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May 26, 2015   08:22 AM

(June 28, 1923 - May 21, 2015) 

U.S. VeteranJohn Duain Bradshaw, 91, of Ballinger passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015 at Ballinger Memorial Hospital.

He was born June 28, 1923 in Hillsboro, TX to Guy Everett and Florence Elizabeth (Nichols) Bradshaw. John enlisted in the United States Army in 1943 and honorably served until 1946. John married Pauline McQueen on September 25, 1971 in Hobbs, New Mexico. He owned and operated Bradshaw Car Company for many years. John was an active member of the local National Guard, Lions Club and Rotary Club. He was a member of the First Christian Church.

John was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Charles, Jim Bob, and Cecil Bradshaw; and sister, Edra Horn.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years Pauline; son Ronnie Bradshaw and wife Vicki of Austin; step-daughters Judy McKinney and Rick Hoelscher of Ballinger and Scarlotte Mikeska and Brent of San Angelo; sisters Avis Van Winkle, Nell Dorner, and Barbara Roe Athertun; grandchildren Johnny Bradshaw, Jimmy Bradshaw, Brett Mikeska, Brad Mikeska, Breanna Mikeska, Bami Wood, and Beau McDougal; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 pm on Saturday, May 23 at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, May 24 at Lange Funeral Home Chapel with Johnny Bradshaw officiating. Pallbearers will be, Jimmy Bradshaw, Brett Mikeska, Brad Mikeska, Beau McDougal, and Noel Hoff. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Ballinger.

May 21, 2015   07:22 AM

(February 4, 1975 - May 18, 2015) 
CondolencesRoy Kenneth Parks, 40, of Ballinger passed away Monday, May 18, 2015 in San Angelo. He is survived by his wife, Kimberly, son Zach Gully and daughter Tiffeney Parks all of Ballinger; his father Randal Parks and wife June of Barksdale. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 7:00-8:00 pm on Friday, May 22 at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Services will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 23 at Glory Road Cowboy Church in Ballinger with Myron Halford officiating.

May 06, 2015   06:39 PM

(October 23, 1943 - May 2, 2015) 

Sandra K. Ford, 71, of Kerrville, Texas, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2015 at a family residence in Grapevine, Texas. She was born October 23, 1943, the eldest daughter of George M. and Ruthie (Patton) Beard. She married George Wendell Ford who preceded her in death in 2014.
Sandra was a graduate of Eula High School where she was named the Salutatorian of her 1961 graduating class. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Abilene Christian University. She was a retired teacher having taught school for 35 years in Denver, Colorado; El Paso, Texas; Irving, Texas and Albany, Georgia.
She is survived by her sisters, Elaine Beard Gray and husband JW, and Cherilyn Beard Ziemer and husband Brian; nieces, Michelle Puckett Randolph and husband Brian, and Christen Colburn Mory and husband Robert; nephews, Brad Puckett and wife Allison, Brian Colburn, and Jordan Ziemer and wife Kaitlin; great-nieces, Madison Randolph, Mackenzie Randolph, and Shelby Puckett; and great-nephews, Parker Randolph and Justin Puckett.
Visitation with the family will be at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger, Texas on Wednesday, May 6 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Graveside Services will be at 10:30 am on Thursday, May 7 at Evergreen Cemetery in Ballinger, Texas.

May 05, 2015   04:06 PM

 Ronald LaVelle Foy, DTE passed away at the age of 80 in the comfort of his home in Pflugerville, Texas. Ron was diagnosed with stage 4, melanoma cancer only a month ago. Ron had a passion for educating students in a way that was not “one size fits all”. He was a member of the Romeo Club, American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.


Ron served in the US Army, and later earned his Masters of Education in Industrial Arts in 1963. Ron was a founder and/or member of many professional organizations. He co-authored the textbooks Drafting Fundamentals published in 1985 and Drafting Fundamentals and Practical Application in 1987.  His honors and positions include the Texas Distinguished Teacher Award, TIAA President, TCIAS Secretary/Treasurer, TCIAS Man of the Year, TCIAS President, TIAA Executive Secretary, ACIAS Planning Council, ACIAS Treasurer, ACIAS Outstanding Local Supervisor, TIAA President Award, ITEA President, TIAA Distinguished Service Award and the ATTE Hall of Honor. His awards are many and would cover several walls if all were displayed.


In addition to Ron’s distinguished career he was also a magnificent husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather brother, friend and confidant. He made sure his family learned about camping, fishing, hunting, and oh yes, morals, ethics and religion.


Ron is preceded in death by his parents Marlin Arthur and Luna May (Haskins) Foy, who both passed over 20 years ago. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Bonnie Jean (Vick) Foy; brother, James Michael Foy and wife Sondra Foy; daughters, Dawn Gamache and husband John Gamache, and Marti Freitag; and his son, Brian Vick and wife Tina Vick; grandchildren, Candyce and husband Lane Eskew, Cord and wife Amanda Edwards, Phillip, Daniel,  Julia, Liz  and husband Clint Christianson, Heather, Ashley, Kristin, and Anthony; great-grandchildren, Aspen, Lucian LaVelle, Allmarie, Faith, Colin, Caitlyn, Brooklyn, Peyton, Jude, Caroline, Jacob, and Iliana; niece, Michele and husband Steve Ashby; nephews, Blake and Kyle and wife Bliss Foy; and other extended family and friends.


Ron’s family greeted guests at a visitation held Friday, May 1, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Funeral Home in Pflugerville, Texas.  Services to celebrate Ron’s life were held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Hill Country Bible Church, 303 East Pflugerville Parkway in Pflugerville, Texas.  Committal services followed at Cook-Walden Memorial Hill Cemetery.


For additional information and to share memories with Ron’s family please visit his memorial webpage at


As Ron would say: Auf Wiedersehen, Amigos!


May 04, 2015   06:45 PM

(January 12, 1916 - April 30, 2015) 

Julitta Holtman, 99, of Grand Prairie, Texas passed away Thursday, April 30, 2015 at her son’s residence in Godley.

She was born January 12, 1916 in Westphalia, TX to Eugene and Marie (Sokoloski) Beach. Julitta married Robert William Holtman on September 26, 1934 in Westphalia. They shared 54 loving years together before Robert’s passing on May 25, 1989. She spent many years working in the cafeteria at Jefferson Junior High and elementary schools in Grand Prairie. She was known lovingly as Nanna to her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, and to many who also loved her.

Julitta was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; son, Larry; daughter-in-law, Jeanie Holtman; granddaughter, Jackie Stone; brothers, Rubert, Norbert, and Danny Beach; and sister, Catherine.

She is survived by her sons, Bobby Holtman of Godley, TX, Gene Holtman and wife Evelyn of Grand Prairie, and Dennis Holtman and wife Sarah of Arlington; her daughter, Frances Stone of Mansfield; her sisters, Eugenia Lange of Rowena, Margie Zentner of Rowena, and Anna Marie Haechton and husband Marvin of Odessa; her brother, Bernard Beach and wife Grace of Rowena. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm on Friday, May 8 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Ariel Lagunilla celebrating. Burial will follow at St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery in Olfen.

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