|Colonel David O. Kramer, age 91, of McAllen, passed away Saturday May 9th, 2015 in a Houston hospital. He was born April
5th, 1924 in La Crosse, Wisconsin to Oscar and Minnie (Wilomena) Kramer. Colonel Kramer had been a resident of McAllen
since retiring from the US Army in 1974. He had been a citrus grower since the early 1960’s in south Texas and took it over
full time after his military retirement in 1974.
He was a staunch conservative and loved political and historical discussions of any kind. He especially enjoyed studying military
history. He was a veteran of World War II and Korea and served three tours of duty in Vietnam. He earned many medals and
commendations to include the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Silver Star, American Defense Service Medal, Legion of Merit Medal,
United Nations Service Medal and many others. He was most proud of earning three Combat Infantryman Badges during his
He received a BA in History from the University of Maryland in 1959 and also studied Russian at the Army Language School. He
married Mary Ellen Swann in 1959. He studied Spanish with Mary Ellen at The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language
Center in Monterey, California. He was then assigned to Argentina to serve as a US State Department Attaché in the US
Embassy in Buenos Aires from 1966-1969. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary just shortly before Mary Ellen’s
passing in July of 2009.
They leave behind oldest son Matthew of Houston, and twins Jennifer of San Antonio, and Jason of Houston, daughter-in-law
Vanessa (Matthew) and granddaughter Kaitlyn of Houston. They also leave behind many nieces, nephews, and great and
great-great nieces and nephews all across the country.
David was preceded in death by his Father in 1972 and Mother in 1975 and by all six of his sisters and his only brother.
A memorial service is scheduled at St. Paul Lutheran Church in McAllen for Saturday May 30th at 2pm. The family requests that
donations be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church in lieu of flowers to honor David’s commitment and service to the church
throughout the years.
Tommie Mae Cole, 80 quietly passed away Friday, May 15, 2015. She was at home surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Cole
suffered from Alzheimer’s and we would like to believe is now finally at peace. She ran the family farm and raised six girls. Mrs.
Cole was the glue that held our family together. She was kind, loving and supported her children through their lives. She will
be sincerely missed. We will always love and remember you Mom.
Mrs. Cole is preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Clyde “Cotton” Cole, daughters Dixie Ann Cole, and Rita Von
Mcelhaney, her parents Gladys and Walter Sneed, brother James Sneed and sisters Lois Holloway and Cassie Lee Mrs. Cole is
survived by her daughters Della Stanley, Becky Soemer, Tammy Cole, Sherry Todar; son in-laws Jerry Stanley, brothers Roy
and Ed Sneed, 11 grandchildren: Joshua Aaron, Brandi, Jeremiah, Erica, Christen, Giavonna, Rainer, Jessie, Zachariah, Nathan,
Jacob; 5 great grandchildren and one on the way. Mrs. Cole will be laid to rest alongside her husband Clyde at Byler Point
Cemetery in Fayette County in a private ceremony. Family would like to thank IPH Hospice for all of their help and support
through this long and difficult journey. Kreidler Funeral home is in charge of the arrangements.
You can only have one mother
Patient kind and true;
No other friend in all the world,
Will be the same to you.
When other friends forsake you,
To mother you will return,
For all her loving kindness,
She asks nothing in return.
As we look upon her picture,
Sweet memories we recall,
Of a face so full of sunshine,
And a smile for one and all.
Sweet Jesus, take this message,
To our dear mother up above;
Tell her how we miss her,
And give her all our love.
Curtis Clinton Davis went peacefully to his heavenly home on May 17, 2015. His devotion to family and his unwavering faith
in God provided comfort and support to his family and friends. He is preceded in death by his infant son “David Theodore
Curtis was born the youngest of five children to William Henry Davis and Sara Frances Lee Davis in Duncan Oklahoma, April 2,
1921. Although his father died when Curtis was only four months old, his family continued to farm during the days of the dust
bowl and great depression. Curtis excelled in school and received scholarships through FFA and Halliburton to attend Oklahoma
A&M College. In 1942 he was drafted to serve in the US Army and was briefly stationed in California before receiving a medical
discharge. He married his sweetheart Beverly “June” Taylor on September 19, 1943, and joined the war effort, working at
Douglas Aircraft as a tool designer. He then returned to Oklahoma A&M College on the GI Bill and graduated in 1946 as “Top
Veteran” in his class. He accepted a position as an Agricultural Teacher/County Agent in Union City, Oklahoma until he was
contacted and hired as the rehabilitation officer for the Federal Prison System in Leavenworth, Kansas.
In 1954 the Davis family moved back to Oklahoma when Curtis purchased a partnership in a Ford dealership in Walters,
Oklahoma, and became one of the top dealers in the state. He was approached by the owners of Texan Land Company, to
administrate their corporate property in Medicine Park, Oklahoma. Curtis moved his family to Medicine Park and with his
managerial skills and lots of hard work he rehabilitated the Park’s amenities. Texan Land Company hired Curtis as a salesman
of land in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. He traded their home in Oklahoma for land in the Rio Grande Valley, and
moved the family to McAllen, Texas, where he sold land /orchards to a variety of customers and investors, including officers in
the military. He became known as Curtis “ Citrus” Davis, and utilizing his background and education in agriculture, he developed
and implemented innovations for citrus growing and also became known as the “father” of modern concept of citrus growing.
Over the ensuing years, he planted nursery stock, continued land sales and developed subdivisions. The business
headquarters of the Corporations and surrounding acreage evolved into the Texan Guest Ranch, an extended stay facility with
apartment and suites, for guests and winter Texan friends coming to the Rio Grande Valley.
He served as Deacon at the First Baptist Church in McAllen for over twenty years. All the family and his employees can
remember him humming or whistling his favorite song “Just a Closer Walk with Thee”. He is survived by his beloved wife of 71
years, June Davis; his children, Jerry (Alva) Davis, Anita Johnson, Sandra (Rodney) Womack, Candace (David) McCoy and
Randy (Karen) Davis; eight grandchildren, Doug, Justin, Jay, Matt, Ryan, Brandy, Amy, & Mark; and eight great grandchildren,
Paige, Blake, Lainey, Ellie, , Davis, Josiah, Brandon and Emma. The family wishes to express their greatest appreciation and
affection to the special people who meant so much to Curtis and June and assisted them in so many ways over the last years:
Donelda McKeand; caregivers and living assistants, Patty, Esther, Linda, and Nora; and all the loyal, caring employees who have
been with him throughout the years.
Services will be held at Church of the King, 7401 North Ware Rd, McAllen, Texas, at 10:00 am, Saturday May 23, 2015
interment following at Valley Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made through Church
of the King designating Disaster relief, Fellowship Ministry in Nepal.
Sadie E. Friedrichs was born on August 28, 1927, to Louis and Emma Kocurek. She passed peacefully on May 21, 2015.
Sadie was preceded in death by her husband, Richard "Dick" Friedrichs, her parents and her sister Elowise Hill.
Sadie is survived by her children, Leslie (David) Ewers, Dickie (Sharon) Friedrichs and Page (Michael) Moore and nine
grandchildren: Richard (Elissa) Ewers, Trevor Ewers, Trey Friedrichs, Connor Friedrichs, Ryan Friedrichs, Madelynne Moore,
Elaine Moore, Michael Moore, Jr. and Haidee Moore. Also survived by her sister Judy Russell. The family would like to extend a
special thank you to Maria Najera, Sadie's housekeeper and friend of 42 years.
Sadie was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church.
She had a secretarial service for many years, created a retail business, Barn White, with her daughters, was an active volunteer
in many civic organizations while supporting many worthy causes.
Sadie was first and foremost a mother and grandmother. Her passion was her family. She loved being included in her families
activities. At a moments notice she was available to attend any sports event, school activity, or family function. She always
wanted to be with her family and have her family around her. She was our biggest cheerleader. Sadie was so giving and so
kind, and could tell a joke for any and every occasion putting a smile on everyone's face. Never one to criticize, always one to
Sadie, mom, Memaw will be missed dearly. There is not a restaurant in this town that will not remind us about our times
together with her because after every event or outing; a meal with her family was her fellowship.
Visitation will be held Friday, May 22, at Kreidler Funeral Home of McAllen from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be conducted by Ricky Sanderford at First United Methodist Church, 4200 N.McColl, McAllen on Saturday,
May 23, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Roselawn Cemetery. Those serving as pallbearers are her six grandsons:
Richard Ewers, Trevor Ewers, Trey Friedrichs, Connor Friedrichs, Ryan Friedrichs, and Michael Moore, Jr.
Kreidler Funeral Home of McAllen will be in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist
Church of McAllen.