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Ramon Manuel Valenzuela

Ramon Manuel Valenzuela, age 48, passed away Sunday, January 02, 2011 in Kermit, TX. He was born August 07, 1962 in Ojinaga, MX to Doroteo and Maria Valenzuela.  Ramon was an active member of Pequeños y Pequeñas hijos y hijas de Maria for four years.  His greatest love was his grandchildren.  He also enjoyed working and welding.  He served the church faithfully.

Those left behind to cherish his memory include his wife: Manuela Valenzuela of Kermit; mother: Maria De La Luz Valenzuela of Palomas, MX; one son: Ramon Manuel Valenzuela Jr. and wife Jessi of Odessa; two daughters; Melissa Isabel Leyva and husband Ruben of Kermit and Denise Castor and husband Ruben of Odessa; two brothers: Sylvester Valenzuela and wife Alta of Palomas, MX and Doroteo Valenzuela of Odessa; four sisters: Teresa Gardea and husband Auden of Odessa, Maria Elena Cervera and husband Edgar of Odessa, Lupe Saucedo and husband Santos of Kermit, and Regina Valenzuela of Odessa; three grandchildren: Naileah, Ivan, and Julian.

He was preceded in death by his father, Doroteo Valenzuela.

Rosary will be said 7:00 pm Monday, January 3 and Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at Family Services Funeral Chapel in Kermit, TX. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 am Wednesday, January 05, 2011 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Kermit, TX. Pallbearers will be: Jose Gutierrez, Eduardo Rubio, Saul Garcia, Ramon Garcia, Doroteo Valenzuela and Junior Rodriguez. Celebrant will be Father Waiwood. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery in Kermit, TX. 

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Jo Ann Saplin

Jo Ann Saplin, age 69, passed away Monday, January 3, 2011 in Odessa, TX. She was born May 07, 1941 in Natchitoches, LA to John and Willie (Fletcher) Bonds.

Ann was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Jal, NM. She had lived in the area since 1973. She was a very social person who never met a stranger and delighted in spending time with her cherished friends. She enjoyed keeping up with current events, swimming classes, playing scrabble and doing crossword puzzles.

Those left behind to cherish her memory are her sons: Keith Saplin and wife Deanna of Owasso, OK and Steven Saplin and wife Lisa of Satellite Beach, FL; one daughter: Karri Roden and husband Keith of Plainview, TX; two brothers: Jerry Bonds and Earl Bonds and wife Dorothy; one sister: Faye Smith; and seven grandchildren: Keith and wife Nicki, Adam, Greg and wife Corinne, Drew, Leah, Breanna and Jaylie.

She was preceded in death by her husband:  F.H. “Buck” Saplin; her parents: John and Willie Bonds; and seven brothers and sisters: Leroy, Nina, Bobby, Edna, Melba, Johnny and Eddie Ray.

Services will be 2:00 pm MST Friday, January 7, 2011 at Calvary Baptist Church in Jal, NM, officiated by Brother Alan Speed. Pallbearers will be Keith Saplin, Adam Saplin, Greg Saplin, Drew Saplin, Lee Smith and Mike Pearce. Honorary Pallbearers will be Bill James, Red Ragain, Gary Watkins, Theo Essman, Andy Adams, Dean Fuller, Mike Chance and Bobby Chance.  Interment will follow at Jal Cemetery in Jal, NM. 

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Arvetta Lee Sidwell Gough

Arvetta Lee Sidwell Gough passed from this life on January 7, 2011. She was born on April 10, 1911 in Megargel, Texas to William D. Sidwell and Della Hamby Sidwell.

She leaves behind her three children:  Derrell Gough of Carlsbad, NM, ZoAnn Wilson of Midland, Texas, Carl Gough of Oklahoma City, and her sister Zona Smith of Mineral Wells, Texas. She also shared her life with 12 grandchildren and 3 generations of great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews and her beloved Mama Cat.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 50 years: J.D. Gough, her son:  Don Gough, her sisters:  Eloise Ellis and Ioia Machen, and brother:  Joe Sidwell.

Granny was a gentle soul who found her joy thru the children that she shared her life with and loved so much. She appreciated the small gifts of God: her flowers, feeding the birds and all wonders of nature. She was strong and independent and was able to live on her own until shortly before her death.

Her last years were filled with love by her friends and neighbors. A special thanks to Dian Weaver, Minnie Griffis, Tammy Collum, and Dolores and Willie Jackson. She loved all of you and believed that you truly are God’s Angels.

We shall never pass this way again, but what a wonderful journey it was.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.
Donald Ray Muenzler

Donald Ray Muenzler, 71 of (Pyote) Kermit, Texas passed away on January 9, 2011 after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife and companion of 26 years, Eva (Ofczarzak) Muenzler; son: John Harper and his wife Pam of Taylor, TX; daughter: Tiffany Bockerstette and her husband JR of Boerne, TX; son: Eric Muenzler and his wife Bridgette of Caldwell, TX; and son: Brandon Muenzler of Houston, TX. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Ashley Butler and Dustin Harper of Taylor, TX; Joshua, Ben and Lily Bockerstette of Boerne, TX, and Colton and Makayla Muenzler of Caldwell, TX. He is preceded in death by his parents, Winn and Nelda (Ivy) Muenzler and many other family members.

Don was a true renaissance man. He was a pharmacist, racecar driver, mechanic, semi-pro football player, resort owner, hunter, golfer, Longhorn, Master Mason, Shriner, and philanthropist who never said no to a worthy cause. He loved to travel and enjoyed life to the fullest. But most of all he was a son, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Family was the most important thing in his life. Don will be missed by many.

Visitation will be held in Kermit at Family Services Funeral Parlor on Monday and Tuesday, January 10th and 11th from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm for all of his friends in West Texas. After cremation, a celebration of his life will be held in Caldwell, TX at a later date.  His ashes will be spread around all the places that he loved. Donations in his memory can be made to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL, 33607.

Erlene Patricia Sims

Erlene Patricia Sims, age 85, passed away Monday, January 10, 2011 in Midland, TX. She was born April 29, 1925 in Olden, TX to J.H. and Lorena (McMinn) Munn.

Erlene taught Sunday school for 40 years and was a charter member of Grace Temple Baptist Church. She enjoyed reading, gardening, cooking and keeping her yard looking nice. She loved her grandkids and great-grandkids.

Those left behind to cherish her memory are three sons: Larry Wayne Sims and wife Pat of Percy, IL, Jerry Sims and wife Janet of Midland and Douglas Sims and wife Georganna of Kermit; sisters: Unita Warnick and husband S.E. of Kermit; Joan Cross and husband George of Conroe, and Kay Walker and husband John of San Angelo; six grandchildren: Mellissa and husband Tom, Amy and husband Matt; Stephen and wife Kimberly; Kimberly and husband Bryan; Coty and Dustin and six great-grandchildren: Dalton, Taylor, Drew, Avery, Harrison and Hunter.

She was preceded in death by her parents: J.H. And Lorena Munn; one brother: Sonny Munn and one sister: Pat Munn.

Services will be 2:00 pm Friday, January 14, 2011 at Grace Temple Baptist Church in Kermit, officiated by Brother John Curry. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Fidela Velasquez

Fidela Velasquez, age 77, passed away Sunday, January 16, 2011 in Kermit, TX. She was born April 24, 1933 in Ft. Stockton, TX to Jose Carrasco and Albina (Contreras) Dominguez.

Fidela loved being outdoors, going for walks, picking flowers and making arrangements, going to garage sales, cooking, music and dancing. She was known as the “leader of the pack” and delighted in being around her family, especially the grandkids. It is said, by her own son, that the nick name “Shorty” held great meaning. It is an endearing term that family and friends used to refer to our mom. She may have been short in height but, she was not short in character and personality. Mom has always been a strong woman in character, strong in personality, and strong in her dedication towards her family. She was certainly never short in her love for her children and family!

Those left behind to cherish her memory include her husband: Domingo Velasquez of Kermit; five sons: Pete Velasquez and wife Anita of Kermit, Vidal Velasquez of Midland, Juan Olivas and wife Selena of Pecos, Steve Velasquez of Odessa and Victor Velasquez of Kermit; two daughters: Belinda V.  Cardona and husband Jesse of Kermit and Maggie Salgado and husband Antonio of Odessa; six brothers: Frank Dominguez and wife Margaret of Ft. Stockton, Luis Dominguez and wife Patricia of Odessa, Santiago Dominguez of Ft. Stockton, Blas Dominguez and wife Bertha of Ft. Stockton and Joe Dominguez and wife Albesa of Ft. Stockton; three sisters: Maria Rodriguez of Carencro, LA, Alecia Wood and husband Max of Hobbs, NM and Felicita Contreras of Marfa, TX; twelve grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren and eighteen god-children.

She was preceded in death by her parents:  Jose Carrasco and Albina Dominguez; one daughter: Celia Velasquez and one brother: Richard Carrasco.

Rosary will be said 7:00 pm Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at Family Services Funeral Chapel in Kermit, TX. Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kermit, TX. Pallbearers will be:  Juan Dominguez, Angel Carrasco, Richard Carrasco Jr., Oscar Carrasco, Pete Velasquez (Boy) and Brian Velasquez. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Steven Ray Granado, Victor Montes and Ryan Velasquez. Celebrant will be Father Waiwood. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery in Kermit, TX.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Bobby Neal Moore

Bobby Neal Moore, age 62, passed from this life on January 18, 2011. He was born on August 02, 1948 in Kermit, Texas to Claude and Naomi (Dodson) Moore.

Bobby enjoyed a life full of racing hot rods, cars, and drag racing. He enjoyed listening to Golden Oldies, spending time with his family, fishing, hunting rattle snakes and playing football and baseball.

He leaves behind his wife: Deborah Moore of Kermit; three daughters: Bobbie Vickrey; Rita Montoya and husband Dominic and Molly Moore all of Kermit; one brother Lloyd Moore and wife Johnnie of El Paso; one sister: Nelda Sweazy and husband Lewis of Midland; and three grandchildren: Dominic Montoya Jr., Seth Montoya and Jaden Moore.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Claude and Naomi Moore, and one sister: Claudene Freemon.

Memorial services will be 2:00 pm, Friday, January 21, 2011 at Belvue Baptist Church in Kermit, officiated by Brother Bill Campbell.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Dominic Montoya Jr., Seth Montoya and Jaden Moore.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Fama M. Wash

Fama M. Wash (Johnson), 97, of Kermit, died February 2, 2011, in Monahans, Texas at The Monahans Managed Care Center.  Graveside services will be conducted by Rev. Jim Weizenecker February 12, 2011 at 12:00 noon at the Kermit Cemetery under the direction of Family Services Funeral Parlor. 

Mrs. Wash was born on September 2, 1913, in Trent, Texas.  Her parents were Grover Cleveland Johnson and Zora Belle McLaughlin.  She graduated from Trent High School and was a student for two years at Randolph College, where she played basketball for the Randolph Kittens and competed in tournaments in Texas and Oklahoma. 

She was married to Harold D. “Casey” Wash on April 14, 1934.  They moved to Odessa, Texas in 1935.  In 1957, they settled permanently in Kermit, Texas. Prior to that, they lived east of Kermit in the Pan American Oil camp on Wheeler Field.  Mrs. Wash was a homemaker who enjoyed sewing for her family, crocheting, oil painting, watercolors, and china painting.    In later years she took up gardening.  She also enjoyed fishing and boating with her husband of fifty-three years.  She was a Past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star No. 845.  She was a member of the Belvue Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister:  Sarah Julia Terry, husband:  Harold D. "Casey" Wash on November 24, 1987, as well as her son-in-law:  H.L. “Bookie” Almond in 2003. 

Survivors include two daughters, Zotyne Almond of Orange, California, and Sandra Kessler of McKinney, Texas.  She is also survived by four grandchildren: Fama Jean Knipp of Huntington Beach, California, Stephen D. Almond (Mona) of Orange, California, Dena Kessler of McKinney, Texas, Kristi Ault (Robert) of Savannah, Georgia, as well as six great-grandchildren: Kevin Knipp of Long Beach, California, Corbin Knipp of Huntington Beach, California, Tara Almond of Orange, California, Ryan Ault of Dahlonega, Georgia, Matthew Ault of Savannah, Georgia and Taylor Edwards of McKinney, Texas. 

Robert Arlen “Bob” Custer

Robert Arlen “Bob” Custer, age 40, of Monahans, passed away on Sunday, February 6, 2011, at Ward Memorial Hospital in Monahans.  He was born in Grenada, CA on September 19, 1970 to Michael Arlen Custer and Alberta Ruth (Henson) Custer.  He worked in auto parts sales. 

He is survived by his wife:  Carrie Danielle (Brooks) Custer of Monahans; parents:  Michael Custer and Alberta (Henson) Custer, both of Odessa; daughter:  Crystal Custer of Monahans; sons:  Bobby Custer, Jr. and Michael Custer, both of Monahans; one sister:  Terri Ann Stangby of Odessa and one brother:  Michael Custer of Iowa Park, Texas.         

Funeral services will be in Kermit at Family Services Funeral Parlor at 2:00 PM Wednesday, February 9, 2011, Duc Tape (Danny Morris) officiating.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa, sister funeral home to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit. Visitation will be at Acres West Monday and Tuesday, February 7th and 8th, 2011.

Paige Fostel

Paige Fostel, age 32, passed away Sunday, February 06, 2011 in Kermit, TX. She was born March 21, 1978 in Wichita Falls, TX to Michael Leonard and Martha Bob (Crabb) Fostel.

Paige was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Kermit. She loved taking care of animals and singing.  Her greatest joy was her daughter, Alyssa.  She loved being a mother and her time with her daughter was precious to her.

Those left behind to cherish her memory are one daughter: Alyssa Faith Seales of Kermit; her parents: Mike and Martha Fostel of Kermit; and two brothers: Brett Fostel and wife Cynthia of Kermit, and Clay Fostel and wife Lauren of Houston; and numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents:  L.D. and Edna Fostel and Bob and Prebble Crabb.

Memorial Services will be 2:00 pm Thursday, February 10, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church in Kermit with Rev. Beth Harrington officiating.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Kary Duncan, Gary Duncan, Elmer White, Olan Smith, Mike Emmerson, Coby Owen, Dominic Carrasco, Eric Spangler, Mike Chance and Jack Crouse.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

She was loved and will be missed by many.

Vila Jean Gilliam Ray

Vila Jean Gilliam Ray, 83, of Kermit, Texas, passed away February 09, 2011. She was born January 23, 1928 in Cyril, Oklahoma to Annie and John Gilliam. After graduating from Cyril High school in 1946, she married Dewey Ray in June of that year. They moved to Alice, Texas in 1947, to Kermit, Odessa and back to Kermit in 1961.

Vila was a wonderful wife and she and Dewey were blessed with three children, seven grandchildren, and eight great-grand- children. She was a kind and committed mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and wife who was the very happiest when she was surrounded by her ever-growing family. She was fondly known as “G.G.” to all of her family and she was devoted to all of them.  She served as an inspiration and encouraged all of her family to excel in their endeavors. She was a wonderful example of how one should live one’s life.

An avid game player, she taught each of her children, grandchildren, and most of her great-grandchildren to play board and card games at an early age. She was always up for a lively game of cards or even a spirited argument, especially with her husband, Dewey. As soon as the children could walk, she had them outside tossing a ball back and forth.

While her children were growing up, Vila was a wonderful stay at home mom who spent countless hours leading scout groups, being a room mother, teaching Sunday school, or simply cooking hundreds of delicious meals for her hu8ngrey brood. She always has homemade goodies to put in their lunches and was known for her great down-home cooking.

After her children left the nest, Vila had much time on her hands so she took up golf with her husband, line dancing at the Senior Citizens center and loved the water aerobic classes at Wink’s swimming pool until her 2008 stroke.

She was an active volunteer in the community. She was a Pink Lady for many years and served as president of that organization for one year. She and Dewey also spent countless hours working in the athletic booster club. She decorated for banquets, blew up hundreds of balloons, or did whatever was needed to support the Kermit High School athletic teams. She was acknowledged for this hard work when she and Dewey received the Youth Award from Kermit Chamber of Commerce. In addition, watching her grandchildren play sports entertained her for many years.

Besides her family, Vila loved and supported her church, Trinity Christian Church, for almost fifty years. She taught Sunday school, led Christmas pageants, planned special events, served as treasurer, or did whatever was needed to keep the church going. She was a member of the Christian Women’s Fellowship and served as president or in other offices of that organization throughout the years.

Being the baby of her family, Vila Ray was preceded in death by her parents and all of her siblings. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Dewey “Shorty” Ray, her daughter: Vicki Neace and husband Mike of San Angelo; son: Ricky Ray and wife Jeannette of Arlington, Texas; and daughter: Jeanna Mills and husband Jacky of Kermit, Texas. In addition, she is survived by her grandchildren, Michelle Redden and husband Mike, Tracy Ray, Kristin Neace-Fuentes and husband Johnny, Michael Neace, Jeffery Mills and wife Lisa, Jason Mills and wife Jamie, and Jared Mills and wife Victoria. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Nolan Mills, Joshua Mills, Jaycie Mills, Emma Redden, AbiGale Mills, Jake Fuentes, Jack Mills and Eli Mills. She is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family would like to thank Donna Underwood and Dora Diaz who lovingly cared for Vila the past nine months. Also, a special thanks goes out to Esala and Chystal and all the others a Rural Home Health for their kindness in taking care of her medical needs. Finally, a big thanks goes out to Janice Turner of Home Hospice and the staff of Hospice House for all of their care during her final days.

Services will be 2:00 pm Saturday, February 12, 2011 at Trinity Christian Church in Kermit, with Pastor Gene Brown officiating. Pallbearers will be: Jeffery Mills, Jason Mills, Jared Mills, Nolan Mills, Mike Redden and Johnny Fuentes. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Joshua Mills, Billy Dunlap, Doug Owen, Rob Roberts, Dub King and Felipe Subia, Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Home Hospice of Andrews, Texas or Trinity Christian Church of Kermit, Texas. 

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.


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