Obituaries 2006

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 Rodrigo “Rod” Moreno Cataño
Rodrigo “Rod” Moreno Cataño, lifetime resident of Odessa, passed away Monday, January 2, 2006. He was born Sunday, February 23, 1969 in Odessa to Daniel and Lupe (Moreno) Cataño.

Rod had been employed by Saul-Con Construction for the past seven years. He enjoyed horses, horse racing and fighting roosters. He also enjoyed football, but, when a wrestling match was on, you’d better step out of his way! But, there was a softer side of Rod and that was kids. He loved kids, especially his nieces and nephews and would call them on the phone daily.

Those left to cherish his love and memories are his parents, two brothers, Rudy and wife, Mayra Cataño and Ricky and wife, Victoria Cataño, two sisters, Hilda and husband, Camilio Garcia and Vicky and husband, Jaime Castelan all of Odessa. He is also survived by numerous aunts and uncles.

Visitation will begin at 5 pm Friday, January 6, 2006 at 5424 W. 40th. Rosary will be led by Tony Gonzales at 7 pm, Sunday, January 8, 2006 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University.  Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 2 pm, Monday, January 9, 2006 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church celebrated by Father Laurent Mvondo. Interment will follow at Ector County Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Cruz Rayos, Martin Reyes, Nick Cataño, Jr, Rene Cataño, Wenese Cardona and Tony Luna. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa.

Donald Ray Poor
Donald Ray Poor, age 71, of Odessa, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, January 15, 2005, at Medical Center Hospital. He was born Saturday, February 17, 1934 in Eustis, Frontier County, Nebraska, one of five children raised by Frank and Florence Fern (Dehart) Poor Caldwell.

A member of the Odessa Christian Faith Center, Donald was a veteran of the United States Marines.  He married the love of his life, Annis Small on June 16, 1954 in Lovington, New Mexico.

After he retired as a mechanic, Donald took up arts and crafts and enjoyed building tiny houses out of matches and popsicle sticks. He enjoyed a good game of cards, fishing, feeding birds off his porch and the company of his two dogs, Chica and Buster Timóne.

Those left to cherish his love and memories are his wife, Annis Poor, one Daughter, Connie Malone and husband, Ismael Espinoza of Odessa, one sister, Phyllis Armstrong of Andrews, and his three grandchildren, who Donald always enjoyed joking and cutting up with, David Moore, Jr, Chrystal Moore and Harley Malone all of Odessa. He is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and many friends.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Lee and Harold Poor and one sister, Helen Casky.

Funeral Services are scheduled for 2 pm, Friday, January 20, 2006 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W University, with Brother Derek Killam officiating. Interment will follow at Ector County Cemetery.



Abel C. Gonzalez

Abel C. Gonzalez, lifetime resident, of Odessa, departed this life Monday, January 23, 2006, at Regency Hospital. He was born Tuesday, January 03, 1956 in Odessa to the late Genaro and Betty (Campos) Gonzalez. He was 50.

At age 15, Abel began working at the Ector Theater where he remained as projectionist until its closing. He operated the projectors for the last movie shown and was the projectionist for the first movie shown at its reopening. He also liked to garden and raise baby chickens. He was a member of Crescent Park Baptist Church. 

Those left to cherish his love and memories are his sister, Lolly Meeks, two nieces, Elizabeth Beaty and Vanessa Johnson, four great nephews, Curtis Beaty, Evan Beaty, Noah Johnson and Jonah Johnson, two great nieces, Victoria Beaty and Abigail Beaty all of Odessa.

Pallbearers are Charles Johnson, Brannon Beaty, Jason Weaver, Roy Gonzales, Richard Gonzales and Joe Solis.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the Ector Theater, 500 N Texas, Odessa or to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 PM, Thursday, January 26, 2006 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W University.  Interment will follow at Rosehill Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Charles Ralph "Butch" Cobb
Charles Ralph "Butch" Cobb, age 53 of Odessa, passed away January 25, 2006. He was born February 3, 1952 in Odessa.

Memorial services were held at 12 noon, Friday, January 27, 2006.

He is survived by his wife, Deborah of Odessa, one son Raymond Cobb of Huntsville, four daughters Tia Ryan, July Ryan and Cristi Stevenson all of Odessa and Candice Cobb of Houston, one brother, Ben Maples of Odessa and three sisters, Lavana Hodges of Odessa, Pat Henderson of Midland and Elaine Tanlock of Odessa.

Gary Dean “Bear” Peltz
Gary Dean “Bear” Peltz, age 58, of Odessa, passed away Sunday, January 29, 2006 at Medical Center Hospital. He entered this life September 10, 1947 in Cedar Rapids, South Dakota.  He was born September 10, 1947 in Cedar Rapids, SD to the late, Bob and Anita (Nickels) Peltz.

An avid builder and flyer of model airplanes, Bear married Shannon Allen in 1997. He was an oilfield salesman and enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and gardening.

Those left behind to cherish his love and memories are wife, Shannon Peltz of Odessa, two sons, Mike Purkens and Shane Ferguson and wife, Lori of Odessa, three daughters, Tina and husband, Geoff Goode of Midland, Melissa Peltz of Midland and Tiffney Allen of Iowa City, Iowa, two sisters, Penny Wift of Gillette, Wyoming and Susan Kenny of New Castle, Wyoming, one brother-in-law, Elroy Allen of Odessa, and nine grandchildren, Dylan, Bailey, Madison, Tristen, Tyler, Coltyn, Stetsyn, Leia and Lexi and his best friend and trusty dog -“Butch”.

Funeral services in his honor will be 3 pm, Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University with Brother Roy Jones officiating.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

The family wishes to thank their many friends for their love and support.

Santiago “Baby J” Banuelos, IV
Santiago “Baby J” Banuelos, IV, age 4 months, followed the Angels to Heaven on Wednesday, February 01, 2006. He came into this world on Friday, September 23, 2005 in Odessa to his loving parents, Santiago and Maria (Quinonez) Banuelos, III.

In the short time he was with us, he brought so much joy to the lives of his family.  He was such a happy baby, smiling and playing from the moment he awoke in the morning until he was laid down to sleep at night.  Whenever his sister was in a bad mood or unhappy, he would make her smile and his presence would make her feel better.  He loved to hear his mother sing to him the “ABC’s” - he would talk and laugh.  When his dad came close by, he would open his mouth – knowing he was about to get a kiss.   Although he was very young, already he was showing his sense of fun and humor.  He was beginning to focus his eyes better, grabbing on to things, and he had discovered his feet.  His special happy spirit will make even Heaven a brighter place.

Those left behind with his precious memory are his parents, one sister, Genavi Faith Banuelos, his Maternal Grandparents, Nester and Simona Quinonez, Paternal Grandparents, Santiago and Elizabeth Banuelos, II all of Odessa, his Maternal Great Grandparents, Teresa Chavez and Matias Menchaca of Durango, Mexico and his Paternal Great Grandparents, Santiago and Juanita Banuelos, Sr and Jesus and Gloria Orona all of Odessa. He also leaves behind numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Rosary is scheduled for 7 pm, Monday, February 06, 2006 at Acres West Funeral Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 2 pm, Tuesday, February 07, 2006 at St Joseph Catholic Church with Father Joe Uecker as celebrant. Interment will follow at Rosehill Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Mario Vazquez

Mario Vazquez, age 53, of Odessa, a farmer, died Wednesday, February 15, 2006, at Medical Center Hospital.

He is survived by his wife: Augustina Suarez;  Daughters, Mirna Vazquez of Odessa and Melissa Vazquez of Zacatecas, Mexico; Sons, Mario Vazquez, Jr. of Odessa and Diego Vazquez of Zacatecas, Mexico; Sisters, Noemy Bello, Elizabeth Uribe and Olga Sanchez all of OdessaBrothers, Hector Martinez and Jorge Martinez both of Odessa, Felix Martinez and Eliazar Martinez both of Zacatecas, Mexico

Prayer service is scheduled for 7:00 pm, Monday, February 20, 2006, at Acres West Funeral Chapel. Funeral service is scheduled for 2:00 pm, Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at Acres West Funeral Chapel with Emilio Hernandez officiating. Interment will follow at Rosehill Cemetery.

Brandon William Blank
Brandon William Blank, age 12, a Murry Fly Elementary student departed this world Friday, February 17, 2006 at University Medical Center Children’s Hospital in Lubbock. He was born Wednesday, September 1, 1993 in Odessa to William J. and Janice D. (Canterbery) Blank.

Brandon was happy and always busy with his friends, video games, music and bike riding. Brandon died from injuries resulting from an accident on April and Seward Street on February 8, 2006.

Those left to cherish his love and memories are his parents, three brothers, Kenny Ray Allen, Jeremy Daniel Felkins, Joshua David Felkins and one sister, Brandy Diane Blank. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends from Murry Fly Elementary School and his neighborhood.

Brandon was preceded in death by his grandmother Helen Womack.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 pm, Thursday, February 23, 2006 at Acres West Funeral Chapel with Reverend James Qualls officiating. Interment will follow at Rosehill Cemetery.

God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be, so He put His arms around you and whispered, “Come to Me.” With tearful eyes we watched you suffer and saw you fade away, and though we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, your little hands at rest, and although our hearts are broken, we know God only takes the best. We Love You.

The family is thankful to Murry Fly Elementary teachers and students and the community neighborhood for their support in this time of need.

Contributions to help with expenses may be made in the Brandon Blank Benefit Fund at any American State Bank or may be dropped off at the office of Murry Fly Elementary School.

Love your children for who they are, even though you don’t like what they may do. For one day they may disappear from you, like a falling star, and missing them is too much pain to go through. We love you and miss you very much, but we also know that now you are with our Lord, Jesus and God.

Hilda Ortiz De Martinez
Hilda Ortiz De Martinez, age 18, of Odessa, died Sunday, February 19, 2006, at her residence. She was born Tuesday, October 27, 1987 to Roberto and Blanca (Sanchez) Ortiz.

She is survived by her husband Higinio Martinez; two Daughters: Maria Del Carmen Martinez and Carla Martinez both of Odessa; one sister: Esmeralda Ortiz Sanchez of Ojinaga, Mexico; three brothers: Jesus Ortiz, Roberto Ortiz Sanchez and Jesus Armando Valenzuela all of Ojinaga, Mexico.

Funeral service will be at Funeraria De Valle at 3:00 PM Saturday, February 25, 2006 . Interment will follow at Jardines De San Jose in Ojinaga, Mexico. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Hector Ramirez
Hector Ramirez, age 39, of Odessa, died Tuesday, February 21, 2006, at Medical Center Hospital. He was born Monday, October 10, 1966 in Ojinaga, Mexico to Daniel and the late Viviana (Bermudez) Ramirez. He was employed by Fence Supply and Construction of Odessa.

He leaves behind his wife Irma Baeza, three sons, Martin Machuca, Hector Eli Ramirez and Nikkow Ramirez all of California, one brother, Ricardo Ramirez, three sisters Maria Angela Ramirez, Irene Ramirez and Criselda Espinoza, his father, Daniel and his grandmother Guadalupe Ramirez all of Odessa.

Hector was preceded in death by his mother, Viviana Ramirez and his grandfathers Antonio Ramirez and Florentino Bermudez.

Rosary is scheduled for 7 pm, Friday, February 24, 2006 at Acres West Funeral Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 10 am, Saturday, February 25, 2006 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church with Father Laurent Mvondo as celebrant. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa.


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