Judith “Judi” Ann Greer, age 72, died on Friday, June 14, 2019. Judi was born on January 1, 1947 in Elk City, Oklahoma to Velma Izella (Jackson) Shinault and Eldon LaVern Shinault. Judi had received her master’s degree and worked as an Educational Diagnostician for many years. She invested much of her time in children with autism. Judi adored her dogs “Tyler” and “Oliver”. She was a resident of Irving for thirty years. She possessed a unique sneeze; people knew it was hers right away. It was not uncommon for her to walk up to short ladies to see who was taller. She had ticklish knees. Judi had a great big personality, made up of a generous heart and a wonderful sense of humor. As a redhead she acquired a bit of orneriness and her kiddos knew to follow her instruction. She had a strong love for the Lord and was faithful in her Christian walk. She adored her husband of over forty-nine years, and she put up with him since the 9th grade. Judi was a member of Gateway Church and was a true servant to those around her. Judi is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Jerry Shinault and welcomed in her death by her granddaughter Moriah. Left to cherish her memory are her spouse James Greer; daughter Holly Good and husband Brad; son Shane Greer and wife Misty; grandchildren Courtney Capra, Gatlin Capra, Madison Greer, Noah Greer, Coby Good, Rylan Good, Dee Toliver; great grandchild Mazie Toliver; eight nieces and nephews as well as numerous other family and loving friends. A memorial service is pending. Please continue to check our website, we will update the service information once it has been finalized by the family.
Ken Hale, a 38-year resident of Irving, died peacefully on Friday, June 14, 2019 at the age of 75. He was born in Amarillo, Texas to Carl B. and Willie Mae (Davis) Hale on Wednesday, March 29, 1944. Ken proudly served his country between 1961 and 1982 in the United States Army for 20 years and 9 months, before retiring Sergeant First Class, with an honorable discharge in 1982. During this time, he served as a Communications Chief as well as working as an assistant to the Chaplain. Ken, an already notable man, in his dedication and service to his country, would also teach a computer programming class and work as a network administrator for North Lake College. Throughout his amazing and busy life, Ken still found the time to become a self-taught master leather craftsman, working and running his own company Durango Saddle in Irving. In 1978, he was ordained a Catholic permanent Deacon for the Dallas Diocese and served faithfully for over 30 years at the Holy Family of Nazareth in Irving. Ken was a hardworking and dedicated husband, father, Opa and friend to many, and will be greatly missed. Ken is preceded in death by his parents and sister Betty. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 51 years, Anna Hale; son James Michael Hale and wife Jen; son Carl Wayne Hale; son Leonard Allan Hale and wife Yana; grandchildren Caitlyn Hale, Maximilien Hale, Christopher Hale, Max Alexander Hale and Vladislay Zelensii as well as numerous extended family and friends. A Rosary is to be said at 9:00am, Thursday, June 20, 2019 at the Holy Family of Nazareth Church, 2323 Cheyenne St. in Irving with a Mass of Christian Burial to begin at 10:00 am. An interment with full Military Honors will begin at 2:30pm, the same day at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mtn Creek Pkwy in Dallas. The family requests memorial donations to Vitas Hospice at http://vitascommunityconnection.org/community-connection/donate
PFAFF, Wayne Kay passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 13 surrounded by his family. He was born on August 2, 1935, in Salinas, California, and has resided in Irving, Texas, since 1961. A graduate of Texas Christian University, he served in the United States Air Force Reserves. In 1983, he and his wife founded Plastronics Socket Company, Inc., which quickly became a multi-million-dollar global corporation providing leading technology for the semiconductor industry. An engineer with a brilliantly creative mind, he owns the rights to more than 25 patents and had a patent case tried before the U.S. Supreme Court which resulted in an intellectual rights precedent. His passions were his work, golf, cars and most of all, his family, who will miss him very much. He is survived by his wife of 57 years Anne Houtchens Pfaff, daughter Diana Pfaff, son and daughter-in-law David and Sharon Pfaff, grandson Andrew Pfaff and granddaughter Cate Pfaff. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, June 19 at 4 p.m. at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church in Irving, Dr. Bill La Barr officiant, followed by a Celebration of Life at Las Colinas Country Club at 5:30 p.m. As in life, he will rest partially in the Dallas area and on his beloved Monterey Peninsula in California. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Plastronics Perseverance Scholarship through the Irving Schools Foundation.
Coppell, Texas – Jerry V. Malzahn, 72, of Coppell, TX, passed away, June 12, 2019. He was born September 30, 1946, in Stuttgart, AR to Arthur Gustav and Velma Leona (Rieger) Malzahn. Jerry graduated from Irving High School, class of 1964. After graduation, Jerry enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a Storekeeper Second Class during the Vietnam War. Following the war and his Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Navy, Jerry moved to Texas and enrolled in the University of North Texas where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management. With a love for nature and a passion for leadership, Jerry founded the Malzahn Landscape Company, which he owned and operated for over 40 years. It was during this time that Jerry met and married the love of his life, Lyla (Thompson) Malzahn, and they settled in Coppell, TX. Jerry and Lyla celebrated 37 years of marriage in April. In 1994, at the age of 48, Jerry began to devote himself to landscape painting. His work quickly captured the hearts and minds of people throughout the country. He specialized in Texas and Colorado landscapes; as he had spent decades vacationing in Colorado and fallen in love with its majestic mountain ranges. One of Jerry’s first paintings is of the United States Naval Academy courtyard, Tecumseh Court; the original is hanging in the U.S. Naval Academy Museum in Annapolis, MD. In 2008, Jerry was selected to represent Texas and create a Christmas ornament that was hung on the White House Christmas Tree; his design featured Texas Bluebonnets. Additionally, his work inspired Emmy Award winning composer, Charles Denler, to compose Suite No. 1~ Portrait of the Rocky Mountains~ An American Symphony. Jerry’s love for life, nature and adventure impacted the lives of those around him, made evident by the passion in which his daughter and grandsons embrace each day. He was an active member of his church and Texas community. Jerry was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and a beloved friend to everyone that knew him. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Arthur Gustav Malzahn, Jr. Surviving in addition to his wife, Lyla (Thompson) Malzahn, is his daughter, Franchesca, (Katie); two grandchildren, Asher and Connor Malzahn; mother and father in law, Harold and Joyce Thompson; three brothers in law, Steven Thompson, (Belinda); Tony Thompson, (Debbie); and Hal Thompson; three nieces, April McDaniel, Jayna Nichols and Troy Roper; four nephews, Gus Malzahn, Andy Thompson, Carmack Thompson, and John Steven Thompson; many extended family members. The family will receive friends beginning at 1:00 pm just prior to the funeral service to follow at 3:00 pm, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Flower Mound Presbyterian Church, Flower Mound, TX. 1501 Flower Mound Road, Flower Mound, Texas 75028. Interment will be family only at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, with Full Military Honors. Those who wish to remember Jerry in a special way, please bask in the brilliance of life and nature at the top of a beloved mountain and think of the man who inspired us all, Jerry Malzahn.
Gavan Piano, age 22 our most beloved son, brother, uncle, grandson family member and friend left this earth for heaven early Sunday morning, June 9, 2019 at his childhood home. Those who knew Gavan, whether a lot or just a little, lost a shining light in their lives. Gavan will be missed by his parents, Johnny and Julie Piano; brothers Hayden Piano, Jarred Piano and Joey Newman; sisters Courtney Newman and Schuylar Piano; niece Malli Rae Newman and grandmother Peggy Arnold as well as many loving family and friends forever. We know Gavan is now arm and arm with his brother Evan but more importantly he’s in the presence of Jesus. The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 3:00 pm on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at First Baptist Church of Irving. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 pm on Thursday at First Baptist Church of Irving at 403 South Main Street with internment immediately following at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. Memorial donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation at www.kidney.org.