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I + Page 2C NEIGHBORS PHOTO BY LINDA FREEMAN Present at the Kyle-Buda VFW awards ceremony for winning essayists were (left to right) Sr. Vice Com- mander Jimmie Quintero, VOD winner Stephen Luna, Patriot's Pen winner Tenley Lehman and Post Adjutant David Lyle. FELIX Samuel A. Felix, 75, of Kyle passed away Monday, November 28, 2011. He was born December 8, 1935. Services were held Saturday, December 3, 2011 at Thomason Funeral Home in San Marcos with burial at San Marcos Cemetery. GALLAGHER A proud American life has ended. As guarded as he was gregarious, Colonel Thomas Kevin Gal- lagher closed his blue eyes for the last time on November 26, 2011. His life of 83 years was one of service and loyalty to God, country and family. He leaves behind a legacy of accomplishment and his contribution to the USAF and national intelligence can- not be overstated. Gallagher is survived by daughters, Karen Gallagher and Keleen Miller and son-in-law Evan Miller (Lt Col USAF Ret) of Buda, and treasured grandchildren Mi- chelle, Kevan, Lauren and Caroline, and cousins in Montana, Ireland and Califor- nia. His family will remember his playful Irish wit, love of animals, commitment to lifelong learning and the love and sup- port he provided each of them. Thomas Kevin Gallagher was born on January 18, 1928. Both he and older brother Charles were raised in Butte, Montana, where they were altar boys and students at Immaculate Concep- tion and graduates of Boys' Central High School. Gallagher attended Notre Dame University and gra, duated from Gonzaga University. He enlisted in the Navy, but it was not long before he found his true ca- reer calling in the United States Air Force (USAF). He married Betty Ann Erickson over Independence Day weekend 1952. He volunteered to serve in Vietnam as Director of Joint Services, Special Intel- ligence Collection, where he earned a Bronze Star. When he returned, he had lost 30 percent of his hearing after a bomb exploded under his transport bus. He would have a lifelong struggle to hear but remained an engaging conversation- alist. Gallagher's career spanned more than 40 years and took his family around the world. Gallagher was also devoted to his church and family. He took great pride in commissioning his daughter Keleen into Air Force Nurse Corps and seeing daughter Karen work as a television news anchor/reporter. On December 5, Ft. Eddie Bernal celebrated a Catholic Mass in Gallagher's honor at Air Force Village Chapel fol- lowed by interment at Fort Sam Houston Military Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Associa- tion (, 800.272.3900) or to your local animal shelter. GARNER Stanton Berry Garner, age 86, died November 20, 2011 at his home inSan Marcos following a lengthy illness. He was born September 1, 1925 in Coming, NewYork to the late Helen and Edward Garner, and attended Corning Free Acad- emy through high school. In 1943 he graduated from the Manlius School in DeWitt, NewYork and in the fall of that year entered the Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet program. Stanton later matriculat- ed to the US Naval Academy after having received a commission to attend both West Point and Annapolis. He graduated in the class of 1948 and began a career in the United States Navy. He sela;ed in the Korean Conflict aboard the destroyers USS Hanson (DDR-832) and USS Melvin (DD-680). After the war, Stanton attended submarine school and served on the sub- marines USS Hardhead (SS-365) and USS Lionfish (SS-298). He retired from the Naval Reserves as a full Commander in 1973. Few things gave him more pleasure than watching Navy beat Army in their annual football clash. Stanton earned his doctorate in English from Brown University in 1963 with a specialty in nineteenth-century American literature and taught there as a member of the faculty. He spent the 1968-69 school year teaching in Brazil on the first of two Fulbright Fellowships there and, upon his return, accepted a job as department head at the University of Texas, Arlington in 1970. During his long career as Professor of English at UT Arlington he headed the Harold Frederic Edition, editing and restoring to print a number of Frederic novels. Stanton returned to teach again in Brazil in 1975- 76 and taught at the Naval Academy as a visiting professor 1979-80. After retiring from UT-Arlington, he taught in Portugal on another Fulbrlght Fellowship in 1988 and finished his career as a visiting pro- fessor at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University). A prolific scholar, he published numerous articles and books on Harold Fredrick, Herman Melville, and other nineteenth-century American authors. His books include The Captain's Best Mate (1969), Harold Frederick (1969), and The Two Inter- twined Narratives in Herman Mel~lle's Billy Budd: A Study of an Author's Literary Method (2010). His 1993 book The Civil War World of Herman Melville was a ma- jor study of Meh6Jle's later poetry and of the writer's complex attitudes toward the American Civil War. Among his profes- sional affiliations, he was an active mem- ber of the Melville Society and served a term as its president. Stanton survived the passing of his be- loved wife, Lydia M. Garner, who died on May 6, 2010. He is survived by his former wife, Katherine H. Young of State College, Pennsylvania, by his three sons, Stanton B. Garner, Jr. of Kno~h31e, Tennessee, George Garner of Katy, Texas, and Edward Charles Garner of Austin; by his grand- children, Jared Garner of Tomball, Texas, Travis Garner of Clear Lake, Texas, Helen Garner of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Ben- jamin and James Garner of Austin; and by his great-granddaughter, Ryley Nicole Garner of Tomball, Texas. Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on February 9th of 2012. Plans for a me- morial ceremony are pending. His family extends particular thanks to his devoted caregiver, Karen Green of Prairie Lea, Texas. HASTINGS Patti Logan Hastings Jr., 74, passed away peacefully at this home in Dripping Springs this past Friday, De- cember 2, 2011. Patti was born and raised in Jud- sonia, Arkansas and joined the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked for the Houston Police Department from 1959-1982, rising to the rank of Lieu- tenant. He continued his work in law enforcement as a Hays County Deputy Sheriff from 1982-86, Chief Investigator for the Hays County District Attorney's office 1986-88, and served two terms as Hays County Sheriff from 1988-1996. Patti was one of three children born to the late Paul and Mae Hastings. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Patty Hastings and brother, Dan Louis Hastings. He is survived by his beloved sister, Helen Laverne Nantze and will be forever remembered by his devoted children, sons, Russell David Hastings and wife, Mary, Jeffrey Logan Hastings and wife, Ana, Brian Patti Hastings and wife Jtflieann and daughter, Laura Elizabeth Hastings. He was also blessed with six wonderful grandchildren, Kristin Nicole Hastings, Avery Brooke Hastings, Christo- pher Paul Hastings, Ethan Patrick Hastings, Benjamin Patti Hastings and Logan Ryan Hastings, and countless other relatives and friends whom were blessed to know him. Patti touched the lives of many people with his smile and generosity and main- tained his trademark sense of humor all the way to the end. He will be forever remembered for his passion for music, kindness toward animals, and love of the Texas Hill Country. A memorial service celebrating Paul's life will be held Saturday, December 10th at 10 a.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in Dripping Springs - 301 Hays Country Acres Road, Dripping Springs, TX 78620. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Paul's memory to The 100 Club of CentralTexas, sup- porting the families of first responders killed in the line of duty. Donate online at or mall to The 100 Club of Central Texas, 3200 Steck Avenue, Ste. 240, Austin TX 78757. JOHNSTON Aurora Johnston, 62, funeral home administrator, of Kyle died Wednesday, November 30, 2011. Services 6 p.m. Wednesday, December 7, 2011, Superior Memorial Services. J iI Hays --ree Press Decembe 'l '7, awarded by Kyle-Buda VI:W The Kyle-BudaVFW and its L~dies , rl it, r n , Auxiliary announced its local e~say award winners. | Hays High School senior, Stelbhen Luna, is this year's Voice of Der0ocra- cywinner. Chapa Middle SchoOl 8,th- grader, Tenley Lehman, is this ~ar's Patriot's Pen winner. Both students won a cash award and their ess~tys will be forwarded to the distric~level competition. | Vice f Demcracy is a schDrship ~1 ~~~~~~~llV~! program where the students tu/;n in a recording of their audio essay1 This year's essay prompt was, "Is th#e pride in serving in our military.~" Patriot's Pen is a scholarship ~ro- gram where students turn in a g, ritten essay in response to a prompt.This year's prompt was, 'Are you pro~ud of . . . KAUFMANN Arthur Fred Kaufmann, known ; to his friends and family, was borx Cleveland, Ohio to Marie Gehri Kauf- mann and Arthur Kaufmann. Art died peacefully on No- vember 10, 2011 in Buda, Texas, at the age of 88. He was prede- ceased by his wife Anita, parents Arthur and Marie, stepfather / Otto Yenny, sister Helen and nephew Ross. He is survived by his six chillren; Leslie (Don), Monrovia, CA; Heidi| (Donald), Johnson City, IVY; Buda; Gary (Connie), Glendale, Greg (Nancy), Buda; Buda; grandchildren Dana I Erin, Rachel, Ryan, Crystal Avalon, Bella and Marcus; sister Nancy, sister, Dorothea; special cousins Ed and Anita (Jost), as well as many t nieces and nephews. Art and his wife shared a love. Meeting at 14, he Newton on June 3, 1944. Art was a eternal optimist. He was never at when it came to couragement expressed his feelings for others selfless acts of service. Army during WWII, including the of Okinawa. He was employed at ] as an engineer, process of value-engineering. He sisted in solving man~ of the Apollo Space Program, ing the successful moon landings is honorably mentioned in the Hall of Fame, and received many, awards and honors for his accomplishments. Art's man, included serving as a charter the Willoughby in Ohio, and helping to build the cal church. Moving with Vestal, NYin 1962 to work with he was a member c Methodist Church. Meals onWheels for 20 years. He, accomplished chess player, level bridge player, tennis and table-tennis Anita moved to Central Texas in 2 A memorial service will be 2 p.m., on Dec. 10, 2011 at United Methodist Church, Vestal, Expressions of sympathy may be : in Arthur's name tc Kyb i O0 Hall Professigna[ / 26s-503 wWwKybVetc LOW COST V CCIN CL DECEMBER 10, 2-4 p.M. WALK-IN l WENDT Jack Leslie Wendt, 56, of Kyle p~ away at his home on Monday, 28, 2011. A memorial service celebrating Jack's life will be held on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the Gabriels Funeral Chapel, 393 North IH 35, Georgetown. Jack was born February 10, 1955 in Pecos, Texas to the late Jack and Ima Lee Guest Wendt. Jack High School in 1973. During high Jack worked alongside his father c water wells near Pecos, as the Civil Air Patrol. In 1975 fled Jeanne and they were marrie~ years. After high Tarleton State College, graduated his bachelor's degree in 1977 and work in Stephenville care provider. That began a long c serving others that Jack was about. In the later 1980s, work for Travis County bation Officer. In 1995, cilities Investigator for the Texas [ ment of Family Adult Protective Services Pro Jack was a sci-fi enthusiast sci-fi co] and writers of his favorite shows, i a talented artist, els of sci-fi aircraft and, over the getting patents on his designs. enjoyed collecting guns, making knives and collecting coins. Jack is survived by his sister, Stark and her husband Chuck of l Texas, along ing friends and other In lieu of flowers, in Jack's memory should be the words of comfort may be sent to family online at www. com. 2011