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William Goudelock Anderson 1946 HS-1948 JC-1950 SC, 83, passed away May 23, 2012, in Houston, TX. He was the great-nephew of M. D. Anderson, founder of M. D. Anderson Cancer Hospital. William is survived by his sister, Margaret Reiter, her husband the Honorable P. K. Reiter, and his Life Partner James B. Meine.

William C. Barker 1948 HS-1950 JC of Roswell, GA, died early Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at home. He is survived by his wife and greatest friend of 58 years, Patricia Twiss Barker of Silver City, New Mexico, and children, William, Michael, James, John and daughter, Elizabeth; and twelve grandchildren. He was a loving husband and father and successful businessman. Born December 15, 1929 in Silver City, New Mexico, he graduated from New Mexico Military Institute and attended the University of Texas at El Paso. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army in 1951 and served at Ft. Hood, Texas. After the Army he worked in Arizona and later joined New York Life Insurance Company as an agent in 1956. He rose rapidly with New York Life in management positions in El Paso, Atlanta, and Raleigh before being promoted to Vice President in 1973. He retired in Roswell in 1988, living the remaining years in Brookfield Country Club where he and his wife enjoyed wonderful friendships with their many friends and neighbors.

Charles G. “Bud” Beattie 1950 HS, age 78, of Georgetown, TX passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2011 due to complications of Alzheimer’s. He was born to William Henry and Lucy Mae (Fulwiler) Beattie on June 20, 1932 in Santiago, Chile. He married Sherry Lynn Barger on August 13, 1983 in Western Springs, IL. Bud earned his B.S. in Geography from the University of Colorado and was a member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He worked for 3 major corporations during his career: The Boeing Company, Baxter Travenol Labs, and Hanna Resins. Bud was a member of the Optimist Club and commissioner of youth baseball while in Deerfield, Illinois. After retiring to Sun City Texas in 2000, Bud participated in and was an active member of the Hiking club, H.A.W.K.S. (horseshoe club) and a founding member of the S.C. horticulture club. Bud loved fishing, travel of all kinds, and family reunions that included a Caribbean cruise and a week at a Dude ranch in the Colorado Mountains. Bud and Sherry created travel journals of every trip taken beginning in 1987 until 2008. While living in Georgetown he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. Favorite Church activities included attending the annual family Church retreats, delivering Meals on Wheels, and participating in the CROP walk. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, and step-mother as well as his sister, Billie Jean White and his step-son, Justin Clark. Survivors include his wife, Sherry Beattie of Georgetown, TX; two sons, Ross Beattie of Gilberts, IL and Charles Beattie, Jr. Of Gurnee, IL, daughter, Robin Curts of Cheney, WA; step-daughter, Cassandra Gamble of Fennville, MI; grandchildren, Derek Beattie of Gurnee, IL; Holly and Garrett Beattie of Grays Lake, IL; Clover Kipp of Grand Rapids, MI, Amber Kipp of Holland, MI, Inga Michaelis of Mequon, WI, Lily Gamble of Fennville, MI, Hollie Curts of Neligh, NE and Trevor Curts of Cheney, WA; and brother-in-law, Don White of Galesburg, IL.

Robert F. Bernhard 1948 HS-1950  JC Retired Food Industry Executive died on Nov. 21, at age 79 due to complications from a car accident on Nov. 17th. Native of San Francisco, CA. Graduate of New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM., and of San Jose State University where he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. Retired as a supplier to the retail food industry after over 40 years service as vice president of Pioneer Soap Co., Inc. San Francisco. Director of Distribution of Mothers Cake and Cookie CO., Oakland, CA, Pioneer Associates, Arnold, CA. Active in the CA Grocers Association and the Western Assoc. Of Food Chains Inc. He was a 50 year member of the Illuminators Inc., and was a dimmed headlite of the Illuminators. A life member of the Food Industry Sales Managers Club of San Francisco, and a 50 year member of the Olympic Club of San Francisco, long time member of The Sequoia Woods Country Club, a past Big Sir of the Sons in Retirement, and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, in Arnold, CA. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War with the 2nd Infantry Div. As an artillery Officer, was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, and Commendation Medal. Beloved husband of Joan Hills Bernhard (preceded in death) for 23 years. Survived by daughter, Teresa Jean (Terry) Scheig, son-in-law Mark Scheig, granddaughters Morgan, Taylor, and Brooke of San Jose, CA, son H. Mark Bernhard of Larkspur, CA. Formerly married to Rogene F. Bernhard of Larkspur for 21 years. Many nieces and nephews. A proud man who enjoyed life with his family and friends to the end. 

Ted Eugene Brock 1948 JC-1950 JC, 84, a longtime resident of Elizabethtown, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at the home of one of his daughters in Lexington. Ted Eugene Brock was born in Bovina, Texas, on June 5, 1929. He graduated from Bovina High School in 1947 and the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, in 1948 junior college and 1950 senior college. He married Winnifred Horton on June 16, 1951, in Roswell. First Lt. Brock proudly served his nation in the U.S. Army as a tank commander in the Korean War. Lt. Brock led the 2nd Platoon, Charlie Company, 40th Division of the 140th Tank Battalion, where, in combat operations, he received a Purple Heart for wounds sustained in battle and also was awarded the Bronze Star for his bravery in combat action. Mr. Brock was a proud Mason, a Kentucky Colonel, a Constitutional Scholar and an extremely patriotic Republican American. In 1965, Mr. Brock moved his family from Denver to Elizabethtown. Mr. Brock was one of the original Denver, CO, Gates Rubber Company supervisors sent to Elizabethtown to open the Elizabethtown Gates Rubber plant in 1965 and assisted in the initial hiring of its new employees. He later became a department head for the company. In 1972, Ted and his wife, Winnie, opened the Book Mart and Winnie’s Hallmark, which they operated until 1994. In 2004, he relocated to Fort Worth, Texas, and married Macie Watson Hunt on Aug. 28. He was preceded in death by his parents, Aubrey and Lorena Brock of Bovina, Texas; his sister, Nina Harris of Lubbock, Texas; his beloved wife of 52 years, Winnie Brock of Elizabethtown; and a son-in-law, Steve Baker of Lexington. He is survived by his loving wife, Macie Brock of Fort Worth, Texas; six children, one son, Aubrey Brock (Deborah) of Elizabethtown, and five daughters, Sharon Brock of Columbia, Mo., Becky Wasson (Tim Dennis) of Lexington, Debbie Post (Earl) of Elizabethtown, Teddi Baker of Nicholasville and Sherri Holzhausen (Dale) of St. Louis; nine grandchildren, Jason Brock, Jake Wasson, Abby Wasson, Zack Baker (Haley), Stephanie Weber (Jared), Ethan Post (Ashley), Laura Beth Post (Morgan Overstreet), Katie Post and Dillon Brock; and six great-grandchildren, Alexandria Brock-Devore, Bailey Baker, Hannah Baker, Jared Weber, Kennedy Wasson and Nora Rose Overstreet. 

Dr. John Stephen Broz 1950 JC was born March 25, 1931, in Omaha, NE, the only child of John Stephen Broz Sr., MD, and Ruth “Bunnie” Brown Broz, RN. He graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in 1950. After attending Northwestern University and the University of Colorado, he graduated from Creighton University Medical School in 1956. On July 27, 1951, he married Carol Janice Younkin. Dr. Broz served residencies in general surgery and clinical and anatomical pathology in Omaha, as well as a residency in immunology at National Jewish Hospital in Denver. He practiced medicine in Twin Falls and Denver, CO, and served as a colonel in the U.S. Air Force from 1980 to 1986. He was chief adviser to the Surgeon General of the United States Air Force, concurrently serving as the director of laboratories for the USAFA. He retired from the practice of medicine in 1998. Dr. Broz was a lifetime member of the American Medical Association, College of American Pathology, American Society of Clinical Pathology, American Legion, Defenders of Wildlife, Wilderness Society, Trout Unlimited and Ducks Unlimited. He passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008, at the Chase County Hospital in Imperial, NE. He was 77 years of age. Survivors are his wife, Carol; daughter, Jon Marie Broz; son, Joseph Stephen Broz and wife, Jeanette Celovsky Broz; grandchildren, Rhoads Reynolds Cannon, Nicholas Joseph Broz, Walker Stewart Cannon and Julianna Marie Broz.

William A. “Willie” Casados 1950 JC had a sudden stroke and passed away on August 21, 2012, just before his 90th birthday. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was born in Santa Fe, NM where he lived his entire life. He was married to Erlinda Rivera Casados who passed away some time ago. He is survived by his son Jimmy Casados, his daughter Donna Chavez and husband Ted Chavez, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by Socorro Pacheco, Martha Williams, Marie Lopas and husband Robert Lopas, Rosina Schutz, Joe Casados and wife Denise Casados and many nieces and nephews.

Willis S. Clayton, III 1948 HS-1950 JC Life time resident of San Jose He passed away peacefully on April 21, 2010 surrounded by his loving family from complications due to Alzheimer’s disease. Willis was born on August 10th, 1930 in San Francisco and was a member of an early and prominent local family. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and was a Korean War Veteran. Willis was a dedicated employee of Valley Title Company for 32 years and member of Native Sons of the Golden West and Sons of the American Revolution. Willis was president of both organizations. For many years he was dedicated to the Boy Scouts of America. He is survived by his wife Helen of 56 years and his sister Marguerite. Willis was a loving father to Valerie, Greg, Robert, Amy, Evan, their spouses Ted, Karen, Jolene, Terry and grand-children James, Rachel, Chris, Ashley, Megan, Mitchell, Kellie and Vanessa.

Nicholas B. Clinch 1948 HS-1950 JC – Nick Clinch was president of the American Alpine Club from 1968 to 1970 and the founder of the Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch, which opened in 1970. Nick last visited the ranch in August 2010, when he was the guest of honor and principal speaker at the ranch’s 40th anniversary celebration. Nick was one of the most notable climbing expedition leaders of his time. He led the first ascent of Gasherbrum I, also known as Hidden Peak, in the Karakoram region of Pakistan in 1958. He also led the first ascent of Masherbrum in the same region in 1960, the first ascent of Mount Vinson in Antarctica in 1966 and the first ascent of Ulugh Muztagh in Tibet in 1985.Peak 15,883 in the Sentinel Range of the Ellsworth Mountains in Antarctica was officially named Clinch Peak in 2006. Nick began his many visits to the Tetons in 1948, when he climbed the Grand Teton with Paul Petzoldt. Nick made the first ascent of the North Chimney of the Second Tower of the Grand Teton with Leigh Ortenburger, Dick Irvin and John Mowat, and the first ascent of the East Ridge of Fairshare Tower with Peter Robinson.

Joseph Deleno Creveling, Jr. 1950 HS, 83, of Lake Frederick, Virginia, died Wednesday, March 9, 2016 in the Blue Ridge Hospice Inpatient Care Center, Winchester, Virginia. Mr. Creveling was born May 26, 1932 in White Plains, New York, son of the late Joseph D. Creveling, Sr. and Catherine Burgess Hubbell. He was head of international marketing for Lockeed Martin. He served in the U. S. Navy as a Naval Aviator. He is survived by his wife, Susan Merrill Creveling, who he married on February 19, 1988 in San Luis Obispo, California; and his three children, Chris Turner of Gribling, AZ, Daniel Creveling of Sacramento, CA and Andrea Grzabka of Port Angeles, WA. Services and burial will be private. Arrangements are being handled by Enders & Shirley Funeral Home, Stephens City, VA. Born: May 26, 1932 Place of Birth: White Plains, New York Death: March 9, 2016 Place of Death: Winchester, Virginia and Crematory Berryville, VA.

Robert Aitkin “Bob” Curtis 1950 JC with great sadness the Wilbur Curtis Company announces the passing of its Chairman Robert Aitkin “Bob” Curtis 1950 JC, CEO emeritus, devoted father, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather, and a true legend in the foodservice and coffee industries. Second in the fourth-generation lineage that built one of the world’s most respected and innovative coffee brewer manufacturers, Bob left an indelible imprint on the company bearing his name, as he did the many people and passions that were part of his illustrious life. Auspicious beginnings -Born April 20, 1930 in Hartford, Connecticut to company founder Wilbur Curtis and former CEO Margaret Curtis, Bob’s success in coffee while far from predestined, seemed all too certain given the influence of his parents, together with his natural drive, vision and work ethic. At 18, he attended the prestigious New Mexico Military Institute known as the West Point of the Southwest, moving back to study at L.A. City College, and later majored in advertising at the University of Southern California (USC). There, he joined the Phi Delta Theta fraternity along with the school’s ROTC program, becoming a member of the honor squadron, and ultimately being appointed Air Force Squadron Commander. After USC he followed several of his fraternity brothers into the Army, where he served with distinction. Following in his father’s footsteps -The Wilbur Curtis Company was founded in 1941. It was only a few years later, in 1948, when Bob began working there on his summer vacations. Wilbur was industrious, charismatic and considered a true visionary of the coffee business. So few were surprised when Bob decided to follow in his father’s footsteps. Cutting his teeth in sales, Bob would rise through the ranks, propelling the company from its sturdy origins to the dominant position it holds today, often through sheer tenacity and force of will. As an example, in 1961, with transportation grinding to a halt amid a steelworker strike, Bob doggedly continued delivering Curtis products to his clients using his own personal car. He was named executive vice president after his mother Margaret Curtis took the reins of the company in the early 1960’s, and became president in 1989. Bob continued to be instrumental in the company’s growth and helped propel Curtis’ value and position within the foodservice industry throughout the next few decades. Out-of-the-office enthusiasms -Bob’s devotion to the coffee business was rivaled only by his prodigious love of family along with his extra-vocational interests. Having learned the game from his father at the California Country Club, he became an avid golfer, and could be seen on the putting green with the likes of Dean Martin, Bing’s brother Bob Crosby, and actor Dennis O’Keefe. He was also known as an exceptional gin rummy player who would sit across the table from well-known players like Conrad Hilton. Making Curtis a family affair -Despite or perhaps because of Bob Curtis’ singular focus on growing the company, there was always plenty of room for other family members to come and share in that passion. Bob’s son, Kevin, joined the firm in 1985, and is now president and CEO; his other son, Michael, followed in 1993, and now holds the office of executive vice president; daughters Katie and Meg hold positions within the company, and the fourth generation family members, Michael’s sons, Brant and Patrick are instrumental in the pursuit of specialty coffee and product innovation. Throughout his many soaring successes and rare failures, Bob Curtis never steered the company or his personal life from essential family values. Complex man, simple creed -Always be humble. Don’t boast about what you do. Appreciate the people you serve. Take care of your family. These were words Bob Curtis lived by. They were also part of a credo that helped him and the company transform having a mere ‘cup of joe’ into a truly memorable experience. Survived by his wife, Sally, her three children, Bob’s two sons, Kevin and Michael, four daughters, Suzi, Meg, June and Katie, 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, he will be deeply missed by family, friends and the coffee industry he helped build. 

Don Dee Denton 1950 JC, 78, of Lubbock died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, in Lubbock. He was born Oct. 3, 1929, in Kenna. He worked as a building contractor. Survivors include his children, Bill Weems, Dwight F. Denton 1951 JC and Donna Wilson; two granddaughters; and one great-granddaughter.

Jesse Thomas Driskill 1950 HS, 82 passed away January 3, 2015, at his winter home in Tubac, Arizona. Jesse was born October 29, 1932, in Spearfish, South Dakota, to Buzz and Cec Driskill. He attended the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico, where he was a fierce polo player. After his graduation in 1950 he attended Colorado State University as a member of the rodeo team. On November 5, 1955, Jesse married Ellen Horton of Newcastle, Wyoming. They honeymooned in Hawaii before returning to operate the Flying Y Ranch on Hay Creek in South Dakota. They moved home to the Campstool Ranch at Devils Tower in 1972, where they raised their three sons. Jesse was an accomplished horseman and a talented cowboy. He was a PRCA cardholder and team roped in both the NRCA and USTRC championships. As saddle bronc rider he cut a handsome figure, especially when he started wearing a necktie during his rides “to turn those judges heads!” He also bulldogged and trained many outstanding rodeo horses including the 1963 Steer Tripping Horse of the Year. Jesse valued a good working dog and rarely was seen without his trusty border collie by his side. Jesse loved family history and enjoyed entertaining dinner guests with stories about the Driskill family’s adventures on the cattle drives of the late 1800s. To the delight of his listeners he often threw in a story or two from his own colorful youth. Jesse was a 50-plus-year member of the Deadwood Masonic Lodge, 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason. Jesse was preceded in death by his parents; wife Ellen and son, Matthew Sorenson Driskill 1980 HS. He is survived by his sons Jesse “Tobe” (Peggy) Driskill of Rio Rico, Arizona, William Ogden (Zannie) Driskill of Devils Tower and daughter-in-law Kathi Johnson Driskill of Hulett. He is also survived by his five grandchildren, Andrea (Matthew) Wood, Katerie (Kirby) Reynolds, Lincoln Driskill, Cheney (Marcus) Lee, Jessee Driskill and three great grandchildren, Dominick Bertolotto, Paxton Driskill and Ellen Marguerite Wood.

LTC Arne Bigelow Erickson, USA (Ret) 1950 JC a long time resident of Colorado Springs passed away March 10,2015, Born in Monte Vista, CO, to the late Wilbur and Gladys Erickson. He served in the Army for 20 years before retiring in 1972. He later taught for School District 11 until retirement in Aug, 1990. Survived by his wife of 63 years Margery; son, Cris; daughter and son -in-law, Karen and Tim Slaven; Brother, Erl Eric Erickson and granddaughters, Meghan Erickson and Brianne Slaven; niece and nephew. 

Lavern D. Harris 1950 HS, 78, passed away on August 28, 2009 in Kerrville, Texas, where he lived & practiced law for over 45 years. He attended El Paso High School and graduated from NMMI and U.T.E.P. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army Artillery. He received his law degree from UT Austin. He was admitted to practice law before the Texas Supreme Court, numerous Appeals Courts & the U.S. Supreme Court. He was an active & longtime member of the First United Methodist Church of Kerrville. He is survived by his wife Faye Cormier Harris, two daughters, Susan Harris Cooper and husband George and Jane D. Harris, 6 grandchildren, a brother, Lloyd B. Harris of El Paso and a sister Marza L. Harris Daugherty of Colorado Springs, CO.

Troy J. Harris 1948 HS-1950 JC – Former Lovington resident and long time Mayor died Dec. 23, 2012, at his residence in Lantana, Texas, at the age of 83.

Gerald “Jerry” Mathias Heinzelmann, Jr. 1948 HS-1950 JC, died peacefully Friday, March 1, 2013, surrounded by family. Jerry was born April 16, 1931, in Hartford, Conn., the only child of Elinor Fayette Carpen and Gerald Mathias Heinzelmann, Sr. At the age of 3, Jerry and his parents left Danbury, CT, and moved to Snyder, Texas. Jerry entered New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, his senior year of high school where he achieved the honor of ‘outstanding RAT’. After completing two years of college at NMMI, he transferred to the University of Oklahoma. At OU he pledged Kappa Sigma fraternity and later served as chapter president. Upon graduation with a petroleum geology degree, Jerry was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. Prior to his Army service, Jerry met and fell in love with OU student Carolyn Jones. They ‘courted’ for two years while Carolyn completed her degree and Jerry fulfilled his military commitment in Aberdeen, MD, and Temple. Jerry and Carolyn married July 30, 1955, in Shawnee, OK. That fall the couple returned to OU while Jerry earned his master’s degree in petroleum geology, which included a bonus: two more seasons of on-campus OU football! Jerry remained a lifelong, loyal fan of his Sooners; a love he shared with friends and family. In 1957 Jerry began work with the Humble Oil Company in Corpus Christi where he and Carolyn lived for the next 35 years and raised their children. Jerry eventually became an independent geologist where he spent many happy years working with friends in the oil industry. He served as President of the Corpus Christi Geological Society and in 1989 chaired the general convention of the Gulf Coast Geologist Societies. Throughout their years in Corpus Christi, Jerry was an active member and volunteer in various organizations including the Vestry of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, The School Board of St. James School, The Corpus Christi Yacht Club, Corpus Christi Country Club, President of Centuria and as a member of The King’s Men serving as the Chancellor during Bucaneer Days, 1985. He was also a founder of the OU Energy Center. In the 1980’s, Jerry and Carolyn moved permanently to their second home in Cloudcroft, NM, Jerry bought the small town hardware store and became a ‘merchant.’ His love of people made the store the town’s social hub where folks gathered to swap stories or have a cup of coffee. In Cloudcroft, he was a member of the Anglican Church of the Epiphany and served on the Cloudcroft Planning and Zoning board. For many years the Heinzelmanns regularly entertained family and friends in their ‘little bit of heaven’ in the mountains until their move to Fort Worth to be closer to family. In Fort Worth they enjoyed family and new friendships through their church, Christ the Redeemer Anglican. Through the years Jerry ‘Opa’ was so proud of his four grandchildren and was excited to influence their love for OU and OU football. Jerry will be missed by all who knew him. We rejoice that because of his faith in Christ, he is now face to face with his Redeemer. Survivors: Beloved wife of 58 years, Carolyn; his daughter, Dru Chapman and her husband, Craig of Rye, NY; his son, Gerald ‘Matt’ Mathias Heinzelmann, III and his wife, Joni of Fort Worth; and his cherished grandchildren, Ben and Annie Heinzelmann and Kinnon and Garrett Chapman.

LTC Robert C. Hodges, USA (Ret) 1945 HS-1950 SC,83, of Fountain Hills passed away at home March 19, 2011. He was born in Silver City, NM. He dedicated his entire career to the armed forces, graduating from the New Mexico Military Institute in 1950.He served 32 years in the Army, making him a fourth generation member of his family to serve. He served in WWII, the Korean Conflict and Viet Nam. He was a member of the VFW, DAV and the Military Order of the Purple Heart. In 2003, he and his family moved to Fountain Hills. He is survived by his wife, Mary Laney Hodges; daughter, Ruthie Eva; son, SGM Robert Criner Hodges, Jr. 1985 JC (April Williamson); sister, Eva Hodges Watt; brothers, Joe Hodges, Jr. and Judge Norman Hodges; grandchildren, Simon, Gavin and Liam, as well as his loving pets, Duke and Dutchess.

Robert E. Jameson 1950 HS – Robert was born October, 24, 1931 in Canyon, Texas to Robert Edwin and Mary Lou Jameson. Robert Married Shirley McNeill June 19, 1954 in Lubbock. Robert was a member of the St. James Catholic Church where he served as Chairman of the Building Committee for many years. Robert was former Chamber of Commerce Director, Soil Conservation Director, was Farmer of the Year in 1973, was also Soil Conservationist of the Year, a founding member of the Ten High Gin and served on the Board of directors for First National Bank. Robert was preceded in death by a son, Scott Jameson. Robert is survived by his wife, Shirley Jameson of the home; one son, Robert Lee Jameson 1977 JC and his wife Julie of Seminole; three daughters, Kelly Dorman and her husband Buster of Colleyville, Kirby Stelmazewski and her husband David Boerne and Jill Price and her husband Kenyon of Plano; and a sister, Charlie Wohlgemuth of Burleson. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Kelsey Cooper and her husband Wesley, Matt Dorman, Abby Dorman, Taylor Jameson, Joni Jameson, Holland Price and Jameson Price.

Gerald C. Kaufman 1950 HS 79, passed away Monday, May 16, 2011. Beloved husband of Charlene (nee Mondock). Dear father of Catherine (Stephanie Chiariel-lo), Christopher (Marny), Gerald (Judy Smothers), Jill Kennedy (Tim) and Jeffrey (Erica Burger). Grandfather of Carli, Christopher, Alex, Elene, Matthew, Patrick and Jeffrey. U.S. Navy Veteran, and a 50 year member of IBEW Local #38.

Jimmy Kinkead 1946 HS-1950 JC Jimmy Kinkead March 2 of age-related causes. He was 83. He was born April 12, 1928, in Montoya, NM, to James and Nelle Parker Kinkead. He married Rosemary Rhoten on June 4, 1966, in Salem. He attended schools in Tucumcari, NM., and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute. He served in the Marine Corps and in the Army. He worked for New Mexico Military Institute, then worked for El Paso Natural Gas before transferring to Southern Pacific Pipelines in Eugene. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Marshall of Zhanjiang, China, and Howard of Snyder, Texas; a daughter, Mary Gardiner of Ashland; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. His first wife, Robinda Flaten, died previously. 

William A. Knowles 1950 JC, 78, passed away Sunday, June 17, 2007 in Houston, Texas. He is survived by his wife, Annie Knowles, sister-in-law, Eleanor Knowles, nephews; Robert Knowles, III, Couper Knowles, Arthur Knowles, and many other loving relatives and friends.

Michael David Koury 1950 JC, 69, a life long resident of New Mexico, died Wednesday, January 31, 2001. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Mary Jean Koury; daughters, Cynthia Schelby, Nanette Landers and husband, Jeff, Jeanine Statzula and husband, Tom, all of Albuquerque; sons, David Koury and wife, Kelly of San Antonio, TX, Capt. George Koury and wife, Laura, of Palmer Lake, CO; five grandchildren, Tom, Teal, Ashley, Kory and Michael; brothers, Joseph Koury of Albuquerque, Jim Koury and wife, Dale of Rio Rancho and many other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. David was employed by Coors Distributorships for 31 years where he served as statewide General Sales Manager. He served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. David was a member of the 20/30 Club.

Wilbert D. “Don” Lacy, Jr., 1950 JC died Wednesday April 13, 2011 after an illness of four months. He was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, the son of W. D. Lacy & Muriel Wood Lacy. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Clara Cooper Lacy and his beloved sons and their wives; William D. Lacy and Marjorie Buchannan Lacy; Stephen B. Lacy and Jeannie Birdwell Lacy. He also is survived by four grandchildren, David Lacy, Christopher Lacy, Sara Lacy, and Andrew Lacy, of whose achievements he was so proud. Mr. Lacy attended New Mexico Military Institute and graduated from North Texas State University. He also served in the Army. He was a manager of Monroe Systems for Business for 30 years. After retirement, Don ran his own company CD Office Supplies. Don’s present membership is at his beloved Trinity Presbyterian Church where he serves as an elder.

Andrew Jackson “Jack” Lewis, Jr. 1950 HS, 86, of San Antonio, Texas passed away in his home on August 3, 2018. He was born on July 9, 1932 to Grace McNamara and Andrew Jackson Lewis, Sr. Jack attended Alamo Heights schools, followed by New Mexico Military Institute, and graduated with a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1954, St. Mary’s University with a JD in 1957, and New York University with a LLM in taxation in 1963. He was a captain in the U.S. Air Force from 1955-1957. He met the love of his life, Peggy Wolff Lewis, at age 14. They were in love for 70 years and married for 63 wonderful years. He is survived by his sister, Linda Lewis McSween, and his children, Jack Lewis, III and his wife Liza, Steve C. Lewis and his wife Susan, and Laurie L. Saunders and her husband John; nine grandchildren: John T. Saunders, III (Lauren), Kenneth S. Adams IV (Amy), Christina Marie Saunders, Fannie Lewis Thomas (Clayton), Barclay C. Adams, Grace Saunders LePere (R.H.), Sallie Lewis Longoria (Carlos), A.J. Lewis, IV, Richard Spencer Lewis II and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Peggy, his brother, Richard Spencer Lewis, and infant sister, Grace Joyce Lewis. Jack was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, known as “Popo” to his grandchildren. Jack and Peggy were world travelers and instilled their love of travel and adventure in their children and grandchildren by starting a tradition of annual family trips that took them all over the world. These are some of their most treasured memories and one of their greatest legacies. Jack was the managing partner of Foster, Lewis, Langley, Gardner & Banack law firm for 38 years. He served as Senior Chairman of the Board of Jefferson Bank for over 30 years. Under his leadership, Jefferson Bank grew significantly. Jack also served as Chairman of the Board of Bevans State Bank in Menard, Texas until 1982. He served as Treasurer and as a member of the Board of Trustees for Incarnate Word University. He was Chairman Emeritus for KLRN-TV and served as Chairman for the Sam Houston District of the Boy Scouts of America. Jack was a proud Eagle Scout. He was a member of the San Antonio German Club, the Order of the Alamo, the Texas Order of Saint Hubertus, and the Texas Cavaliers, where he served as King Antonio LIV in 1976. Jack was a voracious reader, loved his cross-word puzzles, and was talented at telling jokes and limericks. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved spending time hunting and fishing in the field with his buddies, children, and grandchildren. He loved to travel extensively and enjoyed summers in Carmel with Peggy. He was a strong man who encouraged others to be the best they could be. The family would like to thank Andres Cisneros and Paola Rios, for their unwavering care for Jack and all the Lewis family for nearly 30 years. 

Stephen G. Loy, Jr. 1948 HS-1950 JC was a native Houstonian born the 9th of April 1930 to Stephen G. Loy and Martha Florence Morse. He descended from an early Texas and early Houston family. He was raised by his father to believe integrity and honor should be the keystones of his life.Stephen attended San Jacinto High School, New Mexico Military Institute and graduated from The University of Houston. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army as a 1st Lieutenant in the 11th Airborne Division.He is preceded in death by his first wife, Martha Kathryn Look; daughter, Cynthia Kay Loy and his special granddaughter, Patricia Kathryn Davis. Stephen is survived by his wife, Penelope Stewart Loy, who gave him many years of joy, comfort, and love; son, Stephen G. Loy, III; daughter, Martha Christiane Robinson and husband, Steven; grandchildren, Austin Taylor Robinson and Kathryn Elizabeth Robinson.

Alban W. Mann, Jr., 1950 HS. Devoted husband to Pat, proud father to Michael and Philip, and loving uncle to Linda Hudelson Barker, died February 17, 2008 after a valiant battle with cancer. Alban was born February 10, 1932 in the Hotel Dieu in El Paso, TX to Alban W. And Olga C. Mann of Torreon, Mexico. He graduated in 1950 from the New Mexico Military Institute, where he lettered in golf and served on the rifle team. Subsequently, he enrolled at the University of Illinois where he was affiliated with Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. Alban graduated with a degree in International Economics from San Diego State University in 1954 and did one year of post graduate work prior to receiving a commission in the US Army, where he served in both the United States and Germany. After leaving the army with the rank of Captain, he spent the next forty years as an executive in the field of international shipping, where he successfully served three major companies: American Express, Montgomery Ward, and Mattel, from which he retired in 1997. He served as a member of the board of the US Maritime Association and as President of the local Phi Gamma Delta Alumni Chapter. Always, he sought to support local educational and sports opportunities for you. In l975 he received the Outstanding Community Service Award, in recognition of his accomplishments during two terms as President of the Long Beach Millikan Sports Boosters. Later, he became a volunteer host with the Long Beach-Yokaichi Sister City program, and continued to work with the Long Beach Pony League and the Long Beach Colt League. As he grew more aware of the challenges to at-risk youth in the community, he extended his efforts towards working to benefit the boys who were residents of the Child Net Long Beach Youth Home, and served for many years as an active board member of the Long Beach Youth Home Boosters. He chaired the fund raisers: Festival of the Chefs, the Romantic Interlude (twice), and served in the capacity of President. Alban was recognized as Volunteer of the Year in 2000 and at that time was presented with a letter of commendation from Congressman Steve Horn. Then, Al focused on Long Beach City College, seeing it as an essential Link of Hope that could place higher educati on within reach of all area residents. For the past few years he intensified his volunteer work with the Long Beach City College Foundation, where he worked to raise money for scholarships in the areas of Foreign Languages and English as a Second Language. Most recently, he participated as a member of the Foundation Board of Governors.

William R. “Bill” McElroy, Jr. 1950 HS passed away in Mater Dei Hospital, Republic of Malta, Europe, after courageously battling extended illness. He is buried in St. Paul’s Cemetery near St. Paul’s Bay, Malta, a place he loved and had lived in over a span of 40 years. Bill was born in Los Angeles, California to William R. McElroy and Doris Stewart, where he received his early education. He completed two years of high school at New Mexico Military Academy, graduating from Whittier High School in LA. He later served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952 and then resumed his education at Los Angeles City College and the University of Southern California, where he received his Master’s Degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1962. Bill had an illustrious and world-wide career working as an engineer in the oil industry. He held the titles of Reservoir Engineer, Drilling and Production Supervisor, and Area and Terminal Superintendent. He served in these capacities not only in the Los Angeles area, but also in Tripoli, Libya, Africa and outlying regions of the Sahara Desert. Retired from camp superintendency, he then consulted for Husky Oil of Canada and supervised activities of oil recovery and drilling support operations in North and South Kuwait following the Gulf War. Over the years, one of Bill’s greatest pleasures was staying in touch with his global colleagues and friends from his oil days. He was loved and well-respected by many. Bill was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, The Royal Malta Sports Club, and a lifetime member of the New Mexico Military Academy Alumni Association. He is survived by his wife, Jane Storey McElroy of Spokane Valley; daughter Sandra McElroy and son William R. McElroy, III, grandson Jason Burgad, also of Spokane; brother Dale McElroy of Augusta, Georgia, and several nieces and nephews.

Charles Lyle McKinney 1950 JC born Sept. 13, 1930, in Oklahoma City, OK, and died Wednesday, June 3, 2009, in his family home in Marlow, OK. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Marlow. Charles graduated from Marlow High School in 1948, from the University of Oklahoma in 1952, and then studied at Heidelberg University in Heidelberg, Germany. After serving three years in the U.S. Army Intelligence in Germany, Charles resumed his studies at the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana, IL. He later moved to Oklahoma City, where he became a dealer in Fine Art and owned Trebor Interiors and Gallery for several years. Charles loved Classical music and attended many opera productions across the country. He was also a great nature lover, especially wild birds, which he raised. When he was no longer able to care for “his birds,” he donated them to the Aviary at the Fort Worth, TX, Zoo. Charles was fortunate to have three very special and devoted friends who saw to his every need with love and compassion: Jerald Ketchum, George Sherrill, Jr. And Dee Hightower. Also, he cared deeply for his dear friend, Kathy Tucker, who predeceased him, and continued to love and care for her children: Caitlin Parker, Duncan, Mark J. Tucker, Mcloud, Melanie Tucker, Oklahoma City, Melissa Young, Norman, Randy Tucker, Atlanta, GA, Cindy Shaughnessy, La Mesa, CA, and Deborah Schreffler, Mill Creek, WV. Charles was very kind, devoted and generous to those he loved, and helped those he considered less fortunate. Charles is survived by his sister, Marylou and her husband, Tom Mahaffey; nephews: Press Mahaffey and wife, Susan; Greg Mahaffey and wife, Becky, all of Marlow; and niece, Melissa Mahaffey of Norman; several great-nephews and great-nieces; and cousins: Mary G. Wade, Bob Lyle, Bill and Sharon Payne and Helen Broyles. His parents, C.P. and Daisy McKinney of Marlow, predeceased him. 

John James “Whizzer” Miles, Jr., 1950 HS, 85, passed away on Monday, January 29, 2018. Whizzer was born on December 11, 1932 in Fort Worth, Texas to John and Gertrude Miles. Diane Bourland and Whizzer met at a horse show at the end of May 1954 and they were engaged by August. They were married on February 5, 1955 in Fort Worth. Their children were raised on the ranch and were excited to work cattle with their Dad. Geronimo was Whizzer’s work horse and no one else would ride him to work the land. Whizzer proudly served in the Navy Reserves. He graduated from New Mexico State University with his Bachelor’s degree in agriculture. Whizzer is survived by his wife of 62 years: Diane Miles, children: Melissa Ann Cornelius and husband William “Dub”, Melinda Jan Winterbauer and husband Bob, John Mathew Miles and wife Lisa, Daniel; Jack Miles and wife Wendy, grandchildren: Bryan Cornelius and wife Brittany, Lizanne Eichler and husband Russ, Erin Winterbauer, Lauren Harper and husband Adam, Stacey Barksdale and husband Nick, Lacey Bjorklund and husband Jay and Harley Miles, great-grandchildren: Tripp Cornelius, Tessa Cornelius, Alice Harper, Ava Barksdale, Weston Barksdale, and Madison Crone, and sister: Charlene “Sissy” Ballard.

Johnny Albert Morce 1950 JC died December 19, 2010, surrounded by his family. He was born March 12, 1930, in Laredo, Texas. Generous, kind, hard-working husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Johnny was raised in the upper valley and a member of a pioneer family. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, a U.S. Navy veteran where he served in the Construction Battalion, a 32nd Degree Mason, and a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers for 55 years. Johnny retired from the International Union of Operating Engineers General President’s Washington Staff. Johnny was predeceased by his parents Albert and Nellie Morce and his brother, Larry Morce. He is survived by his wife of more than 55 years, Sue Ulmer Morce, his daughters Dorothy Ann Collins and Patricia Morce Cofty (Brett), grandchildren Rebecca Maris, Jessica Collins, John Collins (Belle) and Lacey Michelsohn, and his great-grandchildren, Timothy Maris, Kaitlyn Collins, Julianna Hunter and Jacob Collins.

Charles T. Murphy 1950 HS “Murf”, Tink” or “C.T.” Murphy, of Cedar Crest, formerly of Santa Fe and Albuquerque, passed away Sunday, May 1, 2011, following a brief illness. He was born May 6, 1932 in Gallup, NM. Nicknamed “Tink” when he was very young, he always cherished his memories of his years growing up in Gallup, and many mischievous summers spent at the family cabin at mcgaffey, with his brother Jim, whom he looked up to throughout his life. He graduated high school from New Mexico Military Institute in 1950. He received a degree in Civil Engineering from NM State University in 1955, going on to complete Ranger training, and to serve as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army from 1955 to 1957. He had many life long friends including several of his classmates from NMSU. Since 1957, he rarely missed their annual fishing trip to the Lazy Moon Ranch on the Los Pinos River. Without hesitation, he was always quick to help a neighbor, friend, or stranger whenever needed. Charles went on to become well known and very well respected in the commercial construction industry, starting his early career with Robert E. Mckee, Brennand Construction, and Hunt Building Corporation. He retired in 1995 after 25 years with Davis and Associates in Santa Fe. He enjoyed many outdoor activities including fishing and camping with his daughters while they were growing up. He and his wife Barbara enjoyed traveling. They visited several different countries including China, Peru, Poland and New Zealand, to name a few. But he probably most enjoyed traveling and camping in their RV with their dogs, Maggie and Suhne. He was preceded in death by his wife of almost 30 years Barbara, in 2009; former wife Carol Murphy, in 1999; nephew Ted Murphy, of Durango, CO; and parents Aurora B. And Thomas Murphy. Charles is survived by his daughters, Bobbie Murphy and Caroline Murphy of Santa Fe, whom he cherished greatly and who were thoroughly devoted to him after his wife died in 2009; brother Jim Mur Angel Flores phy, and sister-in-law Marge, of Durango, CO; nephew Mark Murphy and wife Pat, of Maryland; Dan Murphy and wife Teresa of Durango, CO; his incredibly loved and spoiled Lab, Trudy, who was his constant, loyal companion and rarely left his side. Also surviving him are his step-children, Sally Gossett and Roger Gossett of Albuquerque. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.

John P. Nalda 1948 HS-1950 JC, 83, was born Jan. 17, 1930, to Michel and Soledad Nalda in Fort Sumner. He grew up in Corona, attended New Mexico Military Institute and New Mexico State University. He married Nancy Gentry on Feb. 9, 1957, and had two sons, Cully and Scott. He raised his family at Corona where he operated a cattle and sheep ranch. John retired to Albuquerque and later moved to Edgewood. He enjoyed playing the guitar and accordion and spending time with family and friends. John was a kind and loving man and will be greatly missed by all. John is survived by his son Scott, daughter-in-law Eileen and granddaughter Isabella of Prescott, Ariz., as well as close friends Charlie and Angela Wright of Edgewood. He was preceded in death by his parents, Michel and Soledad; brothers, Michel and Louie and son Cully. 

Robert A. “Bob” Northcutt 1946 HS-1950 JC May 22, 1928 – Dec. 2, 2011 Bob was born on May 22, 1928 to Clarence & Marie Northcutt of Ponca City. He attended New Mexico Military Institute, graduating Junior College in 1950. He attended the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a Petroleum Geology degree in 1956. He married Annette Marie Taft in 1951. He served With Distinction in the Korean War. He began his career as a geologist with Pan American in Mississippi. He was co-founder of Davis, Northcutt & Cochrane in Oklahoma City. He joined Mich-Wis Pipeline in Houston in 1977, Bass Enterprises in 1981 and finally went back to his love of being an independent geologist and remained a mentor even after he semi-retired. He worked with the Oklahoma City Geological Society and was the editor of the Shale Shaker for many years. He received the Martin C. Van Couvering Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions and was presented with the Oklahoma City Geological Foundation “Legends” Award in 2008. He was an honorary member of both AIPG and AAPG. His wife, Annie; both parents; and his brother, James J. “Jim” Northcutt 1949 HS-1951 JC; predeceased him. He is survived by Nancy and Jim Seely, David A. Northcutt 1979 JC and wife, Denise; grandkids, Daniel, McKenzie, Megan and Maddy, and by his “common-law brother,” C.D. Northcutt. He loved his single malt, his Oklahoma Sooners football, trips to the cabin in New Mexico and being called Papa or G-Pa.

Roy Thomas Norton, 1948 HS-1950 JC (Tom), age 86, of Miamisburg, passed away Sunday, Nov. 5 at his home. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Marian Norton and sister Ruthe Louise. Tom is survived by his devoted wife of 57 years, Dottie; son and daughter-in-law Doug and Lynn Norton of Lima, Ohio; daughter and son-in-law Mindy and John Ratliff of Austin, Texas; brother and sister-in-law Dr. Bob and Nadine Norton of Wichita, Kansas; sister Frances Newman of Dickinson, Texas; five grandchildren, Keely, Ryan, and Carson Ratliff, and Caleb and Garret Norton. A native of Roswell, New Mexico, Tom graduated from New Mexico Military Institute. He also graduated from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration in 1953. He came to Dayton Initially in 1955, after serving in the U.S. Army in Japan. He joined the staff at the Dayton Biltmore Hotel, before transferring with Hilton to Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, San Francisco and Hartford. In 1965 he returned to Dayton for a 28-year affiliation with NCR Corporation’s Product Planning and International Marketing divisions. He was associated with various hotel computer systems and hospitality product programs until his retirement in 1994. Funeral services will be held at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 515 East Third Street, at 10 am on Saturday, November 11. Visitation will be at Tobias Funeral Home Far Hills Chapel, 5471 Far Hills Avenue, from 5 to 7 pm on Friday, November 10. The family thanks Hospice of Dayton for their loving care and support in Tom’s last days. Donations in his memory may be made to St. John’s UCC or Hospice of Dayton.

Ralph Marcus O’Donnell, Jr. 1948 HS-1950 JC, 82, was born November 20, 1930 in Cherokee, Okla., the son of Ralph Marcus and Neva Harriett (Honeyman) O’Donnell. He passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, January 9, 2013. Ralph graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1948, Oklahoma State University in 1953 with a Civil Engineering degree and the University of California, Berkeley in 1960 with a Masters Degree in Sanitation Engineering. From 1955-56 he served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Upon his discharge, he worked for the U.S. Public Health Service – Indian Health. During this time he and his family lived in Portland, Ore., Walnut Creek, Calif. and Bethesda, Md. They returned to Oklahoma City in 1964 where he joined Myers and Associates Engineering which later became Myers and O’Donnell Engineering. Before his retirement in 1991 he was self-employed as O’Donnell Engineering. He was a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Professional Engineers, as well as, the American Quarterhorse Association. In his retirement years he enjoyed spending time on his farm, playing golf, attending OU football games, and taking many trips to the mountains of Colorado and New Mexico where he trail rode with his beloved horses and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sons-in-law, Larry Dye and Dave O’Donnell, grandson-in-law, Rob Fricke and sister-in-law, Vivian Roberts. Ralph is survived by his wife of 62 years, Neva (Butts) O’Donnell; his daughters, Kelly Ann Dye of Edmond, Susan Kathleen O’Donnell of Oklahoma City, Kerry Jean Hughes and her husband Jeff of Edmond and Shannon Kay ôKacyö Smith and her husband Greg of Edmond; nine grandchildren, Jennifer Fricke, Courtney Riffey and her husband Thomas, Jamie Dye, Patrick O’Donnell and his fiancT Reem Bahouth, Sean O’Donnell and his wife Courtney, Brooks Hughes, Darci Smith, Kelsi Hughes and Colby Smith; his great-grandchildren, Caden Clevenger, Luke Riffey, Caitlin Riffey, and Marcus Riffey who is expected in February; his niece, Marty Stroh of Loveland, Colo. 

Col William “Ken” Officer, USAF (Ret) 1950 HS born Aug. 29, 1932, in Los Lunas, NM, to John D. Officer and Fanny Belle Wittwer. He was delivered by his grandfather, Dr. William Frederick Wittwer. He spent his childhood making rounds with his grandfather to patients, often on horseback when patients frequently paid with chickens and tortillas. On June 5, 1954, he married Beverly Lila Woolfall and was commissioned as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. During his 28-year career, he was stationed at more than 15 bases. His military decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit, Presidential Unit Citation and the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters. Mr. Officer is survived by his wife of Albuquerque; two daughters, including Paula Petry of Gillette; one son; one brother; and five grandsons.

Eugene M. Peeples, III 1948 HS-1950 JC was born January 18, 1930, in Corsicana, Texas to Mattisue and Eugene M. Peeples, Jr. He was fervently prayed home into the loving arms of his Lord surrounded by his two sons, their wives and six grandchildren on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. Gene grew up in Houston, attending River Oaks Elementary, Lanier Junior High and Lamar High School. Growing up in Houston his main interests were his friends, scouting and his church, the Church of St. John the Divine, where he was a member of its earliest Sunday school classes in 1939, served as acolyte and received his Eagle Scout award in 1944 as a member in Troop 55. The last two years of high school and first year of college he attended New Mexico Military Institute, an experience he cherished throughout his lifetime. The study of geology took him to Louisiana State University where he received bachelors and masters degrees in geology, the two being separated by two years’ service as an officer in the U. S. Army, Armor, at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He cheered for the LSU Tigers enthusiastically and kept up with his Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity brothers over his lifetime.In 1952 Gene married Patricia Kerlin, his college sweetheart and best friend. After graduate studies at LSU, Gene joined Humble Oil & Refining Company as an exploration geologist, working in Wichita Falls, Abilene, Sweetwater, Amarillo and Kingsville. Their first child, Clay, was born during graduate school in Baton Rouge and Gene IV was born in Abilene. After so many moves across west and south Texas with two young sons, Gene joined an independent oil company in Corpus Christi in 1965, where they settled in for 17 years. While in Corpus Christi, Gene was active in civic affairs, serving in Leadership Corpus Christi, on the Planning and Zoning Commission for five years, one year as chairman, and in the Chamber of Commerce as vice president of economic development.One more relocation in 1982 would take him and Patricia back to his childhood roots in Houston to join a Canadian energy company as southern US exploration manager. Turning from active participation in oil & gas exploration in 1986, Gene actively pursued real estate investment and brokerage for the remainder of his business career.The move to Houston coincided with the birth of their first grandchild, and from that time forward, “Nana” and “Big Gene” loved on their grandchildren, took an active interest in all their lives, including becoming fixtures in the stands, on the sidelines and in the audience for athletic events and performances. Gene’s church was always a major part of his life and he served it well, being on vestries in Kingsville, Corpus Christi and twice at St. John the Divine after his return to Houston. He derived great joy from his involvement in career change ministries, Faith Alive, Men’s Life, a close-knit Covenant Group and various seniors programs. His faith was his bedrock in all circumstances, and served as his compass throughout life.The family extends their thanks to the staff at Treemont Healthcare for their efforts to bring Gene back to health after he suffered a broken leg in May 2017, and to Linda Parsons, trusted aid and loyal friend to both Gene and Patricia.Gene was predeceased by his parents, his brother, Robert I. Peeples, and his wife of 63 years, Patricia, whom he heroically cared for over her final years. The family remaining to carry on his legacy includes his two sons, Clay (Kay) Peeples and Gene (Suzy) Peeples, grandchildren Clayton, Paige, William (Ellen), Andrew, Preston (Ada) and Adair. He loved, and is loved by, his nieces and nephews on both the Peeples and Kerlin side.

Newton B. “John” Phillips, Jr., 1950 JC, passed away Nov. 16, 2009. He was 81 years of age. He was born in El Paso, Texas March 15, 1928 and grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He attended Grade School and High School in Las Cruces, and then went to New Mexico Military Institute, New Mexico A. &M. College (now NMSU), and Texas Western College (which in now UTEP). After High School and at the end of World War II, he joined the Navy and served aboard the U.S.S. HECTOR, and was awarded the Victory Medal. During his College years he received an ROTC Commission and was immediately called to active duty serving as a 1st. Lt. He landed in Korea on November 17, 1951 and took part in heavy fighting on the Western Front. He was stationed with F Company of the 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Division. While serving in Korea, he was wounded and was sent to 8055 MASH Hospital in Tague, Korea but soon returned to the front line. He received in Korean Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and the U.S. Service Medal. Upon returning home, he met his soon-to-be wife Bobbye Prentiss and they were married in 1953. He briefly worked at the El Paso Electric Company, the El Paso Natural Gas Co., E. & M. Supply and then went into the Home Building Business for the next forty-five years building many new homes, apartments and duplexes. In 1981, he served as President of the El Paso Builders Association. He is survived by his wife Bobbye of 56 years, his children Becky Martin (Jim), Bart Phillips (Tracy), Robert Phillips (Jennifer) and Linda Phillips. Grandchildren Austin and Ashley Martin children of Becky and Jim, Levi and Ryan Phillips, children of Bart and Tracy, and Brandon, Nick and Garrett Phillips children of Linda. He is also survived by sister-in-laws, Mary Jane Bills (husband Dick Bills) of Fabens, Texas, Betty Jo Andrews of Comanche, OK, Earla Smith, of Comanche, OK Jennie Mae Prentiss of El Paso, Texas. Also, many nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Washington, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana and Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his parents, Newton B. Phillips, Sr., and Ruth Mealey Phillips, his sister Phyllis Karlsruher, and brother William N. Phillips.

COL Robert M. Reuter, USA (Ret) 1950 SC passed away on August 6, 2007 at Panorama City Convalescent Center. Bob lived a life of service to his country and his community, and was devoted to his family. He was born on October 18, 1928 in Bronxville, New York, the son of George A. and Louise (Henry) Reuter. He spent his childhood in Fort Smith, Arkansas and Tucumcari, New Mexico. It was during these early years that he began his service to God and his community as a Boy Scout, a member of the New Mexico State Guard, and an acolyte and lay reader in the Episcopal Church. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the New Mexico Military Institute and a Master of Science degree from the Shippensburg State College in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. Following graduation from Officer Candidate School, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army in 1951 and served on active duty for 30 years, retiring in 1980 with the rank of full Colonel. He married Lucy Hudson at Fort Knox, Kentucky on June 13, 1953. They had two daughters, Becky and Kathy. Following a series of troop command and staff assignments and aviation school, he commanded the Utility Tactical Transport Helicopter Company in Vietnam in 1963 and the 7/17th Air Cavalry Squadron in Vietnam in 1968. He was a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and the United States Army War College. He was on the faculty of both institutions, and was an Area Commander and Chief of Staff of the 4th Reserve Officer Training Corps Region at Fort Lewis, Washington. In addition, he served with the 31st Infantry Regiment in Korea, the 1st, 6th, and 13th Cavalry, and the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Armored Divisions. He was a Senior Army Aviator, and his military awards include five Legions of Merit, three Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Bronze Star, two Army Commendation Medals, 21 Air Medals, the Army General Staff Badge, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the National Defense Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm. Bob was a Charter Member of St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church in Lacey, where he served as Vicar’s Warden, Stewardship Chairman, Vacation Bible School Director, Landscape Committee Chairman, and as a member of the Revitalization Program. He enjoyed his work with the Boy Scouts and as an Explorer Scout Leader. Bob was a Master Gardener, and his hobbies included fishing, photography, horticulture, and inventing gadgets. He was a sports enthusiast and had a great appreciation for classical music. He especially enjoyed camping with his family and teaching his six grandchildren and many other kids how to fish. He was a member of the Military Officers Association of America, the Army Aviation Association, the United States Army War College Alumni Association, the New Mexico Military Institute Alumni Association, the United States Cavalry Association, and the Olympia Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society. As his final act of service and in order to help research in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, Bob participated in several clinical studies conducted by the University of Washington. He had a kind and generous heart and will be greatly missed by all of those who knew him. He is survived by his wife, Lucy; their two daughters and sons-in-law, Becky and Duncan Turner and Kathy and Steve Luplow; six grandchildren, Aaron, Laura, and Sam Turner, and Sarah, Jacob, and Rebekah Luplow; and an extended family.

Robert Dunham Rierson 1948 HS-1950 JC long-time resident of Paradise Valley, AZ and montevista, CO passed peacefully on May 4rd at the age of 80. Bob is a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute, University of Colorado and Chicago-Kent School of Law. Bob served in the Air Force during the Korean War and pursued a legal and management career at New York Central Railroad and Greyhound Corporation. Throughout his life, he was involved in his family farm operation in Colorado. Bob was preceded in death by his first wife, Mardy Hammond Rierson. He is survived by his wife, Hannah Richmond Rierson, his two sons, Robert Hammond (Margaret) and Michael Dunham (Sarah) and his four grandchildren, Elizabeth, Rob, Zoe and Ross. Visitation will be Sunday, May 9th from 4 to 6 p.m. At Messinger Mortuaries, 7601 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale. 

Charles G. Salter 1948 HS-1950 JC, 75, passed away Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at his residence. Survivors include his loving wife, Mary L. Salter of Orange; two daughters, Yolanda (Donald) Daniel and Felice Salter (of Orange); two sons, Phillip Salter of Dallas and Charles G. Salter of Orange. He leaves to cherish his memory his grandchildren; Shalonda Daniel, Donald Daniel Jr. (of Humble), the Rev. Allen Daniel (of Orange), Vegas Degay (of Orange), Phillip Michael Salter, Christopher Salter, Talon Salter (of Dallas), Carlos Salter and Marlana Salter (of Texarcana) and the family’s miracle baby Richard Salter Jr. (of Orange). He is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Salter; one son, the late Richard B. Salter Sr. (Terrie) and one grandson, Charles Salter, Jr.

Nestor Daniel Sanchez 1948 JC-1950 SC (Age 83) Passed away on January 18, 2011 at his retirement home at Buckingham’s Choice in Buckeystown, Maryland. Nestor was born on July 28, 1927 to Jim and Clara Sanchez. Born in Magdalena, New Mexico, he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI), a master’s degree in geopolitics from Georgetown University and was a graduate of the National War College. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S Army in 1950 upon graduation from NMMI. In 1951, he joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) where he went on to serve with distinction in South Korea, Morocco, Guatemala, Venezuela, Colombia, Spain and various Headquarters assignments. While in Morocco, Nestor married his wife of 53 years, Joan Whitworth Russell. After 30 distinguished years of service as a senior representative of the CIA, Nestor was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Inter-American Affairs in 1981 and was instrumental in forming U.S. policy in Latin America. He retired from federal service in 1987 and was awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service and the President’s Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service. While living in Leesburg, Nestor served as the Executive Vice President of the George C. Marshall Home Preservation Fund where he secured funding vital to keeping the home as a museum for the public. A devoted and loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, Nestor is survived by his two sisters, four sons, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is preceded in death by his loving wife Joan. Nestor touched many people with his hard work, humor, dedication, and wise counsel. He will be greatly missed. 

Judge William “Bill” Schnedar 1950 HS – Judge William “Bill” Schnedar, 75, of Roswell. Judge Schnedar died peacefully on Sept. 24, 2008, after battling cancer over the last 18 months. Bill was born and raised in Roswell, spent his adult career as a lawyer and judge here, and, together with his wife, raised nine children, all of whom graduated from Roswell High School. Bill was born at St. Mary’s Hospital on Feb. 6, 1933, a day when the weather was 30 degrees below zero. Bill, his brother John, and his sister Jeanne grew up in a house on the corner of College Boulevard and Atkinson Avenue, a spot that now hosts the Roswell Zoo. As a boy, Bill and his brother John swam in the Berrendo River. Bill attended St. Peter Catholic School through eighth grade, and New Mexico Military Institute for high school, graduating in 1950. While attending the University of New Mexico on a Naval ROTC scholarship, Bill met and fell in love with a young woman from Pampa, Texas, Zudie Brown. They married in 1954, two days after he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy. Bill and Zudie lived in San Diego while Bill, as an amphibious line officer, served three tours in the South Pacific and one tour in Alaska and Canada, where he served as the assistant operations officer for the 1956 DEW line re-supply mission. After being discharged from the Navy, Bill and Zudie and their two children returned to New Mexico so that Bill could attend the University of New Mexico Law School. By the time Bill graduated from law school, he and Zudie already had four children, but he nevertheless managed to graduate first in his class. In 1960, Bill and Zudie moved to Roswell where Bill began his legal career by joining Lake Frazier and Jack Cusack in a law practice. Along the way, he and Zudie had five more children. In 1980, Bill left private practice after 21 years to become a judge of the Fifth Judicial District, where he served more than 14 years before retiring in 1995. Some of his many accomplishments on the bench include computerizing the Fifth Judicial District, increasing access to pro se litigants in family court, starting a mediation program in Chaves County, and bringing improvements to child custody proceedings. With the help of State Sen. Tim Jennings, Bill persuaded the legislature to provide equal pay state-wide for court employees. In 1995, Bill received the Distinguished Judicial Service Award from the State Bar of New Mexico. Bill’s civic activities included serving as a member of the Roswell City Council, the president of St. Peter Parish Council, director of the New Mexico Municipal League, a member of the Knights of Columbus, and a member of the Kiwanis Club. Bill enthusiastically supported all the activities of his nine children, oftentimes coaching athletic teams and traveling to tournaments across the state, and, sometimes the country. He was instrumental in starting the first girls’ softball league in Roswell. Bill, known as Daddio to his children, leaves them with many childhood memories of camping, water-skiing, Thanksgiving flag football games, and wonderful summer vacations traveling the country in two station wagons. Bill’s favorite pastimes included fishing, tennis, camping, boating, traveling and rooting for the Cowboys and Lobos. When visiting his children, it wasn’t uncommon for him to seek out a restaurant in Washington, DC, Denver or California that was tuned to a station airing the Lobos. After retiring from the bench, if he wasn’t visiting one of his children, you most likely would find him on the tennis courts or fishing the lakes of New Mexico with his good friends Dick Vogel, John Hickman and Leo Lammers. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Zudie, and eight children, Chris Schnedar and his wife, Carol, of Suffolk, Va., Kathy Shimizu and her husband, Rob, of Laguna Nigel, Calif., Patricia Schnedar and her partner, Kathryn Bader, of Oakland, Calif., Cynthia Schnedar and her husband, Mark Polston, of Washington, D.C., Mark (Polo) Schnedar and his wife, deedee of Albuquerque, David Schnedar and his wife, Karen Snyder, of Falls Church, Va., Mary Clouthier and her husband, David, of Denver, and Jim Schnedar and his girlfriend, Amy Louise, of Albuquerque. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, Jeff Schnedar and his wife, Kate; Jenny Engle and her husband, Matt, and two children Kaiya and Riley; Chris, Matt, Ryan and Sarah Shimizu; Zane, Sierra and Eli Schnedar Polston; Mike, Nick, Jessica and Megan Schnedar; and Trevor and Corey Clouthier. Bill is also survived by one sister, Jeanne Kunko, and her husband, Len, of Roswell; one sister-in-law, Rita (Silky) Schnedar, of San Diego; one brother-in-law, Jim Brown, and his wife, Marge, of Longboat Key, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Chris and Angela Schnedar, his son, Michael Joseph Schnedar, and his brother, John Schnedar. Bill lived life to the fullest, with a kind heart and wise spirit. He will remain in the memories and hearts of all who knew him.

Milton V. Stenseth 1948 HS-1950 JC, Jr. March 11, 1930 – June 13, 2012 Milton V. Stenseth, Jr. passed away on Wednesday, June 14, 2012 in Greenwood Village, CO. Predeceased by loving wife, Glennis (Deanie) Stenseth. Survivors include 3 daughters, 6 grandchildren, and 1 sister. 

2ndLt David Cline Stepp, USMC 1950 JC – Korea-Missing/Killed in action – missing 19 May 1951 on a Japanese ship being transported to Korea, he fell overboard and could not be rescued.

Rev. Robert J. Stewart 1950 HS, 74, was born in St. Louis, to Laura E. And Robert N. Johnston, Sr., he died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006, at his home in Batavia, after a prolonged illness. Rev. Stewart, the former rector of St. Mary Magdalen Church in Villa Park, retired in 1993, but continued serving the community as a substitute teacher, west side coordinator for Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services, and as assisting pries at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Elgin. A co-founder of Suicide Prevention Services in Batavia, he volunteered as a computer instructor at the Salvation Army in Geneva. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, in 1950. He served in Korea from 1952 to 1953, and was honorably discharged in 1954, with the rank of sergeant. Rev. Stewart received his bachelor’s degree in 1958, from the University of Denver, was assistant director of the Colorado Hospital Association in Denver, publicity and promotion manager at a CBS TV and Radio in Denver, and a public information officer for the State of Colorado. He enrolled at Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Wisconsin as a candidate for the priesthood in the Episcopal Church, graduating in 1967, and was then assigned to the Timberline Circuit of the Episcopal Church, serving at three different churches, in Breckenridge, Leadville and Buena Vista, Colo. The Lake County Arts and Humanities Council named him Man of the Year for a series of discussions on morality he inaugurated in Leadville. In 1970, Rev. Stewart joined the staff of St. Leonard’s House in Chicago, serving three years as chaplain of St. Leonard’s House, Cook County Jail and the House of Corrections. While there, he joined with other chaplains in urging Sheriff Richard Elrod to investigate and correct abuses at the jail. In 1981, Rev. Stewart was called to be Rector of St. Mary Magdalen Episcopal Church in Villa Park, a position he held for 13 years. The Alliance for the Mentally Ill bestowed their Man of the Year upon him for his work with the PADS Program in DuPage County. After retiring to St. Charles in 1993, Rev. Stewart devoted himself to several occupations, among them temporary secretary at the Kane County Judicial Center, substitute teaching in area high schools, west side coordinator for Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services, and, finally as assisting priest at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Elgin. He was also a co-founder of Suicide Prevention Services in Batavia and volunteered as a computer instructor at the Salvation Army in Geneva. Rev. Stewart was thrice married and is survived by his widow, Lou C. Gallagher; three children by his first wife, Joann Mullen, and one child by his second wife, Rose. He leaves four grandchildren.

Philip Winston Taggart 1948 HS-1950 JC, beloved husband, father, grandfather and mentor to many, passed away April 30, 2018. The son of the late Annabelle Taggart and Edward Alexander Taggart was born in Cushing, OK, and raised in Tulsa. Phil graduated from high school at New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) and attended West Point before receiving a double degree and graduating with honors from the University of Tulsa. While at NMMI, Phil was a member of the polo team copping the Best Horseman trophy his senior year even though he was the only city boy on the team. Phil is survived by his wife of 42 years Shirley Griffey Barr; his son Steven Taggart, daughter Teri Taggart Prickett; stepchildren Joel Hawthorne Barr, Robin Barr Sussman, David Donahoe Barr, and Leslie Ann Barr; grandchildren Jackie Taggart, Barry Barr, Tucker, Duncan and Lily Grace Barr, and cousins Bart Humphrey and Deborah Campdera. Phil launched his public relations career in consumer marketing with The Philip Lesley, Co., in Chicago representing blue chip companies including Dial Soap and Wurlitzer and the first company he took public was Midas Muffler. After moving to Texas, Phil was founder and chairman of Churchill Group which he grew from 1973 into one of the largest PR firms in Houston and eventually the largest Investor Relations firm in the southwest. He became VP/Americas and World Director of the International Public Relations group of companies 1984-85 and also taught Investor Relations at the University of Houston. He is co-author of the book “Taking Your Company Public” and has provided communications services for 61 initial public offerings including Norand Corporation, WellPoint Health Networks, Crutcher Resources Corporation and Hughes Tool Company. Phil was an accredited member (APR) and a past president of the Houston chapter of Public Relations Society of America receiving the PRSA Legacy award in 2008. He joined the Houston Racquet Club in 1973 enjoying entertaining, tennis and the past five years arriving at the door of the fitness center about 5 a.m., sometimes beating the staff. As a third career, Phil formed Taggart Financial Group where he has managed money for the CEOs and CFOs of his investor relations clients, their children and recommended clients from his CPA and friend the late Joanna Hoover. His loyal assistant at Churchill Group, Fern Congram, moved with him to support his money management services which was active until his death. Phil served on the board of Amreit Real Estate investment trust for 12 years, International Expert Systems, Inc., and Salon Group International and the Foundation of Texas State Technical College.

Dr. William C. Terry 1950 JC of Hot Springs passed away peacefully Monday AM. He was born January 6, 1930 in Lubbock, Texas, to William Vester Terry and Gladys Boyles Terry. He was predeceased by his parents; brother & sister-in-law, Robert S. “Bob” Terry 1951 JC-1953 SC & Betti Terry. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Drew Reeves Terry; two daughters, Druann & husband, Dr. Barry Baskin of Little Rock and Allison & husband, James Dowden of Little Rock; three grandchildren, Erin & husband, Jared Coleman, Blair Baskin and Jack Dowden. Dr. Terry graduated from Sudan, Texas High School; attended New Mexico Military Institute at Roswell, New Mexico. He received a BS from Oklahoma State University then served 2 years in the Armor Division of the United States Army achieving rank of Captain. In 1960 he graduated from OSU with a degree in Veterinary Medicine. He practiced 31 years in Hot Springs. Dr. Terry was past president of Arkansas Veterinary Medicine Association; elected Veterinarian of the Year in 1978. He was past president of Hot Springs Country Club, a member of downtown Rotary Club, past chairman of United Way and past board member of Teen Challenge of Arkansas. He was a founding member of Trinity Church where he remained faithful till death.

J. Penrod Toles 1946 HS-1948 JC-1950 SC, a seventy plus year Roswell resident, businessman, former State Senator and community leader, died peacefully at his home January 13, 2017. He was born October 19, 1929 in Happy, Swisher County, Texas to John E. Toles and Audie Penrod Toles who predeceased him. He was also predeceased by his three sisters Charlotte Toles, Christine Toles Elliott and Marybeth Toles Mangum. In 1943, Mr. Toles came to Roswell from Lubbock, Texas, to attend New Mexico Military Institute. This event proved to be the beginning of a lifetime of service and devotion to NMMI by Toles. He received his high school diploma, junior college degree, senior college Bachelor of Science degree and an Army Reserve Commission from NMMI. Mr. Toles also attended Washington & Lee University School of Law, in Lexington, Virginia, receiving a LLB/JD degree. Toles served five years in the US Army Reserve from 1950 to 1955, including two years’ active duty as a 1st Lieutenant in the 66th Tank Battalion, 2nd Armored Division, U.S. Army of Occupation, Germany. In 1954, Mr. Toles married Sally Saunders who survives him. She is the daughter of the late Col. and Mrs H.P. Saunders, Jr. Col Saunders was the Commandant of New Mexico Military Institute while Toles was a cadet. Toles is also survived by three sons: Perry Saunders Toles (and wife Sherri) of Roswell, Tyler Penrod Toles of Albuquerque, John Harwood Toles of Denver, and by three grandchildren: Joshua, Jordan and Shelby. Mr. Toles practiced law in Roswell for several years before forming The Toles Company, a family business involving oil and gas production, commercial real estate, and farm and ranch properties. He was active in state government, serving in the New Mexico Senate from 1960 to 1966. Toles was State Chairman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico from 1968 to 1970. Toles served in various capacities for state, community and church endeavors. He was a fundraiser and builder, chairing the building committees for the construction of three major projects in Roswell: The Roswell Family YMCA, the First United Methodist Church, and the Working Mother’s Day Nursery. Toles served as Board President of the Roswell Public Library; Chairman of the Roswell Industrial Development Corporation: Member of the First National Bank of Roswell Board of Directors; and New Mexico Chairman of the YMCA Youth and Government Program. Their public endeavors and charitable services caused Mr. and Mrs. Toles to be the first couple honored as ”Citizens of the Year” by the Roswell Board of Realtors. Mr. Toles was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Roswell, where he led an adult Sunday school class for 50 years. He served on the Pastor-Parish Committee of the church, and was a Trustee of the New Mexico Conference Methodist Foundation, Inc. Of the many organizations that Mr. Toles served, none received more attention than New Mexico Military Institute. Over a seventy-year period of close association Toles served as National President of the NMMI Alumni Association, President of the NMMI Board of Regents, and President of the NMMI Foundation, Inc. NMMI honored him as a Distinguished Alumnus in the Hall of Fame and dedicated the ”J. Penrod Toles Learning Center” in his honor in 1985.

Joe Burke Wells 1948 HS-1950 JC, known as “Buddy” to many of his friends, passed away June 1st after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 80 years old. Born on Oct. 26, 1930, in Amarillo, the son of Edyth Seewald and Joe Lloyd Wells, both also born in Amarillo. He grew up in Amarillo and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, before being called home to attend the family business after his father’s passing. In 1962, he met and married Brenda Breece, of New Albany, Ind., a 48-year union which produced three devoted daughters, before her untimely death in 2009. His love of fun and people, and his devotion to his friends, lots of whom he grew up with, is one of the many things friends and family will remember about him. An accomplished athlete, at the age of 34, he took up the game of golf, at which he excelled. He took great pleasure in competing in tournaments with his friends, and in the occasional game of chance. A strong, independent and intelligent man, he forged a successful career as a land developer and independent oil and gas investor. An entrepreneurial spirit, he is remembered by business associates and friends as, above all, a man of integrity and strongly held beliefs. He was also a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church of Amarillo. A devoted family man, Buddy is survived by his loving younger sister, Alice Hill and brother-in-law, Don Hill of Sherman, Conn., and his three daughters and their husbands, Breece and Dub Adams of Austin, Burkely and Tim Herbert of Houston, and Whitney and Mark Giles of Dallas. He has two granddaughters, Jenny Lynch Adams and Lucy Jane Herbert; and five grandsons, Joe “Wells” Adams, William Noble Adams Jr., Hamilton “Burke” Herbert, Mack Allen Giles, and “Joe” Wells Giles; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. The family is also very grateful to Phyllis Enloe, a dear family friend, and John Sawyer, his eldest nephew, for all of their constant love and care. And, a special thank you to Sandy Battenfield for her devoted service and love to both Brenda and Buddy in their final years. 

William “Bill” Harris Wilson, Jr., 1950 HS, 76, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008. He was born in Shreveport, grew up in Kermit, Texas, and was a resident of Baton Rouge for 53 years. He was preceded in death by his father, William Harris Wilson Sr., and his mother, Aline Kendrick Wilson. He is survived by his wife, Mae mcbane Wilson; four daughters, Colleen Chamberlain and her husband, John, Susan Fullmer and her husband, Darryl, Penny Webb and her husband, George, and Candace Nalepa and her husband, Chris; 16 grandchildren, James Chamberlain, Trudie Chamberlain, Jayson Gomez, Lauren Fullmer, Patrick Fullmer, Jamie Allen, George Webb, III, Christopher Nezat, Kyle Nezat, Lawson Webb, Duncan Webb, Jill Harold, Michelle Nalepa, Daniel Nalepa, Zachary Nalepa and Nicholas Nalepa; and 10 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Sandra Brown, of Rogers, Ark. He was a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute, served four years in the U.S. Navy on the USS Mindoro and attended LSU. He retired from the Highway Department after 25 years. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and was a member of Road Knights and Retreads motorcycle clubs. He had many hobbies, including building and flying RC airplanes and helicopters.

John P. Wolff Jr. 1950 HS – A resident of Houston and native of Oklahoma City, OK, passed away on Friday, February 21, 2014. He was 81. John graduated from Colorado College with a major in Zoology. Shortly after college he entered the U.S. Army and was Jump Captain with the 82nd Airborne stationed in Germany and other locations. He was multifaceted and had various jobs after his service, including pharmaceutical sales and retiring in the insurance industry. John was an avid reader, collector, trivia expert and woodworker. He was a member of The Church of the Ascension an Episcopal Church in Houston and served as a member of the choir. John was a 32nd degree Mason in the Holland Lodge and a Shriner. John was married to his adoring wife, Mary Ann Speligene Wolff for 38 years. He is also survived by his daughter, Theresa L. Swain and husband, David of South Ridge, VA; sons, John P. Wolff, III and wife, Donna of Baton Rouge and David B. Wolff and wife, Rhonie of Pocomoke City, MD; grandchildren, J. Powers Wolff, IV, Richard W. Wolff, Diana E. Wolff, Keily Wolff and Dave Wolff; and sister, Patricia Nolen of Glenwood Springs, CO. He was preceded in death by his parents, John P. and Mabel Daniels Wolff.

John F. Wortman 1948 JC–1950 SC – Bud was born December 24, 1928 in Dexter, New Mexico to Frank Wortman and Anna Wattenbarger Wortman who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his sister Norma Jean Brodie, his brother Robert Wortman, and his first wife, Jean Losey Wortman. Bud was raised on the family farm in Dexter and graduated from Dexter High School in 1946. He attended college at New Mexico Military Institute, where he graduated in the first four-year college class in 1950. In his graduating year at New Mexico Military Institute, he was the Regimental Commander of the cadet corps. After college, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and served in the 2nd Armored Division in Germany. While in Germany, he met Rosemary Anderson whom he married in 1953. In December 1953, Bud was separated from active duty and assigned to the Army Reserve. After 32 years in the Army Reserve, he achieved the rank of full colonel. Upon completion of his tour of duty in Germany, he returned to Dexter in December 1953 with Rosemary to join the family businesses. Bud and Rosemary operated the family businesses for nearly 62 years until her death in 2015. Bud then continued the family farming operation until his death. Bud and Rosemary have two sons: John F., Jr. (Johnny) and his wife Missy of Las Cruces, and David P. Wortman and his wife Lynne of Longview, TX. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren, Jacinda Juarez and her husband Jose Luis of Albuquerque, Danielle Dody and her husband Jesse of Charlotte, North Carolina, Allan Wortman of Austin, Texas and Jennie Wortman of Dallas, Texas, and Jacob and Christina Aguayo of Las Cruces. Bud has three nieces, Pamala Stark and her husband John of West Des Moines, Iowa; Sallie Wortman and husband Arthur Estes of Ft. Worth, Texas and Meriel Brodie of Raleigh, North Carolina. He has two nephews, Rob Wortman and Rusty Wortman, both of Tucson, Arizona. Bud is also survived by one sister-in-law, Jean Wortman of Tucson, Arizona. Bud was a devoted husband and a loving and dedicated father to his two sons. He was a prominent citizen of Dexter and was passionate about his involvement in social and community activities that was demonstrated through his service in the New Mexico Masonic Organization where he became Grand Master in 1979 and his membership in the Shriners Organization and Rotary International. Bud was committed to supporting the Dexter Public Schools where he served as a member on the School Board for multiple years and continued to mentor numerous school children for years thereafter.


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Thomas F. Abbott 1949 HS, age 78 of Medina, passed away Monday, June 22, 2009, at his residence. He was born Jan. 9, 1931 in Houston to Thomas and Edith (Dunn) Abbott.Thomas was a member of the 11th Airborne Division of the Air Force and served in the Korean War. He was a Chief Wildlife Specialist for the Parks & Wildlife Department and traveled all over the state. He loved animals, land and his family, and was very much loved back by them all.Survivors include wife of 56 years, June Abbott of Medina; daughter, T. Lakota June Abbott of Kerrville; sons, Thomas Wesley Abbott and James Ray Abbott, both of San Antonio and grandchild, Jamie Lynn Abbott of Austin.He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ricky Abbott.

Guy H. Allison 1949 HS, age 84, passed away October 13, 2016. He was born on October 28, 1931 to Guy and Ruth Allison in San Antonio, Texas. He was raised in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from Washington UniversitySchool of Law in 1958 (third in his class), and then moved to Corpus Christi, Texas and maintained his law practice in Nueces County and the Rio Grande Valley through 2010. He was a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (an international group limited to 500 attorneys), a member of the International Society of Barristers, and selected to ‘The Best Lawyers in America’. He was a 4th generation lawyer, and with two (2) 6th generation lawyers presently enrolled in law school. Guy had a great zest for life, and he enjoyed fishing, ranching, hunting, and world traveling. Guy was a loving father to David Allison, Dana Allison, Douglas Allison, Diane Allison, and Hannah Allison. Grandchildren: 5 total Allison Lester, Jason Lester, Christopher Allison, Sydney Allison, and Trevor Allison.

Richard G. Becker 1949 HS, 79, died August 15, 2011, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was born November 29, 1931, in Springerville, Arizona. He was a Navy veteran. He is survived by his wife, Nadia and children, Mark and wife Penny, Hutchinson, Janet Bland, Tucson, AZ, Kathryn Becker, Miami, Florida, Carol and husband Ken O’Keef, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Scott and wife Yana Huber, Breckenridge, Colorado; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Julius and Belle Becker, and a brother, Robert Becker. 

William Dana “Bill” Bible 1949 HS was born Halloween Day, 1931, in Lincoln, NE, during a football game where his father coached the Nebraska Cornhuskers to victory over the Missouri Tigers. He was a graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) in Roswell, NM, and of the University Of Texas in Austin where he was also a letterman for the Longhorn Football team. As a member of the University ROTC program, Bill was inducted into the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant and was stationed in Newfoundland for the duration of his service during the Korean War. Although he came from a football family, Bill carved out his own life in the oil patch of East Texas selling drill bits for the Hughes Tool Company before joining his Father in Law’s (Ernest Daly) title company as a partner of Anderson County Abstract Company. He worked there continuously from 1959 until his retirement in 2015. Bill enjoyed golf, loved his Longhorns, traveled the world and built an exceptional group of lifelong friends. He lived his life full of faith and with an undying love of God and his wife. A life well lived. He was preceded in death by his father, Dana Xenophen Bible, his mother, Rowena Bible, his step-mother, Dorothy Gilstrap Bible, and his sister, Barbara (Barky) Michalke. Bill is survived by his wife, Sara Nell Bible, daughter, Catherine Lee Bible, his son, Dana Rhodes Bible, grandchildren, William Charles Bible, Elizabeth Catherine Tenney, and Mary Caroline Bible, and great grandchildren, Jacob Elliot Tenney and Oliver Thomas Tenney. He is also survived by two nephews; Doug and Dana Michalke and a niece, Rowena Ortega.

Richard J. “Dick” Blair 1947 HS-1949 JC of Edwards, Colorado and Santa Barbara, California passed peacefully into the arms of God on Monday morning June 26th at 2:30 a.m. He was at Serenity House in Santa Barbara, surrounded by his loving family. Dick was 88 years old and for six years has been battling cancer, congestive heart failure and COPD.He was born in Los Angeles, CA May 26th 1929 to Lillian Trapp Blair and Sam Polow who soon divorced.He attended elementary school and high school in southern California except for his senior year when he attended New Mexico Military Institute ( NMMI). Dick was an outstanding athlete and participated in gymnastics, wrestling and played football. He went on to get his Bachelor of Science degree at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Dick excelled in the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) and specialized in artillery. With his training from NMMI, as well he was rapidly promoted from Corporal to 1st Lieutenant.He was called into the U.S. Army to serve in the Korean conflict and performed beyond his official rank to serve as battery commander in “Operation Big Switch.”After returning from the war he and his family moved back to Colorado where Dick worked in the insurance business and also became a broker for Payne Webber Jackson and Curtis. He and his first wife Karolynka divorced in the late 1960’s.In 1974 Dick became sole proprietor of Colorado Aero Tech, an aviation mechanics school. He grew that company into one of the largest and most successful aviation tech schools in the U.S. He also acquired the land adjacent to the school. He had his own airplane and truly loved to fly.In 1978 he met the love of his life. Jeannette Arithson. They married in 1980, and also renewed their vows to follow Christ and were happily married until his passing.Dick served as the president of the Colorado Private School Association, and on the board of the National Association of Trade and Technical Schools and was president of the Aviation Technicians Educational Council. In 1981 he sold the school and eventually the land when he retired. Immediately upon retirement he poured himself into Christian philanthropic activities. He served on many boards and committees of churches and of para-church organizations including, Harvest Foundation of Phoenix, that does world wide outreach, Mike Silva International, out of Portland, which practices evangelism primarily in Latin American Countries and Promise Keepers out of Denver and Boulder, to name a few. He founded a matching program for prisoners with friends called Friends in Transition, it is now known as Friends of Youth in Denver, which he continued to support. He has a heart for the poor and downtrodden, here and abroad, and was driven to spread the life-changing message of the Gospel. His witness for Christ continued until the very last day of his life.Dick Blair was preceded in death by his mother Lillian Blair, his brother Bob Blair and wife Pat, his precious daughter Cambia Blair, his son-in-law John Adkins and many more distant loved ones on both sides of the family.He is survived by his wife Jeannette Blair, his daughters Victoria K. Blair Adkins, Tresi K Houpt (Jefferson) and son Jake Blair AKA Richard J Blair II. Grandchildren Nicole Blair Adkins (Eric), Emelia Blair Adkins (Tomas), Samuel Beyer Blair Houpt (Kenzie), Franklin Claypool Houpt (Kenzie). Great grandchildren Zoe Blair Johnson, Isaac Russell Johnson. Half brother Joel Rosenkranz (Janice) and many more cousins nieces and nephews.

Dale Carroll Cheesman, Jr. 1949 JC passed away on Sunday, the 4th of January 2015. He was born in Dallas, Texas on the 22nd of October 1929, to Margaret Way and Dale C. Cheesman Sr. Dale attended Lamar High School, New Mexico Military Academy, and graduated from the University of Texas, where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. After attending The University for two years, he enlisted in the United States Air Force at the start of the Korean War and was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He then married his high school sweetheart and returned to UT to complete his remaining years of college. After graduating from college, he joined his father at Dale C. Cheesman & Son, where they traded in leases, minerals and royalties in the oil business. In 1965, Dale Jr. formed CICO Oil & Gas Company to drill and explore for oil and gas throughout Texas and Louisiana. He ran the company for over fifty years, coming to the office every day until his death. He loved his office family, especially his loyal and devoted manager Marilyn Faulkner. Dale earned a strong reputation in business as a smart, successful and honest Oil Man. Dale was a pilot, a guitar player, and an avid fisherman and hunter, where he was known as a world class shot. He loved taking his family and friends down to south Texas for big hunting weekends, and to Lake Conroe and their Galveston bay house for boating and fishing weekends. He was a member of and served on the boards of the Petroleum Club of Houston, the Houston Country Club, Tanglewood Bank, the Open Door Mission and on the Vestry of St. Martins Episcopal Church where he was a founding member. Dale sends his final salute to his many close friends, including the Old Geezers. The Cheesman family would like to express their gratitude to his devoted caregivers, Koko, Sophia, Trinika, Shanae and Bianca. Dale was preceded in death by his parents and sister Carolyn Cheesman Hippard. He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Shirley Edwards Cheesman, his two daughters and two sons, Sheryl Cheesman Doyle and her husband Doug Doyle, and Lolly Cheesman Erwin, Dale Cheesman, III and wife Stacy Scott Cheesman, and John Cheesman and wife Emily McDonald Cheesman, his nine grandchildren Douglas and Caroline Doyle, Courtney and Tommy Erwin, Taryn, Dale IV and Cecily Cheesman, John Christian and Carley Cheesman, his sister Barbara Cheesman Groves, and a multitude of nieces and nephews, including his special niece Janet Landry.

Aubrey “Aub” Collard 1947 HS 1949 JC, 77, died Friday, July 27, 2007. Mr. Collard was born Nov. 24, 1929, in Borger to Austin and Dollie Collard. He married Janan Stamps on June 1, 1966, in Las Vegas. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Tamara Snodgrass of Sunray; two sons, Aubrey Clifford Collard, Jr. of Austin and Miles Jackson of Richardson; a sister, Kay Brewer of Scottsdale, AZ; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Robert Paul Creson, Jr. 1947 HS-1949 JC Was born in Dayton, Ohio on Robert Paul Creson, Jr. was born in Dayton, Ohio on May 19, 1929 and died in Dallas, Texas on September 1, 2009. Paul attended Avondale Country School in Maryland 1938-39, was a team member of the Ball High Tornadoes (Galveston TX), the District 14AA co-champs in 1945, graduated from high school and junior college 1947 and 1949 from New Mexico Military Institute and graduated from Texas A&M with a BA in 1951. He married Daisy Jane Hill at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church on June 2, 1950. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sarah Allen Hawley and Robert Paul Creson and, in 1998, by his wife, Daisy Jane Hill. A former member of the Petroleum Club, Paul counted accomplishments in the oil and gas industry, including creating the boom in the Kurten Dome and the Bravo Dome CO2 Gas areas in the 1970’s and the Pecos Slope area in the early 1980’s. In addition, Paul was a former AAPL member, a member of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, a member of the Brook Hollow Golf Club, and a real estate broker in Dallas for the last 37 years. He is survived by sister, Sarah Hawley Creson Larroca; children, daughter, Cynthia Creson Clendenen and her husband, Andrew W. Clendenen; son, Robert Paul Creson, III; daughter, Daisy Carole Creson; daughter, Florence Creson Regan and her husband, Michael J. Regan; grandchildren, Daisy Caroline Clendenen Fung and her husband, Andrew Y. Fung, Andrew Astin Clendenen, John Michael Regan and Nicholas Joseph Regan, sister-in-law, Judith Hill Gardere and numerous nieces and nephews. 

John W. “Jack” Eichman, Jr. 1947 HS-1949 JC, 76, died July 12, 2007 in California. He was born November 6, 1930. Eichman, Jr. Enjoyed spending time with his family, flying, and giving advice. Survivors include his wife, Nina Eichman; previous wife, Marge Eichman; daughters, Tricia Monier, Dianne Eichman, Margaret Eichman, and Jackie Lucero; brother, Bill Eichman; and nine grandchildren. Eichman, Jr. Was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Mary Eichman.

William J. Eichman 1949 HS passed away Nov. 14, 2007, in Sun City. He was a retired pharmacist. He is survived by ex-wives: Norma Meyers and Theresa Eichman; companion: Gloria Kay Neiman; sons: Gregory Eichman, Christopher Eichman and William Eichman; four nieces; one nephew and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother: John.

Robert H. (Bob) Ernst, P.E. 1947 HS-1949 JC passed away in Englewood, CO, on May 14, 2016. Bob was born November 17, 1929, in Roswell, NM. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute and the University of New Mexico. He married Patricia Fleck in Durango on December 27, 1952. He served in the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers during the Korean War . Bob was owner of Ernst Engineering Company and served as chairman of the Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board. Bob was preceded in death by his daughter, Leigh Typer. He is survived by his wife, Pat, daughters Laurie (Greg) Clark, Ann (Tom) Lance, Carrie (John) Thompson, and four grandchildren. For many years, Bob and Pat called Electra Lake, CO, and Wickenburg, AZ, home. They recently moved to Englewood.

John E. Farley 1949 JC, age 82, of D’Hanis, passed away Apr. 26, 2013 at Air Force Village II in San Antonio. He was born Sept. 26, 1930 in Big Springs, TX to George and Claire Trapp Farley. In 1948 he graduated from Central Catholic High School and graduated from Oklahoma A & M in 1952. He served in the Army, 82nd Airborne in Germany, during the Korean Conflict. He retired as a cattle rancher. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister, Jan Lewenthal and sister-in-law, Nancy Hine. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary Farley of D’Hanis sister-in-law, Rita Kingsbury nephews, George (Ann) Flournoy of Houston, Tom (Teja) Flournoy of San Antonio, Robert (Pat) Flournoy of Dallas, Bob Hine of Washington, D.C. nieces, Claire Arnett of Lubbock, Nina (Sonny) Abelardo of Maitland, Fl, Elena (Ira) Schwartz of Miami, FL, Ann (Pequin) Castillo of West Palm Beach, FL numerous great nieces and nephews. 

George A. Graham, Jr. 1949 JC, Mr. Graham was born Aug. 22, 1928 in Lubbock, the son of George A. Graham, Sr. and Ruth E. Graham. June 25, 1971 he was married to Jeanne Sanders in Artesia. He moved to Artesia Dec. 16, 1977 from Truth or Consequences. He served in the United States Air Force. He was an attorney, and member of the Episcopal Denomination, Rotary Club, Shriners, Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, was past president of the Artesia Chamber of Commerce, member of the State Bar of Texas and New Mexico, and member of the Alumni Association of New Mexico Military Institute. He practiced law in torc for several years during the 1970s, and was a member of the torc Volunteer Fire Department. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Graham of the family home; sons, George Gilbert Graham of Santa Fe, and Scot Mason Graham (Kathy) of Bend, OR; daughters, Lyndee Graham of Glenwood Springs, CO, Bridgette Graham of Artesia and Melissa Graham-Lamure (Michael) of Austin; sister, Janene Jenike of Dallas; and three grandchildren, Bradley Graham, Lily Graham and Lakota Graham-Lamure.

John Robert Greenstreet 1949 JC, a native Tulsan, passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2015. He was born on July 1, 1929 at Momingside Hospital (now Hillcrest) to John Coleman and Wilma A. (Smerdon) Greenstreet. John and his older sister Doris grew up on a small farm at 56th and Lewis. It was here that John developed a keen imagination and a passion for the natural world and being outdoors. He spent his youth writing short stories, drawing and painting, and fishing in Joe Creek. Throughout his life he enjoyed the sport of fishing, which led to many memorable trips. John graduated from Will Rogers High School in 1947, where he was a member of the tennis team and Treasurer of his senior class. He went on to play tennis at New Mexico Military Institute his freshman year of college before transferring to Southern Methodist University. At SMU he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity as well as Phi Beta Kappa. While at SMU John met Mildred Alexander, and they were married (in Perkins Chapel on the SMU campus) in 1952. His first job after college was at the Procter & Gamble factory in Dallas. During that time he attended SMU night law school. Upon completion of that degree P & G transferred him to its headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he worked for six years. He then decided to return to Tulsa and worked in the Trust Department of First National Bank for several years and later worked for MAPCO, from which he retired in 1993. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church and its Friendship- Wesley Class, and helped to found the church’s Scholarship program. During retirement he enjoyed traveling with his wife, playing golf, and spending time with his grandchildren. John was preceded in death by his sister, Doris Greenstreet Niemann, who passed away in 2008. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mildred; and son, Robert (Bonnie) Greenstreet; daughter, Lisa (Tom) Weatherholt; and son, John C. (Doris) Greenstreet II; as well as six grandchildren, Alexis, John Morgan and James Greenstreet and Ellen, Laura and Daniel Weatherholt.

Charles Lander “Chuck” Heaston 1949 HS, 82, of Hedrick, died Sept. 18, 2013, at his home in Hedrick. He was born Thursday, Dec. 18, 1930, the son of John and Helen Lander Davidson in Hutchinson, Kan. He graduated from Tyler High School in Tyler, Texas, with the class of 1949. Following graduation, Chuck joined the U.S. Navy and served during the Korean conflict. Upon his discharge, Chuck moved back to Hedrick and went to work at Morrell’s. On Jan. 29, 1955, Chuck was united in marriage to Jean Dimmitt in Las Vegas, Nev.; she died Sept. 15, 2008. He later farmed on Jean’s parents farm for many years and worked various other jobs, including Pamco in Oskaloosa and driving truck for Don Beck’s. In the fall of 1983, Chuck went to work at Hackert’s Wood Products in Richland until his retirement on Jan. 7, 2007. When he was younger, Chuck enjoyed playing softball, going to stock car races, watching sports on TV and was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan. His family includes his two daughters, Darcy (Craig) Hackert of Richland and Donna K. Heaston of Hedrick; a son, Charles D. Heaston of Hedrick; six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his wife and his parents. 

John Logue Hooper 1949 HS, 81, of Palm Desert, died peacefully in his sleep on February 19, 2013. He was born on December 23, 1932 in Houston, Texas. He was raised in Houston and New Orleans and graduated high school from New Mexico Military Institute with honors. He then attended Rice University, and graduated from Tulane University with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he was stationed at Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C. as part of Eisenhower’s Honor Guard. He attended Officer’s Candidate School and was a member of the National Rifle team, where he distinguished himself winning many medals. After moving to Santa Barbara, he and his father formed Santa Barbara Yachts where John designed and built custom yachts, which can still be recognized up and down the coasts. John was a President of the Twenty-Thirty Club and a very active member of the Santa Barbara Yacht Club where he was fond of sailing. He made several long distance races to Mexico and Hawaii. In 1979 he married Deborah Wallace Haley. He then formed John Hooper & Associates, a yacht brokerage firm in Santa Barbara. Wanting to design and manufacture safety equipment for boat engines, he purchased a small manufacturing company in Chula Vista, Calif.., Aqualarm. He and Deborah at that time moved to Coronado, Calif. The couple lived in Coronado for 24 years where they were active in the Coronado Yacht Club and Crown Club. He held a private pilot’s license, and was also an excellent bridge player, and especially enjoyed playing poker with his friends. Upon retirement, he and Deborah moved to Palm Desert, Calif., where he was a member of the Crocodile Club and Ironwood Country Club. John leaves his wife Deborah of 34 years, and three adored children by his first wife, Paige, Allison and Ashley. A daughter, Pamela, preceded him in death. In addition he leaves a sister, Connie Phillips, and two stepchildren whom he loved as his own, Kelsey and Kevin Haley. He also leaves four grandchildren-Wesley, Seandon, Allison and Jacob. There are many others to whom he was a father and grandfather figure to. John was a strong, intelligent and loving man who was gracious and warm to everyone he came in contact with

James Dean Hull, II 1949 HS – Jim was born on June 16, 1931 in Bartlesville, OK, to James Dean Hull I and Catherine Mary Goodrich and called home to heaven on August 1, 2016 at the age of 85. Jim attended public school in Bartlesville until such time as the family moved to Tulsa. Jim attended High School at New Mexico Military Institute and graduated in 1949. After graduation, he returned to Tulsa and enrolled at The University of Tulsa. There he was initiated into Kappa Alpha Fraternity and fell in love with a Delta Gamma girl. Jim and Marian L. Black married on June 19, 1954 and thus began a 62 year courtship. Jim was drafted into the Army during the Korean War and was stationed at Fort Benning, GA. After receiving an honorable discharge from the Army, he resumed this college career and graduated from The University of Tulsa with a BA in Business. After a few years in the working world, Marian convinced him to go back to school and get his Law degree from The University of Tulsa. While Jim was going to night school Marian was at home raising their two small children, Cindy and Stephen. He then began working at Tidewater Oil Company which transferred him down to Houston in 1963. He then went to work for Occidental Petroleum Corporation, transferred over to Occidental Chemical Corporation in their legal department as General Counsel. He traveled to Russia with Dr. Armand Hammer to negotiate the West’s first business deal since WWII. Other business travels took him to Spain, Brazil, Libya and Venezuela negotiating contracts for chemical purchases. Jim was an avid golfer during his corporate years and later loved to play with his children and grandchildren. Jim retired from the corporate world in 1983. After retiring he renewed his love for music and while still living in Houston, he was an active member of the Bayland Ukulele Group. Jim and Marian settled in the beautiful Texas Hill Country and bought a home in Spring Branch, Texas. There they started the Guadalupe Riverpickers, and enjoyed playing banjo, guitar and dulcimer music all over Texas at numerous music festivals, The group even hosted a Dulcimer Festival at the Red Roof Lutheran Church for two years, bringing in dulcimer players from all over the country to jam and give some lessons to anyone interested in learning to play. The group continued to meet on a regular basis at their home to practice and learn new tunes to perform at the Texas Folklife Festival in San Antonio and the Boerne Christmas Parade. His favorite meal was BBQ pork ribs with all the sides followed by homemade vanilla ice cream and Fredericksburg peaches on top. From the time Jim was a boy he always had a dog beginning with his faithful companion Skipper and he will be missed by the family pets Jojo, Duke, Maggie Mae & Lily, who love to run and chase the lizards at their home; and their only mouser kitty, Misty. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Marian LaNelle Hull; his sister Catherine Haley; daughter Cindy Cox; son Stephen James Hull; grandchildren Matthew Cox & Amanda Cox; Denson James Hull & Olivia Claire Hull; nephews John Haley, Jim Haley, Tom Haley, Dan Haley and niece Ann Haley McMickell.

Lauren L. Hulse 1949 HS passed away on Saturday morning, September 8, 2012 at the South Lyon Medical Center in Yerington, Nevada. He was 81. Lauren was born in Duncan, Oklahoma on August 31, 1931 the son of Lawt and Edna (Zorger) Hulse. Lauren had served in the United States Coast Guard from 1951 to 1954. He received the National Defense Service Medal along with a Good Conduct Medal. Lauren had lived the past 12 years in Yerington coming from California. Before retirement Lauren had worked as a Chemist for IBM for many years. He was known as the inventor of ‘Toner’. He enjoyed sailing very much and also loved playing the piano which he played beautifully. He also loved spending time with “Buckwheat” his beloved Doberman. Lauren is survived by his wife, Joyce Hulse; his daughter, Stephanie Jill Phifer and her husband Ted; his son, Stephen Jack Hulse; his grandson, Evan Shea Phifer; his granddaughter, Lauren Nicole Hulse; his brother, Kent Hulse; his brother-in-law, Richard Hoffman; and his sister-in-law, Julie Hoffman; and of course his beloved doberman, Buckwheat.

Jack Neal Hunter 1947 HS-1949 JC was born to Wayne and Pauline Hunter on 11-11-28 in Gage, Oklahoma. He attended school in Shattuck, Oklahoma and The New Mexico Military Institute. On November 1st, 1947, he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving four years in the Navy and was honorably discharged as a veteran of the Korean War, on October 12, 1951, returning home to his parent’s farm, after his Father’s death. In 1966 Jack began a long career in Latin America, Scandinavia, Africa and the Middle East with Loffland Brothers Drilling Company, which later became known as Nabors Drilling Company. He began in the oil field as a roughneck, and retired in 1993 after work in seven countries, as Area Manager in the Middle East. Jack is remembered as a warm and thoughtful man who loved music, cooking, reading, and the daily crossword puzzle, even after his diagnosis with Alzheimer’s in 2006. He embraced the many cultures in which he lived, and gave his family the gift of adventure and travel which has forever enriched their lives. Jack is survived by his wife, Johnalee of 57 years, sister, Carol, son, David and his wife Erin, daughter, Dodie, granddaughter, Hope Elizabeth, and grandson, Sean.

William “Billy”Jarvis, Jr. 1947 HS-1949 JC was born in Nogales, Arizona, May 9, 1928. He entered eternal life on January 20, 2013 at the Veteran’s Hospital in San Francisco, California. He was a long time resident of San Francisco, who loved sports, especially football and the Forty-niners. Billy was the son of William and Haydee Jarvis. His family moved to Deming in 1932, where his father established the business of the White House CafT and Bar. Billy attended Deming Public Schools up to the eighth grade in Deming. He graduated from New Mexico Military School and attended college at the University of Colorado in Denver. Upon receiving his degree in Business Administration, he enlisted in the United States Army and served in Germany. He also was an active member of the Army Reserves until 1967. Billy returned to Deming and helped his father in the family business. He left Deming in 1963 when his father sold the business to Richard Sainz. He moved to San Francisco where he worked for many years in hotel and apartment management until his retirement from injuries he received during the last earthquake of San Francisco. Billy was a member of the Knights of Columbus of the Catholic faith. He was a kind and loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. His family was very important to him. He was always willing to help and support any of his family members. He was preceded in death by his daughter Jeannie, his grandson William, his sister Concha, and his parents William and Haydee. He is survived by his twin daughters, Debbie and Judy, a son Michael and his youngest daughter Georgee. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Michele, Melissa, Jamie, Justin, Sarah, Katie, Ellie and Marley. He is also survived by two great-grandsons, Jackson and Mason and many nieces and nephews. 

David C. Johnston, Jr. 1949 HS was lifted by his Savior into his Heavenly Home after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. David was born in Oklahoma City, the son of David C. and Gladys E. Johnston. He attended New Mexico Military Institute. He received a B. A. in Business from OU, and his J. D. from OCU School of Law in 1961. Four generations of the Johnston family have practiced law in Oklahoma, a fact of which he was very proud. David was nationally recognized in the field of Aviation Law. He was an active participant in Habitat for Humanity, past president of the Downtown Lions Club, and served 2 terms as President of Heritage Hills Historic Preservation, Inc. David served in the USAF during the Korean War. After his Honorable Discharge, he put himself through Law School at night becoming a Defense Attorney in Aviation Defense Litigation. David leaves a wife, Karen who loved him dearly for 41 amazingly adventuresome years. Children: D. Craig Johnston, OKC; Cindy McAuley (Mark) Half Moon Bay, CA; Step-daughters Tiffany Hawkins of Celina, TX and Nicole Black of Carmel, IN. He was pre-deceased by a step-daughter, Courtney Ann Dawson of Tulsa, OK and infants, Diana Lynn and John Charles Johnston. David (PaPa) leaves his grand-children, all of whom brought great joy to his life: David Colin Johnston (Heather), Katelyn Johnston (who served as PaPa’s caregiver/helper this last yr), Lindsey and Kaylee Dawson, Callie and Chance Hawkins, Montana Borth, Mark Jr., Nicole, Taylor, Preston and Aspen McAuley.  David was great at so many things. Making unforgettable memories was his forte, for he loved to make fun things happen. He became a private pilot, holding commercial, multi-engine and instrument ratings. Family ski trips to Breckenridge, were a favorite. He loved singing in the choir at St. Luke’s, woodworking projects, sailing his boat on Lake Hefner and the waters of the Virgin Islands. He was a rancher, cowboy camp cook with all the cast iron a cook could want! He raised Corriente cattle on his Lazy J Bar Ranch and was an accomplished team roper. He enjoyed trail riding with the Verde Vaqueros in AZ and NMMI Alumni Assn. in NM, where he served as a camp cook, having built his own chuckwagon. He loved bird hunting and was a long time member of the Grand National Quail Club in Enid, OK. For many years he also served on the Board of the Grand National Quail Foundation. 

Edwin Ray “Ed” Jones 1947 HS-1949 JC passed away 12/20/17 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer and a short battle with Cancer. Ed was born in Magnum Greer Co. Oklahoma 11/27/29 to Dennis Martell Jones and Fannie Mabel Watson. Ed grew up in Littlefield, Texas and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute high school and Junior College. Ed served in the USMC as a fighter pilot with VFM-114 and as a flight instructor at Pensacola Naval Air Station from 1951 to 1955.After starting a family in Dallas, TX Ed attended night school at SMU and received his BBA in 1961.He worked at Frito-Lay in Dallas from 1961 to 1986 and received the 1970 SPEA International Man of the Year award. In retirement he preceded to follow his love of painting. He was a member of the Dallas chapter of the Artists and Craftsman Associated serving as their President in 1990.He was preceded in death by his parents Dennis and Fannie Mabel Jones and loving wife Flo Jones. He is survived by his two sons and daughters-in-law: Dennis and Elaine Jones, of San Angelo TX and Tim and Linda Jones, of Memphis TN. Four grandchildren Shae Jones and his wife Sloane of Midland TX, Stacy Jones and his wife Christina of The Hague, The Netherlands, Hannah Jones of Austin TX and Ian Jones of Austin TX. Also, three great-grandchildren MaryAnn and Stacy Jones of Midland TX and Shelby Jones of The Hague, The Netherlands. Ed will be laid to rest next to the love of his life Flo in Dallas. The family would like to extend a special word of appreciation to the staff of Brookdale South San Angelo and the loving caregivers of Dianne Bass for the wonderful care extended to their father. And a heartfelt thank you to Kindred Hospice of San Angelo.

John Culberth Jones, Jr. 1947 HS-1949 JC of La Feria passed away on February 4, 2011 after an extended illness. He was born on June 25th, 1929 in San Antonio to John C. Jones, Sr and Pauline Sorrick Jones of Edinburg, Texas. He attended school in Monterrey, Mexico and New Mexico Military Institute, and received his BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. After serving in the US Army, John attended the Graduate School of Banking of the South, L.S.U. where he was President of his class. Upon returning to the Valley, he joined the Jones-Collier banking interest in Mercedes where he served as Chairman, First National Bank/La Feria; Vice Chairman, Valley National Bank/Mc Allen; President, First National Bank/Mercedes, Valley National Bank/Harlingen & City National Bank/Weslaco. John also served as President, Lower Rio Grande Valley Bancshares; Texas Bankers Assoc. Education Committee Chairman & Legislative Committee member; President, Rio Grande Valley Bankers Assoc.; Chairman, B&P International Bridge; President, Mexico-Texas Bridge Owners Assoc.; Vice-Chairman, Board of Regents Pan American University & Building Committee Chairman; Trustee & President of LFISD; President, Lower Rio Grande Valley Chamber of Commerce & Texas Chambers of Commerce; Chairman, Cameron County Park Board; Member & Board of Trustees, First United Methodist Church of La Feria; Member of La Feria Jaycees & La Feria Kiwanis Club. John was a dedicated Mason, as are his two sons, and was Past Master & an endowed member of the La Feria Lodge #1197. He served on various Grand Lodge Committees. John was Deputy Grand Master while also servicing as Grand Junior Deacon in 1974. He received his 50 year service award from the Grand Lodge of Texas in 2006. John was a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason and enjoyed 34 years of service as a trustee of the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children where he was a key member of the Finance Committee. He was very involved in Masonic activities throughout the state & one of the great leaders of the fraternity in the Rio Grande Valley. He was a mentor to many young Masons. After a distinguished career, John retired to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico with his wife Anne. John enjoyed travelling especially in Mexico & Europe. He was an excellent skeet shooter & bird hunter, an avid tennis enthusiast often winning against his accomplished tennis playing children, a connoisseur of French wines, and had an insatiable sweet tooth particularly for chocolate! John was a compassionate, loving man devoted to his family. He is survived by son, John Culberth Jones III & wife Patty, son, James Dickson Jones & wife Cynthia, daughter, Janette Lee Jones Gondran & husband Buzz, and wife Anne Martin Jones, and her sons, Martin & David Grapengeter. He is also survived by his children’s mother, Joan Dickson Jones and their grandchildren, John Collier Jones & wife Jennifer, Lauren Jarvis Jones Barner & husband Andrew, Gracie Byrd Jones, Jamie Lynn Jones, James Wesley Jones, Ann Elise Gondran and great-grandchildren, Audrey Noel & Hudson Andrew Barner. John was preceded in death by his parents and infant grandson, James Cole Jones. The family expresses their appreciation to the caring staff at Windcrest Nursing Home, Fredricksburg, Texas.

Raymond Paul Junemann 1949 HS, born July 25, 1931, to Rose and Fred Junemann in Galveston, Texas, went to be with the Lord on September 12, 2011. Raymond attended high school at New Mexico Military Institute, graduated from Texas A & I University in Kingsville, and the University of Texas at Austin. He was the owner of Junemann Insurance Agency in La Marque. Raymond was a true Southern gentleman and was loved by all who knew him. He always had a story to tell and a twinkle in his beautiful blue eyes. Raymond is preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Dorothy Baker Junemann; his sister Rosie Nieman; granddaughter Kerry Vyvial; and parents Rose and Fred Junemann. Raymond is survived by his wife of 15 years, Valena Weesner Little Junemann; his two daughters Lisa Junemann Palmer and husband Michael of Bonners Ferry, Idaho and Lori Junemann Littlepage and husband Chuck of Katy, Texas; sister Patricia Junemann Holmgren; brother-in-law John Nieman; step-sons Paul Little and Charles Little; grandchildren: Aaron Vyvial and wife Sarah, Samantha Littlepage and Alexander Littlepage, Gabriel Palmer, Lauren Palmer, and Kailey Palmer; great-grandson Kingsley Vyvial; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Pallbearers are Chuck Littlepage, Aaron Vyvial, Tim Porter, Paul Nieman, Mark Holmgren, and Paul Hilgers. Honorary pallbearers are Bobby Bohmler, Sid Holliday, Charles Little, Paul Little, and Leo Venegas.

William T. “Bill” Keeling, Jr., 1947 HS-1949 JC, 71, of Tucson, AZ, and former Lompoc resident was born October 26, 1928 in Dallas, TX, to William and Katie Barnhill Keeling. They moved to Salida, CO, in 1932 where he was raised, graduating from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, in New Mexico in 1949. He came to Lompoc in 1993 and was employed as a realtor with Hunter Prudential Real Estate until moving to Tucson in 1996. He was a member of Salida, CO, Lodge 57 F. & A. M. and Tucson Elks Lodge 388. He enjoyed fishing, cooking on the bar-be-que, playing bridge and was an avid football fan. He died Thursday, August 24, 2000 at his home. Survivors include his loving wife of 4l years, Jacqueline Keeling of Tucson; daughter, Diana Mass of Durango, CO; sons, James Keeling of Lompoc, Mark Keeling of Cabo San Lucas, MX, Matthew Shoemaker and Dan Keeling both of Kent, WA, and Bart Keeling of Cathedral City, CA; sister, Doris Connolly of Tucson; eight grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Cherie’ Vratny.

William G. Lewis 1949 JC, 79, of Burkburnett passed away Thursday, February 25, 2010 in Wichita Falls. Mr. Lewis was born to Otha E. And Mary E. (Gates) Lewis August 20, 1930 in Sherman, TX. After graduating High School he attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. He attended SMU in Dallas and Graduated from University of Maryland. He received his Masters Degree from Southern Illinois University. He married Charlene Gee in 1958 at 10th and Broad Church of Christ Chapel in Wichita Falls in 1958. He loved working on his 67 Mustang Convertible and being with the family dog. Lieutenant Colonel William G. Lewis began his military career 31 May 1952 after being commissioned a second lieutenant through the ROTC program. His tours included service as operations officer with the 5th Mule Train at Osan AB, Korea; Chief of Transportation at Reese AFB, TX; Chief of the Sealift Division at Tan Son Nhut AB, Republic of Vietnam; Staff Transportation Officer at the Headquarters, Allied Forces Southern Europe (NATO); warplanner at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., Joint Staff, J-4; and Chief, Traffic Management Division, 3760th Technical Training Group, Sheppard AFB, TX. His decorations include: Bronze Star Medal, Department of Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal. After retirement he taught Political Science for 20 years at Sheppard Learning Center. Col. Lewis was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 52 years Charlene Lewis of Burkburnett. 2 sons William Lewis and his wife Diana of Wichita Falls, TX. And Charles Lewis and his wife Mitzi of Burkburnett.

Laurin Purcell Marlow, Jr. 1949 HS, was raised in Dallas, Texas, by his loving parents Laurin Purcell Marlow Sr., and Frances Hill Marlow. As a child, he attended University Park schools, continuing onto New Mexico Military Institute for high school. Returning to Dallas, he graduated from S.M.U., active in the SAE Fraternity. From there he entered the Air Force, where he was a lieutenant for 5 years. Returning home, his love of photography convinced him to take over the family chain of Marlow’s Camera Stores. He was also very involved with the Salesmanship Club and a longstanding member of the Dallas Country Club. Larry and his wife, Patti, retired to Granbury Texas in 2006, until he went on to be with our Lord and Savior on Fathers Day, with many family members gathered to celebrate his life. He is survived by his wife Patricia Bair Marlow, sons Laurin Purcell Marlow III and wife Sheryl Sclater, John Scott Bond, Lisa Bond Moody, daughter Lesley and Thomas Stephen. Eight grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Dad will always be remembered for his love of sports, cooking, and fishing. he will be in our hearts forever. 

John Lawrence May 1947 HS-1949 JC of Fort Stockton passed away Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, at the age of 84. John was born on January 10, 1930 in Clovis, New Mexico. His parents were Jack and Alice Lawrence May. John married Suzanne (Sue) Hunger on September 22, 1953. John and Sue have lived in Fort Stockton for 60 years and have been deeply involved in a variety of local businesses and community activities. John was a loving and devoted family man, as well as a Landman, independent oil operator, rancher and horseman. Mr. May is survived by Sue May, his wife of 61 years; son, Doug May of Fort Stockton; daughter, Judy May Wiest and husband Rocco of Fort Stockton; 2 grandchildren, Chase Wiest and wife JaCinda and Kellie Wiest Young and husband Martin; and 3 great-grandchildren, Rylee Wiest, Cody Young and Parker Young.

Henry Pack McKinley 1947 HS-1949 JC passed from this world to God’s hands on August 12, 2014 surrounded by friends and family after being sick for several months. He is survived by his wife Margaret (Peg), son Ward McKinley and predeceased by his son Forrest McKinley , brother Wayne and sister Barbara. He is also survived by 3 stepchildren, two grandchildren, two step grandchildren and numerous cousins. Henry was born in Lynn, Massachusetts and when very young was brought out west by his parents ending up at the Ghost Ranch near Abiqui, New Mexico. He lived many years of his youth on the Ghost Ranch before attending New Mexico Military Institute, the University of Arizona and graduating with an Agriculture degree from what is now New Mexico State University. He served in Korea during the war where he took his rope to practice and teach other soldiers how to rope a dummy. When he returned after Korea he worked jobs in northern New Mexico and later began a career in Range Management working for the US Bureau of Land Management on southwest New Mexico and later moved on to be a Range Manager for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in northern New Mexico. He has been working his own cattle for over 50 years having had several ranches, the latest being Rancho Viejo on the south side of Santa Fe. Henry was a cowboy’s cowboy. He was never far from his rope and loved to teach anybody who wanted to learn how to rope. Henry’s idea of a perfect birthday, his being January 1, was to be able to rope if the arena wasn’t snowed it. He trained his own roping horses and trained horses for others. Henry won numerous championships and buckles for roping events over the years. He was a member of the New Mexico Old Timers Rodeo Association. His love of roping led him to help begin and support the Deaf Rodeo Association. He was very involved in that organization as he had a multitude of friends in the deaf community due to his son Forrest becoming deaf as a child due to measles. Every year Henry allowed many folks to help at his gathering and branding on Ranch Viejo. Lots of folks learned how to work as a ground crew member during branding. Henry would mentor you and make sure you knew what you were doing wrong while he was at it. These branding became famous events among the Santa Fe area with more people attending over the years than can be counted. After the brandings his wife Margaret would feed everyone with her well-known and enjoyed food. In later he and Margaret brought in a chuck wagon cook (Carl) to provide the vittles. Everyone who attended has favorite stories of these brandings. Henry also enjoyed hunting with a bow and arrow. If you visited Henry you were just as likely to pick a bow for a ‘stump shoot’ as to pick up a rope. He taught a lot of kids and adults archery and if you looked close you could see arrow holes in his hat that he would throw in the air as a target for fledgling archers. Henry will be sorely missed by hundreds who he helped and befriended as he is one of the last real old-time cowboys left.

Gerald William McLaughlin 1947 HS-1949 JC. Born: June 7, 1929, In Dodge City, Kansas. To Harold and Evelyn McLaughlin. Went Into The Arms Of His Lord On August 27, 2017 (88) His Families Were Very Hard Working Railroaders And They Moved In Many States While Jerry Was A Child. One Of His Claims To Fame Was How Many Schools He Attended. When He Graduated From The 8Th Grade, His Mother Graduated From High School. He Was So Proud Of Her. One Of His Death Defying Experiences Occurred When He Was 2. His Mother Had To Tie A Rope Around Him To Keep Him From Disappearing. This Day, He Had Disappeared And A Neighbor Asked Evelyn If She Had A Little Boy. “Yes” Well He Fell Into The Cesspool And A Dog Pulled Him Out. His Clothes Were Buried And His Dog, Chandu Was Washed And Had To Spend A Week Outside. Because Of The Family Traveling All The Time, They Wanted To Make Sure Of His Education And So He Was Enrolled In New Mexico Military Institute, Drove A Tank, Swimmer And Graduated High School. They Bought A Home And Store And Finally Settled In Watrous, Nm. Jerry Completed His Junior Year At Nm Highlands University In Las Vegas, Nm Majoring In Journalism. As A Square Dancer And Caller, They Would Have Dances In The Store Every Saturday. He Then Joined The Air Force Selective Service. He Took Pilot Training And Was A Radar Observer During The Korean Conflict. Very Proud Veteran! Served 7 Years And His Last Assignment Was At Wurtsmith AFB In Oscoda, Mi. That Is When I Came Into His Life. A Blind Date! I Went Home That Night And Told My Parents That This Was The Man I Was Going To Marry. He Did Not Call For 3 Days And I Thought I Had Lost Him, But On The 4Th Day I Received That Call And Every Day After For 3.5 Years. And He Asked To Marry Me In March, 1957.My Dad Took Him To Downtown Detroit To Buy My Ring. He Introduced Jerry to Several Jewelers (My Dad Was A Retired Police Sergeant and Patrolled This Area). Everyone Congratulated Jerry and Gave Him A Drink. This Was The First And Only Time I Ever Saw Him Drunk. It Was Supposed To Be a Surprise to Me, But My Mother’s Giggle Gave It Away. He Was Discharged From The Air Force And Returned To Glorietta, Nm To Start His Own Store. I Received No Phone Calls And Just 1 Letter Until May 6, 1957. His Mother And Aunt Came To Michigan To Meet Me And Asked “If I Call Jerry And He Asks Me To Bring You Back, Would You Go?” I Said If He Calls And Asks Me. Long Distance Calls Were Very Expensive Then, She Was Not Too Happy. He Called And Asked Me To Come Out. I Could Get An Apartment And Job In Santa Fe. When We Had Saved Enough For A House And Furnishings We Could Get Married. I Told Him I Already Had A Job. “Let Me Think It Over And I Will Call You Back Tomorrow.” May 7Th He Called And Said Alright We Will Get Married As Soon As You Get Here. I Left Michigan To Start My Life With Jerry On June 1, 1957. Our Common Desires Were The Lord And Then Family. Yes, We Had Our Trials, But Took Our Covenant With The Lord Seriously And It Lasted 60 Years. Our Daughter, Gayleen Came along 7 Years Later. We Were Excited By This Miracle From God As We Had Been Told We Could Not Have Any Children. We Wanted “9” But Settled For Our One And Only. Jerry Was Very Proud Of Her And She Had Him Wrapped Around Her Little Finger. He Would Play School With Her After Work And She Was Reading By The Time She Was 4 Years Old. He Was A Terrific Dad. While In High School, Gayleen Volunteered With A Spanish Exchange Program. We sat as a Family and Discussed It, Then Prayed That If It Were God’s Plan for Our Lives, We Would Get an Exchange Student. The First Was Almudena (She Came For Her Senior Year And 2 Years Later To Work For Our Good Friend Marvin Doyle). Gayleen Was an Exchange Student with Almudena’S Family and Then They Hosted Our Family the Next Summer. We Took Patricia Home With Us For Her Senior Year. In Between Them We Had a Friend’s Son, Jerry, Stay with Us for His Senior and Also Enrique Stayed with Us for His Senior Year. The Following Is A Message We Received From Enrique. “What Could I Tell You? I Have Wonderful Memories With Him, Like When We Went Fishing Trout’s, Or The First Time You Let Me Your Thunderbird And He Came With Me To See How Good As A Driver I Was (Not So Much) Or Many Others. I Think He Was A Lovely Person And I Am Sure You Are Going To Miss Him A Lot, But At Least He Didn’t Suffer. Next Wednesday I Will Remember You And I Will Pray For Him Although I Am Sure He Doesn’t Need It”. We Were Given the Honor of Being God Father and Mother to Our Neighbor’s Daughter, Joy. Jerry Took This Very Seriously And Loved Her. The Trujillo’s were like Family and We Cherish the Time We Had with Polly, Rubio and Family. Jerry Loved To Stream Fish For Trout, Hunt, Artist, And After Retirement From His Own Company, All Merit Roofing, He Became The Gardener At Home And A Mighty Fighter Of Crickets And Roaches. He Was Gifted With The Ability To Write Songs After 80 Years Of Age. He Wrote Walking With Jesus. He Was Quite An Accomplished Musician, Played The Accordion, The Alto And Soprano Saw (He Also Built An Addition To Our First Home With Those Same Saws.). Wrote a Book on the McLaughlin’s, delved into Genealogy and Considered Himself a Historian. He Was So Honored When Our Jesus First Family Gave Us A Surprise 60Th Anniversary Party; Even Though He Thought It Was Saturday And Was Not Coming To Church. Evelyn Had To Drive Out To Pick Him Up And Bring Him Back. There Sat The Bride With The Missing Groom. At The End, Every Doctor Visit, Hospital Visit, And Home Visit, He Made Sure He Let Everybody Know That I Was His Wife Of 60 Years And The Church Celebrated With Us. Every Time We Left An Appointment, He Would Be Sure To Tell The “God Bless You” And He Truly Meant It. For 60 Years, His Favorite Saying To Me Was ‘I Am A Jack Of All Trades, Master Of None”. He Allowed Me To Be The Person God Created Me To Be, I Traveled, Bowled, Invited Strangers Into Our Home, Got Involved With Church, Sorority And He Was Always Agreeable And Gracious, Opening His Heart And Home. Again, Thank You For Honoring My Husband Today, Listening To His Stories And Blessing Him With Your Love And Prayers.

Judge James S. Miles 1949 JC was born Jan 6, 1930, in Seattle, Washington and died Dec 12, 2008 in Taylor, Texas. James maternal grandparents were prominent early Williamson County settlers, coming here in the 1860’s. James graduated from Taylor High School. He received an undergraduate degree and law degree in 1955 from the University of Texas where he was very active in the Sigma Chi fraternity. He spent a couple of years in the U. S. Army reserve, stationed in Japan. James became a prominent Taylor attorney. He was very active in establishing the Taylor branch of Temple Community College and served on the board of the Brushy Creek Water District. In 1966 James became Taylor s municipal judge, a position which he held for more than 30 years. Judge Miles approach was very professional and fair. He wasn’t t big on courtroom decorum and wore a simple coat and tie instead of the traditional robe while sitting in a simple red leather chair. He didn’t keep a gavel, and if he did, he probably wouldn’t have used it. Judge Miles handled the court’s business on a daily basis as he believed cases should be taken care of as soon as possible with a lecture being the last thing a person would get. Judge Miles said having gotten a ticket or been arrested is problem enough for someone without haranging them .He loved raising cattle, and working and just kicking back on his farm north of Taylor. He loved to travel and would take in an occasional opera. Judge Miles will be missed by his family and many friends. Judge Miles is survived by his brother John Miles and wife Ruth of Georgetown, his nephew John Miles, III, of Georgetown, his great nephew Zachary Hunter Miles and cousins Larry Miles, Margie Coleman, and Jackie McDonald.

Arthur F. “Art” Miller 1949 JC, 81, of McPherson, died Wednesday, June 22, 2011. He was a licensed psychologist and director of counseling services at Emporia State University. He was born July 3, 1929, in Woodland, Calif. Survivors: his wife, Dorothy, of the home; daughters, Gay Henrikson-Ladwig (Phil) and Kay Miller Davis (Andrew), all of Wichita; son, Michael Fontaine (Terri), of Valencia, Calif.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

William Jackson “Jack” Montgomery 1947 HS-1949 JC – Surrounded by God’s love and family, William Jackson Montgomery passed away Monday, July 21, 2008, at home. Born May 18, 1929, in Tyler, Texas, Jack was the only son of Helen Norris and William Otis Montgomery. Raised in Roswell, New Mexico, he received a scholarship to New Mexico Military Institute, where he was a cadet major, commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the ROTC and graduated in 1949. In 1951 Jack graduated from the University of Colorado with a BS in Chemical Engineering. In addition, he served in the Army Reserves through 1954 when he was awarded an honorary discharge as a First Lieutenant. It was also in Roswell, New Mexico, when in junior high school, Jack met the love of his life, Mary Charlotte Spencer. On Sunday, June 17, 1951, he married Mary in the First Presbyterian Church of Roswell. Their marriage of 57 years was filled with passion, adventure, challenge, commitment, laughter and great joy. In 1951, a dedicated ‘company man’, Jack began a long and fulfilling career with Amoco Corporation spanning 39 years. His first assignment was as a research engineer in Texas City, Texas. In 1956, he was promoted to the position of Senior Chemical Engineer in Yorktown, Virginia. Later, in 1962, Jack became a manager of international trading in the Amoco New York City office. Moving to Tehran, Iran, from 1969 to 1976 Jack continued his corporate assent, first as Vice President and then President of Amoco Iran – Amoco Corporation. A final move in 1976 brought Jack to Chicago where he held the position of General Manager of crude oil supply and in 1988 Corporate Vice President of Supply. Upon retirement he and Mary moved to Lakeway, Texas to be closer to their daughters. Jack was preceded in death by his mother and father. He is survived by his wife, Mary; and daughters, Sarah Stone and husband Steve, San Antonio, Texas, Susan Rainey and husband David, San Angelo, Texas, Carol Ellen Montgomery and partner Michele Hearrean, Dallas, Texas; grandchildren, Russell Stone, Ponder, Texas, Ashley Stone Shepard and husband Captain Travis Shepard, Las Vegas, Nevada, Christy Rainey Vick and husband Nathan, San Angelo, Texas, Matthew Rainey, San Angelo, Texas, Elliese Montgomery-Shaughnessy and Amelia Montgomery-Shaughnessy, Dallas, Texas; great-granddaughters, Caroline Grace Vick, Caitlin Faith Vick and Savannah Ryan Shepard. A family man first, Jack was always involved in his girls’ schools functions, active in PTA, and served as a Deacon and Elder for the Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Petroleum Institute, NMMI Association, Crossed Sabers Society, Kappa Sigma and the Republican Party. His time spent volunteering for the Meals on Wheels program of Austin brought him great joy. He enjoyed tennis, golf, fishing, and fast cars. A big man with a large heart he will be greatly missed by family, friends and his beloved Andy.

William G. “Bill” Rippy 1945 HS-1949 JC of Glenwood Springs passed away peacefully on January 30th at Valley View Hospital with his family by his side. Bill was born in New Castle on April 18th 1927 to Earl and Jessie (Raley) Rippy. He grew up spending his summers at the family’s sawmill on the Flattops and attended New Castle schools through the 10th grade. He then graduated High School from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM and was in his last week of basic training when WWII ended. He finished his tour of duty in Germany, afterwards returning to New Mexico Military Institute Junior College to get his Associates degree. He worked at the sawmill for several years and was attending CU Boulder when he met his future wife Dolores Chleborad. Bill and Dolores were marrried on June 2nd 1951. He was recalled during the Korean Conflict and was once again stationed in Germany. Upon returning to the valley he continued working at the family sawmill and real estate development businesses. In 1964 he returned to college and in 1965 obtained his bachelor’s degee from the University of Denver. He taught school in New Castle and Rifle for the next 20 years, retiring in 1985. Bill had a great sense of humor and liked a good joke. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and just hiking through the forest with his dog. He also loved to read and valued education. His greatest joy, however, came from his family, especially his grand and great-grandchildren and he was sure to let you know of their most recent accomplishments. He is predeceased by Dolores, his wife of almost 60 years, his parents and his brother, Leonard. Bill is survived by his four children: Terry (Randy) Jacobsen of Glenwood, Valerie (Tom) Evans of Sedalia, CO, David (Mary) Rippy of Glenwood and Julie (Todd) Thulson also of Glenwood; his grandchildren: Erik (Sarah) Jacobsen; Ingrid (Jeremy) Wussow; Lee Evans, Jackie (Jared) Johnson; Kerry, Allie and Sarah Rippy; and Tyler and Lauren Thulson; also, great grandchildren Hans and Anders Jacobsen; and Aiden and West Wussow.

Adolphus O. Pipkin, Jr. 1947 HS-1949 JC, Passed away March 10, 2011.

Noel Robert 1949 JC, 78, of Tyler, TX, formerly of Mattoon died Friday, Sept. 14, 2007. He was born Jan. 13, 1929, in Chicago. He married Sue Jane Hays in 1954; she died in 1975. He married Hannah Austin in 1977; she survives. Other survivors include a son, Marc Robert of Las Cruces, NM; three daughters, Julie Taylor of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Suzanne Beverly of Austin, TX, and Annette Thomas of Georgetown, TX, Brother, Daniel Robert of Muncie, IN; and nine grandchildren. Mr. Robert worked in the oil business for many years. He was a member of the Willow Brook Country Club, the Christ Episcopal Church in Tyler, TX, and was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Billy Charles Ross 1949 JC entered into his eternal life, April 25, 2008 in Riverside, California. Born in Healdton Oklahoma, February 1, 1928 to Earnest Collier Ross (Buck) and Drue Willie Ross (Pickens). Preceded in death by his parents, sister Bernita, brother Ben. Survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Lena Floy Ross (Denson), three sons, Pastor Terry A. Ross, wife Susie L. (Brugh) Ross of Roanoke Virginia, David Kent Ross and wife Cheryl (Smoot) Ross of Mesa Arizona, Dr. Kevin L. Ross and wife Dr. Kim Biederman of Montville, New Jersey. Grandad (Daw) to six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren. He was a preferred operator of Operating Engineers I.U.O.E. Local 12, 47 years, completing construction of bridges from West Texas to the Pacific Coast. He was never idle, quick to humor, possessing, and an unsurpassed work ethic

Robert Sheehy, Sr. 1949 JCFormer Waco Mayor Bob Sheehy passed away Dec. 2, 2012. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at St. Louis Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. On Friday evening, Dec. 7, the rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. At oakcrest Funeral Home, 4520 Bosque Boulevard, and a visitation will follow at 6:30 p.m. Bob was born in Waco to John and Herma Jelinek Sheehy on Aug. 16, 1930. He was raised in Waco and graduated from Waco High School. He continued his education at New Mexico Military Institute, graduating at the top of his class. Bob attended the University of Texas and then Baylor University, from which he received his law degree. He married Zoe Ann Reese on Jan. 30, 1954. After serving in the Air Force, Bob and Zoe Ann moved back to Waco in 1958 where he joined his father and brother in the practice of law. He would go on to become a partner in the firm of Sheehy, Lovelace and Mayfield where he practiced for many years. Bob always enjoyed being around family and friends. He loved family gatherings, playing with his children and grandchildren. Easters would find him attached to a grandchild hunting eggs. Bob and Zoe Ann took great pleasure in hosting friends and family on Christmas Eve for many years. They also became fixtures on the tennis courts of Waco and loved spending leisure hours at the beach. Following his father’s example, Bob began a legacy of service to the Waco community. His father believed that you do your best to help make your community a better place and Bob’s life of service embodied this belief. He joined the Waco Jaycees and served as chapter President. As part of his Jaycees’ involvement, he went on to serve as President of the Texas Jaycees. His experiences with the Jaycees formed the foundation of service leadership that he brought to the community. In 1965, he was named to the Charter Board of Trustees of mclennan Community College. As part of the founding board, he was instrumental in establishing the College and overseeing the building of the campus overlooking the Bosque River, including the passage of the bond issue that provided the funding to build the college. He served as a Trustee for 13 years. The success of MCC in providing educational opportunities for the community has always been a source of great pride for him. Bob was elected to the Waco City Council in 1991. He was elected Mayor in 1992 and served two terms. As Mayor, Bob was known as a consensus builder who worked with all areas of the city to bring people together. During his tenure, a formal system of neighborhood associations was established to ensure all residents were included in an association. This system of associations was one of the first of its kind and still functions today. His term was also marked with tragedy, as he was called to represent the city during the Branch Davidian siege outside of Waco. The calming presence Bob presented as the city was flooded by international attention helped Waco survive the global spotlight. When the opportunity arose for Waco to obtain the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1990, Bob joined a group of community leaders in successfully negotiating the relocation of the Hall to Waco. Bob’s faith was always with him. He served St. Louis School as a board member and helped establish St. Louis Catholic Church. He served Reicher Catholic High School, both as a school board member and as co-chair of the Reicher Renaissance campaign to expand the school. In addition, he served for several years on the board of Providence Hospital. He also was actively involved in his profession. Besides being a member of various bar associations, he was a member of the Defense Research Institute and was recognized by DRI with the Fred H. Seivert Award as an outstanding defense bar leader. He was a member of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel (TADC) and served a term as its President. Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Zoe Ann; his parents; and a sister, Patsy Sheehy. He is survived by his children, Bob Sheehy Jr. And wife, Kay, Jeff Sheehy and spouse, Bill Berry, Matt Sheehy and wife, Celeste, Jack Sheehy and wife, Laurie, Laura Sheehy and Patrick Sheehy; as well as ten grandchildren, Bobby Sheehy and wife, Scotti, Cathy Sheehy, Amy Sheehy, Jason Sheehy and wife, Phylicia, Justin Sheehy, Josh Sheehy, Jeremy Sheehy, Joshua Landon Sheehy, Jonathan Sheehy and Michelle Berry. Bob is also survived by his brother, John Sheehy Jr., and his sisters, Norma Rhodes and Joanne Hoover and husband, Cameron.

Emir H. Shuford 1949 JC, Hamvasy Faithful spirit, creative mind, and loving husband, father, and grandfather, Emir (Hap) Hamvasy Shuford joined his Lord and Savior September 12, 2011. Emir earned two Masters and a Ph.D which he used throughout his career as an inventor of tools to measure and maximize knowledge. He met his caring wife Jane in Tyler, Texas 36 years ago. He leaves a legacy of great faith to three daughters Laura Welch (Patrick), Shirley Mechem (Jack) and Holly Shepherd (Greg), as well as his grandchildren Kelly and Charlie Albright, Jackson and Colby Mechem, and Jessica and Joshua Gorse.

Jason Byron Sowell, Jr. 1949 HS of Dallas passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, at his residence in Dallas. He was 84 years old. He was born in El Dorado, Arkansas, on February 12, 1932, to Dick Sowell and Mary Rowland. At an early age he and his family moved to Texas, first to Tyler, then as a teen to Dallas. He attended Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, where his interest in history was sparked into a lifelong passion. Some of his best memories were formed during his years at Washington and Lee, and he continued to hold the university in high esteem his entire life. Following a short tour of duty with the US Navy he attended the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. He was admitted to the Bar in 1959, practicing with the firm of Edwards, Lowell and Padgett. He took great pride in the plaque he received from the Bar Association in recognition of his 50 years of service. He was a sportsman and a tournament marksman. He collected antique guns, accumulating over the years one of the finest collections of US Marshall pistols in the United States. He enjoyed travel, visiting France and Switzerland annually. While he relished the good things in life, his family meant the most to him. His children and grandchildren have especially fond memories of weekends with him at the farm and his annual Christmas Eve party. He was a member of the Dallas Country Club, the Dallas Petroleum Club, Calyx, Idlewild, Terpsichore, and others. Jason is preceded in death by his brother, James R. Sowell, and his son, Jason Byron Sowell III. Survivors include his son, Lee Rowland Sowell, his daughter, Susan Lyman Buhner, and her husband, David, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

MSG Robert E. Stafford, USA (Ret) 1949 JC, age 88, died Tuesday, October 24, 2017 after a brief illness. Mr. Stafford was born May 11, 1929 in Midland, Texas, a son of the late Everett and Cecil Stafford. He attended the University of Houston and served his country in the U.S. Air Force. He was a resident on Aiken, SC, for the past 15 years, having previously lived in Blue Hill, Maine. Mr. Stafford enjoyed playing golf, tennis, skiing, reading, and gardening. In addition to his parents, Mr. Stafford was preceded in death by a son, Mark Stafford. He is survived by Joan Stafford, his beloved wife of 61 years; a daughter, Holly Stafford; two grandchildren, Colby James Allen and Simeon Mark Allen; and a brother, Jay Stafford.

William “Steve” Leonard Stephens 1947 HS-1949 JC was born in Covington, Kentucky on April 19, 1929 and was raised mainly in California. He graduated from high school and Junior College at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. Steve enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1950 and rose to the rank of Hospital man II. Two of those 4 years were spent assigned to the U.S. Marine Corps where he served as a Navy Corpsman which included 1 year on lines in Korea. He was discharged in 1954. He next attended California State University, Sacramento, graduating with a B.S. with honors in biology in 1957. In 1957 he was also lucky enough to marry Claire Neall Motsinger. Steve and Claire moved to Davis, CA where Steve used a research assistantship at University of California, Davis, to earn his PhD in microbiology while Claire worked on her PHT (Putting Hubby Through) in the Agronomy Dept. Upon graduation in 1963, Steve became a professor of Microbiology at California State University, Chico. During his 31 years there, Steve held the administrative positions of Chair, Dept. Of Biological Sciences for 6 years, Dean of the College of Natural Sciences for 14 years, and University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for 2-1/2 years prior to retirement in 1994. Steve and Claire moved to the coast at Florence, Oregon where they built a beautiful home at the mouth of the Siuslaw River, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. After 12 years of enjoying sea breezes, they moved to McMinnville, Oregon and Hillside Brookdale Community where they were extremely happy. Steve and Claire enjoyed numerous travels during their married life including Mexico, Hawaii, Canada, England, portions of Europe, and Alaska, to name a few. Steve enjoyed working outdoors, spending every possible moment creating beautiful Japanese Style gardens. Steve is survived by his wife of 60 years and Sister Mary Carlyle (Donald). 

Wesley F. Swope 1947 HS-1949 JC, 76, of Las Cruces died Saturday, March 10, 2007 at Mountain View Regional Medical Center. He was born on July 30, 1930 in Albuquerque, NM, to Eugenia Field and Edwin Swope. He was in the Dairy Business his entire life and retired from Dean Foods in 1996. Mr. Swope was a member of San Albino Catholic Church in Mesilla, NM. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Fredericka L. Swope. Survivors include his daughter, Barbara A. Janishefski and her husband Jerry of Anthem, AZ; his sons, Robert D. Swope of Longwood, FL, John W. Swope and his wife, Lourdes of Odessa, FL; six grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. 

Kenneth Tunnell 1947 HS-1949 JC passed away Saturday, May 11, 2013, at the age of 83. He slipped away quietly with his loving wife, Linda, and daughters, Gidi and Laura, at his side. Kenneth was born May 31, 1929, in Quitaque to Ernest and Maizine Tunnell. As a young boy, he and his brothers roamed the Cap Rock country, getting into the typical “boy” trouble. Ken attended school in Quitaque, Plainview, and graduated from high school at New Mexico Military Institute. Baylor University is where Ken majored in physics and minored in math. He was in ROTC both at New Mexico Military Institute and Baylor. Ken joined the Air Force with the intent of becoming a pilot, but because of his degree in physics he was assigned as a physicist at Sandia Base in Albuquerque, NM, to work on top secret nuclear projects. Ken worked for several life insurance companies as an actuary prior to joining Schmidt, Mitchell, LLC as a partner. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and Inquirer Sunday School Class. Kenneth was an avid bridge player and was a member of ACBL. He was also an avid reader until Parkinson’s ended both of those activities. He also enjoyed poker, craps and deep-sea fishing. He belonged to several investment clubs, serving as treasurer. He also served as treasurer of the Inquirers Sunday School Class. He also was very involved with civic activities, particularly the Jaycees. Ken looked forward to having his children and grandchildren come to visit him. He loved football, golf, watching the Texas Rangers and any sport the Baylor Bears were playing. Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Maizine Tunnell and a brother, Ernest Benton Tunnell Jr. Survivors: He is survived by his loving wife, Linda Tunnell loving brother, Graddy Tunnell and wife, Sherry, of Plainview daughter, Laura Glass of Antioch, Calif. daughter, Ruth Tunnell of Dallas son, Christopher Tunnell and his wife, Susan, of Wyndmoor, Pa. daughter, Gidi Schoggins and her husband, Ricky, of Magnolia stepdaughter, Kristina Higgins and her husband, Brian, of Frisco and loving kitty, Sundae. Ken is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, John Glass of Farmington, NM., Kierstynn and Kaylie Schoggins of Magnolia, and Mary Kate and Andy Higgins of Frisco. Kenneth is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Thomas Lee Williams, Jr. 1949 HS passed away Saturday, June 27, 2015. Tom was born on March 6, 1932, to Thomas Lee Williams, Sr. and Jane (Taliaferro) Williams in Clarendon, Texas. He graduated from Anton High School and was attending Texas Tech University when he was drafted into the Army. He married Christine Stephenson on April 25, 1953 in Paris, Texas. After serving in the Panama Canal during the Korean Conflict, Tom completed his education at the University of Texas, School of Pharmacy, Austin. Tom’s father, mother, and an uncle were also pharmacists. He worked for his uncle in Houston for several years. Then the couple moved to Lubbock in 1962 and Tom worked in retail drug for several pharmacies for ten years. For the next 20 years he worked as a regional pharmaceutical examiner for the State of Texas vendor drug program and human resources. He then went into private consulting for nursing homes until his retirement in 2013. He recently served as a board of directors for Platinum Bank. Tom also was a licensed Ham Radio operator. He was an active member of Trinity Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and on numerous committees. He was presently a member of Indiana Ave. Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Clifford Wallace Williams. Tom is survived by his loving wife, Christine Williams; a son, Dr. Thomas Lee Williams, III, of Lubbock; a daughter, Becky Williams of Allen, a granddaughter, Dr. Tiffany Hoskins and husband Dr. John Hoskins of Idabell, OK; a grandson, Thomas Lee Williams, IV and wife Jennifer of Lubbock; four great-grandsons, Baker Hoskins, Joseph Hoskins, Jackson Hoskins, and Thomas Lee Williams, V.; a sister in law, Jerlene Williams of Hereford and a niece, Brenda Moody and husband Gary of Corpus Christi. 

Robert “Bob” Windle 1947 HS-1949 JC, 78, died Friday, Aug. 24, 2007 in Amarillo, Texas.. Robert Windle was born Sept. 12, 1928, in Sayre to Clyde Helen and Okie Nelson Windle. He passed away Aug. 24, 2007, in Amarillo at the age of 78 years, 11 months and 12 days. Bob attended Sayre School before graduating from the New Mexico Military Institute. Bob enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country during the Korean conflict with the Thunderbirds, 45th Division, and Battery C of the 158th Field Artillery. After his discharge in 1952, he continued his education at the University of Oklahoma and completed his education at Southwestern State College in Weatherford. He later sold pharmaceuticals for a brief period before beginning his career as a teacher. He taught in Pampa, Texas, and Spring Creek School near Skelly town, Texas. Bob retired from teaching in the mid-1970s and then started his own independent oil and gas company, which he operated until his death. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Eloise Dugger. Survivors include a daughter, Donna Needham and husband Danny of Amarillo; a son, Jay Windle and wife Angie of Sayre; three grandchildren, Dylan Dorsey, Delaney Needham and Courtney Jacks; a sister, Ann Ward of Oklahoma City; and other relatives and friends.

James “Jim” Arthur Worrell 1949 HS, 84, Oklahoma City, died Wednesday, August 24, 2016. He was born October 11, 1931, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He spent his youth with his mother Opel Tempest Worrell and father Tom Worrell in Altus, Oklahoma. He graduated high school from The New Mexico Military Institute. Following high school, he began his studies at The University of Oklahoma. He was a cheerleader for his beloved OU Sooners during the time of the OU national championship football teams in the mid-fifties. He met his bride Mary Kay McShane from Monett, MO at OU, and they wed in 1956. After a 3-year service in the Marines as an Artillery Officer, the couple returned to Norman, OK where he earned a Juris Doctor degree. He practiced law for several years until joining the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1964. He served the FBI as a special agent. His service included posting to Salt Lake City, Los Angeles and Oklahoma City where he was the principal legal instructor for the OKC office. The highlight of his career was a 45 minute closed door interview with J. Edgar Hoover. After retirement he again practiced law. He worked as an investigative reporter for the Daily Oklahoman. In his 70’s he went back to school and became a pharmacy tech. Jim loved spending time with family and friends, loved telling stories and antidotes and had a passion for politics. He passed away August 24th 2016 with his family at his side. He is survived by his wife Kay, his children James and wife Polly, Rebecca and husband Storm and Tom. His grandchildren Jessica, Chris and wife Jane Ann, Kevin, Matt, Chase and Will. 


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Gerald E. Alger 1948 HS January 8, 1930 – October 17, 2010 Gerald E. Alger was born on January 8, 1930 in Lakeview, Oregon. He died October 17, 2010 in Santa Maria, California. He was the son of Merl H. and Janice Robertson Alger. He was raised in Lakeview, Oregon and educated there until his sophomore year of high school when he attended Hill Military Academy in Portland, Oregon. He then completed his last two years of high school at New Mexico Military Institute, graduating in 1948. He attended Oregon State College and then entered into the family movie theater business in Lakeview in 1950, where he worked until he went into the Army Signal Corps in 1952. He trained at Camp San Luis Obispo and later went overseas where he completed his active duty with the 547 Signal Depot Company in Salzburg, Austria, returning home in 1954. He was in the Army Reserves until 1960 at which time he was Honorably Discharged from the Army. In 1956, he married Reba Jean Smallwood in Gold Beach, Oregon, and in 1957, he left the theaters to return to college. He enrolled at Indiana Institute of Technology in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he graduated in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering. He worked for General Electric for twelve years, during which he was actively involved in Polaris Missile Program in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and Sunnyvale, California. In 1963, while still at GE, he moved his family to Pasadena, Texas where he worked on the Apollo Spacecraft Program at the Manned Spacecraft Center, now called the Lyndon B. Johnson Manned Spacecraft Center, for the next nine years. In 1972, he left GE and went to work for the U.S. Government at the Naval Weapons Center (NAVWPNCEN) in Ridgecrest, California, and was involved in the Reliability and Quality Assurance activities associated with a variety of naval weapons programs. He completed his career at NAVWPNCEN as the Production Manger of the Rolling Airframe Missile Program and retired in 1995. In 2000, Gerald and Reba moved to Santa Maria, California where they were in residence at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, Reba, his son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Kathan Alger, his daughter, Roxanne Alger Daniel, and his daughter, Ruth Ellen Sutehall. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Michele, Theresa, Christine, Evan, Max and Blythe, and a nephew and five cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Jeanne, a brother, Bob, and a nephew, David.

LTC Terry D. Allen, Jr., USA 1948 JC – Vietnam-Killed in action in an ambush on 16 October 1967.

Thomas J. Angle 1948 HS, 81, died Dec. 23, 2011. He was born April 24, 1930 in KCK. Survived by his daughter, Nancy Hogue; grandson, Kelly; brother, Fred E. Angle 1945 HS-1946 JC (Lillian) Angle.

Irving “Bing” Borschow 1946 HS 1948 JC [03/22/ 1929 – 01/22/2010] was born in El Paso, Texas. Bing is Survived by his loving wife Cecie Borschow; Six children- Ellen Shaiken, Jim & Mike Borschow, Lane & Doug Feldman and Cristie Schlosser and Seven Grandchildren.

Bruce Glenn Brookshire 1948 JC went to his heavenly home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Friday, April 16, 2010. Affectionately known as “The Prune Peddler,” Bruce led a long and energetic life, one in which he was an inspiration of optimism as a wonderful husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, uncle and loyal friend. He loved the Lord and worshiped Jesus Christ. In that commitment, he served as a deacon, elder and trustee of the First Presbyterian Church. He is a past member of Green Acres Baptist Church, where the music ministry spoke to his heart each Sunday. Bruce was born December 3, 1928, to W.T. and Louise Brookshire, deceased. He enjoyed a wonderful childhood attending Gary Elementary School, Hogg Junior High School and Tyler High School, where he played football and was president of the student council. He continued his education by attending the New Mexico Military Institute, where he lettered in boxing and football. He was inducted into the NMMI Hall of Fame in 1990. His further education included attending the University of Texas at Austin, where he belonged to the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and the Silver Spurs (honorary men’s service organization). It was at UT that Bruce met the love of his life, the late Peaches Parker Brookshire. He loved to tell the story of how he first laid eyes on her in the Kappa Kappa Gamma ‘pledge line.’ They were married August 30, 1950. They had two sons, Bruce Tim and Britton Parker. In 1950, Brookshire interrupted his education to come home to Tyler to work alongside his father in the grocery business. Bruce held leadership positions of store manager, district supervisor, VP of personnel, executive VP, and in 1969, he served as president of the family business. After the death of the founder, W.T. Brookshire, Bruce became the chairman of the board of Brookshire Grocery Co., a retail supermarket chain of stores in 122 cities in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi, which employs 12,600 partners. Bruce’s magnetic personality and infectious smile were well known to all employees. Bruce loved “the partners” and enjoyed being out in the stores to encourage and compliment their hard work. “We have a SMILE in store for you,” “Pay obsessive attention to each customer,” “We don’t sell just food, we sell warm, friendly, courteous customer service!” were slogans Bruce not only created, but philosophies by which he strived to live. Honesty and uncompromising integrity were tenents of his business dealings throughout his life. On many occasions, Bruce would privately give financial assistance to a partner who had a particular need. The stories of his personal gestures of kindness one-on-one to the partners are vast, each one a unique and a cherished memory of a remarkably kind gentleman. There were 10 Brookshire Grocery stores when Bruce joined the family business. Throughout his 30 years as chairman of the board, his vision and leadership saw the company grow to 156 stores, entering new markets of competition in Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi. In 1968, he was instrumental in the warehouse relocation from Front Street to the current Loop 323/Old Jacksonville location of 128 acres. He derived the development of employee recognition banquets to motivate and congratulate partners. Through his efforts of paying partners generously with excellent benefits, the company was protected from union membership. Bruce implemented a Christmas Gift Check about 40 years ago, to show year-end appreciation to all the partners in the company. More officers were promoted under Bruce’s leadership than in any other time in the history of the company. He truly believed and valued the recognition of people. Corporately, Bruce embraced the need for manufacturing as an artery for the company’s success. In 2002, one of his greatest accomplishments was the supervision of the acquisition of 21 Albertson’s and Winn Dixie stores that the management team converted and reopened in 28 days. His unwavering encouragement was a source of strength to the team of partners who diligently carried out the remarkable conversion in record time. Bruce instigated a timely Management Incentive Bonus given upon the completion of major corporate accomplishments. These and many other similar stories will be the respectful legend the chairman emeritus leaves behind. Brookshire was an avid outdoorsman who traveled the globe on hunting and fishing adventures. He loved sharing this passion with his sons and grandchildren as he taught them to rattle up deer, set the hook on fish and enjoy being in God’s nature. Other hobbies included tree planting and conservation, public speaking and reciting poetry. A true philanthropist, Bruce gave generously and often to charities in Tyler and throughout Texas. He wanted to help make life better for others. It was this unwavering compassion together with humility that found his name simply listed as ‘anonymous’ on many of his gifts. His smile was perpetual and contagious, and he will always be remembered for his unyielding optimism. Brookshire received the Boy Scouts of America, East Texas Area Council’s First Distinguished Citizen Award in 1992. He received the Tyler United Way’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society Award in 1992, the Life Member Award of the East Texas Peace Officers Association in 1996 and the 2005 Flame of Excellence Award from All Saints Episcopal School. In addition, he was a charter member of the National Salvation Army’s William Booth Society, the Tyler Salvation Army Others Award and the American Cancer Society’s Excalibur Award. He served as one of the founding directors of Southside State Bank, a director of Citizens First National Bank, director of Texas Bureau of Economic Understanding, University of Texas at Tyler Foundation, Trinity Mother Frances Hospital Foundation, Tyler Catholic School Foundation, Educational Radio Foundation of East Texas, and was on the advisory board of the Regional East Texas Food Bank and Tyler Junior College Foundation Board. Past and recent memberships include Willow Brook Country Club and Hollytree Country Club. He has served as director of Tyler Kiwanis Club, Tyler Y.M.C.A., Smith County United Fund, Salvation Army and East Texas Hospital Foundation. Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, W.T. and Helen Louise Brookshire; wife of 53 years, Peaches Parker Brookshire; his brother, Shirley Wood Brookshire; sister-in-law, Ann Howard Brookshire; and most recently his brother-in-law, Darrold Cannan. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Carrie Andrews Brookshire; his children, who were the joy of his life: Tim and his wife, Michelle, and Britt and his wife, Sunni; his nine grandchildren, who were the source of his pride: Amy, Clint, Garnett, Blake and his wife, Mollie, Chad, Ross, Caroline, Emma and Bruce. Each of their lives will forever be enhanced by the many lessons taught by their “Poppa” Bruce. Extended family members whom he adored include: Decie Johnston Brookshire, Kay Parker Cannan, Judy Parker Clymer and Ray Clymer, Alicia and Kevin Ryan; and many nieces and nephews: Mr. And Mrs. Brad Brookshire, Mr. And Mrs. Tim Womack, Mr. And Mrs. Kirk Brookshire, Mr. And Mrs. Mark Brookshire, Mr. And Mrs. Al Cannan, Ms. Connie Annas, Mr. And Mrs. Parker Cannan, Mr. and Mrs. Parker Ford and Ms. Garnett Ogden.

Ben Ralph Burkholder 1946 HS-1948 JC of Houston joined his Father in heaven at the age of 89 on October 4, 2018 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Ben was born September 7, 1929 in Odessa Texas to Ralph and Janice Burkholder. He grew up in Barstow, Texas, in an agriculture family.  He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1948 and transferred to Texas Tech College where he met the love of his life, Tommye Carter. He was active in the Rodeo Association, but graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and as a Lieutenant commissioned in the United States Army.  Ben and Tommye were married in July 1950 just prior to him going on active duty as an Armor officer. He was deployed to Korea in the winter of 1951 as an Armor platoon leader of five Sherman tanks. After less than two months in Korea, an artillery shell exploded on the back of his moving tank causing severe shrapnel wounds. He spent several months in rehabilitation in Japan. Some of the shrapnel remained in his body throughout his life. After receiving the Purple Heart for being wounded in action, he was discharged from the Army and returned home to West Texas where he farmed cotton and drilled water wells for several years. Ben spent the majority of his career as an International Agriculture consultant and participated in projects in the Middle East, Africa, Mexico, South America, Hawaii, Europe, Australia, and Asia. These projects involved food and cattle production as well as landscape architecture that focused on drip irrigation. These projects were sometimes sponsored by governments, international aid organizations, and private international figures including David Rockefeller and Robert O. Anderson. One year he flew on the Concord more than anyone else other than the crew! Upon retiring from International travel, he and Tommye started The Toffee Company which has slowly grown to the production level of greater than 15,000 pounds of the “world’s greatest toffee” being sold every year. He traveled throughout the Southwest United States selling toffee until the time of his death. Ben was a very devout Christian. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Houston for over 40 years! Ben was a man of great character and had a reputation of uncompromising honesty. His pleasant demeanor endeared him to his many friends worldwide. He was an accomplished private pilot with over 12,000 flying hours. Ben was also fluent in Spanish. He was an avid sportsman and excellent marksman. Ben lost Tommye in October 1994. He was also preceded in death by his parents and brother, Terry L. Burkholder 1963 HS. He is survived by his brother Mike A. Burkholder 1953 HS and wife Dixie of Granbury. He was very proud of and is survived by his three sons; Duncan Burkholder, MD, and wife Melanie of Lubbock, Carter Burkholder of Lubbock, and Rees Burkholder of Houston. He also leaves behind eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren that he adored.

2LT John F. Burton, Jr., USA 1948 JC – Korea-Killed in action on 21 October 1952.

Honorable William Edward Burby, Jr. 1948 HS died peacefully in Frisco, Texas on March 12 at the age of 85. Bill is survived by his wife Miriam who lives in Frisco, son Michael and his wife Nori, Alison Cardwell, John and William Tharpe, their spouses and children. Bill was born in 1929 in Los Angeles to Mr. and Mrs. William Burby. Bill attended New Mexico Military School then graduated from USC in 1952 with a degree in Business. Bill proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He returned from Korea to graduate from the University of California at Los Angeles Law School in 1957. Bill married Janet Call in 1958, to whom he was married until Janet’s passing in 1985. Bill began his distinguished legal career as a Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney and later practiced law as an associate and partner with Brill, Hunt, DeBuys and Burby. Bill was also a partner at Kern and Wooley for more than a decade before being appointed a Judge to the Los Angeles Superior Court in 1989. In 1988, Bill married Miriam with whom he enjoyed a marvelous life living in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Frisco. The Los Angeles Country Club, Lake Tahoe and Cabo San Lucas were special parts of Bill’s life where he enjoyed being with friends and family. A man of amazing character and a huge heart, Bill had a terrific sense of humor and an unending passion for USC football, a family tradition he shared with his son Michael. The family would like to thank the remarkable ICU team at Centennial Hills Hospital in Frisco for their care and compassion in taking care of our husband, father, uncle and friend. Fight On, Bill Burby, you will be greatly missed for your gregarious nature, hearty laugh and willingness to accept all the trials and tribulations of life in such a good-natured way.

Bruce L. Collins, Jr. 1948 JC, 87, passed away on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from complications from surgery. Bruce was born in Corpus Christi on September 3, 1929 to Bruce and Lucile Collins. He graduated from Corpus Christi High School in 1946; New Mexico Military Institute in 1948; and Southern Methodist University in 1950. He was in the United States Air Force on active duty from 1952 to 1954, and in the Reserves until 1960. Bruce married Mary Ellen (Elenita) Riddick in 1954, and worked in Corpus Christi up until the time of his death. Bruce was devoted to his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was born to build houses – 1 in Corpus and 3 in the hill country. He enjoyed special times with family and friends either at meals or traveling. He was proud of his participation in civic activities. Bruce loved SMU football, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Spurs. Bruce is survived by his wife Elenita of 63 years; sister Kay Collins Artzberger of Houston; children Catherine Collins of Dallas; Bruce L. Collins III of Corpus Christi; and Claire (Kurt) Schwarz of Dallas. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren, 2 great-grandsons, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Dr. Patrick B. Colvard 1948 HS (Age 82) Died peacefully in Fairfax, VA on January 2, 2014. Survived by his wife of 57 years, Bernice Colvard; and his two daughters, Anita and Lisa Colvard. Preceded in death by his brother, George. Born March 19, 1931 in Deming, New Mexico, to George and Fleda Colvard. Received his dental degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 1956, then after serving in the Army, opened his dental practice in Fairfax in 1958, retiring in 1998.

Robert “Bob” Frierson Cook, Jr. 1948 HS 87, of Altus, Arkansas died Tuesday, June 13, 2017 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He was retired from Arkansas Western Gas, a veteran of the United States Airforce, lifetime member of Coal Hill VFW, Altus Eagles and was of the Methodist faith. He was born January 24, 1930 in Lubbock, Texas to Robert, Sr. and Maurine Smith Cook. He was preceded in death by two sons, Robert Cook, III, Michael Cook, and a grandson, Robert Cook IV. Bob is survived by his wife Helen O’Brate Cook of Altus; a daughter, Cora Jane Cook of Arizona; three step-sons, David Wilbourn of Springdale, Arkansas, Danny Wilbourn of Arkoma, Arkansas, and Dr. Darin Wilbourn of Fort Smith; a sister Joyce Barron of El Paso, Texas; six step grandchildren and one step great-grandchild.

William G. Corey, Jr., MD 1948 HS, May 12, 1930 – Feb. 18, 2012 Dr. Corey is the son of William G. Corey and Mary Scripps Corey. He was born at Scripps hospital in La Jolla, CA. He was raised with his four sisters in Altadena, CA. They spent their summers in Pacific Beach at their grandmothers home “Braemar” on Mission Bay. He attended Polytechnic school in Pasadena. He then attended the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM for high school, where he learned to fly. He did his undergraduate work at the University of California, Berkley. Dr. Corey entered the University of Southern California medical school in 1955. He was junior class president, graduating in 1959, and was a member of the Nu Sigma Nu medical fraternity. He received post graduate training in Internal Medicine and Hepatology until 1963. Dr. Corey then began his private practice of Internal Medicine in Pasadena caring for his patients for over three decades. He was President of the Medical Staff of Huntington Memorial Hospital in 1982. Dr. Corey was a member of the faculty of the USC Medical School as a clinical Professor of Medicine. He was certified and recertified by the American board of internal Medicine and was a Fellow of the American College of Professors. Dr. Corey was the Director of Clinical Investigation at the HMRI Liver Center where he worked with Dr. Myron Tong and was also on the HMRI Board. He also served as the medical advisor and trustee to the Eileen and Kenneth Norris Foundation, as well as being a member of the Board of the Norris Cancer Center at the USC School of Medicine which provided critical start up grants to HMRI heart research, the Liver Center, MR Spectroscopy ,and the neural proteomics programs. He was a trustee to the McKenzie Foundation which provides grants to medical students in California and pre-med students at Occidental and the Pomona Colleges. He was also a board member for the Sheriff Air Rescue 5 Foundation and flew with the Los Angeles County Sheriffs on the Air Rescue Response team and the Disaster Medical Assistance Team 9 as a volunteer Doctor for 21 years. Dr. Corey is survived by his wife of 44 years, and to the love of his life, Janice Corey. His children, Michelle Corey Hoherd, husband Mark, Boo Corey dewitt, husband Danny, Carrie O’Donnell Grime, husband Greg and Matthew Allan O’Donnell. His grand children Ryan, Charlie, Peter, Andrew, Maddie and Nicholas. His great grandson Austin, and a second great grandson’s due May 1. His sisters Virginia Lance, Mary Lownes, Sally Karste and Annie Haynes. Dr. Corey was an avid hunter and sailor. He loved skiing, golf and hiking. His hiking took him to the mountains of Nepal and South America. He and Janice traveled the world to very exciting and unusual places, with a recent trip to the Artic to view polar bears. But his biggest joy was always the trips and time spent with his family. He was a wonderful husband and a great father. A true outdoorsman who loved life. Dr. Corey touched so many lives, people that were not his patients. Maybe a friend of a friend. He was always willing to help anyone. He was a role model, a mentor and a hero to us all.

John Roberts “Bob” Corley, III 1948 JC, 83, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, April 14, 2013. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at Corley Funeral Home. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Oakwood Cemetery. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 18, 2013 at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bayard Pratt and Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Pallbearers will be current and former staff members of Corley Funeral Home. Bob was born July 23, 1929 in Amarillo and lived the majority of his life in Corsicana. The son of John Roberts Corley Jr. and J.B. Ellyn ôJeddyö Dickson Corley, Bob graduated from Corsicana High School in 1946, then attended the New Mexico Military Institute. He also attended Navarro College, and the University of Texas at Austin. Bob served in the United States Army in the transportation corps in France. He returned to Corsicana to join his father and grandfather in the family business, Corley Funeral Home. He faithfully worked alongside his father in serving families with dignity and compassion during their times of grief. These families came from Corsicana, all over Navarro County, and beyond. Bob was a many of many interests and multiple talents. When things were quiet at the funeral home, he could always be found in the back working on some kind of project. He was actually quite an artist, having an exceptional gift for wood carving. He created walking sticks, French-style boxes, carved coats of arms, and his most beautiful art of all, flowers in relief. He shared all these gifts with friends and family. He was an avid fisherman, fishing for many years at Cedar Creek Lake. Every endeavor was taken completely to heart. He researched, studied and gathered information, and then the adventure was begun. He was generous to a fault, and always willing to do more than his part. His greatest accomplishment was in loving his wife. Bob was preceded in death by both his parents. He is survived by his beloved wife, Kathryn Corley of Corsicana; and by children, Chris Corley Ward and husband Michael of San Antonio, DeAnne Corley DeGrande and husband Jack of Houston, Elizabeth Corley of Corsicana, and William Kirksey Parker of Houston. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Patrick Corley Dosser and wife Gina of San Antonio, John Wilson Dosser of San Antonio, Melissa DeGrande of Houston, and Sarah Grace Parker of Houston; and two great-grandsons, Aiden Dosser and Blake Dosser. Bob is survived as well by his brother, David Dickson Corley and wife Mary of Fort Worth, and seven nieces and nephews. 

Richard K. “Sleepy” Davis 1948 HS, a longtime Malibu resident, passed away peacefully at home on March 24th. He was 86. Mr. Davis was born in Bremerton, WA, into a Navy family. His father died when he was 6 and his mother moved the family to Coronado, CA, where he grew up. It was here that he developed his lifelong love for surfing. He attended the New Mexico Military Institute for high school where he played football and basketball. He also earned a full scholarship to Cornell University where he played lacrosse and developed his passion for the “Big Red” lacrosse team. After graduating with a degree in Anthropology, he joined the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant and shipped off to Korea. After returning, he went to work for Sperry Rand Univac in New York City, beginning a career in the computer industry. While in New York, he also married Jane Kiely on May 4, 1957. In 1958, they moved to Berkeley where he earned an MBA in Operations Research from UC Berkeley and they also had the first of their six children. Upon graduating, they moved to Hinsdale, IL, where he worked for Touche Ross (now Deloitte & Touche) and they had their second child. After two years, they returned to California so that he could go to work for North American Aviation. They took up residence in Malibu and would eventually have four more children. In the early 1970s, he and his business partner acquired Performance Development Corporation. Over the next 40+ years they would travel the US and the world advising many of the Fortune 500 and various arms of the Federal government in structuring and effectively utilizing their mainframe computer systems. Mr. Davis was a longtime Board member and President of the LaCosta Homeowners Association, he was President of Malibu Coastal Vision and was an active alumnus backer of the New Mexico Military Institute. He was named the 2004 Citizen of the Year by the Malibu Times. More recently, he organized a concert in Malibu to raise funds for the homeless. In his spare time, he traveled the world, sometimes with his wife and sometimes to exotic surf spots with his kids and other surfing buddies. He was predeceased by his daughter, Sarah, and is survived by his wife of 59 years, 5 children, 11 grandchildren and 1 step-grandchild.

Thomas Edward Davis 1948 HS – Deacon Thomas Davis died December 15, 2017, at the age of 87. Deacon Tom was born in St. Charles, Illinois, March 21, 1930, to Benton W. Davis and Mary Ann Haines, who, with his sister, Mary Ellen Racel, and brother, Charles D. Davis, preceded him in death. Tom’s family followed his father’s employment stations in many states, Territory of Alaska and in Columbia, South America. Tom attended schools in those locations, and New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. Serving in the US Army Reserve, he was called to active duty in Korea in 1950 and served as a forward observer. Upon discharge, he entered the University of New Mexico under the GI Bill and, at graduation in 1956, accepted a commission in the US Navy. He served on the USS CHUKAWAN, USS RANGER as a deck officer, USS TULARE as Chief Engineer and Executive Officer, was commanding officer of Naval Reserve Centers in Peoria and Forest Park, Illinois.  He also served as Chief Staff Officer of Naval Reserve Readiness Command Region Seven, Charleston, SC, and retired as a Commander in 1979. While stationed in Charleston, he earned a Master’s degree from Webster University. After retirement, Tom taught Navy JROTC at North Charleston High School for twelve years. During that time, he began his formation classes leading to his ordination as a Roman Catholic Deacon in 1993 at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Charleston, SC. He served as a deacon at the Naval Weapons Station Chapel, St. Thomas and St. Teresa parishes and as a police chaplain in Charleston. He also has been an adult leader in Boy Scouts and Sea Scouts. While serving in San Diego in 1968, Tom met Mary Jayne Lyons (love at first sight for both); they married March 9, 1968, and were anticipating their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 2018. They loved worshiping, dancing, traveling, swimming, dining, learning, exploring and entertaining together. Tom was an avid amateur radio operator, WD4EOC, and a lover of bagpipe music. Tom is survived by his brother, Benton W Davis, Jr.; his beloved wife, Jayne; his beloved children, Perry (Jerri) Davis of Boone, NC and Kellie (Andrew) Berger of Cypress, TX; grandchildren, EN2 Patrick Davis USN of San Diego, CA, and Lydia Berger of Garland, TX, Jacob Berger of Tempe, AZ and Sara Berger of Cypress, TX, two step-grandchildren Stephen Boozer of SC and Jamie Holden of NC, seven step-great grandchildren in the Carolinas and many nieces and nephews across the U.S.

Dr. George Forsyth Diehl 1948 JC, 83, passed away on April 18, 2013 at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, TX after a lengthy illness. George was born August 20, 1929 in Harlingen, TX to George W. and Blanch Forsyth Diehl. He attended Harlingen Public Schools during elementary school, then he attended New Mexico Military Institute of Roswell, NM, graduating with honors. George furthered his education at Baylor in Waco, TX and Baylor Dental School in Dallas, TX where he graduated at the top of his class as a Doctor of Dental Surgery. He was a member of Delta Sigma Delta International Dental Fraternity, and O.K.U Fraternity. He was inducted into the Army and served as a Lieutenant from 1953 to 1955 during the Korean Conflict. After an honorable discharge from the Army in 1955 he joined his father’s dental practice in Harlingen. His father and his grandfather were also dentist. Thereafter he established his own office on S. 13th St. and Tyler, where he practiced until his retirement in 2000. Dr. Diehl was a member of the American Dental Association, a past president of the RGV District Dental Society, and an invitational member of the Southwest Prosthodontic Society. He was a past president of the Harlingen Rotary Club, where he received the perfect attendance award. He also participated in the Harlingen Welfare Service. In the early seventies he was one of the founders of the Harlingen Planned Parenthood. He also was past president of the Scottish Society of Harlingen, and was a member of the Clan Forsyth Society. He was affiliated with the First Presbyterian Church of Harlingen for some thirty years. Dr. Diehl played the bagpipes and he was asked to play them at many community and civic functions. He would be in full Scottish Bagpiper attire including his Kilt made of fabric from the Clan Forsyth. Dr. Diehl loved to travel and always planned his trips in great detail. His travels took him to many countries such as Egypt, Jordan, Russia, Germany, Italy, England, Ireland, Scotland, Whales and France. He had a great love of music; his favorite was Classical Music. He enjoyed ballroom dancing and was a member of the Emanon Dance Club. Dr. Diehl is survived by his wife Elizabeth “Betsy’ and her two daughters of Denver, CO and her son, David Kercher of Harlingen. David became a very special friend and caregiver helping to make his lengthy illness brighter. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Blanch Forsyth and George W. Diehl. 

 Robert Gene Farris 1948 HS passed away September 24, 2013 and was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma on June 21, 1930 to Carlton Kitrell Farris and Ruby Lee Richensen Farris. He attended grade school there until they moved to Oklahoma City where he attended Jr. High. His father and his partner had just purchased Brumley’s Department Store (Edinburg) and started other stores, beginning the Terry Farris Store chain all over Texas and Louisiana. His family then moved to the Rio Grande Valley in the summer of 1945, settling first in Edinburg and later McAllen. Bob began high school at New Mexico Military Institute (Roswell) where he graduated with honors in 1948. While attending the University of Texas, he pledged Phi Gamma Delta and he became a Figi. He was active in their sports, charity work and various activities. He also joined ROTC at the University. Due to the Korean War, Bob married his high school sweetheart, Betty Raimond, in December 1951. He received his 2nd Lt. (Army) commission upon graduation. They both graduated from the University of Texas in May 1952. Bob reported for duty in July 1952 at Fort Lee, Virginia. He completed his basic training as an officer and was assigned to report for duty at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. He was stationed there until he was to report for duty in California to embark for Korea. While in Korea, Bob was with the Quartermaster Core and was head of the transportation unit. He was on the front lines aligned with the 3rd Infantry. His father-in-law, Vance Raimond, founder and President of Valley Transit Company asked Bob if he would be interested in working with Valley Transit, although he had worked summers and later as assistant manager of Terry Farris in Raymondville. Bob chose to attend U.T. Law School first. After law school, Bob came to work with Valley Transit in 1955 and proceeded to expand the company across South Texas. He was elected President in 1963 and grew the company north with offices in Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Laredo and Corpus Christi. Under his leadership, Valley Transit grew to be the 2nd largest bus company in Texas. Bob was active in his church and many civic organizations. He was Chairman of the First United Methodist Finance Committee, Harlingen Chamber of Commerce, Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Algodon. He was Organizer/Director of Harlingen State Bank, Texas State Bank, Texas Regional Bancshares, and the Marine Military Academy. Bob is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty Raimond Farris; three sons, Bobby (Robin), Bill and Brad; three grandchildren, Houston (Christy), HollyAnne (Daniel), and Will; and two great grandchildren, Holden and Caroline. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Virginia S. Farris and his niece, Anne Farris Marchant and family Bill, Katherine, Christopher and Elizabeth; like family, Herminia Hernandez, their housekeeper of more than 45+ years or almost and her daughter, Bertha Rodriguez; and Cresencio (C.G.) Rodriguez, his driver and friend. 

James M. Forgotson 1948 JC, March 17, 1930 – February 1, 2015 – Dr. James M. Forgotson, Jr., Kerr McGee Centennial Professor Emeritus and a distinguished former director of the School of Geology and Geophysics, an innovative petroleum geologist, passed away at age 84 on February 1, 2015. Jim was originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and was the son of Dr. James M. Forgotson, Sr. and Katherine Owen Forgotson. He lived much of his life in Shreveport, Louisiana, with his father, stepmother Selma, and brother, Dr. Edward H. Forgotson. Jim loved his Cajun roots and likely, they gave rise to his warmth, gracious Southern hospitality, good sense of humor, and his great love for his fellow man. Jim received his BA in geology from Washington University in St. Louis, his BS in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas, and his master’s and his Ph.D. In geology from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Jim began his extensive professional career with Standard Oil of Indiana (Amoco) in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is there that he met his soul mate and wife of 58 years, Beverly Miller Forgotson. Jim and Beverly had two children, Katherine Louise Forgotson and James M. Forgotson, III. Jim later joined Petroleum Information Corp. And was instrumental in the innovation of computer programs for digitized well log analysis. He then became an independent oil producer managing hundreds of employees at a mid-level oil company in Shreveport, Louisiana. Jim’s career continued to flourish and he was elected Vice President of the American Association of Professional Geologists (AAPG), where he later received a lifetime achievement award for more than 50 years of continuous service. He also received similar distinction from the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SEPG). Jim decided to leave the private sector and embark on a new journey joining The University of Oklahoma in 1986 in the early days of Sarkey’s Energy Center. He joined The University of Oklahoma as its Director of Geology and Geophysics. For the next two decades, he taught graduate courses in petroleum geology, basin analysis, and reservoir characterization, supervising scores of graduate students in subsurface geological research projects. Jim’s numerous publications, research monies and equipment brought into The University of Oklahoma, and accolades by his former students who are now distinguishing themselves within the industry and academia, his consistent arguments at faculty meetings to never compromise, but always help grow Oklahoma’s petroleum science program, will both attest to and provide memories of a gentleman who was one of the foundational professors of OU’s petroleum geological program, a mentor, a colleague, a father, a husband, and a friend to many. Jim’s insatiably inquisitive nature and very likeable sense of humor will continue to warm the hearts and fond memories of many. Jim Forgotson is survived by his wife, Beverly; his children, James “Hovie” and Ranya; and his brother, Edward. His daughter, Katherine, predeceased him. We will always remember him for his enduring generosity and warming smile – “We love you grandpa!”

J.D. Fry, Jr. 1948 HS 77, of Grayson, GA., passed away March 31, 2008. J.D. was born Oct. 2, 1930, in Lamar, Texas, to Joe Delwin and Emilyn Fry. They both have preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Judy, and second wife, Lea, and a nephew, Dempsey Floyd, II. Survivors include his wife, Molly Whittmann; two sons, J.D. Fry, III and his wife, Patti, and Walter Keith Fry; brother, Herb Fry and his wife, Kay; nieces, Shelly Christenson and her husband, Bob, Crystal Tubbs and her husband, Stacey; great nieces and nephews, Cody Farrow, Alexandria, Eric and Lillian Christenson, Joshua Tubbs and his wife, Jacque, Johnathan Tubbs and his wife, Rebecca; great-great nieces and nephews, Cadence Tubbs, and Nikolas Tubbs; sister-in-law, Christine Floyd. J. D. Was a New Mexico Military Institute graduate. He served his country in the United States Air Force. He then worked for IBM, where he was involved in the space program and later became the editor of the internal IBM magazine.

Monte Frye 1945 HS-1948 JC, 83, passed away after a long battle with cancer. Monte was born in Astoria, Ore. And raised in the Pacific Northwest in Bellingham, Wash. He graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle and spent the next many years in the retail cosmetic business. He and Janet, his wife of 60 years, retired 25 years ago, building their home in Fountain Hills. Monte was active in the community, on the golf course and in local bridge games. He will be missed by many. He is survived by his wife, Janet; daughter, Patricia (Dan); son, Robert (Cathy); three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 

Robert Howard “Bob, Robin” Gardner 1948 JC, longtime resident of Rockport, died peacefully Friday, November 3, 2006. He was born April 10, 1929, to parents William Bradford Gardner and Ruth Howard Gardner. He graduated from Falfurrias High School in 1947. After high school, he attended New Mexico Military Institute then graduated from the University of Texas in Austin, BBA, 1950. He served honorably as a finance officer in the United States Air Force. Bob was a second-generation Chevrolet dealer. His career included the ownership and management of five dealerships within Texas. Throughout his career, he formed many lifelong friendships with employees and customers alike. Bob was not afraid to give a helping hand to anyone. He served on the Industrial Foundation, Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce. Bob loved to play golf. He found great pleasure being on the golf course with his many friends where he was known as the agitator. His zeal for living life large and his infectious smile will always be remembered. Bob is survived by his wife, Kay Gardner of Rockport; mother of his children, Carol Howard Gardner of Plainview; cousin, Dr. Miriam Wagenchein of Corpus Christi; brother, Henry Minten and wife Joan of San Antonio; son, Thomas Howard Gardner and wife Debra of Rockport; and daughters, Carrie Gardner Rollins and husband Reggie of Plainview, Robin Gardner Dryden and husband Randy of Amarillo, Ellen Gardner Bass and husband John of Houston and Kathy Rachel Hatch of Corpus Christi. He is also survived by 14 beloved grandchildren: Andrew, Will, Grant, Luke, Callie, Logan, Randall, Gardner, Sarah, Margaret, Collen, James and Kristina. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, William Gardner and Ruth Gardner; his stepmother, Emma Minten; brother, William B. Gardner Jr.; and nephews, Charles Dryden and Alex Minten.

Charles A. Garrett 1945 HS-1948 JC, passed away on July 23, 2009 at the age of 80. Born on March 6, 1929 in Hillsboro, Texas, he was raised in Hillsboro and graduated from High School and Junior College at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. A Korean War veteran, he worked for 32 years in the insurance business and was an active member of a number of business, professional, church and veteran’s organizations. He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Rose Garrett and survived by his daughters, Sister Mary Elizabeth Garrett, CSM, of New York and Leslie Garrett of Dallas, step children Berkley Reynolds and his wife Betty of Duncanville, TX and Barbara Hill of Midlothian, TX, step grandchildren Chris Busse and Wesley Williams and great granddaughter Katelyn Busse, and his sister, Rosemary Moyers of Winnsboro, Texas. 

Richard Giles Hackney 1948 HS, 87, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, into God’s embrace after a long, courageous battle with renal failure and lung cancer. Dick was born in Atchison, KS, on Nov. 21, 1930, to Wave and EB Hackney. He graduated high school from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. After college, he served in the U.S. Army in psychological warfare as a First Lieutenant at Fort Bragg, NC. Dick’s career spanned various sales and management positions in the corrugated box industry, rising to the position of senior vice president of Hoerner Waldorf Corporation in Minneapolis, MN. As the firm consolidated, Dick worked as a vice president for Champion International in Stamford, CN, and Stone Container Corporation, Arlington, Texas. Dick was also chairman of the board of Dallas based CSI Texas Holdings, Inc. During his early career days, Dick was a Shriner and 32nd Degree Mason in Sioux Falls, SD. Dick was preceded in death by both of his parents and by his daughter, Martha Hackney Phillips. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Dodd Hackney; two daughters, Sarah Hackney Ott and husband, Bill, of Austin, and Tracy Saunders Owen and husband, Gary, of Larchmont, NY; deceased daughter Martha’s husband, Fred Phillips of Sunnyvale; brother, Blair Hackney and wife, Evelyn of Dallas; seven grandsons, Billy Ott and wife, Julia, Trey, Wesley, and Ricky Phillips, Alex, Davis, and Zachary Owen; and two great-grandchildren, Will and Campbell Grace Ott.

 John Oliver Hardin 1948 HS, 84, of Sedalia, Missouri, passed away Monday, April 6, 2015, at his home. He was born July 9, 1930, in Liberal, Kansas, to John and Laura Hardin of Lycan, Colorado, who preceded him in death. In 1950, he married Kathleen M. Browne, his loving and devoted wife. John served as an elder in the Sedalia Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He volunteered in a Bible education work. He also freely gave of his time and energy in building Kingdom Halls (place of worship) throughout the Missouri and Kansas area. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Kathleen (Kay); his brother, Ira Hardin; his sons, Tim Hardin, Rick Hardin and Frank Hardin; and daughters, Cynthia Dawson, Pamela Garcia, Rosemary Borrelli and Holly Hardin; eleven grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two daughters, Nancy Fuller and Laurel Robers. 

William Horsfall, II 1948 HS April 8, 1930 – June 5, 2008.  Bill passed away Thursday June 5, 2008 at home in Moraga where he was a longtime resident. Bill was a Korean War U.S. Navy veteran. Prior to his retirement, he was an investment banker for more than 20 years. He was a native of San Francisco, CA, aged 78 years. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Margaret T. Horsfall; his beloved son and daughter Keith Horsfall of Moraga and Carolyn Scarlett of Livermore; and his son-in-law William Scarlett of Livermore.

William F. “Bill” Howard 1948 HS, age 86, died Monday, November 21, 2016 in Austin, Texas.  Bill Howard was born on July 13, 1930 in McAlester, Oklahoma. He was the only child of Isabel Fuller Howard and Harold Spink Howard. As a boy, he built and designed gadgets in the covered warehouse next door to his childhood home, and he had his own business selling eggs. He loved the outdoors and participated in Boy Scouts, earning the rank of Eagle Scout, and his enjoyment of the outdoors continued with hunting and camping throughout his life. Bill attended the New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) for high school, and got a head start on his military service in ROTC. He went to the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering. He belonged to the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. While in college, he met the beautiful Caroline Clarke, a champion ice-skater and sailor. Bill and Caroline were married in 1953. Bill joined the Army as a lieutenant and was promptly shipped to France. He and Caroline lived on the economy in France for two years, while Bill helped build air force landing fields and dig wells for military bases in France and Spain. He returned from military service and entered Harvard Business School in 1955. At the end of their first year in Cambridge, their son, William Clarke Howard, was born. After graduation, Bill worked for the H.B. Zachry Company and the family lived in San Antonio, Sweetwater, and El Paso. Projects he worked on included building a portion of IH-10, a sewage treatment plant in Sweetwater and a runway of the El Paso Airport. A second son, Jeffrey Stephen Howard was born in 1958. The family moved to Austin in 1960, where Bill became the plant manager for Capitol Aggregates, a supplier of sand and gravel for civil and construction projects. In this role, Bill was personally involved in the dredging of the Colorado River to make Town Lake in downtown Austin (now known as Ladybird Lake). After leaving Capitol Aggregates, Bill designed, built and managed SuperRock, a lightweight aggregate plant near Corsicana, Texas. Bill’s last business was Grentek, a sheet metal fabrication company for the needs of local high-tech industry. In Austin, Bill was a member of several civic groups including the Chamber of Commerce, the Admirals Club and Boy Scouts. Bill remained an avid outdoorsman and sports enthusiast. He was part of the “Nine-Tenths” Club, cheering for UT football (except when they played one’s own university), a founding member of the Austin Yacht Club, a competitive sailor for decades, a pilot, and a hunter. After attending a sail-racing school in Rhode Island, the family bought the sailboat “Starshine” from the school, and he and Clarke sailed the boat from there to Galveston, bringing it overland to Lake Travis. He enjoyed yearly hunts in south Texas, with friends and his favorite companion, the smiling Labrador retriever, Rock. Caroline passed away in April of 1989 after a long battle with cancer. Three years later, Bill married Dr. Barbara Alford (Bobbie). They enjoyed their semi-retirement years together renovating their new home, backpacking, sailing and travelling, most notably taking a wedding trip to Tanzania and Botswana. Bill was preceded in death by Caroline and his son Jeff. Survivors include Bill’s wife, Bobbie; son, Clarke and his wife Rosemary; grandchildren Cameron, Christian, Catherine and Rebecca Howard; stepdaughter Elizabeth Alford and her husband Michael Young, and their children, James and Clara Young; niece Caroline Young and her husband Rick of Oklahoma City; and nephew Bill Payne and his wife Wendy of Dallas. The family would like to express a huge heartfelt thanks to the wonderful caregivers from Nurses Case Management; Yomi Alimi, Angela Dean, Bettina Howard, Mary Brown, and Patrick Agwuegbulum.

Samuel “Sam” M. Jacobs 1946 HS-1948 JC May 1, 1928 – June 6, 2010 Sam was born in Greely, Colo. He moved to Prescott 18 years ago. He is survived by two sons, Larry and Steve; a daughter, Devra; three grandchildren, Rebecca, Nora and Eli; and three great-grandchildren, Alora, Emma and Benjamin. He passed peacefully without pain – a short time after literally singing and laughing, and assuring those present that he was very happy. Sam was a devoted father and grandfather, and was married to his wife Ellie for 57 years. He grew up in Carlsbad, NM, – working in his parents’ businesses – Roy’s Rock Shop and the New Mexico Indian Trading Post. Sam attended New Mexico Military Institute and later Colorado State University at Boulder. After graduating College, he joined the U.S. Army and was in the Army Corps of Engineers, achieving the rank of Captain in the Reserves. Sam went on to become a very successful aerospace engineer, well-known for his expertise in metallurgy. He was a president and fellow of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering and a longtime member of the American Society for Metals. After retiring from aerospace, he worked with his wife Ellie in real estate, where they did well as a husband/wife team – and this is how most of Sam’s friends in Prescott came to know him. Sam was an expert photographer, and taught many others the craft of photography and color printing. He was rarely seen without a favorite camera in his hand. Sam’s wish was that his friends gather for a party to celebrate his life, which was full and complete. As per his wishes, there will be a party from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 17, 2010, at Casa Sanchez, 1459 West Gurley in Prescott, to honor Sam’s life. Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family.

BG John Greenwood Jones, USA (Ret) 1948 HS, longtime Houston resident, died peacefully at his home Monday, the 27th of October 2014, at the age of 84. Jack was born the 14th of March 1930 in Pensacola, Florida. After spending most of his youth in Houston, Texas, and his high school years in Evanston, Illinois, the New Mexico Military Institute, and the Philippines, Jack graduated from the University of Texas in 1954. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He then spent a few years working at the Great Southern Life Insurance Company. Thereafter, and for the rest of his business career, Jack was a commercial real estate developer. One can still see evidence of his involvement in real estate around the city today. He enjoyed the outdoors, sharing ideas with young people, travel (particularly with his many grandchildren), and was a voracious reader. Jack’s beloved wife, Patricia, preceded him in death. He is survived by his brother Pat, his wife Donna, and Pat’s children and grandchildren; his son Scott Jones, his wife Melissa, their son Brian Jones and his wife Sarah Van Beurden, and their daughter Courtney Roberts and her husband Shane, and their children Abigail and Owen; his daughter Susan Roper, her husband John, and their son Michael; and his daughter Sara Jones and her daughters Elizabeth and Gwyneth. He is also survived by Patricia’s children Dunbar Chambers III, his wife Joanna Gol, and their daughter Alexandra; Clayton Chambers, his wife Vivian, and Clayton’s sons Andrew and David; and Craig Chambers, his wife Helen, and their daughters Parker, Lauren, and Isabel. The family expresses Jack’s and their deep gratitude and affection for Jack’s long-time employees and caretakers Teresa Medrano, Maria and Rogelio Campos, Janice Burg, and Joan Jett.

John “Jack” Howard Kelly 1948 JC, age 88, passed away Sunday January 29, 2017.Jack was born on September 3, 1928, in Roswell, New Mexico. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Elizabeth Kelly, his brother Ben Kelly, and his sister Adelle Truit.Jack is survived by his son John Patrick Kelly, several nieces and nephews, and his companion and best friend Sandie Mottola. He was a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute. Jack proudly defended our freedom in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

William Monroe Kerr 1946 HS-1948 JC was born in Pecos, Texas on February 13, 1930, to Frances and William L. Kerr. He died in Midland on January 17, 2009. Bill grew up in Pecos, where he first met his future wife, Elle. He attended public schools in Pecos until he transferred to the New Mexico Military Institute in 1944. He graduated from high school and junior college at New Mexico Military Institute, and then graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1950 and the University of Texas at Austin School of Law in 1954. He married Ellana Eastham in 1956. Bill and Elle had five children, and as he always said, ‘Five will get you ten,’ which it did. Bill had a life of astonishing variety. He was a boy scout, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout; an acolyte for years at the Episcopal church in Pecos; and a ballet dancer, perhaps not by choice, in his mother’s ballet productions in Pecos. He built pipelines through the Davis Mountains. He learned to play the cornet and trumpet by dint of long practice sessions in his back yard, and played in the band at Pecos High School. At NMMI, he was an outstanding cadet and ROTC student, earning his commission as a second lieutenant upon his college graduation. He was ‘Our Willy’ to his classmates, many of whom were his lifelong friends. The ROTC summer camp of 1947 at Fort Hood, Texas, attended by many of that group of friends from NMMI, was legendary and Bill had his camp photograph of that group with him to the end of his days. After graduating from NMMI, he spent the summer in Fairbanks, Alaska, working as a roofer by day, and with his friend Jack Warren on piano, played the drums in a local establishment on his off-time. His career as an entrepreneur started on the boat back home from Fairbanks to Seattle, with Jack and Bill setting up an impromptu bar serving the other passengers. While at the University of Texas, Bill pledged the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity (as a legacy from his father) and was an active member of the fraternity. He met and made many friends from those days. Bill’s years at the Law School were interrupted by active duty in the 57th Medium Tank Battalion, 2nd Armored Division, United States Army, serving in Europe with many of his friends and classmates from New Mexico Military Institute. His stories about his serving with a British Army detachment during his tour of duty were ones he loved to tell. After law school, Bill worked as an assistant United States Attorney in EI Paso, where he was involved in one of the major ‘Red Scare’ cases of the 1950s. He then returned to Midland, where his family had moved in 1944, and joined his father in the law firm Turpin, Kerr, Smith, & Dyer. He practiced with the Turpin firm until 1964, when he became one of the founding partners of Kerr, Fitz-Gerald & Kerr. Bill was one of the outstanding lawyers of Texas until Alzheimer’s disease put an early end to his career. Bill was a great lawyer, and with his father and brother Ted served as mentors to lawyers all over West Texas. Bill loved being a lawyer, and was a 50-plus year member of the State Bar of Texas and a member of the Texas Bar Foundation. He was always proud of the law, and in particular protecting and helping people in their times of dire need. Bill represented people from all walks of life and treated them all the same. He was a lawyer, advisor, and counselor to many. Bill always wanted his obituary to say ‘He was a good lawyer’, and so it does. In addition to work as a lawyer, Bill’s restless intellect led him to try his hand at other things. In the early 1960s he took a stab at redeveloping and reinventing downtown Midland with his Midland Marts development. He was a rancher and cowman, owning the Winecup Ranch in Nevada and a feedlot near Pecos. He farmed and had other business ventures in Mexico. But his law practice was central to his life, and he was to himself always first and foremost a lawyer. Bill survived his parents, Frances and William L. Kerr; his wife, Elle Kerr, who died not long after their 50th anniversary; and his youngest son, Robert Francis Kerr. He is survived by his brother, Ted Kerr, and his wife Sue, and their sons Ted Kerr, Jr. And Charles Kerr, and their families; his first cousin and lifelong friend, Jane Kuykendall of Lubbock; another cousin, Jim Ed Miller of Pecos; and his distant kinswoman, Mrs. Wm. Mark Johnson, Ill, last of the sidesaddle bronc riders, who played an important role in his life. He is also survived by his four children, six grandchildren and one great -grandchild: his son, Harris E. Kerr, and his wife Vicki Kerr, and their children, Rachel L. Kerr and Ruthanne E. Kerr, of Midland; his daughter, Claire K. Flynn and her husband, Charles C. Flynn, and their children, Charles Flynn, Jr. And his wife Marcelle Abusalbi, and their daughter Maia; and Jennifer Flynn Buckley and her husband Christopher Buckley, all of Austin; his son, William M. Kerr, Jr., and his child, Isabelle Kerr, of Austin; and his son, Moshe Kerr, and his wife Karen Kerr, and their child Hadassah Kerr, of lsrael. Bill’s family owes special thanks to his caregivers, Shirley Barnes and Cedric Toppins, who made the years after Elle Kerr’s death cheerful and pleasant for Bill; Vicki Kerr, who spent countless hours with Bill at Manor Park; Tulsi Singh, M.D., who took wonderful care of Bill during his last years; and the many caregivers at The Vogel Center and The Younger Center, at Manor Park. Bill enjoyed the people he met at Manor Park, many of whom he knew well if only they could have remembered it. 

1LT A. David King, USA 1948 JC – Korea-Killed in action on 6 August 1952.

Donald Keith King 1948 HS, 83, of Causey, was born Sept. 16, 1930, in Alamosa, CO, to the home of Hazel Marie and Delbert Quincy King and left this life on Thurs., Oct. 31, 2103 in Lubbock, TX. Don was the oldest of nine boys. The family moved to Albuquerque in 1939, and he and his future wife, Clydean Williams met about that same time. They were married in Albuquerque on June 9, 1951. To their home were born three sons and a daughter. Mr. King worked in dry wall construction in Albuquerque and later in Belen, where they moved in 1960. In 1995, he and his wife moved to Mexico and made their home near Puerta Vallarta, where he had a jewelry business. In addition to his work, he and his wife enjoyed fishing and taking advantage of the pleasant surroundings. Mr. King had been cutting turquoise and making jewelry with his family for many years. He continued working with stones until just before becoming ill. He had been a resident of the Causey community since 2004. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Don touched the lives of those who knew him. He supported his kids and grandchildren in whatever activities they participated in up until the very end of his life. He is survived by Clydean, his wife of more than 62 years of their home his daughter and son-in-law, Donene Marie and Lawrence Skelley of Causey three sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis Keith and Diane King of Belen, Kenneth Leslie and Jessica King of Alamosa, CO and Kris Kerry and Andrea King of Causey 22 treasured grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren and will forever be remembered by his loving brothers, Delbert Charles of Hialeah, FL, Richard Lee, Edward Eugene and Tim Kay King all of Albuquerque as well as countless other family members and friends who were blessed to know him. Don was preceded in death by his parents, and 4 brothers, Robin Dene, Kim Ray, Brad Henry and Todd Quinn King. 

Frederick Hall “Ted” King 1948 HS, born December 11, 1930 and passed from this life April 19, 2008. He was born in Oklahoma City to Earl King and Alma Hall. Ted was a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and loved Sooner football. He served honorably in the U.S. Air Force. Ted married the love of his life, Margaret Ann Hill on January 24, 1955. Ted’s career was primarily in sales, although he dabbled in several occupations. He and his wife moved from Oklahoma to Arizona in 1972. Ted was an avid golfer and fly fisherman. He was an expert in tying flies and taught his grandchildren how to fly fish. He was actively involved with the Southwest Seniors Golf Association and organized their golf tournaments. Ted is survived by his sweet wife, Margaret two sons, Fred and Ross daughter-in-law, Kelly grandchildren, Corbin (wife Kyle), Hollie, Dustin, Meghan and Ashley and great-grandson, Brayden.

Charles H. Koslowsky, Jr., 1946 HS-1948 JC died on August 9, 2007, at Saint Luke’s Hospital surrounded by his family. He was 78 years old. He leaves his beloved wife, Kathryn, of their home. He is survived by his children, Charles H. Koslowsky, III 1973 HS-1975 JC and his wife Martha of Smithville, MO; Alison Pugh and her husband Mike of Purcellville, Va.; and Stanton W. Koslowsky 1978 HS of Stilwell, Kan., as well as his grandchildren Chad and Laura Koslowsky, Abbie, Caroline, and Jack Pugh, and Chase Koslowsky. His nephews Barry and Peter Holt also survive him. His sister, Jane Holt Wythe, predeceased him. He was a lifelong resident of the Kansas City area. He was an Eagle Scout in Troop 84 and a member of the tribe of Mic-O-Say. He attended the New Mexico Military Institute, where he graduated from High School in 1946 and Junior College in 1948. In 1950 he graduated from Kansas University with a degree in Business Administration. An Army reserve officer, he was called to active duty during the Korean War. He fought in Korea as a platoon leader in the reconnaissance company of the 3rd Infantry Division, which was deployed above the 38th parallel along the Imjin River and later in the Chorwon Valley. Following his return from Korea, he worked as a salesman for the Chas. H. Koslowsky Co., a manufacturer’s representative firm founded by his father in 1924. He became owner of the company in 1968 and remained there until retiring in 1989. During his retirement, he enjoyed volunteering in many areas of personal interest. He especially enjoyed his work as a mentor to young people through the Youth Friends program at Bryant Elementary. His retirement years were happy ones spent with friends and family, most especially with Kathy, whom he adored.

Andrew Morgan Maree 1945 HS-1948 JC, 3rd of Fallbrook, Calif. Passed away March 21, 2010. He was born March 9, 1927 to Andrew Morgan Maree, Jr. And Elizabeth Cady Maree in Detroit, Mich. He married Mary Harvest on June 29, 2002 in Laughlin, Nev. He was a business manager for the Entertainment Industry with A Morgan Maree, Jr. And Associates, Inc. Of Los Angeles, Calif. From 1953 to 1987. He was also a financial counselor to most major Hollywood stars during that period. He was a member of the Screen Actors Guild. Andrew served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-46 as a Hospital Corpsman. Andrew is survived by his wife, Mary Harvest Maree; daughter, Samantha Haymes Maree; sons, Sean Patrick Haymes Maree and Andrew Morgan Maree, IV; and sister, Marianne Maree Cooper. He is preceded in death by a daughter, Alisa Cady Maree in 1967; and spouses, Prudence Ann Maree in 2006 and Wendy Patricia Smith Haymes Maree in 2000. 

Arthur M. Marra 1948 JC died Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Gallup. He was born Nov. 18, 1928, in Gallup. Marra attended Gallup High School, New Mexico Military Institute and Dealer’s Sons Program at General Motors Institute. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War in Baumholer, Germany. Marra enjoyed hunting and fishing. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Davis Marra; sons Vincent and Marc; daughters Dena and Marina; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Mario and Mary Marra; infant son Anthony Joseph; and brothers Richard, “Leo” and Dominic.

Col Grover Staton McMakin, USAF (Ret) 1948 HS age 81 died Friday, September 2, 2011. “Mac” was born July 1, 1930 in Roswell, New Mexico and graduate High School at the New Mexico Military Institute in 1948. He received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Oklahoma State University in 1952. That same year, he enlisted in the United States Air Force as an Aviation Cadet. He received his Navigator/Bombardier wings and 2nd Lieutenant in 1953 and his Pilot wings in 1957. He served our county in many capacities throughout his career; Pilot in the Security Service, Chief of the Pacific Security Region Flight Section, Chief of the USAFSS Flight Diversion, Squadron Commander of the 6994th Security Squadron (1971-1974), Squadron Commander for the 6916th Security Squadron, the first permanent Commander of the 6994th Security Wing, Director of Training HQ USAFSS, and Commander of the 6960th Support Group. Upon retirement in 1980, he returned to San Antonio, Texas where he received his Bachelors in Business Accounting in 1984. He worked at USAA as a Certified Public Accountant, retiring in 1992. While in the military, he received the Legion of Merit with One Oak Leaf, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal with Two Oak Clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device, the Army of Occupation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Five Bronze Service Stars, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. He enjoyed volunteering his accounting skills with the Wilford Hall Volunteer Association and served as the treasurer of the Freedom through Vigilance Association, as well as the USAA Golden Eagle Club. Mac’s greatest achievement was his family. He was a devoted Husband and Father and an outstanding Grandfather. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Betty Jean McMakin. He installed a strong sense of God, country and family to his surviving Son, Kelly McMakin, Daughter-in-law Melissa McMakin, Granddaughter Skyler McMakin and Grandson, Nick Patrizio.

Ernest Anthony Merklein 1946 HS 1948 JC, Jr., 81, died peacefully with his family by his side on Thursday, September 16, at the dubose Health Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, on December 17, 1928, to Ernest Anthony Merklein, Sr., and Josephine Dale Merklein. He was a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute and Louisiana State University. After serving in the US Army during the Korean Conflict, he returned home to Shreveport to help his father run the family-owned insurance brokerage business (started originally in New York City by his grandfather Ludwig, of Nuremburg, Germany). On August 4, 1956 he and Ann Louise Hanson married at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Houston, Texas. They made their home and raised their five children in Shreveport, Louisiana. In 1968 he was elected to the Caddo Parish School Board and helped lead the school district through integration. Ernest was an active Catholic lay person, and in 1980 he received the Brotherhood Citation as Outstanding Catholic awarded by the National Conference of Christians and Jews. After selling his company to Alexander & Alexander (now Aon), he built a national reputation as an expert in environmental insurance. He was a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club in Shreveport and Black Mountain. Surviving are his wife, Ann Merklein; his daughter, Elizabeth Johnson (Mike) of Tigard, Oregon; his daughter, Patricia Jackson (David) of Towson, Maryland; his son, Ernest “Trip” Merklein III 1979 HS (Anne) of Longmont, Colorado; his son, Gordon Merklein (Catherine) of Chapel Hill; his daughter, Lessley Harwell (Rob) of Chapel Hill; his sister, Mary Sue Hughes of Austin, Texas; and 14 grandchildren (Zachary, Kate, and Camille Johnson; Robert, Harris, and Turner Jackson; Josie, Adrien, and Alex Merklein; Sam and Ethan Merklein; and Emery, Dale, and Gordon Harwell). He is also survived by his sister-in-law Elizabeth Duerr of Houston, Texas and loving nieces and nephews. Ernest and Ann retired to Black Mountain, North Carolina in 1994, and moved to Chapel Hill in 2006. Ernest will be remembered by his family and all who knew him as a kind, loving, and faithful husband, father, and friend. A service in celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, September 21, at 3 PM at the University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill, officiated by the Reverend Robert E. Dunham. A private 

Jackson Hanrahan Mumey 1948 HS passed away February 5, 2013 at Rose Hospital in Denver following a brief illness with flu. Jack, as his friends called him, was born October 14, 1930 in Denver, Colorado, to Earl and Ruth Hanrahan. His stepfather was Dr. Nolie Mumey. Jack attended New Mexico Military Institute and Colorado College, and served with the 120th Utility Flight, 120th Fighter Squadron of the Colorado Air National Guard. He received both his BA and MA from the University of Denver. During Jack’s professional life he served as a news anchor for KMYR in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and then Senior Producer-Director at KOA-TV, Denver. A change in career direction found him serving as Special Assistant to the Honorable Richard Y. Batterton, Mayor of Denver. Following that position, he was Assistant Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs, University of Denver, and then Director, Alumni Relations, also with the University of Denver. He spent time as Executive Vice President of Robert McCollom Associates, joint owner of Grampy’s Pancake House in Denver, and as Director of Research and Development for Elba Systems, Inc. Jack also was an independent film producer and owner of Denver-based Queen City Productions, and then Tracey-Jackson Films. The last 28 years of his professional life Jack spent as owner of Gateway Treatment Center, a renowned therapeutic center providing treatment for families, couples and individuals in need of counseling for substance abuse, relationship issues, personal growth, issues around recognized abuse, and hypnotherapy (self-esteem, smoking cessation, behavioral changes, well-being, and other areas). Jack was a Master Addiction Counselor certified by NAADAC, a Colorado Certified Alcohol Counselor Level III, and a Certified Diplomat and Fellow in Psychotherapy. He was a member of several professional organizations including the American Mental Health Counselors Association, the Colorado Association of Psychotherapists, the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, the American Psychotherapy Association, and the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. Jack also maintained a membership and participation in the Broadcast Professionals of Colorado organization. Jack served the family law court system in Colorado with his extensive work as a court-appointed Child and Family Investigator. This was work that he loved and of which he was very proud. During his years as a psychotherapist, Jack wrote a number of books, including: “Loving an Alcoholic” (Contemporary Books, Inc.(hardcover); Bantam Books(softcover) Secrets in the Family” (Contemporary Books, Inc.) “The Joy of Being Sober” (Contemporary Books, Inc.) “The New Joy of Being Sober” (revised and updated, Deaconess Press) “Sitting in the Bay Window” (Contemporary Books, Inc.(hardcover) “Young Alcoholics” (Contemporary Books, Inc.-softcover; re-release of Sitting in the Bay Window) “Good Food for a Sober Life” with Anne Hatcher, Ed.D., R.D. (Contemporary Books, Inc.) “Sex and Sobriety” (Simon & Schuster) “Age-Different Relationships” with Cynthia Tinsley (Deaconess Press) “Recharging Your Relationship” with Cynthia Tinsley (Fairview Press) Following the release of Young Alcoholics, Jack appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show as the guest expert on the title topic. Jack is survived by his wife of 24 years, Cynthia Tinsley; and his children from his first marriage-daughter Tracey Dawson and her husband Chris, daughter Dana Mumey and her husband Spencer Crona, and daughter Dawn Mumey; a son, Jackson, and his wife Sara, grandchildren Megan and Mackenzie, Megan’s husband, Jon Saia, and great-grandson Adam. Jack loved furniture-crafting, drawing and painting, reading American History, movies, the theatre, classical music, travel, and the Denver Broncos. He was a friend and a family man, and he loved all the animals that came to share his life. He had a refreshing zeal for life and for laughter. His footprint upon the earth was large and he is greatly missed. 

Frank Myers, Jr. 1946 HS-1948 JC, of Allison Park, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family. Survived by his wife, Karen (Sweeny); sister, Caroline Tesarek; children, Storm Walton, Russell (Paula Schmeck), Mark (Joyce Ledgerwood), Troy (Christina Perry), and Meagan Gannon (Miles Loewy); and beloved grandchildren, Joanie, David, Amanda, Lauren (Eric Stumpf), Brendan, Adam, Perry, Luke, Corbin, Eli, Sydney, and Jack. Born in Birmingham, Alabama and moved to West Texas. Frank was a cowboy and rodeo rider, and a race car driver in the Mexican Road Race. He served as a tank commander in Alaska during the Korean War. Always energetic and respected by colleagues and customers, Frank was a salesman and entrepreneur who ran his own business well into his 80s.

Will Orndorff 1946 HS-1948 JC – Age 88, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 18, 2017. He was born in El Paso, TX on March 20, 1929, to Lee and Alice (Davis) Orndorff. He graduated High School from New Mexico Military Institute in 1948. Will remained at NMMI for their college program and received an Associate of Arts Degree. He then went on to attend NMSU and the University of Texas where he received a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. Ranching throughout his life and a love for the land, Will began ranching on the Cox Ranch near Las Cruces, NM. In 1949 Will acquired a ranch of his own in Bingham, NM where he resided ever since. Will was a kind, generous and loving husband, brother, uncle and friend. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his loving wife of 65 years, Flo Jean Orndorff and his brother Orndorff, Will Age 88, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 18, 2017. He was born in El Paso, TX on March 20, 1929, to Lee and Alice (Davis) Orndorff. He graduated High School from New Mexico Military Institute in 1948. Will remained at NMMI for their college program and received an Associate of Arts Degree. He then went on to attend NMSU and the University of Texas where he received a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. Ranching throughout his life and a love for the land, Will began ranching on the Cox Ranch near Las Cruces, NM. In 1949 Will acquired a ranch of his own in Bingham, NM where he resided ever since. Will was a kind, generous and loving husband, brother .

David D. “Deak” Price, Jr. 1948 HS died peacefully in Denver on April 20, 2009, after a determined, two and a half year battle with cancer. Deak Price, son of Bernice Ford and Dave D. Price was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He attended the University of Oklahoma where he earned a BA in Business and Statistics. Deak served as a First Lieutenant in the US Army at Aberdeen Proving Ground and was honorably discharged. He married Mary Lynde of Muskogee, OK and they raised four children in Oklahoma City where they lived for 24 years. Upon retiring, they moved to Aspen, Colorado where they lived for 26 years after which they moved to Denver to be close to two of their children. Deak Price had a passion for education as is evident by his lifelong pursuit in aiding others with his educational books and software. Deak held numerous patents in computer engineering and processing. He was President and CEO of The Economy Company, an educational book publishing company. Later he founded Triple i, a successful early pioneer in computer storage devices. In 1982 Deak established the Roaring Fork Publishing Company a software company dedicated to assisting children and adults to read. Deak was very active in his community wherever he lived. He was a longtime member of Rotary in Oklahoma City, Aspen and Denver, where his creative programs for fundraising are still used. Deak was a Fellow of the Aspen Institute for many years and an active member in his church community. Deak was an avid fly-fisherman, hiker, reader and a life-long learner, traits that he instilled by example in his family and friends. Deak is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary and by his four children, Nina, David, Lucas and Adams, as well as four grandchildren, Noah, Elan, Corinne and Michael. He is also survived by his sister, Lavona Rushton of Birmingham, Alabama.

Herman J. Romero 1946 HS 1948 JC Herman Romero of Williamstown and Raleigh, N.C., passed away peacefully at home in the arms of his wife on March 16, 2011, following a heroic battle with prostate cancer. Herman was born Dec. 1, 1928, in Magdalena, NM, son of Adolph and Ella Mae Sullivan Romero. He grew up in Reserve, NM, attended the New Mexico Military Institute, then attended and graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1951. After college, he began his working years as a physical education teacher and concurrently served in the New Mexico National Guard. A born salesman, Herman entered the insurance industry, making a career in sales and management for New York Life Insurance Company, where he worked for 22 years. Deciding he could be of more service to his clients as an independent agent, he started his own insurance firm. He enjoyed an entrepreneurial spirit throughout his life, pursuing business opportunities including real estate development and financial services, and never considered himself “retired.” Herman had many passions and especially enjoyed family gatherings where he presided over the making of New Mexico chile rellenos, enchiladas or green chile stew. He loved his family, was an avid reader and a college sports enthusiast. Herman was active in civic organizations for many years, including the Elks Club and Rotary International, serving as president of the Panorama City (Calif.) Rotary chapter. Herman leaves his wife of 57 years, Naomi Ovington Romero; their three children and in-laws: Suzanne and David Dewey of Williamstown, David and Sherri Romero of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Timothy and Lorene Romero of Phoenix, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; his sisters, Rosemary and Roland Montoya of Las Vegas Nev., and Patricia and Arthur Ahr of Albuquerque NM; and his brother Jon and joann Romero of Las Vegas. He was predeceased by a brother and a grandchild. 

Sigurd (Sig) Rosen 1946 HS 1948 JC passed away November 1, 2012; he was born on December 12, 1927 in Fnrstenwalde, Germany and immigrated to El Paso, Texas at the age of six. Sig attended El Paso High, was a proud graduate of Dudley Elementary, New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, and Texas Western (UTEP). He is survived by his loving wife Olga, married for 52 years. Sig is also survived by his daughter Julie Kallman (husband-Jerry); parents of his grandchildren Joshua and Rachel, and his son Dr. Andrew Rosen (wife-Teri); parents of his grandchildren Brenden, Alek, Joel and Lauryn. He is also survived by his mother-in-law Lupe Chaparro. He was preceded in death by his birth mother Betty Rosen and his parents Leo and Tina Rosen. Sig retired as a Captain in the US Army, served in the Korean War and was awarded a Combat Infantry Badge, United Nations Service Medal, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He served as tank unit commander. Sig later ran two very successful downtown El Paso businesses, Rosen’s Store for Men and The Broadway Store. During these years Sig was quite active in the community. He served both as Downtown Development Association President and Downtown Kiwanis President as well as serving on both boards. Sig also was a proud past board member of the Jewish Federation. We would like to acknowledge special recognition to his outstanding caregivers, Blanca Sapien and Dania Sapien as well as Envision Hospice. Mrs. Rosen would also like to thank Dr. Muneer Assi for his special care. Active Pallbearers include: Ray Salazar, Julian Horwitz, Jerry Kallman, Joshua Kallman, Brenden Rosen, Alek Rosen, and Mark Salazar. Honorary Pallbearers include: Jack Schlusselberg, Mike Dipp Jr., Ruben Schaeffer, Guillermo Avila, Jimmy Rogers Jr., Jimmy Rogers III, Edward Kallman, Paul Lazovick, Dr. Solomon Heller, Irving Heller, Dr. William Berry, Jay Gladstein, Clarence G. Sperbeck and Arnold Peinado, and Leo Garcia. 

Richard A. Russell 1948 JC, 80, of Holiday Shores, formerly of Staunton, died Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

Thomas “Tucker” Scurry 1948 HS, 79, died Sunday, April 5, 2009 at his residence in Boulder. Tom was born December 5, 1929 to Thomas & Sally (Chambers) Scurry in Dallas, TX. He received his B.S. degree in EE from CU, Boulder and Rice University, Houston, TX. He was a Professional Bull rider before serving as a U.S. Naval EOD Officer from 1953-60, removing unexploded bombs from post war Korea and Japan. In 1960, Tom married Fumi Ogata in Sasebo, Japan. After he left the military, he installed microwave relays for the Apollo Space Program in Asia for Collins Radio Company and developed exploration equipment for Cryogenics Research. From 1975-95, Tom ran his own company and became a Consultant. He was the Chief for the Pine Brook Hills Volunteer Fire Department in the 70’s and enjoyed downhill skiing, mountain biking, camping, horseback riding and playing the guitar. Thomas was an eccentric, outspoken man of consummate integrity and character. Survivors include his wife, Fumi Scurry of Boulder, CO; son, Capt. Bryan (Kathryn & Blake) Scurry, USN of San Diego, CA; daughter, Dr. Melanie (Tom, Ben, and Natalie) Ryan, M.D. of Boulder, CO: brother Dr M. T. (Jo) Scurry, MD of Sante Fe, NM; and sister Nancy Minter of Bellingham, WA.

Ben H. Sparkman 1948 HS (as written by him) Trip Tik: Born 10/3/30 a sinner. Died 1/12/17 a saved believer. Church: Birth to 1939 East Dallas Christian. 1940-1958 HP Methodist 1958-2017 HPPC Graduated to the Church Triumphant 2017 Schools: Armstrong, UP Highland Park High,1946-48 New Mexico Military Institute 1948-52 Princeton University 1952-54 USAF 1954 Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science 1958 Yea! Married Sally Ann Edmondson-My True Love! 1960 Here comes J. Howard 1962 Hello Ben Jr. & later wife Linda Jointly giving us seven grandchildren Elisabeth, Daniel (Hilary), Catherine, Jonathan, Luci, Adele & BelleAn almost son, Ty Edmondson, wife, Dana, Sally and GigiI love them one and all the mostest…1970 AIMS Testing-Only to find I should have been a teacher. Oh! So that’s why I was so unfulfilled in my work which was in undertaking and followed with Insurance Implementation (pre-need), a concept never previously used in Texas.Retiring at 62, Cissie & I invested in our sons’ friends that were doing start-ups;Some of which broke the bank. God is Good!Lastly, in truth, I really did meet & chat with Albert Einstein. God Bless Everyone. Have a great life. I surely did!

Stanford Spence 1948 HS, passed away on September 26, 2014, in Austin, Texas. Stan was born in Nogales, Arizona on March 23, 1930. He attended schools in Arizona, the New Mexico Military Institute and the University of Arizona. After he married and left college in 1950 he became the father of two daughters, Terry and Katherine. Stan entered into the business world and subsequently established companies in the cattle feeding, real estate, mortgage banking and insurance industries. In 1958, while on vacation in Acapulco, he met his forever partner, Diane and shortly thereafter they were married and began a loving partnership that lasted over half a century. Diane was always an important partner in all of Stan’s business pursuits throughout the years. Diane passed away on April 12, 2011, in Austin, Texas. In 1973, he founded his last business venture and became the Chairman & CEO of Checkmate Electronics, Inc., after he conceived the technology and directed the development of the patented Point of Sale check readers and analyzers that dominated the POS, banking and check printing industries. After a 1998 merger with a Canadian company, the combined companies became the largest supplier of Point of Sale payment terminals to large retail stores in North America. He remained as Chairman of the combined companies, IVI Checkmate, until his retirement in 2005. After his retirement, he and Diane continued extensive traveling to Europe, Asia and South America, but his primary pursuit was to engage in, as he said, “a good game of bad golf” at the Austin Country Club. His deceased parents were A.T. and Marcella Spence. His father and now deceased brother, Terrell, were prominent cattle ranchers in the Southwest. Stan is survived by his daughters, Terry Phelps of Cave Creek, Arizona and Katherine Lindsey of Burke, Virginia; grandson, Garrett Phelps of Annapolis, Maryland; sister-in- law, Ophelia Spence of Tucson, Arizona; niece, Valerie Dixon and her husband, Dan of Austin, Texas; nephew, John D. Spence and his wife, Amy of Tillamook, Oregon.

William OStevens, Jr. 1948 HS, Formerly of Dallas, passed away April 24th 2010 at age 80 due to cancer. Survived by wife, Sarah Stevens, Portsmouth, NH, daughters, Elizabeth Fokides, New Canaan, CT, Kelley Stevens, Huntington Beach, CA, sons, Will Stevens, Portland, OR, Mark Stevens, Weare, NH, and 5 grandchildren.

William Alfred Thurmond 1946 HS 1948 JC Thurmond, 82, passed away on October 11, 2011. Born March 14, 1929 at the El Paso Masonic Hospital to Loucile and Benton Thurmond, he was raised in Hatch, NM on the family farm. A graduate of New Mexico Military Institute and New Mexico A&M, he was commissioned into the Army in 1950. A Lieutenant of the Second Armored Division, he was stationed most of his military service in Germany. Upon his return, he married Betty Neathery and attended the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. In 1956, he joined Burges, Scott, Raspberry, and Hulse Law Firm, later becoming a partner of Scott, Hulse, Marshall, Feuille, Finger, and Thurmond. He was very proud at the end of his life to have had one job and one wife. He was married almost 59 years, had three children: W. Stafford Thurmond, Elizabeth Thurmond Bengtson, and Loucile Thurmond Kappas, and many loving grandchildren.

Alan H. Townshend 1948 HS, age 84, of Petersburg, WV passed away Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the Grant County Nursing Home in Petersburg. Born February 18, 1930 to the late Captain Charles S. Townshend and Margaret (Renison) Townshend, at the Samaritan (American) Hospital located in Colon, Republic of Panama. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia J. (Secrist) Townshend and two older brothers, Don and Stuart Townshend. Alan is survived by his only son, Scott E. Townshend of Ridgeley, WV and two grandchildren, Lilly Elizabeth and Brennen Maxwell Townshend. He is also survived by two brothers, Bill Townshend of Stone Mountain, GA and John Townshend of Houston, Texas.
Alan was a graduate of Cristobal High School, Canal Zone, class of 1948. He attended Canal Zone Junior College class of 1950. In November 1951 he entered the United States Air Force which he served in the U. S. Intelligence Department during the Korean War until August 1955 when he was honorably discharged at Mobile, Alabama. He then attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C. on the G.I. bill. He met Patricia Jean Secrist and was married at St. Thomas Episcopal Church on June 29, 1957 in Washington, D.C. He received his B.A. in Foreign Affairs in 1957 and later received his Master’s Degree in Secondary Education in 1961. He did his student teaching at Jeb Stuart High School in 1961, then taught at Flint Hill Private in Oakton, VA until 1962. He then taught in Fauguier County, VA for 4 more years, then Sherwood High School in Montgomery County, MD. These teaching experiences and life events then led Alan to teach at Franklin High School in Franklin, WV for a year; but upon gaining his special education Certification, he obtained the position as special education teacher in Grant County, West Virginia where he taught for 25 years and retired in June 1994. Alan was a member of numerous organizations including 50 year (+) member of the Petersburg Masonic Lodge No. 145 A.F. & A.M. and Scottish Rites 32nd degree Wheeling, WV, Petersburg Lions Club, Petersburg American Legion Post 78 and most proudly, he was an elder of the Petersburg Presbyterian Church. He also was an active member of the Grant County Association of Retired School Employees and was currently vice-president.

William D. “Bill” Wainwright, III 1948 JC, oracle, philosopher, father of many, local tennis legend, political commentator and Jeopardy Aficionado, passed gently into his good night early Friday, May 9th, after a short but valiant battle with cancer. Bill was born in Marshall Texas to Agnes O’Brien Wainwright and William D. Wainwright Jr. on October 14, 1929, the oldest of three. Bill married Mary Joyce Verhalen on September 27, 1953. She was certainly the most beautiful and virtuous woman that had ever agreed to date Bill. They have both been active members of the St Paul’s Catholic Church Family since moving to FL more than 20 years ago. Bill is survived by Joyce and his eight children: Mark William Wainwright and Laura, of Bossier City LA, Kim Wainwright Cobb and Lewis, of West Monroe LA, William D. Wainwright IV and Renee, Douglasville GA, Patrick D. Wainwright and Karen, of Memphis TN, Karen Wainwright Moore and Clif, Cedar Park TX, Holly Wainwright, of Bossier City LA, Christy Wainwright Rekward and Paul, Coralville IA and Casey Wainwright, Pensacola FL., Grandchildren: Michael Wainwright, Chris Wainwright, Brian Cobb, Ashley Cobb Caserotti, Jeremy Cobb, Johnathon Wainwright, Robert Anderson, Ryan Anderson, Hunter Moore, Beau Moore, Anna Rekward, Susana Rekward, Samuel Rekward, Cassielynne Wainwright and Cloie Ann Wainwright and Great Grandchildren: Cason Caserotti, Natalie Cobb and Trenton Anderson. Bill, who is surely smiling down on us in Heaven as you read this, was something special, different and unique to almost everyone he met. As our Dad, Grandfather, and Great Grandfather, he has touched our lives so deeply that we must all admit we carry a little of Bill within us wherever we go. Our lives were better for having known him.

Charles Vincent “Chuck” Wilder, Jr. 1946 HS-1948 JC – On April 2, 2013, Chuck Wilder passed away at his ranch home in New River, Arizona. Chuck was born on March 21, 1929 to C.V. and Ella (McFarland) Wilder in Bellingham, WA. In 1943 Chuck enrolled at New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) in Roswell, NM. He attended through two years of college and maintained a relationship with the school throughout his life. After graduation from NMMI, he continued his education at the University of Washington, earning his Civil Engineering degree in 1951. Following graduation, he reported for duty in the U.S. Army and was assigned to the Engineer Aviation Brigade Headquarters. He left the service in 1953 as a first lieutenant and returned to Bellingham to become a member of the Wilder Construction team. During the next ten years he worked in all aspects of the company, learning and advancing in responsibilities until he became president in 1963. Because of his vision and expertise, the company continued to grow and expand its operations to other states in the Northwest. In June of 1974, Wilder Construction opened its Alaskan Division in Anchorage, becoming a highly respected contractor throughout the state. Wilder’s name was synonymous with excellence in the asphalt pavement industry. Wilder Construction was awarded the largest single highway contract by the State of Alaska Department of Transportation in 1981. The project required excavating millions of cubic yards of solid rock. Wilder designed the project using highly innovative and efficient conceptual ideas that kept the traffic flowing while completing the complicated task ahead of schedule. Chuck believed that the Wilder employees were its most important asset. The firm enjoyed one of the best reputations in the Northwest and Alaska by maintaining the high standards set by his father, C.V. Wilder, Sr. The transition from a family-owned to an employee-owned company was accomplished in 1994. Granite Construction, Inc. of Watsonville, CA began its acquisition of the company in early 2000. Chuck achieved the ultimate respect from his peers by being elected president of the Asphalt Paving Association of Washington, the Mountain Pacific Chapter of Associated General Contractors, and the National Asphalt Pavement Association. He was also honored as Whatcom County Business Person of the Year. His leadership and caring for the many employees that worked for him were hallmarks of NMMI’s credo of Duty, Honor and Achievement. As an entrepreneur in the business world, Chuck generously supported various organizations including the Western Foundation at Western Washington University, the Arne Hanna Swimming Pool in Bellingham, Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, Hospice of the Valley in Arizona, New Mexico Military Institute as well as deeding his Arizona Ranch to the Boy Scouts of America. Chuck is survived by his daughter Judi (husband Paul) Ross of Gig Harbor, WA, granddaughter Jennifer (husband H) Hegberg of Seattle, WA sister Virginia Hayes of Carmel, CA, nephews Gordy and Craig Hayes of Bellingham WA, and niece Sally Kimberlin of Arizona. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Carey who passed away one month earlier, brother L.K. “Bud” Wilder and sister Anita Sorrel.

Raymond Kenneth Wilder 1946 HS-1948 JC passed away at his home in Prescott, Arizona, on February 6, 2017, at the age of 89. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, Mary (Taplin) Wilder. Ken leaves a sister, Mary Elaine (Wilder) Beeman; his adopted family–Mike and Mariela Hastings of Prescott, Arizona; Niccole (Bean) Hall of Edmond, OK; Billy Bean of Chicago IL; and Marianne (Bean) Sullins of Prescott, AZ; as well as many dear friends. Son of the late Raymond Eugene Wilder and Ethel Marie Stanton, “Ken” was born June 26, 1927, in Trinidad, Colorado. He spent his early youth in Deming, New Mexico, completing his high school and junior college studies at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. Ken received an Associate degree from NMMI in 1948. Resettling in Deming, Ken displayed his faithful and loyal character by dedicating 39 years of service to the U.S. Postal Office. He and his wife enjoyed their retirement in Tucson, AZ, and in Las Cruces, NM. Ken loved sports. He played high school basketball and spent years refereeing high school basketball games. A Life Member of the Optimist International Club, he served as Lt. Governor of Zone “D,” District #19, 1962-64. Ken and Mary traveled extensively. When at home, Ken tended to his beautifully manicured yard. Ken’s fellow Club members honored him for his “devoted and unselfish service to the welfare of the Community, State, and Nation… and for the support so generously given to the cause of Optimism.” Ken’s work is now done; but he will be long missed for his gentle temperament and kindness.

Joseph Roger Williams 1946 HS-1948 JC – Joe was born the first day of the year 1929 in DeLeon, Texas, the youngest of five, to Marguerite Jane Weaver and William Hudson Williams. He grew up in Abilene, graduated from high school at New Mexico Military Institute and enrolled in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas in 1947. Plans changed and he received a Bachelor of Arts in History. He then became a cotton farmer for five years near Idalou, Texas. After meeting and marrying Martha Anne Enochs in Lubbock, Texas in 1958 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, they moved to Austin and he returned to studying architecture, earned his degree in 1963, and then started an architectural practice in Austin. He worked for five years (1967-1972) at the Office of Facilities, Planning & Construction of the UT system, becoming the Architect for Academic Institutions. He also worked for five years (1976-1981) as Director of the National Register for the Texas Historical Commission. After family and the birth of his children, Joe maintained that the most thrilling times of his life occurred sitting at the drafting board; and that designing houses and additions to houses, especially the ranch houses so loved by his clients, was his pleasure and a rewarding legacy. Joe is survived by his children: Margaret Catching Williams of Austin, TX, Crawford Marginot and husband Billy of Marfa, TX, Joseph Roger Williams, Jr and wife Norma of Austin, TX, and Philip Enochs Williams and wife Bett of Columbia, SC. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Joseph Williams, Rachel Anne Williams, Martha Williams, Charles Marginot, Catching Marginot, Brooks Marginot, and Stowe Williams. Joe joined some special social and professional groups along the way; enjoyed playing bridge; and designed for himself, after Martha died in 1991, a summer home atop a mountain at Fort Davis, TX, later an adobe hacienda in Marfa, and, last, a small town-house in Austin, the latter so well located he could walk to the Dart Bowl to enjoy their excellent enchiladas. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift. In the event that someone feels the need to remember Joe, donate your spare parts to “Medicine” or give a nickel to some needy person…neither will hurt you. A private service is planned…..whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things…..

George William Woodard 1946 HS-1948 JC died at his home on May 22, 2007. He was born in the Del Norte, Colo. Hospital on March 26, 1928 to Raymond George Woodard and Mary Garvin Woodard. He grew up in Saguache on the Woodard cattle and sheep ranch. George attended school in Saguache until his sophomore year and then entered New Mexico Military Institute. He graduated from the institute holding the rank of cadet colonel and was the regiment commander. After finishing his last two years of college at the University of Colorado he went directly into the army as a second lieutenant in the armored cavalry. He was sent to Korea in 1951 and served as a tank platoon leader in Company C. 64th Tank Battalion as a First Lieutenant for one year. He received an honorable discharge when he returned to the states. George received law degrees from the University of Colorado and Louisiana State University. He practiced law in Shreveport, LA, for two years before returning to Colorado in 1958 and entering the firm of Moses and Desouchet. He went into solo practice in 1962 and retired in 1985. He served on many boards in Alamosa and was elected a State Representative in 1968. George served on the Board of Trustees of the State Colleges in Colorado, Adams State Foundation board and was a Water Court referee. He taught water classes at Adams State. He is survived by his wife Ketha, two children Diane Elaine Woodard and George W. Woodard II, and two sisters Janet Bilderbeck and Marjorie Evans.


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William Eugene “Bill” Adams 1947 HS, 86, of Mineral Wells, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by friends and family on May 22, 2016. He is in a better place at home with his Heavenly Father.  Bill, or “Doc,” as he was commonly called, was born Nov. 30, 1929, in Houston, and was raised in Galveston, Texas, where he found his love for the beach and water. He attended Kerwin High School, played quarterback on the football team and was on the gymnastics team. He finished up high school at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, as a member of the polo team. He graduated from NMMI in 1947. He returned to Galveston and joined the Navy Reserves. He married Betty Halvorsen on Feb. 25, 1948. They had two daughters, Susan and Judy. Bill earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Houston and his Doctorate of Optometry from the Southwest College of Optometry in Memphis in 1960. After the death of his wife, Betty, Bill married Gail Sain of Mineral Wells on April 19, 1979. They worked together in his optometry practices in Mineral Wells and Pampa, Texas, for more than 20 years. Bill was a member of the Texas Optometric Association, Rotary Club, Lions Club, The American Legion and Holiday Hills Country Club. He spent much of his time at the club, playing golf and tennis up until the ripe old age of 84. Some of his favorite pastimes were enjoying the beach, the lake, sailing, boating, golf and tennis. Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years, Gail Sain Adams, and his two daughters Susan Adams Horton and husband Jay, of Midland, and Judy Adams Ewing and husband Brad, of Weatherford. He is also survived by brother, Jim Adams of Gretna, La.; sister, Rindy Adams Hetherington of Houston; and stepsister, Queva Palmo of San Diego, Calif. Bill was known as Pop to his grandchildren, Bill Ewing and wife Teresa, Darbie Ewing Hill and husband Jason, Kelly Horton Vick and husband Jarrett, Scott Horton and wife Debbie, Lori Ewing Lee and husband Sam and Robert Horton and wife Allyse. He also has 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Maude, “Moppy” and Arthur J. “Pop” Adams, Dub Palmo; wife, Betty Halvorsen Adams; and great-granddaughter, Eloise Catherine Horton.

Jack Harlton Ballew 1947 JC, 83, loving husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend, went to be with his Lord on Friday, April 13, 2012 surrounded by his family and friends after a courageous battle with cancer. Born August 18, 1928 in Clarendon Texas, Jack and his sister Jean grew up helping their mother and father on the family farm. After graduating from New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) in 1947, Jack went on to graduate from West Texas State University in 1949. In 1950, Jack and Carolyn Jane Hooker were married at University Park United Methodist Church. Their lifelong relationship with the church and their Sunday school classes demonstrated love for God and a life that was led with strong Christian values at home and work. Jack regularly led Sunday school classes, read scripture at family gatherings, served in several church leadership positions, and had read through the Bible seven times. In 1957 he joined his father-in-law, Walter Hooker, at Hooker Printing Company, later becoming Hooker-Ballew Printing Company. Jack had a love for his customers and staff, and continued to energetically enjoy his work until his last days in partnership with his brother-in-law Don Hooker, son Mark Ballew, and nephew Jim Hooker. Jack served as Scoutmaster of Troop 115 for many years. Later in life, one of Jack’s favorite pastimes was texting game stats for the Texas Rangers and Dallas Mavericks with his children and grandchildren. His optimistic love for life will always hold a special place in the hearts of his family, friends, and colleagues. Survivors: Jack was preceded in death by his father and mother, Elba and Edith Ballew of Clarendon, Texas and grandson Travis Ballew. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Hooker Ballew, sister Jean Ballew Erickson, children Mike Ballew and wife Margo, Mark Ballew and wife Debra, Peggy Ballew Moore and husband Joe, Sandra Ballew Werthmann and husband Joe, grandchildren Chad Ballew and wife Jenny, Tracy Ballew Tobin and husband Matt, Jack Moore, Raymi Moore, Cole Werthmann and great grandchildren Jude and Talula Tobin. Special thanks goes to the staff at Texas Oncology, Baylor-Plano. Funeral arrangements by Restland Funeral Home.

Clifford M. Bayer 1947 HS, born September 25, 1930, passed peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones on July 21, 2018. Mr. Bayer was predeceased by his parents, Louis E. Bayer and Saralyn Ravel Bayer. Mr. Bayer is survived by his wife Rosalee, children Lynn Bayer, Steven (Michelle) Bayer, Richard (Debbie) Buckles, Gerry (Loretta) Buckles, and Deb (Craig) Campbell, Grandchildren Lauren Wideman, Alex Bayer, Miriam Bayer, Ashely (Greg) Stephens, Robert (Kim) Buckles, Neal Buckles, Lindsey (Eric) Tiller, Samantha Buckles, Brandon (Ukari) Buckles, Olivia Buckles, Liam Campbell and Asher Campbell as well as 9 great-grandchildren. Mr Bayer leaves behind a rich legacy of caring for those around him while serving his country and community. Born in Denver, CO, Mr. Bayer was a lifelong resident of Shreveport, LA. He attended New Mexico Military Institute, Byrd High School and graduated from LSU with a degree in industrial engineering. Following service as a Captain in the US Air Force, Mr. Bayer worked for Sandia Corporation at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and then, like his father, continued as a restauranteur making his famous Bayer Broilerburgers. He was a patented inventor, woodworker and skilled craftsman who loved and excelled at working with his hands. He will be fondly remembered for his lifelong passions which included meticulously restoring classic cars and maintaining a standing Friday lunch date with childhood friends Herman Van Os, Abry Cahn, Leon Pliner, Sam Goldstein, and others.

William Reid Betts 1947 HS, 84, was born in Longmont, Colorado, on Feb. 12, 1929, to William Hubert Betts and Helen Marie Van Zant Betts. Bill’s first four years were spent on his father’s sheep ranch near Cody, Wyoming, until his father died and they lost everything during the Great Depression. Bill, his mother and older sister, Sally, moved back to Longmont to live with his grandmother. #Bill spent most of his school years in Longmont and his junior and senior years in high school at New Mexico Military Institute. After graduating, he spent a year at the University of Colorado and then joined the Navy in 1949. He served as a radarman on the USS Gainard. After being honorably discharged, Bill attended the University of Denver earning a bachelor’s degree in business. At DU he met his wife, Nancy Bigelow, and they married in 1954. After receiving his degree, Bill designed and built custom homes in the Denver area. #After a few years, Bill returned to college and earned his vocational teaching degree from Colorado State University. With two daughters and two sons in tow, Bill and Nancy moved to Castle Rock, Colorado in 1961 where for 24 years Mr. Betts taught carpentry, drafting and established the first building trades program at Douglas County High School. #In 1996, Bill and Nancy moved from Colorado to Walla Walla, WA, where they enjoyed the lovely climate and activities that included touring with their Model A and Model T cars. #Bill was a jack-of-all-trades, an able mechanic, master craftsman and artist. In addition to building homes, he enjoyed camping, fishing, crafting beautiful furniture, boats, restoring antique cars and oil painting. #Bill is survived by his four children, Jennifer Betts Leinart (Phillip) of Spokane, WA., Sally Betts of France, Christopher Betts of Littleton, CO., Daniel Betts (Sandra) of Vancouver, WA.; eight grandchildren, Reid Leinart of Cupertino, CA., Russell Leinart (Heather) of Fort Smith, AR., Benjamin Betts (Caty) of Highlands Ranch, CO., William Rizza and Celine Rizza of France, Jessica Betts of Kona, HI, Elizabeth Betts of Honolulu, HI, and Sarah Betts of Vancouver, WA.; and three great-granddaughters, Jetta Betts and Bailey Betts of Highlands Ranch, CO., and Hadley Leinart of Fort Smith, AR. #Bill was a loving husband and father, a popular teacher and a loyal friend. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and zest for life. Doing his best to cope with declining kidney function and a broken hip, the machinery of life just wore out.

Gerald “Dorsey” Bonnell 1947 HS went home to be with his Lord and Savior on October 18th, 2014. He was born April 26th, 1929 in Alamogordo, NM to Kiel and Fay Bonnell. He was raised in Tularosa and Ruidoso and graduated High School from the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. He attended New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM before marrying the love of his life, Suzie Bonnell, on June 12th, 1949. They were married in Ruidoso at the Community United Methodist Church where they began an adventure together that would span 65 years. Dorsey worked for his dad at Bonnell Hardware in Ruidoso and then for his grandfather, R.D. Champion, at Otero County State Bank, where he stayed for 17 years. During this time he was actively involved with Alamogordo Noon Lions Club and the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce and held many offices in both organizations, including President. In 1968 he sold his interest in the bank to family members to pursue his lifelong dream of being an artist. He painted ten calendars for Bank Securities, Inc., which was the holding company for Security Bank and Trust and many other banks throughout the state. Each painting included a well-researched story and usually a friend or family member too. He was asked to paint an archway mural at the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce and was later commissioned by the state of New Mexico to research the history and paint four large murals at Oliver Lee State Park ten miles south of Alamogordo in Dog Canyon. He held various shows throughout the state and many people, both locally and nationwide, cherish his artwork that graces their homes. Dorsey spent many an hour creating pen and ink drawings that were used for cover pages and tail pieces for the Arizona West periodicals. His art was not his only creative outlet. He was a passionate, self-taught musician who played the organ, piano, guitar, and accordion and loved playing in the accordion band at Grace United Methodist Church. He shared his love of music, his artistic talent, his passion for life, and his enjoyment in the game of golf with all of his grandchildren, teaching many of them to play before they began school. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church for sixty years. He taught Bethel Bible Series and was an adult Sunday school teacher for over twenty years. He served as chairperson of numerous church committees and was secretary to the El Paso District Board of Ordained Ministry. As a knowledgeable banker he was an outstanding asset to the church’s Endowment Committee and served there for many years. Dorsey leaves an incredible legacy of love and playfulness for his children and grandchildren. Many a night he played kick the can, on his beloved mountain top, in the wee hours, with his children. He was always jumping out of a closet or crouched behind a garbage can growling, to get a reaction, and a water fight was constantly in the making. His love for playing and his love for life (and a warm cookie just out of the oven) will be passed down for generations to come. He will be missed, but never forgotten! Dorsey was preceded in death by his parents Kiel Bonnell and Fay Champion Bonnell and by his infant grandson Everett Dorsey Bonnell. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Suzie Bonnell, son Gerald and Donna Bonnell, three daughters Suzanne and Roger Henry, Tena and Scott Spitsberg, and Penny and Hadley Antes, son Tom and Carol Rutledge, and special nieces that were like daughters to him, Cindy and Ken Rogers, Tammy and Sam Holloman, and Barbie and David Lagen. He is also survived by grandchildren Brent and Jeri Bonnell, Brooke and Bobby Freshcorn, Danelle and Jason Bonnell, Wendy Stroble, Debbie and Scott McDoniel, Roger Henry Jr., Timothy and Rachel Spitsberg, Mindy and Jeb Archey, Matthew and Lindsey Spitsberg, D.J. Downs, Katie Downs, Marco and Amy Nardi, Marina Antes, Bryan and Maria Rutledge, Sean and Julie Rutledge, and Corrie and Mark Gilley; twenty one great grand-children and two brothers, Ted and Glenda Bonnell, Kenneth and Judy Bonnell and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, and his dear friends, Rev. Don and Ruby Forsman.

Hubert Leon Sonny Brown, Jr. 1945-HS 1947 JC, 79, a devoted father and grandfather, passed away at home Friday, Dec. 7, 2007. A resident of Midland since 1954, he was born Aug. 16, 1928, to H.L. Brown and Elizabeth Marie Horn Brown in Fort Worth. After completing high school and junior college at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, Sonny attended the University of Texas at Austin where he earned a B.S. in 1951 and an M.S. in 1952 in petroleum engineering. He then attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received an M.B.A. in finance in 1954. Upon completion of his studies, Sonny moved to Midland to begin a lifelong career as an independent oil and gas operator — a true wildcatter. His office was his second home, and his family extended to those who assisted him in pursuing his passion. As he always said, if it ain’t fun, we’re not goin’ to do it. Thank you to those who made it fun, didn’t say it but wrote it, and remembered to put the date. Over the course of his lifetime, Sonny made many friends with his unmistakable laugh, fun-loving spirit and his love for telling stories. He was such a loyal friend to so many GÇ- always available at a moment’s notice — that to list them would be impossible. He was a passionate hunter, fisherman and golfer and an avid traveler. He loved the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Longhorns and could be found most weekends cheering on his teams in person. Most importantly, he was a wonderful father — the best two children could ever ask for — and he will be missed dearly every single day. Every father should be so devoted to his children. Sonny lent his time to many institutions: he served on the board of trustees of Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, Calif., from 1982 until 1994. He served on the board of directors of Texas Bankshares Inc. In Fort Worth from 1983 until 1988. In 1985 he was elected to the board of trustees of the New Mexico Military Institute Foundation, which he served until 1993. He served on the Marine Science Institute Advisory Council of the University of Texas at Austin from 1988 to 1993 and the university’s Longhorn Foundation Advisory Council from 1989 until 1998. For the last four years, he served on the advisory council to the Cardiology Division, Heart Lung Vascular Center of Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, Calif. Survivors: Son, H.L. Robin Brown III and his wife, Caroline Brown, of Midland; his daughter, Annabelle Elizabeth Brown Fowlkes and her husband, Gregory Fowlkes, of New York; grandchildren, Amelia Mimi Fowlkes and Winston Fowlkes of New York; and sister, Mary Jane Brown Johndroe of Fort Worth and her two children, Q. Peter Courtney III of Midland and Cynthia Anne Siegel of Fort Worth.

Roy V. Bynum, Jr. 1947 HS, 85 of Indianola has departed this life for his next exciting journey. Because of the world’s continually changing landscape and Roy’s attention to precise detail it was always difficult to nail him down on exactly how many of today’s 196 countries of the world he had visited. But it is fairly accurate to say that Roy stepped foot on well over 160 world destinations on every continent, and several on multiple occasions. Roy Bynum defined the term “world traveler!” Roy Bynum Jr. was the grandson of James H. Bynum who in 1889 at the age of 19 migrated to Indian Territory from Scottsboro, Alabama. James H. Bynum farmed, was a pioneer merchant and was the first Postmaster of Indianola, .Oklahoma. James and his wife Anna had one son who lived only a short time but had three sons Fred, Elmer, and Roy Sr. who carried on the family businesses including farming and ranching, dry goods merchants and other local business activities. The three Bynum sons in their own right were very much a part of the life and development of early Indianola. Roy Jr. attended school at Indianola before spending his high school years and graduating from the New Mexico Military Institute. Roy then attended The University of Oklahoma prior to his military service during the Korean War. After his military service Roy was employed first by the Internal Revenue Service in several locations through the country then in the Government Accounting Office also in several different locations nationwide. In the mid-1970s Roy then received an assignment to the then McAlester Naval Ammunition Depot, now MCAAP. He retired several years ago as the MCAAP’s Comptroller. Roy held memberships and participated in many civic, local, statewide and national organizations, most notably a long time member of the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Public Library System of Oklahoma, a 32 Degree Life Member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, McAlester Rotary ClubPaul Harris Fellow, Oklahoma Historical Society, Pittsburg County Historical and Genealogical Society and Indianola Public Schools Alumni Association Board of Directors. In addition to Roy’s love of travel historical preservation and education were extremely important to him. Roy was most happy, preserving, honoring and sharing with others his historical knowledge, experiences, and artifacts from just up the street or halfway around the world. In recent years Roy has created the Bynum Historical Foundation to not only preserve the local, state and national treasures that he has amassed throughout his life, but to also share them with others and to benefit local and regional education and scholarship. Roy Bynum Jr. was preceded in death by his parents Roy Sr. and Ola (Dixon) Bynum, his sister Gwendolyn Bynum Hurst and her husband Robert, his uncle Fred and aunt Pearl and their son James, his uncle Elmer and aunt Grace and their daughter Anita Bynum Smith. And his nephew Brad Nelson. Roy is survived by his niece Sharon Nelson of Los Angeles, CA, his cousin Dr. Charles Ferrell and wife Peggy of Mesa, AZ, and cousin Suzanne Smith Hirrel and husband Marc of Little Rock, AR, along with many special friends and extended family. 

Bennie L. Cain 1947 HS passed away Sunday, June 17, 2007 at the Bar cross ranch in Cutter surrounded by his family and friends. He was 78. Ben, a lifelong rancher, is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jane Cain; daughters, Cindy Goetz (Dudley) of Cutter and Judy Wallin (Phil) of Moriarty; along with his seven grandchildren, Stevye Lee (D.J.) Woodward, Amanda (Bobbie) Wallin, Goetz; and great-grandchild, Cody Jo Woodward. Ben was preceded in death by his son, Steve Cain; grandson, Cody; brothers, Leonard and Lewis Cain; and sister, Bonnie Davis. Ben was a member of the Engle Country Church, New Mexico Cattle Grower’s Association, Sierra County Farm Bureau and Sierra County Fair Board. He and Jane were awarded the Cattlemen of the Year in 1994 by the New Mexico Cattle Grower’s Association.

Lt. Col. Charles V. Christian 1945 HS-1947 JC “Chris” was born in San Angelo, TX on January 10, 1928 and passed away at the NW Louisiana War Veterans Home in December 26, 2009. He was predeceased by his parents, Charles A. Christian and Alice Baker Christian and a brother, Phelan Christian. “Chris” attended Allen Military Academy in his elementary years and then transferred to New Mexico Military Institute for both high school and junior college. He received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the LSU ROTC program in 1948 and went on active duty at this time. He served in Japan, the Korean War, two tours in Europe, the Middle East, Vietnam, and lastly, in Panama. He retired in 1970 and moved back to Mansfield. The next 18 years, he was employed by the desoto Parish School Board teaching at Second Ward High School, Mansfield High School and lastly at Pelican All Saints High School. After he retired from teaching, he served as a volunteer at Mansfield Elementary School and became very attached to both students and faculty. “Chris” was a member of Christ Memorial Episcopal Church, serving on the Vestry several years, the Mansfield Lions Club, and served as commander of the Post #42 American Legion Club. He is remembered also as a loyal member of AA in Mansfield for over 25 years. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jeanne Pendleton Christian, one daughter, Monika Christian, of Baytown, TX, his ever-loyal companion, Benji, nieces and many cousins and friends. Many thanks to the NW Louisiana Vets Home and Schumpert Hospital for their care of our loved one.

Frank Goad Clayton 1945 HS-1947 JC was born in September 1927 in Corpus Christi, Texas. He grew up ranching in New Mexico and California, a third generation rancher. He attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico, where he was part of the Horse Cavalry. He loved the land and was very proud of his ranching heritage. He was a student of history and enjoyed reading and learning about the part his family played in settling the west. He married Betty Reynolds, ranched in New Mexico and began raising his family. The family moved to Yuma, Arizona, in 1956, where they pastured cattle, then built a feedlot business. He was always very active in Arizona and National Cattle Feeders Associations, traveling to Washington to lobby for the cattle industry. Frank and Betty moved to Paso Robles in 1978, where they opened a commodity trading company. They retired and have enjoyed their family and traveling in the last years. Frank will be deeply missed by his entire family; his wife Betty, and his three daughters: Debi and husband Tom, Suzanne and husband Jerry and Pam and husband Carl; his four grandchildren: Matt White, his wife Jess and two great-grandchildren, Michael White and his wife Amanda, and C.R. Wilken and Carly Wilken.

Alan E. “Pete” Delzell 1947 HS  July 15, 1928 – March 4, 2012 Alan E. “Pete” Delzell, 83, a lifelong resident of Aztec and Farmington, slipped quietly and peacefully into eternity on Sunday evening, March 4, 2012. He was a graduate of Aztec High School for many years until his retirement he was a field supervisor for El Paso Natural Gas Company, where he was affectionately known as “Camp Boss.” He held senior positions within the Masonic Lodge of Aztec. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dona Delzell; and his brother, Ralph Delzell. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Delzell; son, George Delzell, and stepsons, Lance Johnson and Marc Johnson; daughters, Denise Powers and Andrea mcsmith, and stepdaughter, Leslie Hoggatt; sister, Margaret Delzell Carlson; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many dear friends.

Donald H. Drew, Sr. 1947 HS, of Edmonds, WA, passed away at the age of 79 on November 19, 2008, due to complications from recent cancer treatment. He was a consummate North westerner; a ‘Dawg’ and an active outdoor enthusiast who continued to enjoy skiing in Colorado and hiking in the Pacific Northwest up through the last year of his life. In his younger years, he played drums, painted, ski-bummed a winter in Sun Valley, worked a summer mining in Colorado, and always loved his model trains. Don was born June 13, 1929 to Donald R. And Demerise E. Drew, and traced his roots in the Northwest back to his great grandfather, Mike Drew, who settled in Port Gamble, WA in 1861. Don attended high school at Seattle Prep and later at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. He subsequently attended the University of Washington, pledged Delta Kappa Epsilon and obtained two bachelor degrees (Sociology and Engineering). Between degrees, he also served during the Korean War as a first lieutenant and platoon leader with a U.S. Army anti-aircraft battalion in Puson, Korea.In the early 60’s, he spent seven years with Hexcel Corp. In Berkeley, CA, before returning to Washington in 1966 to live in Edmonds. As a lifelong model railroad hobbyist, he followed his dream by purchasing Pacific Fast Mail (PFM), an importer and distributor of fine brass scale-model locomotives. He ran PFM from 1966 until the present day, importing unique train models, manufacturing locomotive sound systems and publishing high-quality books valued by railroad fans everywhere. He will be greatly missed by his two sons, Don Jr. (Annie) and Sean (Reneé); one granddaughter; their mother, Karen, many close friends near and far; as well as the model railroad community. We loved his kind humor and his great story-telling; he was a generous host, always willing to take the time to give a tour around his offices to visiting train enthusiasts, both young and old.

Dr. George William “Bill” Nordholtz Eggers, Jr., MD 1947 JC, 82, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, in Columbia. He was born in Feb. 22, 1929, in Galveston, Texas. His education included Ball High School in Galveston, Texas, 1945; Rice University, Houston, Texas, B.A., 1949; The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, M.D., 1953; internship at Philadelphia General Hospital, 1953-54; residency (Anesthesiology) at Philadelphia General Hospital, 1954-55; and residency (anesthesiology) at the University of Texas Medical Branch, 1955-56. Dr. Eggers academic appointments included professor emeritus, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Missouri School of Medicine, 1994-2001; Russell D. Shelden, M.D., Professor of Anesthesiology, 1994; chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Missouri School of Medicine, 1970-1994; president of American Society of Anesthesiologists, 1992; acting chairman, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Missouri School of Medicine, 1969; visiting research professor, Department of Anesthesia, Northwestern University Medical School, 1968-1969; professor, University of Missouri School of Medicine, 1967, visiting instructor in Anesthesiology, USAF Hospital, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, 1956-61; research associate, Space Science Research Center, University of Missouri, 1965-66; and associate professor, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Missouri School of Medicine, 1961-67. Dr. Eggers met his future wife, Mary Francis Futrell Eggers, M.D., during his residency in Philadelphia. She also was an anesthesiologist, Duke Medical School Class of 1947. They were united in marriage in 1955. To this union, two children were born. Survivors include a daughter, Carol Eggers, 54, of San Francisco, MBA from Stanford, married to Dan Gruzd, and their two children, Zach (25) and Katie (20); and a son, Will Eggers (or G.W.W. Eggers III), 46, of Tolland Conn., Ph.D. Candidate in medieval and renaissance literature), married to Polly Painter, and their two daughters, Olivia (13) and Cate (10). Dr. Eggers was current in his musical tastes, with most recent favorites including Radiohead’s album in Rainbows and Adele’s song someone Like You’d He had a close circle of friends with whom he played poker and once won a series of poker tournaments to qualify for the World Series of Poker. He was a singer (tenor) during his medical residency and participated and performed in a musical written, composed, and performed by all residents. He was an avid practitioner of magic, particularly close-up card tricks. In addition, he was a national champion skeet shooter.

Antonio (Tony) Manuel Fernandez, Jr. 1947 HS Tony, age 84, passed away on October 19, 2012. He was born on May 5, 1928 in Las Vegas, New Mexico and was the eldest son of the late Congressman Antonio Manuel Fernandez and Cleo Chavez Fernandez. Tony grew up in the Santa Fe area and then attended Annapolis Naval Academy majoring in engineering. He graduated from Georgetown Law School and began his career as a patent attorney. After his marriage to Joan Bessel he moved to Phoenix, Arizona where he worked for General Electric. He then moved to Los Angeles, California where he entered private practice. For the next 40 years, he specialized in Patent Law. He and Joan relocated to Riverside, California for their retirement years to be close to family. Tony is survived by Joan, his loving wife of 58 years; his three children and their spouses (Edward and Kathy Fernandez, Titus and Kathy Villanueva, and Dan and Julie Ragan); his seven grandchildren (Edward, Amy, Nick, Matt, Jessica, Stefan, and Sean); his great granddaughter, Emileen; his brothers, Orlando and Manuel (Neo); and his sisters, Delores and Anita. Tony joins his grandson, Doug in Heaven and will be in our hearts and thoughts forever. 

Joseph W. Fields 1947 HS Passed away on Friday, March 28, 2008.  He was born on March 3, 1929 in McAlester, OK, to Lang and Elizabeth Fields. A graduate of New Mexico Military Institute, he received his business degree from the University of Oklahoma. In 1950 he married Barbara Quincy, also of McAlester. While he was serving his country as an Army officer, his first two children were born. Afterwards, he began his sales career with the Fant Milling Company in Sherman, TX. During this time, his next three children were born. When Fant Milling Company was purchased by conagra, Joe became employed by Frito-Lay in Dallas, TX, and he rose to the position of Vice President of Sales for the entire Northwest U.S. Region. He later returned to Sherman to enter the real estate industry. His wife, Barbara, died in 1974. Joe subsequently married Carolyn Dorset Quentan, who had lost her husband and, like him, had five children. Joe and Bill Boorhem formed Boorhem-Fields, Inc., a supplier of crushed rock and road materials for the Texas Highway Department. He qualified for his private pilot’s license and began flying to Montana with Carolyn for family vacations. Joe served on the Board of Trustees for Wilson N. Jones Memorial Hospital, and was its Chairman from 1988 to 1996. He also held memberships on the Boards of Trustees for Merchants and Planters Bank in Sherman and the Peninsula Steel Products Co. In San Jose, CA. He was preceded in death by his first wife Barbara, and two sons, Lang and Jeff. Surviving are his wife Carolyn, seven daughters, one son, 12 grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter, along with an ever-expanding family. 

Hubert Bruce Finch 1947 HS died on April 24, 2017 at the age of 87. A native Houstonian, Bruce attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell and Kiski School in Pennsylvania. He attended Rice University and graduated there in 1956, following an over 4 year break in the U.S. Air Force, where he graduated from the Aviation Cadet Program and served as an officer. He remained in the active Air Force Reserve until his discharge in 1962 as a captain. He held jobs in banking and manufacturing and was an investment advisor until retirement in 1995. Bruce was an avid pilot until 2008. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lois, and his wife Caroline, of over 52 years. He is survived by 2 nephews, a niece, and several cousins.

John P. Gover 1947 HS, 85, longtime resident of Jackson County, died Monday morning Dec. 9, 2013, surrounded by his family. Gover was born Oct. 16, 1928 in Shidler to Walter B. and Marianna Johnson Gover. They moved to Altus in July 1931 when his father organized and founded National Bank of Commerce in Altus. He attended Altus Public schools and then graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in 1947. He was a member of the last class to be trained in horse cavalry. After his graduation at NMMI , he attended OU and was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. He also served on the Wichita Falls Police department until the Korean War when he enlisted in the United States Navy as an Aviation Structural Mechanic. In 1955 he was honorably discharged with the rank of Petty Officer Second Class and then entered the banking business with his father at NBC. In 1957, on a trip to Mexico City, he met Maria Eugenia Valverde. After only one un-chaperoned date, almost two years of writing weekly letters interspersed with 30 days of courtship, they tied the knot on April 11, 1959. John and Maria were active in the Altus Round-Up Club, and enjoyed the Santa Rosa Rodeo in Vernon, where John served as Rodeo Board Member for many years. John retired from NBC as Chairman of the Board in 1985 but continued to serve on the Board of Directors until 2009. After retirement he kept busy with owning a wholesale beer distributorship in Lawton, and a small commuter airline in Altus. He and his wife Maria had also purchased a farm and ranch east of Duke in 1959. They commenced operating it as a cow/calf and quarter horse operation in 1997 which became a major passion in his life. Since childhood his love of horses never diminished. His other passion was for his dogs, notably Sheba. The two were inseparable. Active in civic and community affairs, Gover served on the boards for the Oklahoma Bankers Association, Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce, Sooner Southwest Development Corporation, and served as Chairman for the Altus Chamber of Commerce, and President of the Altus Rotary Club. Serving 22 years on the Board of Directors for Arkla Gas/Noram Energy Corporation, he retired in 1996. But one of his most notable accomplishments was serving as the first Chairman on the Board of Regents for Western Oklahoma State College and continued to serve for 21 years. He was also very active in Scouting. As a youth he was an Eagle Scout. As an adult he served as Assistant Scoutmaster, board member and President of the Black Beaver Council. He also received the Silver Beaver award. He held a commercial pilots license with instrument and multi-engine ratings. He was also appointed by Commissioner Paul Reed to be an Honorary Oklahoma State Trooper. He is survived by his wife Maria; son Jim and wife Cathy; daughter Gina; and grandchildren Buck, Phillip and Jacob Stephens and Rachel and Morgan Gover. He has six great-grandchildren, Kayden, Landon, Knox, Kale, Taytum, and Bray. He is also survived by one sister, Mary Jean Cahill of St. Louis, Mo., and his beloved dogs Cooper and Doyle. John was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Gretchen Fronterhouse.

Dr. Jerry Wayne Haggard 1947 HS Beloved Father, passed away December 9, 2006 in Salt Lake City, after sixteen years of fighting the effects of a debilitating stroke. His posterity includes his wife, Renee Haggard; five children, Mrs. Cristie Sparks, Mr. Mark Haggard, Dr. Corte Haggard, Mr. Todd Haggard, and Mrs. Kelly Halling. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and his two sisters, Mrs. Connie Hall and Mrs. Kay Stolworthy. Preceded in death by a granddaughter, Anna. Jerry was born April 11, 1929 in Pima, Arizona and practiced general medicine for thirty years. His life accomplishments were numerous. Some of the highlights include a Master’s of Business Administration, which he obtained in his later years, the Silver Beaver Award in Scouting, helping over 40 boys attain their Eagle award, and he was also a published author. His strong example and fatherly instincts are a legacy that will be remembered by his loved ones.

Robert “Bob” Hannifin 1947 HS Land man Bob Hannifin passed away Saturday, April 4, 2009 peacefully at his home. He was born on March 19, 1930 to Steven and Elizabeth Hannifin. Bob and his identical twin brother, Daniel Steven, ‘Dan,’ attended public school in Roswell and graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute. The twins attended the University of New Mexico before being called together into the Army for Korea, returning to the states to complete their degrees. Dan, also a land man, died in 1986. Bob married Maxine Benson of Sacramento, California, who finished college while the twins were in Korea. Bob and Maxine were married on June 7, 1952. After working fourteen years for Conoco in Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, Kansas and Louisiana, Bob opened his own business in Midland and operated successfully for forty-one years, mostly in partnership with Lewis Burleson. Bob was known for his keen business acumen, his generosity and good humor, and his unfailing ability to see the good in people. Bob is survived by his wife of fifty-six years, Maxine; his brother, Vice Admiral Patrick Hannifin of Solano Beach, California; his sisters, Betty Adkins of Centennial, Colorado, Martie Wygocki of Lansing, Michigan; sister-in-law, Barbara Hannifin of Roswell, New Mexico, brother-in-law, Joseph mccormick of Las Cruces, New Mexico; his sons, Mark and wife Linda of Midland, Matt and wife Jenny of Fort Collins, Colorado, Dan and wife Bridget of Midland; and his grandchildren, Kelly and z. 

Elmer Lee Hinton, Jr. 1944 HS-1947 JC, 90, a longtime resident of Roswell who currently resided Portales, died Nov. 6, 2017. Mr. Hinton graduated from high school at New Mexico Military Institute in 1945. Following graduation, he enlisted in the U. S. Air Force and served at the close of World War II as a gunner on B-29’s. After his discharge, he attended UNM, where he studied accounting. He re-enlisted in the Air Force and served during the Korean War. Following his discharge, E. L. Attended E. N. M. U. Where he completed his accounting degree. On Feb. 14, 1953 in Causey, he was married to Wanda Jean Gardner. Upon graduation, he took a job as an accountant in Hobbs. In 1960, they moved to Roswell, where he became bookkeeper for Armstrong and Armstrong Road Construction Co. He continued to study and take classes to qualify as a Certified Public Accountant, which he accomplished in the late 1960’s. In 1980, E. L. became a bank auditor for United New Mexico Banks, and then a few years later he went to work for Fidelity Insurance. When the firm sold in the early 1990’s, he decided to retire, and spend his time working as a volunteer for his church. Through the years, he and his wife worked in numerous locations rebuilding and repairing church buildings. Some of them just need general repairs. Some were needing repairs after natural disasters. He also served on the Board for Walk to Emmaus for this area. Mr. Hinton was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church in Roswell. He is survived by two sons, Troy Hinton and Alan Hinton both of Portales; four grandchildren, Lauretta Faye (Chancey) Dozier, James Hinton, Lee Hinton and Evan (Amanda) Hinton; and six great-grandchildren and another expected shortly. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, John and Herman Hinton, a sister, Evelyn Swenson, and by a daughter-in-law, Debbie Hinton.

David Earl Hood 1947 HS, a longtime Real Estate Investor, passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at the age of 83. He was born to Earl Hood and Ana Flynn Hood in the spring of April 21, 1929 in Great Falls, Montana. He was a resident in Georgetown, Texas, formerly of Round Rock, Texas.Though he survived conflicts in the Korean war during his service to our country in the United States Army, he succumbed after a courageous fight with Alzheimers. The life of David Hood was defined by determination and a succesful career in real estate.

George W. Houghton, Jr. 1947 HS, 79, retired banker and rancher, died February 27th2008.

COL Samuel John Hubbard, USA (Ret) 1947 HS passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 5, 2014 in Pensacola surrounded by family. He was 84 years old. Sam was born in Northhampton, Massachusetts, to Major Eustis Lloyd Hubbard and his wife Bessie McFarland. Sam is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Charletta Gray Hubbard and their four children; Sam (Patsy) Hubbard Jr., Anne (Chris) Montgomery, Gail (John) Carlson, Steven Hubbard and twelve grandchildren. As a 1952 West Point graduate, Sam was a career military man who served in many locations throughout the world including tours of duty in Korea and Viet Nam. He retired from active duty as an Army Colonel in 1980. Sam and Charly relocated to Florida in 1990 where they enjoyed leisure time with friends and family.

William J. Johnston 1947 HS, born April 16, 1929, Lamar, Colorado, died October 25, 2011 Houston, Texas. Bill graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in 1951, with a Petroleum Engineering degree. After service in the United States Army, Bill’s career as a petroleum engineer spanned almost 60 years. Bill was a member of the Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church and was active with the pantry food preparation group, Second Family, and the Venturers. He enjoyed the years with the Hey Lollies Square Dancing fellowship. He was a history buff and loved to play bridge. Bill leaves the one he calls his “beautiful bride” of 37 years, Sherry Bramlett Johnston; sisters, Sylvia J. Bartay of Wimberley, Texas; and Lizbeth J. Anderson of East Sound, Washington; children, Catherine J. Roberts and husband Ron of Burnet, Texas; William James Johnston of Richmond, California; Ann J. Lauer of Oakland, California; and Lynne J. Booth and husband Gerald of Beggs, Oklahoma; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 

Broadie Firmon Jones, Jr. 1947 HS, 87, passed away on Dec 2, 2015 in Payson, Utah at the Central Utah Veteran’s home. While there, he was assisted daily by the most caring, considerate, conscientious people possible and treated as if he had won the war single handedly (smiley face) ! He was born April 9, 1928 in Ajo, Arizona to Broadie and Edna Jones. (His dad was with the border patrol) Broadie was raised as an only child as two brothers died in infancy. He grew up in LaJolla California skin diving off the rocks at the cove and rabbit hunting in the hills above “a kid’s paradise”. Broadie enlisted in the Navy at the start of the Korean War and trained as a radioman. During a Navy leave visit to his aunt and uncle’s in Long Beach California, he saw the neighbor’s daughter (Dorothy Bliss) across the fence and started writing her during his 2nd tour of duty in the Korean War. After 9 months he returned in June and he began his courtship. The first date was to see the Lemon Drop Kid movie. When they married on December 20, 1951, the silver bells song from that movie was very popular and it became one of “their” songs. They were sealed in the St. George temple. It should be noted here that Broadie had always been interested in religion even teaching Sunday school classes in the Methodist and Presbyterian churches in his teenage years. He joined the LDS church December 1st 1951. In January he returned to the war and was discharged in June. They settled in Long Beach California where he apprenticed in the electricians program of the IBEW. He also graduated from college with an industrial electrician degree in teaching. He had a very special experience with being the only Mormon on the electrical crew during the construction of the LA temple. He was thrilled to be able to talk with President David O MacKay on one of his visits to inspect the temple. In February of ’62 he took his wife and 4 daughters to Western Samoa for 2 ½ years where he was in charge of maintenance for the schools housing etc. of the LDS church. “A wonderful experience” Their first son was born there in 64. Upon the death of his father they returned early to live in Long Beach until they moved to Mapleton in 68 to work at BYU. One of his best jobs there was building inspector for the construction of the Marriot center. In 72 Broadie went to work at the Utah State Prison and soon became Director of maintenance retiring after 11 years. Broadie has 10 children (Rochelle died at infancy) Christine Possin (Jim), Laurie Madsen (Deceased in 2010) (Jay), Janae Krebs (Corey), Bonnie Fisk (Jeff), Mark (Yoshiko), Jay (Arin), Shauna Quist (Joe), Scott (Rachelle), Matt (Jennifer), 56 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. Probably Brodie’s longest and happiest times were his 50 plus years in the scouting program. He was a Scoutmaster first and foremost whose troops earned awards twice as being among the top fifty in the church. He went from Samoa to New Zealand for Wood Badge Training, helped start the scouting program in Western Samoa and received the Silver Beaver award. Among his favorite books were books by Louis L’Amour. A favorite poem he learned early in life was “IF” by Rudyard Kipling. He challenged each grandchild to memorize that poem for a reward of 5 dollars. Oh! and TRAINS, he loved trains! He was so happy to be able to see one go by his window 2 or 3 times a day at the VA Center.

(Larry) Jordan 1945 HS-1947 JC passed away Dec. 17 at the age of 79. He was born in Cheyenne on Dec. 30, 1927, to J. F. (Sonny) Jordan and Effie Lannen Jordan. He attended Cheyenne schools through seventh grade and then St. John’s Military School in Salinas, Kan., and New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. He was one year short of receiving his commission when he enlisted in the Army in 1945 and served as a private first class in Korea and Japan, primarily as part of the military police. After 18 months in the service, he returned to civilian life and studied business at the University of Arizona. In college, he fell in love with Mary Jo Steele from Kimball, Neb., and they married in 1950. He finished ROTC and received his commission as a second lieutenant. He trained as an armored unit commander at Fort Knox, Ky. As one of the top two in his class, he was assigned to lead an armored unit in the occupation forces in post-war Germany. Jo joined him there, and they enjoyed their time in the service and in Germany. In 1953, they returned to the Jordan Ranch in Iron Mountain where they successfully expanded the ranch and raised two children. After the death of his father in 1973 and his wife in 1976, the ranch was sold and Larry moved to Cheyenne where he became a certified appraiser. He retired in 1989. An honest man and an extremely independent spirit, he enjoyed trap and pigeon shooting around the world. He is survived by his son, L. W. (Blade) Jordan Jr. Of Salt Lake City; his daughter, Teresa Jordan (Hal Cannon) of Salt Lake City; and his friend and companion, Karan Dumont of Cheyenne.

William S. “Bill” Marshall 1947 HS passed away on May 31, 2013. He was dearly loved by his family and countless friends, all of whom appreciated him for his optimism, integrity, sense of humor and generosity. Bill was born on Oct. 8, 1929, in Los Angeles, to Edith and Samuel Marshall. In 1938, he moved with his family to Roswell. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1947. In 1951, Bill received a B.A. in geology from Cornell University. He then served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. Following his military service, he attended graduate school at Columbia University and received a M.A. in geology. He was employed by Schermerhorn Oil Corporation in Hobbs and Midland, Texas, from 1954 to 1956. Bill joined Marshall & Winston Inc. as a geologist in 1957, and became the president and CEO in 1967, following the death of Samuel Marshall Sr. Under Bill’s leadership, Marshall & Winston grew from a small royalty company to become a substantial, independent oil and gas exploration and production company. While he served as president, Marshall & Winston made many important discoveries, including the Blackard-Clinta complex in Borden County, Texas, the Lonesome Dove II Field in Concho County, Texas, and a significant step-out and expansion of the South Francis Hill gas field in Edwards County, Texas. In 2007, along with his father, Samuel Marshall and partner Don Winston, Bill was inducted into the Petroleum Hall of Fame in recognition of his accomplishments in the industry. Bill loved Midland, and enjoyed contributing to the community in many ways. He served as president of the Board of the Museum of the Southwest, president of the Board of the Midland College Foundation, president of the Board of the Midland Racquet Club, and president of the Board of the Petroleum Club of Midland. He also served as trustee of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation, deacon of the First Presbyterian Church of Midland, and founding director of Texas Commerce Bank, Midland. Bill is survived by his wife of 52 years Sue Heidelberg Marshall; one son William S. Marshall Jr.; daughter-in-law Tracy Marshall; grandchildren, Caroline, Luke, Adrienne, and Lillian, all of Midland; brother James R. Marshall of Gardnerville, Nev., as well as many nieces and nephews. 

Mr. William S. ‘Dutch’ Martin 1947 HS, 86, passed away Monday, June 15, 2015, in Winter Haven, FL. Mr. Martin was born March 16, 1929, in Salt Lake City, UT, and was a longtime resident of Fort Meade, FL. He was a banker and citrus grower, working with First State Bank and Flagship Bank in Fort Meade and retiring from First National Bank in Wauchula, and a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Fort Meade for many years. Mr. Martin attended the New Mexico Military Institute in his early school years, graduated from Summerlin Institute of Bartow in 1947, and then went on to graduate from Florida State University in 1956 where he was a member of the FSU Flying High Circus. He was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran, past president of the Fort Meade Lions Club and Help Organization, and was a member on the founding board of the Fort Meade Medical Center. Mr. Martin is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Marian Speith Martin, Fort Meade, FL; son, Justin Martin and wife Niki, Winter Haven, FL; sister, Betty Ann Brown, Salt Lake City, UT; two grandchildren, Alexandra Martin and Eva Delaney Martin.

(Bill) Minton, Sr. 1947 HSPassed away from this life Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010. He was born March 4, 1930, in San Angelo. Bill was a small business owner for many years. He opened Minton’s Drive-In on Chadbourn in the early 1960s, then later built a new store and opened Minton’s Pawn and Signature Loans on Avenue N, which he operated for many years, helping many in San Angelo. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, R. M. And Ollie Minton; his son, Bill Jr., who was the apple of his eye; and one grandson, Jon David Wagner. Bill was an avid hunter and fisherman sharing trips with his brother, Bob Minton, and his sons in law and grandchildren. Many wonderful stories came from these trips and good memories were made for all that will live on in their hearts. He also liked his daily workouts at the YMCA. He was generous to his family, friends, and community. His fun-loving sense of humor will be missed by many. Our daddy and D-Dad is survived by his daughters, Sheran Prather (Floyd) of Dallas and Jolene Allison (Donald) of Christoval; Brother Bob Minton of San Angelo; and Sister Dorothy Nowlin of Dallas. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Philip Wagner, Tucker Wyatt, Spencer Wyatt (Heather), and Nicole Boyd (Ray); and five great-grandchildren, Amy and Ashley Virden, Jayde Wagner, Tristan and Lily Wyatt. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. 

Allen Milton Murphy, Jr. 1947 JC died at his home in Newberry, South Carolina, October 21, 2008. He was born September 4, 1926, in West Virginia and lived most of his life in Virginia. He was the son of Col. Allen Milton Murphy and Marguerite Willis Murphy of Virginia. Mr. Murphy attended Fishburne Military Academy and served in the United States Navy during World War II. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico, the University of Richmond, and did graduate work at the University of Virginia and received a degree in chemistry. For years he was an executive at Smith Douglass Fertilizer in Norfolk, Virginia, and started his own business, Bristol Ltd., in 1974. He became the first agricultural chemical broker in the United States and had a tremendous influence on the entire United States and global pesticide industry. Surviving are his wife, Peggy Collins Murphy; daughters, Alison Murphy Fears of Falls Church, Virginia, and Ann Whitaker and Marty Lyon of Raleigh, North Carolina; sons, Allen Milton Murphy III of Cary, North Carolina, Donald R. And Donna Whitaker of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Dr. Timothy Malone and Mary Whitaker of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, one grandson, Tommy Whitaker Lyon of Raleigh, North Carolina, and two sisters, Patty and Marsha.

Robert Ralph Nuttall 1947 HS 1929 ~ 2010 81, of Denver, CO passed away October 21, 2010. Born 6/19/29 in Provo, Bob grew up in Buckeye, AZ. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute and later Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Worchester Polytechnic Institute. He served in the Army Signal Corp as a 1st Lt. Bob had a lifelong career as an aeronautical engineer employed at White Sands Proving Grounds, RCA and NASA. He is survived by daughters Kit Manart, Denver CO, Marjie Lucas, Sacramento, CA and son Rob Nuttall, Albuquerque, NM

Charles Lee Orndorff 1945 HS-1947 JC, uncle and friend. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his loving wife of 65 years, Flo Jean Orndorff. Will is survived by his nephews, Conrad (Joan) Hornak, Art (Elizabeth) Stafford Jr. and Miles (Jennifer) Hornak; nieces, Jouanna Stravlo, Shawana (Guy) Yarborough, Amy (Joe) Myrick, Terri (Burt) Richardson, Lois Molidor and Sherrie Hornak; great-niece, Kami Hornak; sister in laws, Wanda Price and Clara Stafford; and close dear friends, Eddie and Rose Rivera. Will is survived by his nephews, Conrad (Joan) Hornak, Art (Elizabeth) Stafford Jr. and Miles (Jennifer) Hornak; nieces, Jouanna Stravlo, Shawana (Guy) Yarborough, Amy (Joe) Myrick, Terri (Burt) Richardson, Lois Molidor and Sherrie Hornak; great-niece, Kami Hornak; sister in laws, Wanda Price and Clara Stafford; and close dear friends, Eddie and Rose Rivera.

Franklin Parmer, Jr. 1947 HSwas born June 22, 1929 in Breckenridge, Texas. He was the son of the late John F. Parmer Sr. and Thirza (Wicker) Parmer. He died Dec. 30, 2012 at the JCMH in Altus. He married his wife Phyllis Harris on June 1, 1948 in Seminole. He had been a resident of Altus for over 24 years having moved here from Mangum. He was the owner operator of the Mangum Dr Pepper Bottling Company until his retirement in 1978. He was a Baptist, a Mason of the Mangum Lodge, he loved photography, loved guns and hunting. Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Parmer of the home in Altus; two daughters, Elizabeth Smith and her husband Clint of Sanger, Texas, and Kathy Shaull and her husband Keith of Anadarko; two granddaughters, Evan Shaull of Anadarko, and Elizabeth Shaull of Stillwater. 

Thomas Glenn Paulson, II 1947 HS was born March 5, 1930 in Modesto, California, the only child of Thomas Glenn Paulson and Maxine Marion Davies. His early years were spent in Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, and California as his father Glenn Paulson would act as a turn around manager for the JC Penney Company, redirecting stores that were under performing. As a result, Tom attended nine different grammar schools as the family didn’t stay in one place for long. After spending his freshman year at Stockton High in Stockton, CA, where he was the only freshman to letter in swimming, Tom transferred to New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico for the remainder of his high school career where he played on the football team, the swimming team, and rode his favorite horse, Aki. Upon graduation from NMMI, Tom enrolled at Stanford University where he played freshman football on the undefeated team coached by Chuck Taylor in 1947. The next year, Tom transferred to the University of California at Berkeley where he met the love of his life, Patricia Sumner. That same year he joined the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity where he became Chapter President. Tom was a member of the varsity water polo and swimming teams for the remainder of his career at Cal. He graduated with a degree in Political Science and a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army in 1951. He later became a long time member and President of the Big C Society. Tom and Patricia were married on August 12, 1951 at the Presidio Chapel in San Francisco, and were well on their way to their 64th wedding anniversary this year when Tom passed away at home in his sleep on May 20th at the age of 85. Tom was stationed in Augusta, Georgia for one year where he was in charge of perimeter security when President Eisenhower played golf at Augusta National. He then was placed on active duty for one year in Korea during the Korean War, in charge of railroad security in a mountainous region. A company commander at the age of 22, he often said his time in the army was the most maturing experience of his life. Tom continued his association and love of Kappa Alpha Order for the remainder of his life, serving on the national Executive Council for 30 years. He was elected to the highest position within the national fraternity, Knight Commander from 1993-1997. Of his many accomplishments, none pleased him more than the honor of leading a magnificent fraternity, Kappa Alpha Order. In 1953, Tom joined the real estate investment business started by his father Glenn in 1943 in Richmond, CA. He was elected President of the West Contra Costa Board of Realtors in 1964. Tom relocated Paulson Investments to Orinda in 1972 following the passing of his father. Tom was a great lover of books, as evidenced by the dedication of the Paulson Room at the Orinda Library. Joining the Sleepy Hollow Swim & Tennis Club in Orinda in 1958, Tom was the longtime starter for many, many swim meets throughout the years. To this day the club presents the Paulson Spirit Award to the most inspirational member of the Sleepy Hollow Legends Swim Team in his honor. One of his greatest passions was fly fishing. He often pursued the wily trout in the Sierra as well as in Argentina and Alaska. In the last year of his life, Tom forged a strong bond with his grandson Michael as they drove to the office together and enjoyed many convivial lunches. He was a great comfort to his grandfather in the waning months of his life. Tom is survived by his wife Patricia, their four children, Christopher (Susan), Marion Jamison, Susan Douglass (Timothy – deceased), and Peter (Catrina). Also survived by his grandchildren, Nicole Paulson Holden (Bradley), Christine Paulson Cox (Matthew), Michael Thomas Paulson, Thomas Clark Jamison, Patrick Marion Jamison, Sara Patricia Douglass, Logan Thomas Douglass, Brit Elizabeth Paulson, Annika Claire Paulson, and Elle Sumner Paulson. He lived to know his first great grandchild Cameron Michael Cox. Above all, Tom’s life was devoted to his beloved wife Patricia and his family. He will be remembered by his family and many friends for his eternal optimism, wonderful sense of humor, and booming laugh. 

Bradley Post 1947 HS, formally named Willard Bradley Post of Wichita, Kansas passed away on Saturday April 22, 2017. Bradley was born on April 4, 1929 in Fowler, KS, the son of Willard Post and Doris (Barclay) Post. Bradley and Carolyn Post married on August 9, 1952 in Topeka, KS. Bradley went to high school in his hometown of Fowler until his senior year at which time he attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. He obtained political science and law degrees at Washburn University in Topeka, KS, graduating in 1954. With his endless curiosity for news, world events and the stock market, he was often found with a book or newspaper on his lap. Bradley was also an avid sports fan, fisherman and hunter, he was known early on for his aptitude at shooting pool and snooker and loved to play poker and bridge, for which he won the Intercollegiate National Championship while at Washburn. Bradley and Carolyn lived in various western Kansas communities during their early years together and began rearing a family of 4 children. Bradley was the city and county attorney in Meade, KS for a decade then the family moved to Wichita in 1966 where he became partner in the first of several law firms. He was a tireless researcher and a tactical trial lawyer, representing victims injured by defective products, malpractice, auto collisions and various other causes, in all levels of State and Federal Court. He was also lead counsel in the Dalkon Shield nation-wide litigation and multi-district litigation, having filed the first case in 1975 and tried the biggest case in 1985, in a 9 1/2 week trial, later successfully defending the verdict in the Kansas Supreme Court. He is a past president of Kansas Trial Lawyers Association (now Kansas Association for Justice). In addition to being a busy professional and a loving family man, he was an adventurer and had many interests. Over the years he often took his family water skiing and snow skiing (he even received a free season pass in Colorado when he turned 70.) He continued to fish and hunt with his brother, friends and kids, and enjoyed his granddaughters and attended many of their programs. He played in and won or placed in pool tournaments into his 70’s, enjoyed cruises and other travels and he rarely missed the annual Post family reunion. He also loved the trumpet and had a special cat named Mister. Bradley was preceded in death by his brother, Donald Post. He is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn Post of Wichita KS, children, Keith Post of Portland OR, Kraig Post of Dallas TX, Blake Post of Wichita KS, Alicia Post of Austin TX, brother, Danny (Susan) Post of Dodge City KS and granddaughters, Belinda Post and Lindsey Post.

Leonard Rauch 1945 HS-1947 JC, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, passed away January 6, 2015, with his loving wife Katherine by his side. He was born on November 23, 1927 to Birdie and Morris Rauch. A native Houstonian, Leonard graduated from New Mexico Military Institute High School and Junior College in 1946, then attended the University of Houston. He had three sons Ronald Rauch, Robert Rauch and Tracy Kennedy. He spent most of his life in real estate development, such as Greenspoint, education and banking. In 1969, he was appointed to Board of Regents of University of Houston. Leonard was the longest serving regent ever and served as Chairman of the Board of Regents for two terms. In 1995, Governor George W. Bush appointed Leonard to be Chairman of the Board of Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board that oversees all 122 universities in Texas. This term was for six years. He also served as Chairman of the Board and founder of both Greenspoint Bank and Interstate Bank North, who later merged to become Compass Bank and served on their Board until January 2008. He was Chairman of the Board of University of Houston Foundation from 1995 till his death. He was a member of the Board of the Texas Council on Workforce & Economic Competitiveness in 1995, past member of the Board of Governors of the Houstonian, past founding member of the Board of Governors of Greenspoint Club, past founding member of the Episcopal High School Board, past director of the Coastal Industrial Water Authority, past member of the board of Trustees of the Harris County Heritage Society and past member of the City Planning Commission of Houston for 11 years. Leonard received the Pacesetter Award for Business presented by the North Houston Chamber of Commerce in 1991, Distinguished Alumnus of the college of Social Sciences, University of Houston, 1990, New Mexico Military Institute Alumni Hall of Fame Distinguished Alumnus Award, 1986, University of Houston Distinguished Alumnus Award, 1980, Exchange Club Book of Golden Deeds Award, 1977, Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, University of Houston, 2007. Leonard was preceded in death by his brother, Gerald Rauch, and his sister, Veda Mae Glesby. Leonard is survived by his great love, Katherine, his children, sons, Ronald Rauch and wife Carol, Bobby Rauch and wife Ann, Tracy Kennedy and wife Lisa, Four grandchildren, Greg, Kelly, Stacy, and Karly, great granddaughter, Ava. Special mention to Mario Quinsaat, Shannon Rhodes and Diane Flippin for their years of service, and to the most amazing doctors, Dr. James Pool, Dr. Yad Harati, Dr. Colin Dinney and Kelty Baker, for their tireless efforts on behalf of Leonard. Leonard was known for his wit, vitality, humor and lived life to the fullest. He was an avid golfer and a sport’s enthusiast, attending all home Rockets, Texans and Astros games.

John Robert Ryan 1947 HS, 85, of Pecos, Texas, passed away Saturday, January 9, 2016, at his home in Bellville, Texas. He was born August 11, 1930, in Pecos, Texas, the son of Francis Herbert and Leliaetta (Cartwright) Ryan. John grew up and attended schools in Pecos, graduating from Pecos High School. John married Connis Knight on July 12, 1974, in Houston, Texas. They made their home in Bellville, Texas, and were members of the Welcome Lutheran Church in Welcome, Texas. John owned and operated Ryan Ranch, a Simmental cattle ranch, along with his wife, Connis, until her death in 2013. John is survived by his NIECES AND NEPHEWS: Kathleen Ryan, Allison Scott, Martha Stafford, Laura Farnum, Michael Ryan, John Ryan, William Hanson, Kevin Ryan and Richard Farnum; DEAR FRIEND OF THE FAMILY: Dwayne Schulz and wife, Kerry, of New Ulm; and their children: Sean, Britani, Walker and many dear family and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Connis Ryan, parents, Francis and Leliaette Ryan, brothers, Earl Hanson, William Hanson and Francis H. (Pat) Ryan, sister, Marguerite Farnum and nephew, Richard Farnum.

Jerry David Schoeb 1945 HS-1947 JC passed away Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Enid, Okla. He was born Jan. 30, 1928, to Jesse Byrd and Francis Roy Schoeb in Wichita, Kan. He lived in Augusta until he was 16-years-old, when the family moved to Cherokee, Okla., to begin Schoeb Livestock. He attended Cherokee High School for two years and completed high school and two years of college at New Mexico Military Institute. He graduated from Oklahoma A&M in 1949, with a bachelor’s degree in business. He was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. After completing his education, he moved back to Cherokee, where he joined the family business. In 1949, he married Peggy Eash and they had four children, Deborah, Amanda, David, and Pamela. In 1966, he married Carolyn Schein and they had two children, Sabrina and Susanna. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Cherokee, where he served on the Gustin Scholarship Committee for a number of years. He also served on the Cherokee School Board. He had a great love of travel, genealogical research and was active in the Republican Party. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Robert; two infant children; and his grandson, Andrew Cox. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Carolyn; his daughter, Amanda Redman and husband Henry of Goltry; his daughter, Pamela Schoeb of Denver, Colo.; his daughter, Sabrina Cox and husband Philip of Oklahoma City; his daughter, Susanna Schoeb of Oklahoma City; four grandchildren, Alyssa (Dee) Plummer, Miles (Kristy) Redman, Arienne Wiley and Ian Cox; and four great-grandchildren, Hudson Plummer, Meredith Plummer, Paige Redman and Kalynn Redman.

Dr. Clyde Collins Snow 1945 HS-1947 JC, a forensic anthropologist who worked on cases ranging from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy to mass graves in Argentina, has died. He was 86. Snow’s wife, Jerry Snow, said her husband died Friday morning at Norman Regional Hospital in Norman, Oklahoma. Jerry Snow said her husband had lung cancer and emphysema. Snow’s subjects included Nazi fugitive Josef Mengele and victims of the Oklahoma City bombing and serial killer John Wayne Gacy. He also examined mass grave sites in countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and Croatia, and often helped build criminal cases against government leaders who carried out the killings. “Bones don’t forget,” Snow once told the AP. “They’re there and they have a story to tell.” Snow traveled the world helping to give a voice to the voiceless. “I find it challenging,” he said. “It is fascinating work. I feel we are doing a little bit of good. It’s not the role of forensic science to put the bad guys in jail, but to evenhandedly collect the evidence.” Born Jan. 7, 1928, in Texas, Snow became interested in the human body through his physician father. After joining the Federal Aviation Administration in Oklahoma City in 1960, Snow helped develop a computer program to investigate plane crashes. Snow investigated the deaths of many historical figures, including soldiers who died at the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876 and King Tutankhamun. In 1978, his expertise was on display when he spoke before the House Select Committee on Assassinations about various aspects of the death of President Kennedy. Less than a decade later, he was part of an international forensic team that identified the remains of Mengele, who operated the Auschwitz death camp. In 2006, Snow testified against Saddam Hussein, who was on trial for genocide. Fourteen years earlier, Snow had been part of a team organized by the groups Physicians for Human Rights and Middle East Rights Watch who investigated a mass grave in the northern Iraqi town of Koreme, which was destroyed in 1988. Closer to home, Snow, who was a professor at the University of Oklahoma, assisted in identifying victims of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and worked with the Tulsa Race Riot Commission to create a comprehensive account of the deadly 1921 racial clash that laid ruin to the city’s black business district. Jerry Snow said her husband will be remembered most for his great sense of humor and dedication to basic rights. “That was his driving force in his life – human rights,” she said.

Bernard Edmond Straetker 1947 HS, 89, of Scottsbluff, passed away Friday, March 3, 2017 at his home. Bernard was born on June 29, 1927 in Clyde, Missouri as the eldest son of Bernard T. and Emma (Gast) Straetker. In 1930 the family moved to Scottsbluff after his father purchased a blacksmith shop from the Westervelt family. Bernard attended schools in Scottsbluff and at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico before graduating from Scottsbluff High School in 1947. As a young boy, Bernard spent time at the blacksmith shop where he learned the art and trade of blacksmithing from his father. Following graduation from high school, Bernard continued to work with his father. On August 10, 1949 Bernard was united in marriage with Opal Clara Fankhauser in Scottsbluff. From that union, six children were born. In 1966 Bernard and his two brothers purchased the blacksmith shop and operated it under the name of Straetker Machine Shop. For many years they manufactured side dumping beet boxes and did repair and maintenance work primarily serving the agricultural community. They also sold and mounted various brands of grain bodies and hoists on trucks and in later years, they worked on larger trucks and trailers by altering their frames and axles allowing them to be used for specialized purposes. Bernard enjoyed designing and fabricating ornamental iron work. Many of his porch railings are visible throughout the community at residences, commercial buildings and churches. Bernard was a long time member of the Scottsbluff Volunteer Fire Department serving for over thirty-five years. He and Opal were also active in the Westmoor Parent Teachers Association when the children attended school there. Bernard accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior on April 9, 1962. He was active for many years in the Scottsbluff Berean Church. Bernard is survived by his sons, Bernard J. (Marjory) Straetker of Morrill and Terry E. Straetker of Scottsbluff; daughters, Pamela A. Straetker, Kaylene C. Straetker and Valerie (Tim) Smith all of Scottsbluff; grandchildren, Kassandra (Seth) Hargens of New Bern, North Carolina, Michael (Amy) Smith of Lincoln, Bernard L. (Dani) Straetker of Gillette, Wyoming, Jonathan J. Straetker of Norfolk, Nebraska and Mindi A. Straetker of Morrill; great grandchildren, Emily and Abigail Jo Straetker of Gillette, Wyoming, Olivia and Presley Smith of Lincoln and Grace Hargens of New Bern, North Carolina; brother, Gerald (Ann) Straetker of Scottsbluff; sister, Darlene (John) Elsea of Greeley, Colorado; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding Bernard in death were his parents; his wife of 65 years, Opal; infant daughter, Coleen; great grandchildren, Bernard C. Straetker and Adalynn L. Straetker; brother, Roy L. Straetker; and sister, Anna L. Adams.

Harold A. “Hal” Souris 1947 HS passed away on October 31st, 2016, after a brief fight with cancer. He died peacefully embraced by his family. Hal was born July 6th, 1929 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Alma Kraus and Tony Souris. In 1939 the family moved to Flagstaff where he attended Emerson Grade School. In 1943 he was accepted into New Mexico Military Institute, where he spent the next four years. He then returned to Flagstaff graduating from Flagstaff High School in 1947. In 1948 he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served until 1952. His professional career spanned over 40 years working for several companies, Hughes Aircraft, TRW Systems, Armor Company, and Sola Ophthalmics. After retirement, he landed his dream job…working at the Lookout Mountain Golf Course. Hal was an excellent athlete who loved both golf and tennis. There was no better day than a round of golf with family or friends. He excelled at everything he did, but he considered his family his greatest accomplishment. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-granddaughter, Mia. Hal was preceded in death by his parents Tony and Alma Souris, and his brother-in-law, Doug Jackson. He is survived by his son Mike (Barb) Souris, daughters Kerry (Bill) Thompson, and Shelley Nordlinger, grandchildren, Tony (Breana) Souris, Katherine Souris, Patrick Souris, Taylor Underwood, Ali (Dan) Cain, sister Frances Jackson, and his partner, best friend and movie buddy of 20 years, Bobbe Vidulich. 

Bob R Thrush 1947 HS, 81, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away on Monday, July 26, 2010, at his home in Arizona. Bob was born April 23, 1929, in Altus to Ray and Lenice (Stine) Thrush. He attended Altus Schools and later Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee. He owned and ran several moving and storage companies in Altus, Colorado Springs and Phoenix, but his true love was horses and he was active in Thoroughbred breeding and racing. Bob is survived by his wife Charlotte of Phoenix; three daughters, Suzi Miller and husband Scott of Modesto, Calif., Lisa Ermel and husband Bruce of Ft. Collins, Colo., and Michele Saia and husband Dan of Prosper, Texas; eight grandchildren, Mandy Ermel, Carrie Ermel, Allie Ermel, Olivia Ermel, Tyler Miller, Tim Miller (Lauren), Nick Saia and Samantha Saia; and trusted companion Lorenzo Barraza. 

Richard William “Nick” Turner, Jr. 1945 HS-1947 JC passed away peacefully at his home in Durango, CO April 6, 2015. Nick was born June 6, 1927 in Durango to Claudine and R.W. “Dick” Turner. His great-grandparents, John C. and Emma Turner, homesteaded in the Animas Valley in 1846. Nick was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, John. Nick was formerly married to Wanda Horrell in 1947. In 1977, he married Mary Ann “Dolly” Elder. For the past 34 years Nick and Dolly have divided their time between Durango and Wickenburg, AZ. Nick graduated from New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, New Mexico, entered into the U.S. Navy and attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. He joined the family business in 1955 and together they established banks in Durango, Ignacio, Silverton and Pagosa Springs. Among his many accomplishments, Nick and Jackson Clark, Sr. were instrumental in lobbying the legislature to enable Fort Lewis College to become a degree granting, four-year liberal arts institution. In 1960, Nick, along with other businessmen in Durango, successfully convinced the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad not to close down the Durango-Silverton line. In 1974 Nick, along with other Durango bankers, created the Durango Industrial Foundation to raise funds to establish the Bodo Industrial Park. Throughout his life, Nick served on boards in Colorado and Arizona and was a member of numerous organizations. He was an avid skier, golfer, hunter and fisherman. He was a great Bronco fan and loved riding his mules amongst the comradery of his many trail ride friends. Nick is survived by his wife, Mary Ann “Dolly,” his children: Suzanne (Mike) Belt of La Plata, NM; Gene Davis of Lafayette, CO; Jayne (Bob) Griffith of Durango, CO; Sally (Jace) Weber of Anabel, MO and R.W. “Pete” (Lisa) Turner III of Durango, CO. He leaves nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Rod (Robin) Turner of Durango, CO. 

Robert P. Wadlington 1947 HS, 79, of Rockford died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, in his home. Born Nov. 25, 1929, in San Bernadino, Calif., to Eva Prina and Joseph B. Wadlington. He spent his youth in Phoenix and Albuquerque, NM., attending New Mexico Military Institute and graduating from Albuquerque High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from the University of Arizona, where he played varsity football. Subsequently, he received a bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of New Mexico. Married Ann Scharbau on June 8, 1954. He was commissioned a first lieutenant in the Air Force and ran the Officers’ Club at Keesler Air Force base in Biloxi, Miss., for two years. After his discharge, he was employed by Twin Disc, as an engineer for several years. He then joined Cotta Transmission as a sales engineer, where he later became general manager and president. After retirement, he managed the office of the Winnebago County Veterans’ Affairs in Memorial Hall. Member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Rotary Club, Rockford Country Club and El Conquistador Country Club in Tucson, Ariz. His true passions were golf, football, woodcarving and his family. He loved to travel and thoroughly enjoyed the southwestern United States, and his winter home in Tucson. Survived by wife, Ann; sons, Kurt (Pat), David (Mary) and John; and grandchildren, Linsay (Doug) Miller, Keith, Craig, Lauren, Devan and Brent Wadlington. Predeceased by parents and brother, Joseph.

Norman David Weiss 1947 HS died unexpectedly on November 20, 2010 in Albany, Oregon. Dave was born in San Diego, Calif. To Norman Leo and Mary Stairs Duffus Weiss (deceased). He was raised in Hidalgo del Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico and Salt Lake City, Utah, graduating from East High School in 1948. David served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict and was honorably discharged in 1952. He married Suzanne Miles, now deceased, had three children, and later divorced. He graduated from the University of Utah with one of the first bachelor degrees in nuclear engineering. He later moved to California to work as a nuclear engineer for many years with General Electric. Dave married Joanne Boucher, had two children, and later divorced. He retired to Tucson, Arizona where he dabbled in real estate and development. He enjoyed travel; especially Alaska, Chichen Itza, Egypt and China. Dave also liked photography, good music, good humor and being RIGHT! David, Dave, Dad, Uncle Dave, Grandad… You will be missed by those who survived you, including: His brother Jack (Nancy) of Tucson, Arizona; his son Paul (Bonnie), daughters Joni and Jane (Steve Preece) of Salt Lake City, Utah; his daughter Cathy (Kip Alan) of Albany, Oregon; and six grandchildren. David/Dad was preceded in death by his son, Stephen.

Benjamin F. Williams, Jr. 1947 HS. An extraordinary man, passed away on November 29, 2013. His professional accomplishments were many, but his character truly defined him. He managed to embody the grace, dignity and elegance of an era long passed, yet was very much engaged in all things current. He personified integrity, duty, compassion, generosity and humility. Ben, a fifth generation Arizonan, attended law school at the University of Arizona after his service in the U.S. Army. He was a successful lawyer for 50 years, during which time he served as a director on the boards of Tucson University Medical Center, and Arizona Public Service Company, among others. He served as the mayor of Douglas, and was President of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns in the late nineteen eighties. His love for others always took priority over his own needs. No request for assistance was ever refused. Those whom he helped knew that nothing was expected in return and the matter would never be discussed in the future. Ben faced personal challenges with courage and dignity, and offered encouragement and guidance to those who were suffering setbacks or struggles. His family owned ranches in Arizona, Sonora and Chihuahua, and it was there that Ben developed a deep love for the outdoors and ranching. As a teenager, Ben spent summers working on the ranches in Mexico and in the process became fluent in Spanish and came to love the Mexican culture. Ben had a brilliant mind, engaging personality and wonderful sense of humor. After he retired from the practice of law, he began writing stories which recaptured his family’s history in the old Southwest and Mexico as well as his experience of growing up in what he considered an exceptional era of freedom and adventure. He included many of these stories in the four books he authored. He was a regular contributor to the Tombstone Epitaph and gained a devoted following. If asked what the most important achievement in his life was, Ben would reply that his family was his greatest blessing. He was a doting and loving husband to his wife, Daisy, for 62 years. His children and grandchildren were bestowed with love, attention and support. He was interested in any endeavor his family pursued and served as an invaluable mentor. He was distinctively refined, but saw no class distinctions – everyone was welcomed by him with true kindness and acceptance. Ben’s survivors include Daisy, his beloved wife, four children, Liz (Jim) Boyd, Diane Belcher, Katie (Todd) Braun, and Ben Williams III. Also surviving him are six grandchildren: Beth Skinner, Kathleen (Blane) Lochridge, Katy and Kristin Boyd, and Natalie and Pierce Braun. All have inherited a legacy to be cherished in their memories and propagated through Ben’s writings. The world has lost a truly noble man.

Charles Dale Williams, Jr. 1947 HS passed away Oct. 11 at home in Medford, Ore., after a lengthy illness. He was 84. Born on April 16, 1929, in Kansas City, Mo., Chuck grew up on his parents’ dude ranch in Wickenburg, AZ, where he developed a love for horses and ranching. Chuck and his wife, Jane, raised four children on a ranch near Lee’s Summit, MO. He was an avid calf roper, fisherman and hunter. In 1968, Chuck gave up ranching and moved to Sedalia, MO, to sell life insurance. After his divorce in 1972, Chuck moved to Cheyenne, where he spent many happy years before retiring from iron work. Chuck spent his retirement years working at Boulders Golf Resort until the debilitation from his illness prompted him to move closer to family in Oregon. He is survived by children and spouses, Robyn Williams and Roger Scarbrough, Geoff and Shelley Williams, Polly Williams and Donnie Steiner, and Shelly Williams; a brother, Robert C. Williams; a sister, Betty Hughes; numerous nephews and nieces; and his precious granddaughter, Gaelen Thurow. 

William E. Williams 1947 HS –  86, of Mineral Wells, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by friends and family on May 22, 2016. He is in a better place at home with his Heavenly Father. Service is 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, at First United Methodist Church, 301 N.E. 1st St., Mineral Wells, Texas. Graveside service will follow at Woodland Park Cemetery. Pallbearers are Bill Ewing, Jason Hill, Mason Ewing, Scott Horton, Sam Lee and Robert Horton. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home. Bill, or “Doc,” as he was commonly called, was born Nov. 30, 1929, in Houston, and was raised in Galveston, Texas, where he found his love for the beach and water. He attended Kerwin High School, played quarterback on the football team and was on the gymnastics team. He finished up high school at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, as a member of the polo team. He graduated from NMMI in 1947. He returned to Galveston and joined the Navy Reserves. He married Betty Halvorsen on Feb. 25, 1948. They had two daughters, Susan and Judy. Bill earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Houston and his Doctorate of Optometry from the Southwest College of Optometry in Memphis in 1960. After the death of his wife, Betty, Bill married Gail Sain of Mineral Wells on April 19, 1979. They worked together in his optometry practices in Mineral Wells and Pampa, Texas, for more than 20 years. Bill was a member of the Texas Optometric Association, Rotary Club, Lions Club, The American Legion and Holiday Hills Country Club. He spent much of his time at the club, playing golf and tennis up until the ripe old age of 84. Some of his favorite pastimes were enjoying the beach, the lake, sailing, boating, golf and tennis. Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years, Gail Sain Adams, and his two daughters Susan Adams Horton and husband Jay, of Midland, and Judy Adams Ewing and husband Brad, of Weatherford. He is also survived by brother, Jim Adams of Gretna, La.; sister, Rindy Adams Hetherington of Houston; and stepsister, Queva Palmo of San Diego, Calif. Bill was known as Pop to his grandchildren, Bill Ewing and wife Teresa, Darbie Ewing Hill and husband Jason, Kelly Horton Vick and husband Jarrett, Scott Horton and wife Debbie, Lori Ewing Lee and husband Sam and Robert Horton and wife Allyse. He also has 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Maude, “Moppy” and Arthur J. “Pop” Adams, Dub Palmo; wife, Betty Halvorsen Adams; and great-granddaughter, Eloise Catherine Horton. The family would like to express their gratitude to Shawna Liles for the love and compassionate care she provided Bill for the last 10 months of his life. They would also like to thank Kay Dahl and Tammie Johnson for their love and support of Bill during his times of illness. 

CDR Newton AWilson, USNR (Ret) 1947 HS, 81, passed away peacefully on Oct. 18, 2011, surrounded by his family. Newton was a kind, loving and generous person. A native of Denver, Newton served as an educator, aviator, trusted adviser, and in various leadership positions in the U.S. Navy. An avid music lover, compassionate listener, and an advocate for educational opportunities for all, Newton was blessed with many loyal friends and family members to whom he continues to be an inspiration. Newton is survived by his wife; three daughters; one son; seven grandchildren and a sister. 

Charles Jacob Zofness 1947 HS, 77, died Friday evening at his residence south of Bartlesville.  Charles J. Zofness is survived by his wife, Joyce Sequichie Hifler Zofness of the home, one son, David T. of St. Louis, MO, one daughter, Jane Hifler of Bartlesville and three grandchildren.


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Fred E. Angle 1945 HS-1946 JC, 88, passed away July 25, 2015, at Benton House of Tiffany Springs in Kansas City, Mo. He was a long-time Gladstone, Mo., resident. A military graveside service will be 3 p.m. Wed., July 29, at Highland Park Cemetery, 4101 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Contributions may be made to Children’s Mercy Hospital, 2401 Gillham Road, Kansas City, MO 64018 or Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired, 3101 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64111 or Northcare Hospice, 2800 Clay Edwards Drive, North Kansas City, MO 64116. Mr. Angle was born May 19, 1927, in Brooklyn, NY, to Dr. Fred and Esther Reynolds Angle and raised in Kansas City, Kan. He was a high school graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM. He served in a rifle company with the United States Marine Corps in the Southwest Pacific during the closing months of World War II. He was always proud to have been a U.S. Marine. Fred returned home to sell used cars and worked for several new car dealers for 16 years. In 1963, he built and operated a Volkswagen dealership for 13 years in Gladstone, and eventually held dealerships at the same location for Nissan, Mazda, Isuzu, Toyota, Pontiac and Vespa. He was President of the Gladstone Chamber of Commerce in 1963- 1964, Chairman of the Volkswagen Distributor-Dealer Advisory Council, President of the Volkswagen National Dealer Advisory Council, and founder of the American Imported Automobile Dealers Association in Washington, D.C. He retired in 1991. He was preceded in death by parents and brother, Tom Angle in 2011. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Lillian Angle.

Clay Patrick Bedford, Jr. 1946 HS – Passed away peacefully on August 26, 2016 in Portsmouth, NH, a victim of Lewy-Body Dementia. Born in 1929 in Glen Cove, Long Island, NY, Pat was the eldest son of Clay Patrick Bedford and Catherine Ann Bermingham. Due to the nature of his father’s job in the construction industry, Pat moved frequently and was witness to some of the greatest engineering feats of the first half of the twentieth century, including Hoover dam. As a teenager, he attended Berkeley (CA) high school where he made lifelong friends through his participation in the Boy Scout Troop xx. He graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute, in Roswell New Mexico where he earned what was then the school’s only perfect score in the equitation discipline of Dressage. Pat entered Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with the class of 1950, receiving a degree in Civil Engineering. While at RPI he was a member of the ATO fraternity and was on the ski team. After college, Pat married Carolyn Stevenson, from Barrington, NH; the two met in Troy, N.Y. while students. Pat joined the Navy in 1951, entering Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI, and subsequently completing Civil Engineer Corps training school at Port Hueneme CA. He was assigned to Naval Air Station, Norfolk, VA, eventually serving as Base Transportation Officer. He completed his military obligation in Norfolk in 1954. After working briefly in airframe design for Chase Aircraft, he followed his father into a career in construction management for Kaiser Engineers. Major projects he oversaw included iron ore mines in California and Labrador, a Titan I missile base in Mountain Home ID; Hell Hole Dam in the High Sierras; a steel mill in Ontario and part of the subway system in Montreal Canada. He then retired as vice-president for operations at Kaiser before joining Fluor Constructors International in 1978 as the company president. Until 1991 he oversaw far-flung projects in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa, among other locations. He retired from Fluor in 1991 and then served as a consultant to Northrop. Shortly thereafter they moved east to Carolyn’s family farm to manage the family interests. Pat served the public as a member of the Barrington School Board and the Town Planning Board. His counsel on the construction of the Barrington Public Safety Building and the Barrington Middle School was much appreciated. He loved skiing, and while in college he made the acquaintance of Sepp Ruschp, one of the great legends of the sport. He introduced his family to skiing in the early 1960’s. Many family vacations were spent at ski areas in the Lake Tahoe area and northern Vermont. He loved the sport of bird hunting, but more so his hunting dogs, from Mariah the English pointer, to Black Jack, and finally Pirate and Phoebe all beloved Labradors. He also enjoyed his friends at the Engineer’s Club in Montreal, the Bohemian Club in San Francisco and Major Waldron’s Sporting Club in Barrington. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Carolyn Stevenson Bedford of Barrington, New Hampshire; his brother Peter Benjamin Bedford of Napa, CA; his three surviving children; Thomas Alan Bedford of Barrington, NH, Dr. Steven McLeod Bedford of New Hartford, CT, and Hilary Bedford Parkhurst of Greenwich, CT; grandchildren Courtney, Morgan, Emma, Catherine, Clay, William, Nathaniel, Charles (Chip) and Henry, and and one great grandchild, Charlie. He will be remembered for his tough nature, forcefulness, and frank speaking that was often tempered with loving intent. His passion for skiing, skeet and bird shooting, and his unswerving love of dogs are well known among family and close friends. 

Seth Brown 1946 HS (Sept. 25, 1927 to Oct. 22, 2011) Seth passed away at his home in Borrego Springs after a brief illness with cancer. A third generation La Jollan, Seth was born in 1927 at Scripps Hospital to Austen Gould Brown and Annie Jessop Scripps. He attended LJ Elementary and high school, USC and graduated with honors from Pacific Coast Banking School University of Washington. He met his wife of 61 years, Lee Brown, the summer of 1946 and married at La Jolla Presbyterian Church in 1948. He began his banking career in 1950 when he joined First National Trust & Savings Bank of San Diego (now Union Bank). He retired as Executive V.P. and Director of California First Bank in 1982. In 1983, he became a Founding Director and President of Scripps Bank in La Jolla. Seth actively served his beloved La Jolla and San Diego skillfully his whole life by acting as past President/Director/Founder/ Member of La Jolla 20-30 Club, LJ Kiwanis Club, Ducks Unlimited, Green Foundation for Earth Science-Pacific Region, Wine & Food Society-LJ, Scripps Memorial Hospital, The Vault Inc., SD Marlin Club, De Anza Country Club and Borrego Community Health Foundation. News, Obit for Monday November 14, 2011. Seth and Lee moved to Borrego Springs in 1994 where they enjoyed the beautiful desert, time playing golf, attending The Christian Center and traveling. Seth will be remembered as an incredible fisherman, good golfer, hunter, great chef, man-on-the-go, eager to solve the needs of a community or organization, a big, tough man with a soft heart, good sense of humor and a twinkle in his eyes. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, especially his family who he was always willing to help in any way he could. Seth was preceded in death and joined in heaven with his wife, Lee Brown, and his brother Austen Tudor Brown. He is survived by his children Rick and Mila Brown of Kona, Hawaii, Judd and Mary Ann Brown of La Jolla and daughter Lynda Brown Payseur of Medford, Oregon, five grandchildren, Joseph and Leena Brown, Annemarie and Austen Brown, Seth Payseur and his sister Annie Brown Haynes of La Canada.

Wright L. Carlisle 1946 JC 1927 to 2011 * Born in Dublin, Wright grew up in Ralls. After graduating from Texas Tech in 1949, he farmed and ranched in west Texas and New Mexico for over 25 years. Seeking more meaningful interaction in his life he returned to Tech to complete his master’s degree in Marriage & Family Counseling. He worked the remainder of his career as an alcohol and drug abuse counselor, running groups and programs in various clinics and hospitals. Wright, and his wife Mary, retired to Bandera in 1993, where he served on the Appraisal board and pursued his hobbies of reading, stone sculpture, travel and golf. Wright is survived by his wife Mary Conley; sons Mike Carlisle of Lubbock and his wife Dannie, and Keith Carlisle of Dallas; grandsons Scott Carlisle of Amarillo and his wife Darcy, and Skipper Carlisle of Ropesville and his wife Christal; great grandsons Zachary Carlisle of Amarillo, and Barrett and Cooper Carlisle of Ropesville; and Evonne Gordon of Lubbock, the mother of his sons. Wright loved books and was a strong supporter of the Library.

LTC Donn F. Carter, USA (Ret) 1946 HS, 72, died April 24, 2000, in Durham, NC. Born in Ontario, Oregon, he retired as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Army after 26 years of service and was also a retired research scientist. Mr. Carter was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 919 in Camp Knox, KY; Khedive Temple of the Shrine; and the Washington Ship Model Society. Survivors include his wife, Joan D. Carter; a sister, Paula Murphy of Emmett, ID; and two nieces, Donna Baker and Pat Murphy, both of Seattle, WA.

Joe Cortis Cooper 1946 JC, 89, formerly of Florence, died quietly at Friendship Village on Aug. 17, 2016, after suffering a stroke two weeks earlier.Mr. Cooper was born in El Paso, Texas, in 1927 to Forrest and Myrtle – two schoolteachers and part-time farmers. He grew up surrounded by farmland and especially enjoyed riding his horse up to the hills overlooking the Rio Grande. His parents both rose to management roles in local school districts. At an early age, he displayed what might best be called the “playful” side of his personality by locking his teacher in a closet while his classmates roared in delight. At 16, after more than a few disappointing report cards, he entered New Mexico Military Institute, where he learned to play the saxophone, was on the varsity basketball team and most importantly, became a bit more studious and discreet with his playful antics.In 1950 he graduated from New Mexico State University, where he majored in agriculture and ran into Anne Irving, the homecoming queen. Shortly after their marriage, he served in the Army and was sent to serve in the Korean War. When he returned he found a son, Cortis, waiting for him. The young family moved to Florence, where they owned a 1,200-acre farm for the next four decades and had two more children, Brent and Pam. During those years, he won numerous awards as an innovating farmer, served in leadership roles and various farming organizations and was the choir master at the Presbyterian Church. In his spare time, he especially loved dodging thunderstorms and mountains in his airplane. In the early 1990s they sold the farm and moved back to El Paso, and he volunteered with a Christian group in India that helped cotton farmers improve their crops. In 2008 he suffered his first stroke, prompting the move to Friendship Village. He rapidly became known for his sense of humor, playfulness and passion for winning at Microsoft Hearts.He is survived by his wife of 67 years, his son Cortis and his daughter Pam.

Coleman Currie 1946 HS, 84, of Lovingston, died on Sunday, February 19, 2012, at his residence. Born on August 6, 1927, Coleman descended from Hawes Coleman, who was an early settler of Nelson County in the late 1700’s. He was a Veteran of World War II and Korea and a member of Trinity Episcopal Church. He is survived by his wife, Anne Coleman Currie; daughters, Clara C. O’Bannon and Terry, Pettis E. Vandernoot and Ken and Margaret C. Bailey and Doug; grandchildren, Carrie Gumm and Daniel, Robbie Jones, Lindy Campbell and Chris, Stephen Bailey; and seven great-grandchildren.

Orrin Henry Davison 1946 HS, 85, of Portola Valley, CA, passed away at home on May 18, 2014. Dave was born on March 27, 1929, in San Francisco and he grew up in Hillsborough. He graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute and went to Stanford University, where he met Virginia Burroughs, the love of his life. After graduating and serving in the Korean War, Dave married Ginny on April 15, 1952. They eventually settled in Portola Valley, where they raised their four children, Susan Barb, Kathleen Hayes, Mike Davison and Scott Davison. Dave was a successful entrepreneur, and founded several companies including VentureStream, Iconix, and Zytron. Dave was also active in AYSO soccer with his sons, and community theater and charitable events with Ginny. He served on the Board of Directors of Sharon Heights Country Club and helped found the Cardiac Therapy Foundation. He was an avid snow skier and golfer well into his later years and he was an intrepid traveler, both with Ginny and with their grandchildren. Dave had an amazing love of life and boundless intellectual curiosity which led him to connect to people in all walks of life. He was especially proud of being a grandfather. He told endless stories and sang wonderful songs to his grandchildren, and loved them unreservedly, travelling the world with each of them as they graduated high school. Dave is survived by his four children and their spouses; his grandchildren, Sarah Barb Brewsaugh and Brian Barb, Molly Hayes Mahler, Danielle and Shannon Hayes, Kristen, Melissa and Matthew Davison, and Adam, Joseph, Jacob and Samuel Davison. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter Maura Davison, his son-in-law Charles Barb, his sister Nancy Conway, his parents Orrin Davison, Sr. and Helen McCabe Burton Davison, and his wife, Ginny.

Jesse Ulysses DeVaney, Jr., 1946 JC. Was born in Douglas, Arizona on February 23, 1928 to Jesse Ulysses De Vaney and Myrtle Elsie Hughes De Vaney. His family included two sisters, Frances and JoAnn, and one brother, Harold. Jesse grew up in Douglas. After graduating from Douglas High School, he went to Roswell, New Mexico where he attended and later graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1946. Jesse transferred the University of Arizona where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. He also met Betty Jo Coffey while attending U of A and they were married on December 3, 1948 in Lordsburg, New Mexico. Jesse and Betty would have celebrated their 60th Anniversary in December. They have three children, Jess III, Cindy, and Mary as well as seven grandchildren including, Matt, Rebecca, Emily, Michael, Chris, Carina, and Chrissy. They also have two great grandchildren, Alexander and Ainsley. Jesse served in the Army during the Korean Conflict and left the service with the rank of First Lieutenant. He worked in various jobs for the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson and the Southern Pacific Railroad in Deming, New Mexico. But it was higher education that would become his passion. He completed his Master’s Degree in Education from the U of A where he also taught. In 1956, Jesse was offered a teaching position in 1956 at Eastern Arizona College where he taught Business courses. He was later promoted to Registrar, then Dean of Admissions. He served as Vice President while overseeing the operation of the Gila Pueblo Campus in Globe. Jesse later returned to Thatcher where he served as Director of Research and Development. He also worked with Native American Tribes to develop educational programs to prepare Native American students to attend college courses. In 1974, Jesse was named EAC Man of the Year. He was dedicated to EAC where he stayed for 37 years until he retired. Jesse loved gardening and was an avid storyteller. He was a Mason for over 50 years and served as Worshipful Master of Safford Lodge #16 F & AM in 1974. Jesse was active in church while living in Safford. He served as Trustee for the First Baptist Church in Safford and later served in leadership roles at the Church at Safford. Jesse entered into eternal rest on June 21, 2008.

George Lane Dixon, Jr. 1946 HS Passed away at home early on Thursday, August 27, 2009. He had battled COPD courageously for eleven years. Husband to one, father to four, grandfather to eight, uncle to twelve, brother to one, physician, inventor, author and friend to so many. He is already missed. George is survived by Margery, his loving wife of 56 years; sister Sally Dixon Weiner of New York City; children, Wes Dixon and his wife Karen of Leawood, Kansas, Martha Lange and her husband Mark of Granger, Indiana, Jennifer Hamilton and her husband David of Morgan Hill, California, and Amy Dixon of Albuquerque. He had eight grandchildren; Kate, Liz, Brian, Sarah, Megan, John, Jonathan, and Lynda. George was born in 1928 in Burlington, Iowa to Ellen and George Dixon and grew up in Tucson, Arizona. He followed in his father’s footsteps and studied medicine at the University of Iowa where he met the love of his life, Margery. They married and he enlisted to take his medical residency in the U.S. Army. Over the next eleven years he and Margery saw the world and built a wonderful family with four children, three dogs and a parakeet. In 1966, they all settled in Albuquerque where he practiced orthopedic surgery until he retired in 1989. He was the inventor of videocycle (1983) and author of Exercise a la Carte (1994). In 2009, he was a recipient of The Rev. Hugh A. Cooper Award for superior healthcare delivery and service to the community. 

Melvin Dreyfuss 1946 HS – Mel Passed away May 21st, 2007 in Santa Barbara. He is survived by his wife Maidy, sons Larry (Sheila) and Stan (Stephanie), daughters Deborah (John), Cindy and Jody (Lauren), 12 grandchildren and honorary daughter Telma. Born April 8th, 1928 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Ida and Julian Dreyfuss. Brother to Julie (Dan) Judd and the late Stanley Dreyfuss. Mel attended the New Mexico Military Institute at Roswell, a cavalry school, where he first began his love for horses. He then volunteered, during WWII, to serve his country, becoming a 2nd Lieutenant with the United States Marines. He returned to study at the University of New Mexico and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Then, he moved to Southern California in the early 1950’s. In the 1960’s he became involved in the garment industry and was later joined by business partner Sandy Goner, manufacturing ladies sportswear and later, dresses. He and his wife moved to Solvang, California in 1990, where they have been breeding and showing award winning Peruvian horses. During his retirement they traveled extensively throughout the world, often with their close group of travel friends (AKA the S—-k troop). Mel delighted friends and family with his anecdotes his amazing sense of humor and his ability to tell a tale like nobody else. He was loved dearly and his joyful and mischievous spirit will be missed by all. 

John R. “J.R.” Dudley, Jr. 1946 JC died Tuesday, July 2, 2013. He was born to Russell and Mary Dudley on September 23, 1927 and lived a full life of love and dedication to God, family, community, and country. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mary Maudine Thrash Dudley, five children and eight grandchildren: John and Julia Dudley of Raleigh, N.C., Liz Dudley of Meridian, Ben and Mary Dudley of Scooba – Sarah, Anna, Libba and Jeana), Denise and Paul Roberts of Meridian – Russell and Abby, and Joanna and Joe Hebert of Hurst, Texas – Jennifer and Jessica. J.R. was a 1949 graduate of Mississippi State University receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering. He served in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in 1946. J.R. taught at East Mississippi Community College where he served as Baptist Student Union director. He was a lifelong resident of Kemper County where he owned and operated Lazy D cattle farm with his son, Ben. J.R. faithfully served as Deacon and Sunday School teacher at Scooba Baptist Church for over 60 years. He was an active member of Mississippi Farm Bureau serving as president of Kemper County Farm Bureau for more than 29 years. He was also a member of the Cattleman’s Association, the Soil and Water Conservation District, school board member and numerous other community organizations often in leadership roles. If ever there was a man who lived what he said he believed, it was J.R. Dudley. He was a man of integrity, honesty, dedication, wisdom, commitment and perseverance. His life was a testimony of his love for the Lord and his unswerving faith and assurance of salvation through Christ. He will be lovingly remembered by family and friends as one who truly believed in the hope of eternity with Christ Jesus. 

William C. Edwards 1946 HS, a wonderful husband, father and friend, passed away peacefully at his home in Atherton, California on Sunday, February 19, 2017, where he lived for 61 years. Bill was born on September 9, 1928, to Leland and Katherine Edwards in Los Angeles and raised in Long Beach, California. He attended local public schools until leaving home at 15 to attend the New Mexico Military Institute. After high school Bill enrolled at Stanford University, joined the Beta house and graduated with a BS in Petroleum Engineering. He completed his education at Harvard University in 1953, receiving a graduate degree with distinction from Harvard Business School. He returned to Southern California and took a position at Standard Oil of California, a decision that led to his transfer to Northern California and the start of a career change. In 1959, after a short time with Lionel D. Edie & Co., Bill joined close friend John Bryan to form Bryan & Edwards, a private venture capital investment firm that played an important role in the launching of the venture capital industry. Over the next 50 years Bill helped entrepreneurs start and manage many of Silicon Valley’s great companies. He served on several corporate boards including Boole & Babbage, Hambrecht & Quist, Trust Company of the West, Western Atlas and Octel Communications. Bill’s life passion was to protect our freedoms, which he pursued as a member of the Executive Committee of the Hoover Institution, a group he strongly believed in. He served as Trustee emeritus of Deerfield Academy and Scripps College. He supported the San Francisco Symphony as a member of their Board of Governors, served as President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists and sat on the board of the National Venture Capital Association. He served several years as Director and Treasurer of Population Action International and was a member of the Advisory Board and the Associates Committee of the Center for Economic Policy Research at Stanford University. He was a founding Director of Opportunity Capital Corporation, a minority small business investment company. Bill was an avid golfer and loved playing with his friends and family. He was a charter member of the Spyglass Hills Golf Course, an active member of the Menlo Country Club, the Cypress Point Golf Club where he served four years as Club President and the San Francisco Golf Club. He also enjoyed the Palo Alto Club, The Bohemian Club and his Hillbillie campmates at the Bohemian Grove. Along with his exciting professional career, Bill was equally active with family and friends. In 1954 Bill married Bette Cree Edwards. They raised four children: Will, Cree (Jennifer), Paul (Silvia) and Kathy until Bette’s passing in 1978. In 1983, Bill married Barbara Haag Edwards and they raised two daughters, Kristin Gray and Dr. Kate Gray (David Pyle). He is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara, his children, 15 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Bill’s brother, Paul, died in 1944 while serving in the U.S. Navy. Bill was a passionate patriot and a man of the highest integrity who loved his family dearly. We miss him.

James R. “Jim” Elliott, Jr., 1946 JC of Rogers, Ark., died on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, surrounded by family. His wife of 59 years, Ann Carmichael Elliott survives him. Jim was born to parents James R. And Hilda Salm Elliott on Aug. 10, 1927, in Wichita Falls, Texas. He attended public schools in Houston, Texas, was a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) in Roswell, N. M., and served in the U. S. Army with honorable discharge. He met Ann Carmichael of Houston, Texas, while attending the University of Texas at Austin. They were married on Aug. 27, 1949. Jim graduated with a degree in geology and petroleum engineering from UT-Austin in 1950. He worked in various West Texas oil areas, including Abilene, where Ann and Jim raised their family, before moving to Bentonville, Ark., in 1971 to join Wal-Mart. He served as the first vice president of Human Resources with Sam Walton, and later retired in Rogers, Ark. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hilda and James Elliott of Houston, Texas; brother David and wife Mary Dee Elliott of Bay City, Texas; in-laws Tirzah and William Carmichael of Houston, Texas; and sister-in-law, Marilyn Carmichael of Houston, Texas. Survivors include his wife Ann of the home; son, Jimmy and wife Patti Elliott of New York City, N. Y.; daughter, Susan and husband Bill Underwood of Dallas, Texas; four granddaughters, Bianca, Lydia, Paige and Arden Elliott; five grandsons, Mark and wife Heather leclair, Doug leclair and fiancé Pearl Tucker, and Matthew, Grant and Adam Underwood. He is survived by two brothers-in-law, Pat and wife Jamie Carmichael of Las Vegas, Nev., and John D. “Mickey”Carmichael of Houston, Texas. Jim also is survived by a niece and six nephews, Carol Ann, Patrick, Thomas and William Carmichael, and David, John and Jeff Elliott, and their respective spouses and families, as well as many treasured friends, from his days growing up in Houston, and days spent at NMMI, UT, and in Abilene and Northwest Arkansas, and those friends who have joined him in countless rounds of golf for the past 70-plus years.

James “Jim” E. Farmer, Jr., 1946 HS, 89, passed away on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at Midland Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born on November 9, 1928 in Twin Falls, Idaho, the eldest of three children, to James and Marvel Farmer. He spent his childhood on a ranch in Hagerman, Idaho, where he developed a love for animals. Jim graduated high school from New Mexico Military Institute and received his undergraduate degree in Animal Husbandry from the University of Idaho. While there, he was the captain of the swim team and a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. Following graduation, he served in the Korean War as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army Infantry from January 1951 to August 1952. Upon returning home, he married his college sweetheart and wife of 65 years, Helen Hays. They raised three children together, Kit (Empson), Bo (Farmer), and Mary Anne (Benton). Jim ranched with his father for two and a half years and served as a Special Forces Captain in the US Army Reserves before returning to school at Utah State University where he earned a Master’s degree in Animal Nutrition. After graduation, he began his career as a computer engineer working for Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, Computer Science Corporation in Kennewick, Washington, and Texas Instruments in Austin and Dallas, Texas and Cornwall, New York. Jim’s proudest professional achievement was helping develop the guidance system for the Tomahawk missile. Jim and Helen retired in 1992 to Mabank, Texas, where they enjoyed 24 years living on the lake as “Grandad and Nana.” Jim’s passions in life were family, snow skiing, sailing, and water skiing, so he spent his retirement enjoying these activities with his family. In 2016, Jim and Helen moved to Midland to be closer to family. Jim will be remembered for his integrity and honor as well as being a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Eugene and Marvel Hill Farmer; and his sister, Patricia West. He is survived by his wife, Helen Farmer of Midland; his brother, Garry Farmer and his wife Sandra, of Valley Center, California; his daughter, Kit Empson and her husband Richard of Hico, Texas; his son, Bo Farmer and his wife Susan of Midland, Texas; his daughter, Mary Anne Benton and her husband Greg of Midland, Texas; and his eight grandchildren, their spouses, and four great-grandchildren: Brooke and Matt Mahaffey, Katie and Drew Winston, J.D. Benton, Alex Empson, Ariel Watson, Adam Watson, Christopher Empson, Hays Farmer, Tukker and Brekkon Mahaffey, and Ella and Graham Winston.

Edward Reinhold Finck, Jr. 1946 HS Died peacefully Dec. 15, 2010.  Finck, 81, was born Sept. 10, 1929, in San Antonio, and was a lifetime resident of San Antonio, until May 2009. He attended St. Anthony School, Central Catholic High School, and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute. After attending the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, he received his B.S. from St. Mary’s University and his J. D. From the University of Texas Law School. He practiced law with the San Antonio District Attorney’s office before serving for many years as a partner with the San Antonio law firm, Clemens & Spencer. A devoted Catholic all his life, he was a founding member of the Serra Club, and active with the Oblate Associates, Knights of Columbus and Knights of St. Gregory. After retiring, he did legal consulting with the Sisters of Divine Providence. He also served as a regular lector and Eucharistic minister for St. John the Evangelist parish. Finck was also a member of the San Antonio Bar Association, Texas State Bar, the German Club, and the Order of the Alamo. He enjoyed following local and national politics, reading both fiction and non-fiction, and participating in various church activities. He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Amalie Traeger Finck; and his sister, Mary Anne Finck Graney. He is survived by his daughter, the Rev. Susan Finck-Lockhart; son-in-law, Dr. William H. Lockhart; his four grandchildren, Lydia Clare Finck Lockhart, Karl mccabe Finck Lockhart, Kurt Traeger Finck Lockhart and Maria Annelise Finck Lockhart; his brother, H.W. Finck; sister-in-law, Hilda Delepiani Finck; brother-in-law, Judge Charles Graney; and eleven nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the employees at alzcare for their patient and heartfelt care during the last season of his life.

Arthur Lee Forbes, III 1946 HS was born in Houston on the 3rd of September 1928 to the late Arthur Lee Forbes II and Corinne Mayfield Forbes and departed this world on Monday afternoon, the 27th of October 2008. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Nita, and is survived by their children, Arthur Lee Forbes IV, Corinne Lee Forbes, Tricia Lee Forbes Campbell and husband Rex, and their daughter Terra Katherine Campbell. He is also survived by his daughter from his first marriage, Dana Diane Forbes, and her son William Merrem Forbes. Art’s survivors also include his sister, Patricia Forbes; his niece, Jeanine Jones Elster and husband Allen Elster, and their children Allen William, Patricia Elizabeth and Martha Jane Elster; his nephew, Carver Hamilton Jones and his children Cameron and Paige Jones; his cousins, Delitha and Bob Lane, Mary Alice Stewart, Harold and Marie Meyer, Joan Miles; and dear friend, Mark Kuebler. He was also preceded in death by his nephew, the late Lee Forbes Jones; his niece, the late Janis Patricia Jones; and his cousins, the late Margie and Burdette Keeland, Betty Scott Cahill, Ruth Scott Holmes Jordan, Martha Ann and Bill Finnegan, Martha Shaw Hafkemeyer, John Scott Stewart; and beloved friend, the late Cecil Haden. Art was a man of great dignity and unwavering loyalty. Underlying his many accomplishments was a clear, determined drive. He served his country as an Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps. His strong devotion to the Marine Corps’s principles and traditions were a guiding light throughout his life. Art received a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas, where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. While holding a job during the day, he went to law school at night and received his law degree from South Texas College of Law. Art practiced law with the firm Shapiro, Forbes and Cox for many years; he was General Counsel for Bay-Houston Towing Co., President of the Gulf Coast Chapter of Mensa, and co-founded the Unitarian Fellowship of Houston. He leaves behind many memories of strength, fairness and courage. The family wishes to express their deep gratitude to Patricia Pratka and Darlene Torrez for their love and unfailing support over the many years.

Danny Lloyd Grant 1946 HS, 84 years of age, having enjoyed a long and successful career as Copy, Wire, then News Editor at the Shreveport Times and having lived a gratifying personal life as an avid reader, world traveler, gardener, and bowler, passed away at the Overton-Brooks VA Medical Center on March 03, 2013. Danny was a native of Corpus Christi, and a long-time resident of Shreveport and then Keatchie, Louisiana, upon retirement. His remarkable depth of character, sharp wit, unflappable good nature, and enviable memory garnered him a devoted family and many loyal friends. Danny was preceded in death by his beautiful and talented wife, Billie Harris Grant, his father, Lloyd E. Grant, his mother, Sophia Grant Wentworth, and his brother Edward Lee Grant. He is survived by his sister Elaine Kane and husband, Bob, his sister Sandra Petty and husband, Steve, his brother Bill Wentworth and wife, Jeannie, his sister-in-law Marlene Grant, his sister-in-law, Jean Wilson, his step-son, Daniel Lloyd Moore, and wife, Susan; his step-daughter, Nita Palermo, and husband, Carl. Danny is also survived by grandchildren James Moore and family, Robert Duncan and family, Lisa Wykel and family, step-grandchildren Stephen Palermo and family, and Shannon Wright and family, plus a host of nieces and nephews. Danny’s faithful fur-friend, Lolita, also survives Danny, and will be lost without his unfailing and caring welcome after each of her long, unwarranted absences. The family would like to thank those who provided professional care to Danny, at both the Rose View Nursing Home and the Overton-Brooks VA Medical Center. The family owes a deep debt of gratitude to step-son, Danny Moore, who was Danny Grant’s primary caregiver over the years, to sister-in-law and friend, Jean Wilson, and to neighbor and friend, Andy Loftus, all of whom gladly performed countless acts of kindness on Danny’s behalf.

Arnold “Jack” Haberkorn 1946 HS of Bowling Green died Aug. 24, 2014, at his home. Born on March 26, 1928, the Camden, Ark., native was the son of the late Arnold H. Haberkorn Sr. and Helen Haberkorn Ong. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Russell Tobin Haberkorn. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church. Col. Haberkorn was retired from the U.S. Air Force. He received his MBA from Ohio State University, graduated the New Mexico Military Institute and attended The U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He was a member of and past president of the Military Officers Association and the Bowling Green Warren County Arts Commission. He was a former president and board member of the Public Theatre of Kentucky, past president and board member of the Bowling Green-Western Kentucky University Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Mid-Century Literary Club. Funeral services are scheduled for noon Friday at Christ Episcopal Church. Visitation will be from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Friday, also at the church. Johnson-Vaughn-Phelps Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Survivors include his wife, Joyce Russell of Bowling Green; several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews.

John W. Halsey, Jr. 1944 HS-1946 JC 86, of Lubbock passed away Wednesday, June 18, 2014, with his sons at this side. He was born in Lubbock, Texas, June 26, 1927, to John W. Halsey, Sr., and Francis Halsey. He had one sibling, Arnett Halsey, who died as a young woman many years ago. He attended school in Lubbock from grade school to Lubbock High but graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1945. John served two stints in the U.S. Navy. He enlisted at the age of eighteen in Sept., 1945, completing basic training but being discharged in Aug., 1946, due to the end of WWII in 1945. He was called up from active reserve and re-enlisted on Feb. 15, 1951. He served on the amphibious attack transport ship the U.S.S. Menard (APA 201) during the Korean War. His primary duties were storekeeping; when at battle quarters he helped crew a 5 38 cannon. While on a tour of the Far East his ship participated in the amphibious assault feint at Wonsan, Korea, during the summer of 1951. One of his most enduring memories was witnessing the battleship U.S.S. New Jersey firing on targets at Wonsan. He was close enough to see the massive 16 shells in mid-air. He was separated from active service May 22, 1952, and honorably discharged with the rank of Storekeeper, Third Class, and effective Aug. 21, 1954. He received the China Service Medal, Korean Service Ribbon with (1) Star, and the United Nations Service Medal. Upon return from Navy service he completed his degree, receiving a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Texas in 1955. While attending U.T. he met and dated Gail Shook of Plainview, Texas. They were married Dec. 23, 1952, and lived happily together raising three boys until her untimely passing June 23, 1979. John’s family was in the drugstore business starting in 1925 when his father opened John Halsey Drugstore in downtown Lubbock. His uncle, Mark Halsey, was also a prominent Lubbock drugstore owner. In 1955 John Jr. opened his own store in Monterey Center where he did business for many years until moving across the street to 50th and Canton in 1987. There he continued in business until 1997. The last John Halsey store, John Halsey Pharmacy, at St. Mary’s Hospital, closed in 2007. All told, John Halsey Drugstores and Pharmacies served Lubbock continuously for 82 years. He and his father always attributed any success they may have had to friends, customers, and wonderful employees. John was an avid fisherman. He loved river and stream trout fishing in the Rockies. He also enjoyed bird hunting, occasional deer hunting, and was a life-long shooter and life member of the N.R.A. John was a great follower of Texas Tech athletics and a long-time season ticket holder for both football and basketball. He was a dedicated Red Raider Club member and supporter. His charities included Wounded Warrior Project, M.D. Anderson Foundation, Meals on Wheels, Smile Train, and Texas Tech University. He is survived by his sons, Patrick, Mark, and Russell, along with Russell’s wife, Regina Marshall Halsey, all of Lubbock, Texas.

John Reeves Hardin 1944 HS-1946 JC, John Reeves 82, born El Paso, Texas, April 30, 1926. Grew up on a cattle ranch in S. E. New Mexico with his early pioneer family. Graduated from New Mexico Military Institute. Veteran of WWII, Navy, U.S.S. General W. A. Mann, 1944 and 1945. Passed away at Premier Hospice in Glendale. Previously lived at Village Oaks Assisted Living in Glendale. Survivors include families of daughter Victoria Aubrey, daughter Patti Purdum, and sons Gregory Hardin, of Arizona, David Cotton of California, and Steven Cotton of Hawaii, five grandchildren and 10 great grandsons and 1 great granddaughter. Mr. Hardin was Assistant Superintendent of Deer Valley when he retired after working in the Arizona School Systems for approximately 25 years. Contributions in the Hardin name may be mailed to the Lea County Museum, 103 S. Love, Lovington, NM 88260 or to your favorite charity.

Colonel Robert Burnett Hughes 1945 HS-1946 JC, U.S. Army (Ret), 83, husband of the late Carolyn Anderson Hughes, of Mt. Pleasant, SC and formerly of Melbourne, Florida passed away on Monday, October 18, 2010. Arrangements by J Henry Stuhr Mount Pleasant Chapel. Col. Hughes was born August 1, 1927 in Panama Canal Zone, Panama. He was the son of the late Oliver Wendell Hughes and Lydia Mae Burnett Hughes. He was a 1950 graduate of West Point and received his Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A & M. He served in the United States Army for thirty years and also retired from the Port of New Orleans. He was a member of Prince of Peace Anglican Church in Melbourne, FL. He is survived by his children, Robin Gordon and her husband, Eddie, of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Carolyn Hall and her husband, Terry, of Pampa, TX, and Robert Anderson Hughes of Mesquite, TX; five grandchildren, Lara Gordon Barnett and her husband, Jason, of Hanahan, SC, Kati Virginia Gordon of Clemson, SC, Lt. Marshall Brodie Hall of Ft. Sill, OK, Clayton Terry Hall of Dallas, TX and Tyler Robert Hall of Denton, TX. 

Robert Gene Hunefeld, 1946 HS May 7, 1928 – May 31, 2016 – Robert Gene Hunefeld was born to Ruth Chase and William G. “Billy” Hunefeld in Phoenix, AZ on May 7, 1928. The family moved to Stockton, CA when Robert was two years old and he passed away May 31, 2016 after a long illness in Stockton, his hometown for 86 years. He attended Stockton High School and played Tarzan football. During his junior year, he attended the New Mexico Military Institute. Robert returned to Stockton and at the age 17 years, joined the U.S. Navy with some friends on St. Valentine’s Day. They forever after referred to themselves as a “Valentine’s Gift” to the Navy. Robert was assigned to the Special Services and stationed at Port Lyautey, French Morocco as a teletypeinterceptor of Russian codes. After a two year stint, Robert returned to Stockton where he met Athalia “Tot” Genetti. They were married in August of 1949 at the Old St. Mary’s Church. Robert joined his father in business. Later, he took it over and had a hand in it to the very end. Robert inherited and admired his father’s vision. He capably expanded the family business, from announcing wrestlers and boxers at the Stockton Civic Auditorium, managing the Kingdon Drag Strip, and the 99 Speedway. He established RG Concessions and opened the Bottle n’ Cork liquor stores with his brother-in-law Morvin Genetti. Robert was a North Stockton Rotarian member for 59 years, a past president, a board member as well as the recipient and donator of multiple Paul Harris Fellow Awards. He and Tot traveled with the International Golfing Fellowship of Rotary and Robert played on fabulous courses across the U.S., Europe and Asia while garnering many Rotarian pen pals. He loved his golf and had three dreams come true: playing at the Los Angeles Country Club, playing at Cypress Point Club in Pebble Beach, CA with his son and friends, and getting that hole-in-one at the Brookside Country Club.Tot and Robert went on great cruises with family and friends. They loved to dance and enjoyed many years with the No-Host Saturday Niters. Tot and Robert looked forward to the yearly gatherings of the “Marching and Chowder Society”. Robert was a loyal follower of Bill W. For 38 years and helped many others along the way. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, dear brother Bill, Jr., Sister Bette, and sadly by his daughter, Lisa. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Tot; adored son Chris and wife Georgette; grandchildren Annalise and Sam Delano, Allie and Billy Hunefeld; all of whom Papa loved so much along with many dear nieces, nephews and cousins.

Peter Sexton Ingber 1946 HS in Loving Memory California native Peter Sexton Ingber passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and family on February 24, 2009. He was 80 years old. Peter was born to Ruth and Irving Ingber in San Francisco, November 12, 1928. He grew up in San Mateo, attended San Mateo High School and New Mexico Military Institute, received his bachelors from UC Berkeley (member of Zeta Psi, Iota Chapter) and his masters from UC Davis. After graduate school, Peter worked in real estate. Peter and his brother Philip Ingber established Alpha Land Company in 1958. John Griffin joined the two brothers and they had many successful years building residential and commercial projects throughout the Bay Area. The three later established Trinity Investment Company in Los Gatos. For the last five years of his life, Peter truly loved his work and friends at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto. He was an accomplished horseman, fisherman and private pilot. Peter enjoyed travel, reading, music, cooking, gardening and movies. Throughout his life, he went to Tsuniah Lake, B.C. for family fishing trips. He traveled throughout Europe for business, pleasure and a wedding. His roses were colorful and fragrant, his lamb was full of spice, and the volume of his favorite operas was always turned up very high, and his recall on movies uncanny. Peter thoroughly appreciated a good sense of humor. Up until the moment he passed away, he was a master at making people laugh. His charitable contributions were personal and numerous. Most of all, Peter loved his family and close friends. He will be missed by many. He is preceded in death by his parents, and Sister Nancy Ingber Brown. He is survived by: his companion and wife, Sarah Loring Ingber of Los Altos; brother Philip Ingber of Los Altos; son Jonathan Ingber of Murphy’s; daughter Catherine Ingber of San Francisco; daughter Jennifer McKee of Thousand Oaks; daughter Elizabeth Bussian of Durango, CO; daughter Maria Reynolds of Costa Mesa; son Christopher Ingber of Mesa, AZ; stepdaughter Katherine Taylor of Los Altos; grandchildren Chelsea and Kyle Ingber, Caitlin, Anna and Elisabeth McKee, Peter and Isabella Bussian, Catherine and Christopher Reynolds, and Lily and Julia Taylor.

Clyde Ingle 1946 HS passed away on March 4, 2011 in Oklahoma City, OK. Clyde was born November 4, 1928 to Ava and Clyde Ingle, Sr., in St. Louis, Mo. Clyde attended Wilson Elementary, Harding Jr. High, and New Mexico Military Institute for High School. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1951. He was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. He served in the U.S Army during the Korean conflict and was adjutant of the 35th Quartermaster Battalion stationed in Ludwigsburg, Germany. In 1952 he was discharged from the Army and moved to Dallas where he met Joann St. John. They married in 1953 and had two daughters, Kathleen and Mary Louise. He began his business career with Glenn Advertising which led him to Lone Star Brewery of Oklahoma City, which he managed for 5 years. In 1967 he went with Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. Where he was president for 18 years. From 1955 – 1983 Clyde was active in many civic organizations, Oklahoma City Chapter of the Red Cross, Better Business Bureau, Sirloin Club, Southwest American Livestock Foundation, Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, where he served as president and Chairman. He served on the board of Presbyterian Health Foundation, Dean McGee Eye Institute, and the Sunbeam Home. He also was an active member of the Fortune Club. Clyde enjoyed golf, boating at Grand Lake with his family, and watching sunsets with Joann in Hawaii. He is survived by his wife, Joann Ingle; daughters, Kathie and husband Jerry, Mary and husband Jonathan; his grandchildren, Mary Beth Greer, David Price, Daniel Price, Jacob Steinberg, Samuel Steinberg, Matthew Steinberg; and great-grandchildren, Rachael Ann and Rebecca Marie; and nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; his four sisters, Mafalde Scott, Marguerite Kennedy, Louise Hofflander, Jonnie Lee Stewart; and by his grandson-in-law, Shan Greer.

Charles H. Johns, Jr. 1946 HS, a Petroleum Landman, formerly from Denver, CO died April 11, 2014. Mr. Johns was born in Tulsa, OK on September 18, 1928. He graduated from high school from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma. He served in the Korean War and was a Tribal Citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. He married Margaret Hannon on February 11, 1956. Survivors include his wife; daughter Jennifer Olstad (Peter) of Denver, CO; daughter Janelle Shaughnessy of Jackson, MI; daughter Julie Johns of Chandler, AZ; and seven grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

Milton Friberg Karrenbrock 1946 JC, 85, a lifelong native of Wichita Falls and descendant of the Friberg community pioneers, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2013, in Wichita Falls, Texas. Funeral Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2013, in the chapel at Hampton Vaughan Funeral Home with Dr. Paul Goodrich officiating. Visitation will be from 4 until 6 p.m., Thursday, June 21, 2013, at the funeral home. Mr. Karrenbrock was born Sept. 7, 1927, in Wichita Falls, Texas, to I.W. and Estelle Karrenbrock. He retired from Merrill Lynch in 1986 as Vice Pesident of the Wichita Falls office. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Faith Masonic Lodge, the Maskat Shrine Temple and a former member of the Downtown Optimist Club. Karrenbrock was preceded in death by his parents, I.W. and Estelle. A devoted family man, Karrenbrock is survived by his wife of 62 years, Shyrlee P. Karrenbrock also of Wichita Falls; four daughters Analee Griffin and husband Tom of Katy, Texas; Ellen Rose and husband Jack of Grapevine, Texas; Nanette Blacklock and husband Jeff of Wichita Falls, Texas; Laura Elia and husband Randy of Dallas; sister, Janet Richter and husband Robert of Dallas, Texas; 10 grandchildren Sarah Griffin Covey, Jennifer Griffin Lengyel, Melissa Griffin, Ben Blacklock, Kaleb Blacklock, Spencer Blacklock, Allison Rose, Preston Rose, Noah Elia and Maya Elia. 

Oliver Tracy Kelly 1944 HS–1946 JC –Oklahoma lost a longtime leader this week with the passing of Tracy Kelly at age 85. Kelly was Chairman of the Board of SpiritBank, a bank his father helped to build in Bristow, Oklahoma. Kelly was a lifelong banker after serving four years as 1st Lt. USAR Artillery in Korea. He was a past director and member of the Defense Orientation Conference Association in Washington D.C. He also had a long and distinguished record in public service and leadership in Oklahoma. He was past President of the Bristow Rotary Club; Bristow Chamber of Commerce; Metropolitan Tulsa Chamber of Commerce, where he also served as Director; Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce; Oklahoma Council of Economic Education; and Oklahoma Bankers Association, where he was also past Chairman. Kelly was a member of the Governing council of the American Bankers Association; Founding Director and Treasurer of the Mid America Automated Clearing House in Kansas City; Bristow Industrial Authority; Creek County Industrial Authority; and Advisory Council of the Small Business Administration in Washington D.C. Kelly also believed in and made significant contributions in higher education. He served on the Board of Regents of Oklahoma Colleges; was Past Chairman on the Board of Regents for Rogers State College; was Past Chairman, Board of Trustees for the University of the Ozarks; and Founding Board Member of Central Vocational Technical School in Drumright. Kelly was a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, New Mexico where he was a two time commander of cadets; earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics from the University of Oklahoma; did post graduate work at Harvard; and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of the Ozarks. In a message to the family, Governor Mary Fallin said, “I am so sorry to learn of Tracy’s passing. He was such a joy to know and so easy to talk to. He left his mark on Oklahoma and left a wonderful legacy with the Kelly name. Please extend to your family my thoughts and prayers.” “With an impressive list of service to his communities, state and nation, it is an understatement to say that my dad was a major force of leadership and economic development. He leaves behind great legacies,” said his daughter, Joy Kelly. “My dad’s contributions were far greater than what could be listed on paper. His spirit of kindness, hospitality, humor, optimism and care for others were his hallmarks.” According to his nephew, Albert C. “Kell” Kelly, Jr., who is CEO of SpiritBank, “His goodness and belief always in a better tomorrow reflected an optimism that was both contagious and inspiring. Tracy made us all better. He will be sorely missed.” “The bank was less than $5 million in assets when Tracy took the helm in 1960,” added Kelly. “Today, we are nearly $1 billion in assets and much of this growth can be attributed to Tracy’s desire to see people’s dreams come true. He often referred to his profession as ‘the ministry of banking’ and he lived it every day whether it was lending money or a helping hand, visiting customers or employees in the hospital – however he could help, he was there.” Tracy Kelly leaves behind his beloved wife of 48 years, Polly, daughter, Faith and her husband Bill Clune, daughter Hope and her husband Don Dobias, daughter Joy Kelly and partner Rebecca Howard. He leaves three grandchildren, Cloie Dobias, Elleon Dobias and Marshall Clune; and three brothers, Levan Kelly, Royce Kelly and Allison Kelly.

Franklin Hartman Kilgore, Jr. 1946 HS (Harty), was born in Houston, Texas, in August of 1928 to Dr. Franklin Hartman Kilgore and his wife, Fay Kilgore. He has always been known as Harty to his family, friends, and business associates. He was given this nickname at the age of 4 by a little neighbor girl who couldn’t say “Hartman”. Everyone who knew Harty as a young boy knew he loved business and making deals, but he had little interest in academia. Accordingly, he attended SMU, and the University of Houston before unceremoniously ending his academic career. After a brief stint in the Army during the Korean War, he entered real estate development in earnest. With a loan from his Dad, he began building apartments in Houston’s 5th Ward. He had a good eye for undervalued property, and enjoyed assembling groups of investors, which soon gained him a reputation for making money for himself and his investors. In 1958, his friend, Roy Bennett, reported that he had visited Atlanta, Georgia, which was significantly underdeveloped. Before long, Harty was so committed to projects in Atlanta that he decided to move his family: wife, Mary Kay; and his children from Houston to Atlanta. His business interests continued to expand geographically, with projects in: Washington, DC; Raleigh; Oklahoma City; and Kansas City; among others. Eventually, he changed the name of his company from Harty Kilgore, Builder to General Apartment Company. In 1973, sensing that the apartment market was getting saturated, he sold General Apartment Company and the majority of it’s’ properties. Elmer Hedge, who had been Harty’s superior officer in the U.S. Army and built many of General Apartment Company’s projects, partnered with Harty to form Heritage Management Company. Shortly after the sale of General Apartment Company he became interested in a relatively new real estate concept, developing one of the first self-storage facilities in Atlanta. He would continue building, buying, and financing self-storage properties for the next thirty years, eventually selling those businesses as well. He loved real estate and he absolutely loved making deals. The recession of the mid-seventies hit real estate developers in Atlanta hard. Harty had kept the weakest of his apartment projects when he sold General Apartment Company and his bankers, who were in disastrous shape, called the loans on all of his properties. Recognizing the importance of his relationships with his investors, he deeded over his ranch among other personal assets, to ease the blow to his investors. Several hard years followed, but that loyalty would be reciprocated many times over. His other obsessions were boats, planes, travel, and most of all, his family. He and his wife, Mary Kay, traveled extensively across the globe, booking countless cruises over the course of their long marriage. He certainly enjoyed life. However, in his mid-seventies, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which took a disastrous toll on his life. Harty is survived by: his wife of 54 years, Mary Kathryn Kilgore, daughter, Cindy Kilgore and her husband, Alan Moore, of Hancock, Vermont; son, Gary Hartman Kilgore; grandsons, Samuel Hartman Kilgore and Jacob Hartman Kilgore, who reside in San Antonio, Texas.

Laniel “Neil” Kirkpatrick 1946 HS 83 is survived by wife, Ann; son, Steven; daughter, Audrey (Harold) Windlan; & 3 grandchildren.

Richard C. Lambirth 1946 HS Richard Lambirth was born to the home of Oliver and Clara Radcliff Lambirth on March 5, 1928, at Elida, NM. He passed at his home with his family around him on June 8, 2012. He attended Pleasant Valley School, Elida School, and graduated from high school at NMMI in 1946. He earned his Bachelor’s degree at New Mexico State University in 1950 and returned to the family ranch where he pursued his love of ranching until 1988. Richard earned a teaching certificate at ENMU and taught elementary classes for seven years. He was always a student of history, especially New Mexico and the Southwest. During the last fifty years he accumulated a sizeable library of Western Americana focus. During his ranching years he was actively engaged in several livestock organizations. He was one of the first NM cattlemen to import Simmental cattle of which he was very proud. Richard was an active member of the Baptist Church, at times teaching young people Sunday school. He was a Past Master of Elida Masonic Lodge and currently affiliated with the Portales Lodge. Richard was preceded in death by his dear son, Barry, in 2002; his parents; his step-mother; and a brother and a sister. He is survived by his wife, Bettye, of their home; his son, Rod (Trudi) Lambirth of Odessa, TX, and his daughter, Gina (Russ) Cleghorn of Arvada, CO; his daughter-in-law, Debbie Lambirth of Clovis; seven grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren; one brother, Diston, of Fountain Hills, AZ.

Daniel Lang, Sr. 1946 HS known to everyone as “Sweet Danny”, age 85, died peacefully in his sleep at Vitas Hospice in Memorial Hermann at Memorial City Hospital on the 22nd of May 2012. He is preceded in death by his father Harry Stuart Lang, Sr.; mother, Gladys Orena Lang; and older brother, Harry Stuart Lang, Jr. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Delores Lang; son Danny Lang, Jr. And the love of his life, Brenda Hollis, granddaughters, Lori & Grace Lang; nephew, H. Stuart Lang, III, all of Houston; and goddaughter, Susan Statton McRoberts, and her son Chase, and daughter Lauren, of Corpus Christi and his faithful Schnauzer, Topper. Born in Dallas Texas, his family moved to Houston at the age of six months Danny was the younger of two sons and graduated from Oklahoma A&M, now Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture. At the onset of World War II, at the age of 17, Danny enlisted into the United States Navy and was selected to attend Beach Battalion School at the Amphibious Training Base in Oceanside California. Upon completion of his training, he was assigned to Beach Battalion B. He was then selected to join the newest branch of the Navy, the Underwater Demolition team (UDT), known today as The Navy Seals. After WWII Danny returned to Houston to join his father and older brother in the family business, Mechanics Uniform and Supply Company, which was the first laundry and dry cleaners in Houston. During the ensuing years Danny formed Danny M Lang & Associates a commercial and industrial real estate firm in Houston. Danny had numerous passions in life but none were as important to him as his volunteering for the Houston Fat Stock Show (now the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo) in 1948 and joined the Membership Committee. He was elected to the Board of Director’s in 1965 and served on Commercial Exhibits, Security, helped start the Trail Ride Committee – then only consisting of Danny, W.M. “Billy” Mitchell, Bob Lemond, W.F. “Butch” Robichaux and Ed Findley, was one of the first 4 Corral Club Members, served on the Lamb & Steer Auction and Men’s Souvenir Program Committees. He was also a founding Member of the Salt Grass Trail Ride. He remained active on the Membership Committee until 1973, when he was elected as Vice President of the rodeo. In 1974, while Vice President and as Officer in Charge of the Area Go Texan Committee Danny, along with Leroy Gloger, Joe Polichino Sr, Jim Archer and then Rodeo President Tommie Vaughn started an Area Go Texan Cook-off, which was held the weekend before the Houston Rodeo in the Astrodome parking lot. Six original teams were present the first year and by year two the Area Go Texan Cook-Off had tripled in size. In the third year, because of its success, a new committee was formed and named the Word’s Championship Bar-B-Que Committee, with a new Officer in Charge Bill Bailey, and the rest is history. In 1950, Danny joined the Houston Polo and Riding Association and was a member of the El Lago Polo Team which played every Sunday on North Post Oak Road, north of Woodway. His love of cutting horses also began during this time & he enjoyed both of the sports for many years. In 1957, Danny was elected as a Founding Director of the Harris County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse and started his career as a Reserve Detective with the Harris County Sheriff’s Department. He served citizens of Harris County for over 30 years. After leaving the Harris County Sheriff’s Department, Danny joined the Austin County Sheriff’s Department in 1979 as a full time Investigator. He left Austin County Sheriff’s Department in 1996, having obtained the rank of Major, was Chief Criminal Investigator, and had obtained the certification of Master Peace Officer from the State of Texas. Danny was a Charter Member of the Houston Farm & Ranch Club and was elected President in 1972. During his Presidency, he and Dave Morris negotiated a lease with Harris County and the US Army Corp of Engineers for the property on State Highway 6 North, where Farm & Ranch remains today. Danny was also involved with the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show and The Bill Williams Capon Dinner where he served both as a Director. He was a Member of the Tejas Vaqueros from 1971-1977. He was a Charter Member of the United States Marshal’s Silver Mounted Posse in Los Angeles California. He was an avid golfer all his life. In 1983, Danny was hired as National Sales Director for the Edward H. Bohlin Company in Burbank California. From 1986-1988 he was a Member of The Edward H. Bohlin Celebrity Equestrian Team, which included members Clayton Moore (The Lone Ranger), Steve Kanaly, Tony Dow, Alex Cord, James Drury, Steven Ford and his son Danny Lang Jr. The group participated in the Tournament of Roses Parades & the Hollywood Christmas Parades during those years. In 1991, Danny along with his son founded Lang Investigations, Inc. And was Chief Operating Officer and Manager until his death. 

MG Douglas L. McBride, Jr., NMSDF (Ret) 1944 HS-1946 JC – A gentle gentleman, he will be greatly missed. Mr. McBride was born September 19, 1926 in Wichita Falls, Texas. His father Douglas L. McBride, Sr., mother Beulah Tanner Hanson and stepfather Earnest A. Hanson preceded him in death. He married Barbara Joyce Anson on October 16, 1978. She survives him at the family home in Ruidoso. In addition to his wife he is survived by daughters; Sue McBride of Roswell, NM; and Julie McBride of Albuquerque, NM; a son, Douglas L. McBride, III of Roswell, NM; step-daughters Pam McQueary of Casper, WY, and Linda Meisinger and her husband, Don of Spearfish, SD. He is survived by grandchildren Erica McBride, Evan Roach, Demi McBride, and step-grandchildren Shane Parsons, Justin Parsons, Jessica Parsons, Ashley Ujvary and her husband Jason, and Amber McQueary. He leaves behind his many military and business friends and his dedicated employees, especially treasured were his longtime friends and colleagues, Ray Willis and Robbie Jo Powell. Mr. McBride was CEO of Hanson Operating Company, Inc., President of McBride Oil & Gas Corporation, and President and co-owner of White Mountain Development Company. He was a veteran and leader in the oil industry. He graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in Petroleum Geology in 1951. Mr. McBride was a consulting geologist and independent oil operator in Luling, Texas, where he was President of Ladson Operating Company. In 1973, he moved to Roswell and became President of Hanson Oil Corporation. Mr. McBride was a longtime member of the Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the American Petroleum Institute, the South Texas Geological Society, the Roswell Geological Society, the American Legion, the National Guard Association, the Society of American Military Engineers, the Association of the United States Army, the Reserve Officers Association, the New Mexico Military Institute Alumni Association and the Retired Officers Association. Mr. McBride was also a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner. General McBride was a cadet at New Mexico Military Institute when called to active duty with the 88th Infantry Division in Italy. After World War II, General McBride served with the Army Engineers and became the commanding Officer of the 305th Engineer Command, Atlantic Region, US Army Reserve. From 1977 to 1983, General McBride served as Commanding General, New Mexico State Guard. He was appointed as Special Military Advisor to Governor Carruthers and Governor King. He spent nearly 37 years as an active duty and reserve officer. He was instrumental in the development of the General Douglas L. McBride Military Museum and Hall of Fame, a public museum dedicated to the contributions and sacrifices of New Mexicans to their State, NMMI, and to our country’s military history. General McBride was a graduate of the Command and General Staff College of the Armed Forces and the US Army Logistics Management Center earning a diploma and certification as a logistician. His military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Expert Infantryman’s Medal. In 1982, he was inducted into the Infantry Officer Candidate Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, GA. In 1985, he was inducted into the New Mexico Military Institute Hall of Fame. Pallbearers will be the General Douglas L. McBride Rifle Team. He was a beloved husband, loving father and grandfather, and a faithful friend. He enjoyed life to the fullest and will be truly missed.

Leland Graves McCullough, Jr. 1945 HS-1946 JC SHREVEPORT, LA – Leland Graves McCullough, Jr. Peacefully passed away early in the morning on Sunday, May 1, 2011, at the age of 82. He was born in Waco, Texas on May 4, 1928. Leland was in business many years in Pharr, TX with his father in a family business that made boxes and crates for shipping citrus in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Much of their material for the crates was manufactured in a family owned veneer plant in Bossier City, LA. When citrus crops were damaged to the point that boxes and crates were not needed for a while, necessity turned the family business to other directions which moved Leland and his family to Shreveport, LA where he was Vice President for Caddo Door & Veneer Company in 1966. He became CEO and helped run that business until 1988 when it was dissolved. Leland was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Shreveport and served as an elder on the session. Other membership involvements included the Shreveport Club, Shreveport Country Club where he served a term as President, Pierremont Oaks and the Shreveport Syndicate. Leland enjoyed his church activities and monthly men’s’ breakfasts; loved his family and friends and sharing activities such as bridge, Rummy-kub and dancing with his beloved wife, Johnette. He was an avid golfer and had the opportunity to play several Scottish courses. Men recall how Leland always had time for the other person and desired to put them first, thereby exercising patience, strength and humility. Leland was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Brown Dossett, father, Leland Graves McCullough and his first wife, Mary. He is survived by his devoted wife of 10 years, Johnette Walden McCullough of Shreveport, daughter, Libby McCullough Ferguson of Dallas, TX, daughter Matilda McCullough Hunsicker and husband, Bucky of Stuart, VA, daughter, Johnette Barnes and husband, Jim of Shreveport and daughter, Ann mcrae and husband, Malcolm of Memphis, TN, son, Leland McCullough and wife, Emily Ann of Pineville, LA and son, Monte McCullough and wife, Lori of Ashburn, VA. Leland is also survived by his sister, Jane and husband, Jack Miller of Seattle, WA, and brothers, Dossett McCullough of Houston, TX and Ed McCullough and his wife, Gaye also of Houston. Leland leaves behind cherished grandchildren, Georgia Ferguson Morgan and husband, Chris, Jake Ferguson, Mac Ferguson, Betty Brown McCullough Gootee and husband, J.J., Grae McCullough, Whit McCullough and wife, Kelly, Allan McCullough and wife, Kim, David Hunsicker, Elise Hunsicker and husband, Jonathan Jezorski, Andrew Hunsicker, Corbin Barnes and wife, Camila, Woodson Dunavant and wife, Anne and Forrest Dunavant. The surviving great grandchildren are Woodson Dunavant, Jr., Elijah Gootee, Mia Barnes, Jane Stratton Dunavant and Tripp mccullough. Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. On Wednesday, May 4th, at Osborn Funeral Home. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m. On Thursday, May 5, 2011, at First Presbyterian Church. Officiating will be Rev. Bryan McDowell of First Presbyterian Church, Shreveport and David Buckelew Hunsicker of First Presbyterian Church, Stuart, VA. The pallbearers will be Leland’s grandsons. Honorary pallbearers are Bill Allums, Fred Bailey, John Guth, Ed Henderson, Stewart Lunn, Bruce Lynn, Winston Rice, Lane Sartor, Dr. Gene St. Martin, and Clarence Wells. The family expresses their sincere appreciation to Dr. Pete Blanchard, Dr. Anil Nanda, Dr. Donna Rushing, Sylvia Curry, Elvester Foster and Johnny Dukes.

Jon L. Mosle, Jr. 1946 HS of Dallas died on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. He will be remembered as a loyal friend, a wise counselor, a businessman of the highest integrity, and a devoted husband, father, brother, and grandfather. He was born June 26, 1929, in Galveston, Texas, the son of J. Ludwig and Eleanor Thompson Mosle. He graduated from Philips Academy, Andover in 1947 and from Yale University in 1951. After completing a year of graduate study at the University of Texas at Austin, he served in the U. S. Army from 1952 to 1954. His lifelong career in money management and investment banking began in Houston, Texas with Rotan Mosle, Inc., a firm that was founded by his father and was the first Texas-owned and Texas-operated member of the New York Stock Exchange. In 1957 he married Paula Meredith of Houston, and in 1959 they moved to Dallas to open the Dallas office of Rotan Mosle, where he worked for 23 years. A successful broker and investment banker, he also served the firm as Vice Chairman of the Board and as a member of its Operating Committee until 1982, when the firm was sold to PaineWebber. He then became Director of Private Capital for MVestment, the trust and investment group within MCorp, where he remained until his retirement. Mosle served as a member of the Board of Directors of Wiser Oil Company, the Sabine Corporation, Aquila Gas Pipeline Company, the First National Bank of Park Cities, Southwest Securities and Westwood Holdings Group. He was a member, vestryman and warden of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. He served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for many organizations, including the Episcopal School of Dallas, The St. Michael School, The St. Michael Foundation, and the Episcopal Asset Management Company. He also served on the Board of Trustees at St. Mark’s School of Texas and the Episcopal Foundation, and he was a board member and treasurer of Gaston Episcopal Hospital, which later became the Baylor Institute of Rehabilitation. He was a member and past President of the Dallas Country Club. Mosle is survived by his wife of 57 years, Paula Meredith Mosle. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Meredith Mosle, and is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Jon and Jennifer Mosle; his daughter, Sara Eleanor Mosle; three grandchildren, Katherine Eleanor Mosle, Michael Torbett Mosle, and Johanna Meredith Keyser. He is also survived by two sisters, Eleanor Mosle Hill and Margaret Mosle Waltmon, both of Houston; a brother-in-law, DeWitt Waltmon of Houston; a sister-in-law, Sara Meredith Peterson of Houston; three nieces, Lisa Waltmon Smalling, Kelly Waltmon Hatley, and Hope Sutton Peterson; and two nephews, DeWitt Waltmon, Jr. and Scott Mosle Waltmon. 

John S. Pflueger 1946 HS, 83, of Cottonwood, died October 29, 2012. He was born November 2, 1928 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the son of Hansel and Ara (Stuart) Pflueger. He served his country in the Navy. Mr. Pflueger worked as Certified Public Accountant until his retirement. His hobbies included team roping, fishing and woodworking. His family reflects: John’s pathway through our lives will not be forgotten. He was preceded in death by a daughter Sharon De Bellis. Mr. Pflueger is survived by his wife of 35 years, Donna K. Pflueger; son Michael Pflueger of Costa Rica and a daughter Kelly Kasper of Casa Grande;and three grandchildren

Nolan Queen, Jr. 1946 JC, age 87, of Weatherford, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Mr. Queen was born on Feb. 3, 1927, to Nolan and Tempe Queen in Weatherford, Texas and was a lifetime resident. He served in the United States Navy aboard the aircraft carrier, the USS Rudyerd Bay, where he was attached to both the 3rd and 7th fleets in the Pacific theatre. He received his BBA and LLB from the University of Texas at Austin. He returned to Weatherford to pursue his law practice. He was a former county judge, criminal district attorney and county attorney for Parker County, Texas. He served as the City of Weatherford Municipal Judge. In 2003, he was honored by the State Bar of Texas for 50 years of legal services to the community and continued to provide legal services until his passing.

William Carlton Richardson 1944 HS-1946 JC, 86, passed away March 7, 2013, after a short illness at Premier Care Center in Palm Springs, Calif. For the last fifteen years he had lived nearby in Palm Desert as a member of Marrakesh Country Club. Mr. Richardson was a graduate of Stanford University (1949) and of several post-graduate programs in finance and economics. Recognized as a consummate financial rainmaker, he founded two investment banking brokerage firms in California successively. Later, he modified his career somewhat, serving as President and CEO of two commercial banks. He was widely acquainted. Over the years he served as a Director for more than twenty-five companies. He was also interested in philanthropy and held key assignments in civic and charitable organizations in the Los Angeles area. He was a founding member of the St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation and was also involved with St. Joseph’s and St. John’s Medical Centers. Also, Mr. Richardson held high-ranking positions with the March of Dimes and the Salvation Army. In later years he served as a court appointed Arbitrator. He loved to travel, mainly on cruises, and adored Maui, Hawaii. He also had a great love for football, golf, and horse racing, and was an avid player of dominos, gin rummy and bridge. The Bel Air Country Club in Southern California and the Bohemian Club in Northern California were among Richardson’s most cherished affiliations. Being a fifth generation Californian always brought a smile. As captain of the Orion, a whaling ship, his great, great grandfather, William A. Richardson (1795-1856) arrived in Yerba Buena, now San Francisco. The year was 1822, shortly after Mexico won its war of independence from Spain. The young sea captain married the daughter of Ygnacio Martinez, the Commandant of the Presidio of San Francisco. After years of tracking through land grants, on February 11, 1838 it became clear that the Richardson’s deserved clear title to the land grants comprising 19,751 acres entitled Rancho Sausalito. Captain Richardson served as Captain of the Port of Yerba Buena for many years. Richardson Bay in Marin County and Richardson Avenue in San Francisco’s Marina District are named after him. Bill Richardson was born in Los Angeles, to Samuel Richardson and Mildred Boice Richardson. His loving daughter Kathryn is his sole survivor.

Edward “Red” Schaffer, Sr. 1946 HS, 82, of Honolulu, died Jan. 17, 2009. Born in California. Founder of Maui Disposal. Survived by companion, Shirley Wetzel; son, Edward “Rusty” Jr.; daughter, Kathryn Kala; stepson, Reef Hardy; three grandchildren.

James P. Sears 1946 HS – Jim was born July 19, 1928 in Bakersfield, CA. He attended Bakersfield High School where he met his future wife Doris. He was the owner of Herbert P. Sears Collection Agency for almost fifty years. He was a successful entrepreneur in other business endeavors throughout California. Jim’s love for business was only surpassed by his passion for golf. His idea of a perfect day was a par game, warm sunny day with friends, a quick stop at the nineteenth hole and dinner with his family. He is survived by his wife Doris and dearly beloved daughters Darcy J. Sears and husband Ted Wilson, and Dana Farrell and husband Jeff, grandchildren Audrey Wilson, Brandon Farrell and Tyler Farrell.

Louis N. Sparkman, Jr. 1946 HS, Louis N. (Bill) Sparkman, Jr., lifelong resident of Dallas passed away on December 24, 2011. He is preceded in death by his parents, Louis N. Sparkman, Sr. and Louise Adele Hines Sparkman, his granddaughter Sarah Sparkman and daughter-in-law Sally Hawn Sparkman. Bill grew up and resided his entire life in Dallas. He attended Highland Park High School, and later enrolled at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico graduating in 1946. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Economic Geography in 1951 from Southern Methodist University where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. While at SMU, Bill was on the varsity swim team and was featured in the Dallas Morning News Sports page – 1948 record breaker! Bill Sparkman, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Ace, held the current intramural four length freestyle record of 55.3 seconds. He was also a member of the United States R.O.T.C. Following SMU in 1951-1953 Bill was assigned to the Unites States Air Force Office of Special Investigations as a First Lt. In this intelligence branch of the military. He joined Sparkman, Inc., his family’s business in 1953 becoming President in 1964. In April 1959, L.N. (Bill) Sparkman, Jr. was featured in the Dallas Times Herald entitled “Tomorrows Leaders” which was one of a series on young men whose present leadership in Dallas (1959) marks them as “Tomorrow’s Leaders.” He was sketched by a noted portrait painter, Dmitri Vail. He became a serious collector of National Geographic Magazines after his wife, Patti, presented him with his first National Geographic birthday/year copy leading him to collect the entire collection beginning with the earliest edition – first printing. Bill was a member of Highland Park United Methodist Church, Brook Hollow Golf Club, The Idlewild Club, Board Member of Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation, member of the Texas Funeral Directors, past member of the Downtown Rotary Club of Dallas, Dallas Lions Club, recipient of the Service Corporation International, Chairman’s Council Service/Civic Service Award in June 1987 for Distinguished Achievement on behalf of Service Corporation International in political and civic endeavors promoting the funeral industry. (Signed by R.L. Waltrip), Chairman of the Board. He was also a lifelong member of the Salesmanship Club, which he dearly loved. He worked every year at the Byron Nelson Golf Tournament rain or shine always looking forward to another exciting year. Bill was also a lifelong member of the T. Boone Pickens YMCA (formerly known as the Downtown Metropolitan YMCA) and spent hours working out. Bill was kind-hearted and always had something positive to say to everyone he met. He loved flying, scuba diving, filming, hiking and white water rafting. Being a private pilot instrument rated in both single and multi-engine aircraft since the 1940’s, he shared his love of flying with his family and friends. He enjoyed many flight adventures to Mexico, Colorado, Montana, Canada, the Arctic Circle, the Caribbean and Cayman Islands, the Turks and Caicos and many other destinations building memories and making lifelong friendships. He also was an avid cinema photographer filming his trips which were featured on KERA (Channel 13) along with his many showings at Sparkman/Hillcrest Chapel always providing hot buttered popcorn to his audiences. He was full of enthusiasm, humble and loved life. He believed in giving back 100% to any commitment he made. Bill was extremely proud of his family heritage dating back to 1893 with his great-grandfather, Will R. Sparkman purchasing the business from George W. Loudermilk in 1920. Bill’s father, Louis N. Sparkman, Sr. Continued the Sparkman tradition. Bill continued the “Tradition of Excellence” by providing quality service to the Dallas Community throughout his 60 year tenure. He was responsible in spearheading the 1967 merger between Sparkman Funeral Home and Hillcrest Memorial Park resulting in the change of name to Sparkman/Hillcrest. Sparkman/Hillcrest continues to stand as a neighborhood city landmark. He is survived by his wife, Patti Glazer Sparkman, his daughter, Laura Sparkman, and his three sons, David Sparkman, Alan Sparkman and wife, Debbie, Steve Sparkman and wife, Susan of Athens, Texas, four grandchildren, Blair Sparkman and wife, Kira, Adrienne Sparkman Hall and husband, Brandon, Audrey Sparkman and Paul Sparkman, brother Ben H. Sparkman and wife Sally “Cissie” and nephews Howard Sparkman and Ben Sparkman, Jr.

Walter Stark 1946 JC, of Paul’s Valley was born in Colorado. He passed away July 2, 2008 at Paul’s Valley, Oklahoma. Walter was in Kiwanis for 52 years and served as Kiwanis International Lieutenant Governor and Kiwanis President. He was an active civic leader, always there when anything needed to be done from flipping pancakes to popping popcorn for 4th of July Festivities. Walter was a member of First Christian Church for 52 years. He served as Chairman of the Board, taught Sunday school, was a Deacon & Elder and served on the Board of Directors for Texoma Christian Camp at Lake Texoma. He helped design the camp grounds. Walter was a rancher, architect, life insurance agent and father of four multi-talented children. He served in the U. S. Navy during World War II. Walter had lived in Paul’s Valley since 1956. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Kelly Stark; his mother, Lucy Stark; and sister, Lucille Fields. He is survived by his daughter, Chesca Stark Baily and husband Dan, of Norman; 3 sons, Kelly Lee Stark and wife ladonna; Kevin Walter Stark and wife Linda, all of Paul’s Valley; and Kerry Alan Stark and wife Barrie of Wenonah, New Jersey; 5 grandchildren, Holly Morris of Cincinnati, Ohio; Patrick Stark of Seattle, Washington; Alicia Stark of Norman; Cameron Nathan & Mackenzie Baily of Xian, China; and Danielle Baily of Norman; sister, Betty Hughes of Washington, D.C.; brother, Richard Stark of Gainesville, Texas; as well as numerous nieces & nephews.

Byron (Buck) Graham Thompson, Jr. 1945 HS-1946 JC died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, May 26, after a lengthy illness. He is survived by his bride of 52 years, Margery; children Douglas (Pamela), Frank (Rebecca), Andrew, Suzanne (J. Todd Eanes), and David (Tina); and brother, Dr. Joseph Thompson, of La Jolla, California. His legacy includes ten beautiful grandchildren: Nicole, Rachel, Graham, Stephanie, Lauren, Caroline, Jacalyn, Pierce, Joshua, and Talia. B.G. Thompson, Jr., was born in Douglas, Arizona, on February 6, 1927, to Byron Graham Thompson, Sr., and Frances Sexton Thompson. When he was three, the family moved to Tucson. In his youth, he attended the New Mexico Military Institute. He was a talented athlete, particularly in football and gymnastics, and some of his happier moments in later life were spent playing street football with his sons and neighbors’ children. He served his country in the U. S. Navy for one year. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his law degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He practiced law with his father in the firm of Bilby, Thompson, Shoenhair, and Warnock. Later in his professional life, he worked as an appraiser with Sanders Solot. Buck loved to be outdoors, and he was perhaps most satisfied wielding a shovel and overseeing contruction and landscaping projects. Buck’s main goal in life was to be a good father. He taught his sons about woodworking, woodcutting, and home and car repair; he also introduced his older sons to gymnastics, a formative sport in their lives. He listened for hours to his daughter practice the piano, and tried (unsuccessfully) to teach her the finer points of plumbing. Buck’s desire to be a good father led to his desire to be a good grandfather, and he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren in the pool and at the park (feeding ducks). Buck loved to read novels of the Old West — the latest offering by Louis L’Amour often lay on his nightstand. He loved to say an apt word. His folksy aphorisms included ‘She is enjoying poor health’; ‘He’s got nothing on his mind but his cap’; ‘He’s as independent as a hog on ice’; ‘He’s nutty as a peach-orchard boar’; and ‘What you see when you don’t have a gun.’ The family wishes to thank the myriad friends and neighbors who called, came by, brought food, offered a kind word, and sat with Buck during his last illness. The family also expresses its profound gratitude to the kind, caring members of TMC Hospice and Peppi’s House for their support during our time of need.

Robert D. “Bob” Taichert 1945 HS-1946 JC, prominent Albuquerque attorney, passed away on September 4, 2013, after an extended illness. He was 85 years old. Robert lived a full life, and will be greatly missed by his family and a wide range of colleagues and acquaintances. He was a kind and generous man, with an optimistic outlook. Mr. Taichert was a native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute. As an undergraduate of the University of New Mexico he was Student Body President. He received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Harvard Law School. Robert served as a Lieutenant (JG) in the Navy on Guam during the Korean War. He practiced law, mediation and arbitration, primarily in New Mexico, from 1956 until December 2006. He was licensed to practice law in New Mexico and Arizona. He was the sole arbitrator who awarded the Basic source code to Microsoft in a private, non-administered arbitration in 1978, setting the stage for Microsoft to change the world. He represented the University of New Mexico Regents, UNM Health Sciences Center and Presbyterian Healthcare system for 20 years. Robert was an avid outdoorsman, fisherman and music lover. He served as the first president of the Santa Fe Opera. He was a long-time supporter/fundraiser for the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, and served as its President twice. He traveled extensively with his family and was especially fond of Spain and Argentina. Robert is survived by his wife, Zane Taichert, to whom he had been married for 60 years. He is also survived by his children, Peter and Suzanne, and three grandchildren.

James Y. Wilkey 1946 HS, 80, of Cheyenne died Aug. 17 at Cheyenne Healthcare. Mr. Wilkey was born June 1, 1927, in Tucson, Ariz. Mr. Wilkey was a chemist and served in the United States Army. He is survived by his son, Jeffrey Wilkey of Cheyenne; daughter Debbie Pecenka of Cheyenne; and three grandchildren.

 Maurice G. Woods 1944 HS-1946 JC, age 81, died unexpectedly July 22, 2008. Woods was born on Halloween in 1926 in Oklahoma City. He was the only child of Roy Woods and Esther Marrs Woods. Woods graduated from New Mexico Military Institute and joined the U.S. Army in August, 1945, serving in Germany just after World War II. Woods continued his military service as 2nd Lieutenant in the Oklahoma Air National Guard while attending the University of Oklahoma and as 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force after his graduation from OU in 1950. While at OU, Woods was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, and he later became a Life Loyal member of the fraternity. In his long and active life, Woods made his mark in many fields. He was a professional golfer and played on the PGA Tour for two years before opening his own driving range and 9-hole pitch and putt golf course in Oklahoma City, where he served as the club pro. Woods installed a merry-go-round at his golf course to keep children entertained while their fathers took golf lessons, and the amusement park rides took on a life of their own, growing to become a major amusement park, Wedgewood Village, which Woods owned and operated from 1958-1969. During that period, Woods employed thousands of Oklahoma City’s finest youth, who he remembered as adults, as they remembered him. As a concert promoter, Woods brought many famous performers to Wedgewood Village, including Herman’s Hermits, The Who, The Kingsmen, Johnny Rivers, Johnny Tillotsen, and Roger Miller. Thirty years ahead of his time in the 1970’s, Woods turned his attention to the environmental field. He invented an incinerator and afterburner system for pollution-free burning of industrial waste, obtaining five U.S. patents and building equipment for NASA in Houston, the U.S Navy, the VA Hospital in California, and the Jack Daniels Distillery in Tennessee, among many others. Woods loved flying, obtaining his pilot’s license in the late 1940’s. Later, he devoted his energies to radio controlled model airplanes, and in 1966 became the first National Champion at the new FAI Championships of Formula One model airplane races. When not racing airplanes, Woods was an avid bird hunter and enjoyed all sports, especially OU football, where he was a season ticket holder for years. Woods was also active in philanthropy, serving as Charter Director of the Oklahoma City Open Golf Tournament, President of United Cerebral Palsy of Oklahoma City, and Director of the North Oklahoma City Rotary Club. He maintained lifelong friendships with many famous celebrities. Woods was truly amazing with his endless energy, zest and love of life. He was a man of great faith, patience, wisdom and optimism. He was a pillar of strength who gave selflessly to others in need. Woods is survived by his wife of 41 years, Teresa his seven children, Maurice, Jr., his wife Jennifer, Tyler, his wife Erin, Brooke, her husband Todd Waddell, Lance, Pam, Ginny, and Bob nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He adored his family and was totally devoted to his wife, children, and grandchildren. He left us too soon and our lives will never be the same without his laughter, kindness and love. He will be forever loved, remembered and forever missed.

James Pattison Worsham 1944 HS-1946 JC, born December 26, 1926, passed away on October 26, 2009. A lifelong resident of Clint, in the El Paso lower valley, he is preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Lucy Anne Richards Worsham, father, Joe B. Worsham, mother, Genevieve Pattison Worsham and brother, Joe B. Worsham, Jr. “Jim” attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, N M for 4 years where he was Cadet Captain. After serving a tour of duty with the Fourth Infantry Division of the U.S. Army, he received a business administration degree from The University of Texas where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. For many years, he remained an avid Longhorn fan. Jim retired in 1985 from the El Paso Natural Gas Company after 27 years of service. Prior to that, he and his family owned and operated a cotton farm. Jim’s devotion to his community included lifelong membership to Clint Bond Memorial United Methodist Church. His fraternal affiliations include: Fabens Lodge # 1202. A.F.& A.M., El Paso Scottish Rite, El Maida Shrine, York Rite, the Royal Order of Scotland, St. Alphege Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine and National Sojourners. He is a current member of the Board of Trustees of the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, past officer of The Grand Lodge of Texas, served as Imperial Chaplin for the Shrine of North America and Shriners Hospitals for Children and a member of the Texas Lodge of Research. Jim holds the honorary 33rd degree of the Scottish Rite. Survivors include son, James P. Worsham, Jr. And wife Shari, daughter Sally Worsham Wheeler and husband David P. Wheeler, grandchildren Clint and Haley Wheeler, Matt Worsham, Katie Worsham, great-grandson, Cade James Wheeler and extended family Judith Summers and Joe B. Worsham, II. Pallbearers will be: Bill Skov, Bob Skov, Dale Reinhardt, Herman Hudson, Jerry Rogers, Jim Britton, Royce Barton, and Rusty Miller.


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Harold (Hal) C. Arnot, Jr. 1943 HS-1945 JC (1925 ~ 2012) Hal Arnot passed away on April 14, 2012 after a short battle with cancer. He was born in 1925 in Oakland CA. His family soon moved to Seattle where he became a life long UW Huskie football fan. He started climbing on Mt Rainier under the guidance of legendary scoutmaster Clark E. Schurman and after several attempts, he finally summited on August 14, 1978. Hal attended the New Mexico Military Institute and when WWII broke out he joined the Navy and was sent to Cornell University. After the war, Hal moved back to Seattle where he met and married Dene Jones. Hal and Dene raised their family and worked in the Seattle area until retiring to Carmel. Hal enjoyed playing golf, hiking and volunteering at the SPCA. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and his love of wearing hats that he collected in his travels all over the world. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and his 2008 Honda Accord (which is now for sale). At his request, there will be no services.

Arlo Gene Beamon 1945 HS, born on Sept. 10, 1927, was a kind and giving man, passed on at his home on June 19, 2007. He saw the best in people. He enjoyed family and friends, putting their needs above his own. Arlo set the best example of honesty and integrity to his sons, grandchildren and those friends around him. One of Arlo’s great joys in life was to take horse-packing trips to the mountains hunting and enjoying nature with family and special friends. Arlo was raised on the family farm in Avondale, the only child of Arlo Grant and Julia Katherine Beamon, who predeceased him along with his stepfather, Dick Stubblefield. He was a banker, starting as a teller at the Arkansas Valley Bank and retired as the president of United Bank, a rewarding 33 years in banking. He then joined his son, Bill, in real estate and worked with Bob in the farm and ranch life. Arlo is survived by his wife of 58 years, June; sons, Bill (Melodie) and Bob (Ruth); grandchildren, Arlo (Lori), Mindy (Kent) Shorten, Katie and Barbara Beamon, Carly (Brian) Snell, Douglas (Heidi) Lane; and great-grandchildren, Cody, Keeley, Kaylyn, Lane, Grayce, Kenny and Dannon. Survived by stepsister, Wanda (John) Stout; also survived by cousins, Bill (Joan) Smith, Tom (Joan) Jackson, Nicholas and Peter Smith and David (Sharon) Smith. Arlo was in the Al Kaly Shrine and belonged to the Mule Train, member of the Masonic Lodge 17, the Avondale Methodist Church and the American Legion. Arlo was known and loved by many, was thoughtful and caring, giving much more than he received. All of us loved him so, he will be missed as he touched our hearts so deeply.

Ferris William Bellamak 1945 HS, 80, of Scottsdale passed away peacefully on April 18th, 2008. He was born in Superior, Arizona in 1927. He served his country as an officer of the United States Army in Korea. He earned both his undergraduate degree and his Law Degree from the University of Arizona. He practiced law in Phoenix, Arizona with honor and distinction for over 50 years. Never completely retiring, he helped friends and family with legal assistance throughout his life. He also practiced golf for over 50 years with passion and the camaraderie of his friends during his long-standing membership at the Paradise Valley Country Club. A resident of the Valley his entire adult life, he was married for 50 years to his beloved wife Marie Louise (Lu) Bellamak and is survived by Lu, their three children Desiree, Ferris Jr. (Judge), and Shawn, and three grandchildren Jessica, Macy and Jake. He was predeceased by his grandson Brandon. Ferris’ time on this earth was reminiscent of the movie it’s A Wonderful Life. He was a friend of everyone, and a man who exampled the true meaning of being kind, honest, moral and ethical in the presence of everyone who knew him. 

Gus Bohnet 1945 JC Gus D. Bohnet was born September 30, 1926. Gus died peacefully on June 14, 2010. Gus was originally a baker and was Vice-President of Sales for Mrs. Bohnet’s Sunbeam Bread in San Antonio until he sold the bakery in 1968. Gus pursued many business endeavors. Gus was very involved as a member in the United States Power Squadron and reached the highest rank of Commander with over 50 years of service in helping boating and boat safety. He enjoyed boating and fishing and had a passion in helping promote the Power Squadron too many. He was preceded in death by his wives Josephine (Josie) Phillips Bohnet and Nancy (Holly) Jamison Bohnet. He is survived by his sister Marjorie Willoughby and her family, his daughter Sharon Bohnet and son Don and Ramona Bohnet and step-daughters Nancy Jamison from Providence RI, and Judy Mindlin from Albuquerque NM; 2 grandchildren Jason (and Catherine) Bohnet of San Antonio and Brittany Bohnet of San Francisco, CA. Additionally he had 2 step-grandchildren, and a niece, several nephews and many other friends and caregivers. 

David R. Calvert 1945 HS passed away on Monday, November 30, 2009 at the age of 82. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1945. David joked about being a “Road” scholar – Trinity University, Texas A&M, University of Tulsa, University of Texas and finishing at University of Houston. He loved the outdoors, sailing his 40 ft. Sailboat, Como No, hunting with family in South Texas, antelope in New Mexico, mule deer and antelope in Wyoming and prairie dogs in Montana. David was a member of the Texas Cavaliers, San Antonio Power Squadron, Club Girard and the Conopus Club. David was also a three-time Life Member of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. He is survived by his wife, Gloria S. Calvert; daughters, Laura C. Zipprich and husband, Douglas and Catherine C. Harmer; five grandchildren, Lee Anne, Sean Lane, Melissa, Rusty and Kyle; brothers, James Spencer Calvert and wife, Mary Anita, Jonathan Curedale Calvert and wife, Betty and Richard Worcester Calvert and wife, Peggy; brothers-in-law, Tony Jimenez and, wife, Virginia and Kenneth Vann Sr. And wife, Yvonne; sister-in-law, Patricia Saucier and numerous nephews and nieces. Honorary Pallbearers will be Bill Doerr, Toby Calvert, Joe Calvert, Joe Dittmar, Joseph Fitzsimmons, Kenneth Vann Sr., Tony Jimenez, Christopher Jimenez and Anthony J. Jimenez. 

Eugene Whitney Campbell 1945 JC passed away in the presence of family on May 5, 2016, in Dallas, TX. Gene was born December 1, 1926, in Dallas, TX to Dorothy and Frank Whitney of Albany, TX. Following the death of his father at an early age, his mother married Grover S. Campbell who adopted him and his brother. Gene’s early years were spent in Denton, TX where he learned about the natural world that he grew to love and embrace. He graduated from Denton High School in 1943. Upon graduation from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, he served in the U.S. Navy during WWII . Following discharge, he attended SMU and went on to Purdue University where he graduated in 1949 with a degree in Civil Engineering. After graduation he worked for Brown & Root in Houston. Returning to Dallas, Gene and his brother, Frank, partnered to create a thriving general contracting firm. When he founded Gene Campbell, Inc., he began a 45 year career as a home builder working with fine architects Frank Welch, Tie Davis, Max Chapman and Edward Larrabee Barnes. In 1950, Gene married Joan Minneman of Indianapolis, IN and together they raised four children. An accomplished photographer, avid sailor, skier, remarkable mountain climber and all around outdoorsman, he shared these avocations with his family. In 1984, Gene married Bobby List and they spent the next 31 years in Dallas enjoying shared interests while traveling the US and abroad. He is survived by his wife Bobby Pipkin Campbell of Dallas; by his daughter Cindy Campbell Haney and husband Craig of CO; son Bruce Campbell of CO; nephews Whitney Campbell, Grover Campbell and Andrew Campbell of TX; grandson Karl Irwin of TX; and granddaughters Christina Campbell-Vivirito and Kathryne Pinedo of CA. Gene is also survived by beloved step children Robert List and wife Karen, Rosalie and Natalie List of VA; Leslie List Doll and husband Bob, Emily, Bobby and Caroline of NJ; and Lisabeth List and Voitek Asztabski of Dallas. Gene was predeceased by his daughter, Kathryn and son, Douglas and his brother Frank Campbell.

Kenneth Whitmore Conant 1945 HS passed away on Tuesday, October 31, in Santa Ana, CA, after several years of declining health. He was born in Belen on June 9, 1925, to John W. Conant and Gladys De Meza Conant of Bosque. The Conant’s were a prominent ranching family in Valencia and Socorro counties who also owned the Bosque Trading Post for many years. Ken attended local schools and New Mexico Military Institute, before enlisting in the Air Force in 1943. Stationed in England, he flew 26 missions as a bombardier over Germany in World War II, and was awarded the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters. He was discharged with the rank of staff sergeant. Ken continued in his service to the United States government as a civilian employee of various federal departments. Because of his fluency in Spanish, he enjoyed many diverse assignments in Mexico as well as the United States. He retired after years of service which included the Border Patrol, Immigration and Naturalization, Customs and the drug enforcement arm of the Treasury Department. Ken was predeceased by his two brothers, Clifton Conant and Edgar (Pop) Conant, both of Belen; and his sister, Gladys Weaver of Laguna Hills, CA. Survivors include his wife, Wanda of Laguna Hills, CA; three daughters, Candiss Conant Pompura of Walnut Creek, CA, Constance Conant Blackmer of Freeport, Maine, and Cynthia Conant Wellito of Brunswick, Maine; four granddaughters; one grandson; one great-granddaughter and many nieces and nephews, some of whom still reside in the Belen area.

Fredrick Crosby 1945 HS Our father passed away on April 5, 2011. He was born on December 6, 1926 in Duluth, MN. After attending high school at New Mexico Military Institute, he joined the Navy. He was a deep-sea diver in the Pacific in World War II. After discharge in San Diego he met our mother, Shirley in L.A. They were married on December 7, 1951. He was a precision grinder in Aerospace, working on the Mercury Space Program and Boeing Corp. After retiring in Irvine, Ca, they moved to Ukiah in 2000. He loved the ocean, fishing, hunting and camping. He is survived by his daughters Janet Denny and her husband Al, Carol Crosby of Ukiah, Pat Steele and her husband Greg of Riverside, Ca, son Robert McBride and his wife Donna of Vernon, TX. Also surviving are four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Shirley and his grandson Travis Rash. At his request, there will not be any services. See you on the other side Dad. We love you.

Allen B. Dawson, Jr. 1945 HS, 87, of Amarillo died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. Allen was born May 24, 1927, in El Paso to Allen Dawson Sr. and Agnes Carnes Dawson. He attended high school at Amarillo High School and New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in business. He received a master’s degree from New York University. Allen served in the Navy and attended Southern Methodist University during World War II. Allen married Ellen Jayne McAuliffe on Oct. 4, 1951, in Katona, N.Y. He worked for the firm of Dillon-Read & Co. while in school. After graduation, Ellen and Allen returned to Texas, moving to Hereford, where Allen went to work in the cattle business with his father. On Aug. 1, 1955, Allen purchased the Anheuser-Busch distributorship in Amarillo with M.T. Johnson Jr., cementing their long-term commitment to Amarillo. He also was a partner in founding Sunset Center with Johnson. He built the business into an award-winning distributorship in the Panhandle and South Plains. He was a member of Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas from 1963 to 1989. Through the Dimensions of Excellence program of Anheuser-Busch, he and Ellen took trips around the world making memories he cherished his entire life. On August 1, 1989, he retired from the distributorship and sold the business to his children. The Dawson’s loved playing golf and tennis in Amarillo and Arizona. For several years, the Dawson’s wintered in Arizona. He was a longtime member of Amarillo Club and Amarillo Country Club. Allen was an amazing father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He supported his children in all their sports and school activities from Sybil’s swimming competitions, Vincent’s marching band, Allen III’s football and Berkley’s baseball. Allen attended Wolflin Elementary School, where early on, his love of pranks gained him both notoriety and admiration among his peers and educators alike. Tales of his hijinks have become folklore over the years, like the time he dipped his classmate’s pigtails into his inkwell rather than use an ordinary pen. His gift of humor and embellishment has provided his friends and family years of entertainment and laughs. The story of how he met and courted Ellen is a family treasure that will be retold for generations to come. With his salty language and quick fire temper, it wasn’t uncommon to see his trademark Stetson fly across the room. His deliberate words and depth of wisdom gained him respect and love from his family, friends and colleagues. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ellen Jayne Dawson; and a sister, Sally Jo Vandale. Survivors include three sons, Allen Dawson III of Amarillo, Berkley Dawson and wife Bonnie of San Antonio and Vincent Dawson and wife Cindy of San Antonio; a daughter, Sybil Dickinson of Amarillo; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Sam M. Deal 1945 JC, 85, of Vienna, W.Va., passed away April 5, 2012 at his residence with his wife by his side. He was born in Pawhuska, Okla., the son of the late James Deal and Velma Craig. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and Korea. He had worked for many years as a Petroleum Engineer and had also worked as a consultant. He is survived by his wife, Betty Sue Hyer Deal of Vienna; his son, Sam M. Deal II of Vienna; his stepchildren, Keith Murphy and wife Becky of Mineral Wells and Cassandra Ray of Vienna; three grandchildren; and one half sister.

William Othello Dix, Jr. 1945 JC, 82, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009, at National Health Care. Funeral services were conducted Friday, Feb. 27, 2009. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery. Mr. Dix was born July 24, 1926, in Delta, Utah to the late William O. And Ada Hutchins Dix Sr. He served in the Air Force in World War II. Survivors include his wife, Mary Dix; son, Bill Dix of Portland; daughters, Jenny Tiller of Portland and Susan (Mike) Stephens of White House; 13 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Austin & Bell Funeral Home, White House, was in charge of arrangements.

Dr. Orville Edward Egbert 1943 HS-1945 JC, M.D., a lifelong El Paso resident, died in El Paso on March 30, 2010 at the age of 84 years. He was born on June 11, 1925 at Hotel Dieu Hospital, the City’s first incubator baby, his father, Dr. Orville Egbert, having volunteered him for this distinction. He grew up on Federal Street adjacent to Memorial Park and in close proximity to Fort Bliss. He was curious, energetic and adventuresome as a youth, and his growing up environment nurtured these qualities, which were to become a part of his essential nature. He spent hours riding in the sand hills around Fort Bliss, where his family stabled horses across from Radford School. He spoke fondly about his adolescent adventures, as he and his friends would tag along on horseback for days behind cavalry units of the 1st Cavalry Division as they displaced from Fort Bliss on training maneuvers to Marfa and Fort Davis. He spent his summers riding horses, driving his jeep to and from Elephant Butte, where he was an avid kayaker, and otherwise enjoying the numerous manly pursuits that were available to a boy growing up in El Paso in the 30s and 40s. He attended Austin High School, and then New Mexico Military Institute, where he initially set his sights upon the profession of arms. He was allergic to wool, however, and flunked the medical exam after receiving his appointment to West Point. When he returned from active duty in World War II in 1945, he instead entered the Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy, earning his degree in 1947 and then graduating from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB), where in 1948 he married Barbara Brown, a fourth grade school teacher in Galveston. He interned at the University of Kansas Medical Center, where his daughter Diane was born, and did his residency in internal medicine at UTMB. He returned to El Paso after his residency to go into private practice with his father. His daughter Laura was born here in 1957. He was an animating presence in the many circles in which he moved— professional, civic and social. His involvement in the growth of El Paso’s medical community began early in his career. He sat on the Board of Directors of El Paso Medical Corporation when it began its major expansion with the Plaza Medical Building adjacent to Sierra Medical Center. This led to his becoming the organizing Chairman of Sierra Medical Center. In 1975, he joined the Board of Directors of National Medical Enterprises (NME), now Tenet Healthcare, one of the largest publically held hospital companies in the world. He retired from the Tenet corporate board in 1998, at the time the longest serving director of the corporation. During his years as a director of NME / Tenet, he was involved locally with the company’s merger with Providence Memorial Hospital, as well as the establishment of the Rio Vista Rehabilitation Hospital, and numerous other significant local healthcare facilities. He was President of the El Paso Tuberculosis Association, now the Lung Association, and worked closely with Congressman Richard White to establish the El Paso’s Veteran’s Administration Outpatient Clinic, his interest springing from the fact that he had a large veteran population in his practice, which was transferred to the VA Clinic when it opened. He served as head of R.E. Thomason Hospital’s chest and allergy clinic for two decades and worked in the hospital’s tuberculosis service. His treasured interests outside of medicine and his director responsibilities with NME / Tenet were UTEP, New Mexico Military Institute, the Boy Scouts, art collecting, travel and woodworking. He was a fundraiser and advocate for the Boy Scouts and his alma mater, leading important capital campaigns for the Boy Scouts and UTEP at critical junctures in their growth. His involvement with the YUCCA Council of the Boy Scouts spanned most of his adult years in El Paso, culminating in the Council’s presentation to him of the Silver Beaver Award. He lived his life by the Boy Scout Oath – “On My Honor, I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.” He was instrumental in establishing the occupational and physical therapy programs as well as the anatomy laboratory for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at UTEP, and in obtaining grants from Tenet for those facilities. He served as chair of the advisory board of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, held a seat on the UTMB Development Board, and was on the University of Texas Chancellor’s Council in Austin. He worked tirelessly for UTEP’s legacy campaign to raise endowment funds for UTEP, as well as numerous other pursuits benefitting the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the biology department. He and his wife Barbara established the Dr. Edward and Barbara Brown Egbert Chair in Biological Sciences at UTEP in 1996. In 1998, he was named UTEP’s Distinguished Alumnus. He was an active alumnus of New Mexico Military Institute throughout his adult life, and was named to the New Mexico Military Institute Hall of Fame in 1997. He served as a director of Surety Savings Association for over 20 years and was President of the El Paso Museum of Art, serving on that board for over 12 years. Following his retirement from the practice of medicine in 1993 he continued to devote his time to his beloved alma mater, to travel, and to his hobby of woodworking, but took on a new professional interest by volunteering as a medical doctor at the Baptist Clinic on S. Florence Street, where he worked with its director, one of his former patients. He also spent hours working away in his basement woodworking shop, where he fashioned countless pieces of furniture that now enrich the homes of his family and friends, from three-cornered chairs, designed to accommodate a man sitting with his sword on, to Queen Ann highchairs for his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara Egbert, daughter Laura Stearne of El Paso, daughter and son-in-law Diane and David Bernard of El Paso, granddaughter Rachel Bernard of Denver, Colorado and grandson Elliott Bernard of El Paso. His family would like to especially thank several dear friends and colleagues – Jack Timbrook for his many years of faithful service and assistance in Dr. Ed’s medical practice; Dr. Jeff Spier for his loving care and help in the last months of his life; and Dr. Branch Craige for his many years of care and friendship.

William P. “Bill” England 1943 HS-1945 JC, 89, of Fort Smith passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. He was born Jan. 6, 1926, in Little Rock to John A. and Lillian Alice (Babe) Robinson England. In 1927, their family moved to Fort Smith. Bill’s father was owner and manager of the Goldman Hotel where the family also resided. Bill went to school through the ninth grade in Fort Smith, then he transferred to and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. Bill joined the Navy in March 1944 and served in the Pacific Theater in World War II as a Sonar Technician 3rd Class (SOM3) aboard the USS Crosley APD-87 where he was awarded, among other medals, a Bronze Star. He was discharged in May 1944. He moved back to Fort Smith and married his school sweetheart, Ann Whitlow, in June 1946. After they were married, Bill attended the University of Arkansas for a year and a half, where he was a member of Sigma Chi. They then moved to Denver, and he attended University of Denver, interned at The Brown Palace Hotel, and graduated in 1950 with a business degree majoring in hotel and restaurant management. After graduation, Bill received a commission as 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve; he was honorably discharged after three years. Ann and Bill moved back to Fort Smith, and he went to work for his father, John A. England, managing the Goldman Hotel. Bill also managed KFPW radio station located in the Goldman Hotel. His father passed away later that year, and Bill continued managing the two businesses for the next 10 years. Bill later went into the restaurant business, owning and operating as many as seven restaurants and one bakery during the 1960s in Fort Smith. Bill began a career in drilling gas wells. First working for Stephens Production Co. in Fort Smith, and in 1971, Bill was the second employee for the start-up Hanna Oil & Gas Co., where he worked as general manager for the next 20 years. He retired in 1991 and became an oil and gas consultant for financial institutions. He also started England Gas Co. Bill was a certified petroleum landman and member of AAPL. Bill was predeceased in death by his wife, Ann Whitlow England; his parents, John A. and Lillian Alice (Babe) England; brother, John R. England; grandson, William Earl Thomas Jasper (TJ) Cunningham He is survived by one son, William P. England Jr. and wife Alexa of Larado, Texas; three daughters, Kathy O’Kelley and her husband Mike of Tulsa, JoAnn (Jodie) Bateman and her husband Kenny of Fort Smith and Laura Cunningham of Fort Smith; 11 grandchildren, Ashley England, Jenae England Judge and her husband Beau and Chance England; and their mother Diane England; step-grandson, Roman England, Brittney O’Kelley Keating and her husband Francis Anthony (Chip), Ryan O’Kelley and his wife Kierstin, Kaitlyn (Kati) O’Kelley Moore and her husband Zach, Kyle Bateman, Kristin Bateman, John Cunningham and Leslie Scott and her husband Matt; nine great-grandchildren; and 11 nieces and nephews. 

MG John Love Gerrity, USA (Ret) 1943 HS-1945 JC, 81, a retired Major General in the Army, died after a long battle with lung cancer on January 18, 2007 in Naples, Florida. General Gerrity served on the Army staff as the Army Planner during the last four years of his 32 years of active duty. In that capacity, he was described as the principal architect of the Army’s position on all issues addressed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Typical issues were military strategy, structure of the armed forces, the final year of the conflict in Vietnam, relinquishing control of the Panama Canal, and myriad Cold War matters. General Gerrity was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He attended the New Mexico Military Institute and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1947. General Gerrity was commissioned in the Armor branch, and served in various command and staff positions from troop to division level armored units in the United States, Germany and Vietnam. His service in Vietnam spanned five campaigns and included command of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment during 1970. In the latter years of his career, General Gerrity served intermittently in Armor and school assignments and in high-level positions in the Pentagon, Vietnam and Europe. His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, five Legions of Merit, two Bronze Stars and 13 Air Medals. While attending the National War College, he received a Master of Science degree in International Affairs from George Washington University. After he retired from the Army, General Gerrity served for over 20 years as a defense analyst with the BDM Corporation and the Institute for Defense Analyses in Northern Virginia. His wife of 38 years, Nancy Ann Bowker, died in 1990. His survivors include his second wife of 15 years, Barbara Ann of Naples, Florida; his son John Love Gerrity, III, of Palo Alto, California; two daughters: Kathleen Frances Petersen of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Jean Marie Gerrity of Alexandria, Virginia; stepdaughter Sherry Herbert of Houston, Texas; and two grandchildren and three step grandchildren.

Roy A. “Hoot” Gibson 1945 JC, 83, of Denver City, died on Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Lubbock, TX. 

Richard Stovall Graham 1945 HS, a native son of New Mexico, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, April 11, 2013. Richard was born, Jan. 21, 1927 in Deming to Reina Stovall Graham and William T. Graham, Sr. He graduated in 1945 from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. He maintained a life-long membership in the U.S. Military Academy, Westpoint, N.Y. He received a B.A. degree in January 1951, from the University of New Mexico. On March 31, 1951 Jean Shatsby became his wife. They were married for 62 years and had four children, Reina (Tina) Rippa, Richard Stovall Graham, Jr., Robin Thornton and Gail Kinter. Richard retired from Kennecott Minerals Co., Chino Mines Division in 1985 as payroll supervisor. He devoted many hours of his life to public service. He served several years on the New Mexico Developmental Disabilities Planning Council and retired from the council after serving as chairman for two years. In addition he was president of Grant County Association for Retarded Citizens and was the first president of Southwestern Services to Handicapped Children and Adults Inc. (Lifequest). He continued to serve on the board for many years. He was initiated as an Elk member into the Silver City BPOE Lodge No 413 in 1966. At the lodge level he served as Exalted Ruler, 1975-76. In other Elk activities, he served as district deputy Grand Exalted Ruler chairman of Lodge Officer Training, SW District, NMEA trustee and Cerebral Palsy Executive Board for 10 years. He was installed as president of the New Mexico Elks Association in 1984. He was proud to serve five years on the National Youth Activities Committee of the BPOE. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Reina and her son Bruce Henderson. Surviving him are his wife, Jean son Richard Jr. daughter Robin, her husband Wesley and sons Andrew and Brian daughter Gail, her husband Terry and son Billy, wife Joelle and great-grandson Logan and daughter Tiffany and grandsons Matthew and David Henderson. Also, surviving him are his brother, William T. Graham, Jr., his wife Beth and their family.

Milton Phillip “Phil” Gunn 1945 HS died at his home in Tucson, Ariz., on Nov. 10, 2011, after a two-year battle with cancer. Born in Helena on May 2, 1927, to Milton Samuel Gunn and Irene Lyons Gunn, he attended Hawthorne Elementary School, did two years of secondary training at New Mexico Military Institute and returned to graduate from Helena High School in 1945. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1945, returned to Helena in 1946 and attended Carroll College briefly before entering Stanford University, where he received his bachelors’ degree in economics in 1950. He earned a second bachelors’ degree from Cornell University Hotel School in 1953. While attending Cornell, Phil worked two summers in Yellowstone National Park, where he met and married Elizabeth McConnell. After graduation from Cornell, Phil worked as an innkeeper in various locations around the country, including Omaha, Neb.; Carmel and Monterrey, Calif.; and Lander, Wyo. In 1956, Phil and Elizabeth returned to Helena to purchase the Main Motel, which they operated for 27 years, eventually renaming it the Coach House Inn and expanding to a second Helena property in the 1970s. After selling both properties in 1984, Phil and Elizabeth travelled extensively in the U.S., Mexico and Europe, eventually settling in Tucson in 1997. Phil was an enthusiastic sailor, scuba diver, photographer and all-around-tinkerer who could fix anything. He loved crossword puzzles, computers and complex gadgets of all sorts. Phil is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; daughters, Susan and Anne; son-in-law Mark; and grandchildren, Elizabeth, Rebecca, and Les.

Nelson Lionel Haggerson, Jr. 1945 HS, 82, passed away suddenly August 6, 2009. Nelson is survived by his wife Catherine Naomi Rumsey, his children Stanley Patrick Haggerson, Frederick Jackson Haggerson, Teresa Ann Haggerson-Lucero, Nelson Lionel Haggerson III, Rebecca Louise Baker, their spouses, 15 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife Kate Haggerson, his son George Edward Haggerson and daughter Mary Frances Sanborn.

John Birdno Haldiman 1943 HS-1945 JC, chairman of the board for Haldiman Insurance and a political activist, has died at age 68. Mr. Haldiman was past president of Haldiman Insurance, a Phoenix company purchased by his father in 1928. The senior Haldiman sold his controlling interest to the company to his son in 1964. A Phoenix native, the younger Mr. Haldiman attended Arizona State University before graduation from the New Mexico Military Institute. He was a World War II Army veteran and was awarded a Bronze Star.

Williard Henry “Bill” Harris 1945 HS, 89, of Amarillo died Thursday, April 28, 2016. Bill was born March 4, 1927, in Amarillo to Williard and Mary Elizabeth Harris. Bill was born March 4, 1927, in Amarillo to Williard and Mary Elizabeth Harris. Bill grew up in the Bivins neighborhood. He had many childhood friends that he played with, rode bikes, fished and played ball. The neighborhood kids, along with Bill and his two sisters, Peggy and Pat, had a bicycle group called “The Bivin’s Bicycle Bunch.” Bill’s family and friends also spent time at their cabin at Palo Duro Club, fishing and having cook outs. Bill’s grandfather and father owned Harris Food Grocery stores in Amarillo and several others in surrounding towns. Bill stocked and bagged groceries at the Harris grocery store until he left to attend high school at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. After high school, he was drafted into the Army and served in World War II. After discharge from the Army, Bill attended Amarillo College and received an associate degree in business. He met June Meyers and they were married. He and June moved to northeast New Mexico, where he was the manager of their families’ ranch, the Mary Harris Ranch. The Mary Harris Ranch is a glorious, sprawling ranch where the Dry Cimarron river runs at the base of the Black Mesas. June and Bill were married for 24 years before she passed away. He continued to live in Clayton, NM, after her death and ran the Mary Harris Ranch in Union County for more than 60 years. Bill was an avid airplane enthusiast. He had a student pilot’s license and flew with Bill Wheatley in Clayton in his younger years. He loved vintage WWII planes. Bill read flying magazines and spent a lot of time at the Clayton airport with Edward Sisneros, admiring the planes that flew in. In fact, Bill could identify WWII era planes by the sound of their engines as they flew by. Often, you would see Bill drinking morning coffee with his friends in Clayton. The topics of discussion include the price of hay, rain prospects and cattle prices. He enjoyed taking daily morning walks to the airport with his beloved dog Duke. Bill always visited the local sick and elderly. He and members of Church of Christ spent many Sunday afternoons singing hymns and visiting the residents of the retirement home in Clayton. Bill served as a great example to his children. As a business owner, he worked hard, solved problems and never complained. His children never went without. At the end of his life, Bill lived in The Cottages at Quail Creek in Amarillo, where he brought joy to the staff with his cowboy humor. Bill will truly be missed by his children and grandchildren and all that knew him. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Mary Patricia Harris. Survivors include two sons, Williard David and wife Dallas of Avondale, Ariz., and William Harris and wife Vanessa of Wimberley; two daughters, Sally Werner and husband Jan of Amarillo and Ginger Stinnett and spouse Pam of Lubbock; a sister, Peggy Nance and husband Jim; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

William Edward Hinkley 1945 HS William Edward “Bill”/“Hink” Hinkley, 86 passed away on Sunday November 4, 2012. He along with his wife Barbara were founders of “Hinkley’s lighting” an iconic Phoenix Landmark. Bill served in the U.S. Army Air Corps where he served our country until the end of the war. He was a well-known and respected figure nationally in the lighting industry. Health issues brought his retirement in 1988. Barb continued to work until 2012, when she came home to care for him. Predeceased by his wife and business partner: Barbara, his parents and Sister Gwen he is survived by, daughter: Sandra (Robin) Shumate, Overland Park, KS. 2 sons: Al (Theresa) Peoria, AZ and Charles Hinkley, Paola, KS. 7 Grandchildren and 5 Great- Grandchildren. Private services have been held. In memory the family suggests contributions to Animal Benefits Club. He will be missed by family and friends. “I’ll grumble and I’ll rumble in the thunder’s potent tone, in chorus with my ancestors won’t be there alone. I’ll beacon your attention with the lightning’s lashing flare. If anyone should ask for me, just say I’m everywhere. “Written by Barbara Hinkley April 1981.

Joseph M. Holden 1945 HS, 82, died Oct. 7, 2010. A life resident of Akron, he was a member of the First Congregational Church of Akron. He attended Buchtel High School for two years and graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico in 1945, Harvard University in 1949 and Western Reserve University School of Law in 1952 where he was a member of Phi Delta Phi Law Fraternity. Mr. Holden was a former Assistant Summit County Prosecutor before becoming a partner with Carson, Roderick, and Holden and with Brouse McDowell Law firms. He was a trustee at Western Reserve Academy, a member of Western Reserve Academy Dad’s Club, Portage Country Club, Akron City Club, board president of Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron, trustee of Children’s Hospital Medical Center Foundation, and long time president of the Mary S. And David C. Corbin Foundation, and was involved in many other civic organizations. Preceded in death by parents, Willard and Lelia; wife, Letitia; and brother, Willard; he is survived by sons, Joseph R. (Donna) and William W. (Kim); granddaughters, Amanda, Allison, and Jennifer; cousins, Robert and Samuel (Betty) Shine; and many loving relatives and friends. 

Harry Christian Hoover, Jr. 1945 JC was born in Dallas on June 29th, 1926 to Harry C. & Pearl McKinney Hoover. He was predeceased by his parents, his two sisters, Dorothy Craven and Helen Heyn, and his wife, Emily, whom he tenderly cared for during her extended illness. They were married for 52 years. Survivors include his four children, Andrew Hoover of Dallas, and his wife Mary Ann, Nancy Hoover Landry of Lafayette, LA, and her husband Daniel, Brian Hoover of Dallas, and Diane Hoover Conoly of Bandera, TX and her husband Clay. His nine grandchildren, who he was extremely proud of, and who lovingly called him “Tex” and ”Pop”, include Collin and his wife Taylor, Christopher, Nicholas, and Matthew Hoover, Morgan and his wife Amy, Christian, and Kelly Landry, and Alec and Sharp Conoly. He also leaves behind his loving special friend and dancing partner, Martha Smith of Plano. Martha was a great companion to Harry these past four years and we thank her for all the love and comfort she brought to his life. Harry was a long time resident of the Park Cities. He graduated from Highland Park High School with the Class of 1943. He continued his education at New Mexico Military Institute where he was a Cadet Commanding Officer and the Cadet Captain of the Fancy Drill Team Platoon. From 1944 to 1946, he served in the United States Army, Armored Engineer Battalion (3rd Army, “Hell on Wheels”). The Army sent him to Oregon State College to study Civil Engineering for Army Specialized Training. After his service he attended Rice University, earning a BA in Architecture in 1950 and a BS in Architecture in 1951. He also served as President of Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity. Harry fondly remembered his two years as a Yell Leader for his beloved Rice Owls and continued to be a very active supporter of Rice University. After moving back to Dallas and apprenticing for three years, he started his own firm of Harry C. Hoover Jr. and Associates, Architects and Planners in 1955. His creative design style won several awards and homes and commercial buildings he designed can still be found throughout the state of Texas. He is credited with creating ”Retrospect”, a public outreach program designed to introduce architects and architecture to a broad spectrum of the Dallas populace and inform the public of the endeavors of the Dallas Chapter AIA. He met and married Emily Williams of Wilmington, Ohio in 1956 and they began their family in 1957, moving to University Park in 1962. Harry was a very learned man and was constantly researching or writing. He recently self-published two books sharing his philosophy on spirituality and responsibility. He encouraged his children to be independent and educated, and led his life as an example of never giving up, always trying to improve yourself. He was very active in many civic and professional organizations. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Dallas Chapter AIA, the Texas Society of Architects, the Dallas Chamber of Commerce and the Zoning Advisory Committee of University Park. He was a Past President of the Park Cities Lion’s Club, and was also very proud of his multiple turns as the club “Tail-twister” as he was very good with a story or joke to bring the room to laughter. He was a Past President of Rice University Alumnae and represented Rice University as a member of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association. Harry was a past Director of the Downtown YMCA, and served on the Board of Management. He was formerly on the Board of Directors of Camp Grady Spruce and a past Officer of the Dallas Tennis Association. Harry was an avid tennis player through his memberships to Royal Oaks Country Club and T Bar M Racquet Club, and taught all four of his children how to play the game. Harry also enjoyed many years of coaching his sons and their friends through the Park Cities YMCA youth sports program. In these past years Harry enjoyed the friendships he shared with the members of the Silver Haired Supper Club and the Carrollton and Farmers Branch Senior Dance clubs. Harry and Emily both donated their bodies to Texas Southwest Medical Center to the research and advancement of medical science for the benefit of others. 

PVT Louie Earl Hurd, USA 1945 HS – WWII-Killed in action in action on Okinawa on 10 May 1945.

Laylin Knox James, Jr. 1945 HS, 86, of Green Valley, Ariz., and longtime resident of Easton, Penn., passed away on Dec. 26. 2013. Born in Pittsburgh to Laylin Knox James, Sr. and Elizabeth Elvira Smith, he was raised in Ann Arbor, Mich. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute, the University of Michigan, and the University of Illinois, from which he earned a Ph.D. in chemistry. During World War II, he served in the Army. He married Mary Lou Stevens, of Ypsilanti, Mich., in 1952. Together they had four children: Susan, Julia, Sarah (Eric), and Jeffrey (Sue). The family lived in Houston, where Dr. James worked for Shell Chemical; in Cincinnati, where he worked for Proctor & Gamble; and in Easton, from which he retired as professor of chemistry at Lafayette College after 31 years. During sabbaticals, they lived in East Lansing, Mich, and in England and Germany. He is the editor/author of the book, “Nobel Laureates in Chemistry, 1901-1992.”Laylin and Mary Lou have been full-time residents of Green Valley since 1999. Besides his wife and their children, he is survived by grandchildren Alice, Heather, Nils, Emily, Stefan and Lily.

Bruce Morse Keller 1945 HS found peace at last, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was surrounded by his family as he peacefully slipped away on October 30, 2006. Bruce was born in Marshfield, OR, on June 7, 1927, and grew up in the Willamette Valley, where he was a guide on the McKenzie River. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Alter returning home, he earned his B.A. degree from the University of Oregon, where he became a member of Theta Chi fraternity and met the love of his life, Phyllis, his wife of 56 years. He put his B.A. degree to good use, building a successful career in the lumber industry. Family was very important to Bruce. As his children grew, he found fulfillment participating in activities such as Little League Baseball, Boy Scouts, water skiing and camping. Enjoying an early retirement, Bruce was able to spend many years doing the things he loved with cherished family and friends before he became ill. He found great pleasure in traveling, hunting and, most of all, fishing. He will always be remembered for his quick wit and mischievous/rascally grin. He was known by all as a man of integrity and a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. Bruce is survived by his devoted wife Phyllis, daughters Lyn and Kay, son Bryce (Phyllis) and his seven beloved grandchildren Jonlyn (Ian), Kirk, Annie, Bryce, Kristin (Derek), Brad, and Kaylyn.

Jerome Archibald Lewis 1945 HS passed away on Sunday, November 27, 2016 in Denver, Colorado, at the age of 89. Jerry was a devoted, joyful, and loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was a man whose deep faith inspired him to reach out to all who came into his path, caring for many and enriching the lives of all who knew him. He embodied the saying “May the Lord give you a rich life of joy and power, abundant in supernatural results.” With his encouraging leadership, he assisted many individuals and ministries in their efforts to know and serve Jesus. His passing will be mourned not only by his family but by the hundreds of people whose lives he touched. Jerry is survived by his son, Joshua (Victoria), his daughters Madelynn Winstead (Edwin), and Josi Larson (David), eight grandchildren Garreth Winstead (Cheryl), Martha Slattery (John), Maddie Thielke (Shaine), Spencer Winstead, Blake Larson, Jessie Larson, Tucker Larson (Kyli), Lizzie Fields (Noah), and five great grandchildren (Roisin Slattery, Sean Slattery, Patraic Slattery, Clare Winstead, and Lucy Winstead). He was predeceased by his wife, Martha Dell Lewis, his mother, Madelynn Butts Lewis, his father, Hiram Wheeler Lewis, and his brothers, Hiram Wheeler Lewis Jr., and George King Lewis. Jerry was born in Wichita, Kansas. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in geological engineering. Following his marriage in June of 1950, he and Martha Dell relocated from Wichita, Kansas to Colorado in 1954. During his early years in Denver, Jerry was an active member of the Denver Petroleum Club where he was honored as Man of the Year in 1983. He was also a member of Young President’s Organization, The Conference Board, and the World Business Council. From the late-sixties to the present, Jerry was active in Young Life, on various YL committees, the YL National Board, and the YL Foundation. Jerry was very active with the leadership team of the International Foundation and Denver Leadership Foundation. He and Martha Dell were founding members of Greenwood Community Church and co-chaired the Downing Street Foundation for over twenty-five years. Jerry was the founder of Petro-Lewis Corporation, which by the middle 1980’s was one of the nation’s largest independent oil companies. He loved the oil business and was proud to have been in an industry that provided inexpensive, abundant energy for all Americans. Along with his many friends in the industry, Jerry helped to build Denver into one of the leading oil and gas centers in the world. He was a mentor to all those around him, and his inspiration helped dozens of young people to build their careers as well. Jerry loved to travel and he loved to ski. He was one of the early partners in the groups that built the resort of Vail, Colorado. He loved nothing more than sharing his love of the mountains with his family and friends. Nothing gave him more joy than the many travel experiences he had with his children and grandchildren over the years.

Victor A. Lownes, III 1945 HS – Hugh Hefner may have launched Playboy magazine, but Victor A. Lownes, III 1945 HS came up with one of the keys to its success. Lownes, who joined Playboy in 1955 as marketing director when the Chicago-based publication was struggling to make a success out of its racy photographs of beautiful women, helped groom the magazine for wider acceptance.Among his contributions was the long-running campaign “What Sort of Man Reads Playboy?” At its peak in the early 1970s, the answer became just about every man.But it was his idea to create the Playboy Club that launched a money-making empire.Lownes, 88, who not only shaped the Playboy image but lived it himself, died in a London hospital Wednesday morning after suffering a heart attack New Year’s Eve, said Marilyn Cole Lownes, a former Playmate of the Year and his wife of more than 30 years.”He was a real playboy – everybody knew it,” said Cole Lownes, 67. “All the girls that went out with him knew it. They either accepted it or they didn’t.”Lownes was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and attended the New Mexico Military Institute, a boarding school in Roswell, NM. He attended the University of Chicago, where he fell in love with his adopted city.At a party the dapper Lownes threw for comedian Jonathan Winters, Lownes met Hefner. The two hit it off and in 1955 he joined the magazine. Lownes came up with the idea for the Playboy Club after the magazine ran an article in 1959 about the Gaslight Club, a membership club featuring scantily clad waitresses in Chicago.Partnering with Chicago restaurateur Arnold Morton and Lownes, Hefner opened the first Playboy Club at 116 E. Walton St. in Chicago in 1960. At their peak, there were more than 30 Playboy Clubs around the world, but the last of the original company-owned clubs closed more than 30 years ago. A new wave of franchised Playboy Clubs launched in 2006.Lownes moved to London to open a Playboy Club in 1964. The club featured gambling and was a financial success for the company. He was fired in 1981 over concerns about alleged gambling irregularities, which led to a rift between Lownes and Hefner that lasted nearly a decade.Cole met Lownes in 1971 when she became a Playboy bunny in the London club. She dated him, but waited another decade before tying the knot with her former boss in 1984; it was his second marriage.Lownes, who also produced movies, plays and music, maintained homes in London and New York, but never lost his love of Chicago, his wife said. The couple last returned to the city in 2015 to celebrate his 87th birthday at the Langham Hotel.”He lived a very civilized life,” his wife said. “He knew how to live.”Lownes also is survived by a son, Victor, and a daughter, Meredith Lownes, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His wife is a planning a tribute to Lownes “down the line.

Dr. Ben K. Luck 1943 HS-1945 JC, 84. Ben Klaue Luck was born Jan. 30, 1925 in Saxony, Germany to the home of Hermann and Helene (Muller) Klaue, and peacefully passed away in his sleep September 11, 2009. He was orphaned at an early age, and was adopted by his aunt Gertrude Klaue and her husband, Alvin Addison Luck. He immigrated to America in 1936 and settled with them in Silver City, NM. Ben attended high school at the New Mexico Military Institute. He became an American citizen in 1944. After graduation, Ben entered the Army where he was a member of the Office of Strategic Service (OSS) during World War II. The OSS was an elite spy group that was the forerunner of todays CIA. Ben jokingly said that OSS stood for Oh, So Special! When he returned from the War, he went to college at New Mexico State University, graduating with a degree in Chemical Engineering. While attending NMSU, he was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity, and told of many pranks they pulled on their friends and girl friends. It was while attending college that he met his wife, Betty Jo Good, and they were married on Aug. 27, 1950 in Fort Sumner, NM. Ben remained in the active reserves during this time, and was asked once again to fight for his country during the Korean conflict. He was a navigator and bombardier in the Air Force, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. In 1959, he went back into the active reserves to pursue furthering his education. Ben earned his Masters Degree in Psychology and statistics from NMSU, and his phd(Ed) from Northern Colorado University in Guidance Counseling. In 1964, Ben began teaching in the Department of Psychology at Eastern New Mexico University, and in 1965 became the Department Chairman. He retired from his military career as an Air Force Major in the early 1970s and from his teaching career in 1984. Ben belonged to Phi Delta Kappa, fraternity to promote education, the OSS Society, the NEA, the VFW and the Episcopal church. Bens favorite retirement job was bringing a smile to others by bringing treats he was most known for taking candy to the restaurants where he ate his meals. He was a regular at Marks Eastern Grill, the Cattle Baron, La Hacienda and the China Buffet. Ben is survived by his two daughters, Diana Luck of Aztec, NM and Cassy Luck-Bird of Lubbock, TX; two grandchildren, Amanda Nicole Leach and Tracy Finnerin; a brother, Jerry Luck of Las Vegas, NV; a sister, Susan Whitlow of Florida; a special cousin, Sammy Howell and his wife, Judy of Elida, NM; and several very special friends who helped him in his last years, Tommy and Joletha Heflin, Dr. Robert Timmons, Jesse and Pauline Martinez, Rene Doc Neeley, Joe Cassinotti, Robert Encinias and Greg Jacobs. He was preceded in death by his parents and his adoptive parents, three brothers, Bill Luck, Bobby Luck and Glenn Luck, and by his wife, Betty Jo who died Aug. 17, 1989

Jack Maloney, Jr. 1943 HS-1945 JC, 84, a lifelong resident of Fort Worth, passed away at his home on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010. Jack was born to Jack Maloney Sr. And Lera George Maloney. He graduated from NMMI and married Elaine Richardson Maloney. Jack and Elaine spent their working careers at Panther Distributing Co., a wholesale grocery and vending machine company, which was established by his father and mother. Jack held memberships at First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth and Colonial Country Club, among others. The quality of Jack’s last months was enhanced tremendously by his team of dedicated and loving personal caregivers headed by Sue Wallace. Their sincere concern and care, so attentively administered, are greatly appreciated. Survivors: Wife, Elaine; sister-in-law, Betty Swift of Lake Charles, La.; several nieces, nephews and first cousins, including Michael Kensel and Johnny Hackney of Fort Worth; and his loving and loyal dog-friend, Ralph.

Peter C. Marsh 1945 HS (Jan. 10, 1928-Jan. 24, 2007) Peter Marsh, 79, of Coronado died January 24, 2007. He was born in California and was a truck driver. Survivors include his wife, June Marsh; daughters, Wendy Marsh of North Carolina and Robin Wade of Louisiana; stepdaughter, Tracey Dron of Alamo; stepson, Dave Laubach of Pine Grove; and sister, Pamela Marsh-Markmann of Berkeley.

William “Bill” Moulton 1945 HS, of New Castle, went to be with his Lord peacefully at his home in Peach Valley on April 21, 2016. He was 88 years old. Bill was born October 22, 1927, in Newkirk, Oklahoma, to Raymond J. and Elizabeth P. Moulton, his family moving to Rifle, Colorado, in 1936. Bill lived and worked in the Rifle and Peach Valley area the rest of his life. He attended Rifle schools through his junior year in high school and then the New Mexico Military Institute for his senior year. Upon his graduation from military school, Bill served in the Navy until being honorably discharged in August of 1946, continuing to serve in the naval reserve until 1959. Bill married his beloved wife Martha on April 5, 1953, in Glenwood Springs. Bill and Martha raised their three sons on the Moulton farm in Peach Valley. Bill worked at various occupations including heavy construction, mining, owning two retail stores with Martha, and operating the family farm. He served on various boards including the Garfield County Airport Authority and Rifle Community Hospital, Inc. He worked closely with the Garfield County Planning Department during the ’70s & ’80s representing the Rifle Ski Corporation preparing environmental impact studies and gathering leases for a proposed ski area near Rulison. Accepting the Lord as his personal savior at the age of 30, Bill was active in his church enjoying bible studies and Christian fellowship. Bill served as Chaplin of the New Castle American Legion Post #164 for several years. Bill enjoyed many outdoor activities, especially hunting and fishing with his sons. He enjoyed joking around and was known to wake up neighbors with dynamite blasts on the Fourth of July. Great fun for the boys. Home was his most comfortable and enjoyable place to be. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and older sister Mary Deane and her Gerald Harlow. Bill is survived by his wife, Martha; sister Ree Goth (husband Jack) of Highlands Ranch; son Chris Moulton of Dillon; son Cole (wife Joyce) Moulton of CO-NC; son Matthew (wife Kristin, granddaughter Danielle, grandson Daelon) Moulton of Dillon; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

James Daniel Muir 1945 HS, Born September 27, 1926 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to James Roy and Gladys Heath Muir. Died January 6, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona, of pneumonia. Dan grew up a wild and wonderful child in southeastern Idaho and later in Salt Lake, where he enjoyed roaming the mountains, fishing and camping. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, and attended the University of Utah. On December 31, 1948, he married Marjorie Thompson, who survives him, and they had two children, Robert A. Muir and Keri Muir, both of whom survive and reside in Tucson. Dan is also survived by his sister, Mary Lou Angus, as well as by Rob’s wife Leslie and their four children, all of Tucson. A devoted husband and loving father and grandfather, Dan made his career in the printing industry, as a paper salesman, pressman and shop foreman at several different publishing businesses in Provo and Salt Lake City, and was a proud member of the Litho Craftsmen Club of Utah. He also enjoyed many happy hours playing cards with his Brother Elks at the Provo Lodge. After retirement, he parlayed his lifelong love of golf into a second career as a starter at Gladstan Golf Course in Payson, Utah. In 2000, he and Marge moved to Tucson, where Dan enjoyed the climate and the lush desert landscape. 

CAPT George Rod Parish, Jr., USN (Ret) 1945 JC, deployed for his final assignment on January 17, 2016, at 89 years of age. George was born on New Year’s Eve 1926 to the late George R. Parish and Gussie Foster Parish in Oklahoma City, OK. He grew up as a rancher in New Mexico, graduating with the Albuquerque High School class of 1943 at age 16. After a year with the horse cavalry at New Mexico Military Institute, George entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1944 and graduated with the war-shortened Class of ’48A in June 1947. He married the love of his life, Jeanne C. McFadden of Baltimore, in 1948. Jeanne and George enjoyed a 30-year career together in the Navy, finding time to raise five children along the way. Following two years of sea duty aboard USS Boxer (CV-21), George volunteered for Submarine School. Sea duty assignments included USS Tusk (SS-426), USS ENTEMEDOR (SS-340), USS WAHOO (SS565) and USS TROUT (SS-566) (CO). Follow on tours included command of Submarine Division 41, USS CANIESTEO (AO-99), and Service Squadron Eight. George and Jeanne experienced shore duty in Alameda, New London, Pearl Harbor, Charleston, Washington, D.C. and Norfolk, including several happy years on Powhatan Street aboard the Norfolk Naval Station. Shore tours included the Naval War College, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Office of the CNO and Submarine Force Staff. George also earned an M.S. from George Washington University. Following retirement from the Fifth Naval District staff in 1977, George spent 10 years as a Naval Engineer with QED Systems in Virginia Beach. He also enjoyed many years of world travel with Jeanne while their fleet of grandchildren and great grandchildren grew steadily. George enjoyed saltwater fishing, gourmet cooking and fixing anything that was broken in his or his children’s homes. He also enjoyed anything covered in the Sports Pages, but especially Navy Football and horse racing. He was a dedicated volunteer with Virginia Beach Public Schools and served as an usher at the NAB Little Creek Catholic chapel for decades. He was a loyal son, brother, spouse, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend who remained unflappable through any situation. In addition to his parents and his sister, Betty Anderson, George was predeceased by his wife Jeanne and daughter Charlotte. He is survived by four children: David Parish (Carol) of Salisbury, MD, Rod Parish (Cecilia) of Alexandria, VA, Kathy Davidoski (Mark) of Virginia Beach, VA, and Anne James (Phillip) also of Virginia Beach, VA. Survivors also include Chris and Kathy Virtue of Southern Pines, NC as well as 15 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. 

COL David Olaf Paxton, USA (Ret) 1945 HS passed into eternal rest on Sunday, January 4, 2015 after a brief illness. He was born November 2, 1927 in Philadelphia, PA. Dave grew up in Socorro, NM. Dave graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in 1945 and briefly attended UNM & New Mexico Tech. During his distinguished military career of twenty four years, which included a three year stint in the Navy aboard the USS Hancock aircraft carrier, Dave saw combat in three wars: World War II, Korea & Vietnam. Serving briefly as a lieutenant with the Socorro Artillery Battery of the NM National Guard, Command Sergeant Major Paxton was ordered into active federal service in 1951 and later was assigned to various AAA (Anti Aircraft Artillery) organizations on Okinawa, Korea & Japan with the defense units for Hanford Atomic Works in Washington State. He was highly decorated during his years of service and awarded the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, Air Medal, Meritorious Service to name a few. After retiring from the military, Dave worked for the Sheriff’s Department in Albuquerque and later for the Social Security Administration in Santa Fe, Hobbs & Albuquerque. Among Dave’s great passions he enjoyed breeding and raising champion show Dalmatians. He was an avid photographer for many years, skilled in developing his own film. Dave enjoyed playing Duplicate Bridge at the Duke City Bridge Center & Sandia West and was an ardent reader. He also enjoyed cribbage games with his retired military buddies and was a member of the ROMEO’S (Retired Old Men Eating Out). Dave was preceded in death by first wife Nancy Lee (Shulthiess) Paxton, his father Emery Foster Paxton, his mother, Ruth Bursum (Paxton) Harban, his stepfather, Robert C. Harban, and his grandfather, Senator Holm O. Bursum, Sr. He was loved and will be greatly missed by his family. He is survived by his wife of thirty eight years, Nancy Minces Paxton; children Mark E. Paxton, Matthew R. Paxton, and Deborah C. (Paxton) Antonucci (husband Tom); his grandchildren: Melanie R. (Antonucci) Hesketh (husband Daniel R.), Jeffrey P. Antonucci, John D. Paxton, Nikki R. Paxton and great-grandson Owen D. Hesketh. He is also survived by stepchildren Kenneth A. Ankeny (wife Maria), Lorri Skidmore and Sherryl Quint (husband Tim); step-grandchildren Chris Skidmore, Brian Skidmore (wife Aimee), Dustin Skidmore, Aaron Ankeny, Brandon Ankeny, Megan Ankeny, Nicholas Quint, Hannah Quint and step great grandson Colin Skidmore. 

Horace Gibson Rhodes 1945 HS passed away on January 1, 2013 after an illness of several months duration. A lifelong Oklahoman, he was born in Oklahoma City on November 24, 1927, and spent most of what he always described as a “peripatetic” childhood in Oklahoma City and Wellston, Oklahoma. He attended Central High School in OKC before graduating from New Mexico Military Institute in 1945. After a brief stint in the Army at the close of World War II, he attended the University of Oklahoma, where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. While at OU he met Jeanne Harreld on a blind date. They were married on June 30, 1950. Called into the United States Air Force during the Korean War, he was stationed in Morocco where he and his bride spent two years in what they called the ”greatest adventure of their lives.” After returning to Oklahoma, they raised three children and were married for 41 years until Jeanne passed away in 1990. Upon his graduation from OU in 1951 he attended University of Oklahoma School of Law, graduating in 1955. Thereafter, he took a job as Deputy Insurance Commissioner for the State of Oklahoma. In 1957, he drafted Oklahoma’s first comprehensive insurance code, still the basis of the current law. He became President of United Founders Life Insurance Company in 1959 and oversaw construction of the United Founders Tower, a landmark in northwest OKC. He left to pursue a career in mergers and acquisitions, and, in 1971, joined the Oklahoma City law firm of Kerr, Irvine, with which he remained associated until the end of his life. A Democrat for his entire life, he served the party in a number of ways, most notably in 1968 as the Democratic National Committee Representative in the states of George, North Carolina and South Carolina after serving as Co-Chairman for Hubert Humphrey’s presidential campaign, and, in 1984, as the Oklahoma attorney for the Mondale campaign. In 1998 he married Jane Mullally, eloping to Clayton, New Mexico, where they were wed in a civil ceremony on August 16, 1998. Their marriage was later sanctified before family in Berkeley, California on September 19, 1998. They made their home in Oklahoma City, though usually spent the winters in Mexico, a country for which he had a lifelong love of its history and its language, which he spoke fluently. He was preceded in death by his first wife Jeanne Harreld Rhodes. He is survived by his wife Jane Mullaly Rhodes; children James W. (Tad) and wife Jeannie Rhodes, Laura K. Rhodes Heiser and Greg Heiser, Rebecca Rhodes; step-children Maggie and Bruce Nemirow, Taylor and Adrian Mullaly, Jr., Hattie Belle and John Santore; grandchildren Max Rhodes, Ella Rhodes and step- grandchild Taylor Mullaly, III. 

William Paul Rippy 1945 JC went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, December 9, 2017. His last days were spent with his loving family by his side. He was first and foremost a man of tremendous faith, exhibiting this through his love of family and in all his day-to-day encounters. He walked in his faith with integrity, honesty and compassion. Paul was born to Elzie James Rippy and Janey Dow Simpson at the East Garfield Creek family homestead on May 3, 1926. He was the second of four children. As a hard-working farm family during the ’30s, they did custom farm work from Glenwood to Rifle. The family later moved into New Castle so that his older brother, Adair, could attend high school. Paul attended New Castle High School as well and graduated at the age of 16. Following graduation, Paul attended New Mexico Military Institute after which he enlisted in the United States Navy as a pilot in training. World War II ended, and he was discharged in 1945 and returned to his home in New Castle in 1946 where he joined his father and brothers in the new family business of E.J. Rippy and Sons. The family built many roads throughout the State and Four Corners region. In 1948 he met and married the love of his life Marilyn Adriance, and they married on June 20, 1948. They had five children, and she preceded him in death in 2013. When the business ended, Paul embarked on a new endeavor by starting Grand River Construction, a small utility construction company that became an asphalt company. He remained at the helm until he retired in 1991 when his sons Gregg and John took over the family business, which exists to this day. Paul had a passion for flying both for business and pleasure; he was one of the first to base a plane at the Glenwood Springs Airport. With his plane, he performed the first ribbon cutting for the airport in 1962 commemorating its newly paved runway. He was a member of Glenwood Masonic Lodge #65, Glenwood York Rite, Grand Junction Consistory, El Jebel Shrine, Valley View Hospital Trustee and a life-long member of Mountain View Church. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Marilyn, his parents Elzie and Janey Rippy, his brother Adair, his sister Peggy Lou, his grandson Stuart and his granddaughter Brieanne. He is survived by his five children, Adrian (Jim Swartzendruber) of Silt, Janet of Carbondale, Gregg (Marilee) of Glenwood Springs, John (Cyndie) of Glenwood Springs and Stacey of Grand Junction. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren – Amy, Jill, Adam, Sara, Anna, Dallas, Brandy, Levi, Brittney, Tobie, Tyler and Travis – and 14 great-grandchildren – Ashley, Aidan, Gabriel, Aryianna, Tristan, Tegan, Blaise, Violet, Ellie, Fiona, Harrison, Sterling, Shiloh and Cooper. He is also survived by his brother, Harley (Janet) of New Castle, his sister-in-law Pauline of Parachute, his brother-in-law John Adriance of Omaha, Nebraska, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Warren H. Ross 1945 HS, 84, of Chinook, died of complications following a broken hip Thursday, April 12, at a Great Falls hospital. His service is 2 p.m. Today in the Chinook High School auditorium. Edwards Funeral Home in Chinook is handling arrangements. Blaine County and Montana leader Warren H. Ross passed away April 12, following complications associated with a broken hip suffered earlier in the week. Warren was two days shy of his 85th birthday, having been born to Thomas Alexander Ross and Marcie Angell Ross on April 14th, 1927. He grew up on the family ranch south of Chinook in the Bear Paw Mountains and at-tended local schools, including Chinook High School, but with World War II raging, he graduated high school at the New Mexico Military Institute. Following service in the U.S. Navy, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Montana State College – Bozeman, where he met his bride, Betty Don McMillan of Lewistown, who preceded him in passing in July 2007. They were married Nov. 25, 1950, and made their home on Ross 8 Bar 7 Ranch Inc., where they raised their four children. Warren served on the board of the Montana Stock growers Association, was a 25-plus-year member of the Chinook school board, was on the Western Bank Board and was a public member of the board for the Helena branch of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank. He also served two terms on the Montana Oil and Gas Commission and served as a director for the Sweet Foundation, Sweet Nursing Home, the Blaine County Community Foundation, Northern Montana Hospital and their foundation boards, and the Chinook Presbyterian Church. He was an American Legion member for 64 years, and was a more than 25-year 4-H leader. Warren’s strong commitment to community was reflected in his service through these organizations. Perhaps he most enjoyed his involvement in the Masons, both in Chinook Lodge No. 50 and the Montana Grand Lodge, as well as the Algeria Shrine. He was most worshipful grand master for the state of Montana in 1984, and many of his most enduring friendships were with masons he met in travels representing the Montana Grand Lodge. His Ma-sonic involvement also included serving as worthy patron for the Order of the Eastern Star. In addition to Betty Don, he was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Schilling; and Brother Thomas Ross. Warren’s family includes son Don and Tanis Ross on the home place south of Chi-nook; and their daughter, Mary of Missoula, daughter Linda and Jay Rice, who ranch near Pendroy, and their children, Tucker of Lewistown, and his sons, Colt and Cory Rice, and Tara of New Haven, Conn.; son John of Alexandria, Va., and his daughters, Hilary of Arlington, and Alexa of Boston; and son Hugh and Debbie of West Linn, Ore., and their sons, Thomas of Portland, Ore., David of Boise, Idaho, and Austin McCool of Seattle. In addition, he is survived by several nieces and nephews, and his many friends of all ages and backgrounds, who were an extended family to him as well. 

James Clemments Sanders 1943 HS-1945 JC passed away peacefully in his Monterey, CA, home with his wife Maureen by his side, on Saturday, March 31st 2018. He was 91. Jim is survived by his wife; five children: Lisa, Karen, Leslie, Doug, and Greg; and eight grandchildren: Ryan, Megan, Alexandra, Michaela, Katey, Michael, Austin, and Skyler. Jim was loved by and truly cherished the company of his family during his very full life. Jim was born in Kansas City, MO, to Chet and Gracie Sanders. He attended New Mexico Military Institute and served in the U.S. Navy as a 17-year-old Lt. (j.g.) in the Philippines toward the end of WWII. He is an engineering graduate from the University of Kansas and attended Stanford University as a post graduate.Jim began his career as an insurance broker in 1950 with the Aetna Life & Casualty Co., in San Francisco. He soon co-founded the insurance partnership of Sanders & Sullivan in San Jose, with his New Mexico Military Institute classmate Louis Bernard “Lou” Sullivan 1942 HS-1944 JC. Jim married Mary Belton in 1951 and moved to Saratoga, CA, where they raised their five children together for 25 years. During these years, he began to pursue his passion for politics by running for the 22nd Assembly District and winning a seat on the Saratoga City Council. In 1982 Jim was appointed by President Reagan to head the Small Business Administration in Washington DC, where he had the privilege to serve until 1986. He then joined the Beer Institute in DC, as President until 1991. Jim married Maureen O’Day in 1991 and they retired to Carmel, CA. In retirement, Jim actively volunteered with many civic and social organizations and enjoyed tennis, golf, biking, and skiing. Jim and Maureen enjoyed world travels and entertaining friends and family near Carmel by the Sea.

Glen Alvin Schneider 1945 HS, 79, of Rigby, died January 6, 2007, at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello from natural causes. He was born May 4, 1927, in Liberal, KS, to Earl Schneider and Maude Manderscheid Schneider. He attended schools and graduated from high school in Liberal, and attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. On April 17, 1954, he married Barbara Lee Moon in Liberal, KS. He worked as a farmer and electrician. She died January 17, 1997. He married Betty Lucille Fredrick on October 14, 2000, in Idaho Falls. He was a member of the IBEW Local Union 449, the American Legion and the Idaho Falls Eagles Lodge Aerie 576. Glen was an avid gun collector and enjoyed farming, livestock, hunting and fishing. Survivors include his wife, Betty Schneider of Yuma, AZ; children, Sonia (Sumi Mahmood) Schneider of Tooele, Utah, Shay (Larry) Collins of Salt Lake City, Stacy (Edward) McDonald of Walsburg, Utah, and Scot (Colleen) Schneider of Idaho Falls; siblings, LtCol Joe D. Schneider, USAF (Ret) 1946 HS-1948 JC of Wadell, AZ, and Genevieve Morrison of Oak Harbor, WA; 17 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, a granddaughter and two great-grandchildren.

Robert P. Schooley 1945 HS died on Wednesday June 7, 2000; beloved husband of the late Betty; dear father of Paul (Judy), Jack (Maria) and Bob (Kathie); loving grandfather to Bryan, Patrick and Andrew; sadly missed by sisters Ann (Dick) Wansart, Janet (Ray) Groves, Dorothy (Don) Doneen and brother Dennis (Cathy) Schooley.

Andrew Thomas Seymour, III 1945 HS, 80, adored father, friend, fisherman and card player and builder of many Fort Worth landmarks from the Kimbell, Amon Carter and Sid Richardson museums to the Water Garden and the former Caravan of Dreams, died Saturday, May 23, 2009, at home. As the retired president of Thos. S. Byrne Inc. General contractor, Tom leaves a list of accomplishments as tall as his 37-story Tower in downtown Fort Worth and as well-rounded as the barrel vaults of the Kimbell Art Museum, where he worked with architect Louis Kahn to showcase art masterpieces in an equally elegant backdrop of concrete and natural light. He also was known as a hunter, skier, tennis player, Western art collector and expert on early American flintlock pistols. But his true treasures are everywhere in sight: museums, Sundance Square, office towers, university landmarks and public parks. Tom’s parents lived in Kansas City, but he was destined to be a Texan, born in Houston Nov. 13, 1928, when parents Andy and Geraldine Seymour were on a business trip. The Seymours moved to Fort Worth in 1935. Tom went to public schools and then to high school at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM., where he always said the most important lesson he learned was “not to get caught.” He began a 44-year career with Byrne in 1947 when he was still an architectural engineering student and member of Kappa Sigma fraternity at the University of Texas at Austin. As a Byrne vice president beginning in 1957 and president from 1973 until 1991, he worked hand-in-hand with architect Philip Johnson to build the Amon Carter Museum and also the Fort Worth Water Garden. He supervised construction of the Fort Worth National Bank (now the Tower) and blended old and new construction for the Caravan of Dreams (now Reata Restaurant), the Sid Richardson Collection of Western Art and all of Sundance Square. The Kimbell won a prestigious “Build America” award from the Associated General Contractors of America. Tom was also board president of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and a board member of the Fort Worth Zoological Association. He was one of the founding patrons of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and donated part of the prize money for the first competition in 1962. The family thanks his doctors, Dr. Allan Kelly, Dr. Claus G. Roehrborn and Dr. John Bagwell and caregivers, Sonya Bowen, Angie and Ciera Brazzile and Rosie Wright. Survivors: Daughters, Cathryn Seymour Dorsey and husband, Leon Bronson Dorsey Jr., of Austin and Shelly Seymour and husband, Bud Kennedy, of Fort Worth and their mother, Bea Watson of Dallas; and grandsons, Andrew Seymour Dorsey of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Clayton Anderson Dorsey of Austin.

Daniel Arthur Sisk 1945 HS – A third generation New Mexican, was born in Albuquerque in 1927 to Myrl Hope Sisk and Arthur Henry Sisk. Dan enlisted in the US Navy in 1945 when he graduated from high school at New Mexico Military Institute and served in the western Pacific and China. He attended the University of New Mexico (1946-48) and graduated from Stanford University in 1950, whereupon he received his commission in the US Marine Corps. After two years at Stanford Law School Dan was called to active duty in the Korean War; where he served as a 1st Lt. and was discharged as a Captain. He completed law school in 1954 and married Katharine Banning, the love of his life, in November of that year. Dan and Kay were married for over 62 years. They moved back to Albuquerque in 1954 and Dan joined the Modrall law firm, becoming the sixth lawyer in the firm, which now has more than 60 lawyers. Dan was a partner in the firm for over 40 years. Dan was appointed by Governor Cargo to the New Mexico Supreme Court in 1968. Later, Dan served as Chairman of the Board of Sunwest Financial Services for 15 years. Dan was a lifelong public servant whose volunteer roles included: President of the Legal Aid Society of Albuquerque (1960-61), Board of Directors of the Albuquerque Bar Association (1962-63) and the New Mexico School of Banking Foundation (1981-85), Trustee of Sandia School (1968-72), Albuquerque Academy (1971-73), and the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Memorial Hospitals (1966-82). He delivered meals for Meals On Wheels for 20 years. A member of First Presbyterian Church for over 75 years, Dan served as an elder and deacon. Dan and Kay loved to travel and visited every continent and dozens of countries. He and Kay were accomplished ballroom dancers and won a first place dance trophy on one of their cruises. Dan loved family celebrations and holiday gatherings, dogs, and fishing for trout in the mountains of New Mexico and southern Colorado and salmon in Alaska. For decades he was a passionate fan of Lobo basketball, and he enjoyed playing baseball and watching Albuquerque’s professional teams: the Cardinals, Dukes, Dodgers and, now, Isotopes. Dan was patriotic and believed strongly in the promise of the US Declaration of Independence and Constitution. To his many friends and professional colleagues, he was known as a caring and approachable man of intellect and integrity. Above all, he is remembered as a kind person who loved New Mexico and its people, cultures and potential. Dan is survived by his wife, Kay; and his children, John and wife, Mary Pat, Sarah and husband, Alan, and Tom and partner, Wendy; and six grandchildren, Emily and Lucas Merli, Emma and Laura Hamilton, and Lucinda and Elinor Sisk. 

Gordon Edward Suess 1945 HS, 85, died Friday, July 13, 2012 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on March 8, 1927 to John and Thelma Suess who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by Jeri, his loving wife of 57 years. He was a Real Estate Developer. He served in the Navy during World War II, the Army and Coast Guard during the Korean Conflict and was a retired Coast Guard Commander. He is survived by two sons: Thomas Gordon Suess and wife, Debbie of Broken Arrow and Timothy John Suess and wife, Melody of Tulsa and a daughter, Cynthia Louise MacDonnell and husband, Dennis of Tulsa, 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. 

Thomas Brooks Ward 1945 HS, 89, of Las Cruces, passed away on October 14, 2016 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Tom was born in Cimarron, New Mexico to Zenas and Margaret Ward on May 8, 1927. He graduated from high school at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico in 1945. He was a veteran of the US Army and served in WWII and was honorably discharged in February 1947. Tom was awarded the Army of Occupation Medal and WWII Victory Medal. Tom was an avid New Mexico history buff and enjoyed sharing his many memories of his family’s history in northern New Mexico. He married Dorothy Bivens on February 13, 1953 in Santa Rosa, New Mexico. He worked for Mountain Bell Telephone Company for 28 years. Tom is preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Ward who passed in December 2003, his daughter, LaDonna Lopez who passed in October 2007, and his grandson, Luis Lopez who passed in August 2014. Tom is survived by his sister, Marilyn Decker and husband Cecil Decker of Raton, New Mexico; his son, Michael Ward and wife Kathryn Ward of Las Cruces, New Mexico, his son-in-law, Oscar Lopez of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and his grandchildren, Matthew Ward and family, Laura Lopez, Keanna Ward and his great-grandchild, Luis Lopez (Kito). 

MAJ Robert “Bob” Taulbee Warren, USMC (Ret) 1945 HS passed away peacefully on February 20, 2018 at age 91. He was preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth Rae Warren McDavid, his parents, Anna Isabel Taulbee Warren and Ralph, I. Warren and his grandparents, Sophie Wickner Taulbee and James Perry Taulbee of Montgomery, CO, Illinois and Elizabeth Kerr Beith Warren and John Parker Warren (a pioneer of Warren Creek, Humboldt, Co., (California). He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Nancy Meader Warren, his children, Dawn Warren Wright, Laurel Elizabeth Warren, Annette Isabel Warren and David Ralph Warren, daughter in law, Winnita Kay Warren, grandchildren, Rae Ellen Petenes Crawley, her husband Clay, Brian Christopher Wright and Tyler David Warren, as well as nieces, nephews and many other loving relatives and friends. A native of California, Bob was born on October 20, 1926, in Fresno, and spent his childhood in Sacramento and in the community of Carmichael 15 miles east of Sacramento. He attended Carmichael Grammar School and San Juan High School until his junior year when he was enrolled at the New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, New Mexico. He graduated in June 1945. When Bob returned home, the Second World War was still in process. He went to San Francisco with his father where he was introduced to the Shipping Master of the American President Line who helped Bob get into the Sailor’s Union of the Pacific Seaman School. By April 1945 he was aboard the M/S DAY STAR and was in the battle for Okinawa. He continued to sail until April of 1947 concluding his last trip at sea onboard the S/S GEORGE D. PRENTISS. One of Bob’s favorite stories to tell about this time was after the guns had been removed from the ship, the ammo lockers below deck were filled with beer. He said, “Like magic, our room every night received a cool case of beer when we came off watch. I believe all our ship officers got some too.” He traveled to Manila, Singapore, Madagascar, and Cape Town, South Africa, to name a few ports. After WWII, Bob enlisted in the Marine Corps and completed basic training at the San Diego Marine Corps Recruit Depot. Having been a bugler at the New Mexico Military Institute, his first assignment in the Marines was as a Field Musician, a bugler, and assigned to the guard house at MCRD. When he was in high school playing basketball, he took an elbow in the mouth, had two teeth loosened and the teeth had to be removed. One evening, while playing evening colors, his partial plate slipped out and, as Bob puts it, he “really screwed up.” The Base Commander was known to come out to watch the colors come down, and after Bob’s less than stellar performance, the phone rang almost immediately and the Commander wanted to know what happened to the colors. The Commander was informed and the following morning Bob was ordered to the dentist to have a permanent bridge installed. Bob saw action in the Korean War and was injured while transporting communication lines to new battalion location. While standing on the trace of the caisson and hanging onto the tailgate of a truck, the truck struck two landmines–the right rear tire of the truck and the right tire of the caisson-with Bob standing in the middle of the two explosions. For his service in Korea, he was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Navy’s Presidential Unit Citation, the Korean Service Medal, the UN Service Medal, and the Korean Presidential Unit Citation. While in the Marine Corps, Bob and his family lived in Southern California when Bob was assigned to the bases at El Toro and Camp Pendleton. The family moved to Virginia while Bob completed officer’s training school in Quantico, and moved across country several times during Bob’s military career. His last and, per Bob, his “sweetest assignment” was when he was appointed as the Exchange Officer at Camp Pendleton and promoted to Major in February 1974. He supervised 47 Marines and over 800 civilian employees. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps on September 1, 1975. Upon retirement, Bob and family moved to Eureka, California, where Bob worked as the RV sales manager for Mid-City Motor World, as a supervisor for the Humboldt Transit Authority assisting in creating the bus routes and purchasing the busses, and one of his most rewarding positions, as the Naval Science Instructor, Naval Junior ROTC, at Eureka Senior High School. He was well liked by his students who lovingly referred to him as “The Maj.” Bob and Nancy were involved in the local Humboldt Co. square dance clubs. They enjoyed it so much that they ended up taking dance classes and even converted their four-car garage into a dance studio where they taught basic round dancing lessons for many years. Bob and Nancy lived in Southern California and in Mesa, Arizona, before coming back to live in the San Diego area. They loved to travel and took several trips to Europe and to Mexico and South America. Bob was an avid golfer, loved playing tennis, bowling, pencil drawing, among other hobbies and past-times. However, his best memories were spent with family and friends playing games or just sitting around reminiscing. Bob will be forever remembered by his family and friends for his sense of adventure and good humor.

Embry.W. Williams, Jr. 1945 HS, of Amarillo died peacefully at his home on Saturday morning, May 3rd, 2014. The only child of rancher Embry W. and Charlotte S. (Martin) Williams, E.W. was born on May 19th, 1927, at Post, Texas. He spent his early years living with his parents at their ranch near Post in Garza County. The family moved into Post when he was seven, and he continued school there until high school. He spent his high school years at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, completed training in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, and graduated in 1945 as Sergeant Major of the Corps. With World War II drawing to a close, that same year he received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Army, and then continued his education at Southern Methodist University, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. After earning a Bachelor of Business Administration in Banking and Finance at SMU in 1949, E.W. began his career as Assistant Cashier at the First National Bank in Grapevine, Texas. He married his college sweetheart, Mary Anne Morrison of Dallas, on February 18, 1950, and the following year the first of their two sons was born. He was then an Assistant National Bank Examiner for the U.S. Treasury, and concurrently completed the curriculum of the School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University, graduating in 1953. He joined the First National Bank in Lubbock as Assistant Cashier later that year, and subsequently became vice-president and director. In 1956 he graduated from the American Bankers Association Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University, and around this time he also earned his pilot’s license. In 1961 he became president/CEO and director of Citizens National Bank in Lubbock, and later chairman of the board. During his years in Lubbock, he also became involved as a director, organizer or officer in additional banking and other business and trade organizations, including the First National Bank in Post, the Idalou State Bank, T.I.M.E. Motor Freight, Hale County State Bank (“HCSB”) in Plainview and Citizens State Bank in Slaton, Texas, Citizens State Bank in Springer, New Mexico, the South Plains and Texas Bankers Associations. In 1969 the Williams family moved to Amarillo when E.W. joined the Amarillo National Bank, where he became executive vice-president and vice-chairman of the Board. During and after his years with Amarillo National, he continued serving as chairman of the Board at both HCSB in Plainview and Citizens Bank in Slaton, which progressively expanded to serve numerous communities in the Texas Panhandle, South Plains and Hill Country and in 2013 merged to form Centennial Bank. In 1986 he became an officer and director of the First National Bank of New Mexico in Clayton. That same year he became involved with the Coyote Lake Feedyard in Muleshoe, Texas, where he served as chairman. Between 1986 and 2000 he also served as a director of Furr’s/Bishop’s, Inc., based in Lubbock, and from 1984 to 2000 as director and chairman of the Bank of Commerce in McLean, Texas. In 1974, he helped organize the Independent Bankers’ Association of Texas (“IBAT”), and served as a director of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. A Mason since 1958 (York Rite Knight Templar, Shrine and 32nd degree Scottish Rite), he volunteered his time and expertise to numerous civic and charitable organizations, including the SMU and Texas Tech Foundations, American Red Cross, YMCA and Boy Scouts, PTA, Rotary, the Lubbock Mental Health Center and County Society for Crippled Children, St. Mary’s Hospital and the First Methodist Church in Lubbock and the Polk Street United Methodist Church in Amarillo. In 1970 he was named to the Amarillo Hospital District’s Board of Managers, and during the next few years he spearheaded the District’s bond campaign to fund construction of a new facility to replace the aging Northwest Texas Hospital. After the bond issue passed, due largely to his leadership in the campaign, E.W. was named “Man of the Year” for 1976 by the Amarillo Globe News. He remained on the Board of Managers until 1982, and served as its chairman from 1978 to 1981. During his tenure the present Northwest Texas Hospital facility at the Harrington Medical Center was planned and constructed, and began serving Amarillo and the surrounding area. In 1996, the E. W. Williams, Jr. / Centennial Bank Chair in Finance at Texas Tech University was endowed. To his many friends and business associates he was known to be fair, loyal and honorable, qualities he associated with the phrase, “always taking the high road.” “Character,” E.W. was fond of saying, “is such that, when you agree to do something, you then do what you’ve agreed to, without exception.” Sometimes he would add, “…even if you don’t profit from it.” Mary Anne predeceased E.W. in February, 2013, after over sixty years of marriage. They are survived by son E.W. Williams, III, of Dallas; son J. David Williams and his wife Amanda Barfield Williams of Kerrville; six grandchildren, including Rebecca Whitaker and her husband Andrew Whitaker of Miami, Florida; Liz Keator and husband Mark Keator of Lubbock; Lindsay Williams of Austin, Chelsea Williams of London, England, Hillary Williams of San Antonio, and James Williams of Lubbock; and two great-grandchildren, Laney and Emmie Keator of Lubbock.

Robert Ledlie Wintringer 1945 HS passed away on June 13, 2008 at Renown Medical Center in Reno, NV. He was 81 years old. Mr. Wintringer was born on March 5, 1927 in Steubenville, OH to parents Robert Ledlie and Mary McIlwraith Wintringer. He graduated from Tucson High School in 1945 and served two years in the U.S. Army before attending the University of Arizona. In 1952, he met Susan Moore at the Mission Ranch in Carmel and they married that same year. They built a home in La Jolla, CA and raised four children together over the next 27 years. Bob devoted his career to the aerospace industry, working first for Convair in San Diego and then for Lockheed Aircraft International until his retirement in 1990. He specialized in the L-1011 tristar Program serving the countries of Southeast Asia as the Regional Vice-President of Lockheed Aircraft, Asia. Mr. Wintringer looked forward to a retirement that could include horses and ranching. He spent the last 18 years of his life as a ‘gentleman rancher’ in southwest Reno, enjoying an unhurried life in Northern Nevada. He is survived by his sister, Barbara Orth of Santa Ynez, CA as well as four children; Robert Wintringer of Solana Beach, CA, Michael Wintringer of La Jolla, CA, Nancy Harnisch of Huntington Beach, CA, and Lisa Noonan of Reno. Robert was also the proud grandfather of 10 grandchildren; Jeremy, Jason, Tate, Ryan, Samuel, Zachary, Matthew, Ben, Oliver and Abby. Mr. Wintringer’s family extends their sincere thanks to the many nurses, doctors and staff at the South Meadows Renown Medical Center who provided great kindness, love and extraordinary care of Mr. Wintringer during his final days. 

James Ralph Wood, Jr. 1945 JC died in his home on Sunday, October 11 following a brief illness. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sally Muire, three children, son, James Ralph Wood, III and wife Joanne of Plano, his daughter Dorothy Lee Wood of Dallas and son Clinton H. Wood and wife Susan of Dallas, three grand-children, Gena Wunderlick of Louisville, KY, Andrew Stacy Wood of Plano and Clarke Hopkins Wood of Dallas, two great grandchildren, Alexandra and Tristan Thrailkill of Louisville, KY. Three step grandchildren Robert Heath and his wife Kim of San Francisco, CA, Ryan Heath of Dallas, and Patrick Heath of Plano, also survive him. He was born in Sherman, Texas on September 16, 1926 to the marriage of James Ralph Wood and Kathleen Cook. The family shortly moved to Dallas, and Wood graduated from its public schools. In 1943 he entered the junior college of the New Mexico Military Institute, but left after one year to serve in the U. S. Navy for the remainder of World War II . Upon honorable discharge he entered Southern Methodist University where he obtained a BA degree in 1949. He then entered the law school at the University of Texas , receiving his LLB degree in 1951. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta and government honorary Pi Sigma Alpha. Wood engaged in the active practice of law for 40 years, first as a member of the firm Scurry, Scurry, Pace & Wood, then with the Law Department of Southwestern Life Insurance Company where he became Vice President & Special Counsel. Upon early retirement from Southwestern Life, he joined Great American Reserve Insurance Company as Vice President & General Counsel, serving until final retirement in July, 1991. During his active years in the practice of law, Wood was a member of the State Bar of Texas, a Life Senior Fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation, and the Legal Section of the American Council of Life Insurance. He was a past chairman of the Corporate Counsel Section of the Texas Bar, the Legislative Committee of the Texas Life Insurance Association, and the New Mexico Life Insurance Guaranty Association. In addition he served as Chairman of the Board of the Visiting Nurse Association of Dallas and the VNA Foundation and was a trustee of Grace Presbyterian Village. He was a past member of the Idlewild, Terpsechorean and Calyx clubs. Wood served at Highland Park Presbyterian Church as Sunday School teacher, Deacon, Elder and trustee. He was a volunteer in a number of civic and charitable organizations and especially enjoyed a LIFT service of teaching English and reading to inmates at the Dallas County Jail. 

James S. Wright 1945 JC, 82, of Vernon died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008, in Vernon. Mr. Wright served in the U.S. Army and was the owner of Wright Insurance Agency, Vernon. Survivors include wife, Ruth Wright of Vernon; sons, Jim Wright of Vernon and Tommy Wright of Mechanicsville, Md.; daughter, Susan Nichols of Fredericksburg, Texas; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 


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John M. Alderman 1944 HS, 82 05/30/1926 03/10/2009 John was born in Kansas City, Mo He was a marketing executive in the pharmaceutical industry John is survived by his sons, Jerry, Mark and David; and his daughter, Laurie Morris. He was preceded in death by his wife, Violet. A service has been held.

James K. “Jim” Anderson 1942 HS ~ 1944 JC, 91, of Norman, Oklahoma, passed away at his home surrounded by family and friends on Thursday May 26, 2016. Jim was born in Ada, Oklahoma to Mildred Kerr and James L. Anderson on September 16, 1924. Jim attended New Mexico Military Institute for High School and Junior College. While awaiting the call to Officer’s Candidate School, he decided to enlist with the first available unit in the Army. He fought in World War II as an Infantry Scout in the 319th Regiment, 80th Infantry in Patton’s Third Army. While in the Army, he received two Bronze Stars. After the war, Jim attended the University of Oklahoma where in three short years he graduated with a B.S. in Geological Engineering in 1949. While at OU, he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity as well as the honor fraternities of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Tau and Sigma Gamma Epsilon and Gamma Tau Kappa. Jim owned and operated an oil and gas exploration and production company for 61 years, James K. Anderson, Inc. He was a founding contributor of Sarkey’s Energy Center and a recipient of the University of Oklahoma Regents Award. Jim was the chairman of the committee for the Oil Pioneer Plaza at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History. He was inducted into the New Mexico Military Institute Hall of Fame and also received the George Ward Memorial Award from the New Mexico Military Institute as well. Jim was also a member of the Society of the Cincinnati. Jim was a member of St. Luke’s Methodist Church in Oklahoma City. He is survived by his wife Jerrie, children Judi Anderson Guetens and husband Ed, Melanie Anderson, and James R. Anderson and wife Mary; stepchildren Allen Buchanan, Mike Buchanan and wife Caryn, Don L. Buchanan, and Becky Archey and husband Brian; 10 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, his dear cousins, and dear friend Lisa Gracey.

Henry Kirkpatrick “Hank” Arnold Jr. 1944 HS was born in Houston, Texas on May 14, 1926 to Henry Kirkpatrick Arnold, Sr. and Pauline Menefee Arnold. He attended Lamar High School and New Mexico Military Institute. He served during World War II in the US Navy. He graduated with a Chemical Engineering degree from Purdue University and attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology for post graduate studies. He is survived by his wife, Betty du Perier Arnold and his two daughters, Catherine Arnold Domask and son in law Richard Domask, and Ann Arnold Graham and son in law Michael “Murphy” Graham. He has 6 grandchildren and one great grand-daughter. He is also survived by his sister, Pauline Arnold Schweppe, wife of Dr. Irving Schweppe. He was predeceased by his parents and his first wife, Elizabeth Parnell Arnold and his son, Henry Kirkpatrick Arnold, III. Hank was an avid sailor and very active at the Houston Yacht Club. He and his wife Elizabeth were instrumental in starting the Houston Yacht Club youth program, The Ragnots in 1958. He spent many years as an International Yacht Racing Association Judge and was an Honorary Past Commodore of the Houston Yacht Club. He spent his professional years working for The Humble Oil Company and Exxon Corporation, retiring in 1986. After his retirement, he and Betty spent many wonderful years travelling and sailing around the world. 

Earl C. Bartow Jr. 1944 HS “Bud” 86, of Clearwater, died Oct. 24. Survived by wife of 63 years, Lora; children, Beth, Cliff; numerous grands & great-grands.

Arthur W. Bastian Sr. 1944 HS, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, October 26, 2008, in Murrieta, California at the age of 82. He is remembered by his three loving children, Scott Randall Bastian of Temecula, CA, Stephanie Rae George of Wasilla, AK and Arthur Woodruff Bastian, Jr. Of Tokyo, Japan. Mr. Bastian is also survived by his six grandchildren, his siblings, Donna Rahn, Bette mcfarlane and Reed Bastian and their families. His eldest sister, Rae Roy passed away in 2002. Art came from a line of Mormon descendants, was born to the father of a farmer in Riverton, Utah and served in the Army during WWII in the South Pacific. Art graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in Political Science and enjoyed careers managing a trucking company, a restaurant and real estate properties. Art lived in Tucson from 1981 to 2007. After losing his wife, Anita Fay, Art dedicated his life to raising his three young children to success and happiness. They will remain forever grateful for his love and guidance, as will the many other family and friends whose lives he touched. Art’s unparalleled wit and good nature stayed with him until his final days. We know that Art is now with Bud, and all of his other dear friends, enjoying a good ball game over light drinks and pleasant conversation.

Hilory George Bedford, Jr. 1944 HS passed away on October 9, 2013. He is survived by wife Dorothy; three daughters, Beverly Drummond and husband Gene, Lisa Sams and husband Lourcey, and Nita Bedford Fradenburg; eight grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; sister Anna Beth Farr; and one brother-in-law.

Herbert Sam Benjamin, Jr. 1944 JC Herbert, affectionately known as Boo or Herb was born in Baton Rouge, La. And died in Los Angeles, Ca. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Lou Audrey and his older sister, Joan Benjamin Goldberger all of Baton Rouge, La. Herbert married his wife Jeanne in 1969 and she also preceded him in death in 2001. He received a BS degree from LSU and a Masters degree in Engineering from Purdue University. Herbert served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and retired from the active Naval Reserve in 1994, with the rank of Commander. Herbert practiced Engineering in Europe and So. California, retiring from TRW. Boo and Jeanne had a great love of travel, especially Europe, and these trips were extensively documented with his love of photography. The last few years, he lived at Belmont Hollywood, a retirement facility, and many thanks to the Belmont staff and his friends for their help and visits and special thanks to his good friend Antonia for her frequent visits and encouragement. Herbert is survived by his brother Raphiel and Raphiel’s wife Karen of Santa Fe, NM., nieces Clem Goldberger of New Orleans LA, and Jill Benjamin Blankenship (Ruskin) of Santa Fe, NM., nephews Raphiel Benjamin, Jr. (Pam) of San Antonio, Tx. And Richard Benjamin (Serafina) of San Clemente, CA, as well as Jeanne’s children, Michael Freedman (Faye) of Covina, CA. And Sharon Matthews (Lowell) of Incline Village, NV. Boo will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know him. 

Frank M. Bernick 1942 HS-1944 JC., 84, born on a farm in Stockton, Iowa, the son of Frank Robert and Agnes Cross Bernick, passed away on June 23, 2009. He was raised in Iowa City and was a graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute and its Junior College. In 1944 he entered the Cavalry branch of the U.S. Army, serving largely in China followed by attachment to a Chinese Army unit charged with the repatriation to Japan of Japanese citizens in Formosa/ Taiwan where they had lived for over 50 years. Following his discharge from the Army, he attended the University of Iowa and then returned to the Army in its Counter Intelligence Corps where he served for 20 years. His assignments included San Francisco, Salzburg, Austria, Korea, Frankfurt (Germany) and Washington D.C. After he retired from military service in 1967, he worked for 15 years for the National Council of Senior Citizens in Washington D.C. A few years after his second retirement, he and his wife moved to Brandermill Woods Retirement Community where they lived for 16 years, between frequent trips all over the world. He met and married his wife, the former Joan Sanderson, in Austria in 1954. She survives him as do his three daughters, Susan Bernick of Seattle, Lea Ann Bernick and her partner, Julie Lavezzo, of San Francisco, and Carol Bernick and her husband, Mark Hackett of Portland, Oregon; two grandchildren, Austin Shaff and Anna Shaff. 

Elisha F. “Frank” Blair, Jr. 1944 JC Age 89, passed away Saturday morning, May 28, 2011 at the vista-care Center at Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque. Mr. Blair was being treated for cancer. He was born October 24, 1922 in Ada, Oklahoma and moved to Roswell, New Mexico when he was 4 years old, the only son of E. Frank Blair and Gladys Barringer Blair, whose father was a prominent rancher in Oklahoma. Frank’s parents started the White House Grocery. He graduated from Roswell High School and spent two years at the New Mexico Military Institute. Frank served in the U.S. Navy Aviation Flight training program during WWII. He and June Sorrells, native Roswellian, were married in August 1944 in Chicago where he was stationed at that time. After the war, the Blairs lived in Roswell and had one son. Stephen Frank Blair, born Feb 9, 1949, grew up in Roswell and went on to become a nuclear pharmacist at the US Naval Hospital in San Diego. Frank’s son and parents preceded him in death. While living in Roswell, Frank worked for Prudential Life Insurance. He then opened the Blair Insurance Agency and eventually worked for the Sherwin Williams Company. While with Sherwin Williams, Frank was the top outside salesman in the United States. During this time, he also opened Sherwin Williams’ Las Cruces store. After the Air Force base in Roswell closed, the Blairs moved to Merced, California for June’s work as an Air Force Court Reporter and Executive Legal Secretary. Frank continued his retail sales management with Sherwin Williams as Store Manager in Modesto. He then enjoyed a successful career as a real estate broker in California, which he continued in Albuquerque when the Blairs returned to New Mexico. Frank was an active Mason for over 50 years (Roswell Lodge #18 A.F. & A.M.) and a life member of the Ballut Abyad Shriners. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, hunting, and boating. The Blairs are members of St. Andrews Episcopal Church. Graveside services will be held at South Park Cemetery, Thursday morning June 2, 2011 at 10 a.m. The Reverend Herb Robbins (retired from St. Paul Episcopal Church, Artesia), the Blair’s nephew, will officiate. Frank is survived by his wife June, nieces Whitney Blair, Kelly Robbins, Lane Leadingham and nephew Dr. Chris Robinson.

Tom A. Blair, Jr. 1944 HS, completed his journey on this earth and went to his heavenly reunion on Saturday, March 15, 2008. He was born to Tom A. And Edna (Hammack) Blair on October 27, 1925 in Pueblo, CO. Tom graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in civil engineering. He served as an electrical engineer aboard ship in the Navy during World War II. Over the years, Tom was employed by nationally known contractors and participated in the building of a number of dams in the western United States. Eventually he returned to Socorro, NM where he owned and operated Riverview Sand and Gravel. He sold the business a number of years ago in order to have time to spend with his beloved wife and pursue his hobbies. Tom was an avid reader and great conversationalist. He loved people, and people loved him. He could be seen going to San Antonio, NM or Socorro everyday to buy the newspaper, go to the grocery store, and take advantage of visiting with friends along the way. Tom was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Bertha Baca Blair, of Socorro; his son, Tom A. Blair III, of Missouri; his daughter, Cindy Nee and husband, Joe, of Edgewood, NM; one sister, Frances Ball, of Avon, CT; and two nieces and one nephew, also of Connecticut. He will also be missed by Harold and Martha Baca, Shane Baca, Alice Baca Baxter, and his many friends. 

William Samuel Boggess 1944 HS  – Mr. Boggess was born February 15, 1927 at Kansas City, MO to Luke J. Boggess and Frances Elizabeth Flora. He was raised in Carthage, MO following death of his mother April 1928 until September 1942, then attending New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM, later Wentworth Military Academy, Lexington, MO then, serving voluntarily in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He received his bachelor’s engineering degree from Finley Engineering College, K.C., MO in December 1949. Work carried him to many states, and in 1960 settling in Johnson County, Kansas, moving to Naples, FL summer of 1984 where he enjoyed living for over 23 years, then fall 2006, moved to a retirement community www.shellpoint.org. Bill was never married and his immediate family preceded him in death: mother, step-mother Muriel Busboom (Haight) Boggess, step-sister Mrs. Joseph H. (Margaret) Busboom Miller, Carthage and brother Luke Jack Boggess, Portland, OR. 

Charles Glendon Bradley 1944 HS, 74, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000.

Toulmin H. Brown, Sr. 1944 HS,  Mr. Brown passed away Thursday, February 14, 2008, following a lengthy illness. He was the former vice president and director of The Times Publishing Co. Ltd, until it was sold to the Gannett Company in 1977. Mr. Brown served in the U.S. Air Force during WWII. Following his separation from the service, he became active with the Air Force Association (AFA) in 1966, involved with aerospace education, symposiums and the Aerospace Briefing Team, in this area. In 1967, Toulmin was elected president of the Shreveport Chapter of the Air Force Association, then, in 1968, he was elected president of the Ark-La-Tex Chapter No.159 and served in that capacity until 1971, when he was elected to the Louisiana AFA. In 1976, in Washington D.C. Mr. Brown was elected national vice- president of the South Central Region of the AFA. The region included Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. He was also elected to the board of advisors of the Air Force Association in 1974. He was instrumental in helping the AFA and The Shreveport Times in bringing the United States Air Force Singing Sergeants and the United States Army Field Band to this area. Toulmin H. Brown was truly a man of dignity and honor who served his readers and his country well. He will long be remembered by those who had the privilege of knowing him. Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his parents, Edmond G. And Esther Ewing Brown; his wife, Cynthia Parker Brown; son Walter Parker Brown; brother, Robert Ewing Brown. Left to cherish his memory are sons, Alexander Pike Brown and Toulmin H. Brown, Jr.; daughter-in-law and caregiver, Linda Tully Brown; brother, Edmond Brown; two grandchildren, Nicole Paxton Brown and Natalie Parker Brown; great-grandchildren, Sam Smith, Jonathan Parker Brown, Kaylea Nicole Pedron and Cameron Frank Pedron; sister in law, Dorothy Graham Brown; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members. 

2LT Ralph M. Buffington 1944 HS – Korea-Killed in action on 12 August 1950.

Richard Hollington Burnham 1944 JC, Richard Hollington Burnham, born November 26, 1924, passed away at the California Veterans Home in Barstow September 18, 2011. “Dick” was born in San Diego to Marston and Mary Maud Burnham. He grew up in Chula Vista, CA and graduated from Sweetwater High School in 1942. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps as an enlisted man in 1943, was commissioned as a flight officer in 1944 and flew as a bombardier during World War II. After his discharge in 1945, he started his college career. Before returning to California and completing his BA degree at Stanford in 1968, he worked in Phoenix building a TV station and worked in New York City at what he enjoyed the most, acting. In later years he returned to San Diego and established a small landscaping business and appeared in various amateur theatre productions. He was preceded in death by his first wife Marcelle, and second wife Audrey. He is survived by his sister Nancy Deacon of San Francisco, niece Lyn Hogan of San Francisco, nephew Mike Hogan of New Zealand, and stepsons David Weflen, of La Mesa, Erik Weflen of Solana Beach, and stepdaughters Heidi Keifer of Washington, DC, Petra Maher of Chula Vista, and Militza Elliott of Sallisaw, OK. Nine grandchildren will remember him as well to include Nathan, Samantha, Daniel, Aaron, Beth, Earl, Suzannah, Erik, and Jennie

Judge Harl D. Byrd 1944 HS passed away peacefully in his home on February 15, 2013. Born in Gallup, New Mexico on February 22, 1926, he graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute and later served in the US Navy. Judge Byrd received his Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico and was later appointed to the 1st Judicial Court by Gov. Bruce King. Harl was the house council for the Zia Corporation in Los Alamos, NM and also served as a County Commissioner where he was instrumental in having Los Alamos become an open community. In 1957 Judge Byrd joined the firm of Bigbee & Stephenson later becoming partner. He also was a partner with Campbell, Byrd, & Black. Judge Byrd concluded his distinguished career as a Special Master to the Federal Court of Judge Mechem and was appointed Judge Pro Tem to the Pecos River judication. Judge Byrd left behind his loving wife of 63 years, Corona Byrd children Shawn and Fred Brennan, Virginia Byrd and husband Donn Wiese, Adam and Denice Byrd, James and Tracy Byrd, Mary and Bruce Gordon, and Daniel Byrd. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

2ndLt John S. Carson, USMC 1944 JC – Korea-Killed in action on 3 September 1950. Second Lieutenant Carson was a member of Company A, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Provisional Marine Brigade.

William J. “Bill” Carson 1944 JC went home to be with his Lord on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007. He was the son of Ira M. And Wilma West Carson. He was born May 27, 1925. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Norma; one son, William J. “Billy” Jr., and his wife, Cathy; one daughter, Bonnie and her husband, Buddy Baldridge of Jayton, Texas; six grandchildren, Julie and Greg Lawford of Portage, Miss., Haley and Rodney Najar of San Antonio, Texas, Amanda and Jason Green of Denton, Texas, Barbi and Nate Sprinkle of Waco, Texas, Brook and Justin Culbertson of Jonesboro, GA, and B.J. and Jessica Baldridge of Abilene, Texas; 10 great-grandchildren, Abbey and Haley Lawford, Chelsey Najar, Brienna, Noah, Kira and Micah Sprinkle, and Cali, Carson and Katie Culbertson; two sisters, Crystelle Childress and Eloise Clegg; one sister-in-law, Nola Morgan and adopted brother Ralph E. Simon, six nieces and five nephews. Bill grew up in Ozona, graduating from high school in 1942, attending New Mexico Military Institute. He was drafted September 1, 1943. He became a member of the 29th Infantry and landed on Omaha Beach in the third wave on D-day, fighting in four major battles and one too many night patrols. As sole survivor of the last, he was sent behind the lines with other battle-fatigued men to Paris. There, the 75th Military Patrol was formed of the front line battlefield veterans. Bill became an M.P., serving in Fontainbleu and Rheims, France. Just before V-E Day, they received orders to escort a company of Army nurses to Burma, shipping out from Marseilles when V-E Day was declared. They crossed the Atlantic, went through the Panama Canal, and survived a typhoon in the Pacific before V-J Day was declared. Orders were received to put into port in the Philippine Islands. They finally received orders to be shipped home Jan. 31, 1946. He was discharged Feb. 4, 1946. He returned to ranching in Val Verde and Crockett counties. He married on November 8, 1946. One year was enjoyed before the drought of the 1950s began. He purchased an old truck and trucked feed for other ranchers while he ground sotol to feed his stock and raised pigs on the free feed. He bought a home in Ozona in 1952 so his children could attend school there. He became active in civic affairs when the family moved to town in 1954. He was a member of the first volunteer fire department, charter member of the lion’s Club, became a Mason and became a member of the school board, serving as president from 1961 to 1969. He helped with the building of the airfield and flew the doctor and medical supplies to Sanderson when they had their big flood. He was an active member of the Civil Air Patrol, flying many search and medical missions to Fort Worth and Houston. He served 20 years as a special deputy for the Crockett County sheriff’s Department. A man of many interests, he loved flying, hunting, fishing, boating, golfing and roping, and enjoyed traveling with his family in the States, Mexico, Canada and Alaska. He also farmed and ranched in Burnet County during the time his family was in school. In the fall of 1969 as chairman of the board of a life insurance company, he was appointed to replace their retiring president. He served seven years, resigned in 1976, and returned to the Val Verde ranch. Bill was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ozona. As a youth he attended Paisano Baptist Encampment in Alpine, he became member of the board of directors in 1980 and served as treasurer for many years until he realized he must retire. He was diagnosed suffering from Alzheimer’s disease in the fall of 1999. Since that time he has served as a Director Emeritus of Paisano. Pallbearers are his grandsons.

George Herbert “Herb” Champ 1942 HS-1944 JC, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away on May 11, 2015, at Logan Regional Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Herb was born on Nov. 18, 1924, in Logan, Utah, to Frederick Percival and Frances Winton Champ. He attended Logan City Schools and New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico, before serving in the infantry during WWII. Despite being ineligible for military service, he volunteered for the infantry. He saw combat during the Battle of the Bulge, where he evaded capture after a German advance, permanently suffering frostbite in the process. He later participated in the liberation of Norway. After the war Herb returned to Logan to attend Utah State University, where he earned a degree in commerce in 1949. Herb remained a lifelong Aggie, always supporting the business school and athletics programs, and remaining a loyal fan of the football and basketball teams. He was a member of the Old Main Society, received USU’s Distinguished Service Award and its College of Business Distinguished Executive Award, and was a Life Member of the USU Partners Program. Several days before his 90th birthday, Herb and Helen were awarded USU’s Spirit of Old Main Award for lifetime dedication to the university. After graduation from USU, Herb began his career at the Boise, Idaho branch of Champ family-owned Utah Mortgage Loan Corporation (UMLC). It was during this time that he met and fell in love with Helen Mae Adams, whom he married in 1952. Herb and Helen returned to Logan in 1957. He became company manager two years later and then CEO in 1965. Herb then oversaw the sale of UMLC to First Security Corporation in 1967. Herb had such an established reputation for leadership that First Security was only interested in the sale if Herb would stay on as CEO, a position he held until his retirement in 1983. Herb was proud of his family heritage and successfully continued its legacy of professional success, charitable giving of talent and money, and great care and respect for all others. Herb knew that UMLC’s success relied on its employees and treated them with respect, dignity and compassion. His former employees love to tell his grandchildren what a great boss he was. Herb loved serving others, especially by volunteering on the boards of numerous charitable organizations and assisting them to success. Among these he was particularly devoted to the Sunshine Terrace Foundation and St. John’s Episcopal Church. Herb was passionate about Sunshine Terrace after his mother spent several years there, where she received exceptional care. Herb later served as director of the foundation. St. John’s originally brought the Champ family to Logan, and Herb’s support of the church honored that tradition. Herb was also a longtime member of the Bluebird Coffee Club, past president of the Logan Rotary Club, past president of Logan Golf and Country Club, and a past Master of Harmony Lodge of the Masonic order. After his retirement Herb devoted himself to his family and community. He traveled with his children, adventuring to all corners of the globe, such as Tibet and the Soviet Union. He also traveled with the USU athletic teams as far as Japan – twice! Herb loved spending time with his five grandchildren, teaching them chess and golf and showing them the wider world with trips to New York and Washington, D.C. He and Helen spent winters in Palm Desert, California, where they went out to lunch daily, Herb played golf, and they were visited by their family. In the last years of his life, Herb loved to go for car rides. The day before he was admitted to the hospital, he went for three. One of his last gestures was seeing one of his drivers and looking at his watch to see if it was time to go for a ride. Herb was always a pleasure to be around, and everyone loved seeing his big, infectious smile. He was a Cache Valley icon and will be missed by all. Herb is survived by his wife, Helen; daughter, Tere Champ-Major, husband Rick Major, their children, Charles and Nicholas; and his son, George F. Champ and children Adam, Katie, and Sarah. He was preceded in death by his sister Mary Champ Nielsen and brother Frederick Winton Champ. 

Joseph Harold Chancellor 1944 HS passed away to the Lord on August 20, 2008, at the Hill Top Village Retirement Home in Kerrville, Texas.He was born on September 14, 1925, in Boynton, Oklahoma, to Mr. And Mrs. C. W. Chancellor, Sr.He was a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Joseph served in the United States Army during World War II and received an appointment to West Point.On September 30, 1960, he married Laura Kay Zettl. He is survived by his brothers and sister: R.E. Chancellor of Butte, Montana, Phyllis Ann Nelson of Kerrville, J. Camden Chancellor of Midland and R. S. Chancellor of Tubac, Arizona.There will be no services.The family invites you to send condolences at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com by selecting the ‘Send Condolences’ link. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.

Gordon D. Clark 1942 HS-1944 JC, 74, died Sunday at home. Born in Iowa Park, Texas, he lived in Princeton since 1994. Mr. Clark was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II. He was a geologist and independent oil operator and owned Clark & Clark in Ardmore, Okla. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Cranbury. He is survived by his wife, Joyce C. Tucker; two daughters, Rebecca Faulk of Houston and Sarah Clark of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; two stepsons, Dana mcbryde of Colorado Springs and Andrew Tucker of Larchmont, N.Y.; two stepdaughters, Hilary Koppel of Tulsa, Okla., and Katherine Tucker of Philadelphia; and four grandchildren. 

Thomas C. Closson, Jr. 1944 JC, born February 28, 1926 died unexpectedly July 21, 2007 at St. Vincent’s Hospital of acute leukemia. Tom is the last member of a long time prominent Santa Fe family that dates back to New Mexico Territorial Days. His grandfather was a U.S. Marshall and later owned a livery stable at the corner of Don Gaspar and Alameda St. That later became the first car dealership in Santa Fe in 1909, known as Closson & Closson Garage. Tommy was educated in Santa Fe schools and attended Prep school in California. He then graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1944. After his return from service in the Air Force in World War II he attended The University of New Mexico and then became a partner with his father in the car dealership and Standard Oil Company Gasoline Distributorship. He also served on the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Automobile Association. He was an active member of the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, also on the Board of Directors for the United Fund, and was a founding member of the Santa Fe Exchange Club. Tom was a charter member of the Santa Fe Country Club and served as it’s president in 1956 and 1957. Tommy loved his Country, his State and Santa Fe. He continued his military career by joining the New Mexico National Guard in 1968 and retired from a distinguished career as a Colonel in 1980. He was promoted to the honorary rank of Lieutenant General by the State of New Mexico in honor of his contributions to the State and the National Guard. Tommy also served the State of New Mexico as the Civil Defense State Training and Education Officer as well as the Disaster Assistance Program Manager. He retired in 1992 and continued his love of golf until the day he entered the hospital. Tommy is survived by his wife and best friend of 58 years, Marge; and two daughters, Sydney Landreneau and husband, Bill of Littleton, CO and Valarie Closson Burke and husband, Peter; and granddaughter, Colleen Burke of Albuquerque. 

Carlisle Barksdale Cox, Jr. 1944 HS, Colonel, U.S. Army Retired, 82, of Crystal River, passed away on Wednesday, August 20, 2008, at the Life Care Center of Ocala. He was born on May 14, 1926, in Fort Riley, Kansas to Carlisle Sr. and Louise Crawford. He retired after 34 years of military service and was a veteran of World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1950, earning a bachelor’s degree in English. He is preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Nancy Anne Cox, a son, Carlisle B. Cox III and a daughter, Judith Cox. He is survived by his son, John Cox (Eldi) of Miami, FL, daughter in law Robin Cox of Harker Heights, TX, 2 sisters, Virginia Louise Moore of Chicago, IL, and Ursula Anne Cox of Canton, GA, 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Colonel Cox shared his undivided devotion to his cherished wife, Nancy, his children, grandchildren and friends in such a way that all who knew him wish to celebrate the very special life he led. Friends and neighbors are asked to join the family in bidding farewell to a beloved father, grandfather, and friend. 

James L. Curtis, Jr. 1944 HS Jim was born April 12, 1926 to James L. Curtis, Sr. and Margaret Fair Curtis. Jim passed away August 14, 2012. Jim attended Saguache schools for 10 years. The last two years of high school he went to New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. Upon graduation from NMMI, Jim joined the Navy. Jim served in the Navy from 1945 to 1946. Returning from the Navy, Jim enrolled in college at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln where he graduated with a degree in Animal Science. Jim married Margaret Reynolds (Peggy) in 1952. Jim has ranched in the Saguache area as a fourth generation Curtis. Jim is survived by his wife Peggy and two children James L. Curtis, III (Jay) of Saguache and Anne (Ed) Nielsen of Saguache and two grandchildren Scott and Stan Nielsen.

Robert H. Ewing III 1944 HS June 29, 1926-May 28, 2009 Mr. Ewing, 82, of San Marcos, died May 28.

Edward Dale Fredrickson, Jr. 1944 JC, of Gulf Breeze, passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2015. Dale had a long and wonderful life and was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Dale and Louise Rathfeston Fredrickson, Sr. wife, Bonnie Jean French Fredrickson & stepdaughter, Linda Lloyd-Davies Terry. Dale is survived by his wife of 39 years, Martha Louise Picken Fredrickson. His son, Jeffrey Dale (Kathy) Fredrickson, their children, Jeffrey Lee (Tammy) their children, Ethan Montgomery, Katelyn Grace, Joshua Dale (Betsy), Christian, JD, Jr., and Jessa Jewell. His son Edward Mark (Joette) Fredrickson, their children, Matthew Lawrence and Bonnie Fredrickson (Lewis) Shadwick , their children, Lillie Ann and Ava Leigh. Linda’s sons, Trevor (Melissa) Boyer, their children, Brandi, Matthew and Cornelia and also Linda’s son, Christopher (Princess) Boyer and their children, Acquene, Jason, Tanner and Cora. Dale graduated from New Mexico Military Institute at the beginning of WWII and during the War he served as an officer in the Philippines. After returning from the War he married Bonnie Jean French. They were married 28 years and had two sons Jeff & Mark. He graduated from the University of California at Berkley with a Master’s Degree in Business and he also played on the basketball team. Dale had a long and successful career in the Life Insurance Business in both California and Alabama. He retired as a Vice President of Liberty National Life Insurance Co., Birmingham. Dale and Martha retired to Gulf Breeze, FL in 1985. He was an avid golfer, loved boating and fishing and both he & Martha enjoyed traveling extensively they were both active members of the Gulf Breeze Presbyterian Church.

Charles H. Fassett 1944 JC, 86 of Chandler, AZ, passed away on July 18, 2010. 

Vernon H. Galbraith 1944 HS Friday, February 10th, 2017 beloved husband, father, grandpa and friend, died peacefully in Mount Vernon, Washington at the age of 90. Vernon was born in Bellingham to Hugh & Pauline Galbraith. Vernon spent his youth hunting and fishing with his family in the acme area. He skied at Mount Baker at a young age when there was just a single rope tow. At age 16, Vernon took a trunk of his belongings and a train ride to New Mexico where he completed the last two years of high school at the New Mexico military institute. Along with learning to play polo, Vernon developed a love for aviation, acquired his pilot’s license at age 17, and went on to serve the country in the US navy as a tail gunner in a PBM. Upon his return home, Vernon attended western Washington college to pursue an engineering degree, but left midway through to help his father with Galbraith bros logging co which he would eventually run with his brothers Alvin and Jim. Vernon married the love of his life, Patricia Williams in 1947 and they remained in acme until the logging operation took them to Darrington, WA. Vernon wore many hats while he was living in Darrington including being in charge of the Timberbowl, serving on the board for the Arlington bank and being a founding director of the Hi Lead Loggers Association. Vernon returned to his interest in engineering in the 70’s and eventually became president of Rothenbuhler engineering in Sedro Woolley. In addition, Vernon went on to establish a restaurant serving one of his favorite foods; Broasted chicken. He ran Jeremiah’s with his oldest son, Hugh, all while serving as president of Rothenbuhler’s and his local rotary club. Upon retirement, Vernon pursued his love for carpentry and completed his dream home at Lake Cavanaugh, Washington where he and his family have enjoyed their summers for nearly 50 years. At age 77, Vernon began a new project with his daughter, Stephanie, building a log home at Lake Cavanaugh. Vernon was always full of life. An avid snow skier and water skier, he spent many weekends teaching his family and friends how to ski. At age 74, Vernon met a group of 4 and 5-year-old children at Steven’s Pass weekly to teach skiing. Toward the end of the season, we would often see Vernon trailing the kids and shouting “hey you kids you need to stay out of the woods”. Of course, he would always end the run with a smile on his face and boast of their incredible ability to ski through the trees. Vernon was preceded in death by his parents Hugh and Pauline Galbraith, and brother’s Alvin and Jim Galbraith. He is survived by his beautiful wife Patricia (Williams) Galbraith of Darrington, his sister Mary Lea Johnson, and his children – Hugh (Chris) of Sedro Woolley, Dwight (Margaret) of oak harbor, Brett (Jude) of Darrington and Stephanie of Snohomish, along with his six grandchildren – chad, Angela, Andrew, Elizabeth, Addison and Caden and four great grandchildren.

James Robert “Bob” Green 1942 HS-1944 JC – James Robert “Bob” Green died at his home on the Green Ranch located between Breckenridge and Albany, Texas, on December 22, 2009. Bob was born 85 years ago. He is survived by Nancy, his wife of 61 years, three children including Nancy Kate Hargrove and husband Joe of Shreveport, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. A published author, Mr. Green wrote Okinawa Odyssey in 2004, a memoir of his participation in the battle of Okinawa for which he received both silver and bronze stars for his heroism as a 20-year old tank commander. He received many honors during his lifetime, including the 2007 Charles Goodnight Award in Ft. Worth for excellence in ranching heritage. Texas Gov. Rick Perry issued the following statement: “Texas lost a great man and a dear Texan with the passing of Bob Green. A consummate rancher who epitomized the essence of West Texas, Bob stood tall in his community and his industry with quiet grace and a profound respect for humanity and the environment. From his honorable military service to his love of history and talent for storytelling, Bob lived his life to the fullest and will be forever remembered by all who knew him. Shackelford County’s loss is shared across Texas. Anita and I send our deepest condolences to his wife Nancy and his entire family”.

Charles Greer 1942 HS-1944 JC, 84, passed away in Scottsdale, AZ on March 16, 2010. Born April 30, 1925. He was a lifetime resident of Santa Fe, working in various enterprises most recently Greer Enterprises, Inc., until his retirement in 1993. Charles was the last surviving grandchild of Nathan Salmon and child of E. John and Salome Greer, who built and operated motion picture theaters in Santa Fe, most notably the Lensic Theater. The theater’s name was a result of a contest using the surnames of Mr. Salmon’s grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife and lifelong partner, Gene; sisters: Sara Greer, Mary Irene Soldow, Lila Koury; brothers: E. John Greer, Jr. And Nathan Greer, each of whose names were included with Charles’ in naming the LENSIC. Charles is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and friends in Santa Fe and Rio Verde, Arizona where he and Gene spent much time as avid golfers. 

PVT David Edgar Grubbs, USA 1944 JC – WWII-Killed in action in Germany as part of a rescue party on 16 December 1944.

John T. “Jack” Hardin 1944 JC, 90, of San Marcos, formerly of Austwell, died Saturday April 2, 2016. Jack was born in Alexandria, LA, on July 18, 1925 to the late Lorraine G. and Bess L. Tiffany Hardin. Jack served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and was a 1949 graduate of the University of Texas. He was retired from farming in Refugio and Jackson counties. Jack is survived by his wife Barbara LeClare Dyer Hardin, son John D. Hardin, daughters Mary A. Hardin and Catherine A. Escobar, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

PFC Henry Stanford Haughton, USA 1944 HS – WWII-Killed in action near Au River, Germany on 2 April 1945.

Frederick James Hill 1944 HS, passed away June 11, 2000, at his residence.

Dr. Robert Douglass “Bob” Hill 1944 JC, age 89 of Seguin, passed away on Oct. 15, 2014. Bob was born on June 20, 1925, in Fort Worth Texas to Christopher and Amelia (Bowen) Hill. Bob proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II. He attended Medical School at Tulane University. He loved caring for children and was a Pediatrician. He enjoyed wood carving and playing tennis. Bob is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Marian Artzt. He is survived by his loving wife Penny; daughters, Elizabeth Ann, Catherine, Amy and Lorey; sons, Stephen and Shaun; nephews, Timothy and Jamey and Joe, Chris and Robert Worrall.

William L. Jr. Hobbs 1944 HS, No services are planned at this time for Lieutenant Commander USN Ret. William L. “Bill” Hobbs Jr. 81, of Carrizozo. He passed away Monday, March 31, in Ruidoso. He was born July 25, 1926 at Globe, Arizona. Commander Hobbs was a retired naval officer. He served his country for thirty years from World War II throught the Vietnam War, where he was awarded a bronze star. He moved to Lincoln County in the early 1980’s from Livermore, California. He is survived by seven children and fourteen grandchildren in California. His family greatly appreciates the kindness of his friends and neighbors in Carrizozo and the exceptional care he received from the dedicated staff of Lincoln County Medical Center in Ruidoso.

PVT Willard John Humphreys, USMCR 1944 HS – WWII-Killed in action – died of wounds received in action in Iwo Jima on 6 March 1945.

William Goebel “Bill” Ikard, II 1944 HS was born in Anthony, New Mexico on July 16, 1926. Bill graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute and the United States Naval Academy. He was a Naval Officer with special qualifications as a deep sea diver, scuba swimmer, bomb and mine disposal specialist and was an early member of the United States Navy Underwater Demolition Team. The predecessor of today’s Navy Seals. After serving on active duty for over 5 years, Bill returned to the Upper Valley and took over the operation of the family farm, El Rancho Dulce at Mesquite, New Mexico. In addition to owning and managing the farm, he was President and Board Member of the Mesilla Valley Cotton Gin, Chairman and President of the SUPIMA Cotton Association, and later had a successful career as a Commercial Real Estate Broker. For many decades, Bill was a loyal and involved member of the Episcopal Church. He served as many times as Junior and Senior Warden and Vestry Member at St. Luke’s in La Union, a Delegate to the Diocese of the Rio Grande for 25 years, and was a delegate to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church for 30 years. He was elected and served on the Executive Council of the National Episcopal Church as well as serving on the National Council of churches and The International Council of Churches. He is currently a member of St. Clement’s Anglican Church. In serving his community, Bill was also a Chairman of the Dona Anna Republican Party, served as a Delegate to the GOP National Convention and ran twice as a Candidate for the New Mexico State Senate. Beginning in grade school and throughout his high school and college years Bill was always a sports enthusiast. He lettered in football, basketball and track at NMMI and at the Naval Academy. He later served as a high school and college football and basketball referee for 34 years. Golf was Bill’s sports passion! He was President at the Anthony Country Club, President of the International Seniors Amateur Golf Society (ISAGS) for 3 years, ISAGS Board Member for 13 years, and a member of the American Seniors Golf Association.. Bill was the Founder and Host of The Los Coyotes Viejos Golf Tournament, an international senior partnership golf invitational tournament held at the Santa Teresa Club from 1980 to 2011. Annually, Bill’s golfing friends from all over the world came to enjoy golf, fellowship and the great October weather in El Paso. Players came to the Los Viejos Coyotes tournament from all over the United States, Israel, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, Spain, Portugal, England, Finland and Mexico. Bill acquired many honors as a golfer. He was a Anthony Country Club Champion and an Anthony Invitational Champion. He became a member of the Sun Country Amateur Team when they played the Professional Members of the American Seniors Golf Association (ASGA). He also played in the World Seniors Golf Association (WSGA) Championship Flight for 15 years. Some of his many golf championships include the Anthony Country Club, the New Mexico Seniors Champion (3 times) , Low Amateur Governors Cup, Mexican Senior Champion, Mexican International Senior Champion (3 times), Naval Academy Alumni Champion (3 times), Champion Sanctuary Cove in Australia, Mich A. Gander Tournament, Moroccan Hassan II Golf Tourney and five time Champion of his Los Coyotes Viejos Tournament. Bill was elected to the El Paso Golf Hall of Fame in 2001. Bill is survived by his loving and devoted partner of 21 years, Alda Durrill, El Paso; her children, Darren Durrill of Austin and Kimberly Coyne, West Palm Beach, Florida and their families; Bill’s daughter, Demetra Allene Ikard Pender; son-in-law, Robert C. Pender, Round Rock, Texas; and many loving relatives in the Feuille, Hoover, Ikard and Salopek families.

Joseph Richard “Dick” Jahraus, II 1944 JC died Monday, November 30, 2015, at the age of 90. A Laguna Beach era is rapidly coming to a close. An era when Richard’s step-mom would tell him to go to Fisherman’s Cove (Boat Canyon) to get a couple of abalones off the rocks because they were having guests for dinner. An era in which Richard went quail hunting and “accidently” shot one of Mr. Pine’s (Pine Castle) goats, where Von’s Pavillions market is located. An era when Richard and his friends could play tag football on Coast Hwy. Richard’s grandparents, Elmer & Henrieta Jahraus, Father Joe and Aunt Pauline arrived in Laguna in 1902. Elmer made cigars and became the largest realtor. From the very beginning the Jahraus Family was involved in the community. Elmer was President of the Chamber of Commerce, on the boards of the Laguna Beach Art Association and School Board. Elmer also wrote and acted in some of the earlier plays that were performed in Laguna Beach. As a realtor, Elmer helped save the land for Heisler Park from development. Richard’s father Joe, in 1914 started the Laguna Beach Lumber Company. Joe was actively involved in the community. He was on the first Water Board and first City Council. Joe also served on the School Board and Chamber of Commerce. Joe met his future wife, Susan Vennum, when delivering a Western Union Telegram to her. The Lumber Company was one of the few places that had a phone and all telegrams went by phone to the Lumberyard. Joe & Susan married in 1923 and Richard was born March 30, 1925. Richard only attended Laguna Beach High School through his sophomore year. Because he was such a fun loving boy and not paying attention to his studies Richard was sent at the age of 15 to New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, New Mexico, for his junior and senior years of high school and first year of college. Richard left the New Mexico Military Institute to enter the Army Air Corp in World War II . After the war Richard decided to continue his education at Santa Barbara College. He majored in business administration and minored in political science. Richard met the love of his life, Beverly Claire, at college and were married September 7, 1947. Richard and Beverly’s first son Joe (Joey) was born on July 7, 1948. College days behind them Richard, Beverly and son Joey journeyed back to Laguna. Richard worked fulltime at Laguna Beach Lumber and took over managing the Company when his father died in 1969. Richard retired from Laguna Beach Lumber Company on April 18, 1984. Richard like his father, Joe and grandfather, Elmer served on civic boards and served in community organizations and clubs. He served on the Laguna Beach Water Board for 38 years and was president for 25 of those years. He also served on the City Planning Commission, Toastmasters Club, Lions Club, Rotary Club , Little League coach and board member, Boys Club Board, Chamber of Commerce and Festival of Arts Board. Richard was honored as citizen of the year of the 1978 Patriots’ Day Parade. Richard loved the ocean, camping, fishing, playing golf and bridge, and like to cut minerals. Richard body surfed, dory surfed, free dived, sailed and fished the ocean. Richard went on many camping trips with family and friends, throughout the Western States, including places like the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, Owens Valley and Lake Mojave. Richard and his wife Beverly went on many road trips and played golf everywhere. They traveled extensively to many places such as Kenya, Egypt, London, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the South Pacific, New Zealand and Peru. I bet if you asked him, he would say some of his most wild adventures were in his RV with his male friends and their many trips to Beatty, Nevada. Richard’s wife, Beverly, of 63 years died in 2010. He is survived by his children: sons, Joe and Jeff; daughter, Jenny; daughters-in-law, Susan and Linda; three grandchildren, Molly Giliotti, Sally and William; and two great grandchildren, Max and Jack Giliotti. Richard had a wonderful visit with Max and Jack last summer. 

Paul H. Jones 1944 HS – I am a Veteran. (September 7, 1926 – November 5, 2012) Paul H. Jones, 86, of Glencoe died peacefully at home Monday, Nov. 5. He was the loving husband of Nellie Ruth Jones for 59 years. Paul was born in Glencoe in 1926, attended school at Stetson, Carrizozo, Ancho, and NMMI. He was wounded in 1951 in Korea and was discharged from the Army. He was a lifelong rancher and respected cowman. He loved ranching and was a good neighbor to people in the Ruidoso Valley. He was recognized in 1969 when he received the first NM. Range Management Award. He was named Farmer of the Year in 1992 by the Hondo District Soil Conservation Service. He also served on the Hondo SCS for four years and on the Lincoln County FHA Board for five years. Paul also served 16 years as representative from the Ruidoso District to the Lincoln National Forest Permitted Advisory Board; he served as chairman for ten of those years. Paul and Nellie have been active members of the Episcopal Church in Lincoln County and attend services at St. Anne’s Chapel in Glencoe. Mr. Jones is survived by his wife, Nellie Ruth; three daughters: Annelle and husband Curry Reynolds, Debbie and husband Stan Thomas, and Cathy Jones. Bonus son: Johnny Hale and wife Carol. Four grandchildren: Jim Paul Whipple and wife Martha, Ben Sanchez and wife Kate, Jo Marie Sanchez, and Lindsey Thomas. Great grandchildren: Tylee and Kacee Whipple and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Tom and Ola, stepfather Elliot Jones, and brother, Tom. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Dan Lucas and wife Phyllis.

Dr. Kenneth A. Kahn 1944 HS was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico November 26, 1926 and passed away October 18, 2016. He moved to Boulder at the age of four when his parents opened Kahns Ladies Wear, which was a fixture on Pearl Street for more than fifty years. He attended Boulder High School and then graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1949 and from the University of Colorado Medical School in 1953. His post-graduate training was at Detroit Receiving Hospital, the University of Minnesota and Stanford University. At the completion of his medical studies he married Californian Diana Zimmerman. The couple then moved to Boulder in 1959 where he joined his friend Dr. John Farrington in a practice of internal medicine that emphasized both quality of care and participation in programs to improve the delivery of medical care by evaluating and improving the ability of physicians to care for their patients. Believing in constant improvement, the two doctors challenged each other to be better physicians by conducting peer reviews of each other. Together they not only shared their knowledge with each other, they were actively involved in mentoring and teaching medical students. They modeled efficient and effective patient care while providing improved quality with impeccable ethics. Dr. Kahn retired from private practice after twenty-two years. He built upon the foundation established in his medical practice during the second phase of his career and actively sought to be part of the solution as the field of medicine was redefined. He worked at the state and national level to develop programs to improve the quality of care patients received through evaluation of physicians’ performance and correcting identified deficiencies. This led to the formation of the Colorado Personalized Education for Physicians (CPEP) program that continues to function as a nationwide model for physician education programs. He was also instrumental in developing standards to improve conditions for patients requiring long-term care. Committed to improving physician communication and doctor-patient relationships, Dr. Kahn taught and presented workshops throughout the nation. Working with the Colorado Medical Society (CMS) he was the leader in developing the Colorado Foundation for Medical Care (CFMC), which became a statewide organization to develop standards of excellence in patient care. Dr. Kahn later served as president of both of these organizations. He brought these same skills to the national level in the development of a professional review organization. Dr. Kahn was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha at the University of Colorado, the American Medical Association and a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine. While being a Fellow of the American College of Physicians he received the Laureate Award from the Colorado chapter in 1990. In 2001 the University of Colorado School of Medicine Alumni presented him with the Silver and Gold Award honoring his professional achievement and community service. Once he retired, Ken pursued his interest in history as an active participant in the CU senior audit program and championed several philanthropic efforts in Boulder and beyond. He assisted with the design and implementation of a scholarship program to reward medical students for their development of initiatives supporting underserved communities in Colorado. He was then a member of the selection committee that reviewed the projects and determined the recipients of financial awards. Ken and Diana created an endowment for the College of Arts and Sciences at CU. He remained engaged and active in the community and numerous personal interests, which demonstrated the important tenets of his value system: education, the medical profession and philanthropy. Reflecting on his career, when asked which of his many accomplishments gave him the greatest sense of pride, he replied, “I’m just proud that I tried.” Ken lived his life exemplifying a philosophy important to him: live, love, learn and leave a legacy. He was preceded in death by his parents Marcella and Albert Kahn and his brother Fred. He is survived by his wife Diana, daughter Beverly Gray (Tim) and children Evan and Lindsay Gray, son Michael Kahn (Becky) and their sons Drake and Connor Olson. In concert with his strong belief in the value of education and ongoing learning Dr. Kahn has donated his body to the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

George Vorhees Kane, Jr. 1944 HS, passed away peacefully on Monday, the 22nd of January 2018, at the age of 92. He is survived by his dearly beloved wife of 67 years, Alafair Benbow (who he affectionately referred to as “Rainbow”). He is also survived by daughters Jennifer Kane Hensley and husband Tom, Lida Kane Arendale and husband Bruce and son George V. Kane III and wife Susanna. He had nine grandchildren: Alafair Arendale Hotze (Bruce), Katie Arendale Kampfer (Trey), Avery Hollan Arendale, Thomas Barron Hensley (Katie), George Brian Hensley, Emily Hollan Hensley, George Harrison Kane, Walker Hollan Kane, and Denman Lawrence Kane. George was also blessed with two great grandchildren, Henry Hotze and Lida Beth Hotze. His brother, Kinney Kane with his wife Tyra of Comfort, Texas survives him along with his two children and their three children as well as his sister, Virginia Ryan from Lake Oswego Oregon, with her three daughters and their families. George was born on the 7th of June 1925, in Houston, to George V. Kane, Sr. and Carrie Mae Kinney Kane. He attended Houston public schools and graduated from Lamar Senior High School. He attended his first year of college at New Mexico Military Institute where he was elected to the National Honor Society and awarded “Best New Cadet” in his troop. He then enlisted in the Navy B-12 Program, attended Rice Institute, The U.S. Navy Midshipman School at Notre Dame, and served as an engineering officer on the USS Admiral W.S. Benson transport ship in the South Pacific. He ultimately earned an engineering degree from Rice in 1948 where he was elected to Tau Beta Pi, a national honorary engineering fraternity. He spent three years at Kelly Manufacturing Co. as a production control engineer and later, with his father, established an insurance brokerage firm entitled George V. Kane, & Co. He ultimately became Vice-Chairman of AON Corporation and finally retired in 1991. He was a loyal employer and always took time to help those around him that needed a lift. He was a member of the Houston Country Club, a former director of the Houston Association of Insurance Agents, former Legislative Chairman of the Texas Association of Insurance Agents, former vestryman at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, and former director of River Oaks and Compass Banks. George always handled himself as a gentleman. He was kind, loyal, and a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He had a great appreciation for music and loved to sing, dance, and play the guitar, drums and harmonica. He felt the closest to God in the outdoors and loved hunting and fishing throughout his life, creating many fond memories with his family and friends. He also loved taking his children horseback riding at the farm in Waller County and water skiing on Lake Conroe. The family would most graciously like to acknowledge sincere appreciation for such wonderful caregivers as Keidra Ames, Tesia Pierre Barr, Ofelia Herrera, Pat Lipscomb, Alicia Pena, and the late Margaret Green, all of whom we could not have done without, as well as Dr. John Eichelberger and Dr. Suzanne Lasek for their loving care. Lastly, to Jency and Stan, thank you.

Benjamin Franklin Kelly, Jr. 1944 JC passed away April 18, 2000 at the Lincoln County Medical Center. He was born in Roswell, New Mexico on May 13, 1924, and graduated from Roswell High School in 1943. Ben attended the New Mexico Institute before joining the Army Air Corps during World War II. He served with distinction as a B-24 bomber pilot in the Pacific Theater from 1944 to 1946. Upon return to the States he enrolled at the University of New Mexico where he played football and basketball. In 1953 he married Pat Thompson and thereafter raised a family in Roswell where Ben worked for the Southwestern Portland Cement Company. Upon retirement in 1985, he moved to Ruidoso and pursued his great love of tennis on the local courts and also was a Mason and a member of the Elks Lodge. Ben is survived by his wife, Pat of Ruidoso; son, West Kelly of Tampa, FL; daughter, Lacy Kelly Ullmann of Navarre, FL; sister, Adele Trewitt of Laguna Hills, CA; brother, Jack Kelly of Katy, TX; and grandson, Tyler Benjamin Ullmann. 

Ralph Stanley “Bud” Kilburn 1944 HS passed away peacefully Monday, August 30th, 2010 at his home in Woodlake, CA, surrounded by his family. He was 83. Bud was born in Santa Monica in 1927 to Grace (Smart) and Harvey Maher Kilburn and lived in Southern California for most of his early life. He attended both the New Mexico Military Institute in New Mexico and Stanford University before joining the Navy during WWII. He moved to Woodlake in the late 1940’s to help manage the Sentinel Butte Ranch. It was here where, at the counter of the Woodlake Drugstore, he met the love of his life, Betty, in 1950. So began a love affair that lasted over 60 years and continues to this day. Bud worked for the Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District as a hydrographer for over 35 years. He was also an avid photographer, woodworker, bird lover and teller of tall tales. No immediate funeral services will be held; rather a Celebration of Life for Bud is being planned in the near future; please check the Caring Bridge site listed above for details. Bud leaves his wife, Betty, daughters Ann and Lisa, son David and granddaughter Kelly as well as sons-in-law, David Perez and Jim Maino, to carry on in his name along with all those who either laughed at his jokes, had a picture or two snapped by him or who just sat and shot the bull with him for awhile. 

Frank Henry Haviland King 1942 HS-1944 JC, 86, died in Roswell following a short illness on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. Frank, who was a New Mexico Military Institute alumnus, returned to Roswell in 1989 as visiting professor at the Institute. He held degrees from Stanford University and the University of Oxford, where he was a member of Exeter College, and an honorary fellow at Merton College. Frank’s area of scholarly expertise was the economic and monetary history of Southeast Asia, especially China. During Frank’s professional career he worked for the World Bank, taught economics at the University of Kansas, and served as the founding Director of the Centre of Asian Studies at the University of Hong Kong. Frank was born in Orpington, England on January 11, 1926, the son of Frank H. and Mabel “Olga” (Opie) King. He spent his first twelve years in England before moving with his parents to Dallas, Texas where his father was a bureau chief for the Associated Press. He attended the New Mexico Military Institute, where he became Editor of the school paper, the Pup Tent and later served in the Army as a press and liaison officer in China. Frank was an accomplished and persistent world traveler. He turned down an early career opportunity in Roswell as a travel agent, preferring to travel himself and then to help his family to follow in his footsteps. As a young man, he crossed the Sahara in a jeep and hiked across the Pyrenees. In England, he was an inveterate walker who hiked the traditional rights of way that crisscross the landscape. In his later years, he traveled frequently to England and Hong Kong to revisit former haunts and see friends and colleagues. Frank’s academic life was centered in the University of Oxford from which he held B.A, M.A., D.Phil., and Doctor of Letters degrees, and the University of Hong Kong. He and his family frequently spent time in Oxford, and they were based for twenty years in Hong Kong. As Director of the Centre of Asian Studies, Frank guided and Contributed to a variety of multi-disciplinary projects on Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. His own magnum opus was a four- volume, commissioned history of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (now a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc.). In May 2012, Frank was invited to become a Distinguished Institute Fellow in the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, in recognition of his contributions to the University of Hong Kong. In addition to his academic work, Frank was a passionate devotee of the theater, classical music and opera. His trips to England always included many nights watching plays and attending concerts. He was particularly enthusiastic about Shakespeare. Not only did he love the plays for their insights into human nature, but he was also fascinated by the history of the performance of these plays and the different ways they could be interpreted and staged. Frank suffered through most of his life from ankylosing spondylitis, a severe arthritic condition of the spine. This never slowed him down, but may have contributed to the pneumonia and heart conditions that emerged in his final weeks. Frank was predeceased by his beloved wife, Catherine, and his youngest son, Peter. He is survived by two sons, Roger, who teaches philosophy at the University of Maine, and David, a translator and writer who lives with multiple sclerosis in Oxford, Mississippi; three daughters in law, Laurie Hicks of Maine, Chiarella Esposito of Oxford, Mississippi, and Levke King of Brussels, Belgium; and four grandchildren, Vincent and Esther of Brussels, and Angela and Tony of Oxford.

Wade “Bud” Kumlien 1944 JC passed away in Bozeman, Montana, on July 18, 2017, of natural causes. Bud was 92 and a resident at Spring Creek Inn. Born in Elgin, Illinois, on Nov. 12, 1924, to LL and Fern Kumlien, he was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret (Lamoreaux) Kumlien; his parents, Fern and LL; and sister, Ellen (Kumlien) Larson. Bud is survived by his three children, son, David (Karyn) Kumlien of Bozeman; daughters, Chris (Terry) Syme of Bozeman and Nancy (Dave) Garry of Aloha, Oregon. Bud was a proud Grandpa and Great Grandpa! His six grandchildren are Kristopher (Andrea) Kumlien of Bozeman, U.S. Army CPT Kevin (Danelle) Kumlien of Durham, North Carolina, Rebecca Syme of Bozeman, Dr. Maggie (Benny Rizkallah) Syme of Manhattan, Kansas, Vanessa Garry of Portland, Oregon and U.S. Army Staff SGT Matthew Garry of Honolulu, Hawaii. His seven great-grandchildren are Bailey (9), Kinzie (5), and Karder Wade (2) Kumlien of Bozeman; Kaiya (4), Kailey (2) and Kaisley (2) Kumlien of Durham, North Carolina, and Lucy Christine Rizkallah (5months!) of Manhattan, Kansas. Bud grew up in Dundee, Illinois, where his father, LL, worked for D Hill Nursery Company. A self-described “bit of a troublemaker”, Bud was shipped off to attend military school at New Mexico Military Institute “to help build his character!” After two years at NMMI, he returned home to Dundee to find his friends had gone to fight in World War II . So, Bud joined the Army Air Corps and trained to fly B-25’s. He loved to fly, and he could tell stories about his B-25 training till the cows came home! Finishing his training about the time the war ended, he was discharged and returned to work in the Kumlien Nursery which his Dad had started in Janesville, Wisconsin. Bud attended Ohio State University to study landscape design and later transferred to and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in landscape architecture. It was in Janesville that Bud met the love of his life, Margaret Anne Lamoreaux. They were introduced one summer evening at the home of a mutual acquaintance. Bud summoned the courage to ask Margaret to a dance, and they began dating. The relationship blossomed, and they were married in Janesville on July 17, 1948. Bud continued to run Kumlien Nursery, and he and Margaret raised their three children in their home located on the Kumlien Nursery property. In the early 1960s, Bud and Margaret designed and Bud built a new family home at 153 Hillside Court. Margaret loved to entertain in her new home. They had a group of good friends, and they delighted in hosting parties. Music was always an integral part of these events with Mom playing the piano, Dad the trombone, and their friends joining in. In 1950, Bud had helped his father-in-law, Ed Lamoreaux, build a cabin on Big Lake near Boulder Junction, Wisconsin. During the summers, Margaret and the children would spend several weeks at the beautiful Big Lake cabin, and on the weekends, Bud would make the nearly 300 mile round trip from Janesville. He enjoyed his time at the cabin with his family going fishing, swimming, and pitching horseshoes. One year, he bought a water ski boat, and the family took up water skiing. Daughter, Chris, really took to the sport and became a nationally ranked water ski jumper, and a member of the Rock Aqua Jays, a nationally renowned precision water skiing club that operated on the Rock River near Janesville. Bud enjoyed golfing, too, he and Margaret were active golfing members of Janesville Country Club, and later at the Riverside CC, and Valley View Golf Club in Bozeman. In the mid-60’s, Bud sold Kumlien Nursery and took a job as the Assistant Director of the Department of Architecture and Planning at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Bud oversaw dramatic growth in the U of Wisconsin system, and was responsible for 13 U of Wisconsin campuses. His boss, Bert Anderson, said that “I hired Bud for his remarkable people skills and his ability to talk about and clearly and concisely present our many U of W projects to the Building Commission, the Legislature, and the Governor’s office!” Bert said “Bud was adept at explaining the concepts and the needs of the campus projects and shaking the necessary funding out of the plum tree!”While he enjoyed the U of W job, the 100 mile-per-day commute from Janesville to Madison was tiring. Following graduation from college, his son, Dave, had moved to Montana, and Bud visited him in Bozeman and enjoyed the town and its amenities, especially the fly fishing for trout! Bud found an ad for a job in the physical plant at Montana State University, applied, interviewed, and was offered the job. He successfully used negotiating ability to talk his somewhat reluctant Margaret into the move from Janesville, her home town. Bud loved his job and his workmates at MSU, and he loved Bozeman. He and Margaret, who grew to like Bozeman, too, made many great new Bozeman friends. Daughters, Nancy and Chris, moved to Bozeman, met their future husbands, and were both married in Bozeman. After Bud retired from MSU, he worked for Dave in his Bozeman fly fishing shop, Montana Troutfitters. “Dad’s enthusiasm for fly fishing was infectious, and he was a great asset in the fly shop”, says son, Dave. Bud was a good husband, a fine father, and friend to many. For the past few years, Dementia had steadily overtaken him and robbed him of his short-term memory, and it became increasingly difficult for him to have conversations. As a great talker and story-teller, it was, at times, quite frustrating for him. Still, right up to the end, Bud always had a quick smile and a solid hand shake or hug for his family and friends. God bless you Dad! We know you’re under the Lord’s wings, you are re-united with Mom and your loved ones, you have a new body, and experience no more sorrow, no more pain. We love you! 

Gordon Davis Larson 1944 JC of Plantation Estates, Matthews, NC, died December 15, 2013, at the age of 89. A celebration of life will be held at Plantation Estates in Matthews at a later date. Mr. Larson was born September 30, 1924, in Albuquerque, NM, to the late George H. Larson and Annie Lee Larson. A brother, Jack Ferris Larson, preceded him in death. Mr. Larson was a WW II veteran who served in the PT Boat Service in the North Atlantic and Pacific. He attended the University of New Mexico, graduating in electrical engineering. He also studied at several universities, the Navy and at employer-sponsored schools in the U.S. and Europe. He retired in Charlotte after a 33-year career with IBM that included varied assignments in the West and division headquarters in New York. He held various management positions, including Director of Planning for Systems Development and Director of Special Engineering for IBM World Trade Corp. in Paris, France. He was a lifetime member of Masons Temple Lodge No. 6 in Albuquerque. In college, he was a member of Sigma Tau honorary engineering society, and he was an honorary life member of North Carolina Lutheran Men. He was an avid golfer and past member of Cedarwood Country Club. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, gardening and water sports, and he played various musical instruments and had a beautiful singing voice. His favorite getaway for many years was their house on Lake Norman. After retirement, he was an active volunteer with United Way, Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte, Senior Center of Charlotte, Health Systems Agency, CPCC and Christ Lutheran Church. He was past president of the Shepherd’s Center, the church council and Plantation Estates Residents Association. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Edith Louise Larson; son Richard Gordon Larson and his wife Katie of Richland, WA, and grandchildren Kyle of Richland, WA, and Jenna of Seattle, WA; son Timothy Sturgis Larson of Mooresville, NC; daughter Karla Louise Prescott of Tampa, FL; niece Barbara M. Hopper of Scottsdale, AZ; and nephew John Madison of Santa Ana, CA.

PVT John Wesley Lee, Jr., USA 1944 HS – WWII-Killed in action in Germany on 31 January 1945.

Marvin D. Leff 1942 HS-1944 JC, 87, of Denver, formerly of Cheyenne, died Nov. 6. He was born Jan. 17, 1925. Mr. Leff was the husband of Shirley Leff; father of Karen (Bill) Cole, Linda (Steve) Goldstein and Michael (Hollis Russinof) Leff; brother of the late Leonard Leff and the late Jerry Leff; and grandfather of Daniel Goldstein, Lynsey Goldstein, Mackenzie Cole, Billy Cole, Sophie Leff, Emma Leff, Ben Cole and the late Curtis Cole.

Robert Joseph ‘Joe” Leonard 1942 HS-1944 JC – 90, of Roswell, NM passed away at his home on May 5, 2015 after a lengthy illness. He was born in Los Angeles, California on May 25, 1924, the eldest child of Harry and Mable Leonard. Raised in Roswell, Joe attended high school at New Mexico Military Institute. Following graduation in 1942, he attended one year of junior college at NMMI before the vast majority of his class was inducted into the US Army. He enrolled in Office Candidate School in 1943 at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. After graduating from OCS, he was called to active duty in 1944 and served in the Philippines as a First Lieutenant in the military police. On August 26, 1944, prior to going overseas, he married his childhood sweetheart, Marion Madison, in Ft. Riley, Kansas. Joe was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1946 and served in the Air Force Reserves from 1950 – 1955. He, along with his NMMI classmates, were honored at a special ceremony in 1984 during which they received their Junior College degrees. Following his Army discharge, Joe attended Colorado School of Mines studying geology and engineering. Never a fan of cold weather, Joe transferred to The University of New Mexico and graduated with a degree in geology in 1950. After graduation, he and Marion returned to Roswell to raise their four children. Joe became President of Leonard Oil Company and pursued an active career as an independent oil and gas operator in Southeast New Mexico. While pursuing his career in the oil and gas business, he became involved in golf, flying, bird hunting with his sons and traveling with Marion. Joe also got involved in politics, was elected as a Republican Representative to the New Mexico Legislature in 1962 and launched an unsuccessful bid for Lieutenant Governor during the Goldwater debacle of 1964. He was very active in civic and professional organizations, having served as President and Director of The Roswell Chamber of Commerce, Charter Director of The Security National Bank of Roswell, Director of The Independent Petroleum Association of America and President of the New Mexico Landmen’s Association. He was also very involved with St. Andrews Episcopal Church, serving on the vestry and teaching Sunday School. Joe and his two brothers, Pat and Tim, sold Leonard Oil Company to Tenneco in 1965, and Joe continued in the oil business until the time of his death. In the mid-1960’s Joe and Marion moved to La Jolla, California and then to Tucson, Arizona to address Marion’s health issues. For many years he devoted himself to her care and comfort. They returned to Roswell in the late 1980’s. Marion passed away on October 29, 1999 after a long struggle with rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. Joe married Jody Smith in 2006. They enjoyed their time together immensely. They also enjoyed time spent with family and friends and taking wonderful trips around Canada, the United States and abroad. Joe was a wonderful husband and father who set a fine example for his children and all who knew him with his honesty, integrity, kindness and generosity. He was a talented conversationalist and story teller with a warm smile and wonderful sense of humor. He possessed a great deal of gratitude for his life and all he had, especially his family and friends, and he exhibited a great deal of generosity and compassion for those less fortunate. Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Marion; his son, Steve and his brothers, Pat and Tim. He is survived by his wife, Jody; his son Kelly and wife, Kathy of Midland; his son, Dan and wife, Elizabeth of Midland and his daughter, Lisa of Boulder, Colorado. Papa Joe, as he was affectionately known, is also survived by eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. The family would like to express special thanks to Jody for her outstanding and loving care of Joe during his last years.

James Bradshaw Lupton 1944 JC, Jim Age 82. April 17, 2008. He was born in Denver, Colorado and served in the Navy in World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy; daughter, Carol. He is survived by son, Bradshaw B. Lupton, Jr.; daughter, Martha Leary; grandsons, Shaw Lupton III, Michael and Zachary Leary.

Seymour Lee “Bud” Maisel 1942 HS-1944 JC, 83, a life long resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Friday, April 18, 2008. He was born June 2, 1924 to the late Maurice and Cyma Mennin Maisel. He served in the Army during World War II where he received a Purple Heart. Upon his return, Bud married the love of his life, the former Jacqueline A. Kranzthor, on May 2, 1948. He was an owner of Maisel’s Indian Trading Post that his father founded in 1923. He and his wife later founded The Toy Tree. He came out of retirement and began a third career in real estate, finally retiring at the age of 80. Bud will always be remembered as a terrific husband, father, and grandfather with a good sense of humor and a green thumb. His family was very important to him. Bud was a former president of the Shrine Band and played the French horn. He was an artist and had performed in many musicals and plays. Bud was also an avid fisherman, hunter, and photographer. He played the Shofar for Congregation Albert for 32 years. Bud was an officer in many civic organizations. He was an active member in the University Hospital Service League He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Jacqueline; his children, Kathy Goldenberg and her husband Paul, Albuquerque, Dr. Susan Maisel and her husband Frank Miroff, Indianapolis, IN, Terry Haas and her husband Dr. Mark Haas, Albuquerque, (Rick) Maurice Maisel, Albuquerque, Amy Sherrer and her husband Dr. Larry Sherrer, Hawaii; 10 grandchildren, Cara Lefkowitz and her husband Scott, Dr. David Goldenberg, Lisa Oliphant Berry and her husband John; Dr. Zachary Haas and his wife Melissa, Cezanne Elias and her husband Khoury, Dylann Haas, Chantay Sherrer, Kyle Sherrer, Elli Sherrer, and Sophia Sherrer; great grandchildren, Nathan and Ava Lefkowitz, Matthew Berry, and one on the way; a sister-in-law, Terry Liebman; nieces, Clara Ressler, Sandy Dunn and Shelley Dyleski; nephews, Norman Maisel and Skip Maisel; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

Don S. Marsalis, Jr. 1942 HS-1944 JC, 84, of Amarillo died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd., with Ross Clopton officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Don was born July 14, 1924, in Shreveport, La., to Dr. Don and Kate Marsalis. He and his family moved to Amarillo when he was 6 weeks old. He graduated from Amarillo High School. Don attended New Mexico Military Institute and then went directly to flight training in the Navy until the end of World War II. After WWII, he attended Tulane University and graduated from West Texas State. He began working for Amarillo National Bank and then became a stock broker for Kidder/Peabody until retirement. He had continued to consult for Prospera Financial Services and was still an active bank courier. Don had also owned Cigs 4 U. He married Jim Ann Farley on March 15, 1980, in Amarillo. Survivors include his wife, Jim Ann Marsalis; five sons, Don S. Marsalis III of Amarillo, David S. Marsalis of Plano, Danny S. Marsalis and Jay Berry, both of Irving, and Jim Thornton and wife Cathy of Houston; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Bobby M. Mayfield 1944 JC, aviator, farmer and cowboy, legislator, businessman, and lawyer, died peacefully Nov. 18, 2011, at Mesilla Valley Hospice in Las Cruces. He was 87. Mr. Mayfield was born in 1924 at his familyæs farmhouse located on what is now North Valley Drive. A 1942 graduate of Las Cruces Union High School, Mayfield attended New Mexico Military Institute before joining the Army Air Corps in 1943. He flew B-24s out of southern Italy in the European Theater in World War II. While awaiting re-assignment to the Pacific War Theater, Capt. Mayfield married Mary Ann Lee, on June 8, 1945. He served in the 97th Bomber Wing from 1945 to 1953, during which time he flew B-29s and B-50s. He was a member of the original select crews of A-Bomb carrying wing of the Strategic Air Command under Gen. Curtis Lemay. In 1951, Bobby piloted a B-50 from England to El Paso in a 26-hour flight, then the record for greatest distance without in-flight refueling. After resigning his Air Force commission in 1953, Mayfield and his family moved to begin farming life in the Mesilla Valley. He simultaneously pursued and received his Bachelor of Arts and masteræs degree in economics from New Mexico State University. As the Mayfield farming operation grew, and as Bobby began ranching operations in northern New Mexico, he also was elected to the New Mexico Legislature from 1961 through 1968. In the Legislature, he served as chairman of the Taxation and Revenue Committee and as chairman of the joint Legislative Finance Committee. Rep. Mayfield was instrumental in adoption of a plan that fundamentally changed and modernized taxation, administration and spending in New Mexico State government. In 1968, Bobby and Mary Ann sold their farming operations in southern New Mexico and moved to Albuquerque so that he could enter University of New Mexico School of Law at the age of 45. After graduation in 1972, he practiced law in Albuquerque for a short while before returning to Las Cruces in 1975, where he and Mary Ann resided for the rest of his life. He opened a general law practice and engaged in various and diverse business operations, including real estate development, manufacturing turquoise jewelry, commercial leasing, and various retail operations. In later life, rather than retreating into a sedentary law practice, Bobby Mayfield became a litigator, including a national class action case by automobile dealers, cases involving denial of insurance claims, products liability, and medical malpractice. Mr. Mayfield remained fully active in his business and in the law until early this year when failing health intervened. Late in life, he recalled a favorite high school English teacher who made her students memorize poetry. His favorite lines then and throughout his life included the conclusion of William henleyæs Invictus: ôi am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.ö Bobby Mayfield is survived by his wife of 66 years Mary Ann; three children, Robert (Mary); of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Pam Carmody, of Las Cruces; and Melissa Cairns (Jack), of Las Cruces; eight grandchildren, Kelly, Karrie, Amanda, Robert, Catherine, Tres, Sean and Ryan; and four great-grandchildren, Kaleigh, Mia, Kyle and Katelyn. 

1LT Paul Bertrand McGinnis, USA 1944 JC – WWII-Killed in action in Germany on 2 March 1945.

1LT Hugh Lloyd McInnis, USA 1944 JC – WWII-Killed in action in Germany on 16 April 1945.

Burns Geddes “Geddy” McIntosh, Jr 1944 HS, born May 8, 1927, died peacefully on August 19, 2008 with his family by his side. He was a life-long resident of Albuquerque. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1944 and Northwestern University (Chicago) in 1949. In 1945, Geddy enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1946. He married Jeanne Marchand in June 1954 and enjoyed over 54 years of marriage. Geddy was preceded in death by his parents, Burns G. McIntosh Sr. and Ruth Tarvin McIntosh; and his two sisters, Maryann McIntosh and Kathryn Ely. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne; and his three daughters, Lori Ehlers, Teri Waite and Bonni Capobianco. He is also survived by sons-in-law, Jeff Waite and John Capobianco; and his grandchildren, Trevor and Hayden Waite and Jessie and Katie Ehlers. Additionally, he is survived by his nephews, nieces and many friends who loved him. Prior to starting his own business, McIntosh Mortgage Exchange, which he ran for 35 years, Geddy was a credit manager for several local businesses and was a restaurant manager in Philadelphia and New York City. He was an avid sports fan especially baseball. He was a batboy for the St. Louis Cardinals farm team. His love of baseball continued with his coaching of Little League Baseball for 37 years. Geddy also enjoyed UNM men’s and women’s basketball games. He was a 70 year member of First United Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder and on various committees. He especially liked the musical presentations. Geddy was a member of the Masons, Shriners and served as treasurer for Job’s Daughters when his daughters belonged. 

Don F. McMillian 1942 HS-1944 JC, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, passed away on Friday morning, the 18th of April, 2008, at St.Joseph’s hospital, Houston Texas. The second son of Eva and Earl T. Mcmillian, was born September 16, 1925 and raised in Houston, graduated high school and 2 years undergraduate at New Mexico Military Institute, Cadet Colonel 1943-44, enlisted 1944 US Army, Commissioned Officer – Second Lieutenant, youngest Commissioned Officer at that time, served in WWII in the Pacific Theater. Subsequently attended University of Texas and graduated University of Houston 1946. Married Colletta Lake Ray in June 1951. Assumed the role of President of Earl mcmillian Ford, later Don mcmillian Ford, with 3 locations in Amarillo and Houston. Retired from automobile business with the sale of the last dealership in 1985. Awarded Time Magazine’s Quality Dealer in 1979, President Houston Automobile Dealers Association 1975. Guided by a strict adherence to Christian values and principles , Don built a reputation of integrity and devotion to his family and community. He served on the board of The Texas Research and Rehabilitation, was a lifetime Honorary Vice President of the Houston Livestock and Rodeo, made many generous contributions to the Baylor College of Medicine, and Houston Baptist University among many others. Don’s lifetime dedication and devotion to his wife, children, family and friends and community was his greatest passion and brought him great joy. His legacy will be perpetuated by the Don and Colletta mcmillian Foundation. Don is survived by his loving wife of 59 years Colletta Ray mcmillian, sister Everlyn Cummins Giles, sons Don Jr. Robert, Reid, Grandchildren Meredith Ham, Lauren, Michelle, Lake, Forrest, and Miranda Pestinger. He and the family are especially grateful for caretakers Flora Williams, Thelma Croomes and Cheryl Whaley for their love and professionalism.

William Joseph”Bill” Meyerm, Jr. 1944 HS died October 6, 2007 in Albuquerque after an extended illness. Bill was born on May 17, 1926 in Santa Fe of a prominent territorial era family. His parents were May Closson and William Joseph Meyer Sr. His father passed away in 1935, and his mother and grandfather, Sheriff Charles Clement Closson, raised Bill. After attending school in Santa Fe, he graduated from New Mexico Military Institute and served and was honorably discharged from the US Navy. He attended UNM where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. On November 12, 1949, he married Mary Margaret Jarvis of Denver. They made their home in Santa Fe and reared their family. He began a long career in automobile sales, initially employed by his uncle, Thomas Closson, at Closson and Closson Motor Company. Eventually, he started City Auto Sales with John Sloman. Later he became a partner at Dick Hughes Volkswagen. He was a life-long member of Saint Francis Cathedral Parish, a member of the Elks Club and the Santa Fe Country Club. All Santa Fe knew him to be an avid fisherman, hunter, and golfer. Although he always considered Santa Fe to be his home, after retiring from the automobile business Bill enjoyed second homes in Del Norte, CO, San Carlos, Mexico and Sun City West, AZ. His wife of 52 years, Mary Jarvis Meyer, and his son, William J. Meyer III, preceded Bill in death. He is survived by daughters: Lynn Meyer Davis and husband Lawton of Albuquerque; Debbie Doe and husband Brian of La Junta, Colorado; Michelle Catherine Meyer of Santa Fe; Amy Meyer Pitzer of La Junta, CO; daughter-in-law, Debra Casados Meyer of Santa Fe. Bill had 15 grandchildren including Matthew Davis, Felisha Martinez, Kelly Anderson, Noel Davis-Westlake, William J. Meyer IV, Lora Doe, Guy Meyer, Andy Doe, Enoch Pitzer, Ezra Pitzer, Elisha Pitzer, Grace Pitzer, Ariel Pitzer, Jerusha Pitzer, and Havilah Pitzer. Additionally Bill is survived by six great-grandchildren including Alex Anderson, Enrique Martinez, Rem Liebert, Joseph Martinez, Ainsley Westlake, and Alea Westlake. Bill enjoyed his later years with his beloved companion and family friend Betty Wilde. With Betty and his loving family gathered around him, Bill very peacefully departed a wonderful long life.

MG Franklin E. Miles, USA (Ret) 1942 HS-1944 JC, age 93, passed away peacefully at home in Santa Fe, NM on December 26, 2016 after a short illness. Franklin was born on January 4, 1923 to John E. and Susie Wade Miles, in Tucumcari, NM, one of 10 children. He spent his life as a devout family and military man and was a member of several civic and fraternal organizations. In 1974, Governor Bruce King appointed him adjutant general of the NM Army National Guard, a position he held for 11 years. Franklin was preceded in death by his infant son Raymond, parents Governor and Mrs. John E. Miles, sisters Peggy Henrie, Mildred Adams, and Edna Greene, and brothers Wade Miles, Floyd Miles, and Lloyd Miles. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Patricia Miles, children & their spouses John Miles (Susie), Jeff Miles (Francie), Carl Miles (Yolanda), Donna Baca, Karin Olson (Paul) and Lynnann Rose Miles, 13 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Robert Lee Miller, Jr. 1944 HS was born August 28, 1926, in Manhattan, New York, to Robert Lee Miller, Army officer, West Point Class of 1924, and Madelaine Chrysler Bond Miller. He grew up as an Army brat in the Philippines, Costa Rica, and Panama, and graduated from high school at the New Mexico Military Institute during World War II when his family was living in Santa Fe. He was accepted into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1946, graduating in June 1950, and was commissioned in the Army as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery. He married Cornelia van den Torn of Upper Montclair, NJ, in June, 1951, and was posted to Germany, where they had two daughters, Lynne Frances in 1953 and Cornelia Petronella Johanna in 1955. Back in the states he became a Signal Corps officer and earned his masters degree in electrical engineering at the University of Arizona in Tuscon in 1960, then served in Korea for 13 months. He was posted to Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, at the Army Electronic Proving Ground where his third daughter, Morgan Lee, was born in 1962. He worked at the Pentagon, then volunteered for duty in Vietnam, where as a Lieutenant Colonel he commanded the 53rd Signal Battalion in Bien Hoa, serving during the Tet Offensive and receiving the Legion of Merit. He was then promoted to Colonel and posted to the NATO Standardization Group in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He was promoted to Colonel and posted to Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, serving with the Ballistic Missile Defense Systems Command. He retired in 1975 and became a public accountant and investment manager. He and his wife retired to Holland in 1980. Cornelia died in 1988 of breast cancer at age 58. He served at Grace Episcopal Church in Holland, on the board of the Edgewood Beach Association. He loved good food, good wine, good music, and being surrounded by family and friends. After being hospitalized with pneumonia on March 25, he suffered complications to his heart and kidney and was brought home to his cottage with the help of Hospice of Holland. He died in his sleep the morning of April 1, 2011, after two wonderful days with his daughters, grandchildren, family and friends. 

Harry Lee “Bud” Mitchell 1944 JC, age 84, went to be with his Lord Thursday, August 13, 2009 at Hospice of Wichita Falls. Bud was born April 9, 1925 on the Mitchell Ranch just west of Iowa Park, Texas to Herman G. And Lila Mitchell. He was one of six children. He finished high school at Bryan Military Academy in Bryan, Texas and received a scholarship to the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. During his second year of college he entered WWII to serve in the US Navy. He was in the Pacific Campaign aboard the USS Bryant. After the war he left the service and returned to Wichita County to ranch and work with Mitchell Oil, Mitchell Drilling Company and the Mitchell Ranch. Bud was a 61 year member of Masonic Lodge #713 AF&AM of Iowa Park and a lifetime member of Iowa Park First Baptist Church. He loved to fish anytime he could and also enjoyed watching the birds. He was always ready for a game of dominoes. Bud was awarded the Wichita County Heritage Society 2009 Preservation Award. Bud leaves behind his loving and devoted wife, Martha Strickland Mitchell; four children, Dennis Mitchell and wife, Becky of Harlingen, Texas, Linda Mitchell of Pensacola, Florida, Michael Mitchell and wife, Judy of Iowa Park, Texas and Lea Ann Mitchell of Washington, D.C.; nine grandchildren, Kelly Mitchell, Scott Mitchell, Trey Mitchell, Todd Mitchell, Shelley Black, Michele Wolf, Michael Mitchell, Jr., Melanie Olson and Clay Olson; fourteen great-grandchildren; a stepdaughter Levina and husband, the late Phillip Gough of Chandler, Oklahoma and grandson Daniel Gough; sisters Artie Mitchell Magee of Dallas, Texas and Helen Mitchell Miller and husband, Glen of Iowa Park, Texas; an uncle, Gober Mitchell of Canadian, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, May Mitchell Kelly, Tommy Mitchell Horton and Patsy Mitchell mcnabb, and paternal grandparents Thomas Franklin Mitchell and Sue Mitchell.

George M. Moritz 1944 JC, age 84, of Mattoon, IL, formerly of Effingham, IL, at passed away at 5:57 a.m., Sunday, October 4, 2009 at the Odd-Fellow Rebekah Home in Mattoon, IL. A graveside service in his honor will begin at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 16, 2009 at Dodge Grove Cemetery in Mattoon, IL, with Reverend Robert Clark officiating. There will be no visitation. Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Mr. Moritz was born November 23, 1924 in Effingham, IL, the son of Charles J. And Ada (macadam) Moritz. He married Barbara (Sizemore) Moritz in Champaign, IL on December 28, 1947. She passed away March 8, 2009. Survivors include their children: Susan A. Moritz of Indianapolis, IN; Sandra Creek and husband Donald of Bloomington, IN; Charles James Moritz and wife Janice of Mattoon, IL; and Carol Jean Buffington and husband George of Bozeman, Montana; one sister, Ruth M. Best of Sullivan, IL; and a sister in law, Lynda Moritz of Cape Coral, FL. He leaves six grandchildren: Cara Kelly and husband Loren of Coon Rapids, MN; Clay Dean and wife Laura of New Haven, CT; Jayme Burns and husband Kevin of Corpus Christi, TX; Andy Creek and wife Emily of Marietta, GA; Megan Leeman and husband Rollie of Chandler, AZ; and Don Creek, Jr. And wife Rebecca of Edgewood, MD; and great-grandchildren: Beatriz Kelly, Grace Kelly, Sydney Burns, Clay Dean, Jr., Webb Dean, Lydia Leeman, Daniel Creek, Lauren Creek, Amber Burns, Tyler Burns, and Sarah Thornton. In addition to his wife, Mr. Moritz was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Charles Richard Moritz and Donald L. Moritz; and a sister, Ada (Dee) Sargent. Mr. Moritz graduated from Effingham High School in 1942. He then attended the New Mexico Military Institute from 1942 to 1943. He served our country during World War II with the United States Air Force from 1943 to 1946. He received his Bachelors from Eastern Illinois University in 1949 and his Masters from the University of Wisconsin in 1950. He served as the High School Director of Art Education in Harvard, IL from 1950 – 1951 and then Mattoon, IL from 1951 to 1955. In 1960, George became a Life Insurance Underwriter for Mutual of New York from which he retired in 2001. Mr. Moritz was a member of the United Methodist Church of Mattoon. He served as Director of the Central National Bank for 30 years, was a life member of the Million Dollar Roundtable, a 32nd Degree Mason and Shriner of 200 AF & AM, former president of the Mattoon Golf and Country Club, Mattoon Estates, and the EILU. He was a former member of the Toastmasters, BL. Lodge of Mattoon, and Rotary International. 

Reed Claiborne Mulkey 1944 HS, On February 1, 2008, after a short illness, we lost our beloved Reed Claiborne Mulkey. He was a gentle, funny, intelligent man and a wonderful husband, father, citizen, soldier and a good friend to many. Reed was born in Roswell, New Mexico October 8, 1926. His mother, Frances Seay, was the daughter of a pioneering ranching family in the Territory of New Mexico. His father Reed McCuistion Mulkey, born in Sherman, Texas, moved to Roswell after serving in the Army during World War II. Reed attended school in Roswell, El Paso, Amarillo, and Albuquerque as his father chased jobs during the great depression. He graduated high school from New Mexico Military Institute in 1944 and joined the Navy V-12 program. While at Texas Christian University, he was introduced to Anna Holcombyork, a Connecticut Yankee. Reed went to the U.S. Naval Academy just as World War II ended. After four years and not very many dates, Anna and Reed married on June 7, 1949. Reed took his commission in the newly formed United States Air Force and was posted to Randolph Field, Texas for pilot training, then on to Enid, Oklahoma to fly B-25s. While at Randolph, Reed and Anna had their first child. A year later, at Walker AFB, NM, Reed trained on B-29s and B-50s. In Roswell, the second and third of five children were born. In 1952, he was transferred to Limestone, Maine to fly the gigantic B-36, and later the B-52. The last two children were born in Limestone – five kids in five and a half years. Anna took up writing, for newspapers and other organizations, which she continued to do throughout their marriage. In 1959, the family was sent to Turner AFB, Albany, Georgia, and after a three-year stay, Reed went to the University of Chicago for his MBA. After a tour with the Boeing Company in Seattle, Reed was transferred to Kindley Air Base, Bermuda where the family enjoyed four years of swimming, boating, and life in the sun. Reed went on to Ching Chuan Kang, Taiwan for a Vietnam tour flying the C-130 while the family stayed in Bermuda. After another C-130 tour at Langley AFB, Virginia, he returned to CCK Taiwan, this time with the family. His final Air Force tour was at Dyess AFB in Abilene, Texas, a city founded by his great-grandfather, C.W. Merchant, at the end of the Civil War. Reed received the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1969, the Bronze Star with V device for heroism in 1972, five Air Medals, the Meritorious Service medal, and the Air Force Commendation medal along with numerous campaign and other decorations. As a pilot, he flew over 12,000 hours. Settling in Albuquerque after retirement, Reed flew with the Civil Air Patrol for over twenty years. Anna and Reed were docents at the Rio Grande Zoo. They also enjoyed traveling and toured all seven continents; the last great trip was to Antarctica where they enjoyed meeting the chin-strap and gentoo penguins. Reed is survived by his wife Anna; daughter, Karen Ortiz, and her children Leo and Zachary; son Michael Mulkey, wife Barbara, and children Sharon and Steven; daughter Kim and husband Bryan Young; son Leslie, wife Sharon O’Connor, and daughter Olivia Max; and daughter Kitty. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Dick E. S. Mulkey 1949 HS-1951 JC.

Reuben Robert “Bob” Howren Nunn 1942 HS-1944 JC, passed away June 9, 2008, in Houston, Texas. He was born February 7, 1924, in Silver City, New Mexico to Alliene Howren Nunn and Reuben Romaine Nunn. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute, attended A&M, while serving in the United States Army as a Cavalry Rifleman Squad Leader, and graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Civil Engineering. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. Bob began his career with Hughes Tool Company and later founded Nunn Construction Co. He retired from the United States Chamber of Commerce. Bob was a member of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. Bob is survived by his wife, Virginia; daughters, Shelley Levine, Patricia Clowdus, and Susan Roberts; son, Robert Nunn; step-daughter Karen Long; 9 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren and his loyal Sheltie Pat.

Rodman Scott Peddie 1944 HS, age 82, passed away peacefully at his residence in Houston on Thursday morning, the 4th of December 2008, after a long battle with leukemia. Rod was born on the 5th of November 1926, to Joseph and Marion Peddie of Houston. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Jean; his daughter, Anne Connally and husband Mark; sons, Joseph Peddie and wife Tracy, John Peddie and Scott Peddie; as well as seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and his sister, Julie Peddie Gillespie and husband Kyle of Wimberly, Texas. He was preceded in death by his sister, the late Betty Peddie Myers. Rod attended Lamar High School in Houston, the New Mexico Military Institute and graduated from the University of Texas with a BBA in 1950. Throughout his life, Rod devoted a great deal of time and effort in support of his church and community. He served as Warden of the Vestry for the Church of St. John the Divine, on the Governor’s Drug Abuse Advisory Council T.D.C.A., foreman of the Harris County Grand Jury, Director of River Oaks Bank and Trust, and was an Underwriting Member of Lloyds of London. In addition, he served on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers, coached in the Y.M.C.A. church league, and served on the national board of the Palmer Abuse Program. Many will remember Rod as a successful commercial Real Estate broker and developer with Peddie Wheless & Company. He completed some of the largest commercial real estate transactions in Harris County including the sale of Cinco Ranch. Rod was one of the most highly respected, independent commercial real estate brokers in the Houston community for over 50 years. What everyone who knew Rod will remember most was his love of life and diversity of interests, whether it was soloing in an airplane at age 14, traveling the world with dear friends, hunting the wilds of Africa, fishing for Peacock Bass in the Amazon, chasing white tail deer in South Texas or bay fishing. Regardless of the activity, Rod loved to be out in nature. Some of his fondest moments were spending time with his children and grandchildren, his buddies playing tennis on a weekly basis, and his every Thursday lunch at Avalon Drug Store with the ‘old geezers.’ A great husband, father, friend and mentor, Rod will be deeply missed by all. The Peddie family would like to express their deepest appreciation to Dr. James Willerson and Mae Thomas. They also desire to acknowledge and express their gratitude to Rod’s special angel, Dr. Shirley Ann Riggs. ‘Dr. Riggs was always there for him and we will never forget her tireless efforts on his behalf.’

PFC James Lester Perry, Jr., USA 1944 JC – WWII-Killed in action in Germany on 17 November 1944.

David Uranus Rakestraw, Jr. 1944 HS, 91, beloved husband, father, brother, local businessman and friend to many, died peacefully of natural causes the night of Dec. 2, 2017. He was born on May 7, 1926 in El Paso, Texas to David U. Rakestraw and Virginia Cornwall. The family moved to Albuquerque when David was in the 2nd grade. He attended University Heights grade school and Lincoln Junior High for one year. He moved to Jefferson Junior High the first year it was built. David also spent two years at the New Mexico Military Institute and graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1944. He attended school and was friends all those years with his future wife of 70 years. He worked for his father’s business, Contractor’s Equipment and Supply Co. Starting when he was 12 years old. David was appointed to Annapolis Naval Academy & served in the Navy at Guam during World War II. After the war he finished his education at University of New Mexico, earning a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. David married his grade school sweetheart, Martha Ellen Gould, in Albuquerque on August 25, 1947. He continued to work for Contractor’s Equipment and Supply & bought the business in 1977. He was also a member of Rotary for most of his professional life. He retired in 1988 to enjoy his many, many hobbies such as building a Glasair airplane with his son, photography, wood carving, travel, painting, drawing, home improvement & golf. He loved golfing at the Albuquerque Country Club, and especially enjoyed the sport and golf trips with his golfing buddies. In 2007 David and Martha Ellen built a home in Ocate, NM, where they enjoyed the beautiful scenery and wonderful people for 8 years. They moved back to Albuquerque in 2015. David Rakestraw is preceded in death by two sisters, Virginia Johnson and Joyce Wylie, and numerous nieces and nephews. David leaves behind his wife, Martha Ellen; daughter, Leslie Lynn Rakestraw; son David U. Rakestraw, III and his wife, Lori Feagler; granddaughters Katie & Claire Martin.

Stewart Denning Randall 1944 HS, a longtime Fresno stockbroker and civic leader who served on the boards of many of the Valley’s biggest nonprofit institutions, died in his native Santa Cruz on Dec. 29. He was 82. Born Feb. 21, 1927, Mr. Randall attended Santa Cruz High School and the New Mexico Military Academy, and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1950. While at Cal, Mr. Randall served as Cadet Colonel of the 2,600 cadets of the university’s Reserve Officer Training Corps. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army’s 25th Infantry Division in the Korean War. Mr. Randall worked for 36 years at financial services company Dean Witter (later bought by Morgan Stanley), beginning as a stockbroker and managing the Fresno office and Central California region for 23 years. Stewart Randall Jr., principal/industrial properties group at Colliers Tingey International in Fresno, said his father made a point of giving back to the community. Among Mr. Randall’s civic contributions: chairman of the Valley Children’s Hospital board of trustees in 1965; president of the Fresno Zoological Society in 1976-77; emeritus member of the Business Advisory Council at California State University, Fresno; member of the Fresno Metropolitan Museum board of directors; and member of the Central California Blood Bank board of directors for 35 years. Survivors: wife, Carolin Hansen; daughters Paula Randall Stark and Nancy Randall Boone; son Stewart Jr.; seven grandchildren and one great-grandson. Mr. Randall also was a member of the Fresno Rotary Club for 47 years. “My father never had a negative thing to say,” Stewart Randall said. “It wasn’t an act, it was a sincere optimism.” While serving in Korea, Stewart Randall said, his father received a telegram stating he was “the proud father of twin birls.” With a war going on, Randall said, there was neither time nor opportunity for his father to learn what the telegraph operator meant by “birls.” “It wasn’t until his ship landed in San Francisco that he learned he was the father of twin girls,” Stewart Randall said. Mr. Randall is survived by his wife, Carolin Hansen Randall, whom he met on the beach in Santa Cruz and married in 1951; twin daughters Paula Randall Stark and Nancy Randall Boone; son Stewart Randall Jr.; seven grandchildren and one great-grandson. 

Robert Dewitt Reynolds 1944 JC, born July 27, 1924, passed away Monday afternoon, December 21, 2009. He was born to Anna C. And Lauren R. Reynolds in Webb City, MO. He moved to Joplin, where he attended school, graduating in 1942. He then attended NMMI. Roswell, NM, and Westminster College in Fulton, MO, before entering the Navy in World War II. He received his commission as an Ensign from Cornell University and later served in the Pacific Theatre. After the war he moved to Springfield in 1949. Married the love of his life of 60 years, Frances (Teet) Duncan of Muskogee, Okla. Bob is survived by his three children and spouses, Ann Hicks, John Reynolds and Terry L. Reynolds, Pat Manzardo and Mike A. Manzardo. His four grandchildren, Holly McGee and husband Clay McGee, Hannah Voss, Michael Manzardo, and John Robert Reynolds Jr.; and his great-grandson, Robert Henry McGee. Nephew, Tim Reynolds and wife Judy Reynolds. Preceding him in death are his parents, Lauren R. Reynolds and Anna C. Reynolds; three brothers, Alfred, Lauren, and Charles. He loved and worshiped his Family. Along with his family, he loved business and was still active. He was President of General Steel Products Co. And United Machinery and Supply Co. Before retiring he was President of Boatman’s Bank in Cassville, and also served on the boards of Commerce Bank of Joplin, Mo., and Boatmen’s Bank of Springfield, Mo. He was a member of First and Calvary Presbyterian Church, Hickory Hills Country Club and O.F.E.O. Tuesday group. Bob truly loved his friends their laughter, conversations and discussions which always centered around a meal. Bob was loved by all who knew him through work or a simple greeting. His presence in this world will truly be missed but never forgotten. 

Dr. Robert Monroe Roy 1944 JC “Rob” was born in Jackson, MS, on September 4, 1924, to parents Ada Short Roy and Sol Oliver Roy. He grew up in Columbus, MS, where he had a wonderful childhood in the small, historic Mississippi town. His father owned the landmark Roy’s Drugstore in downtown Columbus, complete with a full soda fountain where he spent many afternoons and summers as the “soda jerk”. He graduated from Steven D. Lee High School in 1942 and then attended New Mexico Military Institute. In 1943 Dr. Roy joined the United States Air Force in the Army Specialized Training Program. He served during the balance of WW II at a Search and Rescue Direction Finding outpost in Greenland. His experiences during the war years fostered a keen interest in both satellite communications and WW II history.In 1946 Dr. Roy entered Vanderbilt University and joined Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, where he made lifelong friends. He entered Vanderbilt University Medical School in 1949 and was a member of Phi Chi Medical School Fraternity. He graduated with honors, AOA Honorary Fraternity, in 1952. Dr. Roy received an Internal Medicine Fellowship at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis followed by an Internal Medicine Residency at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. He returned to Barnes Hospital for a Hematology Fellowship. He then moved back to Nashville where he served his fourth year of training as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at Saint Thomas Hospital.Dr. Roy began practicing Internal Medicinal Hematology in 1956, establishing a partnership with Dr. Fred Cowden. He served as Chief of Staff, Chief of Internal Medicine Service and Director of Medical Education at St. Thomas Hospital. He helped found the Heart Program there and served as liaison for America College of Physicians in Psychiatry for Internal Medicine.Nashville’s first Board Certified Clinical Oncologist, Dr. Roy established an oncology practice in 1973 which continued until his retirement in 1990. He was a talented and dedicated physician with a deep commitment to his patients’ well-being. He was focused on staying abreast of new medical discoveries and treatments in oncology to best serve his patients. He was a member of the American Medical Association, Tennessee Medical Association, American Society of Internal Medicine and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. After retirement, his commitment to lifelong learning led him to Nashville State Technical Institute, where he was first a student and then a teacher in the School of Electronic Communications.Dr. Roy was active in the amateur radio field of microwave satellite communications and computers and always had a “radio room” in his homes. He served as President of the Barnard Seyford Astronomical Society for many years. He loved reading history, playing tennis with friends, and being with his family.Dr. Roy is survived by his wife Emma Cain Roy, and daughters Frances Breen Roy, Nashville; Rebecca Roy Riley (Mark), Atlanta; and Clare Evans Roy, Bethesda, MD, as well as two grandsons, 1st Lt. Robert Harris Riley and John Sanders Riley, Atlanta; his devoted sister Lucille (“Bebe”) Roy Morris, Baton Rouge, LA (formerly of Aberdeen, MS), as well as nieces and nephews . He is also survived by stepchildren Eliza Carter Duncan (John) and family of Houston; W. Will Carter (Dana) and family of San Antonio; John Cain Carter (Kika) and family of Nashville; and brother-in-law John Edward Cain and his family of Nashville. He was predeceased by his parents and sister, Clara Roy Holland, of Tempe, AZ.Dr. Roy was a devoted son, brother, husband, father and grandfather who modeled wisdom, kindness and humility in his interactions with his family and others. He will be missed. 

Jerome Welling Seigfreid 1944 HS, 82, of Naples, Fla., formerly of Mexico, died June 9, 2009. Born in Kansas City to Ira and Irene Seigfreid, he was a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law. He had served in the Merchant Marine during World War II. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Judge Advocate General Corps during the Korean conflict. He was a practicing attorney for over 50 years, recognized and rewarded by his clients and peers alike. He practiced with his son Paul A. Seigfreid from 1984 until the time of his death. A life-long member of Rotary International, Jerome was a past president of the Mexico (Missouri) Rotary Club. In Naples, he was a member of Wyndemere Country Club where he served on the Board of Directors. Most recently, he resided at Moorings Park where he was president of the resident’s Council. Jerome is survived by his loving wife, Katherine (nee Flowers); his children, Sarah (Dennis) Harner, Jerome (Suzanne) Seigfreid, Jr., Ann (James) Kovar, and Paul (Mary) Seigfreid; 10 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and his brother, James T. Seigfreid. He was preceded in death by his father and mother and his sister-in-law, Donna Seigfreid.

John “Dick” Malcolm Skene 1944 JC passed away early morning on the 2nd of May 2014. John, “Dick” was born on the 10th of October 1924 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. He is preceded in death by his parents, Colonel and Mrs. C. M. Skene and wife Helen “Betty” Markey Skene. He is survived by his wife, Ingeborg Lange Skene and her children Robert and Karen; daughters, Barbara Skene Lamport, Mary “Kathy” Skene Bierman, Janet Skene Aigner and Judy Skene; grandchildren, Erin Lamport Koch, Emily Marie Lamport, Malcom Scott Bierman, Elizabeth Markey Bierman, Elizabeth Ann Aigner and William Robert Aigner; and great grandchildren, Ellen Elizabeth Koch and John Joseph Koch. He is a World War II veteran and a Silver Star recipient. After thirty three years of service with Chevron Oil Company he retired. He was known for his great sense of humor and described as very much a gentleman. He lived and loved life to the fullest, traveling and enjoying tennis and golf. The family is forever grateful to the many people who have given their kindness, care and loving support.

Donohoo Wyly Slaughter 1944 HS, 85, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, in Dalhart, Texas. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, in South Park Cemetery with the Rev. Bob Williams officiating. Don was born May 21, 1926, into a pioneering ranch family. He was raised in Roswell, and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute. Don served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After his service, he attended and graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, with an agricultural science degree. While attending Texas Tech, he met and married June Leftwich, of Lubbock. They raised three children. Don enjoyed a lifetime career in farming and ranching. He had a wide range of interests, which reflected in the crops he grew and the raising of registered Herefords, and ostriches. Don also established one of the first and larger grape vineyards in the South Plains. He was preceded in death by his parents George M. II and Janice Slaughter; and a brother, George M Slaughter III. Survivors include a brother, Tom V. Slaughter and his wife Jackie, of St. Petersburg Fla.; three children, Richard Slaughter and wife Taysha, of Lubbock, Sally Foster and husband Greg, of Dalhart Texas, and Scott Slaughter and wife Laura, of Austin, Texas: eight grandchildren and one great-grandson. 

George M.Slaughter, III 1942 HS-1944 JC Born in Roswell, NM, March 30, 1924 to Janice W. and George M. Slaughter 1916 HS. George Morgan Slaughter, III, age 84, surrounded by loved ones, died December 15, 2008 in Dallas, TX. His basic education included Roswell High School and New Mexico Military Institute, (NMMI). Upon completion in 1944, George entered the US Army in WWII where he was awarded two Bronze Stars as a Unit Commander with the 2nd Armored Division under General Patton during the Battle of the Bulge. Upon discharge, he received the Presidential Unit Citation. In the years following the war, he married the late Betty Zachary Slaughter of Fort Worth, TX and raised four children. During that time, he received his degree in Animal Husbandry at Colorado A&M, worked the family ranch in NM and later the family farms in the Texas South Plains near Morton and Levelland. After moving to Fort Worth in the 1950s, he worked for his father-in-law at Penrose Production Co., then beginning in the 1960s he embarked on several entrepreneurial ventures. He founded Advanced Stereo Systems, becoming the first distributor of auto stereos in the Southwest; and later helped start one of the first executive transport companies in Texas after converting a Greyhound bus into a luxury RV known as ‘Thunderball’. A supporter of ranching heritage projects, last year he received the Golden Spur Award from the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock. He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Betty Nichols Freeman Slaughter of Dallas, with whom he shared many interests including golf, travel and southwest art; two brothers, Donohoo W. Slaughter 1944 HS of Roswell, NM and Tom V. Slaughter 1947 HS and wife Jackie of Florida; four children; George M. Slaughter, IV 1965 HS-1968 JC of Weatherford, TX, J. Mack Slaughter 1967 HS and wife Marti of Fort Worth, TX, Cynthia Slaughter Pattison of Victoria, BC, and Fort Worth, and Robert H. Slaughter 1973 JC of Tivoli, TX; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; three step-children; Robert Freeman and wife Carol, Dr. Candace McDaniel and husband Reg, and James Freeman; seven step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

Thomas Wood Snodgrass 1944 JC, 89, of Jefferson City, Mo., died Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Mr. Snodgrass was born April 21, 1924, in Little Rock, Ark., son of William Rea Snodgrass and Sarah Wood Snodgrass. He earned bachelor and master degrees from George Peabody College in Nashville, Tenn., now part of Vanderbilt University. He also attended New Mexico Military Institute, University of Arkansas, University of Miami and Mexico City College. Mr. Snodgrass served in the 91st Infantry Division, U.S. Army, during World War II. He participated in several actions in Italy including the capture of Florence and the battle to break through the Gustav and Gothic Lines. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, Presidential Unit Citation and Bronze Star of Heroic Service. His early professional life focused on the health and wellness of his fellow citizens. He held leadership positions in several non-profit organizations including March of Dimes and American Cancer Society. He was instrumental in raising community awareness for social welfare such as hunger, HIV/AIDS, and aging. His advocacy for the elderly grew from his tenure as Executive Director, MO Health Care Association. In later years, he was a prominent consultant for long-term care issues and served on several gubernatorial advisory committees. He was a licensed Nursing Home Administrator. Mr. Snodgrass was a member of MO Association for Social Welfare, Public Relations Society of America, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sons of American Revolution, and Sons of Confederate Veterans. He is survived by his wife, Betty (nee Burgi), whom he married on November 26, 1953. He is also survived by his sons, Thomas O. Snodgrass (Kim) of Holts Summit and Patrick Snodgrass of Santa Cruz, Calif. grandson, Scott Snodgrass (Georgia), two great-grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Robert Snodgrass who died May 15, 1993 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Earl Arthur Spoon 1944 JC, passed away June 15, 2010, he was a native of AZ, and was born in Clifton, AZ in 1924 he was the son of Rufus Sydney Spoon and Bessie May Cauthen-Spoon. Earl has left us to be with his wife Llewellyn Wills Spoon (Doll) of 65 years who passed 6 months ago. Earl A. Spoon of Phoenix served AZ as a US Air Force pilot during WWII and loved to fly. Earl and his late wife Lewellyn were childhood sweethearts that grew up in Globe, AZ. After the War Earl and Lewellyn moved to Phoenix to start their own business and family. Earl was a contractor/owner of L & S Spoon Tile Company for 30 years during Phoenix’s infancy. Earl is survived by his children, Earl Arthur Spoon Jr, Sydney Jenkins, and Terry Wilson as well as grandchildren, Kristy Carman, Jason Jenkins, Christopher Wilson, and Clifton Jenkins, and great grandchildren, Spencer, Samantha and Hunter Carman.

Samuel Dewey Stokes, Jr. 1942 HS-1944 JC – S. Dewey Stokes, 83, of Roswell, passed away Oct. 28, 2008, at his residence.

Louis B. Sullivan 1942 HS-1944 JC Born: July 31, 1925 Died: October 19, 2010 Lou, a resident of Cottonwood, CA, died peacefully at his ranch with loved ones by his side. In July he celebrated his 85th birthday in San Jose among his long time friends, a happy occasion for all. He was born and raised in San Jose, the son of Helen and Tim Sullivan. Tim was seen many times riding in San Jose parades. Lou’s love of horses and ranching continued and his dream of having his own ranch was hatched. He moved to his ranch in Cottonwood in 1995. Lou was a graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute. After graduation he attended Stanford University for a brief time, joining the U.S. ARMY AIR CORPS. Returning from Military service he again attended Stanford University, graduating in 1949. After graduation he joined with Jim Sanders and the two started the Sanders and Sullivan insurance agency. They were partners for 27 years before merging the agency with a world-wide brokerage. Lou also served on the boards of C.P. National, Bank of America, and I.D.T. Traveling the world was his passion. He was an avid sailor, sailing his boat through the Panama Canal or just spending a lazy day on San Francisco Bay. Dinner at the St. Francis Yacht Club gave him great pleasure. He will be missed and remembered as a kind, generous, and faithful person by all who knew him. He will be particularly missed by his ranch managers Roger and Lourdes Dafonseca, their daughters Sandra and Deanna, and also Kevin and Cathi Kay of Redding and their daughters Lesley and Ashley, all of whom Lou considered to be his family. 

LTG Gordon Sumner, USA (Ret) 1942 HS-1944 JC, The passing of General Sumner on April 5, 2012, is an enormous loss for the many people who loved him. Over a long military and political career, Sumner was on the inside of many of the nation’s significant historic moments, such as three wars, development of the nuclear bomb and many of the developments of politics relating to Latin America and the Middle East. Sumner relates many of his adventures in a book he wrote, titled Marching On: A General’s Tales of War and Diplomacy. The book is an easy read, consisting of a number of vignettes that reflect humor, poignancy and even anger with political decisions made by the State Department and even presidents. Born and raised in Albuquerque, Sumner’s stellar career started with his enrollment at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. He never returned to Albuquerque. “The Army grabbed me,” he said. “I went to the institution because I wanted to be a soldier.” He had no high ambitions then. He loved horses and all he wanted to be was a “second lieutenant of cavalry and ride the Mexican border.” He enlisted at the age of 17 and two years later was a second lieutenant commanding a light tank company. He graduated from officer Candidate School and was number 1 in his class. After that, he spent a number of years commanding various artillery batteries. Coming out of World War II a first lieutenant, he didn’t regret his choice of profession. “I thought soldiering was everything it should be,” Sumner said in an interview in his office recently. At first, he regretted not going to West Point to get a degree. But one of his mentors pointed out that he had more command experiences than anyone at the Military Academy. Instead, Sumner was sent to Louisiana State University, where he was an artillery instructor – the only instructor without a college degree. While he didn’t see much action in World War II, Sumner saw plenty in the Korean War. That included being wounded and captured by the Chinese. Two days later, during a strafing run by American planes, Sumner and another soldier escaped. While he was in the hospital, Sumner was recruited to be a speech writer for General Douglas macarthur. It was in the 1950s that Sumner became acquainted with nuclear development, starting with a bomb called “Honest John.” The clearances required by that introduction to nuclear involvement led to many posts as an aide to the military’s top brass. He remembers his role as an advisor to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the tense days of the Cuban Missile Crisis. It was during a 14-month tour in Vietnam that Sumner showed his ability to contest decisions made by his superiors. A lieutenant colonel commanding the 25th Artillery Division, he told his superiors that a planned attack in the “Iron Triangle” would be foolish. He was right. The division suffered heavy casualties in the battle. His clearances carried him higher into the ranks. It included a stint as head of the Middle East Task Group in the 1970s. He became involved in a number of historic events, including involvement with Charlie Wilson, whose famous covert operation resulted in a book and a movie called “Charlie Wilson’s War.” “The book was quite accurate,” Sumner said. It was as a lieutenant general that he became involved in the Panama Canal Treaties and eventual disillusionment and disgust with decisions being made by the Carter administration. “I felt there were bad contracts being made by bad people,” he said. He also was disgusted by the administration’s decision to get rid of counter-intelligence. Sumner decided it was best to retire. “When you morally disagree it is just best to retire or resign,” he said. “If you just keep going along with it, you become part of the problem instead of the solution.” He came back into public life when he was appointed as an ambassador at large to Latin America by President Ronald Reagan. That appointment turned into a decade-long political career. When he retired, Don Kerr, head of the Los Alamos Laboratories, asked him to start a company. The result was Sumner Associates, which acts as a consultant on nuclear matters. “We deal with high-tech problems that other people can’t deal with, “ he said. Until the day of his death, Sumner maintained that hard-charging energy. Despite health problems, he enjoyed activities such as snowshoeing, tennis, squash (if he can find someone who knows how to play), fishing, hunting, hiking, and traveling with his wife, Frances. Gordon will be sorely missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife Frances; son, Ward Sumner (Barbara); daughter, Holly Sumner (John Dacey); step-daughters, Lenore Miranda, Adrienne Borrego (Danny), and Valerie Easterling (Jeff); and numerous grandchildren. A service at Arlington National Cemetery is pending.

PVT Edward Butler Ward, Jr., USA 1944 HS – WWII-Killed in serivce – died from a cerebral hemorrhage in October 1945.

PVT Roy Freeman Ward, USA 1944 JC – WWII-Killed in service – died at Mayo Hospital on 10 April 1944.

Ralph Armstead Watkins, Jr. 1944 HS, 83, passed away peacefully at home on August 2, 2009, in Glendale, Arizona. He is survived by his wife, Patricia of 57 years, and two children: Cynthia Haggard (Dale Haggard deceased) and Ralph Watkins, III (Michele Watkins), six grandchildren (Bradley and Wyatt Haggard, Ralph Watkins IV, Kristina, Brandon and Grant) and four great-grandchildren. Ralph was born in Phoenix, Arizona on July 29, 1926. Ralph was a named most distinguished alumni of Roswell, New Mexico, Military Institute (NMMI). He graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Economics and Political Science. He later was awarded most distinguished alumni and served as a member of the Arizona Board of Regents. He was an avid supporter of education. Ralph served his country as a Marine in the Korean War and World War II. He later became civilian aide to the Secretary of Army for the state of Arizona. Senator Barry Goldwater appointed him chairman of the Navajo/Hopi Relocation Commission. Ralph was the past chairman of the Arizona Department of Transportation. He was the youngest, Past Department Commander for the American Legion. Ralph loved his country and served diligently on many additional boards and committees to numerous to name. He had the opportunity to meet every President of the United States since President Eisenhower. Ralph recently became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Ralph was a kind, generous and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. His family cherished his sharp wit, intelligence and charity to everyone in his life. Ralph’s, love, influence and example will live forever in the hearts of his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.

Dr. G. Richard “Dick” Wheelock 1944 JC  passed away peacefully in his sleep at home in Del Mar on February 18, 2014. The son of Gilbert Harding and Myra Wheelock, Dr. Dick was a US Naval WWII veteran and upon return he attended the University of Arizona. He earned his medical degree from Baylor University in1953 and married Mary Elizabeth McDaniel. They moved to Del Mar, founded the Del Mar Medical Clinic, and raised a family. He is survived by his wife of 60 years and 4 children, Michele Pitts, M’Liss Defrancesco, Theresa Sandefur and G. Richard Wheelock, Jr., as well as his 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Del Mar’s doctor retired in 1991 and immediately founded the St. Leo’s Medical Clinic providing free care to the needy of North County. G. Richard was a member of the Del Mar Rotary Club and he served on the Board of MAEGA for over 20 years. He will be missed by many: family, friends, patients, colleagues, and, especially his Thursday bridge group.

Ivan Bunger “Chuck” Williams 1944 HS, 81, general contractor, died Thursday, 2 August 2007. 

John Kesson Withers 1942 HS-1944 JC, of Santa Rosa, CA, formerly of Rochester, passed away Monday, March 16, 2015. He was born in Rochester in 1925. John was a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and earned an advanced degree at Syracuse University. He was a World War II vet and flew B29s during the Korean War. He was a past president of Santa Rosa West Rotary Club and District Governor 1973-1974. John was active in many other local organizations. He loved to travel and visited close to 200 countries. He is survived by his wife, Pat; two children, John Withers II (Carolyn) of Santa Rosa, CA, and Ginger Withers of Los Gatos, CA, six grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and two brothers, Charles of Rochester and Robert of Phoenix, AZ. 

Kenneth A. Wright 1944 HS, (July 16, 1926 – March 19, 2011) Kenneth A. Wright, Jr., 84, of Lake Bluff died Saturday, March 19. Adored and championed by his wife Carolyn of 54 years, children Sally E. Wright of Schaumberg, Kenneth A. “Andy” Wright, III (Heather) of Lake Forest, granddaughters Caroline Wright and Margaret Webster, and a multitude of friends and family who appreciated him for his grace, humor, charm and principled life. Ken departed for Heaven from Lake Forest Hospital, Saturday evening. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, July 16, 1926 to Kenneth A. And Nell Thames Wright. He grew up in Ft. Mitchell, KY, attending the Beechwood School in Ft. Mitchell through 10th grade. As WWII was in progress, he transferred to New Mexico Military Academy in Roswell, NM, graduating in 1944. He entered the infantry Officer Candidate School in Fort Benning, GA, and then joined Patton’s Army in Europe as replacement military for the American soldiers returning home at the end of WWII. After returning home, he entered the University of Virginia in Charlottesville to pursue his Bachelor of Science and Business Degree. A severe riding injury to his leg necessitated his return home to Kentucky for long term recovery, where he transferred to the University of Cincinnati to complete his degree. (This long term recovery period offered the opportunity to pursue his love of music- fostered by his mother, a graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music- especially Jazz by taking 12- string guitar lessons from noted Del Stanton). Upon graduation, Ken joined Standard Brands in Milwaukee, WI. He later moved to the Meredith Publishing Co. In Des Moines, IA where he had a 38-year career in magazine advertising sales with Better Homes & Gardens Magazine and then their developing and burgeoning Special Interest Publications. While in training at Meredith in Des Moines in 1955, he met fellow trainee Carolyn Davidson, a writer for B H&G, whom he married in 1956. Ken was first posted in New York City in the B H&G Advertising Office selling magazine advertising space. He moved to Boston, MA in 1959 to open a new office for the company there. (Boston was appreciated “home ground”- being the birthplace of his own father and ancestors.) In 1963, he moved west to the BH&G Chicago Advertising Office where he completed his 38 year career with Meredith. Ken has enjoyed his 48-year residence in Lake Bluff, contributing in many ways to the community and its activities, enjoying travel with his wife and family, and raising his children in the Lake Bluff and Lake Forest schools. Enjoying and proficient in many sports-favored golf-thought with all family members developing skill with the tennis raquet, fine family mixed-doubles contests ensured. They appreciated their many years with Lake Bluff Bath & Tennis Club and its members and activities and remember it with great fondness. Ken offered great support to his children’s’ sports teams-Tennis, girls’ softball and boys’ ice hockey- most notably as a Parent President of the Lake Forest High School Hockey Team in the pursuit of the State High School Hockey Championship in 1980- the first brought home to Lake Forest High School. Ken has been a lifelong member if the Episcopal Church and an active member of The Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest, since 1963. One of his favorite participations has been with the “Young Pups” bible studies early on Thursday mornings before the early trains to the city.

John Lavere Yarbrough 1944 JC, “Big Daddy”, was born on July 14, 1924, to Steve Yarbrough and Agnes Corrine Turley in Eufaula. In 1938, at the age of 14, he joined the Oklahoma National Guard and was on duty in the Louisiana swamps until his father insisted he come home. After graduating from Eufaula High School in 1942, John attended the Roswell New Mexico Military Institute until his unit in the Army Air Corp was activated, and he was assigned to Italy as a B-24 Bomber Pilot during World War II. After his military term, he came home and graduated from Oklahoma A&M with a degree in Animal Husbandry, married Shirley McMakin, and then was called into service again during the Korean War. While serving in Korea, he was the unit commander of Eufaula National Guard until called home due to the death of his father. John had his first ranch in Stidham, Okla., later moving to Marietta with his wife and daughter and was owner of the Lazy Y Ranch in Rubottom while at the same time managing the Lazy K Ranch owned by his father-in-law, G.C. McMakin. The cattle business was a big part of his life and he was eventually appointed as a Director of the Oklahoma Cattleman’s Association. Subsequently, he entered the world of banking and became the Executive Vice President and Director of the First National Bank of Marietta. During the next stage of his life, he became co-owner of Helms & Yarbrough Realty, President of the Carter County Board of Realtors and married Beth Smith. He was one of the original founders and directors of Citizen’s Bank and Trust in Ardmore and also served as Vice President of the bank for many years. Upon his retirement, golf became his “work”. He loved all of his time on the golf course and considered his golfing buddies his family also, even if they took his money. He was affiliated with the Methodist Church, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Mason and Shriners. He was preceded in death by his mother and father; three sisters, Mildred, Stevella and Nadine; one brother, Harmon; and son-in-law, Danny Southerland.
He is survived by three daughters, Sally Lewis, Diane Boland and Tina Bigham; three grandsons, Travis Southerland and wife, Tasha, Jay Boland, and Barry Boland and wife, Ragan; two granddaughters, Jaci Inman and Jenna Swboni; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews who looked to him as the patriarch of the family. He also leaves behind special friends, June Maddox, Lonnie and Louise Harris and Dr. Hayden Henry.


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Gale Edward Alexander 1943 JC, 88, of Borger died Saturday, March 31, 2012. Mr. Alexander was born July 12, 1923, in Henryetta, Okla. He was a Borger resident for 86 years. He married Marilyn Ann Ralston, who preceded him in death in 2010. He was an oil and gas producer for many years, a Borger Independent School District school board member and a member of First United Methodist Church of Borger. He was a graduate of Phillips High School and New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. He served in World War II in the Army 371st Engineers from 1943 to 1946. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Doyle and Keith Alexander. Survivors include a brother, Stan Alexander of Oklahoma City; a sister, Wanda Jean Alexander of Houston; three sons, Gary and Pam Alexander of Borger, Curt and Vickie Alexander of Canyon and Brian and Sarah Alexander of Victoria; grandchildren, Stacie and Todd Welchlen, Ben Alexander, Justin Alexander, Craig and Sarah Alexander, Kelli Alexander, Abby and Justin Javernick and Elizabeth and Casey Reed; and great- grandchildren, Reed, Marlee, Allie, Hayden, Lushon and Mayson. 

COL Harry P. Ball, USA (Ret) 1943 JC – Harry Ball was born on August 13th, 1925, in Cheyenne, WY.  He grew up in San Antonio, TX, and attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, graduating in 1943.  He entered the United States Military Academy in the summer of 1944 and graduated in the class of 1947 when he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry.  The following year he was a student officer at the Ground General School at Ft Riley, KS, and then attended the Basic Officers course at the Infantry School, Ft. Benning, GA. In the summer of 1948, Harry was transferred to Korea where he served with the 7th Infantry Division.  He briefly commanded K Co, 5th Regimental combat Team and in June of 1949 was reassigned to the Korean Military Advisory Group (KMAG) where he served as Battalion Advisor in the 1st Division, Republic of Korea (ROK) Army, then deployed along the 38th Parallel. Harry departed Korea late in 1949, took parachute training at Ft. Benning, and joined the 82nd, he served in a Rifle co of the 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, as Executive Officer, division Headquarters Co, and as the Division Antitank Platoon Leader.  It was during this tour that he married Helen Moore who is the daughter, granddaughter, and great granddaughter of career military officers.  Their wedding was followed at once by orders back to Korea. In January 1952, Harry arrived in Korea and was assigned as Company Commander, CoC, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division.  For the next six months, Harry’s unit helped man the Main Line of Resistance (MLR), an official campaign known as “Second Korean Winter.”  It was during this period of active ground combat that 1st Lt. Ball was promoted to Captain and awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge. Harry returned to the United States in March of 1953 and was assigned to Ft Benning to attend the Infantry Officers Advance Class.  Upon completion of this school in April 1954, he was assigned to the Office of the Infantry Center G-4.  In the summer of 1955, Harry located in Canyon, TX, after a three-year ROTC tour, he was selected to attend the Army command and Staff College at F Leavenworth, KS.  He was also promoted to major at that time. Following his CGSC graduation in 1959, Harry was sent to Oberammergau, Germany, to serve as an instructor in the NATO Special Weapons School.  The mission of this school was to teach nuclear weapons employment to officers of all services of the fifteen NATO nations.  In August of 1962, he returned to the States to attend the Armed forces Staff assigned to the 101st Airborne Division where he served as Deputy Commander, 1st Battle Group, 506th Airborne Infantry Regiment, as commander of the 2nd Battalion, 506th, and after eighteen months with the same regiment, became the Division’s Assistant chief of Staff for Personnel (G-1). Harry was then assigned to the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) where he served as Executive Officer to the J-1.  Following that one-year tour, he returned to the States to attend the naval War College at Newport, RI, where he also earned a Master of Science degree in International Relations and received his promotion to Colonel.  After his graduation from the Naval War College, he moved to the Pentagon where he was assigned to the Management Directorate, Office of the Comptroller.  During this tour, he also served on a Special Review Panel studying reorganization of the Army in the Continental US. 1970 found Harry back in Korea for a third tour, this time as the commander of the 3rd Brigade, 7th Infantry Division, deployed on the Demilitarized Zone.  Upon the deactivation of the 7th Division, Harry became the Deputy Chief of Staff, I corps.  When he returned to the States in 1971, he was assigned to the Combat Developments Command, Ft Belvoir, VA.  Upon activation of the Training and Doctrine command (TRADOC), he was reassigned to Ft. Monroe, VA, and continued to work in the combat development area. Harry’s final tour of duty was with the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, PA, where he served on the faculty for three years.  During his third year at Carlisle, Harry was head of the Department of Military Strategy, Planning, and Operations.  On 31 July 1977, he retired from the Army after thirty years of active service. In lieu of a civilian career, in august 1977 Harry began studying American diplomatic history at the University of Virginia.  This culminated in 1983 with the award of his doctorate degree, and in 1984 he published his book entitled ‘Of Responsible Command’: A History of the U.S. Army War College.  In 2002, the Army War College selected Harry Ball for induction into their Distinguished Fellows Program. Harry and Helen have two sons, two granddaughters, and three grandsons.  The divide their time between Bryce Resort in Virginia and at the Indian River Colony club in Florida.

Edwin Doss “Tar” Barlow 1943 JC died April 16, 2014, in Greenville. “Tar” was born July 19, 1924, to Edwin and Ima Bickham Barlow in Greenville. He graduated from Greenville High School in 1941 and New Mexico Military Academy in 1943. He entered the Army and mustered out in 1946. He was last stationed in Panama. “Tar” graduated with a business degree from Southern Methodist University, then entered the family florist/nursery business from which he retired after 46 years. “Tar” served as chairman of the Greenville Hospital Authority, the entity which planned, financed, and built Hunt County Hospital, now known as Hunt County Regional Medical Center of Greenville. “Tar” was for many years active in various civic groups and organizations, including Rotary, Masonic Order (32nd degree Mason), YMCA, Little League, MOAA, and the American Wine Society. He was a member of United Presbyterian Church in Greenville where he for many years designed, planned, and planted the flower gardens. Surviving are a daughter, Kathleen Hodges of Dallas; daughter and son-in-law Beckie and Donald Dreibelbis of Lebanon, Pa.; grandchildren Hayden Hodges and wife Erin of Dallas, Sally Fienup and husband Chris of Memphis, Tenn., Kara Julius and husband Robert of Towson, Md., Capt. Sheldon Hodges of Fort Stewart, Ga., LTJC Ellen Dreibelbis of Bethesda, Md., and Samuel Dreibelbis of State College, Pa.; and great-grandchildren Jo Fienup, Clark Julius, Henley Grace Hodges and Huck Julius. “Tar” was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 60 years, Sally Edson Barlow.

Robert L. Barr 1943 JC, 86, a senior executive in engineering firms and the Environmental Protection Agency, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Sept. 15 at his home in Manassas. Mr. Barr served 10 years in the Army Corps of Engineers, until 1955, then entered the private sector as a senior executive at engineering firms overseas, which took him to nearly every continent.

John “Jack” D. Bennett 1943 HS, 83, Ottawa, died Wednesday, March 12, 2008, at St. Francis Hospital, Topeka.

Robert M. Bennett, Jr. 1941 HS-1943 JC, a longtime Amarillo business executive, passed away on Sunday, January 5, 2014. Born March 3, 1924, in Amarillo, Texas to Dr. Robert M. Bennett, Sr. and the former Lulu Dixon. He attended Wolflin Elementary, Nixon Jr High and Amarillo High in Amarillo. He also attended New Mexico Military Institute 1940-1943, where his roommate was the brother of his future wife. In 1941, he entered Officer Candidate School. He served in the Army in WWII, in the Pacific Theater. He left the Army in 1946, as a Captain and moved to Syracuse, New York to start a silver business. While in New York, he became reacquainted with the woman who would become his wife, Ann Tonia Clark. He returned to Amarillo in 1950. He and Tonia were married in late 1950. He worked for his step-father, Alvin Hill, at Hill Lines, an Amarillo transfer and trucking company. He purchased Panhandle White Truck franchise in 1952 and established the business on Amarillo Blvd. He purchased West Texas Equipment Co., a Caterpillar dealer in Amarillo and Lubbock, in 1969. He constructed the WTEC building east of Amarillo in 1970. In 1986 he sold WTEC to Warren Equipment and started Satana Corp., a lender based in Downtown Amarillo which he ran until his death. He was president of the Amarillo Club three times and a member for over 50 years. He was an avid wing shooter, winning numerous awards and shooting all over the world. He provided several young people in Amarillo with private scholarships to pursue Higher Education. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Toni; three sons, Christopher of Central TX, Shannon of CO and Patrick and his wife Trisha of Amarillo TX; a sister Betty Eberhart of New Hampshire and her family and a sister-in-law, Mary Jane Clark and family of Durango, CO.

Roy Shipman Blackshear 1943 JC, 83, Of Hilo, Hawai’i, died Dec. 26, 2006. Born In Hilo. Retired President of W.H. Shipman, Co. Survived by daughters, Barbara Ann Andersen and Joan Blackshear-Leech; Sister, Beryl Walter; two Grandchildren.

CPL Winthrop E. Blanchard, Jr., USA 1943 JC – WWII-Killed in action in Germany on 21 February 1945.

William Stephen Bon 1943 JC passed away unexpectedly at his home on the night of February 1st.   He joins Ruth, his beloved wife of 63 years, in heaven just 7 months after her passing.  He was a great husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, brother and friend.   He is survived by 5 children:  Andrea, Stephen, Richard, Linda and Michael; 14 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends who loved and respected him.  He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Ruth Bon, sister Jane Bon Swanton, and infant daughter Carol Kay. Bill was born in Casper in 1923 to Cecil and Gladys Bon. He went to public school in Casper and graduated from NCHS in 1941. He attended the New Mexico Military Institute and the University of New Mexico.  He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Pacific as a naval officer on the USS Carol.  After returning from the service he attended the University of Wyoming, graduating with a Law degree in 1949. He was a founding partner of Casper Law Firm “Schwartz, Bon, Walker & Studer†and continued to practice law up until his death at 93.  He was past president of the Wyoming State Bar, Natrona County Bar, Kiwanis Club, Jr. Chamber of Commerce and Sigma Chi Fraternity.  He was baptized at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and remained an active member. He loved traveling with Ruth, friends and family.  He was a loyal fan of Wyoming Cowboy football and basketball, loved skiing, golf, tennis and outdoor activities.  He enjoyed making others laugh, had great wit, and loved life!

PVT David M. Boynton, USA 1943 JC – WWII-Killed in action in action on Saipan on 8 July 1944.

James M. Brooke 1943 HS, 88, of Tyrone, passed away at home on Dec. 27, 2012. He was a lifelong resident of Silver City. He is sur¡vived by his wife of 66 years, Lou; his sons, Tom and wife, Sharon, of Albuquerque, and Craig of Los Osos, Calif.; grandchildren, Zach¡ary Brooke, Lisa Reichert, Jennifer Boyden, and Scott and Luis Bar¡raza; and nine great-grandchildren. He retired from Zork Hardware after working there for 22 years. His hobbies included birding, RV’ing and traveling to Mexico. He enjoyed visiting with anyone he came into contact with. He had been a member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd for 65 years.

Bill B. Buchanan 1943 JC, age 89, passed away Nov. 10, 2012 at the Canyonlands Care Center in Moab. Bill was born May 24, 1923 in Sinbad, Colo., the youngest son of Bert and Ireta Buchanan. He was raised on the Pace family homestead in Castle Valley, Utah. After completing high school at the Wasatch Academy in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on Nov. 12, 1942. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, on June 1, 1943. He flew cargo planes in the South Pacific during WWII. Bill married Doris mceatron Oct. 7, 1944. They hitchhiked to Las Vegas to get married. After the war they lived in Bakersfield, Calif. In the late 1940s they moved back to the Pace ranch in Castle Valley. In 1952, the family moved to Moab and Bill went to work for Burt Vivian, drilling holes for uranium. In 1966, Bill went to work for Texasgulf Sulphur in the maintenance department. He retired after almost 20 years of service. Bill was a Mason, a Past Master and a 50-year member of La Sal Lodge #30. He had a long association with the Arches Shrine Club and was a member of the Scottish Rite. He was a charter member and past Exalted Ruler of BPOE #2021. He was also a charter member of the Moab Golf and Country Club. Bill and Doris enjoyed traveling and spending time with their family. They also enjoyed many summers in Montana. His hobbies included woodworking, golf and ATV riding. Bill is survived by his daughters, Sandra (KC) Crymble of Montana, Linda (Fred) Powell of Moab and Susie (Tom) Hermansen of Wyoming; grandchildren, Lisa (Dan) Brennan, Jeff (Kelly) Crymble, Chris (Jenn) Powell, Jennie Powell, Chelsea (Geddy) Northrup, Crystal Hermansen, and Kelly Hermansen; great-grandchildren, Derek, Kelsey, Hugh, Elizabeth, Michael, Alex and Conner; nieces, Ireta (Charlie) Cockerell of New Mexico, Judy (Bobby) Amos of Arizona, Sally (Larry) Bullard of Grand Junction; and nephew, Dave (Brenda) mckinnon of California. He is also survived by cousins, Lorraine Halvorsen of Arizona and Ned Brown of Kansas. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris, brothers, David and Buck Buchanan, and sisters, Zella Ray and Lola Hardy. 

Jerome Burton “Jerry” Burnett 1941 HS-1943 JC was born March 10, 1923 in Riverside, the son of Jerome Burnett and Ruth Shumway Burnett; he passed away at his Thermal home April 13, 2015. Jerry spent most of his childhood in Maracaibo, Venezuela, where his father worked as a petroleum geologist. When he was older he attended military school in Mississippi, and graduated from New Mexico Military Academy just in time for service in World War II. He was an Army Technician 5th Grade, 413th Infantry Regiment in Europe, but while in hospital in Bristol, England met a charming employee of the BBC, Inin Clunies-Ross. After Jerry was shipped home they wrote to each other for the next few years, until he finally persuaded her to visit California. And she did, and they were married in 1949. They had sons Ross and Bruce, and twins Jeffrey and Philip, all of whom made Jerry proud. One of the interesting moments in Jerry’s later years was the reunion with his half brother and half sister, twins who had been given up for adoption in 1927. Don Brown and Beverly Brown Milligan and their families met “the other families” in 2000, and Don and Jerry formed an especially close bond and visits to the desert ranch were special occasions. A multitalented man, Jerry ran Paul’s Pioneer Date Garden for some time. He had a store in Indio, Custom Classics, selling and repairing radios and TVs for many years. He played tennis very well, and made sure his sons did the same. He was a rockhound and lapidarist. He belonged to a group whose members went up into the mountains searching for mushrooms, including Jerry’s favorites, morels. Another hobby was placer gold mining; going out into the desert with a metal detector into gullies to find nuggets. When he decided to sell his lapidary equipment and gold, he learned the intricacies of web page designs and coding as an eighty-year-old attending college classes. Jerry was predeceased by his sister Helen Burnett Sieger and brother Don Brown. He is survived by his wife Inin, sister Beverly Milligan, sons Ross (wife Karen), Bruce (wife Tammy), Jeffrey, and Philip; twelve grandchildren, two great grandchild, and numerous great nieces and nephews.

Dr. Hugh Cato Butler 1943 HS, DVM, passed away from natural causes in Austin, Texas on July 23; 2011.The family provided some of the following information. Hugh was born in Helena, Mont. On Jan. 7, 1925, the oldest son of Dr. W.J. and John Ozella (Cato) Butler. He attended Hawthorne elementary school, Helena High School, and graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. In 1936, on Lower Two Medicine Lake in Glacier National Park, the Butler family was honored by the Blackfeet Indian tribe, and ceremonially adopted. The Blackfeet Indians gave Hugh the name Flying Eagle, sparking his lifelong admiration with Native American culture and, more specifically, the Blackfeet tribe. Hugh served in the U.S. Army in the Enlisted Corps from 1943-1945, during which he served in an overseas combat tour in Germany with Company B, 393rd infantry Regiment. Private First Class Butler fought in the infamous Battle of the Bulge in 1944. Then in 1945, PFC Butler was commissioned as an officer until his honorable discharge from active duty as a 2nd Lt. In 1946. During this time he served as company commander of Cod, 107th Battalion, and 76th Infantry. He remained in the Army reserves until his separation from the Army in 1954.While in the Army reserves; Butler attended Montana State College and received his Bachelor degree in applied sciences and a Master s degree in microbiology. He later attended Washington State University, where he received a doctorate of veterinary medicine degree in 1954, and a Master degree in physiology. While attending Montana State College, Butler met the love of his life, Jacqueline Mary Schlitgus, in 1947.  From their wedding date of Aug. 7, 1948 until the day of Jackie’s passing on April 12, 2010, they remained devoted to one another. During their 61 years of marriage, they shared similar passions: dinner parties with many dear friends, ranching and horseback riding, motorcycle touring, boating and camping, water skiing, snow skiing, whitewater rafting, dancing, singing, photography, traveling into Mexico, Canada, Alaska, and around the world, writing and attending pow-wows. In their retirement years, they enjoyed being in the lives of their three son s families and regaling them with rich family history and tales of their personal adventures. Dr. Butler s veterinary career started as the Assistant State Veterinarian for the Montana Livestock Sanitary Board. Beginning in 1955, he served professorships at Washington State University in animal surgery and physiology. In 1964, he moved to New York where he was a small animal surgeon with the animal medical center and engaged in research with the Sloane-Kettering Institute in Manhattan, NY. Then, in 1968, Butler moved to Manhattan, where he served as a professor of surgery at Kansas State University, until retiring in 1986. During that time, he was a pioneer in kidney transplants for dogs, and orthopedic surgical techniques. These discoveries helped advance the science of artificial joint replacement. In 2000, in light of his professional achievements and meritorious service to science, he was chosen to receive the prestigious E.R. Frank Award from Kansas State University. After his retirement in 1986, Butler moved to a log cabin Lodge of the Eagle outside Kailspell, MT, a lifelong dream that he and his wife shared. Their love for the Flathead Valley has been passed down to their children and grandchildren. In 2002, Butler and his wife moved to Austin, Texas to be close to family. Dr. Butler was preceded in death by his parents, wife Jacqueline, and son Benjamin. He is survived by his son, Hugh Daniel Butler and wife Sheri, of Elgin, IL, granddaughter, Elizabeth Butler Orkut and husband Matthew, and grandson Hugh Christopher Butler. He is also survived by his son John Butler and wife Judy, of Austin, Texas, granddaughter Camille Butler and grandson Samuel Butler. Dr. Butler is also survived by his son Ben s widow, Nell Butler, of Austin and her daughter, Rebekah Clark Alfaro, and husband, Martin Alfaro. Also surviving Dr. Butler are his dear brother Cato Butler and his wife, Dora of Helena, MT, along with nieces and nephews Cheye Ann Butler of Libby, Mont., Sioux Butler Roth of Helena, MT. And Tommy Butler of Helena, Mont. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Gerry (Schlitgus) Eagan of Santa Rosa, CA, nieces Maura Eagan of Santa Rosa, CA, and Ann Ivan of Rye, NY, and his brother-in-law Hugh Canney and his wife, the late Winifred Schlitgus, and family of Rochester, MN. 

John R. Chace 1941 HS-1943 JC Jan. 27, 1923 – Oct. 1, 2012, Resident of Santa Clara Loved by family and friends. John is survived by Nancy, Derrol, Gordon, Bruce Chace, and many others. John was a World War II veteran that served under Eisenhower in the European campaign, also a graduate of San Jose State University, which sharpened his skills in business as an insurance broker for 40 years. John was also a member of several organizations such as Freemasons, Shriners, and Elks.

Charles Fielding Cleve 1943 HS Charles passed away Sunday, March 3, 2009. Charles was born Aug. 1, 1925, to Bernard Lewis Cleve and Tillie Ella Martin in Artesia. Charles was a resident of Chaves County for most of his life. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1943. He attended New Mexico State University from 1947 to 1948, which is where he met and married Ruth Trice on Aug. 14, 1948. They lived in Deming from 1950 to 1952, where he owned Sinclair Distributing and a tire recapping business. They moved to Elk in 1952, where he was a rancher for most of his life. Charles and Ruth moved to Roswell in 2000, due to ill health. He is survived by his wife Ruth of the family home; two daughters, Pat Monarch and her husband Jay and Kim Ahlbom and her husband Dwight, all of Albuquerque; one son Christie F. Cleve, of Seminole, Texas; seven grandchildren, Christie F. Cleve II, of Seminole, Tristen Cleve, of Miami, Trae Cleve of Houston, Amy and Caleb Monarch and Elka and Brittnee Ahlbom, all of Albuquerque. Charles was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Bernard David Cleve.

Warren Richardson Cobean 1943 JC, JR. USN passed away at home after a long illness, surrounded by his family. He was 84. He will be best remembered as one of the original members of Admiral Hyman Rickover’s “Nuclear Navy” and as the first reactor officer and later executive officer of the USS Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear submarine. Capt. Cobean is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jean Beaumont Cobean; sister Ruth C. Mcpherson of Roswell, New Mexico; son Warren R. Cobean III of Greenville, New York; son Charles S. Cobean of Nashville, Tennessee; daughter Lisa C. Muse of Croton, New York; nine grandchildren and six great- grandchildren. During his 26-year naval career, he served on the battleship New Jersey and the submarines Besugo and Nautilus. He then commanded the submarines Tiru, Halibut, James Monroe, and George C. Marshall before becoming Deputy Director of the Strategic Systems Project Office, which developed the Poseidon and Trident missile project. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for his service during this time. Capt. Cobean retired from the Navy in 1972 and began a second career, first at Con Edison in New York, and later at Burns and Roe in New Jersey, where he eventually became President. After retiring from Burns and Roe, he became a consultant to the boards of TVA, Duke Power, Toledo Edison, & other utilities.

Clifton Russell “Cliff” Cowherd 1943 JC, 83 of Carrollton, Missouri died Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at Carroll County Memorial Hospital, Carrollton, Missouri. He was born August 21, 1923 to Dr. Russell V. Cowherd and Clifton R. Cowherd. Cliff, a lifetime farmer, was a 4th generation Carroll County farmer, a descendent of James V. Rogers, one of the early Carroll County settlers. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Michaels, and his daughter, Dr. C. Miki Cowherd. In 1984, he married his wife, Emmalie Cowherd. Survivors include sons Robert Cowherd, Johnathan Cowherd, Andrew M. Cowherd 1988 HS and stepsons Benjamin Polen and Dallas Polen, 7 grandchildren, Miranda Cowherd, Dallas Polen, Spencer Polen, Luke Polen, Harrison Polen, Hayden Polen, and Annalie Polen. Cliff attended Eastern Kentucky State, The University of Missouri and was a graduate of The New Mexico Military Institute. He was a WW II veteran serving on the Pacific front through two invasions. Cliff was a former President of The Carroll County Trust Company and the Farmers & Merchants Bank of Hale, Missouri. He served on their bank boards as Board Chairman for many years. He was also a former board member of the Carroll County Savings & Loan. He was the founder and Scout Master of Troop and Explorer Post 800 of Carrollton, Missouri, and had many Eagle Scouts come from his troop. Cliff was a Medicine Man of the Tribe of MIC-O-SAY and served on many scout committees. He took his troop on summer canoe trips to the Minnesota wilderness and winter snow mobile trips, also to Minnesota. Cliff enjoyed scouting for over 30 years and was awarded the Silver Beaver for distinguished service. Cliff was a member of the 1st Christian Church of Carrollton.

Lloyd A. Crabb, Jr. 1943 JC was born in Dallas, TX on August 27, 1922, the only child of Dr. Lloyd A. Crabb and Myrtice P. Crabb. He died of complications of congestive heart failure on May 14, 2013, at home under hospice care. He said he wanted to leave home feet first and he did, another old soldier has gone on. The family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all of his caregivers and medical providers for their wonderful care and support. Daddy grew up in Dallas and attended Woodrow Wilson High School there and New Mexico Military Institute in Rosewell New Mexico. He went to active duty in Jan of 1944, and shipped overseas in September to the beach at Normandy to await deployment as a combat infantryman in the 95th Division of Patton’s 3rd Army in France. While waiting to go into action, his outfit was pressed into service driving supply trucks to the rapidly advancing forces, the Red Ball Freight. He was going to his destination one time when General Patton stopped his convoy at a crossroads and told him to take his supplies to Patton’s tanks instead of where his orders told him to go, so they started that way and then turned off at the next crossroads and went where they were supposed to go. He entered combat and fought at the battle of Metz where his division got the nickname of the Iron Men of Metz, bestowed upon them by the German general in charge of the defense of the medieval fortress the 95th overtook. He was wounded at the Saar River in northern France, and spent a lot of time in various hospitals during his recovery. After recovering from his wounds, he married his childhood sweetheart Martha Jane Easley and, after finishing college at Texas Tech, they moved to Georgetown where they lived for the rest of their married lives. Lloyd farmed and ranched with his father-in-law Sam Easley in the Jonah area for a few years and then went into the egg business until Rheumatoid arthritis forced him to get a rest job with State Health Department where he spent the rest of his working life. He loved hunting, fishing and golf all of which he enjoyed before and after his retirement. Lloyd was predeceased by his parents, his son Allen, and many beloved friends and family. He is survived by his wife Martha (Moppy), his son Lloyd A. Crabb, III (Larry) and his wife Yvonne, his granddaughter Ashley Isbell and her husband Zach and his great-granddaughters Riley and Tatum. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law Clare Easley and Dorothy Edwards and her husband Joe, and numerous nieces and nephews and their families. 

1LT Stanley W. Crosby, Jr., USA 1943 JC – Korea-Killed in action 10 August 1950.

John Griffin Curry 1943 JC died October 20 at his home in Corvallis. He was 83. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to David H. and Enid (Griffin) Curry. He is survived by his wife, Anita Curry; sons John David Curry and Thomas Haitsch Curry; daughter Melinda Louise Curry; and sisters Irene Thorne and Sally Lewis Steele.

William J. Dinneen, Jr. 1943 HS, 82, of Cheyenne died Feb. 15 at Cheyenne Health Care Center after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease. Bill was born in Cheyenne’s Memorial Hospital on May 1, 1925, to William J. And Anna (mcgarry) Dinneen. He attended St. Mary’s School. He graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in 1943. He joined the army and became a part of General Patches 103rd Infantry Division, which fought in the European theater and later was assigned to free and protect those in the Nazi concentration camps. Following his discharge in 1946, Dinneen entered the University of Wyoming. After his graduation in 1949, he continued his interest and participation in university affairs, for which he was recognized in 2003 with the presentation of the University of Wyoming’s Medallion Service Award. Mr. Dinneen grew up working in the family businesses and after college graduation it became his career. He was loyal to Cheyenne and proud of his family roots. Bill’s great-grandfather, Maurice P. Dinneen, emigrated from Ireland in 1848. He homesteaded west of town in 1879. In 1890, Bill’s grandfather, William E., and his uncle, Maurice Jr. Founded the Dinneen Bros. Grocery at the corner of Pioneer and 17th Street. William E. Also started the Bonton Stables, which rented horse-drawn carriages and later automobiles. He became a franchise automobile dealer in 1906. William E. Was a charter member of the Cheyenne Industrial Club, which later became the Chamber of Commerce. After World War I, Bill’s father, William J. Dinneen Sr., managed the dealership and the Cheyenne Motor Bus Company, a business that grew from the purchase of the struggling Cheyenne Street Trolley in 1924. The Bus Company served Cheyenne and Fort Francis E. Warren until after World War II. William J. Dinneen Jr. Joined the family business in 1949. He was active in both the Cheyenne and Wyoming Automobile Dealers Associations. In 1995, he was chosen as Wyoming’s Time Quality Dealer of the Year. Bill’s son, John, partnered with his father in 1979. Bill was active in many civic organizations. In the late 1960s, he was appointed to the original Urban Renewal Board. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Development Association, LEADS, and the Junior Chamber of Commerce. Bill was a past president of the Cheyenne Rotary Club and the Young Men’s Literary Club. He served as parade chairman on the Cheyenne Frontier Days Committee and later was on the Board of Directors. He was the honorary chair of Cheyenne Regional Medical Center’s Denim ‘n Diamonds in 2003. He received Laramie County Community College’s Lifetime Heritage Award in 2005. Bill enjoyed automobiles, his garden and trees, golfing, traveling and the University of Wyoming football and basketball games. Most of all he liked people. “Uncle Willie” loved to sing and laugh. He brought great joy to many family gatherings. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marietta Trowbridge Dinneen; two sons, John Dinneen and daughter-in-law, Eileen, and Jim and his wife, Ray; and five grandchildren, Ryan of Portland, Ore., Tom of Seattle, and Elizabeth, Will and Claire of Cheyenne. Two sisters, Ann Dinneen Smith her husband, Clark, and their children, Tim, Chris, Paul, Bill, Annie and Amy; and Priscilla Lynch Roedel and her sons, Andrew and John Jr. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son and an infant daughter; a sister, Kate Dinneen Rhoades; his stepmother, Margaret Lynch Dinneen; brother and sister, John Lynch and Margaret Lynch Cunningham; a nephew, Clark Smith Jr.; and his cousins and lifelong friends, Bill, Ned, and Don Murray. 

George M. Dow, Jr. 1941 HS-1943 JC, 91, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 25, 2013 in Houston, Texas. George was born August 31, 1922 in Houston, Texas to George M. Dow and Eleanor B. Dow who both precede him in death. George was the President/Owner of Dow Motor Sales, Huntsville, Texas, Owner of George M. Dow & Associates Real Estate and President of Merchants Bank, Atascocita. He was a Director of the Humble Rotary Club, member of the Houston Board of Realtors and a Master Mason. George is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Harriett R. Dow; daughter, Debra Dow Mangini and husband David Lee Mangini; son, Andrew Dow and wife Elizabeth R. Dow; grandchildren, Andrew John Mangini and wife Amy Oehler Mangini, Megan Anne Mangini. 

John S. Dublin, Jr. 1943 JC – John said, “I have always thought that I had a little guardian angel sitting on my shoulder,” and with that we begin… After a rewarding life of 95 years, John Scharbauer Dublin, Jr., surrounded by devoted family and friends, died Saturday, March 11, 2017. To commemorate John’s life, a service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at the 1st Community Credit Union Spur Arena in San Angelo. John was born December 29, 1921 in Midland Texas to John S. Dublin, Sr. and Minnie Terry Dublin. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Jan Dublin of San Angelo; daughter-in-law, Janet Dublin of Schertz, Texas; grandchildren, John L. Dublin of Whitney, Texas, Amy Dublin of Mountain Home, Arkansas, Jeff Dublin of Schertz, Texas, and Trisha Dublin, El Paso, Texas; special friend, Bobbie Walker; and cousin, Sammye Stone. He is also survived by Harriet Faudree’s children, Matt Faudree, Ellen Bell, Margaret Williams, Charlotte Kimberlin, Martha Parks, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia McBurnett Dublin; son, Lawrence Craig Dublin; Harriet Faudree Dublin, his second wife; and also by his beloved granddaughters, Kristen Faudree and Amy Bell. John served honorably in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II from 1942 until 1945. While stationed in England, John as a PFC was put in charge of replacing the gun turret sights on four squadrons of Martin B-24s with the newer Fairchild electric version. He laughed, saying, “When they put me in charge, they gave me my own jeep. Everyone else was riding bicycles.” John grew up as an only child and attended public school in Midland, Texas. After graduation, he enrolled in New Mexico Military Institute. “I really went there to learn to play polo rather than for an education.” After the war, John saw his first cutting horse exhibition. “I can do that,” he said. John started working with a young mare and in 1949 entered the first National Cutting Horse Event of his career. His first efforts won three 2nds, each paying $75. He continued to ride cutting horses for most of the next 50 years. John had a unique relationship with his father. They shared respect for each other and their business relationships were based on trust and hard work. Everything was 50/50. John always said, “My dad was my best friend and playmate. He was my teacher. We had a wonderful relationship. My son, Chris, and I have that same relationship.” In 1948 at the age of 53, John’s father died of a heart attack soon after John returned from the war. In his own words, John believed that he had been in the cow business all his life. He enjoyed success in many different arenas. He was a rancher and a businessman. His passion was the western way of life: ranching and horses. As a judge, contestant, and breeder, John took pleasure in supporting The National Cutting Horse Association and the American Quarter Horse Association. John was a volunteer and past president of the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Association with more than 50 years involvement. Pallbearers will be Chris Dublin, John L. Dublin, Matt Faudree, Gary Hodges, John Hruska, and Kermit Wendland.

B.P. “Phil” Duke 1943 JC, 87, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010, at his home. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Marguerite Duke. Mr. Duke was born June 18, 1923, in Elida, NM, to parents Ben and Marguerite Duke. The family moved to Carlsbad, NM, in 1933. Mr. Duke graduated from CHS in 1941, and enrolled in NMMI, Roswell. He then joined the Air Force and proudly served our country during World War II. After the war, he attended S.M.U. in Dallas, Texas, where he graduated with a degree in business administration. Upon graduation he lived in San Angelo, Texas, and Phoenix, Ariz., where he was the owner of Screen City. Upon retirement in 1996, he returned to his “hometown” of Carlsbad. In his retirement, he enjoyed reading, woodworking and spending time with his beloved dog La Huerta.

Ezekiel “Zeke” Ricker Dumke, Jr. 1941-HS 1943 JC passed away peacefully in his home Saturday, April 14, 2018. Zeke was born in 1923 in Ogden, Utah, to Dr. Ezekiel Ricker and Edna Wattis Dumke. He was educated in Roswell, New Mexico, and graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute with a commission in the Cavalry. Later he served with the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II and with the Army Reserve until 1960. He graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance and was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Zeke married Katherine “Kay” Elizabeth White in 1951 and together they raised four children in Salt Lake City. Over the ensuing 67 years, their family continued to grow including 14 admiring grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, a devoted office staff and, in the last three years, his loving caretakers. An adventurer at heart, Zeke challenged his wife and children to an array of hair-raising adventures—camping, flying, hiking, horseback riding, boating, traveling and exploring far off places. Most of all, he cherished the lifelong family memories made at Hebgen Lake and Lake Powell. Kindness, curiosity and a deep respect for education and philanthropy were core values that guided Zeke’s life. Through his stories, his example, the opportunities he provided, he encouraged his children and grandchildren to experience life with the same zeal and dedication to service. Success, as well as failure, honed his incredible persistence, which kept him moving forward toward achieving his goals. Kay and Zeke enjoyed the simple beauties of the earth’s vistas, arches, wildflowers, sunsets, and the colorful quiet of remote deserts and mountains. They also enjoyed partnering on community projects with the intention of leaving wherever you are “a little better than you found it”. An enthusiastic promoter of Utah tourism, Zeke founded Bullfrog Resort on Lake Powell. He was one of the founders and president of Western States Management, the University of Utah Hospital Foundation, the Salt Lake Rotary Foundation, Dumke Insurance Agency, Western States Thrift, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Utah and several mining companies. Along with his wife, Zeke co-founded the Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Foundation in 1988. Zeke respected those he worked with, and in turn, earned their respect. He loved his country, his community, and the relationships he formed with those he collaborated with. Zeke was proud of his pioneer forebears and was honored to build on their sacrifice and hard work. In turn, he became a trail-blazing visionary who saw a path forward where others did not. He brought houseboats to Lake Powell, the amphitheater to Red Butte, and tirelessly promoted the Bonneville Shoreline trail, Emigration Visitors district, Tracy Aviary and Fort Douglas Military Museum. He enjoyed collaborating to enhance the community and pushed those he worked with to expand their thinking in order to address the problems of today as well as the future. Zeke is survived by his brother, Edmund W. Dumke 1943 JC (Carol Browning), as well as his adoring family Betsy Thornton (Scott), Claire Ryberg (Steve), Zeke Dumke, III, (Angela Smart), Andrea Manship (Michael), and numerous nieces and nephews.

Martin Trester Dyke, III 1943 JC, inventor, financier and father, died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at age 85 in Valdosta, GA, after he had a heart attack while driving home from a bridge game. Marty excelled in intellectual activities, and all who loved him appreciate that he was a fierce bridge competitor until the day he died. Born in Fort Smith, he helped his father operate a lumber business in the southwest, where they traveled extensively together to manage the operation. Marty later earned degrees from the University of the Pacific, the University of Arkansas and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in civil and electrical engineering. He helped to design the locks and dams in Messina, NY. He also established a commodities firm, Dyke and Company, with offices on Pearl Street in Manhattan. In 1958, he married Rosita Jones, who predeceased him. They raised four children, Amy, Lucy, Trester and Andrew in Summit, NJ, where Marty served on the Vestry of Calvary Episcopal Church and sang in the Summit Chorale. A maverick, Marty eventually gave up the daily commute, despite its opportunity to solve the New York Times Crossword puzzle from top to bottom in ink, married Marilyn Dyke and took her to Costa Rica, where he tried his hand at producing and exporting macadamia nuts, peppercorns and cardamom. Marilyn”s good sense and their shared love of family eventually brought them back to the states, where they lived in Boston, Ga., and were able to spend time with children Julia, Ken and James, and grandchildren, Madeiline, Kathryn, Riley, Jackson, Amanda and Caroline. Marty is survived by his wife, Marilyn Dyke; children, Adrienne Moore, Lucy Dyke, Trester Dyke and Andrew Mason; and grandchildren, Sophia Helverson, Annika Helverson, Hope Helverson, Leland Mason and Alice Dyke.

John Norris Eddins, Sr. 1943 JC, 94, of Austin, Texas, formerly of San Antonio and Corpus Christi, passed on to join his wife Jean, son Jim, brother Bill and sister Virginia in Heaven on Sunday, December 18, 2016, having lived a long and full life. Born in San Antonio on August 2, 1922, the son of William and Stella Eddins, Jack graduated from New Mexico Military Institute. Jack then enlisted in the U.S. Army where he fought in the Pacific Theater in World War II and earned two medals for honorable service. Upon returning home, Jack enrolled at the University of Texas as a business major and set to building his family by marrying Jean Saunders, who would be the love of his life for 62 years. Jack put his family first and often drove long hours as a traveling salesman to ensure that he was home to be with his three sons during their formative years. Second only to his family and his Methodist faith was his love of scouting with the Boy Scouts of America. Jack established the now 100-year-old Troop 3 at Northwest Hills United Methodist Church where he was a charter member. Jack continued to give his time and energy as Scoutmaster for well over 25 years in his mission to change young men’s lives for the better through love of the outdoors and duty to family, God and country. Jack always had something to add to the conversation. His outspoken demeanor ensured that everyone he met knew the impact that the scouting program could have on a young man. In addition to scouting, Jack enjoyed passing on his knowledge and love to his grandchildren and great grandchildren. During his career, Jack was a Freemason, a member of the Jaycees and a member and president of Toast Masters International. After retirement, he served as a bailiff for the judicial courts of Travis County. Jack is survived by his son, John and wife Rickie, his son Jeff and wife Heidi, and his daughter in-law Emily, all of Austin; three grandchildren, Jennifer Vissers and husband Michael of Broomfield, Colorado, Jacqueline Eddins of Austin, and Michael Eddins of Austin; as well as three great-grandchildren, Alexa, Stella and Norah Vissers.

LTC Amos Dickson Ewing, USA (Ret) 1941 HS-1943 JC 84, died Wednesday, December 20, 2006, in Lawton. He was born July 14, 1922, in Healdton, to Maude Agnes and Jefferson Seay Ewing. He grew up in the oil fields of Oklahoma and Texas. Upon graduation in 1943 from New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM, he was commissioned as an Army infantry second lieutenant and served in World War II. After the war, he entered the Reserves in October 1946. On July 3, 1948, he married Molly Ann Gulledge in Dallas. She died June 9, 2002. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from Oklahoma A&M (Oklahoma State University) in 1949, he was recalled to active duty. Following the Korean War, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Missouri School of Mines (University of Missouri-Rolla). His military assignments as an engineer included Thule, Greenland; Fort Belvoir, VA; Stuttgart, West Germany; and later, post engineer, Munich, West Germany, encompassing Berchtesgaden, Chiemsee, and Garmisch. Prior to his final assignment in Vietnam, he was assigned with the Corps of Engineers in Bangkok, Thailand. After more than 28 years of active service, he retired in Lawton in November 1970 as a lieutenant colonel. After retirement, he worked and traveled worldwide. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart with five Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign, World War II Victory Medal, World War II Occupation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Service Medal and Army Armed Forces Reserve Medal. He was also awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Parachute Badge and was Jumpmaster qualified. He was a charter member of the Mount Scott Kiwanis and was recognized as Kiwanian of the Year in 2002. He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, a lifetime member of the New Mexico Military Institute Alumni Association, and a member of the Military Officer Association of America, the Retired Officers Association, and the Mt. Scott Gem and Mineral Society. Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law: retired COL Jefferson G. Ewing, USA (Ret) 1967 HS-1969 JC and Donna, and Amos D. Ewing II; six daughters and three sons-in-law: Jo Hanna Ewing, Katie Ewing Johnson and Donald, Martha Ewing, Jane Ewing Ensley and Steve, Emily Ewing, and Amy Ewing-Holmstrom and Steve; a sister, Barbara Danielson; and five grandchildren: Hanna Hensley, Daniel Ewing, and Carey, Mitchell and Marshall Ensley.

PFC Harry J. Felch, Jr., USA 1943 JC – WWII-Killed in action in Germany on 18 March 1945. Felch died of wounds while serving with the 78th Lighting Division. He and a buddy were in a small factory undercover when a bomb hit.

CPL John Joseph Fischer, USA 1943 HS – WWII-Killed in service on Guam while a waist gunner on a B-29 on 2 November 1945.

Robert P. Flower 1943 HS, (83), passed away August 23, 2008 at his home in Northridge, CA. Bob was born Jan. 25, 1925 in Des Moines, Iowa to William R. And Betty S. Flower. He served in the Army Air Force during World War Two flying a P38. Bob attended USC after the War and graduated with Bachelor Degree; he was a life long Trojan Football fan. He is survived by his sister Tamra Dickerson, sons Michael and Patrick, daughters Michele Miller and Betty Gray, and seven grandchildren.

Raymond H. Fox, Jr. 1941 HS-1943 JC, of Altus passed from this world into the loving arms of his Savior at 12 a.m., Sunday, Dec, 5, 2010. He died in the Altus Hospital with his daughter Karen Bertrand, and Patrick Bertrand, his son-in-law, at his side. Raymond was born on Aug. 2, 1923, to Dr. Raymond H. And Lucille Fox at 915 N. Main, the family home, in Altus. His father, Dr. Raymond H. Fox, delivered him. He passed into his heavenly home at the age of 87. He and his wife Betty Lou Bristol Fox had just celebrated 64 years of marriage on Dec. 1. On Saturday, Dec. 4, a good friend took him to his farm, southwest of Altus, to see his pecan orchard, in which he dearly enjoyed working. He lived a good and long life. Leadership was in the forefront of Raymond’s mind and spirit, whether it was leading men in battle or serving as an engineer. He believed in taking care of others and for everything being done right. Raymond was educated in Altus public schools until Sept. 1, 1939. This was the day that the German army rolled across the Polish border to occupy that nation, and the day that he enrolled in the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. He was 16 at the time, only a junior in high school, and spent four years at the Institute. He had been trained in a Cavalry School and graduated from NMMI in June of 1943. After graduation, he was to enter officer’s Candidate School in a Cavalry School in Ft. Riley, Kan. Since the Army was disbanding the use of cavalry units in war, he could not report to Ft. Riley. Instead, Raymond worked in the oil fields the summer of 1943 and reported to Ft. Benning, Ga., to be inducted into the infantry in the fall of that year. Since the NMMI cadets had not been trained as infantrymen, they spent 17 weeks in basic training before entering OCS at Ft. Benning. He graduated as a 2nd Lt. Infantryman in March 1944. From this time on until he was discharged from the U.S. Army in 1953, off and on he served the nation as a soldier. During his stint in WWII, Raymond served in the European Theatre as a Lieutenant with the 42nd Division, the 101st Infantry Regiment, and the 83rd Division. He was first sent to Bristol, England, but actually entered into battle in the Battle of Lorraine, France in November 1944. On Dec. 1, 1944, he was wounded at Sarre Union, France, and was later evacuated to England. On the evacuation troop train to Le Harve, France, it was a surprise to all the men that Marlene Dietrich was a Red Cross aide handing out cigarettes to the wounded on the train. He recuperated in England, only to return to battle nine months later. In early April 1945, he returned to the front as a Company Commander with E Company with the 101st Infantry Regiment in Germany. After the surrender of Germany to the Allied forces, he was stationed in both Switzerland and Austria. He returned to the states for discharge from active duty in August 1946; however he remained in the Army Reserves. On Dec. 1, 1946, he married the love of his life, Betty Bristol in Altus. Raymond and Betty established their home in Norman where he finished his college degree as a Civil Engineer at the University of Oklahoma. They had two boys, Raymond H. Fox III (Chip), and James Steven Fox, before he was called back into active duty in June 1951 to serve in the Korean War. He served at Camp Drake in the 43rd Engineering Battalion in Japan. Raymond was finally discharged from the U.S. Army in 1953. He received the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars. After being permanently discharged from the service, he returned to Altus to rear his family and pursue his professional career. Their daughter Karen Fox Bertrand was born in Altus in 1963 and still resides in Altus. He served Altus as their City Engineer in 1955. Raymond established Fox Engineering in 1958 and partnered with A.E. Drechsler to form Fox and Drechsler Civil Engineers in 1960. He retired from the firm in 2005. He was very active in building bridges and water districts for the greater Southwestern Oklahoma area. Raymond, a life-long member of the First United Methodist Church in Altus and served in many capacities in the church. He knew and loved his Lord. Often, he shared with his sister the many miracles that he experienced on the battlefield. He attributed his praying mother for the angels watching over him during the war and the Divine Intervention that saved his life on so many occasions. He wrote about some of these in his memoirs. In 1996, he penned his story of WWII in a book entitled, ôi Remember . . .ö One of his passions was his pecan orchard. He spent many long hours nurturing the pecan trees. The family selected a casket made of pecan wood for his burial. His father taught him to hunt and fish and these he enjoyed all of his life. He passed this on to his boys. Those surviving Raymond are his wife Betty; and their three children, Chip and his wife Leigh of Cordova, Tenn., Steve and his wife Kathy of Ardmore, and Karen Bertrand and her husband Patrick of Altus. He left four grandchildren, Courtney Fox Bukas, Daisy Fox, both of Tampa, Fla., Tucker Fox of Cordova, Tenn., and Matthew Fox of Ardmore; his sister, Mary Fox Murphy and her husband Wyche Murphy of Stillwater; his remaining cousins, Jim Jennings of Maryland, Carleta Wilkie of Ohio, Beverly Morris of Alabama, and Sarah Caldwell of Orange Beach, Ala.; along with many nieces and nephews who loved him. Raymond Fox will always be remembered for being a bit on the contrary side. Yes, with everyone, but he was well respected and dearly loved by many. There was never any doubt where one stood with him-or what his opinion was on a subject. One of his favorite sayings was, ôi may be wrong, but I am never in doubt.ö In 2003, his family planned a special 80th birthday party. He continually admonished the family for having it, lamenting, ôno one will come.ö Over 300 friends and family attended to honor him and celebrate with Raymond his 80 years of life. He was first and foremost a soldier, with the thoughts and traumas of WWII never far from memory. In July 1997, his son Chip and wife Leigh Fox made it possible for Raymond and Betty to retrace his first 17 days of combat before being wounded in December 1944. Raymond returned to the small hamlets in the Lorraine region of France. He even located the area where he was wounded in the Bannoholtz Woods. In a local pub he met a man who was 16 years old in November 1944. The man remembered and related in his broken English the exact date of Nov. 27, 1944, when the American troops entered his town of Domnom, France, and drove the German out. Raymond also located a house, where as company commander, he set up headquarters. The home now belongs to a school principal who happened to speak English. Raymond asked to see the fireplace in the house and she replied they had just remodeled and had taken it out. This trip proved to be a healing experience for him that he needed for so many years. Most of all Raymond Fox was a patriot and a soldier; that is the way he would have wanted to be remembered. He was loyal and faithful to his God, his family and his country.

1LT Jack Hansen Gellert, USA 1943 JC – WWII-Killed in action – died in Florence, Italy on 30 December 1944 of wounds received in action on 15 October 1944.

James J. Gilliland 1943 HS, 85, lifetime rancher in Butler and Cowley counties in Kansas, died Friday, October 15. He was a member of Kansas Livestock Association; Chairman of the KLA Cow-Calf Stocker Council 1989; Served on the Kansas Beef Council Executive Committee 1988-1995; Served on Board of Directors of National Livestock and Meat Board, 1992-1995; Former member of Butler County Community College Agriculture Advisory Committee; Grassland Conservation Awards from Cowley County 1992; Butler County 2003; and in 2006 was a Rancher Inductee in the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Dodge City, KS. Services 10 a.m. Tues., Oct. 19 at Carlson Funeral Home, El Dorado. Visitation with family 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mon. Also at the funeral home. Survivors: wife, Paula; sons, Mark Gilliland, Houston, Scott (Julie) Tracy, Dexter, Shane Tracy and Lacey Brady, Leon; daughter-in-law, Jami Gilliland Trammell, Houston; 9 grandchildren. 

David Louis Goodman 1941 HS 1943 JC Devoted father and grandfather died on June 21, 2008 in Tucson, AZ. David was born on September 2, 1923 in Pagosa Springs, CO to Louis J. And Hortense L. Goodman. He grew up in Pagosa Springs, CO enjoying the outdoors, mostly hunting, camping, and fishing. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM in 1943. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the US Army and served three years in the 81st Infantry, with duty in the South Pacific, the Philippines and Japan. Upon discharge, he returned to Pagosa Springs, CO, where he managed Goodman’s Department Store and became the third generation owner until 1982 when he relinquished control of the store to his son, Robert P. Goodman. Along with his father Louis J. Goodman, David was member of the Pagosa Masonic Lodge. David is survived by his wife, Dorothy E. Goodman of Tucson, AZ; children, Dorothy Louise Baltes (husband: Thomas) of Albuquerque, NM; Benjamin D. Goodman (wife: Mary) of Southlake, TX; Robert P. Goodman (wife: Valerie) of Pagosa Springs, CO, and six grandchildren, Nikki L. Mochko (husband: Jeff), Thomas Michael Baltes (wife: Jennifer), Benjamin D. Goodman II, Mary Bevens Goodman, Jordan E. Goodman, and Hayley R. Goodman. David will be missed by his family and many friends. 

F. Randall Gose 1943 JC, 93, passed away at his home in Silver City, NM on February 14, 2017, surrounded by his family. He was born October 15, 1923 at home in north Hurley, NM, to Thomas A. Gose & Elsie Lee (Sanderson) Gose. His father ran a successful laundry service in which Randall helped from a young age. He attended school in Hurley from elementary through high school, playing football and basketball. He also attended NMMI for a year and a half, leaving short of graduation to join the Navy during WWII, serving on a ship in the Asiatic Pacific area. Ever the entrepreneur, he learned to cut hair and earned $.25 per haircut while in the Navy. In 1946, he took over management of American Laun-Dry Cleaning Co. On one of his laundry deliveries to Western Teacher’s College (WNMU) he met a pretty coed, Mary Ellen Bentley, whom he married June 21,1948 and raised 4 children. Randall was an active civic leader in Silver City, where he was a councilman (1972-74) and mayor (1974-75), on the Board of Directors for Sunwest Bank for 26 years, as well as past president of NM Drycleaners Association, Silver City Toastmasters, Silver Golf Club and past Exalted Ruler Elks Lodge #413. Over the years he continued to expand American Laundry to include coin-operated laundries, dry-cleaning services and carwashes in Silver City and Bayard. He opened Oakridge Homes in 1978, which was involved in general contracting, modular and manufactured home sales. He was a successful entrepreneur and generous to a fault. He enjoyed including his family in his business adventures. Randall was an avid golfer and was instrumental in the establishment of the Silver City Golf Course. He competed in many local tournaments and later traveled with the Senior’s Golf Association. His strength, generosity, integrity and commitment to his family are his legacy. He is survived by his wife of 68 ½ years Mary Ellen Gose; four children, Grant Gose (Lora), Charles Gose (Cheryl), Leanne Ormand (Matt) and Ranelle Gose; twelve grandchildren, Jonathan Ormand (Michelle), Ashlee Inman, Destree Houston (Corey),Jerad Gose (Lauren), Rebekah Ormand, Auhdra Houston (Kyle), Magan Romig (Derek), James Gose, Britanny DeMent (Matt), Philip Ormand, April Aguilar (Jose), and Kohdy Pierce; twelve great-grandchildren, Shyrea, Matthew, Luke, Patrick, CJ, Reid, Paige, Charlotte, Kehlyn, Rowdy, Buster, and Dayle. He was preceded in death by his stillborn daughter, his parents, brothers, William, Seburn, and Tom; sisters, Mary Bandoni, Lois Lebaron, Elsie Stokes, and Evelyn Owens.

Robert Harold Gregg, MD 1943 JC died September 30th, 2013 of natural causes at the age of 89. Born in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles California on November 3, 1923, Dr. Gregg practiced obstetrics and gynecology in Covina, California after serving in the Navy and Marine Corps as a Flight Surgeon on the USS Bataan aircraft carrier during the Korean War. Beginning in 1956, Dr. Robert Gregg practiced with Drs. Jay Mulder and was later joined by Don Jackson on College Street Dr. Gregg was active in the Covina community with the School Board, local politics, and in business where he started Citrus National Bank, Security Thrift and Loan, and Rancho Bank in San Dimas. He was also a major force in the founding of San Dimas Community Hospital in the late 1960’s. Dr Gregg was a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) in Roswell, New Mexico where he met the love of his life, Phyllis Ann Young, who passed away in 2000. He was a proud graduate of The Ohio State University Medical School, but was also a medical resident at USC County Medical Hospital. Dr. Gregg is survived by his 3 children Patricia Ann Gregg-Hesterly and her two children Jason Gregg and Amy Elizabeth Hesterly; William Young Gregg, and his two children Erin Kimberly Gregg-Newman and Kevin Callaway Gregg and his son Wyatt Alan Gregg; and Robert H. Gregg II, and his son Austen Robert Harold Gregg both born on Dr. Gregg’s birthday. 

Frank E. Hall 1943 HS was born in Chicago on August 3, 1925, the middle child of John Henderson Hall and Helen Marie Eisenhut. He died on September 21, 2017. Frank’s Family lived in Harrisburg, PA, St. Louis and Chicago before coming to Fort Worth when he was nine. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1942. In the United States Air Force he flew bombing missions over Germany and later was stationed at Templeh of Airdome, Berlin during the Army of Occupation. He grew up in the meat business, working summers as a teenager at the Swift Fort Worth plant where his father was the General Manger. After graduatingfrom Iowa State University with an Animal Husbandrey degree he began his career with Swoft & Co. In Fort Wort, then San Antonio and finallt 15 years in London, England. In 1971 Frank moved his family o Austin after purchasing Lone Star Mean Co. The business prospered under his leadership. In 1996 he sold the company to his son and stayed on to help until his retirement in 2001. Frank was a past director of the North American Meat Provessor Association, the Austin-Travis County Livestock Show, the Rotary Club of Austin Foundation and the Austin Choral Union; and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, The Admirals Club, The Knights of the Symphony, and The Headliners Club. Frank was always curious about the world in which he lived. He loved to read and educate himself. He felt a sense of accomplishment when new ides were incorporated in his business or could be shared with his family or friends. Tish joined him on many trips to England to visit friends made during the time that they lived there. He loved gardening and planting young trees to see them grow. Frank also watch numerous Langhorn sporting evnets with Tish. Frank leaves behind a son and daughter-in-law, Franklin E. And Lauren G. Hall; daughter Tracey T. Hall, all of Austin; sister, Betty Jons of Midland; a sister-in-law, Milly M. Gray of Weimar; and a sister-in-law, Lurdes P. Hall of Austin. Grieving his passing are grandchildren, Marjorie T. Hall, F. Edward Hall, Jr., Courtney T. Hall, Ainsley R. Hall and Whitney Q. Hall and whitney Q. Hall, all of Austin; and, nieces and nephews, Ben, Kay and Holly Bancroft, Big Springs; Ben, marta, Tret, matt and Sam Schrader, Weimar; Joe and Lori Dawson, Midland; and Stephen, Lisa, Drew and Reagan Gray, Boerne.

John “Jack” B. Halper 1941 HS-1943 JC, 89, died peacefully on March 24, 2014 at Avon Health Center in Avon, following a brief illness. He was the husband of the late Anne Calvert Halper. Jack was born in Dallas, TX on December 17, 1924. He was a 40 year resident of Redding having previously lived in Washington, DC and Westport, and most recently at The Gables of Farmington. He attended New Mexico Military Institute and earned a B.A. and Masters Degree at Columbia University. Jack was a WWII Army veteran, having served in the Pacific Theater. Following the war, he worked as a Foreign Correspondent from 1947-1951 for Christian Science Monitor, Geneva, Switzerland. During the 1950’s he wrote for Congressional Quarterly in Washington, DC. He ran John B. Halper & Co., a mortgage brokerage firm, until his retirement in 1990. Along with Anne, his beloved wife of 60 years, Jack was an avid antiques collector. He had a lifelong interest in investing in the stock market, and was passionate about reading history and discussing current events. Survivors include daughters, Laura Jane Murphy and son in law, Patrick Murphy of Downers Grove, IL, and Lydia Halper Chiappetti and son in law, Mario Chiappetti of Simsbury, CT; grandchildren, Colby Murphy, and Caroline and Christopher Chiappetti; and sister Lyra Ann Monasee of Phoenix, AZ.

Col. Robert J. Heard, Jr., USAF (Ret) 1943 HS, 82, of Yuma, died Sept. 30, 2006, at his home.He was born Sept. 19, 1924, in Garden Grove, CA.

Reginald Heber Helvenston 1943 HS of Little Rock passed away Wednesday, December 12, 2012. He was born August 17, 1926, in Live Oak, Florida,the son of Reginald Heber Helvenston Sr. and Edna Baulch Helvenston. He was a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute and during World War II, served aboard a patrol craft as a sonarman in the South Pacific. After the war he graduated from the University of Texas where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta and a letterman in swimming in 1947 and 1948. From 1950 to 1957 he was a fieldman for Aetna Insurance Company and owned and operated Helvenston & Co., a local fire and casualty agency, until his retirement in 1982. He was a vestryman and served several times as Senior Warden of St. Alban’s Anglican Church in Little Rock. He was a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Trinity Lodge #694, Scottish Rite Bodies, Scimitar Shrine Temple and the Country Club of Little Rock. He is survived by his wife, Betty Buzbee Helvenston; daughter, Ellen A. Tolley and husband, Steve of Perryville, AR; grandchildren, Travis Tolley and wife, Kelly and Hallie Tolley Finkbeiner and husband, David; great-grandchildren, Ella Jane, Carter and Harper; brother, Phelps Helvenston and wife, Pat of Flagstaff, Arizona and two nephews. 

E.L “Bud” Hewitt 1941 HS 1943 JC, age 89, of Little Rock died on August 14, 2012. Little Rock’s loss is Heavens gain. Not only an icon of the Heights business district and a lifelong volunteer, E.L. “Bud” Hewitt was primarily known for his faith, his family and his character. He was the personification of the phrase “he never met a stranger”. On Tuesday, August 14th, 2012, “Bud” or “Buddy” as he was affectionately called, went home to his precious Lord. He was born in Little Rock on May 2, 1923, to Leeila C. And James F. Hewitt. Bud grew up in both Parkhill and Little Rock, and attended Little Rock Senior High School briefly before attending New Mexico Military Academy. He proudly served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II in both the Philippines and in Okinawa, Japan. Early in his business career Bud worked for Sterling Stores before starting Heights Variety and Hardware in 1950. Most Little Rock residents over the age of forty have fond memories of the variety store on Kavanaugh, not only for the candy counter and merchandise, but for the warm and genuine heart of the owner. His playful sense of humor, constant smile and big heart touched the lives of everyone who knew him. Known for his generosity, Bud always kept a folded $20 bill in his wallet in case he met a friend or a stranger in need. The variety store was open for 33 years before closing in 1982. His dear friend and store manager, Doyne Elder, was with him for 26 years. Bud was also an owner in the Park Plaza Raceway where young and old alike would gather to race their slot cars. Bud was a founding member of the Pulaski Heights Merchants Association, helped start Pulaski Bank & Trust and was instrumental in the development of many of the stores in the Heights business district. He was an Eagle Scout and was a proud and active member of Troop 45, which is made up of men who have been involved in scouting for over 45 years. He was an active Rotarian, where he held many offices including president. He volunteered countless hours as a Big Brother, and received his 2,000 hour pin as a volunteer at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. Although an avid Razorback fan, Bud was more concerned about the game that really matters – the game of life. Bud was most passionate about his work in the church. He began as a Sunday school teacher at Westover Hills Presbyterian Church, where he also served as a deacon. Years later, he taught Sunday school at Bethel Chapel and was very instrumental in leading vacation Bible school for many years. His last years of service were at Covenant Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder for 15 years, and retired as an elder emeritus. Preceded in death by his parents, James F. And Leeila C. Hewitt. He is survived by his beloved wife, Kathleen G. “Kitty” Hewitt, his sister, Betty Thompson, his daughters, Babs Dodd (David) and Billie Thorpe (Rob); Sam Thorpe (Chrissy), grandchildren Matt Thorpe (Akina), Wes Thorpe (Catherine), Jay Thorpe (Katherine), James Thorpe (Amy), John Thorpe (Beth), Ben Thorpe (Tifanny), Anna Thorpe and 15 great-grandchildren. The family wants to say a special thank you to Bud’s compassionate physician, Dr. Patrick Fields, and his gracious and loving caregiver, Karen Taylor and Bessie Smith. You will always be family. While we will miss him greatly, his family is excited to know he will be on the front row in heaven, worshiping His God and waiting to greet us with a big smile and warm hug when we get there.

Wilson St. Clair Howe 1943 JC, of Longmont died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, at his residence. 

James Pingree Johns 1941 HS-1943 JC, the only son of James E. and Ruth Williams Johns, died peacefully on Monday, October 19, 2015. Jimmie was born on July 6, 1923, in Keokuk, Iowa. When he was three years old, the family moved to Roswell, New Mexico, where they had purchased the franchise to bottle Coca-Cola for the Pecos Valley. He attended Missouri Avenue Elementary School, North Junior High School, Roswell High School, NMMI, and graduated from the NMMI Junior College in 1943. Jimmie served his country in two wars World War II and the Korean War. During World War II, Lieutenant Johns served in Italy with the 85th Regiment of the 10th Mountain Division, earning the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Between the wars, Jimmie attended the University of Colorado where he met Amy Marriott. They were married on December 23, 1947. In 1948, Jimmie completed his degree in Business Administration, and he and Amy moved back to Roswell. At that time, Jimmie joined the family business at Pecos Valley Coca-Cola Bottling Company. When the company was sold, Jimmie started a second successful career with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance. Jimmie is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Amy; son Kirk Wesley and wife Elizabeth Johns; son James A. (Jim) Johns; and cousins Jimmy and Sue Johns of Carlsbad and Leslie and Donald Dungan of Artesia. He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Christopher E. Johns. Jimmie enjoyed playing tennis and golf and had a lifelong love of flying and airplanes, which he shared with his close friend, Bob Brown. As a teenager, Jimmie helped to pour concrete for the runways at Walker Air Force Base, and later owned several small experimental airplanes. A patriotic, smart, dedicated, hard worker, Jimmie enjoyed serving the country and the community that he loved. He was a 33rd degree Mason and Shriner and a member of First United Methodist Church since 1933. Jimmie served as President of the Roswell Symphony Board, Campaign Chairman for the United Way of Chaves County, and President of the Roswell Association of Life Underwriters. He was a member of the Roswell Chamber of Commerce, Roswell Red Coats, the National Association of 10th Mountain Division, the Coca-Cola Bottlers Association, and the Million Dollar Round Table with Northwestern Mutual Life. He loved music and was a strong supporter of the Roswell Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Roswell Museum and Art Center, the Roswell Public Library, the Assurance Home, Spencer Theatre, and many other charitable and community organizations.

Allan Simon Kahn 1943 HS passed away peacefully at home at the age of 89, surrounded by his family. He was an optimistic, patient, kind and humorous son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. Allan was born in Denver, where he spent his childhood. He was the first child of Alice and Laskar Kahn. He had a life full of adventure and humor. He always had a joke to tell and a financial article to share. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara Jordan Kahn; son, Drummond Kahn; daughter-in-law, Daphne Teals; granddaughters, Beatrice and Eleanor of Portland; sister, Lorain Levy of New York; and many nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Jeydel. Allan graduated from East Denver High School and the New Mexico Military Institute in 1943. He served his country in the 1255th Combat Engineer Battalion, U.S. Army, as a demolition specialist in the Rhineland and Ardennes campaigns of World War II. After the war, Allan utilized the G.I. Bill and graduated from the University of Denver in 1949 with a degree in business. During the Korean War, Allan served as classification and assignment officer in the 33rd Air Division, U.S. Air Force. Allan moved to Salem in 1958, serving the state of Oregon in the state’s Board of Control and as personnel manager for the Oregon Health Division. For 15 years, he was chief examiner for Marion County Fire District #1. Allan enjoyed leadership roles in professional and civic organizations, including president of the Oregon State Personnel Association, the Salem Shrine Club and the 1255th Combat Engineers Association. He and Barbara enjoyed returning to Europe with their 1255th Army friends, who met for many years on a regular basis. One highlight included an official “thank you” from the people of Luxembourg. The Army cap he wore during WWII is on display in a Luxembourg museum. He was an active member in several organizations in Salem, including the Masons and the Elks. In retirement, Allan enjoyed his time with family, learned to be a locksmith and traveled – from Greece, to Israel, to the U.K. – and especially to the Oregon coast.

Keith Langford, Jr. 1943 HS, “Lanny” a longtime resident of Silver City, died on July 17, 2011, after a long illness. Mr. Keith practiced law in Silver City for more than 40 years. In later years, he served as chairman of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Episco¡pal Church Foundation, and provided pro bono counsel to the High Desert Humane Society. He served as a member of the Western New Mexico University Board of Regents from 1974-80 and was secretary-treasurer for two, one-year terms. He was a board member of Grant County Bank from 1974-97 and served as chairman of the board from 1984 to 1997 during a time of acquisitions, first by sunwest Bank and then by Nations Bank. Mr. Keith was born in Roswell, NM., on Aug. 12, 1932, to Langford Sr. And Alieen Church Keith. He attended high school at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, graduating in 1950. Mr. Keith obtained his bach¡elor of finance degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1953, and a juris doctorate from the University of Okla¡homa Law School in 1956. Mr. Keith is survived by his wife, Linda B. Keith of Sil¡ver City; his children, Kath¡leen K. Lauinger of Dallas, Texas, Kristin K. Gibson of Weston, Conn., Langford Keith III (Ford) of Dallas, Texas, and L. Carol Keith of Tucson, Ariz.; his grandchil¡dren, Joseph K. Lauinger, George C. Lauinger, Robert F. Keith and Lily C. Keith of Dallas; his sons-in-law, Frank T. Lauinger and Kurt W. Gibson; and daughter- in¡law, Julie F. Keith. 

James Robert Lochhead 1943 HS, “Jim” 85, was born February 3, 1925 in Dallas, Texas and passed away on April 4, 2010. Growing up in Phoenix, he attended Kenilworth, North High, then the New Mexico Military Institute and the University of Arizona. In 1945, at the U. Of A. He met and fell in love with a vivacious coed, Anna Grijalva. A year later they married and remained so for 61 years until Anna’s death in 2007. After serving our country in the Army Air Corps he and Anna raised their family in Phoenix. Jim was active in agriculture and farming in Missouri and Arizona. An avid golfer from the age of 12, he and Anna were members of Phoenix Country Club, Paradise Valley Country Club, Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, White Mountain Country Club and the Valley Field Riding and Polo Club. Predeceased by his parents, wife, Anna and son, Bruce, he is survived by son James R. Lochhead, grandson Jeffrey J. Lochhead and Jeffrey’s mother Margaret Lochhead.

James Dozier McLaughlin 1943 JC, 92, of Midland, Texas, passed away on January 2, 2017. Jim was born September 30, 1924, in Norphlet, Arkansas, to John Ray and Ruth Echols McLaughlin. He graduated from Monument High School in New Mexico, attended New Mexico Military Institute (Junior College Division) before joining the US Navy as a Naval Aviator in World War II where he served three years. After the war, Jim attended the University of Oklahoma where he earned a BS degree in General Engineering and was a member of Delta Tau Delta men’s fraternity. He married Anne Tucker McLaughlin on October 20, 1951, recently celebrating 65 years of marriage. Jim worked as an engineer/manager for the Cardinal Companies during his career. He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Juana Ray McLaughlin. He is survived by his wife, Anne McLaughlin of Midland, Texas, son, John, and his wife, Kathy McLaughlin of Rowlett, Texas, son, Steve, and his wife, Linda, of Midland, Texas, son, David, and his wife, Elizabeth, of Houston, Texas, and son, Tom, of Houston, Texas. In addition, he is survived by grandchildren, Robert McLaughlin of Rowlett, Texas, Michael and his wife, Jenna McLaughlin of Dallas, Texas, William McLaughlin of Dallas, Texas, Daniel and his wife, Claire McLaughlin of Fairfield, California, Stephanie McLaughlin of Paris, France, Rachel McLaughlin of Midland, Texas, Greg McLaughlin of Houston, Texas, Joe McLaughlin of Houston, Texas, and Patrick McLaughlin of Houston, Texas.

Tom McMurray 1943 HS, August 21, 1925 – June 16, 2011 OKLAHOMA CITY Tom mcmurray Jr., 85, passed away June 16, 2011. He was born August 21, 1925 in McAlester, OK to Tom mcmurray Sr. & Christine (Weaver) mcmurray. He served his country proudly as a pilot in the United States Air Force. He continued his love of flying as a charter pilot, flying tourists to various islands. He was a commercial photographer and owned a camera shop, “Stowe Photo;” he took aerial pictures of Stowe, Vermont. He went to the Bahamas every winter on his boat named “Thumper.” He is survived by his 2 daughters: Cynthia mcmurray, Karen Tutt and husband David; 2 sisters: Suzanne Kauffmann and husband Howard, Marilyn mcmurray; 2 grandchildren: Sean Maddox and wife Deanna, Jennifer Peacock and husband Jamie; and 6 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents.

Robert Marion “Bob” Minton, Jr. 1941 HS-1943 JC passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in San Angelo. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in Johnson’s Funeral Home chapel will burial to follow in Fairmount Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, June 22, 2015, at the funeral home. He was born Dec. 26, 1922, in McAlester, Oklahoma, to Robert Marion Minton Sr. and Ollie Thompson. He and his family moved to California and Arizona, before settling in San Angelo, Texas in November of 1928. Bob attended the San Angelo public schools until he was old enough to enter the New Mexico Military in Roswell, New Mexico. While at NMMI, he was on the football, polo, and gymnastics teams. He graduated from NMMI. in May of 1943. From there, he went to Officers Training School at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he became an Infantry Officer. Next, he went to Camp Roberts in California and then to Camp Adair in Oregon, where he was in charge of the regimental tank and mine demolition platoons. In the winter of 1944, Bob sailed from New York City, aboard the Queen Mary, to Glasgow, Scotland. From there he took a train to South Hampton, England. After crossing the English Channel, he landed at Omaha Beach, traveled to St. Lo under General Omar Bradley. Out of St. Lo he joined the Third Army under General George Patton. Then the Third Army fought its way to Paris, Toule, Nancy, and then to Kaiserlaten, Germany. Next to Metz and from there to Luxenbourg, and Bastone, where The Battle of the Buldge took place. Bob was a demolition expert clearing mines and working ahead of the armored tanks through France, Germany, Luxenbourg, Belgium, Czechoslavakia and Austria. Bob was awarded three Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, the European ribbon with four stars, the Victory Combat Infantry badge and the Occupation ribbon. He was wounded in Germany in 1945, and was honorably discharged as a Captain in April of 1953. He graduated from the University of Texas with a BBA in Accounting and Marketing in January 1949. He married Carolyn Brock in Erie, Pennsylvania, on Dec. 30, 1947. The couple lived in Austin and Midland before moving to San Angelo in September of 1967. He was the president and owner of R.M. Minton Distributing Company. His wife; parents; and siblings, Mary Jo Bunnell and William S. Minton preceded him in death. He is survived his children, Cynthia Spence, Rhonda Pope and Phil Pope, Brock Minton and Cynthia Jean Minton and Mark Minton; grandchildren Kenneth Land and Suzanne Land, Stephanie Shull, Cherilyn Acevedo, Tamara Currie and Chase Currie; great-grandchildren Alyssa and Cobey Land, River and Kirsten Shull, Angelina Acevedo, Carolyn Currie and Lauren Currie; oldest sister Dorothy Nowlin of Owasso, Oklahoma; and many nieces and nephews. 

Thomas Wilbur Moore 1943 JC, born September 11, 1925, passed away on Monday, October 26, 2015. He was a native Phoenician born to Harold P. and Dorothea W. Moore. He attended North High School and New Mexico Military Institute. He has been a Sigma Chi for 70 years which began when he attended U of A and ASU. He served in the US Army in World War II, “The Big War” in theatres in France and the Philippines. He married Julia Ann Threlkeld on November 4, 1944. Starting his career as a teacher and completing it as a school administrator in the Madison School District for almost 40 years. Tom was a member of the Phoenix Riding Club, Governors Mexico Arizona Commission and American Legion. He leaves behind 2 children, Mike (Michelle) and Julie, 2 grandchildren, Maranda (Al) and Melissa, and 2 great-grandchildren, Rebecca and Danielle. 

PFC Dennis O. Nissen, USA 1943 JC – WWII-Killed in action in Germany on 8 February 1945.

Thomas Lloyd Pearson 1941 HS-1943 JC passed away on March 22, 2015 after living a full and happy life. Those left behind to cherish his memory are his best friend and loving wife Betty Ward Pearson, two children Michelle and her husband Greg, and Dan and his wife Peggy and many nieces, nephews and extended family. Proceeding Tom in death and there to welcome him home is their son Steve, Tom’s parents, and five siblings. Tom married his childhood buddy in 1950 and they began a 65 year adventure together. Tom was a happy family man, loving husband and great dad. Tom took an active part in their children’s lives in Cub and Boy Scouts troops, Little League baseball, football, band, swimming, and gymnastics. Providing for his family was of the utmost importance to him. Tom was born on the family farm in Pearisburg, Virginia on March 13, 1923 to Daniel Cecil and Senah Fry Pearson. He was the youngest of six children. In 1926, the family moved to Roswell where his father had been appointed Superintendent of New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI). Tom was raised with the rhythms and discipline of military life. This upbringing provided him with a strong sense of family, love, duty, dedication and honor that would define his character for life, and be evident to all who met him. After graduating from Junior College at NMMI, Tom attended Tank Destroyer OCS at Camp Hood, Texas. After serving his country with honor, he was released from duty in 1946 with over three years of active service including a year and half in India. Soon after, Tom continued his education at the University of Colorado where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1949. He began his career as a “roughneck” on the offshore rigs of Louisiana, employed by Exxon Oil Co. Tom spent the next 37 years with Exxon as a Petroleum engineer stationed along the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas and retired doing oil well permitting and environmental compliance. He was a prominent member of the engineering team that designed Exxon’s first self-propelled, semi-submersible drilling platform, the “Alaskan Star”. Tom enjoyed many hobbies through the years including gardening, tinkering and fixing anything broken, deer and dove hunting, “jitterbug” dancing, and helped with displaying the beautiful art objects Betty created. He took pride in his workmanship: if it was worth doing, it was worth doing right. Tom retired in 1986, and he and Betty returned to Roswell where they had grown up, and immediately became involved with old and new friends. They rejoined St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church where Tom served as a member of the Vestry and was instrumental in designing their Columbarium. They joined the Chaparral Rockhounds to comb the surrounding areas of New Mexico for fascinating rocks and gems. They had many adventures with the Wilderness Hikers where Tom helped plan and lead hikes and other activities; he was also an active member of the Roswell Historical Society. Tom had many stories to tell and enjoyed showing relatives and friends about the town and particularly the Institute. He was a very patriotic man, flying the American flag every day at their home. Tom’s strong character and dry sense of humor will be missed by those who knew him. Tom enjoyed a good joke, laughing, a good hot cup of coffee, music and revisiting memories. Roll on Tom, with the “tumbling tumbleweeds” and we know you’ll find a good cup of “java jive” in heaven. Don’t drink it all; save some for the rest of us, we’ll join you later. 

LT William Carlisle Ramsay, USA 1943 JC – WWII-Killed in action in France on 16 September 1944.

Walter Leslie Rodman 1941 HS-1943 JC, 83, passed away Saturday, November 18, 2006, in St. George. He was born July 19, 1923, in Ogden, Utah, to Gage B. And Gladys Rodman. Surviving family include his wife, Alice Rodman, of Hurricane; brother, Fred Rodman, of Los Angeles, CA; two nephews, James W. Rodman, of Los Angeles, CA, and Steven L. Rodman, of Greenfield, MA; and a niece, Anne M. Vitello, of North Hollywood, CA.

MSgt Robert Henry “Buzz” Rogers, II USMC (Ret) 1943 HS  passed away peacefully at his home on September 2, 2015, surrounded by his five children and daughter-in-law. He was born in Washington, DC on July 1, 1925, the son of Major General Ford O. “Tex” Rogers, USMC and Lucy Folly Bedford. Buzz spent his childhood years travelling the world with his father Tex. While attending New Mexico Military Institute, he enlisted in the US Marine Corps and retired as a Master Gunnery Sergeant after 30 years of service. Buzz settled at his father’s Lone Star Farm in New Baltimore, Virginia, in 1946. He later met Angie Lee Sanders and they were married in 1952, she preceded him on July the 11 of this year. He managed his own thoroughbred racing and breeding business and the Hilldale Riding School with Angie on Lone Star Farm. He was an avid polo player and played polo with many of the local clubs. After fully retiring, he and Angie enjoyed spending weekends on their boat The Sly Mongoose cruising the Potomac and the Chesapeake Bay. In the winters, they traveled the Intracoastal Waterway to Florida on their boat. He is survived by his five children and their families; Folly Rogers, Victoria & Larry Loughborough, Robert H. & Mary Beth Rogers, Ford Rogers, Bedford and Amy Rogers; and his seven grandchildren, Forest Rogers-Phillips, Douglas Whitcraft, Donald Whitcraft, Victor Rogers-Phillips, Ellie Rogers, Friend Rogers and Henry Rogers. 

James E. Russell 1941 HS-1943 JC passed away peacefully on August 29, 2015 at the age of 92. Jim grew up in Staunton, Illinois. He attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. Jim served as 1st Lieutenant in the 83rd Infantry Division in World War II. He was injured during the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, he finished his college education at Washington University and graduated with a BA in business. He met his wife, Marjory Hopkins, while at school, and they were married shortly after graduation. Jim worked for his father in the Russell Furniture Store in Staunton for a few years. He then moved to St. Louis and worked at International Shoe Company, and became one of the early computer systems analysts. Beloved husband of Marjory Russell for 66 years; loving father and father-in-law of Lea (Dennis) Langdon, the late Donald Russell, the late Scott (survived by Deborah) Russell; dear grandfather of Robin Perrtree (Frank Unger), Alex (Courtney) Perry, Kalani (Aaron) McElwee, Erin Langdon, Daniel H. Russell and Margaret Russell (Oliver Lagman); dear great-grandfather of Rylee Boyd, Isabel and Violet Perry, Nora Perrtree, Zachary Unger and Addilyn McElwee; and dear brother of the late Richard A. (survived by Shirley)

Guy Hall Ruggles, Jr. 1943 JC passed away at 1:10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System after a brief illness. He was 88. Mr. Ruggles was born Oct. 13, 1923, in Miami, AZ., a son of Guy H. Ruggles, Sr. And Faye McBride Ruggles. He graduated from Brisbee (AZ) High School in 1941, then enrolled in the Army Air Force cadet program while at the New Mexico Military Academy in Roswell, NM. Before completing the program, he was called to basic training in Texas. His time in serving his country included advanced flying training and, in 1944, he was appointed a second lieutenant in the Army Air Force, earning his silver wings as a pilot and serving until November 1945. In 1949, he graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor of science degree in engineering and accepted a position with Westinghouse Electric Corp., moving to Sharon to become a design engineer for mobile transformers for 33 years. He retired in 1983. Guy was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity; Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 55, Farrell; and Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge 103, Sharon. He loved driving and had driven with his wife to all 50 states and the lower provinces of Canada. He enjoyed bowling and golfing, participating in both sports well into his later years. He was proud to be named the 1986 league champion for the Westinghouse Retirees Golf League and to have scored a hole-in-one while playing golf. Survivors include: his wife, Margaret M. Ôpeggyö Ruggles, whom he married Sept. 19, 1980, and her family; along with his sister, Nancy Ruggles Crowley, Fairfax, Va.; his niece, Kathy Minnis, Fruit Grove, Fla.; and his nephews, Douglas and Dennis Crowley, also Fairfax; and Richard Crowley, Alexandria, Va. He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, the former Mary Ann Banas, who died Sept. 16, 1975.

James Edward Russell 1943 JC passed away peacefully on August 29, 2015 at the age of 92. Jim grew up in Staunton, Illinois. He attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. Jim served as 1st Lieutenant in the 83rd Infantry Division in World War II. He was injured during the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, he finished his college education at Washington University and graduated with a BA in business. He met his wife, Marjory Hopkins, while at school, and they were married shortly after graduation. Jim worked for his father in the Russell Furniture Store in Staunton for a few years. He then moved to St. Louis and worked at International Shoe Company, and became one of the early computer systems analysts. Beloved husband of Marjory Russell for 66 years; loving father and father-in-law of Lea (Dennis) Langdon, the late Donald Russell, the late Scott (survived by Deborah) Russell; dear grandfather of Robin Perrtree (Frank Unger), Alex (Courtney) Perry, Kalani (Aaron) McElwee, Erin Langdon, Daniel H. Russell and Margaret Russell (Oliver Lagman); dear great-grandfather of Rylee Boyd, Isabel and Violet Perry, Nora Perrtree, Zachary Unger and Addilyn McElwee; and dear brother of the late Richard A. (survived by Shirley) Russell. 

Ernest “E.B.” Shawver, II 1943 HS, 88 , loving husband and father, WWII Army veteran, rancher, oilman, philanthropist and conservationist, passed away on Jan.1, 2014, at his home. The family will celebrate E.B.’s life at 1:30 p.m. on May 6, 2014, at the ranch headquarters, 4 miles south of Douglass. He was born on May 6, 1925 in Wichita to Ernest Blaine and Stella Mae (Barr) Shawver. E.B. married Bettie (Cocking) Cordes in 1946 and they were later divorced. He married Virginia (Ferrell) Oetken on June 13, 1986 in Butler County. E.B. was a WWII veteran serving from 1943 to 1945. During that time he was in the 1st Platoon – Company E – 2nd Battalion – 475th Infantry – Mars Task Force and served in China Burma Theatre of WWII. E.B. loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing and many safaris in Africa. He was a rancher in Kansas and Colorado, past president and CEO of Stelbar Oil Corporation Inc., a past board member of 4th National Bank, Legacy sponsor of Ducks Unlimited, and a lifetime member of numerous wildlife conservation groups. E.B . is survived by: his wife, Virginia; children, Judy (David) Tillemans of Rock and Marty (Helen) Shawver of Douglass; stepsons, David (Angela) Oetken of Wichita and John (Kristi) Oetken of Great Bend; brother-in-law, Jack Ferrell; grandchildren, Grant (Sarah) Tillemans, Shawn Tillemans, Sally Shawver, Blaine Shawver, Laci Oetken, Addison Oetken and Heath Oetken. He was preceded in death by his parents, E.B. and Stella, and brother, Jerry Eugene Shawver.  

John Francis Sheehy, Jr. 1943 JC, Waco attorney, died after a brief illness on April 20, 2018. John was born on April 10, 1923 to John F. and Herma Jelinek Sheehy in Waco. He attended Waco schools and played football for Waco High under Coach Paul Tyson. Upon graduation from Waco High School he entered New Mexico Military Institute in 1940. After Pearl Harbor, all of his high school class left school to join the military. John became a 19-year-old B-17 bomber pilot and flew 21 combat missions in Europe in World War II, bringing his crew home safely each time while logging over 750 flight hours. He was truly a member of the Greatest Generation. After the war, he entered the University of Texas Law School, where he graduated in 1948. He returned home to begin his law practice at Sheehy, Lovelace and Mayfield but was recalled for the Korean War and was assigned to the Bureau of Immigration in Washington, DC. He returned to his law firm where he was active for 70 years and served as a mentor to countless young attorneys. In 1953 he married Mary Barnwell. He spent his lifetime serving his family, his church, his country, his profession, and his community. John served in leadership positions with the Providence Foundation, Waco Industrial Foundation and the Chamber of Commerce. He was currently a director of the Kearns-Reicher Charitable Trust and the Mark Deering Foundation. He was honored for his support of Catholic Education and awarded the Lumen Gentium for his service to the Diocese of Austin. John served on the Waco McLennan County Bar Association and is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. He was currently serving on the Board of the Texas High School Sports Hall of Fame. In 1983, for the first time, the Texas Board of Legal Specialization offered certification in Residential, Commercial and Farm and Ranch Real Estate Law. At the age of 60, John sat for and passed all three exams, one of few to do so. In February of this year, John was the inaugural recipient of an award that will henceforth bear his name: The John F. Sheehy, Jr., Distinguished Attorney Award that will be presented annually in the State of Texas. John enjoyed life to the fullest and was a great story teller. He loved weekend work on his ranch in Coryell County and Texas Longhorn sporting events. He enjoyed his Monday lunches with Civitan friends and his Wednesday night “Prayer Meeting” (aka poker game) and his weekly lunches with his grandchildren. He and his friends enjoyed trips to Shreveport to support the horse track and casinos. He enjoyed golf, crappie fishing and quail hunting in Three Rivers, Texas. John loved to deer hunt but he never brought his gun. John said that he knew how long he had known someone by the nickname they used: Buddy, Bud, Jeep, John, John, Jr., Dad, Poppa or Mr. Sheehy. He was a faithful member of St. Louis Catholic Church where he faithfully attended daily mass for many years. John was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary; his brother, J. Robert Sheehy 1949 JC; and sisters, Patsy Ann Sheehy and Norma Rhodes. John is survived by three children, Vicki Smith and husband, Jack, of Marlin. John Sheehy, III, (Trip) and his wife Laura of Waco, and Mike Manale and his wife, Debi, of Hurst; a sister, Joanne Hoover and husband, Cameron of Albuquerque, New Mexico; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces.

Eugene D. Simms 1943 JC, 88, of Greenville, died on Friday, April 29, 2011, at The Legends of Greenville. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Dannel Funeral Home Chapel in Sherman, with Welton Hutson officiating. Interment will follow at 1 p.m. At DFW National Cemetery with military honors accorded. Eugene is survived by his wife Mamie Jo Simms; and daughter Delores Simms Tucker.

James Pat Simmons 1943 JC, 88, passed away on August 7, 2013 at home surrounded by his loving family. Jim was born on November 9, 1924 to Pat Herndon and Grace Sweeney Simmons in Wichita Falls, Texas. He attended Wichita Falls High School, New Mexico Military Institute, University of New Mexico, and received his MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1947. He served as Lt. (jg) in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1946. At 26, he became Executive V.P. and CEO, First State Bank, Monahans, Texas. He then served as President and CEO, Commercial Bank and Trust Company, Midland, Texas. In 1959, he moved to Arizona to become the Founding President of Guaranty Bank, predecessor of United Bank of Arizona. Jim served as Chairman and CEO of United Bank until 1988. He then became Chairman and CEO of the Valley National Bank until his retirement in 1990. Jim served as a Director of organizations including the Del Webb Corporation, Arizona Public Service, Samaritan Health Services, American Graduate School of International Management, American Bankers Association, and Shamrock Foods. He also served as Acting CEO of Samaritan Health Services; President, Phoenix Chamber of Commerce; President, COMPAS; Chairman, ASU Business School Dean’s Council of 100; Chairman, Greater Phoenix Leadership, also known as Phoenix Forty; President, Arizona Bankers Association; President, Arizona Academy; and Chairman, Region VI Advisory Board, Resolution Trust Corporation. He served as chairman of an organization formed in the 1980s to persuade the voters of Phoenix to accept a tax increase making possible the current 51 and 101 freeways. Among the awards Jim received were One of Five Outstanding Young Texans, NCCJ Silver Scroll Brotherhood Award, Phoenix Advertising Club Man-of-Year , University of Arizona Alumni Association Distinguished Citizen, Arizona Harvard Business School Leadership Award, and Boy Scouts of America Good Scout Award. He was a member of the Young Presidents Organization. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Patricia Eisele Simmons; their children, James P. Jr., William (Sharon), John, David (Andrea), Nanci Hickerson (Phil), Elizabeth Thornton, Sally Guenther (Ted), Clark Rorbach (Leslie), and Katherine Cornish; brother-in-law, Edward Eisele; and 21 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

CPL Benjamin Franklin Smith, USA 1943 HS – WWII-Killed in action on Los Negros Island on 8 November 1944.

Charles Frederick Smith 1941 HS-1943 JC – A celebration of life service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Monday, July 28th at the New Mexico Military Institute Chapel for Charles Frederick Smith. Frank Lewis Smith III will officiate. Charles passed away peacefully at his home with his family at his side on July 16th, 2014 at the age of 91. Immediately following the service, family and friends are invited to a gathering at the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, 409 E. College. Charles was born March 25, 1923 in Roswell to Frank Lewis and Evelyn Smith. His parents and his siblings, Ruth Jean Purcell, Frank Lewis Smith, Benjamin Fritz Smith, and Betty Jo Nelson preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his childhood sweetheart and beloved wife of 64 years, Pauline, who greeted him as he passed. Charles attended Roswell schools and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1943 with the rank of Regimental Commander. In the fall of that year, he entered the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He then entered the Naval flight-training program, in which he served until the end of World War II. After the war, he returned to Roswell and married Pauline Crossen with whom he had four children: Cherry, Judy, Ben and Susan. He was employed by the Pecos Valley Lumber Company, and in 1949, he founded the C.F. Smith Construction Company that eventually built over 600 custom homes in Roswell. He developed the subdivision around Capitan Elementary School and the Enchanted Hills subdivision with Max Littell and a group of other Roswell businessmen in 1954. Charles became very active in community affairs and was President of the Roswell Independent School District when Goddard High School was built. He was President of the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Trustees, and Chairman of the Board of the Eastern New Mexico Medical Center and founding director of the Eastern New Mexico Medical Foundation. He was President of the Roswell Association of Home Builders, President of the New Mexico Home Builders Association, President of the Roswell Rotary Club and Chairman of the Rotary Foundation Committee. He was President of the New Mexico Military Institute Alumni Association and presided over building the Chapel. Charles also served on the Board of Directors of the First Christian Church, the YMCA (both local and state levels), the United Way, the Roswell Chamber of Commerce, the Conquistador Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Girl Scouts of America, NMMI Chapel Board, Roswell Association for Senior Housing, Mountain States Lumber Dealers, Roswell Downtown Merchants’ Association, and the Little League Baseball Association. He was also a representative for the United States Military Academy and a representative for the National Association of Home Builders. Charles is survived by his sister, Jayne Spencer of Roswell, and his children Cherry Ford and her husband, Ron of Austin, Texas, Judy Smith and her husband, Larry Fields, of Roswell, Dr. Ben Smith and his wife Patti, of Roswell and Saratoga, Ca., and Susan Smith of Roswell. He is also survived by his grandchildren and great grandchildren, Kristin Higginbotham and her husband, Rob Hause; their children, Kasey, Scott, Corey, Carly and Ryan; Patrick Ford and his wife, Becky; their children, Brooklyn and Ryan; Shannon Blackwell and her husband, Matt; their children, Tyler, Carter and Brody; Tyler Smith and his fiancee Kelli McKernan; Ashley and her husband, Dr. Lance Donaldson; their son, Trey; and Sam Smith, Max Smith, Jack Smith, and Auggie Smith.

CAPT Donald Asa Smith, USN (Ret) 1943 HS –  of Manhattan Beach California was born April 24, 1925 in Franklin, Indiana to Ruth and John Smith. He passed away on the morning of April 26, 2017 at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, California. He was surrounded by love of family, friends, and kind hospital staff. Don grew up in Roswell, New Mexico and attended New Mexico Military Institute during high school. Five days after graduating from NMMI in 1943 he was inducted into the Army where he spent two years in the Infantry. After World War II, Don went on to study at the US Naval Academy. Don was one of the few Navy Officers to have earned an Army good conduct medal. Upon graduation in 1949, Don married Dorothy Armstrong, with whom he raised two sons and a daughter. Don later earned his Masters Degree from Boston University in Political Science/International Relations. During his 24 year naval career Don was a line officer serving on surface ships, rising to the rank of Captain. His sea duty tours included service during the Korean War, the Lebanon crisis in 1958, and the Vietnam War. His last tour of duty was as the Commanding Officer of the Long Beach Naval Station. Don retired from the Navy in 1973. Following his Navy career, he worked with Hughes Aircraft Space and Communications Group as the Director of Administration and Operations for fifteen years. During retirement Don kept a busy pace and pursued his bike riding passion. He organized and led wonderful bike tours through North American Parks and he toured Europe, Scandinavia and China. Don also held leadership roles with SHAWL (Support for Harbor Area Women’s Lives) and was President of the South Bay Orchid Society. He was very active at Hope United Methodist Church, where he participated in the Chorus, the Finance Committee and Community Service projects. Five years after his wife Dorothy passed away in 2003, Don married Betty Person. Don and Betty shared many wonderful times enjoying family and friends, travelling, participating in church activities and choir and taking walks together. Don is known for his steadfastness, stamina, quick wit and friendly smile, his generosity, intelligence and leadership. He is survived by his loving wife Betty, sons Donald and Douglas, daughter Carolyn, and grandchildren Daniel, Graham, Ariel and Luke as well as Betty’s sons Kevin, Ken and Brent, daughter in law Suzanne and grandchildren, Amanda, Blake, Ben, Emily, Elizabeth, Brian and Juliana. He was a wonderful father to many in our extended family. We are very grateful for his time with us, thank God for his long and healthy life, but miss him dearly.

Philip H. Snoberger 1943 HS – Fort Pierce, FL. A great American was lost on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 with the passing of Philip H. Snoberger at his home in Fort Pierce, Florida. He was 92.Phil was born to Elizabeth and Rantz Snoberger on October 1st, 1924, growing up in a rural farming community in Goshen, Indiana. After graduating high school from the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. in 1943, he was immediately drafted into the U.S. Army. Phil served in WWII during 1944 and 1945 in the 14th Armored Division (“The Liberators”). As a part of the Seventh Army he was stationed in France and Germany, participating in many horrific battles and the liberation of POW’s and Nazi work camps. He was awarded many medals, including The Bronze Star for meritorious service in a combat zone. In 2012 he also received the Legion d’honneur, the highest French order of merit for military service. He earned badges for Calvary Sharp Shooter, Rifle, Carbine and Machine Gun. Also ribbons for European Campaign, Army Occupation, American Campaign, World War II, Efficiency, Honor and Fidelity. Phil was proud to be an American and of his service to our country, often wearing his Veteran’s Cap from the 14th Armored Division, or wearing his uniform to attend veteran functions. He was very active in the American Legion, a tradition he adopted from his father. After the military he finished his education at Purdue University graduating in the top 10% of his class with a degree in Engineering. Phil always considered himself to be lucky he loved every day of his life. No endeavor was ever “work” and he thrived on every new challenge put before him. Just before he died, he was actively writing a detailed biography of his war experiences. Although he endured hardships and near-death experiences, his writing is filled with wit, keen observation and humor. He was successful in business, receiving patents for electro-mechanical controls and quickly rising into corporate management. Going out on his own, he founded the Snowbird Automatic Ice Machine Company in Pompano Beach, Florida. Clients included the U.S. Navy .Phil was preceded in death by the love of his life, Janet Gillis. They married in 2003. Moving to the Florida Keys in Marathon, Florida, the Snobergers sailed around the world in their sailboat “Snowbird”. Crossing the Atlantic and back on a two year journey with landings in Bermuda, the Azores, the U.K., Ireland, Western Europe and the Northern Mediterranean. He was co-founder and Commodore of the Hillsboro Inlet Yacht Club and member of the Marathon Yacht Club. Phil is survived by three children from his first marriage to Joan R. Carpenter: Nancy, Stephen and Thomas Snoberger. Steve has two children: Sarah and Scott. Tom has two children: Valerie and Michelle. Valerie has his Great Grandson: Benjamin. Two stepsons survive from his Marriage to Janet Gillis. James Gillis has three children: Jackie, Jennifer and James, Jr.. Jennifer (Gillis) and Joel Dreiling have two of his Great Grandchildren: Joseph and Jamie. Paul Gillis has three children: Katie, Alex and Andrei. They have four of his Great Grandchildren, Mary, Lula, Ryder and Fiona. Phil was a loving grandparent to all of his extended family. They sought his knowledge of all things, spent time with him in Florida and became better people by the guidance he gave them. They will miss him.

A.J. Speegle 1943 JC, 94, life-long resident of Duncan, Oklahoma passed away Friday, November 24, 2017 at his home in Duncan surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at the First Christian Church in Duncan with the Rev. Arnold Nelson officiating. Interment will follow at Duncan Cemetery with military honors provided by the Stephens County Honor Guard. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Don Grantham Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday evening from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. A. J. Speegle was born on December 18, 1922 in Comanche, Oklahoma to Arthur and Edna Speegle. After graduating high school in Duncan he attended the New Mexico Military Institute. While there, WWII broke out and he was enlisted into the Army Air Corps where he was a fighter pilot on the Pacific front until the war was over. On October 22, 1944 he married the love of his life, Sammye Hedgecock in Duncan and they were married for almost 60 years. After the war he graduated from Oklahoma University with a degree in Civil Engineering. He worked for Halliburton as a Civil Engineer and owned his own Engineering Company during that time he worked with the City of Duncan as a City Planner and was a Chairman on the Planning Commission in Duncan for over 20 years before retiring on April 30th, 1986. A. J. Was a member of the First Methodist Church and attended First Christian Church. He was a member of the Duncan VFW, The Duncan Moose Lodge and of the Toastmasters. A. J. Was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Joe and Edna Speegle and his wife Sammye Speegle. His survivors include his three children; Sherrye Satterfield and her husband Pat Satterfield of Eufaula, Oklahoma, Joe Speegle of Conroe, Texas and Bill Speegle and Patricia Cook of Duncan, Oklahoma. His grandchildren, Sean Satterfield and his wife Belinda, Lori Curtis and her husband Brian, Shane Satterfield, Shanna Stremel, Joey Speegle and wife Becky, Mari Fry, Ashley Cross and husband Connor, and Justin Speegle and his wife Rachel; twenty-one great grandchildren and seven great great grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Sean Satterfield, Shane Satterfield, Joey Speegle, Justin Speegle, Christopher Satterfield, Cy Curtis, Seth Speegle, Zak Speegle and Kaimen Stremel. Honorary Pallbearers will be A. J.’s Coffee Buddies; Kelsey Avants, C. H. Barnes, Charles Boyd, William Cole, Nick Fisher, Kari Jacobs, Mark John, Hershel Mitchell, Phil Pace and Wayne Miller.

Gerald T. Sprague Jr., M.D. 1943 HS, of Las Vegas, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009. He was born Dec. 15, 1925, to Gerald T. Sprague and Ivy (Schwarz) Sprague, in Chicago, and was raised in San Fernando Valley, Calif. After graduating from New Mexico Military Institute, he served in the U.S. Army, in the Philippines, during World War II. He received a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree from University of Southern California, worked in clinical laboratories, including UCLA and the Atomic Test Site, at which time he began to love the Nevada desert. For many years, he designed and operated clinical laboratories in several hospitals. Gerald graduated from California College of Medicine (now University of California, Irvine) in 1964. Following residency at Los Angeles County General Hospital in 1967, he began an anesthesiology practice with Clark County Anesthesia Associates in Las Vegas, where he practiced for 30 years. He was a member of the Clark County Medical Society, Nevada State Medical Association, American Medical Association and American Society of Anesthesiologists. Gerald was an avid fisherman, boater, hobbyist gold prospector, astronomy enthusiast, Dixieland Jazz music fan and banjo player. He loved traveling for any of these activities and enjoyed teaching family and friends about his varied interests. Gerald is survived by his wife, of 41 years, Jannifer of Las Vegas; sister, Jaclyn Kessler of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; three sons, Gerald T. Sprague III (Stacy) of Valley Center, Calif., Warren R. Sprague (Julie) of Las Vegas, and Allan M. Sprague (Lisa) of St. Petersburg, Fla.; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Frank Lyons Staplin 1943 JC of Calgary, Alberta, passed away on December 8, 2014 at the age of 91 years. He was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico on October 5, 1923. After service in the US Army, Frank obtained his PhD in paleobotany, and commenced working as a petroleum geologist eventually moving to Calgary in 1957 where he worked for Imperial Oil as a palynologist until his retirement. After retirement he consulted and maintained a lively interest and passion for many diverse subjects. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Frances; and sadly missed by his four children: Patrick, Sharon, Sioban, and Sean. He is also survived by two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

John LeRoy Talbott 1941 HS-1943 JC, 91, of Highland Ranch, CO, died at his home on January 29, 2015, just 18 days after the death of his wife, Dorothy, to whom he was married for 64 years. John was born on August 24, 1923 in Denver, CO to Leroy and Ella Mae Talbott. He attended The New Mexico Military Institute, and then served various assignments for the Army including the 10th Mountain Division and fighting at the Battle of the Bulge. As a 1st Lieutenant John returned to Colorado where he met Dorothy Adams at the University of Colorado in Boulder where he graduated in 1950. That same year John married Dorothy Adams. He spent the rest of his career as a stockbroker for Boettcher and Company. He and Dorothy raised their family and remained in Colorado as members of the Englewood, Genesee, and Highlands Ranch communities. John loved Colorado and captured its beauty through his lifelong passion for photography. He served as an elder at Wellshire Presbyterian Church, on the Genesee Water & Sanitation District, and was a Lions Club member. He enjoyed skiing with his family, fishing, creating stained glass and traveling. In his 30’s, John was diagnosed with a rare progressive neuromuscular disease. Throughout his sixty years battling this disease, he remained optimistic and positive. He was an inspiration in the way he boldly faced each day and led his life. John would always have a joke, a smile, or share a quiet moment with you. John is survived by his daughters Carol (Bill) Turpin of Golden, Colorado; Becky (Ric) Melzer of Billings, Montana; Marty (John) Barta of Flushing, Michigan; his grandchildren Scott Turpin of Golden, Colorado; Eric (Missy) Turpin of Bakersfield, California; Luke (Alejandra Carolina Rodriguez) Turpin of Huntington Beach, California; Tracy (Laura) Melzer of Christchurch, New Zealand; Kerri Melzer of Seattle, Washington; Katie Barta of Royal Oak, Michigan; Jay Barta of Farmington, Missouri; his great granddaughters Avery Turpin, Adalyn Turpin, Cassia Melzer, Nina Melzer and Special Caregiver Cynthia Davis. He was predeceased by his infant daughter, Jody Ann in 1961.

1LT Edwin Covert Terrell, USA 1943 JC – WWII-Killed in action in the European Theater of Operations on 21 October 1944.

CPT Pennell E. Snowden, USAR (Ret) 1941 HS-1943 JC, 84, Atchison, passed away Friday, October 13, 2006. Mr. Snowden had operated the Red-E-Mix Concrete Co. And was president of Hixon Lumber, Co. Survivors: wife of 60 years, Patricia; children, Susan Snowden, Carrier, OK; Penny Olauson, Canmore, Alberta, Canada; Buck, Atchison; and Dinah Moulden, Muscotah, KS; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

PVT John Hugh Tolleson, USA 1943 JC – WWII-Killed in action – died in Calcutta, India, on 3 March 1945.

Donald Dorsey “Don” Trekell, Sr. 1941 HS – 1943 JC, 87, a longtime Casa Grande-area farmer and part of a pioneer family in the area, died on Dec. 28, 2010, at Oasis Pavilion Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Casa Grande. Mr. Trekell was born on April 16, 1923, in Los Angeles. His father, Don A. Trekell, had moved to the Casa Grande Valley in 1917 to work on a family ranch. His mother was Marian M. Dorsey Trekell and his stepmother was Mary Alice “Honey” Trekell. Trekell Road is named for the family. He received a bachelor of science degree from New Mexico Military Institute. He served with the 106th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron in the European Theater of World War II. Serving under Gen. George Patton, he participated in the liberation of Normandy and the rescue of U.S. troops at the Battle of the Bulge, receiving the Bronze Star and the European Croix de Guerre. He farmed most of his life and served on the San Carlos Irrigation and Drainage District board and the New Mexico Military Institute alumni board. He loved laughing and being with his family and enjoyed golf, friends and new jokes. He was proud of his country, Casa Grande and farming. He loved working with everyone in the farming industry from the farm workers and ditch tenders to the cotton ginners and U.S. Farm Service Agency office staff. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Martha; two sons, Donald J. Trekell, Jr., 1969 HS-1971 JCof Dallas and Frank David Trekell 1973 HS of Casa Grande; a daughter, Gretchen Sargeant of La Jolla, CA; a sister, Mary Lou Vincent of Seattle; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Joshua P. Trekell.

1LT Monell VanFradenburg, USA 1943 JC – Korea-Killed in action on Heartbreak Ridge 25 September 1951.

Frank Mell Varner, Jr. 1943 JC, age 87, passed Tuesday, the 1st of March 2011, in San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Varner was born in Houston on the 20th of December 1923, and was a lifelong resident of Houston, with recent years’ residence in Austin and San Antonio. He was a graduate of Mirabeau B. Lamar High School, Class of 1941, Houston, Texas; attended New Mexico Military Institute, 1941-42; member of the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets, 1942-43; graduated University of Texas at Austin, Class of 1948, BS in Mechanical Engineering, with additional professional development classes at the University of Houston. Mr. Varner was a World War II veteran who served in the 5th Division, 10th Infantry Regiment 1942-1945; he was awarded 2 Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart during his service. Mr. Varner participated in the campaign extending from Normandy through France, the Rhineland and former Czechoslovakia. He was a mechanical and petroleum engineer with Marathon Oil Company for over 30 years and an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Mr. Varner was a devoted member of the ’41ers Club of Lamar High School and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He was also a passionate woodworker, machinist, builder, antique collector, and photographer. Mr. Varner held a multitude of family roles in support of his children’s activities. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Kane Varner and Frank Mell Varner, Sr., of Houston, Texas; and by his wife of 37 years, the late Mary Anne Varner, in 1996. He is survived by daughter, Melissa Anne Varner of San Antonio, Texas; son, David James Varner and daughter-in-law, Marjorie Esther Varner of Arlington, Virginia; and grandchildren, Monica Anne Varner and Mark Stanford Varner of Arlington, Virginia. Yesterday evening, friends gathered with the family during a visitation at Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, in Houston. 

Robert E. “Bob” Vestal 1943 JC,  February 29, 1932 û August 23, 2010 Robert E. “Bob” Vestal, 78, of Palisade, CO, died on August 23, 2010, at the Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction, CO, a few weeks after being diagnosed with metastatic cancer. The son of George Chloe (Jack) and Nettie Edith Vestal, Bob was born on Leap Year (February 29), 1932, in Guymon, OK, and liked to joke he had fewer birthdays than his children. Bob attended high school at Ponca City Military Academy (OK) and graduated from college in 1954 at New Mexico Military Institute (Roswell). After serving in both the U.S. Army and Army Reserves, Bob retired his captain commission and returned to his hometown, Guymon, to work in the oil and gas industry. It was there that he met and married Suzanne Burdge of Hooker, OK. Together they built the Vestal Motel and Guymon Dining Room, which they operated for 19 years. They reared two children in Guymon, Debra Nel (Debbie) Peterson, married to Dave Peterson and residing in Palisade, CO, and Robert Jack (Rob) Vestal, residing in Dallas, TX. Bob was passionate about his pursuits and his pastimes. Over the years Bob ventured into the cattle business and tried his hand at brokering commodities on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and selling real estate in Angel Fire, NM. He also acquired his private and commercial pilot’s licenses and spent considerable time on the golf course working on a scratch handicap, as well as trolling for trout in the lakes of Colorado. After Bob and Sue settled in Palisade in 2004, Bob was employed as an on-call security officer at the Department of Energy facility in Grand Junction. Bob thoroughly enjoyed his employment, friends, and colleagues at DOE and was dedicated and determined to work until the end. In addition to his wife of 53 years, daughter, son, and son-in-law, Bob is survived by his brother, G. Charles Vestal of Guymon, OK; nephew, Donald Charles Hofferber of Dallas, TX, (great-niece Sara and great-nephew David), and nephew Stacey Hofferber of Nevada (great-nephew Derek). One sister, Mary Juanelle (Hofferber) Gass, predeceased Bob in 2002. 

Melvin Wolf 1943 JC, 83, of Waterloo, died Sunday, Dec. 2, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City.

Robert K. ”Bob” Wylie 1943 JC Our beloved Daddy Bob went to spend eternity with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, March 7, 2010. He passed peacefully at Covenant Hospital after a brief illness with his family by his side. He had celebrated his 86th birthday last week. He was born on Feb. 27, 1924 in Stamford, Texas. His parents were Howard and Lilian Wylie, lifetime Lubbock residents and the owners of Wylie’s Drug on Lubbock’s square. Bob graduated from Lubbock High School in 1941 and from New Mexico Military Institute in 1943. During that time, his passions were horses and polo. He was sought after by professional polo teams. He attended Tulane University in New Orleans, where he met and married Marifrances Lowe on Jan. 20, 1945. After serving in the Army at the close of World War II, he and Marifrances made their home in Lubbock. He graduated from Texas Tech in 1948 with a BA degree in Chemistry. He farmed and ranched with his father and managed the Lubbock division of Behrens Wholesale Drug Company for 35 years. He was a member of the Lubbock Rotary Club and achieved perfect attendance for 34 years. During his career, he was a member of the Texas Pharmaceutical Association, the West Texas Pharmaceutical Association, the New Mexico Pharmaceutical Association and he served as president of the Texas Drug Travelers Association. He and his family attended First United Methodist Church and he played golf with many lifelong friends for over 20 years at Hillcrest Country Club. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marifrances; and two daughters, Keenie Kyle and husband Jack Kyle and Linda Streetman and husband Steve Streetman. He and Marifrances were blessed with four grandchildren, John Bottoni and wife Kristie, Matt Bottoni and wife Kelly, Heather Streetman, and Ryan Streetman and wife Nicole. They have one great-grandson, Justice Bottoni. 


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1LT Boyd Allen Alexander, USA 1942 JC – WWII-Killed in action in action in France on 20 September 1944.

1LT Arthur Leslie Allen, Jr., USA 1942 JC – WWII-Killed in action on los Negros Island on 18 March 1944.

Richard Ernst Artschwager 1940 HS-1942 JC, 89 – was an American painter, illustrator and sculptor, best known for his stylistic independence; however, he had associations with the Pop Art movement, Conceptual art and Minimalism.Artschwager lived and worked in New York City with his wife, Ann (Sebring). The couple met in 1991, while Ann was working at the Mary Boone Gallery. He was previously married to Elfriede Wejmelka (1947-1971; divorced; one child), Catherine Kord (1972-1989; divorced), and Molly O’Gorman (?-1993; divorced; two children).  Artschwager died February 9, 2013 in Albany, New York after a stroke he had weeks earlier. He was 89. He was survived by his wife; his children Eva, Clara and Augustus Theodore, and by his sister, Margarita Kay. Richard Artschwager was born to European immigrant parents. His father, Ernst Artschwager, was a Protestant botanist born in Prussia, who suffered greatly from tuberculosis. His mother, Eugenia (née Brodsky), an amateur artist and designer who studied at the Corcoran School of Art, was a Jewish Ukrainian. From his mother, Artschwager received his love of art. In 1935, the family moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico, because of his father’s deteriorating health. At that time, Artschwager was already showing a talent for drawing.In 1941, Artschwager entered Cornell University, where he studied chemistry and mathematics. In the fall of 1944, he was sent to England and France to fight in World War II, as part of his military service. Wounded in the head, he was assigned administrative duty in Frankfurt, where he moved high-level prisoners across the continent. Among them wasNikolaus von Falkenhorst, a German general whom he brought to Oslo to be put on trial by the Norwegians for war crimes. Artschwager was later assigned to an intelligence posting in Vienna. It was there that he met his wife, Elfriede Wejmelka. The two married in 1946 and returned to the United States in 1947. Artschwager then returned to college and, in February 1948, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in physics.Artschwager, however, could not deny his first passion and was encouraged to pursue the arts by his wife. After he received his diploma, the couple moved to New York City, where he worked as a baby photographer and his wife as a designer.In 1949, taking advantage of the GI Bill, Artschwager began to study with Amédée Ozenfant in Paris for a year. Ozenfant was a purist painter, who placed precision and rationality above all else. In the early 1950s, Artschwager abandoned art to work at various jobs, particularly as a turner and a bank employee. In 1953, he began to sell furniture, to ensure regular income, after the birth of his daughter. In 1956, he designed and manufactured simple and modern furniture. His work as a furniture maker left its mark on the art he would later create, as a 1960 commission from the Catholic Church to build portable altars for ships inspired him to start producing small wall objects made of wood and Formica. He was quite successful until 1958, when a fire destroyed his entire studio and all its contents. He then took out a large loan to restore his business.

Charles William “Chuck” Ayres 1942 JC, age 90, passed away Saturday, November 10, 2012, at the Wyoming Medical Center. With his family at his side, Chuck went quietly and comfortably to join his bride of 65 years who passed into the Great Beyond in 2010. Chuck, a native of Casper, was born May 24, 1922 to Claude M. Ayres and Bernice (Root) Ayres. After his mother passed away due to breast cancer when he was 19 years old Chuck’s father eventually remarried to Dorothy Moore Ayres who became Chuck’s loving stepmother. Following graduation from Natrona County High School in 1942 Chuck attended New Mexico Military Institute for two years and then enlisted in the Navy. The Navy then sent Chuck to Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter Minnesota for his officers training and then spent the remainder of his service to our country as an Ensign aboard the aircraft carrier Antietam. Upon his discharge from the Navy in 1945 Chuck joined his father, Claude, and K.A. (Mac) mcmullin as a partner in Ayres Jewelry Company in downtown Casper. Just prior to his release from the Navy, Chuck met and married the love of his life, Jane Louise Carey in Philadelphia. In the early years of Chuck and Jane’s 65 years together came three children, Scott, Nancy and Andy. After 45 years at Ayres Jewelry Company, Chuck retired and he and his beloved Jane moved to Sedona, Arizona, then to Cottonwood, Arizona and eventually back to Casper. When asked, at one point, why he and Jane moved back to Casper from Arizona in December of all times, 75 year old Chuck jokingly replied ôthere’s just too darn many old people down thereö. Chuck was a 50 year plus member, a Paul Harris Fellow and past president of the Casper Rotary Club. He served actively as a member of the Natrona County School Board, and as a Sunday school teacher and vestryman for St. Marks Episcopal Church. He was a lifetime member of the Casper Country Club and The Casper Boat Club and served with the United Way and Red Cross. Chuck was preceded in death by Jane (his wife); Claude (his father); Bernice (his mother); Dorothy (his stepmother); and Kelly (his daughter in law). Chuck is currently survived by his son, Scott Ayres and his wife, Margaret; daughter, Nancy Pingel and her husband, Karl all from Casper; and son, Andy Ayres and his wife, Lynn of Sheridan; seven grandchildren, Ryan Ayres, Lee Thomas Irvine, Jerry Irvine, Ellery Pingel, Meghan Vanderheiden, Corey Moore and Leah Ayres; eleven great grand children; as well as his sister, Mabel Dahlstrom of Sacramento California. Chuck will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

1LT Herman Gilbert Baca, Jr., USA 1942 JC – WWII-Killed in action – died from wounds received at Normandy on 29 July 1944.

David Meriwether Baird, Jr. 1942 JC aka “Uncle Dave” (Age 90) Born October 22, 1921. Fare in your new life well sweet father, dear friend. God took one hand and those passing before you the other. Your mother, father, sister, wife and daughter. You are survived by your daughters Mary Allen, Chicago and Susan Baird, Spokane, and by grand and great-grandchildren. A big bear of a man with a gentle spirit, David had many talents. Building a house, woodworking, train and ship models, latch hook, macram+¬, oil painting. He loved to read and was a creative cook – don’t currents go in everything? He raised his daughters the country life and took them camping every summer. Later years rving with his wife Evelyn. He served his country proudly in the Merchant Marines, Navel Reserve and Coast Guard. He was a Spokane City Police Officer for 15 years and ended his working career as a draftsman for R.A. Hanson. A few words cannot describe 90 years of life. For him there was always one more joke or story to tell. Remember Pops – No blowing up mail boxes in heaven! You will be missed and loved forever, sweet father, dear friend.

Paul Gervais Bell, Jr. 1942 JC, died on October 31, 2016. He was born at Camp Knox, KY July 15, 1922, to Paul Gervais Bell and Mary Shepard Bryan. He became a resident of Houston in 1932. He was educated in the Houston public schools, New Mexico Military Institute, and The University of Texas. He volunteered to serve in the army in December of 1942. He became a Tank Destroyer Officer and served three and one half years in the United States and Europe. When released from active duty he was employed by R. P. Farnsworth Co., later Farnsworth and Chambers Co. He worked for this company in Austin and in Houston after he completed his college work. In 1956 he formed P. G. Bell Co. and later Amistad Construction Co. He retired in 1990. He was active in several, civic, construction related, patriotic and social organizations. At the time of his death he was a member of the Board of Glenwood Cemetery. He served for a number of years on the Boards of St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Texas Medical Center and Thermal Energy Corporation. He collected rare Texas maps and books and fine-press books and was very active in the Book Club of Texas, the Texas State Historical Association and the San Jacinto Museum of History. Patriotic memberships included Knights of San Jacinto, San Jacinto Descendants, Sons of the Republic of Texas, The Huguenot Society of the State of South Carolina and The Society of the Cincinnati of the State of South Carolina.He is survived by his wife Sue Ledbetter Bell whom he married in 1952; his son Paul Gervais Bell III and his wife Wende Morehouse Bell; his daughter Susan Ledbetter Bell Boykin and her husband Robert Heath Boykin, Jr., his daughter-in-law Patricia Cummins Bell Berry and her husband Douglas Alan Berry, his niece Elizabeth Bell Toy and her husband Stanley. He is also survived by his grandsons Paul Gervais Bell IV and wife Hunter Lingle Bell, Jarrett Billington Bell and his wife Megan Green Bell, Stephen Austin Bell, Jr., Samuel Cummins Bell, Bryan Constantin Bell, great granddaughter Harrison Shepard Bell and step granddaughter Stephanie Berry. His brother Lewis Bryan Bell and his sons Lewis Bryan Bell II and Stephen Austin Bell predeceased him. He was a member of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.

James Hal Bogle 1942 HS, 82, formerly of East Prairie, died at 9:07 p.m. June 22, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Born Dec. 16, 1925, at Dexter, NM, to the late Hal Green and Inez Lucille Fay Bogle, he was the president of Mount Level Farms and Big Oak Farms near East Prairie and a member of the Nelson Memorial Methodist Church in East Prairie, where he taught Sunday school. He served on the East Prairie R-2 School Board, was a director of the Holloway School near East Prairie, member of the Mississippi County Library Board, the St. John Levee and Drainage District Board and Sigma Nu Fraternity at Iowa State University at Ames. He was an honorary colonel of former Gov. Warren E. Hearnes, by whom he was appointed to serve on the State Clean Air Commission. On Sept. 7, 1946, at Sioux City, Iowa, he married Jean Lois Verstegen, who preceded him in death on June 2, 1990. Two brothers, Jackson Bogle and John Peter Bogle, also preceded him in death. Survivors include: one daughter and son-in-law, Janet Elaine Bogle and Michael Wayne Monk of Santa Monica, CA; one brother, Clarence Bill McKnight Bogle of Dexter, NM; and two grandchildren, Susannah Jane Monk and James Michael Monk of Santa Monica. 

William Austin Bonner 1942 HS, 85, died Tuesday, July 12, 2011. William was born July 20, 1925, in Kansas City, Mo. Lucky in life to have had two loves, a 44-year marriage to Nelda Butler, and a 20-year marriage to Peggy Grier Powell. A graduate of Texas Tech University, he was a World War II U.S. Marine veteran who received the Purple Heart for his wounds received on Sept. 15, 1944, at Peleliu. His memory lives on in his five children and their spouses, as well as his 13 grandchildren and a great-grandchild, Gaylin Bonner and her daughter Anna; Kirk and Ginny Bonner and their children Austin, Katie, John and Charlie; Joy and Harold Geiss and their children Kevin, Adam, Brian and Audrey; Susan Kozak and her children Aaron, Matt and Shannon; and Scott and his son Ryan and grandson Austin.

1LT Donald Booth, USA 1942 JC – WWII-Killed in action in action in Belgium on 7 January 1945.

1LT Joseph E. Bowman, Jr., USA 1942 JC – WWII-Killed in service in a plane crash at March Field, CA, on 24 October 1944.

Robert Ewing Brown 1940 HS 1942 JC, 76, former chairman of the board of The Times publishing Co. Ltd., previous ownership of The Times, dies Tuesday in Pass Christian, Ms. Brown was born in Newburyport, MA and spent his youth in New Orleans. His late grandfather, Col. Robert Ewing, purchased The Shreveport Times in 1908 and became the founder of one of the South’s best known newspaper families. The Ewings owned the The Times, as well as other regional media properties, until their sale to the Gannet Co. in 1977. After attending school in New Orleans, Brown went to New Mexico Military Institute and Officers Candidate School at Ft. Riley, KS. During World War II, Brown served under Gen. George S. Patton during five major campaigns in Europe: The Battle of Normandy, Battle of France, and Battle of the Bulge, Battle of Rhine, and Battle of Germany. He was awarded the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, and the French Croix de Guerre. Following the war, Brown studied at New Orleans’ Loyola University. In 1947 he joined the family business at KTHS radio in Hot Springs, AR. Before becoming promotions manager of KTHS-TV in Little Rock. Brown moved to Shreveport in 1960 as vice president of KWKH radio. Prior to being named chairman in 1973, Brown served as director of The Times Publishing Co. Ltd., the News-Star World Publishing Corp., International Broadcasting Corp., and Arkansas Television Co. Before retiring and moving to Pass Christian in 1978, Brown was active in various Shreveport civic and community organization including the board of deacons of First Presbyterian Church, Shreveport Symphony Society, the Demoiselle Club, Holiday in Dixie Ambassadors Club, and the Cotillion Governing Board. In 1976 he served as king of Cotillion. Brown was preceded in death by his parents, Edmund Graves Brown and Esther Ewing Brown. Survivors include his wife Dorothy Graham Brown, Pass Christian; one daughter Robin Brown Keith, Long Beach, Ms.; two sons, Robert Ewing Brown, Jr. and James Graham Brown both of Long Beach; two brothers, Edmund Graves Brown, Jr., and Monroe, LA. And Toulmin Hunter Brown, Pass Christian; six beautiful grandchildren, Allison Keith Boudreauxm Moblie, AL., Catherine Ann Keith and Susan Anthony Keith both of Long Beach; Weston Graham Brown, Gordon Anderson Brown and Hodson Ross Brown, all od Minden, LA.; and one great-granddaughter, Brittany Ann Boudreaux, of Moblie.

John “Jack” E. Burden 1940 HS-1942 JC, 90, of Boulder, CO, passed peacefully into his next adventure while in his sleep. He was born and raised in Tampico, Mexico, before moving to the states to attend the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, in 1936. During WWII, he was a Marine Corps instructor pilot on PBY Flying Boats in Corpus Christi, TX and later deployed to the South Pacific and China as a DC-3 pilot. His love of flying never ceased, and Jack went skydiving at age 82, flew solo in a glider at 83, and co-piloted a Cessna at age 90. He graduated from Columbia University after his distinguished flying career in the military. After working in the Louisiana oil fields, and later opening a real estate office in Lafayette, Louisiana, he moved to Boulder and started Burden and Burks Realty in 1965. Jack finally retired from daily work in 2006 at age 83, where he was employed at NIST in Boulder. While at NIST he realized many employees lived in Longmont without adequate public transportation. With his contacts at RTD, he helped push through the creation of a Longmont-Boulder route. Hence the beginnings of the “J Bus”, named in honor of “Jack”. After retirement, he volunteered at Boulder Hospital, the Library, Safehouse, as a Spanish translator, and assisted in other organizations. Jack loved to dance, laugh, hike, read, and keep active. He was a compassionate man that lived his long and happy life filled with adventures and friendliness. He is survived by his 4 children, Carolyn “Colly” Geer, Stuart Burden, Cotton Burden (Joy) and Victoria Hurley (Michael). His 13 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and many friends cherish him with memories of laughter, many thought-provoking conversations, and peaceful love.

1LT William M. Buttner, USA 1942 JC – WWII-Missing/Killed in action – declared dead after having been missing in action in the European Theater of Operations since 15 August 1944.

Gilbert K. Cain 1942 JC Resident of Atherton, CA Gilbert departed this world peacefully in his sleep on September 18, at the age of 87. He will be survived by his loving wife Alyce B. Cain, but missed by her and all of those that loved him for his bright smile and strong sense of humor. Born on May 26, 1922, in Colorado to Samuel H. Cain and Jessie F. Cain, Gilbert attended the New Mexico Military Academy, served in the armed forces, fought bravely for his country and was awarded the Purple Heart. Gilbert met Alyce while on vacation in Mexico. They married on March 14, 1955 and later moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where he started his successful career as an independent realtor. Their loving son Tony tragically passed away at the tender age of 17, but was loved and adored by both parents. Tony was a brilliant student with a smile that would rival even that of his father. Gilbert and Tony are now forever reunited. Gilbert’s true happiness was with his art, travel, and music. He collected a wide variety of modern art, on display constantly at his Atherton home. Gilbert would welcome the opportunity to tell you about each one in detail and at the same time share the stories of where they came from and the many pleasurable trips around the world he took to get them. When not admiring his art, Gilbert could be found anywhere there was the sound of jazz; whether it be at the Monterey Jazz Festival or on a cruise dedicated to the sound he loved the most. A neighborhood icon, Gilbert could be seen taking his daily exercise walking the streets that he felt so very proud to be living on. Although not everyone in Atherton knew Gilbert’s name, generations of local families knew of the Santa Claus that would hang from his chimney every year over the Holidays. 

John Pierre Cauhape, Jr. 1940 HS-1942 JC, 85, of Roswell,  passed away Aug. 31, 2008. John was born Oct. 1, 1922, to John Pierre Cauhape, Sr. and Frances Guthrie Cauhape, in Roswell. He and Gloria Hess were married in December 1950, in Fort Worth, Texas. Gloria survives John at the family home. He was a member of First Baptist Church. John was a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute. He later graduated from the Army Officers Training School. He owned and operated the J.P. Cauhape Ranch for many years. The ranch had been in his family since the early 1900s. John was honored as New Mexico Sheepman of the Year in 1999. John enjoyed the great outdoors, hunting, fishing and sports, but most of all just loved his family, countless friends and life. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and was a Shriner. In addition to his wife, Gloria, John is survived by his daughter, Emily Cauhape Fluke and her husband, Randall, of Beaumont, TX; three grandchildren, Clayte Austin Fluke of Waco, TX, Erin Christina Fluke of College Station, Texas, and Caroline Elizabeth Fluke of Beaumont; and a niece, Lou Whitcomb, of Delores, CO. John was preceded in death by a son, John Clayte Cauhape 1970 HS, who passed away on May 5, 1985, and two sisters. 

James “Jim” Lowery Childers 1942 JC, age 93 died Thursday, March 3, 2016 at his home in McAlester. Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 10:00 am at Brumley-Mills Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend J.T. Carnell officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Brumley-Mills Funeral Home of McAlester. Jim was born on November 30, 1922 in Wichita Falls, Texas, he was the son of H.L. and Eleanor (Crowl) Childers. The family moved to McAlester when he was two. Jim was an Eagle Scout and attended the 1st Boy Scout Jamboree held in Washington, D.C. He attended public schools in McAlester until he transferred as a junior in high school to New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. Jim remained at NMMI through 2 years in college. Shortly after World War II began he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and was sent to Fort Riley, Kansas. He was friends with Pat’s brother, Otis Gregg (also a student at NMMI) and spent weekends on leave visiting the family in Topeka. After his training at Fort Riley he was sent to Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas where he joined the 1st Calvary Division, B Troop, 2nd Squadron, 8th Regiment of the U.S. Army and was promoted to 1st Lieutenant. From there he was shipped to Brisbane, Australia. His troop was sent to Orobay, New Guinea, Guam and then onto the Admiralty Islands. After developing a severe lung problem he was shipped back to the states to a series of army hospitals. When he was able to return to active duty, Jim was sent again to Fort Riley. He later received an honorable discharge. Jim married Patricia Ann Gregg on October 28, 1945 and they made their home in McAlester. He joined his father in owning/operating Childers Motor Company for 42 years. After retiring from the car business Jim and Pat opened P.J.’s Antiques which they kept until retiring a second time in 2007. Jim was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of McAlester where he served as Deacon. He also participated in various business organizations in town. Survivors include 3 daughters and 2 sons-in-law, Gail Burrow and husband Terry of Muskogee, Oklahoma and Estes Park, Colorado; Peggy Childers of Fort Worth, Texas and Elizabeth Snider and husband Bruce of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; 5 grandchildren, Jennifer Isbell and husband David of Charleston, South Carolina; John Burrow and wife Gaby of Houston, Texas; Emily Snider of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; James Snider and partner Josh Griffin of Norman, Oklahoma; Twin great-granddaughters, Kailee and Talia Burrow of Charleston, South Carolina; great-granddaughter, Lennox Griffin of Norman, Oklahoma; niece, Pam Kemper and husband Brad of Tecumseh, Kansas; nephew, Randy Gregg and wife Cheryl of Topeka, Kansas; first cousins, Tom Crowl and wife Margene of McAlester and Lew Crowl and wife Mary of McAlester. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Ann Childers; parents, H.L. and Eleanor Childers; his parents-in-law, George and Hazel Gregg; his brother-in-law, Otis Gregg; and a nephew, Mark Gregg. 

Peter Macdougall Coope 1940 HS-1942 JC, 88, of Westerly, formerly of Mystic, died on April 6, 2011. He was born in Ajo, Ariz., to the late George Frederick and Jessica Coope. He is survived by his son, H. Scott Coope and his wife, Shirley; his son, Peter M. Coope Jr., his wife, Michelle, and his grandson, Joshua; and his brother, Robert L. Coope, and his, wife Beverly. He was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Virginia Thurston Coope; his son, Donald Ladd Coope and his brother, George Frederick Coope Jr. Peter graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute and the U.S. Naval Academy in 1946 and retired as Lieutenant Commander after 23 years. He then went to work at Electric Boat Corporation as an Engineer and the Mystic Seaport as a Supervisor of Architectural Restoration until his retirement. Peter was a founder and former President of the Cuttyhunk Historical Society where he enjoyed spending his summers with his family. He was also a co-author of Historic Buildings at the Mystic Seaport Museum. He was an avid woodworker and master cabinet maker who enjoyed spending time in his workshop. Visiting hours are respectfully omitted. A celebration of Peter’s life will be held at Cuttyhunk Island at a date to be announced.

John H. Crocker, Jr., 1942 JC 85, self-employed, died Saturday, February 10, 2007.

1LT Peter M. Curto, Jr., USA 1942 JC – WWII-Killed in action in France on 7 November 1944.

Judge E. Scott Dales 1942 JC was born to Florence and E.V. Dales on January 7th, 1923 in Riverside. He passed away February 1, 2008 of congestive heart failure and pneumonia. He graduated from Poly High School in 1940, attended New Mexico Military Institute from 1940 to 1942. He received his AA degree. He graduated from USC Law School in 1950, receiving his LLB and passed the state bar exam in 1950. Judge Dales’s first job was with Best, Best and Kreiger in 1951; then was a Deputy D.A. from 1951 to 1954. Next was private practice in 1955. He became Public Defender from 1956 to 1961 and in 1961 and he was appointed Judge of Municipal Court. In 1966 Judge Dales was appointed Judge of the Superior Court, retiring in 1983. He served as Justice Pro Tem Court of Appeals in 1987. He served in the Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1946, earning the rank of Captain and a pilot in a Troop Carrier Squadron. Judge Dales is survived by his wife, Dorothy; daughter, Denise; son-in-law, Paul Jacobs; son, Craig; sisters-in-law, Edy Chapman, Rena Thomas; nieces, Cher Jacobs and her husband David, Marilyn Platt and her husband David, Don Dales and Pat and Jerry Frost and his wife Marge. His children, Denise, Paul and Craig want you to know he was the best Dad in the whole wide wide world.

Ralph Raymond Davies 1942 HS, 85, a resident of Stanley, NM, passed away Wednesday, December 3, 2008. Born in Taiban, NM, July 16, 1923, to Raymond C. And Iris Crenshaw Davies, he grew up in the Fort Sumner, NM valley where he attended high school. He graduated from high school in 1942 from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. Ralph is survived by his sister, Norma Gene Price of Houston, TX; children, stepson, Dan Perry and wife Irene of San Antonio, TX; daughters, Linda Luciel Brooks and husband, David of Stanley, NM, Mary Iris Racicot of Albuquerque, Becky Lin Tejeda of Stanley and Barbra Gene Whitaker and husband, Stan of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Alan Raymond Perry, Cindy Kazala, Tammy Johnson, Sean David Brooks, J.D. Racicot, Angie Calbert, Kay Lee Tejeda, Tomi Lin Tejeda, and Savannah and Abbey Whitaker; great-grandchildren, Ashley Loveless, Jaushua Brisco, Jason Patrick Wallen, Patricia Calbert, Mickala Calbert, Levi Dawson Brooks, Olivia Jean Perry and twin Kazala boys due to arrive in March 2009; a brother-in-law; sister-in-law, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jimmie Luciel Davies. Dad Ralph was a WWII veteran having served with the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific and served as a U.S. Air Force commissioned officer during the Korean War. He graduated from the University of NM in 1951. Following his Air Force service, he worked at Sandia National Labs where he spent the next 31 years, retiring in 1984. Ralph designed and built an A-frame cabin in the Pecos Wilderness that was enjoyed by family and friends for years and the “cottage” on the property west of Stanley where he lived at the time of his death. 

Billy B. Davis 1942 JC, 84, died Monday, October 23, 2006, in Amarillo. Mr. Davis was born February 23, 1922, in Pampa, where he had been a lifelong resident. He was a 1940 graduate of Pampa High School and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. He served in the U. S. Army Air Force during World War II in the European Theater, and he was discharged as a first lieutenant. He married Nancy Teichgraeber on November 2, 1946, in Emporia, KS. He was a longtime Gray County rancher and independent oil producer. He was a past president of the Panhandle Producers & Royalty Owners Association, and a director of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association for 35 years. He was a past commander of the American Legion Post. He was a member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, where he was a former senior warden in the vestry. He was a former Boy Scout Explorer post leader. He was formerly active in the Top O’ Texas Rodeo Association and was past president of the Golden Spread Ostomy Association. He was preceded in death by a sister, Doris Rinehart. Survivors include his wife, Nancy Davis; two sons, James Boyd Davis 1969 JC and wife Beth of Golden, CO, and Robert Alan Davis of Tucson, AZ; and a grandson, Alexander Maxwell Davis of Tucson.

Thomas Mark Fletcher, Jr. 1942 JC On Oct. 23, 2009, our father Thomas Mark Fletcher Jr. Went with the Lord to join our mother Doris Jean Fletcher, wife of more than 55 years. Tom was raised in Roswell and after serving his country returned to Roswell with his family in 1958 where he has lived since.A Veteran of World War II, Tom served his country and his community his whole life. Tom was employed by Mountain Bell for 43 years, retiring in 1983.Surviving Tom is his daughter Linda Bentley (Artesia) and son Gary Fletcher and wife Anne (Aurora, Colo.). Also, surviving Tom, his sister, Dorothy Reece Blake (Roswell), and brother, Burt Fletcher and wife Patty (Beverly Hills, Calif.). Tom has three grandsons, Chad Bentley and wife Brooke (Truckee, Calif.), Jeffrey Fletcher (Aurora, Colo.), and James Fletcher (Aurora, Colo.). Tom has a great-granddaughter, Pearl Rae Bentley (Truckee, Calif.). Tom was dearly loved by numerous nieces and nephews, and his many wonderful friends.Tom was preceded in death by his wife Doris Jean Fletcher; a brother Bob Fletcher; father Tom Fletcher Sr. And Mother Reece Fletcher.Tom passed away peacefully at the home of his daughter Linda in Artesia.

Fred Forster 1940 HS-1942 JC, 86, of Odessa, died Thursday, Dec. 4. Survivors include wife, Margaret of Odessa; stepdaughters, Lenore Prudhomme of Round Top and Linda Keenan of Denver, Colo.; stepson, Phil Prudhomme of Odessa; and son, Fred E. Forster, III, 1969 HS of Midland.

Charles F. Grad 1942 JC,  passed away on Jul 31, 1990.

Robert Schoeneman Hall 1941 HS-1942 JC, a fourth-generation Californian and long-time resident of Santa Cruz passed away July 27, 2009 at the age of 86. Born in San Francisco, eldest son to M.C. and Mayre R. Hall, Bob also lived in Carmel and Watsonville. He attended Mintie White School in Watsonville and Santa Cruz High. He completed high school at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. He was a member of Boy Scout troops in Carmel and at Wilder Ranch, and a regular visitor to Yosemite’s Camp Curry and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, both sites where his father served as publicity director. Bob traveled with his family to many State and National Parks and passed a love of adventure and the natural world on to his children. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Bob interrupted his studies at San Jose State when he volunteered for the U.S. Army infantry. He spent World War II under General McArthur in the Philippines and Japan. At the end of his service he returned to San Jose State College and later joined father and Brother Charles at M.C. Hall and Sons Realty in Santa Cruz’s Compass Rose building on Pacific Ave. In 1952 he married and had four children with Marion Samuels.He remained very active in local and national political organizations including Jr. Chamber of Commerce, Miss California Pageant, the United Nations, UNICEF and the Democratic Party. He founded the first local UN chapter. Bob stayed current with events and issues: international peace, civil rights, free speech and social justice. He was active in the Vietnam Friendship Village Project; a regular participant at the Free and later Penny Universities; and City Council and Board of Supervisors’ meetings. He served as adjutant/historian at the Bill Motto VFW Post. Bob Hall was a long-time familiar figure on the Pacific Garden Mall, inspiring local columnist Bruce Bratton to dub him a ‘walking icon.’ In recent years he lived at La Posada on Frederick Street, enjoying the company of long-time acquaintances and new friends. Bob enjoyed reading, studying local and political history and writing essays and letters, poetry, and prose vignettes of his family history. He was a regular contributor of Letters to the Editor to the Santa Cruz Sentinel.Robert Hall will be missed by his friends and family. He is survived by three children and four grandchildren: his daughter Rebecca and her daughter Rhiannon of Santa Cruz; son Roger, wife Mary and their three children Isabel, Jack and Ryley of Los Osos; and youngest daughter Holly of Portland, Oregon. His ex-wife Marion, younger brother Charles, and middle daughter Robin preceded him in death. 

VADM Patrick J. Hannifin, USN (Ret) 1940 HS-1942 JC, a resident of Solana Beach, CA for almost three decades, passed away on January 9, 2014; he was 91. Born in Oklahoma on January 26, 1923, he was raised in Roswell, NM, where he attended New Mexico Military Institute prior to entering the U.S. Naval Academy. Graduating with the Class of 1945 in June 1944, he was commissioned an Ensign and in 1978, he retired as a Vice Admiral. Following graduation, he completed Submarine School and then joined USS BALAO (SS-285) in the Pacific. While in BALAO, he participated in three war patrols. After the war, his service included duty in multiple diesel submarines: U-858, SEA ROBIN (SS-407), GRAMPUS (SS-523), RASHER (SSR-269) and he commanded USS DIODON (SS-349). After completing Navy Nuclear Power Training, VADM Hannifin served as the commissioning Executive Officer of the Navy’s first Fleet Ballistic Missile submarine, USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (SSBN- 598); he was then selected as the first Commanding Officer of USS LAFAYETTE (SSBN-616). He later served as Commander Submarine Squadron FIFTEEN in Guam. Ashore, he was one of the early students at the Armed Forces Guided Missile School at Fort Bliss, TX and was subsequently assigned as a Department Head at the Navy’s Guided Missile School in Point Mugu, CA. He also had duty in Washington at the Bureau of Ships, in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, and on the Joint Staff. As a flag officer, VADM Hannifin served as Commander THIRTEENTH Naval District in Seattle, Commander Submarine Flotilla EIGHT/ Commander Submarines Mediterranean (the NATO submarine forces in the Mediterranean), Deputy Director for Strategic and Nuclear Plans for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on CNO’s staff as Assistant Director, Plans and Operations, as Director Plans and Policy (J-5) for JCS. His final responsibility was as Director of the Joint Staff for the Joint Chiefs. VADM Hannifin graduated with distinction from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, concurrently earning an MBA from George Washington University. After retirement, he lived an active life in Santa Fe, NM and Solana Beach, CA. As a member of the Senior Executive Service, he conducted studies and provided advice to the Department of Energy on future nuclear issues. He was also President of HANESCO, INC., a family-owned oil and gas exploration company, for over 30 years. Pat was an active member of the Navy League of the United States, the Rotary Club of Encinitas, and was also a deeply involved parishioner of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Del Mar-serving for years on the vestry and directing a multi-million dollar capital campaign. A man of surprising talents, he also managed to fit in travel to Rome and Malta with his new-found Hollywood friends when he was hired as the Technical Advisor for the motion U-571. Subsequently, the television industry called upon him for technical expertise and commentary as they covered the loss of the Russian submarine Kursk. He was inducted into the New Mexico Military Institute’s Hall of Fame in 1985; in 2012, the Naval Submarine League honored VADM Hannifin with their Distinguished Submariner Award. Pat Hannifin was married to the former Mary Snyder-also of Roswell, NM and a childhood friend-for over 55 years. They raised three children, Steve (a retired Naval Aviator), Mary (Molly), and Margaret Jane (Margo). He has three grandchildren, Pat (also a Naval Aviator), Susan, and Honor; and four great-grandchildren- Justen, Sean, Kelsey and Jacob. He was preceded in death by his parents, Steven and Elizabeth, and by his younger siblings Betty, Kay, Marty, Dan and Bob. In addition to his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and their wives (Jane Hannifin and Grace Hannifin), Pat leaves behind two sisters-in-law (Maxine Hannifin and Barbara Hannifin), and several nieces, nephews and their spouses and children. Phyllis Whittle, of Arlington VA, has been Pat’s best friend and world-wide traveling companion since Mary’s death in 2000.

William C. Hefflefinger 1942 JC, 89, of Lubbock, formerly of Plainview, passed away on Friday, March 29, 2013, at Raider Ranch. William Crofford Hefflefinger was born on May 30, 1923, in Plainview to Dennis and Ida Mae (Hall) Hefflefinger. He grew up in Plainview and graduated from Plainview High School. He attended and graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute, then enrolled in Texas A&M University. Upon completion of his sophomore year there, in 1942, he was drafted into the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and served during World War II in the European Campaign with 1019th Treadway Bridge Company, which was transferred to the 282nd Combat Engineers attached to the 3rd Army under General Patton. On July 14, 1946, he married Margaret Alice Peggy Burkholder in Washington, D.C., before returning to Texas, where he earned his BBA degree at Texas Technological College. Upon graduation, W.C. joined his father in the land and investment business in Texas and New Mexico, in which he enjoyed his lifelong career. He was a member of the board for City National Bank of Plainview for over 20 years. W.C. was a longtime member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church of Plainview. W.C. is survived by his children: son, Mark Hefflefinger and his wife, Randee, of Dallas; daughters, Lynn Ford and her husband, Joe Don, of Lubbock, Lisa Hefflefinger of Albuquerque, NM, and Lori Weaver and her husband, Robert, of Allen; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his infant son, Paul Dennis, on Nov. 5, 1957; and his wife, Peggy, on April 5, 2000, after nearly 54 years of marriage. 

James Lecil ‘J.L.’ Huffines, Jr. 1942 JC, 85, passed away peacefully at his home in Dallas on Wednesday, January 7, 2009, following a long battle with prostate cancer. He was born July 8, 1923, in Mexia, Texas to James Lecil Huffines, Sr. And Jewell Mae Harwell Huffines. J.L. lived life to the fullest and was blessed beyond measure with a large, loving family, life-long friends, and automotive and banking careers that spanned over six decades. The automotive business founded by his father in 1924 grew to eight dealerships in Plano, mckinney, Denton and Lewisville. Huffines acquired his own dealership in Commerce Texas in 1951. He was a member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of ’44 when he was called to duty in World War II. He served in the European theater as a U. S. Army 1st Lt., reconnaissance officer with the 3rd Cavalry Regiment. After the war he returned to Texas A & M University where he finished his degree in 1947. Immediately after purchasing his first dealership he was recalled to military service for the Korean War with the 66th Tank Regiment. In addition to the automobile dealerships, he was active in ranching and many other businesses. Over his career he served as the full-time, active president of Citizens National Bank in Greenville as well as later the president of Bank of Dallas. He also served as the chairman of the Board of Directors for both of those banks in addition to, at times, Arlington National Bank, North Texas Bank of Lewisville, and American National Bank of Plano. He was a partner with H.R. Bright in the ownership of the Dallas Cowboys football team. He served his industry as the Chairman of the Texas Automobile Dealers Association. Public service was also a prominent part of his life as he was appointed by four Governors to state boards that included the State Senior Colleges of Texas for which he was selected as chairman, The Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, and the Texas A & M University Board of Regents. In addition he served on the boards of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society, the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, the State Fair of Texas, and as the president of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association. A few of the many honors he received are the Lewisville Citizen of the Year, Texas A & M Letterman’s Hall of Honor, and The Corps of Cadets Hall of Honor and a Distinguished Alumnus of his beloved alma mater, Texas A & M. His many philanthropic recipients include the Lewisville School District for which the J. L. Huffines, Sr. Middle School is named in honor of his father. His many contributions to Texas A & M include Teaching Chairs, Scholarships, the Sydney and J. L. Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance and numerous capital campaigns. He also was generous to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School as he endowed two chairs in cancer research and was honored with the Charles Sprague Community Service Award. He also served on the Foundation Board supporting the Medical School. He was an active member of Highland Park United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Sydney, his four sons and their wives, James and Patty, Ray and Ann, Phillip and Holly, and Donald and Mary Catherine. Also surviving are his step-son and his wife, James and Lynette Thweatt, his step-daughter, Becky Thweatt and eighteen grandchildren. His life was epitomized by his great integrity, generosity, devotion to family and friends, and humility in the face of his many blessings. J. L.’s life was a life lived well, very well. The great love J.L. demonstrated to his family and friends has left an indelible print on our lives and in our hearts forever. His was a life of sacrificial love and generosity. 

Hiram Wheeler “Hi” Lewis, Jr. 1939 HS-1942 JC was born in Wichita, KS, on February 12, 1921. He died at the age of 91 on May 13, 2012 in California. He had a long and full life, from a childhood spent in Wichita and the mountains of Colorado, to his WWII days as a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute and as an officer in the 34th Cavalry based in Ft. Riley, KS, to his retirement years in the California desert. In addition to Wichita and California, he also resided in Colorado Springs, Denver, McCoy, CO, Calgary, AL, and Fernie, BC. For 50 years, Hi was active in oil exploration from Texas to Canada and nearly all points in between. He loved the Lord, family, and friends more than anything, followed closely by an enjoyment of golf, Weller’s Kentucky bourbon, John Wayne, football and looking at oil deals. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Maire Lewis; sons, Hi Lewis III (Bronwen) and Zach Lewis of Wichita, step-son Rick Merriam (Patti) of Calgary; step-daughters Janet Paul of Denver and Nancy Merriam (Skip Brunner) of Haddonfield, NJ; brothers Jerome Lewis (marthadell) of Denver and George Lewis of Colorado Springs; grandchildren Seth Lewis of Wichita, Hiram Lewis IV (Jessica) of Nashville, Kelsey Haddock (Jason) of Denver, Cooper Lewis of Los Angeles, Keaton Lewis of Wichita, Alex Paul of Durango, Robert Merriam and Megan Merriam of Calgary, Katie Sullivan (Jason) of Boston, Jessica Paul of Victoria, Canada, and 7 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Hiram W. Lewis and Madeline Butts Lewis, former wife, Bette Clarke, and a brother who died in childbirth…all of Wichita. 

Col Eugene Alexander Lohman, Jr., USAF (Ret) 1942 JC – On Dec. 16, 2013, Sandy Lohman passed gently away at 90 while resting at Pine Ridge Assisted Living Facility for the last year. A more than 30-year resident of Pagosa Springs, he loved the wonderful friendships he developed there over the years and the eternal beauty of the surrounding Rocky Mountains. Sandy was born to Army parents and spent his childhood moving from Texas to California, Panama and the Philippines. Summers were spent working as a wrangler on a family ranch in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He attended New Mexico Military Institute where he starred in marksmanship, fencing, boxing and equestrian pursuits. Graduating at the onset of World War II, he was commissioned at 18 as the youngest pilot in the Army Air Force. During that war, he flew numerous bomber missions in the China-Burma-India Theater and received multiple awards of the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism in combat. After the war, he attended Portuguese Language School in preparation for multiple diplomatic tours in Brazil and the Azores. His wife, Benny, joined him at language school and became a vital part of his success, while their three sons, Chuck, Ric and Chip, were treated to multiple assignments in exotic Rio de Janeiro. While on active duty, Sandy loved the challenge of defeating par on as many golf courses as possible. He regularly competed in the “Championship Flight” in tournaments. His golf exploits were only matched by ukelele solos accompanied by songs about some little grass hut in Hilo, Hawaii. He retired as the Commanding Officer of Denver’s Lowry Air Force Base after a distinguished Air Force career. A warrior in his youth, a diplomat as an adult, and a loyal husband and friend to Benny throughout 65 years of marriage, he will be well remembered and loved by all who were fortunate enough to know him.

Eugene H. Lovering 1942 JC, age 90, of Kerrville passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at his home. He was born on January 25, 1924 in Goose Creek, Texas to Lenz and Winifred Lovering. Eugene served in the U.S. Army from 1943 till 1946 then he joined the Reserves till 1953. He went on to become a Chemical Engineer for Exxon where he retired after 36 years. Eugene married Annelle Rodecape and they moved to Kerrville in 1985 from Baytown, Texas. His parents precede him in death. Eugene is survived by his loving wife Annelle Lovering of Kerrville and many other family members and friends who love him and will miss him.

Brady Mark Lowe 1940 HS-1942 JC, 85, of Austin passed away Wednesday, February 14, 2007. Brady was born and delivered by a mid-wife on the family homestead in Lea County, New Mexico, to H. L. And Nettie Lowe. He was one of five children and they grew up on the farm. Brady attended school in Lovington, New Mexico, and later the New Mexico Military Institute. The family moved to Lubbock and he graduated from Lubbock High school and attended Texas Tech University. Brady married Pauline Barrier in 1940. After a brief stint in Tokio, Texas, they moved to Lubbock where they were active members of the First Christian Church. In the 1950’s, Brady was named as one the Top Young Oil Men in Texas. He was involved in ranching and farming with properties in eastern New Mexico and Kent County, Texas. He was proud to help build the family business, Lowe Land Company. Brady and Pauline moved to Lakeway in the 1970’s where he bought and developed properties in the Austin area. Pauline and Brady were also founding members of the Lakeway Church in Austin. They loved boating, traveling and entertaining anyone that was in the area. In Lubbock and in Austin, the door was always open. Brady was “Big Daddy” to his grandsons and that is exactly what he was. He was a positive force who loved them and they knew it. He taught them a lot of things, but most importantly he taught them how to love life. He was a good man. Brady was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Pauline. He is survived by his son, Larry Lowe and wife Ashley; a daughter, Loretta; brother, Odell Lowe and wife Nell; sister, Vora Hartley; grandchildren, Nathan and Laura Lowe, Aaron Lowe and Travis Lowe. We are so thankful that Brady got to meet his great-grandson and namesake, Brady Mark Lowe.

Alan Lockwood MacLean 1942 JC – As the sun was rising on Easter Sunday, April 16, the world lost a treasured and most valuable human being, Alan MacLean, age 95. A man of great integrity, words cannot express what a loving and giving husband, father, grandfather, and friend he was. His children and their spouses and his grandchildren were blessed through the years to have him as a role model with his unconditional love, encouragement and support. He was a successful businessman and provided his family with a loving home and many travel and educational opportunities. Alan was born in Minneapolis on January 16, 1922 to Edwin Lockwood and Gladys (Mabie) MacLean. He was a proud member of the West High class of 1940. He continued his education graduating with honors from New Mexico Military Institute. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Al’s undergraduate work at MIT was interrupted by 3 years’ service in the Army Corp of Engineers during World War II. He was ordered into active military service from the ROTC at MIT in April, 1943. He is a graduate of The Engineer School, USA, Fort Belvoir, VA, and went overseas with the 1290th Engineer Combat Bn. on the HMS Aquitania in early November, 1944, sailing and landing at Gourock, near the Port of Glasgow, Scotland, for active service in England, France, and Germany, first with the 3rd U.S. Army and then with the 15th U.S. Army of the European Theater of Operations. After returning to MIT, Al met and married Charlotte “Chalky” Joanne Lacey on June 6, 1948. Shortly after that, they departed for Stanford University where Al received his MBA in 1950 and Chalky worked in the admissions office. Al and Chalky returned to Minneapolis, where his career with Honeywell spanned 34 years. He started out in the Residential Division, responsible for that facility locating in Golden Valley. He ended his career at Honeywell on the corporate staff responsible for corporate computer management and corporate factory systems management. After retirement from Honeywell, Al served as a consultant for another nine years to an international organization of computer manufacturers and telecommunication companies. Throughout his life, Al offered his time and talents to many organizations, serving as President of the Hennepin County Library Board, Chairman of the Citizen’s Committee on Public Education, Citizens League, MIT Educational Council, Church Board, and Boy Scouts. Al is preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Gladys; his beloved wife and OAO (one and only) of 55 years, Chalky; his brother, Donald Edwin and wife Dorothy (Scott) MacLean; and his infant son, David Lockwood MacLean. Al is survived by his sister Jean Whiteker and her husband, Roy Whiteker, Stockton, CA. He is also survived by his children and cherished grandchildren, Rev. William Bradley (Laurie) MacLean and their children, Edward (Ted), Anna Coffey (Michael Coffey), Grace (fiance, Michael Perillo), and Julia; Katharine Ann (Thomas) Swan and their children, Jenna and Laura; and Robert Alan (Anne) MacLean and their children, Lacey MacLean (Nick Larson) and Matthew. Also 18 nieces and nephews.

Donald E. “Mac” MacLean, Sr. 1942 HS-1944 JC, 84, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008, at his residence.  Survivors include his wife, Dorothy MacLean of Fredericksburg; children Dorothy Ulcak of Jourdanton, Diana Ramirez of Stonewall, Donald MacLean Jr. And Dawn Boedeker, both of San Antonio, and Della Meyer and Denise Carey, both of Fredericksburg.

William Leroy Mathers 1942 JC, 89, died Saturday, June 15, 2103, in Fargo, ND, surrounded by his daughters. Bill was born September 29, 1923, in Mobeetie, TX, to Violet Rees Mathers and George Benjamin Mathers. He was raised in Canadian, Texas, where he graduated from Canadian High School in 1940. He graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in 1942, and attended the University Of Texas School Of Law. In January of 1943, he entered the U.S. Army. He served as a ball turret gunner on a B24 crew with the 737th Bomb Squadron in the 454th Bomber Group of the 15th Army Air Corps. He was honorably discharged in October of 1945. He married Mary Charlotte Word on June 16, 1946. Following their marriage, they ranched in Canadian, TX. In 1951, Bill and his family moved to Miles City, MT, where he and his brother Frank operated the Mathers Brothers Ranch, which later became the Mathers Land Company. Frank and his wife, Betty, died in a plane crash in 1979. Bill continued the ranching operation until 2005, when he sold the ranch and retired. In January 2012, he moved to the Touchmark retirement community in Fargo, ND. Public service was a prominent part of Bill’s life. In 1958, he was elected to the Custer County Elementary School District Board of Trustees. He served until 1967, including one term as chairman. In 1960, he was elected to the Montana House of Representatives. He served in the House until 1964, when he was elected to the Senate. He served in the Senate until 1980, including being unanimously elected as President of the Senate in 1979. From 1981 to 1987, Bill served as a director of the Federal Reserve 9th District Board of Governors, Minneapolis, MN. He served under both Paul Volker and Alan Greenspan. He was the first chairman of the lay advisory board of the Federal Reserve Board and chaired the audit committee for two years. From 1988 to 1993, he served as a member of the Montana Board of Regents. He was Chairman of the Board of Regents from 1990 to 1993. In 1994, Bill was the recipient of the Montana State University Blue and Gold Award for his widespread impact on agriculture. Bill was an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church and a member of the Presbyterian Church of Miles City for more than 50 years. He was a founding member of the Miles City Town & Country Club and a member and president of the Miles City Club. If Bill were asked to name hobbies, he would say over the course of his life he enjoyed golfing, bridge, travel and piloting his private aircraft. His true joy came from time spent with his wife of 55 years and his family. Bill was preceded in death by his wife Charlotte of Miles City, MT, who died in 2001, his parents of Canadian, TX, and his brother, Frank, of Miles City. He is survived by his five daughters: Margaret Novak (Mike) of Chester, MT, Sharon Secor (Gary) of Fargo, ND, Barbara Mathers-Schmidt (Bob) of Bellingham, WA, Libby Gardner (Marshall) of Boise, ID, and Mimi Meredith (Greg) of Hutchinson, KS; 13 grandchildren: William (Abby) Novak, Andrea Novak Klein (Charlie), Jennifer Secor Nelson (Dan), Molly Secor-Turner (Ryan), Laura Secor Sundberg (Dan), Emily Secor May (Colin), Jonathan Schmidt, Michael Schmidt, Erin Gardner, Kelly Gardner, William Meredith, Patrick Meredith and Mary Charlotte Meredith; seven great grandchildren: Rees Turner, Maddy Turner, Emmett Turner, Jonas Nelson, Charlotte Nelson, Wynne Novak and Maggie Sundberg; his brother Ben (Sandra) of Canadian, TX, and his nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly. 

MG Herbert Joseph McChrystal, Jr., USA (Ret) 1942 JC, Major General, US Army, retired, died Dec. 10, 2013 at the age of 89.

Lawrence Neil McCullough 1942 JC, M.D. Died peacefully, October 10, 2011. He was born in Booker, Texas on March 18, 1924 to parents Margaret and L. Neil McCullough, Sr. He was educated in the public schools of Pampa, Texas and was very proud to be an Eagle Scout. He lived in the panhandle of Texas and experienced the Dust Bowl. He went on to be a graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, Tulane University and Tulane Medical School in New Orleans, LA. He served in the United States Army, stationed in the Philippines during World War II. After the war, he completed a medical internship and residency in psychiatry in the St. Louis City Hospitals. He started a private practice in Albuquerque from which he retired after 25 years. His professional organizations were BCMA, NMMS, AMA, APA, and the Inter Mountain Psychiatric Association of which he served two terms as President. During his 87 years, he enjoyed bird watching, fishing, traveling and his family. Dr. McCullough is survived by Peggy McCullough, his loving wife of 54 years; son, Neil G. McCullough; daughter, Margo and her husband William Moir; grandchildren, Alice Moir, Sam Moir and Jacob McCullough. He is also survived by two children of his first marriage, son, Lawrence McCullough of Maine; daughter Carol and her husband David Weigert of Massachusetts; grandchildren, Fleur Weigert, Kaliyani McCullough, Romesh McCullough, and Max Weigert. 

1LT Robert C. Means, USA 1942 JC – WWII-Killed in action while leading his platoon in an attack on German held positions in Italy on 16 October 1944.

John “Jack” H. Midkiff 1942 JC beloved husband and father born 1923 on Kauai, Hawaii entered Heaven November 5, 2012. His fondness for horses and ranching led him into a long career of cattle ranching in Hawaii; managing ranches on Hawaii, Molokai, Kauai and Oahu. His ranching legacy began as a teen working with older cowboys catching wild cattle from the hills near the sugar plantation his father managed on Oahu. A graduate of the New Mexico Military Academy and Punahou School; Jack was in the last cavalry class at The University of Arizona when called to duty in WWII, serving as pilot in the Army Air Corp. Jack proudly proclaimed, “after the war, I never crawled into a cockpit again.” He was inducted into Hawaii’s Paniolo (Cowboy) Hall of Fame in 2007. Jack is survived by his wife Dori Midkiff; children, Joy Calvert, Molly Assenmacher, Rebecca Midkiff, Teresa Midkiff, J. Michael Midkiff, David McBride; and many grand and great-grandchildren.

John Moale 1942 JC, 91, of Melbourne Beach, died Thursday, November 3, 2011.

1LT William F. Northcutt, USA 1942 JC – WWII-Killed in action – declared dead as of 10 January 1946.

Richard Chester O’Hair 1942 JC,  86, of Paris, passed away at 9:35 p.m. Sunday, April 11, 2010, at his residence. He was a retired businessman and farmer. Mr. O’Hair was born June 16, 1923, at Paris, the son of the late Karl O’Hair and the late Myrtle Lycan O’Hair. Survivors include three sons, Richard (Joan) O’Hair of Chantilly, VA, Stephen (Cynthia) O’Hair of Homestead, F:, and Reed (Rebecca) O’Hair of Barrow, Alaska; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. * He was preceded in death by two wives, Ruth Larson O’Hair and Barbara Hodge O’Hair, and his sister, Martha O’Hair Kirsten. Mr. O’Hair’s college education was interrupted by his service in the U.S. Army during World War II. After the armistice was signed, he returned from Germany and completed his studies at the University of Illinois. Thereafter, he engaged in several business operations in the area including the management of the Canada Dry Bottling Plant in Terre Haute, IN, and an Edsel automobile dealership in Paris. He concluded his career by managing the G & O Chevrolet-Cadillac dealership in Paris with his brother-in-law, Robert L. Gumm. Following the sale of the latter, he devoted his attention to managing family farmland and landscaping the property surrounding his personal residence south of Paris. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Paris, American Legion Post #211, B.P.O.E. #812, and Paris Lodge #268 A.F. & A.M. 

Arthur Virgil Pace, Jr. 1942 JC, 90, of Kerrville, Texas, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at his home. He was born in Houston, Texas, to Arthur Virgil Pace Sr. and Lucy Hurst Pace on Sept. 12, 1923. He married Barbara Curtin Pace on Dec. 23, 1947, in Houston, Texas, his wife of 65 years. Virgil graduated from Lamar High School in Houston, Texas, and New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. Virgil attended The University of Texas and was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity-Tau Chapter. He graduated from the University of Houston with a BBA. In addition, he was a graduate from Mortgage Bankers School, Stanford University, Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University and the American Institute of Banking. Virgil proudly served his country with the 2nd Battalion, 27th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division in the battle for Iwo Jima. Virgil was wounded by mortar fire, but continued to fight until the island was secured. He was awarded the Purple Heart medal. Virgil served as a director for Prosperity Bank, Commercial Bank Shares Inc. and Heritage Bank Shares Inc. Virgil was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Kerrville, Texas, and served on the vestry. He was president of the Hill Country Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse and a friend of Bill W. Virgil was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Curtin Pace; his father, Arthur Virgil Pace Sr.; his mother, Lucy Hurst Pace; and two of his children, Arthur Virgil Pace III and Edwina Curtin Pace. Virgil is survived by his children, Lila Pace Belitz and Henry Michael Curtin Pace; his two grandchildren, Aleah Edwina Pace and Arthur Virgil Pace IV; his son-in-law, Lloyd Lynn Belitz; his sister, Liligene Pace Vardaman; sister-in-law, Jane Curtin Reed; nieces and nephew, Lucy Cook Delaganis, Charlotte Cook Lowry, Caroline Cook Harmon, Susan Cook Houghton and Bill Curtin Reed; cousins, Robert Hoyt Lightfoot Sr., Catherine Gene Lightfoot and John William Lightfoot; many nieces and nephews; and many beloved friends. Virgil embodied one of his favorite sayings about the definition of love, “Giving to others and expecting nothing in return.” 

John Raymond Puffer 1939 HS-1942 JC June 10, 1921 – March 18, 2008 John R. Puffer of Colorado Springs died March 18, 2008. He was the retired former owner of Puffer Mercantile Company. Mr. Puffer was born June 10, 1921 in Colorado Springs to John Raymond Puffer and Lillian Starr Puffer. He was married April 23, 1949 to Agnes C. Daniels who preceded him in death. Mr. Puffer is survived by a stepson, Cady L. Daniels, III of Colorado Springs and a step-daughter Catherine Daniels Craig of Arvada; two daughters, Betty Starr Ruwitch of Grayslake, Illinois, and Barbara Jean Niskanen of Mansfield, Ohio; and two grandchildren. He attended public schools in Colorado Springs and later attended the New Mexico Military Institute. Mr. Puffer served in the US Army in World War II attaining the rank of captain. 

1LT Robert Benjamin Renald, USA 1942 JC – WWII-Killed in service in a plane crash near Marfa, TX, on 29 July 1943.

Dr. William Rankin Richey 1942 JC, D.D.S., 84, of Amarillo died Thursday, May 3, 2007, in Amarillo, Texas. Dr. Richey was born Oct. 17, 1922, in Tulsa, OK, to Jesse Coldren Richey and Kathryn L. Frye of Pampa, Texas. He married Carol Schlinke White on Sept. 1, 1951, in San Angelo. Survivors include his wife, Carol; his children, Robert and wife Kim Richey of San Angelo, Paige and husband Mark Gill of Amarillo, and Kay and husband Tom Newton of Hixson, TN; eight grandchildren, Alicia Newton Hatton and husband Shane, Lacie, Katie, and Nathan Newton, all of Tennessee, and Casey, Travis, J’hon and McKenna Gill of Amarillo.

1LT Edwin Peasley Riede, USA 1942 JC – WWII-Killed in action in Italy on 27 April 1945.

LT Herbert W. Riffe, USNR 1942 JC – WWII-Killed in action in the Pacific Theater of Operations on 18 October 1944.

Richard Baxter Saxe, Jr. 1942 JC Was born in Burkburnett, Texas June 30, 1923, the only child of Claudia Mae Propes Saxe and Richard Baxter Saxe. Dick grew up in various oilfield camps in the Texas panhandle, where his father was field superintendent for Gulf Oil. Following graduation from Pampa High School, he enrolled in New Mexico Military Institute in the fall of 1940 and graduated in June 1942. He enrolled in the University of Texas, joined the Army Reserve Corps and was called to active duty. After graduating from O.C.S. in 1945, he was sent to Germany and served in the 5th, 97th, and 386th Infantry Divisions as a First Lieutenant. He was then assigned to the First Cavalry Division. After combat duty in the European theater, his Division was transferred to the Pacific theater. While on a transport ship from the Philippines en route to an intended invasion of the Japanese mainland, they learned of the Japanese surrender. Dick served in the army of occupation in several command capacities. After being mustered out, he returned to the University of Texas and earned his law degree in 1949. He began his legal career in Dallas as Assistant District Attorney, under DA Will Wilson. He then relocated back to Midland where he began to practice law in partnership with Frank Bezoni and Colonel Perkins. Dick and Mary Virginia Oldham were married in 1951, and after a short honeymoon in Taos, were greeted upon their return to Midland with a telegram calling him immediately back into active military duty in Korea. He served as Company Commander of Company A of the 95th Heavy Tank Battalion including combat duty in the Heartbreak Ridge and Punch Bowl front line areas during the bitter winter of 1951, and then service in the Judge Advocate General’s Department until September 1952. Returning to Midland he formed an association with Reagan Legg and Pat Baskin. They practiced law as Legg, Saxe & Baskin for many years. He retired from the firm of Turpin, Smith, Dyer, Saxe & macdonald in 2003 after practicing with that firm 27 years as a Board Certified Oil and Gas attorney. He was honored with a 50 year award by the State Bar of Texas. An active community leader, Dick Saxe served on the Parks & Recreation Commission for the City of Midland, Midland Junior Baseball, Midland Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees), Chairman of The United Way, past president and longtime active member of the Midland Rotary Club, founding member of the Midland Rose Society, officer and director Petroleum Museum, board of directors Petroleum Club, helped organize Midland Estate Council, board of directors Young Life, board of directors Hospice, Inc., past president of Midland County Bar Association, and member State Bar of Texas, serving 20 years on the State Bar Broker/Lawyer Committee developing contract forms required for use in the real estate industry. He was a member of Theta Xi fraternity. He loved the study of Texas history, archaeology and hunting for arrowheads in West Texas and was a member of the Midland Archaeological Society. He attended and taught Sunday School in various departments of First Baptist Church for many years. He was a wonderful mentor, a loving husband, a caring Father, a good friend and counselor to many, and a fine example of a Christian man. His family is so honored to have had the opportunity to share in his life. His wise counsel, compassion, and unfailing good humor will be sorely missed by all who had the good fortune to have known him. He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Virginia Saxe. He is survived by his devoted wife of 23 years, Frances Hilliard Saxe, daughter, Claudia Saxe, son, David Saxe and wife Victoria, stepsons Stephen Hilliard and wife, Judy, Sheffie Hilliard and wife, Julie, stepdaughter Janet Pace, grandchildren Kathryn Hilliard Langdale and husband Jeremy, Paul and Stephen Hilliard, Alex, Andrew Pace and wife Meredith, and Julie Pace, Karen Pace Adair and husband Shawn, Jeremy, Megan, and Garrett Hilliard, and Great Grandson Dylan Langdale, and first Cousin Vee Randall and family. The Family wishes to extend their heartfelt appreciation to Hospice of Midland and to caretakers Yolanda, Sandra, Sandralu, Maria, Susie, and Lorena for their caring and devotion to Dick. 

1LT John William Stuermer, USA 1942 JC – WWII-Killed in action in England on 22 February 1944.

1LT Arthur Edward Tongue, Jr., USA 1942 JC – WWII-Killed in action in the European Theater of Operations in August 1944.

Carl Vidal 1942 JC, age 88, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 18, 2011. Carl was born in Hollywood, CA on October 31, 1922. Carl was a graduate of Gallup High School and University of New Mexico where he obtained degrees in both Accounting and Law; he then went on to proudly serve our country from 1942 through 1946 serving in WWII. Carl came home to Gallup and practiced law for a short time. He then invested in the juke-box business as well as becoming a co-owner in Vidal Hardware. Once settled, Carl started raising a family. Carl then sold his interests and became an Hotelier of the Historic El Rancho Hotel/Motel and Ramada Inn. Carl relocated to Albuquerque, NM in 1982 where he became an entrepreneur of various business interests. Carl is survived by his six children, Carleen Cox and husband Kevin of Winslow, AZ, Adrianne Vidal of Albuquerque, NM, Patience Mills of Portland OR, Michelle Vidal of Albuquerque, NM, Kathy Vidal and husband Mike of Kuwait, and Carl Vidal Jr. And wife Yaneth of Albuquerque, NM; nine grand children; and nine great-grandchildren.

Bob Ray Ward 1942 JC (December 26, 1922-February 07, 2007) Age 84, of Canadian, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2007 in Canadian, Texas. Bob was born on December 26, 1922 in Tulsa, OK, to the late Mr. Leslie Ward and Mrs. Willie Mae Gilbert Ward. He was a graduate of Pampa High School. He then went on to graduate from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. Mr. Ward was a Veteran of the United States Air Force serving in World War II where he was a radio operator-mechanic gunner. Bob moved to Canadian, TX in 1945 from Pampa, TX. He married Bettye McAfee Ward on October 15, 1947 in Amarillo, TX. She preceded him in death on March 30, 2006. Bob was owner and operator of Ward Oil Company from 1956 until his retirement in 1991. He was a member of the 388th Bomb Group, Canadian Lodge # 855 AF and AM and the First Presbyterian Church. He was preceded in death by one brother, Bill Ward, one sister, Katherine Taylor and one granddaughter, Jacqueline Ward. He is survived by one son, Kelley Ward and wife Ruth of Canadian, TX; one daughter, Kay Ward of Brighton, CO; one sister, Polly Parnell of Holland, TX; five grandchildren, Kris Sanchez and husband Javier and Krystal Dickinson and husband Ty all of Canadian, TX; Lisa White of Amarillo, TX; Shelby Ward and Rachel Ward both of Brighton, CO; two great-grandchildren, Mya Sanchez and Aiden Dickinson both of Canadian, TX.

Harold Leon Walker 1942 JC, 86, of Bowling Green died July 25, 2007, at Greenview Regional Hospital. The Apache, Okla., native was a World War II veteran, a retired pilot for Fruit of the Loom and served as a corporate pilot for the past 20 years. His flying career began in 1943. He delivered a B-17 to Plymouth, England, in 1944 and then went overseas permanently where he delivered 100 B-17s and 75 C-47s to Prestwick, Scotland, to replace those lost in the invasion of Europe on D-Day. He helped set up the air transport division in Bovington, England, and at one time or another flew all fighter planes during the war. He retired at the end of the war with the permanent rank of major. He began work immediately as captain of the corporate plane for City Service Corp. And later flew for Southern Airlines. In 1963, he went from Southern Airlines to Saudi Arabia to assist in setting up their government airlines. Upon return to the States, he began his almost 23-year association with Fruit of the Loom. Upon retirement from Fruit of the Loom, he served as a corporate pilot and made his last flight with passengers at the age of 80. He was a former Smiths Grove City Commissioner and a member of Providence Knob Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and loved telling war stories, painting and writing poetry. He was a son of the late Memra Walker and Bessie Irene Alexander Walker. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Memra Walker and Curtiss Walker. Funeral is at 11 a.m. Saturday at J.C. Kirby & Son Funeral Home, Lovers Lane chapel, with burial and military honors in Smiths Grove Cemetery. Visitation is from 5 p.m. To 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Nita Walker; three sons, Terry Walker and his wife, Wanda, and Larry Walker, all of Bowling Green, and David Walker and his wife, Linda, of Brownsville; two daughters, Lucy Pharris of Bowling Green and Loretta Tucker and her husband, Floyd, of Monticello; a sister, Francis Dotzel and her husband, Deneen, of Topeka, Kan.; a brother-in-law, Bill Shelton and his wife, Noria, of Levelland, Texas; a sister-in-law, Lavonne Langston and her husband, Kenneth; 10 grandchildren, Amy Walker and her husband, Mike, of Leitchfield, Julie Weaver and her husband, Dwight, of Scottsville, David Walker and his wife, Jolene, of Scottsville, Anita Neal and her husband, Doug, of Monticello, Jason Tucker and his wife, Melissa, of Monticello, Joseph Walker and his wife, Sherry, of Red Boiling Springs, Tenn., Jacob Walker and his wife, Charlene, of Bowling Green, Tracey Pharris of Cincinnati and Tara Juett and Brian Walker, both of Bowling Green; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Joseph L. Wood, Jr. 1942 JC- On February 18, The Lord welcomed His child Joseph Lacy “JL” Wood, Jr. into His Kingdom. Born on November 21, 1922 in Silver City New Mexico, and raised in Big Spring, Texas he was a part of the “greatest” generation. JL graduated from New Mexico Military Institute, received his BA from the University of Texas (Hook ‘Em JL!), and received his Master’s in Education from Southwestern University. He proudly served his country as an officer in the Navy during WWII in the Pacific theatre. After the war he returned to Texas and worked as a flight attendant for Pan Am airlines. JL then turned to his passion as an educator and gentleman rancher. He was an inspiration and role model for countless young people across Texas throughout his lengthy career as teacher, principal and administrator. The perfect host, many who had the pleasure of knowing him have fond memories of cocktail hour at the Wood house. Words cannot express what a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and friend he was. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth, and sons Michael Wade Wood and his wife Laurie, Raleigh Davis Wood and his wife Kim, Joseph Lacy Wood III (Trey) and his wife Stacey, and Lee Patterson Wood and his wife Glynis, granddaughters Lacy, Blair, Lauren, Taylor, Dylan, Jordan, and Ava, grandson Jake, and great grandchildren, True, Anita, Roscoe, and Rufus and his sister Mary Louise and her husband Oliver. We love you and will miss your ever-present smile!


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1LT James Ervin Anderson, Jr., USA 1941 HS – WWII-Killed in action in action in the European Theater of Operations on 9 November 1944.

1LT Albert Bain, USA 1941 JC – WWII-Missing/Killed – declared officially dead by the War Department after having been missing since 24 January 1943 in Puerto Rico.

William G. Boatright 1941 HS – WWII-presumed killed in action on a raid to Kassel, Germany, on 2 October 1944. Flight Officer, US Army Air Corps

William Howard Brett 1941 JC III, passed away on January 25, 2012 after a brief illness. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years Gisela Brett, his son James and four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Bill Brett was a graduate of M.I.T. and an avid sportsman. He was passionate about life in New York City and Stratton, Vermont. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

ENS Robert W. Brightman, USN 1941 JC – WWII-Killed in action in the Asiatic Area during a typhoon while serving aboard the USS. SPENCE on 18 December 1944.

Edmund Graves Brown, Jr. 1941 JC, a longtime resident of Monroe, died Saturday, May 11, 2008. Mr. Brown was born on March 28, 1921 in New Orleans, Louisiana. After graduating from Alcee Fortier High School in New Orleans and the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico, he was commissioned in the U.S. Army and served with the 82nd Airborne Division during World War II. He was in the Battle of the Bulge, witnessed the close of the war at Ludwiglust on the Elbe River, and served during Occupational Germany. After the war, he continued his studies at Tulane University before beginning his newspaper career at the Times Picayune in New Orleans. While at Tulane, he met and married Bitza mccay in 1948, to whom he was devoted until his last day. In 1952, Mr. Brown accepted a position with The Newstar World, a family-owned newspaper located in Monroe, Louisiana. He enjoyed his work, fishing, golf, snow skiing, and geneology. He was also an avid gardener. During his life, he was affiliated with the First Presbyterian Church of Monroe, Bayou Desiard Country Club, the Monroe Little Theater, and the Boston and Louisiana Clubs of New Orleans. Most importantly, he was a wonderful father to six children and developed numerous lifelong friends. During his retirement, he spent countless hours with his children and grandchildren at his farm outside Monroe, traveled extensively with his wife, and continued his relationships with his friends. Affectionately known by his family as “Pop”, by his wife as “Chere”, and by his children’s friends as “EG,” he was the embodiment of a devoted father, grandfather, and husband. He was preceded in death by his mother, Esther Ewing Brown of New Orleans, LA and Edmund Graves Brown Sr. Of Newburyport, MA.; two brothers, Robert Ewing Brown and Toulmin Hunter Brown, both of Pass Christian, MS; and by two sons, Leander Moore Brown and Percy mccay “Mac” Brown. He is survived by his wife, Bethia “Bitza” mccay Brown of Monroe, LA; four children, Edmund Graves Brown III of Houston, TX, James Ewing Brown of Lafayette, LA, Bethia Brown Bundrick of Shreveport, LA and Donelson Taylor Brown of Monroe, LA; ten grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Serving as pallbearers will be Edmund G. Brown IV, Andrew Hunter Brown, Claude Youngblood Bundrick, Claude Youngblood Bundrick, Jr., John Leander Bundrick, James Andrew Wedeberg, and Toulmin Hunter Ewing. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Jack Davis, Jack Easterling, Hank Wells, Robert Oliver, Sr., Dr. Dan Sartor, Dr. James Truly, and Dr. James Fouts. 

George C. Carter, Jr. 1941 JC July 17, 1919-. August 8, 2007 Local rancher George C. Carter, Jr. Died peacefully at home in his sleep on Aug. 8, 2007, at age 88. He was born to George C. Rusty Carter and Mary Frances Carter in Sutter County on July 17, 1919. George’s family moved to Chico in 1930 when his father, Rusty assumed management of the M&T Ranch, a diversified farm located three miles west of Chico, on Chico River Road. His sister Betty and he grew up on the ranch enjoying the pastoral setting of the former Spanish land grant rancho. As a youngster, George helped out on the ranch, working livestock and planting, cultivating and harvesting dry land crops and rice. George attended school in Durham and Chico before leaving town first to attend San Rafael Military Academy and then New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell New Mexico, where he earned a B.S. degree in military science. He was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Army 1st Cavalry Division, 8th Cavalry Regiment in October 1942 when it was still horse cavalry. Soon after, the Division dismounted and served as infantry in the South Pacific campaign in the battles for the Admiralties and the Philippines. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, the Bronze Star and the Oak Leaf Cluster to the Bronze Star for his service. After the War, he remained in the Army, being stationed both with the occupation forces in Japan and Germany and stateside, where he competed in equestrian events. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, one of the first all-African American units to be integrated into the Army. In 1946 George married Doris Elizabeth Carter. They gave birth to two sons, George III in 1947 and Jeff in 1951. George mustered out of the service as a major in 1953 and moved with his family back to Chico, where in 1956 he took over management of the M&T Ranch from his father. He managed it until 1985, when he retired. However, he continued to farm almonds until his death. George served on the State Reclamation Board and the boards of directors of the Rice Growers Association, the Silver Dollar Fair, Bidwell Title and Escrow Company and Durham Pump. He was a member of the Butte County Woolgrowers Association and the Chico Rotary Club. Dodie and George loved to entertain and travel, and together they visited all places near and far. George’s sister Betty and beloved wife Dodie predeceased him. He is survived by son George Ill of Salem, Ore., his wife Jill, daughter Erin and her husband Travis Zach, daughter Mary Elizabeth and son George IV, and by son Jeff of Chico, his wife Kristen Cooper-Carter, daughter Elizabeth and sons John and Jared. 

Isham B. Cogdell Jr., “I.B.” 1941 JC, age 89 passed away Thursday, December 9, 2010 in Houston, TX. I.B. is preceded in death by his parents and Brother Joe, and is survived by his wife of 58 years Julia, “Judy”; sons: Blake, Dan and his wife Robin; grandchildren: Kelsey, Cameron, Hunter, Jamie, and great-granddaughter Azylinn; sister-in-law: Sue and her children. I.B. graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute and the University of Oklahoma and was a proud veteran of WWII having served as a US Air Force pilot. He was a dedicated employee with Texaco for 36 years before retiring and served as a deacon with Yale Avenue Christian Church of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and First Christian Church of Amarillo, Texas, and Memorial Drive Christian Church of Houston, Texas. 

Edward O. Cone, III, USA 1941 JC – WWII-Killed in action in action in Germany on 28 February 1945.

1LT Wade H. Corn, Jr., USA 1941 JC – WWII-Killed in action in action on Cebu Island on 29 March 1945.

Thomas Dudley Cramer 1941 JC passed away on Monday, Oct. 5, 2009, in Oakland, CA. T. Dudley Cramer was born on June 24, 1921, in Oakland, Calif. He and his parents, Thomas Merideth and Louise Moller Cramer, moved to Carlsbad, NM, in 1932, where his father, Tom Cramer was the vice president and general manager of the US Potash Company in Carlsbad. In the late 1920s, a joint-venture company called the United States Potash Co. Was formed to mine and refine the new potash discovery near Carlsbad, NM. Horace Albright was named the president of the new company with corporate headquarters in New York City. T. Dudley Cramer attended high school in Carlsbad from 1936-1939, where he lettered in track for three years and basketball for two years. During his summers in Carlsbad, he attended Camp Sacramento for Boys, in the Sacramento Mountains about 8 miles west of Weed. He worked as a wrangler in various capacities from 1936-1941. He also worked as an apprentice with Carlsbad photographer Ray V. Davis at his studio from 1937-1940. During this time, he met Ansel Adams, who came to Carlsbad. Cramer attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, where he lettered in track for two years, graduating in 1941. He was a photographer for the Bronco Yearbook. Paul Horgan was the school librarian.Mr. Cramer received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Stanford University in 1943. After serving in the Army during World War II for three years, he then graduated from Stanford with a master’s of science in petroleum engineering in 1948.In 1947, Cramer married Catherine Jones, recent Stanford graduate and daughter of Iona and Hollister Jones, who was the manager of the Personnel and Labor Relations Dept. For the U.S. Potash Co. In Carlsbad.Cramer spent 38 years in various engineering and management positions in the Production Department of Chevron until his retirement in 1985 as the chief engineer of the Western Region Producing Department, San Francisco, Calif.After retirement, Mr. Cramer actively pursued his interest in southwest history research and photography, authoring several books and articles. He authored the book, The Pecos Ranchers in the Lincoln County War.

George B. Cree, Jr., 1938 HS-1941 JC passed away on August 23, 2000, in Temple, Texas. Mr. Cree was born on November 27, 1920 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is preceded by his parents, George B. And Mary Opal Cree. He married Frances Thetford Cree on November 6, 1943 in Quartzsite, Arizona. Mr. Cree lived most of his life in Pampa, Texas. He also lived in Roatan Island, Honduras and most recently resided in Georgetown, Texas. Mr. Cree attended schools in Pampa as well as, the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and the Harvard School of Business Management at the University of Hawaii. As a B-24 pilot during World War II, Mr. Cree served with the 13th Air Force in the pacific theater. He was also a 32nd degree Mason. He was involved in the oil industry for most of his life. He was a partner and president of Cree Drilling Company, Cree Oil, Inc., and the Cree Companies of Pampa. Mr. Cree was also involved in ranching, banking and the electronics industry. Mr. Cree was a respected civic leader in Pampa and throughout the Texas Panhandle. He is a past president of many civic and industry organizations including the Panhandle Producers and Royalty Owners Association, the Pampa Chamber of Commerce, the Pampa Fine Art Association, the Pampa Industrial Foundation, and the Pampa Community Hotel Association. He is a former board member of the United Way and the Salvation Army. He served on the Texas Governor’s Conference on Fine Arts and was on the Advisory Committee for the American Petroleum Institute. He was very active in the Republican Party at both the local and national levels, including serving as a member of the national Electoral College in 1972. An enthusiastic outdoorsman, Mr. Cree loved fly fishing, snow skiing, golf, tennis, sailing, and flying. He is survived by his wife, Frances, their three sons and their spouses, George B. Cree, III, 1965 HS and Nina Cree of Amarillo, Richard and Anne Cree of Dallas, and Harold and Susan Cree of Pampa. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Emily B. Cree 1994 HS of Ft. Worth, Erin Cree of Amarillo, R. J. Cree of Dallas, Jonathan Cree of Pampa, and Lindsay Cree of Pampa. Mr. Cree has one brother, William R. Cree of Abilene, and a sister, Bettye Reid of Pampa.

PFC Alfred E. Creigh, III, USA 1941 HS – WWII-Killed in action in action in Belgium on 22 December 1944.

John Scharbauer Dublin, Jr. 1941 JC John said, “I have always thought that I had a little guardian angel sitting on my shoulder,” and with that we begin… After a rewarding life of 95 years, John, surrounded by devoted family and friends, died Saturday, March 11, 2017. To commemorate John’s life, a service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at the 1st Community Credit Union Spur Arena in San Angelo. John was born December 29, 1921 in Midland Texas to John S. Dublin, Sr. and Minnie Terry Dublin. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Jan Dublin of San Angelo; daughter-in-law, Janet Dublin of Schertz, Texas; grandchildren, John L. Dublin of Whitney, Texas, Amy Dublin of Mountain Home, Arkansas, Jeff Dublin of Schertz, Texas, and Trisha Dublin, El Paso, Texas; special friend, Bobbie Walker; and cousin, Sammye Stone. He is also survived by Harriet Faudree’s children, Matt Faudree, Ellen Bell, Margaret Williams, Charlotte Kimberlin, Martha Parks, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia McBurnett Dublin; son, Lawrence Craig Dublin; Harriet Faudree Dublin, his second wife; and also by his beloved granddaughters, Kristen Faudree and Amy Bell. John served honorably in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II from 1942 until 1945. While stationed in England, John as a PFC was put in charge of replacing the gun turret sights on four squadrons of Martin B-24s with the newer Fairchild electric version. He laughed, saying, “When they put me in charge, they gave me my own jeep. Everyone else was riding bicycles.” John grew up as an only child and attended public school in Midland, Texas. After graduation, he enrolled in New Mexico Military Institute. “I really went there to learn to play polo rather than for an education.” After the war, John saw his first cutting horse exhibition. “I can do that,” he said. John started working with a young mare and in 1949 entered the first National Cutting Horse Event of his career. His first efforts won three 2nds, each paying $75. He continued to ride cutting horses for most of the next 50 years. John had a unique relationship with his father. They shared respect for each other and their business relationships were based on trust and hard work. Everything was 50/50. John always said, “My dad was my best friend and playmate. He was my teacher. We had a wonderful relationship. My son, Chris, and I have that same relationship.” In 1948 at the age of 53, John’s father died of a heart attack soon after John returned from the war. In his own words, John believed that he had been in the cow business all his life. He enjoyed success in many different arenas. He was a rancher and a businessman. His passion was the western way of life: ranching and horses. As a judge, contestant, and breeder, John took pleasure in supporting The National Cutting Horse Association and the American Quarter Horse Association. John was a volunteer and past president of the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Association with more than 50 years involvement.

Harold D. Dufek 1939 HS 1941 JC, 86, died February 9, 2008, at his home in Hutchinson. He was born November 15, 1921 in Noble County, Oklahoma, the son of Emil Dufek and Petra Elvrum Dufek. After living in Oklahoma and Texas, the family moved to Hutchinson in 1933. He attended high school and junior college at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico, receiving his associate’s degree and certificate of eligibility as Second Lieutenant in the Army Cavalry in 1939. He continued his studies at the University of Kansas, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting in 1947, following his service in World War II. On January 31, 1942, he was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the Cavalry and reported to Fort Knox, Kentucky, where he attended gunnery school and became an instructor of tank gunnery. Promoted to First Lieutenant in December 1942, he transferred to I Company, 20th Armament Division at Ft. Campbell in 1943, and was assigned as company commander. He served in the Pacific Theatre from October 1943 through December 26, 1945. Headquartered in Kuewang, China, he led a Chinese tank transportation battalion that moved 500 trucks, tanks and supplies over the Ledo-Burma Road. During his service in the Far East, he became fluent in the Chinese Language. Following his discharge from the Army in 1945, he served in the Army Reserves. Upon retirement in 1974 as Colonel, he received the Legion of Merit Award for his distinguished military service. In civilian life, he became an accomplished businessman and community leader. In partnership with his father, he built Dufek Oil Well Service into a thriving, nationally recognized business. The Independent Petroleum Association of America named him “Young Oil Man of the Year, 1957.” After selling the family business in 1962 and “retiring,” he pursued a second career in investments and estate planning. He developed the trust department at what became the Bank of Kansas. He served as a voluntary estate planner and trusted advisor for many people. During his life, he served on the boards of over 20 companies, and continued to be active on seven boards until his death. He was a Hutchinson City Commissioner and Mayor in the 1960s. He served as Prairie Dunes Country Club Board Chairman, and was instrumental in bringing Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer to Prairie Dunes for an exhibition golf match in 1962. In the 1970s, he was elected President of the Hutchinson Junior College Board. A member of the Park Place Christian Church for over 50 years, as chairman of the church’s Board of Trustees, he led the fundraising efforts in 1959 to build a new church sanctuary. In the late 1960s, he acted as chairman of the Reno County Health Facilities Planning Council and led the efforts to merge Grace and St. Elizabeth Hospitals and establish Hutchinson Hospital. For 40 years until his death, he served as a member and officer of the Board of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, and earned a reputation as an authority on health insurance policy issues. With a passionate and deep commitment to helping his community and country, he provided leadership to numerous community organizations including the chamber of commerce, Rotary, Boy Scouts, and the YMCA. On June 22, 1941, he married Elsie May Jones in Hutchinson. After World War II, they returned to Hutchinson where their five children were born and attended school. She died March 18, 1979 after a lengthy illness. On October 6, 1979, he married Elizabeth (Betty) Paine Wilson, who had been a lifelong friend of both Harold and Elsie May. Betty and Harold were happily married until her death on February 1, 2003. Harold often expressed that, with his two marriages, he had been blessed with “60 years of wedded bliss.” He was especially proud that his five children and Betty’s three children formed strong family ties. Survivors include four daughters and one son: Julie (Dan) Howland; Linda Dufek Lake; Nancy Dufek; Mary Dufek; and John (Debbie) Dufek. He had seven grandchildren: Paul Angulo, Eva Howland, Emilie Howland, Carrie Lake Rojas, Libby Dufek, Natalie Dufek, and Ellie Dufek, and five great-grandchildren. Other survivors include one stepson and two stepdaughters: David (Susan) Wilson, Beverly Wilson (Pat Halstead), and Karen (Pat) mclain. He had four step-grandchildren: Christopher Wilson, Sarah Wilson Lingle, Kelly mclain, and Jae Thomas mclain, and two step-great grandchildren. 

Harold Omar Ebeling 1941 JC was born July 28, 1921 in Mustang, OK to Henry & Ada Maybelle (Silver) Ebeling and passed from this life August 26, 2013 in Tulsa, OK at the age of 92.Harold attended New Mexico Military School and graduated from Classen High School in 1939. He joined the Air Force to serve during World War II which he was honorably discharged as a Second Lieutenant Navigator in 1945. He gained his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1948. He was involved in Mason’s Blue Lodge, O.U.’s School of Engineering, Phi-Kappa-Psi, Pi Tau Sigma, the Petroleum Club and First United Methodist Church. Harold was President of Latoka Engineering (company began 1975) located in Tulsa and Drumright. His success was mirrored by the many patented gas dehydration equipment he invented. February 6, 1945, Harold married the love of his life, Billie Anne Bergman (Anne) where they shared 68 cherished years of raising a family, devoting themselves to Christ, relishing friendships (old and new) and supporting his beloved Oklahoma Sooners. Harold was preceded in death by his parents and son, Brent Ebeling. He is survived by his wife, Billie Anne (Bergman) Ebeling; his daughter, Jana Ebeling; his son and daughter-in-law, Brad & Cathy Ebeling; his granddaughter and husband, Christa Ebeling Streebin & Adam. 

John M. Favour 1941 JC of Prescott, Ariz., began a new journey in his passing on March 16, 2014. John was born to Alpheus H. Favour, an Arizona State Senator and prominent Prescott businessman, and Eva McLean Favour, a strong Scottish woman, on Sept. 9, 1921. John was raised in Prescott in the family home on Mount Vernon Street when the community was youthful and vibrant with local mercantile, ranching and mining ventures in the surrounding central Arizona. Upon graduating from Prescott High School John enrolled for undergraduate studies at Amherst University in Amherst, Mass. While a student at Amherst, John married his high school sweetheart Betty Jean Ogg. His education was interrupted with the advent of WWII when he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. After serving his country, and upon his graduation from Amherst University in 1946, John attended and graduated from the University of Arizona Law College in 1949. John began his career as a civil attorney with the Prescott law firm of Favour & Quail where he practiced continuously until the turn of this century. John was a formidable opponent in every case he undertook, and he strove to dignify the legal profession with civility and compassion. John was a Fellow of the American Bar Association and served as president of the Arizona State Bar in 1964-1965. John and Betty raised their children Mollie, Charles and Jock in the family home on Linden Road where John maintained residence until his death. John also resided in the port city of Manzanillo, Mexico for much of his adult life and cherished the culture, hospitality and simplicity of the Mexican people. John was a pillar of the community as one of the founders of Prescott College and a principal of Yavapai Title Company. John enjoyed many friendships during Prescott’s simpler days when entertainment was found in informal gatherings such as neighborhood sing-alongs and socializing at the Pine Cone Inn and the Hassayampa Country Club. Throughout his life, John cultivated and perfected diverse interests as an accomplished chef, a skilled wood craftsman and ever evolving bassist. John was an inveterate world traveler, and a connoisseur of literature, art, music and theatre. He was truly a man for all seasons. After Betty’s passing in 2000, John enjoyed a long partnership with Cynthia Gardner, who along with his children, were at his side until he went on his new journey.

1LT John Douglas Fay, USA 1941 JC – WWII-Killed in action in action in France on 11 November 1944.

PVT Holmes C. Fowler, USA 1941 HS – WWII-Died in service – died at Fort Riley, KS, from complications following surgery on 3 November 1942.

Richard Kimball Gardner 1941 JC January 14, 1921 to July 3, 2007 Services are scheduled for 11 am at the Creekside Evangelical Free Church, 2876 “G” Street in Merced on Friday, July 6.

Elmer Logan Garnett, Jr. 1941 JC, 85, died March 17, 2008, at his residence in Altus. He was born June 18, 1922, in Altus to Elmer Logan and Lela B. Garnett and attended public schools there before studying at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, from 1939 to 1941. Garnett entered the University of Oklahoma in 1941. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps Reserves in 1942 and in 1943 was called to active duty where he served as the co-pilot on a B-24 Liberator, flying 31 combat missions with the Eighth Air force’s 491st Bomb Group based in England. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters. After being discharged from military service, Garnett returned to the University of Oklahoma where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. He married Dorothy Laverne Craig in September 1946 and the couple settled in Altus where Garnett joined his father in the insurance business. Later, Garnett formed Garnett Inc., which handled insurance and loans. He also raised wheat and cattle on the family farm. Last January, he was honored with a Paul Harris Fellowship by the Altus Rotary Club for his 60 years of continuous membership in the club. According to family, Garnett was a humble but direct man whose insights into life provided a constant source of education and entertainment. Ôeven when told that he had terminal cancer, Logan never lost his sense of humor or perspective. Death was just another phase of life that he had yet to explore. In that, he was consistent to the end,ö family members said. Ôhe was much beloved by his family and we will miss him very much,ö family members added. Garnett is survived by his wife, Iva Rodgers Garnett, whom he married June 20, 2001; two daughters, Gay Greene and husband, Larry, of San Antonio and Lisa Chiono of Dallas; two sons, Craig Garnett and wife, Melissa, and Jeff Garnett, all of Uvalde; a sister, Ruth Sharpe of Checotah, Okla.; five grandchildren, Robert Greene, Marco Chiono, Gabriella Chiono, Logan Garnett and Madeline Turner and husband, Thomas; and one great-grandson, Thomas Rice Turner. Garnett is also survived by two step-daughters, Debbie Jackson of College Station and Susan Dilan and husband, Hector, of Rio Grande, Puerto Rico; one step-son, Jamie Rodgers and wife, Carol, of Gulfport, Miss.; seven step-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Hugh B. Garnett of Altus; and two sisters, Lela Jean Engleman of Clinton, Okla., and Marjorie Mcaskill of Altus. 

1LT James Howard Glass, USA 1941 JC – WWII-Killed in action in Normandy on 20 June 1944.

Donald J. Grantham 1941 JC, June 5, 1920 – July 28, 2012 Donald J. Grantham, 92, of Duncan, died Saturday, July 28, 2012 in Duncan. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 1 at First Christian Church with the Rev. Arnold Nelson officiating assisted by the Rev. Jennifer Steil. Interment will follow in Duncan Cemetery under the direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. Don was born June 5, 1920 in Houston, Texas. His parents were Jesse Beeson and Lena Eva Pierce Grantham. He attended New Mexico Military Academy in Roswell and after graduating he went on to earn a bacheloræs Degree in Finance from the University of Oklahoma. He served his country as a First Lieutenant in the Marine Corp during World War II. He served in the Pacific Theater, making several island landings. In his youth he took up boxing, and later won the New Mexico Golden Gloves Championship and also boxed for the Marine Corp. He later became and avid golfer and played the game his whole life. After the War, he returned to Duncan and married Patricia L. Lewis on Oct. 10, 1946. Don owned and operated Don Grantham Funeral Home retiring in 1982. Don is survived by his wife Pat, of the home; three sons, Donald J. Grantham Jr. And his wife Suzy of Austin, Texas, Jimmy Grantham and wife Debbie of Duncan, and Mike Grantham and wife Nancy also of Duncan. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Ellen Grantham, Mark Grantham and wife Kim, Ben Grantham, Matt Grantham and wife Abby, J.J. Grantham and wife Sally, Abby Grantham and Ryan Grantham; five great-grandchildren, Chloe Grantham, Riggs Grantham, Gavan Grantham, Bo Grantham, and Will Grantham. He was preceded in death by his parents, Beeson and Lena. Pall bearers will be C.H. Barnes, Karl Jacobs, Tom Ellis, Mike Fiorillo, John Cornwell, Elmer Humphreys and Mike Elliott. Honorary bearers will be John Speice, Bill Wetzel, Bill Shelton, Rufie Benson, Dale Whipple, Kyndall Hale, Wade Williams, Kathy Rogers and all his golf buddies. 

Robert Shaw Bob Grimmett 1941 JC, 86, went home to join our Lord on May 6, 2008 after a brave battle with Leukemia. He is preceded in death by parents O.B. and Nina and sister Mary Louise Buckley. He was born on January 19, 1922 in Marlowe, Oklahoma. He attended Altus High School and New Mexico Military Institute where he lettered in football. Upon graduation from NMMI the United States Army ordered him to duty on July 4, 1942. On September 27, 1942 he married the love of his life, Jane. He was assigned to the 88th Division. He was deployed to the European front in October 1943 to the 1st Army serving under General George Patton. He fought bravely for the United States in Northern Africa, Italy and Southern Germany. During his service he rose to the rank of Captain and was awarded many medals including three Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and the Army Distinguished Service medal among others. After discharge from the Army in 1945 he and Jane returned to Altus. He worked for Rockwell International for 35 years. In 1955 the family moved to Houston. He was an avid golfer, scratch handicap and a member at River Plantation Country Club for many years where he served as President of the Men’s Golf Association. In retirement he and Jane lived in Horseshoe Bay, Berry Creek and Sun City before returning to Houston to be closer to their family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years Jane; children Karen Timson, Virginia (Gina) White and husband Justin; Bobby and wife Jenny; grandchildren Justin White, IV, Robby White and wife Krista, Chad White and wife Sherry, Ryan White and wife Ja’Net, Garrett Grimmett, Krista Grimmett; great-grandchildren Justin V, Hayden, Lauren, Walker, Chad Jr., Mason and Gage; and many friends.

1LT Donald B. Harris, USA 1941 JC – WWII-Killed in service in a plane crash near Biggs Field, TX, on 23 March 1944.

Charles Henry Heath 1941 HS passed away peacefully March 11, 2015, surrounded by family. He was born Oct. 10, 1923, to Frank and Mary Effie (Church) Heath. He grew up in Coos Bay and graduated from Marshfield High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and became a rifleman in the 357th regiment of the 90th Division. He was proud to be a “Tough Ombre” (T-0 Division) who survived landing on Utah Beach on D-Day. He earned the Bronze Star for his service in WWII. Charles married Doris Neher in December of 1945. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary before Doris’s passing in 2006. He graduated from the University of Washington and was a fanatic Huskies Football fan. He always wore the Huskies colors and jousted Beavers and Ducks fans. Charles made his career as a salesman for Tidewater Oil and later for A. Walt Runglin, Co., retiring as Vice President of Sales after 23 years. After retirement, Chuck volunteered at Providence Portland Medical Center for many years. This was a job he enjoyed and was very proud of. He had a keen wit about him that everyone grew to love. He was fierce, independent and lived his life to the fullest on his own terms. Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Doris; and sister, Eadith Atkinson. He is survived by his daughters, Kathi King and Linda (Mike) Sterling; grandchildren, Nicolle (Toby) Deering and Michael King; and four great-grandchildren.

LT Robert Claus Hueter, USN (Ret) 1941 HS died April 18, 2013. He was born Dec. 22, 1922. He was a 20-year resident of Napa. He is survived by his wife, Carol Bellmore Hueter of Napa, and daughter, Wendy Hueter Bates of Concord, Calif. Robert Hueter was a graduate of Pomona College and Kings Point Military Academy, where he then served as a third mate in the Merchant Marine from 1942 to 1946. He was a 60-year alumnus of the Merchant Marine Academy Alumni of 1944. 

George Fretz Humphrey 1941 JC, 84, of Phoenix, passed away January 2, 2007, after a long illness. Born in 1922 in Milan, NH, he grew up and was schooled in Vevey, Switzerland, where his father, Elliott Jack Humphrey, a geneticist and one of the founders of The Seeing Eye, was developing techniques to train guide dogs for the blind. Living on the shores of Lake Geneva, and surrounded by German Shepherds, young George developed a lifelong love for nature and animals. In 1933, a branch of The Seeing Eye was established in Morristown, NJ, and the Humphreys returned to America. After graduating from Morristown High School, Humphrey attended New Mexico Military Institute and in 1943 received his degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Humphrey served in the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers during World War II, stationed in Iceland from 1943 to 1945. He moved to Phoenix in 1946, attracted by the growing aviation industry. During a 35-year career with American Airlines, he occupied several managerial posts in reservations and passenger services. While working at American Airlines, George met his future wife Patricia, a ticket agent and private pilot. They were married in February 1948, and had two daughters, Sue of Austin, TX, and Mary Lou of New York City. Humphrey traveled the world with his family, and dedicated himself to education and community affairs. He was elected to the Madison District School Board from 1962-1967, serving one year as President, and later was appointed for several years to the Camelback East Village Planning Committee. An avid sports fan, he worked as a football referee in Phoenix and, in retirement, was an academic advisor to student-athletes at Camelback High School. Photography remained his lifelong hobby. Cactus flowers and zoo animals are my favorite subjects, he wrote recently. One clearly sees the stages of life through their continual change. I want to remember, and photography enables me to capture, points in time that will not return.

Robert M. Ilfeld 1941 HS, born January 25, 1926, passed away on April 26, 2008. Son of Max and Bertha Rosenau Ilfeld, and a member of one of New Mexico’s most illustrious pioneer families, Bob grew up primarily in Taos, New Mexico. He attended Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs and the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. He graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1994 with a degree in nuclear physics. Drafted into the army that same year, he was sent to Los Alamos to work on top-secret projects as a young physicist. Upon release from the service, Bob attended graduate school at California Institute of Technology, earning his Master’s degree in nuclear physics. At the start of his professional career, Bob worked on a variety of projects with General Electric in New York. He was then called to manage a family business in Jackson, Michigan. As president of the company, Quick Industries, he converted the focus from metallurgy to plastic extrusions and expanded the business from one plant to six, located throughout the Midwest. While at Quick, he was sponsored to return to MIT as a Sloan Fellow, earning an MSM degree from the Sloan School of Business. After a few more years with Quick Plastics, the opportunity arose for him to return to MIT as an Associate Director for Executive Programs at Sloan. He moved from there to Minneapolis, then Seattle, to work for a small conglomerate, as Director of Operations Analyses, helping to buy, sell, and manage several divisions. At age 53, Bob retired and returned to New Mexico to be near his parents and replant his roots in New Mexican soil. Retirement lasted only three months, when he became a Financial Consultant for Dean Witter Reynolds Company, now Morgan Stanley. Retiring in 2007 as Senior Vice President and Financial Consultant, after more than 28 years in the business, he considered brokering to be the most enjoyable and challenging of his diverse careers. In 1999, Bob married Pearl Thompson and they traveled together extensively. Bob enjoyed travel, and meeting new people. He played bridge avidly from an early age, earning Life Master Status. Golf was another passion, which he enjoyed both for the sport itself and for golfing friendships. Showing his lively sense of humor, he said in his last days, “”I am Bob Ilfeld and I approve this message.”” In addition to his devoted wife Pearl, Bob is survived by his sister, Florence Beier and her husband Rolf; his children, Rick Ilfeld and wife Betsy, Kathy Stillings, Marty Ronish and husband Ed, Ellen Ilfeld and her partner Judith Evans, and step-daughter Marsha Schumacher and husband Kent. Bob is survived by two grandchildren, Mark and Bonnie Ronish, as well as four step-grandchildren; Mark Thompson, Ben Thompson, Krissy Zikkos, and Michelle Lardizibal, and their children. Bob will be remembered for his gifts of love and generosity to his family, his friends, colleagues and clients, and for his fortitude and courage in meeting his life’s last challenges.

Albert Claude” Ace” Jones 1941 HS age 84, passed away on October 11, 2007 at his home in Sedona. Ace was born in Superior, Arizona on May 31, 1923, to Robert Taylor and Elon Armstrong Jones. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Kathryn Carolyn (Casey). Ace graduated from the Roswell New Mexico Military Institute and the United States Naval Academy. He served his country in the United States Navy during World War II and in the Korean conflict from 1951 to 1953. Ace and wife Avery raised their family in Phoenix, where he enjoyed a long career with Motorola in the Government Electronics Division. In 1986, he and Avery moved from Scottsdale to Sedona. Ace was a proud member of the One Barrel Oil Company, the Sedona 30, and active in establishing the Sedona Medical Center. He was an accomplished sailor (he even built his own boat!) A talented dancer, sculptor, storyteller and singer. Most importantly, he was a devoted husband, father and friend. He will be deeply missed. Ace is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Avery, their three children: Gale West (Jim), Patty McKinstry (Bruce) and Bob Jones (Kris), grandchildren Bo Davis and Jamie Salsbury (Chad), great granddaughter Bella Rae Salsbury, and nieces Elon McLaughlin and Roberta Graham.

Dale Harlan Johnson 1941 JC passed away on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at the age of 94. The son of Elsie Skoog Johnson and Byrle Whitehorn Johnson, he was born into a family of musicians in Clovis, New Mexico, on August 4, 1921. He married “a beautiful Oklahoma girl”, Velda Hilton, on May 30, 1952, in Lubbock. Dale graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1941, and moved to Washington D.C. to work as an aide to New Mexico Senator Carl Hatch. He attended George Washington University in the evening while working at the Senate during the day. He pledged Sigma Nu and said he had a great time until Pearl Harbor. He served in the European Theatre during WWII and was on hand for the liberation of both Paris and Dachau. After the war, he received his Bachelors degree in Business in 1947 and his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1950 from the University of Texas. He practiced law with McWhorter, Cobb and Johnson, LLP from the time of his admission to the Bar in 1950 until December 1995, when he retired and became “of counsel” to the firm. He was licensed to practice law before the Supreme Court of the States of Texas and New Mexico; the U.S. Court of Civil Appeals, Fifth Circuit; and the Supreme Court of the United States. He played a vital role in the development of both the electric and telephone cooperatives in Texas and was awarded the Distinguished Senior Lawyer Award by the Lubbock County Bar Association in both 1997 and in 2012. Dale was active in the First Presbyterian Church and was very proud of his role in bringing a pipe organ to the church. Among other civic duties, he was on the Board of Directors of the Texas Tech Medical School Foundation and was a past president of the Lubbock Downtown Kiwanis Club. Dale is survived by his daughter, Jan Johnson Collett, his son-in-law, Tom Collett, and his two granddaughters, Casey and Lindsey Collett. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Velda, after 57 years of marriage. The family expresses their gratitude and great appreciation to Dale’s wonderful caregivers: Mary Rangel, Ofelia Flores, Agurora Perales, Anita Sanchez, and Martha McGee.

William “Bill” Kimble 1941 JC, January 6, 1921-August 3, 2011 William ôbillö Kimble was born in Bixby, OK, the son of Floyd C. Kimble and Retha Vide Stiltz Kimble. William “Bill” Kimble * The extended Kimble family moved to Douglas, AZ in 1921. Bill kimbleæs grandfather Charles Chester Kimble invested in the ranching business and his four sons (Roy, JB, Floyd and Gus) continued to ranch for decades afterwards with F.C. and Gus operating ranches east of Douglas. Bill attended Clawson elementary school, Carlson grammar school and graduated from Douglas High School in the summer of 1938. He attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell NM and transferred to Stanford University. In 1941, he enlisted in the US Army for the duration of the war after Pearl Harbor. After basic training, he was assigned to the Army Air Corps Station in Port of Spain, Trinidad as a cryptographer and attained the rank of technical sergeant. He returned to the states and married his high school sweetheart Genevieve Louise Ford on April 23, 1945, who joined him at his last Army post in San Bernardino, CA. In 1946, they returned to Douglas, where Bill and his father formed the Kimble Cattle Company and ran several ranches, including the original property near Chiricahua, over the course of the next 30 years. Bill and his wife Louise had seven children between 1946 and 1963, all born in Douglas. He participated in the Douglas community as an member of St. Lukeæs Catholic Church, B.P.O.E., sheriff’s association., Apache, AZ School Board, Whitewater Draw NRCD, American Legion, NRA member. He worked with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Agency to bring electricity to the San Simon valley. He was a strong advocate and supporter of the establishment of Cochise College near Douglas. There are many fond memories of holidays spent on the ranch and in Douglas with the extended family, particularly his nieces and nephews of the Deen, Wagner and Brady families. He is survived by his widow Louise Kimble, her sister Mary Ellen Ford of San Francisco, CA, and seven children: Melinda Kimble (James Phippard) of Washington, D.C., Bill Kimble Jr. (Michele) of Apache, AZ. And Rodeo, NM, Sue Krentz (Rob) of Apache, AZ, Melissa Strahl (Stuart) of Clarendon Hills, IL, Marguerite (Lily) Percell (Mark) of Phoenix, AZ. Jon Kimble (Laura Cullen) of Fresno, CA. And Steve Kimble (Josie) of San Diego, CA. In addition there are thirteen grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Elizabeth Kimble Wagner (Betty) and Margaret Kimble Deen (Peggy).

COL Eric Kobbe, USA (Ret) 1941 JC died on October 16, 2013 at the age of 91. He would have turned 92 on December 14, 2013. He was the fifth generation of Army Officers in his family. Col. Kobbe was born in Boston, Massachusetts on December 14, 1921. He lived on Army Posts with his mother and father throughout the United States. He entered the Service from California as a Cavalry Officer in 1941. Col. Kobbe served in the Italian Campaign in World War II and in the Korean War. Some of his military awards include the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, two Bronze Star Medals (one with “V” device for Valor,) Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. Col. Kobbe retired from the Army in 1970. Col. Kobbe is survived by a son, Col. Michael Kobbe of Virginia; a daughter, Mrs. Christine Allin of Leavenworth, Kan.; and four grandchildren.

LT Joseph William Kopman, USN 1941 JC – WWII-Killed in action, died of wounds or lost life as result by operational movements in the war zones. Per the Michigan State Summary of War Casualties compiled in May 1946.

Charles A. “Chuck” Lakin 1939 HS-1941 JC – A Life Lived Close to the Land June 11, 1921 – June 29, 2013 Regardless of what his birth certificate says Chuck Lakin was an Arizona native, although technically his birthplace is Fort Scott, Kansas. In 1921, when Chuck was just 6 months old, his parents, Lloyd and Ethel Lakin, packed up their family and headed west. His father and a business partner, George Peter, bought a ranch in Kingman and the Cross U Ranch northwest of Prescott. This is where Chuck learned to love good horses and the ranching life. They also bought some land west of Phoenix near the Gila River for duck hunting. This land would later become the main farm and ranch of the Lakin Cattle Company. Chuck attended Emerson Elementary School, Phoenix Union High School, New Mexico Military Institute and the College of Agriculture at the University of Arizona. In 1943, just a few units short of graduation, he enlisted into the Army (63 years later he earned his diploma!). With his love of horses, it was only natural that he wound up as a platoon leader and instructor in the Cavalry. Chuck’s military outfit was sent to Burma as part of the Mars Task Force to finish-up where Merrill’s Marauders had left off. This opened up the Burma Road so supplies could be hauled into Kunming, China. While he was there, he organized possibly the first rodeo in China. During his service, Chuck was wounded in action and was awarded the Purple Heart and Presidential Unit Citation for his service. Following his discharge in 1945 he worked for the Lakin Cattle Company. His job was managing the cattle operation at the Cross U Ranch near Prescott as well as the Phoenix feedlot. He also started raising and training Quarter Horses. Committed to the horse industry, he served on many associations’ boards and committees. He was past president of the Arizona Quarter Horse Breeders Association and a life member and honorary vice president of the American Quarter Horse Association. He was recently inducted into the Arizona Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame. In the 1960’s, Chuck began pioneering a pelletized feed for cattle. As part of this process he was faced with the challenge of designing and building the pellet mill. Chuck discovered, by accident, that the pellets made an excellent horse feed. Today the horse feed is sold in several states as well as overseas. For over 50 years the family corporation has and will continue to operate the Lakin Milling Company, a highly successful feed business. Chuck was a life member and past president of the Maricopa County Sherriff’s Posse; founder and past president of the Estrella Rotary Club; a director of the Arizona Horsemen’s Association; past president of University of Arizona Agriculture “100” Council; member of Arizona Farm Bureau Federation; Board Member of Arizona National Livestock Show; Arizona Agribusiness Council; past chairman of Arizona Cattle Feeders Association. In addition to being known for his integrity as a businessman, Chuck was also known for his sense of humor. He wrote and recited cowboy poetry and was a great storyteller. He loved to share the accounts of the adventures and misadventures of his life. He was a much admired and respected man. Chuck passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family. He is survived by Maxine, his loving wife of 67 years, his 4 daughters, Linda McCann (Jim), Charlene Bergland (Eric), Sally Lindsay (Don), Patty Carroll (Larry), 10 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

Jack A. “Bud” Lancaster 1941 JC February 03, 1921 – July 24, 2013 Jack A. Lancaster “Bud” passed away July 24, 2013 in the California State Veteran Home – Yountville, California at the age of 92. Jack was born in Bakersfield, California to Nello “Mike” and Mammie Lancaster. He attended school in Bakersfield graduating in 1939. He then went on to the New Mexico Military Institute before attending University of California Hasting’s School of Law. While at the New Mexico Military Institute he competed in Golden Gloves Boxing, winning titles in New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma and Texas. In January of 1944 Jack entered the military where he became a B – 17 pilot and instructor in World War II. Upon leaving the military Jack held various jobs including working for Kern County and the Federal Government in Germany. On March 31, 1945 Jack was united in marriage to Joy Salcido/Saulle. He is survived by his 3 sons, Mark and wife Kay of Atwater, Jack II of Bakersfield, and Paul of Chicago, Illinois along with 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was proceeded in death by his parents, his wife of 60 years, Joy, a sister Mayme and brother-in-law. 

Marion Stanley Lee 1941 HS August 1, 1923 – December 1, 2011 OKLAHOMA CITY Marion Stanley Lee died on December 1, 2011 at the age of 88.Stanley was born August 1, 1923 in Clinton, Oklahoma, to Robert Whitfield (Whitt) Lee and Bessie Leona (Bess) Hammack. The family moved to Oklahoma City in 1932 when his father started Lee Way Stages, a bus line which evolved into Lee Way Motor Freight. Stanley attended Edgemere Elementary School, Gatewood Elementary School, Taft Jr. High, Classen High School and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. He attended the University of Oklahoma, where he joined the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. His education was interrupted by WW II, as he was called into active duty. Stanley served in the European Theatre of WW II as a reconnaissance pilot for General Patton. He flew a small scout plane through the clouds, the fog and the snow over German lines during the Battle of the Bulge. He said that was much better than working with the mules in Italy, where he was first stationed. Stanley and his group of L-4 pilots were the first to land in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia, where he celebrated, with the local people, General Patton’s arrival and the end of the war. Like most in his generation, he rarely spoke of his time in WW II, but focused on the future. Stanley returned home to Oklahoma City to his beloved wife, Jerry, and his son, Whitt. At this time he joined his father and brother at Lee Way Motor Freight, first serving as Vice President and then as President, where he helped Lee Way grow and become one of the largest LTL trucking companies in the U.S. After Lee Way’s sale to Pepsico, Stanley formed an investment company and voluntarily began to oversee some of the extended family interests – including the original Lee family and Hammack homesteads near Hammon, Oklahoma, and the Dr. Pepper Bottling and Distribution Company in Elk City, Oklahoma.He was active in the cultural community of Oklahoma City his entire life. He was involved in and a founding member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, President of the YMCA Board for five years, on the Board of Allied Arts, the Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma Historical Society and Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of Young Presidents Organization, the Rotary Club, the Committee of 25 in Rancho Mirage, the Fortune Club, the Masonic Lodge Royal Order of Jester, and the Queensbury Club, as well as serving on Boards of two local banks. He was a patron of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and belonged to the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club; the Garden of the Gods Club in Colorado Springs, Colorado; and the Thunderbird Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California.Stanley was always upbeat. He had a great smile, a twinkle in his eyes, and those who knew him commented on his charm, his warmth, and his interest in them. He was a people person. He was a true Gentleman, and the Patriarch of the family. He was devoted to his wife, Jerry. He loved his family and extended family; he was always supportive, and they could always count on him for help or support – no matter the reason. He was an avid golfer and traveled extensively with Jerry. He loved going to Green Mountain Falls, Colorado, which he did for over 60 years, where he ta