Obituaries

Mon
01
Feb

Dr. Raymond V. Lesikar

Dr. Raymond V. Lesikar, 93, of Cedar Park and formerly of Cameron died Thursday, Jan. 28 in a Round Rock hospital. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at Oak Hill Pavilion in Cameron.
Burial will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from Noon until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Dr. Lesikar was born June 29, 1922 in Milam County to Vincent and Albina (Stanislaw) Lesikar. He was a graduate of C.H. Yoe High School and then attended UT-Austin where he earned his B.B.A. degree, then an M.B.A. and ultimately his Ph.D.
He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. His professional career as professor, included teaching at Texas Christian University, The University of Texas, Louisiana State University, University of North Texas and as an exchange professor, University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China.
He married Lu Clay Allen in 1945 and she preceded him in death in 1993.

Thu
21
Jan

Virginia Yglecias

Virginia Yglecias, 75, of Cameron died Thursday, Jan. 21 in Temple.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. Monica’s Catholic Church with Rev. Dimitrij Colankin officiating. Entombment will follow in the St. Monica’s Mausoleum.
Visitation will be Sunday from 6 until 8 p.m. with a rosary being recited at 7 p.m. at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home.
Mrs. Yglecias was born to Clemente and Felipa Garcia. She married Jesus Yglecias and he preceded her in death in 1988. She had worked as a house keeper and worked for St. Monica’s Church for more than 20 years serving in many capacities. She was a member of St. Monica’s Church and of our Lady of Guadalupe.
She is survived by daughters, Violanda Griffin and husband Charles and Linda Carrasco, both of Cameron; brother, Pete Garcia of Pleasanton; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home of Cameron is in charge of arrangements.

Thu
21
Jan

Richard Tomasek

Funeral services will be held Sunday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m. for Richard Tomasek, 81, of Cameron. It will be held in the Kathryn W. Green memorial chapel of the Green-Patterson Funeral Home with Rev. Billy Crow officiating.
Mr. Tomasek passed away Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, in a Temple hospital after an illness. Interment will follow in the Corinth Cemetery.
Mr. Tomasek was born Nov. 24, 1934 in Cameron to Frank and Christina Pavilek Tomasek. A lifelong resident of Milam County, he carried on the tradition of his family in the farming industry.
Surviving are his brother-in-law Julius Tobola Sr., one neice Judy Tabola Wenske, one nephew Julius Tobola Jr.,two great nephews, Colton Wenske and Clayton Wenske, all of Yoakum, and two great nieces, Stephanie Tobola and Alyssa Tobola, both of Hallettsville.
Visitation for the family will be at 1 p.m. Sunday prior to the service.

Fri
15
Jan

Orlyn M Adams

Orlyn M Adams

Orlyn M Adams, 92,  of Cameron, passed away Jan. 13 in a Cameron hospital after an illness.
Funeral Services for Mr. Adams will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 19,  at 2 p.m. in the Kathryn W. Green Chapel of Green-Patterson Funeral Home in Cameron with the Rev. Jeff Davis officiating.
A graveside service will follow on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m. in the Llano City Cemetery, Llano.
Mr. Adams was born Jan. 6, 1924 in Fredricksburg to Robert Lee and Mamie Wiley Adams.
After graduating high school in San Antonio he became a carpenter in the construction business.
He was an Episcopalian.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Twila (Tye) Adams of Cameron, and one brother R. L. Adams Jr., of Llano. He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother, George and a sister, Audrey.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 19, from 1-2 p.m. prior to the service.

Tue
12
Jan

Terry Joe Balch

Terry Joe Balch, 66, of Burlington, died Sunday, Jan. 10, at his home.
Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home with Rev. David Cox officiating. Burial will follow in the Walkers Creek Cemetery.
Family visitation will be Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mr. Balch was born March 22, 1949 in Elgin to Oliver Eugene and Frances Charlene (Chisholm) Balch. He had worked in demolition. He was a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict and a member of the VFW in Caldwell. He was a member of the Davilla Baptist Church.
He is survived by daughters Johanna Doskocil of Burlington and Rebekka Arnold of Buckholts; sons Jason Rhodes of Canyon Lake and James Rhodes of Austin; his mother Charlene Marsh of Temple; brother Chuck Balch of Cameron; sister Charlotte Rogers of Rockdale; and seven grandchildren
Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home of Cameron is in charge of arrangements.

Mon
11
Jan

Angie Becker

Angie Becker was born June 19, 1947 to Martin and Lorine (Biar) Schneider.
On Jan. 8, 2016 the Lord called Angie home to rest.
Angie’s life in the church started at a very early age. It started with her baptism at St. Paul Lutheran in Thorndale. She then attended St. Paul School and became a “Lion.” Her love for the church and school continued into her adult life, where she joyfully served. She worked on many committees and held many positions. She was head of the finance board, played the organ, active with LWML, was choir director, served on the bereavement committee and so much more. She was always willing and with a smile on her face.
Angie also loved sports. You could find her watching or supporting some of her favorite teams: St. Paul Lions, Thorndale Bulldogs/Lady Dogs, or the Texas Aggies. She especially liked football. She looked forward to every football season where she would take her place in the press box as a spotter for the Bulldogs.

Mon
11
Jan

J. L. Hill

J. L. Hill, 81, of Temple and formerly of Ben Arnold, died Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 at his home.
Graveside funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the Bryan City Cemetery in Bryan.
Family visitation will be Monday, Jan. 11, from 6 until 8 p.m. at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron.
Mr. Hill was born Aug. 16, 1934 in Whitesboro, Texas to Elton Lester and Lucile (Parker) Hill.
He was a graduate of Texas A & M University Class of 1957. He worked as a dairy manager for many years and then later in life he worked for and retired from Milam County Precinct 2.
He married Janice Meads in August of 1957 and he served in the U. S. Army reserves.
He was preceded in death by a son, Douglas Brian Hill and a brother Jerry Neal Hill.

Mon
11
Jan

Betty Powell Laird

Betty Powell Laird

Betty Powell Laird, 91, went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Jan. 8, 2016.
Known as “Nana” to her five grandchildren and her 11 adorable great grandchildren, Betty was born on Jan. 22, 1924 in the Ad Hall community near Cameron. She was a 1941 graduate of Yoe High School.
She was married for 61 years to Neely R. Laird, who preceded her in death in 2003.
Betty was a loving mother and homemaker as well as a faithful member of the North Harris County Church of Christ. Her kind and gentle spirit will certainly be missed by family, friends and neighbors.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, marc N. laird and Ann Bates Laird of Houston; her son-in-law Oliver Lee Roberts of Conroe; and one brother, Bobby Hugh Powell of Buckholts.

Wed
06
Jan

Esther Holland Kueker

Esther Holland Kueker

Esther Holland Kueker, 75, of Buckholts died Tuesday, Jan. 5, at her home.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Hope Lutheran Church in Buckholts with Rev. Gary Kleypas officiating. Burial will follow in the Hope Lutheran Memorial Park. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 until 7 p.m. at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home.
Esther was born Aug. 7, 1940 in Houston to Jack and Maggie (Sims) Holland. She was baptized early in life and confirmed in the Lutheran Church of which she was a lifetime member. She was an associate member of the Buckholts Brethren Church since 1999.
Esther was a faithful and devoted member of the church and served it in many ways as a teacher, and held a number of offices. She was a member of the Lions Club and served numerous times as president and secretary. She was a member of the V.F.W. and was involved with Wounded Warriors.

Tue
05
Jan

Joyce Lynette Jochec

Joyce Lynette Jochec

Joyce Lynette Jochec, 60 of Marak, died Friday, January 1, 2016 in Bryan, surrounded by family. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at SS. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Marak with Fr. Dimitrij Colankin officiating.
Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Lynette was born in Rockdale to Richard Keith and Evelyn Joyce (Schirpik) Botts, and moved to Cameron in 1968.
With a long and dedicated career in law enforcement, she was well respected. Starting as a dispatcher with the Cameron Police Department, later “Nettie” was a Sergeant at the Milam County Sheriff’s Office. The last few years, “Mrs. Jo” was with the Brazos County Sheriff’s Department.
She married Frankie Joe Jochec in 1985 and was a member of SS. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church and the KJZT. She had a great love and loyalty for her family, close friends and animals, going out of her way to help.

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