ODESSA - Vincent C. Becker, age 90, of Odessa, TX, passed away on Thursday, September 14, 2017 in Odessa.
Vincent was born May 4, 1927 to Otto and Alma Becker in Falls City, Nebraska. When Vincent and his parents moved to Odessa in 1941, he attended Odessa High School and later graduated from John C. Fremont High School in Los Angeles, California.
Vincent married Ann R. Sanders on June 4, 1966 in Odessa at Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Loved ones who preceded Vincent in death include his parents, his twin brother, Victor and stepson Alan Sanders.
Those left to honor his memory are his wife, Ann, sister in-law, Rosie Becker, cousins, Lucille and Gerald Harold, Dave and Ramona Scholl, Don Scholl, Margie and Loyal Ingersoll.
Vincent served in the United States Army at the end of World War II in Germany. After serving his country, he enrolled at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas and completed his Bachelor's Degree in Education at Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, TX. He taught seven years in Abilene where he received the "Teacher of the Year" award. He earned his Master's Degree in Education at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado.
Vincent returned to Odessa to assist his parents in their neighborhood grocery store and taught sixth grade at Lamar Elementary School before transferring to Reagan Elementary as a sixth grade teacher. While teaching at Reagan, the Texas Association of Business awarded him the "Excellence in Teaching of Private Enterprise" for his "Reagan Economics" classroom program.
He completed his years in the classroom at Travis Elementary before becoming an elementary consultant. Vincent finished his career as a technology specialist with ECISD teaching teachers and school staff members. After 37 years of teaching, he and Ann retired, he then developed a program with six levels teaching senior citizens how to use a computer. Seven years later a stroke ended this phase of teaching. He encouraged young people to get as much education as possible.
Vincent and Ann travelled on group tours to various locations in the United States. Many places were seen when they travelled by automobile with friends or relatives.
Vincent enjoyed puns, reading, gardening, baking, building a gazebo and a pergola, refinishing furniture, and designing and constructing clocks. He was a member of Permian Basin Genealogical Society and Texas Retired Teachers Association.
A Memorial Service will be at 4:00 pm, Monday, September 25, 2017 at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Dr. Jimmy Braswell officiating. Jimmy was a former sixth grade student in Vincent's class.
Thanks to the caregivers at Madison Medical Resort and those at Medical Center Hospital, Dr. Wong and Dr. Kodi.
Memorials may be made to the Ann & Vincent Becker "Apply Yourself More" Endowed Scholarship at Odessa College, 201 W. University Blvd., Odessa, TX, 79764 or to the .
Arrangements are entrusted to Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home. To send family condolences please sign his guestbook at www.sunsetodessa.com.
Published in Odessa American on Sept. 24, 2017Type your paragraph here.
ODESSA - Lola Jean Heggemeier, age 90 of Odessa, TX, passed away on Saturday, October 14, 2017 in Odessa.
Lola Jean was born July 25, 1927 to Vernon Archibald and Lena Elizabeth (Tannahill) Archibald. Jean married Bill E. Heggemeier on May 4, 1946. She and Bill were active in the United Methodist Church. They served many years as junior and senior high MYF counselors. In later years as a minister's wife, Jean supported Bill as he ministered to a number of Odessa area Methodist Churches. Lola Jean was a member of the United Methodist Women. She was a past Parent Teachers Association president in Madison, KS. She was a YWCA counselor to young women in the Tri-Hi-Y organization. She was past president of the Texas Genealogical Society and a member of the Permian Basin Genealogical Society. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Lola Jean is preceded in death by her parents, Vernon Tannahill and Lena Muniger Lago, her husband, Rev. Bill Heggemeier, brothers, Donald Ray Tannahill, Gerald Alan Lago, Larry Lynn Lago, sister, Patricia Ann Bevan, sister in-law, Betty Kimberlin and grandson, Justin Heggemeier.
She is survived by her two sons, Brig. Gen. Terry Heggemeier and his wife, Cheryl of Barnum, NM and Atty. Ron Heggemeier and his wife, Maral of Petersburg, TX; Grandchildren, Jennifer Grafton of Broomfield, CO, Jessica Bogle and her husband, Lucus of Maple Grove, MN, Juliet Christensen and her husband, Dave of Poway, CA, and Jeffry Heggemeier and his wife Katie of Albuquerque, NM; brother, William Neil Lago and his wife, Barbara of Modesto, CA; sisters, Virginia Lee Bevan of Eldorado, KS, Mary Sue Choal of Reliance, SD, Rita Jo Voss of Henderson, NV and Donna Kay Hague and husband, Rodney of Peabody, KS; 20 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends from 7:00-8:00 pm, Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be at 11:00 am, Thursday, October 19, 2017 at First United Methodist Church in Odessa, TX, with Rev. Jody Wallin officiating. Interment will precede the funeral service at 10:00 am at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Honorary pallbearers will be his great grandsons Justin, Cody, Jack, Thomas, and Matthew Heggemeier.
Special thanks to the staff of the First United Methodist Church, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Lola Jean's memory.
Arrangements are entrusted to Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home. To send family condolences please sign her guestbook at www.sunsetodessa.com.
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ODESSA - Walter E. Wilson, 81, of Odessa, passed away on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 in Odessa.
Walter was born in Larue, TX to Joseph Truett Wilson and Alice Belle Downing on August 5, 1935. He graduated from Odessa High in 1953, Odessa College in 1955 and Baylor University in 1957. In 1958 he earned his Juris Doctorate degree, also from Baylor University. He married Barbara Joan Gober on June 5, 1956 in Odessa. He was a former Ector County Attorney. He was Past Master- H.A. McFarland No. 1338 Masonic Lodge and Past President of the Permian Basin Genealogical Society.
Walter is survived by his son Keith Wilson and his wife Kathy, daughters Karen Potter and her husband Arthur and Karla Wright, son Kevin Wilson and his wife Janice; 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Permian Basin Genealogical Society, 507 N. Lee, Odessa, TX.
Arrangements were under the direction of Sunset Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home. To sign our guestbook, please visit www.sunsetodessa.com.
Published in Odessa American on Dec. 18, 2016- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/oaoa/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=183119434#sthash.7MeJwACc.dpuf
ODESSA David T. Hess of Odessa, TX, passed away December 29, 2015 in Odessa, TX.
A Memorial Service will be at 1:00 pm, Monday, January 4, 2016 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4901 Maple Ave., Odessa, with Reverend Buddy Monahan officiating.
Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
David was born October 29, 1940 to Jesse and Jean Hess in Yuma, Arizona. He grew up and went to school in Firebaugh, CA. He married Anna Cherie Thornton on June 4, 1975. His marriage to her was one of the happiest days of his life and they lived in contentment and joy for more than 40 years. David and Anna traveled widely in Europe, the Middle East and Asia; and particularly enjoyed traveling to Australia, New Zealand, Alaska and the Czech Republic. David wanted to visit with every single stranger he met and they made many lifelong friends.
Davie was a graduate of the University California at Davis, and received a Master of Science in Geology from U.C. San Diego. He worked driving his father's tractor at age 6; as a surveyor for laying out roads and farms as a teenager and as an oilfield roust-about and engineer's assistant for Texaco. He ended his career as a computer programmer for Texaco before it merged with Chevron. As a boy he was an expert chess player. He has lived in Texas for over 36 years.
He served as President of the Permian Basin Genealogical Society. He was an Elder for the Session at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
David loved animals, especially the cats he and Anna had over the years.
David is survived by his beloved wife, Anna Hess; brother, Donald Hess and his wife Susan of Sacramento, CA; sisters, Mary McDonald and her husband, Bill of Huntsville, Ala, Nancy Betz and her husband, Fred; 2 nephews, a niece and 5 great nephews and nieces of Seattle and Pepperell, Mass. He is also survived on his wife's side by Vance Arbuckle of Marietta, GA; an uncle, cousin, Joyce McKay of Dallas, TX and several nephews and nieces.
Most recently, David and Anna lived at Parks Retirement Village, which they appreciated and loved for the closeness and comradery extended by the other Park Village residents.
David and Anna would like to express their thanks to the skilled nursing and great kindness at the end of his life at Parks Retirement Village and Odessa Regional Hospital. Anna would also like to thank Dr. Yunt and especially Dr. Acreman, David's doctor for 30 years. David also asked Anna to say he would like to be rejoining his buddies for coffee next Monday morning.
The family requests that contributions be sent to Westminster Presbyterian Church or to the charity of your choice .
Arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home.
To send family condolences please sign the guest registry at www.sunsetodessa.com.
Published in Odessa American on Jan. 3, 2016- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/oaoa/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=177119990#sthash.wv9s5bxq.dpuf.
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