Obits - 2013

Lawrence Eugene Nagle, USAR


Services for LTC Lawrence Eugene Nagle, 98, registered petroleum engineer, were held Saturday, January 19, 2013, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Military honors followed in the Garden at St. Luke’s.

Lawrence was born in Buffalo, NY, on May, 28, 1914, to Edward and Amanda (Brodd) Nagle. He married Bernice Schmidt Nagle on October 12, 1941, in Victoria, TX. They had two boys, both of which died soon after birth. They then had born to them a daughter, Rosemary, of this city. After the death of his wife in 1995, he then married Joy Cannady Nagle on October 24, 1998, in Stephenville, TX.

His earlier years were spent being very active in Boy Scouts. It was in depression time that he got his higher education. Firstly, at Canicious College in Buffalo then on to the New Mexico School of Mines where he was awarded his degree as a Petroleum Engineer. When WWII started, he was in the Army Reserves and was soon selected to go to O.C.S. On completion, he was in the group of troops which were sent out to North Africa at the start of the war. In total he spent five years active duty with the Army followed by 25 years in the Army Reserve. During that time, he received a special commendation from the military for his involvement in his primary work in water supply for the city of Naples. When the war was over, he was needed to organize and engineer the rebuilding of the Railroad Yards in Rosenberg, Germany. This extended his return to the states by five very long months. He remained active with the military and served numerous appointments in the R.O.A. organization. He eventually became head of their Retirement Committee working towards obtaining assistance for families of retired military. He retired from the Army as a Lt. Colonel.

Along with his military career, he worked primarily in the Oil Industry as an engineer. His career taking him all over Texas as well as Louisiana and on into Canada. He eventually ended his work record as being employed by Trunkline Gas Co. Retiring at age 63.

Over the years, he devoted a great deal of his time with service to the Lutheran Church. Lawrence ran the bread pantry at Redeemer Lutheran in Houston for three years. That and providing transportation for visiting Lutheran Dignitaries occupied many hours. When he and his wife joined their daughter Rosemary in 1993 in Stephenville, it was decided that they would join St. Luke’s Episcopal Church where Rosemary is a member. The later years of his life, he and his wife traveled and enjoyed the life of retirement.

Survivors include wife, Joy Nagle of Stephenville; daughter, Rosemary Nagle of Stephenville; children, Jordan Cannady and wife, Irene, of Rhode Island, and in California, son, Brian Cannady and wife, Susan, Mary Cannady, and Bruce Hubrecht, Steve and wife, Vicci Cannady, and Chris Cannady; and grandchildren, John Robert, Brian A., and Donnie, in California, and Sarah in Stephenville. As well as three sisters-in-law, Caroll Crouch of Victoria, Bernice Schmidt of Fredericksburg, and Lola Malone of Spokane, WA. Included must be added his faithful Golden Lab, Marilyn, who has been his good companion for three years and his most special friends Hart and Pal Gleason in Telluride, CO.

Memorials may be made to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 595 North McIlhaney, Stephenville, Texas 76401.

Robert Bolton

Robert Bolton had a heart attack Friday, February 8, 2013

and could not be resuscitated. Paraphrasing his friend Mark Lund, “He was at work, talking with some maintenance guys, and suddenly collapsed. He was unconscious as soon as he hit the ground. An ambulance arrived very quickly, and he was taken to the hospital, but it was no go.”

Robert lived in Houston, Texas.

As a graduate student, Robert would save money all year to spend on mineral samples at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show—sometimes sleeping in his truck to save the cost of a motel. He had collected guns, but sold them all in the early nineties.

Robert had a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology

(Class of 1988) and a Master of Science degree in Geology from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (class of 1993). He is survived by several close family members.


“In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you...”

Robert Graham Gantz Bolton passed away on February 8, 2013. Robert is survived by his mother, Virginia Graham Bolton and sister, Cheryl Nastasio. Robert was predeceased by his beloved fiancée Beverly Ann Mashayethi. Memorial services will be at the Chapel of Eternal Peace located at 2454 S. Dairy Ashford, Houston, TX 77077.



Christopher T. Francke


April 7, 1962—May 1, 2013

Chris was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa and died in Longmont United Hospital, Colorado, at the age of 51 after a brief illness.

He is survived by Jackie, wife of 25 years, and son Theodor Francke of Longmont; father Warren and stepmother Carol Francke of Omaha, NE.; sister Cara Loriz, Shelter Island, N.Y., and mother-in-law Lorena Lynch of Kirtland, N.M.; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Chris is preceded in death by mother, Susan Nell Francke.

Chris is a graduate of Omaha Central High School where he was a National Merit Scholar. He received a B.S. and M.S. from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in geological and mining engineering.


Chris took a position as Geotechnical Engineer at the Waste Isolation Pilot Project near Carlsbad, NM and helped to prepare the site for radioactive waste storage. Since that time he has been a long-time employee of Rocksol Consulting Group in Boulder and Denver.


Sporting events were important to Chris as he enjoyed Denver pro teams, Nebraska football, and cheering son Theodor’s baseball and basketball teams.


Memorial Services for Chris are scheduled for Saturday, June 1st, 2013, 11:00 am at Allenspark Community Church in Allenspark, CO, located at 16 Washington Street.


Memorial donations are suggested to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Please go to




Send acknowledgements to Jackie Francke, his wife, at their address 921 Rocky Mountain Place, Longmont, CO 80504.