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LAIRD USAF, Retired, Herbert Colonel - Austin  
LAIRD, Herbert Colonel (USAF, Retired) Dad passed away peacefully on Dec 19th, at home to reunite eternally with our mother Marcella, and to enter into everlasting rest with our heavenly Father. His stoicism and strength while enduring the effects of Parkinson's disease, spinal stenosis and finally congestive heart failure will forever remain a legacy for his family. Herb was born on 17 July 1929, in Defuniak Springs, FL. The second youngest of eight children, he was born and raised on a farm during the height of the depression years where it was a struggle every day. Dad graduated from the University of Florida and was the only member of his family to earn a degree. There he learned to waltz, acquired a love of classical music, and later, pledged the Delta Chi fraternity. In 1951, he joined the Army National Guard in preparation for his commissioning as a second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force in 1953. It was during this his first assignment to Amarillo Air Force Base TX that he met our mom at an officer's club dance. Their love quickly blossomed and they soon married on December 12, 1954. Over the course of the next nine years, Mom and Dad produced their version of the "Brady Bunch" by having six children of superior intellectual and physical prowess: Brandt, Marissa, Mikey, Carlos, Steve and Judy. During his 26 year military career, Dad was transferred to Germany, Taiwan, Thailand, and the Philippines as well as 13 other locations within the US and Guam. His career highlights was as Chief, Security Police at the biggest air force base in the world (Clark AFB, Philippines). He became a legend in the security police career field when he was sent to Minot Air Force Base, ND, in 1975 following severe race riots to assume command of the Security Police Group providing security and law-enforcement for nuclear laden bombers, fighter aircraft, tankers and nuclear missile sites. Upon his retirement in 1979, Dad attended the University of Texas and earned a real estate license where he was an agent for over 15 years. In 1995, Mom passed away from cancer and dad found himself alone. After a few lonely breakfasts, he started to meet other people dining alone, and soon the breakfast group grew in numbers and diversity. This "breakfast club" still meets to this day. He also recognized that staying mentally and physically active was instrumental to his longevity and he acted on this knowledge by learning to play the piano, taking violin lessons, and attending opera and symphonic concerts on a regular basis. He also frequented senior living centers where he read books to the elderly and infirmed and, on at least one occasion played Santa Claus at a local elementary school. But the real source for his long and active life was developing relationships with great friends and neighbors. In addition, to the "breakfast club" he was so fortunate to have long time friendships with Pat and Carol, Tim and Janee, Paul and Milly, Lisa and Charles, Fr. Johnson, and especially Carmen. During his last couple years it was his daughter-in-law, Janet, who was there for his health needs night and day providing him spiritual solace, loving care, and tender words so he could remain at home as long as possible. Dad is survived by his "Brady Bunch" children and their spouses: Brandt and Janet, Marissa and Mike Martinez, Mikey and John Hoeven, Carlos, Steve and Susan, Judy and Mike Curtis, 12 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. His generosity, intelligence, and strong character will be sorely missed by his family and friends. The wake will be held, Sunday, December 28, 2014 at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, followed by a recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7:00 pm. Funeral Services will be held Monday, December 29, 2014 at 11:30 am at St Catherine's of Siena Catholic Church, 4800 Convict Hill Rd, Austin, TX. There will be a military internment at Cook- Walden/Forest Oaks Memorial Park. A reception will follow at Waterloo Ice House, Circle C Ranch at 12:30 pm. Condolences may be made by visiting .
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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Dec. 28 to Dec. 29, 2014
LEUELLEN, Tommy Age 54, of Hutto, passed away Dec. 26, 2014. Service Dec. 30, 2 p.m. at Palm Valley Lutheran Church. Beck Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Pflugerville, TX.
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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Dec. 28 to Dec. 29, 2014

Yesterday's Obituaries

LYDE, Margaret R.  
LYDE, Margaret R. Age 89, of Leander, passed away Dec. 24, 2014. Service Dec. 27, 1 p.m. at Prairie Mound Cemetery. Weed-Corley-Fish Leander/Cedar Park Funeral Home, Leander, TX.
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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Dec. 27 to Dec. 28, 2014

Obituaries from Two Days Ago

LAIRD, Herbert Walker  
LAIRD, COLONEL (USAF, RET.) Herbert Walker Age 85, of Austin, passed away Dec. 19, 2014. Visitation Dec. 28, 5-7 p.m. at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home, Austin, TX.
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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Dec. 26 to Dec. 27, 2014

Obituaries from the Past Week

LEWTER, Feliza R. - Austin  
LEWTER, Feliza R. Flower of all Flowers, Star of all Stars, Light of all Lights, Angel of all Angels, that is our beloved mother, wife, grandmother, sister, aunt and dear friend who has passed on December 17th 2014 to be with Jesus, with family and friends at her side. Feliza Rodriguez Lewter was born to Pablo and Maria de Jesus Rodriguez in Mendoza, Texas. Her greatest joys in life were her family whom she loved deeply, traveling with her brother and sister-in-law anywhere and everywhere, shopping as many stores as she could with her sister and watching her Spanish novelas daily with her daughter. She was a person whom could never find anything wrong to say about anyone, but was always thinking about the best of everyone. She was a state employee for over 30 years at the Texas Railroad Commission where she met many long term friends. She was proceeded in death by her parents, brother, uncle, niece and brother-in-law. She is survived by her husband, David A. Lewter; son, Steve Sandoval; daughter, Nancy Tovar (husband, John E Tovar); grandchildren, Yvette Tovar Polanco (husband Eric Polanco), John Eric Tovar, Kristina Tovar; four great-grandchildren, Caleb, Caily, Eric Michael and Anthony. Also surviving her was her sister, Janie Baldazo; her brother, Willie Rodriguez (wife, Enemencia Rodriguez); sister-in-law, Henrietta Rodriguez; along with many nieces, nephews and friends, Isidro, Dorothy, Mary and many more. Serving as Pallbearers will be Isidro Castillo, Willie Rodriguez Jr. Eddie Rodriguez, Abel Rodriguez, Gilbert Salazar, Robert Martinez and Kenneth Thierry. We would like to thank the many staff members at Texas Oncology who helped our mother get through the many bad days of the 3 years she attended there. Also we would like to thank the staff members at Austin Hospice as well as Christopher House who helped comfort her in her final days. And a Special Thank you to Grande Communications for providing meals during the month of December for the family to eat. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held at 7:00 pm on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at Weed -Corley-Fish, 2620 South Congress. Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Monday, December 22, 2014 at Saint Mary Cathedral. Interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery. Memorials and guestbook online at
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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Dec. 20 to Dec. 22, 2014
LOPEZ, Manuela A. - Austin  
LOPEZ, Manuela A. (1943-2014) Our beloved Manuela A. Lopez, age 71, resident of Austin, was called by our Heavenly Father on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. She is preceded in death by parents Vicente and Trenidad Almendarez and brother Alvaro Almendarez. Mrs. Lopez is survived by her loving husband Raul R. Lopez Sr.; children Juan Carlos Lopez, Raul Lopez Jr. (Jennifer Annette), Sergio Lopez (Rosie), Criselda Lopez, Oswaldo Lopez, Arturo Lopez (Jennifer D.); siblings Andres Armendarez, Paz Rodriguez, Paulina Elizondo, Maria Alejo, Jose Armendariz, Roy Almendarez, and Joel Almendarez; 14- grandchildren and 7- great grandchildren. Recitation of Holy Rosary 6:00 p.m., Sunday, at the Mission Funeral Home Remembrance. Chapel 1615 East Cesar Chavez Street (East). Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 a.m., Monday, at Our Lady Of Guadalupe Catholic Church 1206 East Ninth Street. Interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery. Arrangements with Mission Funeral Home Remembrance Chapel 1615 East Cesar Chavez Street Austin, Texas 78702 (512) 476-4355.
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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Dec. 21 to Dec. 22, 2014
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