Ruthie Belle Jackel

Ruthie Belle Jackel, passed away on October 1, 2022 at the age of 91 in Devine, TX. She was born on March 6, 1931 in Black Creek, Texas to parents Jim and Elsie Allen.
Ruthie was preceded in death by her parents; son, Ernest Jackel; husband, Clarence Jackel; son, Roger Jackel (Kay); siblings, John Allen, Jimmy Allen, Jessie Weimers, Evelyn Sollock, Shirley Overall; granddaughter, Cheyenne Baumann; sons-in-law, Joe Delaney Wells II and Michael Krumm.
Ruthie is survived by her children, Wanda Wells, Thelma Davis (Kelvin), Robert Jackel (Laura), Ella Krumm, Brenda Baird (Denny); brother, Willie Allen (Carol); sister, Elsie Reppert; grandchildren, Amy, JJ, Jeff, Julie, Laney, Joe, Bobby, Yolanda, Katie, Kelly, CJ, Clint, Elizabeth, Lilly; 28 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Public Viewing will be held at Hurley Funeral Home – Lytle on October 9, 2022 from  5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, October 10, 2022, at Hurley Funeral Home – Lytle with interment to follow in Hermann and Sons Cemetery, Macdona, Texas.
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Arrangements are under the direction of Hurley Funeral Home – Lytle, 14822 North Main Street, Lytle, TX 78052.

Leroy Henry Tondre

Leroy Henry Tondre of Lytle, passed away on October 1, 2022 at the age of 86. He was born July 6, 1936 in Rio Medina, Texas to Oscar L. Tondre and Louisa Wengenroth Tondre.
In 1955, Leroy graduated from Southwest High School. He married Margaret Ann App on June 1, 1961 in San Antonio. Margaret passed away on May 25, 2007, just a few days before their forty-sixth wedding anniversary.
For forty-seven years, he owned and operated Floyd’s Dairy Bar on Goliad Road in San Antonio, retiring in 2017 at the age of 80. Leroy raised chickens and especially loved his chihuahua, Coco.
Survivors include his children, Ruth Tondre of Elmendorf, Joann Pawelek of Lytle, Roland H. Tondre of Lytle, Judy Tondre (Robert Frausto) of Lytle, Priscilla Tondre of Lytle, and Amanda Tondre (Juan Lara) of Lytle; grandchildren, Eliseo Lara, Jr., Christopher Opiela, Kresenda Hernandez (Alfred), Michelle Tondre, Shawn McCraw, Addisyn Lara, Luke Lara, Avery Lara, and Everleigh Lara; and great-grandchildren, Novalee Rangel, Shelby Rangel, Aubree Rangel, and Matthew Hernandez.
Leroy was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Margaret Ann Tondre; an infant son; son-in-law, Raymond Pawelek; sister, Dorothy Leihsing (Joe), and brother, Alvin Tondre (Gayle).
Visitation will be Thursday, October 6, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. A Prayer Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 7, 2022 at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Interment will follow at St. Louis Catholic Cemetery in Castroville, Texas.
Memorials may be made in Leroy’s memory to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Visit

Gary ‘Mike’ Coffey

Gary ‘Mike’ Coffey of La Coste, passed away on September 5, 2022 at the age of 78. He was born February 29, 1944 in San Antonio, Texas to William Russell Coffey and Mildred Teinert Coffey.
In 1962, Mike graduated from John Marshall High School in San Antonio. He served in the United States Coast Guard for two years and then attended San Antonio College, Southwest Texas State College, and Trinity University. He always said he was following the girls! He then went to the University of Texas in Austin where he received his BBA in Accounting in 1976. He was an accountant for many years. Mike received a BS in Secondary Mathematics Education from University of Texas at San Antonio in 1998 and then began his teaching career. He taught math at Poteet Middle School, Somerset High School, and Medina Valley Middle School.
Mike was a San Antonio Alzafar Shriner Clown and would visit children who were in the hospital at Christmas time to bring them gifts. He greeted all the children at the Alzafar Shrine Circus every year. He also participated in local parades with the clowns and would visit with every child on the parade route.
He loved talking to new people. He never met a stranger.
On March 2, 1996, Mike married Claire Louise Christilles at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in La Coste. They were blessed with twenty-six years of marriage.
Survivors include his wife, Claire Coffey of La Coste; children and their spouses, Kelly and Tom Gehrmann of Black Forest, Colorado, Cable and Brittney Coffey of Arvada, Colorado, and Abby and Eric Schwarte of Austin; grandchildren, Katy Gehrmann, Jilly Gehrmann, Darby Coffey, Ridley Coffey, Charlotte Schwarte, Eli Schwarte, and Lucas Schwarte; siblings, Ruth Coffey of San Antonio and Scotty Coffey Muenchow of Austin; mother-in-law, Shirley Christilles; in-laws, Dian Pfeil (Thom), Randall Christilles (Laura), Jon Christilles (Lori), George Christilles (Rachel), and Melissa Ames (Dale); and many nieces and nephews.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Patricia Coffey Bones; and his father-in-law, James Daniel ‘Jim’ Christilles.
A Masonic Memorial Service will be held during his Celebration of Life from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 16, 2022 at Beethoven Hall, 422 Pereida Street, San Antonio, Texas 78210. A Graveside Service with military honors will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, October 17, 2022 at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, Shelter #3, in San Antonio, Texas.
Memorials may be made in Mike’s memory to Shriners’ Hospitals for Crippled Children or Orthopedic ( or the charity of your choice.

John Robert Slater

John Robert Slater passed away on October 1, 2022, at age of 91. He was born on October 2, 1930, to Otis and Margaret Slater and lived in Yancy, Texas.
He was a 1948 Devine High School graduate and a 1951 Texas A & I University graduate with a bachelor in Agricultural Education. He earned a master’s degree in Administration in 1963. He was married to Martha Leary on June 30, 1951. John began his teaching career as an instructor for 7 months in the Veterans Ag Program in Alice, Texas. In 1952 he began teaching Agriculture Education in Killeen, Texas. The move of a lifetime occurred in June 1956. John, his wife and three children moved to Orange Grove to be the agriculture teacher. From then until his retirement in 1987, John held the positions as ag teacher, junior high principal, high school principal and superintendent. John also was made a lifelong member by the Texas Association of School Administrators. He was very active in the Jim Wells County Fair for over 50 years. He never missed going to the fair ground to work in the swine barn. He was the Swine Barn Superintendent for many years as well as the Jim Wells County Fair Association President. John was always there to help the 4-H and the FFA students with their projects. His leadership and advice given to them was enormous. He was a 1960 charter member of the Orange Grove 4-H /FFA Boosters Club. John served as President and Director of the Orange Grove Co-op. He served several years on the city’s Board of Aldermen and was a member of the Jim Wells County Appraisal District Board.
John was very devoted to his church, St John of the Cross Catholic Church. He was a charter member of the St. John of the Cross Catholic Church Council. At St Pius X Catholic Church in Sandia, Texas, he served as Chairman of the Council. Being a strong leader, he was one of those who could get people behind him, get things done and when he spoke everyone listened. After retiring from the school, John then began his second career as a rancher. John ran cattle with Charles Houlihan. Afterward he managed the Worsham Ranch and in 1997 the Bernie De Laune Ranch. Always a cowboy at heart, an avid reader of westerns novels, and born a generation too late, he was the happiest when he was on a horse and working cattle. He cared for the cattle and the quail at Bernie’s ranch as if it was his own. Every day he looked forward to getting up to go to the ranch. He worked from day light to dark. He liked to say he worked from “can to can’t.” Everyone admired him for working so hard at his age, but he loved every minute of it. He finally retired around the age of 86.
Along with his many talents, he was a great storyteller and love to spin yarns with just enough truths that the grandkids never knew whether to believe him or not. He loved to play dominoes and poker.
He is preceded by his wife, Martha Slater to whom he was married just short of 70 years.
He is survived by 5 children: Randy (Eileen) Slater, Donald (Amanda) Slater, Kathy Slater, Allen (Victoria) Slater, and Nancy Slater (Kevin)Oswald. He has 5 grandchildren: Amy Slater (Andrew) Cook, Caitlin Slater (Channing) Williford, Cassandra McAden (Jeff Altenbern), Karl (Jenny) Slater, Casey (Rick) Oswald Jewell, and Jessica Oswald. His great- grandchildren are: Jace Cook and Nova Altenbern.

George Michael “Mike” Schott

George Michael “Mike” Schott of Devine, TX passed away at the age of 71 on September 29, 20222.
He was born in Castroville, Texas on August 6, 1951 to George Vernon and Lanie Schott.
George Michael was a “Devine High School Graduate” – Class of 1970.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years: Susan Rackley Schott; daughter: Sheila Carol Schott, Son: Michael Vernon Schott, wife Crystal and grandson: Vance Bruno Schott; sisters: Joyce Schott Sims and husband Larry and Dixie Schott Richards and husband Don; brother: Robert (Bobby) Schott, brother-in-laws: Ronnie Rackley and wife Sondra and Gary Rackley and wife Lorraine, and numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives.
He is preceded in death by his mother: Lanie Schott, sister: Linda Schott Klein and father George Vernon Schott.
Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, October 6, 2022 with Deacon Jerry Whitley officiating at Evergreen Cemetery with interment to follow, in Evergreen Cemetery, Devine, Texas.
Anyone wishing to leave condolences, share memories, or sign the guest book may do so at
Arrangements are under the direction of Hurley Funeral Home – Devine, 303 College Ave., Devine, TX 78016.

Shirley Austermiller

Shirley Austermiller of Devine, TX, age 85, passed away on September 30, 2022 in San Antonio. She was born on October 22, 1936 in Perrysburg, Ohio to Russell Alger Elkins and Evelyn Hill Elkins.
Shirley moved from Mesa, Arizona in 2007 after her sons passing.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents and son: Jeffrey Retcher in 2006 and her brother: Merrill Lee Elkins.
Shirley is survived by her daughter: Julyn (Anthony James) Bird of Devine, TX and son: Jasen L. (Vada) Austermiller of Devine, TX; foster daughter: Gloria (Lee) Triebenbach;9 grandchildren, 16 Great Grandchildren; sister-in-law: Hermie Elkins; other relatives, many foster children and numerous friends.
Visitation will be held on Monday, October 10, 2022 from 5:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. with a Celebration of Life Service beginning at 7:00p.m. at Hurley Funeral Home-Devine Chapel. Services to conclude in chapel.
Those attending please be mindful of your fragrances and colognes due to son’s allergies.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Devine Food Pantry.
Anyone wishing to leave condolences, share memories, or sign the guest book may do so at
Arrangements are under the direction of Hurley Funeral Home – Devine, 303 College Ave., Devine, TX 78016.

Ruth Elwyn Turner

Ruth Elwyn (Kirtland) Turner passed away on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at her home near Devine, Texas. Ruth, 94, was born on October 20, 1927 in Dry Prong, Louisiana. She was the youngest of eight children born to Elmore Frederick Kirtland and Bernice Powers Kirtland.
Ruth graduated from Dry Prong High School in 1944 and went on to complete Business College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana which prepared her for a career in Bookkeeping, Business Management and ultimately Business Ownership. She and her husband, Jack Turner, owned and operated Turner Office Supply in Lytle, TX for many years before both retired.
Ruth was an active member of First Baptist Church until she became home-bound due to health.
Ruth was blessed to live a long and interesting life. She never passed up the opportunity laugh or to enjoy a new experience. She had a gentle, quiet demeanor and a deep strength of character.
Ruth is preceded in death by her husband, Jack Turner, Devine, her parents, and all seven of her siblings.
Ruth is survived by her children: Pat Ramotowski of Devine, Tom Walker (Cathy) of San Antonio, Catherine (Michael) Sorrell of Devine; eleven grandchildren: Shane (Becky) Ramotowski, Kelley (April) Ramotowski, Kaiten (Brandy) Ramotowski, Jeremy (Christa) Walker, Nathan (Laura) Walker, Tia Jasso, Donald (Jennifer) Leverich, Susan Sorrell, Peggy (Barry) Sorrell, Micheal (Brandi) Sorrell and John (Eva) Sorrell: twenty-one great- grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren, special friends Michael Keeton, Devine, and Elaine Gomez, Natalia.
The family would like to thank River City Hospice and God’s Country Home Health Care for the care and compassion shown our mother during her final days.
The family will have a private memorial celebration of the life of Ruth Turner in late October.

Jesse R. Meza

February 3, 1941 ~ September 26, 2022

Jesse R. Meza, 81, passed away on September 26, 2022 in Natalia, TX. He was born on February 3, 1941 in Galveston, Texas to Jesse and Estella Meza.
He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Daniel Meza.
Jesse is survived by his loving, wife of 59 years, Estella Meza; children, Laurie Meza, Michael Meza (Sandra), Jacob Meza (Karla), Carol Salter (Oscar); 12 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; brother, Roy Meza (Vicky), sisters, Rita Meza and Janie Penalver and an extended loving family.
Visitation was from 5 pm-9 pm with a Rosary recited at 7:00 pm on Monday, October 3, 2022 at Hurley Funeral Home in Lytle.
Mass was celebrated at 10:00 am, Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Devine with interment to follow in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Devine, Texas.
Anyone wishing to leave condolences, share memories, or sign the guest book may do so at
Arrangements are under the direction of Hurley Funeral Home, 14822 North Main Street, Lytle, TX 78052.

Sue Carolyn Miller

Sue Carolyn Miller, 91, passed away on September 24, 2022 in Devine, TX. She was born on June 23, 1931 in Morenci, Michigan to parents, David Lee and Kathryn McLain.
Sue was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Miller, parents, David Lee and Kathryn McLain; brother-in-law, Robert Cooper; sister, Donna Cooper; son, Gregory Miller.
Sue is survived by her children, Shelley Sturdevant (Scott), Leann Henson, Jeffrey Miller (Sharie); sister, Trudy Day (Keith); grandchildren, Emily, Kathryn, Richard, Dustin, Derik, Malea, Megan, Matthew, Gina; 12 great grandchildren.
Sue dedicated her life to her family and teaching. She raised four children while working to complete her bachelor’s degree. She began her studies at Defiance College and graduated with her BA from Northern Arizona University. During her lifetime she traveled to many states and lived in eleven including Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Arizona, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida, North Carolina and lastly Texas.
She was recognized for her extraordinary achievements in teaching by being elected to the Who’s Who of American Teachers. One of the family’s favorite stories entails her teaching in a small school in Arkansas with chickens in the classroom and the children arriving to school barefoot. She arranged for the sixth-grade class to have a graduation ceremony which had never been done prior. She felt these children needed to be honored as many may not see a high school graduation. After only one year in the district, she was named “Teacher of the Year”.
While living in Bryan, Ohio she volunteered her services at the Bryan Hospital working with the auxiliary ladies in the gift shop. She served as secretary and volunteered her services for over 2500 hours. She had many friends in Bryan and started the Birthday Bash Club which is still going strong. She is very loved by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She always was present for encouragement and support for her family. Many happy memories will be cherished for years to come and she will be missed but live in our hearts forever.
A chapel service will be held on Friday, October 7, 2022 at 10am at Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home in Bryan, Ohio with interment to follow in Riverside Cemetery in Defiance, Ohio.
Anyone wishing to leave condolences, share memories, or sign the guest book may do so at
Arrangements are under the direction of Hurley Funeral Home – Devine, 303 College Ave., Devine, TX 78016.

Concepcion Martinez Velasquez

Concepcion Martinez Velasquez went to be with the Lord on September 21, 2022 at the age of 87.
Concepcion was born on March 24, 1935 in Moore, Texas to Enrique and Mauricia Velasquez.
Concepcion is preceded in death by his Parents, numerous Brothers and Sisters and Grandson Bai Velasquez.
Concepcion is survived by his Children Rudy Velasquez, Sevino Velasquez (Rosie), Valerio Velasquez (Susie), Joe Velasquez (Frances), Erlinda V. Rodriguez (Rogelio) and Aurora Velasquez; Sisters Eva Flores, Lydia Villalobos, Maria Martinez and Beatrice Velasquez; Numerous Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Friday, September 30, 2022 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Hurley Funeral Home – Devine, 303 West College Ave, Devine, Texas 78016. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm in the Funeral Home Chapel. Services will conclude at the end of the evening.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial donations be made to Susan G. Komen Foundation or any other charity of your choice.
Arrangements entrusted to Hurley Funeral Home – Devine, 303 West College Ave, Devine, Texas 78016.