Obituaries 2012

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Adrian Castillo

Adrian Castillo, age 21, of Midland, Texas, died Friday, January 13, 2012, in a fatal car accident on South Hwy 385 in Odessa, TX.  He was born in Hobbs, NM on December 1, 1990.  He was a construction laborer.

He is survived by his mother:   Corina (Castillo) Lujan of Midland; daughter:  Kyrsten Castillo of Oklahoma; maternal grandmother:  Adela Castillo of Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico; sister:  Elena Lujan of Midland, and two brothers:  Hian Jazeo Lujan and Aldo Lujan, both of Midland.    

Services will be at a later date in Ojinaga, Mexico and interment will be at Jardines del Eden in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, MX.  Arrangements are entrusted Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa and Funeraria de Valle of Ojinaga.  

Friends of Adrian and Jesus M. Leon have organized a candlelight vigil on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at Frederick Douglas Park on South Muskingum in Odessa, beginning at 6:00 pm.

Ella Ruth Rogge Chastain

Ella Ruth Rogge Chastain, age 67, of Odessa, passed from this life on Friday, January 13, 2012 at Medical Center Hospital after a long illness.  She was born in Oklahoma City, OK on April 14, 1944 to Elmer Ozell Franks, Sr. and Oklahoma Bell (Lane) Franks.  She was a hairdresser for over 50 years. 

Ruth always loved to be the center of attention.  She was a classy lady – top of the line.  She was “Miss Black Velvet “ in the 70’s and had her own billboard.  She loved to shop and was very young at heart.  Ruth also had her stubborn side and could be all attitude – “something else”.

Those left to cherish her love and memory are her brother:  Elmer Ozell Franks, Jr. of Ft. Stockton; sister:  Claudine Mae Humphrey of Huntington Beach, CA; five grandchildren:  Holly King, Matthew King, and David Lee Owens II, all of Odessa, and Daniel Lee Owens III and Alicia Owens, both of Midland; and three great-grandchildren:  Hayley King, Christopher King, and Corbin Chesshir, all of Odessa.

Ruth is preceded in death by her parents, her sons:  David Lee Owens and Danny Owens; and her daughter:  Debra Lynn King.

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. Jimmy Braswell.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Paul George Houghton

Paul George Houghton, age 63, entered into rest in the arms of our Lord, surrounded by those who loved him deeply, on Saturday, January 14, 2012, at the family home in Odessa.  He was born in Hamlin, TX on February 1, 1948 to the late Ernest Houghton and Martha (Braggs) Houghton.  Paul married the love of his life, Rita Elaine Barron, at the Foursquare Church in Odessa on November 27, 1965.  He was a machinist and had worked for several years for Meither Machine.  Paul and Rita worshiped at Grace Fellowship Church. 

Paul was the epitome of a family man.  Family was everything to him.  He loved without condition and instilled that same love, compassion, and respect for one another in his family.  His greatest joy in life was his grandchildren. 

In addition to his parents, Paul was welcomed into Heaven by his daughter-in-law, Billie Houghton.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 46 years: Rita Houghton; and five children:  David Houghton, Melissa Johnson and husband Dwayne, Kerris Flowers and husband Warren, Ernest Houghton and wife Myna, and Martha McDougle, all of Odessa; three sisters:  Ann Croom of Odessa, Thelma Dunfee of Roswell, NM and Velma Nichols of Portales, NM; one brother:  Lee Houghton of Orange; twelve grandchildren:  Melissa Nicole Johnson, Timothy Paul Houghton, Katyn Elizabeth Armstrong, Joshua Dwayne Johnson, Lainey Bre-Anne McDougle, Ryan Wayne Houghton, Billy Landon Blake McDougle, Matthew Tate Houghton, Caleb Aaron Johnson, Kelsey Makaylee Houghton, Warren Dale Flowers III “Trey”, Marisa Brooke Fierro, all of Odessa; two honorary grandchildren:  Jordan Elizabeth Carvajal and Andrew Oscar Carvajal, both of Conroe, TX; one great-grandchild:  Evan Daniel Sandoval;  and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Family visitation will be Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at Acres West Funeral Chapel from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.  Funeral services will be at Acres West Funeral Chapel at 10:00 AM Wednesday, January 18, 2012, Pastor Robert Lamb, Jr. officiating.  Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Barbara Ann (Province) Daniel

Barbara Ann (Province) Daniel, age 73, departed this life on Sunday, January 15, 2012, at her Odessa, TX home.  She was born in Hobbs, NM on January 23, 1938 to the late Fred Theophilus Province and Mary Agnes (Needham) Province.  She married Jerry Don Daniel in Hobbs on August 1, 1982 and they began a life together lasting 27 years, until separated by his death in 2009.  

Barbara worked for nine years as a bartender at “George’s Supper Club”.  After her marriage to Jerry, however, she became his secretary at their business, Daniel AC and Heating.  They were members of the United Church of God. Anyone who knew Barbara loved her for her kind and generous heart and loving smile. She was an artist, loved music, crossword puzzles and playing cards.  But above all else she loved God. 

In addition to her parents and beloved husband, Barbara’s sister:  Jo Ann Allen, precedes her in death. 

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughters:  Jan Marker Laijas and husband David of Odessa and Marilayne Marker Millwood and husband Bruce of Odessa; one son: Frederick Gus Marker and wife Carmen of Hobbs, NM; two foster daughters:  Vickie Lee of Dexter NM and Robbie Morrison of Roswell, NM; three step daughters: Rosana Fincher and partner Mark Townsend of Frisco, TX, Melisa Townsend and husband Brent of Forney TX and Karen Lawson and husband Heath of Frisco, TX; one stepson:  Corby Daniel and partner Rett Hutto of Stanton, TX; two sisters:  Dorothy Collins of Hobbs, NM and Minnie Cothran and husband Gary of Lovington, NM; brother:  Doyle Province and wife Bettye of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 18 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.  

Graveside services will be 2:00 pm Thursday, January 19, 2012 at Denver City Memorial Park in Denver City, TX, officiated by Pastor Tom Damour.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Home Hospice, 516 North Texas, Odessa, TX 79761. 

Angie Sadberry

Angela Marie (Liekhus) Sadberry, age 57, of Odessa, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Friday, January 20, 2012, at Hospice House.  Angie was born in Canyon, TX to the late George Henry and Rose Lorene (Bedenk) Liekhus on December 12, 1954.  She married her beloved husband, Ricky Sadberry, in Odessa on June 14, 1985. 

Mrs. Sadberry was employed by HEB and worked in the produce department.  She loved the people that she worked with and was fondly called “Bubba” by her coworkers there.  She playfully called her husband “Bubba” and he called her “Bubbette”.  Angie had a wonderful sense of humor and a generous spirit.  She always put the needs of others before her own and did her best to keep them smiling.  She was easygoing and loved the word “whatever”.  She enjoyed hockey and was a Jackalopes fan.  Angie also had a green thumb.  She adopted many plants and could bring any sad, wilted plant back to life.

She was a fantastic person and a wonderful sister, sister-in-law and aunt.  Above all else, Angie was a loving and devoted wife and mother.   She was extremely proud of their son and saw him as a blessing from God.  She worked hard to teach Josh right from wrong and what it truly meant to be a good young man.

Those left to cherish her love and memory are her husband:  Ricky Sadberry of Odessa; son:  Josh Sadberry of Odessa; two sisters:  Lou Gabel of Amarillo and Barbara Grisham and husband Rex of Topeka, Kan.; two brothers:  Del Liekhus and wife Brenda of Broken Arrow, Okla. and Al Liekhus of Tacoma, Wash.; her brother and sister-in-law:  John and Tina Sadberry of Odessa; sister-in-law:  Marcia Liekhus of Amarillo; and numerous nieces, nephews, and countless friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother:  Arnie Liekhus, and her parents-in-law. 

The family will receive guests at the funeral home Monday evening, January 23, 2012 from 6 to 8:00 pm.  Funeral services will be at Westover Baptist Church at 2:00 PM Tuesday, January 24, 2012, Bro. Terry Wright officiating.  Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

The family would like to send out a special “Thank You!” to Angie’s HEB partners:  Becky Fox, Della Copeland, Judy Clements, Ruth Carlton, Elizabeth Ortega and Martha Gray, and the staff of Hospice House.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice House, 903 N. Sam Houston, Odessa, TX 79761. 

Albert “Alvaro” Vijil Marquez

Albert “Alvaro” Vijil Marquez, age 63, of Odessa, entered into eternal rest with the Lord on Friday, January 20, 2012, at Medical Center Hospital.  He was born in Imperial, TX on February 17, 1948 to the late Manuel Granado Marquez and Matilda (Vijil) Marquez.  Mr. Marquez had resided in Odessa for 48 years and had worked ten years as a delivery driver for Glazer's Wholesale Distribution.

He always wore a bright smile that lit up the room.  Albert was a diehard Cowboys fan.

Those left to cherish his memory are his sister:  Maria Reyes Marquez; two brothers:  Vicente Marquez and Manuel V. Marquez, Jr.; niece:  Gloria M. Gomez; nephews:  Santos Gomez and Daniel Renteria; great-nephews:  Julius Angel Gomez and Ricardo Iram Saenz; and cousin:  Dolores Duran, all of Odessa.

Albert was greeted in Heaven by his parents, brother:  Pete Marquez, and two sisters:  Paula Marquez Gomez and Elida (Lila) M. Renteria.

Rosary will be said at 7:00 pm Sunday, January 22, 2012 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Monday, January 23, 2012, officiated by Father Serafin Avenido.  Interment will follow at Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Anthony Arturo Valdez-Torres

Anthony Arturo Valdez-Torres, age 9, flew away with the angels on Friday, January 20, 2012, after a tragic accident near his Odessa home.  He was born in Boulder, CO on June 5, 2002 to Bernabe Valdez and Maria (Torres) Valdez. Tony was a little cowboy who loved horse racing, playing with his cousins and football.  He also enjoyed dancing and playing his X Box, especially “Grand Theft Auto”.  Tony was a 4th grade student at Cavazos Elementary. He was a loving son, brother, and grandson.

Those left to cherish his memory are his parents:  Bernabe and Maria Valdez; his sister and brother:  Britney Valdez and Jackzel Valdez; his paternal grandmother:  Luz Huerta; maternal grandmother:  Antonia Tamayo, all of Odessa; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral service will be at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church at 2:00 PM Thursday, January 26, 2012, Fr. Arturo Pestin officiating.  Pallbearers will be Jackzel Valdez, Victor Gutierrez, Bernabe Valdez, Baldo Valdez, Baltazar Valdez, and Sergio Beltran.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 


Dan Kalenak

Dan Kalenak, age 87, of Odessa, passed on from this world on January 23, 2012.  He was born on August 15, 1924 in Nanty-Glo, PA, one of 13 children born to parents:  Michael Kalenak and Anna Gmiter.

Following school in Nanty-Glo and a brief work history in Ohio, he eventually landed in New York.  Dan worked for years for Western Electric in New Jersey, whose slogan was “Maker of Bell Telephones”. 

His military service included a 3 year stint in the Army during the Korean Conflict.  After being discharged, he attended radio and TV school.  Broadcasting was always a highly fascinating field for Dan.  He entered his first radio job in 1952 at KECK in Odessa.  When television debuted in the area, he went to work for KMID in the formative days of black and white TV, and finally was employed by KOSA-TV where he remained for 33 years.  He was continuity director, announcer, weatherman, talk show host, and PR person.

His passion publicly and personally was reminding folks of how lucky we are to be living in the United States of America.  His personal files include hundreds of letters from young and old who heard and appreciated one of Dan’s presentations about how the U.S.A. was created amazingly by a minority whose main concern was the rights of man instead of the rule of kings.

His live visual programs related the hard to believe exploits of Benjamin Franklin, the only man who signed all four documents essential in creating the United States of America.

Dan is survived by his wonderful wife of 57 years:  Karlene Kalenak of Odessa; son:  Tony Kalenak and wife Eva Lois of Odessa; daughter:  Elizabeth Ann “Liz” Hoffman and husband Van of Houston; son:  Eric Kalenak and wife Isabel of Midland; two sisters:  Anna K. Doray of Hershey, PA and Helen Lanwher of Kearny, NJ; seven lovely grandchildren:  Ben Kalenak, Patricia O’Michael, Michael Kalenak, Kyle Kalenak, Rafael Nuñez, Celeste Nuñez, and Vincent Nuñez; five beloved great-grandchildren and two on-the-way.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, January 25, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Funeral services will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Risen Lord on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 11:00 am, officiated by Pastor Michael Mueller and assisted by Rev. Jimmy Braswell.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Dan’s love for his country and West Texas will continue after the death of his mortal body.  His desire was for his remains to be cremated and the ashes scattered by the wind from a  plane high above the plains and mountains of the land he loved so much and was his worldly home for over half a century.

Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, The Door of Hope Mission, or to your favorite charity.

His family wishes to express their appreciation for the outstanding caring assistance provided by Home Hospice. 

Mary Ellen (Reed) Leach

Mary Ellen (Reed) Leach, age 64, of McCamey, passed from this life on Monday, January 23, 2012, at Midland Memorial Hospital.  She was born in Texon, TX to the late James Earl Reed and Fannie Irene (Payne) Reed on July 24, 1947.  She married C. B. “Rusty” Leach in McCamey on July 22, 1972.  They enjoyed almost 26 years together before separated by his death in June of 1998. Although she was a fighter, she was ready to go Home.

Mary was a homemaker who enjoyed caring for her family.  They were her world, especially her grandchildren.  She was a creative person who loved arts and crafts, woodworking, and sewing.  She could also knit and crochet.

Those left to cherish her love and memory are her daughters:  Kimberly Leach of McCamey and LeAnn Lee and husband Kenneth of Odessa; two sons:  Terry Leach and wife Dena of Ozona and James Leach and wife Cindy of Rankin; sister:  Earlene Bazar of Graham; two brothers:  Joe Reed of Alvin and Jackie Reed of Kermit; ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and beloved husband, two brothers precede her in death:  Jerry and Roy Lee Reed.

Graveside services will be at Resthaven Cemetery in McCamey at 10:00 AM Friday, January 27, 2012, Bro. Daniel Fleming officiating.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa, Texas. 

Jimmie DeLois Miner

Jimmie DeLois Miner, age 83, of Odessa, passed from this life on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at Permian Residential Care Center of Andrews.  She was born in Atoka, Oklahoma on January 11, 1929. She married Conrad John Voorhies (AKA Howard Miner) in old Mexico and they were together for 34 years before separated by his death June 17, 2010. 

Jimmie was a homemaker.  She was a tough lady, never afraid of anything.  She was very honest and caring.  No one in need was ever turned away by Jimmie.  Although she never had a daughter, she took in Tanya as her own.  In her spare time, you could find her enjoying a Rangers baseball game.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter:  Tanya A. Dunlap and husband Richard of Andrews, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jimmie’s parents, husband, brother:  Carl William Carter, and two sisters:  Betty Brooks and Joann Bandy, precede her in death.

Graveside services will be 2:00 pm, Friday January 27, 2012 at Sunset Memorial Gardens, officiated by Brother Roy Jones.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Janie Lee Campbell

Janie Lee Campbell, age 59, of Odessa, passed from this life on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at her residence. She was born in Big Spring, TX, on December 2, 1952 to the late Bill and Pim (Muncy) Rusk. 

Janie enjoyed arts and crafts, reading novels and was an avid lover of the outdoors. She loved spending quality time with her family, and her loveable dog Sugar Bear.

Those left to cherish her memory are her son: Kevin Campbell, daughter-in-law: Cori Campbell, and three grandchildren: Pierce, Maggie, and Camden, all of Odessa. She is also survived by her niece: Miracle Armstrong and husband Joe; great-nieces: Kristen Chandler and Shianne Armstrong; and great-nephew: Slaton Armstrong.

In addition to her parents, her son: Joseph Campbell, daughter: Amber Campbell, and sister: Carolyn Archuleta, precede her in death.

Visitation at the funeral home will be from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon on Friday. Memorial services will be 2:00 pm Friday, January 27, 2012 at Vine Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor Brian Serrano. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Joe Vasquez Ramirez

Joe Vasquez Ramirez, age 53, of Odessa, passed from this life Saturday, January 28, 2012, at Hospice House in Odessa.  He was born in Pecos, TX to the late Felix and Dominga (Vasquez) Ramirez on July 13, 1958.  He was a machinist. 

He is survived by his wife of 9 years:  Alma Talavera of Odessa; three daughters:  Noemi Muro and husband Jesus of Odessa, Feliza Ochoa of San Antonio, and Amanda Hernandez of California; two step-daughters:  Crystal Vasquez and Sasha Gonzales, both of Odessa; two step-sons:  Joseph Vasquez of Odessa and Juan Morales of Anchorage, Alaska; sisters:  Prude Orozco and Narcisa Primera, both of Odessa; brothers:  Pete Ramirez of San Angelo, and Ernest Ramirez, Ezequiel Ramirez, Felix Ramirez, Jr. , and Frank Ramirez, all of Odessa; and twenty grandchildren.   

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two brothers:  Carmelo and Alfonso Ramirez.

Rosary will be said Monday, January 30, 2012 at Acres West 24 Hour Chapel beginning at 7:30 pm.  Funeral mass will be at St Joseph Catholic Church at 2:00 pm Tuesday, January 31, 2012.  Interment will follow at Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Jane Johnson

Martha Jane Johnson, age 89, of Toyahvale, Texas, passed from this life on Saturday, January 28, 2012, at Medical Center Hospital of Odessa.  She was born in Van Horn, Texas on March 14, 1922, to the late William Pressley Hurt and Maude Amanda (King) Hurt.  They were a pioneer Van Horn family. 

She retired from the Texas Safety Association in Austin, Texas.  She then moved to College Station, Texas and was a sorority housemother at Texas A&M.  She then retired to Abilene, Texas to be close to her niece, Marilyn Galusha.  At the age of 79, Jane, at the request of her son, Tom, moved to Toyahvale, Texas, to help raise her grandson, Abe. She homeschooled him from second through eighth grade and continued as his grandmother, mentor and friend until her death.  She attended First Baptist Church of Balmorhea, Texas.  Jane was active with friends and family throughout her lifetime. 

Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Tom Johnson of Toyahvale; daughter, Carolyn Hagood and husband Ron of Lake Travis; and grandchildren, Leslie Chew and Abe Johnson.

She was welcomed to her heavenly home by her parents; her son, Steve; three brothers, Bobby, Monroe and Pressley; and two sisters, Frances and Mary Beth.

Memorial services are pending. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa.  

Joseph Jay Wilson

Joseph Jay Wilson, age 34, of Odessa, passed from this life on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at his residence.  He was born in Laredo, TX on June 18, 1977 to the late Joe Ray Wilson and Rhonda Hicks Skelton. 

He was a loving husband and father, who always made time for his family and enjoyed every second with them.  The last year of his life was full of pain and recovery following an accident on January 20, 2011.  Joseph kept fighting and continued to battle the pain until God said it was time to come home.  He loved his family with all of his heart and soul.

Joey is survived by his wife:  Heather Wilson of Odessa; two daughters:  Valora Wilson of Odessa and Amanda Wilson of Kyle; mother:  Rhonda Skelton of Odessa; nieces:  Cassandra and Sarah Shrum, both of Odessa; father-in-law:  Mike Roach of Odessa; parental figures:  Carla and Mark Malone of Odessa; sister-in-law:  Sharine Malone of Odessa; his best friends:  Paul Palmer and Wally and Christi Stains of Odessa; several aunts, uncles, and cousins; and many, many friends.

No services will be held at this time.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Joey, you were the best husband and father!  God truly blessed our family with the love and happiness we shared.  We will see you soon.  We love you more with every second that passes. ~ Love Heather and Valora

Pedro Jesus Vega

Pedro Jesus Vega, age 54, of Seminole, TX passed from this life on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, at Memorial Hospital of Seminole.  He was born in Alamogordo, NM on October 12, 1957 to Ignacio and Maria (Pantoja) Vega.  He married Rosalinda Ramos on September 16, 2006 in Odessa at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.  Mr. Vega was employed by Key Energy and worked there several years as a level 3 mechanic.  He was a fan of Mack Tools.

Pete was a very simple man who loved nature.  He enjoyed the mountains in New Mexico and was an avid fisherman, who enjoyed going out in his boat.  Although a loving husband, he always joked that he was a “bachelor for life”.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife:  Rosalinda Vega of Seminole; parents:  Ignacio and Maria Vega of Alamogordo, NM; step daughter:  Rebecca Cobarobio of Seminole; step son:  Joe Cobarobio of Midland; sister:  Maria A. Vega of Alamogordo, NM; brother:  Larry Vega of Alamogordo, NM; and his beloved nieces and nephews:  Cilia Cover, John Vega Jr., Dominic Vega, Martina Vega, Mary Grace Vega, Devin Bright and Nick Bright; four great-nephews:  Mikey Cover, Daniel Moon, Jaden Vega, John Cover and three great-nieces:  Katelyn Moran, Skylar Vega,  and Andiana Cover.

His brother, John Vega, preceded him in death.

Rosary will be said Sunday evening from 7 to 8:00 pm at Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa, Texas.  Funeral mass will be at St Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church at 11:00 am Monday, February 6, 2012, Father Mark Woodruff officiating.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

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