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Peter Gigstad Warren

FORT WORTH–Peter Gigstad Warren died unexpectedly at his home in Fort Worth on August 2, 2017 at the age of 58.
Memorial service: 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8 at Brown Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity in memory of Peter.
Peter was born September 29, 1958 in Mankato, Minnesota to Val Gene and Lynette Gigstad. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He was the oldest of three boys. As an infant and toddler, he was cared for by his great aunt and uncle, herb and Erma Kremin of Mankato, while his parents worked and attended college. Peter had a special lifelong bond with them. As an adult, Peter would travel to Mankato to visit Herb and Erma. He attended grade school and junior high school in the Minneapolis, MN metro area. He played trombone in the school band and learned alpine skiing. Soon the whole family became skiers and traveled to Colorado to ski and visit family. In 1973, the Gigstad family moved to Houghton, Michigan. Peter also enjoyed photography in high school and continued that hobby into his adult years.
In 1977, Peter graduated from Houghton High School. He attended Michigan Tech University in Houghton, graduating with high honors from MTU with a Computer Science degree. During college, he sang in the MTU choir and played in the band. More recently, he traveled with the MTU choir to perform concerts in Russia and China. He started his career with IBM in Charlotte, North Carolina. He then worked for Duke University in the computer department. Peter made his move to Texas for a job with Compaq Computers. Shortly after that, Peter made a career transition to become a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch. At that time, he also obtained his MBA from Dallas University. In July 2007, Peter began working for Wells Fargo. He had nearly a 30 year career in the financial industry.
Peter will be greatly missed by his family, friends and co-workers.
Peter is preceded in death by grandparents, Arthur Grane, Russ and Alida Bisbee and Harold and Margaret Gigstad; as well as many aunts and uncles.
Survivors: Peter is survived by his mother, Lynette Gigstad; father, Gene (Jeanie) Gigstad; brothers, Marc (Lou Anne) Gigstad, and Jeff (Brenda) Gigstad; many aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins; and many, many friends.

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425 S. Henderson St.
(817) 335-4557

Donnell Lee Mullen Buckland

FORT WORTH–Donnell Lee Mullen Buckland passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loved ones, Saturday, April 15, 2017 at the age of 82.
A memorial requiem mass was held at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at St. Timothy’s Church for family and close friends, Bishop Keith L. Ackerman, SSC officiating.
Donnell was born September 21, 1934 to the late Willis M. Mullen and Mary Elizabeth Turner Mullen in Fort Worth. Donnell enjoyed many outdoor activities from camping, fishing and nature preserves. She greatly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She volunteered at Souder Elementary where she was awarded “Volunteer of the Year”. She loved her family greatly and cherished them. She was always willing to help and make sure everyone was always safe. Donnell will be greatly missed.
Donnell is preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband of 56 years, George Herbert Buckland Jr.; her grandson, Cade Franklin Curry; and her brother, Lionel “Moon” Mullen.
Donnell is survived by her two daughters, Elizabeth Mahlon Buckland and Stacie Georgine Buckland Curry; four grandchildren, Megan Lee Buckland, Elisa Bibianna Gutierrez, Georgette Abelina Gitierrez and Eric Miguel Gutierrez; great grandchildren, Drake Dyer Buckland, Nikoa Allen Sawyer, Isabella Gutierrez, Braydon Gutierrez and Sindaia Zen Reynolds; and many friends.

Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home
425 S. Henderson St.
(817) 335-4557

Earlene Campbell Jones

FORT WORTH–Earlene Campbell Jones passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at the age of 97.
Memorial service: A brief memorial service will be at 9:15 a.m. Monday at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity in memory of Earlene.
Earlene was born April 9, 1920 to the late Wm. Earl and Ruby Campbell in Fort Worth. Earlene loved gardening, cooking and square dancing.
Earlene is preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Troupe Jones.
Survivors: Son, William G. Jones and wife, Joyce; daughter, Merrilene Jones; daughter, Becky Griffin and husband, Tom; daughter, Cindy Kendig and husband, Glenn; daughter, Patricia Denton; sister, Peggy Ruth Brock; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home
425 S. Henderson St.
(817) 335-4557

Richard “Rik” Eder

FORT WORTH–Richard “Rik” Henry Eder passed away Thursday, August 3, 2017 at the age of 66.

Celebration of life: 6 to 8 p.m.  Wednesday at Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home.

Richard was born May 9, 1951 to Harvey and Audrianne Eder in Milwaukee, WI. He was a very brilliant man who loved jazz music , riding his Harley Road Glide, nature and cats.  He was faithful in donating to multiple charities and doing volunteer work.  Above all of all these things, he was the perfect husband, son, brother and friend and will surely be deeply missed.

Survivors: Loving wife of 29 years, Georgiann; mother, Audrianne Eder; brother, Paul Eder M.D.; sister, Julie Miller; and many friends.


Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home

425 S. Henderson St.

(817) 335-4557

Tony “Spider” Watkins

FORT WORTH–Tony “Spider” Watkins passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at the age of 65.
Graveside service: 10 a.m. Saturday, August 26th at Greenwood Cemetery, followed by a luncheon at The Original Mexican Food Restaurant on Camp Bowie for those who wish to break bread, tell stories, toast a cold beer and celebrate his life.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, you may make a small donation to your favorite charity in his name.
Born Anthony Wayne Watkins II on May 24, 1952, Tony was a colorful Fort Worth native who graced the hearts of many people from all walks of life. His loving heart rarely issued a critical word and his extraordinary sense of humor never waned even in the face of life’s adversities. He was an avid muscle car enthusiast, water skier and guitar player. Tony always had a zest for the simple things in life and cherished his friends above all. He was a graduate of North Hi Mount, Stripling Jr. High and Arlington Heights High School. He finished his higher education from the University of Texas at Arlington receiving a degree in computer programming that would serve him well in his work career. While at UTA, he became a legendary member of the Kappa Alpha Order Fraternity and cultivated many lifelong friends whose lives were made richer in having known and loved him. His presence in our lives will grace our thoughts and hearts in those special times of quiet and joyful remembrance. A truly unique spirit, he will be missed very much. You may send condolences to P.O. Box 270, Fort Worth, Tx. 76101
Survivors: Tony is survived by his son, Mason Austin Watkins; brother, Wallace Clyde Jenkins; Mason’s mother, Donna; life partner, Kellye; and many, many special people and friends too numerous to name.

Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home
425 S. Henderson St.
(817) 335-4557

Melodie Ann Clower

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS-Melodie Ann Clower passed away Thursday, July 27, 2017 at the age of 61.
Celebration of life: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home.
Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Interment: Melodie will be laid to rest in Laurel Land Memorial Park.
Melodie was born December 8, 1955 to Jack and Billie Osborn in Fort Worth. She was a member of the Hope Works Church for many years. Melodie retired from the US Postal Service after 26 years of dedicated service. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend and will be deeply missed.
Survivors: Son, Patrick Clower and wife, Mindy; granddaughter, Avery Hazelton; mother, Billie Osborn; sisters, Jacqueline Barnes and Kellie Osborn; many friends; and her beloved cat, Ponyboy.

Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home
425 S. Henderson St.
(817) 335-4557

Charles Quincy Russell

FORT WORTH-Charles Quincy Russell passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at the age of 79.
Celebration of life: 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 26 at West Vickery Church of Christ, 4901 Bourine St., Fort Worth, Tx. 76107
Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home.
Interment: Charles will be laid to rest in Skyvue Cemetery.
Charles was born January 1, 1938 to the late Samie and Ruby Russell in Navasota. He proudly served our country by enlisting in the US Navy. He was a loving father, grandfather, brother and friend and will be missed.
Charles is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Margie Russell; and son, Charles Russell, Jr.
Survivors: Sons, Ronald Russell and Saul Russell; daughter, Tara Salley; granddaughter, Farron Salley; sisters, Lillian Covington and husband, Harry and Mamie Parker Smith; and many friends.
Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home
425 S. Henderson St.
(817) 335-4557

Maria Elena Castro de Ramon

Maria Elena Castro de Ramon passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the age of 71.
Visitation: Monday, July 24th, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home.
Memorial service: Tuesday, July 25th, 11:00 am at Lamb of God, 3615 Maurice Ave., Fort Worth, TX.
Interment: Maria will be laid to rest in Greenwood Memorial Park, 3100 White Settlement Road, Fort Worth, Tx.
Maria was born May 6, 1946 to Rosendo and Juanita Castro in Acuna, Coahuila in Mexico. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend and will be deeply missed.
Maria is preceded in death by her father, Rosendo Castro, and brother, Juan Manuel Castro.
Survivors: Husband of 46 years, Jose Angel Ramon Sr.; son, Jose Angel Ramon Jr. and wife Charity; son, Manuel de Jesus Ramon and wife, Elizabeth; daughter, Mariza Martinez Castro; daughter, Mayra Nereida Ramon; daughter, Victoria Ramon; mother, Juanita Castro; brother, Rosendo Castro Jr.; sister, Gloria E.. Arredondo; grandchildren, Joseph E. Ramon, Bianca Moreno, Michelle D. Trevino, Stefania E. Favela, Alyssa M. Ramon and Rebecca L. Ramon; great grandchildren, Remberto Trevino, Angel G. Favela, Roberto Lujan, Sophia Ramon and Carolina Trevino; many nieces, nephews and countless friends.

Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home
425 S. Henderson St.
(817) 335-4557

Barbara Ruth “Bobbie” Smith Halpenny

FORT WORTH–Barbara Ruth (Bobbie) Smith Halpenny, 96, of Fort Worth, Texas, passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017.

Celebration of life:  11a.m., Saturday, July 22,  at Arlington Heights Methodist Church, 4200 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, Texas, 76107. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m.  Friday, July 21 at Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home.  Burial will follow at 2 p.m. in Moore Memorial Park, Arlington.

Bobbie was born in Washington, Iowa, on September 24, 1920. If this achievement was not enough, she packed a lot of milestones in her life. She attended Iowa State University and then the University of Texas where she met her future husband, Lloyd. They married at the University of Texas Methodist Church (on campus) in 1940. After Dad graduated in 1940, they moved to San Diego, California for his first job as an engineer. When Convair was established, they moved to Fort Worth where they lived for the rest of their lives. Lloyd was the first engineer hired at Convair Fort Worth (later General Dynamics and now Lockheed).

Mom and Becky have been members at Arlington Heights Methodist Church for 61 years. This year our Mom was honored as part of “The Legacy Project”.

Our Mom has been a strong and loyal Christian woman of God her whole life. She was an amazing (quiet) Mom who supported her husband and children in every possible and positive way. She was an advocate and protector for Becky her whole life. She is now celebrating with Dad in heaven. This world was blessed by her life, and presence. We love you forever MOM!

Survivors: Bobbie and Lloyd have five children; Don, Barbara, Rebecca, Robert, and Walter; thirteen grandchildren; and currently 21 great-grandchildren.

Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home

425 S. Henderson St.

(817) 335-4557

Penny Ruth Terrell

Penny R. Terrell (Ledwin), age 69, passed away at her home in Fort Worth on Sunday, June 25, 2017. She was born on June 24, 1948 in Wichita, Kansas to parents Richard (Dick) & Florence Ledwin and had three sisters. Her father was a prominent Engineer who helped to build the first helicopter. Penny graduated from L.D. Bell High School in Hurst, Texas in 1966 and had five children: Dwaine Bobalek, Donna Johannes, Henry Rutledge Jr., Christina Brian, and Shane Rutledge. She has ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was a quiet soul, had a soft smile, was generous to all, embraced both hands in sterling silver rings, and would often be found rearranging her furniture.

Brown, Owens & Brumley
Family Funeral Home & Crematory
425 S. Henderson
Fort Worth, Tedxas
(817) 335-4557