Gabriel Cruz Perez of Uvalde died on July 17, 2015, in San Antonio at the age of 47. A rosary was recited yesterday and will be recited again today at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A funeral mass will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will follow at HillcrestCemetery. Perez was born on June 14, 1968, in Uvalde to Frances (Cruz) and GabrielPerez. He married Dora Elia Flores in Florida on April 21, 1994. He is survived by his wife; parents; three sons, Gabriel Perez IV, Joseph Perez and Alec Perez, all of Uvalde; one sister, JenniferPerez and husband, Celestino Quintana Jr. of Gardendale; one niece, Angelica Rodriguez of Gardendale; two aunts, Mary Elsie Cruz of Uvalde and Maria Cruz of Loves Park, Illinois; four uncles, Mario H. Cruz and Enrique Perez, both of Uvalde, Andres Perez of Sabinal, and Johnny Perez of Morgan, Colorado. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Manuela and Gabriel Perez and Santiago and Guadalupe Cruz.
Luis Martin Hernandez, 53, of Uvalde died on July 22, 2015, at the Uvalde Memorial Hospital. He was born on Sept. 1, 1961, in Leakey to Paulina (Ramirez) and TomasHernandez. He is survived by one daughter, Stephanie Westerfield and husband, Brad, of San Antonio; one son, Ruben Hernandez of California; five sisters, Lucy Gallegosand husband, Jerry, Estela Mendoza and husband, Abraham, Polly Flores andhusband, Manuel, Leticia Covarrubia and husband, Eddie, and Gloria Cazares and husband, Jacinto, all of Uvalde; two brothers, Tomas R. Hernandez and wife, Belen, of Uvalde and David Hernandez and wife, Angel, of Hondo; numerous nieces, nephews, uncles and aunts, including Rosa Zamarripa of Uvalde. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Daniel Hernandez. A rosary was recited on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A graveside service was held yesterday at 10 a.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Joseph “Joe” D. DeTevis, 85, formerly of Uvalde, died on May 28, 2015, in Shoreline, Washington. A celebration of his life will be held at 10 a.m. on Aug. 21, 2015, at Covenant United Methodist Church,located at 8510 Wyoming Blvd N. E., in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Services will be held at 3 p.m. followed by interment at Santa Fe National Cemetery, located at 501 N. Guadalupe St. in Santa Fe, New Mexico. DeTevis was born on Aug. 28, 1929, in Las Vegas, New Mexico to Emilia (Alires) and Antonio DeTevis Sr. After high school he joined the Army in 1951, during the Korean War. He was promoted to sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve and was honorably discharged in 1956. He graduated in 1955 from New Mexico Highlands University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He later received his master’s degree in art education from Northern Arizona University in 1974. In his younger years he worked at KFUN as a radio announcer in his home town of Las Vegas.
Peggy Wood, 64, of Uvalde died on July 23, 2015, at her residence. A memorial service will be held on Thursday at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Uvalde. The Rev. Tim Fahrenthold will officiate. She was born on July 30, 1950, in San Antonio to Irene (McDonald) and Jack Young. She is survived by one daughter, Carol Kirkham and husband, Eddie, of Uvalde; one son, Wesley Wood and wife, Raina, of California; three grandchildren; three brothers, Douglas Young and wife, Mary, of Gonzales, Kyle Young of San Antonio and Allen Young of Austin. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Billy Wood; and her stepmother, Linda Young.
Rodger “Ronnie” Lee Taylor, 75, formerly of the Uvalde area, died on July 20, 2015, at his residence in Corpus Christi.Rodger was born on April 29, 1940, in San Antonio. He graduated from Uvalde High School in 1958 and enlisted in the United States Air Force upon graduation. After serving in the Air Force, he made Texas his home and eventually moved to Corpus Christi. While in Corpus, he successfully owned and operated R. Taylor Concrete Construction Inc. for more than 30 years. He is preceded in death by his parents; grandmother, Buelah Tucker; one brother, Charles Tucker; and one sister, Sandra Culver.
Geneva Sue Beavers, 101, of Uvalde died on July 24, 2015, at the Uvalde Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services are pending with Rushing-Estes- Knowles Mortuary. complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.
Michael Arizmendi, 47, formerly of Uvalde, died in the early morning on July 16, 2015, at his residence in San Angelo. A funeral mass will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. Arizmendi was born on Sept. 14, 1968, to Josie Perry Rodriguez in Uvalde. He is survived by his wife, Norma J. Espinoza of San Angelo; one daughter, Abby Arizmendi of San Angelo; one son, Joshua Arizmendi of San Angelo; one brother, Victor Samarron of Dallas; three sisters, Norma Samarron, Naida Arizmendi, and Letty Arizmendi, all of Uvalde; and numerous nieces and nephews, including one special nephew, Sergio “Bootleg” Espinoza. He was preceded in death by his mother, Josie Perry Rodriguez; grandmother, Irene Perry Rodriguez; grandfather, Rosalio Rodriguez; and one uncle, Manuel Gomez. According to the family, he was a beloved husband, phenomenal father, awesome brother, unforgettable uncle, amazing friend, and adored coworker.
Enriqueta D. Briseño, 77, of Uvalde died on July 20, 2015, at Amistad Nursing Home. She was born on June 8, 1938, in Uvalde to Refugia (De La Cruz) and Isabel Briseño. She is survived by three sisters, Ernestina Garcia and husband, Richard, and Bertha Costilla and husband, Ismael, all of Uvalde, and Oralia Gutierrez of Lamont, California; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Carlos Briseño, Jose Briseño, and Isabel Briseño Jr.; and three sisters, Belia Briseño, Lydia Briseño, and Adelina Briseño. A rosary was recited yesterday at 7 p.m., followed by cremation under the direction of Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary.
Edward Willets Cassin Jr., 93, son of the late Edward Willets and Storrow Devine Smith Cassin, passed away July 19, 2015, on his ranch in Batesville. Graveside service will be held Friday, July 24, 2015, at 10 a.m. at the Cassin Ranch Cemetery, with the Rev. Dr. Louis Zbinden officiating. Cassin was born in San Antonio on Sept. 25, 1921. As a Boy Scout he earned every merit badge possible and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He was a graduate of Central Catholic High School. His ranching career began at age 17 when he leased Hillingdon Ranch near Comfort, Texas. In 1943 he moved to the Cassin family ranch in Batesville, where he continued to pursue his love of ranching until his death. He had a deep respect for the land and for his heritage. He was a true gentleman. Ed was one of the last of a dying breed, the old-time cowboy. During his lifetime of ranching, he saw the many changes from transporting livestock on trains to using helicopters for round ups.
Elizabeth Hernandez Gonzalez, 88, of Uvalde died on July 16, 2015, in San Antonio, after a brief illness. She was born on Oct. 20, 1926, in Premont, to Guadalupe (Grimaldo) and Jose Angel Hernandez. She married Ricardo G. Gonzalez on Aug. 13, 1949, in Falfurrias. He preceded her in death in 1983. She is survived by one daughter, Diana Rodriguez and husband, William, of San Angelo; three sons, Robert Gonzalez of Carrollton, Joel Gonzalez of Austin, and Homer Gonzalez and wife, Esmeralda, of San Antonio; three sisters, Lydia Hernandez Tricky of Austin, Ester Wennerstrand of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and Tavita Dorow of Lubbock; two brothers, Daniel Hernandez of Austin, and David Hernandez; and two grandsons, Sebastian (Will) Rodriquez and Konner Gonzalez. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Virginia Daniels. Services were held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery.