Feb. 10 Obituaries

Verne Boatner


Junior LaVerne “Verne” Boatner,  86, a former sports editor and director of the Arizona Republic sports department, passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer on Feb. 5, 2018 in Phoenix, Ariz. 

A private memorial service is being planned. Arrangements are under the direction of Regency Mortuary.

Verne was born in Texarkana, Ark. and moved to Snyder at a young age. He was salutatorian of his high school graduating class in 1949. Verne attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied journalism and English. Soon after, he was drafted into the Army in an Intelligence Corps training program. He spent the rest of his tour of duty in Stuttgart, West Germany. After his tour of duty, he returned to civilian life and started work as a sports writer.

Verne’s first and most favorite job as a journalist became when he was hired in 1957 by the News-Messenger of Marshall to become a sports editor. He enjoyed the freedom of being his own boss and the newspaper won several state sports writing awards during Verne’s tenure — the first the paper had ever won. His boss, Millard Cope, suggested that he interview for a job with J. Edward Murray, then managing editor of the Phoenix newspaper, the Arizona Republic. In 1962, Verne became a sports writer for the Arizona Republic. Frank Gianelli was the sports editor in the early 1960s, but in 1966 Verne was offered the position of sports editor. He gladly accepted and then in 1978 became the sports director, freeing him from most of the editing duties and allowing him to write his own column.  Verne became friends with Frank Kush, former Arizona State University football coach, and has many fond memories of working with him. Verne retired from the newspaper in 1987. Verne then became a writer for The Tradition golf tournament for the next 15 years. He truly enjoyed working with all the people involved with The Tradition.

Verne was a past president of the Phoenix Press Box Association and a past director of the Football Writers of America and the Basketball Writers of America. 

Verne wrote a column on former Arizona State University President G. Homer Durham’s comments that Arizona should have their own bowl game. This column hit home with several prominent Phoenix business leaders who met to create a plan for the possibility of a local bowl game. They called themselves the Arizona Sports Foundation. As a result, the Fiesta Bowl was born and became a reality.

With a flair for the written word and a love of the excitement of sports, Verne Boatner has given added pleasure to sports fans for many decades. He will be missed dearly.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Pearl Boatner; two sisters, Thelma and Betty; and his longtime love, Irene Warren. 

He is survived by his niece, Denise Withers of Texas, and extended family member, Tina Warren of Prescott, Ariz.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E.  Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014.


Joe Odstrcil


Joe Benard Odstrcil, 90, of Hermleigh, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017 in Lubbock. 

Graveside service Mr.  Odstrcil will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Pyron Cemetery with the Rev. Clay Giddens  officiating. The service will be under the direction of Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home.

Born on Nov. 25, 1927 in Pyron to  Steve and Frances Odstrcil, he married Ester Kyser in Reno, Nev. on March 6, 1964. Joe served two tours in the military, one in the U.S. Navy and the other in the U.S. Air Force. He served in the Phillipines, Japan and Korea. He was also a farmer and rancher.

He was preceded in death by his parents  and two brothers, Charlie Odstrcil and Leo Don Odstrcil.

Survivors includes his wife, Ester Odstrcil of Hermleigh, and two nieces, Kathy Gannaway of  Hermleigh and Sissy Beck of Midland.

Online condolences may be posted at www.bellcypertseale.com.


Monico Ynguanzo


Monico Ynguanzo, 76, of Fluvanna, died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. 

Funeral service for Mr. Ynguanzo will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Raj Arokiasamy officiating. Burial will follow at Fluvanna Cemetery under the direction of Miller Family Funeral Home.  

A rosary will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 

Born on Aug. 29, 1941 in Corpus Christi to Alejo and Inocenia (Banda) Ynguanzo, he married  Virginia Perez on Jan. 9, 1984 in Snyder. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Martha, Rey, Maria and Jose Francisco “Frank,” and two children, Monicito and Robert. 

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Ynguanzo of Fluvanna; one son, Dototeo Ynguanzo and his wife, Jeri, of Hobart, Okla.; three sisters, Rose Ovalle of Sonora, Lolly Bernal and her husband, Gilbert, of Corpus Christi and Anita Martinez and her husband, Johnny, of Fluvanna; three brothers, Armando Ynguanzo of Hobart, Okla., Alex Ynguanzo of Crockett and Franky Ynguanzo and his wife, Emily, of Snyder; two grandchildren, Mariah and Sarah; two great-grandchildren, Quinton and Isaiah; and several nieces and nephews.

Online condolences may be made at www.millerfamilyfuneralhome.com.


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