Lee Roy Little, age 94, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 30, 2005. Born in Erath County, Texas, on December 9, 1910, he was the son of Sam and Ineesze Little. In 1935, Lee Roy married Helen Fay Deaton and farmed in Erath County until moving to Grand Prairie in 1943 to work for North American Air craft, building airplanes for the War. Following the War, he went to work for General Dynamics in Fort Worth and retired in 1972. He and Helen moved to Boerne in 1979. His loving wife of 61 years passed away in 1996. For the past three years, Mr. Little was lovingly cared for by Linda Gonzales of Senior Outreach Services. Mr. Little served for many years at the Baptist Church in all communities he lived in and was a Deacon at First Baptist Church, Boerne. He was active in the Rainbow Senior Center and was known for his friendly manner and his frequent visits to shut-ins in the area. Lee Roy is survived by his Daughters, Cherry Schroeder and her husband, Gaylan, of Boerne, and Terri Latimer and her husband, Joel of Atlanta, GA; Grandchildren, Jimi and Steve Driskill of Boerne, Tracy and Doug Wheeler of Macon, GA, Steve and Elena Schroeder of Boerne, and Susan and Chris Gargala of Charlotte, NC; Eight Great Grandchildren; Sister, Sammye Burris; Brother, Fred Little; Sister-in-law, Gayle McCann and her husband, Bert; Brother-in-law, J. W. Deaton and his wife, Jerry; Numerous Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins. Visitation will be on Wednesday, November 2 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at the Funeral Home. The Celebration of Mr. Little's life will be on Thursday, November 3 at 10:00 A.M. with Burial to follow in the Boerne Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that Memorials be made to Senior Outreach Services, 116 W. Fabra Lane, Boerne, Texas 78006 Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Vaughan's Funeral Home of Boerne.
Charles E. Nickels, prominent Boerne man, passed away on March 24, 1937 at Veterans Hospital at Legion, where he had been for several weeks. Funeral services were held on March 25 with military honors, and Capt. D. K. Lansing reading the burial service. The choir of St. Helena's Episcopal Church sang a hymn at the grave (Boerne Cemetery). The pallbearers were judge M. J. Lehmann, John F. Kutzer, W. C. Ammann, Otto Vogt, Udo Harz, and V. V. Lawrance. The funeral was a large one.
Mr. Nickels was born at Pleasant Valley on December 6, 1892, a son of Mr. and Mrs. W.M. Nickels. He moved to Boerne with his parents and grew up to manhood there. He enlisted in the U.s. Army in 1917 and served in the World War. While in the service he acquired the Distinguished Service Cross, which was given him for extraordinary heroism in connection with Military Operations against an armed enemy at Etienne-a-Arnes, France on October 5-7, 1918, and for recognition of his gallant conduct. In spite of the danger, exposed to machine gun and artillery fire of our own and enemy guns, he procured and returned with valuable information. Mr. Nickels was awarded two medals for expert rifleman and just recently was given the Purple Heart for Bravery and Heroism during the World War. He was presented the Croix-de-Guerre by the Republic of France, for gallantry in action which is one of the highest awards offered by the French nation.
In October 1924 he was married to Miss Hertha Leidl of Boerne and they lived in Boerne. He was prominent in the affairs of his community, having served as City Secretary, Fire Chief, President of Turn Verein. He was an active member of the Joe Borland Post, American Legion and the Bruno Phllip Post VFW. He was a splendid type of man, beloved and respected by all who knew him, and he bore his long illness with great fortitude. His death is a distinct loss to his family and his community.
Mr. Nickels is survived by his widow and infant daughter of Boerne, and by his aged mother, Mrs. Mary Nickels of San Antonio, by one brother, William Nickels of Galveston, and six sisters, Mesdames Emma Berger, Ida Cooke, and Freda Fritsch of San Antonio, Mrs. Mary Nagel of Premont, Mrs Louise Summerville of Seattle, Washington and Mrs. Annie Bartel of Comfort. Source: THE COMFORT NEWS - April 1, 1937, #5, Page 1
Portia T. Richter, age 92, who accompanied her husband on Army assignments to locations including Panama, Cuba, Vietnam, and Germany, died Dec. 17 at the Fairfax at Fort Belvoir Retirement Community. She had complications from pneumonia, said her granddaughter, Erin Richter.
Portia Dorcas Tatum was a native of Fayetteville, N. C., and a 1942 graduate of Meredith College in Raleigh, N. C.;
At the end of World War II, Mrs. Richter took a U. S. civil-service job in Japan, where she met her husband. They later maintained a home in Annandale, where Mrs. Richter worked as a personnel director for Kmart in the 1970s. She served in the vestry at Pohick Episcopal Church in Lorton and was a docent at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. Her husband of 24 years, Army Col. Arley Richter of Boerne, Texas, died in 1971. Survivors include a son, Robert Richter of Mollens, Switzerland; and two grandchildren.
Mrs Richter will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery.
In the death of Frank Schwarz Kendall County has lost one of its oldest and most honored citizens. The deceased was a son of Michael Schwarz, who settled on the head waters of Spring Creek in 1854, ten years before Kendall County was organized, and when that territory belonged to Blanco County. He is a native of bartenhelm, Kingdom of Bavaria, Grmany, where he was born February 1, 1841. He died on Washington's birthday. He was a resident of Kendall County ever since he settled here and was by occupation a farmer. He served as a ranger in Captain J.W. Sansom's company in 1859 and participated in several fights with Indians. He also served as a Confederate soldier during the Civil War. He was married in 1868 to Frederike Lenz, the daughter of Frederick Lenz, also a pioneer citizen who has long since gone to his reward. Besides his widow, the deceased leaves the following children: Carl Schwarz, Boerne; Richard Schwarz, Hondo; Adolf Schwarz, Boerne; Ernst Schwarz, New Zealand; Rudolf Schwarz, Camp Stanley; Otto Schwarz, Boerne; Mrs. Anna Ammann, Boerne; Mrs. Hermine Schrader, Boerne; Mrs. Emma Ulrich, San Antonio; Mrs. Hilda Adam, San Antonio, Mrs. Frida Carstanjen, San Antonio, Texas.
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