Richard Tooker – Update

 

We need some good news so I wanted to pass this along to you now.  This is the latest update from Richard Tooker:

“Here’s the update: after two separate biopsies a week apart, including a three-hour one this morning February 6th, the diagnosis is in – I DO NOT HAVE CANCER!!!!!

I have vasculitis. A rare and serious disease that can take many forms, restricting blood flow to the part of the body it invades. But it is not a death sentence. Not really curable either, but evidently it can be controlled with medication. And sometimes, it goes into remission all by itself. It will likely take me a while to get it under control, but the upshot is, I dodged a bullet. The prayers everyone said for me worked!

Today was a good day!”

RNT

Doris Virginia (Thrasher) Gamboa – April 3, 2018

Karon Shinault Jackson who is in charge of phone calls pertaining to our October 2020 reunion, has discovered the fact that another graduate has died. She shares this information:

“I received a reply to my letter to Doris Virginia Thrasher Gamboa from her son-in-law informing me that she had passed away April 3, 2018, a victim of COPD. Dave Wall wrote that she was survived by two daughters, Jackie (his wife), who just retired from more than 36 years with the postal service and Liz, a doctor at Scott & White in Temple.”

Elta Anne Owen Hogue – Obit

  
Elta Anne Owen Hogue went to meet her Lord and was reunited with the love of her life, Donald W Hogue, Thursday, January 9th, 2020.  (Picture is from WHS reunion, 2013.)

Elta was born on October 22, 1941, and graduated from Waco High School, class of 1960. She went on to complete Business College and attended Texas Christian University. After completing school, Elta had a promising career ahead of her with Southwestern Bell before meeting Don. He became her husband and she never looked back for 57 years.

During her lifetime, Elta was known by family and friends to be a four-speed driving, bikini-wearing, pool lounging, mustang driving with the top down, “unlicensed” therapist to all, sharpshooting, Sophia Loren look-a-like, tea-loving night owl with a zest for life and the wits to back it up.

Elta loved spending time chatting with friends and family but only after 10 am and always after her first cup of tea. And you could only see her after she “put her face on”. Truth be told she was always a gorgeous woman inside and out with and without the added frills.

She truly cared about people and relationships. At any party, get together, or crowded room, Elta had the ability to scan the room, and pick that one person that she thought needed a friend. She would then dedicate herself to finding out everything about that person, would give them sound advice, and would become their friend for life.

Elta was a devout Christian and loved sharing her love for Christ. She made a huge impact on those around her and with the partnership of her loving husband, Don Hogue, brought many souls to Christ in their lifetimes.

Most of all, Elta’s greatest love was for her husband Don. Fortunately, those two love birds didn’t have to be without each other for long.  Elta joined Don 9 months after he departed this world. Needless to say, Elta suffered from major FOMO (fear of missing out) after Don passed and looked forward to reuniting.

Elta is survived by her older sister Joy Lynn Ferguson; her two sons, whom of which she was most proud of, Gregory Donald Hogue (Fire Lieutenant ) and Donald Scott Hogue (Police Sargent ); four grandchildren: Donald Markus Hogue, Conney Nikole (Hogue) Pattillo, Erin Elizabeth Leighton, Jordan T. Navarro; two great-grandchildren: Gabriel Don Hogue and Keeleigh Leilani Martin.

Elta was forever adopting people into her family over the years. These people include a long list of people over the year.  Jordan Leighton and daughter Ryliegh, Joshua Smith, Chris Reist, Nikki Reist, and Justin Munroe, Jayden Smith, and Brantley Latta.

Many active military members during the holidays became part of the family for all eternity. Even a Prince and future King.

Elta also leaves behind her beloved pets and the fattest squirrels in all of Deer Creek.

Elta was a shining light to so many. Her love, devotion, and humor will be missed by all who knew her. God Bless.

Elta Ann Owen Hogue’s memorial service will be  at Parker County Cowboy church Sunday, January 12 at 3 PM.

Her home and Son Greg’s home will be filled with family and friends this weekend.

What a Tribute for David Peeples!

Jeanne Harman sent this update about David Peeples visitation and graveside service:

There were about 300 at the visitation, per the funeral director.  The graveside was also adequately represented.  I saw WHS graduates from the class of 1960, 1961, and 1962.   Probably there were graduates from other classes as well.  Also attending were some of his AT&T workers, some of his Marine buddies, relatives, and many, many others whose lives were touched by David.

I want to mention a few things that you might find of interest.  When David found out he was terminal, he began planning every detail of his funeral.  He wrote his own obit.  When his Marine buddies and telephone buddies saw that part of David’s life was not mentioned, an extra sentence was added to the program to recognize that aspect of his life.  David was very specific that he wanted the poem about the Fisherman’s Prayer on the back of the program.  The pastor who presided at David’s service also performed the services for David’s parents and sister.

David was specific as to the flowers that he wanted on his casket as well as the casket itself.   He was so specific about the casket that when he was shown different caskets, he said I want “that one”.  When the funeral director told him they would get it ordered….David said “No, I want “THAT ONE“.  David even took down the serial number and said someone would check it to make certain it was the correct one when the time came. The funeral director said everyone had their marching orders.

I talked with the florist with whom David worked regarding his flowers. David was shown several books of pictures of arrangements on three or four different occasions. David kept going back to this one particular arrangement and decided upon it. Pam at Wolfe Florist said she made certain the arrangement was correct so that David would have approved.She said everyone who dealt with David fell in love with him.

David met his death head on and with such maturity.  We never really think about having to plan our own funeral.  We leave instructions on different things that we want, but those details are usually left to someone else.  Actually, to plan every detail of our very own funeral from start to finish is not something that most of us must face. I will say it again: Everyone who knew David was aware of how very well he lived the “dash” between his birth date and date of death.  David will be missed very much by so many!

Elta Anne Owen Hogue – January 9, 2020

Posted on Elta Anne Owen Hogue’s Facebook page this morning:

I am now Face to Face with our Lord Jesus Christ. Do not feel sorrow for me.
“and God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

Her granddaughter (Connie Patillo) posted this on Facebook today:

Elta Anne Owen Hogue has passed away this morning. She was surrounded by family. Her funeral will be Sunday, January 12, at 3pm at Parker County Cowboy Church. Please, in lue of flowers she has a go fund me to help purchase audio bibles.

David Peeples – Living “The Dash”

(poem by Linda Ellis)

I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning… to the end.
He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.
For that dash represents all the time they spent alive on earth and now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not, how much we own, the cars… the house… the cash. What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.
So think about this long and hard; are there things you’d like to change? For you never know how much time is left that still can be rearranged.
To be less quick to anger and show appreciation more and love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before.
If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile… remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.
So when your eulogy is being read, with your life’s actions to rehash, would you be proud of the things they say about how you lived your dash?

Thoughts by Jeanne Harman

“All of us who knew David, whether it was in high school or after graduation, knew how well David lived his “dash”.  He would be proud of the things that will be said about him.  He worked many years for the telephone company in Waco, retiring from there.  After the death of his step-mother, he tended and cared so faithfully for his sister, Patsy, never wanting her to be alone at night.  David loved to fish and he spent many enjoyable hours in this peaceful hobby.  He also enjoyed hunting and any other outdoor activity that guys enjoy.  He was a great athlete in high school and junior high.

David was a quiet, independent, timid and shy but strong-willed man with a most kind heart.  Most of the time when one saw David he had a smile on his face—even a sheepish little grin which was probably part of his shyness being surfaced.   David will be missed greatly by his friends at Waco High and others who knew him throughout his lifetime.”

Pictures from Our Reunions

 

 

David Peeples – January 4, 2020

Jeanne Harman wrote:  

We have had a true warrior just lose his battle with leukemia today.  David Peeples died around noonish on January 4th.

David was ready—he was so tired of being in pain.  He hesitated to take too much pain medicine because it made him loopy, he said.

I saw him on Wednesday night, trying to get him to take pain medicine but he wanted to watch the Baylor Sugar Bowl game instead.  (Men and their football!).

The nurse was to give him some pain meds as soon as the game was over.

David and Janie McPhail were there about 11:30 but I have not spoken with them since they saw David.

Anyone who was keeping in touch with David knows how he was ready to be out of pain.  It was so difficult for David to give up control though, as he had always been so independent.  At least, David is no longer suffering.

Robert Marcus Otterstad – December 20, 2019

Marcus OtterstadUpdated on January 5th to add:

This is Opie (Marcus’ son) speaking on behalf of Marcus. His memorial service will be held at House of Prayer Lutheran Church at 1pm on Saturday January the 11th. The address is

14045 Space Center Blvd, Houston, TX 77062

I would like to have a choir sing the St. Olaf choir version of Beautiful Saviour. We have the music..now we need singers. If you want to sing..or would like to invite your choir members to come sing..just arrive at the church at 12 noon for a run through. This is my last gift to my father, so please get the word out. Even if you didn’t know Dad it will be fun if we can get a lot of people to come.

Lastly..in lieu of flowers, a donation to Lutheran Camp Chrysalis in Kerrville, Texas would be perfect.

Marcus posted the following to Facebook on December 20, 2019

For my friends and family and parishioners over my some 50 years in ministry I just wanted to say thank you for all you love and support over the years. I have been ill for some time and today it finally took me home to be with God. I’ve had a great childhood in the Midwest with my brother John. Being a PK of a PK of a PK, we didn’t get away with too much but we were loved and now get to hang out more. My years in Houston and Waller serving all over this area were both very challenging and very rewarding. I have friends from each stop that I maintained until the very end. I tried very hard to be a compassionate and empathetic pastor and tell the people I loved just how much they meant (against my Norwegian roots).

May the Lord bless you and keep you

May the Lord make shine his face and be gracious to you

May the Lord look up you with favour and grant you peace. 

and one last time…AMEN. 

Waco Town Crier – January 2020

 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and may all of us have a good new year. We are starting a whole new decade and how I wish for health and happiness for us all during these next years. Make some memories! The time is just FLYING BY!!!

Jeanne

Here is the January 2020 edition of the Waco Town Crier:

  • Trivia
  • Article about Waco from The Washington Post
  • In memory of Marcus Otterstad
  • From Our Graduates
  • Updates
  • January Birthdays
  • Show & Tell featuring Richard (Dick) Tooker
  • Pictures
  • Words of Wisdom from Maxine
  • Marriage Jokes