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Cynthia Linam

Jan 12, 1935 - Nov 25, 2023

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New Braunfels, TX

Cynthia Lord Linam passed away on November 25, 2023 at the age of 88.Cindy is survived by her children Stephanie, John, Melanie, Michael, David and Stephen, her sister Julia, fourteen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and countless friends and people whose lives she touched. Her husband Talmadge preceded her.At various times in her life Cindy was known as a daughter, a sister, a quiet and studious girl, a musician, a wife, a loving and no-nonsense mother, a faith...Read More

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John M. Karakula Jr.

Oct 23, 1937 - Feb 20, 2024

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New Braunfels, TX

John M. Karakula Jr., born October 23, 1937, in Hadley, Massachusetts, passed away February 20, 2024, in New Braunfels, Texas at the age of 86. John is a Vietnam veteran who served in the United States Air Force and retired a Master Sergeant.? He enjoyed building model kits - airplanes mostly - and his real passion was model trains.? He enjoyed the hobby enough that he opened his own business “Leisure Time Hobby Shop” in San Antonio, which he ran for close to 10 years in the 80s. After meeting in Hawaii where he was stationed and she was on TDY, he married Peggy (Gould) Karakula, on June 10, 1967, and spent their 56 years together living in San Antonio and then New Braunfels.? He is survived by his wife, Peggy Karakula of New Braunfels, son David and his wife Eva of Athens, Alabama, daughter Dawn of New Braunfels, two granddaughters Makenzie and Emmalee, brother Richard and sister Patricia of Northampton, Massachusetts.? He was preceded in death by his parents, John M. Karakula Sr., and Victoria (Veiner) Karakula of Hadley, Massachusetts. A graveside will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, March 14, 2024, at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.? In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you donate to your local animal shelter for John loved his animals and couldn’t pass on giving a stray dog or cat a home.

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Marilyn J Holcomb

Jul 23, 1933 - Feb 20, 2024

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New Braunfels, TX

Marilyn J Holcomb passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 in New Braunfels, Texas at the age of 90. Born on July 23, 1933 in Gering, Nebraska, she was the daughter of the late John Heinrich and Mary Badel Heinrich. Marilyn married her husband Robert “Bob” Holcomb on September 27, 1953. During their marriage they lived in North Platte, NE, Casper, WY, & Victoria, TX. Marilyn enjoyed reading, knitting and sewing. She was a talented seamstress who enjoyed sewing for family & friends. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and sister as well as for her strength, independence, and generosity. Marilyn is survived by her daughters Tanya Kendall (Bob) of Denver, CO, and Kristy Schledewitz (Steve) of New Braunfels, TX, granddaughters Amy Castillo ( Ruben), Nicole Jerngian (Michael) , and Ramie Kendall. Marilyn was also great-grandmother to Holden, Brooks, Jeslyn, Corbin, and Colton. She is also survived by her sister Sharon Davis of Great Falls, MT. In addition to her parents, Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Holcomb, and brother, Arden Heinrich. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery where she will be laid to rest with her late husband. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Marilyn’s name to Hope Hospice in New Braunfels

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Ymelda D. Benavides

Jan 06, 1949 - Feb 18, 2024

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New Braunfels, TX

Ymelda D. Benavides Obituary Ymelda D. Benavides, “Melly”, was born to Martin and Rebecca C. Delgado on January 6, 1949 in New Braunfels, Texas. She attended Lone Star Elementary and New Braunfels High School. In 1967 she met the love of her life, her “muñeco”, Robert G. Benavides and married him in 1968. During their 56 years of marriage, she devoted her life to her home and raising her children. She enjoyed cooking and having friends over for coffee and fellowship. She also enjoyed traveling with her family, extended family, and friends. Most of all, she devoted her life to her Christian faith. God blessed Ymelda with an angelic voice and sang at various places of worship. It was of no surprise that her sons shared her musical talent. They started a Christian music band, La Familia Benavides. A true servant of God, Ymelda was an example of a women driven by her purpose and faith. She always made friends with anyone she met and never hesitated to pray for family, friends, and even strangers. She truly showed others what it was like to love like Jesus. Ymelda could light up a room with her witty and humorous nature always making people laugh. And boy did she love food! She was ready to go anywhere and anytime food was involved. There was never a dull moment when you were around her. Her smile and laughter lit up the room. Ymelda’s faith remained unshakeable even in her final moments. She worshipped Jesus to the very end. She will always be remembered for her full devotion to Jesus Christ. The family thanks all the medical staff and Walmart pharmaceutical team who cared for Ymelda. Ymelda is survived by her beloved husband Robert G. Benavides and sons Roland D. Benavides (Anna Marie) and Robert D. Benavides (Christine) and step-daughters Norma Benavides and Patricia G. Benavides (Raad Alawan), daughter-in-law Donna Benavides, and sisters Raquel Castilleja, Rosa Martinez (Manuel), Becky Billiot, Marisol Quintero (Tito), and brother Juan Delgado (Brenda). She is also survived by nine grandchildren - Audrey Imperial (Joseph), Jeremy Benavides (Kenzie), Joshua Benavides (Allyson), Aaron Benavides (Whitney), Joseph Benavides (Lacey), Robby LeAnn Benavides, Faith Pistole (Chance), Nicholas Martinez, Noah Benavides, and numerous great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces. She is preceded in death by her parents Martin and Rebecca Delgado, son Rudolph D. Benavides, great-grandson Emiliano Pistole, six brothers and two sisters. A viewing will be held at Zoeller Funeral Home, 615 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas on March 1, 2024 from 3:00-7:00 pm followed by an interment on March 15, 2024 at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd., San Antonio, Texas. Time to be determined.

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Richard Lynn Scheer

Jun 02, 1945 - Feb 18, 2024

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New Braunfels, TX

Richard Lynn Scheer, 78, of New Braunfels, Texas bravely left this world on Sunday, February 18, 2024. Richard was born to Halley Scheer and Martha Scheer (formerly Wolfe) on June 2, 1945, in Houston, Texas. Known as Pinky to his friends and family, Richard grew up in Houston as an avid Houston Buffaloes, Colt .45s and later Houston Astros fan. Richard graduated from Charles H. Milby High School in 1963 where he participated in Junior ROTC and excelled in leadership. Richard continued his education at the University of Houston, earning a bachelor’s degree in history and a commission in the United States Army in 1968. Richard served his country from 1968 to 1975, spending time in Vietnam in 1970-1971. During his last years of service, Richard was stationed in Fort Hood, Texas where he met and married Elfriede Tresbach. Upon his honorable discharge, Richard attended the Baylor School of Law earning his Juris Doctorate in 1978. His law career began with a clerkship in Tyler, Texas and later practicing law in Fort Worth. In 1984, Richard relocated to Beaumont, Texas and began working for Strong, Pipkin, Nelson & Bissell. Richard became a partner in Strong, Pipkin, Bissell and Ledyard in 1988 where he remained until retirement in 1998. While Richard had great professional success, he was most proud of the life he built with Elfriede and their children. As an avid reader, Richard read several books at one time. He traveled all over the US enjoying both national parks and historical sites with his family. At home, Richard enjoyed classic movies, Laurel & Hardy, and the music of bygone eras. Richard became a widower in 2002, but life’s beautiful journey opened his heart to Dr. Mary Kelley in 2006. Richard and Mary were introduced by a mutual friend and began a sweet courtship which led to marriage in May 2009. Richard and Mary continued to travel, including trips to Europe, River Cruises and taking their Corvette along Route 66. Richard and Mary settled in New Braunfels, Texas and enjoyed their time together with their family and pets. Richard is survived by his wife, Dr. Mary Scheer; son Christopher Scheer (wife Marisol); daughter Kathryne West (husband Russell); stepchildren Michael Valentine, Barbara Baldwin, Rick Valentine, Sara Kelley, and Christopher Kelley; grandchildren Kimberly Valentine, Elise Bogucki (husband Nicholas), Angelica Scheer, Richard A. Scheer, and Shor Kelley; and great granddaughters Mina Bogucki and Clara Bogucki. Richard was preceded in death by his mother, Martha Scheer; father, Halley Scheer; wife, Elfriede Scheer; infant daughter, Michelle Scheer; sister, Celia Scheer; and brother, David Scheer. A service for Richard will be held at Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home on Saturday, March 2, 2024. Visitation will begin at 9am with the service beginning at 10am. A graveside service with full military honors will occur after the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the New Braunfels, Texas Humane Society or the Dr. Mary L. Scheer and Richard L. Scheer Scholarship in History and Culture at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. The family would like to thank the nurses, doctors and staff of Houston Methodist Hospital and Hospice nurse Claudia for their dedication and care during our Opa’s brave battle.

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Roy Gene Rogers

May 22, 1948 - Feb 18, 2024

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New Braunfels, TX

Roy Gene Rogers, beloved husband, father, brother and grandfather passed away peacefully at home on February 18, 2024, age 75, in New Braunfels, Texas. His bright smile, infectious laugh, and deep Texas drawl will be missed by many. Roy was born in Snyder, Texas, on May 22, 1948 to Frances Foree and Willie W. Rogers. Growing up in Snyder, Roy was passionate about baseball, and made lifelong friends through his baseball teammates and extracurricular activities. After graduating from Snyder High School, Roy attended Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State), and graduated in 1970 with a Geography degree and a minor in math. He was a member and officer of Lambda Chi fraternity. While at the University, he was involved in academic and social activities, and was honored as a Gaillardian. Throughout the years following graduation he celebrated several reunions with his fraternity brothers. College is where Roy met his sweetheart, Suzanne Hovey, and they married on August 23,1969. They welcomed their daughter, Danna, in 1970 and their son, Ryan, in 1976. Upon graduating from college Roy began his career at Southwestern Bell (AT&T) working through the executive leadership program. He led multiple teams and supervised many employees. Roy successfully navigated the management program, and retired as the Executive Director of Labor Relations for AT&T. Roy was part of several business leadership organizations. As his career grew, he moved all over Texas and lived for a time in St. Louis, Missouri. He finally retired in New Braunfels, Texas. Roy was an active member of the New Braunfels community and was involved in Downtown Rotary where he served in many areas including president. For most of his years in New Braunfels, Roy was involved in the Wurstfest Association, and numerous organizations supporting New Braunfels businesses and schools. Roy loved to celebrate life with Suzanne and their friends, including traveling, enjoying special occasions, casual gatherings, playing golf, Casinos visits, a game of pool, bird hunting, Nine Pin bowling, and those famous trivia nights; he always looked forward to time with his poker groups. Roy was passionate about golf; playing in beautiful destinations with his son, grandsons, family and friends. One of his biggest highlights was having the opportunity to play St. Andrews twice. Roy was a huge part of his children’s lives as they grew up in Abilene and in New Braunfels. He coached Danna and Ryan’s athletic events, attended school plays, fundraisers, carnivals, horse events, and out of town soccer tournaments. Whenever Danna and Ryan needed him, Roy was there giving his full support. His four grandsons, Luke, Cole, Vaughn, and Burke, were the light of his life and filled him with pride and immense joy. Roy enjoyed their church & school activities, sporting events, visiting Auburn and Texas A&M, and most of all, spending family vacations together — everywhere from the beach to the mountains. He is preceded in death by his parents Frances and Willie Rogers, his sister, Dixie Rogers, and nephew, Larry Rogers. Roy is survived by his wife, Suzanne Rogers, his daughter, Danna Rogers Dunn, his son, Ryan Rogers; grandsons Luke Dunn, Cole Dunn, Vaughn Rogers, and Burke Rogers. Roy is also survived by his brother Willie Don Rogers, wife Shirley, nephews Tavis Rogers and Tally Rogers, niece Tammy Rogers, and nephew Cory Rogers. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hope Hospice of New Braunfels, and the New Braunfels Public Library in memory of Roy’s love for reading. Please sign the guestbook at www.doeppenschmidtfuneralhome.com

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Jean E. Clemmons

Oct 31, 1929 - Feb 08, 2024

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New Braunfels, TX

Jean E. Clemmons, a retired nurse and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away February 8, 2024. Jean was born in Rome, Georgia on October 31, 1929 to Henry Speer Ezzard and Kati Mae Barrer. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Emory University School of Nursing in Atlanta, Georgia. At Emory, she met her future husband, Ben Clemmons. In 1950, Ben and Jean married and settled down in Citra, Florida, Ben’s hometown. Jean worked as an emergency room nurse at Munroe Memorial Hospital in Ocala. In 1962, the family moved to El Paso, Texas, when Ben joined the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Jean continued to work as a nurse, joining the public school system as a school nurse before retiring in 1988. She and Ben loved to travel across the United States by car, visiting friends and relatives, and Jean also loved playing bridge with her friends. She was also actively involved in their church, St. Luke United Methodist Church, in El Paso, and served as camp nurse for several summers at Sacramento Methodist Assembly. Ben and Jean were married for 59 years, until his death in 2010. Jean resided in El Paso until 2019, when she moved to New Braunfels, Texas. Jean is survived by her son, Harmon B. “Chip” Jr. of Dexter, NM, her daughter, Debbie Romero of Bellevue, WA, grandchildren Jenny and Panch (Kiki), honorary granddaughter Celina, great-grandson Ryal, step-great-grandchildren Jack and Jillian, as well as several nieces and nephews. A memorial service celebrating Jean’s life will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 3:00 p.m. at Citra United Methodist Church. Visitation will be at 2:00 p.m., just before the service. A burial service will be held at Citra Cemetery immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Sacramento Camp & Conference Center ( )

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Joseph George Kanas

Feb 17, 1954 - Feb 18, 2024

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New Braunfels, TX

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Joseph “Joe” George Kanas, age 70, of New Braunfels, Texas, on February 18, 2024. He leaves his wife, Sharon Forester Kanas; son, Justin Joseph Kanas (spouse Amy Kanas) of Bulverde, Texas; son, Derek Kyle Joseph Kanas (spouse Taylor Kanas) of Tomball, Texas; and daughter, Brooke Nicole Kanas of Dallas, Texas. “Papa Joe” was blessed with four grandchildren: Avery, Brooks, Jackson and Peyton. He also leaves his sister, Joanie Stoddard of Liberty, New York, and brother, Jeffrey Kanas (spouse Jean Kanas) of East Moriches, New York, as well as many other family and friends. Joe was born on February 17, 1954, in Port Jefferson, New York to John and Mary Kanas. He grew up in East Moriches, New York, where he attended Eastport High School. After graduating, he attended the University of South Hampton where he played basketball. He ended up leaving the University to play professional baseball for the Marion Mets Baseball club which was an affiliate of the New York Mets. He played in the minor leagues for several years until he decided to head south to Texas where he linked up with the Seguin Toros, a semi-professional baseball club in Seguin, Texas. After playing one season with the Toros, he finished his professional baseball career with the Seguin Steelers for seven more years where he made lifelong friends. In the summer of 1985, Joe met the love of his life, Sharon, at the Varsity Inn Restaurant in Seguin, Texas. They married on August 9, 1986. He spent most of his career in the car business where he was blessed to finish with Bluebonnet Motors of nearly 20 years. Joe was always his family’s first call, as well as many others, when needing advice on life’s challenges. He always responded with optimism, kindness, and generosity. His great passions in life were coaching and attending his kids’ sporting events, playing golf with his buddies, boating on the lake with the family, going on beach and winter vacations, and most of all spending time with his grandchildren. He was known for his great cooking and enjoyed preparing the most delicious turkey and gravy for the Thanksgiving gathering with family and friends. Joe will forever be remembered for his strong work ethic, loyalty, positive attitude, and most of all, love for his family and friends. A celebration of Joe’s life will be held at 11 am on February 27, 2024, at Oakwood Church in New Braunfels, Texas. In true Joe Kanas fashion and to honor his memory, feel free to wear your favorite tie. Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to New Braunfels Canyon Athletic Booster Club. Your prayers for the family are greatly appreciated. The family would like to thank Bluebonnet Motors, Oakwood Church, and so many in the New Braunfels community for their most gracious love and support. Please sign the guestbook at www.doeppenschmidtfuneralhome.com

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Eric Wayne Erickson

Aug 11, 1950 - Feb 18, 2024

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New Braunfels, TX

Eric (aka, Butch) Wayne Erickson was born to Clarence & LaRayne (Nora) Erickson on August 11, 1950 in Norway, Michigan. He passed from this life on February 18, 2024 in New Braunfels, Texas at the age of 73. Eric was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Charles (Chum) Bruette and sister, Sandy Klein. He is survived by his wife of 49+ years, Nancy L. Erickson of Canyon Lake, Texas; sisters, Donna Wickman, Paula Holmes, Kara Benda and Barbara Schultz and numerous nieces, nephews, additional relatives and dear friends. Eric graduated from Iron Mountain High School, Michigan in 1968. He continued his studies at Albion College and completed his degree at Michigan State University in 1978, earning a degree in Medical Technology. An internship was immediately granted at Ben Taub Hospital in Houston, Texas. (Eric and Nancy were to spend only a year before returning north.) Eric was offered and accepted a job at Ben Taub following his internship. He continued to work at the hospital until an offer came from BioMerieux. Eric accepted and became the Sales and Technical Consultant, supporting the south-central region of states. He has been retired from BioMerieux for over 10 years, at this point he and Nancy built a house in the Hill Country, where Eric could get a better view of the cosmos. A lifelong passion of Eric’s was photography. He was an Independent Photographic Professional, publishing many photographs in multiple periodicals. His other passion and one that Eric was “out of this world” about, was astronomy! Eric was very active in the New Braunfels Astronomy Club and Comal County Friends of the Dark Sky. Eric wrote a weekly astronomy column for the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung newspaper and along with being one of the presenters at the Tye Preston Memorial Library’s Star Parties, sharing his love of astronomy with the next generation. Another of Eric’s passion was with music, whether discovering new music, listening to the classics (rock) or playing his guitars with friends all night long (with those who shall remain nameless!) Eric was very involved in the Clearwater Estates HOA, volunteering his time, knowledge, and areas of expertise, including being on the social committee, specializing in the entertainment (music), grounds and maintenance (especially the lighting!), and a term as President. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made in Eric’s name to your favorite charity. Please sign the guestbook at www.doeppenschmidtfuneralhome.

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Timothy Joseph Donovan

Nov 16, 1981 - Feb 14, 2024

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New Braunfels, TX

Timothy Joseph Donovan, age 42, of New Braunfels, Texas passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2024.

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James Parker

May 08, 1980 - Feb 18, 2024

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New Braunfels, TX

James Parker born May 8,1980 of New Braunfels, Texas succumbed to his battle with cancer on Sunday February 18, 2024. James was born and grew up in the San Benito, Tx area. The Valley was his home. In his early years, he loved working on the family ranch and participated in rodeos. He worked as an underwater welder, worked on oil rigs/oil fields, construction. Most recently he worked for Zachary Construction as a diesel mechanic/welder. James is survived by his wife Shannon and son Zane. He is survived by his father Les, stepmother Sara, mother Judy, and brothers Brian, Steven, and Blaine and their families. His greatest joy was spending time with his son Zane. James was a boy scout and continued his scouting career with his son Zane. One of his greatest joys was helping his son make Eagle Scout. He loved to camp and join in on all the activities of scouting. James and Zane loved to camp, fish, hunt, and be outdoors. James requested not to have any memorials or services. Instead, he asked that the family and friends throw him one last barbeque. He asked that no one is to cry or be upset and talk about all the good times as he would be there in spirit. The barbeque will be scheduled later date in the Spring. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for a GoFundMe page to help pay for his medical bills.

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