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Page 4C NEIGHBORS Hays Free Press March 16, 2011 + g]JN6m Morris Klingeman, 86, of Austin, passed away on Sunday; March 6. He was born on August 1, 1924 in Redwood to Martin and Kate Klingeman. A decoratedWorld War II veteran, Morris proudly served his country in the United States Army Air Corps where he flew in the European theater and received many medals, including the Distinguished Hying Cross. Upon returning from the war, he met the love of his life, Clarice Tetens, of Buda, and theywere married on February 18, 1950 in Austin, Texas at St. Martin's Evangelical Lu- theran Church. Morris received his Bach- elor of Science and Master's from Texas State University. For 37 years, he was both an educator in the public schools, retiring from DelValle High School, and owner of Klingeman Realty in Oak Hill. Morris was a member of many organizations, including the 1Pavis Country Homeowners Associa- tion, the Kiwanis, American Legion and Rotary clubs. Morris was a loving and caring man who loved to tell stories and never met a stranger. Among his many interests, he was most passionate about gardening and fish- ing. His family; friends and neighbors will miss him dearly. Morris is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Clarice (Tetens) Klingeman; daugh- ters, Donna Stoker and husband Paul; Melissa Ingram and husband Danny;, son, lason Klingeman; brother, Carl Kiingeman and wife Dorothy; eight grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren and many loving fam- ily members and friends. Funeral services were held Saturday; March 12, 2011 at St. Martin's Ev. Lutheran Church in Austin. A graveside service followed at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Martin's Ev. Lutheran Church. The family invites you to share yeur fond memories of Morris at www.cookwalden- For information, visit our website at or caU Alicia at 51 -995-1313 or 512-668-4241 NIX Helen Ruth Nix, 64, of Cedar Park, formerly of Creedmoor, died Sunday;, February 27, 2011. She attended Buda High School in the early 1960s and was formerly married to Larry Nix who died in 2008. Helen, a retired daycare owner, is survived by daughter, Debhie and son, Carl. Funeral services were held Saturday; March 5 at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home with burial at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Memorial Park. RIgg Fighting the early onset of Alzheimer's -just as he fought as a Texas Longhorn defensive tackle - the man we knew and loved has finally walked offthe field of life. A roar from the crowd can almost be heard for this valiant warrior, who for six years battled his toughest foe - the disease that takes a loved one away, one memory at a time. We wish he could he here one more day, for one more standing ovation for his efforts. Now gone is Alien Rickman. Allen Mathow Rickman was bom in Brady, Texas, on August 15, 1956, the sec- ond son of Dorothy and Bobby Rickman. Although the family moved to San Anto- nio when Allen was three, he returned to Brady often in later years with family and friends to enjoy hunting, fishing, and the great outdoors, which he loved so much. In San Antonio, he graduated from Churchill High School in 1974, earning first team All State honors in football. Allen was the first player from Churchill to achieve this honor. As a prized recruit for the University of Texas, he started for the Longhoms as a sophomore, an amazing feat. Allen went on to play in the Gator Bowl, the Bluebon- net Bowl, and finally, after his team's unde- feated 1977 season, the Cotton Bowl. In 1978, Allen married his high school sweetheart, Lee Chetter. He devoted him- self to her and would for the rest of their wonderful33 years together. They were blessed with three children: Kelp, Chris, and Cole. Everything Allen did was for Lee and the kids. Allen and Lee cheered them on at countless football, baseball, basket- ball, and soccer games, track meets, band concerts, UIL competitions, and theatri- cal pmductious. He taught them to put family first, be hard-working, responsible, and tim-loving, and of course, to enjoy the great outdoors. Family vacations to Ruidoso, Nfew Mexico, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, and the Grand Canyon will long be remembered. Battling Alzheimer's to the end,.Allen died at the family home in Kyle, Texas, on March 12, 2011. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Lee, daughter Kelly, son Chris and his fiancd, Amanda Simon, and son Cole. Also survivingAllen are his father, Bobby Rickman, of Brady, brother, Robert Rickman; sister-in-law, Karen Rickman; nieces Megan and Kaitlin Rickman and nephew Todd Rickrnan, of San Antonio; father- and mother-in-law Dick and Fran Chetter, of Canyon Lake; brother-in-law Ric Chetter, of Memphis, Tennessee; aunts Melba Hemphill and Patty Rickman, of San Antonio; and cousins Derinda Mundeli, of San Antonio, and Dee Rickman, of Austin. His mother, Dorothy (Dot) Rickman, and nephew, Brady Rickman, passed away before him. A celebration of Allen's life willbe held at 2 p.m., March 24, 2011, at Camp Lucyin Dripping Springs, Texas (www.camplucy. corn). The family would like to thank, first and foremost, his mother-in-law, Fran, who spent years as caregiver and com- panion on a daily basis as he battled the disease. Also, Steve Hitzfeld and 1. D. Mc- Donald of Stone Solutions, who contrib- uted so unselfishly as Alzheimer's eroded oppommities for Allen to contribute to the job he loved. Also, good friends Cherie and Rusty Haggard, for their love, support, and friendship, especially in the final trying months, weeks, and days. Also, John Diaz, Alien's caretaker in his final days. Finally; to the wonderful staff of Harbor Hospice for their loving care as his life ebbed away. Those interested are encouraged to make a donation to Harbor Hospice or the charity of their choice. Alberto Soto, 62, of Cedar Creek died March 10, 2011. He is survived by wife, Bertha. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 17, 2011 at Santa Cruz Catholic Church, Buda. Burial at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen. FARMER Debbie Thames Insurance Agency AUTO HOME LIFE BOAT HEALTH 251 N. PM 1626 #2C Buda, TX 78610 Office: (512) 312-1917 Fax: 312-0688 Email: dvthames@ austin J' Monday-Friday, 9arn-5pm Foul" Business & Referrals Are Appreciated k Now Accepting Cons ments! F U N E R A L H O M E S Wounen is it safe to plant matoes? The pie answer is: when the last of the freezes and frosts are behind us. The average last freeze date for the Tmvis/Hays county areas is the first week of March. The last frost date was on Tuesday (March 15). It's important to remember that these dates are averages. Two years ago the tomatoes in my northem Hays county garden were toasted by a very late frost on April 7. If you ask organic farmers at the Sunset Valley Farmers Market for a safe date, you get a variety of answers. One said that if Easter Sunday is in early April, she plants the following day. (Easter is late this year: April 24.) Another farmer said it was safe to plant when the mesquite trees budded out. Yet another said mesquites can be fooled, and the safest indicator ff'S is the pecans. After their leaves come out.., it never frosts. I then spoke with Edgar Chaves at Finca Pura Vida in Fayettvilie. His first crop has already been planted. He gets an early start by surrounding his plants with cages and cov- ering them with protective row cover if frost is in the forecast. Why so early?Edgar likes to take advantage of the cooler weather because tomatoes don't set as well when the tem- peratures climb in the 90s. What varieties of tomatoes will I have the most success with? The most popular is the suitably named Celebrity. Gardeners grow this tomato 10 to 1, and everyone loves the taste. Other popular varieties: Merced, Big Boy, Better Boy, BHN 444, Carnival, Valley Girl and Amelia. Most gardeners concur that cherry tomatoes are bullet- proof and will continue to produce even in the hottest of sun'llners. The most popular cherry tomatoes: Sweet One Hun- dred, Big Cherry Large, Sweet One Million, Small Fry, and Yellow Pear. My two favorites are Juliet and Sun Gold. They produce handfuls daily.., and these rarely make it to the kitchen because they are so sweet. A new tomato to try... The Phoenix tomato has a mid-*size fruit that's highly adapted to hot conditions. R's a vigorous plant with good leaf cover and will set fruit in hot and dry conditions. Happy gardening, everyone. FM 2770 & Kohler's Crossing Wi//~ at No Cx~t 1715 Kirby, Kyle,TX 78640 Cremation in Plum Creek New Building with 512-268-8200 co= ri, Big Bend Continued from log. 3C + storytellers and novelists. In the 1920s, ]. Frank Dobie mined stories of lost treasure in the Big Bend, which he included in Coronado's Children. In the 1950s, a young reporter named Billy Lee Brammer visited Mafia to write about the making of the epic movie Giant, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean. Brammer's experiences on the set inspired a portion of his classic novel, The Gay Place. First published in 1961,The Gay Place celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The Big Bend offers a dramatic landscape for tic- lion. Contemporary novelists Corrnac McCarthy, Nevada Barr, James Crumley, and Jim Sanderson have all set mys- tery/thrillers in the region. Playwright and actor Sam Shepard includes dispatches from the Big Bend in his book of stories, Cruising Paradise. Numerous films have been set in the region, including Giant, No Country for Old Men, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estmda, and Barbarosa, Bill Wittiiff's 1982 movie starring Wdlie Nelson. Throughout the exhibition nearly a hundred books from the Wlttliff's supplementary materials collection showthe Big Bend's range of creative influ- ence across genres of all types. A complete bibliography is available as a take-away for visi- tom Big Ben& Land of the Texas Imagination was curated by Steve Davis with assistance from other Wlttliff Collections staff. For more information about the exhibition, contactWit- tliff Collections Curator and Interim Director Steve Davis at 512.245.2313 or sdavis@txstate. edu.