A fervent Aggie, James R. Duke, M.D. age 88, passed away January 17, 2017. He was born August 10, 1928, in Laredo, Texas to Innes and Consuelo Duke. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother and wife, Ralph and Gloria Duke; and brother-in-law, Alfonso Valls. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Rosemary Green Duke; daughter, Joan Duke Olivencia, her husband Juan, and their children, Nicholas Olivencia, Luisa Olivencia and fiancé Erich Ellis; daughter, Jennifer Duke Conner, her husband Bill, and their children, Thomas Conner and wife Michelle and a second great-grandchild on the way, Amy Conner Warlick and husband Justin and their daughter Blakely Ann, and Leanna Conner; daughter, Ellen Duke Drury, her husband Paul, and their children, Allison Drury, Lawson Drury and Vivian Drury, son, James R. Duke, Jr. and husband, Jeffrey Reid; and Jim’s sister, Doris Duke Valls.
For forty-one years Jim described his problems as “little ones” throughout his pediatric practice in San Antonio. Jim graduated from Texas A&M, class of ’49 and served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army earning the bronze star for meritorious service. Later he graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1958. Jim completed his pediatric residency in 1961, under the Baylor University Medical program in Houston Texas, and subsequently moved to San Antonio to open his private practice.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2017
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI CATHOLIC CHURCH
4201 DE ZAVALA ROAD, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS 78249
A private burial service will be held in Fort Sam Houston at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Association of Former Students for the James R Duke’49 Memorial Ring Scholarship. TAMU online gifts may be made here: https://www.aggienetwork.com/aggie-ring-scholarship.aspx or mailed to 505 George Bush Drive, College Station, TX 77840. Or memorial contributions may be mailed to the Discalced Carmelite Nuns, 6301 Culebra & St. Joseph Way, San Antonio, TX 78238-4909.
The family would like to thank All County Hospice, particularly Dr Jeff Ethridge, Gayle, Rebecca, Michael, and Isella, as well as Tabitha and Benjamin Mogus and Katy of the Happy Living Care Home in Boerne for Jim’s loving care at the end of his life.
September 8, 1930 – December 3, 2016
Guadalupe Heredia Rosales, 86, began her journey home to be with Spirit on December 3, 2016. She was surrounded by the love and support of her family in her final hours. She will be greeted in heaven by her husband Beto Rosales, parents Beatriz and Jesus Heredia, and brothers Andrew, Jose and Juan Heredia.
Guadalupe was born in Gonzales, Texas on September 8, 1930. She professed her life to Christ at an early age and was united in holy matrimony to Norberto “Beto” Rosales on April 11, 1959. This union was blessed with two children. She supported her family by pursuing her passion in life as a seamstress, and had the fortune of raising 4 generations of children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and a great-great grandchild. Her favorite pastime was relaxing in her sanctuary tending to her outdoor garden. As matriarch of the family, she leaves behind her teachings and legacy inspired by love, generosity, kindness and compassion.
Her beautiful life will forever be honored and cherished in the lives of her two children Bert and Mabel, grandchildren Brian, Eric, Erika, Zachary, Triston, great grandchildren Brian, Julius, Andrew, Brooke, Beverly, Mariaemilia, Eliana, Santiago, Gavin, Braylon, great-great grandchild Davian, siblings Jesus, Pauline, Alice, Manuel, Gloria, Concepción, and Lisa.
Memo, you will be greatly missed and we will always carry your memory in our hearts and souls! May your spirit soar to new heights, and may your impact on Earth continue to be felt through the healing power of love.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reception will follow.
Published in Express-News on June 19, 2016
We 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.
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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>.
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.
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.