Obituaries for Channing

Willie K. Turner, Jr. – August 2, 2016

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Turner Obit PicWillie K. Turner, Jr., 62, of Channing, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016.

Services will be at 10 am, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, at Chaparral Hills Baptist Church with Alan Burkhalter officiating.  Burial will be in Boys Ranch Cemetery in Boys Ranch.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Willie was born Nov. 11, 1953, in Valdosta, Georgia, to Willie K. and Betty Jones Turner.  He graduated from the first paramedic classes offered in Amarillo.  Willie worked at Boys Ranch for 16 years and recently retired from Texas Department of Transportation.

Willie married Lela Richards on Feb. 24, 1973, in Richardson.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Lela Turner, of the home; a daughter, Stephanie Donegan and husband Ruben, of Dalhart; a son, George David Turner and wife Alicia, of Channing; his mother, Betty Viehweg, of Virginia; two brothers, Ricky Turner of Georgia and Marty Viehweg of Virginia; three sisters, Deborah Gould and Doris Poules, both of Virginia and Kay Beth Nguyen, of Georgia; a brother-in-law, G.C. Richards and wife Jean, of Boys Ranch; his mother-in-law and his best friend, Laverne Simmons and Dale Hoover; five grandchildren, Taylen, Toby, Briella, True and Brooklyn, who were the light of his life; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, at the funeral home.

Roy Elwood Foster – July 11, 2013

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Foster Then Foster Now

Roy Elwood Foster, 99, of Channing, died Thursday, July 11, 2013.

Graveside services will be at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at Channing Cemetery with Bob Miller officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Roy was born Oct. 26, 1913, in their home in Wood County near Winnsboro, to Charles E. and Sarah Wright Foster. He was raised on a farm near Alba with two sisters and seven brothers. He attended Alba High School and excelled in basketball.

Roy worked for Howard Hughes Tool Co. of Houston in the oil fields of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in Farwell at age 26. He served with the Texas 36th Infantry Division from 1941 to 1945, where he served in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany. He participated in Beach Head landings in Salerno, Anzio, and Southern France.

Roy married Evadna Holley of Muleshoe in 1945 in Big Springs. They raised a family of four children.

After World War II, he was a farmer and also worked as a roughneck, a salesman and truck driver. He has been a resident of Channing since 1972, where he worked    as the Channing school maintenance man and school bus driver until he retired in 1987 at the age of 78. He maintained close ties to the teachers and former students of the Channing Independent School District.

He never lost interest in farming and ranching and loved to associate with cowboys and ranchers in the area. He also kept up with farm and ranch news as well as rodeo participants he knew. He was a avid reader of historical books and documents related to the High Plains. He maintained a keen interest in his children and their families. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Evadna, in 2004.

Survivors include a brother, Paul Foster and wife Carol of Alba; two sons, Michael Foster and wife Dianna of Amarillo and R.D. Foster of Grapevine; two daughters, Katie Beckett and husband David of Midland and Susan Adams of  Durant, Okla.; 10 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Lorie Langenbacher – July 9, 2013

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Langenbacher Now Langenbacher Then

Lorie Langenbacher, 80, of Channing, died Tuesday, July 9, 2013.

Services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 12, 2013, in Accelerate Church, 2615 Paramount, with Ricky Pfeil, pastor emeritus, officiating.  Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mrs. Langenbacher was born May 13, 1933, in Gruenwald, Germany to Robert and Fredericka Gedon.  She married Charles Langenbacher in 1953 in Tyrone, PA.  She moved to Amarillo in 1965 and to Channing in 1986, where she has lived since.  She was a registered nurse.

She was preceded in death by a son, Glenn Langenbacher on July 5, 2004.

Survivors include two daughters, Ruby Mosser and husband Jerald and Sylvia Crecelius and husband Gary, all of Amarillo; former husband, Charles Langenbacher of Timpson; ten grandchildren, Eddie Roberts, Jr., Christina and Bryan Mosser, Wade, April and Justin Langenbacher, Jennifer Gleason, Tracie Howell, Sara and David Wedgeworth; and 11 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to Alzheimer’s Association, 1400 Wallace Blvd., Amarillo, TX 79106.

Alice Skelton-July 11, 2012

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Alice Skelton was born on July 14, 1920 to Mary Hisel in Channing, Texas. She was born in the family home, a home in which she would later raise her own family and occupy for 80 plus years.

Her early years were spent growing up with her two sisters, Vick and Lillian. The sisters would remain life-long friends.

Alice married Guy Easley in 1938. The couple had a daughter, Marilyn. Guy passed away in February of 1945.

Alice married Red Skelton in December of 1945. Settling down in Channing, they had two sons, Roger and Bobby. Alice enjoyed a simple life in Channing. She was an active member of the United Methodist Church. Alice was fiercely independent, a hard worker and conscientious in her work at Channing Schools, the United States Post Office and in her home raising her children.

Alice enjoyed growing beautiful plants and vegetables in her homemade greenhouse and having friends and family over for good coffee and good conversation. She was known for being a straight-shooting card shark. Alice could take anyone down in Canasta, or any other card game for that matter. She saw and encountered her share of joys and tragedy, facing both head-on.

Alice passed from this life on July 11, 2012 in Amarillo, Texas. She had many loving caregivers at Emeritus of Liberal Springs in Liberal, Kansas, Frensenius Dialysis Center in Liberal, Kansas and BSA Hospice in Amarillo, Texas.

She is preceded in death by her sister, Vick Messinger, her first husband, Guy Easley and their daughter, Marilyn Piva, and her second husband, Red Skelton.

She is survived by a sister, Lillian Johnson; a son, Roger Skelton and his wife Jane, and their children, John and Tori Skelton, Jess and Megan Skelton, Jason and Jana Schreiner, Jerod and Julie McDaniel, and James and Lindsay Skelton.

Alice is also survived by a former daughter-in-law, Lin Twing and her husband, Kurt; a son, Bobby; Lin and Bobby’s children, Chris Skelton, David and Sister Skelton and Marilyn’s son, Steve Dickerson and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family and beloved friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Channing, Texas. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

The family request memorials be sent to Northridge Christian School, P.O. Box 1707, Guymon, OK 73942, or to Channing Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 204, Channing, TX 79018.