Obituaries of HPD Family Members

Editorial Staff

BOONE

Retired Data Entry Operator Tawanda Marie Boone Passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at the age of 57. She joined the Houston Police Department on June 23, 1980. Throughout her whole career with the department she was assigned to the Juvenile Division, retiring on April 1, 2015. Services were held June 1.

CHU

Mrs. Won Ok Chu passed away on Friday, June 14, 2019, at the age of 77. She is the mother of Senior Police Officer Kelly C. Ertons, assigned to the Auto Dealers Division, and mother-in-law of Senior Police Officer Douglas W. Ertons, assigned to the Cyber and Financial Crimes Division. Services were held June 20 with burial in Memorial Oaks Cemetery.

FREEMAN

Mrs. Rosalyn M. Freeman passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at the age of 63. She is the mother of Police Officer Gabrielle N. Alston, assigned to the Westside Division. Services were held June 13 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.

GONZALEZ

Mr. Henry Gerard Gonzalez passed away Thursday, May 23, 2019, at the age of 58.  He is the husband of Counselor Alma Gonzalez, assigned to the Criminal Investigations Command. Services were held May 31.

HAKE

Retired Police Officer John R. Hake passed away on Friday, June 7, 2019, at the age of 82. He is survived by his wife, Carol A. Hake. He was a Veteran of the United States Air Force. He joined the Houston Police Department on May 30, 1966, Academy Class No. 33. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the Central, Criminal Intelligence, Vice, and Southwest Divisions. Police Officer Hake retired on March 6, 1992. Services were held June 12.

HOFFMAN

Retired Police Officer Lee Hoffman, Jr. passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at the age of 80. He was a Veteran of the United States Army. He is survived by his wife, Veronica M. Hoffman. He joined the Houston Police Department on October 17, 1960, Academy Class No. 24. During his career with the department, he was assigned to the Traffic/Point Control and the Special Operations Divisions. Police Officer Hoffman retired on March 27, 1981. Services were held May 31 with burial in Schulenburg.

KIRK

Retired Police Officer Clarence R. Kirk passed away Sunday, June 23, 2019, at the age of 64. He is survived by his wife, Maggie Kirk. He is also the brother of retired Senior Police Officer James M. Kirk who was last assigned to the Central Division until his retirement on January 18, 2003. Officer Kirk joined the Houston Police Department on July 2, 1979, Academy Class No. 87. During his career, he was assigned to the Jail Division and North Division until his retirement on November 5, 1999.

KRAUSE

Mrs. Clara Ellen Krause passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at the age of 88. She is the mother of Senior Police Officer David M. Krause, assigned to the Airport Division – Hobby. Services were held June 1 in Plum, Pennsylvania.

LEWIS

Mr. Frederick O. Lewis passed away Monday, June 10, 2019, at the age of 66.  He is the father of Police Officer Quang T. Vu, assigned to the Westside Division. Services were held June 13.

LAMPIGNANO

Retired Captain Joseph A. Lampignano passed away Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the age of 66. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Lampignano. He joined the Houston Police Department on April 4, 1983, Academy Class No. 112. During his career, he was assigned to the Northwest Division, Special Operations Division, Westside Division, Personnel Division, Emergency Communications Division, Crime Analysis Division, Northeast Division, Inspections Division, North Division, Robbery Division, Internal Affairs Division, Major Offenders Division and the Kingwood Division until his retirement on July 14, 2018.

LANCASTER

Retired Police Officer Thomas C. Lancaster passed away on Monday, June 17, 2019, at the age of 85. He is survived by his wife, Lela W. Lancaster. He is the father-in-law of Retired Senior Police Officer Robert L. Mason, who retired on February 25, 2017. Police Officer Lancaster was a Veteran of the United States Air Force. He joined the Houston Police Department on December 28, 1959, Academy Class No. 23. Throughout his whole career, Police Officer Lancaster was assigned to the Special Operations Division until his retirement on February 27, 1987. Services were held June 20 in Athens.

LILL

Retired Sergeant Ronald R. Lill passed away Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at the age of 72.  He is survived by his wife, Mavis G. Lill. Sergeant Lill joined the Houston Police Department on January 17, 1977, Academy Class No. 77 and was also a Veteran of the United States Air Force. During his career, he was assigned to the Northwest Division and the Southeast Division. He was last assigned to the Northwest Division until his retirement on May 10, 1997. Services were held June 7 with burial in Omaha, Nebraska.

RAMOS

Mr. Manuel Perales Ramos, Jr. passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at the age of 77. He is the father of Sergeant Jaime M. Ramos, assigned to the South Central Division; cousin of Retired Assistant Chief Daniel S. Perales, who retired on March 24, 2017, and Retired Senior Police Officer Matt S. Perales, Jr., who retired on September 30, 2011; and brother-in-law of Senior Police Officer Pedro Q. Sifuentez, Jr., assigned to the Air & Marine Division. Services were held June 25.

REED

Mr. Robert E. Reed passed away on Monday, May 27, 2019, at the age of 63. He is the brother-in-law of Executive Office Assistant Darlene M. Johnson, assigned to the Office of Public Affairs. Services were held June 7.

RIVERA

Senior Police Officer Benny Rivera, Jr. passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at the age of 47. He is survived by his wife Adrienne N. Rivera. He is the nephew of Retired Senior Police Officer Jose Dominguez, Sr., who retired on August 13, 2004, and cousin of Sergeant Jose Dominguez, Jr., assigned to the Central Division. Senior Police Officer Rivera is a Veteran of the United States Army. He joined the Houston Police Department on March 19, 2007, Academy Class No. 191. During his career with the department, Senior Police Officer Rivera was assigned to the Central, Vice, and Southwest Divisions.  Services were held June 19 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.

RUFFIN

Ms. Irene Ruffin passed away Friday, May 31, 2019, at the age of 90.  She is the mother of retired Senior Police Officer Mitchell W. Ruffin who was last assigned to the Field and Support Operations Division until his retirement June 1, 2019. Services were held June 8 with burial in Calvary Hill Cemetery.

STACHOWIAK

Mr. Bill J. Stachowiak passed away on Friday, May 24, 2019, at the age of 75. He is the father of Stable Attendant Cheryl A. S. Griego, assigned to the Special Operations Division – Mounted Patrol. Services were held June 5 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.

VILLAFRANCA

Mrs. Lidia Villafranca passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at the age of 92. She is the mother of Lieutenant Jose L. Rosas, Sr., assigned to the North Division; and grandmother of Police Officer Jose L. Rosas, Jr., assigned to the Vice Division. Services were held June 8 with burial in Brookside Memorial Park.

WADE

Mr. George L. Wade passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. He is the father of Office Supervisor Kelvin D. Atkins, assigned to the Records Division. Services were held June 1 with burial in Golden Gate Cemetery.

WEST

Mrs. Priscilla F. West passed away on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at the age of 86. She is the mother of Retired Senior Police Officer Walter J. West, last assigned to the Southeast Division, retiring on June 29, 2017. Services were held June 27 with burial in Houston Memorial Gardens.

ZELLER

Mr. August S. Zeller, Jr., passed away on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at the age of 93. He was the father of Assistant Chief Wendy E. Baimbridge of Patrol Region 3 Command and the father-in-law of Commander Larry Baimbridge of the Tactical Operations Division. Private services were held.