Obituaries for Canyon

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.



Milton Eugene (Gene) Slater – December 7, 2016

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

Milton Eugene (Gene) Slater left this world and went to heaven on December 7, 2016.slater-obit-photo

He was born January 22, 1945 in Grand Prairie, Texas to Ed and Louise Slater. He spent his first 19 years in Lubbock, Texas.  That is where his love of sports developed.  He played football at Monterey High School.   Due to a knee he had to change direction in college.   His love of sports always remained.  He knew everyone’s team player in college and NFL til the end.

All of his adult life was spent in Amarillo. He was a fireman for many years and then went into sales.  He loved people, traveling, and was successful for many years.  Gene loved his family and was a “Force of Nature”.  He was a loving, caring person with a joke to share always.  He always was happy and had a “Bear Hug” for everyone.  That’s his trademark.  He was our go to person before computers.

He will be truly missed. He loved everyone and never met a stranger.  He knows he is loved and special.

Gene is survived by his wife, Betty, one son, Vince; a daughter, Sharon Maden and son-in-law, Walt Maden; one granddaughter, Katlyn Maden of Amarillo who attends WTAMU; several family members and extended families; one sister, Pat Wilson of Mineral Wells, Texas and several nieces and nephews.

Our appreciation to his caregivers Diane and Derk who made his last times wonderful. Thanks for your excellent care.  Rest in peace and God Speed.

His memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 15, 2016 in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Corky Holland of First Baptist Church officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

We would be honored to Celebrate his life with you.

Larry Glenn Kopp – August 18, 2016

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Larry Glenn Kopp, 65, of Edmond, Oklahoma, formerly of Canyon, died Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016.Kopp Obit Pic

Services will be at Noon, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, in South Georgia Baptist Church with Mike Martin, senior pastor, officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Larry was born Dec. 28, 1950, in Amarillo. He was raised in Amarillo and graduated from Tascosa High School.  For 42 years, Larry was a resident of Canyon.

Larry was a hard worker and a self-employed contractor for more than 25 years. He was always willing to help and adored his family and friends.  Larry had a heart for God and loved to read and study about God.  He was a member of South Georgia Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Patricia Kopp; a daughter, Jennifer Kopp-Jones; a son-in-law, Brian Jones; a son, Matthew Kopp; and six grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, at the funeral home.


Tom Burleson – May 5, 2016

Friday, May 6th, 2016

Burleson Obit PicTom Burleson, 82, of Canyon, died Thursday, May 5, 2016.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 9, 2016, in Church at Quail Creek with Kyle Clayton officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Tom was born December 23, 1933, in Richland, Texas to Albert and Lola Burleson.  He was an Army veteran. Tom worked in flight operations at Bell Helicopter. He loved anything to do with cars, especially classics. Tom also enjoyed hunting, fishing, dancing, and playing bridge.  He was predeceased by his parents, two brothers and a sister.

Survivors include three daughters, Cathy Miller and husband Dick of Corsicana, TX, Nannette Evans and husband David of Amarillo, TX., Cheree Burleson of Canyon, TX., a son, Trey Burleson and wife Julie of Amarillo, TX., a brother, Jim Burleson and wife Betty, a sister, Laina Bartlow and husband Dave both of Amarillo, TX; seven grandchildren: Richard Miller, Hunter Weber, Elizabeth McKenzie, Landry McKenzie, Jake Burleson, Addie Burleson and Max Burleson; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, and special friend and companion Marlena Kerns.

The family suggests memorials be to Dick’s Classic Car Museum, 120 Stagecoach Trail, San Marcos, TX 78666.


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Ken Price – March 23, 2016

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Price Obit PicKen Price, 59, of Canyon, died Wednesday, March 23, 2016.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 28, 2016, in Christian Heritage Church with Gary Burd, pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Ken was born March 10, 1957, in Mineola, NY, to Alexander and Gloria Price.  He married Cindy Hawkins on April 16, 2002, in Amarillo.  Ken worked for Texas Sand and Gravel since 2012.

Ken spent his entire life helping out the less fortunate and witnessing to others.  He loved people and God.  Ken was a member of Christian Heritage Church.

He was preceded in death by a son, Ian Price.

Survivors include his wife, Cindy Price, of Amarillo; two daughters, Emily Price and Kristina Price, both of Amarillo; and a brother, Doug Price, of Mesa, Arizona.

Karen Hollis – March 15, 2016

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Hollis Obit PicKaren Hollis, 71, of Canyon, died Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 19, 2016, in Miami Cemetery in Miami with Lewis Holland  officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Karen was born June 20, 1944, in Pampa, to Charles and Frances Lyons. She was an avid WT athletic booster.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom “Tommy” Hollis.

Survivors include a daughter, Tomi Hollis and partner, Kim Lewis of Ft. Worth; and a son, Tim Hollis, of Canyon.

The family suggests memorials be made to St. Jude’s, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 18, 2016, at the funeral home.