VETERAN RIDE: Navy vet’s 1,000 mile bicycle ride for charity culminates on Island

first_img RelatedFrom the desk of the Laguna Vista city managerSpecial to the PRESS Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony The Town of Laguna Vista is making plans for its upcoming Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony on Monday, May 30 at 5pm to pay our respects to the men and women that have given their lives in defense of our country.…May 13, 2016In “News”Standing Up for a CauseAustin man aims to paddle board Texas coastline for charity By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] An Austin adventure seeker is hoping to put his skills to use for a good cause this April as he attempts to become the first person to paddle board along the entire Texas…March 23, 2018In “News”Ironman: City manager honored for athletic achievementBy MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Town of Laguna Vista officials surprised their city manager recently by proclaiming June 12 as Rolando Vela Day. The recognition comes from his dedication to fitness, commitment to the Town and continued efforts to the Texas Ironman marathon, according to Mayor Susie Houston. Vela…June 22, 2018In “News” Share By PAMELA CODYSpecial to the PRESSJonathan Cathey, a Texas-born Navy veteran, completed an arduous journey not many could finish: travelling over a 1,000 miles across rugged Texas terrain, from the Panhandle to the tip of Texas on South Padre Island. No big deal, right? Well, imagine doing it on a bicycle.That’s exactly what Cathey did to raise money for his non-profit startup organization called Armadillo Adventures. Cathey initially planned the trip to celebrate his 40th birthday and to commemorate his late father, who retired to the Rio Grande Valley in 2008, only to die shortly thereafter. The former Navy vet realized he had an opportunity to do much more on his journey. “I’m a big fan of outdoor activities, whether it be rock climbing, mountain biking, fly fishing or even kayaking. To me, the way I combat my own depression is by staying physically active.”  With that idea in mind, he conceived the idea of Armadillo Adventures, a non-profit whose goal is to provide outdoor adventures to veterans with depression, disabilities and Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).Jonathan recalled a childhood ritual he and his father used to enjoy together that inspired the idea for his trip. “We called it the Donut Run,” he said, smiling. “We’d ride 15 miles to downtown, stop for coffee and donuts and visit with the locals, do a loop around town and head home. It was probably a 50-mile round trip.” Cathey says he didn’t train for this trip, but with his Navy training, active lifestyle and degree in psychology, he embodies the perfect combination of counseling, skills and preparation to assist fellow vets in need. He knows all too well how debilitating injuries can be, both physically and mentally, and wanted to use his talents to help other vets with similar struggles.Cathey’s journey was almost over before it began. Only 150 miles into his trip just outside of Tulia, Texas, he was struck from behind by a Fed-Ex trucker who had fallen asleep behind the wheel driving at a speed of 70 mph. Although all of his equipment and rig were smashed to bits, amazingly he escaped with no broken bones. He recalled the accident. “I was laying on my back with the wind knocked out of me and I started doing the pat-down,” he said, referring to his Navy training of self-examination to check for injuries. “My toes were shoved through my sandals, but I stood up, moved around and realized I was basically okay.” A witness to the event told Cathey later that he expected to find a mangled bloody mess when he walked up, only to find him alert and talking.  Many friends and family members told him he didn’t have to finish his trek, but he said “I didn’t want to milk it or become the focus of the story – I wanted to complete the ride.” A cousin from Amarillo came and picked him up, and he recuperated for about two weeks before resuming his journey.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.last_img read more

Thomas Murphy, 72, Wellington: April 3, 1947 – August 7, 2019

first_imgThomas MurphyThomas M. Murphy, of Wellington, died Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at Wellington Health and Rehab at the age of 72.Thomas was born the son of Michael and Sylvia (Hobson) Murphy on Thursday, April 3, 1947 in Tacoma, Washington. He and his mother returned to Wichita when he was about 5 years old. She went to work in the aircraft industry and Thomas was cared for by his aunt and uncle, Gladys and Alva Inscho of South Haven. He graduated from South Haven High School, took some college courses and then went to work for Hawker-Beechcraft in the Plating Department. He retired after nearly 40 years of employment.Survivors include his cousin, Kenneth Hobson of Wellington along with several other cousins.Private services will be held at a later time. A private interment will be held at a later date at the Rose Hill Cemetery, South Haven.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.cornejodayfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are by Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more