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Page 4C NEIGHBORS Hays Free Press May 29, 2013 COURTESY PHOTO Happy Birthday, Clint Younts From your friends and family at the Hays Free Press Come visit historic downtown Pleasanton! 2nd Saturday Live Entertainment!Sat., June 8 11-7 p.m. Artisans! F~atucd ........... Ste enS it Shopping ~@r::}vs ~: ,-',~soc~,-~t ~, , Hotels STAFF REPORT 1-800-460-060( COURTESY PHOTO Max Simmons, also known as "]edi Max," of Killeen, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, May 2, 2013. Hewas eight years old. Max suffered from an aggres- sive form of brain cancer called Glioblastoma Multiforme. He had surgery to remove the tumors last year, and rotmds of medication and radiation to help stop the growth. How- ever, the tumors retumed and spread at an alarming rate. He died in the loving arms of his mother, surrounded by family and friends. He is survived by his parents, lay and Scott Simmons, and his sister, Katie, of Killeen, his grandpar- ents, Max and MariaVasquez, of Buda, and many other fam- ily members. Funeral services were held in PfhgerviUe on Monday; May 27. For those who were t)n- able to attend the funeral, the family asked that blue balloons Memorial Day Red, White and Blue Crossfit Challenge Participants in the Red, White and Blue Challenge at Crossfit Kyle on Monday spent the morning sweating. About 50 'fitters and community members came out to celebrate fallen veterans. Owner Bud Boehnke, a military vet, said he wanted to do somethiqg to honor those who died while serving. He opened the facility in 2011 after leaving the Air Force with an honorable medical discharge. Boehnke offers discounts for mili- tary personnel, first responders and students. PHOTOS BY KIM HILSENBECK Vet Honored: Sisters receive Lopez's recognition Continued from pg. 1C Alfredo Lopez, Jr., whose family moved to Kyle from Eagle Pass when he was a young boy, began his tour of duty on April 4, 1968. He and his unit headed toward hostile grounds in the Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. He was honored this week in Kyle at a special Memo- rial Day service. City officials wanted to recognize the bravery and service of one of Kyle's own. His family was present at the event to accept his plaque and give acknowl- edgements of thanks. "We used to joke a lot, we cut up. After work, we did fun stuff-- we played music in the evening and drank beer," said Van Parton, an Army soldier who served alongside Lopez. Van Patton and Private First Class Lopez were part of the communications detail at Camp lJ Carroll. There, Lopez served as a tactical wire operations specialist. The Camp was the head- quarters of the 2nd Battal- ion 94th Artillery, and was established to stop the North Vietnam Army, massed in the DMZ, from invading South Vietnam. Parton said they were the northernmost post. Recalling September 10, 1968, Parton said they had been under attack all day. The hostility ended some time in the afternoon, but resumed at about 6 p.m. That's when 21-year-old Lopez and anoth- er soldier, 19-year-old Harold Mosley of Cabot, AR., died. "He used to write me let- ters from Vietnam," recalled Lopez's sister Martha Lopez- Delgado. "He would ask me, 'Martha, please pray for me, I'm living in hell.' I wrote back and told him, 'I'm praying for you, everything will be okay.' The Kyle City Council gave special recognition to Lopez in their Memorial Day proc- lamation this week. Council David Wilson, a Vietnam veteran himself, who pushed for Lopez's acknowledgment, said it was the "right thing to do." City officials awarded the Memorial Day proclamation to Lopez's family, who were more than grateful. "It was very touching," Lopez-Delgado said. "It brought back so many memo- ries and I wish my mom and dad could've seen it. ! wanted my mom to know that her son was a hero." Lopez and Staff Sergeant Michael Rodney Dorman are the only two military persons who died in the Vietnam War and called Kyle home, according to the virtual wall of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Dorman began his tour on Aug. 29, 1968 and died at the age of 22 onApri125, 1969 in the Binh Duong Province, ':! South Vietnam. be released in his memory. Members of Central Texas AM- VETS Post 115, Kyle and Buda Fire Departments, friends, and shoppers at H-E-B in Kyle honored this request and released balloons at 1:25 p.m. on Monda~ May 27 in the store parking lot in Max's name. It's easy to blame the driver when a big rig is involved in a wreck, but the truth is usually much more complex. When trucking company management cuts corners in training, equipment and maintenance, the rest of us pay the price. If you or someone you 10ve has been killed or injured in an 18-wheeler truck wreck, call us today for professional insight. EXPERIENCE COUNTS Lawyers with more than 100 years combined expertise. Ryan A. Krebs, M.D., J.D. Doctor-Lawyer in [:ull-time Law Practice Richard& Dodd, LC ~imothy K Cappolino, I'~C. NO FEE FOR FIRSTVISIT CAMERON, TEXAS z.,e Softb Regiona Champions 2013 State Tournament Semi-Finals are: Friday, May 31 at noon at McCombs Softball Field at U.T. in Austin Come on out and support our Lad Rebels/ Texas Texas Crossword S-1117 Crossword, from page 3C Sudoku Solutio. 4 9 2 716 1 2-i 718 953i :S 297 183 534 687! 1 8 7 3 291 j 9 2 6 4 1 51 Sudoku Puzzle, from page 3C Happy is quite the friendly guy. He is a year old and is a lab/hound mix. Happy loves to ~play with other dogs! He would spend his time in your lap if you let him! Please come by the shelter and meet him. Button is as "cute as a button." She is around 2 years old and is currently waiting for her new home at the Petsmart on Brodie Lane in Austin. She is very friendly and loves to cuddle with the other cats! PAWS Shelter and Humane Society is a non-profit, no-kill shelter operated primarily on donations and adoptions. 500 FM 150 E, Kyle, TX 512 268-1611 All animals are fully vaccinated, spay/neutered, microchipped and dewormed. sponsored by Tow~ & Cou~TnV VETERINARY HOSPITAL Bill Selman, DVM Kayley O'Toole, DVM Committed to your pet's health since 1978. 6300 FM 1327 (East of 135 and Creedmoore) Austin, TX 78747 512-385-0486 I i ! I II I I