The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Death Notices

December 6, 2012

Merwin “Newt” Newberry

Published 12-6-12

ABILENE, TX — Merwin “Newt” Newberry of Abilene, Texas, left his earthly family and went to be with his heavenly Lord on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at his home.

Visitation will be at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road in Abilene, Texas, on Friday, Dec. 7, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. A private interment will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, followed by a celebration of his life at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church Sanctuary, officiated by Dr. Phil Christopher.

Newt was born in Enid, Okla., on Sept. 20, 1930, to Carl and Mozelle Newberry.

He married Carol on Sept. 7, 1980, in Abilene.

Newt graduated from Texas Tech University in 1953, with a bachelor of architecture degree.

After working for several firms in Amarillo, Texas, he moved to Abilene in 1968, and subsequently retired from his own firm of Newberry Roadcap Architects earlier this year. He was instrumental in the design of many unique homes and facilities in both the cities of Amarillo and Abilene. Throughout Newt’s professional career he was blessed to work with many architects, engineers and contractors.

Newt served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during the Korean conflict and remained in the U.S. Army Reserves. He retired as a colonel, at which time he received the Legion of Merit award.

Newt was involved in many professional and civic organizations in Abilene, including Abilene Volunteer Weatherization Board, Abilene Philharmonic Association, American Institute of Architects, Texas Society of Architects, West Texas Girl Scout Council, Texas Girl Scouts Legislative Cabinet and others.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Mozelle Newberry.

Newt is survived by his loving wife, Carol; sister, Darla McBroom of Friona; sister-in-law, Martha Gafford and husband George; daughter, Tanna Finley and husband Neil of San Antonio; daughter, Rebecca McMurray of Abilene; son, John Howle and wife Deborah of Southlake; and son, Mike Howle and wife Sonja of Boerne. His grandchildren are Kathryn Hoelscher and husband Michael, Lauren Finley, Mallory Finley, Nathaniel Finley, Alexandra McMurray, Haley Howle, Jonathan Howle and Lindsey Kolkman. He also has three great-grandchildren.

The family expresses a special thank you to Hendrick Hospice Care, particularly Jodi; Visiting Angels, particularly Jonathan and Jennifer; and his loving lunch buddies, Dwight, Ray and Bill. Also the family would like to thank Terri for her devoted care and love for Newt during this time.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Newt’s name to Rescue the Animals SPCA, 4620 North 1st St., Abilene, TX 79603; The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, 102 Cedar St., Abilene, TX 79601; and/or Abilene Volunteer Weatherization Program, P.O. Box 6356, Abilene, TX 79608-6356.

Newt will be missed by all who loved him.

To sign the register book, or to offer your memories of Newt to the family, please visit www.HamilFamilyFuneral Home.com.

(Submitted by family)

 

1
Text Only
Death Notices
  • DorothyPralle.jpg Dorothy I. Pralle

    Funeral service for Dorothy I. Pralle, 85, a resident of Presbyterian Village North in Dallas, Texas, and formerly of Garber, Okla., will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Garber, with Pastor Scott Ray officiating. Interment will follow in Garber Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home.
    Mrs. Pralle was born May 8, 1928, in Kiefer, Okla., to Joseph Fred and Anna Evans Keyes Dose and died Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Dallas, Texas.
    She was raised in Drumright, Okla.
    She received her undergraduate degree in music education from Oklahoma State University and her master’s degree in education from Phillips University.
    She moved to Garber, Okla., upon her marriage.
    A strong believer in the arts and learning, she dedicated her life to teaching, beginning her career as a band director and music educator. After her children entered school she returned to the classroom, teaching elementary grades and gifted children until her retirement.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • FriedaIsbell pic.jpg Frieda Mae Isbell

    A private family graveside service for Frieda Mae Isbell, 57, of Oklahoma City, was held in Waukomis Cemetery. The Rev. David Jones officiated under the direction of Brown-Cummings Funeral Home.
    She was born Jan. 13, 1957, to Bill and Barbara “Woodward” Isbell in Enid, Okla., and passed away Monday, April 7, 2014, in Oklahoma City.
    She grew up in Waukomis, and while in high school worked at Enid Memorial Hospital, where she began her career path in health care. She graduated from Waukomis High School in 1975. She attended the University of Oklahoma. She received a bachelor of science degree in May 1993 from the University of Central Oklahoma.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Catalina Alvarado

    Catalina was born Dec. 1, 1936, in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, the daughter to Jose Duran and Maria Consuelo Barreto and passed on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
    She was raised and educated in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.
    Catalina married Hector Alvarado on May 21, 1961. They moved to Enid, Okla., with the Air Force in 1980.
    She was a very devout Catholic mother that prayed daily for her family and friends. She enjoyed traveling to Germany and throughout Europe, where she would learn the culture and language wherever she was.
    She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Hector Lopez Alvarado of Enid; four children, Sandra Ann Jorns of Dekalb, Ill., Alejandro Lopez Alvarado (Christina) of Texas, Lindalee Hendershot (Brian) of Edmond, and Sonia Catherine Ensz (Eric) of Oklahoma City; and 12 grandchildren.

    April 16, 2014

  • Keith D. Breckenridge

    Graveside service for Keith Breckenridge will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Memorial Park Garden Chapel. The Rev. Marvin Reynolds will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Henninger-Hinson Funeral Home.

    April 16, 2014

  • Velma Lee Bonnett

    Celebration of Life service for Lee Bonnett will be 2 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2014, at Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home.

    April 16, 2014

  • Margaret R. Speece

    A private family graveside service for Margaret R. Speece, 92-year-old Enid, Okla., resident, will be held Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Restland Cemetery, Dallas, Texas. Arrangements are under the direction of Henninger-Hinson Funeral Home.
    Margaret was born Nov. 9, 1921, in Fayetteville, Ark., to Elam W. and Margaret (Barnes) Jackson and died peacefully at Golden Oaks Nursing Home on Sunday, April 13, 2014.
    Her family moved to Ponca City, Okla., where she graduated from Ponca City High School. She was active in the high school choir, the study of the piano and a member of the Order of the Rainbow for Girls. Upon graduation, she attended Oklahoma State University.
    On Dec. 1, 1952, she married James Speece in Fort Smith, Ark. The couple owned and operated several jewelry stores across the southwest.

    April 16, 2014

  • JohnSayre.jpg John Leslie Sayre

    John Leslie Sayre, loving husband, father and grandfather, minister, theological librarian, university librarian, seminary dean, tour director and gardener passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014, at Foxwood Springs Living Center, Raymore, Mo. John was born in Hannibal, Mo., to John L. Sayre Sr. and Clara Lucile Haden on March 28, 1924, and was raised in Norman, Okla.
    John graduated from University High School in Norman in 1942. He studied one year at the University of Oklahoma and transferred to Phillips University (Enid, Okla.) where he graduated in 1946, with a BA in religion.
    John was ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1946. In 1947, he entered Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Conn., and graduated with his Master of Divinity in 1950.
    On June 18, 1948, John and Herwanna L. Harrouff of Lawton, Okl., were married at University Place Christian Church, Enid, Okla.
    From 1950-1957, John served as campus minister for the Christian Church in Stillwater, Okla., where all four children were born.
    In 1957, John moved to Austin, Texas, to become campus minister at University Christian Church.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • DonaldHouska.jpg Donald Edward Houska

    Donald Edward Houska, 69, of Hull, Texas, died of pneumonia on Friday, April 4, 2014, at Harbor Hospital in Beaumont, Texas.
    He was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Enid, Okla., July 24, 1944, to Edward and Glenda Louella (Johnson) Houska.
    He is survived by his wife, Brenda Houska of Hull; mother, Glenda Houska of Deer Park; stepson, Bradley Sias and wife Sharon of Hull; granddaughter, Nikki Sias of LaPorte; great-granddaughter, Morgan Rollins of LaPorte; sisters, Patricia L. Brock of Deer Park and Judy M. Jett of Deer Park; brother, Daniel Houska and wife Sue of Eustace, Texas.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • VelmaBonnett.jpg Velma Lee Bonnett

    Lee was the first child, and only daughter, of A.C. “Bert” and Mabel (Schwandt) Hafner born on Oct. 2, 1926, in the rural Kansas community of Winkler.
    At the age of six, her parents and younger brother, Roger, moved to the Hunter, Okla., farm where she grew up. Some of her longest and closest friendships were formed with her classmates at Hunter High School. The Class of 1944 continued to remain in touch and Lee was instrumental in planning their reunions.  
    She attended Phillips University, but her high school sweetheart had a bigger impact and they married in 1944. The oil field activity in western Oklahoma and Kansas lured them to various towns, where they spent their young married years, finally settling in Hoisington, Kan.
    Lee was an assistant manager at the Griffin Hotel. Her hotel career ended with the birth of daughter Lynn and within 13 months, the draw of home brought them back to the Hunter area, where they farmed and founded an independent oil contracting business. Son, Bradford was born in 1954, and the family was complete.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • ChrisHladik.jpg Christopher 'Bubba' Landis Hladik

    Funeral for Christopher “Bubba” Landis Hladik, 35-year-old Enid resident, will be 2 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Henninger-Hinson Funeral Home Chapel.
    Pastor Kevin Choate will officiate. Burial will follow in Hennessey Cemetery.
    Chris was born Sept. 29, 1978, in Enid, Okla., to Landis “Joe” and Jeanette (Hyatt) Hladik and died Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Integris Bass Baptist Health Center.
    He attended local schools.
    He worked at PIC Truck Wash in Hennessey for five years.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo