Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1929

Donald Champion DONALD F. CHAMPION was born on June 28, 1911 to Anna Belle Winks & John Franklin "Frank" Champion. His brother, John Franklin "Frank" Champion, Jr. (RHS-1939) who was born in Ranger, TX & killed-in-action over Germany in 1943 during WWII and buried in Belgium, and two sisters, Hortense Champion Thompson & Vivian Champion Hughes. Vivian was also born in Ranger and married Fred Hughes of Ranger. Hortense married Clarence W. Thompson and they lived in Ranger until 1928. Donald graduated with the Ranger High School Class of 1929 and lived in Ranger until he moved to Tyler in 1934 where he married Alberta Craddock of Houston in Dec. of 1934. He is the author of his personal living history non-fiction novel titled Wood Derricks, Iron Men and Gold Women, published in 1987. He was living in New Ulm, TX, at the time of his death on Nov. 10, 1997. Alberta died at New Ulm in April of 1999.