Obituaries for Canyon

John William Pristash Jr. – February 14, 2018

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

John William Pristash, Jr., 83, of Canyon, died Wednesday, February 14, 2018. 

Services will be at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, February 24, 2018 in Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church with Wendi Gordon and Steve Brauner officiating.  Burial will be at a later date in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery with Paul Krupicka officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mr. Pristash was born August 24, 1934, in Cornucopia, WI, and was raised in Rock Island, IL.  He graduated from Rock Island Senior High School in 1952 and enlisted in the United States Air Force serving his country for 10 years. He was stationed overseas for five years in Hawaii, Johnston Island, Japan, and Korea.  He lived in Amarillo and Canyon for over 40 years.

He graduated in 1975 from West Texas State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.  He was a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Panhandle Chapter, TSCPA.  He owned and managed John W. Pristash, C.P.A., until he closed his office in 2005.  After leaving solo practice, he continued working for Brown, Graham, and Company, PC, until 2014.

Mr. Pristash married Anna Mae Becker on November 20, 1960, in Geneseo, IL.  She preceded him in death on November 19, 2000, and he will join her in the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

He served on the Board of Directors of the Amarillo Community Center and Amarillo Council of Camp Fire.  He was a Meals on Wheels driver, a HOSTS mentor at Margaret Wills and San Jacinto Elementary Schools and Palo Duro High School, and a reader at Opportunity School for many years beginning with the program’s inception.

Mr. Pristash was a member of the West Amarillo Kiwanis Club for seven years until it disbanded and served in various offices including President.  He then became a member of the Kiwanis Club of Amarillo-South for 19 years and served on the Board of Directors for many years and was Treasurer for three years.  Upon his retirement from active employment, he moved his membership Palo Duro Kiwanis of Canyon, TX.

He was a member of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church for over 40 years and served several times on the Church Council.  He was a Life Member of the National Rifle Association and the Texas State Rifle Association.  He was also a member of The Buffalo Sports Association and the Fast Break Fans at West Texas A&M University.  He was a avid fan of West Texas A&M women’s basketball and rarely missed a home game.

He was also preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Phyllis Allison and Pauline Pristash.

He is survived by a son, Timothy Pristash of Waco; a daughter, Elizabeth Pristash of Waco; two sisters, Alveda Spencer of Phoenix, AZ, and Natalie Jehu of Midlothian, IL; a brother-in-law and spouse, Melvin and Lila Becker of Henry County, IL; a sister-in-law and spouse, Illene and Burnell Howlett of Prophetstown, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be to Meals on Wheels of Amarillo, 219 W Seventh, Amarillo, TX 79101; Opportunity School, 1100 S. Harrison, Amarillo, TX 79101; or Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 3500 S. Bowie, Amarillo, TX 79109.

Pamela Schulz Parsons – February 7, 2018

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Pamela Schulz Parsons, 69, of Amarillo died Wednesday, February 7, 2018.

Memorial services will be at 1:00 pm, Friday, February 23, 2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Brian Hesse of Trinity Lutheran Church officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Pamela was born September 3, 1948, in Vinita, Oklahoma to Sam and Betty Bell.  She was an avid movie fan, loved animals and traveling, and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Gerald Bell.

Survivors include two daughters, Wendy Ulch and husband David, of Canyon and Amy Schulz of Amarillo; former husband, Dr. Larry Schulz and wife Chris, of Canyon; three granddaughters, Taelyn Ulch, of Canyon, and Brionna Darnes and Sammarra Darnes, both of Amarillo; and five grandsons, Braden Ulch, of Canyon, and Cody Darnes, Treshawn Darnes, Desmond Darnes, Jr. and Jaeden Darnes, all of Amarillo.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to BSA Hospice Care of the Southwest.

Thomas N. Long – January 10, 2018

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Thomas N. Long, 41, of Amarillo died Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 13, 2018, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Thomas was born August 10, 1976, in Amarillo. He loved all kinds of music and his cat, Bisquits.

Survivors include his mother, Denise Hirsch, of Amarillo; his father, Gerald “Pinky” Long and wife Liz, of Canyon; three sisters, Gaby Long, of Amarillo, and Jennifer Matthews and Sarah Owen and husband, Kerry, all of Canyon; two step-sisters, Patrice Kelch and Sharron Alvie, both of Canyon; a step-brother, Gabriel McAtee, of Chicago; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends. He will be missed!



Betty L. Scruggs – November 11, 2017

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

Betty L. Scruggs, 85, of Amarillo, passed away peacefully Saturday, November 11, 2017. Betty was a Christian and loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 15, 2017 in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Dr. Howard K. Batson, pastor of First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be at Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Betty was born on December 5, 1931 in Chillicothe, Texas to Nell and Norman J. Harper. She was a homemaker and long time member of First Baptist Church of Amarillo.

She married Bobby Scruggs on June 5, 1949 in Umbarger, Texas.   He preceded her in death on September 16, 2014.  She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Billie and Tommie; and three brothers, Dan, Jerry and Mac.

Betty will be remembered for her love of family and being together.

She is survived by a daughter, Connie Elizardo and husband Joe of Amarillo; a son, Carl Scruggs of Springtown, Texas; a sister-in-law, Maureen Abbott of Canyon; six grandchildren, Jerry Owen; James Owen and wife Shannon; Carey Owen and wife Stephenie; Christie Scruggs and husband Rob; Kayla Hackney and husband Tim; and Robert Scruggs and wife Ashley; eighteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

The family wants to extend their appreciation for the love and care she received while she resided at Amarillo Center for Skilled Care in Amarillo.

The family suggests memorials to First Baptist Church Senior Adult Ministry, 1208 S. Tyler, Amarillo, TX 79101.

Bettie Hudson – October 9, 2017

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Bettie Hudson, 87, died Monday, October 9, 2017.

Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday in Vega Church of Christ with Dean Whaley officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery at Vega.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Bettie was born April 25, 1930 in Rule, Texas to Ennis and Eva Davis. Bettie attended school in Rule, Dimmitt, Adrian and Vega.  Upon graduating from Vega High School, she attended Draughon’s Business College in Amarillo, Texas.  Bettie began working at the First State Bank of Vega in 1951 where she worked 45 years.  She married Donald G. Hudson on November 20, 1961 and they had two children.

Bettie loved the Vega community, her Church family and especially her co-workers at the bank. After becoming a widow, she enjoyed traveling and a very special fellowship with the “Golden Girls”.

The family appreciates the dedicated staff at the Craig Senior Living community, Bivins Nursing Home and Bivins Pointe for their care of her during the last ten years. Appreciation is also extended to Hospice of the Southwest.

Survivors include her daughter, Sheila Moore and husband Kyle of Amarillo; a grandson, Bennie Moore and Fiancé Kori Hays, of Tempe Arizona; a sister, Janis Rutherford and husband Paul of Claude; a nephew Brent Rutherford and wife Lea of Arlington; a niece Susan Bush of Canyon, a great-niece and four great nephews. Bettie is preceded in death by her parents, husband Donald G. Hudson, and son Milton Hudson.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to High Plains Children’s Home, 11461 S. Western Street, Amarillo, Texas 79118.



Willie Artho – July 22, 2017

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

Willie Artho, 79, of Stratford, died Saturday, July 22, 2017. 

Vigil Service will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, July 24, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church.  Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Scott Raef officiating.  Burial will be at the Stratford Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Stratford.

Willie was born on January 27, 1938 in Umbarger to Paul and Mary Artho. He had farmed in Dallam County for many years. He served as a county commissioner in Dallam County and as a deacon for over thirty years at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stratford.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.  His favorite saying was “I drink beer, smoke cigars, and chase wild women” however his true call in life was to be a saver of souls.

He married Jeanette Husmann on January 18, 1961 in Hereford.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Elroy Artho, Harvey Artho, Leo Artho, and Kenneth Artho; and two sisters, Edna Weick and Gracie Raef.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanette Artho of Stratford; four sons, Douglas Artho and wife Shauna of Guymon, Paul Artho and wife Sammie of Canyon, Eric Artho and wife Denise of Plano, Rex Artho and wife Paige of Canyon; three daughters, Debbie Frerich and husband Howard of Vernon, Lynette Kautz and husband Jeff of Stratford, Jennifer Artho of Stratford; two brothers, Joe Artho of Hereford, Andy Artho of Vega; three sisters, Irene Reinart of Hereford, Viola Birkenfeld of Amarillo, Elsie Fangman of Vega; eighteen grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be sent to St. Joseph Catholic Church, P.O. Box 28, Stratford, Texas 79084.

Harry Andy Reeves – June 10, 2017

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Harry Andy Reeves, 84, of Amarillo, died Saturday, June 10, 2017.

Services will be at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday in Covenant Fellowship Church with Stephen Gaines, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Harry was born to George and Cora Reeves on May 12, 1933 on the farm outside of Tulia, Texas. Harry graduated from Tulia High School and then received a business degree from West Texas State University.  He served in the United States Army at Fort Carson, CO and then returned home to help with the family Butane business.  Shortly thereafter, he founded Reeves Insurance Agency.  He was very active in civic activities serving in the Kiwanis Club, the Chamber of Commerce, the Tulia ISD School Board (which he was president of for several years) and First United Methodist Church.  He was especially proud of chairing the Diamond Jubilee Celebration for Swisher County.  Because he chaired that celebration, he was selected Man of the Year in Tulia in 1966.  Later in life, he continued to serve his God and was on several committees of Covenant Fellowship in Amarillo, the Amarillo District Council of Ministries and the Invite Team of the Northwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.  He enjoyed volunteering with the VA in their transportation services.

Harry was a loving father and husband. He and his wife Velma raised their sons in Tulia.  He married Joy Pierce on June 1, 2003 and moved to Amarillo.  After their marriage, Harry rejoiced to count Joy’s children and grandchildren as his own.

Harry is survived by his wife, Joy, of the home; two sons, Randall and his wife Mary of Lubbock, Texas and Brad and his wife Sherrie of Amarillo, Texas; two daughters, Janeane White and her husband Jim of Midland, Texas and Tammi Ward and her husband Pete of Canyon, Texas; six grandchildren, Andrew Reeves, Chrisie Reeves-Pendergrass and her husband Weston, Derek Reeves, Blake Ward and his wife Erica, Nick Ward and his wife Michelle, and Ky White and his wife Amie; and six great-grandchildren, Morgan Ward, Grayson Ward, Emery Ward, Cohen Ward, Tegan White and Samuel Pendergrass.

The family suggests memorials to Covenant Fellowship Church, 8501 S Coulter St, Amarillo, TX 79119.

David “Troy” Skarke – February 17, 2017

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

David “Troy” Skarke, 51, of Claude, died Friday February 17, 2017. Skarke Obit Photo

Rosary will be at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday in St. Francis Catholic Church. Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday in St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Scott Raef celebrating.  Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. in Claude Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Troy was born on February 3, 1966 in Canyon, Texas.   Troy graduated from Canyon High School in 1984. On May 31st, 1986, Troy married the love of his life, Joyce Ann Brorman of Vega. The two moved to Claude, where they farmed and ranched. He had a deep passion for his crops and with each new season, he strived to make a better crop with each new year. His occupation of farming became his love and hobby. He served on many agricultural boards including, U.S. Grains Council, Texas Sorghum Producers, Robinson Grain board of directors, and Milo Insulation. He was also active in his local community where he served as the president of the Claude ISD board of trustees for many years as well as serving on the Claude Clinic Medical board. Troy loved the Lord and was an active member of St. Francis Catholic Church. But most of all, Tory was a devoted husband, father, son, poppy, and friend to so many.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jim Skarke and daughter Sidney Skarke.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce;  two daughters, Kendra and T.Jay Sherrill of Claude, and Tori and Carson Williams of Goldthwaite and one son, Seth Skarke of Canyon; three grandchildren, Harrison, Barrett and Finnley; his mother Shirley and Don Richardson of Amarillo; 3 sisters, Jackie and Charles Curl of Amarillo, Roxanne and Roger Schenk of Umbarger and Nicole and Danny Hicks of Umbarger; Two brothers, Shane Skarke of Bridgeport and Chris and Lana Skarke of Umbarger; parents in law, Tony and Dorothy Brorman of Vega; in laws, Steve and Regina Brorman of Dalhart, Diane and Bernie Wieck of Amarillo, Deborah and Eric Walterscheid of Amarillo, Jeff and Christy Brorman of Big Springs, David and Vicki Brorman of Vega, Roger and Mandi Brorman of Vega, Sandra and David Britten of Amarillo, and Keith and Toni Brorman of Vega; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials to St. Francis Catholic Church, 5005 Kinkle Road, Amarillo, TX 79108.



Eldon Franklin Gragert – February 1, 2017

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

gragert, eldon obit picEldon Franklin Gragert, 61, of Canyon, died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, in Amarillo.

Memorial services will be at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Brandon Moore, Next Step Pastor, Family Life Church, officiating.  Burial will be private.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

He was born Feb. 8, 1955, in Lyons, Kan., to Elmer and Rosemary (Michael) Gragert. He grew up across the Midwest, but called Montana home. In 1973, he graduated from Chester High School in Chester, Mont., and remained in touch with several of his classmates. He enjoyed being outdoors and hunting, especially with his four older brothers.

He married Audry Snook on May 1, 1981, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hooker, Okla. They made their home just outside Adams, Okla. Eldon enjoyed living in the country, occasionally raising pigs or cows. He had worked in the gas industry, including for Flint and Enron. He later earned associate’s degree from Amarillo College. He then formed his own business, Specialty Computer, in which he did contract computer services for various school districts in the Oklahoma Panhandle. He later went became a computer tech full-time for Hooker Independent School District. He also owned SoundWaves Productions, a DJ service that provided entertainment for school dances, weddings and parties. He enjoyed making friends in the DJ community around the world, often attending DJ conventions in Las Vegas, Nev.

Eldon and Audry had two children, Amanda and Ojay, to whom he was a wonderful, fun father. He opened his home and welcomed the friends of his children, as well as foreign exchange students. He was a “dad” to many. He retired in 2010, the following year moving to Canyon, where he volunteered for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. He then proudly took on a new role – PaPa to his granddaughter, Sydney. They spent countless hours listening to albums, working in the shop and hanging out.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Audry; his parents; and his brothers, Charley, Mike and Don Gragert.

Survivors include daughter Amanda Rogers and husband, John, son Ojay Gragert and granddaughter Sydney Rogers, all of Canyon; a brother, Bob Gragert, and his wife Marilyn, of Tillamook, Ore.; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Irene Biggs of Allen, Okla., Sharon Gragert of Billings, Mont., Karen Gragert of Tillamook, Ore., Edward and Sheila York of Amarillo and Jerry and Donna Snook of Shady Point, Okla.; and numerous nieces and nephews, to whom he was known as the “young, cool uncle.”

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the BSA Hospice of the Southwest, 6600 Killgore Dr #110, Amarillo, TX 79106.

Nellie Vee King – December 21, 2016

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Nellie Vee King, 94, of Amarillo, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016.king-nellie-obit-pic

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Glen Walton and Dean Whaley officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Nellie was born March 14, 1922, in Carey, Texas to Della and John Gaither. She married William King on January 16, 1938, in Childress.  She loved getting family together and cooking meals for them, and she loved to laugh.  Nellie was a member of Bell Avenue Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her siblings and a son-in-law, Norman Naron.

Survivors include three daughters, Theresa Miller and husband Milton, of Amarillo, Jean Harmon and husband Jerry, of Canyon Lake, and Joan Naron Felps and husband Dale, of Boerne; 5 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren and 2 step great-grandchildren.