Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1947

Launette Shook LAUNETTE SHOOK VEAL, 80, passed away April 5, 2010 in Humble, TX, with burial in Alameda Cemetery near Ranger, TX. Launette was born in Gorman, TX, June 26, 1929 to Faughn and Oma (Wilson) Shook. She attended Ranger High School her Junior year and graduated from Azle High School. She later moved to Ft. Worth and then to Ranger where she lived for more than 30 years. She married Howard "Jack" Veal in June of 1956. Launette was a member of the Eastside Baptist Church. A lifelong home maker, she was a loving and caring lady who loved to spend time with her family and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Jack Veal, in 2005. She is survived by her sons, Donny Veal and wife Linda of Austin, TX and Jimmy Veal (RHS-1979) and wife ILO of Splendora, TX, six grandchildren, & three great-grandchildren, sister Vonnie Shook Mainka (RHS-1957) of Andrews, TX, & brother Burl Shook (RHS-1959) of Gorman, TX. HUSBAND: HOWARD W. "JACK" VEAL, 72, of Ranger, TX died on March 22, 2005 in Abilene, TX after a lengthy illness, with burial in the Alameda Cemetery near Ranger. Jack was born on June 7, 1932 in Parker County, TX, to Edith Gertrude Burns and Ralph Wallace Veal. He was a graduate of Mineral Wells High School and attended Lee College and San Jacinto College, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He entered the United States Air Force in 1952 where he learned all about flight simulators. He was discharged in 1956. He married Launette Shook (RHS-1947) in June of 1956 in N. Richland Hills, TX. They lived in several different locations, returning to Ranger for a brief time while his children attended school. They moved to Houston where Jack went for work for Continental Airlines as a flight simulator engineer for 12 years until he retired in 1998. He moved back to Ranger and had his own electric service company, Veal's Electric and was also elected Police Commissioner for one term. Jack was a 32nd Degree Mason & Shriner. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge AF and AM #738 of Ranger. He was also a member of the Calvary Baptist Church of Mineral Wells. Survivors at the time of his death include his wife Launette Veal of Ranger, sons Donny Veal & wife Linda of San Marcus, Jimmy Veal (RHS-1979) and wife Ilo of Splendora; sister Barbara Jean Ainsworth of Ranger; six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; numerous nieces and nephews.