Obituaries

Editorial Staff

ARCENEAUX

Mrs. Norma Dee Arceneaux passed on Sunday, December 22, 2019, at the age of 81. She is the mother of Senior Police Officer Janette Arceneaux, assigned to the Office of Public Affairs. Services were held January 4 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.


BAKER

Mrs. Susan Renee Baker passed away on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at the age of 66. She was preceded in death by her husband, Retired Senior Police Officer Samuel A. Baker, who passed away on August 18, 2019. Services were held January 18 with burial in Earthman Resthaven Cemetery.


CHAUDHRY

Mr. Safdar Ali Chaudhry passed away on Saturday, December 21, 2019. He is the father-in-law of Sergeant David J. Thomas, assigned to the Office of Legal Services. Services were held December 23 with burial in Forest Park The Woodlands Cemetery.


CHAVIS

Mrs. Shirley Ann Chavis passed away on Monday, January 13, 2020, at the age of 79. She is the mother of Evidence Technician Angela A. Branch, assigned to the Office of Technology Services; and mother-in-law of Car Attendant Supervisor Derrick B. Branch, assigned to the Fleet Unit. Services were held January 25 with burial in Jennings, Louisiana.


CHEEKS

Mrs. Eddie Lynn Cheeks passed away on Monday, December 16, 2019, at the age of 72. She is the mother-in-law of Senior Office Assistant Anastasia V. Cheeks, assigned to the Psychological Services Division. Services were held January 4.


CURTIS

Retired Harris County Precinct 1 Constable’s Office Captain Bobby G. Curtis passed away on Monday, December 23, 2019, at the age of 86. He is the father of Retired Senior Police Officer Barry G. Curtis, last assigned to the Employee Services Division, retiring on June 15, 2019, and of Senior Police Officer Brian G. Curtis, assigned to the Gang Division. Graveside services were held January 3 in Houston National Cemetery.


GAFFIGAN

Retired Office Supervisor Marilyn Cegielski Gaffigan passed away on Tuesday, December 24, 2019, at the age of 69. During her career, she was assigned to the Personnel Division and the Office of the Chief of Police until her retirement on June 9, 1992. Services were held December 31 with burial in Chappell Hill.


GRADNEY

Mr. Ernest Joseph Gradney passed away on Sunday, December 22, 2019, at the age of 87. He is the stepfather of Retired Sergeant’s Kathyrn LeDet and Flenard Bush Jr., both of whom are currently on Phase Down C. He is also the grandfather of Police Officer Lester Bush, assigned to the Downtown Division and Police Officer D’Ana Bush, assigned to the South Central Division. Services were held January 4 with burial in Brookside Memorial Park Cemetery.


GAMBINO

Retired Police Officer Salvador Anthony Gambino Sr. passed away on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at the age of 87. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Patricia “Patty” Gambino. He was a Veteran of the United States Coast Guard.  He is the father of Retired Senior Police Officer Salvador A. Gambino Jr., who retired on October 22, 2016 and the brother of Retired Police Officer Anthony “AJ’ Gambino Jr., who retired on September 3, 1987. 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 Traffic, Solo Motorcycle, Traffic Safety, and Community Relations Divisions. Officer Gambino retired on September 7, 1980. Services were held January 22 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.


GREEN

Ms. Kari Anne Green passed away on Thursday, January 9, 2020, at the age of 35. She is the daughter of retired Senior Police Officer Donald T. Green who was last assigned to the Major Offenders Division until his retirement on May 1, 2004. Services were held January 13.


GRIFFIN

Mrs. Catherine Griffin passed away on Sunday, January 5, 2020, at the age of 65. She is the mother of Sergeant Derek Griffin, assigned to the South Gessner Division; and mother-in-law of Customer Service Cashier Alejandra Griffin, assigned to the Auto Dealers Detail. Services were held January 15 in Cleveland, Ohio.


HALL

Mr. Curtis Manford Hall passed away on Monday, December 30, 2019. He is the father of Sergeant Derrick C. Hall, assigned to the Vehicular Crimes Division and father-in-law of Police Officer Bianca Clark, assigned to the Training Division. Services were held January 111 in Georgiana, Alabama.


HARRIS

Mrs. Chun Son “Choe” Harris passed away on Tuesday, December 24, 2019, at the age of 83. She is the mother of Senior Police Officer Harry “Jay” Harris, Jr., assigned to the Air and Marine Division. Services were held December 21 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.


JEFFERSON

Mrs. Mary Estes Jefferson passed away on Saturday, January 4, 2020, at the age of 76. She is the mother of Assistant Chief Sheryl D. Victorian, Patrol Region 2 Command; cousin of Retired Senior Police Officer Becky D. Wilson, who retired on April 22, 2017, and of Police Officer Jonathan T. Waggoner, assigned to the Vice Division; and great aunt of Police Officer Anasa D. Beaudion, assigned to the Recruiting Division. Services were held January 10 with burial in Houston Memorial Gardens.


JEUDE

Mrs. Patsy V. Jeude passed away on Friday, January 10, 2020, at the age of 65. She is the mother of Sergeant Eric V. Flores, assigned to the Internal Affairs Division; aunt of Police Officer Matthew D. Slade, assigned to the Airport IAH Division; and cousin of Retired Sergeant Larry R. Buzo, who retired on February 18, 2012. Services were held January 15.


KLEIN

Retired Senior Police Officer James E. Klein, Jr. passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2020, at the age of 68. He joined the Houston Police Department on November 22, 1976, Academy Class No. 76. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the Traffic and Accident, Crime Analysis, North, and Inspections Divisions. Officer Klein retired on March 21, 2009.


LEONARD

Mr. Ernest Lee Leonard passed away Thursday, January 9, 2020, at the age of 50. He is the brother of Senior Police Officer James D. Leonard, assigned to the Clear Lake Division. Services were held January 13.


MARTIN

Mrs. Ruth Christine Martin passed away on Friday, January 3, 2020, at the age of 75. She is the mother of Sergeant Randy L. Martin, assigned to the Air & Marine Division; and grandmother of Police Officer Randy L. Martin, Jr., assigned to the North Division. Services were held January 13 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.


MARTINEZ

Retired Senior Police Officer David N. Martinez passed away Sunday, January 12, 2020, at the age of 58. He is survived by his wife, retired Lieutenant Leslie A. Martinez who was last assigned to the Narcotics Division until her retirement on July 4, 2015. He is also the father of Police Officer David N. Martinez, assigned to the South Central Division. Officer Martinez joined the Houston Police Department on November 14, 1983, Academy Class No. 117. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the Central Division, Jail Division, Employee Services Division, Special Operations Division, Midwest Division and the Auto Theft Division until his retirement on May 7, 2016. Services were held January 21.


MORRIS

Mrs. Geneva R. Morris passed away on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at the age of 86. She is the wife of Retired Detective Marvin A. Morris, who retired on May 15, 1980; and mother of Retired Senior Police Officer Mark A. Morris, who retired on June 11, 2010. Services were held January 18 in Willis.


REISER

Mr. Donald “Don” Eugene Reiser passed away on Sunday, December 15, 2019, at the age of 80. He is the father of Senior Police Officer William Reiser, assigned to the Special Victims Division and father-in-law of Lieutenant Katie Reiser, assigned to the Auto Dealers Detail. Services were held January 11.


RAMSEY

Mrs. Janice T. Ramsey passed away on Thursday, January 2, 2020, at the age of 82. She is the widow of Retired Sergeant Edward L. Ramsey, who passed away on April 14, 2016. Services were held January 8 with burial in Grand View Memorial Park in Pasadena.


RIVERA

Mr. Fred Rivera passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2020, at the age of 78. He is the father of Police Officer Alfred Rene Rivera, assigned to the Mental Health Division. Services were scheduled for February 8 with burial planned for Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.


RODRIGUEZ

Mr. Valentine S. Rodriguez passed away on December 30, 2019, at the age of 80. He is the father of Senior Police Officer Eddie Rodriguez, assigned to the Criminal Intelligence Division. Services were held January 7 with burial in Brookside Memorial Park.


SANCHEZ

Mrs. Linda McCoy Sanchez passed away on Friday, January 10, 2020, at the age of 78. She is the mother of Sergeant Charles M. Carr, assigned to the Vice Division. Services were held January 30.


SANFORD

Retired Sergeant Aubrey W. Sanford passed away on Friday, January 3, 2020, at the age of 64. He is survived by his wife Terry Sanford. He started his law enforcement career with the City of Houston Airport Police on April 16, 1981. He joined the Houston Police Department on November 20, 1992, when the Airport Police merged with the Houston Police Department. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the Emergency Communications Division and the Airport Hobby Division. Sergeant Sanford retired on May 20, 2016.


SCERBO

Retired Police Officer Joseph Scerbo passed away on Saturday, December 21, 2019, at the age of 75. He is a Veteran of the United States Army. He is survived by his wife, Mary K. Vadell Scerbo. He joined the Houston Police Department on August 20, 1973, Academy Class No. 61. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the Patrol Bureau, Juvenile, Employment Services, Major Offenders, Burglary and Theft, and Auto Theft Divisions. Police Officer Scerbo retired on May 27, 1994. Services were held December 30 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.


SANCHEZ

Mrs. Linda McCoy Sanchez passed away on Friday, January 10, 2020, at the age of 78. She is the mother of Sergeant Charles M. Carr, assigned to the Vice Division. Services were held January 30.


SILHAN

Mr. Leslie Joe Silhan passed away on Thursday, January 9, 2020, at the age of 102. He is the grandfather of Division Manager Cheryl F. Murray, assigned to the Patrol Region 2 Command. Services were held January 21 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.


SOLORIO

Police Officer Gizelle I. Solorio passed away on Thursday, December 19, 2019, at the age of 32. She joined the Houston Police Department on October 24, 2016, Academy Class No. 230. She was assigned to the Northeast Division. Services were held December 28 with burial in Memorial Oaks Cemetery.


VALVERDE

Retired Harris County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Oscar Valverde passed away on Friday, December 20, 2019, at the age of 64. He is the husband of Retired Senior Police Officer Joann D. Valverde, last assigned to the Criminal Intelligence Division, retiring on March 19, 2011; cousin of Retired Senior Police Officer Joann Rabago, last assigned to the Internal Affairs Division, retiring on February 28, 2015, Retired Sergeant Ralph D. Gonzales, last assigned to the Narcotics Division, retiring on December 10, 1994; and nephew of Retired Senior Office Assistant Josephine “Josie” Contreras, last assigned to the Property Division, retiring on September 1, 1999. Services were held December 27.


VILLARREAL

Mr. Josue Ovidio Westrup Villarreal passed away on Saturday, December 28, 2019, at the age of 77. He is the father of Senior Police Officer Erick F. Westrup, assigned to the Robbery Division. Services were held January 6.


WADE

Retired Sergeant Aubrey Wade Sanford passed away on Friday, January 3, 2020, at the age of 64. He is survived by his wife Terri Sanford. He started his law enforcement career with the City of Houston Airport Police on April 16, 1981. He joined the Houston Police Department on November 20, 1992, when the Airport Police merged with the Houston Police Department. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the Emergency Communications Division and the Airport Hobby Division. Sergeant Sanford retired on May 20, 2016. Services were held January 10 with burial in Brookside Memorial Park.


WARKENTIN

Retired Assistant Chemist – Toxicologist Robert H. Warkentin passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at the age of 75. He is preceded in death by his wife, Gwendolyn L. Warkentin, who passed away on August 29, 2019. He joined the Houston Police Department on January 28, 1965. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the Crime Lab, until his retirement on July 5, 1989. Services were held January 23 with burial in Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery.


WILLIS

Retired Police Officer Edgar Lee Willis passed away on Thursday, January 16, 2020, at the age of 82. He is survived by his wife, Joann Willis. He is a Veteran of the United States Army. He joined the Houston Police Department on September 17, 1962, Academy Class No. 26. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the Patrol Bureau, Narcotics Division, and Southwest Division. Officer Willis retired on January 31, 1977.


YBANEZ

Mr. Morgan Ybanez passed away on Sunday, December 29, 2019, at the age of 89. He is the father of Senior Police Officer Michael Ybanez, assigned to the Major Offenders Division and father-in-law of Retired Senior Police Officer Rosalinda Ybanez, who is currently on Phase Down C. He is also the uncle of Police Officer Alberto Vasquez, who was killed in the Line of Duty on May 22, 2001. Services were held January 10 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.