Obituaries

Nancy Rankin McKinley:  Nancy was a mover and a shaker.  She was 3 months shy of her 98th birth-
day.  She attended schools in Midland and graduated from Midland High in 1931.  Her entire life was
spent in recording and preserving history especially the history of Midland.  She married and raised a
family in Midland.  She was an active member of every historical organization around.  She was a fun
person to be around and easily recognized by her bright red or blue hat and large glasses on a tiny frame.
These folks are gone, but will be remembered for a long, long time.

Doug Damron (2011)

May 10, 2011

Doug Damron was not only a good member of PHS, but a good friend of mine (PK.) Actually he was a
friend to everyone he met.  Friendly, full of fun, always agreeable to work or fun or mischief.  He and
wife Betty were outstanding citizens of Crane serving in many capacities. Betty is currently Chairman of
the Crane County Historical Commission and Doug was always there to support her in her activities.

Jim Stewart (2011)

May 10, 2011

Jim Stewart along with his wife Frances have become great members, never missing a meeting and al-
ways dressing up in the designated theme.  He was such a good sport and the two of them always friendly
and with a smile on their faces.  We will also be missing Jim and hope that Frances stays with PHS as she
is such a good member.

Rose Mary Rogers of Iraan. Rose Mary always dressed up for our meetings.  She did extensive research
on many projects for PHS, the Archeology Society, her Church, the Pecos County Historical Commission
and many other local activities.  She was the chauffeur and best friend to Snooks Collett, another active
member of PHS. She will be missed by many.

Elmer Kelton (1926-22 Aug 2009), the No. 1 Western writer of all time and a Fellow of PHS, was born at Horse Camp on Five Wells Ranch in Andrews County, Texas. He grew up on McElroy Ranch near Crane, where his father Buck Kelton was foreman for thirty-six years.  After graduating from Crane High School, he studied at The University of Texas at Austin two years before going into the Army at the end of World War II. Returning from military service in Europe, Kelton graduated from U. T. with a degree in journalism and became a writer for San Angelo Standard Times.

Over the years he wrote and edited for Sheep and Goat Raisers Magazine and Livestock Weekly. As he worked for the newspaper and magazines, he managed to write more than forty Western novels which made him a popular and honored author. Kelton received numerous awards including those from Texas Institute of Letters and the Western Literature Association. He was named a Fellow of Permian Historical Society in 2007.

PHS is saddened by the loss of this talented and humble friend who was always just one of us!

 

Vernon Albert Vasbinder was born 28 May 1926 in Del Rio, Texas, and graduated from Del Rio High School in 1943. Between 1943 and 1946, he served in the United State Navy during World War II. He graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science in 1949 and took a Master of Science at Sul Ross State University in 1957. In thirty-nine years of teaching public school, Vernon taught every grade except the second and retired while on the faculty of Odessa High School.

He was an active community volunteer and a charter member of Permian Historical Society. Many counted him as a friend and are proud to have known him.