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Patrick “Pat” Michael Flach
Patrick "Pat" Michael Flach was born on June 14, 1944 in Augusta, Michigan and passed away on September 1, 2019 in San Diego, California.
Richard "Rick" Phillip Lindsay
Richard "Rick" Phillip Lindsay, of Houston, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2019 at the age of 72.
He is survived by his sons, Kenny & Steven and his grandson, Kieran.
Thomas “Dale” Willman, LT, USNR
December 8, 1918-June 26, 2019
Thomas “Dale” Willman passed away peacefully on June 26, 2019 at Hamilton Trace Skilled Nursing Facility in Fishers, Indiana. Dale was born December 8, 1918 to Thomas E. and M. Grace (Miles) Willman in North Vernon, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Marilyn Willman Faulkner, his first wife, Jeanne Schrader Willman, and his second wife, Lee Harris Willman.
He is survived by his daughter Linda and husband, Dr. Frank Field of Kerrville, Texas, his granddaughter, Cynthia and husband, Patrick Ward of Texas, and his grandson Martin and wife, Shannon Field of Michigan, his four great-grandchildren.
Dale was a life-long resident of the Indianapolis area. He graduated from Arsenal Tech High School in 1936, attended Butler University, and graduated from Indiana University in 1940, Bachelor of Science in Business. After graduating from IU, he worked for Vicks Chemical Co. before entering the US Navy, as a 1st Lieutenant, Navy Pilot, stationed in the Pacific during WW II. After WW II, he remained in the Naval Reserves until 1965.
Upon returning to Indianapolis after WW II, Dale worked for Indianapolis Rubber Stamp Co. as production manager until his retirement in the 1980’s. Throughout his working career, he had many other interests such as professional ballroom dance instructor and civilian pilot instructor.
Dale was also involved for many years in the following organizations: 1) Indiana Freemason Hamilton Lodge #533, 2) Indianapolis Scottish Rite, and 3) Continental and Starlight Dance Clubs. Other interests included organizing and performing for special dance events, playing bongo drums, gardening, and caring for his animals – both cats and dogs.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your charity of choice in Dale’s memory. The family also wishes to thank all the friends and neighbors who assisted in his care. These people are angels on earth that surround us in our daily lives making the world a better place to live.
Charles Cecil Johnson, born August 13, 1922 in Pittsburg, Kansas, passed away in Pasadena, Texas on May 17, 2019. Charlie moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1928. After graduating high school he attended Marquette University. In 1940 he joined a new program at Marquette, the NROTC. In December, 1941, Pearl Harbor ended his college days. Charlie joined the CPT (Civilian Pilot Training) program, and upon completion went into active duty as a Naval Aviation Cadet. In 1943, he came to Corpus Christi for basic training. He had a choice of staying in the Navy or going into the Marines. He became a Major in the Marines Corps, serving our country in WWII and Korea. In 1973 at the age of 51 he retired from the military. Charlie was very proud of his service and loved the Marine Corps, always showing his pride by never leaving the house without wearing his veteran hat.
While stationed in Corpus Christi he met his future wife, Billie Smyer. They were married on May 18, 1946 at the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi and were happily married for the next 73 years. They made their home in Bishop, Texas, where he was an employee at Celanese until retirement.
Charlie is survived by his wife Billie, one daughter, Mary Jayne (Jim) Holden of Pasadena, Texas, 3 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Published in Corpus-Christi Caller-Times on June 9, 2019
Betty L. Whittier
Betty L. Whittier, of Kerrville, Texas, was victorious in her five-year fight with cancer, leaving it behind on her way to a better place on June 10th, 2019 in Kerrville. She was born in Toledo, Ohio, to George and Ivida Bruning on September 13th, 1936. She married Louis Westlund (who is deceased) on November 21, 1959, in Toledo, Ohio. She later married her beloved husband, Charles E. (Ted) Whittier on June 14th, 1991 in Perrysburg, Ohio.
Betty graduated from St. Ursula Academy in Toledo, Ohio, and from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, also in Toledo. She had a long career as an RN, nineteen years of which she spent assisting in surgery at St. Luke's Hospital, Maumee, Ohio, retiring in 1993. Betty was involved in community outreach activities in Perrysburg, Ohio and medical missionary work in the Caribbean for which she also ran the logistics in addition to serving as a surgical nurse. She ran a successful professional resume service from home for 13 years as well. After retirement, Betty and Ted travelled full-time all around the U.S. in an RV for six and a half years, ultimately settling in Kerrville, Texas, in 2003. She enjoyed time to herself in her own space, was a member of the KPD Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association and ran a manufacturer's coupon collection service for overseas military personnel on Okinawa, Japan, which service has been taken over by the Christian Women's Job Corps here in Kerrville.
Betty is preceded in death by her parents and first husband. She is survived by her husband, Ted; children Michael (Beth), David (Dixie), Marty (Steve) and Julie. Stepchildren, Mark (Mindia), Jennifer (James Taylor), Kathryn (Joe), Heather (Ed) and Kevin. Grandchildren Zachary, Zoe, Nathan, Andy, Evan, Autumn, Jozef, Bridger, Kiska, Ryan, Shamus and Jordan.
Memorial services in Kerrville and Perrysburg, Ohio will be held at a later date. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be given to Peterson Hospice, Kerrville, Texas, St. Peter's Episcopal Church endowment, Kerrville, Texas, St. Timothy's Episcopal Church Memorial Garden, Perrysburg, Ohio and St. Luke's Hospital, Maumee, Ohio.
The Whittier family wishes to extend our sincere thanks and blessings to God's angels on earth: Dr. Young, the nurses and staff of Peterson Hospice; and, especially, Diane Scull, RN, who formed a special bond with Betty. In addition, thanks go to the doctors and staff of MD Anderson Cancer Center; and, all who have provided Betty such loving care on her way to triumph over this dread disease, which could not be cured in this world, by graduating to a much better place.
The family invites you to send condolences at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com by selecting the "Send Condolences" link.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.
Carl Crawford Mengden
Carl Crawford Mengden, ‘Bud’, was born in Houston on September 28, 1928 to the late Eugenia Crawford and Walter H. Mengden, Sr. Bud was a true Southern Gentleman, a fourth-generation Houstonian and a direct descendant of the Crawford/Rugeley pioneer family of the Republic of Texas. He is a graduate of the Kinkaid School where he met his wife of 65 years, Ann Collette. Not surprisingly he was voted ‘Most Popular Senior’ at Kinkaid. Bud earned a BBA from the University of Texas where he was a member of the Chi Phi fraternity. A veteran of the Korean War, Bud served as a Lieutenant in the Navy under Admiral Wilson. Following the war, he worked as an independent oil operator.
In 1961, Bud moved his family to their hilltop home on the Lucky L Ranch in Comfort, TX. He and his wife raised their three children there along with the care of their beloved nanny, Esperanza and her late husband, Alberto, their ranch foreman. Their ranch was home to a variety of loved pets including horses, cows, deer, sheep, pigs, armadillos, skunks, owls and countless cats and dogs. Bud managed a large turkey ranch while also raising cattle and Barbados sheep. Later he cultivated the organic Gourmet Garlic for Central Market. An avid tennis player, he built a tennis court on his hilltop and co-founded the Hill Country Racquet Club. Along with Hondo Crouch, Bud founded the Comfort Little Theatre where he performed comedy acts.
Bud gave his time and talents to local civic, school, church and philanthropic organizations. Throughout his life, he was a devout Catholic and an active parishioner. After the flood of ‘88, he opened his home to those affected, helped restore the Sacred Heart Church and designed their new Sanctuary Crucifix. He collected ‘how to’ books as he enjoyed working with his hands whether building, planting, or restoring antiques. His desire to learn new things lasted into his eighties when he participated in a Rice University think tank.
Bud had a contagious smile, a great sense of humor and a gift for storytelling. He was never happier than when surrounded by friends, family and a canine companion. He loved to dance and was a long time member of Allegro and Revelers. He enjoyed cooking elaborate meals and entertaining friends. Bud discovered a talent late in life that became his true passion – painting. Using a variety of mediums, he painted countless ‘masterpieces’. One of his greatest joys was sharing his artwork with family and friends. Along with Nellie Buel, he co-founded the Comfort Art Gallery.
Bud waged a long battle with dementia but remained true to his gregarious and fun loving nature until the end. The family would like to express their unending gratitude to the Village of Incarnate Word religious community and staff, all of whom gave their loving care to Bud.
Bud peacefully passed away at the age of 90 surrounded by his wife and three children. He is survived by his wife, Ann Collette; three children, Michael Crawford Mengden (Bridget), Susan Collette Mengden (Peter Ellis), Cathy Mengden Dohnalek (Dan); eight grandchildren, Collette (Jeremy), Phil, Hayden, Nolan, Catherine, Clay, William, Michael; great grandson, Rhette; sister, Pati (Don Eckhardt); sister-in-law June; niece, Sr. Marie Janae; three nephews, Walter, Joe, and John Mengden. He is predeceased by his brother, Senator Walter H. Mengden, Jr.
A funeral mass will be celebrated in Houston at St. Anne Catholic Church on Friday, May 24 at 3 pm. A memorial service will be held in San Antonio at The Village of Incarnate Word on Monday, May 27 at 1 PM. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a memorial contribution, in Carl’s name, to Veterans Assistance Dogs of Texas at www.vadogs.org Every donation helps rescue dogs from local shelters who are trained to assist in the physical/emotional recovery and independence of disabled veterans.
Leon Allen Meek II
November 24, 1943 – February 4, 2019
Leon Allen Meek II, age 75, went to see his Lord peacefully on February 4, 2019, at his home in Smith Point, Texas. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Allen is survived by his wife, Vicki McComas Meek, of Smith Point; her children Kevin McComas and wife Jessie of Katy, TX, Joel McComas and wife Kris of Fulshear, TX; his nieces, Keren Grissom and husband Garrett and Carla Venette and husband Adam, both of Cypress, TX; his grandchildren, Kelly McComas, JT McComas, Reagan McComas, Josh McComas; and his grandnephew Sam Venette, and grandnieces, Erin Venette and Audrey Grissom.
He is preceded in death by his son, Leon Allen (Trey) Meek III; his first wife, Joyce Tucker Meek; his sister, Faye Meek Cunningham; and his parents, Leon Allen Meek and Ruth King Meek.
Allen was born at home on November 24, 1943 in Raymondville, TX, to loving parents. In his youth, he lived with his family in many towns across Texas, including Comanche, Houston, Humble and Freeport. In 1962, he graduated from Brazosport High School and began his collegiate years at University of Texas. After serving in the United States Coast Guard for a time, he returned to school and earned a BS in Education degree from Sam Houston State University in 1970.
Allen began a life-long career in education at West Hardin High School where he taught History and coached football. In 1973, Allen and his family moved to Houston when he accepted a teaching and coaching position in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School at Jersey Village High School. After earning a master’s degree from Prairie View A&M, he served as an assistant principal and later an associate principal at Jersey Village. In 1988, he was named principal of the school. In 1997, Allen presided as principal over the opening of the brand new Cypress Springs High School, where he remained until his retirement in 2001.
Allen was a social and active man who was involved in Rotary Club for many years. After retirement, he moved with Joyce to Smith Point, TX to enjoy a simpler life of boating and fishing. He made friends wherever he went and became immersed in the small community, helping organize the annual fish fry and auction, participating in the Fourth of July parades, and even volunteering as a fire fighter. Most recently he enjoyed traveling and attending RV rallies with Vicki and served as the President of the South Central Chapter of the American Coach Association.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2:30 pm on February 17, 2019, at West Houston Church of Christ chapel. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Allen’s life.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to VA Dogs of Texas at vadogs.org.