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Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home

123 Newlin Street, Port Lavaca, TX

OBITUARY

Joe Ray Custer

August 1, 1938March 6, 2020
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Joseph Ray Custer was born on August 1, 1938, to Arthur Ray and Laura Mae Duncan Custer at the Aransas Wildlife Refuge in Aransas County, Texas, where his father was their first federal game warden. He passed away at home on March 6, 2020, at the age of 81.

Joe attended Placedo Elementary School after the family moved to Victoria County to farm at Lake Placedo. He graduated from Bloomington High School with honors in 1956. He earned an Associates of Arts degree at the Victoria College in 1960 and attended Texas A&M and Texas A&I universities. He was well-known as a professional rodeo saddle-bronc rider and cattle rancher.

On February 25, 1962, Joe married Janet York of Victoria, Texas. They were married fifty-eight years and were members of the First United Methodist Church of Port Lavaca, Texas.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Rocky Ryan and Darrell D. Custer and sister Annie Marie Lester. He is survived by his wife, son Kenneth Ray (Sarah) Custer of Vanderbilt, Texas, and daughters Molly Jo (George) Drazic of Austin and Rae Lynn (Homie) Rowe of Pearland, Texas. Also, by eight grandchildren: Alexander, Evan, and Miles Drazic, David Cole, Richard and Corey Rowe, Monica Sierra and Sarah Stoneking.

Visitation will be at Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home on Newlin Street in Port Lavaca from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11th, with a Celebration of Life from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Burial will be at Tivoli Cemetery, Tivoli, Texas, on Thursday, March 12th at 10:00 a.m.

Contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Port Lavaca, Texas, 814 N. San Antonio Street, Port Lavaca, Texas 77979; New Century Hospice, 1908 N. Laurent, Suite 570, Victoria, Texas 77901; or to Tivoli Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 329, Tivoli, Texas 77990.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.richardsoncolonial.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Janet Custer, Wife
  • Arthur Ray Custer, Father (deceased)
  • Laura Mae Duncan Custer, Mother (deceased)
  • Molly Jo and George Drazic, Daughter and Son-in-law
  • Rae Lynn and Homie Rowe, Daughter and Son-in-law
  • Kenneth Ray and Sarah Custer, Son and Daughter-in-law
  • Annie Marie Lester, Sister (deceased)
  • Rocky Ryan Custer, Brother (deceased)
  • Darrell Duncan Custer, Brother (deceased)
  • Alexander Drazic, Grandchild
  • Evan Drazic, Grandchild
  • Miles Drazic, Grandchild
  • David Cole, Grandchild
  • Richard Rowe, Grandchild
  • Corey Rowe, Grandchild
  • Monica Sierra, Grandchild
  • Sarah Stoneking, Grandchild
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Evan Drazic, Active
  • Miles Drazic, Active
  • Cole Rowe, Active
  • Corey Rowe, Active
  • Monica Sierra, Active
  • Sarah Stoneking, Active
  • DONATIONS

  • First United Methodist Church of Port Lavaca
  • New Century Hospice
  • Tivoli Cemetery Association

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, March 11, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, March 11, 2020
  • Graveside Service Thursday, March 12, 2020

Memories

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Mary Lou Smith Sartore

March 20, 2020

Janet, I am so sorry for your loss. My memories of you and Alice Jo go back many, many years. Thank you for your friendship through the years. May God be with you. You are a wonderful lady and I hope God will be with you in years to come. Mary Lou Smith Sartore🙏🙏♥️♥️

cindy bucek

March 13, 2020

Janet,
Ella told me today that your cowboy passed away. We are sorry for your loss. Ella would have loved to come to the funeral and comfort you and your family. Please know our deepest sympathy goes out to you and those who loved him. Ella is not able to travel and wanted me to contact you. She also doesn't have your phone# to call
Ken and Cindy Bucek and Ella 361-676-0316

COLLEEN Stuart Chance

March 12, 2020

Our deepest condolences in the loss of Joe. Colleen Stuart and Courtney Burkhart

Carol & Dale Tally

March 12, 2020

We met Janet & Joy Ray when we joined FUMC-Port Lavaca in 1993. We enjoyed serving alongside them at church events. Joe Ray had a great wit and humor and thinking of him has always brought us a smile. He was a down to earth, no nonsense, hard-working man who loved his family and the Lord. He will be missed and we extend our prayers for comfort to Janet and all his family.

Marc Lantiegne

March 11, 2020

What a great man. Raised a great family. Miss ya.

Linda Ward

March 10, 2020

You all have my sincere condolences.
Lifting you up in prayers.
Love, Linda K Ward

Wednesday Rozsypal

March 10, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. May God bless you all.

Howdy and Frances Hartzog

March 10, 2020

Our prayers are with the family. We have many fond memories of Joe Ray and Janet - and their outstanding contributions to the community.

Bob and Marihelen Boyd

March 10, 2020

Thoughts and prayers... sorry for your loss.

Garland Shaw

March 8, 2020

I met Joe when I worked for him at the Purina Feed store across from Moo Moo store. Probably 1970 or so. He was a great friend for many years. You always knew where he stood in life. Family was his priority.
No doubt he is celebrating in heaven with his parents and friends.
God really recieved a true Angel with a very Texas Attitude!

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Biography

Joseph Ray Custer was born on August 1, 1938, to Arthur Ray and Laura Mae Duncan Custer at the Aransas Wildlife Refuge in Aransas County, Texas, where his father was their first federal game warden. He passed away at home on March 6, 2020, at the age of 81.

Joe attended Placedo Elementary School after the family moved to Victoria County to farm at Lake Placedo. He graduated from Bloomington High School with honors in 1956. He earned an Associates of Arts degree at the Victoria College in 1960 and attended Texas A&M and Texas A&I universities. He was well-known as a professional rodeo saddle-bronc rider and cattle rancher.

On February 25, 1962, Joe married Janet York of Victoria, Texas. They were married fifty-eight years and were members of the First United Methodist Church of Port Lavaca, Texas.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Rocky Ryan and Darrell D. Custer and sister Annie Marie Lester. He is survived by his wife, son Kenneth Ray (Sarah) Custer of Vanderbilt, Texas, and daughters Molly Jo (George) Drazic of Austin and Rae Lynn (Homie) Rowe of Pearland, Texas. Also, by eight grandchildren: Alexander, Evan, and Miles Drazic, David Cole, Richard and Corey Rowe, Monica Sierra and Sarah Stoneking.

Visitation will be at Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home on Newlin Street in Port Lavaca from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11th, with a Celebration of Life from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Burial will be at Tivoli Cemetery, Tivoli, Texas, on Thursday, March 12th at 10:00 a.m.

Contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Port Lavaca, Texas, 814 N. San Antonio Street, Port Lavaca, Texas 77979; New Century Hospice, 1908 N. Laurent, Suite 570, Victoria, Texas 77901; or to Tivoli Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 329, Tivoli, Texas 77990.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.richardsoncolonial.com.