July/August Obituaries of HPD Family Members

Tom Kennedy

BABB

Retired Sergeant James A. Babb passed away on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at the age of 53. He was a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He joined the Houston Police Department on October 5, 1989, Academy Class #136. During his career with the Houston Police Department he was assigned to the Westside Division, Community Services Division, Office of Public Affairs and Field Operations, retiring on December 10, 2011.  Services were held July 23.

 

BRITTEN

Mr. Leroy R. Britten passed away on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. He is the brother of Senior Office Assistant Cassandra Britten-McClintock, assigned to the South Central Division; and uncle of Jail Attendant Wayeshia E. Martin, assigned to the Jail Division. Services were held June 24.

 

BUECHE

Former HPOA President Bernard Eugene Bueche, age 85, passed away shortly after midnight on July 26, 2017. Mr. Bueche served over thirteen years with HPD, then served a long career with the Riverside County, CA, Sheriff’s Office. He was president of the Houston Police Officers Association (now HPOU) from 1962 to 1965. Bernard and Martha Bueche had just moved back to Houston in June 2017, to live with their daughter, Petrina Marie Burton, on Kipling Street in 1A30’S Beat.

CAO

Mrs. Hen Cao passed away on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at the age of 93. She is the mother of Retired Senior Police Officer Thong A. Nguyen, last assigned to the Vehicular Crimes Division, retiring on January 21, 2014. Services were held July 24 with burial in Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery.

 

CHARLES

Mr. Winfred Martin Charles Sr. passed away on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at the age of 72. He is the father of Operations Supervisor Latarjah “Tasha” R. Dean assigned to the Office of Technology Services and uncle of retired Senior Police Officer Kerry R. Samuel last assigned to the Midwest Division, retiring on March 19, 2011. Services were held June 17 with burial in Brookside Memorial Park.

 

COPELAND

Retired Sergeant Stephen G. Copeland passed away on Monday, June 5, 2017, at the age of 62. He is survived by his wife of almost 28 years, Denise Copeland. He joined the Houston Police Department on January 21, 1974, Academy Class No. 63. During his career with the Department he was assigned to the Northeast Division, Employment Services Division, South Central Division, Homicide Division, Civilian Employment, Community Services Division, Major Offenders Division, and Southeast Division. Sergeant Copeland retired on February 13, 2016. Services were held June 9 with burial in Cushing, Texas.

 

DEVORA

Mr. Juan “John” Guevara Devora passed away on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at the age of 64. He is the brother of Retired Senior Police Officer David “Devo” Devora, last assigned to the Vice Division, retiring on June 17, 2017; he is also the cousin of Retired Senior Police Officer Abel T. Devora, last assigned to the Kingwood Division, retiring on August 4, 2012. Services were held July 8 with burial in Poth, Texas.

 

FIKE

R etired Senior Police Officer Daniel P. Fike passed away on Saturday, July 8, 2017, at the age of 67. He is survived by his wife Regina “Reggie” Fike. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army. He started his law enforcement career on August 1, 1971 with the Village of Dixmoor Police Department, the City of Harvey Police Department, and the Village of Calumet Park, all in Illinois. He joined the Houston Police Department on September 20, 1982, Academy Class No. 108. During his career with the Houston Police Department, he was assigned to the Central Division and the Airport Division – IAH. Senior Police Officer Fike retired on October 18, 2008. Services were held July 12 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.

 

GARCIA

Mrs. Julia V. Garcia passed away on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at the age of 81. She is the mother of Retired Senior Police Officer Richard M. Garcia, last assigned to the Airport Division / IAH, retiring on April 8, 2017; mother-in-law of Retired Sergeant Sharon L. Garcia, last assigned to the Special Victims Division, retiring on November 24, 2012; grandmother of Police Officer Gregory Dane Garcia, assigned to the Gang Division / CRU, Police Officer Christina M. Reyna, assigned to the Central Division, and Police Officer Jeffrey G. Garcia, assigned to the Northeast Division.

Services were held July with burial in Brookside Memorial Park.

 

GONZALES

Mrs. Pauline Garcia Gonzales passed away on Monday, July 3, 2017, at the age of 82. She is the mother of Sergeant Jeff G. Herrera, assigned to the South Central Division. Services were held July 11 with burial in Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.

 

GREEN

Mr. Victor James Green, Jr. passed away on Sunday, July 9, 2017, at the age of 67. He is the brother of Clerk Typist Alan Lee Green, assigned to the Fleet Unit. Services were held July 15 with burial in Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.

 

HAGLER

Retired Police Officer David E. Hagler passed away on Friday, June 23, 2017, at the age of 83. He is survived by his wife Connie E. Hagler. He is a Veteran of the U.S. Army and the Texas National Guard. He joined the Houston Police Department on September 14, 1959, Academy Class No. 22. During his career with the Department, he was assigned to the Patrol Division, Jail Division, and the Police Garage Division. Police Officer Hagler retired on January 4, 1980.

 

HODGE

Mr. James J. Hodge passed away on Thursday, July 13, 2017, at the age of 86. He is the father of Senior Police Officer Michael D. Trautwein, assigned to the Traffic Enforcement Division; and father-in-law of Retired Senior Police Officer Carol M. Trautwein, who was last assigned to the Internal Affairs Division, retiring on November 8, 2014. Services were held July 17.

 

JOHNSON

Mr. Alvin Johnson, Jr. passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the age of 81. He is the father of Senior Police Officer Curtis Johnson, assigned to the Traffic Enforcement Division / SOLO Motorcycle Detail. Services were held June 16 with burial in Houston Memorial Gardens.

 

LANDA

Mrs. Angelica G. Landa passed away on Sunday, July 16, 2017, at the age of 93. She is the mother of Retired Sergeant Victor M. Landa, last assigned to the Eastside Division, retiring on March 17, 2004; and mother-in-law of Retired Senior Police Officer Elvia Margaret Landa, last assigned to the Major Offenders Division, retiring on December 18, 2003. Services were held July 20 with burial in Memorial Oaks Cemetery.

 

LILES

Retired Police Officer Jerald D. Liles passed away on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at the age of 85. He is survived by his wife of almost 51 years, Carolyn “Carrie” Liles. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran. He joined the Houston Police Department on November 16, 1953. He retired on February 15, 1978. Services were held June 10 with burial in New Braunfels.

 

McCLENDON

Mr. Earnest Lee McClendon Sr. passed away on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at the age of 87. He is the father of retired Senior Police Officer Earnest L. McClendon Jr., last assigned to the Airport Division – IAH, retiring on March 11, 2017. Services were held July 1 in Monroe, Louisiana.

 

MATTHIAS

Mrs. Anna Leah Matthias passed away on Friday, June 9, 2017, at the age of 81. She is preceded in death by her husband, Retired Police Officer Richard Matthias, who passed away in 2002. Services were held June 17.

 

MILES

Ms. Franshisca Ann Miles passed away on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at the age of 33. She is the daughter of Senior Police Service Officer Cynthia D. Miles, assigned to the Southwest Division; niece of Senior Human Resources Specialist Debra M. Bias, assigned to the Employee Services Division; niece of Records Technician Ollie M. Bias, assigned to the Employee Services Division and cousin of Senior Police Service Officer Fallon N. Bias, assigned to the Midwest Division.

Services were held July 15 withb burial in Houston memorial Gardens.

 

MILLER, A.

Mr. Andre Lamonte Miller passed away on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at the age of 44. He is the brother of Administrative Associate Lashanda R. George, assigned to the Office of Budget and Finance. Services were held July 22 with burial in Houston Memorial Gardens.

 

MILLER, R.

Mrs. Rebecca “Becky” Miller passed away on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the age of 70. She is the sister of Word Processor Cynthia C. Petty, assigned to the Vice Division. Services were held Aug. 5.

 

PATE

Mrs. Kathleen Cook Pate passed away on Friday, June 2, 2017, at the age of 74. She is the mother of Senior Police Officer Barnett W. Pate Jr. assigned to the Central Division and grandmother-in-law of Police Officer Matthew A. Muskiet assigned to the Central Division. Services were held June 6 with burial in san Augustine.

 

PERRY

Mrs. Theresa Lucille Perry passed away on Monday, June 12, 2017, at the age of 95. She is the mother of Senior Police Officer Jeffrey L. Perry assigned to the Homicide Division. Services were held June 16 in Dearborn Heights, Michigan.

 

PUENTE

Mr. Jose Antonio Puente passed away on Friday, May 26, 2017, at the age of 70. He is the father of Police Officer Alejandro Puente assigned to the Eastside Division.

 

RENTZ

Mr. Oliver Jerome Rentz passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the age of 89. He is the grandfather of Police Officer Christopher C.L. Brewster, assigned to the Gang Division. Services were held June 17 in South Park Cemetery in Pearland.

 

RICHARDS

Mr. Willie L. Richards passed away on Saturday, July 22, 2017. He is the father of Senior Police Officer Anthony L. Richards, assigned to the Auto Theft Division. Services were held July 29 with burial in Paradise North Cemetery.

 

SCHULTEA

Retired Sergeant Volie H. Schultea Jr. passed away on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at the age of 86. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Chloe Ann Schultea. He is the uncle of retired Sergeant James R. Schultea, who retired on January 30, 2016. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy. Sergeant Schultea joined the Houston Police Department on November 21, 1955, Academy Class No. 13 and retired on August 1, 1984 out of the Legal Division. Services were held June 15 with burial in Woodlawn Garden of Memories.

 

 

 

SMITH, A.

Mrs. Amy Christine Smith passed away on Monday, June 19, 2017, at the age of 70. She is the mother of Police Officer Adam J. Smith, assigned to the Midwest Division. Services were held June 24 in Katy.

 

SMITH, F.

Retired Data Entry Operator Faye L. Smith passed away on Friday, June 30, 2017 at the age of 62. She joined the Houston Police Department on August 21, 1987. During her career she was assigned to the Records Division and Jail Division, retiring on August 1, 2014. Services were held July 8 with burial in Huntsville.

 

TATUM

Retired Police Communications Specialist I James C. Tatum passed away on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at the age of 73. He is survived by his wife Barbara Tatum. He was a Veteran of the United States Navy. He joined the Houston Police Department on August 31, 1970, Academy Class #46. During his career with the Houston Police Department he was assigned to the Traffic and Accident Division, North Division and Communications Management Division, retiring on July 7, 2012 as a Police Communications Specialist I. Services were held 29 in Conroe with burial in Earthman Resthaven Cemetery.

 

TAYLOR

Mrs. Marcia Key Taylor passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at the age of 74. She is the mother of Retired Senior Police Officer Carol M. Trautwein, who was last assigned to the Internal Affairs Division, retiring on November 8, 2014; and mother-in-law of Senior Police Officer Michael D. Trautwein, assigned to the Traffic Enforcement Division. Services were held July 6.

 

TIPTON

Mrs. Lenora Tipton passed away on Monday, June 26, 2017, at the age of 87. She is the wife of Retired Police Officer James E. Tipton, last assigned to the Traffic and Accident Division, retiring on March 2, 1992. Services were held June 30 with burial in Katy Magnolia Cemetery.

 

VAUGHN

Retired Police Officer John C. Vaughn passed away on Sunday, July 2, 2017, at the age of 87. He is preceded in death by his wife Katie Sue Vaughn. He joined the Houston Police Department on April 19, 1954, Academy Class No. 11. During his career with the Department, he was assigned to the Central Division, Personnel Division, Southeast Division, and the Eastside Division, retiring on March 31, 1988. Services were held July 6 in Carroll County, Tennessee.

 

WILLIAMSON

Mr. Curtis Williamson passed away on Monday, June 19, 2017, at the age of 70. He is the father of Senior Police Officer Kycha M. Williamson, assigned to the Juvenile Division. Services were held June 27 in Flint, Michigan.

 

WRIGHT- SCHMIDT

Ms. Winterrose Destiny Wright-Schmidt passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at the age of 23. She is the daughter of Sergeant Travis L. Schmidt, assigned to the Northeast Division and grand-daughter of retired Senior Police Officer Charlie J. Schmidt last assigned to the Central Division who retired on May 25, 2013. Services were held June 19.

 

ZARAGOZA

Mrs. Mary Jimenez Zaragoza passed away on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at the age of 84. She is the mother of Sergeant Timothy M. Zaragoza, assigned to the Jail Division. Services were held July7 with burial in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Dickinson.