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Oct 21, 2014   07:13 PM

 Gregory Lange, 58, of San Angelo passed away Saturday, October 18, 2014 in San Angelo. 

He was born December 7, 1955 in Austin, Texas. His parents are Ralph and Felda (Glass) Lange of Olfen. After graduating from Paint Rock High School, Greg worked as a bartender for Bennie’s Bar and Grill in Rowena for many years. He then opened his own bar in Miles, “Just One More”, before going to work at Saddle Bronc in San Angelo. He was elected J.P. for South Runnels County, a position he held for 18 years. He was a life long member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Olfen. 

Greg was preceded in death by his father, Ralph. 

He is survived by his daughter, Vanessa Lange and his grandchildren Mikel and Betty of San Angelo; his mother, Felda of Olfen; his sisters, Ann Molinaro of Mesquite and Elaine Boggess of Bedford; and a niece, Amanda Shoquist and husband Blaine of Hurst. 

Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 22 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Olfen. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Thursday, October 23 at St. Boniface Catholic Church with Fr. Ariel Lagunilla officiating. Burial will follow at St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery in Olfen. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. Boniface Catholic Church Seminarian Burse, St. Boniface Cemetery, or a favorite charity.



Oct 13, 2014   07:55 PM

 Lanham Mac Carter, 85, loving husband, daddy, granddaddy, and great-granddaddy passed into the loving arms of his heavenly father, Friday, October 10, 2014. 

Lanham Mac was born November 20, 1928 in Norton, Texas to Wade and Altha Carter. He attended Norton High School and after graduation joined the United States Air Force. On August 5, 1948 he married the love of his life Colleen Mosier and they started their life together in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he was stationed until 1953. At that time they moved back to Norton for his love of farming. Unfortunately, that was interrupted due to the drought of the 50’s so he worked for the Western Company. During this period of time they welcomed the arrival, in 1953, of their first child, Cheryl Lynn. Four years later they were blessed with their second child Mark Wade and his return to farming and his love of the land. Mac was always a hard worker which along with farming included raising sheep and Black Angus cattle. 

In his spare time Mac loved to trotline fish and always looked forward to hooking the big one. Visiting the Norton Gin and discussing the weather and the crops, drinking coffee and eating breakfast at the Friendly Corner aka Beefmaster, and in his later years eating at the Senior Citizens were also important to him. 

He was a member of the Norton Lions Club and always looked forward to the pancake and chili suppers. He also enjoyed the yearly Norton Homecoming where he got to see old friends and catch up on each others lives. 

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church where he worshipped faithfully until recent health issues. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and lifelong partner, Colleen. 

Lanham is survived by his children Mark Carter and wife Diane and Cheryl Clayton and husband Manse all of Ballinger; his adoring grandchildren Alyson Harris and husband James of Georgetown, Kentucky and Tyler Carter of San Antonio; great-grandchildren Caleb Strube, Peyton Harris, and expected in April, Eli Carter Harris. He was also “granddaddy” to Eric Lugo, James Clayton, and Regina Zaruba. Other survivors include his brother, Nealon Carter and wife Sue; nieces Marcia King and husband Frank and Donna Bryant and husband Scott; and nephews Trey Mosier and wife Sherri and Steven Mosier. Numerous family and friends mourn his loss. 

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, October 15 at 2:00 pm at the First Methodist Church in Ballinger followed by a private family burial at Evergreen Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Ballinger Senior Citizens or a charity of your choice.



Oct 13, 2014   07:53 PM

 Francis A. “Frank” Fischer beloved husband, father, and grandfather went to be with the Lord, Sunday October 12, 2014 at the age of 77. 

Francis was born October 17, 1936 to Daniel and Anna (Wilde) Fischer in Olfen, Texas. He graduated from Ballinger High School in 1955. He served in the Texas National Guard. He married the love of his life, Barbara Havlak, on November 17, 1962. They shared 51 loving years together. 

Francis farmed for many years in the Miles community. In 1986, Francis and Barbara moved to Royse City, Texas. Francis owned two businesses, Royce City Feed and 616 Service, which he still operated. 

Francis was an avid baseball fan, not only enjoying watching the game, but he also coached his son and his friends in the Miles Little League and Pony League for many years. One of his greatest passions was watching his grandchildren in numerous sports and band events. Francis enjoyed playing cards and board games with his family. Francis always had a smile on his face, a pleasant word for all, and he maintained his trademark sense of humor all the way to the end. 

Francis was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-law Philip Havlak, his brothers Ivan and Harvey Fischer, and sisters Marcella Zly and Arlene Gunyon. 

Survivors include his wife, Barbara; his daughter Barnice Agee and husband Cass, of Duncan, Oklahoma; his son, Wayne Fischer and wife Amy of Miles; his six grandchildren Tommy, Shane, and Kaitlin Agee and Sarah, Kyle, and Travis Fischer; his brother Daniel Fischer Jr., and wife Harriet of Olfen; his sister LaRita Jansa and husband Daniel of Wall; his mother-in-law Sadie Havlak of San Angelo; and numerous in-laws, nieces, and nephews. 

Pallbearers are his six grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers are Jacob Alberts, Randy Fischer, Harvey Havlak, Randy Havlak, Matthew Rottman, and Zane Sewell. 

Rosary will be recited Tuesday, October 14 at 7:00 pm at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, October 15 at 10:00 am at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Olfen with Father Ariel Lagunilla officiating. Burial will follow in St. Boniface Cemetery in Olfen. 

A special thanks is given to his hospice nurse, Frankie Sewell, for helping make his final days comfortable and for her knowledge and support she gave the family. 

The family requests all donations be sent to the American Kidney Foundation @ kidneyfund.org. 

 

 



Oct 11, 2014   09:47 PM

Wesley Gordon Ogle, 76, of Ballinger, Texas passed away Thursday, October 9, 2014 at his residence. 

He was born November 14, 1937 in Ballinger to Lilburn and Naomi (Jones) Ogle. He served his country for twenty years in the US Army and retired honorably as Sgt. First Class in 1976. He married Rita Annette Lyons on June 20, 1964, and they shared fifty loving years together. After retirement, Wesley attended carpentry school in Clarksville, TN and returned to Ballinger in 1977. He worked in home construction and in the oil field. He enjoyed working with his hands and making arts and crafts with Rita. He also worked for BYOB water store in Ballinger. Wesley loved spending time with his family and was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was an avid fisherman and a member of the Runnels County Bass Club. 

Wesley was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Larry, Cody, Milton, Billy, Burl, and Wayne Ogle; and a sister, Lahoma Trammel. 

He is survived by his wife, Rita; sons, Jerry Ogle and wife Cheryl of Newport News, VA, Johnny Stephens and wife Phyliss of Leesville, LA. , and Danny Ogle and wife Tracy of San Angelo; his daughter, Natalie Fischer of Ballinger; sisters, Barbara Bryant and Wanda Harris; brothers, Forrest and Robert Ogle; his grandchildren, Jeannie, Jennifer, Julie, Ryan, Hayden, Amanda, John Garrett, Austin Reed, Meagan, Lindsay, and Casey; and great-grandchildren, Levi Mason Dixon, Wesley Gordon and Jordan. Also surviving is a special sister-in-law, Donna Jean. 

Rosary will be recited at 6:00 pm on Sunday, October 12, at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger with family visitation to follow. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 am on Monday, October 13, at Lange Funeral Home Chapel with Fr. Hugh Wade officiating. Burial will follow at Old Runnels Cemetery in Ballinger. 

The family request that memorials be made to St. Jude’s Hospital or a favorite charity.



Oct 09, 2014   03:28 PM

 Carolyn Brown Balkum, 70, of Ballinger, Texas was born to Henry and Mattie Brown on October 5, 1944 in Ballinger. She attended school at George Washington Carver until the 10th grade; upon completion she worked as a CNA in most of the nursing homes in Ballinger and San Angelo. She then went on to be a home health aide until her health started to fail her. 

The Lord touched Carolyn’s hand and he called her home on October 6, 2014. Her parents Henry and Mattie, her sister Janie, her brother Freddy, and her grandmother Ada Walls all preceded her in death. In passing she leaves to mourn four sister, Nancy Brown Johnson and husband Claude of Ballinger, Faye Brown of Ballinger, Bobbie Benson of Waco, and Jean Peterson of Midland; one brother Steve Brown of Ballinger; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great- nephews, and many friends. 

Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 12 at Jesus Christ Church in Ballinger with Rev. Theodore Boone officiating. Burial will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Ballinger. 

The family would like to express their most sincere thanks and appreciation for the many kind expressions of sympathy extended during their period of bereavement. Your generosity and kindness shall always be remembered. 

Yea, though I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me. Psalm 23: 

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 

 

 



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