NMMI Staff and Faculty
Wendell Affsprung There will be no services held for Wendell Affsprung, 71, who passed away on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, at Sunset Villa Care Center. Wendell was born Oct. 8, 1940, in Wood River. He is survived by his wife Jo Affsprung; son Carl Affsprung; a brother and two sisters and grandson Christopher Affsprung. Wendell is preceded in death by his son Andrew Affsprung. Wendell lived in Roswell for more than thirty years and worked as a professor at New Mexico Military Institute.
Joe “Rasco” B. Aguilar, 89, from Capitan, NM, coming out of Chute #2, riding Twiste, passed away on Friday, December 28, 2018, from natural causes, at Mission Arch in Roswell, NM. On September 18, 1929, Joe was born to Cruz and Martina Aguilar in Capitan, Lincoln County, New Mexico. Prior to retirement, he worked at New Mexico Military Institute as a groundskeeper. Joe was a longtime member of Assumption Church, where he served as an usher. He loved going to the Joy Center to play pool. Joe liked playing his guitar and singing to his family and friends. He enjoyed going to the casinos and deer hunting. Joe was deeply loved and will be profoundly missed, not only by his family and friends but by all those fortunate enough to have known him. Survivors: Those left to treasure and cherish memories of Joe are his children: Vernon Aguilar of Roswell, NM, Joann Ortega and husband, Joe of Albuquerque, NM, Ervin Aguilar and wife Nancy of Roswell, NM, Joe Aguilar and wife Liz of Roswell, NM, Betty Grado of Roswell, NM, Barbara Aguilar of Roswell, NM, Becky Aguilar of Roswell, NM, grandchildren: Stephen Aguilar, Edie Daz, David and Stacy Ortega, Michelle Aguilar, Barbie Lucero, Melanie Juarez, Ashley Quintana, Ervin Jr., Anthony, Catherine Aguilar, Lillie Grado and Donna Gomez, Lil Joseph and Robert Aguilar, Anthony and Brian Mays, Jessica Ruiz, Samantha and Jonathan Flores; two special grandsons-in-law, Adrian Gomez and German Martinez; forty-seven great-grandchildren; ten great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Nick Aguilar of Roswell, NM, and Max Aguilar of California; sister, Cruzita Pina; and many nieces and nephews. Preceded: Joe was preceded in death by his beloved wife of thirty-three years, Lillie H. Aguilar; granddaughter, April Ortega Santillan; siblings: Eddie Aguilar, Lionel Aguilar, Ernesto Aguilar, Dorthy Aguilar, and Jimmy Aguilar.
1SG David Alexander, USA (Ret) passed away at age 66 from a stroke at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. David is survived by his wife of 44 years, Rose Alexander; his daughter, Melissa, age 32; his son, Sean, age 24; his grandson, Asher, age 2; and his brother, Jerry, age 64. David is preceded in death by his brothers, Bob and Bill; his sister, Pat; and his mother, Lois. He is also survived by 10 nieces and nephews and the many members of his wife’s family. H e was born in Ada, Okla., and spent his childhood in southeastern New Mexico. He joined the Army at age 17 and served his country in the 101st, 173rd, and 82nd Airborne Army Divisions for more than 20 years. He served his country proudly in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive in 1966, 1967 and 1968. During his Vietnam deployment he earned the Bronze Star with valor for bravery in battle. After retiring from the military in 1981, he began teaching at Albuquerque High School, where he spent 10 years as a JROTC Instructor. He and his family moved to Roswell in 1991, where he began his final career as a Leadership Education and Training instructor in the JROTC department at New Mexico Military Institute. During his time at NMMI, he coached the color guard team, organized and ran the annual drill meet and taught more than 2,000 cadets. His cadets loved him and many continued to keep in touch with him over the years. David was an extraordinary man who loved his family, served his country, and helped shape the lives of many young people. His favorite times were those he spent in the mountains, fishing with his family. He loved building things and working with his hands, telling jokes, debating politics and calf roping.
MAJ Glenn W. Askwig, Jr, USA (Ret), 70, born on Dec. 8, 1943, in Tonopah, NV and currently a resident of Albuquerque, NM passed away on Monday, September 29, 2014. Mr. Askwig is survived by his wife of 35 years, Linda Askwig; son, Glenn W. Askwig, III 1985 HS and wife, Heather from Chandler, AZ; grandchildren, Glenn IV and Brooke Askwig; sisters, Linda Weber and husband, Dick from Webb City, MO, Sally Grabicki and husband, Tony from Spokane, WA and Tomi Sue Morford and husband, Fred from Spokane, WA; brother-in-law, Daniel Coleman and wife, Rita from Albuquerque, NM and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and special friends. Mr. Askwig was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn W., Sr. and Virgie Askwig. Mr. Askwig retired December 1987 from the U.S. Army after 20 years of service having served in the Vietnam Conflict. Mr. Askwig retired from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM after working there from 1988 – 2000.
Leona E. Bacon, a loving mother and sister. On Friday, June 6, 2014, angels came and wrapped their arms around her and said “Come with me”. She was born January 5, 1940 to William Edward and Bessie E. Bacon. She graduated from Libbey High School and went on to further her education at the University of Missouri Columbia. She obtained a Bachelors in Liberal Arts and a Masters in Library Science. She worked for the University of Toledo, University of Missouri Columbia and the University of Arts School in Denver. She taught at Mesa Land Community College and New Mexico Military Institute where she retired. When she was not teaching, her passion was making jewelry, crocheting and painting. She also enjoyed participating in craft shows. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, William Edward Bacon. She leaves to cherish her memory, her 3 sons, William Albert Thornton Jr., Michael Andrew Thornton and Daniel Anthony Thornton; siblings, John Michael (Opal) Bacon, Mary Jo Bacon, Frances Faith Tidwell and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Carla Rohr Bagalay died in her Houston home on Thursday, March 28, 2019, in the company of her loving son Christopher Bagalay. She loved life, her son, and her friends with a vivacity everyone counted on. Her home, especially her paintings, her cooking, and her stories, brought her birthplace, Roswell, New Mexico, to Houston. She will be welcomed to heaven by angels in turquoise wings. Carla was born on October 1, 1943, to Karl J. Rohr and Josephine Bedell Rohr in St. Mary’s Hospital in Roswell. She was brought home from the hospital to the family home on the grounds of New Mexico Military Institute, which had been founded by her great grandfather. About her teenage years, she spoke with fondness of the handsome cadets who had passed through NMMI in hopes of gaining admission to West Point or Annapolis. Carla graduated from Colorado Women’s College with a BA in Arts. After a brief whirl in New York City as a secretary, she moved to Houston to work at the law firm Baker-Botts. There she met John Bagalay, an attorney in the firm, whom she later married. Shortly thereafter, she gave birth to Christopher. Though her marriage to John eventually dissolved, the friends she made early in her life, many of them Baker-Botts wives, remained part of her tight circle of like-minded women. What did they all like: books, movies, paintings, politics, Mexico, and New Mexico, among others. As a single woman devoted to the fine arts, Carla worked in interior design firms and at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. But she found her true passion as a leader of volunteers at Bo’s Place, a respite for family members who have lost a loved one, often to cancer. Her remarkable commitment to the mission of Bo’s Place led to a dramatic increase in the number of enthusiastic volunteers. She did whatever it took, day in and day out for 10 years, to make Bo’s Place a welcoming home for families, counselors, volunteers, and colleagues. Among her friends’ best memories of Carla are the feasts she put on. Always cocktails or wine. Always two or three tasty hors d’oeuvres, some of which she herself was trying for the first time. And then the meal, some elaborate affair that she had wanted to try for years and at last had the opportunity to cook for friends. She was fearless in the face of an untried recipe, perfectly willing to introduce a riff that was to her own taste. On the other hand, If it was New Mexico food, which she made for a lifetime, she believed it had to be cooked just so. Carla is survived by her son Christopher, a sister, Lea Rohr Fraser of Roswell, niece Laura Hardin of Arizona, niece Laura Connor and nephew Craig Gaskill of Colorado.. They are left to preserve her memory and New Mexico in Houston.
Kenneth Kyle Bailey, a professor of History Emeritus at the University of Texas at El Paso, passed away September 21, 2016 at a local hospital. He was born December 3, 1923, in Tate County, Mississippi, the seventh and last child of John Parham and Ruby Allen Bailey. During World War II, his three years of service in the United States Army included sixteen months as a sergeant in six European combat zones. His military decorations include a Belgian Fourragere, a U.S. presidential Unit Citation, and a European and Mediterranean Theater of Operations Medal. The contingent with which he served in Normandy was decorated with a Croix De Guerre with Palm by the President of France.Upon returning to civilian life, Mr. Bailey enrolled at Vanderbilt University, where he received B.A., M.A., and Ph. D. degrees, with majors in United States history. Beginning in January 1949, he held faculty positions at Cumberland College (Kentucky), New Mexico Military Institute, North Texas State University, Indiana University, and Louisiana State University before accepting an appointment as associate professor at Texas Western College in 1960. He was advanced to the rank of professor in 1963. Subsequently he served twice as chairman at the school’s department of history and continued to teach on campus until 1991. A one-year leave of absence in 1966-67 enabled him to accept a John Simon Guggenheim memorial Fellowship and to accomplish post-doctoral research at repositories in Tennessee, Kentucky, and North Carolina. His publications include a booklet entitled The South in American History, issued by the American Historical Association (co-authored with Otis A. Singletary), eight articles in scholarly journals, including the American Historical Review, the Journal of Southern History, and Church History, a book entitled Southern White Protestantism in the Twentieth Century, initially released by Harper and Row, Inc., in 1964, republished by peter Smith in 1968, and an autobiographical volume recounting Memories of World War II: A Mississippi Farm Boy’s Story. He held committee assignments in the Organization of American Historians, the Southern Historical Association, the Western History Association, and the Southwestern Social Science Association. In faculty governance at UTEP, he served terms as chairman of the Undergraduate Curricula Committee and of an all-campus Graduate Studies Committee (in the 1960’s), and functioned otherwise as a member of numerous campus panels, including the Faculty Senate. Aside from scholarly and campus endeavors, he served on the City of El Paso Historic Landmark Commission, of which he was chairman from 1986 to 1990, as President of El Paso Landmarks, Inc., from 1992 to 1996, as a longtime member of the Board of Directors of the Memorial Park/Manhattan Heights Improvement Association, and as an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church. Biographical sketches of him appeared in annual editions of Who’s Who in America from 1974 to 2005.On August 5, 1961, Dr. Bailey married Mary Lou Crain Hudson who survives him, as does a stepson, William Marion Hudson, Jr., of Dallas. Five of his nine surviving nieces and nephews reside in Mississippi, two in South Carolina, one in North Carolina, and one in Kentucky.
Betty J. Beagles, 71, of Alamogordo died on Thursday, July 25, 2013, at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center. Born on July 14, 1942, in Deming, she was the daughter of the late Max and Helen J. (Sparkman) France. She lived the majority of her life in Roswell, moving to Alamogordo in 1991. She graduated from Roswell High School with the Class of 1961. On Feb. 28, 1970, she married Eddie Paul Beagles in Roswell. In her career she worked as an elementary school librarian at East Grand Plains Elementary School in Roswell; as a bookkeeper at in Roswell; bookkeeper at Bennett Printing in Alamogordo, and retired from Loco Credit Union in Alamogordo in 2009. She was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church, where she served on the finance committee and was the social coordinator for the Trinity Sunday school class, past member of the Kiwanis Club, member of the Alamogordo Elks Lodge #1848, past district commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America, Conquistador Council and past secretary for Boy Scout Troop 72, as well as a volunteer at the American Cancer Society Cancer Resources Center. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Eddie P. Beagles Sr.; daughter, Carla J. (Leslie) Miller, of Canyon, Texas; sons: Jerry T. (Betty) Smith, of Roswell, Eddie P. (Richard Marchbanks) Beagles Jr., of Indianapolis, Ind.; grandchildren: Tye J. (Kira) Smith, of Littleton, Colo., Ryan L. (Crystal) Miller, of Borger, Texas, Travis (Brittany) Smith, of Roswell, Jill M. Miller, of Canyon, Texas; great-grandchildren: Maggie Mae Miller, of Borger, Texas, Tate J. Smith, of Roswell and Annabelle Smith, of Littleton, Colo.; sister, Zora B. (Jerry) Lykins, of Roswell, as well as several nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents and nephew, Johnny W. Lykins.
Marilyn Beaudry brought many babies into this world and raised five of her own. She raised them to be independent, caring, and loving adults. Born on April 15, 1928, in Cincinnati, Ohio, Marilyn lived down the street from the Cincinnati Incline, and slept to the sound of the trains passing by. She graduated from Withrow High School in 1946, and when given the choice of going to art school or nursing school, she chose the profession of caring for people. She graduated from Christ Hospital Nursing School in 1949. Shortly thereafter, she was introduced to Donald Beaudry by a mutual friend when he was attending University of Cincinnati, studying Petroleum Geology. They married in 1950. Marilyn worked as a nurse from 1950 until she retired in the late 1970s, and even after that, she volunteered at the hospital on a regular basis. She specialized in Obstetrics, but worked for a while at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico, where, as she was fond of reporting, she cared for Roger Staubach once or twice during his years there, before his football career. She also worked as camp nurse at Camp Mary White Girl Scout Camp in New Mexico. She spent most of her life caring for other people: her five children, her aunt, her husband and her own father. She volunteered at St. Martha¦s Kitchen in Houston for many years. While not an animal person herself, she nevertheless helped her children rescue squirrels and mice, and raise kittens, gerbils and a parakeet or two. She was a talented self-taught artist and an accomplished seamstress. She loved opera and ushered at the Cincinnati Opera in her youth. She was even an extra in the Cincinnati Opera¦s performance of Verdi¦s Aida. Marilyn passed from this life on June 23, 2011, with her children at her bedside or with her in heart. She is survived by her five children, Michael, Diane, Laura, Martha, and Robert, as well as eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Her husband, Donald, predeceased her in 1994.
Dr. Robert G. Bell (Bob) Passed away at his home in Roswell, New Mexico on August 29, 2017. Bob was born, May 6, 1938, in Clovis, New Mexico to the home of Galen Linden and Lillian (Canipe) Bell. He was educated in the Clovis School system, graduating in 1956. He participated in athletics and school organizations throughout his public school education. Bob became a follower of Christ as a teenager, remaining active in his faith throughout his life time, serving as a college Baptist Student Union director and pastoring several small rural churches for a number of years. At the time of his death he was a member of First Baptist Church in Roswell, NM. He had moved his membership from the Central Baptist Church of Clovis, NM when he and his wife Elwanda moved to Roswell. Bob served in the US Army active duty in the field artillery from 1957 to 1959. He then served in the New Mexico National Guard from 1959 to 1966. He was a life’s long educator. He received his Bachelor and Master degrees from Eastern New Mexico University and his Doctoral degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Post-doctoral study was obtained at a number of other universities. He served as teacher and/or administrator during his career in the Clovis Public Schools, in 1965 Bob came to New Mexico Military Institute where he served as Assistant Football Coach, History Instructor and later the Director of Financial Aid. In 1979, Bob became the Director of Financial Aid for Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Wanting to move back to the Eastern New Mexico area and his family, he accepted a the Dean of Instruction position at Clovis Community College, and then was the Academic Dean at Eastern New Mexico University Roswell until he retired in 1988. After retiring from education, he spent the last sixteen years of his professional career as the Executive Director of Mental Health Resources, Inc. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Darla Pittman of Milton, Florida and his Brother-in-laws, Harold Sacane and U.L. Pittman. He is survived by his wife, Elwanda Bell, one son, Robert Harlon Bell and wife Shelly of Roswell, two grandsons, Robert Bell of Albuquerque with wife Tiffany and family: Kalyee, Robin and Tristan. Richard Bell of Roswell with wife Adri and family, Evie, Emma and Ellie. Sisters Karen Bell of Albuquerque, and Nancy Sacane of Clovis. He is survived also by close family friend, Joan Worden and numerous nieces and nephews. A special thank you to all the care givers, Roswell Fire Department, EMS and Roswell Police Department for the extended care given to Bob during his recent illness.
William Jacob “Jake” Bell, III, born in 1942 in Kingston, Pennsylvania and passed away on December 20, 2005 in Brownsville, Texas. Jake’s formative years were spent with this mom and dad on Mt. Zion in Pennsylvania. He attended Wyoming Seminary Day School and graduated from West Pittston High School. Jake went out to attend the Pennsylvania Military College and graduated with a BS in Business Administration. In later years, Jake was working toward his MDA at Eastern New Mexico University. Jake began his distinguished military career on June 4, 1965 coming out of the US Infantry School in Fort Benning, GA. His first active duty with the Infantry sent him to the DMZ in Korea. He was then sent on assignment in Germany and while there was transferred to the Special forces Group as a Green Beret. Jake went on to proudly serve his country in Vietnam. While in Vietnam he was awarded the Bronze Star for his heroic actions the Silver Star for gallantry in action as well as nine other awards including an Army Commendation Medal from the 101st Airborne Division for his contributions to the group another Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts and three Vietnamese medals for extraordinary service to his country. Jake retired as a Captain on January 16, 1974 in Roswell, New Mexico while serving as an instructor at New Mexico Military Institute and retained his reserve Officers Commission. After the Military, he began his civilian career which filled the next 30 years and included Real Estate, Sales, Marketing and Advertising and allowed him to travel extensively throughout the Southwest. Jake loved life. He was an avid sports fan, a legendary downhill skier, a motor cycle enthusiast, a fearless Formula-V racecar driver and thanks to his father a lifelong fisherman. In college Jake was on the Men’s Indoor Track Team and was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity. He joined the VFW, the American Legion and was active with various other VeteranÆs Groups. In August 2004 Jake married Danette Davis who survived him in death. Jake was also survived by his mother Anna Masters Bell of Harlingen, Texas and his three daughters, Jhanna Tucker (Lanning) of Fort Myers, Florida Jennifer Allen (Scott) of Harlingen, Texas Michelle Love Bell of Spokane, Washington two grandsons, Aaron Michael and Bryan Zachary Tucker of Fort Myers, Florida by his two step-daughters Nicholle Street (Charles) of Columbia, Tennessee Jennifer Bauer (Danny) of Rockville, Texas as well as Dakota and Dancee Street of Columbia, Tennessee. He is preceded in death by his father, William “Bill” Jacob Bell Jr.
Anne Somerville Peterson Tandy Betchie, age 89, of Roswell, NM passed away Saturday, October 28, 2017. A memorial service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, November 4, 2017 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Reverend Dale Plummer officiating. A reception will follow in the parish hall. Anne was born September 1, 1928 in Baltimore, MD to John William Peterson, Sr. and Virginia Travers Lilley Peterson. Anne moved to Roswell in 1943 and graduated from Roswell High School in 1946, she attended college at Texas State College for Women and the University of New Mexico. She married E.F. ”Ned” Tandy September 27, 1953. She was an avid swimmer and was both a certified swim instructor and member of the TSCW Aquatics Team and performed water ballet. She worked in banking until 1967, then went to work for the U.S. Postal Service, retiring in 1989. She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution and Daughters of the American Colonist, and St. Andrews Episcopal Church, she volunteered for 4-H, Girls Softball Association, FFA, Roswell Symphony Youth Orchestra and St. Andrew’s Women’s Group. She became a New Mexico Military Institute Ambassador Family, hosting cadets for almost 10 years. She and John married January 25, 1986, they both enjoyed Jazz and spent many hours with the stereo on, fixing up their recently purchased old farm house on West McGaffey. She had always loved her flower gardens and here they flourished. After retirement she started her new careers of volunteering, exercising and traveling. She volunteered for the Assurance Home Thrift Store, Telephone Pioneers and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. In January, 2001 she had a heart attack and a stroke changing her life. She became known as the ”waving lady”, she faithfully sat in front of her home and waved to every passer-by in both the heat and cold. Anne was preceded in death by her parents, brother John W. Peterson, Jr., son-in-law Richard Lang, her first husband, E.F. ”Ned” Tandy and second husband, John A. Betchie. Those left to cherish Anne’s memory are her daughters, Cecelia Mayne and husband William H. Jr. of Roswell, NM; Rebecca Davis and her husband Charlie of Abilene, TX; Lea Anne Johnson and husband Troy of Clovis, NM; Enid Smith and husband Gary of Roswell, NM; she was also survived by step-children, John Albert Betchie and wife Barbara of Helena, MT; Denise Webb and husband Jerry of Sequim, WA; 16 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.
Winona Lois Bowden went peacefully in her sleep Saturday, Oct. 26, in Casa Grande, Ariz. She had a rare case of leukemia that was diagnosed just two months ago. She was 61 years young. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Aragon and son-in-law, Bryan Aragon and her siblings: Diane Bruce, Brenda Chavis, Danny Langston and Laura Docterman. She has four beautiful grandchildren: Josh Aragon, Jacob Aragon, Amber Hawes and Brooklyn Aragon. Many other family members, like nieces, nephews and cousins, survive her as well. She lived in Roswell and worked at the New Mexico Military Institute as an infirmary nurse. She loved her family and will be truly missed. Rest in peace, Bam Bam.
James W. Branch, 98, of Mena died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006 in Mena. He was born in 1907 in Dickey, ND. He attended high school in DeQueen, held a bachelor’s from the University of Arkansas and a master’s from the University of North Texas a teacher in the DeQueen and Vandervoort public schools, Georgia Military Academy and New Mexico Military Institute, where he was head of the Humanities Department, and was a member of Sons of the American Revolution. Cremation was under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena. No services are scheduled. He is survived by his son, Byron Branch of Fort Smith; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Janis C. Bundy, 55, of Portales, died Monday, July 14, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Aug. 12, 1947, in Roswell, to LaVera and Charles Copeland. She graduated from Roswell High School in 1965. She attended Roswell Community College for two years, and worked as a records clerk at New Mexico Military Institute. She moved to Portales in the fall of 1968 to attend Eastern New Mexico University. She married Gene Bundy on April 5, 1969, in Roswell. She received a college degree in 1981. She was executive director for Camp Fire for Girls for two years and was active in the Clovis Altrusa Club. She formerly worked at the Portales News-Tribune. She was employed at ENMU as a graphic designer and as Curriculum Coordinator. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Portales, active in the Bell Choir. In Clovis she was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Kathie Haman (and husband, Chuck) of Portales and Kirstan Raber (Scott) of Wichita Falls, Texas; six grandchildren, Jennifer, Amanda, Emilee and Joshua Haman and Ethan and Kaitlin Raber.
James Lloyd Burch went to be with our Heavenly Father on Sunday, March 11, 2012, surrounded by his loved ones, after an extensive battle with cancer. Lloyd was born Nov. 10, 1934, in Roswell, to James Burch and Thelma (McCarty) Burch. He was preceded in death by Johnny Lock his father who raised him; his parents James Burch and Thelma (McCarty-Burch) Lock; his grandparents, Bill and Mary (Hester) Burch-Thompson and Eli and Rosie (Hare) McCarty; and by a granddaughter, Samantha Shea Oneal. Lloyd is survived by his loving wife of 37 years Romelda Burch, of the family home. Other survivors include his sons, James Lloyd (Jimmy) Burch Jr., of Oklahoma, Garland Burch and wife Debbie, of Oklahoma, and Gregg Burch and wife Jennifer, of Dexter; daughters, Carol Lynn Burch, of Paris, Calif., Peggy Martin and husband Perry, of Roswell, Shirley Carrillo and husband Gilbert, of Roswell, Donicia Grimm and husband Robert, of Dexter, and Pamela Oneal and husband Patrick, of Dexter; and adopted daughter Susie Nelson and her son Justin Jimenez, of Colorado. Lloyd is also survived by his brothers, Bill Burch and wife Delores, of Rome Texas, and Kim Lock and his wife Sheila, of Midlothian Texas; and sisters, Kathy Pickett and husband Bobby, of Alvarado Texas, Virginia Hill, of Whitney Texas, and Mary Davis, of Midlothian. Lloyd is also survived by 26 grandchildren, Richard Burch, Billy Burch, David Burch, Valerie Jimenez, Lisa Fresquez, Josh Carrel, Darrell Burch, Jimmy Burch, Melissa Clark, Dustin Burch, Trey Burch, Jennifer Pena, Jessica Carrillo, Reagan Burch, Misty Burch, Casey Burch, Amanda Grimm, Chelsea Greengrass, Kylie Oneal, Kianna Oneal, Kinley Oneal, Alyssa Carlock, Lainy Carlock, Jessica Burch, Shelby Burch, and Sadie Burch; and 28 great-grandchildren, Ashley, Brittany, Michael, Larissa, Tony, Simon, Kendra, Scotty, Dakota, Hank, Beau, Hunter, Katherine, Tyler, Savannah, Colyn, Matthew, Cheyenne, Mark, Kaylie, Serenity, Johnathon, Alicia, Tommy, Julian, Julia, Wyatt, Evangelina, Madison, and Baby Girl Burch due in April. Since the age of 14, Lloyd worked numerous jobs including Bogle Farms. He lied about his age to get his first job at Glover’s, where he worked in the kitchen, and later he was a salesman, loading dock supervisor, shipping supervisor, and safety supervisor. Lloyd also worked at Sofis Madison, and he worked cattle with Uncle Cecil in California. He worked for Howard Hughes at Sea Land Cattle Co. While working for Howard Hughes one of his rewards was a trip to Mexico deep sea fishing where he caught a blue marlin. He worked at the stables at New Mexico Military Institute with his father Johnny Lock. Lloyd also worked for Chaves County, and Roswell Cab Co. He continued his working career at Holsum Bakery, American Linen, Cogging, Independent trucking, and Grondyke Trucking, where he retired in 1992. However his favorite job was at Glover Packing Co. Pallbearers will be Gregg Burch, Robert Grimm, Patrick Oneal, Chance Greengrass, Kenneth Irvin, Glen Irvin, Willie Burch, Trey Burch, David Burch and Jimmy Wayne Burch. Honorary pallbearers are Jimmy Uoyd Burch Jr., Garland Burch, Leroy White, Loyd Green, Dobie Thompson, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We would like say thank you to Vista Care, especially Francis, who was a very loving and special caretaker to Lloyd. We would also like to thank Dr. Bedine of Kymera, Dr. Adahar, and Dr. Pinion.
William E. “Bill” Burgess, 81, of Estes Park, died April 29, 2005, at the Estes Park Medical Center from Multiple Myeloma. He was born Oct. 14, 1923 in Itasca, Texas to William E. Burgess and Thelma (Porter) Burgess.Bill graduated from Estes Park High School in 1941. He attended the University of Colorado until he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942. Shortly after the end of World War II in 1946, he was honorably discharged and then resumed his education at the University of Denver. Bill earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and was a member of the first graduating class of the School of Hotel & Restaurant Management in 1949. Bill married Harriet Bittner on Sept. 11, 1950, and they lived in Roswell, N. M. for six years where he was the Commissary Officer at the New Mexico Military Institute. He then returned to Estes Park to help run the Old Plantation Restaurant, which was family owned from 1931 to 1992. During the winter months when the restaurant was closed, Bill enjoyed doing carpentry work. He built his own home and was one of the developers of the Lone Pine subdivision. He served in the Air Force Civil Air Patrol for seven years and was a Larimer County Sheriff’s Reserve Officer for 17 years.Bill was a member of the Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies where he served as both an Elder and a Deacon. He was a member of the Estes Park Sanitation Board, the Estes Park School Board, KBB, Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, and the Senior Center. He was a former Rotarian and a founder and charter board member of the Larimer County Vocational Technical School. Bill loved working in his yard, traveling, going to museums, watching Jeopardy, eating lunch at the Senior Center, and visiting with people.Bill is survived by his wife of 54 years, Harriet; a son and his wife, William E. III and Renee Burgess of Durango, Colo.; two daughters, Deborah Richardson of Estes Park and Dr. Virginia Burgess of Casa Grande, Ariz.; four grandchildren: William E. Burgess IV of Cortez, Colo., Sarah Hanna of Aztec, N. M., Brandon Richardson of Golden, Colo. and Katelyn Burgess of Salt Lake City, Utah; and one great grandson, Dylan Hanna of Aztec, N. M. He is also survived by two sister-in-laws, Janet Burgess of Estes Park and Ruth Louth of San Mateo, Calif.; and three nieces, Sylvia Scott of Sacramento, Calif., Elizabeth Eggert of Centennial, Colo., and Nancy Burgess of West Hollywood, Calif.; and three nephews, Tom Shaw of Danville, Calif., James Shaw of Shingle Springs, Calif., and David Shaw of Encinitas, Calif. He was preceded in death by his brother, Bob, his father, mother, and stepfather, C. Warren Chapman.
Jim L. Burns, 78, of Dexter, passed away Dec. 17, 2012. Visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, from 12 to 6 p.m., and Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, from 8 to 10 a.m., at the funeral home. Jim was born in Pittsburg, Okla., March 18, 1934, to John and Rutonse Burns. He married Barbara (Bobbie) Henderson on Aug. 28, 1956. He joined the Army and served from November 1956 to November 1958. Jim was a musician and played a guitar in Western Swing Music for the past 40 years. He was called Papa by his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all their friends, Woody by the musicians, and Big Jim by his co-workers. He was a very loving person and was loved by all who knew him. He responded to “I Love You” with “I Love You MORE.” Papa loved his family and enjoyed having them all together at his home. He worked for Farmers CO-OP Inc. for 20 years, 10 years at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell as the director of the Physical Plant, and 13 years at New Mexico Military Institute in the Motor Pool and as a welder until his retirement in 1999. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 56 years Barbara (Bobbie) Burns of the home; his daughter Jeanie Vaughn and her husband Dennis, of Dexter; four granddaughters, Kelli Loudermilk and her husband Jessie, of Dexter, Wendi Blake and her husband D.J., of Mineral Wells, Texas, Vicki Moody and her boyfriend James Steck, of Quitman, Texas, and Tammie Boyer and her husband Paul, of Las Vegas, NV, 10 great-grandchildren, Karina Boyer, Colton, Jimmy and Maggi Loudermilk, and Alyla, Kaylia, Haley, James, Graci and Lillee Blake; his brother Virgil and his wife Armel Burns, of Springfield, MO; his sister-in-law Dortha Burns, of Roswell; his brother Royce Burns, of Roswell; his sisters, Willora Bryant, of Hagerman, Veta Vaughn, of Dexter, Neta Burns, of Dexter, and Sue Arnold and her husband Ronny, of Roswell; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother Bob Burns, and a special friend and brother-in-law Vernon Vaughn. Pallbearers will be his nephews, Cody, Guy, Casey and Kyle Arnold, Jerry Bryant and Dusty Burns.
COL John D. Byrne is survived by Col. and Mrs. (Janet Dalton Byrne) Thomas W. Otto Jr., Dr. Thomas M. Sears and Candyce Byrne, Mr. and Mrs. (Robin Pickens) Michl D. Byrne; four grandchildren, John Otto and his wife Michelle, Julianne Otto, Christopher Sears and his wife Jennifer, and Michl Sears; and four great-grandchildren, Emily and Elizabeth Otto, and Michl and Benjamin Sears. He was preceded in death by his wife Alice Maria Nielsen Byrne, LT USARNC; their infant son Justin; his parents Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Joseph Byrne, of Elmira, N.Y.; his brother Capt. Joseph Laurence Byrne, ANG (442nd Regimental Combat Team, buried at Epinal, France); and his sister Mary Alice Byrne, of Elmira. Col. Byrne was a 1939 graduate of the United States Military Academy and a former student at the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1937. He was a graduate of Columbia University and the Army War College. He served during three foreign wars, World War II, Korea and Vietnam, and was awarded the Silver Star, Legion of Merit (2), Bronze Star (2), Army Commendation Medal, and the Purple Heart. He served with gallantry and distinction in the 3rd Infantry Division, the 24th Infantry Division and the 2nd Armored Division. A gifted linguist, diplomat and writer, Col. Byrnes foreign tours included attachT duty in Stockholm and Madrid. He was also assigned to the Joint Chiefs Staff and was an associate professor of English at USMA and “Pointer” advisor. Once retired from the Army, he taught English at the Peacock Military Academy in San Antonio, and New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM, where he continued his life-long dedication to the education of young people.
Brother John Early Cannon age 73 of Roswell, New Mexico, passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2019 with his family by his bedside. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend to many. John Early Cannon was born to Lincoln and Gertrude Cannon on September 12, 1945 in Fayette, Alabama. John received his secondary education from Davidson Christian Academy in Nashville, Tennessee where he received his high school diploma and biblical studies certificate in 1964. Following high school, John joined the United States Air Force and proudly served his country for 8 years. During John’s military service, he was stationed at Walker Air Force Base in Roswell, New Mexico. It was there where he met his wife of 51 years Glory Dean Hall. The two were married August 30, 1967. John was a proud proponent of education. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1979 and his Masters of Education in 1981 both from Eastern New Mexico University. John’s professional careers included the Roswell Job Corps, Captain at New Mexico Military Institute, and Federal Health Advisor at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico. John was later transferred to assist in the opening of the VA Clinic in Artesia, New Mexico. While in Artesia, John assisted many veterans in obtaining much needed medical and financial benefits until his retirement in 1996. John was an active and beloved member of the Roswell community and championed many organizations. John was gratified in memberships of Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Roswell Midday Lions Club, The Elks Lodge, and served as the Commander of Disabled American Veterans for a significant number of years. John Early Cannon often stated that preaching GOD’s word was his first love. He was very passionate and active in his ministry. His service to the church spanned over 5 decades while heading congregations in both Hobbs and Roswell, New Mexico. Brother John E. Cannon was the Minister of Elm Street Church of Christ in Roswell, New Mexico until his health began to fail him. John was also known to many as “Early,” “Big John Cannon,” “Mr. Biggs,“ “Pops,” “Brotha Cannon,” “Papaw,” “GrandDad,” and “Can-Can.” John also loved to fish, hunt, and cook for family and friends. We are so proud to have been blessed to have John Early Cannon in our lives for 73 years. Thank you for helping us celebrate a wonderful servant, man and life. Those left to cherish John’s memory is his loving wife Gloria; his children: Kenneth Caine and wife Yvette of Nashville, TN; Pamela Hutt and husband Dion of Rancho Cucamonga, CA; John Pleasant and wife Rachel of Roswell, NM; Sherna Cannon of Roswell, NM; Eric Cannon and wife Alisa of Roswell, NM; Carla Cannon of Las Vegas, NV; Zachary Cannon and wife Christina of Roswell, NM; his grandchildren: Brittney, Josh, Trevor, Cameron, Cairah, Allana, Ashley, CeeCee, Niam, Jameel, Ericca, Jaidinn, Denhem, Jodeci, and Kamaia; four great-grandchildren: Jenessa, Artus, Camorah, and Dra’yah; siblings: Henrietta Imogene Peacock of Nashville, TN, Mattie Jean Davis of Nashville, TN, Sister in-law Mozelle Cannon of Tuscaloosa, AL, Jeff Douglas and wife Mary of Tallahassee, FL, Rosemary Douglas of Nashville, TN, Charles Cannon and wife Pamela of Atlanta, GA, David Douglas and wife Carolyn of Nashville, TN, Janice Tyre of Jaspar, AL, Faye Howard and husband Ernest of Jaspar, AL, and Brenda Williams and husband Harold of Ashville, AL; mother-in-law, Jewelene Hunter of Roswell, NM; and countless nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.In addition to John’s immediate family, he is survived by his good friends: Brother Charles Reese of Roswell, NM; Joe and Naomi Mosely of Albuquerque, NM and the Terry Family of Roswell, NM. Preceding John in death is his daughter Sally Ann Cannon; his parents: Lincoln Cannon and Gertrude Benford; brothers Lincoln Cannon Jr. and Timothy Douglas; brothers-in-law: Bobby Gates Hall and Donnell Hunter; and sister-in-law: Betty Jean Biggers Jewell.
Fausto Carrasco, 87, of Roswell passed away Saturday. Jan. 3, 2015. Fausto was born Jan. 23, 1928 Toyaville, Texas. He enjoyed camping, buying old cars and the great outdoors. He worked for New Mexico Military Institute for many years and loved his family. Fausto is survived by his wife, Patsy Carrasco; children, Cindy Carrasco; Lisa Carrasco Lamere and her husband, Chris of Colony, TX; Fausto Carrasco, Jr. of Santa Fe, NM; Mark Carrasco of Richardson, TX; Kalvin Carrasco of Clovis, NM; his brother, Archibaldo Carrasco of Juarez, Mexico; 4 grandchildren, Kirstin Lamere, Amber Croyle, Rein Carrasco and Daija Carrasco. He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Elke Carrasco.
Daniel Gonzales Catano, 79, passed away on Monday, March 18, 2019. Daniel was born on September 5, 1939, to Albert Catano and Mary Gonzales Catano, in Artesia, NM. He married Febe Lopez on February 18, 1959. They were married for 60 years and were blessed to have two children. Danny, as he was known, was a “Jack of all Trades.” He worked as a barber at NMMI, an auto mechanic, a welder, and a truck driver at UPS for 25 years. Danny enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, and traveling. He and his wife traveled to Mexico, Israel, Egypt, Portugal, Spain, Texas, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada. Riding his motorcycle was something he enjoyed, he would ride until he could no longer ride. He liked going to auctions and yard sales to get “good deals.” Talking to people also brought Danny great pleasure. He will be missed by everyone. SURVIVING: Left to cherish the memory of Daniel are his wife of 60 years, Febe Catano; two children: Arthur Catano and wife Lisa of Rio Rancho, and Sally Catano Ortiz and husband Gil of Santa Fe; one grandchild, Margaux Alexis Ortiz of Santa Fe; brother, Maurice Catano and Cathy of Roswell; sister, Lupe Gomez and husband Charlie of Roswell; nephews: Charles Gomez and Daniel Gomez, both of Roswell; fluffy companion poodle, Precious; and numerous friends and relatives. PRECEDING: Preceding Daniel in death were his parents, Albert and Mary Gonzales Catano; grandparents: Daniel and Dominga Catano, and Miguel and Esperanza Gonzales.
Kenneth (Ken) Cheney of Port Ludlow, Wash., died at his home Jan. 27, 2010. Ken was born Dec. 13, 1936, in South Bend, Ind. He graduated from Roswell High School in May 1954. He married Vivian Bravener, May 31, 1958. Ken graduated with a BA degree from Colorado State College at Greeley in 1958. He served four years in the Air Force Intelligence School at Wichita, Texas, after graduation, resigning with the rank of captain. He entered the printing business with his family in Roswell for three years before returning to Greeley to secure a masters degree in English literature. He taught at New Mexico Military Institute for three years and in 1969 moved to Albany, Ore., to teach in the Lynn-Benton Community College, where he was appointed head of the Humanities Division in 1974. He retired from that position and moved to Port Ludlow. He is survived by his wife, Vivian. of Port Ludlow; a son, Bradley Cheney, and a daughter, Kendra Cheney, both of Oregon; one granddaughter, Emily Cheney, of Washington; one brother, Leonard E. Cheney Jr. and his family, of Roswell and Ruidoso, and several cousins. Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard E. Cheney Sr. and Gernetta Cheney; his wifeÆs parents, Laverne and Eva Bravener; and his grandparents.”
Mary Alison Lusk Clark was called home to her Lord and Savior on January 24, 2019. She was born in Carlsbad, New Mexico, on October 26, 1950 to Thomas Eugene Lusk and Phyllis Raymond Lusk. She attended The Bishops School in La Jolla, CA, and received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of New Mexico. She married the love of her life Glen Clark on June 4, 1983. Together, they raised two children, Jeffrey and Kimberly. She adored her grandchildren, Emily, Natalie and Grace and she had a special love for her pets, Donovan and Tudor. Alison enjoyed attending baseball games with her family, hot air ballooning with her husband and friends, and camping and kayaking at near by lakes. She had a love for turtles and plumaria flowers. Alison is survived by her loving husband, Glen; children, Jeffrey and Kimberly; grandchildren, Emily, Natalie and Grace; pets, Donovan and Tudor; and many other relatives and friends. Memorial donations on behalf of Alison can be mailed to: NMMI Foundation, Inc., Attn: Thomas Eugene Lusk 1937 JC Scholarship, 101 West College Boulevard, Roswell, NM 88201. Donations may also be made by phone (575) 624-8035, mail or PayPal. The PayPal information can be found on the website at www.nmmi.edu/foundation.
Thomas “Tom” James Clarke, II, passed away from natural causes in Roswell, New Mexico. Tom was born 22 July 1944, the son of Thomas and Betty Clarke, in Miami Beach, Florida. Growing up in Florida, Tom attended the North Miami Beach High School and was a member of the local Civil Air Patrol (C.A.P.) Cadet Squadron. After graduating high school, Tom enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he served both stateside and overseas, with honor and distinction. In 1965, Tom married his high school sweetheart, Judy Turner. A few years later, and now honorably discharged from the military, Tom and Judy moved from Florida to Fairbanks, Alaska, where he worked as a mechanic for Pan American Airlines, and then Alaska Airlines. While living in Fairbanks, Tom again became involved with the local C.A.P. Squadron as a senior member. With the C.A.P., he volunteered countless hours in their search and rescue operations, both on the ground and as an airborne observer/spotter. Tom was also heavily engaged with the cadet program, where he helped mentor and instill values, skills, and the courage to succeed to young men and women as they came through the program. After a thirty-year career as a commercial airline mechanic, Tom and his wife Judy moved from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Roswell, New Mexico. In Roswell, he again worked with the local C.A.P. Squadron, volunteering his time as a leader within the cadet program, search and rescue operations, and ultimately rising to the rank of squadron commander. Tom worked with cadets from Roswell, as well as from the New Mexico Military Institute, allowing them to foster a love of flight through the C.A.P. aviation programs. Surviving to cherish Tom’s memory are is his wife of fifty-two years, Judy; sons: Thomas Clarke III and wife Michele, William Clarke; daughter, Karen Rutka and husband, Ken; and grandson, John. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Roswell Civil Air Patrol Squadron. Tom’s tribute was lovingly written in his honor by his family.
William P. Carroll Bill was born October 3, 1940 in Chicago, IL to William Henry Carroll and Carrie Pauline Lauman who preceded him in death. He is also preceded in death by brother Paul Carroll. Bill married Anne Marie McGannon on June 27, 1964 in Schofield Barracks, HI, she survives him at the family home. He is also survived by his sons Timothy J. Carroll and wife Amie of Albuquerque, NM and Matthew P. Carroll and wife Heather of Denver, CO; daughters Teresa A. Hartman and husband Mike of Shawnee, KS, Kathleen M. Carroll of Tulsa, OK and Marie T. Martinez and husband Orlando of Kansas City, KS; sister Marge Lowrey of Richmond, B.C. Canada and twelve grandchildren Christiana, Jo Ben, Mary, Luke and Maggie Martinez, Grace and Paul Hartman, Ian, Olivia, and Elliott Carrol, Lyla and Lucy Anne Carroll. Bill was a member of Assumption Catholic Church, serving as usher and lector. He was an officer in the US Army for 20 years, attaining the rank of Major, an Army Aviator with two Vietnam tours of duty, and he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. At New Mexico Military Institute, he was an academic advisor, math instructor, and cross country coach. Bill particularly enjoyed coaching Little League Baseball through numerous season.
Garcia, Fred Castillo, Jr., – Fred passed away Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at home surrounded by family. Fred was born May 5, 1936 to Fred Garcia, Sr. and Aveillna Castillo in Balmorhea, TX. Fred was a grounds keeper for the New Mexico Military Institute Golf Course and also the Nancy Lopez Golf Course at Spring River. Fred is survived by his wife, Alejandra Garcia of the home; children, Daniel Garcia and wife, Elisa of Roswell, NM; Maria Watts and husband Charles III of Pflugerville, TX; Moises Garcia of Roswell, NM; Bernardita Herrera and husband Billy of Lubbock, TX; brother, Jose Garcia of Albuquerque, NM; sisters, Mary Natividad and husband Pedro of El Paso, TX; Natalia Martinez of Chandler, AZ; and Heliosa Aguilar and husband Tommy of Midland, TX. Fred was blessed with 7 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Fred will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Fred Garcia, Sr. and Aveillna Garcia; 2 brothers, Cedric Garcia, Ramon Garcia and 1 sister, Lupe Armendarez. Pallbearers will be Joe Herrera, Pillip Watts, Pierre Alonso, Abel Sanchez, Anthony Garcia and Isaiah Sanchez.
Donald LeRoy Cleman of Ellensburg died November 6, 2008 after a short illness. He was born July 23, 1929 in Ellensburg WA the son of Herbert and Grace Walker Cleman. He attended school in Yakima where he was a competitive swimmer. Don served in the Korean War as a medical corpsman. He and Neva Jean Horn were married on September 3, 1955. They had two sons, Matt and Andy. Neva preceded Don in Death in 1994.Don taught school and coached swimming in Yakima for many years in the 1950’s and 1960’s. In 1965 he took a position at New Mexico Military Institute, coaching swimming and football. Don returned with his family to Ellensburg in 1969. Don was successful as a salesman of life insurance for nearly twenty years. From 1983 to 1994 Don and Neva also owned and operated Central Office Equipment in Ellensburg. Don was active as a leader of Cub Scout pack 489 and Boy Scout troop 489. With Neva and several other key parents, he helped to create the Kittitas Valley Junior Soccer Association and to bring soccer to Ellensburg High School as a varsity sport. For the past 10 years Don ran the Ellensburg School district 3rd grade learn to swim program. Don was always involved with local volunteering. Don loved travel and the outdoors and he had a tremendous capacity for fun and adventure. In recent years, he dearly enjoyed the company of his special friend Kathryn Pratz. Don will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.
John Clemmons, 74, of Kenna, NM, was born August 29, 1937, to Fred and Mae Clemmons in Greggton, TX. He passed away May 23, 2012. The family later moved to Talco, TX, and he graduated from Talco High School in 1954. John continued his education at Arlington State University and later at Texas A&M Commerce in Commerce, TX. He was married to Jenny Ann Clemmons on December 15th 1968, at the family ranch home in Kenna, NM. John’s work experience as an educator led him to Kermit, TX, as a junior high teacher and football coach, and later to New Mexico Military Institute where he taught English and Psychology. John was later elevated to the position of Registrar and Director of Admissions; a position he held until 1971. That year he moved to the ranches at Kenna after the loss of his father-in-law, Lewis Cooper. He became actively involved in the cattle ranching business, and was appointed in 1998 by the Secretary of Agriculture, Dan Glickman, as a member of the United States Department of Agriculture Advisory Board for Research, Education and Economics representing National Animal Commodity Organizations. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of First National Bank of Chaves County and First Security Bank Corporation. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of Mental Health Resources, a Member of the Board of Directors of New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association, a Member of Texas Cattle Feeders’ Association, a Member of the National Cattlemen and Beef Associations, a Member of the American Quarter Horse Association, and a Member of the New Mexico Horse Breeder’s Association. He served as a delegate to the Council for Agriculture Research, Extension and Teaching for New Mexico State University, Department of Agriculture, and has represented the Ranchers on Environmental concerns for the Bureau of Land Management-Roswell and Carlsbad Districts relating to prairie chicken populations. In addition to being actively involved in the cattle ranching business, John’s background has been comprehensive and has included service as a former member and Chairman of the Board of Regents of New Mexico State University, former member and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Elida Public Schools, former member and Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Roosevelt County, and former supervisor of the Border Soil and Water Conservation Board. John has an earned doctorate from Texas A&M University-Commerce and he and his family are members of the Kenna Community Church, Kenna, New Mexico. He and his wife are actively involved with their children and grandchildren’s activities, community activities and church affairs. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother. He is survived in death by his wife, Jenny Ann of the home; his daughters, Rebecca Davis and son-in-law, Chad Davis of Texico, NM, Victoria Clemmons of Burbank, CA, and Marissa Olson and son-in-law, Matt Olson of Las Cruces, NM; son, Kevin Clemmons and daughter-in-law, Beverly Clemmons of McKinney, TX, and very special grandchildren, Cooper and Skyler Davis, Acey Olson, Margeux Rendell and husband, Clint, and Nolan Clemmons. He is also survived by three brothers, Jerry Clemmons of Talco, TX, Jim Clemmons of Carrollton, TX, and Jack Clemmons of Athens, TX, and seven nephews and one niece, as well as several great nieces and nephews. He will be missed by his family and many wonderful neighbors and friends.
Paul Coggins, 79, of Portales was born Aug. 22, 1929 in Ashdown, Ark., to John Homer Coggins and Iola Turner Coggins. As his mother often commented, His birth was the best thing that happened during the Great Depression! Paul passed away on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009 after a long illness. Paul’s father moved his family to Hugo, while Paul was quite young. Paul graduated from Hugo High School in 1947. Entering the University of Oklahoma, he received his BA in 1952 and his MA in English in1953. In 1974, he was awarded his PhD at the University of New Mexico. On May31, 1950 in Kingfisher, Okla., he was married to Rebecca Cates. They enjoyed more than 59 years of marriage before his death. Paul had a life-long interest in academics and a passion for literature, only surpassed by his love for golf. Paul’s teaching career began at the University of Idaho in the fall of 1953. He accepted a teaching position at New Mexico Military Institute in 1963. And in 1965, he was offered a position on the English faculty at Eastern New Mexico University. His teaching touched many lives. Former students have thanked him for his courses on traditional grammar and Victorian literature. After a distinguished career teaching Browning and Shakespeare, Paul retired in 1989 after 36 years of teaching. Paul was associated with a number of social as well as academic organizations. He was past-president of the Rotarians, a member of Kiwanis, the American Association of University Professors, The Browning Institute and The Council of Professor Emeriti. He served as Faculty Advisor to the Athletic Department and was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. He served as Assistant to the Vice-President and acted as Chairman of the English Department during several vacancies. He received the President’s Award in 1968. Paul was a member of the First Baptist Church. Paul is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Becky; three sons and daughters-in-law: Paul Coggins, Jr. and Regina Montoya of Dallas, John and Cathy Coggins of San Antonio, Mark and Wendy Coggins of San Angelo; and one daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Jim DeVoe of Hilton Head Island, SC. Paul is also survived by six grandchildren: Tim Coggins, Carol McBride, Anita Richard, Christina DeVoe, Allison DeVoe and Jessica Coggins. Paul is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Homer Dale and Dorothy Coggins of Paducah, KY. Two grandchildren have preceded Paul to Heaven, David Coggins and Lorelei Coggins. Paul also leaves a legacy of ten great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Norma S. Cockrum was born on August 1, 1956 in Roswell, NM, to Paul Eugene and Margie Pearl (Long) Patterson and died on October 29, 2018 in Lubbock, TX. She grew up in the Dexter/Roswell area and attended school at Dexter. During the years she worked, she had been employed by an insurance company, NMMI and school system but mainly her job was being a homemaker for her family. She enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and grandchildren, and letting the grandchildren help with the cooking. Norma had a passion for gardening and flowers, puzzles and painting and loved being outdoors. She also liked to go hunting and take road trips. She loved church and church activities and attended First Baptist Church when she was able. She was a giver and loved her family very much. Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, John Cockrum and a step-son: James Clinton Cockrum. Surviving her are two sons: Robert Morris of Lovington, NM and Michael Morris of Roswell, NM; two brothers: Johnny R. Patterson of Pontotoc, MS and Paul Eugene Patterson of Roswell; one sister: Letha Mae Judkins of Nettleton, MS and her first husband and her sons’ father: Robert “Robbie” Morris of Roswell; also her cousin who was very close to her: Diana Burns of Oklahoma and three precious granddaughters: Madelyn, Hailey and Gracie Morris and many friends.
Major Christopher A. Cortez, USA, Ret., 65, slipped away June 26, 2017, surrounded by his family in Roswell, New Mexico. Born in 1951 at Ft. Bragg to an infantryman, 2nd Lt. Cortez broke with tradition and joined the field artillery to destroy, defeat or disrupt the enemies of the United States. His service took him from the plains of Oklahoma, the city crowned by the Acropolis, the DMZ on the peninsula of Korea, the forests of Washington and finally to Dow Hall at the New Mexico Military Institute. After retiring, Major Cortez stayed on at NMMI. He taught military history, often in the garb of a Union Army private, coached drama with a penchant for the Bard of Avon, and, most importantly, spent 23 years mentoring the young men and women of the Corps of Cadets. He is preceded in death by his father Major Alvino Cortez. He is survived by his wife of 44 years Kathy Cortez, sons Christopher R. Cortez and spouse Jessica Atkins, Ryan Cortez, granddaughter Sofia Cortez, daughter-in-law Kathryn Quiett, mother Ann Cortez, sisters Elizabeth Robles and Lena Cortez, and brother Steve Cortez. To keep watch on future generations of cadets, the Major will be inurned at the NMMI Columbarium. Half way down the trail to hell, In a shady meadow green, Are the souls of many departed Redlegs Camped near a good old-time canteen. And this eternal resting place Is known as Fiddler’s Green Though other must go down the trail To seek a warmer scene, No Redleg ever goes to hell, Ere he’s emptied his canteen. And so returns to drink again, With friends at Fiddler’s Green.
Florence Elizabeth Denison Morris, 86, died Saturday, March 13, 2004 at Briar Hill Rest Home in Florence, MS, following a long illness. She was a former resident of Warner Robins and the widow of Lt. Col. Charles W. Morris, USAF (Ret.). -Florence was born in New Boston, MI, the only child of William Raymond Denison and Ethel Lucinda Saturley. She was a student at Seventh-day Adventist academy in Michigan and graduated from the Boulder (Colo.) Sanitorium and Hospital as a Registered Nurse in 1939. -She married Jackson, MS native, Charles William Morris in Roswell, NM on November 27, 1943. He was attending B-17 pilot training there and she was a staff nurse at the New Mexico Military Institute. During World War II she remained in Mississippi working as a private-duty nurse and caring for relatives. After the war, she enjoyed life as the wife of a career military officer. Together they made their home at Air Force based in the Far East, Europe, and in the United States. They were assigned to Robins AFB from 1964-1968 and returned to Warner Robins in 1971 after Charles’s retirement. They moved to Mississippi in 1978. -She loved nursing, She was trained as a psychiatric nurse but moved in nearly all areas of the profession. Her assignments include supervisor at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales New Mexico and director of nursing at Peach Belt Nursing Home in Warner Robins. -She is survived by a daughter and a son, Lucinda Frances Morris Grattan (Don) and William Denison Morris of Richland; a grandson, Bruce Allen Senter III, of Jackson TN. She was preceded in death by husband Charles in 1994.
Roy Edward Denney, 85, was born in Goodwell, Okla., on Dec. 11, 1923. He was the only child of L.F. and Lillian Denney, who preceded him in death. He attended school in Goodwell, and was enrolled at Panhandle A&M College when he was called to active duty in the Army Air Corps. He was stationed at various bases while training in B-17s. He and his crew were sent overseas to England’s 8th Air Force and stationed at Grafton’s Underwood-106th, the 384th bomb group. On his 13th mission over Germany, his plane was shot down. Three of his crew were killed and the others were wounded, including himself. After being taken prisoner, he was confined in several POW camps. He was liberated at Mooseberg, Germany, in 1945, and flown to Rheims, France, where he was returned to the U.S. on a hospital ship. Upon returning to the U.S., he was given a 90-day R and R leave before being sent to the Don Cezar Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., for surgery. Upon release from the hospital, he was sent to Randolph Field, Texas, released from active duty, and transferred to the Air Force Reserves. He received the Air Medal with Distinguished Flying Cross Cluster, Purple Heart, POW Medal, Presidential Unit Citation with Cluster, ETC Medal and three battle stars. Captain Denney had two great loves, “”Flying and Learning.”” Mr. Denney enrolled at Texas Tech and transferred to North Texas State in Denton, Texas, where he met the love of his life. He and Johnnie Moore were married on Sept. 19, 1947. While attending North Texas, he was selected as “”Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.”” He was president of Gamma Theta Upsilon, Delta Kappa and was awarded a teaching fellowship at Oklahoma A&M. In 1952, he was teaching in Roswell, when he was once again called to active duty. Unable to pass his flight physical, he was transferred to reserves. He returned to Roswell where he taught at New Mexico Military Institute, Mesa Middle School, and Goddard and Roswell high schools. He is survived by two daughters, Dianna and Pamela; two granddaughters, Tammie Cunningham and Tonya Crabb; and four great-grandchildren, Chandler and Kaylee Cunningham, and Mikey and Joey Crabb. Mr. Denney was preceded in death by his wife, Johnnie Denney.”
Robert “Bob” Dennis, 80, of Amarillo, formerly of Roswell, N.M., died Monday, Sept. 29, 2003. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in LaGrone Chapel in Roswell with the Rev. Archie Echols of First United Methodist Church and Francie Pittman of First United Methodist Church in Canyon officiating. Burial will be in South Park Cemetery in Roswell. Local arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 S. Georgia St. Mr. Dennis was born in McKinney on April 25, 1923, to B.F. and Rilla Dennis. He attended Pasadena College in California and obtained his B.A. degree from Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, Idaho. He received AF pilot wings and flew P51 fighter planes while in the service. He obtained his master’s degree from West Texas State University in Canyon. From 1959 to 1963, he coached a variety of sports at New Mexico Military Institute. He returned there in 1967 for a total of 12 years coaching and teaching. He coached in the Canadian Football League. He married Florine Agnew on Aug. 22, 1966, in Niagara Falls, N.Y. He was preceded in death by his parents; a stepson, 1st Lt. James B. Agnew; his former wife, Doris Dennis; and three sisters, Dean Vinson, Bonnie Everts and Judy Quinn. Survivors include his wife; a brother, Glenn Dennis of Roswell; two sons, Terry Dennis and Jerry Dennis, both of Roswell; seven grandchildren; a great-grandchild.
Ida “Frances” Fowler Downes (NMMI employee) passed away on 20 March 2013. Downes was at New Mexico Military Institute as a librarian. She was the Great Great-Grand daughter of New Mexico pioneer Charles Beaubian who settled in New Mexico in 1826. She is survived by son John; her brother Bill; two granddaughters, one grandson; ten great-grandchildren; and two great-great- grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.
Mary Francis Wilcoxon Dozier May 12, 1925 ~ March 12, 2016 Mary arrived into the world on May 12th, 1925, in Roswell, New Mexico. Famous people born in 1925 include Yogi Berra, Roscoe Lee Brown, Sammy Davis Jr., Paul Newman, Angela Lansbury, Art Buchwald, Marty Robbins, William F. Buckley Jr., Jack Lemmon, Margaret Thatcher, BB King, Robert Kennedy, Barbara Bush, and Tony Curtis, to name a few. The world Mary was born into in 1925 included: the publishing of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” and Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”; the Mount Rushmore National Monument site was dedicated in October 1925; the Chrysler Corporation was founded by Walter Percy Chrysler; the Scopes Trial which took place in Dayton, Tennessee (the first highly publicized trial concerning the teaching of evolution); Sears Roebuck opened its first retail store in Chicago, IL after operating the Sears catalog for nearly 40 years; the Grand Ole Opry began broadcasting on February 22nd; Calvin Coolidge became the first President of the United States to have his inauguration broadcast on radio; John Logie Baird created Britain’s first television transmitter; Richard G. Drew, working at 3M, invented Scotch Tape; and popular films were Ben-Hur and Phantom of the Opera, which starred Lon Chaney. Mary was the only child of Carl Wayne Wilcoxon and Lydia Valentine Parkhurst (who was born on February 14th, 1894 the same day as Jack Benny). Her mother died during childbirth. Lydia had something like 11 or 12 brothers and sisters. Her father married a woman who had several children, and if the stories are correct, Lydia’s father and step-mother had even more children together. Lydia’s stepmom was pretty cruel to punish Lydia, her stepmom would put her in a closet, tie a string to each of her thumbs tight enough that Lydia had to stand on her tiptoes. It was discovered later that her stepmom was poisoning Lydia’s father with strychnine. Carl and Lydia moved to New Mexico from Missouri in the early 1920’s due to Carl’s health. Carl was mustard gassed in 1st World War and suffered with all sorts of ailments. Mary’s mom was a nurse and worked at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. While Lydia was pregnant with Mary, she found out that Carl had TB. Mary spent the first six months of her life living in the Catholic hospital in Roswell, being cared for by nuns, while Lydia took care of Carl. Mary was never allowed to touch her father due to the fear of contracting TB. When Mary was 18 months old she contracted Polio it must have been a mild case due to the fact she did not appear to have any physical damage. However, Mary reports as a kid she was made fun of as being very uncoordinated and sometimes called a “motor-moron”. Mary’s father, Carl, died in 1932 when she was 7. Mary grew up in a time of great turmoil in our country. The Great Depression (1929-39) was the deepest and longest-lasting economic downturn in the history of the Western industrialized world. In the United States, the Great Depression began soon after the stock market crash of October 1929. By 1933, when the Great Depression reached its nadir, some 13 to 15 million Americans were unemployed and nearly half of the country’s banks had failed. Mary said she heard about the depression, however, her mom had a steady job and there was some kind of pension received related to her father’s illness being caused by his being in the First World War. During Mary’s eighth grade year, someone came to her school and talked (might have been career day) about being an Architect. That day, Mary discovered what she was passionate about. Mary graduated from High School in 1943. She said that WWII had some effect on her the biggest thing being all the stuff that was saved and collected to support the war effort. She attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. While a student, she had a part-time job working at Dominic’s which became Domino’s Pizza years later. Mary said this was the best time of her life, because she felt free and on her own. When FDR died, Mary said it was one of the biggest shocks she ever had to deal with. FDR was President of the United States from 1933 to 1945 or stated another way; from the time Mary was 7 until she was 19, she had only known FDR as the President. After graduating with a Master’s Degree in Architecture she moved to El Paso. While living in El Paso she met her future husband, Joseph Leo Dozier. After marrying, Mary and Leo moved to Odessa TX. December 1951, Mary had her first son, George, and in September 1955 their second son, Stephen. In 1956, Mary and family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mary and Leo were divorced in 1958 and in that same year, Mary went to work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as an architect. Mary was very involved in the Cub & Boy Scouts and in the American Business Women’s Association during the 60’s. The 60’s were a hard time for Mary, both socially and career wise. The stigma of being a “divorced woman” raising two kids on her own prevented a lot of connections outside of work. Being a career woman in a male-dominated field was especially difficult. Mary found out the work place was even tougher after passage of “The Civil Rights Act of 1964”. Before then, men tended to tolerate her presence in their world, almost silently; however, after the Act was passed she had to endure verbal comments and blatant discrimination and prejudice. Mary raised both of her sons to be fully self-sufficient. When they left home to be on their own, they knew how to cook, clean, wash clothes, solve problems, and completely take care of themselves and others. In 1969, Mary’s mom died at 74 years old after being hit by a car as she crossed a street going to a medical clinic. In 1970, Mary was transferred to the US Army Corps of Engineers in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1977, Mary was transferred to Anchorage, Alaska at Elmendorf AFB. While in Alaska, she became involved in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Mary did travel to Hong Kong and Thailand while living in Anchorage, and she had very fond memories of this trip. Mary retired from the US Army Corps of Engineers as the Chief of Design for Northwestern District in 1990. She continued to enjoy the beauty of Alaska until 1996, when she moved to Colorado Springs to be closer to her son, George, and her two grandsons, Jason and Russ. After retirement, in both Alaska and Colorado, Mary was very involved in the Mormon Church and participated on the board of her Home Owners Association. She enjoyed all the connections and friendships she made while working the Relief Society in the 7th Ward of the Mormon Church. In 2009 / 2010 we realized that Mary was dealing with something, which we found out was Dementia. In December 2011, Mary’s son George was in the process of moving to Tulsa, OK. The family decided to move Mary to an Assisted Living Facility in Tulsa so a family member would still be close to her. In May 2013, Mary was moved to Brookdale of South Tulsa Memory Care Two. Within 30 days of her move to this facility her color was back, her disposition was calmer and she seemed much happier. We discovered that environment is very important to health and vitality. Looking at Mary’s life it is exciting to realize what is world is like now compared to 1925. Some really amazing things have happened in the last 90 years, including radio, television, man landing on the moon, antibiotics, nuclear power, commercial air travel, automobiles, the internet, the personal computer, and the iPhone. Mary passed peacefully while she slept on Saturday, March 12, 2016. Mary is survived by her two sons, George Dozier and Steve Dozier; two grandsons, Jason Dozier and Russ Dozier (Russ’ wife Tammy); and three great-grandkids, Siarra, Jaired, and Brenden. Mary made an impact on everyone who knew her. The people who took care of her at Brookdale South Tulsa had so many wonderful stories to tell of how she kept them on their toes, made them laugh, shocked them from time to time, and made life more rich and full with her presence. There are always special people in our lives. Mary had many, however, there were those who worked with, and interacted closely, with Mary over the past three years. A big thank you to everyone at Brookdale Mid-Town South who assisted Mary and a very special thanks to Tarsha, Deborah, Yvonne, Renee and Felicia . . . you all were very special in Mary’s eyes. Be with God, Mary, and Thank You for all that you gave us in this physical world.
Danny R. Eaker of Roswell passed away in Grants, NM. Danny Ray Eaker was born on May 24, 1957 in Kansas City, Missouri to Betty McHenry. Danny valued education. He graduated from Ft. Scott Community College, where he wrestled on scholarship. He received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Eastern New Mexico University and his Masters in Education Administration from Western New Mexico University. He was a history teacher at Tohatchi High School in the Navajo Nation. He taught at Valley View Elementary School where he touched the lives and hearts of many young people. He was the assistant principal at Mesa Middle School in Roswell and the principal at Edgewood Elementary. Danny spent many of his years around the sport of wrestling. He took much pride in being an athlete. He was captain of his high school wrestling and cross country teams. His teammates became his brothers and some continued to be a part of his life throughout his life. He went to college to wrestle and to be able to coach wrestling. He coached at Tohatchi High, Roswell High, and Goddard High and assisted with the New Mexico Military Institute wrestling team where he catapulted programs and the lives of many young men. He worked tirelessly at helping people to find their strengths on the mat and in their lives. As he moved into Administration in the Roswell Public Schools, he served as the Federal Programs Director before taking on his dream position of being the Roswell Schools Athletic Director. He spent much of his time at games, watching athletes and cheering them on. He took great pride in the Roswell teams. He took the time to know the athletes and the families. Danny held that position until his retirement in 2010. He accepted a position at the Navajo Nation Choosghai Community School as an Administrator for the past two years, where again he supported academics and athletes. He had much respect for the Navajo culture and felt at home with the community in Tohatchi, NM. Danny grew up in Midway. He loved history and as a child dreamed of seeing the world. Through education and hard work, he afforded those travels. He and Sylvia traveled the world together. Even though he left this world without visiting the last two continents, Australia and Antarctica, he did visit the other five. They saw Stone Henge, Paris, Rome, Athens, and Seville. They stood in front of the Coliseum and the Parthenon, visited the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China. They visited every Mayan ruin in Mexico that was listed on a Map and explored Machu Pichu and the Inca Trail. They visited the Pyramids in Egypt. They were preparing for a trip to the Bahamas. Danny loved adventure and he loved to read. He collected the classics and his library is a sanctuary for the many tales of the great authors. He could often be found telling his granddaughters stories of Dracula or Beowolf. Books and literacy brought great pleasure to his later years. Five years ago, Danny discovered a house in ruins that he fell in love with. It became his passion project and he restored it with the perseverance, attention and grace that he took on all challenges in life. His legacy lives on through his granddaughters and the values he instilled. They will always value family, education, literature, travel, and live their lives with integrity and with the Grace of God as Danny did. Those left to cherish Danny’s memory are wife, Sylvia Eaker of Roswell; only daughter, Teresa Eaker-Gray and her husband, Andrew of Watrous, NM; granddaughters, Alyssa and Alia Gray of Watrous, NM; sisters and brothers-in-law, Tina and Dale Shields of Middleton, OH and Shelly and Matt Martinez of Tularosa, NM; brother and sister-in-law, Kent and Margie Eaker of Alamogordo; step-father, Norman Eaker of Roswell; mother-in-law, Esther Acosta; and other life-long beloved family, Arturo, Alonzo and Rudy Acosta, Victoria Garcia, Norma Archuleta, Yolanda Fuentez, Velma Acosta, and Lorene Montoya. Preceding Danny in death was mother, Betty McHenry; father-in-law, Emilio Acosta; and brother-in-law, Felipe Acosta. Serving as Pallbearers are Alonzo Acosta, Arturo Acosta, Rudy Acosta, Andy Gray, Kent Eaker, Mike Foster, Mike Thomas, and Raymond Webb. Honorary Pallbearers will be Rusty Gray, Jammie Burrell, Jason Stephens, Hector Ramirez, Arturo Alfaro, Alvin Mack, Gary Olfield, Charlie Rodriquez, Keith Butler, Peter Polaski all of his beloved nephews, and his students and wrestlers who he had the pleasure of knowing and teaching.
LTC Bill G. Eastham, NMMI (Ret) 87, known to friends as “Mr. Bill,” passed away peacefully at home on May 17, 2018. Mr. Bill majored in journalism at Indian University graduating with a BA degree in 1953. He served two years as Quartermaster US Army. Other talents and jobs were journeyman typesetter, fine finish carpenter, farm editor and journalist for various Michigan newspapers and for 25 years had a small jazz group. He moved to Roswell, NM in 1977 worked for the Albuquerque Journal until 1980 when he joined NMMI as Public Affairs Officer, retiring in 1995. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Paula Kay, and his daughter, Jeanette of Mason MI. His son, Paul Kevin, preceded him in death. He loved bird watching, photography, singing in the church choir, needlepoint and cross-stitch. On average, he read or listened to a book a week. He played competitive Scrabble until his eyesight prevented seeing the entire board. He enjoyed Classical music and jazz. He will be missed…his dry humor, his curly hair, being a walking dictionary, being stubborn and feisty.
Colonel Edward Norris Eckert, 85, died at his home on Oct. 14, 2014. Ed is survived by his wife of 61 years, Patricia Tolles Eckert, their children, Cheryl (Dan) Larsen, Nancy (Pete) Selleck, and James (Sandra) Eckert, four grandchildren, Lindsey (Mark) Tidwell, Donald (Melissa) Larsen, Christopher Selleck, and Jonathan Larsen, two great-grandchildren, and two brothers William Eckert and Richard (Elizabeth) Eckert. Born at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, to the late Colonel Norman and Mildred Eckert, Ed grew up in a military family. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1952. Ed served 27 years as an Army officer. Career highlights included combat tours in Korea and Vietnam and commanding the 3/37th Field Artillery Battalion. Following his Army retirement, he served as Senior Instructor of the Army JROTC Program at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. Ed was a devout Roman Catholic. He was admired for his humble nature, always having a joke or story to tell, and his remarkable kindness to everyone he encountered. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Colonel Vernon R. Edmondson, United States Air Force, retired, peacefully passed from Earth to Heaven on October 18, 2015 after a brief illness. Vern was a career Chaplain and Pastor, loving Son, Brother, Father, Father-in-Law, Uncle, Grand Uncle, Grandfather, Great Grandfather and devoted friend. Born in 1927 in Long Beach California, he was a graduate of Southern California College, Berkley Baptist Divinity School and New Mexico State University. After his ordainment he was commissioned in the USAF as Chaplain where he served for 20 years during the period of 1953-1973, achieving the rank of Colonel (O-6). Chaplain Edmondson provided spiritual comfort and steadfast friendship to countless American Airmen on active duty in the USA, Europe, as well as Thailand during the Vietnam War. After retirement from the USAF, he then served as Chaplain at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell for 14 years, retiring from NMMI in 1987. Many NMMI Cadets looked to him not only for spiritual guidance but also as a role model and mentor. After his ”second retirement” from the Chaplaincy, he pastored at the First Christian Church of Roswell until relocating to Ruidoso with his wife Betty in 1997. Continuing his spiritual calling in Ruidoso, he served as Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Ruidoso followed by the Ruidoso First Christian Church. Vern and Betty spent much of their Ruidoso ”retired years” traveling the country visiting their expansive family and the vast extended family that grew from his years as Chaplain and Pastor. He was befriended and loved by all who have had the good fortune to have their lives intertwined with good ole Vern. Vern’s passing was preceded by his parents, Noah and Orpha Edmondson, sister Venita, grandson Jim Wise and the love of his life Betty Edmondson. He is survived by his sister Geneva of Santa Rosa, CA; daughter Barbara and husband Mark Severance of League City TX, sons and daughters-in-law Paul and Johnna Edmondson of Madison, VA; Allen and Debbie Baker of Frisco, Texas; Brad and Christy Baker of Colorado Springs, CO; Clark and Evelina Baker of Lewisville, TX; 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Dr. John Farrell passed away in a traffic accident Oct. 29, 2013, near his home outside of Montgomery, Ala. He was born in Portland, the fourth child of Fred and Jean Farrell. John went to Madeleine Grade School and Benson High, where he excelled as a student and athlete, playing varsity football and running track. He graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1980 and became an officer and pilot, flying C-130s in Asia and the U.S. for 24 years. John met his wife, Liberty “Libay” Galang, in the Philippines, where they married in 1984. They had a daughter, Joanna Rae, in 1987. As a military family they moved often, living on or near bases in the Philippines, Tokyo, Hawaii, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas and Alabama. Wherever they moved, they made friends quickly and their home was often filled with Americans and Filipinos enjoying great food and karaoke. John and Libay traveled to visit family and friends and explore historic and natural sites throughout the U.S. and Asia. After Joanna graduated from the University of Portland in 2009, they visited her in Kyrgyzstan, where she served in the Peace Corps for three years. When he wasn’t flying, John was a student, teacher and scholar of military history and Asian studies. He received his master’s from the University of the Philippines and earned his doctorate from the University of Southern California. He served two tours as an associate professor at the Air Force Academy. John retired from the Air Force in 2004 in Little Rock, Ark. After retirement, he taught at New Mexico Military Institute and was an associate professor at Squadron Officers College at Maxwell Air Force Base at the time of his death. John is survived by his wife, Libay; daughter, Joanna, of Wetumpka; sisters, Joanne Farrell (Bob Gaido), Janet Farrell (Len Walker) and Patty Farrell (Bob Watkins); brothers, Bill Farrell and Tom (Anne) Farrell; niece, Libby Watkins; and nephews, David Preston and Will Watkins.
SFC Jimmy R. Force, U.S. Army, retired, died peacefully while surrounded by his family on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, in San Antonio. A resident of Canyon Lake, Texas, he was 73 and died from complications resulting from pancreatic cancer.He leaves his wife of 47 years, Jan (Anton) Force; son Kevin and daughter-in-love Laura, of New Braunfels, Texas; son Shane, of Corpus Christi; nine grandchildren; and countless friends, brothers-in-arms, students and athletes.The son of Charles and Lucille Force was born in Dallas on Sept. 8, 1943. He was raised in Victoria, Texas, after his parents separated, and remained there until he joined the Army in 1960 at the tender age of 17.A 22-year highly-decorated Army veteran, among the most prestigious awards Force received were the Silver Star, the Bronze Star Medal with V, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal.Following his retirement from military service in 1982, Force began instructing students at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. In addition to teaching in the JROTC department, he served as both a football and track coach, and guided the Colts to the 2001 state track and field title. He retired from teaching in 2005 and relocated to Canyon Lake.He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Billy and Bobby Force, his sister Betty Sue Witt, and a son, Shawn Force.
Richard Arlington “Dick” Frankenfield, 69, of Roswell, NM, passed away Sunday, June 6, 2004, in Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. Born: January 16, 1935, in Easton, a son of the late Warren S. and Elsie Morrow Rapp Frankenfield. Personal: He and his wife, the former Karole Larson-Miller, were married on December 2, 1961. He served his country in the Air Force. He was a former police chief at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, retiring in 1996. Survivors: his wife of Roswell, NM; three brothers, Warren S. Frankenfield, Jr. and his wife, Nola, of Easton, Robert Frankenfield of Phillipsburg and A. Karl Frankenfield of Denton, Texas; a sister, Patricia Ann Frankenfield of Phillipsburg; godchildren, Molly, Billy and Cory of Austin, Texas; 24 nieces and nephews and their families.
B. T. “Red” Freim departed this life on July 28, 2010, at age 95. He was born in Neenah, Wis., to Chris and Sylvia Freim on July 6, 1915. Red joined the Air Force in 1941 and retired as a master sergeant from Walker Air Force Base in 1965. He made his home in Roswell, and worked at New Mexico Military Institute in the maintenance department for 20 years. In his later years he moved to the Colorado Veteran’s Home at Florence, CO, where he lived out the rest of his life. Red is survived by a son, James, and a granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter.
Friend, Paul H. Jr., 63, of Haddonfield on March 14, 2008 after a courageous battle with cancer. Survived by Margaret A. ‘Peggy’ (nee Jackson), daughter Tahtianna ‘Tonya’ Friend, mother in law Mrs. Florence Jackson, loving nephew Perry Pileggi of Haddonfield, sister Karen Friend of Cinnaminson, and loyal companions Aness, Mr. Bean and Lola, and 2 sisters, 1 brother. Paul was a 1963 graduate of Haddonfield Memorial High School, fourth generation Haddonfield resident. As a Vietnam Veteran he served as a dog handler in the Air Force Military Police. Paul was an internationally renowned stained glass artist and an accredited studio member of the Stained Glass Association of America, his legacy lives on in hundreds of churches and synagogues throughout the country including Congregation M’kor Shalom in Cherry Hill, Grace Church of Haddonfield, New Mexico Military Institute and within a multitude of residential homes throughout the country. Paul was locally known for his stained glass walking tours and lectures as well as his apprenticeship program at the Markeim Art Center in Haddonfield.
David Slagle Gilbreath’s last walk ended just short of home on Wednesday June 24th, in his 76th year. David’s walk through life was rich. Born and raised in Indiana. Engineering graduate of the US Naval Academy in 1960 and from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1967. Pilot with 1000’s of hours in A4 and A6 jets from multiple floating runways in many seas. Engineering and Physics Instructor at the US Naval Academy and New Mexico Military Institute. Married to Shirley Ringgenberg in Bloomington, Indiana, in 1963. Dad to Ann, Mark (Ellie), and Kay (Kevin), and Grandpa to Samantha Srinivasan, Hailey and Sydney Dodson and Tallulah and Luc Gilbreath. Our husband, father, grandfather was an officer and a gentleman, periodically the joker and often the sober observer. He loved the outdoors as camper, skier, fisherman, photographer and hiker (with his stride to the measure of a song). He was an ardent reader and a political historian. He was a practiced craftsman and leaves a home filled with woodwork. He had a competitive spirit and brought it to his tennis, ping pong, scrabble and dinner table debates. He was a man of great honor, and we miss him. “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” – Henry David Thoreau.
Dr. Rolland E. Greenburg, of Easley, SC, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on June 8, 2008. Born January 5, 1919 in Whiting, Indiana, to Roland Everette and Helen Marie Greenburg, he was raised in Whiting and attended college at Purdue University and the University of Indiana, where he graduated in 1943 with a degree in Chemistry. His parents preceded him in death; his mother in 1946 and his father in 1947 and his younger sister, Jane Minette Greenburg, in 1992. He is survived by his wife of fifty-one years, Vera. Dr. Greenburg was commissioned in the U.S. Navy in 1943 and served in Destroyers in the Southwest Pacific prior to being selected to attend medical school at Loyola University in Chicago, Ill., as part of the wartime Navy V-12 Program. Following graduation from medical school in 1946, he served an additional twenty-three years as a Navy Flight Surgeon during which time he served on numerous aircraft carriers, in carrier air groups, aircraft squadrons, shore based hospitals, and medical dispensaries. While stationed at the Naval Air Station in Key West, Fla., he served as attending physician to President Harry S. Truman. Dr. Greenburg retired from active duty in 1969 in the grade of Captain. In the thirty-nine years since retiring from the Navy, he has worked as a contract surgeon on the Flat Head Indian Reservation in St. Ignatius, MT; as Chief Medical Officer for the California Women’s Prison in Chino, CA; as the physician for the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM; as an advisor to the South Carolina Council on Aging in Camden, SC; and as a physician for the South Carolina Dept. of Health and Human Services where he provided OB/GYN care in Barnwell and Allendale Counties. Additionally, over the course of his medical career, Dr. Greenburg conducted successful private practices in Indiana, Illinois, Montana, California and South Carolina. Not only highly accomplished in the medical profession, he was also dedicated to its betterment and the maintenance of high ethical and professional standards through his membership and active participation in the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the International College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons. Additionally, he was a founding member of the American College of Abdominal Surgeons. Through a medical career of over forty years, he delivered over 6,000 babies. Dr. Greenburg is also survived by four sons, Rolland E. Greenburg, III, Attorney-at-Law, and his wife, Pat, of Columbia, SC, David S. Greenburg, Lt. Col. USMC (Ret) and Professional Logistician, and his wife, Lisa, of Daniel Island, SC, Joseph A. Greenburg, Professional Engineer, and his wife, Luanne, of Easley, SC, and James R. Greenburg, CDR USN, and his wife, Cynthia, of Carlisle, PA. Dr. Greenburg had six grandchildren, Megan and husband, Joe Monroe, of Columbia, SC, Nicki and husband, Victor Demondo, of Easley, S.C., Kate, Emily and Claire Greenburg of Daniel Island, SC, and Jessica Greenburg of Carlisle, PA; and one great-grandchild, Jackson Monroe of Columbia, SC.
Millie Givens, 79, died April 18, 2006 at Wesley Court Nursing Facility in Abilene, Texas. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Lakeway, Texas. Born May 24, 1926 in Prairie Hill, Texas to Frank and Audie Waller. Millie married the love of her life, Ben M. Givens Jr. on February 22, 1958, whereupon they embarked on a 35 year love affair starting out in Venezuela before moving back to Texas in 1961. They lived in Snyder, Texas for many years before moving to Lakeway, Texas in 1983, where they were a perfect twosome on the golf course. She moved to Abilene, Texas in 2003 to be closer to her family. She was a wonderful mother, gourmet cook, artist, exceptional bridge player and golfer, and in the later years loved bingo. Millie took great pride in seeing her grandson, Zachary, attend New Mexico Military Institute and especially loved seeing him in dress uniform. She was preceded in death by Ben, Jr. in 1993, son Bobby, her parents, two brothers and one sister. Survivors include son Ben M. Givens III and wife Kris of Sweetwater, daughter Kelly Booker of Midland, grandson Cadet Zachary Givens of Roswell, New Mexico, brother Charles Waller and wife Nita of Euless and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Wesley Court and Big Country Hospice for the exceptional, loving care they gave Millie in her later months. We could not have asked for a better group of people to take care of Mom.
Masae Goss, of Brunswick, GA, went to rest peacefully with her family by her side on Jan. 18, 2018. She was either 83 years old, or 27, depending on if you asked her directly. She lived a fascinating and eventful life and she loved and was loved fiercely by her family. Masae, or Marty as she was sometimes called by those who couldn’t master her Japanese name, was born on November 1, 1934 in Imperial Tokyo Japan. Her father was killed in action while she was still an infant, and so her mother, Mrs. Satoe Sato, frequently left her in the care of her grandfather. She recalled those early days with great fondness and would describe being coddled and spoiled by her grandfather. He was proud of her academic prowess, especially in soroban (Japanese math system), and was irate when her left-handedness provoked beatings from the school master when learning to write Japanese characters (kanji). Because she would ultimately be unable to complete her education due to the war, she would later be especially proud of her daughters’ college graduations.It was most likely from her grandfather that her great strength in adversity originated. She tells a story of a boy throwing rocks at her and causing her head to bleed. When she arrived back at home, her grandfather sent her back out to confront the boy and return the favor. Don’t start a fight, he advised, but certainly give back as good as you get.That strength of character stood her in good stead when children were evacuated out of Tokyo due to bombing raids. She was sent out into the mountainous countryside, where she was malnourished and starving. The bomb raids occurred between 1942 – 1945, so Masae would have been between 7 and 10 years old at that time. After a particularly destructive air raid that caused damage to her family home, Masae’s grandfather made a days long trek to retrieve her and bring her home. If the family was going to die, he reasoned, they would all die together rather than Masae being left an orphan. Masae was devastated when her grandfather passed away. The following years were difficult in occupied Japan, but Masae would go to live with her mother and help out in the family restaurant as she grew into a young woman. Masae’s happiest memories begin when she started working at Yokota Air Force Base, Japan, at the airmen’s club. She didn’t speak any English, but she had the menu memorized, and she worked as a waitress and lived in a dorm on the base. It was during this time that she met and married Mr. Thomas Tyron Goss of Brunswick, GA, on May 20, 1964. During Mr. Goss’ military service, they lived in Japan, California, Colorado, and New York before settling back in Brunswick, GA in 1984.There, Masae entered the food service industry with jobs at Mighty Caseys at the Glynn Place Mall, with ARAMark within the FLETC complex, and Epworth by the Sea on St. Simons Island. During her retirement years Masae could often be seen outdoors in loose cotton pants and big floppy hat. She loved doing yard work and tending to her flowers. She also had a herd of cats who followed her around the yard and played by her side.Those who knew Masae remember her sweet smile and ready wit. She was quick to joke and fiery when provoked. She was an incredible cook, talented at ikebana (Japanese flower arranging), and a dab hand at poker. She won trophies at bowling and karaoke. She was a selfless mother, adoring grandmother, and loving wife.Survivors include her husband, Thomas Goss; three daughters, Matsue Uchida, Lisa Jerome, and Teresa Goss; sister, Yoshiko Sato; son-in-law, Steve Jerome; grandsons, Sean Jerome and Takaaki Uchida; granddaughters, Julia Jerome, Hiromi Shiojima, Naomi Uchida, and Manami Uchida; and numerous great-grandchildren.
Jeff Grimwood born August 22nd, 1968 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to his mother’s Linda Walker and Patricia Cook, Father Morris Eugene Grimwood. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on the morning of May 3rd 2018. Jeff graduated from the police academy in 1989 and served as a distinguished sheriff’s deputy and detective for over 20 years. Jeff was the senior team leader of Douglas County SWAT and taught the SWAT Operations Immersion Course at the United States Airforce Academy in Colorado Springs. Jeff was a FBI Arrest Control instructor and member of the 18th Judicial Districts Critical Incident Team. Jeff’s call sign as a police officer was “Grimmy” and from there on it become his nickname. Jeff lived by the saying *Vadis-Vado “Where you go I go”. Jeff aspired to return to school and pursue a Criminal Justice degree, and while in pursuit of furthering his education Jeff worked at the New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) where he was loved by all, from cadets to officers and civilians, with whom he interacted daily. Jeff viewed his service to our country as “Proctor of the innocent, Defender of the weak”. “Grimmy” is preceded in death by his father Morris Eugene Grimwood and his sister Traci Ann Gillespie. He is survived by his daughter, the love of his life; Samantha Page Grimwood, and his birth mother Linda Walker, adoptive mother Patricia Cook (Curtis Cook), brother Justin Grimwood (Kara Grimwood, niece Ariana Grimwood and nephews Brandon Grimwood, & Lane Grimwood,). *Vadis-Vado.
Fred L. Gonzales, Sr. passed away on July 9, 2014. Fred was born on March 4, 1951, to Fred C. Gonzales and Juanita Salazar Gonzales. He was the Senior Supply Officer at New Mexico Military Institute for 23 years. Fred loved to have a good time hanging out with his family and friends. He enjoyed music and dancing. Fred’s family says, “He was a young man trapped in an old man’s body!” He is survived by four children: Lisa Martinez and husband, Ramiro of Muleshoe, Texas; Fred Gonzales, II and wife, Andrea of Roswell; Pamela Gonzales and fiance Jon of Roswell; and Fabian Gonzales of Roswell. Fred is also survived by Billy Gonzales of Roswell and Yolanda Urias of Roswell; 18 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Fred was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria Gonzales; father, Fred C. Gonzales; mother, Juanita Salazar Gonzales; sister, Christine Aguilar; and 1 granddaughter, Mikala Landers. Pallbearers are: Robert Dodson, John Aguilar, Raymond Urias, Fabian Gonzales, Alfred Gonzales, Jr., and Jesse Lard. And often he knows what you have on your mind. He’s someone who listens, suggests, and defends – A dad can be one of your very best friends. He’s proud of your triumphs, but when things go wrong, A dad can be patient and helpful and strong. In all that you do, a dad’s love plays a part- There’s always a place for him deep in your heart- And each year that passes you’re even more glad, More grateful and proud, just to call him your Dad.
Ramon P. Gonzalez, 91, of Roswell, was born Jan. 1, 1918, to Gregorio Gonzalez and Marcela Barragan, in Riva Palacio, Chihuahua, Mexico. He married his wife of 50 years, Isabel Gonzalez, who preceded him in death in 1989. Ramon enjoyed gardening. He took great pride in maintaining his garden and his vehicles in top shape. He was a very hard worker. As a youngster he spent a lot of time riding horses, but what he enjoyed most of all was spending time with his family. He worked as a maintenance supervisor for New Mexico Military Institute. He was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ on Aug. 10, 2008. Ramon will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. He is survived by his three daughters, Mary Becerra and her husband Jesus, of Roswell, Raquel Hiltibidal, of St. Louis, Mo., and Ofelia Chavez and her husband Jake, of Capitan; two sons, James Gonzalez and his wife Rosa, of Roswell, and Ramon Gonzalez Jr. and his wife Alicia, of Roswell; 15 grandchildren, Robert Jr., David and Rick Avina, Susie Zahn, Anita Hale, James Gonzalez Jr., Yvette Saenz, Ericka Prince, Bryan, Jeff and Denise Gonzalez, Ruben and Michael Chavez, and Sergio and Gabriel Gonzalez; 25 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, Ramon was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Raul Gonzalez.
Alberto F. Gurrola (Employee) Alberto passed away on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. He worked for New Mexico Military Institute for several years. He enjoyed hunting and being outdoors, being with his family and walking around visiting his neighbors. He is survived by his wife Elvira; his sons, Ricardo and Javier; his brother Abdon; his five grandchildren; his first wife Amelia Enriquez and her five children, Malena, Antonio, Linda, Consuelo and Bertha.
Alberto F. Gurrola passed away on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. Visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Alberto was born on April 8, 1926 to Jose and Francisca Gurrola in Canatlan, Durango, Mexico. He married Elvira Salazar in 1966 in El Paso, Texas. Alberto was a member of the Iglesia Apostolica de fe en Cristo Jesus. He worked for New Mexico Military Institute for several years. He enjoyed hunting and being outdoors, being with his family and walking around visiting his neighbors. He is survived by his wife of the home Elvira Gurrola; his sons, Ricardo Gurrola and his wife Jackie, of Albuquerque, and Javier Gurrola, of Roswell; his brother Abdon Gurrola; his grandchildren, Christine Nicole Authement, Jordan Gurrola, Gabriela Gurrola, Savannah Gurrola and Leah Gurrola; his first wife Amelia Enriquez and her five children, Malena, Antonio, Linda, Consuelo and Bertha Gurrola. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Anncucion, Erminia, Luis and Bernado Gurrola. Pallbearers will be Sergio Herrera, Hector Herrera Jr., Elias Herrera, Carlos Mesa Jr, Miguelito Herrera and Fabian Rivera.
Willie E. Hall, Sr. 83, of Roswell was called home by his Savior Tuesday, December 6, 2011, in Albuquerque, NM. Willie Erwin Hall Sr. was born October 5, 1928 in Bryan, TX, to William H. and Ethel (Bridges) Hall. Willie moved to New Mexico at age 14 with his mother, where he lived until his passing. January 11, 1950 he married Ruth L. Mayes (Peggy). Ruth and Willie were married for 52 years, where they will be reunited once again in their heavenly home. From this union six children were born. Being a man of many skills, Willie worked tirelessly for years to support his family. His employment history includes Shoe Smith, maintenance/piano tuner for Ginsberg Music Company for over 40 years and he was also a licensed welder. Mr. Hall was best known for numerous years of involvement as a Golden Gloves Fighter and Trainer. He trained young men throughout the community in gyms located in the Ava Maria Center, Roswell Police Dept., New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI), Roswell Boys and Girls Club and ABC (Any Boy Can). For many years Willie was the Coach select to take the New Mexico Golden Gloves State champions to the National competitions. Mr. Hall, along with many of his fighters, have been in deducted into the New Mexico Boxing Hall of Fame. Willie was also a member of the Sertoma Club and the Masonic Lodge both in Roswell. Next to his family, boxing was his life. Willie loved, mentored and embodied character in the young men he came in contact with. He was a real sports enthusiast, an avid boxer, bowler, golfer who also supported his sons in football, basketball, baseball and track. Mr. Hall’s faith in GOD was demonstrated through his character. He promoted education and its importance for a successful life. Those left to cherish Willie’s memory are daughters; Sondra Butler of San Antonio, TX, Shirley Hall and Gwen Hall of Albuquerque, Loretta Boyd of San Antonio, TX; sons, Willie E. Hall Jr. and daughter-in-law Olivia of San Antonio, TX and Cory E. Hall and daughter-in-law Yvette of Albuquerque. Brothers R.C. Benford of Yuba City, CA, William Benford of San Pablo, CA , Charles Hall of San Leandro, CA and Stanley Hall of Oakland, CA; brother and sisters-in-law, Clarence and Myrtle Hairston of Albuquerque and Maylee King of Tucson, AZ; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews and numerous other family and friends. Preceding him in death are; spouse Ruth L. Hall; father William H. Hall; mother Ethel Lindsey; sisters Betty Hall-Riley and Patricia Hall- Wilcots; bothers Lloyd and Alfred Hall; and daughter Deborah L. Warner.
Linda Lee Hamrick, 78, of Maricopa, Ariz., passed away July 20, 2017, in Silver City. Funeral services were held Sunday, July 23, at Bright Funeral Home with Joseph Gros of Calgary Chapel officiating. Linda Lee was born in Big Spring, Texas, on Aug. 18, 1939, to J.B. Nall Jr. and Marjorie Oneida Dement. She graduated from Big Spring High School and attended Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, where she studied secretarial education. She married William B. Hamrick in Big Spring, Texas, on Jan. 15, 1960, and had four beautiful children. As an Air Force wife and mother, she had the opportunity to raise their children in several regions around the world. After returning to Roswell in 1985, she became an executive assistant in information systems for New Mexico Military Institute. In 2001, she moved to Portales to be close to her beloved family. In 2012, she retired from her position as telecom specialist at Eastern New Mexico University and moved to Maricopa, Ariz., where she could enjoy the great weather and tend to her garden. Linda is survived by her children, son Curtis Hamrick and his wife, Heidi, of Maricopa, Ariz., son Kenney Hamrick and his fiancee, Sylvia Cecil, of Buffalo Gap, Texas, daughter Tanya Thompson and her husband, Kevin, of Silver City, and daughter Teri Thatcher and her husband, Ty, of Clovis, N.M.; sister, Jan Brothers of Silver City; nephew, Christopher Nunoz; grandchildren, Amber, Holly, Sarah, Kylee, Zach, Bailee, Kahri, Tristan, Dalton, Boston, Grace and CJ; great-grandchildren, Abby, Camryn, Skylar, Rylee, Ashley, Finley and Charlotte; and her beloved pets, Maggie Mae and Mojo. She was preceded in death by her father, mother, and grandson, Russell Hamrick.
James Barney Harding, 86, a resident of Abilene Texas, died March 2, 2018. James grew up on the Texas/New Mexico Border near the town of Texico, NM. His family farmed in that area for 100 years. James served in the Navy during the Korean War. He graduated from NM State with degrees in Soils Science and Psychology. He worked as a counselor in schools around NM. He taught at NMMI. He married Carol Windham in 1995 and they ranched in Callahan County for 20 years. He was preceded in death by his daughter Tana of Las Cruces, NM. He is survived by his wife Carol of Abilene, TX. His sons Kent Harding of Smithville, TX, Eric Harding of Phoenix, AZ, Wade Champion of Austin, TX, and his daughter Amy Windham of Seattle, WA. His grand children Lexi and Brittany Shula of Phoenix, AZ, Henry, Hamish, and Ginger Harding, of Brisbane Australia, Veronica Harding of Smithville, TX. Austin, Samantha, Allyson, Amanda, Sydney and Sabrina Harding, of Phoenix, AZ. Kyle Champion of Austin TX, Blaen and Straley Windham of Seattle, WA.
Maurice Edward “Ed” Harter Jr., 86, Madison, who died on Feb. 4, 2015, at Madison Community Hospital, Madison. Harter was born on March 2, 1928, at New Castle, IN, to Maurice Edward and Pearl (Hoover) Harter. He graduated from New Castle High School. He attended the University of Kentucky for one year and married Phyllis Heck on Aug. 12, 1948. He graduated from Western New Mexico University in 1953. The couple moved back to Indiana, where he taught and coached at Fairland High School. Later, his career had him teaching and coaching at New Mexico Military Institute, Rio Grande College, in Rio Grande, Ohio; as an assistant coach at the University of New Mexico; and then at General Beadle College (now Dakota State University) in Madison. While at Madison, he taught and coached basketball, baseball and golf from 1963 to 1991. He also served as athletic trainer. He attended 50 consecutive years of Final Four NCAA Tournaments. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and National Association of Basketball Coaches. They spent the winters in Texas for 20 years. Survivors include his wife, Phyllis of Madison; a daughter, Lynn Harter of Clara City, Minn.; a son, Steven (Audrey) of Gaylord, Minn.; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Barbara Traxler.
Santiago Esteban “Steve” Hidalgo, 54, passed away Wednesday, February 21, 2018, in Roswell, NM. On August 7, 1963, Steve was born to Albert Hidalgo, Sr. and Mary Montes in Roswell, NM. He was a great chef and started cooking at an early age. Throughout Steve’s life, he worked for Sally Port Inn, NMMI, and Tinnie Mercantile and Deli. He was overwhelmed with joy when he learned about his new grandson, baby Maddux. Steve’s greatest joy in life was to be with his family, he loved them more than anything. Some of Steve’s favorite things to do were to watch his nephews, Frank and Cristian De La O, play basketball for the RHS Coyotes. He loved joking around and listening to music with his niece, Bianca De La O. His most treasured memories were playing lotería with his mom, sister, Tina, Rita, Ricky, Rosie and whoever else wanted to join. There was never a dull moment when Steve was around. He had a great love for his dear friend (family), Cathy Burch. Steve loved the paintings she would do for him on his windows during Christmas. He and his best friend, Daniel Ramirez, were always there to help each other out. Steve will be greatly missed by everyone he knew. Those left to eternally cherish memories of Steve are his son, Steve Hidalgo Jr. and Kaytlyn; daughter, Olympia Martinez; mother, Maria Hidalgo; grandchildren: baby Maddux Hidalgo, Benjamin Marquez, Asayca Romero; brothers: Julian Hidalgo, Henry (Ricky) Hidalgo and wife, Rosie, Albert Hidalgo Jr. and wife, Nancy; sisters: Rita De La O and husband, Frank, Maria Christina Hidalgo, Anita Malacara and husband, Daniel; and numerous nephews and nieces. Preceding Steve in death were his father, Albert Hidalgo, Sr; grandparents: Marcelina Reyes, Annie Molina; and sister, Maria Amparo Sanchez. My Big Brother “You showed me a lot of things, I learned a lot I didn’t know. But you forgot to teach me one last thing, how to let you go. I know you didn’t mean to leave me, sometimes we have no choice. I miss being your little sister, Hearing your name called by your voice I wish I got to say “I Love You” before you were given to the sky. You always meant so much to me I could never love you less. I know it’s true when they say He only takes the best. “RIP brother. I Love You.” Your baby sister, Rita Steve’s family lovingly wrote this tribute in his honor.
John L. Higdon was a physical education teacher and football coach from 1968 to 1971. He passed away 19 November 2012. He graduated from Sul Ross State University after serving in the U. S. Navy for three and a half years during WWII. Higdon is survived by his sons, David, Danny and Russell; daughters, Carol and Kathleen; 11 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and 5 step-children.
Santiago Esteban “Steve” Hidalgo, 54, passed away Wednesday, February 21, 2018, in Roswell, NM. Steve was born to Albert Hidalgo Sr. and Mary Montes in Roswell, NM. He was a great chef and started cooking at an early age. Throughout Steve’s life, he worked for Sally Port Inn, NMMI, and Tinnie Mercantile and Deli. He was overwhelmed with joy when he learned about his new grandson, baby Maddux. Steve’s greatest joy in life was to be with his family, he loved them more than anything. Some of Steve’s favorite things to do were to watch his nephews, Frank and Cristian De La O, play basketball for the RHS Coyotes. He loved joking around and listening to music with his niece, Bianca De La O. His most treasured memories were playing lotería with his mom, sister, Tina, Rita, Ricky, Rosie and whoever else wanted to join. There was never a dull moment when Steve was around. He had a great love for his dear friend (family), Cathy Burch. Steve loved the paintings she would do for him on his windows during Christmas. He and his best friend, Daniel Ramirez, were always there to help each other out. Steve will be greatly missed by everyone he knew. Those left to eternally cherish memories of Steve are his son, Steve Hidalgo Jr. and Kaytlyn; daughter, Olympia Martinez; mother, Maria Hidalgo; grandchildren: baby Maddux Hidalgo, Benjamin Marquez, Asayca Romero; brothers: Julian Hidalgo, Henry (Ricky) Hidalgo and wife, Rosie, Albert Hidalgo Jr. and wife, Nancy; sisters: Rita De La O and husband, Frank, Maria Christina Hidalgo, Anita Malacara and husband, Daniel; and numerous nephews and nieces. Preceding Steve in death were his father, Albert Hidalgo Sr; grandparents: Marcelina Reyes, Annie Molina; and sister, Maria Amparo Sanchez. Steve’s family will receive friends and family at 1210 E. Holland Drive. There will be a Reception following Service. My Big Brother “You showed me a lot of things, I learned a lot I didn’t know. But you forgot to teach me one last thing, how to let you go. I know you didn’t mean to leave me, sometimes we have no choice. I miss being your little sister, Hearing your name called by your voice I wish I got to say “I Love You” before you were given to the sky. You always meant so much to me I could never love you less. I know it’s true when they say He only takes the best. “RIP brother. I Love You.” Your baby sister, Rita Steve’s family lovingly wrote this tribute in his honor.
Edna Jenks Hedin passed away on January 28, 2019. Edna Jenks Hedin was born to Edward Lee and Tressie (Jackson) Jenks in Ft. Worth, TX. Shortly after her birth, her family moved to Purcell, Oklahoma. She graduated from Quinton High School in 1943 and entered Central College in Conway, AR. In the fall of 1945, Edna enrolled in Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) in Shawnee, OK where her parents had graduated and were married. On the third night of summer school in 1946 she met her future husband, Alvin Morris Hedin. He had just returned from his service in the US Navy during World War II. In the fall, Edna returned to Central College to be a piano instructor on the faculty. On April 1, 1947, Edna and Morris were married. Edna then resumed pursuing her degree in piano performance with a minor in organ and graduated in May 1948. Later in life, she also earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX in August 1973. After being involved in church music and public education in Oklahoma following their years at OBU, Morris and Edna moved to Artesia, NM. They served 30 years in the public schools and headed the music program at First Baptist Church, where Edna was the organist. Edna spent a lifetime involved in music. Everywhere she lived she gave private piano and organ lessons. After moving to Roswell, NM upon retirement, Edna served many churches as a substitute organist and continued to be active in other music activities. She taught piano and was Chapel Organist for New Mexico Military Institute for 16 years. Edna was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Morris Hedin; son, James Lee Hedin; parents, Edward Jenks and Tressie Jackson Jenks; and brother, Jackson Lee Jenks. She is survived by her sister, Margaret Jenks VanHorn of Tulsa, OK; step mother-in-Law, Dorothy Hedin of Sapulpa, OK; sons, John Alvin Hedin and wife Rachel of Winston-Salem NC, Edward Morris Hedin of Santa Fe, NM; daughter-in law, Kathy Elana Hedin of Carlsbad, NM; nephew, David Moe and wife Donnas of Beaverton, OR; niece, Tama VanHorn of Tulsa, OK; nine grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.
Gary Hill (NMMI Employee) passed away on 17 June 2013. Hill loved the Houston Astros, and was a very loving son and brother. He is survived by his parents, Claude and Mary; his brother, Larry; his sisters, Sharla and Debra; and his nieces and nephews.
Ray Hill, 74, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007, and was reunited once again with his beloved wife, Carol. Ray was born May 23, 1932, in Vernon to Pete and Johnnie Hill. After graduating from Polytechnic High School in Fort Worth, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed at Camp Pendleton, where he was selected to the All-Marine Corps Football Team. After two years he returned to Fort Worth to attend TCU on a football scholarship, graduating in 1955. While at TCU, he met and married his wife of 49 1/2 years, Carol Gilby Hill. He remained active in the TCU Letterman’s Association, Frog Club and Alumni Association, and in 2000 was inducted into the TCU Letterman’s Hall of Fame. Following graduation, Ray coached at New Mexico Military Institute, Birdville High School in Fort Worth and Abilene Cooper before beginning a more than 31-year career with State Farm Insurance. The family would like to thank Dr. William McCarron and his partners at Austin Heart Hospital; Dr. Michael Shapiro and his partners at Pulmonary Critical Care Consultants of Austin; Rene Coats at the Austin Heart Hospital Coumadin Clinic; and the nurses at Seton Hospital ICU, for their skilled and loving care of our father and grandfather. We would also extend our thanks to the pallbearers, Dr. James Atkinson, Dr. William Frick, David Ferguson, Harold McKinney, Jay Lawrence and J.B. Goolsby. Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Carol. Survivors: Daughters and sons-in-law and grandchildren, Cynthia and Jerry Gilbreath of Austin and their daughter, Melissa; Kathy and Steve Emanuel of Austin and their daughters, Kelly Wylie and Kendall Wylie, and son, Tyler Emanuel; and Elizabeth and Rene Tamez of Houston and their daughter, Emily. Ray is also survived by his brother, Percy Hill and his wife, Zoe, of Fort Worth; brothers-in-law, Dr. Ralph Gilby and wife, Pat, of Wilmington, DE, and Lee Gilby and wife, Pat, of Burton; sister-in-law, Dumpy Gilby of Dallas; and numerous nieces and nephews.”
John “Buster” Malcolm Hiller January 12, 1921 – October 20, 2006 Hiller, of Roswell, NM, who passed away October 20, 2006 at a local hospital. John was born on January 12, 1921 in East Bernstadt, KY, to Albert Jennings Hiller and Belle McCowan. They both preceded him in death. On June 17, 1950, John married Donna Mae Varner she survives him at the family home. John attended Assumption Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary and was a member of the Roswell Elks Club. John was a graduate of St. Michael’s School in Santa Fe. He received a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from The University of Notre Dame, and a Masters degree from the University of New Mexico. While in Sante Fe, John taught at St. Michael’s, he also worked at Farmington High in Farmington, NM, while in Albuquerque, he taught at Albuquerque Academy he also taught at St. Francis College in Loretto, PA. John was employed at New Mexico Military Institute here in Roswell., NM. John Hiller was a legend in New Mexico Athletics and Education. “Buster” as man knew him, was a role model for his 37 years in education and sports. His career of dedication, hard work, and achievement will carry on through the thousands of students and athletes whose lives he touched. He will be missed dearly. Buster is survived by his wife, Donna, to whom he was married to for 56 years. He is survived by two sons Mark Hiller of Corpus Christi, TX; and his two daughters Jennifer of Dallas, TX, and Amanda of Lubbock, TX. Terry Hiller and his wife Janet, and daughter Shelby, of Los Alamos New Mexico. John is also survived by a special friend Jeane Andre, Roswell. John was preceded in death by a daughter Janice Marie Hiller, four brothers Calvin, Albert, Joe, Ruben; and three sisters Eva, Edda Bee, and Mena.
Elizabeth Pollard Hood, died December 12, 2009 after a long and fruitful life. She was born in Jacksonville, Florida, on September 26, 1913 to Thomas Pollard and Mabel Vinson Pollard. She was a devoted wife and mother of three. Elizabeth attended the Georgia State College for Women – now Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, Georgia. After graduation with a B.S. in Chemistry, she was employed in the War Department, Department of Navy, (pre-Pentagon and the Department of Defense) where she met, was engaged and married Lund F. Hood, from Douglas Arizona, and alumni of The Military Academy of the United States (West Point) and the University of Southern California. Her travels started when Lt. and Mrs. Hood were assigned to the Civilian Conservation Corps in Fallon, Nevada, to West Point, New York, the Panama Canal Zone, Ft. Knox, Kentucky, NMMI (New Mexico Military Institute), Roswell, New Mexico, Washington, DC, Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, Tokyo, Japan, Okinawa, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, and finally Bordeaux, and Orleans, France. Her interests included sewing, cooking, golf, international travel, crossword puzzles, history and genealogy, and most importantly her family. The Hood’s had resided in Corpus Christi since 1997 when her beloved husband passed away. She has been a resident of Trinity Towers until December of 2009. She is survived by her children: Elizabeth Hood, Edward V. Hood and his wife Cindy. Elizabeth felt great joy and pride in her grandchildren: James Easterling, Lund Easterling, Elizabeth Corey, Patricia Vaccare, William Nemoff, William Hood, Lauren Hood and Wilhelmina Elizabeth Hood. Elizabeth P. Hood’s ninety six years covered a truly remarkable era in the history of the United States and its military history. Those remaining of this The Greatest Generation, who share her witness to these times, are few. Our society is diminished by hers and their passing. May we all cherish their memories and their creed of duty, honor, country.
George Harrison Ivie, age 83 Survived by Nancy Ivie-wife, Louise Ivie-sister, Jimmy Ivie-son, Sherrie Hartzell-daughter with husband Randy and children-Blake & Haley, Kerrie Autrey-daughter with husband William and child-Bailey. George grew up in Hobart, OK and attended Oklahoma A&M from 1945-51 where he played football on two teams that went to post-season bowls-Sugar Bowl and Delta Bowl. He received a BS degree in Education from Oklahoma A&M and later received a MS degree in Education from Central State University. George started his work career as a coach/teach at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. ‘Coach Ivie’ later returned to Midwest City and coached/taught in the Mid-Del School System for 35 years. During the summers, he managed the city public swimming pool system where he taught countless kids to swim. After retirement, George was an active member in the MWC Lion’s Club, Masonic Lodge and Wickline UMC.
Victor William Jacko, Jr., 71, of Seguin, Texas, who passed away of natural causes at his home on January 5, 2006. Victor was born on February 18, 1934, to Victor W. Jacko, Sr. and Julia Byrd Jacko in Braddock, Pennsylvania. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Brown Jacko, and his children, Julia A. Fitzpatrick and husband, Daniel, of Clear Lake, TX, Victor E. Jacko of Las Cruces, NM, David W. Jacko and his wife, Cheryl, of Las Cruces, NM, Jerry Brown and his wife Claire, of Southlake, TX, and Trena Brown Schjetnan and her husband, Adrian, of Los Cabos, Mexico. He is also survived by grandchildren, Erin, Aileen, and Kelly Fitzpatrick, of Clear Lake, TX, Jamie Jacko Marquez and husband, Josh, Annemarie Waldon and husband, Randy, Jessica Markham, Barrick Jacko, Brandon Jacko, and Victoria Jacko, all of Las Cruces, NM, Chris and Paul Schjetnan, of Albuquerque, NM, Caroline and Emily Brown of Southlake, TX, and great-granddaughters, Skyler and Taylor Waldon of Las Cruces, NM. Victor was preceded in death by his first wife of 42 years, Doris Ann Jacko, in February, 2000. Victor was drafted into the US Army in 1956, subsequently commissioned second lieutenant from Officer Candidate School in 1960, and retired from the US Army as a Major after 20 years of active service. Major Jacko was the commander of the 501st Administrative Company in the First Armored Division. He served multiple tours of duty in Germany and in Vietnam where he earned two Bronze Star Medals, Vietnamese Honor Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Parachutist Badge and Combat Infantry Badge. His last four years of service were spent in teaching Military Science Courses at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. Mr. Jacko graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1972. Following his military retirement, he was an agent for Metropolitan Life in Roswell for 20 years. He earned his private pilot’s license at the age of 65, and was building and flying single engine aircraft as his principal hobby. He was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Roswell and the Roswell Symphony Chorus, where he often sang tenor solos. Victor was actively involved in the Roswell Community Little Theater, directing and acting. He also loved golfing, swimming, skiing, photography, auto mechanics, and home building.
Renee James-Bresson (Staff) Beloved wife, daughter and sister, Renee James-Bresson, 55, passed away in her sleep on Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Roswell, New Mexico. On August 1, 1962, Renee was born to David James and Elizabeth (Betty) R. Shelhorse in Taipei, Taiwan. She graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School in Portland, Oregon. Prior to retirement, Renee worked as a Sales Associate for a Floor Covering Business. Her favorite pastimes include reading and playing with her precious dogs. Renee will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Those left to eternally treasure and cherish Renee’s memory are her husband, Kenneth Bresson; daughter, Rachel Bresson-Kreiger; son Troy Bresson; parents: David James and Elizabeth (Betty) R. Shelhorse; and sister, Cindy James.
Ora Lee Vititow Johnson Ora Lee was born Sept. 26, 1914, in Sulfur Springs, Texas, to the home of Lou Ella and William J. McIntire, and died on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2006, in Clovis. Ora Lee graduated from high school in her hometown of Sulfur Springs in 1932. She was working at Strickland Transportation in Louisiana when she met Charlie Vititow, and the couple was married near Shreveport on Aug. 26, 1944. They moved to California where she worked in a shipyard. In 1946, she and her husband moved to Roswell, N.M. and she was employed at New Mexico Military Institute. They moved to Portales to make their home in 1954, and bought a grocery store. She worked there until 1959 when she took a position in Santa Fe working in the Finance Director’s Office under A.E. Hunt. Two years later she became the executive assistant and office manager to the Vice President of Eastern New Mexico University, Dr. Gail Shannon. She retired from the University in 1975. Mr. Vititow passed away, and on April 2, 1976, she was married to John Johnson. In 1982 they moved to Clovis where she lived until her health forced her to move to her sister’s home in Farwell. Even though Ora Lee never had children of her own, her brothers and sisters, and nieces and nephews and even her great-nieces and nephews became her children and grandchildren, who all loved her very much. She is survived by two sisters, Bernice Pennington and husband, Bill of Farwell, TX and Sue Bertram of Portales; 8 nieces and nephews, H. B. McIntire, Sharon Rountree, Cheryl Boyd, Mary Ann Stewart, Judy McIntire, Brenda Wasick, Allen Lee McIntire and Jimmy McIntire; a sister-in-law, Edna McIntire, of Lubbock; and by several step children including, Arlie Johnson, of Waurika, Okla. and Rick Johnson, of Ina, Ill. She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers, Harold, Allen and Earl Wayne McIntire, a niece Donna Powers, a nephew, Jerry McIntire and by Mr. Vititow in 1967 and Mr. Johnson in 1996.
Charles A. Joplin, Jr. passed away Friday, Aug 10, 2018. He was born in Littlefield on Aug. 25, 1931. After high school he graduated from Texas Tech University in 1952. He was very active at Tech including Saddle Tramps and Silver Key/Phi Delta Theta. For 2 years he was active in the army in Korea and then graduated from SMU Law School. He spent several years in the banking business in Dallas, Lubbock, Roswell, and Hobbs. He returned to Lubbock in 1988 to open a law practice and became very involved in the new law area of mediation. Charles had many roles of service including President of the New Mexico Bankers Association, eight year term as a Regent at New Mexico Military Institute, A Director of the State of Texas Insurance Guaranty Association, A trustee of the Covenant Hospital Foundation, President of the Lubbock Rotary Club , President of the Lubbock County Bar Association. He taught Disciple Bible Study at First United Methodist Church for over twenty years. Charles was a Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary International and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lubbock County Bar Association. He was preceded in death by his parents, Chares Arbie Joplin and Gladys Joplin and by his sister, Marjorie Joplin Taylor and Brother J. Mike Joplin. Survivors are his wife of 53 years, Mary Tucker Joplin, his daughter Julia and husband Jack Swallow Midland, his son Charles (Chad) Joplin of Wilmington, NC, his grandsons, Parke and Nathan Swallow, his sister-in-law Barbara Joplin of Katie, his niece, Erin and husband Rob Addison, of Los Angles, and nephew Jeff Joplin of Katy. He is also survived by friends Tom and Susan Clarke. A service of celebration of his life will be at First United Methodist Church on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 3:00 P.M. with Shera Atkinson, Carl Andersen, and Lee Crouch officiating. A reception will follow the service in the parlor. The family wishes to thank staff at Covenant for their loving care on Friday, Aug.10 especially Morgan in the ER and Rebecca, Sara, and Elizabeth in the Palliative Care Department.
Danny Douglas Kinnard, Sr., 78 , beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away at Banner Baywood Medical Center, in Mesa, Ariz., on Monday, May 6, 2013, at the age of 78. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Evadel children, Leanne (Mrs. Dean) Jacquez, Danny D. Kinnard, Jr. 1979 HS, Brenna Kinnard, and Erin (Mrs. Russell) Thompson four grandchildren, Erica, Jason, Sarah, and Grace and a brother, Charles M. Kinnard of Euless, Texas. Danny was born Aug. 12, 1934, in Superior, Ariz., to Dan and Mildred (Cole) Kinnard, who moved to Miami soon after his birth. He was nicknamed “Corky” for the “Gasoline Alley” comic strip character, because of a little curl at the top of his head. Danny graduated from Miami High School in 1952 and attended ASC (now ASU) in Tempe. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1955, and was stationed in Korea and Japan. When he returned to ASU in 1958, Danny met Evadel “Eva” Frederick, a Miami native and 1957 graduate of Miami High School. They were married in Danforth Chapel on the ASU campus on Nov. 26, 1958, and lived in Phoenix while Danny attended morning classes at ASU and worked full-time afternoons and evenings. They had two children by the time he received his bachelor’s degree from ASU in 1962 and returned to Miami to teach advanced math at his alma mater, Miami High School. He received his Master’s degree from ASU in 1965, and moved his family to Yuma, where two more children were born. Danny taught mathematics at Arizona Western College, and was granted an early Sabbatical to increase his knowledge of data processing before returning to Yuma to become the first Director of Data Processing at AWC. In 1973, he went to Roswell, N.M., to help New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) set up its first computer center. Afterward, he was offered the newly-created position of Director of Data Processing at NMMI, which he accepted. Throughout his career, Danny held leadership positions in professional organizations and helped other small colleges set up their own computer systems. Soon, he was invited to go into business with a young Roswell investor whose wife had taken his classes and been impressed with his abilities. Together, Danny, Eva, and their benefactor/partner founded the POISE company (People Oriented Information Systems for Education), which developed administrative software based on their proprietary POISE Data Management System and was eventually used in educational institutions across the USA (including Alaska and Hawaii), and in Canada and Puerto Rico. Beginning with a staff of five, the company consisted of more than 40 employees by the time it was sold in 1990. Soon afterward, the Kinnards returned to Arizona and settled in Mesa. Danny suffered a disabling brain stem stroke in January 1991, just a few days after their final move from New Mexico. Despite his serious health problems, Danny remained a fighter, overcoming many obstacles while retaining his sense of humor and continuing to enjoy his computer, his hobbies, and the companionship of family and friends throughout his lifetime.
Coach George Wilson Knapp, 89, passed away October 25, 2017 in Lubbock, Texas. Wilson, as he was known to all of his family and friends, was born August 12, 1928 in Toyah, Texas, to Bleeker and Willa Dean Knapp. They would later move to Carlsbad, New Mexico where Wilson met the love of his life, Jean Walton. They were married December 11, 1948 in Carlsbad. This coming December, Wilson and Jean would have celebrated 69 years together. While in high school, Wilson discovered the second love of his life: football. He was named to the all-state team twice before graduating from Carlsbad High School. He then attended the University of New Mexico on a football scholarship where he made the all-conference team two years. Wilson went on to coach high school football at Belen, Carlsbad, Lovington, and the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. After leading teams to multiple state championships, he joined the coaching staff at the University of Texas at El Paso where he served as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator. In 20 years of coaching, Wilson had 5 first-team All-Americans and 39 who were drafted into pro football. Wilson left coaching in 1971 and spent the rest of his career in education. He served at the Region XIX Service Center for 13 years before moving into administration with the Canutillo Independent School District. He retired in 1993 after serving 6 years as the superintendent of the Canutillo school system. The lives of many young people were dramatically impacted by Wilson’s 4 decades of service in education. Wilson was a man of incredible strength, character, and integrity. He loved the Lord and faithfully served in many capacities at Trinity-First United Methodist Church in El Paso. He is survived by his wife Jean of Lubbock, Texas; daughter Sherry Thom and husband Brian of Harker Heights, Texas; son Dennis Knapp of Harker Heights, Texas; daughter Susie Driscoll and husband Rick of Ransom Canyon, Texas; and daughter Sandy Schafer and husband Mike of Plainview, Texas. Wilson also left a powerful legacy through his 8 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed!
William R. “Bill” Knight Evansville, Indiana William R. “Bill” Knight, 87, of Evansville, was greeted by many friends, family, and his beloved wife of 57 years, Virginia Sue in heaven Sunday morning, June 14, 2015 at Good Samaritan Home. His family was by his side. He was born December 10, 1927, in Boonville, to the late William and Opal Meredith Knight. Bill had one sister, Glenda Faye Knight and brother, Jerry Rogers Knight, both deceased. He graduated from high school and joined the Army in 1945. He trained at Ft. Bliss and went on to become part of the Army Mounted Cavalry at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. He acquired his love of horses from his father, a long time thoroughbred trainer. Bill was very proud of the rich heritage of the cavalry, talked about it often and wore his hat and crossed swords everywhere. After the service Bill met his wife Virginia at the Mt. Vernon skating rink where he taught. Later Bill became a successful food sales representative with Scot Lad Foods. For several years he and his wife Virginia traveled around Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky to do store food set ups. In 1978 Bill and Virginia began one of the first t-shirt imprinting businesses in Southwest Indiana-the T-Shirt Shop. Bill also volunteered for the American Red Cross and won the Heroes “Volunteer” award in 2013 and was awarded a 15 year pin in 2015. Bill loved being with family and friends at the pool where he was the official lifeguard. Bill is survived by his daughters, Gail Knight Williams (TJ) and Angie Knight Tillman; grandchildren, Todd J. Fehd (Christine), Emily J. Tillman (Travis Grubb), Tommy Williams (Patty); great-grandchildren, Britain, William, and Christopher Fehd, Kyle Ray Williams (Samantha) and Jessica Williams; and great-great grandchildren, Hunter, Skyler, Devann, and Weston Williams.
LTG Richard T. Knowles, USA (Ret) Honorary Life Member passed away on 18 September 2013. Knowles was born in 1916 in Chicago, IL. Knowles left the University of Illinois to join the Army in 1942. His military career spanned more than three decades. He retired in 1974 as a Lieutenant General, having served in three wars. After his retirement, Knowles moved to Roswell, NM, opened an antique store, and ultimately served for 16 years as State Representative for District 57. His life spanned nearly a century of remarkable experiences, ranging from remembering the first time he saw an automobile, seeing Frank Capone’s funeral parade in Chicago in 1924, training as a young officer candidate in the ROTC on horses, captaining the fencing team for the University of Illinois that contended for a national championship, and witnessing an atomic bomb test in Nevada. He was known for his open mind, quick wit, and outgoing personality. While his military and civilian accomplishments are too numerous to mention in detail, he was awarded the Silver Star for Valor during the Korean Conflict and Congressional Medal of Honor Society Distinguished Citizen Award in 1994. He is survived by his daughters, Diane Buchwald, Katherine Buck, Rebecca Crosby and her sweetheart, Gregg Brown: his son, Richard J. Knowles and his wife, Sandra Clinton; his stepsons Stanley Warfield Crosby, III 1968 HS and Steven Wood Chaney and his wife Laurie; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Oma Ballard Yowell Lander, age 94, of Roswell, passed away on Jan. 2, 2010. Oma Lander was born in eastern Oklahoma on February 11, 1915, to John and Maude Ballard, who preceded her in death. A son, Jerry Yowell; her first husband: Ralph Yowell; her second husband, Dr. E. W. Lander; a brother, Jason Ballard and sister, Violet Meyners, also preceded her in death. She is survived by sister Ruth Gibson; daughter-in-law, Marlene Yowell; two granddaughters, Lisa Kutch and Karen Stewart; grandson-in-law, Thomas Stewart; three great-grandchildren Kimberly Kutch, Matthew Stewart and Marcus Stewart; and several nieces and nephews. Oma was very young when her parents died, yet she immediately assumed the responsibility of caring for a brother and two younger sisters. They lived together in Tipton, Okla., until her marriage to Ralph H. Yowell in 1933. His career with the Social Security Administration necessitated several transfers prior to moving to Roswell in 1948, where they spent many happy years before his passing in 1976. In 1982, Oma married Dr. E. W. Lander, and they enjoyed 15 years together. Oma became a Christian very early in life and loved sharing her beliefs by singing for others on numerous special occasions. She was a firm believer in doing all things well and sacrificed her own pleasures many times for the sake of her family, while still finding time to work 16 years for the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. In addition to her church activities, Oma achieved honorary status as a faithful NARFE member for over 25 years.
Arthur Littlejohn, 81, of Portales, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. He was born on Dec. 11, 1921, on the family farm 12 miles south of Portales, to Virgie and Jimmy Littlejohn. He grew up on the family farm and attended school at Rogers, graduating in 1939. He married Ruby Rhodes on July 30, 1943. They moved to California in the early 1950s where he pastored a Baptist church in Wasco and worked with area congregations. In 1963 he moved to Roswell where he worked as manager of Denny’s Restaurant and later head custodian at the New Mexico Military Institute. He retired in Portales about 1987. He was a hospital chaplain in Portales. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Fraternal Order of Police. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother; and a son, Donnie Jim Littlejohn. He is survived by his wife; a son, Mickey Littlejohn (and wife, Pam) of Somerville, Texas; a daughter, Patricia Ann (Horton) of Anthony; four grandchildren, Christopher Ryan and Todd Matthew Horton and Allison Gabrielle and Shannon Celeste Littlejohn; a great-grandchild, Brett Andrew Horton; and a brother, Melvin Littlejohn of Portales.
Alfred L. Long, 77, went to be with his Lord and Savior on May 10, 2005 in Abilene, Texas. A Celebration of Life service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Roswell, New Mexico, on Saturday, May 28, at 11:00am, with the Reverend Archie Echols officiating. Al was born October 10, 1927, to Alfred S. and Florence B. Long in Chamberlain, South Dakota. He graduated from Forestburg High School in 1945. From 1946 to 1947 he served as Yeoman, 1st Class in the Navy at Great Lakes, Michigan. He graduated with a teaching degree from Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota in 1950 and received his Masters degree in 1953 from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. He married Charlotte Ella Barton, August 1, 1956 in Huron, South Dakota. His two sisters, Dorthea Long and Mary Elizabeth Sawyer, preceded him in death. His 42-year teaching career began in Yankton, South Dakota, where he taught business and journalism from 1950-52 before moving to Roswell, New Mexico in 1953 to teach business at the New Mexico Military Institute. Captain Long taught at NMMI until 1959. His next teaching position was at his beloved Roswell High School, which began 33 years of teaching countless students how to properly use a keyboard and most importantly, insightful lessons about life. Al loved to teach and his expectations for students were high. Every day he wrote a meaningful quote on the blackboard and hoped that it would have a positive impact on the many students that passed through his classroom. He took his job seriously and wanted to do his part in preparing students for life after high school. His biggest thrill was to have students contact him years after graduation and say, “”Thank you, Mr. Long.”” He truly cherished the relationships he experienced with past students. He dearly loved watching and supporting the school athletic teams and cheering his Coyotes to victory. Al was a long time member of The First United Methodist Church in Roswell and was active in various Sunday school classes. He enjoyed owning his tax business as it gave him another opportunity to meet and help people. Al never knew a stranger and talking to people was by far, his favorite hobby. After retiring from teaching in 1992, his greatest joy was traveling to visit his wife, daughters, grandchildren, brothers, sister and other family members around the country. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Charlotte, of Abilene Texas two daughters, Cheryl Johnson and husband Tony of Flower Mound, Texas, and Donna Long-Wolfer and husband Terry of Abilene, Texas grandchildren, Brooks Johnson attending Baylor University in Waco, Texas, Matt and Sarah Elizabeth Johnson of Flower Mound, Texas: brothers, Jim Long of Chico, CA, Tom Long and wife Mary of Littleton, CO, and sister, Lola Clift of Mitchell, South Dakota and numerous nieces and nephews.
COL Allen J. Lovelace, NMMI (Ret), age 84, went to be with his Lord early in the morning of August 21, 2016, after a battle with bone cancer. He was born on May 5, 1932, in Krum, Texas to Charles Carlton and Beartice Inmon Lovelace. Allen grew up in Carrollton, Texas, graduating from Carrollton High School. Allen then attended North Texas State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in biology with a strong minor in chemistry. He served three years in the United States Army as a photographer. After his military service, Allen returned to North Texas State to complete his work toward a master’s degree in biology and education. During this time, he met the love of his life, Caroline Cole. After Allen and Caroline graduated, they married and became a truly united couple for 58 years. The couple relocated to Roswell, New Mexico, where Allen began a long career at New Mexico Military Institute, teaching biology for 36 years and eventually becoming the head of that department. Many cadets still recall his humorous ways of relating biology concepts to them. During his years at NMMI, Allen had a summer occupation which utilized his broad knowledge of biology, working with a crop inspection agency that advised local farmers what, if any, pest-control treatments their crops required. A lifelong Methodist. Allen was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Roswell for 57 years, where he often taught junior high or adult Sunday school. His love of music was evident by his lively participation in both the chancel choir and the Silver Chords music ministry. He also had a special interest in the Monday Morning Men’s Prayer Breakfast, which he attended faithfully. Allen was a member of The Gideon’s International and helped distribute many Bibles throughout his years as a member. As might be expected of someone with his background in biology, Allen kept an immaculate yard and grew beautiful roses each summer. He loved chess, playing tournaments both in person and via the mail. He was also always ready for a game of Mexican train dominoes. A big supporter of NMMI basketball, he, also, thoroughly enjoyed his Texas teams of the Dallas Cowboys, the Texas Longhorns, and, later, the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Some of Allen’s last words came as the family watched a Dallas Cowboy pre-season game, when, though he had not been able to communicate for hours, he suddenly asked plainly, “What’s the score?”. Allen’s love of family always came first. He is survived by his wife and Christian helpmate, Caroline Cole Lovelace. Together, they touched the lives of NMMI cadets and many others with their prayers and ministry to those in need. He is also survived by his daughter, Patty Lovelace, and his son, Ben Lovelace, both of Roswell; they will be forever grateful for his Christian influence in their lives. Also surviving Allen arc his three grandchildren, whom he adored, John Lovelace, of Albuquerque, Josh English, of Roswell, and Carrie Dillard, of Amarillo, Texas. Survivors also include Allen’s brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Nancy Lovelace, of Garland, Texas; his sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Danny Andersen, of Duncanville, Texas; niece, Lynn; nephews. Greg. Brian, Derek, Todd, and James; and many great-nieces and nephews.
Dorothy Mae Donovan Lusk, 95, Mission Hills, KS, passed away at home on February 13, 2006. Dorothy was born in Kansas City, MO, in 1911, to Roy and Edith Donovan. She was a graduate of Notre Dame de Sion high school in Kansas City and received her degree in French from the University of Kansas. Dorothy married COL Ewing Lefetra Lusk, Jr., USA (Ret) 1931 HS-1933 JC in 1942; this marked the beginning of 66 wonderful, loving years together. They enjoyed music, literature, art and worldwide travel. Dorothy embraced the changes of her own generation, as well as those of her children’s generation. She was politically active as an early member of Common Cause and strove throughout her life to end racial prejudice. Dorothy was active in the global effort to eradicate polio. As a member of Circle Seven, she was involved in many Catholic charities worldwide. She was a docent at the Nelson Gallery, a member of Friends of Art, and a lifelong member of Mission Hills Country Club. All who knew her will remember her radiant smile. Mrs. Lusk is survived by her husband of 66 years, Ewing Lusk, of the home; daughter, Molly Lusk and son-in-law, Arthur Benson of Kansas City; daughter, Diane Lusk and son-in-law Gary Yablick of Charlottesville, VA; son, Dr. Ewing L. Lusk III and daughter-in-law, Dr. Brigid Lusk of Downers Grove, IL; her grandchildren, Emily Benson, Jenny Lusk-Yablick, Richard Lusk and Andrew Lusk; and two sisters, Alice Harrington of Prairie Village, and Mary Frances Baggett of Encinitas, CA. Dorothy will be remembered as a beautiful, kind, intelligent and dignified wife, mother and friend.
Maples, CDR Robert E., age 81, passed away on Tuesday, Dec 4th, 2018 at his home in Roswell, NM. On Dec 16th, 1936 Robert was born to Dr. Lewis E. Maples and Mildred Couch Maples in Kansas City, MO. Ordained on May 20th, 1956, he became the fourth generation of ministers in the Houser/Maples family. He served churches in Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio, Washington, and New Mexico over a ministerial calling spanning 62 years. He chose to serve his country by enlisting in the US Army in 1959 and served in Korea. After being discharged in 1962 he furthered his education, completing a Bachelor’s degree at Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee OK; Bachelors of Divinity and Masters of Religious Education degrees from Southwestern Seminary, Ft Worth, TX and a Masters of Education, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY. In 1967, he received a commission in the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam, Guam and Okinawa as a Chaplain. After pastoring a church in Ohio, he resumed his military career in 1980, as a Chaplain in the US Navy, serving at Paris Island, SC, Camp Pendleton, CA, and on the USS Constellation, Bremerton, WA. He retired as a Chaplain in the U.S. Navy, at the rank of Commander in August, 1987. After retirement, he served as Chaplain to the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM until 1998. Robert ministered and served his community in many capacities including President, New Mexico Alumni Association for Southwestern Baptist Seminary; Member, Board of Directors, Oklahoma Baptist University Alumni Association; Co-hosted weekly a television program, Journey Through the Bible; Member, Board of Directors, American Cancer Society; Chairman, Salvation Army Board of Advisors, Roswell, NM; weekly columnist, Artesia Daily Press; Member, New Mexico Singing Churchman; Vice President, Pecos Valley Ministerial Alliance; Past President, Roswell Rotary Club; Member, Joy Centers of Chaves County Board of Directors; Member, Roswell Symphony Orchestra; New Mexico State Adult Parole Board; Past President, Roswell Ministers’ Association; Counselor, Roswell City Council 1992-1999; Instructor, Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell; Chaplain, Boy Scouts of America. Robert was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Guyla Cozort Maples, Children: Paul Maples(Maria), Roswell NM; Nancy Cordova (Dennis) and Martha Davis (Matthew) both of Columbia, SC; Jeremy Compton (Sarah) Round Rock, TX; Matthew Compton, Denver CO; Elizabeth Weeaks (Justin), Roswell NM; Sisters: Margaret Jones (Myron) Arlington, TX; Barbara Maples, Atlanta, GA; Sarita Maples, Ft Worth, TX; former spouse, Mary Cole Maples, and 14 grandchildren. Robert’s passion for his call to the ministry continued until his death. He was a prolific writer and speaker, loving nothing more than sharing the Word of God to anyone who would listen.
James (Jim) William Marberry Resident of Calistoga died on January 28, 2011 at his home in Calistoga. He was a Calistoga community activist for the past thirty-five years. He was born in Carbondale, Illinois on November 16, 1920 to James Ward Marberry and Minnie Shinn Marberry. He has one brother, Charles, of Iowa and had one sister, Minnie Margaret, who died in 1984. His mother died as a result of childbirth and he was raised by a good stepmother. In 1946, Jim married Lorraine Lucas and they had three children, John Ward Marberry (a casualty of the Vietnam War), Carolyn Mason of Alameda, and Susan who died before she was one year old. His wife, Lorraine, died in 1983. He next married Constance Hoffman. They divorced after several years, but remained friends until her death in 2009. In 1975, Jim married Joan Stergess, a survivor of the Nazi bombing in England. They moved to Calistoga that same year, bought a home with a large lot on the hillside and named it Warming Crest. They were proud of their self-sustaining fruit and vegetable garden. Joan died in 2007. Jim was a former member of the Calistoga City Council and was a Vice Mayor. During his time in office the Council repaired water loss in faulty, old pipes in the elementary system. They also had Third and Berry Streets widened from being a narrow street like its bridge over Napa River. All those improve-ments cost about three million dollars, without taxing Calistoga residents. Jim was a member of the Calistoga Sewer and Water Advisory Committee for the entire time that Committee was in existence and helped plan and get access to the North Bay Aqueduct Water to alleviate a water shortage. As a watchdog of Calistoga’s welfare, his Letters to the Editor were signed The Wizard. Jim was highly qualified for his efforts. His education included BS degrees in Science and Math from Southern Illinois University, a Master’s Degree in Psycho-logy from the University of Iowa, a Doctorate in Group Dynamics at UC Berkeley and post-Doctorate work in Experimental Psychology at Claremont Graduate School. His first job was Research Chemist for the Potash Company of America in Carlsbad, New Mexico. He was also a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII. He taught Math and Science and coached football and basketball. His teaching career started at Morgan Park Military Academy in Illinois, then he moved to New Mexico Military Institute and he also taught at Alameda and Encinal High Schools in Alameda, California. At Encinal High School, his football teams were Northern California Class A winners in 1965, 1970 and 1971. He recently had the honor of being inducted into Encinal’s Hall of Fame for that achievement. He is survived by his daughter, Carolyn Mason, of Alameda and her two children, Erin Mason of Oakland and Damian Mason of Alameda. He is also survived by his brother Charles Marberry, of Solon, Iowa and his cousin Alice Limpus, of Murphysboro, Illinois.
Adrian J. Martinez, Jr., devoted husband, father, and grandfather, left this world to be with Our Lord on March 24, 2014. He passed away peacefully at his home in Las Cruces, New Mexico surrounded by family. Adrian was born on June 8, 1933 to Adrian Sr. and Leonor Martinez in Gallina, New Mexico. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ruth R. Martinez, sons and daughters, Jo Darlene Lucero, Valerie and Phil Sigala, Linda and Tommy Lucero, Annette Martinez, and Deb Moya. He will be missed by nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Surviving siblings include Dolores Montoya, Cordelia Arellano, John Martinez, and Lydia Maldonado. Adrian was preceded in death by his son Gary, his parents, and his brother Floyd Martinez. Adrian was a faculty member at New Mexico Military Institute for over 25 years, retiring in 1990 as Associate Dean. After retiring, he served as Educational Director for the Roswell Job Corps and Executive Director for the Roswell Hispano Chamber. Adrian served on the Roswell City Council and was a Constituent Representative for U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman. He enjoyed a lifetime of service to the Presbyterian Church, USA at the General Assembly, Synod, and Presbytery levels. Adrian was also involved in Hispanic Ministries and New Church Development. Adrian enjoyed writing, traveling, and playing golf. He loved the outdoors and was a voice for the underprivileged. His kindness and compassion for all people from all walks of life was unmatched. He will be remembered most by his family as teacher, mentor, and role model.
Edward “Ed” Hinkle Mason, was born August 22, 1911, in Philadelphia, PA, to Harry “Henry” and Florence Cotton; died August 27, 2007, at the age of 96. Jacob Edward married Edith Hoover Fry on May 18, 1931. A son, Walter C. Hinkle; son-in-law, Stewart Miller; grandson, Scott Miller; and brother, Walter A. Hinkle; predeceased him. He is survived by his wife of 76 years, Edith; daughter, Elizabeth Miller; daughter-in-law, Nancy Hinkle; son, Russell C. (Ruth) Hinkle; grandchildren, David (Sheryl) Miller, Bruce (Lisa) Miller, Dawn (Wade) Parker, Charlene Ortega, James Edward (Donna) Hinkle, Russell W. (Julie) Hinkle, Cynthia (David) Diekema, and Catherine (Robert) Best; 22 great-grand-children; and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Ed and Edith moved to Mason in 1939 when Wyeth Pharmaceutical Company transferred Ed. He retired from Wyeth as a plant supervisor in 1977. Ed was an active member of the Mason Fire Department for 32 years, a life member of Mason Lodge #70 F & AM of Michigan, Mason Chapter #150 O.E.S. and the Capitol Caravan Club. He was a member and Deacon of the First Presbyterian Church of Holt. Ed played Santa Claus too many children in the 50’s and 60’s and in later years was known as “The Candy Man” as he passed out butterscotch to all.
Leon L. “Pops” Maxwell, 67, of Billings, passed into the loving arms of Jesus on May 1, 2010, at home, with his children by his side. Leon was born on June 30, 1942, to Milton and Rosie Ann Maxwell in Hutto, Texas. He was one of seven children. Growing up, Leon worked with his family as a farmhand in Grandview, Texas. In 1960, the family moved to New Mexico, where he attended the New Mexico Military Institute and worked in the kitchen as a cook. While living in New Mexico, he received training to work for the gas company of New Mexico with hopes of one day working on the Alaskan Pipeline. In the 80s, Leon moved to Billings, where he worked for MDU as a pipefitter/operator for many years. He enjoyed playing men’s fast pitch softball at North Park, where he became known and respected for his unconventional style of pitching. He could pitch an unbelievable curveball and gravity defying rise ball. He was a member of Freedom Church for over 18 years. He loved the Lord with all his heart and tried to spread The Word to everyone he met. He was a father figure, spiritual mentor, coach and friend to so many. He will be truly missed. Leon is survived by his three sisters, six children, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.
David Mayfield, 76, was born to July 4, 1930, in Carnegie, to Octer Thomas and Corda Wall Mayfield. He grew up at Carnegie, where he played basketball and graduated in 1948. He attended Carnegie Junior College for two years before going to Oklahoma City University in 1950, starting at forward and center. He played in the All College Tournament and the next year the team was invited to play in the regional NCAA tournament of the top 16 teams in the country. There, they beat John Wooden’s UCLA team. He graduated in 1952 and then played in the NBA with the Baltimore Bullets. He later played with the Washington Generals, who traveled with the Harlem Globetrotters. His nickname with his basketball buddies was “Joe.” He served in the Army in 1953 and 1954. He married Sylvia Rae Norton in 1954. The family moved to Artesia and later Roswell, NM, where he coached basketball at the New Mexico Military Institute. He married Edna Devine Baughman in 1974. She died in 1998. Through the years, he worked in the field of insurance adjusting and was the property loss manager for Farm Bureau of Oklahoma for many years. He was also a rancher. In 1976, he won sixth in the world for the National Cutting Horse Futurity. He helped co-found Global Insurance and was later the property loss manager for Beacon National in Wichita Falls, Texas. In 2003, he went to Florida with his son and they started Mayfield Claims Service. In 2006, they co-founded Conciseware, an insurance claims management software company.Survivors include a son, Dowlen Mayfield, Freeport, FL; his caregiver/companion, Bettye Vardell, Marlow; and many friends.
Bonnie Jean McConnell (58) has gone home to be with the One. After a two month battle with coma condition she died at UNM Hospital on Saturday, April 15. Jean would do anything to avoid filing her income tax. Jean was born to Edward Moore McConnell and Annie Pearl McConnell in Topeka, Kansas. She is survived by her brother Edward McConnell of Riviera, Texas, and her sons Lindsey Sheffield of Albuquerque and Nathan McConnell of Missoula, Montana. Jean earned a PhD in English from UNM in the mid 70’s, taught English at UNM Albuquerque, New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, and at UNM Taos. She had moved to the Taos area in 1997. Jean began teaching English, in China, in 2002. She was doing what she loved, teaching English to English major students at Yunnan University in Kunming, China, when she fell ill. Her boyfriend, Ben, remains in China.A loving mother, wife, girlfriend, teacher, Buddhist, citizen of the world, Jean was all of these and more to those of us who knew her. Her joyful & vital spirit will be sorely missed.
Bill R. Milstead Bill was born Oct. 19, 1916, in Farber, Mo., to William and Nellie Mae Milstead, both of whom preceded him in death. He grew up and attended school in Ashland, Ill. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Glenn, Earl and Jack, and his sisters, Marg and Verle. Bill, a resident of Roswell since 1942, married Mary Francis Wagner on April 2, 1943, in Roswell. She survives him at the family home. He is also survived by his sons, Jim and his wife Linda, of Reno, Nev., John and his wife Ellen, of Nassau Bay, Texas, and Bill and his wife Cindy, of Richmond, Texas; six grandchildren, Lisa Foreman and husband Danny, of Jacksonville, Texas, Greg Milstead and wife Allison, of Ozark, Mo., Brian Milstead and wife Donna, of Lubbock, Texas, Michael Milstead and wife Denise, of Owatonna, Minn., Missy Milstead, of Arlington, Va., and Sarah Milstead, of Houston; and eight great-grandchildren, Samantha, Amanda, Jazin, Jade, Alyssa, Megan, Brianna and Holton. Bill served his country during World War II in the Army Air Corps and was stationed at Roswell Army Air Field at the war’s end. He and Frances remained in Roswell and he became a farmer in the East Grand Plains community. He farmed for more than 25 years, after which he became a part of the staff at New Mexico Military Institute and was the officer in charge of postal services and some cadet services. Bill was active in the East Grand Plains Lion’s Club, serving as its president for two terms, and also serving as president of the Chaves County Farm Bureau for one term. He was a member of Christ’s Church and the Roswell Masonic Lodge No. 18 AF and AM and Felix Lodge No. 29. He was a 32nd degree Mason. Bill was a high school and college basketball referee for 26 years, teaching countless others how to officiate the sport as well. He was an avid fisherman, a voracious reader, and an innovative story teller who could captivate children with his own unique twists on popular stories. Bill loved the Lord and spent countless hours, particularly in the past several years, pouring through his Bible. He was a member of Christ’s Church. He loved Sunday mornings when he could join his fellow Christians in worshiping Jesus and our Creator. Bill was a devoted family man who loved and was loved by his family. He touched so many people throughout his life. He was always quick with a joke, a wink, a smile, a hug or a pat. He always had time for his family, friends and loved ones.
William C. “Bill” Moss, 74, passed away on Saturday, October 27, 2018, in Roswell, NM. Bill was born to John and Irma Johnson Moss in Phillips, Hutchinson Co, Texas. In 1947, he was baptized at First Presbyterian Church. Bill graduated from Roswell High School in 1962. He attended New Mexico State University (NMSU) from 1962 to 1964, and was on the rodeo team. After working in his folk’s drug store, the City Drug, Bill worked at Furrs Food as a stocker, and eventually becoming a checker. Later, Bill worked at the Zia, Co. in Las Cruces with cryogenic fuels. He moved back to Roswell and was with the Roswell Fire Department from 1968 to 1975. Then Bill started Moss Construction and did all phases of residential and commercial construction & remodeling. He was also a master cabinet builder. In 1987, due to the economic slowdown, Bill went to work for the New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI). Twenty-two years later, he retired as the Facilities Operations Manager. Bill taught Hunter Safety for the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish for 17 years. He was a member of NRA and Roswell Gun Club. Survivors: sister, Dorinne Lykins; and son, Bill Dan Moss. Preceded: parents, John, and Irma Johnson Moss.
Cathy Enright Murray passed on January 24, 2013. She grew up in Tulsa, OK and graduated from Monte Casino High School. She attended Georgetown University Nursing School and graduated from Loretta Heights College with a degree in Special Education. Soon after, she married BG Douglas J. Murray, USAF (Ret) in 1967. Cathy was a devoted wife, mother and friend to all. Though she had many roles, her true profession was love! For over 40 years, she was committed to supporting her husband throughout his Air Force career in assignments all over the world. Upon his retiring from the US Air Force Academy in 2007, the Murray’s moved to Roswell, NM and welcomed their new role as Chief Academic Officer and Dean of Academics at New Mexico Military Institute. The family has established an NMMI Cadet Scholarship Endowment in memory of Cathy, at the NMMI Foundation. She is survived by her husband, Doug; three children; and six grandchildren.
Larry B. Murray passed away, Thursday, May 1, 2008, at a local care center. Service will be held at the Ballard Chapel at 2:00 p.m., on Monday, May 5, 2008. A 7 man detail Military Honors graveside rights will be conducted at South Park Cemetery By local New Mexico Army National Guard with folding of the flag presentation, 21 gun salute and taps. Rev. Dale Bostic of Faith Tabernacle in Lubbock, TX and Rev. Michael Bingham of Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ in Carlsbad, NM will officiate. Sons-in-law, Jason will deliver a eulogy and Brandon will perform a special song. Larry graduated from Roswell High School in May of 1969. After graduation, he attended Eastern New Mexico University of Roswell, NM. On December 11, 1969, Larry joined the New Mexico Army National Guard. On July 6, 1971, he married his first wife Donna Kaye Smith; they had two daughters Heather and Stacey.While in the National Guard, he spent 28 years, 8 months and 25 days of his life serving his country. He was a SERGEANT FIRST CLASS. On September 1, 1998 he received his Honorable Discharge from MSG Joe Apodaca. He immediately went to work as a civilian for the New Mexico Military Institute as a Supply Technician. He retired from there after he was diagnosed with extensive stage 4 lung cancer metastasized to brain January 12, 2007. In April 2002, he met his soul-mate, Sharon Ann (Teal) Todd. On December 9, 2004, they were married in Las Vegas, NV. She has been his closest companion through it all, his strength and encouragement; keeping a positive attitude to keep on keeping on until the very end. They loved each other unconditionally, even through cancer. Larry is survived by his mother, Betty Jean Berneice Cooper Murray of Roswell, NM; his wife, Sharon Ann Murray of the family home; his daughters, Heather Laine (Murray) Wagner and husband, Jason Larry of Roswell, NM, Stacey Lynn (Murray) Yazzie and husband Brandon Michael of Albuquerque, NM; his brother, Donald Gene Murray and wife Willie Mae (Bullock) of Big Spring, TX; sister in law, Barbie Kaye (Murray) Ross of Artesia, NM; his four grandchildren, Rachel Nicole Wagner, Leah Brooke Wagner, Nehemiah Brandon Yazzie and Zechariah Brandon Yazzie; his nieces and nephews, Nanci Evans, of Lake Arthur, NM, Misty Dawn (Murray) Rodgers and husband Jimmie of Big Spring, TX, Bobby Chad Murray of Artesia, NM; great nephews and nieces: Toby Wayne Rodgers of Big Spring, TX, Santana Marina Allyssa Murray of Lake Arthur, NM, Denton Lee Murray of Lake Arthur, NM and Caleb Chad Murray of Artesia, NM. He is preceded in death by his father, Bernard Murray on September 10, 1997; his brother, Elmer Lee Murray on July 4, 1987 and his nephew, Jon Michael Brandon Murray on February 1, 2008
Michele Joan Nacy (Harju), a resident of Gig Harbor, went to be with our Heavenly Father after a courageous battle with cancer at the youthful age of 70, on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Michele was born July 3, 1947 at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City, New York to parents John Andrew Harju and Bernice Chafetz-Harju. A graduate of Golden High School class of 1965, and proud varsity cheerleader, Michele attended the University of Colorado where she received her bachelor’s degree. Michele continued her education at Troy State University receiving her Master’s degree in International Studies and continuing to receive a Ph.D. in American History from Kansas State University. Michele made a difference in the lives of her children, students and friends always encouraging them to invest in their education, at very stage of their lives. Michele believed that learning should be fun and it was essential for everyone to know their history to ensure better decisions in the future. During her career Michele taught many courses, including American History, International Affairs, Women’s Studies, Native American Studies, and English at many universities including Kansas State University, Pierce College (Outreach Joint mcchord and Pierce County Fire Continuing Education), Pacific Lutheran University, New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI), Oakland University and finally, the University of Washington Tacoma Campus. Michele was also a published author, when her dissertation was published, “Members of the Regiment: Army Officers’ Wives on the Western Frontier, 1865-1890.” A loving and dedicated mother, Michele’s greatest joy and passion were indeed her four children and ten grandchildren. Michele is survived by her four children: son, Loren Traugutt (44), his wife, Elisa, and their four children Tanner, Anneliese, Evelyn and Brogan; daughter, Amy Traugutt Allan (41) and her three children Emily, Caedon and Jonathan; son, Michael ‘Mickey” Traugutt (38), his wife, Stephanie and their two children Tyler and Tessa; son, John ‘Jack’ Nacy (31), his wife Lauren and their daughter Aria. Michelle enjoyed spending time with family, traveling, various hobbies and she loved talking politics! Her favorite passion, later in life, was her absolute love for all animals, especially her yorkie, Maggie, and cats Zoey and Snickers.
John Lawrence “Jack” Neumann, 83, passed away peacefully in the arms of Priscilla, his loving wife of 58 years, at their home in Long-meadow on Sunday December 12, 2010. Born in North Bergen, NJ on February 18, 1927 a son of Harry and Elsie (Jacob) Neumann, Jack was Springfield College Professor Emeritus, Chairman of the National Senior Games Emeritus, Medical Psychotherapist, Springfield College football coach and founder of the Massachusetts Senior Games. Professor Neumann helped generations of students, athletes, and senior citizens improve and enrich their lives over his 57 year career as an educator, administrator, football coach, and psychotherapist. Jack served his country in the United States Navy Seabees in Okinawa during World War II and attained the rank of Machinist’s Mate Third Class. He received the American Theater Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal for his service to his country. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree at Springfield College in 1951 and his Master of Education Degree from Springfield College in 1956. His education beyond his last degree included 45 semester hours of coursework in the Doctoral Program at the State University of Iowa and the Graduate Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts. As Associate Professor of Physical Education and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Springfield College, he worked with The Springfield Council on Aging and Governor William Weld to found the Massachusetts Senior Games, an annual Olympic competition for athletes over 55, the first of which was held on the Springfield College Campus in 1992. He was inducted into the National Senior Games Hall of Fame at the August 2009 Summer National Senior Games in Palo Alto, CA. A Silver and Bronze medal winner at the Winter National Senior Games in Lake Placid, NY, he was inducted for his special contribution to the National Games outside the competitive circuit. He was elected to the National Board of Directors in 1995, served as chairman of the National Senior Games Committee for four years and, in 2000, was elected Chairman of the Board. The organization credited Neumann with saving the games from an uncertain future. “”He served as Chairman and Acting CEO during one of the most trying periods in the organization’s history. His guidance, diplomacy and selfless dedication were a major reason the organization survived that challenge and is thriving today.”” While at Springfield College, he served as Acting Director and Assistant Director of the Division of Health, Physical Education and Recreation from 1973 – 1977. He developed and proposed the program of study/curriculum for Health/Fitness majors and developed the course Imagery & Hypnosis for the Psychology Department. His Springfield College career began in 1965 when he was hired by Coach Ted Dunn to serve as Offensive Coordinator for the Springfield College football team. That year, Springfield college football had an undefeated season which was followed by six straight winning seasons. He left coaching when he was asked by the college to take on administrative responsibilities. At Springfield College, Professor Neumann served as Director of the Japan Y.M.C.A. Fitness Institute, 1986-1990; Director of the Springfield College Seminar at the World Y.M.C.A. Consultation on H.P.E.R., Seoul, Korea, 1988; Coordinator, Springfield College Executive Health/Fitness Management Institute, 1985 – 1986; International Sports Program Project Director, Saudi Arabia XXI Olympiad, 1976; Secretary, Steering Committee A.A.H.P.R. Conference on Values in Sports, 1973. He was a lecturer/consultant at numerous other national and international sports programs including presentations in Taipei, Taiwan, Aruba, N.A., and Zacatecas, Mexico. Professor Neumann was a Certified Medical Psychotherapist. He worked as a clinician at Rehabilitation Associates, West Springfield, MA, The Institute of Preventive Medicine, Springfield, MA, and in private practice. Jack also taught at Western New England College where he developed a graduate course on “”Stress Management”” as part of the M.B.A. program. In 1992, Jack was nominated by Springfield Mayor Robert Markel as a candidate for President George H.W. Bush’s Annual Points of Light Awards in recognition of his many civic activities in volunteer service to the community including serving as President of the Greater Springfield American Cancer Society. He received the Harris Frank Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Senior Olympics Movement from the National Senior Games Association and the Secretary’s Award, Massachusetts Office of Elder Affairs for Outstanding Community Service and numerous other citations for contributions to the American Cancer Society Springfield, MA Unit. Prior to coming to Springfield, Professor Neumann was Department Head, Physical Education & Athletics and Head Football Coach at New Mexico Military Institute, 1963-1965. He was First Assistant Varsity Football Coach to Marv Levy at University of California, 1960-1963 and also coached football with Levy at University of New Mexico, 1956-1960 and Coe College, 1953-1956. Jack will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him including his wife, Priscilla A. (Armour) Neumann; his daughter, Sandra A. Neumann-Cote and her husband Robert Cote of Longmeadow; his sons, Jeffrey L. and his wife Allison Neumann of Copake, NY and Christopher A. and his wife Karen Neumann of Quakertown, PA; his grandchildren, Kyle and Maya Neumann; his sister in law, Cherie Neumann of Albuquerque, NM; his nieces, Susan Walsh of Glen Rock, NJ, Lauren Neumann of Las Vegas, NV, Susan Stewart of New Hartford, NY, and Deborah Leonard of Clayville, NY; his nephews, Randy Neumann of Ridgewood, NJ, Richard Larson of Waterville, NY, David Larson of Hillsdale, NJ, and Richard and Tim Wright, both of Clayville, NY; and his many extended family members and friends. In addition to his parents, Jack was pre-deceased by his brother, Lt. Col. Robert H. Neumann; and his sister, Marion Larson.
John Hayes Nicely, 76, passed away Tuesday January 31, 2017 at the Bay Tree Rehabilitation Center after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was a longtime resident of Clearwater, FL and Blairsville, GA, at the time of his death. He is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn T. Nicely, his 3 children Jonna Nicely Chizik, John S. Nicely, and Julie Nicely Farley, and his 8 grandchildren Landry, Kennedy, Cally, Sarah Hayes, Anna, Paul, Olivia, and Tessa. John was born September 22, 1940 in Daytona Beach, Florida to John & Ann Nicely. He was raised in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Marilyn Trauchold (Nicely) January 18, 1964. John was a man who lived his life with honor. He was a man of impeccable integrity and a man who honored God with every breath he took. John received his college degree at the University of Delaware where he played football on the 1963 National Championship team for the Fighting Blue Hens. After college he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army and served as a First Lieutenant in the Vietnam War where he received a Bronze Star for his outstanding leadership, integrity, character, and exemplary performance. After serving in the military, he went on to be a counselor, educator, and college/high school football coach at the New Mexico Military Institute, Vidor High School in Texas, and Clearwater High School in Florida. In the early 1980’s, John decided to leave coaching so he could pursue a career in high school administration. He became an Assistant Principal at Clearwater High and Dunedin High before becoming the Principal at Tarpon Springs High. Throughout his Administration career, John interacted with hundreds of teachers and thousands of students and challenged each one to give their best each and every day so they could achieve their best in life. With all John’s successes over his distinguished educational leadership career, his crown and glory was the creation and buildup of a nationally recognized band and music program at Tarpon Springs High alongside their Music Director Kevin Ford. Since his retirement from the Pinellas County School system he has enjoyed traveling many places around the United States and throughout the world with his wife Marilyn and old friends, watching his 8 grandchildren grow up, and traveling to many college football games to watch Gene, his Son-in-Law coach.
Margaret Irby Nichols A loving mother, passionate educator, and beautiful human being, Margaret Irby Nichols, aged 92, died June 6, 2017 in Denton, Texas following a brief illness.Margaret Sunshine Irby, the only child of James Rainwater Irby and India Leigh (Winnie) Pride, was born July 9, 1924 in Maud, Texas. Her devoted family valued education and public service and encouraged her to be independent and open minded. After graduating from Maud High School in 1941, Margaret received her bachelor’s degree in library science from North Texas State Teachers College and her master’s in library science from The University of Texas at Austin.Working throughout Texas in the mid-to-late 1940s, Margaret helped to establish many small town public libraries. Along the way she attracted the attention of numerous suitors and received no less than six marriage proposals. One of those men even tried to woo Margaret by taking her on airborne dates in his crop duster. Spurning those advances, she moved on to work at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell where she met her future husband, Irby Coghill Nichols, Jr. Margaret married Irby in 1953 and relocated to Denton two years later so Irby could take up a position as a professor of history at North Texas State College. Margaret worked in NTSC’s library for several years before stepping in to teach a group of gifted students at Selwyn School in 1963. After a brief but impactful tenure there, she returned to North Texas in 1968 as a professor in what became the School of Library and Information Science (now part of the University of North Texas College of Information.)During her 41 years as a distinguished faculty member, Margaret acted as mentor and friend to thousands of information professionals who subsequently endowed the Margaret Irby Nichols Scholarship. Her influence as an educator was not limited to teaching as she conducted more than 400 workshops throughout the country and published six books and numerous articles on reference and information services. She held many leadership offices within the Texas Library Association (TLA) and the American Library Association, serving a term as TLA’s president from 1984-85.Among her many honors, Margaret received the TLA Distinguished Service Award (1990), UNT’s Distinguished Teaching Award (1991 and 1993), the Distinguished Service to the University Award (1996), the Texas Library Champion designation at the TLA Centennial (2002), and the UNT Outstanding Alumna Service Award (2011). Even in retirement Margaret continued to edit the award-winning College of Information alumni magazine, Call Number, and served as a mentor to each subsequent TLA president during their term of office.Margaret is survived by her children Nina Nichols Austin of Denton, Texas and Fr. Irby C. Nichols III of Albuquerque, New Mexico, as well as her grandson, Spencer McFarlin Austin of Northport, New York. They would like to extend a special thanks to Monteasiea Johnson, who joined their family over the last three years and provided Margaret with the greatest comfort, care, and support imaginable.
COL Harold E. O’Neil, NMMI (Ret) Faculty member departed Roswell, New Mexico, on Saturday, February 10, 2018, to be with his Father in Heaven. According to official records Harold was born at Moundsville, in West Virginia, (Moundsville is downstream on the Ohio River, approximately twelve miles to the south of Wheeling, WV.) He was the third child and only son born to Clifford Earl O’Neil and Pauline Virginia “White” O’Neil. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters: Helen “Peggy,” Evelyn “Corky”; his one and only daughter, Shari; and one of the seven grandchildren, Samuel “Sam” O’Neil. Surviving family members are two sons: Rory “Stacy” and Michael (Mike) “Loretta”; grandchildren: Patrick, Catherine, Christine, Tracey, Ashley and Kyle. August 2, 1950, Harold married the love and grand prize of his life, Clara Mary Kotson. They were married at the Methodist Church in Bellaire, Ohio. They moved into their first set of living quarters at Fort Campbell on the Tennessee and Kentucky border. Clara proved to be an outstanding army wife, and a blessing until his last ship-out date. Harold retired from the United States Army on the Stapp reviewing stand at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, 1968. Twenty-four years later, he would be at the same location retiring from the New Mexico Military Institute. Harold always smiled and said he came to Roswell, in 1955, by mistake and was informed that the position he was to fill no longer existed and Army would reassign him to another senior college probably in Texas. Fate stepped in and an instructor had to be evacuated to the Army hospital in El Paso and Harold was temporarily assigned to fill that position with the understanding his service would be needed only until that ill instructor returned. Many events took place and Harold spent many years here in Roswell at New Mexico Military Institute. After retiring from the United States Army, Harold was employed as a faculty member at NMMI and retired at that age of sixty-six while serving as a tenured professor. Of all the assignments, Harold confronted in his life he cherished and honored was a two-year assignment after World War II. He was assigned as an honor escort responsible for individually escorting WWII Fallen Heroes, after their arrival from overseas, to their loved ones in the United States. Harold developed a keen interest in genealogy and had learned the difficulty of gaining information. This tribute was lovingly written by Harold Early O’Neil.
Betty Ward Pearson – It is with great sadness that Betty Ward Pearson’s family announces her passing on March 21, 2019, at the age of 91. Betty was born in Austin, Texas, in 1927, to Charles and Emily Stevens Ward. She and her mom returned to their home in Roswell, a few weeks later. She was the middle child, raised with treasured brothers – Charlie Jr, and George. Ward family life revolved around the New Mexico Military Institute, where Charles taught History and was later Superintendent. Betty’s childhood was full of countless adventures involving many friends, school functions and dances, and exercising the Institute’s polo ponies. From early childhood, Betty demonstrated both aptitude and passion for art, which were nurtured and shared by her fraternal grandpa, Joseph. She carved her first piece, a wooden fish, at age five, while sitting side by side with her grandpa atop the stone wall of their home on College Avenue. Betty’s college studies included Mary Washington College in Virginia, the University of Oklahoma, and San Jose State College in California, where she earned an Occupational Therapy degree. In 1950, Betty married her lifelong friend and love of her life, Tom Pearson. They embarked on a steadfast partnership spanning 65 years, raising their three children Dan, Steve, and Michelle, and serving as active members of their communities while relocating frequently over the course of Tom’s engineering career. Postings included Houston Texas, Brookhaven Mississippi, New Orleans Louisiana, and in Texas at Kelsey Camp, Refugio, Portland, and finally back to Houston. In addition to managing the household, co-parenting the children and coordinating the family’s frequent transfers, Betty maintained a full roster of community involvement, social events and personal interests, constantly expanding her artistic talents. Her wood carving, painting, jewelry making, and carved stone sculpture pieces, often displayed in cases designed and custom-built by Tom, won accolades and awards. While the recognition was satisfying, Betty’s greatest joy was in creating and sharing her art with family and friends. Upon Tom’s retirement in 1986, Betty and Tom returned to Roswell, feeling that they had “come home” again. Starting a new chapter in their lives, Betty and Tom reconnected with and expanded their circle of friends through community groups including St. Andrews Episcopal Church, New Mexico Military Institute, Chaparral Rockhounds, Friends of Bitter Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, Roswell’s Spring River Park and Zoo, Sand Divers Scuba Club, Daughters of the American Revolution, as well as the local hiking and carousel groups. Having reestablished their home base in Roswell, Betty expanded her horizons to new adventures and travels to the Bahamas and Caribbean, New Zealand, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Tahiti, Ireland and England. Whether working intensely to complete pieces for an art show, baking and delivering holiday cookies and toffee to friends and neighbors, teaching carving to kids, or searching out interesting wood and stone, Betty fully engaged and eagerly participated in life. She loved meeting new people, learning new things, and sharing mutual interests. Betty was preceded in death by her dear son Steve, and beloved husband Tom. In December 2017 she moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, to be close to her daughter, Michelle Pearson, and son-in-law, Greg Phillips. Betty is lovingly remembered by her son Dan Pearson, Michelle and Greg, her many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and dear friends.
Ruby Posz-Anderson, 101, died Dec. 31, 2008. Her cremains will be interred with her first husband, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Joseph A. Posz, AUS 1927 HS-1929 JC-1950 SC. Ruby was born Sept. 15, 1907, in Aberdeen, S.D., to T.H. and Julia Moen, both now deceased. Most of her early childhood was spent in Las Vegas, NM, where she attended New Mexico Normal University, now New Mexico Highlands University. She came to Roswell in 1926, where she was employed as a stenographer with the New Mexico Highway Department. In 1930, she was crowned queen of the eighth annual Chaves County Cotton Carnival at the Battery A Armory in Roswell. The Cotton Carnival is now the Eastern New Mexico State Fair. On May 29, 1931, she married Joseph A. Posz, then a TAC officer at New Mexico Military Institute. That same year, she began work in the NMMI Post Exchange. Her close association with cadets and her love for NMMI led to the dedication of the 1937 Bronco yearbook to her as “the dearest little lady on the Hill.” Ruby and Joe both retired from NMMI in 1967. Ruby was made an honorary life member of the NMMI Alumni Association on Oct. 20, 1989, she was inducted into the NMMI Alumni Hall of Fame. She was the first female to be so honored. After her retirement, Ruby enjoyed vacationing on ocean cruises. She traveled by this means to many parts of the world with friends and with organized groups. In 1980, following Joe’s death in 1977, she married widower Col. (Ret.) Chester A. Anderson, a former math instructor at NMMI. Col. Anderson died in 1987. Over the years Ruby belonged to many organizations such as the Daughters of the Nile, the Order of the Eastern Star, and the Assistance League of Chaves County. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church. Ruby is preceded in death by her son, LTC Joseph D. Posz, USA (Ret) 1951 HS-1953 JC-1955 SC. She is survived by his wife, Nancy, of Roswell, and daughter, Cathryn Marie Johnson, and her husband, David, of Dallas. Also surviving her are her five grandchildren, Joseph T. Posz 1977 HS, Julie Spangler, John Posz, Jeffery Johnson and Steven Johnson; and nine great-grandchildren, Harley Spangler, Cody Spangler, Jennifer Johnson, Jessica Johnson, Darrah Torres, Derrick Torres, Michele Nicole Posz 2008 HS-2010 JC, Jennifer Posz and Sarah Shoemaker.
Glenn Boyd Prager, of Las Vegas, passed on to be with our Lord April 22, 2014. He was born Sept 18, 1935, in Roswell, N.M., to Louis Morris Prager and Rosalee Florence (nee Speyer) Prager, who preceded him in death. After graduating from Roswell High School in 1954, he attended Woodbury College in downtown Los Angeles, where he earned his bachelor of arts degree. It is now Woodbury University located in Burbank, Calif. In Roswell, Glenn formed the Crater Teen Club so the “kids” would have a special place of their own. Glenn was president of Pioneer Specialties of NV Inc. (a specialty advertising business incorporated here in 1988). He was past state vice president of the New Mexico Jaycees. For years he was program director of New Mexico Military Institute, Carlsbad Convention Center and Lubbock Christian College, where he brought in some greats like Paul Harvey, Ray Charles, The Platters, The Kingston Trio, Sammy Smith, Skiles and Henderson and many more. For recreation, Glenn liked to play poker at The Orleans, especially Omaha. He enjoyed travelling with his family. He has covered most of the United States by motor home, and travelled to Europe, Hong Kong and Thailand. Though Glenn suffered many health problems throughout most his life, he never allowed it to hinder his animated spirit. No matter the situation, Glenn could always turn a frown into a smile. His family is at peace knowing that he went to a better place free of pain and suffering. He is survived by his wife, Sherrill M. Prager; one son, Louis Charles Prager of Amarillo, Texas; three daughters, Rose Ann Souza of Tulare, Calif., Glendy Schweitzer of New Milford, Conn., and Angela Prager of San Francisco; one brother, Bruce Prager of Las Vegas; two grandsons, Matthew Prager of Yuma, Ariz., and David Prager of Las Vegas; five granddaughters, Rose Maree Souza of Tulare, Jennifer Souza of San Diego, Lauren Hays of Lakeside, Calif., Kayanna and Gabrielle Schweitzer of New Milford; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Retired MSGT Adaulph Lee Prince, 63, of Lubbock, Texas, passed away on July 29, 2015. He was born on Dec. 12, 1951, in Sikeston, MO, to the parentage of Mrs. Marie Bell and Mr. Robert Troupe. Adaulph became a Career Airman in the U.S. Air Force in 1971. During his tenure he was an Aeromedical Superintendent. He earned many awards including Air Force Commendation medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Short and Long Term Tour Ribbons and several others. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1992 at Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas, after providing 20 years of service. Upon retiring he worked for the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. He became an educator and served in various teaching capacities as a Special Educator. Prince was preceded in death by his parents, Marie Bell and Robert Troupe. He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife, Benay Prince; daughters, Sheeleah Prince and Cydnee Prince; one brother, William H. Prince (Anita); one sister, Bethany Bean; aunt, Luetta Arnold; sisters-in-law, Pamela Cole, Valerie Cole, Leslie Cole, Raedelle Pope, Tracy Cole; brothers-in-law, Victor Cole and W. David Pope; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Piney E. Thurmond Radulski (employee) Passed away on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. Married to Sigmund (Ski) Radulski they made their home in Roswell, NM. While there, Ski taught ROTC at the New Mexico Military Institute. Their only child, Veronica (Ronnie) was born on February 24, 1945 in Roswell. Piney and Sigmund later moved to the Sullivan, MO area where she was employed several years as a cutter at the former International Shoe Factory. Several years after Ronnie and her husband, Leeman Burch, Jr. moved to Garland, TX, Piney also moved there to be close to them. Piney is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Veronica (Ronnie) and Leeman Burch, of Garland, TX; two grandchildren; six great-gradnchildren; other relatives and friends.
Bruce D. Ritter passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2010, at the age of 66 in Lubbock, Texas after a lengthy and courageous battle with primary systemic amyloidosis. Bruce was born on November 20, 1943, in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. His parents were Walter S. and Mary Catherine Roush Ritter. He moved with his family to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1957 and graduated from Highland High School in 1961. He attended New Mexico State University and graduated in May of 1971 with a Bachelor of Accounting degree. He began his professional career in 1971 in Phoenix, Arizona at Walker & Armstrong, CPAs. In 1975 he relocated to Roswell, New Mexico and became a partner in the firm of Crocker & Company, CPAs where he remained until 1982 when the firm merged with the world-wide certified accounting firm of Ernst & Whinney. Bruce served as Managing Partner of Ernst & Whinney s Roswell office until the formation of Ritter & Company, LLC in May of 1991. Over his career, Bruce received numerous awards and recognition from the many civic associations of which he was a member. The New Mexico Society of Certified Public Accountants honored him with its Public Service Award in 1991. Also in 1991, Bruce was given New Mexico State University s Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2000 the Roswell Sertoma Club honored Bruce with the Service to Mankind Award. He was currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Eastern New Mexico State Fair, the New Mexico Amigos, and the Board of Directors of the Conquistador Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He was also serving as a member of the Board of Directors for two private charitable foundations.Bruce previously served as a member and past President of the Board of Regents of the New Mexico Military Institute, Treasurer of the New Mexico Military Institute’s Parents Association, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Educational Achievement Foundation, President of the Board of Directors of the Roswell Chamber of Commerce, President of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Chaves County, President of the Board of Directors of the Roswell Symphony Orchestra, former member of the Board of Directors of the New Mexico State University Foundation, a member of the Roswell Pecos Valley Rotary Club, and a member of the Roswell Family YMCA Foundation. Bruce s professional memberships included the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New Mexico Society of CPAs, and the New Mexico Chapter of Petroleum Accountants Society. Bruce was a sponsoring member of the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico where he served as Treasurer and was honored twice by the Association as Member of the Year New Mexico. Last year, he received the distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award, an honor of which he was extremely proud. Bruce was honored and proud to have served his country as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, where he served as a field artillery officer assigned to the 1st Infantry Division, the Big Red 1, as a forward observer. He served one tour in Vietnam, returning home to New Mexico in 1969. Bruce was an avid runner, having completed over 30 marathons and numerous other races over many years. He also spent countless hours fly-fishing the rivers of New Mexico, Colorado, and Montana as well as the White River in Arkansas. Bruce was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church.Bruce is survived by his wife, Mary McCarter Ritter, whom he married in June of 1971 in Roswell, New Mexico. They have three children, a son Brett Ritter 1991 HS and his wife Taylor of Atlanta, Georgia; a son Boyd C. Ritter 1993 HS of Amarillo, Texas; daughter-in-law Erin Ritter of Amarillo; and a daughter Zenaida Baca and her husband Philip of Roswell. He is also survived by four precious grandchildren, Jessica, Kaitlin, and Andrew Baca of Roswell, and Reagan Ritter of Amarillo. His mother, Mary Ritter, survives him in Albuquerque, as does a brother, John Ritter and his wife Diane, also of Albuquerque and his brother Richard Ritter and his wife Linda of Socorro, New Mexico. He is survived by his sister-in law, Roslinda Wells and her husband Bill of Ridgeland, Mississippi; and by numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, his hard-working, dedicated office staff and managers; and his many, many friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Walter, and a brother, Ned, and his mother- and father-in-law, Corrine and H.B. Pete McCarter.
Eileen Marcia Roa, age 57, of Roswell who passed Monday, November 6, 2000 in an Albuquerque hospital. Resurrection Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 9, 2000 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. A Franciscan Priest will officiate. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery. Eileen was born on June 26, 1943 in Michigan to Jorge and Anna dela Rosa. She married Victor Roa in Roswell on February 9, 1991, he survives her at the family home; other survivors include her mother, Anne Rosa of Dearborn, MI; five sons, David Leonard Blair and his wife, Darlene of Roswell, Paul Alan Blair and his wife, Kelly of Norton, OH, Lawrence Roger Blair and wife, Kim of Akron, OH, Donald Christopher Blair and wife, Chrissy of Akron, OH and Stephen Michael Roa of Roswell, NM; three daughters, Judith Anne Marie Blair and Mariano Morones and Jessica Lynn Roa all of Roswell, Loreen Beth Goers and her husband, Kenneth of Albuquerque; one brother, Jorge dela Rosa and wife, Arlene of Elizabethtown, PA; four sisters, DeAnne Wolf and husband, Roman of Los Lunas, Marianne dela Rosa, of Dearborn MI, Cecelia Miller and husband, Raymond of Plymouth, MI and Ana O’Brien of Las Vegas, NM; and many beloved nieces, nephews and friends. Eileen was employed at the Toles Learning Center at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell for 12 years in tech services and a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church.
George B. “Robbie” Robbins, retired Colonel, U.S. Army, died on Tuesday morning Aug 28. 2018 at his home in Oak Harbor. He was born Oct. 20, 1923 in Lankershum, CA. He graduated from Point Loma High School in San Diego in January 1942, and afterward he was a junior college cadet at Brown Military Academy in Pacific Beach, CA. He later received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and a Master of Business administration from George Washington University. Robbie served 30 years in the U.S. Army. He served as an Infantry platoon leader with the 29th Infantry Division in Europe during World War II. During the Korea conflict, he served as a rifle company commander in the 2nd Infantry Division. He then served as Senior Advisor to the 25th ARVN Division in Vietnam. He was a Master Parachutist who saw service with the 11th, 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions and the XVIII Airborne Corps. His military education included graduation from the Army Command and General Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (War College level) and the U.S. Army Language School (Spanish). He retired from the Army in 1973 at the age of 49. Subsequently, he was hired by the State of New Mexico to serve as the Commandant of Cadets at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. He served in that capacity for five years. For the next 15 years, he was employed by the Airstream Recreation Vehicle Company as a leader, and later, as director of its program for operating RV caravans traveling throughout Mexico, Central America, Canada and Alaska. Over the years, Robbie enjoyed membership in the Lions, Elks, Rotary and WBCCI. He is survived by his wife of 68 years Betty Ann; daughter Joy Pearson; grandson Scott Pearson; granddaughter Diana (Matt) Eberhardt; and great grandsons Luke & James Eberhardt.
John C. Robbins, SFC, U.S. Army Retired, age 74, a resident of Los Lunas for 14 years, passed away on Friday, December 9, 2005. John was born in DuBois, PA on January 30 to Elva Lee Ann Robbins. He served 23 years as an Infantryman and was a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam wars. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1969. He then became a Military Science Instructor at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM and retired from there in 1989 after 17 years of service. He is preceded in death by his wife Nellie May and son Tim both in 1990. He is survived by his son John C. Robbins with daughter Amber Rose of Arvada, CO; son Steven Guy Robbins and wife Alana and their children Jared James, Jacob Colby, and Joelle BriAnne of Bosque Farms, NM; daughter Carrie Lynn and husband Jeff Hull and their children Courtney Lynn, Chelsey Lauren and Caleb Lawrence of Scottsdale, AZ; son Eric Hunter Robbins and his girlfriend Denise Sandy of Albuquerque, NM. John is also survived by his brothers Leroy H. Kurten and wife Joanne of Ransonville, NY; James Kurten and wife Donna of Rochester, NY; and sisters Janet Crosswaite and her husband Jack of Enfield, NC; Dorothy (Dottie) Wilt of Erie, PA; and many nieces and nephews. John was very proud of his family and loved to laugh with his grandchildren. John was a proud born-again Christian and longed for the day when he could fly to his Savior, Jesus Christ and dance with his beloved wife, Nellie, whom he loved and missed immensely these last 15 years. John was always encouraging, never complained, and ever-ready with advice. He always greeted everyone with a smile and a warm handshake, and in parting always said, “Take care of each other.” His family now assures him, “We will, Dad. We will”. John’s generosity, warmth, and encouragement will be dearly missed. He was our Knight in Shining Armor.
Pablo S. “Paul” Rodriguez went to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 14th. He was born in Cotulla, Texas on September 5, 1931, to Pedro and Eufemia Rodriguez, Sr. He was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather who will be deeply missed. He was married to his wife, Mary for 67 years. He devoted himself to not only his family but his career with ARA Food Service Company from 1950-1998. He retired as the Food Service Director for the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. Paul was an Honorary Lifetime Member of the New Mexico Military Alumni Association and a Trail Rider. Paul was preceded in death by his parents; seven of his siblings; his son, Paul Rodriguez, Jr.; and his grandson, Frankie Hidalgo, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Maria (Mary) Luisa Rodriguez; his children, Hilda (Frankie) Hidalgo of Cypress, Texas; Roy Rodriguez (Claudia) Rodriguez of San Antonio; Grace (Gary) Holmes of Chilhowie, Virginia; grandchildren, Joe Rodela, Gia (Alajandro) Ramirez, Mark Rodriguez, Javier (Tiffany) Hidalgo, Ashley Rivas, Laura Rodriguez, Leah Neaves Lopez, Jonathan S. Neaves, and Michael A. Rivas; and great grandchildren, Angelina Garcia, Miguel Garcia, Jr., Kayden Garcia, Grayson Hidalgo, and Sawyer Hidalgo.
Lenora Hardage Rogers, 77, of Roswell, passed away peacefully on April 17, 2011, in her home. Lenora was born on June 25, 1933, in Westville, OK, to Louis and Mamie (Pack) Hardage, who preceded her in death. Lenora was one of seven sisters who grew up in Roswell. She graduated from Roswell High in 1951 and was married to Don E. Rogers on Aug. 9, 1952. Lenora is survived by her children: David (Susan) Rogers of Tacoma, WA, Nancy (Randy) Benedict of Galloway, Ohio, and Patricia Strassle of Spring, Texas. She is also survived by her sisters: Leola McLemore, Lola Evans, Lois Brown, Levena (Daniel) Dean, all of Roswell, Lila Stevens and Linda Schnaible of Las Cruces. Lenora was a loving grandmother to Loren (Jerry) Thomas of Haughton, LA, Jeremy Benedict of Galloway, OH, Beth (Matt) Poling of Hilliard, OH, Phillip (Belinda) Strassle of Spring, TX, Michael (Tonya) Strassle of Conway, AR, Bryon and Melissa Rogers of Tacoma, Wash. She was a doting great-grandmother to Jaimen and Jax Thomas of Haughton, LA. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Mary Rogers of Roswell, and brother-in-law Jackie Rogers of Navajo Dam and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don; brothers-in-law: Bobby Stevens, Bill Evans, Tom Brown, John McLemore; and niece, Lisa Stevens. Lenora and Don were avid bowlers. Leonora bowled for a Diamond A team for many years and was awarded Senior Bowler of the year 2001-2010. She and Don also bowled on the Elks League team for many years. Lenora and Don belong to the Gourmet Club making many new friends. They loved traveling to visit their families and she especially loved the “Vegas trips” with her sisters. Lenora was a homemaker before working at the New Mexico Military Institute, Anderson Oil Co., Diamond A Cattle Co., and she retired from the Roswell Independent School District. Lenora’s passion was gardening and cultivating and showing her iris. She was a member of the Pecos Valley Iris Society, was president of the Pecos Garden Club and Secretary of the Morning Garden Club. She competed and won many ribbons with the iris from her garden. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Sheryl Harkey and Adrianna Varillo of Roswell Hospice for their devoted care.
Dr. Roger Rush died peacefully in his home in Eugene, Oregon on August 11, 2016, after a valiant struggle with multiple cancers. He had just celebrated his 81 st birthday in July. Roger Bill Rush was born in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, on July 11, 1935, to Agnes MacLachlan Rush and Ernest Blakely Rush. His two brothers, Ernest Blakely Rush, Jr. and Bobby M. Rush, were 10 and 12 years older respectively. Ernest, “Doogie”, was a prisoner of war in World War II. During that time, Bobby was stationed in France. Their absence would greatly impact Roger’s early years as Ernest and Agnes’ one remaining son. From his earliest memories, Roger knew his calling was to be a musician and teacher. He was even leading his own rhythm band at the age of six. He would eventually replace his childhood rhythm instruments with drums and a drum set. In the ninth grade, he began playing with professional groups in the southern Oklahoma area. Roger was drum major of his high school band and would substitute for the band director when he was away. Roger had a keen interesting in the music of Stan Kenton and the Dave Brubeck Band and shared it with eager audiences in Tishomingo and surrounding areas. His interest turned to brass instruments while continuing to play gigs in dance bands. He taught himself how to play the euphonium and earned a chair in the Oklahoma All-State Band throughout his high school years. After his first two years at East Central State College in Ada, Oklahoma (now East Central University), he transitioned from euphonium to trombone. Years later, while still continuing to freelance as a percussionist and low-brass performer, he settled on the French horn as his favorite performance instrument. Roger married Jo Elizabeth Norton in 1957, at the beginning of his senior year in college. It was during this time he also began his first full-time teaching job as band director in Allen, Oklahoma. In just three short years he brought the band up to superior ratings in state contests. It was during his time as band director at Allen High School that the couple’s first child, Teri, was born in Ada. Roger taught elementary through high school music and directed the bands in the Atoka School District. Their second child, Michael, was born in Atoka. It was here that Roger came to be known in Oklahoma for his ability to “work magic” with high school bands. Four years later, he was invited to North Texas State University in Denton, Texas, where he was awarded the position of teaching assistant for low brass instruments. It was here he also earned his Master of Music in Music Education. Roger’s first college teaching job was in 1965 at the New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) in Roswell, New Mexico, where he quickly earned the rank of Major, followed by Lieutenant Colonel. It was during these years in Roswell that the family welcomed their third child, David. Roger’s musical genius was evidenced in the creation and expansion of the music program at NMMI to include the first cadet drum and bugle corps, and inventive, new marching band maneuvers. He also directed the Cadet Choir. He had a keen, gifted memory for Music History and taught Music History classes at NMMI. He was active as a vocalist and soloist in the First United Methodist Church choir. While at NMMI, Roger developed a love for flying and began teaching ground school classes in exchange for air hours. Later, while teaching at McMurry College (now University) in Abilene, Texas, and later at McLennan Community College, Roger flew to some college recruiting interviews with high school students. His continuing education included classes at the University of Colorado, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, the University of Texas, and the Peabody Music Conservatory. He conducted numerous church choirs, adjudicated music contests all over the Midwestern United States, designed marches, conducted and performed in countless musicals, wrote hundreds of band, brass, and choral arrangements, taught thousands of private lessons, established community bands, and played in city symphonies in Roswell, New Mexico and Waco, El Paso and Dallas, Texas, while he and Jo continued to raise their three children. He used flying to relax, as well as playing golf, sailing his catamaran, and riding his motorcycle. These topics were always instant conversation starters for him. Roger took an early retirement from McLennan Community College following a particularly hot Texas summer in 1991 and moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado. In his retirement he continued to golf and did a lot of snow skiing. He also started a new band and choir program at St. Mary’s High School in Colorado Springs, and founded the community wind ensemble known as The Little London Winds. In 2001, Roger moved to Eugene, Oregon, to join a friend from high school, Linda Umphers Sherman, and spent his last 15 years as her companion. He was able to partake of the scenic beauty of the Northwest by “jockeying” huge RVs back and forth throughout the area (he even drove one once from Florida to Oregon), and he made many friends along the way. He played French Horn in the Eugene Symphonic Band, where he eventually served as director. Then, as an expression of his love and deep appreciation of British brass band music, he founded the Oregon Brass Society in 2003. Upon his retirement from the Oregon Brass Society, the band graciously gifted him with a trip to England to see and hear several famous brass band competitions. He was also honored at anniversary celebrations for the bands he founded in Waco and Roswell. The mayor of Waco declared May the 3rd as Roger Rush Day during the 30 th anniversary concert of the Waco Community Band in 2011. Roger was honored to be invited to attend the 2014 NMMI Homecoming and proudly conducted the marching band on the football field. During his courageous and difficult struggles with cancer, hundreds of well-loved former students and friends contacted him to express their affection and gratitude not only for his musical influence in their lives, but also the influence of his deeply cherished Christian faith. He was a good, caring, loving man who used his earthly time and talents with love, dedication, and devotion. He touched the lives of thousands of students, colleagues, and friends, and his legacy of love and beautiful music will live on in the lives of many for years to come. He is survived by daughter, Teri Lorraine Rose, and husband Steve, of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and granddaughter Erin Wallis; son Michael Rush, and wife Summer, of Waco, Texas, and grandchildren Kathleen Rush, Kristine Rush, Margaret Rush, Max MacMaster and David A. Rush; son David W. Rush, and wife Peggy of Waco, Texas; four great grandchildren, Brandon, Wren, Stella-Roux, and Amir; former spouse Jo Poole; and life partner Linda Sherman.
John L. “Jack” Rust, Honorary Life Member passed away on 8 July 2012. Graduating in 1943 from Bloomington High School, he enlisted in the Army and later received his West Point appointment. At West Point, Rust became a Cadet Captain and company commander. He played football, lacrosse and was named the All-American lacrosse team in 1947, 1948 and 1949. Rust was inducted into the Army Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. After graduating 1949, he served in the 6th Armored Cavalry in Europe. He resigned his commission to go into business while continuing to serve in the United States Army Reserve and retired as a colonel in 1985. Rust’s love affair with New Mexico began in 1960 with an offer from Caterpillar Tractor to take over the dealership from R. L. Harrison. For over 42 years, he successfully led Rust Tractor Company. The generous spirit of “Happy Jack,” as he is affectionately known to his family has been exemplified by his many charitable contributions. In 1965, he led the first one million dollar campaign for the United Way. Rust and his wife Donna have been leading philanthropists in this community, making a variety of carefully considered gifts to such key New Mexico institutions as Presbyterian Hospital, Albuquerque Community Foundation, UNM, CNM and NDI-NM. A central theme of many of these gifts has been to enhance the education, health and ethical climate of our state. He was a world-class fly fisherman, a strong soldier, an old school business man and a collector of abandoned golf balls. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Donna; children, Julia, Jane, Amy, Kevin and John; ten grandchildren; also, brother-in-law Ron and wife, Nancy.
Retired Diplomat Nathan Rosenfeld, retired American diplomat, died of complications from Parkinson’s disease on December 28, 2007 at Burke Healthcare Center in Burke, VA. He was 85. Born in Montreal, Canada, Mr. Rosenfeld lived his early life in Herkimer, NY, before serving in the Army during World War II, where he was stationed in Europe. He re-enlisted in the USAF in 1946, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant while serving in Japan. He later taught at the New Mexico Military Institute and at Colegio Roosevelt in Lima, Peru, before becoming a diplomat for the United States. He served in the U.S. Information Agency in Ecuador, Uruguay (where he famously survived an attempt on his life), Brazil, Peru, and Costa Rica before retiring in 1987. He enjoyed literature, history, crossword puzzles, all kinds of music and movies, travel, sweets, tennis, bowling, gourmet food, and a good joke. Mr. Rosenfeld was buried with honors at Arlington National Cemetery on January 15. He is survived by Maria, his wife of 36 years, his daughters Stephanie and Yillah, two sons, and six grandchildren.
Saul G. Sanchez (employee) Saul passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. Saul was born in Roswell, March 7, 1973. He worked at Spring River, New Mexico Military Institute and the Roswell Country Club golf courses. He was the head golf professional at the Yoakum County Golf Course. He loved golf and he was an avid hunter, a not-so-good dancer and a diehard Denver Bronco fan. He had a wide array of friends and lifelong friendships and touched the lives of many. His is survived by his wife Betty; his three daughters, Seairra, Byanka and Eko; his father Bonifacio; his siblings, Bonifacio, Vonnie, Mike, Sonya Israel, Sergio, Nancy and Marisa; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mary F. Sharp staff member, 91, of Roswell, NM, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 10, 2018, with her family by her side. On November 21, 1926, Mary was born to Gladys Gayer and Albert Zentko in Libertyville, Indiana. Her first job was at Eli Lily Pharmaceuticals during World War II. Mary met and married Erminio Gonzales while he was stationed in Indiana. They had five children and celebrated sixty years of marriage. Erminio preceded her in death. After raising a family, Mary went back to work as a secretary at New Mexico Military Institute and then at Transportation Manufacturing Company until she retired in 1991. She was a secretary for the Fambrough Water Co-Op of Hagerman for twelve years. Mary was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone that needed it. After retirement, Mary handmade almost two hundred quilts that she gifted to family and friends. She was a huge baseball fan of the Diamondbacks. She was loved by many and will be greatly missed. At age eighty, Mary met and married George Sharp. They celebrated ten years of marriage. She shared his hobby by becoming a licensed amateur radio operator. George preceded her in death. Preceding Mary in death were both her parents: Gladys Gayer and Albert Zentko; son, David Gonzales; daughter, Helen Dobbs; brother, James Zentko; and sister, Elizabeth Simmons. Those left to eternally treasure and cherish Mary’s memory are her daughters: Marjie Sanders and husband, Tommy of Roswell, NM, Verlena Mercer of Roswell, NM, Eileen Mcalhany and husband, Roy of Irving, TX; brother, Albert Zentko of Crawfordsville, IN; and sister, Theresa Newport of Wallace, CA. Also left to cherish Mary’s memory are grandchildren: Ron Sanders of Albuquerque, Scott Arthur and Shayne Arthur both of Albuquerque, Karen Sanders of Roswell, and Monica Patterson of Roswell, Kelley Mcalhany of Georgia; seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Robert “Bob” Shaw was a natural athlete, excelling at all levels of football as a player and coach and making a mark in other sports, as well. Mr. Shaw earned numerous titles in his sports career, yet the ones he treasured most were “husband,” “father” and “grandfather.” Mr. Shaw died Saturday, April 10, 2011 at his home in Westerville, OH, after a brief illness at the age of 89. He was preceded in death by Mary, his beloved wife of 63 years. Mr. Shaw was born in Richwood, OH, on May 22, 1921. His parents were the late Fred and Lucy Shaw. Mr. Shaw’s athletic skill was evident as early as high school, when he lettered three times each in football, basketball and track at Fremont Ross High School. He was first team All-Ohio in both football and basketball and won the shot put and discus in the state track and field meet. The Little Giants inducted him into the Ross Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. At The Ohio State University, Mr. Shaw lettered twice in football under the legendary Paul Brown. Playing right end – on both offense and defense – Mr. Shaw was a member of the Buckeyes’ first NCAA National Championship team in 1942 and was named a first-team All American for that season. He also lettered in basketball and track, helping the Buckeyes to their first Western Conference track crown in 1942. But it was his exploits on the gridiron that earned Mr. Shaw a place in The Ohio State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996. Mr. Shaw served with the104th Infantry Division, earning a Bronze Star as the Timberwolf Division fought its way across Europe. He later completed his bachelor’s degree in education at Otterbein College (now Otterbein University) in Westerville, OH. Before shipping out, he married Mary Katherine Hawkins on January 22, 1944. Mr. Shaw liked to tell the story of how the pair had fallen in love at first sight when she showed him to his seat at the Columbus movie theater where Mary worked as an usher. Mr. Shaw’s National Football League career began in 1945, as he returned from the war and joined the Cleveland Rams. The Rams notched a World Championship in Mr. Shaw’s rookie year. In the off-season, he played for the Toledo Jeeps of the old National Basketball League. Among his NFL accomplishments, Mr. Shaw: “”Was football’s first tight end, a position created by Head Coach Clark Shaughnessey of the Rams in 1949.”” Set the record for most touchdown passes (5) caught in one game on October 2, 1950, playing for the Chicago Cardinals against the Baltimore Colts. His record was tied 31 and 40 years later, but has never been bested. “”Led the league in touchdowns scored (12) during the 1950 season. Also in 1950, he was named an All-Pro and played in the first NFL Pro Bowl.”” Was receivers coach for the Colts in 1958 when they won the World Championship in what has been called “”The Greatest Game Ever Played.”” After Chicago, Mr. Shaw headed north to play for the Calgary Stampeders and Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. In Calgary, he added place kicking to his repertoire and set a CFL scoring record. When it came time to hang up his cleats, Mr. Shaw returned to his roots in Ohio, where he coached high school programs in Washington Court House and Cuyahoga Falls. It wasn’t long before the pros sought him out, however, and he headed for Baltimore with Mary and their 5-year-old son, Webb. In Baltimore, daughter Amy joined the family and the lineup was set. Professional coaching families tend to lead nomadic lives, and the Shaws were no exception. Bob Shaw’s pro coaching career included stints as receivers coach with the Colts, the San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears, the first New Orleans Saints coaching staff and the Buffalo Bills, and as head coach with the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders, Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats, where Mr. Shaw was named CFL Coach of the Year in 1976. Mr. Shaw was also head coach and athletic director at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell in the early 1960s and, after leaving pro football, returned to Otterbein as head coach from 1985 to 1987. Continuing his multi-sport focus, Mr. Shaw also served a turn as the Ohio talent scout for the New York Yankees after leaving pro football. Mr. Shaw is survived by his son, Webb Shaw of Fremont, WI (Catherine); daughter, Amy Shaw of Columbus, OH (Steven Hayes); grandchildren, Erica (Shaw) Sheets, Lindsay (Shaw) Davis and Dakota Hayes; and two great-grandchildren.
U.S. Army Major William Miller Shaw, II, (Ret.) age 66, of Hollis, NH passed away on Monday, October 26, 2015 in Charlottesville, VA. He was born on November 16, 1948 in Wilmington, DE, son of the late Benjamin F. Shaw, II and Lillian Louise (Bell) Shaw. Maj. Shaw graduated from Fort Union Military Academy in Fort Union, VA. He attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA where he participated in the ROTC program. After graduation, he proudly served in the U.S. Army for 20 years, retiring in 1993. Maj. Shaw then began a new career utilizing his degree in Economics as an Instructor at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. Maj. Shaw volunteered much of his time with the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. He also loved writing, was interested in learning about theology and enjoyed being around his four Springer Spaniels. Maj. Shaw will be remembered as an exceptional husband to his wife Carol, a wonderful uncle and a great dad to his four Springer Spaniels. In addition to his parents, Maj. Shaw was preceded in death by his brother, Benjamin Franklin Shaw, III in 1994. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Carol Louise (Nelson) Shaw; a nephew, David Franklin Shaw and his wife Jessica of Verona, VA; a niece, Renna Marie Shaw of Ireland; and a great niece, Natalie Shaw of Verona, VA.
COL Robert “Bob” H. Schulz, USA (Ret), died Feb. 2, 2014, in Colorado Springs. He was born June 2, 1916, in Pleasant Valley to Mr. and Mrs. Reinhardt Schulz, previously deceased. He graduated from high school in Davenport and received a bachelor and master degrees from the University of Iowa. He entered the Army in 1941 and served his country for 28 years as an infantry officer and Army aviator. He participated in the Normandy Invasion of World War II, and received the nation’s second highest award, the Distinguished Service Cross, and The Silver Star for valor while serving with the 90th Division in Europe. He was honored by France on the 50th anniversary of the Normandy D-Day invasion, by being flown to France, at their expense, and being seated with the Prime Minister and Minister of Defense for the celebration. Col. Schulz retired from the Army in 1969 and moved with his wife, Leone, to Roswell, N.M., and served a Commandant of Cadets at New Mexico Military Institute from 1969-1971. He was director of Roswell Red Cross from 1971 to 1986. He also taught economics and geography for 10 years at Eastern New Mexico University in Roswell. He was a member and past president of the Roswell Sertoma Club. He married Leone Ruth Smith of Melcher, Iowa, in September 1938. She preceded him in death on Feb. 21, 1981. They had four sons, Robert H. Schulz Jr. of Castle Rock, Colo.; Dutch D. Schulz of Colorado Springs; Douglas J. Schulz of Wetscliffe, CO, and David R. Schulz, now deceased. On July 17, 1982, he married Marjorie A. Allen of Roswell, N.M. She preceded him in death on March 6, 2011. He is survived by three sons, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Lonzie Singleton, age 90, who peacefully went home to be with the LORD on Thursday, May 1, 2014, after a short illness at home. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Luerenzie Singleton, son; Lonell Singleton, grandchildren; Ida Mae Dixon, Tanessa LaNea Singleton, Jeremy Singleton, great grandchildren; Tacorey Singleton, Jennessa Singleton, Tyrone Singleton, and six sisters and five brothers. He is survived by his 13 children, 49 grandchildren, 82 great-grandchildren, and 38 great-great-grandchildren. He was born in Isla, Texas, where he spent the first 34 years of his life until he became a resident of Roswell, NM, in 1956. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and was at Pearl Harbor when it was bombed. He worked at the New Mexico Military Institute for 32 ½ plus years and retired with great affection for his place of employment and their affection for him through many changes of guard. His most important decision in life was to love the LORD, his family, friends and country. He served the LORD faithfully and always encouraged others to give their lives to the one who is the Giver of Life. He did not have an easy life but he spoke of his life of being a good life. He was a kind, loving man and believed that GOD made everyone and everything. That belief carried him through until his life in the Kingdom began on May 1, 2014. He was a member of the Noonday Optimist Club and made many friends who remained in his life. He never met a stranger, for he was friendly to everyone he met. He was a father to anyone who needed to be fathered. He gave great advice but his greatest advice, was to treat people the way we wanted to be treated and he lived that advice. Our father has gone home to be with his LORD and our mother whom he spent 69 years together as man and wife. He was a great husband, father, friend and Child of Jesus. He is no longer imperfect but perfected in Christ Jesus. We shall miss him so terribly, but we are also happy beyond words for his joy in being with the Lord he loved all his life.
Tobe Darrell Smith 1968 – 2015 Tobe Darrell Smith, 47, of Boise and Amarillo, TX, passed away April 17, 2015 at his home in Canyon, TX. Tobe was born July 13, 1968, in Boise, Idaho to Darrell R. and Joan J. Smith. He was raised and educated in Kuna and Boise. His elementary school years were spent at Ross Elementary in Kuna. His family moved to Boise and he attended South Jr. High and graduated from Borah High in 1987. At a very young age, he was active in kid wrestling and freestyle. He wrestled freestyle for Lake Hazel Gray, winning many tournament championships. He won the Western States National Freestyle Championship in the 100lb. class in Kelso, Washington. In Jr. High School, he won three city championships. At Borah, during his Junior year, he was Regional and State Champion at 180 lbs. As a Senior he wrestled heavy weight and was Regional Champion and State runner-up. Tobe played football at Borah High in 1984 winning many awards and wearing #77, playing defensive tackle. He was first team All State his Senior year and received a full scholarship to the University of Idaho. After two years, he transferred to Idaho State, graduating with a BS degree in 1994. He started his coaching career at Blackfoot High School. Tobe had 25 years coaching with stints at Independence Kansas Community College, New Mexico Military Institute, and Western New Mexico University. He returned to Boise in 2001, coaching defense, was the defensive coordinator at Capital High, and taught health. In 2004, he became the head football coach at Twin Falls High. His team won the State Championship, beating Couer d’Alene in the finals. He went to Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher, Arizona as a defensive coordinator and finished his career at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX. Besides football and his love for his four nieces, Tobe had three passions: fishing, the New York Yankees, and the Dallas Cowboys. He would sit for hours in rain or snow, even after everyone else had left, trying to catch any size fish. And no derogatory remarks could ever be made about the Cowboys or the Yankees. This was a hot button. Tobe is survived by his parents, Darrell and Joan Smith of Boise; brothers, Dr. Jack (Vivian) Smith of Enumclaw, WA, and Kord (Jennifer) Smith of Fort Worth, TX; nieces, Megan (Dan) Anderson of Enumclaw, WA, Kallen Smith of Shoreline, WA, Alexis and Katherine Smith of Fort Worth, TX; uncle, Gregg Smith of Boise; and aunt, Jan Robison of Boise. He was preceded in death by both his maternal and paternal grandparents.
Nila Smith-Jaramillo passed away suddenly and tragically on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016. She will forever be missed.Those who knew Nila should be celebrating the love she always had to give during her brief time on this earth. Many of those she touched during her life are left empty but her impression on us will be everlasting. She will always be remembered for her warm smile, charisma and kind ways.Smith-Jaramillo, 38, was a lifelong resident of Roswell. At an early age, she learned the importance of being there for family and friends. Anyone who knew Nila, knew they could count on her. She had a unique sense of humor and her smile would light up a room.Nila worked for several years as an executive assistant at New Mexico Military Institute, where she made many lifelong friends. Nila was an adventurous soul who loved traveling and music, but most of all she loved nothing more than being with her children. Nila is survived by her loving husband Adam Jaramillo, 38, and beloved children, Adam Joshua Jaramillo, 15, Cara Nicole Jaramillo, 14, and Zeke Silas Jaramillo, 2. She is also survived by her sister Cigi Smith, many aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws who cared for her very much.She is preceded in death by her mother, Laura Lorraine Reneau and her father Lowell Howard Smith.
Thomas A. Souter (NMMI Employee) passed away on 6 May 2013. Souter graduated from Taylor County High School in 1947. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from Florida State University in 1951. During the Korean War Souter served in the U.S. Army, 1st Calvary Division, 7th Cavalry Regiment, from 1951-1954, with the rank of Sergeant. Following his military service he attended graduate school at Florida State University and received a master’s degree in library science in 1957. Souter then worked for four years at Florida State University Library. From 1960-1962 he was head librarian at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. For fourteen years he worked at the Indiana University Libraries in Bloomington, IN, first as Head of the Circulation Department and then as Assistant Director for General Services, Associate Director of Libraries for Virginia Tech, Dean of Libraries for Troy State University, where he retired in 1995. Souter served as a Boy Scout leader and was selected for membership in the Order of the Arrow. He is survived by his wife, Jean; his son, Charles; four grandsons; and a granddaughter; four great- grandchildren.
Richard C. “Lefty” Stecklein, 63, of Roswell, NM, passed away Saturday, June 18, 2005, at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, Roswell. Lefty was born on April 19, 1942, in Hays to Richard Carl and Mary Ann Stecklein. On June 22, 1966, Richard married Patricia Prichard in Denver. She survives him at the family home. Lefty graduated from St. Mary High School in Colorado, in 1962. He was also a 1967 graduate of Southern Colorado State College were he was a standout football player. Lefty moved to Roswell 33 years ago to start his coaching career at New Mexico Military Institute in 1973 as the assistant Bronco football coach and the Colt’s head wrestling coach. Lefty became the Bronco head football coach in 1976. Within seven years of his start at New Mexico Military Institute he became the athletic director. For 32 years he was honored at NMMI for his coaching. In those years, 25 of it was spent as the athletic director. He was the longest tenured athletic director in the history of New Mexico Military Institute. Lefty was also recently honored as an honorary alumnus at NMMI. Lefty was a member of Assumption Catholic Church. He was loved by everyone who knew him and he will be dearly missed. Lefty is survived by his father, Richard Carl Stecklein and Mary Ann Stecklein of Arvada, Colo. his wife, Patricia Stecklein, Roswell daughters, Kimberly Halsted and her husband, Jonathan, Roswell, and Kris Lynn Oden and husband, Brent, Lubbock, Texas brothers, Bob Stecklein and wife, Lou Ellen, Colorado City, Colo., Ronnie Stecklein and wife, Charolette, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Denny Stecklein and wife, Lynn, Denver sister, Sharon Pebble and husband, Kendall, Grand Junction, Colo. grandchildren, Taylr Oden, Hallie Oden and Holden Halsted, nieces and nephews, Amber Stecklein, Willow Pebble, Aspen Pebble, Gary Pedersen, Jon Pedersen and Brett Stecklein, Kerry Campbell, Trace Campbell, and Sean Campbell. A million times we’ve needed you. A million times we’ve cried. If love alone could’ve saved you, You never would have died. In life we loved you dearly, In death we love you still. In our hearts we hold a place, No one else will ever fill. It broke our hearts to lose you, But you didn’t go alone. Part of us went with you, The day God took you home.
Maj. David E. Stock Born Sept. 5, 1954, in Cleveland, died March 10, 2009, in Roswell, peacefully in his sleep. “There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.” We say, “Once a Marine, Always a Marine,” but David Stock was the rare exception. He was born a Marine, and had to wait a little to grow up, until he could go through boot camp. His mother, Donna, told that at the young age of 5, he desperately wanted his BB gun, and around 10, his Christmas wish list had grown already to 13 guns of all kinds, including cap guns and other models she managed to find for him. The future Marine lived now in Akron, N.Y., with his parents and younger siblings, Karen and Don, whom he adored and felt very protective of. David’s childhood was filled with adventures in the wilderness of upstate New York. He learned to become a muskrat trapper and a hunter with his beagle basset-mix “Muley.” His passion for the outdoors, nature and hunting would stay with him for all his life. During his school break, he would enjoy the life on the farm of his Uncle Bill Stock, Aunt Alice and their children. After an excursion with the Sea Cadets at age 15, he graduated from high school in 1972. He had during his high school time excelled in Greco-Roman wrestling and shot up to 6.5 feet. His friends said he could have easily become a bully, but he always was protective and kind to the ones who were weaker than he. And, when his best friend Stanley broke his back, everybody could see what David was made of. According to Stanley Barone’s mother, the young Stock was spending hours helping her with Stanley’s treatment. She wept as she described David as close to her as her own son. Unfortunately, they would loose the battle to keep Stanley alive. Mature for his young age, David decided he would serve his country before entering college. He was 17 when he enlisted in the Marine Corps and his parents had to sign for him. Mr. and Mrs. Stock, David’s brother, Donald, and sister, Karen, traveled to Paris Island to attend Dave’s commencement from basic training and were proud of the honors he received as one of the top 10 in his platoon. After a short visit home, David joined the 2nd Battalion in Camp Lejeune, NC, where the training of his platoon started. They were training to be sent to Vietnam. On Dec. 20, 1973, a tragic accident happened and David broke his back in two places. Only a few people know what happened that day, as David never wanted to put himself in the limelight. When anybody would ask him, David always said that a roof caved in and he fell. To his family and wife, Christina Stock, he would tell the real story. At this time he was already a sergeant, and he was training with his people rappelling from the training tower, when one of his men slipped. David grabbed his hand and was pulled down with him. The other Marine was lucky and only broke his arm. David suffered severe injuries with his broken back that would take months in a stretcher to recover from. When he finally rolled out of the hospital in a wheelchair, he stood up and said, “”I’ll be damned, if I will end up in a wheelchair.”” He worked hard to recover, and recover he did, so well that he returned to finish his tour of duty. His platoon was, of course, already in Vietnam, and the Marine Corps assigned him to work at Camp Pendleton, N.C., where he would save quite a few Marines during basic training by pulling them out of the ocean during their training, when they could not reach the shore in full battle gear and were in danger of drowning. Every year one or more men were lost that way, but during David’s watch, not one perished. David always insisted he was a Vietnam-Era veteran; he never wanted to be mistaken for a Vietnam veteran. His biggest regret was that he was not with his men when they went into Vietnam. A fellow Marine lightened his shoulders once, when he said, “”You signed on the line. They sent you where you were needed.”” After his tour of duty, David returned to Akron, to regroup and achieve his college degree at Genessee Community College. With his degree in his pocket and channeling his ancestor John Wesley Powell, whom he wanted to follow in lifestyle and character, he set off west with his childhood friend, Stace Walker. With $20 between the two of them and a full gas tank in David’s beloved Roadrunner, they were ready for new adventures. David knew that his calling was to help people. With his Marine Corps background, he was gladly welcomed as assistant sheriff in Livingston County, N.Y., and then to the State Troopers in Lewiston, Idaho. David told his wife that he enjoyed it very much to be a State Trooper, but it was extremely hard for him, when he had to approach a family with the news that a loved one had died in an accident, or when he was called to a case of domestic violence and saw scared children suffering. One incident haunted him forever. He was on duty on Christmas Eve, when he was called to the site of a car accident. The driver was a young college girl coming home for the holidays, who was instantly killed. He told his family that the back of the car was filled with wrapped Christmas presents. He had to go to the family that night and tell them the tragic news. A deeply faithful Christian, David Stock felt that God wanted him to reach a new goal in his life. Challenged by dyslexia, he felt the calling to become a teacher. For this, he felt he needed bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Now David did not come from a rich background, so he needed to find a profession that would give him time to work on his education, but also gave him enough money to afford it. Becoming a firefighter was the answer, and in 1984, he made his dream come true. He achieved his bachelor’s and a year later his master’s degree in law enforcement at Washington State University. In 1985, he was selected as one of the country’s most outstanding campus leaders by the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges because of his academic achievements, community service, leadership in extra-curricular activities and potential for continued success. David was now ready to break into the teaching profession. After having his first experiences in Nebraska, David was invited in 1989 to start at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, the first Justice Department program on college level. David Stock built this program up by himself and students were soon flocking into his class to learn from a Master of Education. He always said, “”A good teacher is a good entertainer.”” In David Stock’s classroom, no student ever fell asleep and if he did catch someone dozing off in exhaustion, he would send him to his room (instead of making him march) to sleep and be alert the next time. It never happened with anyone twice. All his students wanted Major Stock to be proud of them. The students worked with David Stock in the Drug Awareness Program for the Elks Lodge 969 of Roswell, and achieved highest honors that year, 1995-1996. David was elected as teacher of the year by the students of NMMI and he was always so proud following their careers after they graduated. Many of them stayed in contact with him over the years. They became Marines, state troopers, police officers and military advisers in Washington, D.C. In 1997, David’s severe back injury he suffered in the Marine Corps finally caught up with him. With a heavy heart, he resigned from his beloved teaching and retired. His last adventure and, perhaps, his most adventurous would begin soon. After enjoying his retirement for a year – he thought it was enough laziness –
COL William C. “Bill” Tarter, NMMI (Ret), 80, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at a local hospital. Bill was a loving husband, special big brother, adoring dad, and a ‘Pappa’ that will forever be in the hearts of his grandchildren. He was a wonderful uncle and father -in-law who had a way of making you feel like a special part of the family. We will miss his unique humor and witty remarks, such as “Pardon me while I roll my eyes.” As soon as he met someone, it wasn’t long before he gave them a quirky nickname. He could often be seen on the tennis courts, riding his bicycle, or walking his beloved dog, Daisy (the little dip). Bill was born on Nov. 12, 1930, in Snyder, Texas, to C. W. and Roy Carmichael Tarter. He married Mary Beth Morgan in Big Spring, Texas, on Sept. 1, 1950. Bill was a graduate of McMurry College in Abilene, Texas, and later received his master’s degree from ENMU in Portales. He served in the U. S. Coast Guard for four years. Bill was an educator spending most of his time at New Mexico Military Institute, where he was the swim coach, athletic director, taught physical education, bicycling, scuba diving and kayaking. In his own words,’the fun stuff.’ Bill touched and influenced numerous young people’s lives – many that have remained in touch through the years. Bill was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow. He was a professional in Boy Scouting for 13 years, camp director at Wehinahpay, Aquatics Camp director in Carlsbad, director of the Buffalo Trails Scout Ranch in the Davis Mountains in Texas, and served on the National Jamboree Aquatics staff. Bill was an active member of First United Methodist Church for 45 years. He was a past member of Kiwanis, Optimist Club, and a current member of the Roswell Elks Lodge 969. He served as past president of the N.M. Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. He volunteered at the Red Cross as a water safety instructor. For several years, he played tennis in the Senior Olympics. In addition to his wife, Mary Beth, Bill is survived by his sons, Curt Tarter and his wife, Sue, of Roswell, Steve Tarter and his wife, Dorothy, of Roswell, daughter Tamara Fresquez and her husband, Ken, of Roswell; grandchildren: Tashina Lilley and her husband, Tim, of Midland, Texas, Dylan Tarter and his wife, Alex, of Lubbock, Texas, Alexandra Fresquez and Elizabeth Fresquez, both of Roswell; and his sister, Joan Wood, and her husband, Jerry, of Abilene, Texas. Bill Tarter was an incredible human being and monumental figure in our lives. He will be sorely missed on this Earth, but the stars will certainly shine brighter in the heavens above.
Billy Jack Taylor, 76, passed on Monday, January 9, 2017, after a lengthy illness. His devoted wife, Margaret Aileene Good Taylor and other family members were at his side, loving and supporting him into the arms of his Savior. Billy Jack was born on February 27, 1941, in Portales, New Mexico to his father, Osburn Taylor and his mother, Eula Capp Taylor. Both are buried in Portales, New Mexico. Billy has a brother, Eldeen Taylor, who currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, and his sister, Laverne Taylor Blaylock, who resides in Los Lunas, New Mexico. Billy Jack and Aileene married on July 12, 1969, and had two children. Billy’s pride and passion was his family. His son, Eric Dean Taylor and his finance, Pamela Roberts, reside in Roswell, New Mexico. Billy’s daughter, Kellie Taylor Morgan and her husband, Jimmy Morgan, also reside in Roswell, New Mexico. If you wanted to put a smile on Billy’s face, all you had to do was talk to him about his grandchildren and great-grandchildren who were coming for a visit. His grandchildren are: Nicolas Dean Taylor and Eric Dean Taylor, Jr of Roswell, New Mexico; Kyla Morgan and her Fiance, Shadduc York; Krysta “Kryssie” Morgan and her Fiance, Joseph Espinoza of Roswell, New Mexico; great-grandchildren: Karlee Morgan, R’ia Morgan, Kristopher York and Jimmy York of Roswell, New Mexico. Billy honorable served as an Air Police Officer for six years in the United States Air Force. After his discharge from the service, Billy continued to serve his community with honor by becoming an Albuquerque Police officer for five years. His desire to serve continued when he joined the New Mexico State Police and retired with over twenty-five years of service. After his retirement, Billy became a Police Officer with the New Mexico Military Institute and a District Manager for Burns Security in Roswell, New Mexico. Many people say a hero wears a cape. To his family, friends and the community, our Hero wore a military uniform and a police officer’s uniform and badge.
Ernest J. Tricarico Sr, 77, passed away on Saturday, December 23, 2017. On August 6, 1940, Ernest was born to Richard Tricarico and Rose Tricarico in Brooklyn, NY. Upon graduating from High School, Ernest continued his education and received a Bachelor’s Degree. He worked at New Mexico Military Institute and later moved on to work as a teacher. In retirement, Ernest started going to the Joy Center and Senior Circle, where he enjoyed playing dominoes and cards. His engaging personality and jokes always kept his family and friends laughing. His favorite things to do were watching TV and eating out. As a family oriented man, Ernest loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ernest’s spirit, smile, and presence will be dearly missed by his friends and loved ones. Those left to cherish Ernest’s memory are his daughters: Corina and husband, Randy, Candy and husband, Orvel Burch, Angie and husband, Nick Whited; sons: Dean and wife, Rhonda Wilson, Chris and wife, Teri Tricarico; daughter-in-law, Melissa Tricarico; and numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Preceding Ernest in death were his wife, Betty Tricarico; son, Rod Tricarico; parents: Lawrence Tricarico and Rose Tricarico; sisters: Mary Ann, Marjorie, Carol; and great-grandson, Casey Delay.
Ray McKinley Toon, 55, passed away Wednesday, March 2, 2011, in Rio Rancho. He was born April 15, 1955, in Alamogordo to Theodore Dudley and Joan Margaret (McKinley) Toon. Ray served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was controller of New Mexico Military Institute under the rank of captain. He graduated from New Mexico State University with a degree in accounting and was a certified public accountant. He was employed with EMCORE Corp. as a controller. He was preceded in death by his parents Ted and Joan Toon; his brother Randall Toon; and grandparents Eber and Beatrice McKinley, and Ted T. Edna Toon. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Glenda (Price) Toon, of the family home; a daughter, Tandra Ruth Toon, of Dallas; sisters Donna G. Toon, of Weaver, Ala., and Rebecca Toon; brother Michael A Toon; aunt and uncle, Rodney (Mildred) Toon, of Alamogordo, and Ruth Whittaker, of Virginia; and many cousins across the U.S. Funeral services for Ray McKinley Toon will be 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 7, 2011, at Grace United Methodist Church with the Rev. Harry Riser officiating. Masonic services will be conducted by Sacramento Lodge No. 24 A.F. & AM. Ray had been a Master Mason for 32 years and a member of Sacramento Lodge.
LtCol Joseph Frederick Tuso, USAF (Ret) 67, of passed away on February 4 after a 2-1/2 year courageous battle with melanoma. We know with his strong faith, he has now won the fight and is at home with his Savior. He was born November 2, 1933 in Oak Park, Illinois. He received his undergraduate degree from Don Bosco Seminary in New Jersey and his masters and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. He also received an MBA from Georgia College. He served in the United States Air Force from 1955 to 1976 and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1976 from the Air Force Academy. He then served as Chairman of the English & Foreign Language Department at Georgia College, the head of the English Department of New Mexico State University, Division Chairman at USAO in Chickasha, Oklahoma, and Academic Dean and Professor of English at New Mexico Military Institute, where he retired in 1995. He served in Vietnam from May 68 to May 69 where he flew 170 combat missions in Southeast Asia as a weapons systems officer in the F4D Phantom. He published articles in numerous scholarly journals, among them a study of Old English dialectal vocabulary. He wrote a translation of Beowulf and Singing the Vietnam Blues that is a compilation of songs of the Air Force in Southeast Asia. He volunteered at Seton Catholic High School in Chandler, Arizona, and he loved traveling with his wife and family. He loved his life in the military and also on the golf course with his wife and friends! A Celebration of Life Memorial Service was held in Chandler, Arizona on February 5, 2001 at the Sunbird Clubhouse, and a Memorial Service and burial took place at the United States Air Force Academy Chapel in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Thursday, February 8. He is survived by his beloved wife Jean, his “Jeannie,” his mother Agnes Lindsay of Ft. Worth, Texas, his 5 daughters Ann Tuso Baxley of Marietta, GA., Mary Tuso Steelman of Milledgeville, GA., Lisa Tuso Lantz of Dallas, TX., Kathy Tuso Anderson of Park City, UT., and Josephine Tuso Key of Albuquerque, NM, his brothers Gerald and James Tuso, four son-in-laws, and his twelve grandchildren.
Dennis Dewey Vaughn, former NMMI staff member, 66, passed away with his family in Dexter as he went to his heavenly home on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018. Dennis was born June 2, 1951 in Hemet, CA, to Lee and Lucille Vaughn. He grew up in California and attended Santa Monica Community College. He went on to spend much of his life as an electrician and retired from New Mexico Military Institute. On Valentine’s Day 1980 he married Jeanie (Burns) Vaughn in Roswell, NM. They raised their girls in Dexter and his wife remains at the family home. Dennis loved to fish, often seen with a fishing pole in one hand and a diet Pepsi in the other. If he wasn’t fishing, he was chasing kids or grandkids around the state to practices, performances, games, or other youth events. He loved his family and dogs Max and Woofie. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Lucille Vaughn and his father-in-law Jim L Burns. Dennis was: Loving husband to Jeanie (Burns) Vaughn of Dexter; Brother to Judy Varela and husband David of Moreno Valley, CA; Lloyd Vaughn of Wendell, NC; Edward Vaughn and wife Karen of Garner, NC; Dad to Tammie Boyer (The 1st) and husband Paul of Las Vegas, NV; Dad to Kelli Loudermilk (The Favorite) and husband Jessie of Dexter, NM; Dad to Wendi Blake (no, I’m The Favorite) and husband DJ of Dexter, NM; Daddy to Vicki Vaughn (too bad I’m the Baby) and fiancé Gunnar Webb of Golden, TX; he loves us all equally, in four different ways. Granddaddy to Karina Boyer of Las Vegas, NV; Gran-Dad to Jessie Colton, Jimmy and Maggi Loudermilk, and Dan Dad to Molli Loudermilk of Dexter, NM; Granddaddy to Alyla, Kaylia, James, Haley, Graci, and Lillee Blake of Dexter, NM; Granddaddy to one on-the-way, Cayden Webb of Golden, TX; Uncle to many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews; Son-in-law to Barbara Burns Stinsen and husband Bob of Dexter, NM; Nephew to Aunt Veta Vaughn of Dexter whom he had a special place for in his heart.
Ronald H. Wade, 60, of Roswell, who passed away March 7, 2012. Ronald was born Dec. 11, 1951, in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada. He was preceded in death by his mother Betty, and brother Robert. Ronald married Marilyn Kaler on Feb. 28, 1972, in Glendale, Ariz. She survives him at the family home. He is also survived by his children, Tanya (Deneal) Jones, Tara (John) Rice, Trenton Michael Wade, Julie A. Wade, Tessa Clark and Tyler M. Wade; grandchildren, Leandra and Stefen Jones, Tehya, Tehvyn and Tahlya Rice, Mia and Tasia Wade, and Cameron Clark. Surviving relatives also include his stepfather Kenneth Wade; his sister Sheila Wade, of Silver Springs, Md.; and his in-laws Ted and Jean Kaler. Ronald served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in 1977, while he was stationed in Alaska. While in Alaska, Ron was a police officer with the Anchorage Police Department for 15 years, where he dedicated his life to the job he loved. After leaving the Anchorage Police Department, he created and owned Industrial Security Services, a security company with contacts all over Alaska. Ron’s love was working with kids and encouraging them to be the best they could be and instilling in them the drive for self-improvement and confidence. Ron coached youth league, high school and college football, and was chief umpire for the Alaska Little League. He brought those teams to many victories and he was proud of all his “kids.” He was also second-degree black belt in Renbukai Karate and was an instructor of various martial arts. Ron and Marilyn traveled to New Mexico in 2007, where they fell in love with the state and decided to make it their home. Ron was employed at New Mexico Military Institute as the self-defense instructor and also worked at the Godfrey Athletic Center. Ron dearly loved all his grandchildren who fondly called him “Poppa”. They were the joy of his life. He had mentored many young people in his life and loved working with his karate students at NMMI. He will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched.
Dr. Robert Thomas Wagner, 84, husband of Margaret Jeanette (Watson) Schnakenberg Wagner, died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007, at King’s Daughters’ Community Health and Rehab Center. He was born July 15, 1923, in Winona, Minn., a son of the late John J. and Elizabeth V. (Eisenmenger) Wagner. In 1941 Mr. Wagner enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve program and remained in the program until June 1943 at which point he was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy. He graduated with the class of 1946. His graduation ranking was in the upper one-third and his selection was Artillery. After completion of military schools at Ft. Sill and Ft. Bliss, he was ordered to the Panama Canal Zone, but within a month he returned to Ft. Benning for airborne training. He graduated from the Radar and Guided Missile School in Ft. Bliss in December 1950. From 1951 through 1953, he attended the University of Virginia under the Army’s Civil Schools Program where he obtained graduate degrees (a master’s degree and doctorate degree) in experimental nuclear physics. From graduate school he was ordered to Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory where he did research and development on nuclear weapons. In 1959 Tom resigned his commission and entered the U.S. Army Reserve in which he remained until 1983. In 1965 he took a two year leave of absence from the lab to return to St. Mary’s College in Minnesota where he was an associate professor of physics and assistant dean of men. In 1967 he was ordered to the Pentagon where he was chief of the Technical Developments Division. A one year tour was followed by an appointment as chairman of the physics department at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich. In 1975 he was selected to be dean of sciences and mathematics and professor of physics at the University of Southern Colorado, a position which he held until 1979. He then became academic dean at New Mexico Military Institute at Roswell, N.M., where he simultaneously taught physics and was a consultant to the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission until 1986 at which time he retired. In addition to his wife of 41 years, family members include an adopted son George Wagner of Green Bay, Wis.; a stepson Ronald Schnakenberg of Hot Springs, Va.; and a daughter Sara Jane Wagner of Las Cruces, N.M. He was preceded in death by a stepdaughter Margaret Lynne Noble; a brother; and a sister.
James W. Waldrip, age 89, passed peacefully at his home on November 20, 2018. He was born to Guilbert M. Waldrip and Helen Schmitz Waldrip in Healdton, Oklahoma on November 28, 1928, the youngest of three children. After graduating Healdton High School, Jim attended the University of Oklahoma where he lettered in track and baseball. Jim pitched for the 1951 College World Series championship team under the coaching of Jack Baer. Jim graduated OU in 1951 with a BS in Geology. He earned a master’s degree in Science Education from New Mexico State University and an Ed Specialist degree in School Administration from Eastern New Mexico University. He also completed graduate work in Physics at San Diego State and the University of New Mexico. Jim was offered a contract to play baseball for the NY Giants, but turned down the offer to enlist in the US Air Force in 1951. He served active duty during the Korean War. He completed Officer’s Candidate School and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in December 1952. He transferred to the US Air Force Reserves and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Jim married Joanne Kruse on December 20, 1952. Together they had four children. They came to Roswell in 1955 and began teaching with the Roswell Independent School District. Jim spent summers and weekends pitching in the Longhorn League alongside good friend Joe Bauman. Jim enjoyed time with friends, playing cards on Saturday evenings, golfing and taking road trips to visit his treasured grandchildren. Teaching and coaching kept Jim young, sharp and engaged. Jim spent 44 years teaching high school General Science, Biology and Astronomy for both Roswell and Goddard High Schools. He was the founding director of the Robert H. Goddard planetarium which opened in 1969. In the early 1970s, he was the Athletic Director and High School Principal for the New Mexico Military Institute. He taught astronomy at Eastern New Mexico University Roswell and Ruidoso campuses until retiring at 86 years old. He was a respected coach, leading 9 high school teams to State Championship victories. Two for Roswell High baseball in the 1960s and 7 state Championships for Goddard High golf in the 70s and 80s. Jim started the girl’s golf program at Goddard High in the 1980s. Through coaching and teaching, Jim mentored and touched the lives of many generations of students. Service to the Roswell community was a priority for Jim. He was a decades long member of the Roswell Rotary Club and recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow recognition. Only in his last two years did his perfect attendance wane. Through Rotary, he forged strong bonds in the community. Jim served on the Roswell Independent School Board from 2003-2016. He served on the ENMU-R Foundation Board from 2012 until his death. He was an unfailing advocate for strong public education and students. Jim’s life provided an example of how deep and personal and social fulfillment can come from commitment to service, high standards and strong ethics. Jim is predeceased by his parents, beloved wife JoAnne, brother Guilbert M. Waldrip, Jr, and his cherished sister Helen Waldrip Hunt. Survivors include daughters Suzie Waldrip of Roswell, NM; Deborah Teeter (Mike) of West Hills, CA; and Beth Waldrip of Albuquerque, NM; and his son Ted Waldrip (Myungsuk) of Grapevine, TX. He is also survived by six grandchildren Miren Urrea and Helena Urrea of Albuquerque, NM; Elizabeth Teeter and Michael Teeter of West Hills, CA; Wylie Waldrip and Mina Waldrip of Grapevine, TX as well as numerous nieces and friends.
Marvin Watts, 71, a former state senator, died Friday, May 2, 2003, at St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe. He was born April 6, 1932, in Portales to William Ellis and Jewel Holder Watts. He married his wife Mary on July 25, 1952, in the Baptist Bible Chair Chapel at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. The couple had three sons. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from ENMU. He also did advanced studies at Kansas State University and Oklahoma State University. He worked for Dow Chemical, New Mexico Military Institute, Southwest Potash, Amax and Eddy Potash. He also was active in the management of the family ranch, as well as a consultant for the potash industry. Earlier this year, Gov. Bill Richardson reappointed Watts to the Governors Blue Ribbon Task Force on Water. In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed him as the federal representative to the Pecos River Compact Commission. He served as vice president of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association from 1992-1995. He received the Albert K. Mitchell Award as Outstanding Republican of New Mexico in 1977.
Wanda Gay Webb, 88, who passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home on March 16, 2011. Wanda was born on March 2, 1923, in Morris, OK, to James H.L. (Fate) and Esther Clark Gay, who preceded her in death. She was predeceased also by three brothers. Wanda married Frank Webb. Jr., on June 20, 1948, in Albuquerque. He also preceded her in death. Wanda is survived by two sons, Jim Webb and his wife Judy, of Bellingham, WA, and Frank Webb and his wife Merrille, of Farmington; a daughter Sigrid Webb, of Roswell; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and her beloved dog Mikki J. Wanda was a secretary with New Mexico Military Institute. She was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.
Bill Wheeler, 75, went to be with our Lord, Thursday, December 1, 2016, at his home, surrounded by his family whom he loved very much. He was born to Dee and Olivia Wheeler, August 11, 1941, in Hagerman, NM. Bill had six sisters and one brother. Music was Bill’s first love. He began playing at a young age at high school dances. Bill was blessed to play with Roy Orbison. Over the years, he had his own bands, including the Pecos Valley Playboys. On June 7, 1963, Bill married the love of his life, Barbara. He was drafted into the United States Army where he proudly served his country as a Green Beret/Special Forces. He served two years in the Vietnam conflict. During his second tour in Vietnam, Bill was captured and held as a prisoner of war for a period of time. Despite the price Bill paid for his service, he once said he would do it all over again. When asked if he would do it again, knowing that he would be captured, he stated, “For my country, yes.” During his service, he received several medals, including: Vietnam Service Medal, two Purple Hearts, Distinguished Service Cross (Valor), Bronze Star, Silver Star, National Defense Medal, and Good Conduct Medal. Bill retired from the U.S. Army due to injuries sustained during his second tour. He was honorable discharged, holding the rank of SSG E6. Bill worked at Mazda of Roswell and later he had his own business, Bill’s TEXICO. He then went to ENMU Roswell campus, leaving there for a position at New Mexico Military Institute. During this time, he obtained a Bachelor Degree and finally retired. Bill was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles #3187, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Disabled American Veterans. Proceeding Bill in death was his father, Dee Wheeler; mother, Olivia Ann Robertson Wheeler; sisters: Annie, Juanita (Sissy), Loreda (Weedie), and Dorothy (Dot); brother, Dewayne Wheeler; one son, David Lee Newsom. Those left to cherish Bill’s memory are his wife, Barbara Wheeler; son, Steven Newsom of Roswell; sisters: Evia Adams of Arvada, CO, and Johnnie Albrecht of Roswell; sister-in-law, Ruthie Baughman – or as he called her, “Sister” and husband, Bill Baughman; brother-in-law, Cecil Huddleston and wife, Linda of Dallas, TX; daughter-in-law (Daughter), Melissa Newsom of Roswell; three grandchildren: Robbie, C.J., and Chrysta Celena; great-grandson, David Luis; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Bill also leaves behind his beloved pets, Nikki and Spanki, who remained by his side until the end.
Lee Roy White, age 93, a true cowboy, passed away on Thursday, May 18, 2017. He was born on June 10, 1923, in Quanah, Texas, to Charlie E. and Nellie Samantha White. He moved to Roswell, New Mexico, in the 30’s. He joined the Army Air Force during WWII. He was a Waist Gunner on a B17 and flew 24 missions over Germany. After he came back from WWII, he worked at the New Mexico Military Institute taking care of their horses. During his life, he worked at El Paso Natural Gas, the Post Office and owned two (2) Service Stations. He was a Cowboy in the true sense, working on several ranches around Chaves County. He retired from the New Mexico Livestock Board on June 30, 1988. Preceding Lee Roy in death were his parents, wife, Catherine; grandsons: Jason White, Joseph Fouratt; brothers: Carl, Bud, CE, Thurman; and sister, Juanita Nicholas. Those left to carry on his legacy are his children: Jimmy White of Bosque Farms, New Mexico, Evelyn Michelle of Phoenix, Arizona, Jan Callaway (David) of Roswell, New Mexico; his step-children: JoAnn Bullard of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Connie Sykes of Minnesota, David Pitts of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was blessed with 14 beautiful grandchildren: Bryan White, Mark White, Ryan Michell, Kris Michell, Travis Smith, Kaylee Callaway, Ally Davis, Justin Bullard, Charlie Mask, Kyle Sykes, Derek Sykes, Kate Sykes, Cody Pitts, Sam Pitts; 20 great-grandchildren, and 1 on the way. He was also survived by his companion, Glynn Gregory of Rowell, New Mexico. Also, Lee Roy’s sister-in-law, Johnnie White of Hagerman, New Mexico; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bernice Wilcoxson, formerly of Roswell, Tucson and Las Cruces, completed her 97th year plus 5 days on this earth before changing her residence in Ruidoso Downs to be with her Lord Jesus Christ and the angels on December 3, 2018. Being a child and young woman during the Great Depression taught her value, self-reliance and appreciation of what one has. In her 30s, Bernice obtained the beginnings of her adult education when Eastern New Mexico University first opened a branch college in Roswell. She worked in the New Mexico Military Institute Library for seven years and followed with a successful career at Tucson Gannett Newspapers until her retirement. As a loving grandparent and great grandparent, Bernice enjoyed sharing her home and meals with loved ones, overnight or longer, whatever the need, and thoroughly enjoyed the closeness of family. She was a woman of great faith and enjoyed expanding her knowledge of the Bible and was an awesome teammate and formidable opponent in Bible Trivia. Survivors include daughter Bonnie Richardson, son and daughter-in-law Charles and Sherry Wilcoxson, daughter and son-in-law Terri Belle Anne and Wayne Harlan, son Gayle Wilcoxson, 10 grandchildren, as well as many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her parents, five sisters, two brothers and son-in-law Bobby (Bob) Richardson as well as her lifelong friend in Roswell, NM, Ruby Godby.
Ruby Jewel Williams, 84, of Abilene passed away Monday, April 20, 2015 in Abilene. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 24, at 10:00 AM at Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Elmwood Memorial Park. Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Ruby was born on October 24, 1930 in Matador, TX to the late Roosevelt (Rosey) Messer and Johnnie (Bell) Bramlett. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Billy Dean Williams as well as her second husband. She leaves behind a family who loved her and misses her dearly. Ruby worked at the New Mexico Military Institute as the Dietary Supervisor. Ruby is survived by daughters, Debra Storey and husband John of Abilene; Cheryl Hallmark of Abilene; granddaughter, Emily Cole and husband Kevin; grandson, Chad Hallmark; granddaughter, Jennifer Hallmark Wiese; great grandson, Kyler Cole; great granddaughter, Natalie Cole; sister, Rose Ruth Rook. Ruby was also preceded in death by a daughter, Deanna Sue Williams.
John Stewart “Jack” Williamson, 98, science fiction author and long-time professor of English at Eastern New Mexico University, died Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, at his home in Portales. Jack Williamson was born April 29, 1908, in Bisbee, AZ, to Asa Lee and Lucy Betty Hunt Williamson. While he was still an infant, the family moved to a remote ranch in northern Mexico where Jack spent his earliest years. They returned to the United States in 1911, eventually settling in Pecos, Texas. In 1915, seven-year-old, Jack, along with his parents, sister, Jo and brother, Jim, traveled by covered wagon from Pecos to south Roosevelt County, joining other family members who had homesteaded land ahead of them. In 1927, Jack got a free sample copy of the March issue of Amazing Stories and was officially introduced to the world in which he would live the rest of his life. A year later, he broke into print when his first story, The Metal Man appeared in that publication. Over the ensuing years, Jack attended West Texas State University and began honing his writing skills with a series of stories sold to pulp magazines of the era. His travels included a memorable journey down the Mississippi River in a motor boat with fellow writer Ed Hamilton, and a trek across through the desert southwest in a stripped-down Model T car with his brother Jim. Jack spent World War II as a weatherman for the Army Air Force, mostly stationed in the Southwest Pacific. On Aug. 15, 1947, he married Blanche Slaten Harp, in Portales, and inherited a stepson, Keigm, who would precede him in death, and a step-daughter, Adele, who would provide him loving care for his entire life. In 1947, Jack’s first hardcover novel, The Legion of Space, was published by Fantasy Press. It was to be followed by more than 90 books, including collections and reprints. His last novel, The Stonehenge Gate was published by Tor Books in 2005. In 1956, Jack returned to the classroom at Eastern New Mexico University to formally continue his own education. He completed his bachelor’s degree in the spring of 1957, and his master’s degree a few months later. The next two years were spent as an instructor at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. In 1960, he joined the faculty at Eastern New Mexico University as an assistant professor of English. He completed his doctorate through the University of Colorado in 1964, all the while teaching at ENMU. Jack loved being in the classroom. While he officially retired from ENMU in 1977, he continued to teach occasional classes in science fiction and creative writing the rest of his life. Due to declining strength, he taught his last class with the able assistance of Patrice Caldwell in the living room of his home in the spring of 2005, celebrating his 97th birthday near the end of the semester. His lengthy involvement with ENMU included establishment of the Jack Williamson Endowed Chair in Science and Humanities in 2000, and a number of scholarships given annually through the ENMU Foundation. During a writing career which spanned nine decades, Jack has been honored often and with great generosity by his colleagues in science fiction.á He was presented the Grand Master Nebula Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Science Fiction Writers of America in 1976, and he was Guest of Honor at the World Science Fiction Convention in Miami, Fla., in 1977. In 1985, his autobiography, Wonder’s Child earned Jack his first Hugo award. He received a second in 2001 for Ultimate Earth, a novella which was also given a Nebula Award in 2002. He counted many of his fellow writers and fans among his closest friends. Jack was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Blanche; his sisters, Jo Harvey and Katie Littlefield; his step-son, Keigm Harp; and his step-grandson, Nikki Harp. Survivors include his brother, Jim Williamson (Nancy), of Pep; his step-daughter, Adele Lovorn, of Portales; his step-daughter-in-law, Donna Harp, of Cornelius, N.C.; five step-grandchildren, Neil Lovorn (Lynn), of Canyon, Texas, Karla Lovorn, of Blue Water, N.M., Carol Pushor (Rick), of Littleton, Colo., Valerie Lawson, of Cornelius, N.C. and Dawn Goforth (Rick), of Hickory, N.C. ; his sister-in-law, Berwyn Forbes, of Littleton, Colo.; 12 nieces and nephews, Betty Williamson (Milz Bickley), of Pep, Gary Williamson (Christine), of Portales, Stewart Williamson (Toni), of Portales, Larry Littlefield (Trinda), of San Carlos, Mexico, Sherry Snyder (Allan), of Glendale Heights, Ill., Don Littlefield (Jeannie), of Waldron, Ark., Karen Vardeman (Dwayne), of Portales, W.D. Slaten, of Portales, Janet Occhialini, of Carmel, Ind., Kim Schondelmeyer, of Littleton, Colo., Kraig Forbes (and wife), of Vail, Colo. and Jeff Forbes (Bambi), of Vail, Colo.; 10 step-great-grandchildren, Cody Lovorn, of San Marcos, Texas, Kyle Lovorn, of Lubbock, Texas, Matthew Lovorn, of Amarillo, Texas, Dawn Nicole Pushor, Justin Pushor, Nicholas Pushor, all of Littleton, Colo., Sean Yo, of Cornelius, N.C., Dae Nicole Yo, of Florida and Mason Goforth and Mikayla Goforth, both of Hickory, N.C.; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews, including Sheryl Vickers, of Roswell, Chloe Williamson, of Portales and Katie Williamson Bickley, of Pep; a beloved friend and colleague, Dr. Patrice Caldwell, of Portales; and countless friends in Portales, the University community and from the world of science fiction. Jack’s memorial service will be conducted, at his request, by fellow science fiction author and longtime friend, Connie Willis; his friend and colleague, Patrice Caldwell; and his niece, Betty Williamson.
LTC Thomas “Tom” Y. Woods, USA (Ret) HONORARY LIFE MEMBER passed away on 8 July 2013. Woods was inducted into the Army at age 18 years and served until retirement in 1973. While serving in the Army in Bamberg, Germany near Nurnberg, he met and married Marion Kelsch on 3 November 1950. They had three children, Linda, Nancy and MAJ Tyrone Y. Woods, TXARNG (Ret) 1976 JC; and two grandsons, David and Jesse. Woods Served in three Wars, WWII, Korea and Vietnam during his military career. Having traveled all over the world including a two year assignment in Taipei, Taiwan and one year assignment in Vietnam at the height of the war, he spent most of the U.S. assignments in New Mexico. Upon retirement from the Army he was employed by New Mexico Military Institute as a training and control officer. After two years at this position he was promoted to the position of Adjutant (Assistant to the Commandant) and remained in that position until retirement in 1982 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Since then he spent the rest of his life with beloved wife Marion dividing their time at their home in Clovis, NM and their lake house at Conchas Dam, NM. He is survived by his son MAJ Tyrone Y. Woods, TXARNG (Ret) 1976 JC.
“Lolly” Vidal Zamora, 57, saw his last sunrise on Friday, February 1, 2019, with his family and loved ones at his side. On this day, God needed a home-run hitter in the lineup and put “Lolly” in the game. He peacefully took his home-run trot into God’s kingdom with arms held wide open to happily greet and hug his Lord and Savior. “Lolly” was born October 30, 1961, in Roswell, NM, to Grace Zamora Gutierrez and William “Willie” Gutierrez. As a youth, “Lolly” excelled in many of the athletic sports he participated in and was considered a phenomen by area coaches and athletic officials. The Boys Club of Roswell offered him many sporting and social activities to help develop and mold his interests. Eventually, “Lolly” focused on baseball and football where he would become known as the “Home-run King of Eastside” and the “Hindenberg” on the football line of scrimmage. He carried his successful athletic achievements into high school graduating from Roswell High School in 1979, as an outstanding baseball player. Upon graduation, “Lolly” enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and retired at the rank of Staff Sergeant with a specialty in personnel management. He received the following honors: Navy Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Medal, Navy Unit Commendation w/2*, Meritorious Unit Commendation w/3*, Good Conduct Medal w/4*, National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Meritorious Mast (3), Certificate of Commendation, Certificate of Appreciation (2), Letter of Appreciation (8), Desert Storm/Desert Shield Medal. Shortly after enlistment in the Marine Corps, “Lolly” proposed to and married his high school sweetheart, Sandra Carrillo. Together they traveled the world and country as they moved to locations in California, Arizona, North Carolina, and Japan. During their time as a service family, “Lolly” and Sandra were blessed with two wonderful children: son, Jason Zamora; and daughter, Jennifer Zamora. When “Lolly” retired from the US military, he and his family returned home to Roswell, NM, where he held various positions in financial advising, sales, and human resources. While attending ENMU-R, he also served as a baseball coach at Roswell High School and NMMI. “Lolly’s” passion for serving the youth of the community led him to volunteer as a coach or board member for such organizations as the Boys and Girls Club, Eastside Little League, National Youth Sports Association, National Federation of State High School Association, Character Counts, and Hit, Pitch and Run contest. Most important to him was his sense of fair play and opportunity for all youth to pursue their dreams in life through athletics, that was what prompted “Lolly” to become involved and dedicated to a call to professional officiating and fair play. He was a member of the New Mexico Activities Association, the New Mexico Officials Association, and a Triple Play Umpire for NAIA Junior Colleges, and NCAA. During “Lolly’s” commitment to his community he served as Hispano Chamber of Commerce Interim Director, was a Leadership Roswell participant, and currently was serving as Roswell Sertoma Club – Secretary, Mt. West Regional Sertoma – Governor, and founding member of the Caring for All Foundation. Preceded: Preceding “Lolly” to glory were his parents, William “Willie” Gutierrez and Grace Zamora Gutierrez; brothers: Francisco Trujillo, Michael Zamora, Paul Zamora; and grandparents, Vidal and Rita Zamora of Lincoln, NM. Survivors: Those left to cherish “Lolly’s” memory are his loving wife, Sandra Carrillo Zamora; son, Jason Zamora; daughter, Jennifer Zamora; grandson, Kian Murray; sisters, Lynn Zamora and Leta Faye Quesada; Tias: Presiliana Sisneros, Arsenia Flores, Mary Helen Zamora, Theresa Matta and husband Armando; nieces: January Zamora, Patricia Salas, Joy Butler, Jennine Sena, Nicolette Quesada, Aundrea Torrero and husband Alberto, Kristiiana Zamora, Elizabeth Zamora; nephews, James Salas Jr. and Paul Zamora Jr.; twenty-two great nieces and nephews; four great-great-nieces and nephews; numerous cousins; and the numerous loving members of the Carrillo and Velasquez families. Pallbearers: Serving as pallbearers will be: Arthur “Bull” Torrez, Tony Garcia, Roy Romero, Darrell Johnson, Ernesto Fresquez, and Louie Mestas. Honorary Pallbearers: Serving as honorary pallbearers are all his Officiating Brothers and Sisters A Letter from Heaven When tomorrow starts without me, and I’m not here to see, If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me, I wish you wouldn’t cry the way you did today. While thinking of the many things we did not get to say. I know how much you love me as much as I love you, and each time that you think of me, I know you will miss me too. When tomorrow starts without me Don’t think we’re far apart, For every time you think of me, I’m right here in your heart. Our Gratitude: The Zamora family would like to thank all of the staff and caring angels at ENMMC, Mission Arch, Dr. Martinez, Dr. Alkhouri, Dr. Tony, and numerous friends and family that came from close and afar, who so lovingly provided assistance, kind words and prayers during Lolly’s courageous battle to recover from his earthly slumber, yet still, by God’s Grace, he made it through to his new and everlasting life in Heaven. We are forever thankful for your support and love.
George Frederick Ziegler, 93, died peacefully of natural causes at the Southern Utah Veterans Home in Ivins, Utah on Dec. 23, 2014. George served the U.S. Air Force for 26 years, with responsibilities ranging from hands-on aircraft maintenance and aircraft pilot orientation during World War II to supervising ICBM missile maintenance during the Cold War. He retired from the Air Force in 1966 in Roswell, New Mexico at Walker Air Force Base, having attained the rank of Chief Warrant Officer (W-4). George’s second career was in civil service, working for the Army Materiel Command and the New Mexico Military Institute. George was known by all for his love of family and friends, sense of duty, engaging personality, and quick mind. He enjoyed growing up with his extended family and friends in Philadelphia, serving in the military, helping raise and support his own family and spending time with his grandkids. He could often be found following his beloved Eagles and Phillies, or playing golf, bridge, and chess – or even just solving crossword and jigsaw puzzles. George was preceded in death by his parents, John and Jennie Ziegler, his wife, Rose Mary Ziegler, his son, George Warren “Chip” Ziegler and his brother, John George “Jack” Ziegler. Survivors include his daughter, Jennie Barnett of St. George, Utah, his daughter, Lynn Christiansen of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and his son, Eric Ziegler of Tucson, Arizona. George has seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren