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Jun 18, 2015   09:34 AM

(September 28, 1924 - May 3, 2015)  

U.S. Veteran

Robert (Bob) L. Penn was born on September 28, 1924 to Clinton and Ona Hartman Penn. He married the love of his life, Helen McDaniel, on June 20, 1947. They shared almost 68 years together before the Lord called him home on May 3, 2015.

Bob served our country during World War II. Aviation Ordnanceman First Class Robert L. Penn entered the Navy in 1941. He trained at San Diego, California; Norfolk, Virginia; Oakland, California; Seattle, Washington; and El Centro, California. He also served in the Pacific. He was awarded the American Defense Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Victory Medal Ribbon. He received the Admiral’s Letter of Commendation during his time of service. Bob’s mind remained sharp until his death and he could entertain company for hours with interesting stories of his time in the Navy. When Bob was discharged from active duty and moved to Portland, Texas, he had a long productive career as a Pipe Fitter. His career was long enough that he received a 60 year membership certificate from the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada. Bob loved his country, though, and during his career as a Pipe Fitter, he continued serving his country in the Naval Reserves and did not fully retire from the Navy until 1963.

Bob also had numerous hobbies. He loved to fish and in his younger days, he loved to twirl Helen around the dance floor. Bob’s family was grateful for one of his favorite past-times, gardening. He planted and grew wonderful vegetables that he harvested and canned himself. He didn’t just confine his passion to vegetables though. Anyone driving by Bob and Helen’s house in spring enjoyed looking at Bob’s beautiful red Amaryllis flowers. He will be sorely missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, William Hartman Penn. Bob is survived by his loving wife, Helen.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 20, at 11:00 am at Lange Funeral Home Chapel in Ballinger. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery following the service.

Jun 14, 2015   11:27 AM

(January 20, 1947 - June 13, 2015) 

U.S. VeteranMichael Al Gray, 68, of Winters, Texas passed away into his Father's loving arms June 12, 2015 at Regency House in San Angelo Texas.

Mike was born January 21, 1947 in Comanche Texas to Jack and Rita Gray. Mike married his high school sweetheart, Betty Virden, daughter of Gene and Lucille Virden of Winters, on June 27, 1967. They were married for 47 years, and she stayed by his side to the very end. Betty was his caregiver for 12 years and loved and cared for him better than anyone could. Mike served our country proudly for 21 years in the U.S Navy. He retired in 1988 as a Chief Radioman and returned to his and Betty's home town of Winters, Texas. There he worked for Dry's Manufacturing until it closed. His last job was at the County Jail in Ballinger, Texas as a jailer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Rita Gray.

Mike is survived by his loving wife; son, Michael Gray and wife Cindy of Ballinger, and daughter, Michelle Ensor and husband Waylan of San Angelo, Texas. Mike enjoyed time with his four grandchildren, Taylor and Kinley Gray, and Jayton and Jaycee Ensor. Mike also has two brother's still living, Pete and Barbara Gray of Winters and David Gray of Grand Island, Florida. Mike fought a long hard fight with Parkinson and Shy-Drager disease for 12 years. It wasn't easy, but he did show us all constant love and compassion. Anyone who knew Mike remembers his laugh, funny jokes and knew he could put a smile on anyone's face. We were blessed with his wonderful sense of humor. Services will be held at 2:00 pm Monday, June 15, at Bluff Creek Cowboy Church in Drasco with burial following at the Bluff Creek Cemetery.

We would like to give a very special thanks to Dr. Rebecca Crenshaw and her staff for all the help and guidance that was given to us in the last 12 years. We as a family would also like to thank Gentiva Hospice of San Angelo and the caregivers that allowed Mike to stay at home for four more years; and last but not least, Regency House and their wonderful staff that loved and cared not only for Mike but for the family and friends in the past year. God brought wonderful people into our lives when we needed them most.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to the National Parkinson's Foundation at

Jun 14, 2015   11:25 AM

(October 15, 1941 - June 12, 2015) 

Marilyn Joyce Watkins Egan went to be with her Lord and Savior at age 73 at 12 noon on June 12, 2015. Marilyn was born to L.B. and Mary Watkins on October 15, 1941 in Norton, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter; Rebecca LeeAnn Egan, and her bothers; Jerry Dean and Richard Watkins.

Marilyn is survived by her husband, Jerry B. Egan; her son, Patrick and his wife Sarah; three grandchildren, Slade Egan and his wife Ashley, McKenzie Egan and her fiancé Brent Clift, and Bailee Egan; two great-granddaughters, Rylee and Paisley Egan, two great-grandchildren on the way, Brazos Clift and Parker Egan; and her sister, Rita Watkins. Also surviving Marilyn are multiple nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

She grew up in Wingate and attended and graduated from Winters High School in 1959. During her high school career she won 1st place in the state shorthand competition. She married the love of her life, Jerry, on March 5, 1960. Soon after they were married, she went to work as a legal secretary for Grindstaff and Grindstaff attorneys in Ballinger. After their daughter Becky passed in 1965, she and Jerry moved to Dallas where she worked for a law firm in downtown Dallas. In 1970 Marilyn and Jerry moved back to Ballinger where Marilyn worked for attorney E.B. Underwood. After his retirement, she then went to work for David Read attorney at law in San Angelo. Marilyn was appointed Runnels County Judge in 1995 and served three elected terms until she retired in 2010. She also served two terms as director of Ballinger Memorial Hospital Board.

Marilyn’s hobbies included spending countless hours with her grandchildren. She and Jerry loved to go on vacations every summer and took the grandchildren with them. They traveled to New Mexico, Colorado, the Gulf coast, and many other places. Marilyn also loved to read books and watch the Texas Rangers play baseball. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Ballinger. Marilyn was a part of the WMU and a member of the Naomi Sunday School Class for a number of years. She loved her Savior, Jesus Christ, and she always put others before herself.

Marilyn's family would like to thank the many individuals who cared for her during the last several months. Family Visitation will be Sunday, June 14, from 6:00-8:00 pm at Lange Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held Monday, June 15, at 10:00 am at the First Baptist Church of Ballinger with Ferris Akins and Bobby Broyles officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Pallbearers include Ricky Strube, Thurman Self, Skipper Wheeless, Bobby Moore, Johnny Bob Pritchard, Stuart Holden, and James Rose.

Memorials may be made in her honor to the Ballinger food pantry or a charity of your choice.

Jun 11, 2015   08:18 PM

(February 13, 1921 - June 10, 2015) 

U.S. VeteranRoman Adam Multer, 94, of Rowena passed away Wednesday, June 10, 2015 in Ballinger.

He was born February 13, 1921 in Olfen, TX to Leo and Adela Gully Multer. He attended school in Olfen and Ballinger and graduated from Ballinger High School in 1939. After graduation, he served in the United States Army from 1941 to 1945 during World War II. He was a Tech Sergeant in the 8th Army Company, 269 Ordinance and was stationed in the Pacific. Roman married Gladys Moeller on August 5, 1946 in Rowena. He farmed in the Rowena area his entire life. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He was a member of Post 9196 VFW Rowena and the Sons of Hermann Rowena Lodge 216. Roman also represented Germania Insurance in the area.

Roman was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Gladys Multer; his parents, Leo and Adela Multer; brothers, Alfred and Curtis Multer; and sister Sidona Droll.

He is survived by his six children, John Multer of San Angelo, Ramona Gratton and husband Terry of Arlington, Marsha Arvedson and husband Steve of Houston, Mark Multer and wife Lou Ann of San Angelo, Tony Multer and wife Norma of Rowena, and Mary Dee Michalewicz and husband Thomas of Buda; grandchildren, Liz Steiner, Michael Gratton, Jonathan Arvedson, Amy Anderson, Lindsey Jones, Richard Multer, Robert Multer, Alisha Multer, Abbey Multer, Adam Multer, Rachel Michalewicz, Andrey Michalewicz, and Aleksandr Michalewicz; and great-grandchildren, Reed Multer, Wyatt Anderson, and Joshua Steiner. Also surviving his sister-in-law, Mary Lou Multer and brother-in-law, Harvey Droll.

Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm on Friday, June 12 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 13 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Ariel Lagunilla and Msgr Larry Droll concelebrating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Rowena.

Jun 09, 2015   08:01 PM

(February 25, 1942 - June 9, 2015) 

Jimmy Branson “J. B.” Teters, 73, of Ballinger passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at his residence. He is survived by his wife Brooxie; children, Kevin Teters, Terri Lee, Tamela Park, Terry Denton, and Milissa Hawthorn; siblings, Robert Teters and Martha Hovarak. Visitation will be from 6:00-7:00 pm on Thursday at Lange Funeral Home. Services will be at 10:00 am on Friday at Avenue B Church of Christ in Ballinger. Burial will follow at Old Runnels Cemetery

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