Raul S. Cantu

Raul S. Cantu, Age 66 of Kenedy, TX passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2024 in San Antonio, TX.  Raul was born on September 4, 1957 in Kenedy to the late Juan and Nicolasa Sanchez Cantu.  He retired from Kenedy ISD as a custodian, was a loving father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, friend to many and of the Catholic Faith.

Raul is preceded in death by his parents, Juan and Nicolasa Sanchez Cantu.

Raul is survived by his children, Ruby Martinez and husband Samuel of Pawnee, Stephanie Trevino of Pawnee, Michael Cantu of Pawnee; sisters, Angelita Cantu of Lake Jackson, Juanita Fuentes of Kenedy; brothers, Joe Cantu of Kenedy, Davi Cantu of Kenedy, grandchildren, Talon, Blake, Mason, Penelope and Maddox.

A Holy Rosary will be recited Wednesday, July 10, 2024 at 7PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  Mass will be celebrated Thursday, July 11, 2024 at 10AM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel with the Deacon Cantu officiating.  Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Kenedy, TX.

Serving as Pallbearers: David Norman, Valentin Fuentes, Ricky Carrasco, Joe Cantu, Johnny Rodriguez, Arnold Trevino, Frank Rodriguez and Regino Sanchez.

George William “Wild Bill” Martin Jr.

George William “Wild Bill” Martin Jr., Age 76 of Christine, TX passed away on June 25, 2024.  George was born on November 11, 1947 in Floresville, TX to the late George William Martin Sr. and the late Walta Dee Martin. A long-time resident of Stockdale and Floresville, TX, he attended Texas Tech University and was self-employed in Floresville, TX where he founded and operated “Wild Bill’s Beverage Barn”. He enjoyed his lifelong passions of deer hunting and gunsmithing.

He is preceded in death by his father George William Martin Sr. and mother, Walta Dee Martin.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Carol Martin of Christine (formerly of Kenedy), TX, stepdaughter Susan Menn, stepson Billy Menn, cousins Walter Paul (Virginia) Butler and Joe (Ramona) Butler, niece Marla (Russell) Alabastro and daughters, Ross Beardsley, and Nicholas (Jordan) Beardsley and Allie, Katie, Anna and Maggie and extended family and friends.

Pallbearers will be: Ricky D. Lopez, TY Guevara, Nicholas Beardsley, Ross Beardsley, Doug Bodingfield and David Strozier.

Honorary Pallbearers: Bill Sweat, Delton Marcrum, David York, Joe Butler, Walter Butler, Billy Menn, Bill Beardsley, John Weigand, Robert Higgins, Roxie Adler, Monroe Sickenius.

The Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 2, 2024, at Eckols Funeral Home in Kenedy Texas from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at 10:00 am at Eckols Funeral Home and burial will be at the Karnes County Memorial Park Cemetery in Kenedy, TX.

Robert “Bob” Marchant

Robert “Bob” Marchant was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts on May 15, 1942, the son of Albert and Jennie Marchant.  He was the youngest of eight children.  He was the brother to Irene, Louise, Elizabeth, David, Nancy, Norma, and Edith.  Bob came to Texas by the way of the United States Navy in 1960, where he was stationed in Beeville, TX. He served his last nine months in Hawaii.  It was in Beeville that he met his wife of 62 years Patsy Chaney Marchant. Bob began his career in Kenedy, TX working for General Mills where he would later retire after 46 years.  He had two sons, Stephen (Patti) and Kevin (Jolene), five grandchildren, who he was so proud of and loved very much- Garret (Kacie) and Hailey, Austin, Josh, Ashley, and two great-grandchildren- Trent and Kenedy.  Bob was involved in several local organizations to include Jaycees, Rotary Club, Library Board, and City Council.  He was active in his church and enjoyed teaching Sunday School.  His enjoyment was taking care of his yard and gardening.  He Kept the birds, squirrels, and rabbits fed and watered. 

Family Visitation will be held Friday, June 28, 2024 from 9AM to 11AM with Services starting at 11AM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chape with the Rev. Walter Hill, III officiating.  Interment will follow in the Kenedy Cemetery in Kenedy, TX.

Serving as Pallbearers: Stephen Marchant, Kevin Marchant, Garret Marchant, Austin Marchant, Josh Marchant and Brandon Martin.  

Honorary Pallbearer will be Trent Marchant.

Mary G. San Miguel

Mary G. San Miguel, Age 109 of Charco, TX passed away on June 20, 2024 in Victoria, TX.  Mary was born on December 8, 1914 in San Antonio, TX to the late Aurelio, Sr. and Sara Barrientes Guillen.  She retired as a Civil Servant for the US Government, married Paul G. San Miguel who precedes her in death and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, dear friend to many and of the Catholic Faith.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Aurelio, Sr. and Sara Barrientes Guillen; husband, Paul G. San Miguel; son, Paul G. San Miguel; sisters, Lupe G. Salas, Margarita Ochoa, Elena G. Trevino; Janie G. Soloman, Rosie G. Hodge, brothers, Frank Guillen, Aurelio Guillen, Jr. and Joe Guillen.

She is survived by her grandchildren, Tabithia (Stephanie) San Miguel, Paul (Theresa) San Miguel, Ruben (Roxanna) San Miguel, Rudy (Alice) San Miguel, Daniel (April) San Miguel, Joseph (Veronica) San Miguel; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Holy Rosary will be recited Thursday, June 27, 2024 at 9:30 A.M. with Funeral Mass Celebrated at 10:00 A.M. at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with the Rev. Robert Ploch officiating. Interment will follow in the Choate Cemetery in Choate, TX.

Serving as Pallbearers: Ruben San Miguel, Daniel San Miguel, Paul San Miguel, Rudy San Miguel, Joshua Jones and Joseph Salomon.

Honorary Pallbearers will be: Erasmo “Gizmo” Gonzalez and Twin Pines Nursing and Rehabilitation staff members.

Pauline Esparza De Los Santos

Pauline Esparza De Los Santos, Age 63 of Runge, TX passed away June 3, 2024 in San Antonio, TX.  Pauline was born on June 5, 1960 in Runge, TX to the late Santiago, Sr. and Manuela “Emma” Perez Esparza.  She was a health care provider, a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Santiago, Sr. and Manuela “Emma” Perez Esparza; husband, Hector De Los Santos; brothers, Santiago Esparza, Jr., Juan Esparza and Ernesto Esparza.

She is survived by her children Alex Jae (Jacy) Altamirano of Karnes City, TX,  Anthony Lee (Dominica) De Los Santos of Runge, TX; sisters, Beatrice Oroczo of San Antonio, TX, Tina De La Garza of Runge, TX, Elaine Esparza (Brian) Sheeran of Yorktown, TX, Carmen (Paul) Wheat of England; brothers, Pablo (Magdalena) Esparza of Runge, TX, Martin Esparza of Houston, TX; grandchildren, Haven, Emma, Chasity, Charity, Serena, Nathan; great-grandchild, Micah; sister-in-law’s Jenny Esparza of Humphrey, NE, Josie Esparza of Lamesa, TX and numerous nieces, nephews, family members and dear friends.

A Holy Rosary will be recited Saturday, June 29, 2024 at 10:00 AM with Funeral Mass at 10:30 AM in the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Runge, TX with the Rev. Robert Ploch officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Runge Latin Cemetery in Runge, TX.

Dwayne Everett Nutt

Dwayne Everett Nutt, Age 71 of Choate, TX passed away on June 11, 2024.  Dwayne was born on March 28, 1953 in Karnes City, TX to the late Everett Nutt and Maurine Hagendorf Nutt-Gaskins. He was a retired I&E project manager for Lubrizol in Deer Park, TX; a loving father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, friend to many and of the Baptist Faith.

He is preceded in death by his father Everett Nutt; mother, Maurine Hagendorf Nutt-Gaskins; step-father, Archie Gaskins; sisters, Dianna Copeland and Lorie Schulte.

He is survived by his sons, Travis L. Nutt of Harwood, TX, Talon Ray Nutt of Clear Lake, TX; sister, Cheryl Smith and husband Marvin of Tuleta, TX and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

A Graveside Services will be held Friday, June 21, 2024 at 10:30 AM in the Choate Cemetery with Pastor Bruce Irving officiating. 

Antonia Elizondo Aguirre

Antonia Elizondo Aguirre passed away peacefully in a nursing home in Beeville, Texas surrounded by her loved ones on May 25, 2024 at the age of 92.

Antonia was born on May 11, 1932 in the outskirts of Kenedy, Texas to Jose and Santos Herrera Elizondo. Antonia’s mother passed away when she was a toddler and her family quickly rushed in to help her father raise her. Antonia’s uncle and aunt, Favian and Trini Elizondo helped raise her on the farm and she soon became an honorary sister to a growing family.

Antonia met the love of her life at a dance in Nell, Texas and she married Eliu Guerrero Aguirre on September 22, 1954. She resided in Pawnee for a large majority of her life with her family and was a devout member of El Manuel Iglesia Bautista in Pawnee, Texas.  She enjoyed cooking for family, baking pies for her neighbors, embroidering dish clothes until the wee hours of the night, worshiping at church, and listening and singing to her favorite mariachi music.

Antonia is preceded in death by her parents: Jose and Santos Elizondo, uncle and aunt: Favian and Trini Elizondo, her husband: Eliu Aguirre, her son: Leo Aguirre, one grandchild: Vincent “Trey” Rowe, and her siblings: Alex Elizondo, Luciano Elizondo, Yrenio Elizondo, Pauline Boyle, Isabel “Chavela” Cortez, Domingo Elizondo, and Rosa Molbe.

Antonia Aguirre is survived by three children: Sandra (late Guadalupe Jr.) Gonzales of Falls City, Texas, Estella (Ray) Escamilla of Pawnee, Texas, Ruth (Vincent) Rowe of Beeville, Texas, eight grandchildren: Ana Ramirez of Falls City, Texas, Adriana Gonzales of Nell, Texas, Guadalupe “LJ” Gonzales III of Poth, Texas, Lucas (Krystelle) Escamilla of College Station, Texas, Xavier Rowe of San Antonio, Texas, Travis (Tasha) Escamilla of Pawnee, Texas, Kandance Escamilla of Pawnee, Texas, Zachaus Rowe of San Antonio, Texas, six great-grandchildren: Diego Gonzales, Rowely Gonzales, Trae Gonzales, Sebastian Salinas, Lucas “Jr.” Escamilla, Lilliana Escamilla, and six siblings: Jose (Tilly) Elizondo of Dallas, Texas, Gilbert (Kim) Elizondo of Illinois, Amado Elizondo of Illinois, Frances (Oscar) Guerrero of Spring Branch, Texas, Bertha Cuevas of San Angelo, Texas, Concepcion “Connie” Gibson of San Antonio, Texas.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, May 31, 2024 at Eckols Funeral Home in Kenedy, Texas. Visitation will be held from 2 pm to 7 pm with the prayer service beginning at 7 pm.  Church services will be held at the El Manuel Baptist Church in Pawnee, Texas on Saturday, June 1, 2024 starting at 10 am followed by the burial at Our Lady of Guadalupe Cemetery in Pawnee, Texas

Beverly Jeanette Mapes-Clark

Beverly Jeanette Mapes-Clark went to be with the Lord, Jesus on Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at College Station, Texas.  Born to Freeman Chilton Mapes and Guidana Louise Hammonds Mapes, June 16, 1947 in Topeka, Kansas.

Beverly, was an avid Houston Astros fan, making her own statistic books to keep track of each player.  Her favorite T.V. show was Gunsmoke, Matt Dillon being her favorite actor.  Beverly’s talents included singing and writing music, and playing her guitar.  She loved working in her garden and cooking delicious meals.  She made beautiful quilts with love and gave them to family and friends.  Beverly resided in Brenham, Texas for over 25 years, enjoying the country rural life, with a great love for animals and nature.  Her profession as a hair stylist kept food on the table.  She attended Cowboy Church of Brenham, Texas.  She loved her family, friends and her Savior, Jesus Christ.  Beverly will be dearly missed. 

Survivors include her companion; Tom Davis and his daughters Mary Beth, Wanda, and Stepanie.  Sisters; Maria Mapes Dacus, Rose Mapes Rendon (Noland Rendon), and Valerie Mapes Arenal (Richard Arenal, Brother; John Robert Mapes, her dog Pepper, many nieces, nephews, cousins and a very special aunt Patsy Herrell.

Preceded in death by her parents, sisters; Patricia Louise Mapes, Betty Mapes Puckett, and Linda Mapes Dacus; and a brother Donad Freeman Mapes; and husbands, Roy (Cage) Clark and Chris Vasek.

Services will be Monday, May 27, 2024 at 2PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, 420 W. Live Oak Street, Kenedy, TX 78119 (830)583-2533.

Burial will follow at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Kenedy, TX.

Pallbearers will be: Wesley Dacus, Jr., Edward Rendon, Joe Arenal, Mike Rendon, Josh Dacus, Shane Rendon, and Philip Rendon

Maria Elena Leal Torres

Maria Elena Leal Torres of Runge, Texas, passed away peacefully in the early hours on Saturday, May 18, 2024, at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.

She was born in Helena, Texas, on July 21, 1945, to Pedro and Paula Lopez Leal.

Maria graduated from Runge High School at the age of 16.

She was a beloved wife, the mother of seven children, grandmother of 17 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Maria was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Runge.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters Guadalupe Moreno Salazar, Mickela Moreno Gonzales, Sulema Leal Barron, and Eulalia Leal Martinez.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Ramiro Torres, and their seven children:  Mary Rios (Fernando) of Runge, Ramiro Torres Jr. (Melissa) of Runge, Rudy Torres (Julie) of Pawnee, Irma Nail (Chuck Morris) of Poth, Gilbert Torres (Priscilla) of Pettus, Grace Rodriguez (Jaime) of Pettus, and Jimmy Torres (Presila) of Yorktown.

She is also survived by her sisters Sofia Leal Mendoza of Crawford, TX, and Janie Leal Miller of San Marcos, TX.

Maria was a beautiful soul. She will be dearly missed, but her memory and love will remain in the hearts of those she touched.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. with memorial services and the Holy Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 101 East Arenoso St., Runge, Texas.

The funeral mass will be Thursday, May 23, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Runge with Rev. Robert Ploch officiating assisted by Deacon Guadalupe Cantu.

Serving as Pallbearers:  Christopher Torres, Dylan Torres, Ramiro Torres III, Derek Torres, Kevin Torres, Johnathon Torres, Triston Torres, and Jacob Rodriguez.  Serving as Honorary Pallbearers:  Chase Torres, Landon Torres, and Andrew Rico Jr.

She will be laid to rest at the Runge Latin Cemetery with arrangements by Eckols Funeral Home in Kenedy, Texas.

Jeanne Russell Ruhmann

Jeanne Russell Ruhmann was born in Canaan, CT to James E. and Mabel Veale Russell on June 24, 1934. And died on April 25, 2024 in Floresville Nursing Home at the age of 89 .  She moved with her family to Kenedy, TX in 1936, and eventually settled in Floresville in 1936, and graduated from high school in Floresville in 1951, married Eddie Ruhmann in June, spent a few years in the army, and then settled back in Kenedy in 1953 where she raised their two sons, and called home for over 60 years.

Jeanne was a member of the First Baptist Church in Kenedy.  She owned and operated the Southern Office Supply with her husband for many years.  She was active in her church, school activites, and many civic organizations in the city.  In 2011 the Kenedy Chamber of Commerce honored Jeanne and Eddie as “Citizens of the Year”.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents, James E. and Mable Veale Russell, her husband Eddie, and her son Paul, and her brother Jim.  She is survived by her son Russ (Yvonne), grandsons Zach (Lauren) and Trent (Breanna), and granddaughters Quinn and Sloane.  She is also survived by her sister Karen (Bob), and by several nieces and nephews.

Jeanne will be missed by many friends and people she touched throughout the years.  We would like to thank and acknowledge the staff and administrators for their care and friendship throughout her stay at New Haven in Floresville, Texas.

Family Visitation will be held Monday, April 29, 2024 from 12 Noon to 1PM with Services beginning at 1PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel with Richard Robinson officiating.  Interment will follow in the Kenedy Cemetery in Kenedy, TX.

Serving as Pallbearers: Zach Ruhmann, Trent Ruhmann, Jimmy Russell, Tony Garrant, Mike Newberry and Glen Kusak.

Honorary Pallbearers will be: Laine Ewing, Brandon Blackburn, Bob Alexander and Mike Andrews.

Memorials may be made to the Kenedy Cemetery.