Elisia R. Vasquez, 71, of Batesville died on June 25, 2015, at Amistad Nursing Home. Funeral mass will be held today at 3 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Batesville with interment to follow at Batesville Cemetery. She was born on Sept. 20, 1943, in Tyler to Margarita (Benavides) and Domingo Ramon. She is survived by one daughter, Amy Rios and husband, Esvardo, of Batesville; one son, Jesse Vasquez of Batesville; one sister, Virginia Prado of Uvalde; three brothers, Manuel Ramon of Wolforth, and Peter Paul Ramon and Genaro Ramon, both of Lubbock; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ventura Vasquez; one daughter, Corina Aguilar; four brothers, Jesse Ramon, Joe Ramon, Agapito Ramon, and Juan Ramon; one sister, Rosemary de los Santos; and one grandson, Leo Angel Rios.
Paul Torres, 85, formerly of the Uvalde area, died May 29, 2015, at the Sidney Health Center, Sidney, Montana. He was born on Jan. 25, 1930, in Crystal City to Erlinda (Estrada) and Rudolfo Torres. He married Amelia Mariscal in Eagle Pass on May 8, 1949. After several years traveling to the Sidney area as a migrant worker, he settled there. Torres worked as a farm hand for Julius Degn, and farmed in the Rau area. After over 10 years working in Sidney, he moved to Fairview, Montana. He worked for Holly Sugar, area farmers and his neighbors. He also did road construction and then worked for the Montana Migrant Council while owning and operating the City Café. According to his family, Paul was proud he obtained his GED at the age of 70. He was known to his family as Paublito.
Billie May Studer, 84, of Uvalde died on June 28, 2015, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. A memorial service will be held on July 6 at 10 a.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.
Arminta F. Rogers, 89, of Sabinal died on June 27, 2015, at her residence. Funeral services will be held on July 6, 2015, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Sabinal. Burial will be on July 7, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.
Oralia Ratliff, 94, of Uvalde died June 28, 2015, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. She was born on Sept. 20, 1920, in Corsicana to Adela (Rivera) and Candelario Sanchez. She is survived by two daughters, Blanca Estella Juarez and husband, George, of Uvalde and Janie Adela Ratliff of San Antonio; one son, Fred Ratliff of Uvalde; one brother, Carlos Sanchez and wife, Maria, of Eagle Pass; three grandchildren, Ivan Jorge Juarez and Soraida Oralia Juarez, both of Uvalde, and John Luke Ratliff of San Antonio; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Ratliff Sr., and her parents. A rosary was held June 29, 2015, at 7 p.m. at Rushing- Estes-Knowles Mortuary. Mass of Christian Burial was held June 30, 2015, at 3 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with interment following at Hillcrest Cemetery. Pallbearers were Xavier Juarez, Oscar Juarez, Kenneth Garrett, Ruben Nolasco, Charles Mendeke and John Luke Ratliff.
Lester Gayne Kiesling, 60, of Uvalde died on June 27, 2015, at Uvalde Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. He was born on Aug. 19, 1954, in San Angelo to Ida (Krieg) and Leon Edwin Kiesling. He married Elaine McLerran in Uvalde on Oct. 26, 1991. He is survived by his wife of 23 years; two sons, Travis Kiesling and Tyler Karl Kiesling, both of Uvalde; one sister, Louise Moerbe and husband, Walter of La Pryor; one brother, Lynn Kiesling and wife, Jean, of Eola; one sister-in-law, Bennie Lubke of San Angelo; two brothers-in-law, Craig McLerran of Dallas and Joe McLerran and wife, Debbie, of Comfort; mother-in-law, Farrice McLerran; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Larry Kiesling. Kiesling was a lifetime member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. According to the family, his lifelong passion was farming and agriculture. Funeral services were held yesterday at 10 a.m.
Milton R. Felts, 76, died June 24, 2015, at his residence outside Fredericksburg. He will be cremated, with arrangements under the direction of Fredericksburg Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held July 11 at 6 p.m. at O.A. Fisher Camp in Utopia, located 3 miles north of Utopia. He was born May 5, 1939, to Ellen (Porche) and Harvey “Pat” Felts in Sabinal. On Sept. 8, 1962, he married Vaneta Lowery in Crane. He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Molly Gillespie and husband, Jason, of Portland; two grandchildren, Shelby and Mason Gillespie; and three brothers, Aldon Coward of Sabinal, Eldon Coward of Bandera, and Woodrow Wilson of California. Felts was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Glen Felts; and one brother, Gilbert Felts. Memorial contributions may be made to Hill Country Memorial Hospice, G.P. Tennis C/O Molly Gillespie, 509 Pinehurst, Portland, TX 78374, or the charity of one’s choice.
Roberto Ramos, 64, of Batesville died on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. Mr. Ramos was born on Jan. 22, 1951 in Batesville to Maria (Vasquez) and Jose Ramos. He married Petra Garza in Batesville on March 22, 1970. He is survived by one daughter; Mary Jane Vasquez of Batesville; two sons, Michael Ramos and wife Deborah Quijano of Uvalde, and Roberto Ramos Jr and wife Melissa of Batesville; nine sisters, Dora Ramos, Leonor Ramos, Maria Elia Ramos, Luisa Hernandez, Olivia Robles, Diana Garza, Ana Rosa Rios and Asusena Luna all of Batesville, and Estela Garcia of Uvalde; three brothers, Hector Ramos and Jesus Ramos, both of Batesville; Ramiro Ramos of Quitaque; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Ramos was preceded in death by his wife; parents; one sister, Dora Elia Ramos; and one brother, Jose Luis Ramos. A rosary was held on Wednesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary.
Ruth Guyler, 96, of Crystal City died on June 25, 2015 at her residence. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Crystal City, with interment to follow at Edgewood Cemetery. She was born on Feb. 8, 1919 in Wharton County, near East Bernard, to Bertha Adler Kramer and Otto Kramer. She married Bernard R. Guyler in Wallis on Dec. 3, 1938. He preceded her in death in 1991. She is survived by two daughters, Shirley Ruth Bryson of Austin and Susan Knowles and husband, Bryson, of Concan; one son, Buddy Guyler of Crystal City; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Sammy L. Guyler; two brothers; and one sister. Memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 328, Crystal City, TX 78839 and Uvalde Hospice, 1038 Garner Field Road, Uvalde, TX 78801.