County Veteran Obituaries
William "Bill" VanNess, 78, of Longview went to be with the Lord on July
26, 2004. He was born October 8,1925 in West Columbia, Texas.
He lived most of his life in Houston, where he raised his family while
working in the oil field industry. He was a member of Trinity Baptist
Church of Lakeport, Texas and was a member of Pinecrest County Club of
Bill joined the US Marine Corps in 1943 at the age of 17, where he was a
combat soldier in the Pacific Campaign of WW II. After being discharged
in 1946, he married Robbie Estelle Lloyd of Bay City, his wife of 58
He spent his career in the oil field industry first as a roughneck, rig
worker and then in directional drilling before retiring as
vice-president of Wilson Industries in 1987.
Bill retired to his family's long-time vacation home on Lake Cherokee
where he spent the last 17 years of his life enjoying the outdoors,
spending time with his family, playing blackjack and golf.
Survivors include: his wife, Robbie; daughter, Carol Ehl and husband
Don; son, Billy Joe VanNess and wife Linda all of Longview;
grandchildren, Cary Shatto and wife Angie, Monica Hancock and husband
Kevin, Matt Edwards and wife Alysan, and Jason VanNess;
great-grandchildren, Shea, Jordan, Daylon, Jaclyn, Thomas, Madlyn and
Jillian; sisters-in-law, Sarah Hayes and Aunnine Head both of Bay City.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, July 29, 2004, at Taylor Bros.
Funeral Home with the Rev. Chester Sassman officiating.
Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Pallbearers will
be Cary Shatto, Matt Edwards, Jason VanNess, Doug Lloyd, Skipper
Osbourne and Wayne Head.
Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.
The Bay City Tribune,
Wednesday, July 29, 2004
VAN WIE, FRANK G., JR.
Fred G. Van Wie, Jr., 77 of Bay City, passed away Saturday, Oct. 21,
2000, in Wharton, Texas. He was born Oct. 5, 1928, in Waco, Texas, to
Fred Van Wie, Sr. and Mary Ellon Ward Van Wie.
He was a resident of Bay City since 1961, a veteran of the U. S. Army
serving in World War II and a retired supervisor from Celanese Chemical
Co. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bay City, a member of
the Gulf Coast Shriners and Arabia Temple Shrine, and a member of the
Masonic Lodge of Waco.
He is survived by: his wife, Mary Kathryn Van Wie, of Bay City, sons,
Fred G. Van Wie III, of Bay City, and Gary J. Van Wie and wife Gina of
Bay City; sister, Ouida Malone of San Antonio; brother, Joe Van Wie of
Bay City; and grandchildren, Caitlin Van Wie and Douglas Van Wie of Bay
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000, at
Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Zimmerman
Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ken
Malone, Cecil Mask, Jack Brown, Dick Reitz, Waldo Hill, Dan Pharr.
Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2000OT24
The Bay City Tribune, October 24, 2000
VARGAS, OLEGARIO "OLLIE" BOCANEGRA
VAVRA, EDWARD FRANK, SR.
March 28, 1921 - May 17, 2005
Edward “Eddie” Frank Vavra, Sr., 84, of Bay City, died May 17, 2005 at
He was born March 28, 1921 in Caldwell, Texas, to the late Frank John
and Johanna Popek Vavra.
He was a resident of Bay City the past six years and a former longtime
resident of the Ashby-El Maton area.
He was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing, and a
He also was a veteran of WW II, serving in the U.S. Army. He was a
recipient of the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, WW II Victory Medal,
American Theater Campaign Medal and the EAME Campaign Medal with 3
Bronze Stars representing the Normandy Invasion, Northern France and
Central European campaigns, and the Combat Infantry Badge.
Survivors include: three daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Jo and Donnie
Harvey of Palacios, Yvonne and Cody Royston of Sweeny, and Juanita and
Steve Schweizer of Simpsonville, South Carolina; two sons and
daughters-in-law, Edward Frank and Susie Vavra, Jr. of Palacios, and
Dwight and Nancy Vavra of Markham; sisters, Gardina Belcher and Betty
Blackwell, both of Bay City, and Alma McKissick of Ashby Community; 13
grandchildren, Amy Orsak and husband Russell of Richmond, Alyson Vavra
of Bay City, Bryan Vavra of Houston, Donna Schulman and husband Alan of
Ackworth, Georgia, Karen Taylor and husband Robert of Alvin, Capt.
Michael Harvey and wife Cassie of Germany, David Harvey of Ackworth,
Georgia, Jonathan Vavra of Markham, Andrea Gonzales of West Columbia,
Vanessa Morales and husband Chris of Houston, Matthew Baird of Lake
Jackson, and Justin and Tyler Schweizer, both of Simpsonville, South
He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Vavra, and brothers,
Franklin and Milton Vavra.
Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 19, 2005 at Taylor Bros. Funeral
Funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Peters Catholic Church in
Blessing, with the Rev. Sam Appiasi officiating.
Interment will follow at St. Peters Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Bryan and Jonathan Vavra, Michael and
David Harvey, Justin and Tyler Schweizer, and Matthew Baird.
The family would like to thank the staff at The Legacy for all their
love, care and support that was given to their father.
Memorials may be given to The Alzheimer’s Association, 2909 W. Holcombe
Blvd, Houston, TX 77025-9992.
Arrangements with Taylor Bro. Funeral Home.
Bay City Tribune
May 18, 2005
Matagorda County, Texas
VEGA, JESSE R.
Jesse R. Vega, 80, of Bay City died November 27, 2002 at Bay Villa
Nursing Home. He was born October 5, 1922 in Kingsville, Texas to the
late Ismael and Dolores Ramos Vega. Mr. Vega was a resident of Bay City
the past 60 years and a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.
He was a member of the VFW Post # 2438, a veteran of WWII serving in the
US Army, and was awarded the Silver Star and the Bronze Star.
Survivors include: daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and Willie Greer,
Alice Reyna, Catherine and Fred Hernandez all of Bay City, Susie and
Rudy Luna of Wharton, Hope and Fidencio Cisneros of Dickinson,and Anna
and Jesse Garcia of West Columbia; son, Jesse R. Vega, of Wharton; 18
grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
A rosary was held 7 p.m. Friday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, and the
funeral mass was 10 a.m. Saturday, November 30, 2002, at Our Lady of
Guadalupe Catholic Church with the Rev. Jerry Cernoch officiating.
Interment followed at Cedarvale Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Brian Vega, David Cisneros, Eric Hernandez, Rudy Luna,
Jr., Orlando Rico, Magdaleno "Bugs" Rico, III, Aaron and
Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00014B2002DC01
The Bay City Tribune,
Sunday, December 1, 2002
Funeral services for Frank Villarreal, 55, of Palacios, were held Nov.
12, 2001 at Palacios Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Palacios
He was born Nov. 2, 1946, in Palacios, to the late David and Betrice
Lopez Villarreal. He died Nov. 9, 2001.
Mr. Villerreal was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam where
he received the Purple Heart. He was also laborer.
He is survived by a daughter, Angelia Villarreal of Wharton; sisters,
Shirley Reynolds of La. and Josephine Rosas of Palacios; and brothers,
Gilbert Alamia of Texas City, Steve Alamia of Moss Point, Miss. and Pete
Villarreal of Alabama.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
THE PALACIOS BEACON
November 21, 2001
Palacios, Matagorda County, Texas
Woody Gene Vowell, 61, of Bay City, died June 4, 2000 at Matagorda
General Hospital in Bay City. He was born July 30, 1938 in Greenwood,
Miss. to the late Edwin Woodrow and Julia Katherine Burns Vowell. Mr.
Vowell was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and a resident of Bay City
for the past 15 years.
Survivors include: wife, Jane Thompson Vowell of Bay City; three
daughters and one son-in-law, Jennifer Vowell of Bay City, Jane
Catherine Compton of Lake Jackson and Julia Katherine and Anatoly Kuzin
of Houston; sons, Woody Gene Vowell Jr. of Victoria and Scott Edwin
Vowell of Greenville, Miss.; sister Judy Morrison of Hitchcock; two
grandchildren, Ryan Compton of Lake Jackson and Leah Vowell of
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 9 at Taylor Bros.
Funeral Home with the Rev. Chester Sassman officiating. Interment will
follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Chad Compton, Lester
Wallace, Wyatt Ashcraft, Blind Widemon, Neal Savage and Joe Duncan
Thompson. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.
THE DAILY TRIBUNE,
Thursday, June 8, 2000
Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby