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Forest Lawn Obituaries

May the peace that comes from the memories of love comfort you now and in the days ahead.

Leonard E Higginbotham, 65 of Pasadena, Texas, passed away on April 20th, 2016.  He was born in Luling, Texas on December 7th, 1950 to Milard and Dorothy.  He is preceded in death by his love, Linda, his mother, Dorothy Stephens and his brother, Steve Stephens. He is survived by his dogs, Lil Bit and Roadie, nephew, Nolan Kimbrell, wife Jennifer and their children Brayden and Kaylynn and numerous close friends.   Leonard will be missed dearly by his family and friends.
A memorial will be held at Forest Lawn Funeral Home Friday, May 13th at 2:30pm.

Philip Michael Commins, age 77, 1938 - 2016 passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Services will be held Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Forest Lawn Cemetery Mausoleum at 1 p.m. followed by a graveside service.  He is survived by 7 children, 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.  Donations can be sent to The Bridge Over Troubled Waters, 3811 Allen  Genoa Rd., Houston, TX 77504.


 Benita Guzman, 81 of Pearland, Texas, passed away on September 10, 2015.  She was a retired Beautician who loved her family, cooking, baking, fishing and working in her garden.  She was born in Lockhart, Texas on March 21, 1934.  She was married to Alfredo Guzman for 65 years. She is preceded in death by her son Randy Guzman. She is survived by her husband, Alfredo R Guzman; children Howard Guzman (Sylvia), Henry Guzman, Steve Guzman (Irene), Tim Guzman (Patricia), Anthony Guzman, Soyla Salais (Tom) and Sonya Guzman (Joe); She had 17 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and loved everyone equally. Benita Guzman will be missed by her family and friends. Visitation will be held at Forest Lawn Funeral Home Sunday, September 13, 2015 5 - 9 p.m.
with a rosary at 6:30 p.m.  Funeral Mass will be at St. Christopher Catholic Church Monday,
September 14, 2015 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery,
8701 Almeda Genoa Rd., Houston, Texas.



Lois Eileen Arnold Brochtrup, 92, a long-time resident of Houston, TX died on Friday, August 14, 2015, at St. Dominic’s Village. Born May 27, 1923 in Los Angeles, CA, to Frank and Louise Arnold, Lois grew up in Houston and graduated from John H Reagan High School and Massey Business College.  She married Leo Anthony Brochtrup, Sr. on November 28, 1946.  Lois was very active at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church where she was a member of the Women’s Club, Altar Society, Catholic Daughters- Court Regina Coeli, as well as teaching CCD classes and raising a large family. In all these endeavors, as well as professionally, she put her extensive secretarial talents and social skills to good use. Some of her favorite past-times were playing bridge, antiquing and cheering on her beloved Houston Astros! She is preceded in death by her husband, Leo Anthony Brochtrup, Sr. and daughter, Teresa Anne Brochtrup Sullivan. She is survived by sons Tony Brochtrup (Louise), Joe Brochtrup (Vicki), Andy Brochtrup; daughters Eileen Brochtrup Lorette (Ron), Mary Brochtrup Huezo (Frank) and Anne Brochtrup as well as 15 grandchildren and 18.5 great-grandchildren, all of whom brought great pride and  joy to her later years. St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church will be the site for the visitation and rosary Friday, August 21 from 7-9pm and funeral Mass Saturday, August 22 at 11:30 am.  Interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

De Luna

Mr. Hermilo “Milo” De Luna, age 68, passed away at Kindred Hospital in Pasadena, TX on Sunday, August 16, 2015.  Born on November 20, 1946 in Nava, Coahuila, Mexico, he lived in San Antonio, TX, before settling in Houston, TX.  He worked as a chef in various restaurants and hospitals until his retirement.

 He is preceded in death by his mother Delfina De Luna and son Hermilo De Luna Jr.  He is survived by his wife of 43 years Guadalupe De Luna, his sons Mark De Luna and Michael De Luna and his wife Sara, his daughter Sabrina Badgett and her husband Randy, his sisters Leticia De Luna Salazar, Rosa Maria De Luna Salazar, and Elma De Luna Salazar, his brother Jose (Pepe) De Luna Salazar, his grandchildren Francisco Ybarra, Celestina De Luna, Sarah Luna, Estrella De Luna, Cielo De Luna, and Angel De Luna, and numerous other relatives and friends.

 Hermilo was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend.  He was a strong man and a hard worker, providing for his family without complaint.  He was a great story teller and loved to tell jokes.  He was sociable and friendly to everyone he met.  Hermilo was always willing to give good advice based on personal experience to those younger than him.  He was a self-taught mechanic and all around fix-it man.  Even though he did not have extensive schooling, his mind was sharp and he was a great problem-solver.  He was an amazing chef, able to make delicious food out of the simplest ingredients.  This led him to be a patient and willing cooking teacher.  Hermilo De Luna had the privilege of cooking for former President George H. W. Bush twice in his career.  He was an avid bargain hunter and was proud when he came home with a good deal.  Hermilo was a football fan, always supporting his sons in their school games and loved watching the Houston Oilers of the past and the Houston Texans.  He loved outdoor activities like fishing, swimming, and camping. He loved playing cards out with friends and at family get-togethers.  Hermilo loved his cowboy hats, boots, and belt buckles, dressing up to go out and play pool.  He was a skilled pool player, winning many awards and tournaments.  Most of all, he was a presence in this world and will be greatly missed.  Heaven has truly gained a treasure.  Hermilo De Luna is smiling down on us in his white suit with his wings. 


Davey Edmund Lieb, (87) of Houston, Texas passed away in the presence of his beloved family on August 1, 2015. Dr. Lieb, a well-known dentist is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of 62 years, Patty Carlin Lieb; daughter, Gail Lieb Brikha and husband Joseph David Brikha; sons Michael Joseph Lieb and wife Jimena Molina Lieb; Patrick Francis Lieb and Davey Christopher Lieb. Dr. Lieb was a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, University of Minnesota, and the prestigious United States Army Internship Program for dental practice. Never content with routine, Dr. Lieb used his expertise to invent cutting edge technology and prosthetic devices including the first close-circuit televised program on porcelain crowns used to teach medical students. Lieb was a published author and researcher in national dental journals. He moved from Minnesota to Texas in the early 1960’s to work for The Texas Institute for Research and Rehabilitation developing programs designed to bring high quality portable dentistry to chronically disabled patients including the late actor, Christopher Reeves. Dr. Davey Lieb, a humanitarian, implemented the portable dental offices, serving homeless, shut-ins and others who were unable to receive traditional dental care. He worked tirelessly to support and eliminate infectious diseases at the pre-natal clinic at Jefferson Davis Hospital in Houston. In addition, Dr. Davey Lieb was the inventor of numerous orthodontic devices and techniques to straighten arthritic fingers, monitoring saliva in patients with Cystic Fibrosis and creating devices that would enable patients who lacked arm mobility to paint pictures and use the typewriter. Among his many interests, Davey Lieb was an architectural enthusiast. Following the advice and example of two famous American Architects, Frank Lloyd Wright and Addison Mizner he did not obtain a graduate degree in Architecture. Always creative, his ideas were photographed and published as the “dental office of the future” in national publications. Dr. Lieb spent many years sharing his love of beautiful and unique buildings with his distinguished friends. He will be missed by all who knew him. A Catholic Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael Catholic Church, 1801 Sage Road, Houston, Texas 77056 at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 13, 2015.



Wendy Lynn (Hunt) White, 61, died on August 2, 2015, from a heart attack in Houston, Texas. Wendy was born August 21, 1953 in Nelson BC, Canada and grew up in Chaparral, New Mexico. She worked as an RN for several years. She is survived by her mother, Betty Hunt; husband, Phillip White; her sons, Brandon Baker and Justin Charles; step child, Melissa; five grandchildren; brothers, Darryl Hunt and Kyle Hunt; sister, Shelly (Hunt) Camoin, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father Thomas W. Hunt. Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday August, 8 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, Jack Womack will officiate.


Thomas Wilford O’Neil Sr. was born in Rock Island, Illinois on December 27, 1930. He lived in La Marque, Texas and graduated from Kirwin High School.  Thomas O’Neil Sr. was a veteran of the Korean War. He worked as a pipefitter for Amoco Oil for 32 years until he retired. He is preceded in death by parents Roland and Helen (Carver) O’Neil and daughter Helen Elizabeth O’Neil.  He is survived by his sister Dolores Anderwald; sons Thomas O’Neil Jr. (Janie), Donald O’Neil (Susan), Larry O’Neil (Jo), Terry O’Neil (Christine) and Gary O’Neil (Andrea); grandchildren Julie, Berto, Donny, Danny, Robert, and Jon; great-grandchildren, Nicolas, Brisa, Antonio, Isabel, Emily, Mason and Jordan. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your favorite charity or to your church in his name. Graveside service will be held Thursday, July 2, 2015 11 a.m. at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 7801 Gulf Frwy at Hughes Rd., Dickinson, TX 77539.


Following a courageous battle to overcome a spinal cord injury James, 54 years, was lifted up to his Lord and Savior on June 15, 2015. Predeceased by father, Joe Melchor; grandparents, Faustino & Maria Melchor, John & Julia Urdiales; uncle, Stephen Urdiales.  He is survived by mother, Rose U. Melchor; sister, Christina; half-brother Michael Melchor and pet dog Mia.  James graduated from SOHO, was a National honor society member and had received scholastic scholarships to MIT and University of Houston.  He attended UH and tutored students in Calculus and Trig.  He followed family tradition and became a machinist, tool maker and QC machinist inspector.  He loved chess, wheel of fortune, fishing, dancing, eating out and traveling.  James Melchor was an avid sports fan, he enjoyed watching the games with his friends.  Described by his friends as the "White Knight", lady killer,
funny and true friend.  James Angelo Melchor will be
missed by family and friends.  Funeral service will be held Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, 6725 Reed Rd. 10 a.m.  Interment will follow at Forest Park Lawndale.



Bessie L. Arnaud, 79, was born Dec. 4, 1935 in Houston, TX and went to be with the Lord on June 14, 2015. She is preceded in death by her parents Sam and Pearl Daugherty; siblings Helen & Howard Daugherty; husband Noel Tolar; children Sharon Dobbs & Donna Forster. She is survived by her 8 children; 17 grandchildren & 13 great-grandchildren. She was a faithful servant of Christ and loved her family deeply.  A service will be held at her church, South Avenue Baptist Church, 605 Preston Ave., Pasadena, Texas 77503. Visitation will be held at the church on Wed., June 17, 2015 at 10 a.m. Funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at
Forest Lawn Cemetery.


Paula Escalante, 90, passed away June 7, 2015.  Paula Escalante is survived by her children Rose Mary Escalante, Johnny Escalante, Alfred J. Escalante (Betty), Richard Escalante, Alex Escalante Jr., Norma Johansen (Jay Johansen); Grandchildren Joseph Rocha, Thomas Rocha, Alfred Escalante Jr., Emily Escalante, Hope Saldana, Louis Saldana, Johnny Escalante Jr., Christopher Escalante, Mickey Escalante, Elisa Escalante, Ashley Ford (Kyle).  Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 10, 2015 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Forest Lawn Funeral Home. 



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