Obituaries 2017

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John B Culp
John Birdette Culp
John Birdette Culp was born May 17, 1953, in El Paso, TX, passed away on August 4, 2017, at the age of 64 at his home in Odessa, TX. Born to R. Thomas (Tom) and Mary Ann Culp, the second of seven children, John was the first Culp grandson to John and Josie Culp of Kent, TX and he was named for his two grandfathers, John Culp and Wm Birdette Bristow of Van Horn, TX.

He is survived by his wife, Darlene Culp of Odessa, a son, Thomas Culp of Dallas,TX and daughter, Angel and Ben Colbry of Chester, MT; four grandchildren, Tiffany Colbry, Shiloh Colbry, Kaeden Roberts, and Calvin Culp; five siblings, Debbie and Gary Crutcher, El Paso, TX, Cyndi Culp, Oklahoma, Jeff and Kim Culp, North Carolina, David and Shirl Culp, Arizona, Jim Culp, Kansas; mother in law Mary Berg, Walkerville, MT; sister in law Rosie Okerson, Great Falls, MT, brother in law George and Chris Berg, Absorkee, MT and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins all over the U.S.

He is preceded in death by his parents, R.T. (Tom) and Mary Ann Culp L'Esperance and a brother, Mike Culp, of Oklahoma.

John was one of seven children. He grew up in El Paso, in the Ysleta area, and went to Ysleta High School, class of 1971, where he was in the National Honor Society and active in DECA. At 17 he went to work for Harrison Business Supplies and worked there during high school and several years after. After the death of his father in 1969, John became the head of the household and helped his mother to provide and care for their large family. Later he worked for Hugh Trotter at Allied Van Lines and was a truck driver for several El Paso long distance trucking companies for several years.

John learned to play the guitar at an early age from his Dad and this began his lifelong love of music. He loved playing the guitar and writing songs, In the early 70's he formed a country western band, The Outlaws, with lifelong friend Ronnie Wohleking and they toured the El Paso, Southwest and Northwest United States. Although they never made it to Nashville as he had hoped, he and his band recorded several songs during their time together. John's love of country and gospel music lasted throughout his lifetime. He especially loved playing and singing with his brothers, Mike and Jim, and lifelong friends.
During one tour in Montana, he met Darlene Kinzle and they married on October 23, 1984. They relocated to Odessa, TX in 1985, to be near his son, where they made their home and John worked in the oilfields. He suffered debilitating health issues at the age of 32 and went on to study accounting and became a successful small business owner in Odessa. He was known and respected as an honest business man of integrity and good advice specializing in small businesses. Later he and his wife, Darlene, established and continue to operate Darlene’s Elder Care where he managed the office and Darlene provides care for patients and supervises care providers.

John was a dedicated student of the Bible and loved sharing his love for Jesus Christ with everyone he knew. He especially loved Jewish history. He routinely held Bible studies and worship services in local nursing homes, where he loved working with the elderly. With his soft, West Texas drawl and story-telling style, he was often sought out as a speaker and to give eulogies and funeral services for friends and the elderly he came to know and love. He was a prolific reader and student of history and politics. He was an eloquent speaker and writer on many subjects. He quickly took to social media and shared his wealth of knowledge and words of wisdom and political opinions as well as witty homespun stories, anecdotes and family memories, often under his pseudonym of Johnboy.

John loved children and many family friends’ children call John “Uncle John” to this day.

John also loved his Boston Terrier dogs, the Raiders, the Yankees, and God’s Learning Channel.

John was never shy about sharing the gospel and believed that what a man believed and what he said and did were the most important things in life and his greatest legacy. His love and generosity to family and friends knew no bounds and he never met a stranger or failed to help a friend in need. John will be remembered as a man who loved his family and lived life fully. He will be greatly missed by family, friends and associates.

A memorial service will be held in his honor at Westover Baptist Church 2540 Torrance Ave Odessa, Tx on Monday August 7th, 2017 at 3 pm.

Peggy Collins Abel
Peggy Lou Collins Abel

Heaven’s door opened for Peggy Collins Abel on August 5, 2017.  Born in Sedan Kansas, she spent most of her life in Odessa, Texas.  She served her community as a nurse for sixty-five years in numerous capacities, including a floor nurse at Medical Center Hospital, a mental health nurse at MHMR, home health nurse, Director of Nursing at Avalon Place.  Peggy was one of the four original Hospice nurses at Hospice of the Southwest.  She concluded her career at Midland Hospice only retiring when she was 82 and only retiring because of an accidental fall.   

Hospice care was her calling and her favorite nursing assignment.  She raised three children in Odessa and is survived by all three, Bill Abel and wife Kim of Houston, Cindy Abel Brunson and husband James of Odessa, and daughter Connie Abel of Odessa.    In our family, she was lovingly known as Mimi.  She was exceptionally generous to all she knew.  Hospice was her favorite career but her grandchildren and great grand children were her heart.   Many grandchildren survive her and each of them received her unconditional love.   Her younger brother Bud Collins, wife Mariette and their three daughters also survive her.  Many other nieces and nephews also survive her.   

All that knew Peggy loved her fun loving spirit, sense of humor and her great capacity to love people.  At her request, a private memorial will celebrate and honor her life.  

We are grateful to the staff of Medical Center Hospital and Home Hospice for their kind and exceptional care during her final days.  We are also grateful to those staff members at Deerings Nursing Home who loved and cared for her.  

We will miss her infectious laugh and love.  God will look at her life and pronounce it a life well done.   In lieu of flowers, please forward donations to Home Hospice or Hospice of Midland in her honor.

Matthew Hill
Matthew Hill

Matthew Hill, age 54, of Odessa, TX, passed from this life on Monday, August 7, 2017. He was born Friday, October 12, 1962 in Snyder, TX to Joy (Arnold) and Donald Gladnor Hill.

Those left to cherish his love and memories are his  brothers: Steven Donald Hill of Encinitas, CA, Gary Michael Hill of Odessa and Terry Alan Hill and wife Maryam of Odessa; sister: Charmaine Gabbert and husband Clint of Beeville, TX and 6 nieces and nephews: Keith, Jacob, Michelle, Jessica, Janelle and Jordan Hill.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother: Russell Keith Hill and niece: Stefanie Joy Hill.

Memorial services will be held at 5:00 pm, Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at Parker Heights Christian Church, officiated by Rev. Dr. William Mark Bristow. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

David Richard Boone
David Richard Boone

David Richard Boone, 76, passed away Monday, August 7, 2017, surrounded by his family. Dave was born on March 9, 1941, to E. A. “Simon” Boone and Eva Louise (Newberry) Boone in Fort Worth, TX. He attended schools in Fort Worth, Lone Camp, and Santo. In 1965, he joined the Marine Corps and served in the field artillery division in Vietnam. Dave married Kathryn June Hash on August 15, 1967, in Mineral Wells. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 1970 with a BBA in marketing.

In 1973, Dave and Kathy moved to Odessa where they made a home and raised their two children. Dave went into business for himself as a machine tool salesman and opened Thunderbird Machinery Co., Inc., in 1980. He was the Kingston Machine Tool dealer in the region for almost 35 years. Dave loved selling machines and making deals and continued to do so until his death.

Dave was an outdoorsman. He fished and hunted dove, quail, and deer. He enjoyed camping, especially at Black Gap in Big Bend. For many summers, he grew vegetable gardens and come fall he often had a nice crop of pecans. He could often be found sitting outside in the evenings, enjoying the peace and solitude of his backyard.

In 1998, Dave found a new hobby in cooking competition chili. He competed in cook-offs all over Texas and as far away as Wisconsin and Tennessee. From cooking chili, Dave branched out into competition barbeque with his award-winning ribs and chicken. When the cooking was done, he turned his attention to dominoes and won many Forty-Two tournaments.  He was a member of the Black Gold Pod, Casi International, and the CASI Chili Hall of Fame.   

Dave was a supportive and generous husband, father, and friend. His good-hearted, easy-going nature will be missed by all that knew him. He is survived by his wife, Kathy; son David A. S. Boone (Paula Tapper) of Cary, IL; daughter Elizabeth Boone (Heath Massey) of Stoughton, WI; grandchildren Georgia, Holden, and Avery Boone of Cary, IL, and Theodore Massey of Stoughton, WI; sister Nancy Procter of Gordon; sisters-in-law Barbara Thompson of Portland, OR, and Margaret Green of Odessa; brother-in-law Burl Hash of Canyon Lake; lifelong friend Sam Abernathy of Austin; and numerous nephews and nieces.

He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Louise Johnson, brother H. E. “Pete” Boone, brother-in-law Marvin Procter, and nephews Barney Johnson and Tommy Procter.

A memorial service celebrating Dave’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 10, 2017, at Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University, Odessa. The family requests donations be made in Dave’s honor to the following organizations: Odessa College Education Foundation, 201 W. University Blvd., Odessa, TX 79764; CASI Scholarship Fund PO Box 4150, Shreveport, LA 71134; Friends of the Ector County Library 321 W. 5th St., Odessa, TX 79761.

Betty "JoAnn" Gibson
Betty "JoAnn" Gibson
Betty "JoAnn" Gibson, age 82, of Odessa, TX passed from this life on Thursday, August 10, 2017. She was born in Crosbyton, TX on April 26, 1935 to the late Lummi and Minnie (Parker) Jarrett.

Those left to cherish her love and memories are her three sons: Royce Wayne Senn Jr., Kenneth Wesley Senn and Ronald Joe Senn; as well as 4 grandsons, 2 granddaughters, 1 great-grandson and 2 great-granddaughters.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 am, Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.
Ethel Allred
 Ethel Allred
Ethel Allred, age 90, of Odessa, TX, passed from this life on Thursday, August 10, 2017. She was born in McPherson County, Texas on February 6, 1927 to the late Otto and Susie (Auerheimer) Vogts.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 10:00 am at Life Change Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor Johnny Thomason. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.
Gogan "Batman" Ryker Ridley
Gogan "Batman" Ryker Ridley
Gogan "Batman" Ryker Ridley, age 23, of Odessa, passed from this life on Thursday, August 10, 2017. He was born in Odessa on March 23, 1994 to Forrest Ridley and Misty Roberts. He met Aleshia Thurman four and a half years ago when he picked her up at the Greyhound station with a mutual friend. They married in Odessa on April 7, 2016.

Gogan was amazing, kind and caring. He enjoyed reading Science Fiction books and could finish extremely thick books in 2 days. He loved to play frisbee golf with his friends and sitting at home watching movies with his wife & daughter. Gogans favorite candy was Reeses peanut butter cups and he was so excited when they came out with Reeses pieces. He also said that Aleshia needed a hobby so they took up art together and made amazing drawings.

Those left to cherish his love and memories are his beloved wife: Aleshia (Thurman) Ridley; daughter: Dollia Ridley; mother: Misty Ridley and husband Jude; father: Forrest Ridley and wife Debbie; paternal grandfather: Troy Ridley; maternal grandmother: Sue Roberts; brother: Hayden Ridley; sisters: Amber Ridley and Taylor Jones and husband Stephen; aunt: Wendy Roberts and cousin: Connor Roberts.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandma: Carmene Biles; maternal grandfather: Rodney Roberts, Sr. and uncle: Rodney Roberts, Jr.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 am, Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at Acres West Funeral Chapel. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

A meal will be served afterwards at 6732 Benefield Avenue in Odessa.
Wilmar "Wil" Willie Klaehn

Wilmar "Wil" Willie Klaehn, age 79, of Midland, TX, passed from this life on Friday, August 11, 2017. He was born in Harper, TX on Sunday, June 12, 1938 to the late Willie and Amanda (Behrens) Klaehn.

Wil loved his country, and he proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force.  Wil spent the last several years of his civilian career as a Radar Technician, and together, he and his beautiful wife Betty traveled to every state in the United States. 

Wil was a good man, a loving father, and a devoted husband.  He was also a mentor and friend.  There were times when his love of fast cars allowed him to pursue his other passion:  tinkering.  He was always looking for something to repair or improve, and he was willing to help anyone fix or solve any problem. He loved to serve, and he loved to cook for his family.  He was a perfectionist, especially in the kitchen.  He loved to serve others, and he and Betty volunteered for the local Meals on Wheels.  He was such a gentleman to everyone.  He also loved animals, especially dogs.  Most of all, Wil loved God, Betty, and his family. 

The past few years, Wil proved to everyone that he was a warrior.  When days were tough, he kept fighting.  Wil taught us all to never give up.  He proved that love conquers all, and through Christ, all things are possible. 

Those left to cherish his love and memories are his beloved wife Betty Klaehn; son: Scott Martin (Shannon Sullivan-Martin); brother: Kermit Klaehn (Gay) and LLoyd Kneese (Barbara); three grandchildren: Daniel Klaehn (Katie), Cody Hess (Nicole) and Mathew Martin (Melly); eight great-grandchildren: Haleigh Klaehn, Cadisyn Hess, Micaiah Klaehn, Londyn Klaehn, Zachariah Martin, Kinzee Hess, P.J. Martin and Eilen Hess, his beloved poodle: Lacey Ann, and numerous nieces and nephews:  Kim and Steve Inman, Keith and Sarah Klaehn, and Leigh Klaehn; as well as seven grandnieces and grandnephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and son: Stacy Martin.

Memorial services with Military Honors will be held at 3:00 pm, Sunday, August 27, 2017 at Home Line Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor Robb Foreman. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. Memorial donations in honor of Wil may be made to Home Line Baptist Church Building Fund.

Martha Rita Ramos
Martha Rita Ramos

Martha Rita Ramos, age 45, of Odessa, TX, passed from this life on Saturday, August 12, 2017. She was born in La Salada, Mexico on February 23, 1972 to Teofilo and Rita (Marquez) Ramos.

Those left to cherish her love and memories are her parents; siblings: Juan Ramos (Mary), Luis Ramos (Juany), Ramiro Ramos, Blanca Black (Bobby), Ovidio Ramos (Rosie), Fernando Ramos (Olga), Eloy Ramos (Eva), Marcial Ramos and Adela Huitron (Ricardo); as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 pm, Monday, August 14, 2017 at Acres West 24 Hour Funeral Chapel, officiated by Pastor Sergio Alvarado. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

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