Eric Edwin Fransen, Sr.

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Eric Edwin Fransen, Sr., 86, of Kenedy, peacefully entered eternal rest with Jesus on Monday, February 15, 2016. Eric was born December 11, 1929 in Kenedy, TX to the late Henry R. and Lillie V. Fransen. He was married 61 years to his one and only sweetheart, Elizabeth Ann Richter Fransen, who passed away two months ago.

Eric was also preceded in death by his parents, his sister Freda Grisham, and two baby brothers, Paul and Robert Fransen.

He is survived by his daughters, Wanda Brown and husband Charlie of Kenedy, Brenda Taylor and husband Rick of Kenedy; sons, Eric Fransen, Jr. and wife Fran of Kenedy, Robby Fransen and wife Rachel of Selma, CA, Kirby Fransen and wife Pam of Seguin; sisters Ruth Jones of Austin and Linda Fransen of Sweden; brother, John Fransen and wife Joyce of Kenedy, grandchildren, Philip Brown, Travis Brown, Katelyn Hopson, Robin Fransen-Serio, Eric Fransen, III, Rebecca Fransen, Cody Fransen, Alex Fransen, Boyd Fransen, Dale Fransen, Elizabeth Fransen, Hannah Fransen, Bradley Fransen, Matthew Fransen, Kimberly Fransen; great-grandchildren, Joseph Brown, Ryder Brown, Emma Brown, Maddie Brown, and Evelynn Fransen.

Eric grew up working on his family’s farm. He was a member of the Kenedy High School class of 1948. He met Ann when he was eleven years old, and it must have been love at first sight. They married in Kenedy on June 28, 1954.

Eric served two years in the U.S. Army, then he and Ann moved to his farm west of Kenedy, where he worked the land, raised collie puppies, and welcomed five children. He also raised and sold registered Polled Hereford cattle and seed for Douglas King Seed Company. He and his brother farmed a total of 1100 acres. In 1968, he went to work for General Mills as a maintenance mechanic and moved his family to a smaller farm inside the city limits of Kenedy.

Eric was a loving, devoted husband and father who worked hard and unfailingly provided for his family. He lived a simple, unassuming, and righteous life. He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and always enjoyed listening to old-time gospel music and good preaching.

Eric was 100% Swedish and very frugal. He had a mechanical mind and skilled hands. He could fix anything. He had a passion for tractors, old cars, and junk. He loved home cooking, spending time with his family, and hunting for good deals.

Reading the newspaper was another of Eric’s favorite pastimes. He especially liked the comics; and while he often appeared to be reserved, those who knew him well were privileged to witness his keen sense of dry humor.

Eric’s life was a wholesome example to his children and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed, but he is now rejoicing in Heaven with his beloved wife.

Visitation will be held Friday, February 19, 2016 from 5PM to 7PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. The funeral service will be held Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 10AM at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Interment will follow in the Karnes County Memorial Park Cemetery in Kenedy, TX.

Milton Remmers

Milton Remmers obit picMilton “Slim” Remmers, Sr. age 86 of Runge died Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. Slim  ,was born July 14, 1929 to Julius & Alma Wenzel Remmers.  Slim married Ruby Schultz Apr. 6, 1952 in Kenedy.  He was a oil field guager and a member of the Lutheran Church in Runge.

He is survived by his daughter Janice (Jerry) Winter of El Campo, Sons Milton (Vicky) Remmers, Jr. of Port Lavaca, Kerry (Pam) Remmers of Nordheim and Allen (Lisa) Remmers of San Antonio. 12 grandchildren & 18 Great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his 2 sisters, 6 brothers and daughter in law Tara Remmers, great granddaughter Ashley Remmers.

Visitation will be held Wed. Feb. 10th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Eckols Chapel.  Funeral Services will be held Thursday Feb. 11th. At 10:00 at the Eckols Chapel with interment will follow in the Runge Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be Otto Monecke, Wesley Wells, Cody Remmers, Victor Remmers, Dennis Remmers , Calvin Koenig, Robert Guerrero, & Victor Williams. Honorary Pallbearers Ray Shaw, Cody Watts, Kenneth Foster, Callan Jonas, Aaron Cross, Jack Steves, Chad Buesing , Granddaughters, and Great Grandchildren.

Alfonse Kanak

Alfonse L. Kanak age 81 of Pettus died Jan. 31, 2016. He was born April 24, 1934 to Louis & Emily Munsch Kanak who preceded him in death.  Alfonse was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Veteran of US Army, Married Mildred Stuart June 3, 1956 in Pettus.  Alfonse retired from Texaco as a guager in 2006.

Alfonse is survived by his wife Mildred Kanak of Pettus, Sons Clinton (Jimmie) Kanak of Canyon Lake, Kevin Kanak of Corpus Christi, and Kody (Stacy) Kanak of Kenedy, Brothers Tommy (Barbara) Kanak-Kenedy, and Dan Kanak of Victoria. Grandchildren Kellen, Bryce, Kristy, Crail, Kendall.

Visitation will be held Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Eckols Chapel, Funeral services will be Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the Eckols Chapel. Interment will be in the Kenedy Cemetery

Esmerenciana Alvarado Escamilla

Esmerenciana Alvarado Escamilla, Age 81 of Pawnee, TX passed away Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 in Pawnee, TX. She was born on April 23, 1934 in Pawnee to the late Gerardo and Agapita Garcia Alvarado. On Aug. 9, 1959 she married Reducindo V. Escamilla who preceded her in death on Jan. 9, 2002.  She retired from Pawnee ISD and was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

She is preceded in death by her husband Reducindo V. Escamilla, Sr.; her parents, Gerardo and Agapita Garcia Alvarado; sisters, Marcella Gonzales, Elena De Bosque, Anita Trevino; brothers, Juan Alvarado, Manuel Alvarado, Gerardo Alvarado, Jose Alvarado and Enrique Alvarado.

She is survived by her daughters, Nora E. Franke and husband Randel of Pawnee, Nelda E. Luna and husband Raymond of Pawnee, Mirella E. Davis and husband Melvin of Pawnee; sons, Rolando Escamilla and wife Sandra of Pawnee, Reducindo Escamilla, Jr and wife Stella of Pawnee, Rudy Escamilla of Pawnee; brother, Benito Alvarado of Corpus Christi, 16 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

A Holy Rosary will be recited Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 7PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 10AM at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Interment will follow in the De Ntra Sra De Guadalupe Cemetery in Pawnee, TX.

Serving as Pallbearers will be Lucas Escamilla, Travis Escamilla, Kalli Escamilla, Moses Escamilla, Luke Escamilla, Corky Franke, Fidel Luna, and Dustin Davis.