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Edwin John Kana, 80, of Bay City died December 7, 2003 at the Methodist Hospital in Houston.

He was born June 6, 1923 in Holman, Texas to the late Joseph and Amelia Kristik Kana.

Mr. Kana was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and a resident of Bay City since 1946.

He was a retired air conditioning contractor, a veteran of WW II serving in the US Navy, a life member of Philip H. Parker VFW Post # 2438, and a member of the Knights of Columbus Bay City Council # 3070.

Survivors include: daughter and son-in-law, Annette and Jerry Harryman of Houston; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Michael Kana of Houston and Mark and Mary Ellen Kana of Dallas; sisters, Georgian Pilgrim of San Antonio and Dorothy Oliver of Miami, Florida; brother, Ivan Kana of Rosenberg; three grandchildren, Gerald Harryman and wife Mary of Pearland, Nicole Harper and husband Arlon of League City, and Madeline Elsie Kana of Dallas; and two great grandchildren, Pierce and Chase Harper both of League City.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elsie Kana and his second wife, Minnie Lynn Kana; sisters, Martha Mozch and Mary Bartosh; and brothers, Charlie and Jerome Kana.

Rosary was held 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 9, 2003, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home and the funeral mass is 10 a.m., Wednesday at Holy Cross Catholic Church with the Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating. Interment will follow at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery in Blessing.

Pallbearers are Dennis Bartosh, George Knebel, Jay Harryman, Steve Carson, Lawrence Bartosh, and David Bartosh.

Memorials may be made to Holy Cross School Scholarship, 2001 Katy, Bay City, TX 77414. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

The Bay City Tribune
Wednesday, December 10, 2003
Matagorda County, Texas



RICHMOND - Ivan Andrew Kana, 84, of Richmond and formerly of Midfield, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004.

He was born Nov. 30, 1919, in Holman, to the late Joseph and Amalie Kristik Kana. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Cecil Lee American Legion Post 649 of Blessing and the KJT Society. He was a retired farmer and was an electrician for Osina & Knebel Electric of El Campo.

Survivors: wife, Annie Nemec Kana; daughter, Patricia Ann Hogan of Stafford; sons, Francis Joseph Kana of Bossier City, La., and Paul Kana of Richmond; sisters, Georgian Pilgrim of Summerset and Dorothy Oliver of Miami; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: son, William Kana; sisters, Martha Mazoch and Mary Bartosh; and brothers, Charlie Kana, Jerome Kana, and Edwin Kana.

Visitation will begin 1 p.m. today at Triska Funeral Home chapel.

A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church in El Campo.

Burial will be at St. Peter's Cemetery in Blessing. Triska Funeral Home, El Campo, 979-543-3681.

Memorials: donor's choice

The Victoria Advocate
Victoria County, Texas
November 12, 2004


July 3, 1945 - April 12, 2006

William Troy "Bill" Kay of Sinton, Texas passed away on April 12, 2006 at the age of 60.

Bill was born July 3, 1945 in Richmond, Texas to John D. and Martha Meador Kay. He grew up in and around Van Vleck, Texas where he graduated from high school.

Bill was a Vietnam Veteran, having received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal. He is a life long member of VFW and is a past commander of the Zapata Post 7768.

He was employed in the oilfield for most of his working career. For the last 15 years, Bill was self-employed as an Oil and Gas Consultant, working in the United States and West Africa.

Survivors include: his wife, Jessie Lee Kay of Sinton; daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn Anderson of Beaufort, South Carolina, Theresa and Ricky Hernandez of West Columbia, Debbie and Steve Martinez of Brazoria, Kimberly and Moises Espinoza of Taft, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, William Troy, Jr. and Jennifer Kay of Sinton; sisters, Barbara Flanagan of Wadsworth and Jolene Tobar of Dallas; brother, Roger Dale Kay of Florida; eight grandchildren, Melissa, Joey, Ami, Michael, Ashley, Julian, Christian, Genesis and a host of other relatives.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Monday, April 17, 2006 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Hardaway officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Pallbearers include Pete Anderson, Brent Matura, Duane Matura, Joey Matura, Ricky Matura and Larry Lewis.

His oilfield friends will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.

Bay City Tribune
Published April 16, 2006
Matagorda County, Texas

Stanley Paul Keathley
(October 30, 1932 - September 23, 2011)

Stanley Paul Keathley was born in Waxahachie, Texas, on October 30, 1932 and journeyed on to be with the Lord on September 23, 2011. He was the third child born to Flem Storey and Constance Brockman Keathley.

Stanley graduated from Weslaco High School and attended Wharton County Junior College on a full football scholarship. He excelled in his studies, and was Little All-American quarterback his freshman year as well as Freshman Class Favorite. During his sophomore year at Wharton he was All-State in football. He transferred to Sam Houston State University on a full football scholarship, and graduated in 1956 with a degree in Agricultural Engineering.

Stanley attended Officer’s Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, then for eight years was a member of the Bay City Army Reserve Unit. He attained the rank of Captain, commanding that unit until his retirement from the Army.

Stanley taught school in Bay City for several years, teaching earth science and coaching football and track. During his time as a teacher, he attended summer classes at the Colorado School of Mines and Texas A & M at College Station. He went to work for Celanese in 1963 working in Bay City for 13 years. He was an Elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Bay City. He was president of the Bay City Lions Club, and a member of the Bay City School Board for six years, serving as President for three of those years. He transferred to the Pampa, Texas Celanese plant in 1976, then to the Bishop, Texas Celanese plant in 1982. Stanley retired as Superintendent of Purchasing in 1988.

After retirement, he and Ardeth moved to Overton in East Texas where they lived and worked on their piney woods acreage. He was an Elder in the First Presbyterian Church in Overton, and President of the Rotary Club there. He was named a Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary International, and was Rotarian of the Year. He was an avid golfer, and especially enjoyed the annual golf reunions with his Junior High baseball team.

Stanley loved his church, his family, and lived his life as he thought God wanted. He was a truly wonderful person; everyone who met Stanley loved him. Former students still called him “Coach” when they saw him, and he called everyone “Friend”.

Stanley married the love of his life, Ardeth Brockman, on February 14, 1953. They have three beloved daughters, Karen Abshier and her husband Kim, of Wadsworth, Texas; Connie Milliff and her husband, Larry, of Wadsworth, Texas; and Kay Hodges of Allen, Texas. Stanley is survived by his older brother, Flem Storey Keathley, Jr. and his wife, Evelyn of Conroe, Texas, his daughters, his six grandchildren, Amy Abshier-Reyes and her husband, Ricky, of Kansas City, Missouri; Douglas Abshier and his wife, Stacy, of Schertz, Texas; Kathryn Milliff of Austin, Texas; Jessamyn DeVos, and her husband, Doug, of Bay City, Texas; Alan Hodges of Allen, Texas; and Paul Hodges of Austin, Texas; two great-grandchildren, Esther Rose and Ian Reyes of Kansas City, Missouri; numerous nieces and nephews; and loyal dog, Joe. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Larry Brockman and his wife Bea, of Richardson, Texas; and by special friends, Marc and Karin Hill and their children, Amanda, Chandler, and Spencer, of Bay City, Texas. Stanley is preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Donna Nell Dill; his brother, Dr. David Lee Keathley; niece Linda Dill Day and great-niece Dana Marie Day.

Pallbearers are his grandsons, Douglas Abshier, Alan Hodges, Paul Hodges, Grandson-in-law Ricky Reyes, Brother-in-law Larry Brockman, and friends Marc Hill, John “Hootie” Estlinbaum, and Larry Kiesling. Honorary Pallbearers are Kim Abshier, Larry Milliff, Doug K. DeVos, Charlie Tisdale, Ed Mitchell, Jim Rogers, Claude Jungman, Edgar Douglas, Wayne Harrison, George Durett, Bill Roe, Richard Knapik, and Glenn Douglas.

Special thanks to Houston Hospice, especially, Jackie Hooper, Bertha Jefferson, Pat Matthes, Reverend Don Storey, and the staff of the Legacy in Bay City, Texas.

Visitation, with the family, will be at the funeral home from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Sunday. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Monday, September 26, 2011 at the First Presbyterian Church of Bay City with Dr. Mark Stoub officiating. Internment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Bay City, Texas, or Houston Hospice at El Campo, Texas.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, TX (979) 245-4613.                                   Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham




Bobby Gene Keith
Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck, Texas

Calvin Mack Keith
Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck, Texas

James T. Kelley
Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck, Texas
Mary D. Kelley

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


MARKHAM [Matagorda County, Texas] - Bobby R. Kelly, 78, of Markham, died Monday, Feb. 16, 2004.

He was born June 11, 1925, in Aransas Pass, to the late William E. and Flora Belle Kelly. He was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Service and was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Aransas Pass.

Survivors: wife, Hazel L. Kelly; sons, Wallace William Kelly of West Columbia and Dennis Allen Kelly of Victoria; sister, Alma Bailey of Fort Worth; brother, J. Houston Kelly of Beeville; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: daughter, April Jane Newsom.

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home chapel, the Rev. Howard Harper officiating.

Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-4613.

The Victoria Advocate, February 18, 2004         Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham



SPRING - Gerald Lewis Kennedy Sr., 68, of Spring, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005.

He was born Feb. 1, 1936, in Eagle Lake, to the late Lewis Bertrand and Nellie Mae Matthews Kennedy. He was a US Army veteran, and a retired television director/producer and served with KTRK TV for 38 years.

Survivors: wife, Shirley Garrison Kennedy; daughter, Susan Elaine Alston of Spring; sons, Mark Allen Kennedy of Missouri City, Gerald Lewis Kennedy Jr. of St. Paul Park, Minn., and Thomas Wade Kennedy of Spring; sister, Wanda Lee Waters of Texas City; brothers, Steven Scott Kennedy of Victoria and Charles David Kennedy of Independence, Mo.; and 12 grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: brother, R.W. "BO" Kennedy.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City with Rev. Zane Crawford officiating.

Burial will be at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-4613.

A memorial service will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at College Park Baptist Church, 7887 Beechnut, Houston.

The Victoria Advocate
Victoria County, Texas
January 24, 2005



R. W. "Bo" Kennedy, 67, of Bay City died September 5, 2004 at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City.

He was born February 12, 1937 in Baytown, Texas to the late Lewis Bertrand and Nellie Mae Matthews Kennedy. Bo was a lifelong resident of Bay City and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cedar Lane. He was the service manager for Craft's Furniture Store and he was a veteran of the U S Air Force.

Survivors include: wife, Ellen Lorena Karl Kennedy of Bay City; daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly Layne and Carlos Gil of Kingwood, Texas; two sons, Chris Duane Kennedy of Cedar Park, Texas and Terry Lee Kennedy of Bay City; sister, Wanda Lee Waters of Texas City, Texas; brothers and sisters-in-law, Gerald and Shirley Kennedy of Houston, Stephen and Lynne Kennedy of Victoria, and David and Karen Kennedy of Kansas City, Missouri; and by seven grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 8, 2004, at the First Baptist Church of Cedar Lane with the Rev. Robert Whitchurch officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing, Texas.

The family received friends Tuesday evening at Taylor Bros. from 6 to 8 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Thomas, Scott and Coty Kennedy, Rex and Mark Karl, and Kenneth Naizer. Honorary Pallbearers will be Mike Karl, Mark Kennedy, Mark Finley, Frank Craft, and the deacons of Cedar Lane Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City.

The Bay City Tribune
Matagorda County, Texas
September 8, 2004



SUGAR LAND - Rudolph G. Kidder, 74, of Sugar Land, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2004.

He was born June 4, 1930, in New Gulf, to the late Benjamin and Refugia Gonzalez Kidder. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was a graduate of the University of Texas and a retired public relations spokesman with M.W. Kellogg with 32 years of service. He was a member of St. Laurence Catholic Church in Sugar Land.

Survivors: wife, Ophelia Cantu Kidder; daughters, Rebecca Morris of Sugar Land and Kimberly Hyde of Plano; sons, Rudolph Kidder Jr. of Houston and Gary Kidder of Katy; sisters, Irene Rodriguez and Nora Acosta, both of Harlingen; brother, Charley Kidder of Victoria; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: brother, Benjamin Kidder Jr. and stepfather, Toby Garcia.

A rosary was recited 7 p.m. Friday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 10 a.m. today at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel, the Rev. Jerry Cernoch officiating.

Burial will be at Cedarvale Cemetery. Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City [Matagorda County, Texas], 979-245-4613.

The Victoria Advocate, December 18, 2004             Ohpelia Kidder          Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby


KIMSEY, Elizabeth L.

Elizabeth L. Kimsey, 66, of Bay City died Tuesday June 20, 2000 in Wharton, Texas. She was born June 15, 1934 in East McKeesport, Pa. to William and Leona Oliver King.

She is survived by: one daughter, Patricia Pulliam of Laurel, Mississippi; three sons, Mark Kimsey of Bay City; one sister, Joan Howe of Pa.; five grandchildren and one great grandchild.

A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 25, 2000 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, with the Rev. James Nischan officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Mrs. Kimsey was a veteran of the U. S. Army, she was a nurse.

Arrangements by Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Sunday, 25 Jun 2000

William George King Jr.
(October 27, 1921 - March 23, 2010)

After 88 joyful years of life, William George King, known to some as “Jr.” and to others as “Bill”, passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Antioch, California, due to complications following a brief illness.

Jr. was born on October 27, 1921, in Houston to William King and Ruby Britt King but spent most of his younger years in Blessing, Texas. After graduating from Blessing High School, he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving 6 years and attaining the rank of chief signalman. On April 21, 1946 Jr. married his sweetheart Verna Marie Matthes. They lived in Blessing, and later moved to Markham. During those years, Jr. commuted to Rice University and The University of Houston while being employed by Tidehaven Independent School District as a, coach, teacher, and later as principal at Markham Elementary School. Jr. also earned a Masters Degree from Sam Houston State Teachers College in Huntsville, Texas. After many happy years at Markham Elementary School, Jr. retired as principal at Markham but continued employment with the T.I.S.D., serving as Tax Assessor Collector/Business Manager.

Jr. was always full of life. His interests were varied because he hated being idle. He was a teacher, first and foremost, but he also enjoyed fishing, tinkering in his shop, traveling with his family, and making new friends. He was an active member of Masonic Lodge #411 in Blessing, a Charter Member of the American Legion Cecil B. Post #649 in Blessing, and a proud member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association Mare Island Chapter #11 in Fairfield, California.

Jr. is survived by his second wife: Nadine King of Brentwood California; daughter: Linda King Wing of Kingsport, Tennessee; son: Carl William King & wife Theresa of Markham; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren; sister: Mildred Bess of Corpus Christi; brother: David King of Houston; step-children: Bill Eller, Larry Eller, and Sandra Eller; step-grandchildren; and step-great grandchildren all residing in California. Jr. was preceded in death by his first wife: Verna Marie Matthes King; mother: Ruby Butt King Hamelink; father: William King; step-father: Peter Hamelink; and two sister: Ellen Goodman Meadows and Joy Marie King.

Masonic and Navy Services for William George King will be held 10:00 AM Saturday, April 17, 2010 at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Those who wish to make a memorial contribution may do so to the Taska, Baker Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 159, El Maton, Texas 77440.


Alford Glyn Kinsey
July 8, 1931-Aug. 3, 2006

Alford "Glyn" Kinsey, 75 of Bay City, Texas, died August 3, 2006 in Bay City, Texas.

He was born July 8, 1931 in Sour Lake, Texas.

Glyn was a loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle. He was a 1953 graduate of Texas A&M University and afterwards served in the army for two years. In his professional career and volunteer work, he always served others. After 34 years of service to farmers and ranchers in several counties, he retired from the USDA Soil Conservation Service. Glyn was a long time member of First Baptist Church in Bay City where he taught Sunday school, served as a Deacon, church treasurer, trustee, and sang in the choir. He also worked for many years as a leader with the Royal Ambassadors, a youth mission organization. Glyn was very involved with Scouting. An Eagle Scout himself, he has served in numerous positions such as scoutmaster, District Commissioner and on the troop advancement committee. More recently he continued to be active as a fund-raiser and avid supporter when his health did not allow him to be physically involved. In 1978, Neil Armstrong presented him the Silver Beaver Award - the highest award given by the Sam Houston Area Council to a volunteer in Scouting.

Glyn is survived by: his wife of 51 years, Shirley Ann Priesmeyer Kinsey; three sons and daughters-in-law, Mark Wayne and Sally Ann Root Kinsey of Sugar Land, Texas, David Glyn and Cindy Lee Ehrlich Kinsey of Pearland, Texas; and Brian Keith and Teresa Lynn Robertson Kinsey of Rockwall, Texas; two sisters, Charlotte Raybon and Judy Romig both of El Campo, Texas; brother-in-law, Oscar Rasmussen of Wharton, Texas and a sister-in-law, Rosemond Priesmeyer Gunter of Houston, Texas; nine grandchildren and three step-grandchildren, Kenneth Zachry Kinsey, Shelsea Renee Kinsey, Jonathan Michael Kinsey, Hillary Anne Kinsey, Brandyn Ryan Kinsey, Gaines Harrison Kinsey, Nathaniel Aaron Kinsey, Stone Alexander Kinsey, Sean David Kinsey, Kacey Lee Ehrlich, Kyle Michael Ehrlich, and Kendall Robert Ehrlich; 10 nieces and nephews, Allen Romig, Gail Rasmussen Brown, Yevette Rasmussen Groover, Paula Priesmeyer Reese, Rosemond "Cissy" Priesmeyer Curtis, Walter Rasmussen, Denise Raybon Brodsgaard, Gary Raybon, Lisa Schur; and 16 great nieces and nephews.

Glyn was preceded in death by his parents Gaines Alford and Velma James Wright Kinsey of El Campo, Texas.

Visitation will be held at the Bay City Funeral Home from 6 until 8 p.m. Saturday, August 5, 2006.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, August 6, 2006 at First Baptist Church of Bay City with Dr. Michael Zimmerman officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck.

Pallbearers will be Alan Romig, Gary Raybon, Rex Moore, Mark Goodman, Woodie Reidel, Bob Allen, and James Sowell.

Honorary Pallbearers will be the Deacon Body of First Baptist Church. Services are under the direction of Bay City Funeral Home.

Memorials may be given to the First Baptist Church of Bay City for the playground project.

Bay City Tribune, August 6, 2006

Ernest Henry Klussman
Roselawn Memorial Park, Van Vleck, Texas


Paul M. Kocurek, 75, of Blessing, TX died September 5, 2002 at his residence in Blessing. He was born November 3, 1926 in Hillje, TX to the late Anton and Amelica Rek Kocurek. He was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, a resident of Blessing for the past 11 years and a former longtime resident of Palacios.

He also was a veteran of WWII, serving in the United States Navy, a member of Queen Hamlin VFW Post No. 2467, and a member of the Disabled American Veterans.

Survivors include: his wife of 54 years, Dorothy Shimek Kocurek of Blessing; eight sons and six daughters-in-law, Jerome and Jackie Kocurek of Danbury, TX, David and Rita Kocurek of Palacios, Thomas and Debbi Kocurek of Lake Jackson, TX, Andrew and Theresa Kocurek of Ashwood, TX, Richard Kocurek of Richmond, TX, Timothy Kocurek of Holiday, FL, Patrick and Linda Kocurek of Eugene, OR, and Christopher and Ana Kocurek of Angleton, TX; four daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah and Glen Barnett of Floresville, TX, Margaret and Fred Pena of Castorville, TX, Angelina and Isidro Castanon of Palacios, TX and Melissa and Mike Brown of Sweeny, TX; brothers, Jerome Kocurek of LaGrange, TX, Ingot Kocurek of Pledger, and his twin brother, Peter Kocurek of Palacios; sisters Lydia Sablatura, and Mary Womack, 39 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Antoine and Stanley Kocurek.

Rosary was at 7 p.m. Friday at the Palacios Funeral Home in Palacios, TX. The funeral mass was at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 7, 2002, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing, with the Rev. Sam Appiasi officiating. Interment was followed at the St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jason Gibson, Larry Womack, Mark Shimek, Donald Sablatura, Carl Fillip, and Gary Kocurek.

Arrangements were with Palacios Funeral Home. A00014B2002SP08

The Bay City Tribune, Sunday, Sep 08, 2002


Hawley Cemetery, near Blessing

John Wesley Krobot

Roselawn Memorial Park

Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


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