedy Cemetery   in Kenedy, Texas on Saturday,  January 3, 2015, at 12:30 PM under the direction of Eckols Funeral Home, 402 West Live Oak Street, Kenedy, Texas, 78119 – Phone 830-583-2533.

A memorial service will be held at Kingsland Baptist Church in Katy, Texas on Monday, January 5th, 2015  at 4 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center (gifts.mdanderson.org).  Notes of sympathy may be sent to the family at 23038 Vallingby Drive Katy, Tx. 77450.

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Benny Lee Henderson

Benny Lee Henderson, age 68, of Ecleto, TX passed away on December 26, 2014 in Beeville, TX.  He was born on November 27, 1946 to the late Olen Ray and Alice B. Chisum Henderson.  He was veteran of the US ARMY, a retired Lights Salesman and of the Methodist Faith.

He is preceded in death by his parents Olen Ray and Alice B. chisum Henderson.

He is survived by his wife Linda Salinas Henderson of Ecleto; daughters, Julie Haliburton and husband Ray of Sanger, Amy Louise Hues and husband Mount Belvieu, Carrie Alice Pittman and husband David of Tulsa, OK, Traci Sanderson of, Angela Molina of Austin, Amanda Molina of Austin; sons Brett Lee Henderson of Pasadena, Matthew B. Henderson of Ecleto, David Deleon of Austin; sister, Judy Cline and husband Bill of Conroe; brother,  Don Henderson and wife Jan of Portland, and numerous grandchildren.

Visitation will be Thur. Jan 1, 2015 from 6PM to 8PM in the Eckols Funeral Chapel.   Graveside Services will be Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at 10:15 AM in San Antonio, TX with Military Honors.

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Petra Cruz Rodriguez

Petra Cruz Rodriguez, age 65, of Karnes City, TX passed away on December 28, 2014 in San Antonio, TX.  She was born on January 27, 1949 in Karnes City, TX.  She was a retired nurse and a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her husband Pablo Rodriguez, Sr.; parents, Gumecindo, Sr. and Yrenia Sauceda; and brothers, Crispin Perez, and Felipe Cruz.

She is survived by her daughters, Cynthia Rosales and husband Michael of Karnes City, Alice Lomedo and husband Willie of Karnes City, Anita Rodriguez of Dickinson, Pomposa Martinez and husband Robert of Kenedy, Freedom Gutierrez and husband Freddy of Karnes City; sons, Pablo Rodriguez, Jr. of Karnes City, Edward Rodriguez of Karnes City, Daniel Rodriguez of Karnes City; Sister Consuelo Aguerro of Karnes City; brothers, Eugenio Cruz of Victoria, Joe Cruz of Karnes City, Daniel Cruz of Karnes City, Rudy Cruz, Sr. of Kenedy, Pablo Cruz of Karnes City, Ricky Cruz of Karnes City, TX and Gumecindo  Cruz, Jr. of Kenedy, and Numerous Grandchildren and Great Granchildren

A Prayer Service will be held at 7PM Tue, Dec. 30, 2014 in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be Wed. Dec. 31, 2014 at 2:30 PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Ramon Torres officiating. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery.

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Jane Krause

Wanda Janith “Jane” Krause age, 74 of Kenedy, TX passed away on December 27, 2014 in San Angelo, TX.  She was born on August 13, 1940 in Port Lavaca, TX to the late John and Irene Posey Finster.  On July 30, 1950 she married Richard Dean Krause who preceded her in death.  Jane was a homemaker and a member of The Word Fellowship Church.  She is preceded in death by her husband Richard Dean Krause, parents John and Irene Posey Finster, and a brother John Charles Finster.  She is survived by her son, Richard Mark Krause and his wife Barbara of Menard; sisters, Nelda Hargroves of Port Lavaca, Patricia Talk of Houston, Merilynn Evans of Friendswood, Janice Leigh of Houston; grandchildren Sara Lynn Krause Azzarello and husband Tony of Converse, Richard Mathew Krause of Seguin; great-grandchildren, Wade Mathew Krause of New Braunfels, and Maddy Azzarello of Converse. Visitation will be held Wed. Dec. 31, 2014 in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel from 11AM to 12:30PM.  Services will begin at 12:30PM Wed. Dec. 31, 2014 in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Walter Hill, III officiating.  Interment will be in the Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery at 3PM in Port Lavaca, TX.

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Domingo G. Rodriguez

D. Rod Candle PicDomingo G. Rodriguez, Age 82, of Kenedy, TX passed away on Thur. Nov. 13, 2014 in Kenedy, TX.  He was born on December 19, 1931 in Allende, Mexico to the late Salvador and Zapopa Rodriguez.  He was retired from the paving and construction industry and a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church.  He married Olivia Galvez on September 16, 1962.

He is preceded in death by his parents Salvador and Zapopa Rodriguez.

He is survived by his loving wife Olivia Galvez Rodriguez of Kenedy; TX, daughters, Elizabeth Diaz Villanueva and husband John of Pfluegerville,TX,  Anna Diaz Remmert and husband Mark of Leberty Hills, TX; sons, Michael Galvez Diaz and wife Elaine of Leander,TX,  Lewis Galvez Diaz and wife Amy of Pfluegerville,TX, Salvador Galvez Rodriguez and wife Romelia of Greensboro, NC;  sisters, Edelmira Barrera of Monterey, Mexico,  Ercelia Rodriguez of Laredo, TX, Isabel Rodriguez of Laredo, TX, Olga Rodriguez of Chiappas, Mexico, Marianna Rodriguez of Laredo, TX; brothers, Pedro Rodriguez of Laredo, TX, Morin Rodriguez of Anahuac Nuevo Leon, Mexico, Salvador Rodriguez of Laredo, TX, and numerous grandchildren.

A Rosary was recited Mon. Nov. 17, 2014 at 7PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  Funeral Mass was  held Tues. Nov. 18, 2014 at 10 AM at Our Lady Queen Of Peace Catholic Church with the Rev. Norbert Hermann officiating.  Interment  followed in the Kenedy Cemetery.

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Heriberto “Bert” Guzman, Jr.

Bert GuzmanHeriberto “Bert” Guzman, Jr., Age 52of Kenedy, TX passed away on Wed. Nov. 5, 2014 in Floresville, TX.  Bert was born on October 4, 1962 in Karnes City, TX to Heriberto, Sr. and Elodia Botello Guzman.  He graduated from Kenedy High School in 1982 and was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church.

He is preceded in death by a sister, JoAnne Rios and a brother, Jaime Guzman.

He is survived by his parents Heriberto, Sr. and Elodia Guzman, daughter, Sonrysa Guzman of Karnes City; sons, Nicholas Nino Guzman of Kenedy, Zachary Guzman of Karnes City; sisters, Patty Guzman of Runge, Priscilla Guzman of Kenedy, Rebecca Salas of Runge; brothers, Ruben Guzman, Larry Guzman, and Robert Guzman all of Kenedy.

A Rosary was recited Sun. Nov. 9, 2014 at 7PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  Funeral Mass was held Mon. Nov. 10, 2014 at 10AM at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with the Rev. Norbert Hermann officiating.  Interment will follow in the Loma Alta Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Nicholas Nino Guzman, Larry Guzman, Ruben Guzman, Robert Guzman, Harold Rios, Adrian Gamboa, Chris Cruz, Severo Salas, Jr.,  and Josep h Guzman.

Honorary Pallbeares were Jackie Guzman, Jason Guzman, Larry Guzman, Jr., Justin Guzman, Homer Rios, Jr., and Steven Salas.

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Charles Edward Johnson, Jr.

Charles E. Johnson, Jr. Obit PicCharles Edward Johnson, Jr. of Kenedy formerly of Hutto, TX passed away Dec, 9, 2014 at the age of 73.

He was born in Kenedy Oct. 23, 1941 to Edward & Annie Schroller Johnson.  Charles was a maintenance man for the Hutto ISD.  He is survived by his wife LaAnna Blaschke Johnson of Kenedy, daughter Jamie Jenschke-Wheeler and husband Gene of Kenedy, one son Jeffrey and wife Jeanelle Johnson of Hutto,  two brothers Norman (Marcella) Johnson of Thrall, Gary (Betty) Johnson of Humble, one sister Mary Ann Kolodziej of Pettus.  Grandchildren Ryan, Kelsey, Jaycee, Jordon, Elleanor and Cali.  One great grandchild Haley.

A visitation will be held Saturday, Dec, 13th. From 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Eckols Chapel.  Funeral Services will be held Sunday, Dec. 14th. At 2:00 PM at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Kenedy.  Interment will follow at the Pawnee Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers will be Ryan Jenschke, Roy Fenner, Lance Johnson, Nicholas Johnson, Larry Clark, and Michael Kolodziej.

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Janelda Faye Anderson

Janelda Faye Anderson age 53 passed away Dec. 3, 2014.  She is the daughter of William and Linda Huddler Anderson of Floresville.  She was born Dec. 20, 1960 in Sinton, TX.  She is also survived by her sister Sherry and husband Ben Kruciak of LaVernia, Brothers Wayne and wife Barbara Anderson of Portland, and John and wife Pamela Anderson of Seguin.

A visitation will be held Sat. Dec. 6, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Eckols Funeral Home, Funeral services will be held Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Eckols Chapel with Pastor Tom Bonham officiating.  Interment will be in the Kenedy Cemetery.  Memorial to the Kidney or Heart Foundation.

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Ryan Sam Painter

Ryan Sam PainterRyan Sam Painter age 30 went to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 29, 2014.  Sam was a beloved husband, son, brother, uncle, son-in-love and friend.  Sam was an amazingly sweet, smart, completely supportive, compassionate and hard working person.  He never met a stranger and if you were his friend, you were family.  Sam graduated from Carroll high school and attended Texas A&M college station.

Sam is preceded in death by his father Thomas Manning. Sam is survived by his loving wife Heather Nance Painter, his mother Kathy Painter, his dad Richard Painter, his sister Kimberly Painter Hall, her husband Drew Hall and their son Aiden, his sister Amy Painter Boatman, her husband Kevin Boatman and their three children, Oakley, Maverick and Halle, his mother and father-in-love and all his family and friends.

A memorial service will be held onSat. December 6, 2014 at 1:30 PM at Seaside Funeral Home.  Burial will follow at the cemetery in Sandia, TX.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice, such as St. Jude, Muscular Dystrophy, or ASPCA. Sam would have wanted it that way.

So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice and no one will take your joy from you. John 16:22

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Evelyn L. Burris

Evelyn L, Burris age 80 died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014.  She was born in Green, TX to Samuel and Ola Pittman Bruton.  She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Kenedy, and was a Register Nurse.  She married Kenneth Burris Feb. 28, 1953 in Kenedy and he preceded her in death Oct. 23, 1996.  She is also preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son, 2 brothers and 1 grandchild.

She is survived by her daughter Janet White of Kenedy, son Karl (Jackie) Burris of Smithville.  One sister Betty Daniel of San Antonio,  10 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Eckols Chapel.  Funeral services will be Wednesday Nov. 26, 2014 at the Eckols Chapel with Pastor Wade Lawrence officiating.  Interment will be in the Kenedy Cemetery.

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