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30 Sep

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Thomas M. Halloran

February 20, 1932 – September 29, 2016

Thomas M. Halloran of Hollywood Park passed away September 29, 2016, at the age of 84 after a battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Alverne Oakes Halloran; sons, John Halloran, Michael Halloran and wife Sharon, Craig Oakes and wife Lori, Troy Oakes; daughters, Ann Halloran Hetrick, Colette Oakes Hardin, and Colleen Oakes Turner and husband Todd. Tom enjoyed and was beloved by his Grandchildren, David and Andrew Halloran and wife Priscilla, Robert Oakes, Logan Hardin, Hannah and Sarah Turner and Azure Ayres, as well as Great Grandsons, Paxton Halloran and Jude Kreusel. He is also survived by his brother Robert Halloran, sisters Arlene Murphy and Karol Baumeister, as well as brother-in-law Eugene Rancone, sister-in-law Iris Halloran and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was born on February 20, 1932, in Willmar, Minnesota and raised in Bird Island, Minnesota where he attended St. Mary’s School, graduating in 1950. He was preceded in death by his parents, Veronica Hillemeier Halloran and Michael Patrick Halloran; brother, William Halloran and sister, Bernardine Rancone, as well as brothers-in-law, Arthur Baumiester and James Murphy and sister-in-law Bessie Halloran.

Tom served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War as a B29 Flight Engineer/Crew Chief. After his service, he was employed by Hayes Aircraft Corporation and later retired as a Contract Administrator from Kelly Air Force Base after 32 years of service.

Tom served as a member of the Hollywood Park City Council as well as Chairman of the Zoning Commission. He was a charter member of St. Mark’s the Evangelist Catholic Church, member of Knights of Columbus #7613, past president of Spring Branch Hermann Sons Lodge #127, life member of Bracken Bowling Club and active in the Boy Scouts of America, Boy Scout Troop #286 of St. Gregory’s Catholic Church and Troop #271 of St. Matthews Catholic Church, serving as an Assistant District Commissioner and inducted into the Order of the Arrow and Wood Badge. He also was a Lifesaving & Water Safety Instructor and First Aid Instructor for the American Red Cross.

He and Alverne enjoyed traveling with friends throughout the United States and to Monzanillo, Mexico as well as taking many adventurous cruises. They cherished their frequent trips to beautiful Minnesota to visit family. Tom enjoyed the outdoors taking pride in maintaining his yard in Hollywood Park as well as hosting friends and family in Spring Branch on the Guadalupe River. He always followed sports, especially the Vikings and the University of Minnesota. He loved deer hunting, bowling, woodworking, and was always up for telling a good story.

Services

A vigil and rosary will be held at 7 pm on Monday, October 3 at Porter Loring North. The funeral Mass will be held at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church at 10 am on Tuesday, October 4. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Donations may be made to St. Mary’s School, P.O. Box 500, Bird Island, MN 55310 or charity of your choice.

30 Sep

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Gloria R. Guerrero

kathy-hassengers-momAugust 27, 1928 – September 28, 2016

Gloria R. Guerrero passed away peacefully at home, after struggling with Alzheimer’s, on September 28, 2016 at the age of 88. Preceded in death by parents Francisco Rodriguez and Herminia C. Flores. She is survived by husband of 64 years, Arthur P. Guerrero.
Her beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her children: Kathy (Dan) Hassenger, Margie (Bobby) Rosas, Sandy Guerrero, Roselle Smith, Larry (Peggy) Guerrero, Kenny Guerrero, step-sister Diane Monsalvo. Grandchildren: Monica, Lauryn, Alex, Nathan, Marshal, Bryan, Tabitha; great grandchild Jacob.

Services

Visitation: Monday October 3, 2016, 5:00 p.m., Celebration Service 7:00 p.m. at funeral home.
Mass of Resurrection: Tuesday October 4, 2016, 10:00 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church.
Interment will follow at San Fernando Cemetery#2.

27 Sep

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Robert Morris Bishop, Jr.

robert-bishop-obituary-photoApril 11, 1957 – September 19, 2016

Robert, 59, passed away on September 19, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born April 11, 1957 in San Antonio, Texas to Lucy and Robert Bishop Sr. He attended John Marshall High School in San Antonio and graduated from Texas State University in 1979 with a degree in Business Administration (Marketing). He began his career at Bealls in 1979, where he rose to acting credit manager. Rob joined USAA in 1985 where he remained until 2007. Rob began in new member sales at USAA and advanced to New Member Solutions Manager in 1996. After being selected to join the USAA management team opening the Phoenix operation in 1996, he relocated to Phoenix. In 2007, Rob embarked upon a major career change and enrolled in the Scottsdale Culinary Institute a Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Program. He was then hired by Carefree Resorts as their first ever Pastry Chef.

Rob had a deep love of history and reading. His home, and even his car, was filled with a diverse variety of historical books. Anyone who knew him knows he was never without a book. He also loved old television shows and movies and could expound on trivia for hours.  His interest in family history led him to collect and post interesting historical photos of many ancestors for his extended family. Rob’s other passion was with social and political issues. Beginning as early as 1979 Rob was writing letters to his local representatives and newspapers. With the advent of the internet and social media, he posted and reacted often through his online presence, frequently with comments reflecting his dry sense of humor – something else for which Rob was known. Rob could take any situation and find something unexpectedly humorous.

While at USAA, fellow employees have remarked about his talents as a manager who truly cared about his people. He was a wonderful guy and a great person to work with. Friends have commented how he taught them the meaning of true friendship, and even though he might have disagreed with someone, he always remained kind to and respectful of them. A friend commented that one of Rob’s last Facebook posts dealt with Betty Lynn and the Andy Griffith Show. In it Rob said, “One of my all-time favorite TV shows for its focus and respect for individuals and human relationships.” Steve went on to say, “Wow, just loved this small reflection, and truly you see a small portion of Rob’s heart for people and relationships in his quote.”

He was preceded in death by his father Robert Sr. and grandmother Iris Bishop and grandfather Garland Bishop. He is survived by his mother Lucy Bishop; sisters Joni (Rick) Beal and Terri (Mac) Perry; brother Greg (Nanette) Bishop; nephews Daniel Perry, Jacob Perry, Brandon (Whitney) Beal, Ryan Beal, and Layne (Genia) Beal, and nieces Stephanie (Scott) Mussell and Sarah Perry.

Services

There will be Memorial Services in both Phoenix, Arizona and San Antonio, Texas. The Phoenix service will be held at 3:00 PM, Monday, September 26, 2016 in Hansen Mortuary located at 8314 N. 7th St., Phoenix, Arizona (602-944-1561). The San Antonio service will be held at 1:30 PM on Thursday, September 29th at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4201 De Zavala Road, San Antonio, Texas (210-492-4600).

Please feel free to make a donation to your favorite charity in Rob’s memory.

06 Jul

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Anne Louise Bernhard

Anne Louise BernhardANNE LOUISE (CHAPATY) BERNHARD  (1927-2016)
For her, family and faith in God are everything.
In her passing from this life to the next, Anne Louise Bernhard continues to teach all of us about the power of faith and unceasing strength even in life’s worst challenges.
Mother of five, grandmother of 18, servant and friend, Anne Louise Bernhard left this earth to be with the Lord on July 1, 2016, after a long battle with the physical suffering and pain caused by arthritis and a stroke. She was 89 years old.
Through it all, her smile reflected her unrelenting trust in God. Her determined blue eyes inspired her loving doctors and nurses and touched the hearts of caregivers who worked tirelessly to bring her comfort.
Her tenacious energy and fortitude were born on a farm in Loire, Texas, where she was ushered into life April 21, 1927, to parents Annie Kolonko and Alphonse Chapaty.
The fourth of five girls, Anne and her sisters have shared stories about their Czech heritage, working with their mother and father in the country just south of San Antonio, and their struggles to maintain their farm during the Great Depression, all grounded in a powerful faith in God.
She had recalled spending her younger days picking cotton, growing grapes and vegetables, and caring for horses, cows and chickens while living in a house often lit with lanterns. She and her sisters have told stories about walking several miles to a one-room school house, going to Mass and Sunday picnics at St. Luke Catholic Church, playing in the fields and swimming in the livestock tank.
She once recalled watching fighter planes roar above her farm on World War II training missions. One of her lasting memories includes climbing a windmill to kickstart the blades for pumping water in the heat of long dry, windless summers.
She credited God for pulling her through the high fevers of diphtheria she endured as a young girl. Her deep spirituality and dedication to God was portrayed in stories she told about how she prayed every day, even when a scorpion bit her foot as she knelt in prayer one night.
Anne was 16 years old and in 10th grade when her father died. To make ends meet she quit school, leaving the farm life behind to work at a bank in San Antonio but returning often to visit the cemetery where her father was buried along with two infant brothers she never knew.
On Nov, 8, 1952, at the age of 25, Anne Chapaty married Eugene Anthony Bernhard of San Antonio, a man who had just finished a stint with the U.S. Army during World War II. They met and fell in love while attending supper club socials. They had five children.
Anne stayed home to care for her family as her husband worked two jobs often at night as a machinist for the San Antonio Express-News and a telegraph operator for Western Union to help pay Catholic school tuition for their children.
Shepherded in strong faith, the family of seven could often be found sitting in the front row for Mass each Sundayat Mission San Jose, where Anne served with the Altar Society. She sang in the church choir, joined by all seven members of her family.
A talented seamstress, she often made dresses for her two daughters. Her recipes graced the dining room table with delicious meals. Cakes she designed in the shape of animals were centerpieces for her children’s birthday parties. Even into her 80s, she remembered the birthday of each of her children and grandchildren with a card.
She helped care for her mother as she aged. In 1975, her husband died of a heart attack in his sleep at the age of 52.
Anne, who didn’t have a high school diploma, checked out books to study and received her G.E.D. She went back to work as a dressing room attendant at  Montgomery Ward and a bookkeeper for Steve’s & Sons Lumber Yard and Gruen & Miller Flasher Equipment Co.
She was honored with a medal from the Archdiocese of San Antonio for her service to the Catholic Church. She was among those selected from various parishes to serve as an usher at the outdoor Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II during his visit to San Antonio in 1987.
Screenshot_2016-07-01-11-32-25In her 60s, she journeyed to Italy for a trip with parishioners from her church. It was one of the few times she had ever traveled on an airplane.
Remaining a widow for about 40 years after her husband died, she drove her own car and mowed her own grass at the house on San Antonio’s southside where she surrounded herself with her children and grandchildren. Even to the end, she reveled in the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren, attending high school graduations, college commencements and weddings or celebrating through photos.
Finding strength in God, she attended Mass daily until limits of age restricted her mobility. Close to the Blessed Virgin Mary, even in sickness she was seldom found without a rosary in her hand, which she prayed with reverence.
After suffering a stroke at her home, she lost the ability to speak and eat and was confined to a wheelchair then a bed for most of the year and four months she spent at Westover Hills Rehabilitation Center, where she finally succumbed to her long illness and died in her sleep.
She is free from pain now, finding her independence once again as she continues to pray for us in peaceful reunion with her loving husband, parents and two sisters, Clara Koch and Regina Boullt, who preceded her in death.
She is survived by two sisters, Adele Robinson of Houston and Eulalia Harris of New Orleans; five children, Paul Bernhard and his wife, Barbara, of Boerne; Annette Nevins and her husband, John, of Plano; Louise Raab and her husband, Ronnie, of San Antonio; Thomas Bernhard and his wife, Theresa, of Round Rock; and Don Bernhard and his wife, Tracy, of San Antonio. She has 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by readings and a recitation of the rosary from 7 to 8:30 Thursday, July 7 at Brookehill Funeral Home, 711 S.E. Military Drive in San Antonio. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 8, at Mission San Jose Parish at 701 E. Pyron Ave. followed by a procession to the cemetery at 17501 Nacogdoches Road in San Antonio.
20 Jun

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Chad David Simmons

Simmons_ChadMarch 13, 1982 – June 15, 2016
Chad David Simmons, 34 of San Antonio, Texas went to be with the Lord on June 15, 2016. He was born March 13, 1982 in Reno, Nevada to David and Sally Simmons. Chad was surrounded by family and friends that he had touched throughout his memorable life. His one-of-a-kind, unique laugh along with his quick wit will remain in our hearts forever.
He attended Holy Spirit Catholic School; a 2000 graduate of Winston Churchill High School; and a 2004 graduate of The University of Tampa with a Bachelor’s Degree. His professional career began as Marketing Director with Open Sided MRI.

Chad was born with a passion for swimming. He began competing at age 5, excelled throughout high school and gained a swim scholarship to Tampa. His accomplishments included: District & Regional Qualifier, Swimmer of the Year, All American, Athlete of the Year San Antonio Express News, Churchill High School State Championship 2000.

He is survived by his parents, younger brothers Clay Simmons and Cody Simmons, paternal Aunt Dawn Gwin of Santa Fe. Maternal relatives of Cheshire, England and the United Kingdom: Grandmother Judith Swindells, Grandfather Harry Tomlinson (Margaret); Uncle David Tomlinson (Deborah), Uncle Martin Swindells (Clare), Uncle Ian Swindells, Uncle Paul Tomlinson (Anne), Uncle Nicholas Swindells (Melanie) and numerous cousins; as well as many cherished friends.

He is proceeded in death by paternal Grandparents Edwin and Janette Ryan, A.L. Simmons Jr., and maternal Grandfather Anthony Swindells.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the medical professionals at Methodist Metropolitan Hospital, who provided gracious loving care and support to Chad, his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the Simmons Family appreciates donations made in memoriam of Chad Simmons to TracysDogs, Attn: Tracy Voss 11765 West Avenue, #141 San Antonio, Texas 78216.

Services

Services will be held Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 De Zavala Rd. San Antonio, Texas 78249.

Reception will follow.

Published in Express-News on June 19, 2016

18 May

In Our Sympathy and Prayers: Paula Gleason

Paula GleasonWe offer our sympathy and prayers to C.J. and Donna Fremin on the passing of Donna’s sister, Paula Gleason. Eternal rest grant unto her Oh Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.

To view Paula’s full obituary, please click here.

11 Mar

A Celebration of Life: Linda Diane Jimenez

Linda Diane Jimenez passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 28, 2016 surrounded by her family at home in New Albany, OH, much too soon at the age of just 61. Linda is survived by her husband of almost thirty seven years, Joseph HL Jimenez, Sr. together with her three children, Sarah-Lynn Jimenez and her fiancé, Steven Cinquegrani, Joseph HL Jimenez, Jr and his wife, Emilie Jimenez and Cara Marina Ross and her husband Adam Ross. She was also blessed to be “Nana” to five (5) beautiful grandchildren, Jameson Leo Ross, Reina Louise Jimenez, Charlotte Josephine Ross, Caroline Mae Ross and Isabella Lynn Jimenez.

Born in San Antonio, Texas on June 14, 1954, Linda graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and then received both her undergraduate degree and law degree from the University of Texas. She was influenced by her childhood struggling with juvenile arthritis and leveraged her law and human resource experience working at USAA to be a champion of social justice and a pioneer in the development of diversity and inclusion programs. She spearheaded these programs touching many lives along the way and leaving a lasting impression with her peers throughout her remarkable and fabled career working at H-E-B Grocery in San Antonio, TX, Abbott in Columbus, OH, Accor in Dallas, TX and finally retiring from Anthem in Indianapolis, IN. Always a supportive mentor, a compassionate leader and an unwavering advocate for others, her legacy lives on as the eponym for awards recognizing diversity and inclusion at both H-E-B and Anthem.

Even in failing health, Linda continued to do nothing but think of others always putting them first and ensuring that her family and friends would be taken care as she knew her transition was eminent. When she was wasn’t conquering the professional world or taking care of others, she could be found on the beaches of Cozumel, crisscrossing the country to visit friends and family, cheering on the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Cowboys or simply sitting on the floor being Nana to her grandkids. The consummate caretaker, a beloved wife, an amazing mother, a doting grandmother, a person of ethics and integrity and a shining example of a how a woman can leave her mark on others just by knowing them – there will never be another “Lula” (aka lunch lady to her children) and she is already missed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am, Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at the Church of the Resurrection, 6300 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., New Albany, OH 43054. Celebrant, Fr. Jerome Rodenfels. An additional memorial service will follow in Linda’s hometown of San Antonio, TX at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church on Friday, March 11 at 9:30 am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network | www.pancan.org <http://www.pancan.org>.

18 Feb

A Celebration of Life: Ralph Brown

APRIL 10, 1934-FEBRUARY 15, 2016.

On February 15, 2016, William Ralph Brown died after a week-long struggle in the intensive care unit of the Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. He was 82.  Complications from rheumatoid arthritis accounted for most of Ralph’s many surgeries and health issues. Ultimately the medications that allowed him to live rendered him dangerously vulnerable to serious infections. One of these ultimately took his life.

Despite eight artificial joints, reconstructed hands and feet, and a compromised immune system, Ralph possessed a powerful will, faith in God, and extraordinary self-discipline. These qualities enabled him to continue doing much of what he loved until shortly before he died. He practiced law into his eighties. He read widely and voraciously: at any given time he had just finished the most recent biography of Franklin Roosevelt, a study of primate behavior, or a gospel. He cooked excellent venison chili and often served it to his friends with a bottle of red wine. God’s creation awed and fascinated him, and he spent as much time as possible in the outdoors. For decades he hunted mule deer in the west Texas desert and elk in southern Colorado. He fished for bass in livestock tanks, drum in Matagorda Bay, or, some years ago, kingfish in the Gulf of Mexico. He wondered at bald eagles, killer whales, grizzly bear and caribou in Alaska. He was excited to discover a constellation or the momentary brilliance of an asteroid illuminating the night sky.  Fascinated, he chronicled the progress of two barn owls in a nest high above his office as they raised their young. He was a well-informed, articulate, and unhurried raconteur.

Ralph was born on April 10, 1934 in Hugo, Oklahoma, and grew up on a farm near there with his brother, John Warren. His parents – John Franklin and Birdie Ketchum Brown—raised crops and ran small businesses: they bought and sold grain and owned a plant that processed chickens for market, for example. In addition, Ralph’s mother held a college degree in English and taught in local schools. She instilled in Ralph the critical importance of education. Both of Ralph’s parents died when he was a teenager. He was with each of them when they passed away.

On September 8, 1952, he joined the United States Navy and served primarily in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii as a radio communications specialist. The Navy honorably discharged him on June 10, 1955. Subsequently Ralph attended the University of Texas at Arlington and at Austin.

After he left the Navy Ralph worked in southeast Oklahoma as a cowboy and a truck driver.

On August 22, 1959, Ralph married Patricia Ann Michell. Ralph and Patricia remained married for 23 years and had two sons: David Warren, born on September 14, 1960, and Christopher Ralph, born February 19, 1964.  Although their marriage ended in 1982, Patricia and Ralph provided one another friendship and emotional support for the remainder of Ralph’s life.

After he married Patricia and before he entered law school, Ralph enjoyed several successful years as a sales manager for Dayton Rubber Company.

In 1964 Ralph graduated from Saint Mary’s Law School in San Antonio, Texas, where he excelled as a student and oral advocate. Early as a licensed attorney Ralph practiced with Harvey Hardy, a local government law specialist. Ralph always referred to himself as a general practitioner, but for most of his legal career focused on real estate, local government, water, voting rights, and condemnation law.

For close to forty years – from 1965 until 2012 – Ralph provided legal representation to the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) and assisted in its management.  His work for SARA involved Ralph in a myriad of legal issues that affected the management and conservation of the San Antonio River and its tributaries, as well as the Edwards Aquifer.  He also served as city attorney to a number of communities in South Texas and acted as the municipal judge for the City of Castle Hills for over two decades.  He represented dozens of landowners when units of local and state government condemned their land for public projects, and represented local governments who sought to condemn land as well: Bexar County, for example.  Ralph enjoyed a long and successful career because he loved the law and understood it as a tool to solve practical human problems.

Possibly because he lost his parents as a teenager, Ralph responded to many people experiencing hardship who asked for his help, whether in the form of free legal services, money, or counsel.  He mourned what he saw as the sins and mistakes of his life and sought to make amends for them.  In his fifties Ralph converted to Catholicism and found solace in his faith for the remainder of his life.

Ralph is survived by his son, David Warren Brown, his daughter-in-law, Kris Ann Brown, as well as his grandchildren, Henry Brown and Alex Brown. Also surviving are his son, Christopher Ralph Brown, and his daughter-in-law, Kasey Anne Brown.

Services

Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 DeZavala Road, San Antonio, Texas, 78249 at 10 a.m.

18 Feb

A Celebration of Life: Jon Bueche

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Photo: Jon and his children, Derek, Matthew with his wife Katy, and Ryan.

We offer our deepest prayers and sympathy to the family of Jon Bueche who passed away last week. Jon Anton Bueche was born in San Antonio on April 11, 1963 and went home to his Holy Father February 17, 2016. He was 52.

Jon was raised in a loving family in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1981. After high school, Jon joined the local electrical workers union and ultimately earned his Master Electrician License. Jon worked for many years as an electrician, home inspector, and facilities manager. He was also an accomplished professional musician that played in several bands in San Antonio and surrounding areas.

Jon was a loving father, a helpful son, trusted brother, uplifting youth soccer and baseball coach, devoted Catholic, member of the Knights of Columbus, and a very talented guitar player and musician. Jon enjoyed cooking and barbecuing, fishing, coaching, being with family and friends, watching the San Antonio Spurs and Texas Rangers.

Jon is survived by his mother Dolores Bueche, his sons Derek Bueche, Specialist Matthew Bueche (Army) and wife Katy, and son Ryan Bueche, brother Fred and wife Robin Bueche, brother Edward and wife Christi Bueche, sister Christine and husband Doug Roderick, sister Marianne and husband Rex Petty, sister Clare and husband Major Scott Parsons (Army). Jon also had seventeen nieces and nephews, and two grandchildren Liam and Avery Bueche. Jon was preceded in death by his father Fred A. Bueche, Jr. and by his grandparents.

Additionally, Jon leaves behind many good friends and co-workers. His welcoming smile and warm, fun loving personality will be greatly missed.

Services

The Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. Monday, February 22 at:

Mission Park Funeral Chapels

3401 Cherry Ridge Dr.

San Antonio, TX 78230 (Near I-10 and Callahan)

210.349.1414

www.MissionParks.com

The Funeral Mass will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 23 at:

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

4201 De Zavala Rd

San Antonio, TX 78249

210.492.4600

Burial will be at:

The Bueche Cemetery

5404 Crestway

Windcrest, TX

18 Feb

A Celebration of Life: Jerry Bedingfield

Bedingfield_Jerry twoMar. 1, 1940–Feb.14, 2016

Colonel (Retired) Jerry Ray Bedingfield, 75, of San Antonio, Texas died on Sunday, February 14, 2016. Jerry, devoted son, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, dedicated brother, uncle, godfather is survived by his wife, Lorraine Panek Bedingfield, his daughters Kelly Bedingfield Robles and Nancy Bedingfield, his son Steven Bedingfield, daughter-in-law, Julie Bedingfield, and grandsons Manuel Robles and Nicolas Robles. He is also survived by his brothers Jimmy Bedingfield, Alan Bedingfield, Joe Bedingfield, and sisters Shirley Bedingfield Forton, Gayle Bedingfield Hall, and Becky Bedingfield, along with many nieces and nephews, and a multitude of people who were mentored by, supported by, and encouraged by him. He is preceded in death by his brothers, Danny Bedingfield and Roger Bedingfield, and his sister, Jeannette Bedingfield Williams.

Bedingfield_JerryJerry was born in Bruce, Mississippi, on March 1, 1940 and grew up near Mobile, Alabama. Jerry is a Viet Nam veteran who began his career in the United States Air Force in 1961. During his 31 years of service, he received many commendations, including the Legion of Merit/1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal/2 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Air Medal/9 Oak Leaf Clusters. Jerry began his career as an enlisted man and entered the Aviation Cadet Program, earning his wings in 1961. He served as navigator aboard multiple aircraft during Viet Nam, flying more than 200 combat missions, before transitioning into Electronic Security. He served with distinction in multiple leadership roles and has served as a mentor to many.

After retirement, Jerry worked as a substitute teacher at Locke Hill Elementary School. He was a gifted artist, carpenter, composer, and musician, and he spent many hours crafting beautiful treasures and serenading his family. He was a clever, mischievous wit who read voraciously and loved to travel and delve into the genealogy of his family. He was constantly planning and preparing for his family, both his biological and chosen, and had a knack for picking just the right gift or project.

His generous spirit and the gifts of his wisdom and overwhelmingly unconditional love will be missed. We who have lost this man encourage you to hug your parents.

Services

There will be a funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church followed by a memorial service at 2:45 p.m. at the National Cemetery at Ft. Sam Houston on Monday, February 29.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider making a donation in Jerry’s honor to one of the following organizations: Special Operations Warrior Foundation (specialops.org), Homes for Our Troops (www.hfotusa.org) or Young Life (www.younglife.org).

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