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May 10, 2016   03:14 PM

(April 1, 1944 - May 7, 2016) 

Marie R. Escobar, 72, of Abilene passed away Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

She was born April 1, 1944 in Eden, Texas to Polo and Nieves Reyes. Marie married Fermin Escobar, Jr. and they shared 48 years together. She worked for Kmart in Joliet, IL for 25 years. She retired in 2005, moved back to Texas, and became a “full-time” homemaker. Marie loved to cook, bake, and sew for her husband and family.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents; her in-laws; infant babies; 4 sisters; 1 brother; and several nieces and nephews.

She is survived by her husband, Fermin of Abilene; her brothers, Juan Reyes and wife of San Angelo and Paul Reyes and wife of Abilene, TX; her sisters, Carolina Anaya and husband of Lubbock, TX and Elida Lozano of Anson, TX; and numerous sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, and nephews.

Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, May 10 at Lange Funeral Home Chapel in Ballinger. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, May 11 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Ballinger with Fr. Hugh Wade celebrating. Burial will follow at the Latin American Cemetery

May 06, 2016   07:12 AM

(July 24, 1954 - May 5, 2016)  

Juan Martinez, 61, of Ballinger, passed away Thursday, May 5, 2016.

Rosary will be Saturday, May 7, at 7:00 pm at Lange Funeral Home Chapel in Ballinger. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Monday, May 9, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Ballinger with burial in the Latin-American Cemetery.

Apr 21, 2016   08:17 AM

(July 18, 1947 - December 10, 2015) 

U.S. Veteran

Randolph (Randy) Alan Goetz, age 68, of Florence, Texas, passed away December 10, 2015, comfortably in his home surrounded by family and friends. Randy was born to Herman W and Virginia R (Witsaman) Goetz on July 18, 1947 in Ballinger, TX. He was preceded in death by his mother and father in 2003, Sister-in-Law Terri L Goetz of Ballinger, Brother-in-Law JD Taylor of Midland, and cousin Gary Goetz. He is survived by his wife Sally A Goetz, loving son and his wife TJ & Kayla Goetz and grandson Rowdy W Goetz of Harker Heights, TX, sister Janice P Taylor of Midland, TX, brother Terry L Goetz of Ballinger, TX, and uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. Randy was a 20-year veteran of the United States Air Force and served as a Jet Engine Mechanic. He started his career at Lackland AFB, San Antonio for basic training. His first duty station was in Libya, North Africa. His second assignment was with the Strategic Air Command, 85th Strategic Aerospace Wing at Dyess AFB, TX. From Dyess, he went on many temporary assignments to various Western Pacific locations; Vietnam, Kadena AB, Okinawa, U-Tapao to name a few. He spent 4 years in Ramstein, Germany before coming back to the States to Minot AFB, ND. This is where he met his wife of 40-years, Sally A (Carrier) Goetz. He enjoyed the great fishing and hunting in this area. His last assignment was at Bergstrom AFB, Austin. He retired in 1987. He belonged to 2 bass clubs and fished all over the state. In 1989 Randy and Sally moved to Round Rock, TX and had a son, Trevor J (TJ) Goetz. They moved north of Georgetown in 1997, so they could have "A" horse. Four horses later they outgrew their place and moved to their current ranch in Florence, TX. He enjoyed going to playdays and team ropings with his family. His other passion was going to various FFA, Fire Department and church fund raisers /functions to support the children and town folks. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 23 at Lange Funeral Home Chapel in Ballinger. Burial will follow at Old Runnels Cemetery.

Apr 11, 2016   03:31 PM

Albert G. Gerhart of Winters, Texas and Sallisaw, Oklahoma, age  91, died in McAlester, Oklahoma on April 8, 2016. He was born in 1924 in Winters, Texas to Grete W. Gottschalk Gerhart and John J. Gerhart.

Albert served in the U.S. Army for 20 years and was a construction worker and rancher in Sallisaw, Oklahoma.

 Albert is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Pauline and Johnny Harrison; his children, Ron Gerhart, Sandy Morgan, Patti Yohe, and Albert Gerhart, Jr. and their spouses; 7 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, John and Grete Gerhart; siblings, Hans Gerhart, Emilie Lewis, Margaret Brandt, and Paul Gerhart; a daughter, Barbara Nell Gerhart; a grandson, Cody Gerhart; and a great granddaughter, Zoe Fugate.

Viewing will be April 14, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. and services at 10:00 a.m. at St. Johns  Lutheran Church in Winters, Texas with burial following at the Lutheran Cemetery in Winters, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Hospice of McAlester 801 E. Wyandotte Avenue, McAlester, OK 74501

Apr 08, 2016   02:30 PM

Modesto Salinas, Sr., 78, of Miles, Texas passed away Thursday, April 7, 2016 at Central Texas Nursing and Rehabilitation in Ballinger, Texas.

He was born February 24, 1938 to Faustino and Escolastica (Pena) Salinas in Juno, Texas. He married Hortencia Arevalo on April 21, 1958 in Rowena, TX. They shared fifty eight years together. Modesto was an avid baseball fan, coaching little league and pony league teams in Miles. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, making yard figurines during special holidays, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Modesto was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Hortencia of Miles; his daughters, Leticia Salinas and Terrie Breitigan of Wichita, KS, Carmen and Steve Sugg of Evant, TX, Cecilia and Jay Beyer of Miles, Linda and David Gonzales of Peaster, TX, Cassandra Salinas of Rowena. His sons, Modesto Sr. and Misti of Weatherford, TX, Cipriano and Sylvia of Coleman, TX, Tony and Sherri of Grapevine, TX, James of San Angelo, Cornelius and Darrell Latham of Jackson, MS, Faustino of Miles, and Dennis Hoes of Miles; twenty three grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.

He will be dearly missed by his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother, sister, and the rest of his extended family and friends.

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6:00-7:00 pm on Sunday, April 10 at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Rosary will be recited, after visitation, at 7:00 on Sunday, April 10 at Lange Funeral Home Chapel. Mass will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, April 11 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Miles with Fr. Ariel Lagunilla celebrating. Burial will follow at Miles Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Tyler Salinas, Bobby Scott Salinas, Christian Gonzales, George Reyes, Tanner Beyer, Mark Martinez, Clay Sugg, Bobby Sugg, Christopher Payne, and Christopher Lee.

The family would like to express a special thank you to the staff of Memory Lane at Central Texas Nursing and Rehabilitation for their exceptional care of their dad. Also a special thank you to Hospice of San Angelo.

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