Obituaries

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Ellis Menchaca Sr.

Ellis Menchaca Sr., 92, of Uvalde died on April 16, 2017, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. A funeral service will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Rushing- Estes-Knowles Mortuary. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. He was born on Sept. 3, 1924, in Múzquiz, Mexico, to Maria Menchaca and Raymundo Treviño. He married Rosie Canales in 1951 in Uvalde. The family says he grew up on a ranch in Múzquiz, Mexico, and he became a skilled horseman and ranch hand. The family says he moved to the United States as a young man and began working at the T.P. Lee Ranch, where he rose from cowboy to foreman to farm manager of some of the top cattle and farming operations in Uvalde and Zavala County. According to the family, he was the first graduate from Southwest Texas Junior College to earn his degree by solely attending night school. Later, he attended St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.

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Jose L. Medina

Jose Luis Medina, 77, of Sabinal died on April 19, 2017, at Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio. Funeral arrangements are pending with Rushing- Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.

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Harry “Joe” Leonard

Harry “Joe” Leonard, 84, of Rockport, died April 11, 2017, at Care Regional Medical Center in Aransas Pass after a brief illness. There will be a memorial service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rockport. Interment of ashes will be held at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Uvalde on Sunday, April 23, at 3 p.m. Leonard was born on April 28, 1932 in San Antonio to Ruth Ann (Adcock) and Harry Leonard. Leonard was best known as Joe to his friends and family, who said he was a loving father and husband. He graduated from Texas A&I, now Texas A&M University-Kingsville, in 1955 with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. He was on the A&I rodeo team. The family said farming and ranching was his first love, but he became an accomplished welder and partnered in the welding business with a friend. They said he loved music, his church, and saltwater fishing.

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Maria A. Gonzales

Maria Amparo Gonzales, age 74, of Uvalde died on April 17, 2017, at her residence. A funeral mass will be held today at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will follow at the Uvalde Catholic Cemetery. She was born on March 22, 1943, in Uvalde to Gregoria (Gomez) and Adauto Menchaca. She married Frank H. Gonzales on Feb. 28, 1960. in Uvalde. Gonzales is survived by two sons, Frank Gonzales Jr. and wife, Sandra, and Richard M. Gonzales, both of Uvalde; one sister, Elvira Menchaca of Uvalde; six grandchildren, Ashley Gonzales Patino, R.T. Gonzales, Aaron Gonzales, Clarissa Gonzales, Shelby Lara and Arnulfo Patino Jr.; two great-grandchildren, Arnulfo Patino III and Aden Patino; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and one brother, Adauto Menchaca Jr. A rosary was recited yesterday at 7 p.m. at Rushing- Estes-Knowles Mortuary. Pallbearers will be Rex Jackson, Pete Garcia, R.T.

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Jose E. Gonzales Sr.

Jose Enrique P. Gonzales Sr., 64, of Uvalde died on April 16, 2017, at his residence. He was born on March 1, 1953, to Guadalupe (Aranda Perez) and Salvador Gonzales. He married Amparo M. Garza on Nov. 9, 1975, in Uvalde. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Uvalde Police Department Association and volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America. Gonzales is survived by one daughter, Jessica Zamora and husband, Emmanuel; one son, Jose E. Gonzales Jr. and wife, Genesia; and three sisters, Lupe Alvarez, Sylvia G. Schaefer and Lisa Trevino, all of Uvalde; three brothers, Armando Gonzales and Francisco Gonzales, both of Uvalde, and Arnulfo Gonzales of Lubbock; seven grandchildren, Yadira A. Gonzales, Emmanuel ‘’E.J.’’ Zamora Jr., Knoah-Joe Gonzales, Isabella A. Zamora, Karlos Castillo, Kaleb Castillo, and Kaitlyn Castillo; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Eustorgio Gonzales

Eustorgio “Coque” Gonzales, 80, of La Pryor died on April 16, 2017, at Uvalde Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. A graveside service will be held today at 11 a.m. at La Pryor Cemetery. He was born on July 6, 1936, in Tilden to Paula (Benitez) and Silverio Gonzales. He married Elida Tamez on Sept. 6, 1956, in Kingsville. The family says Gonzales worked with horses all his life and worked as a cowboy on the King Ranch and on the Chaparrosa Ranch in South Texas. He is survived by his wife of 60 years; one son, Roel Gonzales Sr. and wife, Rafaela, all of Uvalde; one daughter, Silvia Flores and husband, Alvino, of La Pryor; five grandchildren, Alvino Flores IV and wife, Debbie, Patricia Valle and husband, Ismael, Roel Gonzales Jr., Randy Gonzales, and Brianna Gonzales; and three great-grandchildren, Gabriel Flores, Jasmyne Valle, and Alyssa Valle. Gonzales was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Rodolfo Gonzales; one sister, Lydia Cavasos; and one niece, Angie Gonzales.

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Patricia Berry

Patricia Berry, 96, of Uvalde died on April 18, 2017, at Amistad Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the chapel at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary, followed by interment at Montell Cemetery. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.

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Apr

Robert “Bob” Reynolds

Robert “Bob” Wesley Reynolds, 87, of Anderson, formerly of La Pryor, died on April 13, 2017, at his residence. Graveside services will be held at noon on Monday, April 17, 2017, at Oddfellow Cemetery in Anderson. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.

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Arthur R. Oakley III

Arthur Robert “Bob” Oakley III, 72, of Uvalde died on April 10, 2017, at his residence. He was born on Oct. 14, 1944, in Easton, Pennsylvania, to Marjorie (Johnson) and Arthur Robert Oakley, Jr. He married Alicia Bankier on Jan. 1, 1968, in Uvalde. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, of Uvalde; one daughter, Shelly Renee Adame and husband, Joe, of Chesapeake, Virginia; one son, Arthur Robert Oakley IV and wife, Sarah, of College Station; one sister, Becky Walker and husband, Jim, of Austin; three brothers, Jim Oakley and wife, Sandy of Chesapeake, Virginia, Todd Oakley of New Braunfels, and Tracy Oakley of Seguin; five grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Oliver H. Mills

Oliver Henry Mills, 96, of Uvalde died on April 3, 2017, at his residence. He was born on Sept. 19, 1920, in Concan to Althia (Rankin) and Arthur M. Mills. After moving to Uvalde in 1929, he attended Uvalde High School at the old West Main building. He proudly served the country during World War II. The family said he was a farmer and worked with the Neutze family as lead mechanic; he worked with Pete Neutze and Gus Neutze since the early 1960s. The family says Mills stated many times his happiest days were spent serving the Lord and playing baseball with his children. He married Willie Dean Simmons on Feb. 4, 1950, in Uvalde. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Willlie Dean Mills, of 59 years; one son, Walter Carvel Mills, in 1973; two brothers, Jack Mills and Arthur Mills Jr.; two sisters, Willie Dee Davis and Clara Brown; and one grandson, Manuel Mills, in 2016.

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