Dale E. Allen

173_Dale_EDale E. Allen, 78, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.

Celebration of life services will be at a later date. Arrangements are by Cox Funeral Home, 4180 Canyon Drive.

Dale was born July 14, 1935, in Springdale, Ark., to William and Annie Allen. He attended college at Pueblo Junior College, where he played basketball. He served his country in the Army.

Dale retired from Asarco after many years as a forklift operator. He was a real hard worker, a character who loved to joke and play. He was a talented athlete. His hobbies included hunting, basketball and sports of all kinds.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Annie Allen; a sister, Opal Claypool; and four brothers, Ray, Arvin, Lee and Orville Allen.

Survivors include a daughter, Shelby Crews and husband Chris of Lubbock; three grandsons, Nicholas, Harrison and Benjamin Crews, all of Lubbock; and two sisters, Jean Scofield of Amarillo and Ila Hayes of Borger.

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Felipe Freddie Candelaria

Candelaria-Obit-Pic-224x300Felipe Freddie Candelaria, 63, of Amarillo, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.

Rosary will be said at 5:00 p.m., Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Mass will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m., Monday, March 3, 2014, in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Jose Gomez as celebrant. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Felipe was born April 18, 1950, in Amarillo to Randolfo and Agnes Candelaria. He graduated from Caprock High School. Felipe loved to play Bingo and loved to watch Mafia movies and go to the mall. He was an artist and painted with water colors and oils. Felipe was very social and humorous. He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Randolfo Candelaria; and a brother, Andy Candelaria.

Survivors include his mother, Agnes Candelaria of Amarillo; three sisters, Susie Vela and husband Horacio of Bishop, Patsy Cuellar and husband Rudy and Margaret Candelaria, all of Amarillo; four brothers, Joe Candelaria and wife Eva, Don Candelaria and wife Susie, Robert Candelaria and Pat Candelaria, all of Amarillo.

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J. Faustino Lopez

Lopez-Faustino-Obit-Pic-226x300J. Faustino Lopez, 81, of Amarillo, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.

Rosary will be said at 6:00 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Services will be at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Father Haider Quintero of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Faustino was born Feb. 28, 1932, in Shamrock to Dario and Maria Lopez. He was a commercial carpenter.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Olga; and three children, Jimmy, Roberto and Jennifer.

Survivors include four children, Joe, Patty, Michael and Phillip; a brother, Cande Lopez; two sisters, Jacinta Salinas and Beatrice Martinez; several nieces and nephews; and special friend Sheila Wiirre.

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Dr. Magdalena Maria Tolscik

Tolscik-Obit-Pic-200x300Dr. Magdalena Maria Tolscik, 74, of Amarillo, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.

Memorial services will be held at a later date in Poland. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Magdalena was born July 12, 1939, in Poland to Bohdan and Wanda Gaweski. She was a pediatrician. Magdalena will be greatly missed by all those that loved her.

Survivors include her husband, Richard Z. Tolscik of Amarillo; three daughters, Barbara Tolscik of California, M. Dominika Tracy of Indiana and Olga M. Tolscik-Uszynski and husband Martin of Amarillo; three brothers, Marek, Bohdan and Rafal Gaweski; a sister, Agnieszka Drath; and three grandchildren, Giulio Chiappolini, Adam R. and Alexander M. Uszynski.

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Leroy Cox of Amarillo

Cox-Obit-PicLeroy Cox of Amarillo, formerly of Friona, passed away on February 26, 2014.

A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Llano Cemetery in Amarillo. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Leroy was born December 13, 1945 in Clovis, New Mexico to Ralph and Marie Cox. He lived first in Texico and then Lazbuddie, Texas. Leroy grew up with lots of room to run, play, and work on the ranch and was known to be ornery. As a child, he once put his preschool-aged future wife on a Shetland pony and let it run. His children grew up hearing about when he pressed a dime against the roof of his mouth and it got stuck, when he rolled down a hill inside corrugation piping, when he rolled his sister’s hair up into a giant knot on a hairbrush, and many other mischievous tales.

At age 11, he accepted Jesus as his savior and was baptized.

After graduating from Lazbuddie High School, he served in the United States Army and then several years in the Air Force Reserves Medical Service. From his service experiences, he retained an impressive commanding voice and a cunning interest in handling medical issues, from removing stitches to treating tick bites. He then lived on the family farm/ranch for a few years before he moved to Canyon and received a bachelor’s degree from West Texas State University.

After being stranded in a vehicle in a snowstorm with only his mother’s chocolate chip cookies to eat, he retained a serious affection for such cookies for the rest of his life.

On December 2, 1977, he and Terri Lynn Wilson were married at the chapel of the First Baptist Church in Amarillo. Having known each other since childhood, their first date consisted of prairie dog hunting. They settled in Amarillo, where Terri was teaching school and Leroy was employed first in investments and later with a savings and loan.

The couple welcomed a daughter, Carrie, in 1980 and a son, Clint, in 1983.

In 1984, the family moved to Friona and started a successful business, Hometown Hardware. Leroy taught his children invaluable customer service skills from very young ages as he taught them to wait on customers, stock shelves, design displays, make change, and run the cash register. He threaded pipe, mixed paint, cut glass, invented solutions to problems, keyed locks, and picked up an impressive amount of hardware-related Spanish. Many will fondly remember the Dum-Dum lollipops that he handed out to children who came into the store. Clint enjoyed spending time working on a dune buggy and a tractor with him and learning other tricks of the trade. He and Clint also shared an appreciation for firearms.

Leroy retained his humorous streak as an adult, finding particular delight in blonde jokes, gag gifts, and Aggie jokes. He referred to his children and grandchildren by pet nicknames. Being colorblind, he loved pointing out rabbits and other wildlife in fields when no one else could see them. When Carrie was in high school, he delighted in jumping out to scare her from around corners, dissolving into an infectious laugh.

When the store had been freshly painted, it was vandalized with spray paint graffiti overnight. Thanks to his consistent early-morning arrival at work, he painted over the graffiti before sunrise and it never saw the light of day; he laughed about what the “artist” must have thought for weeks.

Leroy placed a very high value on the academic progress of his children, and held them to lofty standards. He wanted his children to be capable–to marry out of free choice, and not out of need. When the kids were teenagers, he made it clear to them that if they were ever “in a tight,” they were free to make up any lie or excuse necessary regarding him in order to get back to a safe and responsible situation. He wanted to be “the heavy” whenever he was needed. Every day, he told his daughter she was pretty, but he did not allow her to drive until she could change her own tire.

Leroy’s granddaughters brought him great joy. Two refer to him as “Grandpa Oreo,” for his tendency to arrive with Oreos or M&Ms at most appearances. His family enjoyed watching his eyes sparkle as he watched the grandchildren play.

Three years ago, Leroy retired and sold Hometown Hardware. He became an excellent knitter’s helper, serving as a great ball-winder for his wife Terri and taking interest in her passion for fiber arts. In December 2012, construction on their new home was completed and they made the much-anticipated move to Amarillo to be close to their children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Terri Cox, in June; and his parents, Ralph and Marie Cox.

Survivors include his daughter Carrie and husband Travis Zinck of Amarillo; son Clint and wife Amber Cox of Amarillo; three granddaughters, Azelynn Zinck, Mayzie Zinck, and Mikaelah Cox of Amarillo; one grandson, Parker Sturgess of Amarillo; his brother R.H. and wife Sandra Cox of Amarillo; his sister Patsy Cox Shankles and husband Gary of Lubbock; and many extended family members.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Caring Bridge (http://www.caringbridge.org/waystogive) or a charity of your choice

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Jess Wayne Hunter

Hunter-Obit-Pic-230x300Jess Wayne Hunter, 34, of Amarillo died Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in Vega.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014, Paramount Baptist Church with Lance Herrington officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Jess was born July 12, 1979, in Amarillo to Michael and Gerry Hunter. He graduated in 1997 from Randall High School. He had worked with Flame One Productions. He enjoyed traveling, hiking Palo Duro Canyon, frisbee golf, playing the guitar and listening to music. Jess was quite the connoisseur of food and cooking, and loved spending time with family and friends. He was a member of Paramount Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Michael Wayne Hunter.

Survivors include his love, Otila Marks and her daughter Maizy of Amarillo; his mom, Gerry Ingram and husband Ron of Vega; two brothers, Joe Bob Hunter of Vega and John Michael Hunter and Crystal of Amarillo; and several aunts, uncles and cousin

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Jesus Richard “Nash” Preciado

jesus-preciado-obituaryJesus Richard “Nash” Preciado

June 7, 1943 – February 26, 2014

Jesus Richard “Nash” Preciado, 70, of Amarillo died on Thursday, February 26, 2014. Memorial Services will at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at St. Mathews Methodist Church, 1631 S. Roberts. Arrangements are by LaGrone Blackburn Shaw Funeral Directors, 1505 Martin Road.

Richard was born on June 7, 1943 to Jesus and Socorro in Amarillo, Texas. Richard lived his entire life in Amarillo where he had many life long friends. He was a concrete finisher for over 30 years and took great pride in his work. He was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and loved listening to the “Oldies but Goodies”.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Yvonne Preciado I, a son, Richard (Balou) Preciado, a sister, Amelia Cavazos and a niece Jean-Jean Padilla.

Richard is survived by 3 daughters, Tina Luera, Belinda Preciado Sigala and husband Richard, Yvonne Preciado Gonzales and husband Henry; 3 sons, Ray Frausto, Richard Robles and Christopher (Buddha) Preciado; 5 sisters, Virginia Preciado Chavez and Fred, Pauline Salazar and husband Frank, Margie Lujan and Cruz, Linda Sanders and husband Barry and Christina Velasco and husband Abel; 15 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the nurses at BSA Hospice for their loving care of Richard.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to St. Mathews Methodist Church.

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Nina Ruth Owen

nina-bowen-obituaryNina Ruth Owen
May 7, 1923 – February 27, 2014

Nina Ruth Owen, age 90, of Amarillo passed away Thursday, February 27, 2014. Memorial services will be Monday, March 3, 2014 at 10:00 am at Hillside Christian Church Chapel with Mike Nuthman officiating. Interment services will be Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Greenwood Cemetery in Ft. Worth.

Nina was born May 7, 1923 to Seth and Lena (Turner) Wampler in Vinyard, Texas. She grew up in Vinyard on the farm her family homesteaded. She graduated from Jacksboro High School and went on to marry the love of her life Jerry Owen in Weatherford in 1942. He preceded her in death in 1984 as did a grandson Chris Owen in 2002. Nina loved cooking for her family, playing bridge and the piano and was very active into her later years even mowing her own lawn until she as 81.

Survivors include two sons Michael and wife Jenni Owen of Oklahoma City, Ok and Art and Laura Owen of Amarillo as well as a step grandson Matt Lindsley of Amarillo.

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Alexander Rivera

173_photo_Rivera,_Alex_1Alexander Rivera, age 51, of Amarillo died February 25, 2014.

Memorial service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lubbock with Msgr. David Cruz officiating.

Alexander was born on October 19, 1962 in Lubbock to John and Sarah Rivera. He was raised in El Paso, where he graduated from Anderss High School in 1981. He then attended Texas Tech University, before graduating from the University of Houston with his Bachelor’s Degree in History. Alexander worked as an exterminatory for many years. He had a great sense of humor and was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan.

Survivors include his daughter, Shauna McClain of Deer Park; son, John Alexander Rivera of Allentown, PA; 2 grandchildren Aidan and Addison McClain; mother, Sarah Jane Rivera; brother, Richard Rivera and wife Marisela Gonzales of Amarillo; 2 sistere, Annette Tah and husband Henry of Avondale, AZ and Felisha DeLaCruz and husband Dennis of Albuquerque, NM and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Rivera.

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Dean Gordon Schlong

Schlong-Obit-Pic-200x300 (1)Dean Gordon Schlong, 60, of Amarillo died Wednesday, February 26, 2014.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 28, 2014, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Police Chaplain Kyle Hawley officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Dean was born January 12, 1954 in St. Paul, MN. He is preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Audrey Schlong. He grew up in New Ulm, MN and attended the University of Minnesota – Crookston and Mankato State University. Dean married the love of his life, Damaris Wilson, on October 4, 1986.

Dean graduated from the Amarillo Police Department Academy in June 1977 and retired in December 2005. He promoted to the ranks of Corporal in 1985 and Sergeant in 1994.

Throughout his law enforcement career, Dean was recognized for his bravery and quick thinking. He was honored with Officer of the Quarter in 1990 and 1997, Officer of the Year in 1998, and many personal commendations. Dean also served as the Police Coordinator for Amarillo Crime Stoppers winning awards for effective and creative PSAs.

Dean loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing, trap shooting, skydiving, skating, and his beautiful oak trees. He will be remembered for his leadership, random acts of kindness, a sincere concern for the well-being of others, an amazing sense of humor, his creative writing, and lifelong friendships. For those who knew him well, may you continue to smile as you remember Dean’s special friendship and hilarious antics.

Dean bravely dealt with the impact of toxic chemical exposure to Trichloroethylene (TCE) in his gun cleaning solvent. The EPA finally classified TCE as a known human carcinogen and neurotoxin in September 2011. Unfortunately, this chemical is readily used today.

Survivors include his loving wife and best friend, Damaris of Amarillo, a beloved sister, Jill and husband Doug Warner of Palmer, Alaska, and a daughter, Emily Schlong Hed of Mankato, MN. Dean was treasured by his nieces and nephews. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Dean was loved and respected by so many people. Special thanks to Dean’s hospice and medical teams, dear friends & family, as well as Faye Holder, Linda Brazille and his other caregivers for being such angels on this journey.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Hospice Care of the Southwest, 6600 Killgore Dr., Ste. 110, Amarillo, TX 79106 or to a favorite charity.

Family and friends will gather at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, February 27, 2014, at Parie Designs, 2630 Wolflin Ave. to celebrate Dean’s life.

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