Obituaries

Tue
18
Oct

Roger R. Krause

Roger R. Krause, age 70, of Clifton, passed away on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at his residence in Clifton. Memorial services will be 2:00 P.M., Sunday, October 23, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church in Clifton. Rev. Clint Schofield will officiate. Roger was born on February 16, 1946 in Heaton, North Dakota to Gilbert and Elsie Krause. He attended high school in Verona, North Dakota, and married his high school sweetheart, Lois Enga, in 1967. He moved to Minneapolis where he learned to fly while working for Braniff Airlines. In 1970 they moved to New Ulm, MN where Roger operated a full service aviation business and served as the airport manager for the city. In 1985 they moved to Dallas where Roger was a pilot for American Airlines until his retirement in 2004. In 2007 he purchased a ranch and moved to Clifton, Texas.

Tue
18
Oct

Charles Franklin Londrie

Charles (Chuck) Franklin Londrie, 77, died in a Temple hospital on Monday October 10, 2016 due to complications related to Pneumonia. A memorial was held at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Port Isabel, TX on Friday October 14, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. with Father Michael Gnanaraj officiating with a final place of rest off the bay of South Padre Island, TX. Mr. Londrie was born March 14, 1939 in Fountain Green Township, Illinois to Harlan F. Londrie and Nellie (Carle). Charles attended school in Fountain Green and joined the United States Navy serving on the USNAS in Corpus Christi, Texas. For the majority of Charles’s life he worked Law Enforcement with the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office and Port Isabel Police Department. He received numerous awards and accomplishments with a role in DEA and served as Chief of Police in Port Isabel before retiring in 1995.

Tue
18
Oct

Lenna Falk Poe

Lenna (Lennie) Falk Poe, 56, of Clifton passed away Thursday, October 13, 2016 at Scott and White Hospital in Temple. Arrangements are pending at this time. Born October 30, 1959 in Scarbro, WV, Lenna was the daughter of Ben and Clara (Rhodes) Falk. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1977. On February 26, 2000, she married Dennis Poe. Lenna had been employed at Lutheran Sunset Ministries for the past 14 years. Her big heart and cheerful personality will be missed by all who knew her. Preceding her in death was her daughter, Tracy Rachele Gravely Shrewsbury; mother, Clara Ann Rhodes Falk; grandmothers, Dorothy Rhodes Staples, Lenna Falk; great-grandmother, Clara Bell Ragland Dwier. Survivors include her husband, Dennis Poe of Clifton, TX; 3 beautiful grandchildren, Chance, Kimberlee and Chase Shrewsbury of Mullens, WV; father, Ben Falk Jr.

Tue
11
Oct

Lois L. Stelwagen

Lois L. Stelwagen, 91, passed away Friday, October 7, 2016 at the Clifton Lutheran Sunset Home in Clifton, TX where she lived for the past 8 years. Lois was preceded in death by her sister, Betty Peters, her husband John H. Stelwagen, her daughter, Linda Jorgenson, and her son, Randall Stelwagen. Survivors include her sister, Susie Hamilton of Colorado Springs, and sons John R. Stelwagen of Round Rock and Steven Stelwagen of Brenham. Lois is also survived by eight grandchildren and several great- grandchildren. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. In her honor, please consider making a gift in her name to the Clifton Lutheran Sunset Home, PO Box 71, Clifton, TX 76634. Condolences may be made at www.cliftonfh.com.

Tue
04
Oct

David W. Anz

David W. Anz, 58, of Clifton passed away Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. Funeral services were held Sunday, September 25, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, in Norse. Burial at Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery. David was born Aug. 9, 1958 to Clarence H. and Martha (Bergman) Anz. He attended Clifton Public Schools graduating in 1977. He also attended TSTC in Waco. He worked in the trucking industry until ill health forced early retirement. He was preceded in death by his father Clarence H. Anz; brother Edward Anz; maternal grandparents E. C. “Bud” Bergman; Blanche Anderson Bergman; Charlie A. Anz and Lena Meinkowsky Anz. Survivors include his mother Martha Bergman Anz; aunts, Gladys Anz, Dorothy Humphries, Marlene Anz and many cousins on both sides of the family. Memorials may be made to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Cemetery Assoc. or Lutheran Sunset Ministries, Clifton. Condolences may be made at www.cliftonfh.com

Tue
04
Oct

Esther Louise Manthei Hodge

Esther Louise Manthei Hodge, 83, passed away, after a short battle with cancer, in her home, surrounded by her family, in Laguna Park, TX on September 15. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Fred Estes Hodge; children Karen (Steve) Hughes of Kalama, WA, Gordon Hodge (Nancy) of Euless, Kathleen (Tom) Smith of Bear Creek, PA, Susan (Ben) Taylor of Midland, Fred’s son Sandy (Julie) Christian, 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters, Alma & Lydia Manthei. 3 brothers Kurt, Rudolph, and Daniel Manthei, and her grandson, Thomas Bryan Smith. Esther was born on June 17, 1933 in Kurten, TX to Carl and Louise Prinzel Manthei. She graduated from Bryan SFA in 1950. Her baptism at age 12 was at Central Baptist Church, Bryan. She married Fred January 27, 1956. They raised their children in Bryan, TX, and when the youngest graduated from high school, they moved to Laguna Park, then Lampasas.

Tue
04
Oct

Gregory Kyle Hardin

Angels came at 8:06 a.m. Saturday, September 24, 2016, and escorted Gregory Kyle Hardin to a pain-free place of peace. His courageous, nine-year struggle with the ravages and pain of cancer ended in Comanche County Medical Center with calmness and serenity. Greg’s birth on November 27, 1962, at Clifton’s Goodall-Witcher Hospital brought joy and pride to his parents, Wanda and James C Hardin. He was joined about four years later by a brother, Barry Todd Hardin. Several years later he gained, through adoption, another brother Brain Joseph Hardin. He enjoyed a childhood and youth on the family farm just north of Meridian where he loved hunting, fishing, and managing livestock. Greg’s life-long love of hunting caused him to request burial at Meridian Memorial Cemetery very near where he shot his first buck.

Wed
14
Sep

Bill Key

Bill Key, 89, of Clifton, Texas, passed away Monday, September 5. A funeral service was held on Friday, September 9, at the First Presbyterian Church in Clifton with the Reverend Clint Schofield officiating. Burial followed at Clifton Memorial Cemetery. was Thursday, September 8, at Clifton Funeral Home. Born May 4, 1927 in Fort Worth, Texas, Bill was the son of Dr. William Frank Key, Sr. and Lena Mae Estill. He graduated from Paschal High School in 1944. Following high school graduation, he entered the U. S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1947. He graduated from Texas Christian University with a B. A. in biology in 1949. He attended medical school at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, graduating in 1953. In Fort Worth he met and married Alma Caroline Geren in 1955. They moved to Mason, Texas, where Bill practiced medicine and Alma taught high school English. In 1956 the couple moved to Clifton, where Dr. Key joined Goodall-Witcher Hospital and Clinic.

Wed
07
Sep

Jesse James Jones

Jesse Jones, 91, of Walnut Springs, left this earthly life peacefully, in the early morning hours of August 22, 2016, after a long illness. No arrangements have been made at this time. Jesse James Jones was born on February 6, 1925, in Waco, Texas to Jesse and Maude Della McRay Jones. He grew up and was educated in the central Texas area, graduating from Clifton High School. He showed his love of Country by serving in the United States Army Air Corps as a tail gunner in a B-25 as well as a B-24 Liberator in the Pacific Theater in WWII. After returning from the service, he moved to Walnut Springs where he met the love of his life, Thelma Ruth Caddell. They were united in marriage on May 14, 1947 and made their home in Walnut Springs. After retiring from the aircraft industry, he enjoyed many things including working in his Sharp All Shop, mowing, helping friends and family in any way he could, and attending live music shows with his wife.

Wed
07
Sep

Jon Stephen Hoffpauir

Jon Stephen Hoffpauir went to be with the Lord on August 30, 2016. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 10, 2016 at First Baptist Church, Clifton with Dr. Jerry Smith officiating. Steve was born in his home in the Heights area of Houston, Texas on November 20, 1935. He was the son of Dorothy Stephens Hoffpauir and Winan Joseph Hoffpauir. He graduated from Milby High School of Houston and attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, where he was the President of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. The majority of Steve’s career was spent in the energy and petro chemical industry. He also followed his passion for food by venturing in several restaurant enterprises, which included Vice President/Director of Franchise for Mr. Gatti’s. Steve was an avid reader who loved history and poetry. He was an active member of the Bosque Art Center and the BAC Culinary Club where he recently was awarded The Grand Champion of “Men Who Cook”.

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