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Aug 31, 2014   12:01 PM

(July 19, 1924 - August 29, 2014) 

U.S. VeteranLester Schaefer, 90, of Ballinger passed away Friday, August 29, 2014 at Ballinger Memorial Hospital.
He was born July 19, 1924 in Olfen, Texas to Edward and Emilia (Miaketters) Schaefer. Lester attended school in Olfen. At age 20, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was stationed in the Philippine Islands with the First Battalion, 27th Infantry. He married Edna Frances Lange on November 25, 1952 and they raised seven children together. Lester was a soil conservationist for Runnels County, as well as, a farmer, stock farmer, and worked in the oil business. He was a board member and President of Norton High School. He served on the Board of Trustees until the school burnt in 1968 and was rebuilt as a grade school for 1-8 grades. He was also a board member of the Valley Creek Water Shed. Lester was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, First Men’s Society of Saint Mary, past member Norton Lions Club, St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus Council #10985, and a member of the Rowena VFW. Lester volunteered his time to Meals on Wheels for several years. Lester enjoyed fishing, dining out, and playing dominos with his children, grandchildren, and especially with his domino friends at Shug’s Station in Norton and the Old Texas Theater on 8th Street in Ballinger. One of his favorite things about dominos was killing “double six”.
Lester was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife Edna; a daughter, Karen Ann; a son, Dennis; his sister, Melba Gottschalk and husband A.J.; his brothers Roy Schaefer and Erwin Schaefer; along with numerous brothers-in-law, cousins, and aunts.
He is survived by his children, Ralph and Billie Schaefer of Ballinger, LaVerne and Jeff Yarborough of Sweetwater, Bernard Schaefer of Norton, Alton and Marla Schaefer of Ballinger, Brenda and R.B. Alexander of Prosper, and Greg and Misti Schaefer of Graham; his grandchildren Charlotte Schaefer of Artesia, New Mexico, Brandon and Allison Schaefer of Ballinger, Kristen and Olivia Alexander of Prosper, and Emily and Lauren Schaefer of Graham; his sister-in-law Anita Schaefer of Ballinger, along with many sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; special cousins Earline Johnson of San Angelo and Geraldine Halfmann of Wall; longtime friend John Stewart of Abilene; the last of his domino buddies, Kelly Chapman; and Lester leaves behind his dog, Bud.
Rosary will be recited 7:00 pm Sunday, August 31 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Ballinger. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am Monday, September 1 at St. Mary Catholic Church with Fr. Hugh Wade and Fr. Bob Baden con-celebrating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Rowena.
The family would like to thank Dr. Bundrant, Ballinger Memorial Hospital nurses and staff, Ballinger Healthcare and Rehab Center, and especially his caregiver Lynda. A special thanks to the many others who came by during Lester’s illness.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial be made to a favorite charity, St. Mary Star of the Sea Scholarship Fund, or Seminarian Burse. Arrangements are with Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger.

Aug 19, 2014   05:26 PM

 Francis Marie Hardin, 63, of Ballinger passed away Monday, August 18, 2014 at her residence.

She was born May 19, 1951 to Homer and Mary (Bushong) Bennett in Ballinger. She was the 7th child of 10 siblings. She was a life long resident of Ballinger.

Francis was preceded in death by her husband, John Hardin; two sons, John Wesley and Jesse Emmitt Hardin; her parents and other siblings.

She is survived by two sisters, Joann Lancaster of Tennessee and Dorothy Bennett of Hillsboro; a son, Robert Hardin of Ballinger; a daughter, Melissa Melton and husband Avis of Ballinger; three grandchildren, Adrianna, Jesse, and Katie Melton all of Ballinger.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 6:00-8:00 pm on Wednesday, August 20 at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, August 21 at Evergreen Cemetery in Ballinger.



Aug 18, 2014   04:09 PM

 Mary Ethel Nichols, age 77, died Saturday August 16, 2014. Mary was born on November 2, 1936 in Colorado City, TX. In 1951, she married William Nichols in Odessa, TX. She was a homemaker and the family moved to Winters in 1962. William and Mary shared 45 years together before his passing on January 30, 1997.


She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; daughter Bettye Moilan and granddaughter Christy Nichols.

Survivors include three sons; Jerry Nichols of Brownwood, Jeffrey Nichols of Winters and Greg Nichols of Bronte and two daughters; Julie Barthelemy of Sonora and Valerie Torres of Schertz. Also surviving; 15 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.

Visitation for family and friends will be Tuesday, August 19 from 6:00-7:30 pm at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Services will be graveside at Rough Creek Cemetery in Novice at 10:00 AM on Wednesday August 20.

Aug 15, 2014   08:52 AM

David Waterfill, 43, of Ballinger went home to be with his beloved Uncle Kenny, Tuesday, August 12, 2014. He passed away at his home after a long struggle with PTSD.

He was born November 17, 1970 to Ron and Joyce (Owens) Waterfill in San Angelo, TX. He loved to fish and camp with his Dad, Uncle Kenny, and great-grandfather on the Concho. He worked as a roll operator for 13 years and a general electrician. He joined the Marines in 1991. He completed basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina and served in the Somalia War and received numerous awards.

David is preceded in death by his beloved Uncle Kenny Noble; grandmothers Verna Marie Noble and Frances Owens; grandfathers Milton R Owens and John Waterfill; great-grandparents Earl and Willie (Big Mama) West.

He is survived by his three precious sons that he loved so dearly, Clay Waterfill of Ballinger, Cole Waterfill and Jordan Graham of Louisville, KY; parents, Ron and Joyce Waterfill; sister, Beverly (Bobby) Allgeier; grandmother, Mary Lee Waterfill of Taylorsville, KY; nephew Clint Allgeier (Morgan); neice, Lindsey (Drew) Rose; two aunts, Marilyn (Bender) Martin of San Angelo and Annelle (Gene) Hoene of Taylorsville, KY.; uncle, Milton Lee Owens of Ballinger; numerous cousins and best friend Mac McIntyre of South Carolina.

Pallbearers will be Clint Allgeier, Bobby Allgeier, Mark Hardin, Lance Berkley, Chance Berkley, Tyler McBurney, and Bender Martin. Honorary Pallbearers will be Milton (Uncle Buddy) Owens, Dan West, Mack West, Jerry Owens, Gene Hoene, Dan Kennedy, and Mac McIntyre.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 to 8:00 pm Friday, August 15th at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am Saturday, August 16 at Lange Funeral Home Chapel. Myron Halford, pastor of Glory Road Cowboy Church will be officiating. Burial will follow in Old Runnels Cemetery.




Aug 15, 2014   08:50 AM

Lester Stanley, 81, of Rockwall passed away Monday, August 11, 2014 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Rockwall.

He was born July 29, 1933 to Ira and Eunice (Hagar) Stanley in Winters. In 1951, Lester married Quinnelle Stehle. Shortly there after he joined the Army, where he served as a corporal, spending most of his time in Japan. After being honorably discharged in 1955, he returned to the states and started his own business. Lester was the owner of A + B Mufflers Shops in Harlingen, TX and several additional shops in the Rio Grand Valley for 15 years. He was the founder of the ESPA, Exhaust Systems Professional Association, and a member of the Church of Christ. In 1987, Lester remarried Geneiva Riethmayer.

Lester was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Quinnelle and second wife Geneiva; his son, Kerry Stanley; and a sister, Loreta Ray.

He is survived by a son, Wendell Stanley and wife, Connie of Rockwall, TX; a daughter, Cyrena Stanley and husband John Stephens of Houston, TX; two sisters, Elreta Day of Farmington, NM and Nelda Scott and husband Abe of Goldsmith, TX; and granddaughter, Christina Daley and husband Nolan and two great-grandchildren of Allen, TX.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 6:00-7:00 pm on Thursday, August 14 at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Services will be at 10:00 am on Friday, August 15 at 9th Street Church of Christ in Ballinger with Max Pratt officiating. Burial will follow at Crews Cemetery.

The family asks that memorials be made to the Disabled American Veterans or a favorite charity.

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