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Leon Kenneth “Ken” Clarke

January 15, 1929 – November 12, 2016 

 Ken Clarke has been blessed for 87 active years of loving devotion to God, his family, his community, and his country. After a short illness, he entered the Lord’s rest on November 12, 2016.

 Proud progenitor of two children, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren, Ken is survived by his second wife, Betty Paulsen Clarke; daughter Zane Tyson with her husband Roger; son Tod Clarke with his wife Jennifer. He is preceded in death by his wife of 37 years and mother of his children, Nancy Edgar Clarke.

 Born and raised in Mercedes, Texas, Ken earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Texas A&I University then enlisted in the US Navy in 1951 as the Korean Conflict began. During his four years with the Navy Ken graduated from OCS and served as a Lieutenant, later qualifying as a member of the Underwater Demolition Team (UDT). He served as a navigator on the destroyer USS James C. Owens seeing action while patrolling the Korean coast, and on the USS Apache which played a role in Operation Castle, hydrogen bomb testing conducted at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

 After discharge in 1954 he and his beloved Nancy married and later moved to Houston. During that time Ken was active in Spring Woods United Methodist Church, and was elected to the Klein ISD School Board, serving as Secretary from 1969 to 1972.

 Ken spent 31 distinguished years as a Petroleum Landman with Carter Oil Company, Humble Oil & Refining Company and Exxon, where he was instrumental in the training of newly hired landmen and drafting the training manuals used for many years.

 Following retirement, in 1988 Ken and Nancy moved to Canyon Lake in the beautiful Texas Hill Country where he once again became very involved in years of leadership positions with the Canyon Lake Village Homeowners Association.  Sadly their life together there was short-lived, with Nancy succumbing to Alzheimer's Disease in 1997. A happy juxtaposition of circumstances led to marriage to his former high school sweetheart, Betty Davis Paulsen, and they spent 17 contented years in Columbus, Texas. In 2014, a decline in Ken's health deteriorated such that he relocated to a memory care facility near his son in San Antonio. He fortunately recovered the best part of his faculties and entertained family, staff, and visitors with his good spirits, singing, leadership, and wonderful sense of humor for the remainder of his life.


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Evelyn Lanetta John McMenemy

1-19-1920 / 9-5-2018

Evelyn John McMenemy born January 19, 1920, a resident of Canyon Lake for over 20 years, passsed away in Silver City N. MX. at 98 years of age. She was a native Houstonian, graduated from Reagan High school and attended Texas Lutheran College in Seguin, TX, a lifelong member of St. Marks Methodist Church in Houston. She was the Executive Secretary, retired from Superior Oil (ExxonMobil) with 27 years of service. She was married to Albert Edward "Mac" McMenemy, deceased Dec.10, 2000 for 59 years. They were active members of the Republican Club and the Canyon Lake Village Civic Association during their retirement years in Canyon Lake. She designed and she and Mac oversaw work on the interior of the upstairs' room of the clubhouse and was Building and Grounds Director for years. Funeral services will be held October 6, 2018, at 10am at Forest Park Lawndale 6900 Lawndale Street, Houston, TX.

The original Obituary was taken from the Herald-Zeitung


Clarence “Dub” Janowski, 
of Canyon Lake, TX, passed away at the age of 86, on Friday, January 19, 2018, after a two-year battle with lung cancer.

Dub was born November 29, 1931 to Mike and Emma (Sherman) Janowski. He graduated in 1948 from San Antonio Vocational and Technical School, later renamed Fox Tech. Dub joined the United States Air Force in 1950 and served in Japan during the Korean War. After returning home from his military service he met and married Margaret Ann Rogers on July 4, 1958. He worked as an Insurance Fraud Investigator for Retail Credit Company in San Antonio and surrounding areas for many years and then began a career as an Independent Insurance Agent. In 1972 he began representing the Property and Casualty market with Germania Farm Mutual and started Local Chapter 55 in the Canyon Lake Area where he and Margaret served the community for over 30 years. He was instrumental in the formation of Comal County Crime Stoppers and served on their board in many capacities for over 20 years. He was also a member of the New Braunfels and Canyon Lake Lions clubs. He retired in 2006 and remained in the Canyon Lake area.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife, brothers Walter Guenther and wife Blanche, Joe Janowski and wife Laura Lee, Adolph “A.D.” Janowski, his Sister Rosalee Anderson and husband Andy, Sister in Law Tilly Janowski, nephews Richard Janowski, William Janowski, niece Emma Lee Judkins and great niece Shawna Gray.

Dub is survived by his daughters: Carolyn Zirkel and husband Bobby of Medina, TX, Jennifer Wilborn of Kingsville, TX, Cynthia Braune and husband Darryl of Canyon Lake, TX. 
Brother: Andrew Janowski of San Antonio, TX. 
Grandchildren: Scott Zirkel and wife Melissa, Brad Zirkel and wife Dianne, Dustin Braune and fiancé Gabby Vecchiarelli, Tanner Braune, Logan Braune and Emma Wilborn
Great grandchildren: Austin Zirkel, Caleb Zirkel, Annie Zirkel, Emily Zirkel and Crista Zirkel. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements for a memorial gathering are currently pending and will be posted soon.

Anytime there was a funeral, Dub and Margaret always brought food and their condolences.
They were active in the Canyon Lake Village Civic Association in the 1980s. He served as President in 1985-1986.


Gay Helm

Past President of CLVCAI abt Oct 2018.