Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1922 The Faculty

Rose McEver Deffebach ROSE AURORA MCEVER DEFFEBACH, 92, died in 1996. She was born Jan. 17, 1904 in Lyra, TX. Rose graduated in 1922 from Ranger High School at Ranger, TX & in 1924 from North Texas State Teacher's College. She began teaching in 1919 and taught elementary and junior high English for almost 66 years in Ranger and Rising Star, Texas. She was a 67 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 275 in Ranger and a lifetime member of the Texas State Teachers Association, Delta Kappa Gamma (teachers' fraternity), and the Disabled American Veterans Commanders Club. After the death of her husband Vernon in 1982, she moved to Brevard County, Florida to be with her daughter and family, Annabeth Deffebach Stephens (RHS-1959) (State University of New York at Brockport, NY, 1971) and her husband, Curtis, also RHS Class of 1959 (Texas A&M University, 1963) and their two sons, Derek and Darren. In Florida, Rose was a member of the Satellite Beach United Methodist Church, Delta Kappa Gamma, Retired Teachers' Association, South Brevard Retired Teachers Association, and the Florida Retired Educators Association. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Deffebach (listed below) in 1982, and they are both buried at Hillside Memorial Gardens in Snyder, TX. Her sister, Anna McEver, "Miss Mac" who taught business courses at Ranger High and Ranger Jr. College for many years, also preceded her in death in 1985. Miss Mac is buried in Strawn, TX. In addition to her daughter, she leaves two grandsons and their families - one great granddaughter and one great grandson. Her grandchildren's families live in Plano, TX. HUSBAND: VERNON DEFFEBACH was born Jan. 29, 1899, and died in Dallas on Oct. 17, 1982 at the age of 83 from leukemia. He was born on a ranch in South Dakota in an adobe structure, close to the North Dakota border and his grandfather was killed by Indians. His mother and father were teachers. Vernon was the oldest of six children. He moved with his family in 1909 to Texas where they settled in Snyder and later moved to Ranger in 1915. They had lived in Snyder, Tuscola and Ranger and in Ranger his father, Thomas G. Deffebach, managed the Burton-Lingo Lumber Company. Vernon was attending Meridian College when he entered the army in September of 1918 to serve in WWI. Vernon Deffebach worked as an automobile mechanic in his own shop in the 1940's before going to work for Lone Star Producing Company as a welder on railway tank cars. On June 21, 1936, he was married to Rose McEver, a life-long educator and they had a daughter, Annabeth Deffebach Stephens (RHS-1959) and two grandchildren. Annabeth is married to Curtis Lynn Stephens (RHS-1959). Vernon's brother, Arthur Deffebach attended Ranger Schools and graduated from Ranger High School in the Class of 1930. There were other siblings, brothers Lyle and Tommy Deffebach who co-owned Deffebach Insurance Agency in Snyder, a sister Beth Deffebach Ownby who taught English in Pasadena, TX, and a sister, Frances, who died at an early age. Arthur Deffebach who lives with his wife Edwina in Granbury is the only surviving sibling. Mr. Vernon Deffebach was buried at Hillside Memorial Gardens in Snyder, TX. VERNON DEFFEBACH---RANGER WELDER A plan to "see the U.S." from a house trailer window is in store for Vernon Deffebach, welder "A" in Ranger Gasoline Department, who retired January 31 after more than 21 years with Lone Star. He and his wife recently bought a 15-foot house trailer and plan to use it extensively in their travels. "We both like to travel and we took a 6,500 mile trip to the northwest only last year. With the trailer we will be able to go on extended trips or short jaunts and it will be less expensive." The trailer is equipped with two beds, gas range, gas refrigerator and even a gas light in case electricity fails or is not available where the trailer is parked. Started as Mechanic Mr. Deffebach joined Lone Star on July 26, 1942, as a mechanic. Several years later he was made a welder. Born January 29, 1899, in South Dakota, he came to Texas with his parents in 1909 and settled in Snyder. In 1915 the family moved to Ranger and four years later the 20-year-old Vernon Deffebach opened a car repair shop in Ranger. "I never did get rich and working for yourself can be pretty tiring," he says. "Besides, I was afraid automobile parts and good labor were going to be hard to get. I decided I wanted to work for someone else for a while, so I joined Lone Star." Built Own House His welding talents have come in handy several times as well as natural skill with his hands. He built his comfortable home in Ranger. "I had the shell built and I finished all the inside myself." He and his brother, Arthur, who also works for Lone Star in Ranger, built a cottage on Lake Leon and the brothers enjoy fishing and boating. They also built their own boat house which harbors two boats and there is an ingenious rig that raises and lowers a small fishing boat from a raised shed by means of a hand crank. Vernon Deffebach married the former Rose McEver on June 21, 1936. The couple has a daughter, Anna Beth Stephens of College Station. His daughter is related to Lone Star in more ways than one. Her husband, Curtis, who is working on a Master's Degree at Texas A&M, is the son of Lonnie Stephens, Super- intendent of RCF Plant in Ranger. No Grandchildren Yet "We don't have any grandchildren yet but we're looking forward to the day," Mr. Deffebach says. "It seems like grandchildren make retirement complete." To help Mr. Deffebach enjoy one of his hobbies---fishing---fellow employees presented him an electric trolling motor as a retirement gift. (Lone Star Producing Company magazine in the 1960s)