December 2015 Obituaries

Tom Kennedy

ALMANZA

Mr. Juan Almanza, 75, passed away Friday, November 13, 2015. He is the brother of Senior Police Officer Silverio Almanza, Jr., assigned to the Narcotics Division. Mr. Juan Almanza served in the United States Air Force.  Services were held Nov. 18 with burial in the Houston National Cemetery.

BAKER

Retired Police Officer Vernon Odell Baker, 86, passed away on Tuesday, October 27, 2015. He joined the Houston Police Department as a Cadet in Police Academy No. 17, on September 16, 1957. He retired on February 26, 1980. Retired Police Officer Baker is preceded in death by his daughter, Cheri Baker. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Regina G. Baker; daughters Sheryl White, Donna Cockrum, Anita Metcalf, Cindy Hicks, and Tery Blackshere. Services were held Nov. 15.

BARLOW

Mr. William Barlow, 84, passed away on Monday, November 9, 2015. He is the step-father of Sergeant David E. Browne, assigned to the Westside Division. Services were held Nov. 13 with burial in Forest Park East Cemetery.

BURGESS

Sally Ann Burgess passed away on Monday, November 2, 2015.  She is the sister of Offset Press Operator Clair Burgess, assigned to the Office of Planning, Print Shop. Services were held Nov. 6.

 CANTERBURY

Mr. Trenton Lloyd Canterbury, Jr. passed away on Friday, November 13, 2015.  He is the father of Police Officer Travis Canterbury, assigned to the Northwest Division.  Services were held Nov. 20 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.

CLARK

Retired Senior Police Officer Perry Clark passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2015.  He joined Police Academy Class No. 119 on February 20, 1984.  He was last assigned to the Clear Lake Division and retired on April 12, 2014.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Clark, on January 12, 2015.  He is survived by children, Samantha Clark, Kaye Clark, Perry Albert Clark II, and Shana Hawkins. Services were held Nov. 23 with burial in San Jacinto Memorial Cemetery.

COBBS

Mr. Joseph Cobbs, 82, passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2015.  He is the father of Sergeant Whitney L. Labbe, assigned to the Internal Affairs Division, and father-in-law of Sergeant Lance P. Labbe, assigned to the Auto Dealers Division.  Services were held Oct. 24 with burial in Paradise North Cemetery.

CONDRA

Arthur William Condra II passed away on October 25, 2015.  He is the stepson of retired Sergeant David Sheetz and son of former Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy, Cynthia Sheetz.  Sergeant Sheetz retired while last assigned to the Burglary and Theft Division in 1992. Private services were held.

CONNER

Mr. Elmer Milton Conner, 95, passed away on Tuesday, October 20, 2015.  He is the father of Retired Senior Police Officer Douglas Milton Conner (PD-C), and Desktop Services Wayne Scott Conner, assigned to Technology Services Command. Services were held Nov. 4 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.

CRUZ

Mrs. Elvira Ramos Cruz, 85, passed away on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.  She is the grandmother of Senior Office Assistance Eliza R. Telles, assigned to the Mental Health Division.  Services were held Oct. 28 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.

DAVIDEK

Retired Radio Operator III, Stephen Davidek, passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2015.  He joined the department on February 22, 1971, and retired on March 1, 1991.   Services were held Nov. 14 with burial in Harwood, Texas.

FLORES

Mr. Ramiro A. Flores, 88, passed away on Sunday, October 25, 2015.   He is the father-in-law of Senior Police Officer David Slade, assigned to the Air Support Division.  Mr. Flores served in the Merchant Marines.  Services were held Oct. 29 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.

HARALSON

Mrs. Barbara Anne Haralson, 66, passed away on Saturday, November 7, 2015.  She is the wife of Retired Senior Police Officer James H. Haralson, who retired while last assigned to the Burglary & Theft Division on September 25, 2004.

KESSLER

Mrs. Mary Ann Kessler, 73, passed away on Monday, October 19, 2015.  She is the mother of

Funeral services were held Oct. 26 with burial in Jefferson County, Oklahoma.

LAWRENCE

Mrs. Delia Hernandez Lawrence passed away on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. She is the mother of Communications Specialists Supervisor Evelyn Navarro, assigned to the Public Affairs Division. Services were held Dec. 5.

MATTIES

Mrs. Margaret Mary Matties, 81, passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. She is the mother of Retired Senior Police Officer Denis L. Matties, last assigned to the Traffic Enforcement Division, Solo Motorcycle Detail. Services were held Nov. 14 with burial in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Dickinson.

MILLER

Retired Senior Police Officer Stephen Paul Miller, 63, passed away on Tuesday. November 10, 2015. He joined the Houston Police Department as a Police Cadet in Class No. 99 on July 27, 1981. He was assigned to North Patrol, Jail Division, and Juvenile Division until his retirement on December 7, 2002. Services were held Nov. 16.

MILLIGAN 

Mrs. Mildred Maxine Milligan, 85, passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. She is the mother of Sergeant David S. Milligan, assigned to the Internal Affairs/CIO Division. Services were held Nov. 16 with burial in San Jacinto Memorial Park.

MONTGOMERY

Retired Police Officer Gary C. Montgomery, 81, passed away on Wednesday, October 28, 2015. Retired Police Officer Montgomery joined the Houston Police Department as a Cadet in Police Academy Class No. 27 in 1962. After training, Montgomery was assigned to Central Patrol Division. In 1963, he transferred to Juvenile Division where he worked until 1995 when he retired. He is the uncle of Senior Police Officer Mark A. Temple, assigned to the Auto Theft Division.

RUIZ

Mr. Robert Ruiz, Sr., 84, passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2015. He is the father of Sergeant Robert V. Ruiz, Jr., assigned to the Eastside Division. He is also the grandfather of Police Officer Robert V. Ruiz, III, assigned to the South Central Division. Services were held Nov. 18 with burial in Brookside Memorial Park.

SCOTT

Retired Sergeant Joe Scott passed away on Monday, November 16, 2015.  He joined Police Academy Class No. 23 on December 28, 1958.  He retired on October 31, 1984, while last assigned to the Emergency Communication Division.  He is survived by his wife, Eva Scott. Services were held Nov. 28.

TAYLOR-GRANT

Carrie Joann Taylor-Grant, 75, passed away on Monday, November 2, 2015.  She is the mother of Lieutenant Tinsley Guinn-Shaver, assigned to the South Central Division.  Services were held Nov. 7.

TRAN

Senior Police Officer Jason Alan Tran, 43, passed away on October 29, 2015. He joined Police Academy No. 160, on August 29, 1994. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.  During his career, he served at the Westside Division and the South Gessner Division. He is survived by his wife, Police Officer Silvia Jean Tran, assigned to the Northwest Division. Services were held Nov. 5 with burial in Forest Park Westheimer.

VERGIL

Mr. Ramon Vergil, 86, passed away on Sunday, November 1, 2015. He is the father of Senior Police Officer Juan R. Vergil, assigned to the Traffic Enforcement Division. Services were held Nov. 4 with burial in Weslaco.

WILLIAMS

Mrs. Willie Mae Williams, 84, passed away on Monday, November 9, 2015. She is the mother of Senior Police Service Officer Deborah W. Sanders, assigned to the Airport Division / IAH. Services were held Nov. 14 with burial in Paradise North Cemetery.

WOOD

Mrs. Kathy Ann Wood, 65, passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2015. She is the mother of Lieutenant Justin C. Wood, assigned to the Midwest Division.  Services were held Nov. 20 with burial in Woodlawn Garden of Memories.