Waco Town Crier – July 2020

 

Jeanne Harman has created a July issue that’s bursting with news and information.  Click here to read it

Highlights:

  • Pandemic Habits for Future Use
  • Regarding Allan Myers
  • Updates
  • Regarding the 1957 West Junior Yellow Jacket Journal
  • From Our Graduates
  • A Neat Idea
  • More from West Junior Jackets Journal
  • Medical Corner
  • Unhealthy Habits You Might Be Making
  • Show & Tell Featuring Carolyn Wolf Lloyd
  • July Birthdays
  • Pictures
  • Some Humor

Luann (Hanna) Lund – November 3, 2019

Martha Luann (Hanna) Lund of San Antonio passed away peacefully Sunday, November 3, 2019, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, Col. (ret) James H Lund. She is survived by her brother, Jim Hanna, two children, Alisann Schweiker and David Lund, as well as 5 grandchildren and a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Luann, Mother, Grandmother, LuLu, Aunt Lu, dear friend. Luann was called by many names and she meant so much to so many people. All those who had the chance to meet Mother, loved her. She was one of those rare people who truly delighted in making others happy. She was the cornerstone of her family; the rock they could all lean on when times were tough or celebrate with during the highs. Although the world will be a poorer place without her, the wonderful memories we share of her remind us we were glad to have had her in our lives.

Luann was born in Meridian and never imagined she would have the opportunity to live all over the world. Jim promised her he would get her back to Texas one day and, after 27 years of marriage and moving, he fulfilled his promise. Although Texas was always where she was from, Mother created a home wherever she went, and there were a lot of destinations in her life. 12 different Air Force bases and 18 total moves in 30 years and she made every new assignment and home an adventure that we all looked forward to taking. Somehow, she effortlessly convinced us that moving from Germany to Montgomery, Alabama, was an upgrade and we never doubted it. Every time we moved, Mother would spend all of the first night getting the kitchen in order so we could have breakfast together as a family the first morning in our new house.

Along with all those moves and address changes came the need of finding a church home and getting involved. Whether as the pianist for a small church outside Athens, Greece, or just keeping her children in line in the pew, Luann being in church and she loved the Lord. Worship for her was a must and there better be some good old fashioned hymn singing involved. And her family was going to be with her celebrating the Lord. Church was never a “do we have to?” but instead a “do we get to?”

Luann’s family was her focus but that title definitely was not limited to the family under the roof or even the large extended family that fell under that giant category of “cousin”; it included anyone who crossed her path. She never met a stranger and treated everyone as a friend she just had not invited to her Christmas Eve party…yet. And though the world was her neighborhood, she had a special place in her heart for her dear friends, and them for her.

As good as a mother and friend as Luann was, those traits could not hold a candle to her strength as a grandmother. She loved her grandchildren: David, Jackson, Mimi, Caroline and James. They gave her energy that put their parents to shame; there was not a playground slide or backyard game that she would not jump right in, even if the slides provided a good laugh for the grandkids when she got stuck. Grandmother would light up when the grandkids came over; her house was an anything goes place full of candy, ice cream and, most of all, unconditional love for them. A sleepover would very easily turn into a weekend at grandmother’s house and she would not have it any other way.

Mother’s passing is a small dark cloud in a sky full of silver linings. Although Alzheimer’s had taken its toll, it could not take away the joy that was evident in her eyes upon seeing her family or friends until the very end. She was kind enough to have taken the time to create great memories that will sustain us through this time of loss and keep her forever in that special place in our hearts that she helped create.

Health News

Our graduate Phyllis Brooks really needs our prayers right now. As you are aware, she has been battling cancer for quite some time. She was unable to continue with the infusions, so that was stopped in March. Phyllis had new scans this week and an appointment with her oncologist on Friday. This is her report:

Pam and I returned to the oncologist yesterday and the news was not good. Three months without chemo caused the mass to grow and may grow into the bronchial tubes. So he recommended GOOD SHEPHERD HOSPICE. The rep called and Pam and I will meet her Monday afternoon to go over the all of the material. i know it could be six months, a year. We do not know. Thank you again for your prayers. My love to you all. Phyllis

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Also, Larry Thomas informed me about the health issues for Dave Walsworth and his wife. They also need our thoughts and prayers. The following was posted on Dave’s Facebook:

Allan L. Myers – May 27, 2020

 

Allan Lloyd Myers, 77, of Bay Village (Ohio) passed away on Wednesday May 27th with his sons by his side. Allan was the loving father of Bradley and Christopher (Jennifer), devoted grandfather to Alexandria, and Samantha. He also leaves behind his sister Martha, sister-in-law Bobbie, and his loving nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his wife Cynthia, and brother John (Bubba). Allan was an amazingly warm, and compassionate person that never needed a reason to smile.

Allan had a passion for playing golf and loved the special times on the course with his boys. He had a love for all sports but adored his Baylor Bears, Dallas Cowboys, and Cleveland Indians. Born and raised in his beloved Waco Texas he moved his young family to Bay Village Ohio where he and Cynthia raised their boys. They brought the heart of Texas to Bay and became an integral part of the community. He loved his wife and family and all of his friends. He was adored and will be missed by all that knew him.

If you would like more information about the celebration of life being held this summer, please email myrickconsulting@gmail.com

Pictures from 2015 Reunion


Left: Allan, Hugh Wilfong, Jack Martin, Pat Payne, Hal Johnson
Below: Hugh, Pat, Jack, Allan
June 2016 – Birthday Present from his boys – US Open

Richard Tooker – March 24, 2020

Richard was born in Waco at the old Providence Hospital on January 5, 1942. He was preceded in death by his father, OW “Bubba” Tooker; mother, Myrtis Applegate, both of Waco; and brother, Thomas W. Tooker of Tyler, TX.

Richard attended South Waco Elementary School, Dean Highland Elementary, North Junior High, and Waco High. At Waco High he was elected the Mayor of Student Government for the Class of 1960. Richard attended Baylor University, majoring in journalism and broadcasting. In 1962, he began a short career as a Top 40 DJ at WACO Radio station. He left the “glamorous” world of radio to work for Paul Meyer at Success Motivation Institute in Waco, planning and executing sales meetings, conferences, and conventions for distributors. In 1970, his career took off in the newly burgeoning field of direct marketing. He learned the business at Direct Mail Corporation of America, then moved to Peoria Il, to work for the first company offering Database Marketing services. The rapid expansion of computers powerful enough to manipulate large quantities of data led to a marketing explosion. Richard became Executive VP of what was at the time a premier database marketing company in the US. He ended his career with Wunderman Data Management in Dallas, part of WPP Group in London, the world’s largest marketing communications company.

An accomplished writer, Richard published one business book entitled, “The Business of Database Marketing”. He also wrote a science fiction novel, “The Titicaca Effect”. Richard lived in Dallas, St. Louis, Chicago, Peoria, Philadelphia, and Chico, CA, before returning to Waco after he retired in January, 2019. He spent a brief time volunteering with Fuzzy Friends Rescue in Waco, writing the online dog biographies. Richard was a talented artist and he loved to scuba dive.

Richard is survived by his wife of 33 years, Victoria; Aunt Emily Tooker-Blake of Waco; cousins, Max Tooker and Harry Tooker of Waco, Sharon Odell of Richardson, TX; nephew, Todd Tooker of Tyler, TX; and devoted dogs, Peanut and Casper. In lieu of cards or flowers, please make a donation in Richard’s name to Fuzzy Friends Rescue, Waco, TX. Due to the circumstances we live in today, there will not be a service at this time, but one may occur in the future. A portion of Richard’s remains will be sent to space on a future SpaceX mission where his capsule will orbit the earth for about two years before re-entering the earth’s atmosphere. This is the adventure trip of a lifetime that he gladly would have made during his time on this earth.

Virginia Fletcher Hammit – February 29, 2020

 
 
Virginia (Ginger) Fletcher Hammit’s soul winged its way to heaven on Saturday, February 29, 2020, and looked on her Savior, Lord, Father God’s face. With much joy, she reunited with those preceding her; her beloved husband, Robert C. Hammit; mom and dad, Annie Bell and L.W. Fletcher; brother and wife, Larry and Barbara Fletcher; nephews, Michael, Keith, and Robbie Fletcher; along with a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, co-workers, and dear friends.

Ginger was born January 2, 1942, in Waco, Texas. She retired from Texas Department of Human Services with 26 years in 1997. Ginger enjoyed traveling and camping with her devoted companion, Donald Littleton.

Ginger is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Alicia Reid and Troy; brother and wife, Danny Fletcher and Kaye; granddaughters, Tory Reid, Sawyer Reid Willey and husband, Eric, and their son, Aiden Willey. She also leaves behind step-grandsons, C.J. Hammit and his family of Denison, Colt Reid and wife, Stephanie, and their family, of Frisco; step-granddaughter, Brittany Kruger and her family of Hillsboro. Along with her extended family, Donald Littleton and his family.

Funeral Services will be 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 4, at Pecan Grove Funeral Home, 3124 Robinson Dr., Waco with Pastor Robby Kirby officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Park. The family will receive visitors 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 3 at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Robert Songer, Doug Pierce, Oliver O’Brien, Colton Littleton, Eric Willey, and Chris Littleton.

Online guestbook Pecan Grove Funeral Home

David Haferkamp – February 14, 2020

  

Dave Haferkamp, 78, of China Spring, passed away Friday, February 14, 2020, at a local hospital surrounded by family.  In keeping with his wishes, no services will be held.  He was the only child of Bill and Murl Haferkamp and was born in the home of his aunt and uncle, Paul and Alma Ehlers in Mart.

Dave attended Waco area schools, graduating from Waco High School in 1960. He joined the US Marine Corps in 1965 and served for four years, which included a tour in Vietnam. He rose to the rank of Sergeant while serving and earned numerous medals including the Bronze Star for Valor.  Dave returned to Waco in 1969 after leaving the Marine Corps and later met Kat Ivy, whom he married in April of 1970. They had one child, Billy Haferkamp, in 1971.

Dave had two special hobbies; bowling and drag racing. One hobby allowed him to meet the love of his life, Kat, at Lake Air Lanes in 1970. The other stemmed from his love of fast cars from his childhood. He loved racing his Nova, mainly at Academy Drag Strip in Little River, Texas. Many special friendships were made from being involved with both of these hobbies.

Dave will be remembered for his kindness, generosity, strength, and the selfless attitude he showed towards all he met.  Dave is survived by his loving wife of almost 50 years, Kat; son, Billy and wife, Kathryn and their children, Lauryn and Will, Bumpy’s only grandchildren.  Thoughts and memories may be shared at www.LakeShoreFH.com.

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.