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Frank Lopez

561f1ac7-352d-49a5-abf5-6269700f9cd1Frank Lopez, 74, died Wednesday, June 18, 2014.
Frank was born Nov. 26, 1939, in Amarillo to Jesus and Anna Lopez. He attended Amarillo High School and graduated in 1959. He played football and wrestled for the Sandies. As a young man, he played in the AMA-Rocks Band and was also a cook for Bob Lee at The Big Texan. Frank worked for Santa Fe and Burlington Railways for 35 years before retiring in 2000 as a car man. He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and a member of Knights of Columbus.
The apple of his eye was his great-granddaughter, Abigail Garcia. Frank enjoyed playing cards.
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother and a son, Mikall Branch-Lopez.
Survivors include two daughters, Sherri Lopez and Becky Lancaster, both of Amarillo; a son, Frankie Lopez of Ohio; a sister, Patricia Price of West Palm Beach, Fla., a brother, Felipe Lopez of Amarillo; 14 grandkids; 12 great-grandkids; and a good friend and caretaker, Randal Duran.

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Billie Van Winton

Billie Van was born February 27, 1928 in Chico, to Van Hiriam and Jessie Mae Hilton and after three months moved back to Dalhart where she grew up. She attended Oklahoma College for women where she joined De Gamma Ve Sorority.

billie-winton-obituaryBillie Van had resided in Amarillo since 1949 and retired from Diamond Shamrock Oil and Gas Company in 1983.

Billie Van married Ernest Winton on December 7, 1973. She was a member of Paramount Terrace Christian Church, Hillside Christian West and lamplighter’s Sunday adult class.

She earned a lifetime membership on the Board of Directors of the National Kidney Foundation of West Texas in 1984, served with the Amarillo Cancer Society and Cattle Barons Ball. She enjoyed life, her daughter Leslie, granddaughter Celeste and friends. She had many interests including sewing, crafts, bridge, water skiing, bowling, golf, line dancing, and clogging.

Billie Van was preceded in death by her parents, husband, grandparents, and beloved aunts and uncles.

Survivors include a daughter Leslie Kinnison Harris of Randolph, granddaughter Celeste Sharp of Fort Worth; an Aunt LaNell Hopkins who was like a sister to her; her cousin Darrell Gene Spann; and her special friends June Bearden and Ruth Trickey.

Family will receive visitors from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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Daniel “D.D.” Homen

daniel-homen-obituaryMr. Homen was born January 25, 1932 in Panhandle to John and Elizabeth Homen. He married Mary Margaret Dove in 1956. D.D. and Mary had five children at the time of her tragic passing in 1970. Later, he was married to Vickey Clepper for five years and they had one child. D.D. worked for Texaco until his retirement in 1991 after 28 years of service. He loved going to the lake and “wetting a line,” camping, and investing in the stock market.

He was preceded in death by his Parents, his wife, Mary Margaret Homen, and his brother Roman Homen.

He is survived by his children, Rod Homen, Valerie Homen, Dale Homen, Gary Homen, Gina Langford and husband Matt, Dana Burk and husband Hugh, his brother, Ed Homen and wife Dora Jean, his sister, Helen Gruber, his grandchildren, Margaret, Amanda, Maegan, Sara, Dakotah, Emily, Campbell, Cheyenne, and Mary, and 5 great-grandchildren.

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Stanley Marsh 3

stanley-marsh-3-obituaryStanley Marsh 3 died of natural causes on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.
Services will be private.
He was born on January 31, 1938 in Amarillo, Texas to Estelle Fariss Marsh and Stanley Marsh, Junior.
He liked Amarillo and he stayed. He said, “I had a good time.”
On April 22, 1967, he married Gwendolyn “Wendy” Bush O’Brien Marsh. She was the love of his life, his inspiration and his best friend.
He loved their five wonderful children, their spouses and their ten amazing grandchildren.
He had two beloved brothers.
He had a large extended family and many friends from the elderly to small children.
Memorials may be to a favorite charity or “Have a night on the town

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Edwin L. Harvey

generic flagEdwin L. Harvey, age 88, of Amarillo passed away Thursday, June 19, 2014. Graveside services will be Monday, June 23, 2014 at 10:30 am at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Services are under the direction of LaGrone Blackburn Shaw Funeral Directors, Coulter Road with Chaplain Sherman Eastland officiating.

Edwin was born in Kansas on March 30, 1926 to John and Helen (Dobkins) Harvey. He graduated from Phillips High School and went on to serve in the US Air Force. He worked most of his life for the US Postal Service.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Ira Ellis Harvey in 2009.

Survivors include his four sisters Nyla Harvey of Camarillo, Ca., June Moulton of Lewiston, Id., Gwen Griffith of Anaconda, Mt and Lois Meiers of Bethany, OK. He also leaves behind two brothers James Harvey of Woodland, Wa and Donald Harvey of Camarillo, Ca..

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Cal Farley’s Boy’s Ranch at P.O. Box 1890
Amarillo, TX 79174-0001.

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Wendell Bob “WB” Ashby


485_memorialWendell was born February 25, 1948, in Gatesville, Texas to Paul and Eleanor Ashby.
He attended Lake Highland High School in Dallas, Texas, and then attended East Texas State University in Commerce. Wendell then attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston in 1974 and became a Dr. of Medicine. He became an OB/GYN after witnessing what he described as a “Work of God” during his first experience in childbirth. Wendell worked as an OB/GYN for thirty-eight years, and he has delivered approximately 11,000 children. Wendell played a large role at Paramount Terrace Christian Church serving as a Deacon, Elder, and Trustee. Wendell also served as a medical missionary in Mexico, Jamaica, and Belarus, where he shared his love of Jesus and provided medical care to those in need. He was preceded in death by his mother, Eleanor Ashby, his mother’s sister, Doris Denman, his father in law, Bill Moore, and his mother in law, Nancy Moore.

The family would like to thank his nurses that took care of him, Betty, Lonnie, and Geraldine, as well as Ramona and all the women at Hospice of the Southwest.

He is survived by his father Paul Ashby of Kerrville, three brothers, Jerry Ashby and wife Sharon of Kerrville, Randy Ashby and wife Mary of Houston, and Doug Ashby and wife Cindy from Prosper. Wendell also left behind his wife, Tina Ashby, his son Brent Ashby and wife Heather Ashby, his daughter Allison Kohler and husband Matt Kohler, Brent and Allison’s mother, Ann Heffelfinger, his son Landon Ashby, his daughter Melissa Ashby, his son Chris Houchin, his son Nick Houchin and wife April Houchin, and his son Nathan Houchin and fiancé Sara Woodburn, sister-in-law Tamara Moore. There are also eight grandchildren and another on the way. They are Lane and Gabe Kohler, Drew, Drake, Berkley, and Brecken Houchin, Noah Houchin, and Tanner Miller, as well as many nieces and nephews.

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Debbie Barton McCollom

484_memorialDebbie was born December 15, 1954 in Oklahoma City to Cloyce and S. E. Barton. Debbie was always the “life of the party” and the “cool Chick” among her friends and family. She loved singing, music, billiards and hockey. She is preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters, Melba and Wilma and by a brother, Lloyd.

She is survived by 2 sons: Danny McCollom and wife Ruth of Virginia, Cortney McCollom and wife Melissa of Amarillo; daughter: Sarah Smiddy and husband David of Amarillo; 4 grandchildren: Deanna, Hosten, Dustin, and Josiah; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; 3 sisters: Beath Spencer, Tootie Dennis, Melissa Scott; 4 brothers: Joe Barton, Jimmy Parker, Bill and Neil Sharp.

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Burnell Alexander Lund

Lund-Obit-194x300Burnell Alexander Lund, 93, of Amarillo, died Saturday, June 21, 2014.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday in Arden Road Baptist Church with Dale Bigham, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Dad, “Grampy” went to be with Jesus on June 21 after a long and fruitful life; we are going to miss him greatly but rejoice that we will all be together again in Heaven someday.

Dad was born Burnell Alexander Lund on January 8, 1922, in Rake, IA. He was the second to the youngest of six children born to Nick and Josefine Lund, tenant farmers in Iowa. He grew up on the farm and attended high school in Thompson, IA, during which time he spoke of “trusting Jesus as his Savior.”

Following high school he returned back to the farm to help his father for the next 6 years; but prior to leaving for the farm the seed had been planted for the 2nd most important decision in his life…a friendship by design between this shy, handsome “farm boy” and the prettiest girl in school, Alice Robinson. Fortunately, Mom tolerated a lengthy courtship and they ultimately were married on April 18, 1943.

After a year of married life on the farm, Dad made the decision to enlist in the Army Air Corps. The next several months were spent criss-crossing across Oklahoma and Texas during various stages of flight training, ultimately transitioning to B-25 bomber school. The wars in Europe and Japan ended prior to deployment, though, and Dad and Mom were discharged from the military after the conflict.

The next step in Mom and Dad’s lives involved moving to Sioux Falls, SD, where Dad attended Augustana College and completed his undergraduate degree in three years. After Augustana they spent the next four years at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, in preparation for full-time Christian ministry. Following graduation, they embarked on a life-long ministry in service for Jesus Christ. During the 33 years that followed, they served in parish ministries in LeRoy, MN, Mauston, WI, Viroqua, WI, and Rapid City, SD. They took early retirement in 1984 to provide support and assistance to their family.

Since their retirement, they have played a critical role in encouraging and building into their expanding family. Dad and Mom have also stayed active in congregational ministry, serving as interim pastor in Norfold, VA, Clovis, NM, La Crescenta, CA, Van Nuys, CA, Phelen, CA, and Lockney, TX. As always, Jesus has been their message!

As their children and extended family, we have been blessed by our intimate connection to Dad and Mom over their long and fruitful lives. Their example of love and faithfulness during their 71-year marriage has made a lasting impact on all of us.

We are going to miss Dad: husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, but we know a new day is coming! As Dad said a few days before his translation to Heaven when reminded we will all be there soon….”we will have a celebration!” Dad’s passing brings sadness with separation but challenges us left behind to live faithfully for Jesus until we pass the same way.

Dad is survived by Alice, his wife of 71 years, his youngest sister, Ruby, three sons: Jon, Tim and Tom, 11 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by a son, Burnie, 2 sisters and 2 brothers.

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Louise Modesta Ramirez

Ramirez-Obit-Pic-238x300Louise Modesta Ramirez, 79, of Amarillo, died Tuesday, June 17, 2014.Ramirez Obit Pic

Rosary will be said at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 24, 2014, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Mass will be celebrated 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral Church with Father Ken Keller as celebrant. Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. (MST), in Logan Cemetery in Logan, NM. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Louise was born Nov. 19, 1934, in Logan, NM to John and Nicolasita Garcia. She married Eugene Ramirez in 1952. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral Church.

She was involved at St. Mary’s with the “Young at Heart” group, a greeter for masses and participated in the Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Ramirez; two brothers, Jimmy and Alfred Garcia; a son, Jimmy Ramirez; and a grandson, Ben Rael.

Survivors include a son, Steve Rael and wife Ester of Amarillo; a granddaughter, Alex Rael of Amarillo; three sisters, Lucy Garcia of Amarillo, Ramona Peachey of Logan and Rita Crespin of Tucumcari, NM; six brothers, Johnny Garcia and wife Jane of Santa Fe, NM, Tony Garcia and wife Efinita of Dumas, Steve Garcia and wife Carolyn and Fermin Garcia, all of Logan, Ralph Garcia and wife Virginia of Nara Visa, NM and Joe Garcia and wife Roberta of Tucumcari.

The family suggests memorials be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral Church, Tuition Assistance Program, 1200 Washington St., Amarillo, TX 79102.

Sign the online guestbook at www.boxwellbrothers.com.

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Judy Guerra

Guerra-Obit-Photo1-238x300Judy Guerra, 58, of Amarillo, died Wednesday, June 18, 2014.Guerra Obit Photo

Services will be at 2:00 pm, Monday, June 23, 2014, in Arden Road Baptist Church with Dale Bigham, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Judy was born Oct. 7, 1955, in Cabool, MO to Edwin and Lillian Mattocks. She loved to sing and earned a music degree and sang in the W.T. Chorale and Panhandle State University Choir. Judy married Ed Guerra on Jan. 28, 1993 in Amarillo. She owned Action Realty Group and Southwest Funding Mortgage Company and was named one of the top realtors in Texas in 2007 and 2008.

Survivors include her husband, Ed Guerra, of the home; three daughters, Rebecca Anne Stroh of Littleton, Colo., Michelle Lynn Arriaga of Canyon and Taylor Brooke Guerra of Amarillo; a son, Kristopher Ryan Guerra of Amarillo; her father, Ed Mattocks of Amarillo; two sisters, Lois Smith of Tulsa, Okla. and Marilyn Nichols of Dumas; four brothers, Elwin Mattocks, of Callahan, Florida., Lloyd Mattocks of Meta, MO, Boyd Mattocks of Clinton, N.C., and David Mattocks of Fort Gratiot, MI; seven grandchildren as well as many loved nieces and nephews.

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Coye Gwyn Heard

Heard-Obit-Pic-191x300Coye Gwyn Heard, 84, of Briscoe, died Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Amarillo.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 23, 2014, in Littlefield Memorial Park Cemetery. Military rites are by Altus Air Force Base. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mr. Heard was born April 13, 1930, in Spade to Deck and Annie Heard. He served in the Air Force from 1950 to 1954 during the Korean War. Coye married Saretta Thompson Brown on Oct. 8, 1954, in Littlefield. He was a Baptist. He farmed in Spade until 1962 and in Vega until 1980.

Since his retirement, 15 years ago, he has spent his time traveling, working in his daughter’s and son-in-law’s businesses and taking care of his great-grandchildren. The four generations of his family now total 47 and were the center of his world.

Survivors include his wife Saretta Heard, of the home; five daughters, Kathy Segura and husband Jess of Moriarty, NM, Theresa Bell and husband Randy of Princeton, Deedy Zybach and husband Royce of Briscoe, Donise Jenkins and husband Scott of Haslet and Tammy Jolly of Wheeler; a son, Jerry Heard and wife Karen of Amarillo; a brother, Richard Dennis Heard of Waco; a sister, June Ginn and husband Rayford of Tempe, AZ; 20 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Saturday, June 21, 2014, at the funeral home.

The family will be at 2102 S. Travis.

The family suggests memorials be made to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 1890, Amarillo, TX, 79174-0001; or to Ja’Nae Goad Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 138, Briscoe, TX 79011.

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Dean J. Blackwell

Blackwell-Obit-Pic-235x300Dean J. Blackwell, 86, of Amarillo, went to be with God on June 18, 2014, in Amarillo, TX.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 20, 2014, in St. Paul United Methodist Church with Steve Stephens, senior pastor and Perry Hunsaker, minister of congregational care, officiating. Military rites are by DAV Chapter 26. Burial will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 23, 2014, in Memorial Oaks Cemetery in Houston. Masonic rites are by Reagan Lodge No. 1037. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Dean was born July 6, 1927, in Herrington, KS to James and Martha Blackwell. He married Mary Jane Tackett, the love of his life, in Girard, KS on March 16, 1945. They were married 69 years and had three sons, Andrew born in Houston, TX, Randall born in Coudersport, PA and Sandel born in Jennings, LA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Dr. Randall Blackwell in 1999, and his only brother, Ray in March 2014, and a sister-in-law, Wanda.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane, and two sons, Andy Blackwell and wife Amy, of Pearland, TX and Sandel Blackwell and wife Beth of Shawnee, KS; two granddaughters, Amanda and Anne; three grandsons, Kent and wife Nicole, Luke and Andrew; two sisters, Lois Dutton of Canon City, CO and Mary Ann Spurgeon of Grove, OK.

Dean served in the U.S. Navy Seabees on Okinawa during World War II. Graduated from University of Houston in 1950 and worked in the oil and gas industry during his working life. He retired from Tenneco Oil Company in 1979 as Corporate Safety Administrator. During his tenure at Tenneco he was Chairman of National Safety Council – Petroleum section 1984-85. He was a registered professional engineer in California, member of American Petroleum Institute and professional member of American Society of Safety Engineers. After retirement Dean worked for Mesa Petroleum from 1979 to 1983, which caused he and Mary Jane to move to Amarillo in 1980.

Dean has been a member of the Masonic organization for 63 years. He joined Reagan Lodge in 1951, receiving his 50 year pin in 2001. He joined Zem Zem Temple in Erie, PA in 1954. He attended Arabia Temple in Houston during the 14 years he lived there. In 2004, he received his 50 year pin from Khiva Shrine Temple. He was Recorder at Khiva Shrine Temple form 1994 to 2005 and received his Recorder Emeritus Fez in 2006.

Dean was active in the Boy Scouts. Each of his sons received their Eagle Scout award during his tenure. He loved to play golf and enjoyed many years playing with the Medicare Eight after his retirement.

The family suggests memorials be made to Travel Fund at Khiva Shrine Temple, 305 S.E. Fifth. Ave., Amarillo, TX 79101.

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