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Feb 05, 2016   12:36 PM

(November 24, 1937 - February 1, 2016) 

Earl Nolan Kleypas, 78, went peacefully to be with the Lord on Monday, February 1, 2016 at his residence in Burleson.

He was born November 24, 1937 to Erwin and Helen Mary (Kasburg) Kleypas in Olfen, Texas. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in Rowena, Texas in May 1956. On January 20, 1961, Earl married the love of his life, Doris Elizabeth Weeks, in San Angelo, Texas. They shared fifty five wonderful years together. Earl worked for Grandy Creamery in San Angelo and was a maintence supervisor at Supergrand Dairy in Ft. Worth. He was a member of St. Anns Catholic Church.

Earl was preceded in death by his parents, Erwin and Helen Kleypas; infant sons, Joseph and Paul Kleypas; father and mother-in-law, Woodrow and Ruth Weeks; brother, Erwin Kleypas, Jr.; sisters and brother-in-law, Gladys Bynum, Eileen and Vernon Glass, and Audrey Schneirs.

He is survived by his chosen love, wife, Doris of Burleson; his daughter, Tammy Guillot and husband, Dusty; granddaughters, Skila Guerrero and Paige Worley; great-grandsons, Aiden, Dominic, Tyler, and Jordan; sisters and brother-in-laws, Annabel and Victor Matsckek, Karla and Fred Sturm of San Angelo, Henry Schniers of Miles; brother-in-law, Donald Weeks and wife, Edna; sisters-in-law, Vernell Kleypas of Rowena and Peggy Tice and husband Ken; and many nieces and nephews.

Rosary will be recited at 10:00 am on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena. Following the rosary, Mass will be held at 10:30 am at the church with Fr. Ariel Lagunilla celebrating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Earl loved his family. “Today God called you home. A great man and hard worker that took care of his loved ones, I’ll miss him so, but I know he is at rest and feels no more pain. We love you Dad and we miss you. God has the best Dad, husband, grandpa, and great-grandpa in Heaven.”

Jan 27, 2016   02:14 PM

(July 15, 1920 - January 26, 2016)  

 Morris Eugene Sweeney, 95, of Ballinger passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2016. He is survived by his daughter, Judy Pleasants and husband Tommy; and five grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 12:30 – 1:30 pm on Saturday, at the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church in Ballinger. Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, at the First Baptist Church in Ballinger. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Ballinger.

Jan 25, 2016   04:53 PM

 (September 3, 1940 - January 24, 2016)  

 Walter Joseph Carson, III, 75, of Ballinger passed away Sunday, January 24, 2016.

He was born September 3, 1940 in Port Arthur, TX to Walter and Mary Carson. After graduating high school, he joined the United States Army. In 1974, he began a life-long career with Surety Titles as an abstracter. On February 14, 2008, he married Carlene Killough in Ballinger. Walter was a past member of the Ballinger Rotary Club and the Runnel’s County Sheriff’s Reserves.

Walter was preceded in death by a grandson, L.J. Nitsch.

He is survived by his wife, Carlene of Ballinger; his children, Lisa Yates of Winters, Walter Joseph (Joey) of Lubbock, Sherry Calcote of Rowena, and Teri Vogler of Santa Anna; grandchildren, Meagan Smith, Garrett Nitsch, Hayden Nitsch, Allison Lunsford, and Jennifer Martin. Also surviving are his great-grandchildren, Zane, McKinley, Kendall, McKenna, Vada, and Jace.

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, January 26 at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, January 27 at the First United Methodist Church in Ballinger with Myron Halford officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Winters.

Jan 21, 2016   08:13 AM

(June 1, 1934 - January 20, 2016)

James Joseph Mueller died peacefully at home surrounded by family on January 20, 2016 in Ballinger, Texas at the age of 81. James was born on June 1, 1934 in Moulton, TX to Walter Frank and Mary Caroline Mueller. He graduated from Ballinger High School in 1951 and married the love of his life Rose Josephine Mokry, on July 1, 1954. James and Rose settled in Ballinger and were blessed with nine children, which earned him the nickname “Big Daddy”. James developed a strong work ethic from a very early age, both farming and working at his father’s sheet metal shop. James and his brother, Harold, successfully managed and expanded the family sheet metal business, Mueller Supply Company. During this time, he also served as a Sergeant in the National Guard for 16 years. After selling the business and retiring in 1984, James lived life large and had many hobbies including golf, fishing and developing 250 acres of land into what would become the Fun Farm, a family retreat where countless memories were made. A jack of all trades, James was accomplished at many things. He’s been a businessman, plumber, welder, well driller, pump fixer, windmill man, farmer, rancher, sheet-metal worker and civic leader. James loved drinking whiskey, playing cards with his family and friends, and teasing just about anyone he encountered to make them laugh. Most of all, he loved his family, and his happiest times were when his children and grandchildren were all together. Before his health declined, he enjoyed travelling the world with Rose and coordinating annual fishing trips with his sons and sons-in-law. James was a generous father and friend and never hesitated to help anyone in need. He was a dedicated member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He was also active in the Lion’s Club and many other community groups. James is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Rose Josephine Mueller; his children, Peggy Freeman (Jimmy) of Ballinger, Christine Thomas (Rocky) of Ballinger; Nancy Tucker (Mark) of San Angelo; Janet Mueller of Brownwood; David Mueller (Bertha) of Bronte; Judy Moffett (Mark) of Ballinger; Kerri May (Walt) of Sweetwater; and Gina Budd (Scott) of Austin; his daughter-in-law, Tammie Mueller of Ballinger; his brother, Harold Mueller (Margaret) of San Angelo; and twenty-five grandchildren and thirty-one great-grandchildren. James is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Mary Mueller; his son, Steven Mueller; his daughter-in-law, Anna Mueller; and his grandson, Kevin Mueller. Pallbearers include Larry Lange, Wayne Herrmann, Tim Kelly, Bill Brown, James Sizemore and Alvin Hallmark. Honorary pallbearers include his grandsons, Stephen Freeman, Matt Freeman, Zac Busenlener, Adam Busenlehner, Jonathan Kennedy, Jake Snell, Kevin Mueller, Todd Mueller, James Moffett, Keith Moffett, Whitley May and Max May. Rosary will be recited on Friday, January 22 at 6 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 23 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with burial following at Evergreen Cemetery. A celebration of Big Daddy’s life will follow at the Fun Farm. We would like to express sincere gratitude to all his doctors and caregivers, especially Dr. Carl Anderton, Penny Griffin and the staff at Shannon Medical Center. The family requests memorials be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 608 N 6th St, Ballinger, TX 76821, or the Ballinger Carnegie Library, 204 N 8th St, Ballinger, TX 76821.

An Old Irish Blessing May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall softly upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Jan 18, 2016   01:02 PM

(January 29, 1946 - January 11, 2016) 

Patricia Lynn Vaught, 69, of Seal Beach, California passed away Monday, January 11, 2016. She is survived by her children, Darrell Vaught and Trisha Vaught. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, January 18 at Talpa Cemetery in Talpa, Texas.

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