Obits

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Henry Norton Jr.

Henry Norton Jr.

October 27, 1940 — February 16, 2019

Henry Norton Jr. passed away on Feb. 16, 2019, in his home surrounded by family and friends.

Henry G. (Hank) Norton Jr. was born Oct. 27, 1940, to Henry G. Norton Sr. and Margret Galvan Norton, of Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from James Madison High School in Brooklyn in 1959 and joined the United States Air Force after high school. He was honorably discharged in 1963.

He married Berta Alsobrook on Dec. 7, 1963, in Midland, Texas.

He graduated from the University of Texas with a BS degree in criminal justice and retired from the Midland Police Department as a lieutenant after 36 years of service.

He was predeceased by his parents; his older sister, Mary Norton; and a niece, Beth Strehle.

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Betty Ann Koss Drees

Betty Ann Koss Drees

September 30, 1942 — March 1, 2019

Betty Ann (Koss) Drees was born on Sept. 30, 1942, in Bryan, Texas, and died on March 1, 2019, in Buchanan Dam, Texas, at the age of 76 years. She was the daughter of Dr. Walter Eddie Koss and Mrs. Edna Bell (Cook) Koss. Dr. Koss was then a professor of mathematics at Texas A&M and later became a professor at Louisiana Tech University. Mrs. Koss was a registered nurse. Betty graduated from Ruston Louisiana High School in 1960 and enrolled at Texas Women’s University that same year to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a registered nurse. She received her medical training on the TWU campus at the Houston Medical Center and graduated from TWU in 1964 as one of the early registered nurses to receive a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. The bulk of her professional career was devoted to caring for the elderly in nursing homes and home health care. She also taught nursing students for two years.

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Patty Guess

Patty Guess

July 17, 1950 — March 3, 2019

Patty Guess, born July 17, 1950, passed away Sunday, March 3, 2019, at her home in Burnet. She was 68.

She was a resident of Houston before moving to Burnet in 1993. Her main occupation for over 22 years was working as an accomplished non-drinking bartender.

Patty will be remembered as a decorating icon and residential lighting contest winner. She loved to decorate for each and every holiday and was most proud of the Christmas lights. Patty and Mike won the Chamber of Commerce residential lighting contest in 2003, 2006 and 2008. She also received the Bluebonnet yard award in 2005. Patty was active in the community and the Burnet County Haunted House for several years. She was well loved and respected by her family and community. She was a beautiful soul, a thoughtful and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend.

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Karl W. Pfleiderer Jr.

Karl W. Pfleiderer Jr.

November 3, 1932 — February 21, 2019

Karl W. Pfleiderer Jr. died peacefully in his home Feb. 21, 2019, at the age of 86 after a long illness.

He was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, Nov. 3, 1932, to Merle and Karl W. Pfleiderer Sr. His childhood was mostly spent in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Korea during the Korean War, going ahead of troops to build bridges and supply lines.

After the war, he moved to Lake Jackson, Texas, where he worked for many years for Dow Chemical Company, first in the mag cells and then as a chemical fireman. He also served as a volunteer fireman and EMT for many years while living in Lake Jackson. After retiring from Dow in 1976, he and his wife Irma returned to Oklahoma to be close to their parents. In 2000, Karl and Irma moved back to Texas to live out their years close to their children and grandchildren, with whom they enjoyed many happy times.

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Janice Anderson Newsom Lorenz

Janice Anderson Newsom Lorenz

August 31, 1946 — February 17, 2019

Janice Anderson Newsom Lorenz, caring wife, loving mother, aunt, granny and matriarchal great-granny passed away on Feb. 17, 2019, at the age of 72 in Austin, Texas.

Janice was born on Aug. 31, 1946, to Alf and Esther Anderson in Bosque County, Texas. She grew up in Cranfills Gap with her two brothers and sister. Janice graduated as valedictorian of Cranfills Gap High School in 1964.

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Jerold Lee Rhine

Jerold Lee Rhine

August 12, 1949 — February 2, 2019

Jerold Lee Rhine died Feb. 2, 2019, at his home in Bertram. Most local people will remember him as “Jerry at the Rock Shop” which he owned for 16 years. In his younger days he worked as an off shore driller in Long Beach, California, and in his later years he was a field engineer for Balcones Gem and Mining Company for 15 years.

He was born Aug. 12, 1949, in Pittsburg, California. He is survived by Becky, his wife of 19 years. He also is survived by daughters, Teresa Rhine of Olympia, Washington, and Candace Crowe of Sun City, California; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Kitty Mitchell of Fort Smith, Arkansas; three stepsons, Alex Rodriguez of Austin Texas, Nathan Whittaker of Leander Texas, Johnny Whittaker of Leander; and eight step-grandchildren.

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Carol Marie Swaringin

Carol Marie Swaringin

August 10. 1929 — February 20, 2019

Carol Marie Swaringin, born Aug. 10, 1929, in San Angelo, Texas, died Feb. 20, 2019, in Kingsland, Texas at the age of 89. She was the oldest of 10 children of Corrine Hays and Creed Hasty.

She married William Carrol Swaringin on June 15, 1946. Carol was a mother of 5 children.

Carol was a long time resident of San Angelo, Texas.  She graduated as Salutatorian of her class from Lakeview High School and also attended San Angelo College.  

Carol worked for Johnson and Johnson Ethicon in San Angelo for over 20 years as a Quality Assurance Inspector and retired in 1984 when she moved to Lake Buchanan in Burnet County.  Carol lived on the Lake until 2015 when she moved to Burnet.

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Willard Van Devender

Willard Van Devender

d. February 17, 2019

Willard Van Devender of Bertram, Texas, died Feb. 17, 2019, of complications arising from pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Harrison; son, James Willard Van Devender; granddaughter, Jennifer Griffith; a brother, sister, and many nephews, grandnephews and nieces. He was a man of admirable talents and a great friend to many.

“Van” was an avid bridge player and loved to compete in bridge tournaments at the Senior Center in Marble Falls, Texas, where he met his wife, Barbara. Van and Barbara loved to travel around Burnet and Marble Falls playing bridge with several couples in their homes.

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Harold W. Smith

Harold W. Smith

November 30, 1929 — February 17, 2019

Harold W. Smith, 89, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. He was born on Nov. 30, 1929, in Sweetwater, Texas, to George Allen and Annie Maye (Costephens) Smith. Harold was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Malcolm Smith. Harold was always very proud of his brother, whose B-24 was shot down while on his 46th bombing mission during World War II.

Although Harold had no surviving relatives, he was loved and supported by a large group of friends and neighbors in Burnet, Texas. Harold was a highly accomplished and respected pilot with more than 60 years and 20,000 hours of flight time that all started in 1939 with a 15-minute ride in a Piper Cub.

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Lloyd Bruce Morgan

Lloyd Bruce Morgan

August 7, 1957 — February 16, 2019

Lloyd Bruce Morgan, 61, passed away Feb. 16, 2019. He was born Aug. 7, 1957, to Jerry and Aline (Bruce) Morgan in San Angelo, where he grew up and participated in various sports before graduating from Lake View High School. He worked in construction with his Uncle Lyn before beginning his law enforcement career.

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