Obituary for Ofelia Gomez

Ofelia Gomez

On July 6, 2019 A greatly loved daughter-mother-wife-pops-aunt-daughter in law-neice-cousin-Big Bramma Ofelia Gomez born 1/10/74 age 45 of Amarillo Texas passed away in her home surrounded by family from a very rare end stage 4 Signet Ring Cell Adenocarcinoma Stomach Cancer.

Ofelia(Babe) came from a huge family. She loved all her grand kids very much. She helped a lot of people when sometimes couldn’t even help herself. She was a very strong woman. She always liked jobs that challenged her strength. She also liked working on cars especially if it meant she was helping someone out.

She leaves behind Mother Virginia Gomez; Father Juan Gomez; Brother Johnny Gomez of Amarillo.  Mother Maximina Gomez; Brothers Enrique Gomez; Mario Gomez; Chon Gomez; Sisters Silvia Gomez; Rosa Gomez of New Mexico. Her 3 sons Sonny Gomez; Frankie Malacara; Pete Aguilar. Her 3 daughters Briana Dillard; Destiny Gomez; Athina Gomez and wife MaryJane Aguilar.

She will be greatly missed and never forgotten. Thank you to everyone who helped out our family and continue to help us during this very difficult time.

The Memorial will be held at her Church:
Metropolitan Community Church
2123 S. POLK ST.
Amarillo, Texas. 79109
July 20, 2019
At 4:00 P.M.

Obituary for Wanda Faye Brueckmann

Wanda Faye Brueckmann

Wanda Faye Brueckmann 77, of Russellville AR passed away Sunday, July 14, 2019.

Memorial Services will be held at Lake Tangelwood Community Church with Dr. Roger Hubbard Officiating.

Wanda was born March 31, 1942 to Doyle Levan and Nancy Elizabeth Butts. She has been referred to as an “Angel on Earth”. She loved yard selling and thrift store shopping. Her famous words: “Are you firm on that price?” and “I got a really good deal”. She will be dearly missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 3 sister, Regina, Wilma and Sharon; 2 brothers, Doyle Wayne, and Clyde; her husband Don Geier.

Survivors include her children James Allen and Valerie Ratheal; two brothers Rickey and Donald; five grandchildren, Sarah, Dustin, Amber, Amanda and Misty; five great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, one in particular Paul Jordan.

Obituary for Bessie Louise-Jones-Estes

Bessie Louise-Jones-Estes

Bessie Louise-Jones-Estes, born July 9, 1937 went home on July 10, 2019. Louise was blessed with 5 children, Darla, Kathy, Johnny Wayne, Debbie and Jeff.

Left behind to cherish her memory are Darla Whitney, Kathy Hayden and Jeff Estes.

The center of Louise’s life were her children. She also enjoyed gardening, fishing, shopping and was and excellent cook.

Louise lived a modest life and was loved by all. She will be dearly missed.

Obituary for Harold L. “Lee” Herber

Harold L. “Lee” Herber

Harold L. “Lee” Herber, 85, of Panhandle passed away July 7, 2019 at the Veterans hospital in Amarillo. Lee, the son of George and Martha Herber, was born May 5, 1934 at his home, outside of Lipscomb.

He graduated from Darrouzett High School in 1952. After high school Lee worked for his father-in-law James Laurie, farming and ranching. He later moved to Elkhart Kansas where he was the owner and operator of Elkhart Plumbing Company before moving to Panhandle Texas where he retired.

Lee leaves behind two daughters, Cindy Jenkins and husband Ted of Bastrop Tx and, Laurie Leavitt and husband Mike of Amarillo, Three grandchildren Tori Lofgren and husband Don of Amarillo, Ginger Slover of Austin Tx, and Haley Benedetti of Amarillo. 5 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Two brothers Harry Herber and wife Nadine of Amarillo and Gary Herber of Pampa.

He was proceeded in death by his mother, father and sisters Ruth, Josie, Rubye, and brother Ed.

Those wishing to honor his life can make donations in his name to the ASPCA at or the organization of their choice.

Obituary for Oscar Garcia Murillo

Oscar Garcia Murillo

Oscar Garcia Murillo age 66 passed away Saturday, June 30 th 2019 at his home in Amarillo. He was born June 29 th 1953, in the small town of Floydada.

He later moved down to Amarillo where he worked for Heritage Nursing home for many years taking care of the elderly. He loved working for the nursing home and hosting/ playing bingo and many other activities.

Oscar was a big family man and all he ever talked about was his family and how much all his family meant to him. He always put everyone before himself and never hesitated when anyone called and asked for help. Oscar was a very chatty outgoing person, who loved to crack a joke here and there but he always made it easy for you to talk to him. He made such an impact on every single person he met along this life journey.

One thing we admire of Oscar was his love for the Lord, He was always praying over everyone and in ever situation that came his way he always said God’s Got It All Taken Care Of, Oscar loved going to church and listing to the word and worshiping to Jesus.

Oscar had 1 Daughter (Survivor) Nadia Suzette Marie (Murillo) Wineberg, Husband Michael Wineberg along with her children (Saviors’s) Carissa, Izabella, Wyatt and Lawson, who were as he always called it “His Pride and Joy”. Along with 9 siblings (7 Survivors) 4 Sisters and husbands Esperanza-Alcozer / Bobby, Lupe-Sernza/ Juan, Benny-Berez/ Joe, Rose-Mary/ Samuel and 3 Brothers and wife’s, Juan Louis Murillo, Ralfuel-Murillo/ Lana, Martin-Murillo/ Gracie (2 deceased) Johnny Ramond and Julia Rodgriez. Other (Surviving) families Rodriguez, Gomez, Serna, Lujan, Segura, Lopez, Murillo.

Celebration of Life service will be held Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Location: St. Lawrence Catholic Church – 2300 N. Spring, Amarillo TX 79107

Private family viewing will be held Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Location: Lighthouse Funeral Services – 4207 SW 21st Ave, Amarillo, TX

Obituary for Deanie “Erlene” Wheeler

Deanie "Erlene" Wheeler

Deanie “Erlene” Wheeler

Erlene was born November 13, 1959 in Dumas Texas to Delbert & Dean Wheeler and passed away June 25th, 2019 in Amarillo, TX.

She graduated high school in 1978 in Stratford Texas and then enlisted into the Army in 1979. She was honorably discharged in 1980.

She worked for the City of Amarillo as an Animal control officer and retired after 22 years.

Erlene loved all animals and rescued many dogs and cats over the years. She especially her beloved pit bull Rain, who we are sure greeted her in heaven. Her gorgeous blue eyes and strong willed personality was known by all. She loved God very much, as well as loved to listen to contemporary Christian music and country music.

Erlene was a loving mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, niece and friend to many.

She was preceded in death by her father Delbert Wheeler; sister in law Debbie Wheeler; brother in law Patrick Danler; and Half-brother Del Wheeler.

She is survived by her mother Dean Wheeler; son Jeremy Wheeler; grandchildren: Dalani Green, Preston Wheeler, & Daeton Wheeler; Brothers Terry Wheeler, Greg Wheeler and his wife Cindy, sisters, Sandra
Danler & Brenda Anthony, and many nieces, great-nieces, nephews, great nephews and friends.

A visitation will be held Thursday, June 27th, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
Location: Lighthouse Funeral Service – 4207 SW 21st Ave, Amarillo, TX

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Friday, June 28th, 2019 at 2:00 P.M.
Location: San Jacinto Assembly of God – 400 N. Georgia St, Amarillo, TX

Obituary for Shawn Alan Villegas

Shawn Alan Villegas

Shawn Alan Villegas of Amarillo passed away early Monday morning June 16, 2019. He was only 28.

He was born August 16, 1990 to Tracey (Holmes) Thompson and Roy Villegas Sr. and is the oldest of 3 boys.

Shawn was very outgoing and loved to do anything that had to do with the outside. He loved Mother Nature. Shawn touched many people’s lives always leaving a lasting impression in his journey of life. Although short lived Shawn’s passion in life had become to help the less fortunate and those in need. He will be greatly and sadly missed.

I wanna say a very a very special thank you to Roman Garcia for being that one true loyal best friend/ brother that Shawn needed. He loved you very much.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather in 2017.

He is survived by his 3 kids; his mother, Tracey (Holmes) Thompson of VA; his father Roy Villegas Sr. of Amarillo; his 4 brothers, Justin and Erick of VA, Roy Villegas Jr of Amarillo and Roy Borrego; 2 sisters, Laci and Brandy Villegas of Michigan; his grandmothers Edwina Wilson of VA, and Virginia Villegas of
Amarillo and numerous family and friends are left to mourn as well.

Home going services will be held on Monday July 1 st at 1:00 p.m. at Power Church in Amarillo. All are welcomed to Attend as Shawn has touched many lives in his journey to final destination. You will always be in our hearts forever. Until we meet again. Fly High Baby Boy!

Obituary for Leland James Griess

Leland James Griess

Leland James Griess, age 74, died unexpectedly on Wednesday , June 19, 2019 in Amarillo, Tx.

Lee was born in Hastings, Ne. on January 20, 1945. He was the oldest of 4 children.

Lee moved to the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado with his family as a young boy and often talked of the great memories with his siblings and family during those years in Buena Vista and then Colorado Springs, Co. Lee and Lani were married on September 11, 1976 in Amarillo, Tx. They moved back to the mountains and lived and loved there for 42 years.

Lee loved the Pikes Peak – Ute Pass region and worked and played in the dirt with Ute Pass Sand and Gravel in Woodland Park, Co. from 1989 until he retired in 2018. Lee spent his life working hard and sacrificing all to take care of his family in the best way he knew.

Lee was preceded in death by both his parents, his sister Verlene, and his daughter Shelly.

Lee is survived by 2 brothers Dwight and Dwayne of Co., Lani Griess his wife and friend of 43 years, 8 children, Cammi Cook, Rickey Clark, and Timothy Cook of Co. , Annette Viter, Glen Griess, and Tannette Griess of Ne. , Jeremy of Az. and Jennifer of Mi. Lee had many grand children and great-grandchildren many of whom called him Dad also. He will be missed.

There will be a celebration of Lee’s life held on June 29th, 2019 11:00 A.M. at Chaparral Hills Baptist Church, 4000 Cherry Ave. Amarillo, TX.
A loving celebration and good by for Lee in the beloved mountains of his home will follow at a later date to be announced.

Our family sends heartfelt gratitude for the prayers and outward expressions of sympathy through this tough time. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The American Diabetes Association in honor of Lali , a cause very dear to his heart.>WaystoGive or 1-800-342-2383 or
American Diabetes Association P.O. box 15829 Arlington, Va 22215

Obituary for Austin Lewis Willoughby

Austin Lewis Willoughby

Austin Lewis Willoughby passed on June 18, 2019 in Amarillo Texas.
Austin was born on June 26, 1945 in Brinkman Oklahoma to Jessie and Julia Willoughby and grew up in Vinson Oklahoma.

After moving to Amarillo Texas, he married Patsy on November 27, 1964 and always celebrated their anniversary the Friday after Thanksgiving.

He worked at Southwestern Drug for 15 years and following that worked at Owens Corning for 33 years until his retirement.

Austin Welcomes everyone into his home and enjoyed hosting parties for his children’s friends.

He is survived by his wife, Pasty Willoughby; daughter, Kristi Carranza and husband Danny Proctor; son Rusty Willoughby and wife Trina; 9 grandchildren, Cameron Carranza, Erin Perry and husband Brandon, Kayla Carranza, Lance Dugger, Shawn Willoughby and wife Kourtney, Torie Kelly and husband Michael, Rorie Paulk, Taylor Proctor and Marissa Proctor; 7 great grandchildren as well as host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Thursday, June 20th 2019 6:00-8:00 PM
Location: Lighthouse Funeral Service
4207 SW 21st Ave, Amarillo, TX 79106

Funeral Service will be held Friday, June 21st 2019 2:00 PM
Location: First Baptist Church Chapel
1208 S. Tyler St., Amarillo, TX 79101
Graveside Following at Memorial Park Cemetery

Obituary for Howard (Glenn) Drye

Howard Glenn Drye

Howard (Glenn) Drye died Sunday June 9 th at 62 years old. He was born in Friona, Texas on November 23, 1956.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Drye; his grandparents on his mother’s side, Mr. and Mrs. Price; his mom and dad Mrs. and Mr. Jack Drye of Hereford, Texas; lots of uncles and aunts from both sides.

He went school at Hereford, Texas. Then he joined the Navy as a firefighter, returned to Hereford where he worked at Holly Sugar. Then he moved to Amarillo and worked for Affiliated Food and then Tender Crust Bakery for 13 years. Then he worked different jobs over the road driving before returning to work for Gemini a sub division of Loves Country stores until he got sick.

He married Brenda Joyce Ford in Amarillo, Texas on September 14, 1983. He had two step daughters Rebecca Webb Burnam of Amarillo, Texas and Jennifer Leigh Webb Kirk of Little Elm, Texas and eight grandchildren.

He loved riding his Harley and cookouts, working in his yard and loved his wife a lot and his church where he will be laid to rest at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in the Columbarium.

Come by 1421 Nez Perce Trail (Home) between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, June 23rd, 2019 to celebrate his life.