By Lacie Morrison
By Libby Cluett
Well-known local businessman, GOP activist and community member Chester “Chet” R. Upham Jr. died Thursday morning at Palo Pinto General Hospital after a lengthy battle with cancer.
According to his daughter Barbara Upham, Chet Upham, who owned Upham Oil & Gas Company, passed away Thursday at 2:45 a.m. surrounded by his wife of 61 years and their family. She said he had battled bone cancer since 2002.
A successful businessman, Republican and family man, Upham’s friends and family shared their memories and thoughts with the Index, painting a portrait of a man who was respected, admired and loved by many.
“No one could’ve had a greater father,” said Barbara Upham. “He was the greatest.”
“He was a larger-than-life figure to all of us. You can’t replace him,” said Wade Gear, Upham’s grandson-in-law. “He loved Mineral Wells and he loved his family. He was proud of both.”
A one time leader of the Texas Republican party, news of Upham’s death drew condolences from political leaders from across the state.
“Today we mourn the loss of an honorable man,” said Gov. Rick Perry in a statement released Thursday. “Chet was a former United States serviceman, successful businessman and a true pioneer for conservative causes. Anita and I extend our sincere condolences and prayers to his wife, Virginia, his family and friends.”
“Chet Upham was not only a leader in every facet of life, but I am honored to say he was a friend and mentor to me,” District 60 State Rep. Jim Keffer said from Austin. “He shepherded Texas into a vibrant two-party system, giving many Texans a voice in government for the first time. He will be sorely missed but I will work hard to see that his legacy is not forgotten.”
By Lacie Morrison
- News Toppers
David May named Index general manager-editor
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Safe, but not home yet: Mineral Wells' baseball team walks, plays by faith
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Baker 4B town hall meet set
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- David May named Index general manager-editor
- Local News
Palo Pinto A&M Club Unites for ‘Aggie Muster’
Former students of Texas A&M University will assemble in Mineral Wells on April 21 for the annual Texas Aggie Muster to honor all Texas Aggies who have passed away within the last year.
It's not hard to have an eggs-cellent Easter egg hunt.
Blue Bonnet Garden Club’s Monthly Meeting
The Blue Bonnet Garden Club met recently for its regular monthly meeting.
Police arrest 2 on different charges
A Mineral Wells Police Department investigation Friday, April 11, of an unauthorized use of a motor vehicle report led to the arrest of two men on theft and drug charges.
- Palo Pinto A&M Club Unites for ‘Aggie Muster’
- Local Sports
A cross made by Sal Martinez and Gary Lee has become the symbol of the Rams' unabashed faith. The token hangs outside of the Rams' dugout at every game, home or away, and bears an inscription that reads: "Everyone commits errors, but His sacrifice will bring you home."
Safe, but not home yet
"Physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come... Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." – 1 Timothy 4:6 and 12.
13 Rams, Lady Rams advance to regionals after solid Area Track Meet
SPRINGTOWN – Track and Field season marches on for the Rams and Lady Rams of Mineral Wells High School, who will send 13 athletes to the Regional Track Meet in Lubbock, April 25-26, after a strong showing at the District 5 and 6-3A Area Track Meet in Springtown, Wednesday.
Get your brooms out
SPRINGTOWN – Nobody said it would be easy. But despite an energized opponent and a rowdy hometown crowd that lived up to its reputation, the Mineral Wells Lady Rams (24-6, 8-1) made the best of their long-awaited final trip to Springtown and beat the rival Lady Porcupines, 16-5, on senior night, Tuesday.
SPRINGTOWN – Three days before a colossal rematch for first place in District 6-3A with Kennedale, the Mineral Wells Rams (15-10, 6-2) got a resounding punch in the gut from their area rivals.
- Safe, but not home yet
Travis Sixth-Grader Conquers Johnson Peak
Every year Travis Elementary sixth-graders spend a week of outdoor education at Camp Grady Spruce and every year is full of stories and memories.
Mineral Wells High School captures One Act Play District Championship for 4th consecutive year!
Mineral Wells High School’s One Act Play has advanced to the next round of competition.
Groups partnering with MWISD
Tuesday night's Mineral Wells ISD School Board meeting was dynamic, filled with presentations, awards and various agenda items up for approval.
MWISD School Board learns the virtues of chess
Who said learning can't be fun? Better yet, why not make it a game?
- Travis Sixth-Grader Conquers Johnson Peak
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Biggest student loan profits come from grad students
This week, the Congressional Budget Office projected that the federal government would earn roughly $127 billion from student lending during the next 10 years.
Paint, doodle and sketch: 3 apps for art lovers
In the absence of a palette of watercolors and a sketchpad, these three apps can fill in as your art supplies of choice.
Divorce is on the rise, and it's the baby boomers' fault
A new paper from demographers at the University of Minnesota found that the age-standardized divorce rate has actually risen by an astonishing 40 percent since 1980.
No shows escaped death by Craigslist killer
The young woman who says she was driven by satanic spirts to commit a cross-country murder spree over the last six years says authorities are not taking her claims seriously and that she tried to lured other central Pennslyvania men into her death snare with online companionship ads but they didn't show up.
- Biggest student loan profits come from grad students
Mineral Wells Wednesday Bible Study Club
Lynn Waddy and Phyllis Lister hosted the April 9th meeting of the Wednesday Bible Study Club. The meeting was opened with prayer by Lynn. Nikki Murphy brought the lesson from Acts, Chapter 8.
Holy Week Schedule
With Palm Sunday already over and Easter coming this Sunday, Mineral Wells Ministerial Alliance is taking advantage of Holy Week, the week between the two holidays, and spreading the good news as much as possible.
Hallelujahs to Hisses
I graduated from Baylor University in 1983.
- Mineral Wells Wednesday Bible Study Club