Jake Rene Espinoza
1988 - 2006
Jake Rene Espinoza, 18, passed away Tuesday, June 13, 2006, at home.
Mass of Christian Burial: 1:30 p.m. Friday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Rosary: 6 p.m. Thursday in Mount Olivet Chapel.
Memorials: United Cerebral Palsy Association.
Jake was born Jan. 15, 1988, in Fort Worth. He was a lifelong resident of Fort Worth. Jake attended Richland High School and Northwest High School. He had a lot of friends and was loved by all who knew him. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Raymond Morales Sr.
Survivors: Parents, Isaac Jr. and Dolores Espinoza; brothers, Greg Espinoza and wife, Stephanie, and Tony Espinoza; sister, Michelle Atkinson and husband, George; grandparents, Victoria Morales, Mr. and Mrs. Marcos Solis and Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Espinoza Sr.; niece, Mia; nephews, Vicente, Joaquin and George Matthew; caregivers, Anabely Solis and Cindy Ingram; and a large extended family.
Published in the Star-Telegram on 6/15/2006.
Robert Leroy Cashion
1932 - 2006
Robert Leroy Cashion, 73, a longtime coach and educator, passed away peacefully in his sleep Friday morning, July 14, 2006.
Service: 10:30 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church of Hurst. Interment: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home.
Robert was born to Robert Lee and Georgia Cashion in Corsicana Sept. 6, 1932. He grew up in Central Texas and graduated from Mexia High School in 1951. While there, he became an all-state football player and started on the Black Cats' 1948 state finalist team. He entered Rice Institute in 1951, and there in Houston met Joann Marie Kuzell. The couple was married the next year and afterward enjoyed a union that lasted 53 years. While at Rice, he became a reserve officer in the United States Marine Corps and trained at Camp Pendleton in California. He received an honorable discharge after his service in 1957.
A graduate of North Texas State College in Denton, he earned the master's degree in education at Stephen F. Austin State College in 1966. His career as a teacher-coach took him to Kilgore, Longview, Hurst, Haltom City, Lancaster and Richland Hills.
"Coach Cashion," a member of First United Methodist Church of Hurst, will be remembered fondly by countless former players, students and others who knew him as a dedicated mentor, a loyal friend and a caring husband and father.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Marvin and Roland; and his sister, Frances Crabbe.
Survivors: His wife, Joann; daughter, Michelle and son-in-law of 32 years, Eddie Redwine, and granddaughter, Hillary Redwine and her husband, Jared Charles; son, Ty and his wife, Peggy, and grandson, Sam; and sister, Lois Luft.
Published in the Star-Telegram on 7/16/2006.
Rolf Alfred Eklund
1936 - 2004
Rolf Alfred Eklund, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, teacher and friend, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, during heart bypass surgery. He was 67 years old.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church, 7900 McCart Avenue, Fort Worth, the Rev. David Anderson and the Rev. Laird Duran officiating. Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: The family will receive those who also loved Rolf 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Thompson's Harveson & Cole Funeral Home.
Active pallbearers: Eric Bries, Paul Calvin, Charles Eklund, James Johnson, Paul Shuga and Jaret Tilley. Honorary pallbearers: Ray Barto, Jon Bradford, Norval Crabtree, Franklin Earney, Horst Krause, Bob Lopez and Ray Russell.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that expressions of love for Rolf be made to the Rolf Eklund Memorial Scholarship Fund, to provide the opportunity of a college education to needy and deserving students, at the Birdville Independent School District Foundation, 6125 E. Belknap, Haltom City, Texas 76117, Attn: C.A. Sanford.
Rolf Alfred Eklund was born in Kimo, Finland, on Aug. 7, 1936, to Eric Eklund and Katarina Kullman Eklund. The family of five, including Rolf's older brother, Edgar, and little sister, Louise, fled their home in Finland during World War II and sailed to America in May 1942 aboard the MS Gripsholm. The New York Times ran a feature on the Eklund family on the day they arrived in New York City, N.Y., as they were the largest family aboard.
The Eklund family settled in Jersey City, N.J., where Rolf attended school. He earned his bachelor's degree in history at Jersey City State College and also did undergraduate work at Princeton University. Rolf graduated as an United States Air Force cadet in 1956 at Lackland Air Force Base, where he completed his pre-flight training. He then completed navigator training in Harlingen and served in the United States Air Force as a C-141 navigator until his retirement as a lieutenant colonel in 1985.
Rolf earned his master's degree in history from Texas Christian University and completed graduate work at Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford Universities.
Rolf married Janelle McNair on June 19, 1959, at Broadway Baptist Church. Rolf and Janelle had two children, Charles and Katherine. Rolf and Janelle were teachers at Richland High School, Birdville Independent School District, for their entire careers. Rolf began teaching at Richland High School in 1965, where he taught advanced placement American history, advanced placement economics, and humanities until his retirement from teaching in 1997. Rolf never really retired, though, as he spent the last few years as a substitute teacher at Fort Worth Country Day School.
Rolf's love of his family was equaled only by his love for the students he taught with great joy for so many years. Learning of his sudden passing, one student remarked that "Mr. Eklund was one of those rare birds who did it right, did it well, and left a bit of himself in each student. I know he left his mark on me, and the older I get the more I appreciate it." Another, writing from the naval carrier on which he serves, said that "He made each student feel important, even if he was calling us 'cloth ears' or giving us 'a zero for the day, sport.' His unique phrases and unforgettable mannerisms made an otherwise dreaded subject something to look forward to for countless thousands of teen-agers, all of whom are grown now, most with kids of their own. So to say his impact is immeasurable is an understatement. He really embodied all that Hollywood would have us believe about teachers, that theirs is a noble profession and that they truly change lives. He did."
Rolf was preceded in death by his mother and father, Katarina and Eric Eklund; his brother, Eric Edgar Eklund; and nephew, Karl Eklund.
Survivors: He leaves behind his beloved wife of nearly 45 years, Janelle McNair Eklund; beloved son, Charles Eklund and daughter-in-law Suzanne, and Suzanne's children, Rachel and Paul; beloved daughter, Katherine Tilley and son-in-law, Jaret, and grandsons, Eric and Rolf Tilley, all of Fort Worth; beloved sister and brother-in-law, Louise Eklund Anderson and the Rev. David Anderson of Lakeville, Minn.; and thousands of friends and former students enriched by his gift of teaching with love and tremendous wit.
Published in the Star-Telegram on 1/30/2004.
Kaye Keller Matsler
1944 - 2005
Kaye Keller Matsler, 61, passed away peacefully Monday, Nov. 14, 2005, from her valiant 10-year struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Kaye was a loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother, dedicated teacher and wonderful friend.
Memorial service: 6 p.m. Thursday at First Christian Church, 910 S. Collins, Arlington. Family and friends are invited to share in a celebration of Kaye's life. Graveside service: Private family burial in Moore Memorial Gardens.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Kaye may be sent to the First Christian Church Remodeling Fund, in care of First Christian Church, 910 S. Collins, Arlington, Texas 76010; or Alzheimer's Research, in care of Alzheimer's Association, North Central Texas Chapter, 101 Summit Ave., Suite 300, Fort Worth, Texas 76102.
Kaye was born Feb. 28, 1944, in Atlanta, Texas, and grew up in Terrell. After graduating from Terrell High School in 1962, she attended Arlington State College, now the University of Texas at Arlington, pursuing a BA in history and education certification. In 1965, Kaye met and married Richard Matsler, the love of her life, and they continued their studies as they started their life and family together. Kaye graduated in 1970 and taught four years at L.D. Bell High School in Hurst. After living in Austin for one year, Kaye and Richard returned to Arlington, where Kaye taught for 24 years at Richland High School. Kaye retired in 1999.
While at Richland High School, Kaye mentored many students while serving as a sponsor for cheerleading, student council and the National Honor Society. She was honored in 1994 by the Texas A&M College of Education's Deans Roundtable as an outstanding teacher.
One of Kaye's greatest loves was her church. Kaye was a longtime member of First Christian Church in Arlington, where she served as a deacon and was active in Christian Women's Fellowship, Christian Adult Fellowship, the Seekers Class and Mini-Flock Serendipity. She loved worshipping there with Richard and their friends, helping with vacation church school and attending annual women's retreats in Athens, as long as her health allowed.
Kaye also loved the outdoors. Hunting and fishing were two of her acquired skills and she really enjoyed the times she spent with loved ones at the family "ranch" in San Saba County. Kaye was a member of the Arlington Sportsman Club, North Texas Garden Railroad Consortium and the Road Runners Square Dance Club.
Kaye was preceded in death by her father, John G. Keller, and her father-in-law, Horace Matsler.
Survivors: Devoted husband, Richard Matsler of Arlington; daughter, Catherine Renee Medaris and husband, Ron, of Fort Worth; son, William Clark "Bill" Matsler and wife, Monica, of Arlington; precious grandchildren, Mackenzie and Nicolas Medaris of Fort Worth and Augustine and Thomas Matsler of Arlington; mother, Cathryn Keller of Fort Worth; mother-in-law, Oretha Matsler of Arlington; brothers, John Keller and wife, Annette, of Fort Worth and Jim Keller and wife, Suzy, of College Station; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and a host of friends.
Published in the Star-Telegram on 11/17/2005.
Leon George Hagmann
1931 - 2006
Leon George Hagmann, 75, a retired school administrator, died Sunday, April 16, 2006, at an area hospital.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Luke United Methodist Church, 3200 Denton Highway, Dr. Jeff May officiating. Burial: Birdville Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Biggers Funeral Home.
Mr. Hagmann was born Jan. 24, 1931, in East Aurora, N.Y., and moved with his family to Dallas in 1946. He graduated from Sunset High School in 1948. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of North Texas in Denton. He served in the Marine Corps from 1950-52. He started teaching in the Birdville ISD in 1954. He served as assistant principal for Haltom Junior High from 1962-66; opening principal at North Oaks Junior High in 1966-67; principal at Richland Junior High from 1967-71; and principal at Haltom High from 1971-1981. He retired as associate superintendent of administration in 1993 with 39 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Ruth; a sister, Katherine Garrett of Dallas; and a brother, George William Hagmann III of Dallas.
Survivors: Wife, Ann; daughter, Leanne Messer and husband, Steve, of Douglasville, Ga.; son, Marshall Hagmann and wife, Beth, of Weatherford; stepdaughter, Stephanie Hatley of North Richland Hills; sister-in-law, Dorothy Hagmann of Dallas; mother-in-law, Janie Shuler of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Mitchell and Michael Messer, Ryne and Mallory Hagmann, Lauren McKinney, Kyler and Taiylor Hatley; godson, Air Force Col. Roger H. Watkins of Washington, D.C.; and numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family.
Published in the Star-Telegram 4/18/2006.
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