Obituaries of HPD Family Members

Tom Kennedy

 

ANDREWS

Mr. Stanley O. Andrews passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at the age of 79. He is the husband of Retired Senior Police Officer Mary R. Andrews, last assigned to the Special Operations Division, retiring on December 31, 2008. Services were held May 19 with burial in Earthman Memory Gardens Cemetery.

 

BURTON

Mr. Alan M. Burton, Jr. passed away on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at the age of 62. He is the brother of Sergeant Joel W. Burton, assigned to the Homicide Division. Services were held May 12.

 

COLLINS

Retired Police Officer John W. Collins passed away on March 25, 2018, at the age of 90. He was preceded in death by his wife Thelma A. Collins. He joined the Houston Police Department on May 21, 1956, Academy Class No. 14. Police Officer Collins retired on April 5, 1978.

Services were held March 27 in Grapeland, Texas.

 

DANIEL

Retired Police Officer and Technical Hardware Analyst Joel Daniel, Jr. Passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at the age of 76. He is survived by his wife Judith L. Daniel. He started his Law Enforcement career with the Jacinto City, Magnolia, and Jersey Village Police Departments. He joined the Houston Police Department on May 20, 1963, Academy Class No. 28. During his career with the Houston Police Department he was assigned to the Fleet Unit, the Central, Jail, and Northwest Divisions. Police Officer Daniel retired on March 26, 1988. He came back to work for the department on November 12, 1991 as a Technical Hardware Analyst, assigned to the Office of Technology Services, retiring on January 1, 2002. Services were held May 8.

 

GARCIA

Mrs. Elida Gonzales Garcia passed away on Monday, April 16, 2018, at the age of 92. She is the grandmother of Senior Police Officer George A. Garcia, assigned to the Homicide Division. Private services were held.

 

GOW

Mrs. Sherry Gow passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at the age of 67. She is the mother of Retired Captain Jennifer L. Evans, who retired on December 16, 2016, in command of the Traffic Enforcement Division, and of Sergeant Darron C. Taylor,  assigned to the North Division; and mother-in-law of Retired Lieutenant Bruce P. Evans, last assigned to the Airport Division – IAH, retiring on March 25, 2016. Services were held May 23.

 

HENDRICKS

Retired Police Officer Stephen E. Hendricks passed away on Monday, April 30, 2018, at the age of 74. He is survived by his wife Penny C. Hendricks. He joined the Houston Police Department on December 27, 1966, Academy Class No. 34. During his career with the department, Officer Hendricks was assigned to the Central, Juvenile, Personnel, Emergency Communications, Facilities Operations, Crime Analysis, Property, and Community Services Divisions. Police Officer Hendricks retired on May 28, 1991. Services were held May 3.

 

HUNTER

Dr. Samuel Alphine Hunter passed away on Friday, April 27, 2018. He is the father-in-law of Administrative Assistant Irma J. Fontenette-Hunter, assigned to the Office of Public Affairs.

 

Services were held May 12 in Florida.

JOHNSON

Police Officer Ryan L. Johnson passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2018, at the age of 42. He joined the Houston Police Department on December 10, 2007, Academy Class No. 196. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the Northeast Division, Burglary and Theft Division and North Division.

 

KILLEN

Mrs. Ethel Beatrice Killen passed away on Sunday, April 15, 2018, at the age of 95. She is the mother of Administrative Specialist Kathleen E. Killen, assigned to the Office of Technology Services. Services were held April 20 with burial in Winnfield, Louisiana.

 

LAWRENCE

Retired Senior Police Officer Charles A. Lawrence passed away on May 15, 2018, at the age of 66. He is survived by his wife Callie Lawrence. He joined the Houston Police Department on August 18, 1975, Academy Class No. 71. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the Southeast, Emergency Communications, Traffic/Accident, Traffic Enforcement, Vehicular Crimes Division and Forensic Services Command, retiring on March 19, 2011.

Services were held May 19 in Pasadena.

 

LOOFS

Mrs. Betty Jean Loofs passed away on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at the age of 83. She is the wife of Retired Sergeant James Fred Loofs, Jr., last assigned to the Auto Theft Division, retiring on March 25, 1995. Services were held May 11.

 

LOUKAS

Retired Police Officer Arthur Loukas passed away on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at the age of 93. He is survived by his wife Charlotte F. Loukas. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army. He joined the Houston Police Department on February 23, 1953, Academy Class No. 9. During his career with the department he was assigned to Central, Southwest, and Westside Divisions, retiring on June 30, 1989. Services were held May 15 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.

 

MURAWKA

Mr. Harry Joseph Murawka passed away on Tuesday, May 01, 2018, at the age of 94. He is the father of Retired Senior Police Officer Gary L. Murawka, last assigned to Southwest Division, retiring on March 24, 2017. Services were held May 17 with burial in Holly, Michigan.

 

MURDOCK

Retired Police Officer John P. Murdock Jr. passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at the age of 76. He is survived by his wife, Lora Sue Murdock. He is preceded in death by his father, retired Detective John P. Murdock Sr., father of Sergeant Steven R. Murdock, assigned to the Homicide Division and grandfather of Cadet Travis S. Murdock, assigned to the Police Trainees Division. Officer John P. Murdock Jr. joined the Houston Police Department on October 21, 1963, Academy Class No. 29 and was also a Veteran of the United States Army. During his career he was assigned to the Central Division, Crime Analysis Division, Community Services Division and the Special Operations Division retiring March 21, 1988.

NGUYEN

Mr. Minh Ta Nguyen passed away on Sunday, May 6, 2018, at the age of 89. He is the grandfather of Sergeant Mason N. Nguyen, assigned to the Homicide Division, and of Senior Police Officer Tien N. Nguyen, assigned to the Narcotics Division.  Services were held May 13 with burial in Forest Park Westheimer.

 

PIERCE

Mr. Joe Ivory Pierce passed away on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at the age of 90. He is the father of the Deputy Director of the Office of Public Affairs, Regina L. Woolfolk. Services were held May 18.

 

 RICHARDS

Mrs. Lou Ann Richards passed away on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at the age of 85. She is the mother of Senior Police Officer Anthony L. Richards, assigned to the Auto Theft Division. Services were held April 20 with burial in Paradise North Cemetery.

 

SCHLOSSER

Mrs. Carolyn L. Schlosser passed away on Monday, April 30, 2018, at the age of 77. She is the stepmother of Sergeant Darren A. Schlosser, assigned to the Auto Theft Division.  Services were held May 5 with burial in Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.

 

SHELTON

Mrs. Mary Shelton passed away on Friday, April 20, 2018, at the age of 82. She is the mother of Retired Senior Police Officer Michael L. Sampson, last assigned to the Investigative First Responder Division, retiring on January 9, 2010; mother-in-law of Retired Senior Police Officer Karen E. Sampson, last assigned to the Traffic Enforcement Division, retiring on November 6, 2004; grandmother of Detective Kaitlyn E. S. Wise, assigned to the Vice Division; and grandmother-in-law of Bradley S. Wise, assigned to the Southeast Division. Services were held April 25 with burial in Owens Cross Roads, Alabama.

 

THOMAS

Mr. Robert L. Thomas Sr. passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at the age of 78. He is the father of Senior Police Officer Robert L. Thomas Jr., assigned to the Vice Division. Services were held May 25 with burial in Paradise North Cemetery.

VEGA

Mr. Armando Vega passed away on Monday, April 16, 2018, at the age of 80. He is the father of retired Senior Police Officer Joe A. Vega, who retired on December 17, 2016. Services were held April 24 with burial in Hollywood Cemetery.

 

VINSON

Mr. Mark Vinson, III passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at the age of 79. He is the father of Senior Police Officer Tracy L. Vinson-Watson, assigned to the Special Victims Division; and uncle of Senior Police Officer Eric M. Johnson, assigned to the South Gessner Division. Services were held May 2.

 

WALLACE

Mr. Dewaine H. Wallace passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at the age of 80. He is the father-in-law of Senior Police Officer Mark C. Stevens, assigned to the Mental Health Division.

Services were held April 23 in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery.

 

WILABAY

Mr. J.D. Wilabay passed away on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at the age of 71. He is the father of Police Officer Larkin R. Wilabay, assigned to the Training Division. Services were held April 28.

 

WILLIAMS

Mr. Philip Williams passed away on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the age of 60. He is the husband of Administrative Specialist Donna R. Williams, assigned to the Employee Services Division. Services were held May 5 with burial in Paradise North Cemetery.