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from the class of 1975

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In Memory of Michael Armstrong (Drama 1975)
In Memory of Gyles Collins (Media Class of '1975)

Gyles Collins passed away August 13, 1987

In Memory Joseph Connell (Media Class of 1975)
In Memory of Larry Gordon (Class of 1975)

Larry passed away in 1974

In Memory of Tom Greer (Class of 1975)
In Memory of Ailene Hines (Vocal Class of 1975)
In Memory of Gilbert Ibarra (Instrumental Class of '75)

Birth: November 9, 1956 - January 30, 2015

Gilbert Ibarra, 58, passed away on Friday, January 30, 2015, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene with his loving wife Teri Brown holding his hand. He also was holding a pocket knife that belonged to his father, José Ibarra, who passed away in October 2014. 

Pallbearers will be: Rickey Carouth, Josh Loftis, Randy Foster, Chris Thompson, J. D. Huddleston and Les Cowan, all members of the Cross Plains Volunteer Fire Department. Honorary pallbearers are: Rolan Jones, Bruce Newbauer, Jim Grindstaff, Fred St. Peter, Ray Dodd, Randy Pancake, Donnie Dillard and Allen Barnett.

Gilbert was born November 9, 1956, in Waelder, a small town near Gonzales, Texas to José and Marciana Lozano Ibarra. The family moved to Houston when Gilbert was a child.

Gilbert graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston in 1975. As a trumpet player he played in many big bands and Tejano bands traveling across Texas. He played on several recordings.

In 1992, Gilbert met Teri, the love of his life, while working in the produce department at Kroger Grocery in Houston. Soon, he started coming up to the Cottonwood/Cross Plains area with Teri to visit and to fix things at Teri's mom and dad's place. Gilbert loved it up here. Some folks dream of a ski lodge or a cabin by a lake, Gilbert dreamed of living in Cottonwood or Cross Plains. He loved going to Higginbotham's and going to the grocery store and just loved how friendly everyone was.

Finally, over time, Gilbert's dream came true, when he and Teri moved up here in 2008. He spent some of the happiest days of his life here – Going to the grocery store, the bank, Higginbotham's and the Senior Center, having coffee at Mexico City Cafe, stopping by Ray's Barber Shop, taking pictures and putting out posters for various events. He loved everyone and loved having everyone pick on him. Everyone was his friend.

Gilbert was part of the Barbarian Festival Committee and helped with the scanning of the photographs for the Cross Plains Remembered books. He was so proud of the books and told everyone he met that they need to get copies of the books. Years before, he'd helped with the Cottonwood Cookbook. He was equally proud of the cookbook, too.

Gilbert was a member of the Callahan County Firefighters Association and attended their monthly meetings. While he wasn't healthy enough to be a firefighter, Gilbert wanted to do everything he could to help the local departments. 

Gilbert loved small towns. He and Teri traveled throughout south central and southeastern Texas eating barbeque and photographing old buildings, cemeteries and firetrucks. He was a good photographer. He would go out of his way to tell people he was from Cross Plains.

Gilbert kept his spirit even after he became bedridden. He never thought of himself as an invalid. He always looked to the future and had plans of things he wanted to do. He loved gardening, working with his tools, fixing things on the computers, and puttering around the yard in his golf cart.

Gilbert needed a liver transplant, but by the time Gilbert was at the top of the list, his body was too weak to have made it through the transplant. If you would like to do something as as tribute to Gilbert, become an organ donor. A liver could have saved Gilbert's life; if more organs were available maybe he could have gotten a transplant while he was still strong.

Gilbert was preceded in death by his parents and his only nephew JoJo Ibarra.

He is survived by his wife, Teri; brother Joe Ibarra and wife Irma; sister Linda Trapp and husband Jerry; and sister Lisa Morales and husband Rudy; three nieces: Tammie Mercado, her husband Hector and their sons Christian, Jacob and Matthew; Nova Morales and Emma Trapp; daughter, Crystal Ibarra; mother-in-law Beverly Brown, close friends Joe and Deana Terstegge, special friends Raul Sanchez and Kristen O'Shields, and his devoted cats.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Cross Plains Volunteer Fire Department or the Cross Plains Senior Citizens Center.

In Memory of Russell Stewart (Rusty) Jackson (Vocal Music Class of 1975

Birth: February 4, 1957 Houston Harris County Texas, USA -  July 19, 2007 Houston Harris County Texas, USA

The only son of John David Jackson and the late Sally Ann Tatum Jackson, Rusty was born at Methodist Hospital in the Houston Medical Center. He died in the Vitas Hospice Unit of the Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital after a ten month battle with lung cancer. Rusty lived his entire life in Houston, first with his nuclear family, then independently for a while, and, finally, with his mother for the last twenty-five years. As a child and young man, he attended St. Martin's Episcopal Church, where his mother taught Sunday School. Rusty attended Sunday School, then sang in the adult choir for several years. Rusty was a gentle, multi-talented man who made friends easily. He was a voracious wide-ranging reader and a talented Scrabble and chess player. He loved to shoot pool. While he attended the High Scool for the Performing and Visual Arts, graduating from the vocal music curriculum, his real vocation was painting and graphic arts. His life and career centered around providing circumstances in which he could continue to paint, sculpt, model or print without serious competition from making a living. He became a registered Massage Therapist, seen as a possible alternate career or sideline, but nothing replaced his job as a man of all work with the Amherst Apartments where he and his mother lived. He continued to paint all his life, developing a unique style best described as Pointilist Surrealism. He exhibited at small galleries and at the St. Francis' Episcopal Church annual Art Show. Rusty's mother pre-deceased him by a year and a half. He never married. He is survived by his father and step-mother, David and Joyce Jackson, his step-sister Debbie Day, his aunt Frances Elliot Jackson, and uncle John Edward Norris, M.D., and cousins Dava Jackson McWhorter and her husband Archer McWhorter III, all of Houston, and John and Bruce Norris, of New York, Jana Norris Cole of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey and Craig Jackson, of Alexandria, Virginia. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday July 28th, 2007 at St. Martin's Episcopal, the "Old Church", 717 Sage Road (77056), with a reception following in Founder's Hall, adjacent to the church. Rusty will be interred next to his mother in The Garden of the Holy Cross at St. Martin's. Published in the Houston Chronicle 7/24/2007. Burial: Saint Martins Episcopal Church Columbarium Houston Harris County Texas, USA Created by: Elaine Record added: Jul 24, 2007 Find A Grave Memorial# 20608025

Walter Keeler (Drama Class of 1975)

Walter G. Keeler December 10, 1957 - March 09, 2006 ..


In Memory of Samuel W. Marett (Drama Class of 1975)

BIRTH Samuel was born on September 30, 1956 - Samuel died on July 13, 1996 at 39 years old.

LOCATION Houston, Harris County, Texas


In Memory of Kathleen Parker Lobue (Dance Class of 1975)

Born: February 6, 1957 - December 10, 2013

Kathleen Adair Lobue, age 56, an amazing Wife, Mother, Daughter, Sister, Friend, Dance Teacher and Mentor, went to be with the Lord Tuesday December 10, 2013. The world lost one of the most beautiful and inspirational dancers and Choreographers. Kathleen's smile could encourage everyone who had the privilege of crossing her path. Her legacy will live on in the hearts of many. Kathleen is an accomplished Dancer and Choreographer and served as the Assistant Director of Dance Ad Deum. She choreographed numerous pieces, and performed across the country. The owner of Kathleen Parker Dance Studio, Kathleen graduated as the most outstanding Dancer from H.S.P.V.A. She is survived by her Husband, Larry Lobue; Daughter, Larryn Lobue; Son, Steven Lobue; Mother, Mary Parker; Brother, Bill Parker and his wife Sheryl, and sister, Erin Trexler and numerous relatives and friends. 


In Memory of Charles Rhinehart (Instrumental Class of 1975)
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