Obituaries

Wed
25
May

James R. Tuttle

James R. Tuttle age 76 passed away on May 6, 2016 in San Marcos, TX. Memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Friday May 20, 2016 at the Old Rock Church in Cranfills Gap, TX. Reverend Laurie Tuttle will be officiating. James was born in Fort Worth, TX on September 9, 1939 to Ernest and Bessie Tuttle. James married the love of his life Nancy Miller Tuttle on November 12, 1959. Together they have three children James H Tuttle, Tim Tuttle and Cindy Tuttle Krych, three grandchildren and five great- grandchildren.

Wed
25
May

June Reed

June was an angel on earth. She was raised on farms and was no stranger to hard work. She wasn’t just a daughter, she was also a second mother to some of her sisters and many other people. When June became a mother, her life was complete. The bond between her and her children was immeasurable. She was an awesome and loving wife, mother, and sister. June worked at Lockheed and was a modern day Rosie the Riveter. She met and fell in love with her Prince Charming, James Reed, her love, her best friend, the King of her world. He made all of her dreams come true. She is preceded in death by her Mother, Dortha Hammond and her Father, Vernon Lee Hammond. She is survived by her husband James Reed, her sons, Lee and wife Deb Burgamy, Dwayne and wife Cristy Burgamy, Brandon and wife Tina Reed. Her daughter, Karen and husband Billy Wayne Rogers, 19 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, 8 sisters - Vera, Jackie, Janie, Liz, Mary, Sally, Debbie, and Becky and the brother Jerry Hammond.

Wed
18
May

Edward Byron Bryn

Edward “Ed” Byron Bryn, 86, of Clifton Texas passed away Friday, May 13, 2016. A celebration of life service was held on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Clifton Texas. Burial followed at St. Olaf Kirke (Old Rock Church), Cranfills Gap, Texas. Visitation was held Monday May 16, 2016 at Clifton Funeral Home. Ed was born on July 17, 1929 to John E. and Mabel Rogstad Bryn of Cranfills Gap, Texas. He was confirmed into the Lutheran faith at St. Olaf Lutheran Church and continued his unwavering faith until his death. Ed graduated from Cranfills Gap High School, attended Clifton College where he was on the football team, Texas Lutheran College in Seguin where he obtained his teaching and coaching certificate, and Baylor University. He was a boys and girls basketball and track coach and a football coach in Aleman, Priddy, Lometa and Cranfills Gap. He later was the owner-operator of the Exxon service station in Clifton, Texas.

Wed
18
May

Marcelle Moore Kipp

Marcelle Moore Kipp is finally coming home to Clifton, and will be interred with her parents Elif and Torese Moore in Clifton Cemetery on May 21, 2016 at 10:30 AM. Clifton Cemetery is on Highway 6. Her daughters Sharon Kipp Lowe and Karen Kipp, son Carl Kipp, granddaughters Lauren Scheeler and Elan Rinck, and nephews Kyle and Kevin Conn welcome Marcelle’s friends to join us for the service. Marcelle’s surviving sister Ruth Moore Conn is unable to attend, but will be with us in thought. After the graveside ceremony by Pastor Clay McCord, attendees are invited to the Jacob Olson Museum Annex for reminiscences and refreshments at 11:15 PM 306 S Avenue Q Clifton, Texas 76634, across the street from the museum. 

Wed
11
May

Daniel R. Vargas

Daniel R. Vargas, loving husband, father and grandfather went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Daniel R. Vargas was born on January 14, 1948 in Rosenberg, Texas to Fred and Maria Rivera Vargas. He is survived by his wife Virginia Nunez Vargas of Meridian; daughter, Mary Vargas of Waco; sons: Daniel Vargas of Florida, Victor Vargas and wife Pam of Arlington; several grandchildren, brothers and sisters. The family would like to thank everyone for their kind words and prayers during this difficult time. A private memorial honoring the life of Daniel R. Vargas will be held at a later date.

Wed
11
May

Lee B. Stanley

Lee B. Stanley, 73, of Clifton passed away at home on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Funeral services were held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 803 W. 3rd, Clifton, TX on Tuesday, May 10 at 2 pm. Burial followed at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation was at 1-2 pm, prior to the service at the church. Lee was born at Goodall-Witcher Hospital in Clifton on September 23, 1942 to Robert A. and Anna MarieSeljos Stanley. Robert and Anna Marie had met at Clifton College. Lee was baptized into the Lutheran faith and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ft. Worth. He graduated from Granbury High Schoolin 1961, then Texas Lutheran College in 1966, where he metthe love of his life, Dorothy Elaine Dietzman in the fall of 1964. They were married on February 19, 1966 at Zion Lutheran Church in McGregor, Texas. He was a dedicated science teacherin San Antonio and McGregor before moving to Cliftonin 1969 to teach science and coach football, girls’ basketball and girls’ track.

Wed
11
May

Viola Cornett

Viola Cornett age 95, of Meridian, passed away on Monday, May 2, 2016 in a Clifton care facility. Funeral services were held Friday, May 6, 2016 in the Meridian First Baptist Church with Rev. Colin Errington officiating. Pallbearers were Chance Cornett, Cade Cornett, Elvin Pool, Brent Heatherly, Brian Barr, and Jackie Fisher. On Saturday, May 7, 2016 graveside services were held at the Knox City Cemetery in Knox City, Texas with Rev. Andy Needham officiating. Pallbearers were Bill Cornett, Tom Whitford, Jackie Fisher, Ronnie White, Charlie Zeissel, and Jimmy Zeissel. Viola Cornett was born in Munday, Texas on April 27, 1921 to George and Mary Zeissel. She was raised in the country and met the love of her life, B.F. Cornett at a track meet. They married and moved to Knox City, Texas on November 24, 1939. Together the couple had four children. Viola was a wonderful wife and mother who loved her children dearly.

Wed
11
May

Barbara Brown

Barbara Brown, of Meridian, Texas, passed away peacefully at her home, Tuesday, April 5. She was born April 15, 1937 to Tom and Dessie (Cummings) Elsik in Burleson County, Texas. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Frank, her son Dave and wife Cathy, sister Peggy McNew and husband David, brother Dwight Elsik and wife Esther, grandsons Christopher Lance and wife Kim, David Blake and wife Keri, and 5 great grandchildren. A celebration of her life will be held at 11am Saturday, April 30 at Walnut Springs United Methodist Church, Walnut Springs, Texas, followed by a luncheon at the Walnut Springs Community Center.

Wed
04
May

Darlene Madson

Darlene Madson, 78, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at home at Lazy Acre, Lake Mills, Iowa. Funeral service will be 11:00 AM, Monday, May 2, 2016, at Salem Lutheran Church in Lake Mills, Iowa, with Pastor Melinda McCluskey and Pastor Joel L. Guttormson officiating. Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 PM Sunday, May 1, 2016, at Mittelstadt Funeral Home, 902 East Main Street in Lake Mills and again one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will take place at a later date. Darlene’s family suggest memorials be directed to Salem Quilters, 401 S Lake Street, Lake Mills, IA 50450. Darlene Lou Madson was born on November 7, 1937, to Glenn and Evelyn (Hanson) Dahl at home in Worth County, Iowa. Darlene was baptized at Emmons Lutheran Church, and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church. She was a 1955 graduate of Lake Mills High School and received her R.N. from Lutheran Deaconess Hospital in Minneapolis, MN.

Wed
04
May

Carl Smith, Jr.

Carl Smith Jr., 82, of Clifton passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at Hillcrest Hospital. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 29, 2016 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church at Norse with Pastor Bill Metting officiating. Burial at Norse Cemetery. Visitation was held from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 2016 at Clifton Funeral Home. Carl August Smith, Jr. was born on March 10, 1934 in a Waco Hospital, the only child of Carl (Charlie) and Hallie (Walter) Smith, He grew up in the Norse Community near Clifton, on the Smith Family Farm, that was purchased in 1881 by his paternal grandparents who came to this area from Sweden and Norway. He spent part of his childhood in the home of his Aunt and Uncle, Martin and Helga Ringness to be near the school bus route. He would recall how they would speak Norwegian when they didn’t want him to know what they were talking about. Carl was baptized on May 6, 1934 by the Rev. PE Thorson and confirmed on May 28, 1948 by the Rev.

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