Obituaries

Fri
29
Dec

Charles Robert Uecker

Charles Robert Uecker, 84, of Cameron died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, at his home.  Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at Oak Hill Pavilion.

Mr. Uecker, a retired civil service worker, was born May 8, 1933, in San Antonio.  He served in U.S. Army. 

He was preceded in death by his wife Edith in January of this year. 

He is survived by: sons, Charles R. Uecker Jr. of Spring and Rollin Hutton of Marlin; three grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home of Cameron is in charge of arrangements.

 

Thu
28
Dec

James Edward Vessell

James Edward Vessell, 78, of Shore Acres and formerly of Cameron, died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, at his home. 

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron with Rev. Tim Cheatham officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 11 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Mr. Vessell, a retired pipefitter, was born Sept. 25, 1939, in Waco to Joseph Elton and Margaret Fern (Widner) Vessell. He married Juanita Hutto on July 23, 1981.  He is survived by: sons, Joe Ray Vessell of Huntsville, Phillip Milstead of Boyd, and James Ernest Vessell of Decatur; daughter, Frances Vessell of Shore Acres; sister, Louise Bradley of Cameron; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren

Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home of Cameron is in charge of arrangements.

Thu
28
Dec

Peggy Jo (Smilie) Smith

Peggy Smith, devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on Dec. 22, 2017, at Baylor Scott & White hospital in Grapevine, surrounded by her family. She was unable to recover from an injury she sustained in a fall on Dec. 3.

Memorial services will be held on Dec. 30, 2017, at First United Methodist Church in Rosebud at 1 p.m.

Peggy was born in Rosebud on Aug. 28, 1924, the first child of Joe H. and Kathleen Souther Smilie. After graduating from Rosebud High School in 1941, she attended TSCW (now Texas Women’s University) and the University of Texas at Austin. She was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority at UT and it was there that she met her future husband, Owen R. Smith, at a sorority party. They were married for 66 years until his death in 2010.

Wed
27
Dec

Bentley Lee Hause

Bentley Lee Hause, 90, of Cameron, died Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in a Temple hospital. 

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in Cameron with Rev. Fred Hill officiating. Burial will follow in the Hope Lutheran Memorial Park in Buckholts. Visitation will be Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home.

Mr. Hause was born Nov. 16, 1927, in the Hoyt Community of Milam County to Gene and Martha “Dollie” (Springer) Hause. He married Gloria Jungmann on Nov. 20, 1955, and she preceded him in death in 2003. 

Mr. Hause retired from Alcoa as a crane operator in 1990.  He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a charter member of the Abiding Savior Lutheran Church. He had served on the Cameron ISD School Board. 

Fri
22
Dec

Rev. Don Edward Legge

The Rev. Don Edward Legge passed away peacefully in his home on Dec. 14, 2017, in Georgetown.

Don was born in Paducah, Texas, in the summer of 1931 to Margaret and Eudell Legge. His young parents welcomed into their modest home Margaret’s widowed mother, Julia Moore, and her two young children, Jeanette and Betty Jo, who became his older “sisters.”

Don graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio. He graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He participated in Student Government, was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, and other honorary organizations.

After serving in the US Army, he returned to Austin and established a small general architectural practice. He was the Executive Director of the Texas Society of Architects for a time and returned to private practice in 1972.

Mon
18
Dec

Clara Grace Sherrill

Funeral services for Clara Grace Sherrill, 93, of Lexington, are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, at the Lexington Livestock Commission with Keith Bexley officiating. Burial will follow in the Lexington Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. and on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, from 8 a.m. until noon at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Lexington. The family will be present for visitation from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Clara Grace (King) Sherrill was born on March 17, 1924, in Lexington, to Brevard McDowell and Margaret “Maggie” Esebella (Dowdy) King. She was affectionately known to her family and friends as “Weise.” She was united in marriage to Buell Bernard “B.B.” Sherrill on May 1, 1959, in La Grange. They shared three children, Roderick, Gary and Sherry.

Mon
18
Dec

Lucille Ramos

Lucille Ramos, better known as Snookie, 70, of Avondale, Ariz., formerly of Cameron, died Friday morning in an Avondale hospital..

Funeral services will be Saturday, Dec. 23, at noon at the Light Chapel Baptist Church in Cameron with Pastor Leslie  Dunn officiating. Visitation will be Friday, Dec. 22, from 6-8 p.m. at Dorsey-Keatts Funeral Home in Cameron.

She graduated from O.J. Thomas High School.

Survivors include: daughter, Shlanthia Simmons of Avondale, Ariz.; son, Ronald Daniels of Texas City; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters, Gloria West of California, Shirley Taylor of Cameron, and Vickie Taylor of Cameron; and brother, Donnie Daniels of Belton.

Mon
18
Dec

Warren Dean Hillman

Warren Dean Hillman, 46, of Cameron died Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, at his home.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron with Rev. Johnny Kueker officiating. Burial will follow in the Hope Lutheran Memorial Park in Buckholts. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mr. Hillman was born in Cameron on Dec. 7, 1971, to Warren Dee and Patricia Ann (Kamenicky) Hillman. He received his Bachelor’s degree from West Texas A&M and worked in the Registration and Admission offices of Temple College for over 20 years. He was a member of the Buckholts Brethren Church where he had served on the Board of Elders. Warren retired from the Cameron Volunteer Fire Department after more than 22 years. He was a life member SPJST #15 where he had served as vice president. 

Mon
18
Dec

Ann Schiller Ondrej Balusek

Ann Schiller Ondrej Balusek, 97, of Cameron died Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, in a Cameron nursing and rehab facility. 

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home with Rev. Johnny Kueker officiating. Burial will follow in the Hope Lutheran Memorial Park in Buckholts. Visitation will be Monday, Dec. 18, from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mrs. Balusek was born Jan. 8, 1920, to John and Anna (Stracik) Schiller. She married Alfred Fritz Ondrej and he preceded her in death in 1971. In 1972 she married Dan Balusek and he preceded her in death in 2014. She had worked for the City of Cameron for many years.

Mrs. Balusek was a member of the Buckholts Brethren Church where she was a member of the Christian Sisters organization.  She was a founding member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the V.F. W. Post 2010 and a member of SPJST Lodge #47. 

She is survived by nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Mon
18
Dec

Linda Lee Ruzicka

Mrs. Linda Lee Ruzicka, 66, of Belton, passed away Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, in a Temple hospital. A memorial service for Ms. Ruzicka will be held Saturday, Dec. 23, at 2 p.m. in the Kathryn W. Green Chapel of Green-Patterson Funeral Home in Cameron, with Matt Ruzicka officiating.

Mrs. Ruzicka was born June 27, 1951, in Ada, Okla., to Lowell and Ruby (Roberson) Hays. She was a longtime resident of Buckholts. She was a Baptist.

Survivors include: sons, Richard Ruzicka and wife Melissa of Belton, Micah Ruzicka and wife Noelle of Temple and Matt Ruzicka and wife Allie of Alvin; daughter, Jessica Hollas and husband Leonard of Salado; brother, Jamie Hays of Nashville, Tenn.; and sister, Nancy Smith of Houston. Also surviving are five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Richard, her parents, and two sisters.

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