Billy Joe Koerner – Ranger

Billy Joe Koerner Sr., 67, of Ranger, Texas passed away Wednesday, July 15, 2009 after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Funeral Services will be held at The Leon River Cowboy Church, in Olden, Texas, on July 17 at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Paul Howie officiating. Burial will follow at the Alameda Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.

Billy was born January 29th, 1942 in Mason, Texas to parents, Cecil and Leola (Hill) Koerner. He attended school in Ranger and moved to Fredericksburg where he met and married Rosalie Klaerner on July 15, 1961. He was a truck driver, heavy equipment operator, and owned and operated B J’s Service Center for 20 years. Billy enjoyed hunting, fishing, and visiting with family and friends. He also enjoyed cooking barbeque for family gatherings.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Rosalie and four children, Billy Koerner Jr. and wife Becky of Glen Rose, Texas; Robert Koerner of Ranger; Jennifer Stroup and husband Jason of Blue Ridge, Texas; Teresa Hughes and husband Greg of Weatherford, Texas and seven grandchildren; Mitchell, Lauren, and Abby Koerner; Jacob and Joshua Stroup and Bailey and Gracie Hughes.

He is also survived by three brothers, C. J. Koerner of Abilene; Ray Koerner of Livingston Texas; Mike Koerner of Brownwood, Texas; one sister Wanda Sue Estes of Brownwood, Texas.

Billy was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and one grandchild.