Obituaries for Wildorado

Wanda Bernice Ponder – November 24, 2017

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Wanda Bernice Ponder, 79, of Wildorado died Friday, Nov. 24, 2017.

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at Palo Duro Baptist Church in Wildorado with Ron Muller officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers at Vega, 110 Main.

Wanda was born April 5, 1938, in Anadarko, Caddo County, Oklahoma, to Roy and Nellie Cole.    She was longtime employee at Crist Fuels in Wildorado and a homemaker.  She loved sewing and quilting.

Wanda was a great mom, sister, grandma and friend.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Ponder, Sr.; a sister; and a brother.

Survivors include six children, Roy Ponder and wife Lanie, Leona Hellman, Roberta Hobbs and husband Bobby, James Ponder, Juanita Barnhill, and Wayne Ponder and wife Barbara; two sisters, Mary Louise Jones and Beulah Pearl Gossett; 19 grandchildren; and multiple great-grandchildren.

Matthew “Bob” Lane, Jr. – September 28, 2017

Saturday, September 30th, 2017

Matthew “Bob” Lane, Jr., formerly of Adrian, Texas was born September 16, 1921 the only child of Matthew Lane and Attamae Druham Lane, he passed September 28, 2017 at the age of 96 years and 12 days.

He spent most of his younger days at his grandparent’s home in Memphis, Texas. He graduated from Dimmitt High School in 1939, three years’ later just days before his 21st birthday he joined the US Army Air Corps in 1942 and was a WWII veteran. After spending 5 ½ years in the service, he came back home to Castro County where he married Mary Lee Tyler in 1949. They moved to Oldham County in 1955 where he spent most of his long life living in the Vega and Adrian area. In 1983 he married Maria Trujillo who preceded him in death May 2004. Bob loved nothing more than being a cowboy, and spent his life doing just that. He ran wheat pasture cattle, worked on the Bridwell Ranch, road pens for Great Plains and Kirkland’s Feedyards and day worked when he could for many of the area ranches. In the later years he would help the City of Adrian with the mowing but didn’t like the tractor very much, “I’d rather be on a horse”. Bob also loved making and giving away wood crosses to his many friends and church members. Bob was a member of the Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints in Hereford and attended the Vega Cowboy church. The interment services will be Monday October the 2nd at 1:00 p.m. Vega Memorial Park Cemetery with the arrangements by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.

We would like to say a very special “Thank You” to the whole staff at the Community Living Center with the Amarillo VA Health Care System. For the past 7 years they have taken wonderful care of our Dad.

Survivors include a son Colin Lane and wife Dywan of Wildorado, Texas, a daughter Joan (Joni) Lane Sageser and husband Max of Earth, Texas; two grandchildren Howie Hobbs and Tammi Hobbs–Mobley, one great-grandchild Bryttni, one great-great-grandchild Zayne, two step daughters Diana Franco and husband Carlos of Amarillo, Texas; Cathy Vanderpool and husband Bill of Raton, New Mexico;  step-grandchildren;  step-great-grandchildren; and  step-great-great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please give to the Adrian Volunteer Fire Dept. P.O. Box 14 Adrian, Texas 79031 or Memorial Park Cemetery at Vega P.O. Box 496 Vega, Texas 79092.

Billy Bob Moore – July 23, 2016

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Moore, Billy Bob Obit PicBilly Bob Moore, 82, a lifelong farmer in Wildorado, died Saturday at home following a long illness.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 29, at Trinity Lutheran Church and graveside at Palo Duro Cemetery in Wildorado.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Born in Wildorado on July 3, 1934, to Laney and Beulah Cox Moore, Billy Bob married Margie Janhsen, also of Wildorado, on December 2, 1956, after being honorably discharged from the United States Army. An avid fan of West Texas A&M University athletics and pilot, he was active on a variety of community boards and committees, serving on the Wildorado Independent School District Board of Education for 27 years, as well as the Board of Directors at High Plains Industries; Holly Sugar; High Plains Underground Water District; the Board of Elders at Trinity Lutheran Church; and the Board of Regents at Concordia University in Austin.

Billy Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Laney and Beulah Cox Moore; brothers, Jack and M.K. Moore; and sisters, Mildred Moore and Joyce Thomas King.

Billy Bob is survived by his wife, Margie; son, Lanny and his wife Bonnie of San Antonio; and three grandchildren, Stephanie, Zachary and Kimberly.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ruth Stelzer Memorial Scholarship Fund at Trinity Lutheran School, or Texas Partners in Mission of the Texas District Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in Austin, Texas.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, Thursday, July 28, 2016, at the funeral home.



Sandra Ann Jacobson – February 5, 2015

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Sandra Ann Jacobson, 68, of Wildorado, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015.

Memorial services will be at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.  Lunch and Elks memorial services will follow at Elks Lodge 923, at 932 Clyde St.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Sandra Ann Olson was born Aug. 11, 1946, in Valley City, North Dakota, to Vernon and Marion Smith Olson.  She married Charles Jacobson at Colfax Lutheran Church in Colfax, ND on Aug. 15, 1964.  They moved to Parker, Colo. in 1970.  She was a homemaker for the childrens’ school years.

Sandra worked for Parker Water and Sanitation as assistant manager for 10 years.  She then worked for Cosco Science Supplies until moving to Wildorado in 2005.  She retired from Crist Fuel as a part time job.  Sandra was a past president of Castle Rock Colorado Eagles Auxiliary 3947 and a member of Elk Lodge 923 in Amarillo.

She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.  She loved her grandsons and enjoyed attending their activities.

We would like to say a special thanks to BSA Therapy and Hospice Care of the Southwest for their outstanding care of her.

She was preceded in death in her parents, Vernon and Marion Olson; grandparents, Walter and Mae Smith and Jim and Christine Algoe.

Survivors include her husband, Chuck, of the home; her son, Todd Jacobson, of Hammon, Okla.; her daughter, Tami Isbell and husband Cory of Wildorado; a brother, Gene Olson and wife Donna, of West Fargo, North Dakota; and three grandchildren, Chase, Cade and Colter.

Saige Ileen Bell – February 2, 2015

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Saige Ileen Bell, of Wildorado, died Monday, Feb. 2, 2015.

Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Vega with Billy Paul Vinson officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Saige was born Feb. 2, 2015, to Monty and Taylor Bell.

Survivors include her parents, Monty and Taylor Bell, of the home; a brother, Stoney Bell, of the home; her grandparents, Brad Overstreet of Henrietta, Carmen Overstreet of Vega, Mitch and Nena Bell of Channing; great-grandparents, Tom and Judy Sides of Burkburnett, Evelyn Wood of Twin Falls, Idaho, JoAnn Bell of Dalhart, Linda Sellers of Henrietta and Carter Overstreet of Petrolia; aunts and uncles, Timbra and Bob Morris, Tycee Overstreet, Sam, Dusty and Rowdy Bell and Jade and Nick Holder.

Robert Jon “Bob” Fulton – May 17, 2014

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Fulton Obit PhotoRobert Jon “Bob” Fulton, 90, of Wildorado died Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Amarillo.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2014, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Private burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Amarillo. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Bob was born Aug. 27, 1923, near Amarillo to Lawrence J. and Julia Fulton. He married Juanita LeGrand on Aug. 18, 1947.

Bob was a farmer and rancher all his life. He enjoyed cowboy poetry, and jewelry and wine making.  He was a past president of Wildorado School Board and Wildorado Senior Citizens and was very active in other community affairs. He was a member of Vega Masonic Lodge, Khiva Temple, and Vega Methodist Church.

He was a wonderful “Papa” to his grandchildren and great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita, on Jan. 21, 2011; a sister, Beechie Mason; and a brother, Lawrence J. Fulton, Jr.

Survivors include two daughters, Becky Barclay and husband Don of Vega and Suzanne Van Pelt and husband Jim of Amarillo; two sons, Harry Fulton of Amarillo and Larry Fulton and wife Juliann of Bushland; two sisters, Margaret Norman of Buchanan Dam and Joanne Werner and husband Wes of Garden City, Kan.; three grandchildren, Donna Marshall and husband Matt, Bobby Van Pelt and fiancée Rachel Oldham and Paige Van Pelt; and a great-grandchild, Miles Marshall.

The family suggests memorials be to Vega Masonic Lodge #899, P.O. Box 490, Vega, TX 79092; or Wildorado Community Center, P.O. Box 62, Wildorado, TX 79098.

Claude Leroy Benedict – March 14, 2013

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Claude Leroy Benedict, 88, of Wildorado, died Thursday, March 14, 2013.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 18, 2013, in Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. David Schatte and Rev. Brian Hesse officiating.  Burial will be in Palo Duro Cemetery at Wildorado.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Claude was born Feb. 20, 1925, in Miami, Kansas to Kenneth and Verna Benedict.  Claude married Ellen Louise England on Feb. 10, 1950.  He was raised on a dairy farm and graduated from Pony Creek School in Louisburg, Kansas. After graduation Claude faithfully served his country in the Army from 1944-1946.  After they moved to Elkhart, Kansas in 1960, where he was employed by Panhandle Eastern Pipeline, and until he retired, Claude was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Amarillo.  He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who spent his life loving and taking care of his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Vernie May Benedict; a sister, Dorthy Lewis; a brother, Charles Benedict; and a son, Rex Benedict.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Ellen Benedict of Wildorado; two daughters, Cindy Roark and husband Steve of Wildorado and Claudia Benedict of Taos, NM; four grandchildren, Jessica Boudreau, Amber Trayler and husband Jody, Sarah Cumming and husband Chad and Heath Roark; and four great-grandchildren, Eden, Aspen, Brooke and Emma.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Trinity Lutheran School, 5005 W Interstate 40  Amarillo, TX 79106; or to a favorite charity.