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February 6, 2003 Service Directery Marketplace Page 3 r CZICHOS Another of the "Greatest Generation" has left us, and we will not see many of his likes again. Raymond Louis Czichos was born Feb. 7, 1915, to E P. and Selma Czichos in Cameron, Texas. Most of his formative years were spent in Waco, Texas, where he worked from an early age at many jobs expanding his knowledge and sating his boundless curiosity. After high school, he went on to Baylor University receiving his B.S. degree in chemistry and meeting his wife Madge Wood. The two were to go on to become Baylor Golden Graduates and celebrate almost sixty years of marriage. After college, R.L. worked as a chemist at Shell Chemical Co. for ten years. Three children and one World War later, he and Madge decided to find a place in the country to raise their fam- ily. Knowing of Wimberley through a relative, they came from Channelview to look in the Texas Hill Country. Finding seven acres in a gravel pit on the Blanco River, the five Czichoses left the Houston area in 1946 and began what was to become 7A Ranch. With his father and other local crafts- men, Raymond began building cabins on the river to rent out as well as a small house for his own family. Trading goods and services, he and many others filled those early days-in Wimberley with many plans and projects. During the next twenty: years, 7A was to grow to include Pioneer Town, the two of which have brought many thousands of visitors to Wimberley over the years. Raymond and Madge added another son to their family and participated fully in the life of the small community, being involved in the development of the Booster club (later to become the Chamber of Commerce), the Wimberley Volunteer Fire Department, the Water Corporation, the Hays Consolidated School District (Raymond served on the school board for more than twenty-five years), the Wimberley Cemetery Association, and Village Library. Raymond par- ticipated actively and vocally in many civic concerns over the years, ranging from street light- ing to flood plan controls. He was interested in politics and active in writing his congress- men, senators, and Presidents. His interest in the old west led him to a particular inclination toward Frederick Remington and his bronzes. Author of a book on the subject, He Knew the Horse, Raymond has the only complete collection of Remington bronze recasts in America at his Remington Museum in Pioneer Town. He often bragged that this fact had spawned a Jeopardy question and that Ronald Reagan has the first signed copy of this book. An active member in St. Mary's Catholic Church for many years, he served as a lay reader and volunteer worker in the expansion of the original church. Czichos is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Madge, and is survived by his children: Raymond Wood Czichos and his wife, Trish; Gene Czichos Larson and hus- band Dick; Jeanne Czichos White and husband John, Carroll Czichos and wife Diddle, all of Wimberley. He is also survived by eight grand- children, 4 great-grandchildren, loving relatives and numerous friends. Funeral services were February 5, and burial was at the Wimberley Cemetery. DECKER Dorothy B. Decker, 86, of Uvalde, TX, passed away on Monday, February 3, 2003. One of seven children, she was born in Roanoke, TX, on July 8, 1916, to James W. and Edna Key (Bludworth) Medlin. Dorothy earned a degree in education from Texas Women's University, an accomplishment of which she was very proud. A schoolteacher by profession, she spent the majority of her career teaching in Greenville, TX. She was a life long mem- ber of the Methodist Church, and she taught Sunday School in Kyle and participated in Bible Study. Her many hobbies included quilting, crocheting and needlework. Her parents; her husband, Charles M. Decker, III; two sons, Charles M. Decker IV and James Decker preceded her in death. She is survived by a son, John A. Decker of Austin; daughters-in-law, Sandie Decker of Knippa and Nancy Decker of Greenville; sister, Frances Winters of Dallas; sis- ter-in-law, Marilyn Decker Elwell of Kyle; six grandchil- dren and seven great-grandchil- dren. Funeral Services were con- ducted February 6, 2003, at Pennington Memorial Chapel, with Rev. Andrew Decker offi- ciating. For those desiring, contribu- tions in Dorothy's memory may be made to the Kyle Community Library, 409 W. Blanco, Kyle, TX 78640. GREEN Ada Green, 91, of Buda, passed away Thursday, January 30, 2003. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wyatt "Jake" Green and son, John Wyatt Green. She is survived by her daughter Marilyn Day; grand- daughter Maria Day; daughter Paula Michaud and husband Pete; son Ray Green and wife Patty; granddaughter Sandra Patina and husband Homer; grandson Steven Green; and numerous nieces and nephews. Ada was a member of the First Christian Church of Buda. She and her husband owned and operated Green's Grocery.' in Buda for many years. Funeral services were held on February 3, at Wilke-Clay- Fish Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Gardner officiating. Burial followed at Barton Cemetery. JOHNSON John ,Marion "Jack" Johnson of Kyle, businessman, rancher and philanthropist, who achieved his goal of living in three centuries, passed away peacefully in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, January 26, 2003, at the age of 103. The youngest of six sib- lings, he was born in San Marcos, Texas on October 17, 1899, to Thomas Chambless and Lucy Bedford (Connally) Johnson. Jack graduated from San Marcos High School and the University of Texas. In 1922, Jack took a job with Anderson, Clayton and Co. in Houston, where he worked for 42 years until his retirement in 1964, rising to the position of Vice-President. After his retire- ment, Jack spent more and more time at his ranch near Kyle, finally moving there perma- nently, back to Hays County where he was born. We will all miss him so much! His parents, and five sib- lings preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Anne Burdine Clayton Johnson; son, William T. Johnson and wife, Kate of Kyle; daughters, Lucy Hadac and hus- band, Ralph of Seattle, WA, and Burdine Johnson and husband, Christophe Venghiattis of Houston; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, Raphael Hadac, John Hadac, Steve Hadac and wife, Karen and children, Robin and Tom, Claire Venghiattis, Valerie Venghiattis and husband, Fernando Moreno, Philippe Venghiattis and wife, Kristina Berger, Lucy Johnson and Katherine Johnson; Martha Mattox, his devoted secretary for 55 years; nephews, Bill Johnson of Wimberley and Craig Johnson of San Antonio; niece, Patricia Pedley of California; dear friends, John and Leila Hull of Houston and their daughter, Julie Johnson of Kyle. Private graveside services were held on Friday, January 31, 2003, with Rev. George "'Mac" Keeble officiating. For those desiring, contributions in Jack's memory may be made to St. Stephan's Episcopal School in Wimberley, 6000 R.R. 3237, Wimberley, TX 78676. MCWILLIAMS Jewel Meredith McWilliams was born April 7, 1914, in Buda, Texas, to W. A. and Olive Lafayette Chitwood Meredith and died February 3, 2003, in Austin, Texas. Jewel was reared in Buda and graduated from Buda High School in 1931. Jewel married Arlis Young (Bill) McWilliams of Bastrop, Texas, on November 1933. To this union was born Joanna McWilliams Hicks in 1938, and Dawn McWilliams Sheets in 1955. There was an infant son, William Fletcher McWilliams born and deceased in 1936. Jewel was preceded in death by her husband "'Bill" McWilliams; her parents, W.A. and Faye Meredith; two sisters and three brothers; and one great-grandson, Jurgen Kay Hicks. Her sisters were William Shepherd "'Bill'" Gary and LaDell Spence. Her brothers were Cecil Meredith, Frank Meredith, and William Robert Meredith. Jewel was a lifetime mem- ber of the Methodist Church. She belonged to Buda First United Methodist Church and Elgin First United Methodist Church, She was very active in the women's organizations of both churches. Jewel was a past Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star of the Buda Chapter. In the - early 1950's she was the mail carrier from Buda to Driftwood,. Texas. She was also a former owner of The Blossom Shop in Elgin. Her daughter, Joanna Hicks and husband, Kay; and daugh- ter, Dawn Sheets, survive her. Three grandchildren and four great-grand.children also sur- vive her. The grandchildren are Russel and Allyson Hicks,, Kevin and Vicki Hicks and Lara. Faye and Duane Schenk. Great-, grandchildren are Hannah Hicks, Royanne Hicks, Emily Schenk, and Eric Kay Schenk. Graveside services were at Elgin City Cemetery, February 4, 2003. SERVICE DIRECTORY SERVICE DIRECTORY SERVICE DIRECTORY Love Electric, Inc. 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