Gilberto Guerra Diaz
Guerra Diaz, 65, passed from this life on February 6, 2017 in
Deer Park, TX. Mr. Diaz is preceded in death by his parents
Erasmo Diaz Sr. and Olga Diaz. Mr. Diaz is survived by his wife
of almost 40 years, Diana Diaz. His children, Zulika
Diaz-Frederickson and her husband, Deron; Gibby and Kara Diaz,
Dominique Diaz, Marcus Diaz and Andrew Diaz. He is also survived
by his siblings; Erasmo Diaz Jr., Minerva Vellajo, Hermelinda D.
Garcia, Juan Jesus Diaz, Irma Reyna, Patty Nacol and Melissa
Some of the La Portians might remember some of the business ventures the
Diaz family owned and operated in La Porte. Gilberto Diaz owned
and operated the Fruit stand on Broadway in La Porte. Later he
and Diana owned and operated Speedy Taco on Main and 4th Street
in La Porte. Later he and Diana also had a night club at 146
feeder and Main. – Starship 2000.
Visitation will be Friday, February 10 from 6-8pm at Stepping Stone
Funeral Home in La Porte. The service will be at 2pm on February
11 at First Baptist Church in La Porte and burial will follow at
Grandview Cemetery in Deer Park.
James Neill "Jim" Keng
June 29, 1948-November 15, 2016
James Neill “Jim”
Keng, 68, of La Porte, Texas passed away Tuesday, November 15, 2016
at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown, Texas.
Jim was born June 29, 1948 in Beeville, Texas, the son of Morris
Torno Keng and Lois Elaine Conrad Keng. He was a resident of La
Porte for 19 years and formerly of Pasadena, Texas. Jim was the
owner and operator of Keng Remodeling Inc. for 35 years, also past
president of the Texas Center and member of the Pasadena - Deer Park
Racing Pigeon Club. Jim was an avid sports fan, especially when his
son and grandchildren played sports.
Jim is survived by his wife of 48 years, Linda B. Keng of La Porte,
Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Aaron and Angel Keng of
Pasadena,Texas; daughter, Lt. Colonel Shawn Ayers of Hurlburt Field,
Florida; sister Gayla Keng of Corpus Chris:, Texas; step-sisters and
brother-in-law, Joy and Pat Kotal of Tomball, Texas and Karin
Stork-Whitson of PA; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Bob and Vickie
Barker of Pasadena, Texas.
“Jimpa” has three grandchildren: Chase Keng, Kristin Keng and Dylan
Memorial Service will be 3:00 pm Saturday December 3, 2016 at the
Crowder Funeral Home, 111 East Medical Center Blvd. Webster, Texas,
with Rev. Bill Cole, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like to suggest that memorials
be made to the American Cancer Society, SPCA or the Texas Center
Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship Fund in Jim’s name.
Donald R.V. Fields
Fields, 67, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 12, 2017. He
leaves this world to join the afterlife to be greeted by his Father,
Henry R.V. Fields, Mother, Della Faye Brinkley Fields, and his
youngest Daughter, Kimberlee Nicole Fields Stringer. Don was born on
September 17, 1949, in
Galveston, Texas at St. Mary’s Hospital. He and his family grew up
in Dickinson, Texas. Don graduated from Dickinson High School in
1968. In high school Don was very active in sports, which included
football, baseball, and running track. After high school, Don
proceeded to join the police academy and began his career in
Seabrook, Texas and then moved to La Porte, Texas.
Don served and protected his community bravely and proudly for 38
years. Don moved up in ranks and retired as a Sergeant in 2007, for
which he held this position for over 30 years. To his family and
many others, he was their hero. After his retirement, Don and his
wife, Carla, enjoyed traveling and
camping with their grandchildren in their motor home. Don had a very
big and giving heart and opened up his home and heart to many people
that were in need throughout the years.
Don is survived by a large family that includes the love of his
life, his wife of 42 years, Carla Dziubanek Fields; daughter, Eletha
Fields; son, Christopher Fields and his wife Stacey, his sister
Brenda Petru and her husband Larry. Don also leaves behind four
grandchildren, Shelbee and Sydnee Stringer, and Logan and Christyn
Fields. Don’s father and mother in-law: Richard and Alice Dziubanek;
sister-in-law, Sheree Kinghorn; brother and sister in-laws, Robert
and Deona Dziubanek and Russel and Gail Dziubanek. Nephews and Niece
include: Austin Kinghorn and his wife Désirée, Rusty Dziubanek,
Jennifer Dziubanek and husband Jeremy Scott, Greg Petru and his wife
Stephanie, Richard Petru and his wife Jenny, and Tim Petru and his
wife Miriam. Don also leaves many great nieces, nephews, cousins,
and close friends behind.
Funeral Service will be held 2:00 PM Friday March 17 at First
United Methodist Church, 9601 W. Fairmont Pkwy, La Porte, TX.
Interment will be in the La Porte Cemetery. Family will receive
from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM Thursday at the Church. In Lieu of
flowers family is asking for donations to be made to the 100 Club of
www.100club.org in memory of Donald R.V. Fields.
Deer Park Funeral Directors, 281-476-4693.
Jesse T. Garcia
September 27, 1946 - February
Jesse T. Garcia, 70, from La
Porte, Texas died on February 18, 2017. He was born in Houston,
Texas on September 27, 1946 to Able D. Garcia and Mary Tomayo. Along
with his wife they were the owners of La Hadas Restaurants in La
Porte and Deer Park. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic, Knights
of Columbus, HLS&R, La Porte Optimists, Bayshore Chamber of Commerce
and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Baytown.
He is survived by his wife, Ernestine Garcia; mother Mary Garcia;
children Vanessa Lara and husband Eloy; Ernest “Bubba” Garcia; Jesse
Garcia and Filiz Aguilar; Sister Isabelle and husband Juan; Brother
Able; Brother Manuel and wife Doris; Sister Caroline and husband
David; Brother Martin and wife Rosa; Sister Alice and husband Meme;
Sister Anita; Sister Irene and husband David; Sister Mary Louise and
husband Ralph; Sister Yvonne; Sister Minnie; Grandchildren Joey Lara
and wife Taylor; Jacob Pena and wife Nichole; Joshua Lara and wife
Ashley; Jared Lara; Raigan Haas and husband Cody; Jordyn Garcia; and
Espen Garcia; Great grandchildren Jett Lara; Paeyton Lara and
Visitation is Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 5pm until Rosary
service at 7pm at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in La Porte. Funeral
mass to be Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 10am at St. Mary’s
Catholic Church in La Porte with interment immediately following at
Grand View Memorial Park in Pasadena, Texas
Carol Anne Maedgen
September 23, 1946
- March 6, 2016
Carol Anne Maedgen
passed away on March 6, 2016. She was born in Houston,
Texas on September 23, 1946. Carol grew up in Pasadena,
Texas and graduated from South Houston High School. She
worked and retired from the social security
administration in Pasadena, Texas. Carol was active at
the La Porte Senior Center where she enjoyed playing
games and spending time with friends. She especially
enjoyed spending time with her sister, her niece and
nephews, and their families. She was affectionately
known as “Aunt Carol” to many people. Her dogs and cat
held a special place in her heart.
Carol is preceded
in death by her father, Raymond Maedgen, mother,
Patricia Maedgen, and brother, Mike Maedgen. She is
survived by her sister, Dorothy Philpot, and numerous
relatives and friends.
A memorial service
will be held at 2pm on Friday, March 11, 2016 at
Bayshore Baptist Church in La Porte, TX. Those wishing
to post tributes to the family may do so at
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Frederick "Blackie" Manchaca
June 30, 1947 - November
“Blackie” Manchaca, born June 30, 1947 to Vernon Frederick &
Bennie Manchaca in Pasadena, Texas. Passed away November 17,
2016 in The Woodlands, Texas at the age of 69 years. Frederick
was a member of the Conroe Masonic Lodge #748.
His loving family includes wife of 32 years, Vicki Manchaca;
children, Vicki Frank & husband Darrell, Richard Manchaca,
Marvin Cook & wife Brandy; sister, Bonnie Hightower; Eight
grandchildren, Dillon Frank,
Mikayla Frank, Montana Freudiger, Bradly Holland, Alex Cook,
Vicki Cook, Shana Bradley, Jessica Fortenberry, Four great
grandchildren, Sophia Bradley, Elijah Fortenberry, Kayley
Fortenberry and Audrey Fortenberry.
Frederick is preceded in death by his Parents and Mother in Law,
A visitation will be held from 5pm till 7pm Saturday, November 19,
2016 at Pace Funeral Home. 200 FM 350 North Livingston, Texas
A Celebration of Frederick’s Life will begin 10 am Sunday, November
20, 2016 also at Pace Funeral Home with Pastor James White
Officiating. Internment to follow at Forest Hill Cemetery with
Pallbearers will be Vernon Chambers, Lee Hightower, Alex Cook,
Dillon Frank, Ed Reese and Jimmy Walker. To send online
condolence please go to
Jose Alberto Molina
Jose Alberto Molina, Sr., 63,
of La Porte, Texas, passed away Monday, January 16, 2017, surrounded
by loved ones.
Jose was born on May 3, 1953, in Laredo, Texas. He was raised in
Corpus Christi, Texas. On August 4, 1973, he married Rosa Hernandez.
They moved to La Porte, Texas in 1976. Jose was employed by the City
of La Porte for 22 years until he retired in 2002. In his younger
and healthier years, Jose was an avid boater, fisherman, bowler,
softball player, and umpire. He also enjoyed cooking, playing pool,
dominoes and card games. He loved to go “cruisin” with his
grandchildren around La Porte and taking them out for sno-cones and
Dairy Queen. He was a great man of faith and a long time member of
St. Mary’s Catholic Church where he served as a 4th Degree Knight in
the Knights of Columbus. Jose enjoyed spending time with family and
close friends and was a joy to all that encountered him.
Jose is survived by his loving wife, Rosa Molina (Hernandez), his
children, grandchildren, and siblings. Children: Rebecca Zepeda and
her husband Carlos; Ernest Molina and his wife Konnie; Joey Molina
and his wife Geraldine. Grandchildren: Elyssa Molina, Natalie
Molina, Alexandros Molina, Saoirse Molina, Andrew Garcia, Samantha
Zepeda and Sara Zepeda. Siblings: Jesse Gonzalez, Jose Maria
“Blackie” Gonzalez, Isabel Ramirez, Ermelinda Hernandez, Victor
Gonzalez, Esperanza Perez, Diana Campa, David Campa, Julie Martinez,
Rosa Ramirez, Marivel Castro, and Generosa Alvarez. He is also
survived by numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.
Jose is preceded in death by his grandparents, parents and siblings;
Danny Campa, Fidel Gonzalez Jr., Robert Ramirez Jr., Antonio
Gonzalez Sr., and Maria Garza.
The Molina Family would like to thank all of their family and
friends who have helped guide and support them through this
The family will receive visitors Thursday, January 19, 2017 starting
at 6:00 p.m. with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel
of Grand View Funeral Home, 8501 Spencer Hwy. Pasadena, TX 77505. A
mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, January 20, 2017,
11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 816 Park Dr. La Porte, TX
77571. The interment will follow at Grand View Memorial Park.
Steve Olson, longtime resident
of La Porte and LPISD teacher, died suddenly on September 6th. He
was on vacation and hiking in the Manistee National Forest in
Michigan when he was struck by lightning. Steve was born in Los
Angeles in 1945 to Ray and Lorraine Olson. The oldest of three, his
two sisters still live in California. Steve received his bachelor
degree in literature from the University of California Santa
Barbara. He went on to receive his master of divinity from Yale
University and was ordained in the United Church of Christ. Steve
met Sue (Ritchie) Olson at Plainfield United Church of Christ in
Illinois. They married in 1973. They had a daughter, Allison, and a
son, Elye. Steve was called to be the pastor of La Porte Community
Church and the family moved to La Porte in 1979. In 1981, Steve made
a career change to teaching. He received his master of education
from University of Houston Clear Lake and went on to teach for 22
years. Steve taught high school English and philosophy and coached
the La Porte Academic Decathlon Team. Mr. Olson, as his students
knew him, taught well over 1,000 kids during his career. An
inspiring and beloved teacher, Mr. Olson encouraged students to
articulate their opinions, think critically, and exceed
expectations. Mr. Olson became very involved in Advanced Placement,
grading exams every summer and writing a book in collaboration with
a colleague on AP preparation. Steve retired in 2009. An expert
birdwatcher, Steve enjoyed more time for hiking and camping in his
retirement. He continued in service to the community as a regular
volunteer at Baylor St. Luke’s Hospital where he had just reached
five years of service.
Steve is survived by his wife, Sue, who still lives in their home in
La Porte. Allison Orlina and her husband, Joel, live in Clear Lake
with their two children, Marisol and Maxwell. Elye Olson and his
wife, Katrina, live in Chicago with their three children, Nadia,
Efren, and Katia. An adventurous grandfather, “Poppy” loved taking
his grandchildren on outings to parks, the beach, and museums. Steve
will be very much missed by his family but also by the many, many
former students and congregants that he inspired over the course of
A Memorial Celebration of Life for Steve will be held Saturday,
November 5th, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at La Porte Community Church, 202
South First Street, La Porte, Texas 77571. A reception will follow
the service. All are welcome.
James "Jimmy" Wheeler
James "Jimmy" Wheeler, 69, of
La Porte, Texas, passed away on June 5, 2017.
Jimmy was born September 1, 1947 in Boynton, Oklahoma to parents
Edward Huston Wheeler and wife Florine Epperson Wheeler. He
graduated from La Porte
High School, Class of 1966. He became certified as a welder at Lee
College in Baytown.
Jimmy served three years in the United States Army from 1966-1969.
He was stationed in Ethiopia, Africa for the Ethiopia United States
Aviation section. During his tenure, he was awarded the National
Defense Service Medal, and was cited as a military Rifle Expert.
Upon his return he married Darla McKey Wheeler and spent many years
raising their family, living and working in the construction
industry in the La Porte area.
He was a Superintendent at The City of Seabrook for the past 20
Throughout his entire life he was known as a hard worker. He stayed
busy every day and enjoyed both his work and home life, whether it
was landscaping, gardening, working on cars or building his barbecue
pits. He always kept his bird hunting and fishing licenses up to
date, so any time his friends called, he was
ready to pack up and take a trip. Jimmy was always available to his
friends and neighbors at any time. During his life, he ran a
marathon, participated in many fun runs, went on walks around the
neighborhood often, and still lifted weights to stay in shape. He
always enjoyed laughing and having fun, and more importantly loving
Jimmy is lovingly remembered by his wife Darla; their children, son
Kerry Wheeler and daughter Misty and her husband Charles Merdian;
His grandchildren Kaz and Jagger Wheeler and fiancée Claire Cegelski,
and Sophia, Emma, and James Merdian; his mother Florine Wheeler; his
sister Marie and husband Clyde Ellison; sister in law Barbara Angel,
niece Wendy and husband Shane Reilly, nephews Kaleb and Kory Quiner,
son Baylin and fiancée Layna Bishop, along with numerous treasured
family and friends. Jimmy is preceded in death by his father Edward
A visitation will be held Saturday June 10 from 9:30-11:00 am with
a Celebration of James' Life starting at 11 am at First Baptist
Church of La Porte, 310 S Broadway Street.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to First Baptist Church
of La Porte in James' memory.
Michael G. Rankin
September 12,1942 - February
Michael G. Rankin passed away
at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown, Texas, February 27th.
He is survived by his wife Patricia, son Bruce, daughter Crystal,
grandchildren J.C., Jessica and Christina, and several
great-grandchildren. Michael was retired from Union Carbide-Dow
Chemical, and was a volunteer Hazmat/Fire Fighter. Mr. Rankin was a
member of Bayshore Baptist Church.
Grave Site services will be at the La Porte Cemetery on Thursday
March 3, 2016 at 2 pm.
Joe Reese Thomas III
December 25, 1947 - October 12, 2016
Joe Reese Thomas III, a resident of Holiday Lakes, Goodrich,
Texas passed away on October 12, 2016. Joe was born in La
Porte, December 25, 1947 to Bessie Mae (Cardwell) and Joe Reese
Thomas, Jr. of whom preceded him in death. He is survived by a
sister, Rebecca "Becky" Padgett of Dayton, Texas; nephews,
Robert "Bobby" Padgett, Jr. and his wife Rene, of Dayton, Texas;
and Joey Padgett and his wife Jennie, of Cleveland, Texas. He
is also survived by his grand-nephews and nieces: Ryan, Paige,
Wyatt, and Cheyenne Padgett.
Gravesite services will be held Sunday at 3:30pm, November 13,
2016 at the La Porte Cemetery on 8th Street, La Porte. The
service will be officiated by Pastor, Ben Rosenberger of the
Bayshore Baptist Church, La Porte, Texas.
Ella “Ellie” Mae Trujillo
Ella (“Ellie”) Mae
Trujillo 1943 – 2016
Ellie, a longtime resident
of La Porte, Texas, went to be with the Lord on May 5, 2016.
Ellie was born October 28, 1943 to William and Virginia Lange in
Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ellie retired from La Porte Independent
School District after 20+ years of service, but continued to
volunteer at the La Porte Elementary School library and book
fairs for many years after retirement. Ellie also spent several
hours each week volunteering at the Gilmore Elementary School
library, sharing her passionate love of reading with every child
she met. Ellie is survived by her loving daughters, or the three
angels as she called them: Tana Trujillo Deshayes of Humble,
Texas; Lori Trujillo Lewis and husband Casey of Huffman, Texas;
and Alyssa Trujillo O’Brien and husband Michael of League City,
Texas. Ellie had seven grandchildren and was a devoted and
loving “Mammaw” to each: Matthew and Aiden Deshayes; Laynie and
Casen Lewis; and Brennan, Blake and Ainsley O’Brien. Services
will begin at 6:00pm on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at Paul U. Lee
Funeral Home, 201 S. 3rd St., La Porte, Texas 77571 with
visitation one hour prior to service. Following the services, a
“Life Celebration” will be held at the Fraternal Order of
Eagles, 803 S. 8th St., La Porte, Texas 77571. In honor and
tribute to Ellie’s love of reading, and in lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to “Reading is Fundamental” in her name,
Randell "Randy" I. Wolf
Randell Ian Wolf (Randy) died
unexpectedly at the age of 54 on March 13, 2016. He was born October
24, 1961 in Houston, TX. He was a long time resident of La Porte,
and a 1980 graduate of La Porte High School, he also attended San
Jacinto Junior College where he proudly earned his Auto Mechanic
Certification. He was a hard working mechanic who had a passion for
VW Beetles, NASCAR and a strong love for his family, particularly
his nieces and nephews who held a special place in his heart.
He was a beloved son, brother, uncle and friend. Along with his twin
sister, he was the youngest of seven children. He is preceded in
death by his parents Edward and Madalye Wolf. He is survived by his
six brothers and sisters Lawretta Foots and husband Walter, Lawrence
Mabe and wife Pamela, Edward PrestonWolf Jr., Emarita Busic,
Melvinia Varns and husband Steve, and his twin sister Marnell
Gillespie and husband David, 10 nieces and 7 nephews, 21 great
nieces and nephews, and many cousins and friends, such as Ed
Bowerman, Mike Wolf, Johnny Ryan, and Eddie Meza just to name a few,
and his beloved faithful poodles Ginger and Mary Ann.
In celebration of his life, a Memorial Service, officiated by Deacon
Hector Cantu will be said Saturday March 19th at 2:00pm at St. Mary
of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 816 Park Ave. La
Porte, TX 77571. A reception will follow in the church hall.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the
American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123