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Jul 28, 2014   06:17 PM

 Robert W. (Bob) Fowler, 85, of Paint Rock passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014.

He was born August 23, 1928 to William and Pearl (Page) Fowler in Paint Rock, Texas. Bob married Mae Bell Pierce on June 29, 1947 in Ballinger. They were life long residents of Paint Rock and shared 67 years together. Bob served his country in the Texas State Guard, after being honorably discharged; he began a career as a office manger and bookkeeper. He worked at Armstrong Lumber Co. for 19 years and then at Lyles Construction for 37 years. Bob was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church in Paint Rock.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Rob William Fowler and a sister, Inez Gholson.

He is survived by his wife, Mae Bell Fowler of Paint Rock; and a son, Gary Fowler; and granddaughters, Nellie Parrish and husband, Mark and Julie Fowler. Four great grandchildren, Hunter, William, Colton and Michaela Parrish also survive.

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 pm on Tuesday July 29, 2014 at Lange Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church in Paint Rock with Bro. Mike Thomson, pastor of the church and Bro. David McLean, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Paint Rock, co-officiating. Burial will follow in the Paint Rock Cemetery. Memorial may be made to a favorite charity.



Jul 28, 2014   06:12 PM

Albert Lipscomb Ebaugh, M.D., aged 76, died peacefully in his home surrounded by family on July 26, 2014. Dr. Ebaugh spent his childhood in the Texas Hill Country, both in San Marcos and in Austin where he attended Austin High School and the University of Texas. He received his M.D. degree from Baylor College of Medicine in 1963, served in the U.S. Public Health Service in both Boston and San Francisco and returned to Baylor for his residency in psychiatry. Over his 40 year span as a psychiatrist in Houston, he practiced at Methodist Hospital, St. Luke’s, Kelsey Seybold Clinic and the Harris County Psychiatric Hospital as well as many years in private practice. After serving as President of the Houston Psychiatric Society, he retired in 2004. Dr. Ebaugh was a participant at Amazing Place for three and one half years, a memory day care facility. In 1973, shortly after his divorce, on a Sunday afternoon trip to the little train at the Houston Zoo with his sons, Nelson, aged 5, and James, aged 3, he met Helen Rose Fuchs, a professor of Sociology at The University of Houston. She is the daughter of Arnold and Agnes Fuchs of Olfen,Texas, where she grew up with her four brothers, James, Tom, Roy and Bob Fuchs and her sister, Sister Deborah Ann Fuchs, CDP. Arnold died in 2000 and Agnes, aged 96 this August, resides in Sagecrest Nursing Home in San Angelo. Eighteen months after meeting, Albert and Helen Rose were married in the chapel on UH campus and spent almost 40 years together.

In 1977 their daughter, Sarah, was born and four years later their son, Stephen. The family now includes four grandchildren. Maureen, aged 7, and Neil, aged 6, were born to Nelson and his wife, Grace and live in Houston. William, aged 3, and Elizabeth, 4 months, are children of Stephen and wife, Eryn, and make Houston their home as does Albert and Helen Rose’s daughter, Sarah. In 2009 James married Dorothy Wawrose and now lives in Des Moines, Iowa. All four children, spouses and grandchildren are part of the large, extended Fuchs family that has roots on the family farm in Olfen, Texas, 30 miles east of San Angelo. The extended family now numbers 49 and gets together at Christmas-time. Albert and Helen Rose did not miss one of the 41 years they were together celebrating Christmas on the farm and the children and grandchildren missed very few of them. The fact that Albert chose to be buried in the St. Boniface Cemetery, a country resting place under blue skies and surrounded by cotton fields, is testimony to his love and respect for the Fuchs family, as well as his love of nature and quiet country places. His only other wish is that Helen Rose rest beside him for eternity so they have joint plots there.

Albert is survived by his one brother, Irvin Ebaugh, M.D., also a retired psychiatrist who practiced in both Dallas and Aspen, Colorado. Over the past 20 years, Albert and his wife, Helen Rose, travelled to many parts of the world and they shared many memorable adventures. Albert was a life-long Episcopalian and recently joined Grace Episcopal Church where both he and Helen Rose loved the lively services, the small, warm community and the social outreach of the church.

His Memorial Wake (for the sharing of memories and Visitation with the family) at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 28, will be officiated by Sister Deborah Ann Fuchs. The Eucharistic Celebration of Albert’s life will take place at ll:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 29. Both services will be held at Grace Episcopal Church, Houston. The Graveside service and burial in St. Boniface Cemetery, Olfen, Texas, will be Thursday at l0:00 a.m. under the direction of Lange Funeral Home of Ballinger.



Jul 28, 2014   06:09 PM

 Margaret Hoelscher, 91, passed away July 25, 2014, at Ballinger Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center where she had been a resident for 10 months. Margaret, probably better known as Maggie, was born to Joseph Adolph and Mary Theresa Seidl Rohmfeld on October 28, 1922 in Rowena, Tx. She was baptized Margaret Ann Theresa in Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena. Maggie was a graduate of Saint Joseph Catholic School. She loved to have fun with her good friends who all liked to dance and jitter bug, play softball and watch their favorite Rowena men’s baseball team. Maggie was a pretty good pitcher and a home run hitter during those years, I have been told.

Leoran Clois Hoelscher, son of Clements and Agnes Frerich Hoelscher, and Margaret were married at Saint Joseph Catholic Church on June 1, 1950. They purchased their farm from Otto and Minnie Ocker a few miles south of Olfen and it is at that farm that they worked with their sheep, cattle, a few hogs, goats, turkeys and chickens, that they sold eggs to have extra money. They were members of Saint Boniface Catholic Church, where Maggie was a member of the Christian Mother’s Altar Sodality. Mom always had a beautiful flower garden along with the vegetables for canning. She was a superb seamstress and cook, making the most delicious divinity for us at Christmas. One does not appreciate those special treats and moments until they are gone.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Mary Seidl Rohmfeld, by her brother, Edwin in 1945 from complications of appendicitis; by older brother, William Rohmfeld, Sr. and his wife, Erna; her granddaughter, Mary Kahlig in 1977 of Tulsa; her son-in-law, Charles Kahlig in 2009 from cancer. Also preceding her in death in January 2010, was her husband of 60 years, Leoran. After his death, Margaret’s health declined as she always said she missed him so much.

Survivors include her daughter, Patricia Ann (Pat) Kahlig of Keller, grandson Kevin Kahlig of Ft. Worth, grandson Bryan Kahlig and his wife, Maria, of Aubrey, Tx. Also surviving are her three great-grandchildren, Molly, Lucy and Michael Kahlig, children of Maria and Bryan, who will also bring Margaret and Leoran their fourth grand child, a little girl in late November, 2014. Many nieces and nephews also survive, along with friends who always remembered her fondly.

Margaret’s family wishes to gratefully recognize the caring nurses and aides of Ballinger Home Health; the Ballinger Memorial Hospital staff; Ballinger Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center staff who diligently cared for my mom with compassion during her most stressful days, and Hospice of Ballinger who cared for Mom, making her as comfortable as possible. A very heartfelt thank you to the caregivers who made her smile and laugh throughout the years and made it possible for her to stay at her home. Vincenta and Narciso Contreras are also remembered for their many years of constant support and help.

Rosary and visitation for family and friends will be held at 7:00 pm Sunday, July 27 at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am on Monday, July 28 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Olfen. Burial will follow at St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, we would be most grateful if you would consider the Saint Boniface Cemetery Fund, or a charity of your choice.



Jul 28, 2014   06:07 PM

 Mary Elizabeth Dunn, 64, of Ballinger passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Central Texas Nursing and Rehabilitation.

She was born on December 28, 1949 to Sylvester and Mary (Hardin) Hollis in Ranger, Texas. After high school, Mary began a career as a dietician.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Cheryl Denise Dunn; brothers, Johnny Phillips, Harvey Hollis, Billy Hollis; and a sister Penny Oxford.

She is survived by her husband, Earl; a brother, Sargent Hollis; children, Johnny P. Keele and wife Chasity, William D. Keele, Jr. and wife Stephanie, Carol D. (Keele) Connell and husband Ray, Bobby Dwayne Dunn, Earl Dwayne Dunn, Jr. and Daniel Dwayne Dunn. Also surviving are several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, July 28 at Old Runnels Cemetery in Ballinger with Rev. Kenneth Plumley officiating.



Jul 22, 2014   10:43 PM

 Oran Wesley Bigby, 94, of Ballinger passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014 at a nursing center in Big Spring.

He was born August 4, 1919 to John Wesley and Sarah “Sadie” Elizabeth (Douglass) Bigby, the youngest of seven children, on the Bigby Ranch in Ballinger. While attending Texas A&M University, Oran met his future wife Mildred Mund of Eldorado. She attended Texas Woman’s University. In 1944, he was drafted into the Army, where he served in the European Theater of Operations for 16 months, and participated in front line combat. He finished out his enlistment as a member of the 115th Field Artillery Battalion, serving as chief clerk in motor pool and directed the driving activities of 250 drivers. He was honorably discharged in 1946. He then continued his education at Texas A&M and on December 26, 1947 he married Mildred in Eldorado. He graduated from Texas A&M in 1948. Mildred and Oran lived on the Bigby Ranch where Oran raised registered Rambouillet sheep, entering them in numerous local and regional shows. He won many top prizes. He was active in 4H and he taught agriculture to veterans. In 2007, the Bigby Ranch received the Family Land Heritage Award from Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples. The honor is given to families who have operated their ranch or farm continuously for 100 years.

Oran was a very active member of the Ballinger Masonic Lodge #643. He was member for over 47 years receiving numerous awards and titles including but not limited to; Raised Master Mason in September 1966; Worshipful Master 1970-1971; Golden Trowel Award April 1996; Worthy Patron, Ballinger Chapter #266, Order of the Eastern Star 1972-1973; obtained York Rite Degrees, March 1974; 32nd degree mason, Waco Consistory Scottish Rite, Dec 1979; KCCH Oct 1997; 33rd Degree Inspector General Honorary, November 1997; Waco Council Kadosh 1993; McCall Award 2011; Suez Temple, Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine of San Angelo Aug 1977; permanent member Shiners hospital for crippled children; District Deputy Grand Master, Masonic district 105, Grand Lodge of Texas, 1980. During his years with the Masonic Lodge, Oran helped numerous children receive special medical attention at Scottish Rite Hospital.

He was preceded in death by his parents and six siblings, Ola “Thelma” Stephens, Walter Nathaniel Bigby, Nellie Emily Hays, Johnny Douglass Bigby, Mabel Elizabeth Worsham, and Mary “Ione” Reed.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred, of Ballinger; daughters, Mildred Ann Chambers and husband Don, Sylvia Jane Sebolt and husband Billy, all of Bulverde, and Nancy Faye Rhodes and husband Jim of Forsan. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Margaret Paige Sebolt, Ashlyn Bailey Chambers, Holly Brooke Sebolt, Elizabeth Leeann Rhodes, and Dakota Gray Chambers; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation for family and friends will be Monday, July 21, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at Lange Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am Tuesday, July 22, at the First United Methodist Church in Ballinger. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery with Masonic Graveside Rites. The family request that memorials be made to Scottish Rite Hospital, First United Methodist Church in Ballinger, or a favorite charity.



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