Carmelita Guevara

Carmelita Guevara of Kenedy, TX born on July 11, 1938 in Kenedy,TX passed away on February 25, 2020 at the age of 81. Carmelita was preceded in death by her husband Gregorio Rodriguez. Survivors include her son: Billy Joe (Hope) Guevara of Beeville,TX; stepdaughters: Miranda Rodriguez Solano of Conroe,TX and Maria Rodriguez Burrow of Katy,TX; stepsons: Ezequil Casarez of Three Rivers,TX and Gregory Rodriguez of Junction,TX; 17 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; sister: Alicia Munoz of Belton,TX; nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Visitation will be held on Friday, February 28, 2020 from 4:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7:00p.m. at Eckols Chapel. Funeral Services Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 10:00a.m. at Eckols Chapel with Pastor Joel Velasquez officiating. Interment following in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Kenedy, TX. Pallbearers: Billy Joe Guevara, Billy Joe Guevara Jr., Nicolas Jude Gonzales, Nick Casarez, Aaron Lee Casarez, Steven Sullinger.

Larry Duckett

Larry Duckett, of Runge, TX born June 27, 1945 passed away on February 10, 2020 at the age of 74. Mr. Duckett was preceded in death by his wife Nancy in March 2019. He is survived by his daughters: Kristy (Gene) Zaiontz of Falls City, TX and Gwyndolyn Lea Montez of San Antonio,TX; two grandsons: Ryan and Eric Montez of San Antonio,TX; sister-in-law: Betsy (Ken) Allard of San Antonio; nephew, Jeff Christian and other relatives. Visitation will be held on Friday, February 14, 2020 at 10:00a.m. at the Kenedy Cemetery. Graveside services will begin at 11:00a.m. Friday, Feb. 14th at the Kenedy Cemetery with Rev. Larry Elliott officiating.  Pallbearers will be his grandsons: Ryan and Eric Montez, James Heirholzer, Danny Esparza, Robert Ebrom, Curtis Reynolds, Clayton Reynolds and Leon Phillips.

Vicente Arenas, Sr.

Vicente Arenas Sr, age 82 died peacefully in his sleep at 2:00am Friday February 7, 2020. Vicente a devout Catholic, died after a 7 year battle with Parkinson’s. Vicente left high school to join the Marines in Camp Pendleton, California. He received an honorable discharge from the Corps in 1958 with the rank of Lance Corporal. Vicente married Victoria Aguirre of Pettus, Texas in 1956 and had four children. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was an avid baseball player and founded the Kenedy Sportsmen’s Club which raised money to help boys buy baseball gloves and uniforms. He also managed the local baseball team the Kenedy Aces and the Kenedy Royals.   He also loved Lone Star beer and mariachi music and was known to serenade family and friends and even strangers acapella.  Vicente also loved oak trees and became an expert at growing them on his beloved 6 acres in Kenedy. And that is where his story ends. After becoming diagnosed with Parkinson’s, Vicente asked his family to honor his wishes of dying at home. And that is where he lost his courageous battle with the disease with family at his side.  Vicente was married to his wife Victoria Aguirre Arenas for 63 years.   He raised 3 Daughters Debra, Diana, Basilia, one Son, Vicente Jr.  and a Grandson Eduardo Villarreal Jr.  He is survived by his wife, Victoria Aguirre Arenas of Kenedy, one Sister, Aurora Galvan of Port Lavaca, Texas; Daughters, Debra Ann Cantu and spouse Roberto (Kenedy), DiAnna  and Spouse Alfredo Fuentes, Jr.  (San Antonio),  Basilia and Spouse Elmorris Foley, Jr. (Killeen), son, Vicente Arenas Jr, (Denver); Grandson Eduardo Villarreal Jr and Spouse Jessica (Kenedy). Vicente had 7 grand children and 22Great Grand Children and 10 Great Great Grandchildren.

A Holy Rosary will be recited Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. in the Eckols Chapel.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with the Rev. Norbert Hermann officiating.  Interment with Military Honors will follow in the Kenedy Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Edward Villarreal, III, Anthony Aguilar, Christopher Palacios, Juan DeLosSantos, IV, Nathan DeLosSantos, Andrew Earlenbaugh, Alexander R. Palacios and Marcus Bryan.

Honorary Pallbearers: Nando Salinas, Stormy Rossett, Daniel Salais, Cecil Radicke, and Raul Garcia, Sr.

Armando Guerrero Aguirre

Armando Guerrero Aguirre, of Kenedy, TX, age 81, passed away on February 5, 2020 in San Antonio, TX. Armando was born in Maxwell, TX October 21, 1938 to Francisco and Carolina Guerrero Aguirre. Armando was a U. S. Army veteran and a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. He married Grace Holland on Jan. 20, 1962 in Kenedy, TX and she preceded him in death March 4, 2017. He worked for UPS delivering, and worked in the Petro Chemical Construction. He is survived by his son, Gino (Deborah) Aguirre of San Antonio, TX, Dennis (Laura) Aguirre of Houston, TX and John (Mary Alice) Aguirre of Kendy,TX; sisters: Rebecca Rodriguez and Belia Moran; grandchildren: Allyson Aguirre, Andrew Aguirre, Hank Anderson Aguirre, Hayley Blomquist, and Emily Blomquist; great grandson: Sebastian Aguirre; and siters: Rebecca Rodriguez of San Angelo and Belia Moran of San Antonio an other relatives. Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020 from 12:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00p.m. at Eckols Chapel. Funeral Services Monday, February 10, 2020 at 10:00a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with interment in Loma Alta Cemetery. Pallbearers: Larry Aguirre, Ronnie Aguirre, Jimmy (Bo) Cantu, Raulito Garcia, Matthew Martinez and Danny Hinojosa.

Linley L. McDonald, Sr.

Linley L. McDonald, Sr., age 78 of Kenedy, brought his last tow down the river on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. Linley was born on February 10, 1941 in Poteet, TX to Donald J. and Doris E. Williams McDonald.  He married the love of his life, Carolyn R. Collins, on November 29, 1969 in San Antonio, TX.

Linley attended Aransas Pass High School. Upon graduation, he entered into the United States Marine Corps, where he proudly served his country.  He retired as a tow boat captain.  Linley was a loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather, friend to many and a member of the Kenedy First United Methodist Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sons, Barett L. McDonald, Raymond A. Boullt; and a brother, Jerry C. McDonald.

Linley is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Carolyn; sons, Brett A. McDonald and wife Janet of Kenedy, Linley L. McDonald, Jr. and wife Theresa of Cuero; daughter, Kathy Hale of Giddings; 11 Grandchildren and 11 Great-Grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel with a Celebration of Life Service immediately following, the Rev. Walter Hill, III, officiating.

Honorary Pallbearers are his Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriners or St. Jude Hospital in memory of Linley L. McDonald, Sr.

Gilbert V. Puente

Gilbert Vasquez Puente, of Kenedy, born June 12, 1942 to Arnulfo Puente and Saragosa Vasquez Puente passed away on February 3, 2020 at the age of 77. Gilbert is preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Cora Elizondo; brothers: Martin, Lupe, Valentin, Alfonso and John Puente. He is survived by his wife: Gloria H. Puente of Kenedy, TX; son: Rick Puente and the lovely memory of his deceased wife Diane Small Puente of Canyon Lake, TX; grandchildren: Joshua Adame of San Antonio, Madison and Kaylee Puente of Canyon Lake, TX; sisters: Tila Solis of Kenedy,TX and Fane Lopez of Edinburg, TX; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Visitation will be held on  Friday, February 7, 2020 from 5:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00p.m. at Eckols Chapel. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 10:00a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with the Rev. Norbert Hermann officiating. Interment to follow  in the Loma Alta Cemetery. Pallbearers: Danny Puente, Michael Solis, Rene Solis, Johnny Puente, Donald Puente and Phillip Hernandez. Honorary Pallbearers: David Puente and Martin Puente, Jr.

Tommy D. Kanak

Tommy D. Kanak, age 83, of San Antonio formerly of Kenedy,TX passed away January 31, 2020. Tommy was born in Halletsville,TX Feb. 3, 1936 to Louis and Emily Munsch Kanak. He married Barbara Magee April 17, 1958 in Pettus,TX. Tommy was a U.S. Army veteran and a Measurement Technician for Valero Energy Transmission Transfer. He is survived by his wife: Barbara Kanak of San Antonio,TX; son: David and his wife Lana Kanak of Antonio,TX and their children Gillian and Brent Kanak; daughter: Connie Cornali of Montgomery,TX and her children Kayla and her husband Chad and their children Jr. Martinez, Kyle Martinez, Dalton Cheeks and Karter Cheeks; daughter: Brooklyn Clopton and her son Tristan; brother: Dan Kanak of Victoria, TX; and a sister-in-law: Lilly Kana of San Antonio, TX. Graveside services will be held on Monday, February 3, 2020 at 1:30p.m. at the Kenedy Cemetery with Rev. Wally Schievebein of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church  officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association, 10223 McAllister Fwy. , San Antonio, Texas 78216.

Beatrice “Bea” Zepeda Tijerina

Beatrice “Bea” Z. Tijerina, formerly of Kenedy, TX was born on July 29, 1944 in Three Rivers, Texas to Seledonio Zepeda Sr. and Anita Ramirez Zepeda passed away surrounded by family on January 30, 2020 at the age of 75 at her residence in San Antonio. Bea was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She is preceded in death by her parents, her mother-in-law: Josefina Perez, her son: Ruben A. Tijerina Jr., her brother: Seledonio “Shorty” Zepeda Jr.; and her sister: Esperanza “Hope” Zepeda Pinon. Survivors include her husband: Ruben P. Tijerina, Sr., her daughter: Missy (Tom) Messmer of Fort Mojave, AZ; sons: Robert A. (Suzette) Tijerina of San Antonio, TX and Randy A. Tijerina of San Antonio,TX; sisters and brothers: Connie (Ruben) Olivio of Alice, TX, Rose “Bambi” (Roger) Garza of Kingsville, TX and Sally Moncevais of Alice,TX, Felix “Boy” R. (Cookie) Zepeda of Alice, TX, Robert “Bobby” (Gloria) Zepeda of Kenedy,TX, Ralph (Ginny) Zepeda, Rey (Karen) Zepeda of Alice,TX, Michael J. (Rhonda) Zepeda, of San Antonio,TX, Stephen Zepeda of San Antonio, TX and William(Jennifer) Zepeda of San Antonio,TX; 9 Grandchildren to include: Olivia I. Tijerina, Robert “Andres” Tijerina II, J. M. Pollard, Randi Pollard, and Cody Ferguson; one great granddaughter: Avery Pollard; brother-in-law: Rene (betty) “Joe” Tijerina of Wichita Falls, TX and sister-in-law: Irma (Richard) Longoria of San Antonio, TX; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 4:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00p.m. at Eckols Chapel. Funeral services Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 9:30a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with Rev. Norbert Hermann officiating. Interment in Loma Alta Cemetery. Pallbearers: Robert A. Tijerina, Robert “Andres” Tijerina II,Randy A. Tijerina, Rolando “Rollie” Zepeda, Ralph Zepeda, Rey Zepeda, Stephen Zepeda, William Zepeda, Michael Zepeda.