Ben Graff Jr., 87, of Uvalde died on June 6, 2014, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. He was born on Sept. 28, 1926, in Hondo to Paula Sprott Graff and Benjamin W. Graff Sr. He married Phyllis Davies in Uvalde on April 5, 1952. He is survived by his wife of 62 years; one daughter, Vicki L. Graff of San Antonio; one son, Michael Graff of Uvalde; two sisters, Dorothy Marie Schuehle of Hondo and Caroline Haines of Kerrville; two grandchildren, Jason Graff and Ayruvi Moos; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. The family greeted visitors on Sunday from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel. Funeral services were held Monday at 10 a.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Knippa with the Rev. Nathan Lafrenz officiating. Interment followed in Knippa Cemetery. Pallbearers were Richard Haines, Wesley Kramer, Herman Pesina, Bobby Padilla, Clyde Schuehle and Ronald Haines.
Enrique F. “Rick” Casales, 67, of Eagle Pass died on June 7, 2014, at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. He was born on July 14, 1946, in Eagle Pass to Amor Ferrer Casales and Jose Casales Sr. He married his high school sweetheart, Estela Cruz, in Eagle Pass on June 14, 1969. After graduating from Eagle Pass High School in 1965, Casales joined the United States Air Force where he served as a staff sergeant. He then pursued his education by graduating from Texas A&M University – Kingsville with a degree in education. He doubled majored in Spanish and history with minor in Russian history. Once he entered the world of teaching, Casales discovered coaching in 1973 at Eagle Pass Junior High and High School, Laredo-Nixon High School, Sharyland High School, San Marcos High School, Robert E. Lee High School, Fox Tech High School, Sacred Heart School and Sabinal High School, where he was athletic director. The family said Casales was dedicated to the Catholic faith and community.
John Paul Perez Gonzales of Uvalde was born and died May 31, 2014, at Medina Community Hospital in Hondo. He is survived by his parents, Maricela Noemi (Perez) Gonzales and Abraham Gonzales; one sister, Nadia Amaris Gonzales; two brothers, Cruz Diego Gonzales and Abraham Javier Gonzales, all of Uvalde; paternal grandparents, Joe and Ester Gonzales; maternal grandparents Alejandro and Diana Perez; and maternal great grandmother, Soila Perez, all of La Pryor. A graveside service was held yesterday at 2 p.m. in La Pryor Cemetery. RUSHING-ESTES-KNOWLES MORTUARY, WWW.REKFUNERALS.COM
Vera I. Krinke, 92, of Leakey died May 29, 2014, in Kerrville. She was born on Sept. 9, 1921, in Uvalde County to Lillie (Dodd) Kelly and Arthur Kelly. She is survived by one daughter, Christine Lee and husband, Ken, of Placerville, California; two sons, Paul Krinke and wife, Linda, of Foster City, California, and Wayne Krinke of Aztec, New Mexico; one sister, Bonnie Siney of Denton; and three grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Vernon Franklin Krinke. Graveside services were held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Rio Frio Cemetery in Rio Frio. RUSHING-ESTES-KNOWLES MORTUARY, WWW.REKFUNERALS.COM
Olga Quesada Cruz, 84, of Uvalde died June 3, 2014, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. A rosary will be held today at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the newspaper.