Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1940 RJC

Wesley Dempsey BENJIMAN "WESLEY" DEMPSEY, 78, passed away on December 10, 2002, with burial at Mt. Zion Cemetery near Ranger, TX. Mr. Dempsey was born on Nov. 21, 1924 in Stephens County, to Cody Neal and Martha Jane Adams Dempsey. His entire life was spent farming his land north of Ranger in La Casa Community and ranching with the exception of the 18 months that he served in the U.S. Navy. One year of his service was in the Phillipine Islands. He married Nell Anderson in 1951 in Ranger and together they had 4 children. Wesley graduated from Ranger High School and Ranger Jr. College. He worked for Enserch for 26 years and was a member of the Breckenridge American Legion. Survivors include his wife, Nell Dempsey of Ranger; children, Steve Dempsey of Fort Worth, Jeri Ponder and husband, J.T. of Fort Worth, Mark Dempsey and wife, Trissie of Breckenridge, Penni Owens & husband, Rusty of Big Lake; eight grandchildren, Kim Fisher of Fort Worth, Stephanie and Jeff Dempsey of Crowley, Todd, Camri and Alex Dempsey all of Breckenridge, Corey and Darci Owens of Big Lake; sister, Helen Dempsey Bradford (RHS-1945) & husband, Don of Ranger; two nieces and nephews; several cousins; and brother- in-law, John Anderson and wife, Bobbie of Fort Worth. DAUGHTER: PENYETTE DENISE DEMPSEY OWENS of Big Lake, TX completed her work here on this earth on Jan. 28, 2020 at the age of 61. Penni was born to Nell and Wesley Dempsey in Ranger, TX on March 1, 1958. She married Rusty Owens in Aug. of 1978 at Ranger after meeting at Tarleton State University. Penni grew up on a family farm where money was tight and hard work was an expectation. Her quiet demeanor and devotion aligned with the ranching family she married into. She was employed for a time at Reagan Memorial Hospital and for more than 25 years at Reagan County ISD as the Special Education Secretary. Most importantly, she dedicated her life to being the #1 supporter of her husband and her children. She was both a travel agent and a tour guide for every basketball game, track and cross country meet, 4-H project and livestock show in which her kids were involved. She was a cheerleader and a coach. She proofread endless homework assignments, scholarship essays and algebra equations. She was a student and a teacher. Family came first. Her creative smarts and listening ear instilled a sense of peace in those she served. She was a counselor and therapist. Her grand- children adored her calm spirit & they loved reading in Mimi's lap. Her essence of peace was present throughout her last day on this earth. Penni was preceded in death by her father. She is survived by her husband of 41 years, her son Corey Owens (Shauna) of San Angelo, daughter Darci Owens of San Antonio and two grandchildren Carson and Avery Owens. She is also survived by her mother, Nell; brother Steve Dempsey of Ranger, sister Jeri Ponder (JT) of Richland Hills, brother Mark Dempsey (Trissie) of Breckenridge and numerous nieces and nephews.