R. L. “Tonker” Hoosier, 81, of Bridge City, passed away July 5. A memorial gathering will be held from 10:00 am-4:00 pm,, Saturday, July 16, at the KC Hall in Bridge City. (770 Ave. A Bridge City, TX 77611)

Born in Orange, Aug. 30, 1934, he was the son of David M. Hoosier and Johnnie L. (Furlough) Hoosier. He retired from Rowan Co. in Houston as a maintenance supervisor and was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. “Tonker” enjoyed spending his free time outside doing yard work and reading.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Owen Hebert and his grandson, Travis Hebert.

He is survived by his loving wife, Frances Hoosier; children, Sherry L. Hebert, of Bridge City, Bobby A. Hoosier and wife Kathy, of Redlands, CA. and Pamela K. Ritter, of Orange; grandchildren, Selena Knight and husband T.J., Brian Kay, Brent Kay, Jene’ Hoosier and Charlie Hoosier; great-grandchildren, Parker Knight, Maddy Knight, Beaux Knight, Brennon Kay, Keale Kay and Lillie Kay; and his sister, Jeanette Ashmore, of Baytown.

Cremation is under direction of Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City.