Obituaries

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Pedro ‘Pete’ Vargas

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Pedro “Pete” Vargas, of Ozona, passed away on Friday, July 19, 2019 at the age of 87.

The funeral mass was celebrated Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Burial to follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Pete was born July 28, 1931 to Pedro and Romanita Vargas. Pete married his wife, Phyllis on March 23, 1961 and together they had and raised their twin girls, Vivian and Valerie. Pete joined the United States Air Force and after 21 years of service to our country he retired. He worked for the Department of Energy in Oak Ridge, Tenn. and retired after 20 years.

Pete was a caring and loving person. Loving husband, father, son, brother, and uncle. Loved and respected by all he had known. He was an avid Tennessee Vols fan and devoted Oak Ridge Wildcats fan and a proud fan of the Dallas Cowboys. Pete enjoyed spending time out at the golf course teeing off with friends and spending time with his love Phyllis.

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Brandon Tippie

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While surrounded by all the love you can imagine and in the comfort of his wife’s embrace, Brandon Tippie took his last breath on earth at 12:36 a.m. on July 7, 2019. We firmly believe that at 12:37 a.m. his next breath was full of the sweet, fragrant air of Heaven as he stood before the throne of Jesus.

Brandon was a believer first, accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and was baptized at Mineral Springs Baptist Church in 1982 at the age of 9. He has always been strong in his faith and is currently a member of Prairie Lea Baptist Church. Second only to Jesus, was his devotion to his family, his loving wife and children. Brandon married the love of his life, Helen M. Tippie, on April 22, 2005. Together they had two beautiful children and also shared the love for each other’s children from prior marriages.

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Jesusita Ybarra

Jesusita “Chuya” went to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 14, 2019, at 9:14 p.m. She was born November 11, 1943.

She is survived by her sons, Robert Ybarra Jr., Juan “Chapo” Ybarra and Freddy Ybarra, all of Ozona, her sisters Juana Salinas, of Odessa, Carolina Galindo, of Crane, Refugia “Cuca” Yruegas, of Odessa, Basilia Castillo, of Ozona, Ofelia Yruegas, of Midland, and her brother, Albino Yruegas, her grandchildren, LeAnn Ybarra, Amy Trujillo, Christopher Garcia, Jessica Ybarra and Joseph Vitela and numerous nieces and nephews that loved her very much.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 19, at Templo Siloe Assembly of God. Arrangements by Kerbow Funeral Home with burial following at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

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Maria A. Florez

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Maria A. Florez, age 92, went to her heavenly home on June 15, 2019.

Maria was born in Rowena, Texas on May 9, 1927, to Margarito and Elida Albarado. Maria married Alfred Florez on October 8, 1955 in Rowena, Texas.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Alfred, one infant son and son Cesar Florez.

Left to treasure her memory, three daughters; Linda Florez of Ozona, Leticia Florez of Kerrville and Raquel Gonzales and husband Rick of Poth, Texas. Grandchildren; Jim Rosas, Stephen Rosas, Sondra Rosas, Kristen Ruiz, Robert Navarro, Felicia Navarro, Esai Gonzales, Adam Gonzales, and Isaac Gonzales; 10 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

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Edward V. Fierro

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Edward V. Fierro was called home June 28, 2019 at the age of 48. He was born to Sylvia Vitela Fierro and Federico Fierro on December 26, 1970.

Edward was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

He had a love for his family and friends, Star Wars, Star Trek and music and spent many years of his life making friends and working with many talented musicians. Romaldo Cervantez y Estilo band and Grupo Fuerzzo were his favorites. Edward helped many, encouraged all, but believed in and pushed those he loved most.

Edward was proceeded in death by his paternal grandparents Antonio and Sofia Fierro, maternal grandmother Maria “Maruca” Vitela and step-grandmother Maria “Wuela” Hernandez.

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Grace E. Williams

Grace E. Williams of Uvalde, formerly of Ozona passed away on June 24, 2019 in Uvalde at the age of 101. She was born on July 14, 1917 in Eagle Pass, Texas to Samuel L. and Mary Margaret (Haile) Butler.

She is survived by her son, Jim Williams of Uvalde; daughter-in-law, Judith Williams of Lancaster, Pa.; grandchildren, Neil Williams of Houston, Karlyn Bottles and husband, Howard of Driftwood; Ben Williams and Claire Williams of Lancaster, Pa.; great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Bottles and Keith Bottles of Driftwood; in addition to nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ben H. Williams; five siblings and eldest son, Stanley Williams of Lancaster, PA.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Ozona, Texas. Interment followed at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Ozona.

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OBIT: Grace E. Williams

Grace E. Williams of Uvalde, formerly of Ozona passed away on June 24, 2019 in Uvalde at the age of 101.  She was born on July 14, 1917 in Eagle Pass, Texas to Samuel L. and Mary Margaret (Haile) Butler. 

She is survived by her son, Jim Williams of Uvalde; daughter in law, Judith Williams of Lancaster, PA; grandchildren, Neil Williams of Houston, Karlyn Bottles and husband, Howard of Driftwood; Ben Williams and Claire Williams of Lancaster, PA; great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Bottles and Keith Bottles of Driftwood; in addition to nieces and nephews. 

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Roberta Ortiz Schoenhals

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Roberta Ortiz Schoenhals entered into her eternal home with the Lord on June 21, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. Her funeral will be held Friday, June 28, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ozona, Texas, with subsequent burial at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, cousin, and loving friend, she was known by many for her unconditional love and warm embracing hugs.

Her outgoing personality and Texas friendliness made her many friends throughout her life. She will be missed by those whose lives she touched.

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John Willis Kelley (Papa)

John Willis Kelley passed away Monday June 10, 2019 in Shannon Medical Center, San Angelo, Texas. Services are pending.

John was born May 11, 1930 in Abernathy, Texas to the late Arcado and Alberta Barron Kelley. John was one of five brothers.

Papa attended school in Abernathy and Petersburg, Texas. At the age of 16 he started working in the oil fields. At the age of 18 he served in the military as a mechanic involved in the Korean War. Papa moved to Ozona, Texas in 1978 working as a consultant in the oil fields before starting several businesses of his own including location building, freshwater stations and towing.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, three older brothers, E.J., Alfred Lee, and Charley Leroy.

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Alberto ‘Beto’ Escalante Ramos

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Alberto “Beto” Escalante Ramos, 43, of Ozona, died May 29, 2019. He was born March 4, 1976.

He was the son of Estella and Alberto Ramos and father of Albert Ramos Jr. (AJ) and Rosa Bella Ramos.

Beto had only one sister, Maria Ybarra (Michael). On October 18, 2014 Beto married Belinda Barrera Ramos and his family grew. He left behind his wife and their children Esperanza Ramirez, Jazmynn Barrera and Javier Barrera, grandsons Zander Jay Ramos and Jason Samuel Barrera, along with many family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his nephew Michael Ybarra Jr.

Alberto worked as a supervisor at G & H Roustabout and with Foreland as a field operator.

The Funeral Services for Alberto Escalante Ramos was held on Monday, June 3, 2019 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ozona, Texas.

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