- From Our Graduates
- Regarding Elta Anne Owen Hogue’s Death
- Regarding David Peeples’ Death
- Medical Corner
- From the Editor
- Show and Tell – Russell Keeling
- Note from Joe Riley
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.
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.
(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
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.
Updated 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.
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!!!
- Article about Waco from The Washington Post
- In memory of Marcus Otterstad
- From Our Graduates
- January Birthdays
- Show & Tell featuring Richard (Dick) Tooker
- Words of Wisdom from Maxine
- Marriage Jokes
Joseph Dennis “Denny” O’Neill II, 77, died Wednesday, November 20, in Lewisville, Texas.
Denny was born to Joe and Lena O’Neill on August 27, 1942 in Cameron, Texas. He graduated from Waco High School in 1960 and from Baylor University in 1966.
On June 12th, 1965, Denny married his soulmate Mary Lou Piott in Waco, Texas. Denny spent his professional career in the medical records industry working for Blue Cross and Blue Shield and as an entrepreneur starting and growing independent companies PMS, Inc., Medical Interface Inc. and General Micrographics before retiring in 2008.
Denny greatly enjoyed traveling on vacations with his wife Mary Lou. He was a very avid hunter his entire life and greatly enjoyed hunting with his friends and family. While he loved Baylor Bear football, anything associated with his Irish heritage and last name O’Neill, and many other interests, Denny “Grandpa” most enjoyed spending time loving and spoiling his grandchildren as much as possible.
Denny is survived by his wife of 54 years, two sisters, Peggy O’Neill and Betty Jo Westhelle, aunt Barbara DeArmond, two sons, Brian and wife Angie O’Neill of Flower Mound, Texas, Craig and wife Mandy O’Neill of Coppell, one granddaughter, Lauren O’Neill, two grandsons, Duncan and Cameron O’Neill, two step grandsons, Blake and Trevor Miller and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and other loved ones.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Trump 2020 presidential campaign!
Ronald Neal Sommer, age 77, of Lewisville, TX passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 24, 2019 at his home.
Ronald was born on June 28, 1942 in Saint Joseph, Missouri to his parents: Fred and Katherine Sommer. He proudly served his Nation in the US Navy from 1963-1967.
He is survived by brothers Roger and Rod Sommer; sister, Roxie; 3 nephews, 3 nieces, 9 great nieces and nephews, 2 great-great nieces and a host of other loving family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital.
Services for Ronald Neal Sommer will be held December 13 at 10:00 a.m. The family of Ronald Neal Sommer has faithfully entrusted Restland Funeral Home, Cemetery and Crematory to handle the arrangements and services for their loved one.
Restland is located at 13005 Greenville Ave. Dallas, TX 75243 and can be reached at 972-238-7111.
As many of you know Patty and I were invited to the White House to witness President Trump present the Presidential Citizens Medal posthumously to Rick Rescorla. His widow Susan accepted the medal and then gave it to Rick’s son Trevor.
A few things about the presentation:
- Prior to the presentation the President met privately with Susan, Rick’s children and a couple from Cornwall, England where Rick was born. Just Google Rick Rescorla for more info on this remarkable man.
- Patty and I are in the 2nd row directly behind Susan and her children – right in front of the podium. Why such good seats? When the doors opened to the East Room the first person in was…you guessed it…Patty!
- The young woman sitting between us is Blaire Evans (white top), 20 years old from Houston. Turns out my son’s best friend from college is her father. Blaire is a junior at the University of Texas and actually receives college credits for interning one semester in D.C. The University rents about 25 apartments for the young women to live in a safe and healthy environment. Also Blaire has worked in Senator Ted Cruz’s Texas campaigns and he helped get her placed in the White House. We learned a number of interesting things from Blaire – the administration is working on a soon to be released health plan, that all the Trumps are really tall, the ladies are like 6 feet, speak multiple languages, that the President is quit humorous plus a lot more. She has contributed to predicting debate questions and responses. Sits in on White House workgroups on selected topics. Was involved in the Austrian President’s visit. Talk about getting exposed to some interesting stuff! After graduating she is thinking law school, back to DC to work on the Hill and eventually running for office. WOW to be 20 again and your entire future in front of you!! It was invigorating being around a young person full of energy and optimistic about the future. In fact there were a number of younger staffers around with that shine in their eyes and a spring in their step.
- You have to look hard for the top of Patty’s head of blonde hair.
- Susan Rescorla is frail and normally uses a cane. Notice how attentive the President is to helping steady her.
- Rick’s (and my) Army Vietnam friends were asked to stand and be recognized as were a group of NY Firemen. Boy were they fun!!
- The whole thing was run with precision. The people in uniform are Military Attaches and helped on the WH tour prior to the presentation.
There are number of interesting things but I need to take some time to digest it all and write a story to memorialize it.”
A Side Note from Jeanne Harman
As most of our graduates will remember, in 1965 Pat Payne and Rick Rescorla were both in the Battle of Ia Drang in Vietnam. Many times since then Pat has spoken and written about his high esteem and respect for Rescorla. Attached you can read a copy of a talk that Pat gave to the Pelican Bay Rotary Club in Naples where Pat resides. This was given in 2016 at their Memorial Day meeting.
In Pat’s words, “The main focus of the talk was a fellow Lt. named Rick Rescorla….a great American hero. Rick’s life really is an inspiring story and part of it deals with the Ia Drang.”
The book, We Were Soldiers Once … And Young, was written about the battle of Ia Drang; Rick Rescorla is shown on the cover. And a movie, starring Mel Gibson, was made.
This past summer while at the library I ran across the DVD of We Were Soldiers and checked it out. I was awed to think that one of our graduates was actually in this battle and survived! The music, “Mansions of Our Lord”, that is played in the movie is so moving and beautiful. If you are so inclined, I would say get a copy of the movie and watch it. I told Crozier Brown about the movie and he also got a copy and felt pretty much as I did. It is a very intense and moving film. I asked Pat about the accuracy of the film and he said that trying to cram about 5 days of combat into 2 hours prevents the events from being completely accurate. However, Hal Moore, (main character played by Mel Gibson) was very involved in its filming and Hal felt the events were representative. Pat said that after the movie was released, several of the male actors came to their Ia Drang reunion and Pat got to meet them. Pat said all were “good guys and Sam Elliott was special!!”