A quote from the 1933 Bronco about a cadet, George O. Speer 1933 JC, who was killed in a Polo Game, is appropriate at this ceremony.
BUT IF THEY ARE GONE FROM OUR RANKS,
WE KEEP THEM ON OUR ROSTER,
AS VALUES ONCE INTIMATELY KNOWN
AND AVAILABLE IN OUR RECOLLECTIONS
AND IN OUR HEARTS.
THEY WILL REMAIN FOREVER YOUNG.
Akin, Kenneth N. L. 1954 JC-1955 SC
Alderson, Richard K. 1955 HS ~ 15-Nov-2006
Anderson, Leonard R. 1955 HS ~ 24-May-2018 died at age 82. Beloved husband of Patricia (nee Loudy) Anderson; devoted father of Leonard “Randy” R. (Donna) Anderson, Russell F. Anderson, Pamela (Joerg) Anderson-Goeing and Krisann (Ronald) Sutherland; loving grandfather of Cara, Ashley, Kelsie, Amy, Kristopher, Kathryn, Lauren, Ian, Erin, Gillian and Harrison; great-grandfather of Jewelya, Cameron and Zachary; dear brother of the late Augustus “Gus” E. Anderson, III; brother-in-law of Cheryl (Craig) Daniels and the late Linda DeLuca; also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Andrus, Lawrence R. 1953 JC-1955 SC ~ 18-Jul-2016 82 of Roswell was reunited in heaven with his bride of 61 years, Betty Andrus. While Alzheimer’s took his mind it never took his spirit, sense of humor, smile or his orneriness! An old cowboy to the end with his grace and bravery. He loved to tell his old stories about growing up in Hagerman and living on the Caprock Ranch; his years at the New Mexico Military Institute, graduating the last year it was a four-year college; serving the United States in the Army; bookkeeping and managing several businesses. And then there was Tastee-Freeze! He loved nurturing the young and took great pride as a Scout Master as many of the young men made it to Eagle Scout. He was also a proud Rainbow Dad of Zia Assembly #49 for over 15 years; always involved with the choral departments at both Roswell and Goddard High Schools. He didn’t stop there, becoming a substitute teacher at Washington Ave. Elementary during retirement for his granddaughter and all the other kids who learned from him. And finally, his rocks, much to the chagrin of his wife. Go Chaparral Rock Hounds! He is proceeded in death by his wife Betty Whitfield Andrus. Brothers Jess Medlin and Cork Andrus/Wanna B Andrus. Sister Lil Conley/Bob Conley. Brother-in-law Dr. Charles Whitfield. Parents James Perry Andrus and Eula ‘Jack’ Holden Andrus and one great granddaughter Isabella Andrus. Those left to carry on his stories are his Sister Billie Jean Goff, Sister-in-law Dr. Edie Whitfield. Daughter Betsy Winfrey and her husband Mike. Daughter Beth Andrus and Ron Devenport. Son Jim Andrus and wife Lori. Ten grandchildren and 8 ½ great grandchildren. His last months were filled with such love and joy with his caregivers which he jokingly called his ‘Harem.’ Thank you Brandi, Caitlyn, Angela, Eva, Jordon, Wendy, June and Gentiva Hospice.
Anglin, Donald L. 1955 HS ~ 01-Jul-1959
Baker, James B. 1955 JC ~ 27-Jun-2018 83, passed away on June 28, 2018 at his home in Artesia, NM. James was born on September 8, 1934 in Artesia; the son of Curtis Arewood Baker and Ruby Pearl (Schmitz) Baker. On July 5, 1958 he married Sara Elizabeth Cole in Las Cruces, NM. She preceded him in death on September 13, 2005. He was the owner/operator at Baker Stephens Tire Company and a lifelong resident of Artesia. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Billie Jean Vogt. Survivors include his son James Curtis Baker and wife Gina of Dallas, TX; step-daughter Shirley Murphy of Artesia; step-son Larry Murphy of Artesia; sister Stella Heathington of Artesia; 5 step-grandchildren, 9 step-great-grandchildren; cousins Cheryl Welch, Johnny Angel and Mike Heathington.
Baker, Robert S. 1955 HS ~ 29-Sep-2013 beloved husband, father, and grandfather; gifted legal counsel; and long-time volunteer advocate for law enforcement agencies, died at his home in Arcadia, OK, on September 29, 2013, surrounded by his wife and children. He was 76. His family will celebrate his life and legacy in a private gathering. The eldest child of Thelma Louise Saxon and Marion Robert Baker, Mr. Baker was born on June 5, 1937 in Oklahoma City, OK. In addition to a semester at the New Mexico Military Institute, he attended and then graduated from Classen High School in 1955. On September 16, 1961 he married Roberta Kay Wilson of Tulsa, Okla. Settling first in Oklahoma City, over the years the couple nurtured two girls, traveled internationally, and built homes in Edmond and Arcadia, where they recently celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary. Mr. Baker is survived by his wife Kay; daughter Dr. Noelle Baker and her husband William Hare of Davenport, IA; daughter Julie Baker Braun and her husband Donald Braun of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; grandchildren Ashleigh Braun, Bennett Braun of Ft. Lauderdale, and Captain Lawton Hare and his wife First Lieutenant Krissy Andis Hare of Colorado Springs, CO; sister Mary Beth Baker Busby and her husband David Busby of Washington, DC, and nephews Robert David Busby of Ada, OK, and Jack Busby of Washington, DC. As an undergraduate student, Mr. Baker attended George Washington University and the University of Oklahoma, majoring in history and political science. At the University of Oklahoma and thereafter in its College of Law, where he pursued his legal education, he assumed key leadership roles, among them vice president of Phi Delta Phi and case editor for the Oklahoma Law Review. Following his graduation in 1961, Mr. Baker joined Pierce, Mock, Duncan, Couch & Hendrickson. In 1973 he established his own insurance defense law firm, which he led for 25 five years. Admitted to practice law in the Northern, Eastern, and Western districts of Oklahoma, U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court, Mr. Baker most recently served as of counsel for the firm Crowe & Dunlevy in the securities litigation practice group. During his esteemed legal career he masterfully defended national and international companies such as Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Fireman’s Fund Insurance, State Farm Insurance, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Motors Corporation, Nippon Kokan KK, and Remington Arms Company. Mr. Baker was also a respected member of a number of professional organizations, including the Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel, the Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel, the International Association of Insurance and Corporation Counsel, and the Oklahoma Bar Association, for which he was a past vice-chairman of the Automobile Law Committee and past president of the National Junior Bar Association. Mr. Baker devoted his time and considerable skills unstintingly to the Oklahoma City community, serving as a first lieutenant and provost marshal in the Oklahoma Air National Guard before moving on to champion medical services, law enforcement, and social welfare in his city. Beginning in 1969, he taught as a visiting lecturer at the Oklahoma University School of Medicine, subsequently identifying a critical gap in community forensic services. Acting on that insight, he helped establish the Oklahoma Board of Medicolegal Investigations for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and he continued to play an integral role in forensic service through his 11-year chairmanship of that board. In related endeavors, Mr. Baker acted as general counsel to the Oklahoma Sheriff and Peace Officers Association and to the Oklahoma City and Edmond Police Departments, assisted the Narcotics Division, and served as a member of the Legal Advisory Committee for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. In 1976 he co-founded the Committee of 100, a group committed to providing financial assistance to widows of state and local firefighters or police officers killed in the line of duty. Mr. Baker was also passionate about the welfare of at-risk children and young adults, taking instrumental roles in establishing the Make-A-Wish Foundation and actively participating in the Junior Achievement Program in Oklahoma City. Speaking in December 1977 on the occasion of the settlement of a lawsuit against a law enforcement officer whom Mr. Baker had successfully defended, District Judge Raymond Naifeh praised the “hundreds of hours” that Baker routinely dedicated to this individual and other officers, without pay. “The public should know there are attorneys like you,” declared Naifeh. “God bless you, Bob Baker.” Robert Saxon Baker will be remembered as a hard-nosed lawyer, compassionate defender, and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He loved to sing, and his rich baritone voice filled church choirs, stages, and piano bars, and later crooned soft lullabies to his two girls. His passion for automobiles began with toys and go-carts, progressed to assembling and disassembling cars, and reached its zenith in amateur auto racing, especially in his favorite Jaguar, and in his avid attendance at the annual Indianapolis 500 road race. “Either lead or follow or get the hell out of the way!” was one of his favorite exhortations. Not surprisingly, therefore, in life Mr. Baker led with fervor and conviction in all he did.
Barrow, Timothy A. 1951 HS-1953 JC-1955 SC ~ 16-Mar-2019 Following a battle with Alzheimer’s and cancer, Timothy A. Barrow, age 85, a resident at the Atria Residence in Sun City, left his loved ones on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Tim was born in Franklin, PA, January 30, 1934 to Charles and Julia (Henderson) Barrow. He moved to Arizona as a young boy and lived in many places in the Phoenix area including Litchfield Park, Scottsdale, Goodyear, and Sun City. Tim attended school at Litchfield Park, NM, Military Institute and graduated from college with a degree in Political Science. Upon graduation he enlisted in the Army and served in West Germany. Upon returning to the United States, he became a bank trust officer and a Director at St. Joseph’s Hospital. In 1966 he was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives. During his term in the House, he sat on the Ways and Means Committee, was majority whip in 1969 and Speaker of the House in 1971. He was elected Mayor of Phoenix in 1973. Tim traveled the state extensively when he was the Race Commissioner, overseeing both horse and dog racing. After retiring, Tim and Sharon, his wife of 22 years enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends. Tim was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Cinda Weaver. He is survived by his wife Sharon, sons Todd of Ramona, CA, Thomas of Las Vegas, NV, stepsons Dennis of Kalispell, MT, Rick of Great Falls, MT, daughters Sandra and Susan of Scottsdale, Sheryl of Phoenix, step-daughters Debra of Pasco, WA, and Dee of Seattle WA, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bicknell, Albert J. 1955 HS ~ 29-Apr-1996
Black, BG Joseph L., NMARNG (Ret) 1953 HS-1955 JC ~ 01-Mar-2003 General/Deacon Joseph L. Black formerly of Santa Fe, NM, died at his home in Los Angeles on March 1, 2003. He was born on July 12, 1935 to Joseph A. Black and Elizabeth Black in Santa Fe, NM, where he was raised. He attended St. Michael’s School, later enrolling in the high school and Jr. College of the New Mexico Military Institute. While attending the Texas Technological University, he met and married Sondra Stone of Lubbock, TX. He was commissioned in 1958 as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. His early assignments included units within armor, military police, and engineering. Joe Black took a break from military service and worked for the State of New Mexico for a few years. He reentered active duty in 1969 and was eventually transferred to Washington, DC. While there, he completed religious studies at St. Joseph’s seminary and was ordained a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Washington DC. General Black and Sondra returned to Santa Fe in 1986 and accepted an assignment with the New Mexico National Guard. General Black retired from active service in 1993 at which time he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General. He retired from the Department of Military Affairs in 1995. In 2001, General Black and Sondra moved to Los Angeles, CA. General Joseph Black is survived by Sondra Black, his wife of forty-five years, along with his children, David Black, Shelley Black-Gonzales, and Cynthia Black of Los Angeles and Stephen Black of Greeley Colorado. He is further survived by his grandchildren, Samantha Black, Ryan Black, Evan Gonzales, and Natalie Rebenkoff.
Blackwood, Harold D. 1955 HS
Bloomquist, William C. 1953 HS-1955 JC ~ 12-Jan-2008 was born in Douglas, AZ, on February, 25, 1935 and went to be with the Lord on January 12, 2008 in Tucson. He is survived by his wife, Judy of Elfrida, AZ. In 1995, Barbara, his wife of 40 years preceded him in death. He is survived by his sister Helen Christine Bloomquist of Texas and his children, Bill, Jr., (Maryann) of Riva, MD, Nelda (Mark) Nichols of Tucson, and Linda (Dan) Denham of Flagstaff, stepsons, Timothy (Gloria) Frazier of Elfrida, and Brian (Greta) Frazier of Tucson. Bill has seven grandchildren, Brittany and Ethan Nichols, Brooke Bloomquist, Sydney and Parker Denham, Christian and Samuel Frazier. Bill joined the family business, Bloomquist Insurance Agency of Douglas in 1966 and later opened a second office in Bisbee and retired in 1998. He was past president of the Independent Insurance Agents Assn. of Arizona and board member for Cochise County Planning & Zoning and Southeastern Arizona Medical Center. He was active in several community organizations such as the Lions Club, Mt. Moriah Lodge, Rotary Club, and Rainbow Girls. He was a committed Christian who served the Lord faithfully. He will be remembered by all as a generous, kind-hearted man who loved southern Arizona, its history and people. His family will treasure the many stories of growing up on the ranch, interest in our activities and successes in life. He was a devoted and loving father, grandfather and husband.
Bogard, C. Roger 1955 HS ~ 03-Sep-2017
Bowman, R. Don 1955 HS ~ 05-Jun-2013 75, of Branson, MO, passed away June 5, 2013. Don was born on Aug. 26, 1937, to Jack and Fern Bowman in Lubbock, TX. Don attended school in Lorenzo, TX, graduated from NMMI in Roswell, NM, and later attended Texas Tech. Don leaves behind two children, Jackie Bowman of Tarzana, CA, and Casey Bowman of Los Angeles, CA; his sister, Judy Miller of Lubbock; stepmother, Johnnie Bowman of Idalou; two nieces; and numerous friends. Don was a country music singer, songwriter, comedian and radio host. He recorded for RCA Victor between 1964 and 1970 and was the original host for the radio show American Country Countdown. In 1966 He won the Favorite County Comedy Recording of the Year award and in 1967 was named Comedian of the Year by the Country Music Association. Don served as DJ for several radio stations starting in local stations KDUB and KLLL, and later stations in El Paso, San Diego, Twin Cities, and Branson. As a performer he was the opening act for Roger Miller, Willie Nelson, and other country music stars.
Bowser, David 1953 HS-1955 JC ~ 16-Sep-2018
Brainard, Stephen W. 1954 HS-1955 JC
Branscome, LTC, USA (Ret) Dexter Arno 1955 HS ~ 24-Oct-2018 Nashville, TN, Dexter Arno Branscome, III, died October 24, 2018 in Nashville, TN. He was 81. Born June 8, 1937, he was a native of Middle and North Mississippi, where he resided until the age of 8 before moving to and living in Canton. He was the son of the late Dexter A. and Mary Ruth Gainey Branscome. He graduated from the University of Mississippi and received his Master’s Degree from the University of Alabama. He was an officer of the United States Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel following decades of service. He was a former Chief Appraiser for Mississippi State Right of Way Department, past Director of Stewpot Jackson, and served as a Deacon in the Episcopal Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Martha Gillispie Branscome; sister, Emma Louise Branscome; and brother, Andrew G. Branscome. He is survived by his son, David Mark Branscome (Jeannie), of Phoenix, AZ and grandsons, Matthew and Daniel; daughter, Sarah B. O’Brien (Chris), of Picayune, MS, and granddaughters, Lissa Santarlas (Jon), Kristi, & Katie; daughter, Andrea K. Branscome, of Biloxi; son, Dexter A. Branscome, IV, (Kjersten), of Nashville, TN, and granddaughters, Cassidy & Trinity and grandson, Dexter A. Branscome, V; sister-in-law, Devra Branscome, of Jackson, MS; nephew, Drew Branscome (Chelsea) and niece, Emmylou Roberts (Jason).
Brewer, Ernest E., Jr. 1953 HS-1955 JC ~ 10-Apr-1984
Brown, Rex B. 1955 HS ~ 26-Jul-2002
Buchly, Walter Dan 1953 HS-1955 JC ~ 25-Jan-2020, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away January 25, 2020. Dan was born in Roswell, NM, November 24, 1934, to Howard C. and Nellie L. “Sammy” Buchly. Dan is survived by his wife Jeanne, his daughters Shara Anaya, Kay Whitney, Lisa Howell and Debbie Tubbergen, and his sons Dan K. Buchly, Jim and John Pitts, numerous other relatives and friends. Dan was preceded in death by his two brothers, H. Lee Buchly and Phillip L. Brewster. Dan graduated from high school at the New Mexico Military Institute and from College with a degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Colorado. Dan was employed in engineering for the fourteen years after graduation – first at Sandia Corporation in Albuquerque and then at the Boeing Company in Seattle and including two years in flight test at Holloman Air Force Base. Dan was commissioned as an officer in the Army Reserve. He served two years on active duty and an additional five years with local Reserve units. He was discharged in 1965 with the rank of Captain. His career path changed in 1971 from engineer to real estate, namely homebuilding and land development. He was a real estate executive with Bellamah Corporation, with Horizon Corporation, and with AMREP Southwest, from which her retired in 1999. He then increased his volunteer service on several boards and positions in nonprofit organizations. During his career, Dan held the following licenses: a registered professional engineer, a real estate broker in Arizona and New Mexico, building construction in Arizona and a twin engine airplane pilot. Dan was an active member of Paradise Hills United Methodist Church and High Desert United Methodist Church and served as part of the governing bodies of both. To his children and other family members Dan was sincerely loved. To those outside his family, he strove to be effective in business, and to be respected for his fairness and his sincere care for the well-being of others. He will be greatly missed.
Bulls, Felix B. 1955 JC ~ 28-Dec-2013 78, of Tyler, was born on March 7, 1935, in Pampa to Bransford and Kezzia Bulls. He passed away Dec. 28, 2013, in Tyler. After graduating high school in Monahans, he went on to earn a degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He spent over 30 years working for Amoco Production Company in Wyoming, Oklahoma and Texas. Sonny was a member of First Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder and enjoyed his time with his Men’s Bible Study Group. Sonny and Janet had many enjoyable trips with good friends following retirement. Some of his most cherished time was spent as a loving and caring “Chief” to his prodigious clan. He exercised tremendous amounts of love and faith to everyone that had the privilege of knowing him. Sonny is survived by his wife of 57 years, Janet, of Tyler; sons, Felix and his wife Jan, of Frisco, Keith, of Tomball, David and his wife Susan, of Tyler, and Barry and his wife Glenna, of Cypress; sister, Jan and her husband Arthur, of Tyler; and his 10 grandchildren, Caleb, Ashleigh, Casey, Phoebe, Brady, Zoe, Haley, Landry, Brandon and Avery.
Burns, Dr. William Q., Jr. 1955 JC
Burris, Marvin O. 1955 HS ~ 29-Nov-1997
Bushman, Clarence E. 1955 HS ~ 19-Dec-2005
Carlisle, COL Alan R., USA (Ret) 1953 JC-1955 SC ~ 18-Mar-1998
Christakis, Charles E. 1955 HS ~ 02-Sep-1997
Clark, Jack A. 1955 HS ~ 22-Mar-2011 75, the son of Floyd and Mary (Winter) Clark, was born on Feb. 7, 1936, at Pampa, TX. Jack was baptized as a young boy and confirmed in 1959 at St. John’s Lutheran in Denver. On Aug. 16, 1958, he was united in marriage to Dorris Antrobus at St. Johns Lutheran in Denver. To this union four children were born. Jack was retired from Qwest Communications in Denver as a project manager. He was a citizen of the Chickasaw National Tribe. Jack was preceded in death by his parents and one granddaughter, Katie Anderson. He is survived by his wife, Dorris, of Superior; children, Mrs. Tor Brunso (Mary) of Fayetteville, GA, Tim Clark of Arvada, CO, Mrs. Brett Anderson (Nancy) of Littleton, CO, and Rod Clark of Henderson, CO; and 10 grandchildren, Karen, Karl, Brian, Justin, Jessica, Stephanie, Olivia, Steven, Victoria and Gabrielle. He is also survived by his aunt, Estelle Hill, and family of Ada, OK.
Claunch, James J. 1955 HS ~ 07-Feb-2009
Cloud, Robert C. 1955 HS ~ 01-Jul-1980
Coe, Freddy W. 1955 JC ~ 28-Feb-2014 lost his battle with ALS Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. He was born near San Angelo, TX, Aug. 31, 1935 to Fred Earnest and Velma Blackburn Coe. Upon graduation from high school in Kermit, TX, he entered the New Mexico Navel Institute. After one year, Fred received notification that he had been accepted to West Point, the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., Baylor University and a NROTC Scholarship to Tulane University. Fred was the first person to be accepted to West Point and Annapolis Naval Academy in the same year. Fred chose to further his education at the Naval Academy. Upon graduating from Annapolis, Fred served in various positions in the Navy’s Atlantic Fleet where he earned the National Defense Service Metal. Following his service in the Navy, Fred began a career of sales and marketing in the electronics industry. His career took him to Maryland, South Dakota, Charlotte, Dallas, TX, and Atlanta, GA. Fred retired to Statesville in 1999 with his beloved wife, Elizabeth, who survives him. Also surviving are daughters, Karen Loudermilk and husband, Roy, Moira Bogley and husband, Bob; sons, Sean Coe and wife, Cory and Brian Coe. He is also survived by grandchildren, Brendan Bogley, Mairaide Bogley, Roman Bogley and Tonya Loudermilk. Fred enjoyed skeet shooting, fishing and travel with his wife, Elizabeth.
Coll, COL James Neville, USAR (Ret) 1955 HS ~ 04-Sep-2001
Connery, David B., Jr. 1955 HS ~ 01-Oct-1980
Corn, LTC Poe R., USA (Ret) 1955 JC ~ 02-Jan-2007 Poe was born July 5, 1935 in Carrizozo, NM, to Poe W. and Marjorie Rose Corn. His parents preceded him in death. He married Nancy Smith in Roswell on July 11, 1992. She survives him at the family home. Poe attended Roswell Public Schools, graduated from New Mexico Military Institute Junior College, and obtained his education degree from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. He later earned a Masters Degree in Health Care Administration from Baylor University in Waco, TX, , and a 2nd masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. Poe entered the U. S. Army upon completion of R.O.T.C. training, commissioned as a 2nd Lt in 1958. He retired from the service in 1980, having served 23 years. He served tours of duty in Europe and was a Korean and Vietnam Veteran. He completed two Pentagon duty assignments in Washington, DC, with the Department of the Army, Inspector General, and the Department of the Army Surgeon General. Poe received numerous awards and decorations during his military career which included the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Combat Medical Badge, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation medal, Vietnam Civil Actions, Honor Medal First Class, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars, and was a member of the 4th Infantry Division, awarded the Meritorious Unit and Presidential Unit Citations for Vietnam Actions.
In 1967, Poe also received an individual freedom achievement award from the Freedom Foundation, Valley Forge, PA. Following his military career, Poe joined the staff of United States Senator Pete Domenici serving as his Director of State operations in Southern New Mexico from 1980 until his death. On two occasions during this period, Poe left the Senate Staff and served on political re-election campaigns of Senator Domenici in 1984 and 1990. Poe was elected to two consecutive terms on the NMMI Alumni Board of Directors in 1984 and 1988, and also was a member of the Eastern New Mexico Medical Center Board of Directors, selected by the Chaves County Commission. He was a charter member of the Roswell Civitan Service Club, a member of the Roswell Elks Lodge Number 969, former member of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, a member of the Pecos Valley Retired Officers Association, the Colorado State University Letterman’s Association, CSU Alumni Association, and a member of the NMMI Alumni Association. Poe participated in athletics throughout his high school and college years. He was a member of the 1952 Roswell High School State Basketball team and earned Varsity letters with Basketball and Football in 1952 and 1953. He was honored as the Outstanding Athlete at R.H.S. in 1953. He also earned Varsity Letters in football, basketball and track at NMMI in 1954-1955, and received numerous athletic awards and scholarships at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. Poe was a member of the CSU 1956 Western Athletic Conference Champion Football team. Survivors include wife, Nancy Corn of the family home in Roswell, sons: Poe David Corn and family of La Jolla, CA; Clayton Jay Corn and Family of Roswell; and daughter Kelly Corn Cunnion and family of Houston, TX; stepson Craig Miller and family of Rochester, MN, and stepdaughter, Tammie De Los Santos and family of Roswell. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and one sister, Betty Corn and family of Las Cruces.
Courtright, Edward L. 1955 HS ~ 31-May-2014, born July 3, 1937 in Spokane, WA, passed away May 31, 2014 at home surrounded by his family and friends, after fighting a long battle with Parkinson’s. At the age of two Ed and his family returned to their homeland in Tucson, AZ. Ed graduated high school from New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM. Ed was active in sports including basketball, swimming, track, and playing in the dance band. Ed’s education included: B.S. Ceramic Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Equivalent Credits to B.S. in Meteorology, Texas A&M, M.S. Metallurgical Engineering, University of Tennessee, and Alexander Hamilton Institute, School of Modern Business. He was employed by USAF from 1960 to 1962 as a Meteorologist/Weather Forecaster in Utah. From 1962 to 1971 Union Carbide Corporation as a Development Engineer in Tennessee. From 1971 to 1974 General Electric Corporation as a Process/Manufacturing Engineer in North Carolina. From 1974 to 1976 General Electric Corporation as a Project Manager/Development Engineer in California. From 1976 until his retirement in 2002 he was employed by Pacific Northwest Laboratory holding various managerial positions. During Ed’s career he was highly respected by his peers in the high-tech and research fields. He had many accomplishments in his life including serving on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Europe. He produced 34 publications and received 2 patents for his research. In 1984 while working as a consultant on a space project in Arlington, TX, he met his wife, Nancy. They were married a year later. Nancy and Ed both referred to each other as “the love of my life”, and that was true. Ed and Nancy traveled and enjoyed their life together, with their dogs, plus visits from Nancy’s Daughter Jill and twin grandchildren from Texas. They also enjoyed traveling with members of Nancy’s high school class. The class friendship was a highlight in all their lives. Ed enjoyed working in his orchard and playing golf, which he began around the time of his retirement. He enjoyed watching sports on TV, eating out, and Dancing. Ed is survived by his wife Nancy of 29 Years, stepdaughter Jill Terry of Arlington TX, and grandchildren Kyle, and Kayla, and great-grandson Langston. His daughter Robin Alfieri (Marc) of Redmond, WA. and grandchildren Nicholas and Marco. Also a son Bart Courtright of Seattle, WA.
Craven, Robert E. 1953 HS-1955 JC
Crockett, William K. 1955 HS ~ 18-Dec-2000
Crosby, Edmond “Bing” III 1955 HS: restaurateur, story teller, Native American art dealer, a team roping cowboy with a knack for trouble and a heart of gold. He was an authority in all things American Indian. In short: a legend. Bing passed away, surrounded by loved ones, on January 4, 2019 due to complications from a stroke. Bing was born in McAlester, OK. His love affair with Native American art began at just 15 years old when he worked in his family’s restaurants trading hamburgers for pottery and jewelry. That jewelry made its way into suitcases, which he packed up and took on the road. He’d visit numerous customers across the country, often taking the artists along with him. But as any true road warrior knows, the road comes with both obstacles and opportunities. In Bing’s case, when faced with a road block, he simply took to the skies. His turquoise was airborne. Bing was in the wholesale and manufacturing industry of Native American jewelry before touching down in Park City. He and his wife, Vickie, opened The Crosby Collection in 1990 which is still open to this day. Until recently, Bing worked six days a week, always accompanied by a four-legged friend. Bingo, as many friends fondly called him, was larger than life. He was a consummate gentleman, a man who even in illness, still opened doors for his beautiful wife. A man who’d deliver a one liner that could make a room roar and in the same breath, envelope you in a wonderfully detailed origin story about his favorite pueblo potter. If you knew Bing, then you knew about his “colorful” vocabulary. The kind that could make a sailor blush. But that was him “unapologetically” authentic. A true American original. If you were lucky enough to call Bing a friend, then you probably have a funny Bing story. It’s just the way he was, and he was proud of it. Bing’s legacy can never be forgotten because it exists in those stories and in all of our hearts. Bing was preceded in death by his parents, Helen and Edmond Crosby II; his son, Matthew Crosby; and his beloved Krozdog. Survivors include his loving wife, Vickie of Park City, UT; his sons, David (Connie) Crosby of Albuquerque, NM, and Chris (Heather) Crosby of Oklahoma; his constant companion, Lander Blu; grandsons, Cody Crosby and Clay Crosby of Albuquerque; and granddaughter, Cheyenne (Maverick) Thatcher of England; and great-grandson, Tenor Thatcher.
Cummings, Billy H. 1955 JC
Darwin, Darius W., Jr. 1955 HS ~ 07-Jul-2006
Davis, Charles H., Jr. 1955 HS ~ 25-Sep-1994
Davis, LTC Hal W., USAR (Ret) 1955 JC ~ 17-Sep-2004 69, was born January 3, 1935, in Dallas and given the name Wallie Hendricks. Davis was adopted by Clyde and Mary Davis of Sherman, and his name was changed to Hal Wylie Davis. Davis attended schools in Sherman, graduating from Sherman High School in 1953. He attended New Mexico Military Institute, graduating from junior college in 1955. Davis attended Texas Tech College in Lubbock before entering the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1958. He returned to Texas Tech in 1962 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in industrial psychology. He left active duty in the Army in 1970, after serving a tour of duty in Vietnam. Davis accepted a commission in the U.S. Army Reserves, and entered Federal Civil Service at Fort Hood, TX. He then transferred to Sierra Vista, AZ, in Civil Service. Davis then worked as a contractor to the Army for SASC. Later, he accepted employment with Validity Corporation in the area of San Diego, CA. Davis retired from the reserves as a lieutenant colonel. In 1987, he returned to Fort Hood and re-entered Civil Service, working for what eventually became the Operational Test Command at West Fort Hood. Davis entered the ministry as a part-time local pastor for the United Methodist Church. He served churches in Topsey, Pidcoke and Nolanville. He retired from ministry in 2000. Davis received numerous awards from the Army, including the bronze star, the meritorious service medal, one award of the Army commendation medal for valor, and four awards of the Army commendation medal. In civil service, he received several outstanding performance awards and sustained superior performance awards. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; three sons, Dale Edward Davis of Grand Rapids, MI, Brian Keith Davis of Corpus Christi, and John Arthur Davis of Los Angeles, CA; his birth mother, Modemia Teel of Roswell, NM; three siblings, Crista Baltzegar and Vianna Steffans, both of Roswell, NM, and Clifford Teel of Navajo Dam, NM; four granddaughters and one grandson.
Davis, Lloyd L., Jr. 1953 JC-1955 SC ~ 05-Mar-2016 was born in Knox City, TX, on June 6, 1931, to Daisy and Lloyd L. Davis, Sr. He died March 5, 2016 at home in Ruidoso, NM. Lloyd attended elementary school in Knox City. He graduated from Lubbock High School, Lubbock, TX, in 1949. He then entered New Mexico Military Institute where he completed Junior College 1953 and Senior College 1955. He was commissioned into the United States Army as a First Lieutenant and served in Germany from 1956 to 1958. He returned to Ruidoso and with his parents developed and operated Davis Developments. Lloyd was Mayor of Ruidoso from 1966 to 1972 and from 1974 to 1982 and from 1986 to 1990. He was General Manager of Ruidoso Jockey Club from 1973 until his retirement in 2006. Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lottie-Beth Davis.
DeAmaral, MAJ Charles F., Jr., USA 1951 HS-1954 JC-1955 SC ~ 04-Oct-1965 – Vietnam-Killed in action while directing a helicopter air attack on 4 October 1965.
Dean, Jack L. 1951 HS-1953 JC-1955 SC ~ 26-Sep-2015 was born in Moriarty and died Saturday evening in Los Lunas, at age 82, surrounded by the family that loved him so much. He is survived by his loving wife, Martie; sister Bonnie Evans of Albuquerque; brother John Sullivan of Bastrop, TX; and sister Debbie Carson of Prescott, AZ. His large family includes his loving children, son David of Willard, daughter Donna (Frank) of Irving, TX, son Adam of Mill Valley, CA, and son Jake (Colleen) of Dallas, TX; step-children Michael, Jennifer and Rob; numerous grandchildren, great- grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and a long list of friends who were lucky enough to know Jack Dean through the years. Jack was raised on his father’s cattle ranch the ‘X-Spear’, south of Willard. Living the life of a rancher and a true cowboy, he learned to ride horses at a very young age. His leadership and horsemanship produced two national collegiate polo titles, the first against Princeton, the other against Yale for his beloved New Mexico Military Institute, which he graduated from in ’55. For decades no other New Mexico collegiate team had won a national collegiate title. And having won two is an accomplishment that stands today. After college Jack served in the U.S. Army, Armored Division attaining the rank of First LT, he continued to play polo nationally, joined the Jaycees and was elected president of the Norman, OK Chamber of Commerce. He was a very successful manager of regional shopping malls before joining his sister to launch a thriving mail and storage venture in Albuquerque. Jack was very active with the alumni of NMMI, serving as president of their alumni association. He was a three time inductee into the Institute’s hall of fame and a founder of the Institute’s annual alumni trail ride. The number of people whose lives he touched is difficult to measure. Everyone who met him met an honest, loving, and genuine man. His family will love him and think about him every day.
Deitz, Robert L. 1955 JC ~ 28-Jan-2001
Demos, Dr. George T. 1955 HS ~ 12-Oct-2012
Donoghue, Timothy H. 1955 HS
Duson, Walter W., III 1955 JC ~ Apr-1981
Dutton, George M. 1955 JC ~ 19-May-2012 George passed away at his home surrounded by his family on May 19, 2012, following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on September 19, 1934, in Pryor, OK, to the late John Joseph Dutton and Lazine Selby Dutton. George was enlisted in the Army stationed in Tokyo, during the Korean War. He worked at Johnny Baxter’s, Roy Smith’s, and Omaha Steaks. He was owner and operator of Dutton’s Auto Sales. George will be well remembered in the tennis community. He organized senior tennis leagues and raised funds used for purchasing portable Automatic Defibrillators for the tennis courts. In addition to his love of tennis, George enjoyed hunting, bike riding, fishing, camping, cooking, and most of all sharing his passions with grandchildren. George is survived by his wife Phyllis and children; Christina Erickson and husband Wayne, Shirley Vaughan and husband Mark, Jeff Welch and wife Beth; his eight grandchildren; Martin Kueny, Holly Welch, Norman Welch and wife Jessica, Brandon Erickson, Everett Welch, Sean Erickson, Augie Welch, and Derek Vaughan; also his 3 great-grandchildren; Garrett Welch, Zoe Welch-Ribeiro and Rylan Welch. He was preceded in death by his step father, two bother-in laws and a sister in law. He is further survived by his sister Sally Davis and her husband Stanley, his bother-in law Roy Drummond and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends.
Eaker, John R. 1955 HS
Farr, Ed H. 1955 HS
Farrar, James P. 1955 HS ~ 08-Apr-1999
Farrell, William C. “Bill” 1955 HS ~ 20-May-2005 died at his home surrounded by his family after a long illness. Bill, a lifelong resident of Carlsbad, was preceded in death by his parents, Tat and Rosa Belle Farrell. Bill graduated from Carlsbad High School, attended Texas Tech in Lubbock and then New Mexico Military Institute. He received an Honorable Discharge from the Naval Reserve in 1963. He worked alongside his father as a distributor of Shell Oil products for many years and later spent 17 years with the Eddy County Sheriff’s Department, where he retired as a lieutenant in 1999. He is survived by his wife, Judy; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Martha; daughter, Diane; grandchildren, Robert, Alex and Meghan; sister and brother-in-law, Addie Belle and Jack Kenney; brother-in-law, Joe Bates; nephew and wife, Jim and Carolyn Kenney; and niece, Debra Kenney.
Feferman, Jerome S. 1955 HS ~ 23-July-2020 Tenacious and perpetually upbeat, Jerry Feferman always had a winning attitude and words of encouragement to offer. Jerome Stanley Feferman, 82, a dedicated family man, business executive, and member of the University of Colorado Living Legends died on Thursday, July 23, 2020. Born on January 19, 1938, in Amarillo, TX, to Abe and Alda Lois Feferman. He was known for his resilience, his can-do attitude, and never giving up. As a teenager, Jerry loved spending his summers with his uncles who were members of Al Capone’s Chicago Outfit. After finishing his studies at New Mexico Military Institute and Amarillo High School, Jerry attended the University of Iowa on a football scholarship. He later transferred to the University of Colorado at Boulder where he lettered in football and was later named a “Living Legend” in 2013 by the University of Colorado Department of Athletics. He later returned to Amarillo to join the family business, Feferman’s Western Wear, and grew it into a thriving retail business serving the world. His customers included Beatles legend John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono, Johnny Cash, and Paul Newman. Jerry met the love of his life, Kay Pat Cornelius, at Elizabeth Nixon Junior High School. They married in 1970. Jerry was active in many civic organizations and activities where he made many of his dear friends. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, and Kay’s children, Darwin Lee Chilton, and Michelle Chilton. He is survived by his wife, Kay Pat Feferman; his sons, Richard Feferman and his wife Stacey, Robert Feferman, and Josh Feferman and his wife Tammy; Kay’s children, David Chilton and his wife Jennifer, and Doug Chilton; grandchildren, Harris Feferman, Sarah Kate Feferman, Hugh Feferman, and Sean Chilton; brother, Donald M. Feferman; and sister, Judy Ray Paulk.
Ferguson, J. David 1955 HS ~ 04-Dec-1989
Fischer, James B. 1955 HS ~ 01-Aug-2004
Fite, Dr. Richard T. 1953 HS-1955 JC
Frazier, Lake J., Jr. 1951 HS-1953 JC-1955 SC ~ 06-Jul-1985
French, Billy C. 1955 JC ~ 07-Jun-2014 79, beloved husband, father, and Poppa passed away on Saturday, June 7, 2014. Bill was born in Levelland, TX, on September 26, 1934, to W.O. and Mamie (Chick) French who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife Elaine; son Alan French and wife Sarahjane of Ruidoso, daughter Delaina Franzoni of Roswell, daughter Davona Hickey and husband Robert of Roswell. Poppa is survived by seven grandchildren: Darin Franzoni and wife Laura of Aurora, CO; Alyssa Hopkins and husband Daniel of Bosque Farms; Kara Hickey of Rio Rancho; Caitlin Kipp of Ruidoso; Abagail Kipp of Ruidoso; Breanna Hickey of Roswell; and Erica French of Ruidoso. Pops was eagerly anticipating the birth of his first great-grandchild Ian Conner Hopkins. Bill was a gifted athlete and was a member of Roswell High School’s 1952 State Basketball Championship team. He went on to play basketball for the NMMI Broncos and ENMU Greyhounds. Pops often recounted stories about the exploits of his teams as they traveled around the country playing the game he loved so much. Upon graduation he was able to continue his love of the game as a coach. He was an assistant coach for the Roswell High state champions in 1962. He moved over to Goddard and was the head basketball coach until 1974. He moved to Dexter to become the Principal of the high school until his retirement in 1985. During his career he touched many lives and provided a living example of gentle strength and leadership. Bill was a past Exalted Ruler of the BPOE 969. He enjoyed the many friends and activities he was involved in while a member of the Elks. Bill has served the community in many capacities and enjoyed meeting and working with everyone. Bill discovered his passion for art after his retirement. He was a very talented painter with acrylic being his favorite medium. He was a member of and sold his work at The Gallery. He was also a member and past vice president of the Roswell Fine Arts League. Bill was confirmed into St. Andrews Episcopal Church in 1986. Through the years, he had enjoyed attending services with his children, grandchildren and many friends. He served on the vestry for many years and took great pleasure in being an usher for services. Bill had always felt he found a home when walking into the church for the first time. It was his wishes to have his ashes interned in the columbarium there. Bill has always voiced that his greatest pleasure in life has come from being a father and grandfather. He was very excited about becoming a great grandfather to Ian who is expected any day.
Gallegos, Juan J., Jr. 1951 HS-1953 JC-1955 SC ~ 26-Nov-2004
Gellenthien, Carl W. 1953 HS-1955 JC ~ 21-Jan-1995
Gibbons, MAJ James O. 1953 HS-1955 JC ~ 01-Dec-1986
Gibson, Johnnie L. 1955 HS ~ 13-Dec-2014 Johnnie was born Sept. 4, 1936, to John L. and Myrtle (Woods) Gibson in Covington, Okla. He was a service technician for the Gas Company of New Mexico for over 35 years and served in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1965. He was a member of Central Christian Church, where he served as a deacon. Johnnie was a volunteer fire fighter for 50 years, 36 as an instructor and EMT for 16 years. He is a member of the Elks, Eagles, past president of the Kiwanis, past president of the Southeastern Fire Fighters Association, and past president of NM State Fire Fighters Association. He belonged to seven different volunteer Fire Departments during his career. He was a past member of the NM Mounted Patrol, loved model railroading and enjoyed bluegrass and country music.
Gregg, Douglas S. 1955 HS ~ 17-Mar-1970
Grubbs, David R. 1955 HS ~ 01-Nov-1983
Guerro, Johnie S. 1955 HS ~ 22-Nov-1995
Hall, Don T. 1955 HS
Hallenbeck, Vernon M. 1951 HS-1953 JC-1955 SC ~ 03-Dec-1997
Hanzel, John W. 1955 HS ~ 12-Mar-1998
Harden, David W. 1953 HS-1955 JC ~ 12-Jun-2005 69, of Port Royal, died Sunday, June 12, 2005, in St. Joseph’s Candler Hospital in Savannah. Services will be private. Mr. Harden was born Oct. 24, 1935, in Oklahoma City, a son of Dorothe Ellerby Harden and John Hale Harden. He attended New Mexico Military Institute and graduated from Colorado State University. He then entered the Air Force and served three tours in Vietnam as a fighter pilot and separated as captain. After leaving the Air Force, he was a pilot for many years with Braniff Airlines and later for Aramco in Saudi Arabia. He was most recently a pilot with NetJets International in Okatie. He enjoyed restoring and riding motorcycles and vintage cars. Survivors include his wife, Elisabeth Sartor Harden, of Port Royal a son, Dirk Harden of San Diego, CA, a brother, John J. Harden of Oklahoma City and two granddaughters.
Harrell, Alfred L. 1953 HS-1955 JC ~ 23-Dec-2009 On Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009 Alfred Lee Harrell, age 74, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away.
Haskell, Dr. Newman M. 1955 HS ~ 18-Jan-2022 M. Haskell Newman 3/29/1937 4/12/2021 Ann Arbor, Michigan M. Haskell Newman, M.D., an accomplished physician and teacher, loving husband, father and grandfather, died on April 12, 2021 peacefully at home of pulmonary hypertension. Meshach Haskell Newman was a 3rd generation member of a medical family originally established in Indian Territory in the panhandle of Oklahoma. His pioneer doctor grandfather established what was eventually known as the “Mayo of the West” which served an area from Kansas City to Oklahoma City in the early and mid 20th century. Hack, as he was affectionally known, grew up in Shattuck, Oklahoma, graduated from New Mexico Military Institute, University of Oklahoma and the University of Tennessee Medical School, before moving to Ann Arbor in 1962 for a residency in otorhinolaryngology. In 1968 he completed ENT training and earned a MS degree from U of M in acoustic physiology. He then spent three years as a Captain in the US Army in Germany, overseeing the ear, nose and throat care of over 450,000 service men and women and their families. Returning to the University as an assistant professor in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology in 1971 with an interest in improving post traumatic injuries and birth defects in children, Dr. Newman ultimately pursued further training in plastic surgery. He completed a second residency in plastic surgery at the University of Michigan and a fellowship in craniofacial surgery from the University of Toronto in 1977. He rejoined the University of Michigan faculty as professor and Chief of Pediatric and Craniofacial Plastic Surgery from which he retired in 2008. During the course of his career, Dr. Newman gained a national reputation for his expertise in the areas of pediatric plastic surgery, cleft lip and palate surgery, adult maxillofacial surgery and aesthetic surgery. He was associate editor the Cleft Palate Journal, served as president of the Michigan Academy of Plastic Surgeons, the Plastic Surgery Otorhinolaryngology Society, the Michigan Cleft Palate Association and the Rhinoplasty Society. He gave numerous presentations nationally and internationally and published on a wide variety of clinical topics. A revered member of the teaching faculty in the section of plastic surgery, Dr. Newman was recognized by graduating residents as a major influence on their clinical training. His patient, thorough approach in the operating room has contributed to a large number of highly skilled, conscientious, and thoughtful plastic surgeons throughout the country that cite him as their largest influence. In honor of this legacy, the department established in 2010 an endowment for resident education: The M. Haskell Newman Professorship. An enthusiastic supporter of the arts, Hack was on the board of Ars Musica, a local early music ensemble during its Ann Arbor years. From his earliest years In town he and his wife, Jan, were frequent attendees and supporters of the concerts brought to Ann Arbor by UMS. His interest in American history led him to serve on the board of the Clements Library at the behest of Peter Heydon, for many years the board’s president. Dr. Newman never lost interest in learning about the fine wines first experienced and enjoyed during the years spent in Europe. He built upon this knowledge with an appreciation of haute cuisine with fellow oenophiles in meetings of the Commanderie de Bordeaux Detroit over the years. As the father of four sons, he enthusiastically encouraged their interest in baseball, soccer and hockey, spending hours attending their games and enjoying Michigan athletics. Family ski trips first introduced in Germany continued in Colorado and Utah. Visits to a Newman family enclave in Montana offered the opportunity for fly-fishing on the West Fork of the Bitterroot River and winter escapes to the Cayman Islands introduced the Newman’s to snorkeling the coral reefs while they were still alive with colorful fish. Following his demanding medical career, Hack approached retirement with an enthusiasm that surprised his family. There was time for golf, tennis, travels and gatherings with his wide circle of friends and family. He enjoyed learning the embellishments of bridge and the challenge of playing competitive duplicate . He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jan Barney, his four sons, Dr. O. Christopher, (Carolyn Myers) and grandson, Aaron, Saline, MI; Nicholas, (Barbara Rewey), grandchildren Anna and. Bennett of New Canaan, CT; Timothy (Emily Griste) and grandsons, Wes and Max of Montclair, NJ; and Matthew (Suzanna Lynch),and grandchildren Alex and Lilian of Topsham, ME. and his sister Jo Ann McLane of Midland, Texas. A memorial will be planned at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the M. Haskell Newman Professorship in Pediatric Plastic Surgery at the University of Michigan. You may call 734-763-5392 or visit the website: https://victors.us/mhaskellnewman to make your gift.
Hatfield, Robert D. 1955 HS ~ 01-Jan-1980
Head, William H. 1955 HS ~ 01-Dec-1971
Herren, Ralph W. 1953 HS-1955 JC
Hilligardt, James C. 1955 JC ~ 27-Sep-1994
Holdahl, Theodore B. 1955 HS ~ 04-Jun-1993
Holloway, Lt Col Jerry M., USAF (Ret) 1955 HS ~ 11-Dec-2010, 73, of Winter Haven, passed away at home on Saturday, December 11, 2010 after a battle with cancer. Jerry retired to Winter Haven, 25 years ago after serving 25 years in the US Air Force. He was an alumnus of New Mexico Military Institute as well as the University of Florida. He was a true Gator fan and enjoyed yearly season tickets to watch the Cleveland Indian’s Spring Training. He is preceded in death by wife, Brenda “Joy” Holloway. Survived by son Andy Holloway (Deb), daughter Niki Bush (James), both of Orlando, and stepdaughter Kim Evans (Aaron), Louisville, KY. Also survived by first wife, Sandy Holloway, Orlando, and 7 grandchildren, Cory, Ben and Dakota Bush, Sarah Shope (Brandon), Sophia Whitfield, all of Orlando, Esther Whitfield, Miami, Ella Evans, Louisville, KY.
Hooker, Jim L. 1955 HS ~ 22-Jun-2016 left this world peacefully on June 22, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA. He was a man with a brilliant mind and a heart of gold. The last 30 years of his life were spent recognizing disenfranchised individuals whom he could counsel and help get their lives in order so they could achieve confidence and peace through the Twelve Step program of AA. He had a special gift for discerning lost souls and never giving up pushing and encouraging them into productive and peaceful ways of life. Giving this help was his greatest pleasure. Jim was born in Albany, TX, July 13, 1937, the son of Alva Ruth and Fay Hooker, from a family long connected to Albany. He attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell and graduated from St. Mark’s School in Dallas. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and attended an Executive Program at Rice University in Houston. Out of college, he worked for a few years for the IRS and with his father before going into business with Herschel O’Kelley in 1964. They operated Gibson Discount Stores out of Midland, TX, and eventually began investing in oil and gas with Jim’s father. Through the years, Jim was passionate about bass fishing, golfing and tournament bridge excelling as well as having great fun. In bridge, he was on the winning team in 1975 of the Grand National Tournament in Europe. He was an avid reader, art aficionado, and movie goer. Most of all, he loved and had a passion for people. Jim moved to California in 1977 and searched for and found a way to participate in helping with LGBT causes as a volunteer and philanthropist. He gave generously to the Williams Institute of UCLA , was on the Founders Council, and a tireless ambassador. This spring, he was celebrated by being presented with its “Institute’s Excellence in Service Award,” which was an acknowledgment of his work for the greater good. He loved a challenge and he loved people. Many friends and family will lovingly think of him and dearly miss the person of Jim L. Hooker. He cared for, saw about, loved and helped humanity by consistently giving of his mind, resources, and his time. He was both gentle and tough, accomplished and intellectual. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Alva Ruth and Fay, brother Jack Hooker, and niece Shannon Hooker. He is survived by sisters Jane and Fay Jean, niece Jill, nephew Andrew Hooker, and aunt Jeanne Peterson. Jim will always be in the minds and hearts of untold numbers of lives that he helped, saved, or befriended.
Hughes, LTC Jimmie T., USA (Ret) 1955 JC ~ 10-oCT-1994
Hunter, Skillman C. 1955 HS ~ 01-Mar-2015 born June 24, 1937 – passed away March 1, 2015. He and his wife, Myra, were married in Roswell, NM, in 1955. They were blessed with a wonderful family – Karen (George) Bird, Kevin (Gina) Hunter, Kelly (Warren) King and six wonderful grandchildren – Hunter Bird, Jacqueline Hunter, Cameron Bird, Matthew Hunter, Kaitlyn King and Ryan King. Kim received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University. After working for Air-Research Garret Corp. in Phoenix and KVB Consulting in Southern California, Kim formed his own company, Acrobytes Software. He enjoyed sailing, music and writing. In 2006 he wrote a children’s book, “The Little Cow in Valle Grande”.
Husler, Joseph E. 1955 HS ~ 05-Jan-2001
Hutchings, John H. 1953 HS-1955 JC ~ 20-May-2000
Huyssoon, John W., Jr. 1953 HS-1955 JC ~ 27-Jun-2008
Ikeda, Frederick T. 1953 HS-1955 JC ~ 01-Jul-1994
Johnson, Burton L. 1955 HS ~ 01-Nov-1977
Jones, Arleigh S. 1955 JC ~ 01-Feb-1987
Jones, Harold L., Jr. 1955 JC ~ 03-Jun-2016
Junker, LTC Richard D., USA (Ret) 1954 JC-1955 SC ~ 01-Jul-1989
Kay, Dennis S. 1955 HS ~ 06-Jun-2001
Keeling, Charles A., Jr. 1955 HS
Kirkpatrick, Damon C. 1955 JC
Kranich, James L. 1955 SC ~ 25-Apr-2019, 86, of Hillsboro, formerly of Litchfield, II, passed away Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 6:08 P.M. at the Montgomery Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hillsboro, IL. He was born on February 22, 1933 in Litchfield, IL, a son of Lester Lee and Edith Mae (Cerolla) Kranich. He married JoAnn Elliott on August 26, 1955 in Hillsboro, IL. Mr. Kranich was a veteran of the United States Army. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents, and daughter Molly Bea Olson and sister, Jean Heyen.
Krause, Daniel F. 1953 JC-1955 SC ~ 27-Jun-2012 March 11, 1934 – June 27, 2012 – Daniel F. Krause, Sr., 78, of Roswell. He went home to be with his dear Lord and Savior Jesus on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. He will be greatly missed. Dan was born on March 11, 1934 in Graham, TX, to Windell F. (Red) and Marie (Nonnie) Krause. He attended NMMI and then served his country well in the Armed Forces while stationed in Korea. He returned home to marry his sweetheart Dorothy (Dottie) Ann Blewett on January 7, 1961. They had two children Dan, Jr., and Kari Louise. He spent his life taking care of his family, working hard, playing golf, telling amusing stories, and ministering to others. He loved God and had great joy in visiting the dear men in prison. In his later years he enjoyed and loved his precious neighbors who tended to him so faithfully. He is preceded in death by his wife Dottie, his parents Wendell and Marie, and his sister Patricia. He is survived by his son Dan, Jr., of Ft. Collins, CO; daughter Kari and husband Tom, and their two children Anna and Josiah of Glen Rose, TX; and his many nieces, nephews, and loving friends.
Lancaster, LTC George N., USA (Ret) 1955 JC ~ 10-Apr-1996
Lane, John F. 1955 HS ~ 14-Apr-2015 of St. Paul, MN, passed away in his sleep in the early hours of Tuesday, April 14, 2015 in his home after a long illness. John was born in San Francisco and grew up in Southern California and post-WWII, Frankfurt Germany. Growing up, he butted heads with teachers and coaches and then became both teacher and ski coach in the late 1960’s at Mount Greylock Regional High School in Williamstown, MA. Throughout his life, John was a passionate champion of the civic causes he believed in, counseling teens considering service in the Vietnam War and volunteering to drive seniors to polls during elections. He traveled the world, birdwatching on five continents. He lived in Minnesota with his wife Renee and dog Dawson tending his koi and in Mexico listening to the jaguars. A man who loved dogs, he was also a counselor to recovering addicts, a friend to exchange students, a masterful model train collector. John met and married Renee Potts Petersen while a PhD student at the University of Minnesota. In addition to his beloved wife of 26 years, John will be missed by his step-daughter Aimee Petersen Schnabel, his son-in-law Eric Schnabel and his grandchildren Genevieve, McEwan and Kevin. John is also survived by cousins Joan and Catherine Jacobson, Paula Woolsey, Lisa Jayne, and Mac Teer.
Lang, Jay R. 1955 HS
Lankford, Dr. James E. 1953 HS-1955 JC ~ 19-Mar-2012 On Jan. 12 in 1935, “Jimmy” was born at home in Hagerman, to Willie Lou and Royce Lankford. He attended school in Hagerman through the ninth grade. He graduated high school and junior college at New Mexico Military Institute. He acquired needed college classes at North Texas University in Denton, TX, to enable him to attend and graduate dental school at Baylor Dental in Dallas, TX. While in College at North Texas he met and married his wife Virgina of 55 years, who preceded him in death. Jim is survived by his children, James E. “Jay” Lankford, II 1976 HS and wife Laura of West, TX, daughter Sherry Stovall of San Patricio. He was blessed with four grandchildren, Jarett Stovall and wife Megan, Jerami Stovall, Brad Lankford and Grant Lankford, a great-granddaughter, Paislee Ann Stovall; sister Dorthy Prince and husband Bill of Dallas, TX. After graduation, he moved his wife and two children to Roswell to set up and practice dentistry for 51 years. Jim was a member of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, International Academy of General Dentistry, life member of the American Dental Association, New Mexico Dental Association as well as serving two terms on the New Mexico State Dental Board and being instrumental in developing the New Mexico Dental Health Care Board which he served one term. Outside of the dental world, he actively supported his children and grandchildren by attending their sporting events from all parts of New Mexico to Missouri, Montana to central Texas. Distance and time were never an issue when it came to watching one of his compete in their desired sport.
Larson, Victor L. 1955 HS
Layne, Leslie A., II 1955 HS ~ 15-Sep-2014 78, passed away on 9/15/14 in Victoria, TX, in a car accident. He was born on 4/8/36 in Houston to the late Max Emerson Layne and Blanche Olga Kinney. Bert graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1955 and earned a Business degree from SMU in 1959. His long career in oil field services included Layne and Bowler, Completion Services, OSCA and BJ Services. He is survived by Diana Layne, his wife of 28 years; stepsister Lynda Decker and husband John; stepsister Ginny Cottle and husband Will; daughter Terry Muschalek and husband James; son Kevin Layne and wife D’An; stepdaughter Darren Nelson and husband Young; stepson Schacht McCollum and wife Kaye; stepdaughter Carolyn Shimer and husband Scott; grandchildren Trey, Hannah, Sam, Kathleen, Emily, Kristina, Randi, Ryan, Madison and Leslie; great grandchildren Kennah, Christian, Case, Rhilynne and Avarie. Bert is preceded in death by his parents, his stepmother Pauline Andrews Layne, wife Mary Helen McGahee, and stepdaughter Cheryl Foster. He was a proud Friend of Bill W. and helped countless men and women in AA over the past 36 years.
Leonard, John Rodney 1953 HS-1955 JC ~ 29-May-2003
Levy, William F. 1953 HS-1955 JC ~ 23-Nov-1982
Llewellyn, James L. 1″Jamie” 1955 HS ~ 03-Aug-2008 Local businessman and restaurateur passes at 72. Born in Wichita Falls, TX, on July 19, 1936 to George W. Llewellyn and Audrey Fey Daniel, passed away quietly in his sleep on Sunday August 3, 2008. James was married to Shelaine Llewellyn Fieber for 33 years and was father to William Leonard Llewellyn, Audrey Gene Llewellyn Craig; brother to Richard ‘Dick’ Llewellyn and Robert ‘Bob’ Llewellyn. He is survived by daughter, Jaime Lee Llewellyn; and grandchildren, Jack William Llewellyn, Emilee Shelaine Craig, and Sarah Marie Craig; along with brothers, William Llewellyn, Martin Zinn; and sisters, Sue Bricker and Mary Zinn, James attended the New Mexico Military Academy where he was the captain of the football team before attending Santa Barbra Junior College. James served as a cook for the Army in Fort Lewis, WA, during the early 1960’s. “JL” was an active restaurateur, bar owner, and businessman who began and ran a variety of establishments on the peninsula: most notably the El Patio in San Carlos, the Dog House in San Bruno and the House of Troy in San Carlos. “JL” was an active member and the house manager of the American Legion Post #585 in San Carlos.
Locklar, Jimmy L. 1953 HS-1955 JC
Lodewick, John W. 1955 HS ~ 12-Jul-2018 (August 18, 1937 – July 12, 2018) John Widney Lodewick passed away unexpectedly on July 12, 2018, in Dallas, TX. John was born in Roswell, NM, on August 18, 1937, to Stanley Widney Lodewick and Laura Ballard Lodewick. A 1955 graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute, John first came to Dallas that same year to attend Southern Methodist University, where he was a member of the Thundering Herd pledge class of Phi Gamma Delta. After graduating from SMU in 1959, John joined the Marines, where he attained the rank of Captain. While serving his time at El Toro Marine Air Base in California, he met his beloved wife of 56 years, Julia Ann Kuhn. After the Marines, he returned to Dallas and earned his law degree at SMU in 1965. Upon graduation, he began his law career which lasted over 40 years. Over the years, John spent countless fun-filled hours with his family and many devoted friends in Dallas, NM, and Ferndale Fishing Club. An avid self-taught golfer since his youth in Roswell, he was a charter member of Royal Oaks Country Club, his “home away from home”, where he served on the board and continued to walk 18 holes. John was also an active member of the Salesmanship Club and the SMU Mustang Club. Predeceased by his parents and older siblings, Dr. Richard Ballard Lodewick 1951 HS-1953 JC and Laura Patricia Lodewick, John is survived by his wife, Julie; his children, Laura Lodewick Waterston and Patrick Widney Lodewick, their spouses Tass and Cindy; and four grandchildren – Megan, Elise, Miles and Lainie. As his family and all who were blessed to know him will readily attest, “Papa John” never met a stranger and was loved by all.
Mangum, Joe W. 1955 JC ~ 03-Feb-2015
Mansfield, John W. 1955 HS
Marks, E. Peter 1953 HS-1955 JC
McArthur, Thomas D. 1955 HS ~ 09-Sep-2018 passed away September 3, 2018. He was born in Hobbs, NM, April 16, 1937. He attended schools in Carlsbad, and graduated from Carlsbad High School in 1955. He spent his junior year attending the New Mexico Military Institute along with his good friends, Billy Farrell and Odel Spurlin. Thomas served in the U.S. Naval Reserve for eight years. Thomas was preceded in death by his daughter, Jamie Lyn, and by his parents, Floyd and Maxine McArthur. For many years Thomas and his good friend and partner, Ray Leon, owned West Arc Welding and Machine Works in Silver City. He worked on several committees over the years, most notably chairing the Grant County Subdivision Committee. Thomas is survived by his wife, Linda, and by his son, Thomas Gregory and Greg’s wife Valerie. His grandchildren, Thomas Jacob and Kendall Jamie, whose fiancé is Zach Bassett, were much loved by “Papa”. Thomas is also survived by his four sisters: Linda Kay and her husband Kenneth Yeager of Carlsbad; Cheryl M. Brantley of Mayhill, NM; Marty McArthur of Midland, TX; and Melissa McArthur of Christchurch, New Zealand. His many nieces and nephews will miss “Unkie” Tommy: Thomas Kent Yeager and his wife Lynne of La Luz, NM; Cindy Yeager and her husband Terrell Rowe of Midland; Cate Brantley and her husband Jason Maley of Carlsbad; Lauren Brantley Brown of Granbury, TX; Chad Harrell and Daryl Cannon of Austin, TX; Casey Fore and her husband Taylor Casteel of Dallis; Celeste Skidmore and her husband Steven Unland of Midland; and Sam Skidmore and his wife Kelley of Temple, TX. Thomas thoroughly enjoyed his last days by traveling with his son to Ruidoso to attend the horse sales with his good friend, Bill Melson. He was doing what he loved most visiting with good friends and family and talking horses.
Mangum, Joe W. 1955 JC ~ 03-Feb-2015
Moore, Elza D. 1955 HS ~ 29-Jun-2016 Elza “Curley” Moore passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Elza “Curley” Moore was born on July 24, 1935, in Springdale, Ark. to the late Thaddeus and Loretta Moore. He grew up in Roswell, NM, where he attended military school. Curley then went to the Air Force for 23 1/2 years where he served three tours in Vietnam. He then worked at Lockheed Martin for 23 years until his second retirement. Curley was a muscle car enthusiast but had a special love for Buicks. He also enjoyed all genres of music. Curley was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Moore, his son, Timothy De Juan Moore; grandson, Jason Moore; parents; and step-mother, Mae Belle Moore. Survivors: Wife, Martha Moore; children, Jeff Moore, Melissa Cabano, and Robert Moore; 21 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and cousin, Mary Sue Johnson.
Moore, Wood M. 1955 JC
Morris, Will C., Jr. 1955 HS
Morrison, Sidney L., Jr. 1955 JC ~ 09-Oct-1992
Morton, Michael R. 1955 HS ~ 25-Nov-2018 who passed away at the age of 79 in the early morning hours of Friday, November 25, 2016, at Lafayette General Hospital. Michael was born June 7, 1937 in El Paso, TX. He graduated from Ysleta High School in El Paso in 1956. He graduated from University of Texas, El Paso. Before founding Landcoast, Michael was a consultant for a worldwide Insulation company. During his career Michael and the family spent a year living and working in Israel. Michael was fortunate enough to earn a living doing what he loved. In August 1974 he founded Landcoast Insulation, Inc., headquartered in New Iberia, LA. Through his hard work and tireless dedication Michael built Landcoast into what today is a leading force in the insulation industry. Michael was also actively involved in St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Franklin, LA. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Jessie Morton; son, Robert Michael Morton; and daughter, Robin Morton; five grandchildren, Hollie Morton White and husband Jeff White, Alyson Morton Blackwell, Taylor Morton, Myla Romero and Marley Romero; five great-grandchildren, Carter and Maddox Blackwell, and Noah, Harper and Henlee White; brothers, Edmond Morton and Timothy Morton; and sister, Frances Morton. He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Elizabeth Morton; brothers, Patrick and Richard Morton; and sister, Mary Morton-Harrison. For those who were fortunate enough to know “Mick” many great memories come to mind. A man of few words, shy and reserved, who had a heart as big as could be. From filling a hundred trick or treating bags each year no matter if 10 kids came, to ordering Ruston peaches by the truckload each year for friends and family even though he didn’t even like peaches. Never one to want any praise or credit for the countless things he did. Never one to complain, no matter the pain. Without question his passion was his family. A loving husband of 56 years, a loving and caring father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he never missed the opportunity to be together. For those lucky enough to be with him at those times, the casual smile on his face told us all we needed to know. He was quietly taking it all in, one breath at a time. So many things we wish we could say now that you’re not here. Just know you’ve set the bar high, as a husband, brother, father, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. We are so very blessed to have been able to share our lives with such an amazing person, in every facet of the word. As we reflect on all the great memories we have shared with Pops, we can all agree that heaven is lucky to have such a great soul, we can’t wait to see you.
Nalda, Louie Albert 1951 HS-1953 JC-1955 SC ~ 24-Jan-1992
Neff, E. Richard 1955 HS
Paris, Adolphus Williams, Jr. 1953 JC-1955 SC ~ 18-Jan-2010, 76, of Athens died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at home surrounded by his family. A.W. “Dub” Paris was born June 12, 1933, in Midland, TX, and grew up in nearby Phillips. He graduated with honors from the New Mexico Military Institute and served in the U.S. Army as an equestrian coach and trainer for the U.S. pentathlon team. Before moving with his wife Ruth to Athens in 2007, he lived and worked in the Kansas City, MO, area for more than 40 years. Survivors include his wife, Helen Ruth Paris; daughters, Pamela Sue Paris of Dallas, Cynthia Anne Burkhead and husband John of Athens, Melanie Ruth Copeland and husband Mark of Chicago, formerly of Kansas City; grandchildren, Daniel and Joshua Scanlan of Athens, Alexander Paris of Dallas, Trey Montgomery of Kansas City, Cristy Van Hoff of Austin, TX, Stephen Burkhead of Los Angeles, and Ryan Copeland of Overland Park, Kan.; great-grandchildren, Johnathan Burkhead of Los Angeles and Olivia Van Hoff of Austin. Mr. Paris was preceded in death by his parents, Adolphus Williams Paris and Winifred Grace Paris; and his brother, Ernest Charles McCall, Jr.
Parsons, Robert E. 1953 HS-1955 JC
Patterson, Edward E. 1955 HS ~ 21-Jan-2010 Ed was born Feb. 10, 1937, in Tucumcari; the son of William Elmore Patterson and Lela Ethel (Haralson) Patterson. On Oct. 17, 1975, he was married to Martha Warren in Artesia. He was a longtime resident of Artesia. He served in the United States Air Force and was the owner and operator of Patterson Welding Works. He was a member of Eastern New Mexico Senior Golf Association, Artesia Country Club, Alto Lakes Country Club and the Artesia Senior Golf Association. He was preceded in death by his parents; son Ray Gwynne; and daughter Christy Patterson. Survivors include his wife Martha Patterson of the family home; sons Gary Gwynne and wife Barbara of Artesia, Rusty Gwynne and wife Nita of Artesia and Tony Bartley of Florida; daughter Kerry Callow and husband Kirk of Alaska; daughter-in-law Maxine Davis of Artesia; brother Tracy Patterson and wife Lou Ann of Artesia; sister Gaye d’Entremont of Artesia; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Pemberton, James L. 1955 HS
Perry, George P., Jr. 1955 JC
Poe, Ivan O. 1953 HS-1955 JC ~ 06-Jul-2002
Pohly, COL Glenn William, USA (Ret) 1953 JC-1955 SC ~ 17-Jun-2008 age 74, passed away on June 17, 2008 in San Antonio, TX. Colonel Pohly was born in Chicago, IL, on December 28, 1933. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM, in May 1955. He was designated a Distinguished Military Graduate and commissioned Second Lieutenant, Armor. Colonel Pohly entered active duty, Regular Army, in July 1955. During his 30 year career, his decorations and awards included the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster. After his military career, among other areas of expertise, he taught Occupational Therapy at the University of Texas Health Science Center. He was a Bexar County Master Gardener, an avid dancer with the Lamplighters, Revelers, Los Alegradores and the K Club. He was a lover of music being a member of the Opera Guild. A gifted artist in many mediums, he received awards for his stained glass and marquetry. Glenn was an extraordinary “out of the box” thinker and creator and lived life to its very fullest. All his life he was a superb athlete and runner, serving as a Scouting Leader for over 17 years. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church. During his life, Glenn constantly stressed that it was his parents who taught him integrity, and a love of education and family. He is survived by his wife, Helen; sons, Glenn W. Pohly, Jr., and wife Kristin, Gregg Millard Pohly and wife Lori, Daniel Dean Pohly and wife Terry; daughters, Diana Rhea Pohly and husband Joseph Carty, and Debra Leigh Pohly; sister, Yvonne Chelew; 19 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; and 2 step children, Michael Romine Olive and wife Jennie, and Phillip Adair Olive and wife Nina.
Ponder, Hart H. 1955 JC ~ 19-Dec-1990
Posz, LTC Joseph D. “Saki”, USA (Ret) 1951 HS- 1953 JC-1955 SC ~ 05-Jan-2007 passed away Friday, Jan. 5, 2007. A lifelong resident of Roswell, Joseph was born on Sept. 18, 1933 to Lt. Col Joseph Albert Posz and Ruby Moen Posz. He and Nancy Thomas were married June 16, 1957; she survives him at the family home. Joseph attended New Mexico Military Institute receiving his high school diploma in 1951 receiving a Bachelors of Science degree from NMMI in 1955, and a Masters Degree from American Technological University in 1975. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Joseph was a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, serving from 1955-1976, service in West Germany 1959-1960, and two combat tours in Vietnam 1965 and 1970 (seven campaigns). Numerous service schools including the US Army Command and General Staff College. He received decorations including, the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, oak leaf cluster, Metorious Unit Citation, and Vietnam Unit Citation, qualified Airborne Ranger and Aviation. He belonged to the Retired Officers Association, Association of the Army, United States Calvary Association, Military Order of the World Wars, and the NMMI Alumni Association, the VFW, American Legion, FOP, and ESGR. Joseph served as District Magistrate Division I, Chaves County Judge from 1987-1990. He was listed in the Who’s Who in the West 1982-1983, Who’s Who in American Education 1992-1993, and Who’s Who Among Teachers 1996 and in publications including article “A New Vehicle for Calvary,” Armor Magazine 1964, article “ To Train a Cavalryman” Armor Magazine 1964, article “Diamond Jubilee” New Mexico Magazine 1967, book “Military Heroes of New Mexico Military Institute” NMMI library 1994, and West Point of the West, A Family Odyssey, 2004. In addition to his wife, Nancy, Joseph is survived by his children, Joseph Thomas Posz 1977 HS and his wife, Anne Carroll, of Palm Harbor, FL, Julie Anne Posz Spangler and her husband, Bruce, and John F. Posz and his wife, Coetta, both of Roswell; grandchildren, Michele Nicole Posz 2008 HS-2010 JC and Jennifer Posz, Harley and Bruce Cody Spangler 2004 JC, and Derrick and Darrah Torres; great-grandchildren, Samantha Spangler and Alishia Torres; his mother, Ruby Posz Anderson (Honorary); sister, Cathy Posz Johnson and her husband, David E., of Dallas, TX; and his beloved cats. Joseph was preceded in death by his father,LTC Joseph Albert Posz, AUS (Ret) 1929 JC .
Price, Raymond S. 1951 HS-1953 JC-1955 SC ~ 17-Apr-1961
Putney, Everett E. 1955 HS ~ 25-Sep-2018 Everett Eugene Putney, age 82, passed away September 25, 2018. Everett was born on April 2, 1936, in Phoenix, AZ, to Leland and Florence Putney. He moved to El Paso, TX, as a teenager and then graduated with honors from New Mexico Military School in Roswell, NM. He attended Texas Tech University. He served for six years in the Army National Guard. Everett worked at the El Paso Electric Company for 28 years and then left to pursue his passion and talent in photography. He was very involved in promoting the development of Timberon, NM. He was an active member of Eastern Star and the Masons. Everett spent his final years at the Oaks, Retirement Living Center in Georgetown, TX, where he was very involved in leading the Christmas campaign for the employees, weekly activities and the beautification of the grounds. He will be missed by many. Everett is survived by his longtime supportive companion, Jackie Fioretti; son Michael Putney and wife Stacy, son Christopher Putney and wife Allison; grandchildren Boone and wife Aubrey, Rebekah, Sadie, Audrey and Joseph; great grandchildren Lilah and Gideon. Everett was very proud of his sons and grandchildren.
Ray, Kenneth R. 1955 HS ~ 17-Jun-2014
Reese, Frederick W. 1955 HS ~ 17-Jul-1993
Reid, COL Robert C., USA (Ret) 1951 JC-1955 SC ~ 19-Nov-2021 Robert Collins Reid Obituary raised in Dexter, NM, he was known to his family and friends as “Bud”. He was married for 61 years to Sarah A. “Sally” Reid (nee Robinson) and was a devoted husband, father, and son. Bud spent his childhood on a working farm, and continued his passion for growing things throughout his life. He was especially pleased to spend endless days planting annuals and perennials in his garden and following his sports teams, in his retirement years. He supported local public programming by giving to KET, and numerous foundations established to support veterans associations and prevention of diseases, including Alzheimer’s. In June of 1955, Bud graduated from New Mexico Military Institute and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, where he proudly served his country for 29 years attaining the rank of Colonel. Bud served at several overseas posts including two tours in Vietnam where he was decorated for bravery in combat. Among his numerous medals were the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star with 3 oak leaf clusters. After retirement from the Army, he went on to work at Lockheed Martin for 20 years as a Director of Ethics. Left to cherish his memory are his three children, Ann E. Reid, Robert C. Reid Jr., and Susan H. Reid (Richard Benner), all of Louisville KY. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Nathaniel Reid-Griggs (Brittany Griggs) of Dallas, TX., and Olivia Reid-Benner of Louisville, KY., who will all miss him immeasurably. Bud is also survived by his sister-in-law Olivia Reid of Albuquerque, NM. along with nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. Bud was preceded in death by his beloved wife Sally formerly of Elizabethtown, KY. He was also preceded by his parents John H. Reid and Helen C. Reid (nee Pearson), and siblings John Reid (Margaret), George Reid, and Clifford “Kip” Reid. A private celebration of Bud’s life will be held in Louisville in the spring, and Interment of Bud and Sally’s remains will take place at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA, at a future date. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of a contribution to the charity of one’s choice or to the Louisville Waterfront Botanical Gardens or to Yoga East in Louisville.
Rickards, Byron D., Jr. 1955 HS ~ 29-May-1994
Rodgers, James W., Jr. 1955 HS ~ 02-Jul-2012 75, of Dallas, TX, died on Monday, July 2, 2012 at Memorial Hermann Hospital in The Woodlands TX. He was born February 2, 1937 in Memphis, TN, and was preceded in death by his grandparents, Martha Warfield and Harry Newman Rodgers, Sr., and Martha Doyle and Philip Michael Canale, Sr., his parents Therese Canale and James Warfield Rodgers, Sr., all of Memphis, and a son James Warfield Rodgers, III, of Houston, TX. He is survived by three daughters, Lelia Hussey Rodgers of Houston, Therese Canale Rodgers of Baytown, TX, and Harriet Warfield Rodgers-Stubblefield of The Woodlands, a sister Martha Doyle Rodgers Lund of Memphis and a brother Philip Canale Rodgers of West Memphis AR, two grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. In 1951, Mr. Rodgers graduated from St. Anneæs Catholic School then graduated high school from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. Mr. Rodgers attended Notre Dame University in South Bend, IN. He was affiliated with the family business, H N Rodgers and Sons Construction, Co., living in Texarkana, TX, before moving to Dallas to pursue independent contracting business.
Roff, Col Thomas D. (USAF (Ret) 1955 HS ~ 29-Apr-2018 age 80 years old, passed away on 29 April 2018. He was a resident of Colorado Springs, CO, for one year and was formerly a resident of Redmond, WA, for the past 30 years. Tom was born on 6 May 1937 in Topeka, KS, to Donald and Katie Roff, formerly of Roswell, NM. On 24 June 1956, he married his childhood sweetheart, Carolyn Callahan, daughter of Griff and Eva Callahan in Roswell, NM. Tom and Carolyn were married for 61 years. He is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn, his son Tom and daughter-in-law Kim from Colorado Springs, his sister Jody Leonard and Niece Jere Smith of Roswell, his Niece Cathey Marchel from Cleburne, TX, and Nephew Dean Fowler from Ruidoso, NM, his grandchildren Austin and Garrett Roff, his granddaughter-in-law Kristen Roff and his great-granddaughter Quinnlyn Roff, all from Colorado Springs, CO. Tom was raised in Roswell and graduated high school from New Mexico Military Institute in 1955. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Mexico in 1960 and a Master of Science degree from Webster College, St. Louis, MO, in 1975. Tom was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force as a navigator and second lieutenant in June of 1960. He was assigned to the Military Airlift Command (MAC) at Travis AFB, CA. During the next eight years, Tom accumulated over eight thousand flying hours in C-124s, C-130s and C-141s. From May 1970 until June 1971, Tom served as a forward air controller at Nakhon-Phanom RTAB, Thailand, logging over 600 flying hours during 152 night combat missions over North Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. In 1971 he returned to the Military Airlift Command and was stationed at McGuire AFB, NJ, as Chief of Combat Operations. In 1972 Tom was assigned to HQ MAC, Scott AFB, IL, to manage Airlift Control Elements and Combat Control Teams. During this assignment, he had extensive involvement in combined Special Operations Forces. Tom completed airborne training with the Navy SEALS in 1976 and participated in numerous joint operations during the next three years. He was promoted to Colonel in August 1979. Over the next several years, Colonel Roff held several positions in Contracting and Manufacturing for the USAF. He retired from the Air Force in March 1987. As a result of his outstanding service, Colonel Roff was awarded several awards and decorations. These include; the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal with 10 oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Distinguished-Presidential Unit Citation, AF Outstanding Unit Award with 3 oak leaf clusters, the Combat Readiness Medal, the Antarctica Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters and the Vietnam Service Medal with 8 Bronze Stars. After retiring from military service, Tom and Carolyn moved to the Seattle, WA, area where Tom worked for Boeing Aerospace as the Operations Manager for Defense and Space Material. He retired from Boeing in 1994. Tom and Carolyn enjoyed touring on his Harley motorcycle and supported several charitable organizations while living in the Pacific Northwest.
Roy, Charles D. 1955 HS ~ 14-Jun-2009
Sanborn, Donald S. 1955 HS ~ 24-Apr-2009 71, of Jacksonville, died April 24, 2009, at Onslow Memorial Hospital. He graduated from the University of Maryland and served his country proudly with the U.S. Marine Corps serving two tours in Vietnam. He also worked for NASA in Greenbelt, MD, and assisted with the Apollo project. Survivors include his wife, Janice Midgett Sanborn of Jacksonville; daughters, Joanna Fear of Burton, OH, Marjorie Coffaro of Hamburg, NJ, and Donna Nebroskie of Pottsville, PA; son, Kenneth Sanborn of Sussex, NJ; 10 grandchildren; and brother, Alden Ream Sanborn, Jr., of Annapolis, MD.
Schrader, Daniel W. 1955 JC ~ 21-Feb-2007 died Feb. 21, 2007, of cancer at age 71. Mr. Schrader was born Oct. 25, 1935, in Green Bay, WI. He graduated from West Point and served 21 years in the Marine Corps. In 1995, he moved to Molalla; he was administrator of Senior Estates in Woodburn for 11 years. He married Suzanne Helfrech in 1960. Survivors include his wife; daughter, Kathleen; sons, Steven and Sean; and six grandchildren.
Sefrit, Frank W. 1952 HS-1955 JC
Shannon, Brian A. 1955 JC, 70, died Dec. 31, 2006. Born in New York City on May 15, 1936, son of James and Gizella Shannon, Brian grew up in southern California and graduated from high school in Beaumont, CA. He attended the New Mexico Military Institute before graduating from Pomona College in 1957. While at Pomona, Brian competed in cross-country running and track and field, running a 4:17 mile. After serving in the Army, Brian attended law school at University of California Berkeley, where he became deeply involved in the free speech and civil rights movements. During this time, he worked to help register black voters in the south and became interested in Socialist politics. Brian worked in the field of typesetting and graphic design for most of his career and was the owner of Village Type and Graphics in New York City. After moving to the Berkshires with his family in 1990, he was employed as a graphic designer by Homestyle Magazine. Earlier in his career, he worked as a photographer. Many of his photographs chronicled the political unrest in the 1960’s both in the United States and in France. Brian was an avid reader, particularly of history, politics, biographies, and mystery novels, and also enjoyed writing political commentary. He was a principled man who could honestly say that he lived his life according to his ideals of social justice and respect for humanity. Above all, Brian was a loving and devoted father and husband. He and his wife, Lisa Shannon, were married June 7, 1981, in New York. Brian leaves his wife, two children and faithful dog. He will be greatly missed.
Sharpe, Hal M., Jr., USA (Ret) 1955 HS ~ 01-Sep-2012 “Speedy” passed away Saturday, September 1 at Utah Medical Center after a lengthy illness. Harold was an Army Veteran of the Korean War and retired from the U.S. Post Office after 38 years of service. He was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife Peggy Joyce Sharpe of 58 years; three children, William A. Sharpe of Rhode Island, Cheryl Lynn Girard and her husband Francis Girard of Knoxville, TN, and Harold M. Sharpe (Chuck), Jr., and his wife Connie Sharpe of Clinton, TN; three grandchildren, Daniel, Michael, and Marie Sharpe; two great grandchildren, Joshua Logan Ward and Parker Jackson Green.
Shoemaker, CPT Ronald Z., USA (Ret) 1951 HS-1954 JC-1955 SC ~ 23-Dec-1998
Silliman, Ronald R. 1955 HS ~ 03-Apr-2003, 66, of McKinney went to be with his Lord and Savior on April 3, 2003 surrounded by his loving family. Born March 24, 1937 in Houston, TX, to Herbert Ward Silliman and Lola Mae Cates. Attended New Mexico Military Institute, SMU and Texas Tech University. Ron served in the U.S. Army and the Dallas County Sheriffs Department under Bill Decker. Past owner of Texas Office Furniture & Supply and was a member of the Dallas Executives Association. Ron was currently enjoying a second career in the medical field at North Central Medical Center in McKinney. Survivors include his devoted wife of 45 years, Irvine Padgett Silliman, daughter and son-in-law Sindy & Randy Green of Dallas, son Ron Silliman, Jr., of Arlington, grandchildren Randall & Ross Green and Brandon & Shelby Silliman, one brother Robert Silliman of Aledo, hunting/fishing buddy Eric Macalik, Sandy Silliman, and a host of many friends.
Sisk, CPT Robert A., USA 1951 HS-1953 JC-1955 SC ~ 31-Mar-1971 – Vietnam-Killed in service – died of a stroke while serving near Bien Hoa on 31 January 1971.
Slatton, James A. 1953 HS-1953 HS-1955 JC
Smith, Glenn A. 1955 HS ~ 29-Nov-1999
Smith, Kay H. 1955 HS ~ 22-Dec-1996
Smith, Leonard Gregory 1953 HS-1955 JC ~ 30-Nov-2019
Smith, COL Stephen B., USA 1955 JC ~ 19-Oct-2009
Spaniol, Larry P. 1955 HS ~ 23-Feb-2016
Spiess, B. Randall 1954 HS-1955 JC ~ 06-Feb-1962
Springer, Guyle W., Jr. 1955 HS
Staley, Richard D. 1953 JC-1955 SC ~ 28-Oct-2014
Sterkel, Richard Allan 1955 HS ~ 01-Feb-1985
Stewart, George R. 1953 HS-1955 JC
Stewart, LTC Thomas H., USA (Ret) 1953 HS-1955 JC ~ 29-Aug-2009
Stokes, Thomas J., Jr. 1955 JC ~ 01-Jan-1986
Stratherrn, Bruce M. 1953 HS-1955 JC ~ 14-Feb-2022 Oxnard, CA Lifelong Ventura County resident Bruce Montgomery Strathearn passed away peacefully in his sleep on Valentine’s Day morning, 2022, surrounded with love by his closest family and friends. Bruce leaves behind a tremendous legacy for his family and for the County in which he lived. Bruce’s grandfather, Robert Perkins Strathearn, immigrated from Scotland in 1873 at 21 years of age, settling in Carpinteria. The family first moved to Piru before purchasing their Simi Ranch in 1889, which consisted of approximately 15,000 acres of El Rancho Simi. The family relocated permanently to Simi Valley in 1891, and operated a successful ranching organization called the Strathearn Cattle Company until the late 1960s. Born in the midst of the Great Depression in Simi Valley, CA on June 1, 1935, Bruce was the youngest of 5 boys, born to David Lamb Strathearn and Berenice Montgomery Strathearn. In 1935, the family moved to their homestead on Tierra Rejada Road, which had been completed three years prior to Bruce’s birth. Bruce was six years old when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and the United States entered World War II. Some of his earliest memories were being on airplane watch with his mother on the family’s Middle Ranch, located near what is today Moorpark College. His mother would phone in what type of plane was flying overhead and the direction it was headed to the Defense Department. He could vividly remember seeing search lights over the Santa Susana Pass during his childhood. While the Strathearn Cattle Company produced a lot of beef during the war years, it was all given to the government in support of the war effort. Therefore, at a young age, Bruce was tasked with hunting deer during season to supplement meat for his large family. Bruce went on to attend school at the original Simi Valley High School before transferring to New Mexico Military Institute during his Junior year. He graduated high school in 1953 and attended NMMI for two more years, completing his Junior College degree and playing Center for the basketball team at both the high school and collegiate levels. He left NMMI as a Cadet Officer, one of only three within his class, reaching the rank of Second Lieutenant and privileged with the badge of Distinguished Military Student. He eventually transferred to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for his final 2 years of college, graduating with a degree in Animal Husbandry. Upon graduation, he worked on his family’s ranch until the age of 25. In the late ’40s to late ’50s, he would spend summers in Elko, Nevada and would put up hay on his family’s other working ranch, which was a cow and calf operation. With a love for upland game hunting, he started the Los Alamos Hunting Reserve in the early 1960s and ran a successful operation for 5 years focused on hunting dove, deer, quail, chuckers and pheasants. In 1963, Moorpark College was established by the Governing Board of the Ventura County Community College District. Soon after, a 134-acre site on Moorpark’s eastern city boundary was secured via a combination donation and purchase from the Strathearn Family. In 1964, the Strathearn family deeded the land that now constitutes the Strathearn Historical Park and Museum to the Simi Rancho Recreation and Park District. Following the death of his father and two of his brothers in a plane crash in the Gulf of California, Bruce continued his family’s commitment to civic duty in Ventura County. Bruce served on the Simi Valley Historical Society, the Noontime Club for the Rotary Club of Simi Valley for 12 years, and on the Ventura County Soil & Water Resource Conservation District for 26 years. He started Simi Valley Bank in 1980 and served on the bank’s board for 20 years until the time of its sale in the year 2000. Bruce was also a real estate investor, and in 1967 he purchased a large plot of land in Northeastern Oregon, where his family would spend summers for the better part of the next three decades. He built a 64-acre lake and a 1-acre pond stocked with rainbow trout and brook trout. Many of Bruce’s fondest memories are from the summers he entertained his family and friends in the beautiful surroundings of the cabin he built in Lostine, Oregon. Apart from donating his time, Bruce supported many philanthropic endeavors. Bruce has contributed to the Women’s Legacy Fund, Heritage Fund, Destino Latino 2000 Fund, the Strathearn Family Fund to support the Chamber’s Foundation for Simi Valley, and the Bruce and Zona Strathearn Fund for future Ventura County Charities. His legacy of giving will continue into the future. Bruce took pleasure in many pastimes and fun activities. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He belonged to the Ventura County Game Preserve, and spent many Wednesdays and Saturdays hunting waterfowl with some of his best friends. He was a tremendous fly fisherman, honing his skills on his lake in Oregon, but he also loved float-fishing the beautiful lakes in Mono County and wading the Owens River. He enjoyed watching all sports, but especially loved watching the Lakers, Angels, Dodgers, Rams and USC sporting events. He went to sleep knowing the Rams had won the Super Bowl, and that put a smile on his face. Some of Bruce’s favorite memories include the time he spent with the California Indians, a recreational trap and skeet shooting organization. He was able to attain a Class A shooting designation due to his marksmanship and served as High Chief in 1987. He always looked forward to the annual camaraderie of socializing and shooting with some of his best friends in the California Indians. Bruce is survived by his daughters, Allison Strathearn of Apache Junction, AZ and Kim Strathearn of Caldwell, ID; son David Strathearn (wife Alisa), of Los Angeles; stepdaughter Kimberly Gustafson of Poway; grandchildren, Khysa and Kaden Gustafson, of Poway, and Preston and Sadie Strathearn, of Los Angeles. An intimate memorial will be held for Bruce’s immediate family and closest friends on a future date. In lieu of flowers, Bruce felt strongly about charitable giving, and any gesture could be graciously given in his name to any of the following: Ventura County Food Share 4156 Southbank Road Oxnard, CA 93036 Phone: (805) 983-7100 FOOD Share Inc 4156 Southbank Road Oxnard, CA 93036 (805) 983-7100 Boys & Girls Club of Simi Valley 2850 Lemon Drive Simi Valley, CA 93063 Phone: (805) 527-4437 Boys & Girls Club of Oxnard 1900 W 5th Street Oxnard, CA 93030 Phone: (805) 815-4959 To to the family or plant a tree in memory of Bruce Montgomery Strathearn, please visit our tribute store.
Strickland, James F. 1953 HS-1955 JC ~ 06-Sep-1975
Sullivan, Wrigley O. 1955 HS ~ 20-Aug-1972
Tabet, Ray 1953 JC-1955 SC ~ 11-Dec-1997
Tatum, Clyde G., Jr. 1955 HS ~ 15-Jul-1991
Thomas, Iran L. 1955 HS ~ 28-Feb-2003
Thompson, LTC Chadwick C., USA (Ret) 1953 HS-1955 JC
Troelstrup, Nels H. 1955 HS ~ 08-Oct-2001
Trogdon, Leroy H. 1955 HS ~ 1984
Vernon, Ronald L. 1955 JC ~ 21-Apr-2014 passed away peacefully with his loving wife at his side on Monday, April 21, 2014 at his home in Seguin, TX. He was 78 years old. Ronald was born to G.G. and Naoma (Heller) Vernon in Happy, TX. He and his family moved to Plainview, Texas, at the age of 10. Ronald graduated from Plainview High School and promptly moved to New Mexico to attend the Military Institute. After one year he moved to North Texas to attend college where he was a Delta-Sigma-Pi and earned a BBA in Business in 1957. Ronald then went to work in Dallas, TX, at Gaylord Container. After several years he moved back to Plainview and opened his own insurance brokerage company called the Vernon Agency. After thirteen years in business, he sold The Vernon Agency and moved to Birmingham, AL, and began work as a court reporter. In 1966 he left Birmingham and moved to Corpus Christi. There he married Patricia Lee Ryan in 1981. They remained in Corpus Christi until they moved to Seguin, TX, in 1996. Ronald continued as a court reporter until he retired in 1998. Soon after retirement he began selling real estate for Mickey Ferrell Real Estate in Seguin. He retired again in January of 2014. Ron was an avid woodworker. He loved to build and finish furniture, went hunting every weekend, and enjoyed boating. Ronald leaves behind his wife of 33 years Patricia Harris Vernon, his children, Christopher Wayne Vernon and his wife Cheril, Gregory Glenn Vernon and his wife Renae; stepson Thomas Michael Harris and his wife Kari, stepdaughter Katherine Diane Harris, and stepson Jonathan Wetzel Harris. He also leaves behind his grandchildren; Bryan, Collin, Brandon, Bailey, Kaylyn, Kolton, and great granddaughter Nevaeh Vernon, as well as his former wife Patsy Ann of Florida. Ronald was preceded in death by his daughter, Jana Leanne Vernon, in 2006.
Vertrees, Donald W. 1955 JC
Vestal, G. Charles 1955 HS ~ 30-Mar-2016
Vlahopoulos, Perry G. 1955 JC
Wages, Jerry S. 1953 JC-1955 SC ~ 26-Aug-2015
Weiskirch, LTC Thomas, Jr., USA (Ret) 1955 SC ~ 29-Jul-1995
Whitmore, David C. 1955 HS ~ 01-Feb-2014
Williamson, Albert B. 1955 HS
Williamson, Robert R. 1953 HS-1955 JC
Witwer, Joseph C. 1953 HS-1955 JC ~ 13-Feb-2003
Wolfe, Erich J. 1955 HS ~ 26-Nov-1967
Wolff, Karl Rembrandt 1955 HS ~ 07-Feb-1993
Wood, Charles C. “Courtney”, CPCU, ARM 1955 JC ~ 16-Feb-2019 was born in Chillicothe, MO, August 29, 1935 to Charles L. and Evelyn Wood. He was raised in Fort Worth, TX, and graduated from Arlington Heights High School in 1953. Courtney briefly attended and played football for New Mexico Military Institute before an injury ended his playing days. He then transferred to the University of Oklahoma where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity and Army ROTC. Always a math whiz, he agreed to tutor the friend of a friend for her Economics class and she turned out to be the love of his life. He married Patricia Gardner from Oklahoma City on November 23, 1957. Shortly thereafter, he graduated with a business degree from OU and he and Patty moved to Houston, TX, to begin his career in the insurance industry. He started as an underwriter with USF&G in Houston, moved to their home office in Baltimore, MD, and later transferred to the Oklahoma City office. He became an agent serving and selling to clients when he joined the Howell-Stone Independent Insurance Agency in Edmond. At various times, he also ran his own agency, was a Vice President with Marsh & McLennan, Inc., and served as an expert witness for many insurance related court cases. Courtney also volunteered in his industry to better the business serving locally in Oklahoma and advancing to become the President of the Independent Insurance Agents of America (IIAA), representing over 300,000 members. He spoke for reform and better legislation before United States Congressional Committees and met with national dignitaries during this work. He received many honors and awards for his contributions to the industry including the Eagle of Excellence Award and the Woodworth Memorial Award, the most prestigious of the industry. In 1996, after more than 25 years of efforts toward the technical arenas of the industry he was awarded the Matthew A. Cantoni, Jr., Technical and Risk Management Award. He was only the second person to ever receive this honor. Throughout the time that Courtney’s career was flourishing, he was also giving back to his community as an educator and a volunteer. He taught classes for over 20 years at Central State University, the University of Oklahoma and a variety of insurance schools. Additionally, he received wide acclaim as a speaker and author of dozens of insurance-related articles. As a volunteer he served on the Board of Trustees and as an Elder at The First Presbyterian Church of Edmond and was installed as a Stephens Minister. He also received the John G. Tower Distinguished Alumni Award from Kappa Sigma Fraternity and the George L. Cross Award from the University of Oklahoma. He had a special place in his heart for the YMCA and was Chairman of the Board of Directors, spear-headed many capital campaigns and was elected an Honorary Board Member for Life. Shortly before turning 65, Courtney suffered a massive stroke which left him with debilitating consequences that he lived with for his last 19 years. He learned to compensate for his speech deficiencies by using a flipbook. He might not be able to say the word he wanted, but he could flip to it and show you. He suffered mightily but rallied and began a crusade for stroke awareness, leaving brochures and information at businesses and organizations throughout Edmond. It was during this time that he volunteered with the Oklahoma Heart Hospital and Edmond’s Hope Center. During his later years, Court lived at Touchmark Senior Living and he continued to bless others with his gregarious personality and a ready smile on his face. The family wishes to express our gratitude for the excellent and loving care that Court received during his many years living at Touchmark. Courtney went to be with the Lord and his precious Patty on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. Survivors are his children, Pam Saylor and husband Mark, and David Wood and his wife Lisa, all of Edmond. His grandchildren are Kim Saylor and her husband Doug Vrooman of Seattle, WA, Adam Saylor and his wife Katie Saylor, Blake Saylor, Brad Wood and Jack Wood, all of Edmond and a great grandchild, Caleb Vrooman.
Wright, John R. 1954 JC-1955 SC ~ 11-Dec-2015 82, of Lubbock, passed away on Friday, December 11, 2015 in Lubbock. Mr. Wright was born on August 23, 1933 to the late Thomas Raymond and Lucy Adine (Campbell) Wright in Walters, OK. He married Gayle (Hunt) on June 9, 1956 in Lubbock, TX. Mr. Wright’s life was filled with the joy of the Lord and love for his family. He was known for his strength of character, strong values and love of his country. He proudly served his county in the United States Marine Corp. during the Korean War. He was a true friend and never met a stranger. He believed in living everyday to the fullest, and always had a positive attitude. Mr. Wright was always willing to help his family and along with his tremendous strength of character he had a tender heart and was a true inspiration to all who knew and loved him. He retired from General Motors acceptance Corporation (GMAC) after 34 years of service. During his time with GMAC he was the General Manager of Northeastern Brazil, General Manager of Southern Brazil, and the President of GMAC of Mexico He is preceded in death by his parents, and beloved father and mother-in law, Homer and Floyce Hunt, and three brothers, and two sisters. Those left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife; Gayle, son; Dr. Robert Eldon Wright and wife Carla, daughter; Shelley Wright Patterson, Ed.D, and husband Robert, and brother in-law; Robert L. Hunt and wife Audry. He was also blessed with four grandchildren; Jonathan Robert Lance and wife Tanya, Bennett John Wright, Jo Ruby Wright, and Maxwell Homer Wright. He also leaves behind one sister; Nelda Wright Hughes, one niece; Vicki Nutt, two great-nieces; Macy and Myca Nutt, and one great-grandson on the way from Jonathan and Tanya.
Wunderlich, John W. 1953 HS-1955 JC
Yates, Frank W., Sr. 1955 HS
Yutz, Thomas W. 1955 HS ~ 02-Sep-2016 of El Paso, TX, ended his years of struggling with Alzheimer on September 2nd. He was born in El Paso on July 11, 1937. He is survived by his wife of 48 years Priscilla (Prissy), brother David, sons, Sky and Mark, step children Joel and Lynn (Ducky), many grandchildren and Ron Carpenter, his lifelong buddy. He was preceded in death by his father Frank Yutz and mother Elizabeth Schulte. Tom started his career in the automobile business with El Paso Ford. It led to his ownership of the Sunrise Subaru dealership plus interests in others. He was on the board of El Paso Zoo and a member of the Sheriff’s Posse. Tom was a devoted animal lover with had a special affection for dogs, cats and horses. He was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and a graduate of NMMI, Roswell, NM.
Abbott, CDR Peter Darby, USN (Ret) 1954 HS 4-May-2021 Peter died at Anne Arundel Medical Center of natural causes. His mother was Muriel Ann Darby and father was Lenwood Ballard Abbott. He had one brother, Michael Abbott. Peter attended Berkeley Hall School in Los Angeles and New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. He married Dorothea Victoria Morgan Abbott on August 20, 1971. Peter has an undergraduate degree in Production Management from UCLA and an MBA from Harvard. He served in the United States Navy for 20 years retiring in 1979. After retirement from the Navy Peter worked for Booz Allen in Crystal City, Virginia. He was recruited by Marla International as an executive search consultant before starting an environmental company, Cleanfuels, in 1986 followed by his own executive search company, The Abbott Group, in 1988. His hobbies were boating and fishing. He used to say any day on the water was a good day. He was President for the Maryland Saltwater Sportfisherman’s Association (MSSA) Scholarship Foundation established by Bill Huppert.Peter was a natural storyteller and never met a stranger. He loved people and was a mentor to many. His time serving in the Navy was the source of many of his sea stories.He is survived by his wife Dorothea Victoria Abbott, his son John Gregory Abbott, daughter Sarah Morgan Abbott Biss and granddaughter Katherine Morgan Biss.Funeral Arrangements are private.Thank you to all the people that knew and loved Peter and to all the doctors and nurses that cared for him at AAMC.He loved life.In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the charity of your choice.
Allday, L. Franklin, III 1954 JC ~ 24-Sep-2002
Allison, William Randolph 1954 HS ~ 31-May-2003 passed away surrounded by his family on February 6, 2014. Born September 7, 1933, in Abilene, TX. Bill was the only child of Rush and Irene Allison. Receiving his diploma from New Mexico Military Institute in 1951 and degree from Texas A&M in 1955, Bill’s experiences are highlighted by a career in Naval Aviation, retiring with the rank of Captain in 1978. An avid sailor, he returned home to Abilene from the sea in 2002. He will miss his large family, many friends and acquaintances. Bill met and married Antonia Caricato in 1957 in Washington, DC, Bill felt his finest accomplishments are his beloved children: daughter Nancy Turner and husband Drew of Colleyville, TX; daughter Laurie Jay and husband Gary of McKinney, TX; daughter Stephanie Swenson and husband Daryl of Arlington, TX; and grandchildren, Zach, Ian, and Olivia Turner, Ashley Jay O’Boyle and husband Matt, Anna and Eli Jay, Antonia, Isaac, and Elena Swenson, and great grandsons, Zeke and Liam O’Boyle. Miracle Turner preceded her grandfather in death in 1986.
Ansted, LTC Genoa Wayne, USA (Ret) 1952 JC-1954 SC ~ 05-Sep-2006
Aragon, Philip E. 1954 JC ~ 09-Feb-2017 83 years of age, died at Kaiser Hospital in Ontario, CA, on Feb. 9, 2017. He was surrounded by family members at his death. Philip was laid to rest on March 2, 2017, at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA, with full military honors. Philip passed away nine months after the death of Emily, his beloved wife of 60 years, and he is buried with her. Born April 4, 1933, in Belen, to Manuel E. and Maria C. Aragon, Philip graduated from Belen High School, where he was very popular and a star athlete in football and track. He was voted “Best Looking” in his senior class. He attended New Mexico Military Institute and New Mexico Highlands University. Philip served three years in the U.S. Army, deployed to Alaska during the Korean War during part of his military service. He was on the boxing team while in the Army. His love and talent for the sport shined through with many boxing victories. He married his high school sweetheart, Emily Olguin, of Jarales, and shortly thereafter they relocated to southern California. Philip worked as a skilled machinist and as a bus driver with the Metropolitan Transportation System of Los Angeles County. He referred to this job as a labor of love, where he could lighten the day and spread good humor among his passengers. He is survived by daughters, Cynthia Aragon, Denise (Ron) Lewis and Patty (Craig) Thometz; and his son, Philip Aragon and wife Leslie, all residents of southern California. He was a loving grandfather to nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Richard E. Aragon (Mary); and sisters, Mary Lou Horcasitas (Fred, deceased), Bernice Salazar (Danny) and Rosella Natzke (Herb). He was preceded in death by his parents, Manuel and Maria; and his brother, Robert. The family wishes to thank hospice Chaplain Randy Courtney for his spiritual guidance and steadfast counsel to the family during the period of medical difficulties suffered by Philip and Emily.
Bailey, Jimmy Morris 1954 JC ~ 03-Jan-2005
Bailey, William S., Jr. 1952 HS-1954 JC ~ 01-Jul-2005 was born on June 30, 1934, and passed away on Friday, July 1, 2005 in Houston, TX. He was born in Ft. Worth, TX, to William S. Bailey, Sr., and Jessie Jones. He was raised in Houston, attending River Oaks elementary, Lanier Middle School, and graduated high school from New Mexico Military Institute. He attended University of Texas and graduated from University of Houston with a degree in history. He worked as a computer programmer for many years in banking and at the Houston Chronicle, retiring from the City of Houston Parks & Recreation department. He is survived by a son & daughter-in-law, W. Stuart Bailey, III, and Larissa Lindsay, and a sister, Margaret Bailey.
Baldwin, Arthur John 1954 JC ~ 26-Aug-2000
Benton, Donald L. 1954 HS ~ 18-Jul-2017 passed away July 18, 2017. He was born on December 29, 1936 to Freida Ivey and Lewis Benton. He lived with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Ivey in Fabens. He leaves behind a wife, Betty Benton and 3 daughters, Penny Hilliard (Michael), Brenda Prestangen (Kyle), and Wray Jean Chavez (Adrian). His blended family includes Shawndi Hickman (Grant), Stacy Smith (Johnny), Shelly Hurley (Jared) and Scott Smith. Together they have 7 children, 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Donny has two brothers, Rodger Benton (Arizona) and Leonard Benton (California). Donny has numerous cousins, nieces and nephews in the area. Donny went to school in Fabens and graduated from High School at New Mexico Military Institute. He attended Texas Tech and graduated from Sul Ross with two degrees, BS and ME. He also received a Master’s Degree from Sam Houston State University. Donny served in the Army for 2 years. He was sent to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington DC, where he worked in Bio Acoustic Research. Donny taught school and coached in Fort Hancock, Tornillo, Socorro, and Clint. He retired from Clint in 2001. Donny was a member of Masonic Lodge for over 50 years. He was Worshipful Master from 2006 to 2009. He was also a member of Grand Scottish Rite and the Grand Lodge of Texas. He enjoyed spending time at his lake house at Elephant Butte and was an avid fisherman. As a member of the Fort Bliss Rod and Gun Club, he also enjoyed hunting and shooting.
Benton, William Wilburn “Bill”, Jr. 1952 HS-1954 JC ~ 31-Dec-2012 was born July 29, 1934 in Truth or Consequences, NM. He was raised on a cattle ranch, later helping his dad and brother, John, run the ranch. He attended school in Roswell, NM, at NMMI for 3 years where he met his wife to be, Rojeanne. After Rojeanne graduated from high school, they married and moved to Las Cruses, NM, where Bill worked to get his B.S. in agriculture. Placeholder After some overseas military service, Bill settled on and shared working the cattle ranch again. Eventually, Bill and Rojeanne decided to take the family to find the rain in the Eugene/Springfield area of Oregon, where they owned and operated Eugene Tree Spray for 20 years. After having cared for animals, then trees and yards, his next wonderful choice was to care for people through chiropractic care. Dr. Bill took over Gold St. Chiropractic in May 1994, then moved to Kresky in May of 2000, where he practiced until his passing. Bill is survived by his wife, Rojeanne, his son, Britt and daughters, Brenda and Bileejean and their families.
Blake, John T., Jr. 1954 HS ~ 31-Aug-2013
Blake, Nathan, Jr. 1954 HS ~ 01-Mar-1978
Bond, George A. 1954 HS ~ 25-Mar-2002
Brelin, Stanton E. 1954 JC ~ 15-Dec-2009 75, died at home with his family present on December 15, 2009. Stan was born October 9, 1934, in San Diego, to parents, Ebbe A. and Emily Brelin. He lived most of his life in San Diego, however Stan moved to Montana, where he lived in Butte and finally in Helena. Stan was a retired real estate professional that included appraisals, receivership’s and eventually became a real estate broker before fully retiring in the late 1980s. Stan’s hobbies included model airplanes, sailing, Austin Healey sports cars, architecture and travel. Stan also served in the Army as a cryptologist specialist from 1957 to 1959. On May 25, 1963, Stan married his first wife, Lila Jean, and had a son, Stanton Ewing Brelin, II. After the passing of Lila, Stan met and married his second wife, Jean, on January 17, 1994. She preceded Stan in death. Stan is survived by his son, Stanton (Rebecca), three grandsons, Christopher, Jeremy and Morgan, all of Helena, and his brother, Eric (Terri) of San Diego.
Brentari, Edward G., Jr. 1954 HS ~ 22-Jan-2017 passed away peacefully on January 22, 2017, at Sunrise Senior Living in Boulder, CO. A kind and noble soul, he will be greatly missed. He was born on October 5, 1936 in Albuquerque, NM, to Edward George Brentari and Pearl Smith Brentari. He spent his youth in Belen, NM, where his father was a dentist and his mother was active in Eastern Star. After attending high school at the New Mexico Military Institute, Edward enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1955, where he served three years in Europe as a radio repairman. After being honorably discharged from the Army in 1958, he entered the University of Colorado, Boulder, to study mechanical engineering and business administration. He became a member of Pi Tau Sigma, the honorary mechanical engineering fraternity and later joined the Scientific Research Society of America, or RESA, a professional scientific honorary society. While at CU, he worked part-time as a student trainee at the National Bureau of Standards or NBS (now called the National Institute of Standards and Technology) and was subsequently promoted to Mechanical Engineer in their Cryogenics Engineering Laboratories, publishing several articles on cryogenics. After graduating from CU in 1963 with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration, Edward went on to study advanced engineering and mathematics courses at the University of Denver. Edward later returned to CU and earned a Masters Degree in Philosophy in 1970. His intellectual curiosity led him to continue his studies in philosophy, completing nearly all of the requirements for a Ph.D. in Eastern Philosophy. After completing his academic career, Edward worked as an engineer at Eaton Metal Corp. Some of the projects he worked on include, the construction of the Eisenhower tunnel on I-70, and the design of coal conveyer belts for Wyoming power plants. Edward married Marjorie Tarbell Demmer in the living room of their Mapleton Hill home in 1971, where they continued to live for over 43 years. In 2014, they moved to Balfour Assisted Living in Louisville and then to Sunrise Assisted Living in Boulder, where his wife, Marjorie continues to live. Edward was an avid traveler. He and Marjorie traveled throughout Europe, to Egypt, the Caribbean, and Hawaii. England was one of their favorite places. A meticulous planner, Edward’s hobby was creating scrapbooks. He created over 35 folio sized scrapbooks, detailing their life together over their 45 year marriage. Throughout life, Edward was dedicated to learning and self development in his quiet and unassuming way. He was truly a wise, generous, and loving soul. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Tarbell Demmer Brentari; step-son Byron Demmer; daughter-in-law Valerie Demmer; sister-in-law Shirley Tarbell; and niece Sueann Kirby.
Broome, Tom K., II 1954 HS
Brown, Harry W., III 1954 HS
Brown, Loren M., Jr. 1954 HS-1956 JC – Jun-2002
Brown, Norman “Jack” 1952 HS-1954 JC ~ 19-Dec-2018 84, died peacefully December 19, 2018. Jack was born April 21, 1934 to Oliver S. Brown and Ada Rose Brown in Liberal, KS. After his mother passed away when he was three, his father remarried Doris Thompson who raised Jack, Beverly and later his two sisters, Judy and Vicki. He grew up in Liberal but begged his parents to send him to the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. After graduating from Roswell he went on to attend the University of Kansas where he met his wife Sharon. At KU, Jack received his law degree and was a proud Jayhawk the rest of his life. Jack’s legal career spanned over 45 years in private practice with his firm, Boddington and Brown. He was an outstanding litigator and attorney and was awarded numerous honors as a public speaker. As a member of the Kansas City, Kansas Jaycees, Jack served as President and was selected as an Outstanding Young Man of America. Community service was a large part of Jack’s life. He founded the Johnson County Boys Club and served as the President of the Mayors Council on Civil Rights in the 1960’s. He enjoyed serving the communities he lived in as a city councilman for Roeland Park, a municipal judge for Westwood and as the longest serving city attorney for Fairway, KS. Jack’s passions were his children, grandchildren, Sebago Resort in Minnesota, the KU Jayhawks, fishing, all things sports as well as dabbling at a time in photography and cooking. The family fondly remembers his famous steak with Madeira sauce or better yet, “chocolate chip cookies and chocolate milk shakes for dinner night.” If you could ask Jack where his favorite place in the world is he would tell you Sebago on Round Lake which Jack and Sharon purchased with friends Leon and Marjorie Holmstrom in the early 1970s. Jack helped to make Sebago the “Time and a Place” for our family and so many friends and families. Our fondest Sebago memories include Jack fishing, playing horseshoes, volleyball, organizing turtle races with pari-mutuel betting, and late night card games. Jack is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Judith Brown Clouston. He is survived by Sharon Brown, his daughter Debbie Brown, son Scott (Jeanne) Brown, daughter, Tricia Beaham, his six grandchildren, Taylor, Lauren, Parker, Catherine, Aidan and Gracie. He is also survived by his sister Beverly (Scott) Davey of Amarillo, TX, Victoria Brown of Arlington, VA, as well as his nieces, nephews and their children.
Buck, J. Gene 1952 HS-1954 JC
Buerkle, Gerald E. 1954 HS ~ 14-Jan-2005
Burkett, Benjamin C., Jr. 1954 HS ~ 03-Jan-2009 Benjamin Clinton a long-time Dallas resident, died January 3, 2009. He was 72. Ben was instrumental in the success of Dallas-based Lear Petroleum. He joined the company in 1968 as its Chief Financial Officer (and first employee) and guided it through its first public stock offering in 1974, a series of debenture offerings, and its listing on the New York Stock Exchange. He retired from the company in 1980. A native of Amarillo, Ben attended New Mexico Military Institute, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and joined the investment banking firm of Dominick and Dominick in New York City as an oil and gas analyst. Ben returned to Amarillo in 1960 and joined Shamrock Oil and Gas Corporation’s finance department. Ben lefty Shamrock to join Mesa Petroleum as the assistant to President T. Boone Pickens. While at Mesa, Ben engineered the acquisition of Hugoton Productions, Co., a company significantly larger then Mesa in what was one of the earliest hostile tender offers in the nation. After his retirement from Lear, Ben pursued his love of gold at Royal Oaks Country Club. Growing up, Ben was a junior gold champion, caption of the golf team and winner of many tournaments. He continued in business as a management consultant for a number of public and private companies. Ben spent that last several years traveling the work with his wife Carole. Ben was predeceased by his parents Ben C. Burkett, Sr., and Ione Bradudt Burkett of Amarillo and his eldest son Ben C. Burkett, III, 1976 HS. He is survived by his wife Carole Warren Burkett of Midland, three sons, Mike and David of Dallas, Bob of Florida, and his brother, Dr. Robert J. Burkett of Fort Worth.
Buttolph, LTC Richard D., USMC (Ret) 1953 JC-1954 SC ~ 26-May-2017 Richard was born in Boone, IA, to Loren and Lillian Buttolph. He attended Roswell New Mexico Military Institute. Richard married Betty Elaine Yarbrough June 4, 1954, in Gainsville, TX. He entered the United States Marine Corps on September 6, 1954, retiring January 7, 1974, as Lt. Col. of the US Marines. He is preceded by his wife of 50 years, Betty, who passed in September of 2004. They had two children, Bonnie Kay and David Dwight. In 2005, November 21st, he married Shirley McLaughlin, residing in Oklahoma City and traveling until his failing health. Richard leaves behind wife, Shirley; 2 daughters, Bonnie and Melody; son, David; grandchildren, Jenna, Ashlea, Hope, Faith; sisters, Dixie and Diane; and brother, Dan; many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Byrd, James C. 1951 HS-1952 JC-1954 SC
Byron, Robert P. “Bob” 1952 JC-1954 SC ~ 05-Feb-2018 passed away peacefully on February 5, 2018 in Roswell, NM. “Bob” was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, on August 28, 1932, He was 85 years old. He was the only child of Josephine Velma Harris and Paul Edward Byron. At the age of four, his family moved to Longview, TX, and he also lived in El Dorado, AR, and graduated High School in Colorado City, TX. He spent summers working in the oil fields with his father. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from The New Mexico Military Institute when it was a four-year Senior College. He participated in ROTC and graduated with a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant to the United States Army. Upon graduation, he married Jeannine Hooper Byron of Roswell, NM, whom he met on a blind date. He served his military time in the Army as a platoon leader of Company B in the 73rd Tank Battalion in Korea. He named his Tank “Big Jeannine” in honor of his wife and Company B. Upon his return from his service as 1st Lieutenant in Korea, that he said was the coldest place on earth, he joined Magnolia Petroleum as an oil scout and he and his wife were moved to San Antonio, TX, where his daughter Dollianna was born; Corpus Christi, TX; to Shreveport LA, where his Son Robert Vincent was born; to Jackson, MS, for one year; then back to Shreveport, LA, where his son Paul Hunter was born. In 1971 Magnolia Oil Company and Mobil Oil Company were consolidated, the Mississippi and Louisiana offices were closing and all were transferred to New Orleans. Instead of making yet another move Bob resigned and moved his family to Roswell where he opened his office as an Independent Petroleum Landman. Bob retired in 1996 but still maintains an office at the J.P. White Building in Roswell with his wife. He was a voracious supporter of the Goddard Rockets Football Team when his son Paul played and Served several terms as the Goddard Rocket Football Booster Club President and documented countless hours of camera footage of football games and other Goddard High School Events. He was selected as the Honored Veteran of the Day at the Flag Retreat Ceremony at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, on Father’s Day in 2013 for his service to our country. His children graduated from the University of Oklahoma where he and Jeannine became associated with the Sooner Club. Bob was the official “greeter” at all of the Sooner Club Tail Gate events in Norman, OK, prior to every home game for over 25 Years. He and Jeannine drove 500 miles each football season numerous time a year to enjoy his Sooners and family that attended the games. He loved going to the Sooner tailgates, games, Charter trips and special events. He has enjoyed spending time with his family in Ruidoso at their cabin on Camelot Mountain, Thursday night dinner at the Roswell Country Club and his morning coffee club. Bob was a two-time President of the New Mexico Landman’s Association. He and several members of the association worked to enlarge the organization with more educational programs. He was also Vice President and Treasurer for 12 years of the 73rd Tankers Association. He is survived by his wife, Jeannine Hooper Byron of the home; daughter Dollianna Byron of Norman, Oklahoma; son Robert Vincent Byron and his wife Michele of Plano, TX; Son Paul Hunter Byron of Champaign, IL; grandchildren; Kourtni Nicole Beebe, Alexandra Michele Byron, Robert Connor Byron, Zachary Hunter Byron, Sylvia Dane Byron, Robert Paul Byron, II and a cousin Kathy Harris Phillips of Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
Carter, David S. 1954 JC
Cate, LTC Hugh C., Jr., USA (Ret) 1952 JC-1954 SC ~ 02-Jul-2013 81 of Huntsville, AL, passed away Tuesday. Survivors include daughter, Stephanie Ryan Cate-Gibson (Mike) of Decatur; son, Hugh C. Cate, III, (Sabrina) of Huntsville; grandchildren, Hugh C. Cate, IV, Heather Rachelle Cate, Ashley Ryan Cate and Jonathon Gibson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Chambers, John S. 1954 HS ~ 20-Oct-2010 74, formerly of Camp Wood and Canadian, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010. John was born Jan. 19, 1936, in Canadian, to Frank and Gwen Jones Chambers. He was Georgetown resident for the past eight years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and attended the University of Missouri and New Mexico Military Institute and was self-employed in oil and gas investments. His love for Jesus Christ led him to participate in volunteer areas of mission work in Africa, Central America, Russia, etc. His focus on missions was “refocused” from African ministry trips to sharing his faith at cancer clinics and centers. From his early cowboy experience he enjoyed opportunities to share laughter with all who knew him. He was a lifetime learner and enjoyed learning new things. His God, family and precious friends were foremost in his life and his life was changed when he committed completely to God. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; three daughters, Rebecca Hughes, Sarah Sumner and Missy Markley Houston; a son, John Frank Chambers; seven grandchildren; and two sisters, Francie Cody of Sedona, AZ, and Joan Novak of Austin.
Clarke, A. Rav 1954 JC ~ 14-Apr-1979
Classen, Nicholas W. 1954 HS ~ 21-May-2020 Nicholas William (Nick) Classen, 83, of Austin, died on Thursday, May 21, 2020. He was the son of Ashley Green Classen of LaCygne, KS, and Hilda Molesworth Classen of Montell, TX, and Austin, TX; and was born in El Paso, TX, on August 21, 1936. Nick grew up in El Paso and attended Coldwell Elementary School and Austin High School in El Paso, and completed high school at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. He then attended and graduated from the University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS) in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and received a Master of Science Degree in Sanitary (now Environmental) Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1961. He was a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas and was a Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He was a member of the Texas Water Pollution Control Association, Water Pollution Control Federation, Texas Water and Wastewater Association, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, a 60-year member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, charter member of Balcones Toastmasters Club in Austin, Kiwanis International, English Speaking Union, the Town Lake Breakfast Club, and was a 15-Gallon Blood Donor at the Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas. Nick worked in the environmental engineering programs of agencies of the State of Texas for over 40 years, including the Texas Department of Health and in the Governor’s office under Governor Preston Smith, before retiring in 2000. In his retirement, he worked part time for 10 years for a local funeral home, but played the bagpipes for services at most of the funeral homes in Austin and Central Texas. Nick was a well known bagpiper in the Austin area and had the longest tenure of piping in Austin and Central Texas of any piper in the area. He began learning in 1961, and it became his passion and avocation from that time until the end of his life. He studied bagpiping under the late, world famous piper Seumas MacNeill of Glasgow Scotland, and a number of nationally known pipers in the United States and Canada. His Scottish and bagpipe-related activities included teaching piping for over 40 years in Austin, member of pipe bands in Houston, San Antonio and Austin; including the Capitol City Highlanders Pipe Band, which he founded in 1982 and served as Pipe Major until 2010. He had the honor of piping for Texas Governors John Connally, Preston Smith, Mark White and William Clements; millionaire publisher Malcolm Forbes, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and His Royal Highness Prince Charles of Great Britain, Ladybird Johnson, and numerous state and local dignitaries and celebrities. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Ashley Green Classen and Hilda Molesworth Classen; and is survived by his wife, Linda S. Classen; son Wade A. Classen and his wife Linda of Austin, adopted daughter Lori Schneider of Bryan, TX, sister Dr. Jane C. Simon and husband Dr. Geza Simon of Minneapolis, MN, brother The Rev. Dr. Ashley M. Classen and wife Dr. E. Jo Bailey of Keller, TX, five grandchildren, stepsons Dr. Kenneth Robinson, Mark Robinson, and Keith Robinson, and several nieces and nephews and other family members. It was Nick’s wish that on this occasion of his last party, Scottish music be played on the pipes and drums while all his friends are served beer and plenty to eat. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will celebrate his life with family and friends at a later date. A private funeral service will be held at Weed-Corley-Fish with a private burial at Cook-Walden Forest Oaks Cemetery and Memorial Park in Austin. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Oak Hill United Methodist Church Endowment Fund and The Boy Scouts of America, Capitol Area Council in Austin.
Clees, Homer N. 1954 JC ~ 16-Jan-2020 Homer Clees, born in Roswell, NM, Jan. 16, 1933, passed Jan. 16, 2020; died peacefully at home, surrounded by family and supported by caregivers and Hospice, in Pismo Beach, CA; where he and his wife, lived the last 3 years. Previously, of Nipomo, CA, 19 years; previously of Ruidoso, NM, 10 years. Prior to that the couple had been long time residents of Lompoc, CA. where Homer was an educator for LUSD for 31 years and a Real Estate Broker. Where he ran a successful real estate office, Casa Realty for 22 years. He employed his wife as a real estate agent and office manager and his daughter as property manager. Homer enjoyed deep sea fishing, shore fishing, and building. While retired in Ruidoso, he enjoyed: deer hunting, traveling the world with his wife and dear friends. He continued to build, read and garden. He attended NMMI on boxing and football scholarships. He was NM Golden Gloves Champion 5X in a row. Homer boxed in Madison Square Garden. He graduated from Eastern NMU with a BA in Business and Economics. Later, obtained his Masters in Education from Cal Poly Technic State University. He was a 50 year+ member of the Elks Lodge, Kiwanis member, past president of the Grand Knights of Columbus, and a past president of the Lompoc Rotary Club, he was honored him with the “Paul Harris Fellows” award. Homer is survived by: his Wife, Dianne Ethelyn Clees, predeceased by Son Charles Alan Clees, survived by Grandson Glenn Craig Clees, Daughter Cheryl Clees Allen, and Grandchildren Zachary Nicholas Allen and Mickayla Dianne Allen. Sadie, Preston, Brooke, Lynne Krier and Riley, Ryder, Bryce and Brayden Allen. Five Times Golden Gloves Champion Passes.
Cogle, Jimmie P., Jr. 1952 JC-1954 SC
Conrace, COL Joseph E. C., Jr., USA (Ret) 1952 HS-1954 JC ~ 20-Dec-2013 Colonel Joseph E. Conrace, 80, a child psychiatrist, passed away Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.
Cook, LTC Richard A., USA (Ret) 1954 JC ~ 28-Oct-2011 77, passed away on Oct. 28, 2011. He is survived by his wife Stacy, sister Dorothy, children Eric and Julia, and grandchildren Ross and Mallory.
Cooper, George Newton 1954 HS ~ 08-Jun-2007 71, died Friday, June 8, 2007. Born February 3, 1936 in Silver City, NM. George was a retired Educator and a Veteran of the U.S. Marines serving in the Korean War. He was a member of the Mason, Elks, Lions and S.I.R.S. George was a four year resident of Red Bluff, formerly from Merced, CA. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Lee Cooper, his eldest son Steven and wife Valarie and their three children: William, Carissa, and Garrett, his middle son Bruce and wife Suzanne and their daughter Marynn. George’s youngest son George William preceded him in death.
Cooper, MAJ Joe L., (Ret) 1950 HS-1952 JC-1954 SC
Crawford, Ernest W. 1954 HS ~ 22-Jan-1993
Cressman, George C. 1954 HS
Cupp, Robert C. 1954 HS
Daniel, Norman G. 1954 HS ~ 11-Sep-2012 age 76, a resident of Albuquerque for most of his life, died Tuesday, September 11, 2012, after a long illness. He is survived by his daughters, Kim Daniel and Tami Ju; son, Dan Danile; grandson, Conner Ju; and many other relatives and friends. Norman loved to race stock cars which he did for many years, with several trophies to show for it. His oldest daughter carries on his love for racing as she follows all the Indy races. Norman had two very special friends who cared for him his last couple years of life. These are neighbors whom upon discovering his ill health went above and beyond to take care of him. In the process, they became close friends and will greatly miss Norman. He was a loving father and grandfather as well as a friend and will be missed by all who knew him. The family would like to extend a special than you to Kathy, a case manager with the Department of Human Services. She went above and beyond in her care of Norman. She brought so many needed services to him and was so pleasant. She genuinely cares for those she works for and many thanks go to her for all she did for Norman. Also, a special thank you to Dr. Ellen Kim, with Housecalls of New Mexico, for her care and concern and wonderful disposition with Norman.
Davenport, Edgar Wesley “Eddie” 1950 HS-1952 JC-1954 SC ~ 25-Apr-1999
Davies, Dee A. 1954 HS ~ 19-Dec-2012
Davis, Larry R. (Hardison) 1952 HS-1954 JC ~ 06-Mar-2002
Dennis, Elder L. 1952 HS-1954 JC ~ 04-Jul-1993
Dickson, John C. 1954 JC ~ 01-Jan-2018 was born December 30, 1934 in Paris, TX. His parents were Dr. Emet P. and Mrs. Helen S. Dickson. He attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, for two years. He then attended Texas A&M University at Commerce Texas (formerly East Texas University) where he was awarded a degree in Physics. Upon completing his education, John served two years in the United States Army. John was stationed at White Sands Proving Grounds. He worked in the field of research and development of missile systems and continued this work with Civil Service until his retirement in 1983. John was a member of the Board of Directors for the Bank of Rio Grande in Las Cruces. He served as Chairman of the Board for a term. John met his wife, Ophelia at the White Sands Proving Grounds. They married in 1958. They had three children. Patricia Ann Dickson of Albuquerque, John Michael Dickson, deceased, and Thomas Alan Dickson, deceased. He is survived by a brother, David H. Dickson, and his wife Carol, of College Station, TX. Other survivors are: Pandra Dickson, daughter-in-law, of Williamsburg, VA. John Brandon Dickson, grandson and his wife, Mary, of Fuquay Varina, NC, Remington Wade Dickson, grandson, Raleigh, NC, Scarlet and John Michael Dickson II, great grandchildren, of Fuquay Varina, NC. Other survivors include many extended family members. Throughout his life, John was blessed with many friends. He enjoyed reading, traveling, and playing golf. Most of all he loved being with his family. He was a member of the Shrine and Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Tortugas. He was also a member of La Corporacion of Our Lady Guadalupe in Tortugas, where he made additional friends. In 2013, John and Philly moved from Las Cruces to Albuquerque to be closer to their daughter Patricia.
Doak, James W., Jr. 1954 HS ~ 09-Jul-2011 74, died of complications from Alzheimer’s at Christopher House in Austin on Saturday, July 9, 2011. A native Texan, Jim was born in San Angelo, TX, and was raised in Marfa, TX. He attended New Mexico Military Institute and graduated from San Angelo High School in 1955. Jim received a degree in Political Science from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. Jim met the love of his life, Barbara Ann at the University of Texas. After relocating to Washington, DC, they were married by the Chaplain of the U.S. Senate in 1961 in Olney, MD. They just celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on June 24, 2011. Jim enjoyed a variety of interests and careers throughout his lifetime. His zest for life, fabulous sense of humor, and kind smile allowed him to never meet a stranger. He was a wonderful artist and began his career as a graphic artist in Washington, DC. After moving back to Texas, Jim worked at Pete Sublett & Company, as a petroleum landman, and later for Continental Airlines from where he retired in 2003. Survivors include his wife Barbara, their two children, James W. Doak, III, of Madison, WI, and Marisa C. Hawn of Austin, TX, and four grandchildren, Jeffrey Scott Hawn, Jr., James Spencer Hawn, Camille Marie Hawn, and Delaney Rose Hawn.
Donaldson, David F. 1954 HS
Durham, COL Courtney Burleson, USAR 1954 SC ~ 30-Aug-2006
Durham, Donald D. 1950 HS-1952 JC-1954 SC
Easterling, B. T. “Buzz” 1952 HS-1954 JC ~ 01-June-2021 B.T. Easterling March 10, 1934 June 1, 2021 Bennett Thurmond Easterling, ‘Buzz’, physically ‘gave out’ on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at his townhome in Albuquerque, NM, at the age of 87. He was ‘rode hard and put up wet’ but a tough buzzard through the challenges, as a Lea County and then Catron County cowboy and rancher. Buzz was predeceased by his mother, Tommie Ross Calley; father, Henry Thurmond Easterling; also, stepfathers, Frank Knight and L.J. Calley; brother, Ross Eugene Easterling; niece, Tom Ross Easterling; aunt, Bess (and uncle, Orville Malmstrom); aunt, Ellen Kate (and Malcolm Madera); his polo teammates, Louis Nalda, Mickey Samuell (Carolyn), and Jack Dean. Buzzy is survived by his cousins, Ginger DuPont of New Orleans, LA, Ellen Madera Hinson (Rob) of New Braunfels, TX, Kitty Madera of Montana, he will forever and ever be adored by them; his nephew, Ross Easterling (Elizabeth); and niece, Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Rectenwald and her children, Henry and Erin cherish their time spent with Uncle Buzz and Grandy during the beautiful summertime at El Caso. Papa Buzz is also survived by his ranch crew: daughter, Susan (Ken) Swaim of Elephant Butte, NM and their children, KC of West Point, MS and Callie Jo of College Station, TX; son, Lance (Jayne) Easterling of Columbus, Texas and their son, Cole Easterling of Ft. Worth, TX. They were enriched with the love of horses and cattle, hunting and fishing, gardening, cooking, Spanish guitar music and Old Cowboy Ballads sung by their dad and grandpa. He loved his family and extended family and they loved him. His cheerful smile, generous spirit and crazy giggle was heartwarming to all. He was born in Pecos, TX on March 10, 1934, in the closest hospital (a sanitarium), but grew up with the rattlesnakes, tumbleweeds and caliche rocks in Jal and Carlsbad, NM and on the family’s Battleaxe ranch. He grew up eating hard-tack biscuits made by his cowboy friend Light Horse. He and his brother, Ross entered high school at New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) during the wartime when they had Calvary and Polo – a sport that trained the soldiers in horsemanship and warfare tactics. He made lifelong friendships with his teammates, and they competed and won National Intercollegiate Polo Championships in ’52 and ’54 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Polo was eventually phased out ending quite an impressive era at NMMI. Buzz was the class of ’54 and then went to Oklahoma University to study geology. He continued to play polo while in college and entered the Army and was given the honor of caring for the military horses to include Riderless Horses of the fallen soldiers. After two years of duty, he was called to help his widowed mother at El Caso Ranch in Quemado, NM. Eventually, he would entice a West Texas ranch girl/debutante (Suzanne Sears) from Sweetwater to live in the mountains of NM and become his wife. She was a loving partner, mother of his children, and together they formed many friendships and made wonderful memories before parting ways. He continued to be influential in the Border Circuit Polo with his former teammates and The Pie Town Javelinas hosting teams from the hot areas of the southwest for summer polo in the mountains. He later started his own club, El Caso Polo and Equestrian Center which continues to be a gathering place for old and young, international, and local, cowboys and Indians to challenge each other’s skill on the (battle) field. His great joy was to help young people with their horsemanship skills and to introduce them to polo, ranch work and hard work. “Hurry up, your burnin’ daylight!” His Quemado polo prota ga ‘s Pete Chavez, John and Adren Nance, Travis Simpson, B.J. Mendoza and Robert Bruton will be Honorary Pallbearers as they represent Buzz’s passion for bringing youth into polo and teaching them many skills to carry along into their lives. Chuck Rogers, Summers Reid, James Dobbins, and Geronimo Garcia will be remembered as being loyal Top Hands to make ‘the mare go’ for Buzz and our family; always contributing greatly to the crew. Buzz lived a life which encompassed many sectors of business and friendships around New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona. His ranching, polo, real estate, and oil/gas business kept him in the game and in touch with his friends and family until he drew his last breath. He loved NMMI and enjoyed hosting and supporting the Alumni Trail Rides; Silver Taps will be heard at this year’s trail ride for this Top Hand rider. Please join the family to remember Ole Buzz at a Visitation on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., FRENCH-Westside. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, June 10, 2021, 10:00 a.m., at FRENCH – Westside. His final resting place will be held on Saturday, June 12, 2021, 2:00 p.m. with a Graveside Service at the Pioneer Cemetery in Pecos, TX next to his mom (Grandy) and brother, Ross, and other family. Pallbearers will be Cole Easterling, KC Swaim, Henry Rectenwald, and Ross Easterling, Jr. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice , but these were special to Buzz: Tommie Calley Scholarship at www.nmmifoundation.com , USPA Polo Training Foundation www. polotrainingfoundation.org , and Quemado Lake Estates’ Scholarship for Quemado High School Seniors 70 Elk View Circle H.C. 60, Box 135 Quemado Lake, NM 87829. Condolences for the family, stories, music, and pictures may be offered online at [email protected] The family will be hosting a Buzz Easterling Memorial Polo Tournament and Bar-BQue when it rains. See website for details: www.elcasopolo.com. Please visit our online guestbook for Buzz at www.FrenchFunerals.com.
Ellison, Charles R., Jr. 1954 JC ~ 10-Oct-2011 age 79, of Coleman, died Monday, October 10, 2011, at the Coleman County Medical Center. He was born Charles Ralph Ellison, Jr., on September 22, 1932, in Gregg County, TX, the son of Charles Ralph Ellison, Sr., and Velma Carnahan Ellison. He was reared in East Texas and moved to Hobbs, NM, where he graduated from high school. Charles then attended the University of New Mexico. He married June Stratton in 1954. She preceded him in death. Charles moved to Coleman in 1996 from Santa Fe, NM. He married Myrna Farris Brink in 2000 in Santa Fe, NM. He was in the oil industry, a rancher, and attended the First United Methodist Church in Coleman. He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister. Charles is survived by his wife, Myrna Ellison of Coleman; three sons, Charles Ralph Ellison, III, of Odessa, David Brent Ellison and wife Pam of Hobbs, NM, and Jack Ellison and wife Sherry; two step-daughters, Tonna Demaet of Roundrock, and Fredda White of Reno, NV; three grandchildren, six step-grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Faris, Charles W. 1954 JC ~ 17-Oct-2011
Flato, Charles H., IV 1954 JC
Fleig, Russell Brooks 1952 HS-1954 JC ~ 02-Oct-2011 age 76, departed this planet for eternity October 2. 2011. Born November 22, 1934 in Vinton, LA, and raised primarily in Orange, TX. Brooks was a graduate of Orangefield High school, New Mexico Military Institute and Sam Houston State University. Brooks served in the U.S. Army 532nd Military Intelligence from 1957 to 1960 stationed in Hof, West Germany. His service as a cryptograph operator highlighted by intelligence gathering trips into communist East Germany. Upon his discharge, Brooks moved to Greenville, TX, to manage Sabine Title Company. In 1961 he married Catherine Ann Flood, a children’s clothing designer from San Antonio, TX. They parented two children: Russell Christopher (1963) and Catherine Marie (1967). Brooks turned his hobby of Scuba diving into a creative outlet when he founded Caribbean Productions, Inc and produced the full-length documentary SCUBA in 1972. The power of a living God entered Brook’s life in 1974 and led him to Choupique, LA, to found The Shepherd’s Rest”, a Christian retreat, park and crisis ministry. Over the next thirty years his ministry grew to include police Chaplin for Sulphur Police department, Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs department, Calcasieu Correctional Center and pastor for Faith Temple church. Brooks was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and throat cancer in 2009. His final years spent with many friends and family celebrating life’s accomplishments and memories many times over a game of dominos. Brooks is survived by his brother, John A. Fleig 1961 JC and wife Barbara (Babs); his wife and companion of 50 years, Catherine Ann (Kit) Fleig; two daughters, Tuja Stuard and Catherine Marie “Cam” Sharpe 1987 JC; one son, Russell Christopher Fleig; and eight grand children.
Fletcher, Sidney Mason 1954 HS ~ 10-Dec-1997
Folsom, H. Stanley 1954 HS ~ 08-Apr-2016, 80 of Dumas, passed away on Friday, April 8, 2016. Services are scheduled for 2 o’clock in the afternoon on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at Cornerstone City Church with Rev. Frank Gordoa, pastor of the church, officiating. Family burial will be in Stratford Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors. Stan was born March 3, 1936 in Amarillo TX, to Herbert and Alfa (Altringer) Folsom. He grew up in Stratford, graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute and later went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech. He moved to Dumas in 1969 and farmed in Sherman County. He married Linda Hubbard in 1978 in Wichita Falls, TX; she preceded him in death in 2013. Stan had many hobbies. He loved to repair old clocks and loved to birdwatch. He was a member of Gideon’s International and of Cornerstone City Church. Above all Stan loved his God, church, children and grandchildren. He will be missed by all who knew him. In addition to his wife, Stan is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his daughters: Lane Folsom and wife Ann Kearney of Dallas, Leisel Kroah and husband Ted Whitmore of Denver, and Leigh Folsom-Boyd and husband Robbie of Los Angeles; son Jonathan Folsom and wife Melba of Plainview; step-daughter Pamela Root and husband Mike of San Jose; sister Carolyn Brierty of Gulf Shores, AL; grandchildren; Adam Root, Noah Root, both of San Jose, Zander Folsom and Rylee Folsom both of Plainview.
Fortye, William R. 1954 HS
Galles, H. Lee, Jr. 1954 HS ~ 01-Jun-2007 Friday evening, June 1, Herbert Lee Galles, III, “Lee”, passed away quietly and comfortably. Lee’s surviving family includes five children, with eldest daughter, Terri Galles Bryan and her son, Lincoln Stanfield, of Albuquerque, Tracee Galles Dezzutti and her husband, Robert Dezzutti, with children Nicole and Jonathan Dezzutti of San Marino, CA, Tim Galles and wife, Nell Galles, with daughter Leilani Mae Galles of Royal Oak, MI, Amy Galles of Richmond, VA, and youngest son, Herbert Louis Galles IV, “Bo”, of Albuquerque. Lee also cherished siblings Judi Friday of Taos, NM, Karen Mische of Overland Park, KS, and brother, F. Rick Galles 1966 JC of Albuquerque. With many friends and devotion to the Albuquerque cultural and economic community, Lee was also blessed with friends, colleagues, and a large close-knit family featuring 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren surviving Lee’s recently passed father, Herbert Louis Galles “Hickum”, in March 2007, and his beloved mother, Fern Galles “Gigi”, deceased February 2001. Lee was married to Glynelle Hubbard Galles of Albuquerque and Leah Galles Fromer living in Fredericksburg, VA. Lee wrote 15 books focused on the topic of automotive advertising. The works were firsts of their kind and carried religiously by dealers and advertising agencies across the country through the 1970’s to the present. He was the only businessperson named Adman of the Year and Dealer of the Year at the same time by the National Automotive Dealer Association. Time magazine also named Lee as one of their Dealers of The Year, and Adweek magazine recognized Lee as one of the 10 most influential advertising professionals of the 1980’s. Lee was devoted to the growth of Albuquerque and its cultural and economic vitality. Much of his community efforts were focused on The University of New Mexico. He was a UNM Lobo through and through. During his own years at UNM, he was a letterman on the baseball team and a proud member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He served as President of the Lobo Club, conducted the New Look campaign for stadium improvements, and worked tirelessly to raise funds for recruitment and to help develop community support for the team’s objectives by soliciting more booster involvement. On Fall Saturdays, he could always be found cheering on his beloved Lobos with his father and brother. For UNM, Lee also represented UNM College of Arts and Sciences with its Million Dollar fund-raiser, “Make it to the Plus Side.” Galles taught Marketing 405 at the Anderson School of Business, lectured boundlessly at automotive and marketing seminars, universities, and spent two years consulting auto dealers and TV stations in Australia and Canada. For Albuquerque, Galles brought the famous radio personality, Paul Harvey, to the city to benefit the George Maloof Cancer Drive and was on the executive committee of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau, and Charter Revision committee, which made Albuquerque a city with a mayor and city council. Lee served two terms as President of NM Auto Dealers Association, six years as NADA Director, worked with Ralph Nadar on Dealer Government Relations, was named Cadillac Master Dealer the first year it was established, was the largest Oldsmobile dealer in the Pacific Region for 10 straight years, served on the Cadillac National Dealer Advisory Board, and conducted over 300 advertising seminars in all 50 states plus France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Canada, and Australia. Galles started the first “non-Madison Avenue””agency to secure a national General Motors accounts, Buick and GMC. Cutting a new path for businesses outside of traditional circles, Lee was integral to the successes of the 1984 Olympic Games held in Los Angeles. Working with admired Peter Ueberroth and Buick, Lee helped the Los Angeles Games become the first profitable Olympics ever. Based on his stellar relationship with General Motors, Lee also developed a 20-year relationship with the NFL and Super Bowl. Galles launched Hummer national advertising in 1992 and won Sports Illustrated’s first place for a multi-media ad campaign. After starting revolutionary Albuquerque-based advertising agency, Competitive Edge, and Sunrise Film Productions, with offices throughout the United States and Australia, Lee derived a great sense of pride from former colleagues and Competitive Edge employees who successfully opened their own agencies founded on his initial principals of cost-efficient and effective automotive advertising and merchandising. Lee was also the recipient of The Silver Medal Award from the New Mexico Advertising Federation, honoring lifetime achievement. After spending a life devoted to his community’s growth, health, and to the advertising, creative, and automotive industries, Galles often stated he was proud of all of his children for cutting their own paths and successful careers. Daughter, Terri Galles Bryan, and son, Tim Galles, have both received countless national marketing, advertising, public relations, and creative awards in his wake. Daughter, Tracee Dezzutti, attended USC Business School and the well-known Culinary Institute of America in New York and contributes significantly to charitable development in the Los Angeles area; Daughter, Amy Galles, was accepted into the fashion design program at Virginia Commonwealth University, and son, Bo Galles, recently pledged SAE and attends UNM while employed as a salesman at Galles Chevrolet.
Galligan, MAJ Pat S., USMC (Ret) 1950 HS-1952 JC-1954 SC ~ 11-Sep-2008 76, of Swansboro died September 11, 2008 at home. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps as a major. Survivors include his wife, Jane Galligan of the home; two stepdaughters, Sallie A. Rosa of Stafford, Va., and Gail S. Galligan of Wilmington; two stepdaughters, Cindy Collett of Raleigh and Kathrine Sparrow of Wilmington; and three granddaughters.
Gibson, Paul D. 1954 HS ~ 05-Jun-2007, 71, of Alto, passed away Thursday, July 5, 2007, in El Paso. He was born April 6, 1936, in Carlsbad. He graduated high school from the New Mexico Military Institute and was a lifetime member of the alumni association. He attended college at Southern Methodist University and New Mexico State University. He worked for the New Mexico State Police, was Captain and Deputy Chief of the Carlsbad Police Department and retired from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He was a certified deputy of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department. He was a member of the International Homicide Investigators and Homicide Investigators of Texas. He moved to Lincoln County in 1993 from Tennessee Colony, TX. He married Betty Doyle in 1977 in Colorado City, TX. He is survived by his wife, Betty; children: Ginny Willits and husband Todd, and Paul Grant Gibson; two stepchildren: Joybeth Baldarrama and Clifford Johnston, Jr.; and four grandchildren: Taylor Willits, Mitchell Willits, Shannon Johnston and Shane Johnston.
Goodwin, Bobby R. 1954 HS ~ 03-Feb-2013
Hall, James L., Jr. 1954 HS ~ 30-Sep-1998
Hamilton, John S., Jr. 1954 HS
Hankins, Fredrick D. 1954 JC ~ 30-Jul-1984
Harbaugh, Myron E. 1954 HS ~ 15-May-1997
Hartenbower, Joe W. 1954 HS ~ 07-Apr-2019, 82, of Overland Park, KS, cancer survivor and loving spouse, suffered from advanced dementia and passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 7, 2019. Joe is survived by his wife of 43 years, Donna Mannen Hartenbower; his son, Joel Hartenbower of Flowery Branch GA; and step-daughter, Gretchen Grade (Joel) of Deerfield IL; grandchildren Avery and Alexa Grade, and extended family throughout the country. Born in Evanston, IL, on July 20, 1936, Joe was the only child to E.K. (Joe) Hartenbower and Dorothy Westwood Hartenbower. When Joe was age 7, the family moved to Kansas City, MO, where his father was Vice President and General Manager of KCMO Radio and, later, KCMO-TV. Joe grew up an astute student of TV and communications. He graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell NM, and later with a Business Administration degree from the University of Missouri. He served as a medic/flying status in the United States Air Force reserves, and was called to active duty during the Berlin Crisis of 1961, when the Wall was constructed separating East & West Berlin. When Joe returned to civilian life he was employed by IBM, first as a salesman and soon thereafter as Sales Manager. In his first year as salesman in IBM’s Office Products division (think: “Selectric roller-ball type writers, when they first came out), he was the #1 salesman in the US. As Sales Manager, his office also soon became #1 under his leadership. In addition, he served for a time as personal assistant to Tom Watson, Jr.,-the second-ever CEO of IBM. In all of these positions, he acquired invaluable management experience and business acumen. Joe’s entrepreneurial spirit and talent for sales, marketing and consulting next led him to begin a new sales career as Vice President, Director of Sales and Branch Manager for Eugene D. Brown Real Estate Applying the assimilated lessons and successes of IBM and real estate, Joe began his own consulting firm in 1974, Hartenbower and Associates. Together with his wife, Donna, they worked with multiple entrepreneurial companies all across the US to develop the owner’s awareness, and train them and their management staffs in how to grow, develop & ensure the perpetuation of their companies beyond the owners’ life and/or interest spans In 1996 the Hartenbowers worked with Joe’s son and son-in-law to create a new company, AM/PM PC Services. Together they hired, trained and managed a team of computer technicians to develop the business, helping individuals and business owners with their computer and server technology needs. Due to declining personal health, the business was sold in 2018, allowing both Joe and Donna to retire. Throughout his life and career, Joe championed many personal health challenges and for those for whom he cared. After losing sight in one eye, in 2003 some necessary work was being done to the second eye, which was unsuccessful and left Joe legally blind. On the journey of accepting the incontrovertible facts of his blindness, Joe discovered a new spiritual strength and path, first with Unity Church of Overland Park, and later as a member of Church of the Resurrection. Joe overcame the loss of his driver’s license and mobility by proudly learning to operate a Segway and, later, an electric 3-wheel motor scooter. In 2013 Joe became deathly ill from Esophageal cancer which he miraculously survived. It was then that Joe began planning to sell the business and retire. It was also a period of time when signs of dementia began to surface. Due to the needs and challenges of advanced dementia Joe was moved in January 2019 to Garden Terrace of Overland Park where he made his peaceful transition at 1 am on Sunday, April 7.
Hermann, John F. 1954 JC ~ 01-Apr-1992
Hissom, Ronny J. 1954 HS ~ 10-Mar-2005
Hogsett, Frederick L. 1954 HS ~ 14-Apr-2012
Hogsett, Theodore C. 1952 HS-1954 JC ~ 08-Jan-2021 Theodore Calvin Hogsett, passed away from natural causes on Friday, January 8, 2021. “Ted” was the son of Fred and Lucille Hogsett and grandson of Fred and Mary Hammond of Magdalena, New Mexico. Ted attended New Mexico Military Institute, going on to attend New Mexico State University where he earned a degree in Civil Engineering. Upon completion of college, Ted received his 2nd Lt. Commission in the U.S. Army and was posted to Ft. Belvoir, Virginia for Officer Basic Training. He then entered the Army Reserves and spent seven years in the 8th Corp. The next twenty-three years Ted worked as a Civil Engineer, both as a self-employed Consulting Engineer and with several National Engineering firms. In 1973 Ted opened the Southwestern Gallery of Art in Old Town and the Southwestern School of Art where he taught art for eighteen years, touching the lives of over 3,000 art students in that time. Throughout his life, Ted loved painting and found his purpose through his passion for art. Ted is survived by his wife Martha, daughters Mary Lou Hooker and husband Andy Hooker, Carol and husband David George, Sandra and James Coleman and Teddie Sue and husband Rick Mooday. He has 11 grandchildren, Katherine, Sara, Caroline, Ian, Ashlee, Lindsay, Jamie, Kyle, Jennifer, Emme and Jack, and by two great-grandsons, Weiland and River as well as many nieces and nephews too numerous to list. All were loved by him as well. Ted loved his family, his art and his childhood home of Magdalena where some of the happiest days of his life were spent.
Holmes, Alan K. 1950 HS-1952 JC-1954 SC ~ 29-Jul-1981
Holt, LTC Xavia M., USA (Ret) 1950 HS-1952 JC-1954 SC ~ 08-Dec-2017 85, our faithful warrior, has laid down his armor and passed gently into the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was born in Baton Rouge, LA, to Xavia M. and Martha (Bates) Holt. He grew up a farm boy on the family farm in Gilbert, LA, working chores before school and driving the tractor after. He was self admittedly a poor student when he entered the New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI). He found a love for the military and history. Following graduation, he went directly into the Army where he served honorably for 22 years, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (LTC). He was preceded in death by his first wife Freda Thompson Holt. Xavia is survived by his children: Cathy M., Debbie A., and Kenneth F. Holt; and his grandchildren Ashley and Kyle Holt. He is also survived by his second wife Cynthia Ann Stevens and his step daughter Eva Noel Stevens. He leaves behind to celebrate his life, his church, Arapaho Road Baptist Church, family and his many friends at Brookdale Senior Living. Xavia was a man who lived his life in service to his God, his country and his family, with his servant’s heart. He humbly led by example. Now, this warrior can rest in eternal peace with his Lord. Rest, sweet warrior, your job here is done.
Horton, John A. 1954 HS ~ 10-Jul-2001
Houser, Jerry D. 1954 HS
Hudson, Frank Lawson 1954 HS ~ 23-Nov-2018
Huffaker, Donald D. 1954 HS ~ 15-Jan-1990
Hunt, Peter M. 1954 HS ~ 23-Aug-2002
Jackson, REV Hillyer B., Jr. 1952 HS-1954 JC ~ 02-May-2016 “Barney”, lifelong resident of Oklahoma, died May 2, 2016, in Oklahoma City following an extended illness of COPD. Born March 23, 1934, in Oklahoma City, he was the firstborn of twin sons of H.B. Jackson and Roberta Banks Jackson. Being reared in Oklahoma City he attended Classen High School and New Mexico Military Institute, graduating with a High School degree in 1952 and a Junior College diploma in 1954. Father Jackson graduated from Oklahoma University with a degree in history in 1956, and from the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest with a Master of Theology Degree in 1959. Following ordination in the Episcopal Church in 1959, he served 51 years in the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, beginning as Vicar of St. Marks, Hugo, and St. James, Antlers, to 1964. Following assignments he was Vicar of St. Mark’s, Perry, and Church of the Ascension, Pawnee, from 1964-1966. He was commissioned a First Lieutenant as a Chaplain in the 45th Division National Guard until 1968. He was Assistant to the Rector and then Rector at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Enid, from 1966 to 1980, with a year at Cambridge University, England, as a James Mills Fellow from the Diocese of Oklahoma in 1967-68. In 1980 he became Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Oklahoma City, and in 1987 he was appointed Vicar of Christ Memorial Episcopal Church, El Reno, where he remained until retirement in January of 2011. As Senior Priest in the Diocese of Oklahoma, Father Jackson has served on many of the committees and commissions of the Diocese. Three times a Deputy to General Convention and twice an Alternate, he has served as Dean of Senior High Youth Conference, Delegate to Provincial Synod, the Diocesan Board of Examining Chaplains and Chairman of that Board, Chair of the Division on Ministry Development, Diocesan Convention Planning Committee, Board of Trustees of St. Crispin’s Conference Center, Board of Trustees of the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, Board of Trustees of the National Council of Churches, longtime member of the Oklahoma Committee of Indian Ministries, and the Anglican/Roman Catholic Commission in the Diocese of Oklahoma and the Roman Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Father Jackson will be remembered for his sense of humor and great love and respect for the life and history of the Episcopal Church in Oklahoma, and of the history of the state of Oklahoma. Preceded in death by his parents and twin brother, Bob, he is survived by three nieces, Gayle Jackson Stringer and husband, Rodney, Sharon Jackson Sanchez and husband, Rubin, and Janet Jackson Spaulding and husband, Richard, eight first cousins and their families.
Jackson, John R. 1952 HS-1954 JC
Janssen, Lt Col Howard Grant, USAF (Ret) 1954 HS ~ 07-Dec-2009 was born on Aug. 19, 1936, in Denver, CO, to Wallace H. Janssen and Ann M. Jannsen, nee Wolfe. He died on Dec. 7, 2009, in Sierra Vista, AZ. Howard received a diploma from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, in 1954; a bachelor’s from the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, in 1961, and a master’s from the University of Colorado in 1970.
Jewell, Coburn B. 1952 HS-1954 JC
Jones, Arthur M. 1954 JC ~ 04-Jan-2002
Jue, Allen W. 1954 HS ~ 20-May-2015 Allen Walton Jue went to be with our heavenly father on May 20, 2015. He passed away peacefully in one of his favorite places, Honolulu, HI. Allen was born at home on February 16, 1936 in Ventura, CA, the son of Walton and Mary Jue. He attended Ventura High School and graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. Allen was a born leader and business person. After his schooling, Allen joined his father and brother in many business ventures, significantly Jue’s Market on East Main Street. Allen met most of the townspeople at the market and knew patrons by name. To him, it was a family community. Later, he joined six business partners in starting the American Commercial Bank in Ventura. Serving as chairperson of the board of directors of the bank, Allen was instrumental in the merger of several banks into American Commercial Bank. The merger created the largest independently owned bank in Ventura County. Upon his retirement, Allen traveled throughout the United States in a motor coach with his wife, Donna. With Allen’s vibrant and friendly personality, they met many travelers on the road. Allen and Donna also traveled internationally and had the great opportunity to visit his father’s and mother’s homelands in Nom Hing Lai and Hoi Hom Villages in China. Taking his family to see their roots was a highlight that his daughters will remember forever. Allen was an avid fan of college and professional sports. He held season tickets to the LA Rams football games. When the Rams left the area, he began rooting for the LA Raiders. Allen and his family were very close, and they visited each other as often as possible. He deeply loved his daughters, sons-in-law, and grandson. He proudly discussed their achievements and accomplishments. Allen is survived by his wife, Donna Riley; daughters and sons-in-law, Jonee Jue and Chuck Schuman, Valerie and David Francuz; grandson, Allen Francuz; daughter, Kristi Jue; brother, Edward Jue; sisters, Dorothy Jue Lee, Daisy Jue Yang and Jeanne Jue Wong.
Kay, Conrad Michael “Casey” 1954 HS ~ 18-Mar-2014 went to be with his Heavenly Father on March 18, 2014. Born to Arthur and Selma Kay in Santa Fe, NM. Casey was raised in Taos, NM. He married Rosalind Rubinow in 1963 they were blessed with two daughters. Conrad was a part of the first graduating class from the US Air Force Academy; during his time in the Air Force he served in Vietnam in 1964 where he was a flight instructor. In 1965 he was hired by American Airlines where he retired as a pilot in 1997. Conrad was a man with a large heart. He was honored by Governor Rick Perry in 2004 for Volunteer of the Year, he volunteered in Mercy Med Flight where he served as the Chief of Operations. Conrad loved his Texas Rangers and his motorcycles. Those who have preceded him in death are his parents and sister Eva Jolton. Those left to cherish his memory are beloved wife Rosalind Kay, two daughters Jennifer Kay (Steve Lord) and Rachel Kay. He leaves two wonderful grandsons who he loved dearly, Jonathan and David Lord. Conrad was able to celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary with his family in December.
Kemp, William L. 1952 JC-1954 SC ~ 23-Sep-2009 passed away peacefully at his home from cancer Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009. Bill was a beloved family man and a respected lifelong member of the Red Bluff business community. He was 76. Bill was born Feb. 16, 1933, in Spokane, WA, to Richard and Elizabeth Kemp. His family moved to Susanville in the 1940s. A graduate of Lassen High School, Bill was active in the band, theater, track and cadets. As a young man, he traveled Europe and then attended and graduated with a business degree from New Mexico Military Institute in 1954. During college, he played piano for his own dance band, was a drum major in the marching band, and belonged to the Cadet Orchestra. He later went on to serve his country during the Korea War. He was stationed at Fort Knox, KY, with a rank of lieutenant in the U.S. Army. While there, he also joined the Shrine Club. After his stint in the service, Bill moved to Red Bluff in 1956 to be with his parents. Bill went to work for Retterath Stationery on Main Street. It was during this time he met and married Gayle, who at the time was working for her family-run restaurant. The couple wed Oct. 28, 1966. They went on to purchase the stationery business, moving it across the street to 623 Main Street. They renamed it Kemp’s Stationery and Gifts. Mr. Kemp was involved in retail sales the majority of his life. He and his wife would later open Gayle’s Fashions and then Gayle’s Tuxedos and Casual Clothes. He was a well-known and respected figure on Main Street in Red Bluff. Much of his life was dedicated to keeping the downtown Red Bluff business in the forefront. Bill and his wife Gayle were awarded the Chamber of Commerce Business People of the Year Award. They were very busy in chamber activities, as well as the Downtown Business Association. He enjoyed many years of downtown ‘sidewalk sales,’ helped to initiate downtown Round Up festivities and Christmas parades. Bill was also a farmer and owned Kempson Acres in Dairyville. He had prune orchards and ran a dehydrating business. He would later operate a fresh produce stand. He had been a member of the Masons, Elks, the Red Cross, and the Red Bluff Chamber of Commerce. He was a member and past president of the Red Bluff Rotary Club. He also belonged to the Cone Community Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge, was a ‘dad adviser’ for Demolay, a 4-H leader, and served on many committees, including the Jr. Fat Stock Committee for the Tehama District Fair. He is survived by: his loving wife of 43 years Gayle; daughter and sons-in-law Debbie and Len Moore of Belmont, Kathleen ‘Kathy’ and Darren Trueblood of Redding, and Margaret K. and Mike Blaney of Dairyville; sons and daughters-in-law Dan and Diane Ellis of Red Bluff, Gregory and Diane Ellis of Red Bluff, Charles and Tina Kemp of Dairyville. His legacy also included 17 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
King, Franklin B., Jr. 1954 JC
King, William George 1954 HS ~ 13-Jan-2016, 79, of Jonesboro passed away on January 13, 2016. He was born in Pocatello, ID, on May 21, 1936 to William Vincent and Georgianna Carie King. William was a retired Captain with Delta Air Lines with 32 years of service. He also proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy as a pilot for 8 years. William was preceded in death by his daughter, Molly King and his parents. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Debbie King; his daughters, Georgianna King, Danielle Arnold, Marybeth King and Cindy King Bernal; his sons, David King and Chris King; and his grandchildren, Bobby, Chloe, Olivia and Ethan.
Kinsel, Thomas A. 1954 JC ~ 19-Jan-1996
Koehler, Ted L., Jr. 1954 HS ~ 17-Oct-2011 (November 7, 1935 to October 17, 2011) Ted Louis Koehler, Jr., passed away on October 17, 2011 after a long battle with Primary Progressive Aphasia. He was the son of Elvira and Ted Koehler and was born in New York City but moved to Beverly Hills, CA, at the age of three months. He graduated from Beverly Hills High School and received his BA and MBA from the University of Southern California. Ted married UCLA graduate Nancy Wollmer, his wife of 45 years, in 1966. He began his professional career in the electronics industry at Scientific Data Systems, then moved his family from Los Angeles to La Jolla, CA, when he joined Spin Physics, Inc. A family man of great charm, warmth and humor, Ted enjoyed music, tennis, history, reading, traveling, and spending time at the beach with his family. Ted was an avid sports fan – especially when it came to his alma mater, USC – and some of his happiest moments were spent coaching at the Cliffridge youth fields. He was also an animal lover and was the devoted owner of several dogs throughout his lifetime. He is survived by his wife Nancy, his daughter Kathleen Koehler Casciani (Steve), his son Jeffrey Koehler (Mari), and his three grandchildren Theodore William Koehler, Emmett Adam Koehler and Julia Anne Casciani.
Krull, Harvey L. 1954 HS ~ 30-Aug-2005
Laverty, COL Wayne B., USA (Ret) 1952 JC-1954 SC ~ 01-Sep-2012 passed away Sept. 1, 2012, at Mountain View Hospital, after a brief illness. He was born in 1932, to Charles G. And Ruth P. Laverty, in Denver, and was a 21-year resident of Las Vegas. Wayne graduated valedictorian in 1954 from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, and was the Golden Gloves boxing champion for New Mexico. During his 30-year military service, he received the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and the Defense Superior Service medals. During his military career, Wayne enjoyed several assignments in the United States, Europe, and Africa. Wayne held a MA degree in African affairs from American University and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Wayne is survived by his wife, of 41 years, Barbara; sons, Kevin D. Laverty 1979 HS (Michelle) of Columbus, OH, and Brian (Mary) of Falls Church, VA; granddaughters, Bailey Rose Laverty and Morgan Brianne Laverty; brother, Dale P. Laverty 1954 HS-1956 JC (Linda) of Miami; cousin, Terry (Jean) Laverty of Golden, CO; and his nieces, Karissa and Miranda Hinkle of Grottoes, VA. He loved his family, friends and neighbors and was proud of his Irish heritage.
Lazovich, Steve J. 1954 HS
Leisy, LTC Henry J., USA (Ret) 1950 HS-1952 JC-1954 SC ~ 28-Feb-2014 born January 29, 1930 in Panama Canal Zone, died February 28, 2014 in Greensboro, AL. Henry did undergraduate studies at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, with a degree in Military Science. While in college in New Mexico, he worked for the American Geodetic Survey for Central American Mapping Company. He was responsible for mapping assignments in the Darien Jungle…he loved the adventure of going into the jungle where no roads had been mapped before. He did Graduate studies at Villanova University in Villanova, PA, and American University in Washington, DC, he studied Advanced Spanish in preparation for an assignment with The American Embassy in Bogota, Columbia; Military Professor at Valley Forge Military Academy in Valley Forge, PA; Korean War Veteran serving in the Honor Guard. During his Honor Guard Service, he was asked to escort President Dwight D. Eisenhower. He was a Past Member of the Church of the Ascension, Montgomery Country Club and the Capital City Kiwanis Club in Montgomery, AL. He moved to Greensboro, AL, in 1992. He was an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; Served on the Vestry and was Senior Warden for 2 years. He was predeceased by his parents, Etta and Henry Leisy. He is survived by his wife, Lutie J. Leisy; his children, Henry Eric Leisy (Melissa), Anna Marie “Mimi” Rush (Kenneth), Ann Harbin Leisy Nutting (William), Joseph Bryan Stickney (Margaret) and Lucie Stickney Wadsworth (Frank); grandchildren, Katherine Ann Leisy, Charles Henry Leisy, Anna Marie Nutting, Winston Leisy Rush, Joseph Bryan Stickney V, Jackson Bradley Stickney, Carrie Wadsworth Thornton, Jacob Howard Wadsworth and Edward Joshua Wadsworth and two brothers, Ralph Leisy (Rita) of College Station, TX, and COL Robert R. Leisy, USMC (Ret) 1951 JC-1953 SC (Delores) of Jacksonville, FL. He was a loving husband and father; and a wonderful outdoorsman.
Lemons, Jr. Henry L. 1954 HS
Long, Hollis E. 1954 HS ~ 30-Mar-2019, 84, of Boulder, passed away on March 30, 2019 in Windsor, CO. He was born to Hollis and Catherine (Michie) Long on January 11, 1935 in McAllen, TX. Hollis attended Texas Tech and graduated from Tennessee Temple as an ordained minister. He worked as a pastor for many years, and also retired from IBM. In addition, he and his wife started a Christian K-12 school in Boulder called Abundant Life School Hollis proudly served for the US Army. He loved to tell people how, as an MP, he gave a two-star general a ticket for parking on the grass. He admitted, jokingly, it wasn’t the smartest thing to do Hollis enjoyed reading books and was working on a book of his own at the time of his passing. He also loved participating in mission trips and traveling with his wife. Altogether, they visited seven different countries. Hollis is best known for his hilarious sense of humor, his steadfast ambition and for being a man of God He is survived and dearly loved by his children, Bruce (Laura) Long, Arthur (Karla) Long, Rebecca (Gary) Consol and Valerie (Sean) Walker; 12 grandchildren; brother, Michie Long (Helene) and many extended family and friends. Hollis was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Long, and his parents.
Loveless, Clell W 1954 HS ~ 06-Dec-2015
Luttrell, William Sherrod 1954 JC ~ 10-Feb-2013, 80, of Houston, passed away on Sunday, February 10, 2013 after a long illness. Bill was born November 13, 1932 in Mineral Wells, TX, to Pruett Sherrod and Ann Nora Luttrell. He grew up in Houston, where he attended Lamar High School, then graduated from New Mexico Military Institute. He later earned a business degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1955. While at Texas, he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and made many lifelong friends from those times. After college, he served in the Army in Los Angeles, CA, before returning to Houston, where he met his wife, Ida Harbison and began a career in Real Estate and Insurance. He opened the Luttrell Insurance Agency in the Oak Forest neighborhood, where he served the community for the next 50 years from the office at 3205 North Shepherd Drive. While balancing family and business, he was also a devoted follower of the arts, especially American art glass and paperweights. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ida, children Bob and Courtney Luttrell, of Dallas, Anne and David Pope, of Leander, Bill and Lisa Luttrell of New Diana, Richard Luttrell of Austin and nine grandchildren, Gregory, Wyatt, and Lauren Luttrell, Joshua, James, and Jessica Pope, and Grace, Jack, and John Luttrell. He is also survived by his twin brother, John and wife Beverly, of Dallas. He was predeceased by sister Mary Elaine, of Mineral Wells, and sister Elizabeth Joan Reed, of Dallas.
MacDonald, John Dale GYSGT, USMC (Ret) 1954 HS ~ 03-Apr-2018 age 83 of Belton, MO, departed this life Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at Beautiful Savior Nursing Home, Belton, MO.
Mackey, Bill O. 1954 JC ~ 21-Jul-2005
Manar, Thomas J. 1954 HS ~ 15-May-1993
Marshall, Jon M. 1952 HS-1954 JC ~ 17-Jul-2018 84, of Roswell, NM, born December 3, 1934, departed this earth on July 17, 2018. Jon was a loving father, friend to all and generous beyond words. He loved his children above anything and was very proud of their accomplishments in life. He was also very proud to have served his country and to have spent the last years of his life in the great State of New Mexico. He was preceded in death by Dr. and Mrs. I.J. Marshall of Roswell, NM; John and Mary Leitnaker of Fort Walton Beach, FL; Steven Marshall of Roswell, NM; and his old buddy, Mister the dog. He is survived by his loving children Robin L. Marshall of Austin, TX, Paul and Carrie Marshall of Lincoln, NE; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Marshall of Lubbock, TX; Joseph Marshall of Dallas, TX; Bob Brunswig of Port Orchard, WA; Sol and Melinda Kardon of Dallas, TX; Grandchildren Trinity Marshall, Makeda Marshall, Wylder Marshall and Meadow Marshall. Jon will be greatly missed down here while he meets up with his loved ones in Heaven.
McCain, J. Peter 1954 HS ~ 14-Feb-2009 73, passed away on February 14, 2009. Jay Peter McCain graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in 1954, later earning a degree from UCLA in psychology and philosophy. He worked for the Dept. of Women and Children in Santa Fe for many years, then moved to Albuquerque, and was employed by the UNM Children’s Psychiatric Hospital until retiring. He was a film buff, keeping up with all the latest releases and collecting many DVDs. He appreciated good food, beautiful music, family and friends. He is survived by his sister, Bernice Fiske; nephew, Lionel Fiske; a great-niece and great-nephew Jennifer and David Fiske.
McCrea, David T. 1954 HS ~ 13-Nov-2020 David Thomas McCrea passed peacefully on November 13, 2020, in Roswell, NM, with his lovely wife, Lauralea, by his side. Born on November 15, 1935, in Beverly Hills, CA, to Joel McCrea and Frances Dee, David was the middle son between brothers Joel Dee “Jody” McCrea 1952 HS, deceased, and Peter McCrea. David—or “Barney” as he came to be called during childhood for his love of the barn—grew up on his parents’ horse and cattle ranch in southern California before going to New Mexico Military Institute, California Polytechnic State University, and finally Principia College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology. David loved helping on his parents’ ranch, as well as other aspects of the rural life, so any chance David could escape to the country and work with animals, he would. Once out of school, and after serving honorably in the United States Army, David embarked on a quest to find the perfect ranch away from the bright lights of Hollywood with his first wife, Jan Johnson. Together, David and Jan ranched in California, Nevada, and Oklahoma, before returning to California. During that time, David and Jan had three children: Wyatt W. McCrea 1980 HS, now of Thousand Oaks, CA; Clay, now of Moorpark, CA; and Jeni Flowers, of Roswell. Shortly after having Jeni, however, Jan died of cancer. At the same time, David had been looking to return to southeastern New Mexico—where he was drawn to the high desert landscape and wonderful people he met while attending NMMI. In time, David found a ranch east of Roswell and married a ranch girl from Del Rio, TX,— Lourene Jarrett. Together, David and Lourene ranched east of Roswell from 1971 to 1993, where they raised Wyatt, Clay, Jeni, and their last additions: Bob, of Roswell, and Mitchell, now of Dallas, TX. In 1993, David and Lourene moved their ranching operations to west of Roswell, and the family has continued to ranch there ever since, although David turned over ranch management (and digging post holes in the rock) to Bob several years ago. Lourene died in a car accident in 2004, but instead of spending the rest of his life alone on the ranch, David was fortunate (and smart enough) to look across the fence and find love with his longtime friend and neighbor, Lauralea (Peters) Marley. David and Lauralea were married for 15 years and enjoyed spending time with David’s five children and their families and Lauralea’s three sons and their families. Together, and later in life, David and Lauralea made their home in Tinnie, where one or more of their eight children, eight children in law, eighteen grandchildren, seven grandchildren in law, and/or ten great grandchildren were always stopping by to see their “Papa Crea” and “Nana Lala.” Nothing came before God in David’s life, and he remained a devout Christian Scientist for his entire life. Second came family, and third came the land and animals under his care. David was principled, humble, gentle, humorous, and kind, and he was guided by Christ in everything he did. He taught his children and grandchildren much about loving God, working hard, and loving others, and he will be forever missed. Because David firmly believed that life has no beginning or ending, he never celebrated birthdays and made sure we agreed not to commemorate his passing. Instead, next year, his family will have a private celebration of his life at the ranch. Also, instead of flowers or other gifts to the family, please feel free to give in David’s name to: the New Mexico Cattlegrowers Foundation, Inc., 2231 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87194; www.cattlegrowersfoundation.com; telephone 505-247-0584; email email@example.com; or the Joel and Frances McCrea Ranch Foundation, P.O. Box 548, Moorpark, California 93020; www.mccrearanchfoundation.org; telephone 805-495-2163.
McCurdy, Roger B. 1954 HS ~ 27-Mar-2012
McGrath, James R., Jr. 1952 HS-1954 JC ~ 03-Sep-2016 of Wilmington, DE, passed away on Saturday September 3, 2016. Jim was born October 24, 1934 in Dallas, TX, to the late James R. McGrath, Sr., and Edna Jo McGrath. He lived in Dallas, TX, until he was 12 years old, at which time his family moved to Monterrey, Mexico. He attended his first 3 years of high school at a public school in Monterrey, then transferred to New Mexico Military Institute for his senior year and freshman year of college. Jim went on to graduate from Southern Methodist University. He served his country for 3 years in Montana with the U.S. Air Force. He was employed with the DuPont Company for 34 years, retiring in 1994 from the accounts payable department. Jim had a wonderful sense of humor and will be missed by all. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Carolyn Fellows and nephew David Fellows. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 40 years and soul mate Dorothy (Rash) McGrath; his children, Tracy DeFore (Bob) of San Diego, CA, Terry Laikko (Bruce), James R. McGrath, III, (Irene) and Roy McGrath (Sue) all of Phoenix, AZ; step daughters Debrah Seward (Mike) and Robin Simpson (Rob) all of Wilmington; 1 sister, Barbara Stoddard (Richard) of Dallas, TX; 6 grandchildren, Wayne H. Murphy, Dorothy Weigel both of Wilmington, DE, Laura and Danny Laikko of Phoenix, AZ, Lucy and Jackie DeFore of San Diego, CA; 2 great granddaughters, Shianna and Olivia Murphy, 2 great grandsons, Edward and River Weigel and 1 great great grandson, A.J. Blansfield all of Wilmington, DE.
McLean, Gordon Alexander, II 1954 HS ~ 11-Apr-2012 passed away 11 April 2012. He graduated from Stanford University. McLean joined the U. S. Army and left with the rank of captain. He loved the Mexican culture and the Spanish language so much so that he taught Spanish at San Diego State University. McLean owned a variety of retail businesses in the California area and enjoyed snow skiing, tennis and horseback riding. He was a lifelong musician playing guitar, percussion, standup bass and drums. McLean loved to travel and had a special place in his heart for everything Hawaiian. He was known for his huge sense of humor and loved making everyone laugh with his many jokes. McLean is survived by his wife, Linda; daughters, Nicole and Susan; son, Gordon; and four granddaughters.
McLean, James William 1954 HS ~ 27-Apr-2016
Mee, James R. 1954 HS ~ 16-Sep-2002
Mendez, Juan 1952 JC-1954 SC ~ 27-Apr-2000 69, a lifelong resident of New Mexico, died Thursday, April 27, 2000. He is survived by his children, Don P. Mendez of Portland, OR, Alisa A. Kauffman and husband, Greg of Albuquerque, John T. Mendez of Superior, CO, and Michael J. Mendez of San Francisco, CA; former spouse, Carol A. Cassell-Mendez of Atlanta, GA; grandsons, Justin Kauffman, and Max Kauffman, both of Albuquerque; sisters, Ernestina Corrasco of Rio Rancho, and Emilia Castillo and husband, Fernando of El Paso, TX; former spouse, Elizabeth Wills of Albuquerque; and stepsons, Neil Christensen and wife, Lisette of St. Louis, MO, and Thayer Christensen of San Diego, CA. Mr. Mendez was preceded in death by his brother, Raul Mendez.
Merritt, LTC Sylvester A. “Les”, Jr., USA (Ret) 1954 HS ~ 01-Apr-2014 78, of Merritt Island, FL, died on April 1, 2014. Les graduated from New Mexico Military Institute, received his Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Nebraska and his MBA from Texas Tech University. In 1956, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Les graduated from the Infantry OCS, and was an honor graduate of the C&GS College in Ft. Leavenworth. Les served tours in Korea, Germany (2) and Vietnam. After retiring from the military, Les worked 20 years at Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University as a computer analyst and purchasing manager. Les was a life member of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and the Cape Canaveral Chapter (MOAACC). Les was the Chairman of the Scholarship Corporation Board, was on the Board of Directors and an editor of the intercom newsletter. Les was secretary of the MOAACC Satellite Beach Investment Club. Les was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Viera. Les is survived by his wife of over 57 years, Cozette, his two daughters Colette (Iowa) and Constance (Florida) and son Sylvester, III, (Georgia). Les had eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Sylvester served with pride God, country and family and is at peace with God.
Miller, Dick D. 1954 JC ~ 31-Dec-2003
Moore, Carver Dale 1954 HS ~ 13-Feb-2001
Morgan, Pat H. 1954 HS ~ 01-Oct-1984
Muzik, Jerry A. 1954 HS
Myrick, Robert L., II 1954 HS
Nolen, Charles R. 1954 JC ~ 07-Sep-2006
Norman, Lionel R. 1954 HS ~ 07-Jun-2006
Nott, Arthur R. “Ron” 1954 JC ~ 31-Mar-2017 Ron, 83, passed away Friday, March 31, 2017, in Farmington. He was born Feb. 8, 1934, in Oklahoma City, OK, to Arthur and Erma Nott. Ron grew up in Oklahoma City. After graduating from Capitol Hill High School, Ron attended Oklahoma University and later attended New Mexico Military Institute. Ron entered into electronic communications in the U.S. Army in 1958 and was assigned as an electronic instructor in the Ordnance-guided Missile School at Redstone Arsenal. Ron then pursued a career in radio and television engineering. Ron moved to Albuquerque in 1970 to establish a contract engineering business. In 1972 he moved to Farmington to construct, KIVA, a local TV station. Ron remained in Farmington for the remainder of his life. While constructing the TV station, Ron also began building his home on the La Plata Hwy from the ground up, and remained there until his passing. After completion of the TV station, Ron switched careers and became employed at Arizona Public Service Company working in instrumentation as a Senior Electrical Test Engineer. In 1982, while still employed by APS, he established a manufacturing business, Nott Limited LTD, for AM broadcast antennas, structure de-tuning equipment and lightning prevention products. In 1990, Ron retired from APS and began expanding the business to include consulting and designing for Broadcast stations and other manufacturers. After Ron sold his business he continued to go to the shop every morning to visit with the guys and act as a consultant. Ron had written and published many technical articles on antennas and related subjects in trade journals, magazines, and books and has produced YouTube videos on the subjects of lightening dissipation as well. By finishing Benjamin Franklin’s theory on how to prevent lightning strikes, Ron invented the Static Cat, a lightning prevention/dissipation device which is used worldwide on radio and television stations, as well as oil and natural gas equipment out in the field. Ron’s obsession for trains began in his youth. He spent many boyhood years playing at the railroad station in OKC. Ron’s hobby throughout his life was riding, building, restoring, reading about and playing with trains. Ron attended the locale train clubs and developed many lifelong friendships. Ron gave classes at San Juan College for several years about trains and the history of trains. Ron was very enthusiastic and proud to be a member of the Durango Railroad Historical Society and the National Model Railroad Association. Over the course of several years, Ron helped restore 315, the Locomotive that sits in Santa Rita Park in Durango. Ron was preceded in death by his wife Judy; both parents; and his sister, Susie. He is survived by two daughters, Rebecca and Mary; two step-daughters, Shawna and Becky; niece, Terri; grandchildren, Jeremy, Calista, Amber, Emma, Ashleigh, Abby, Hayden and Taylor; his very special friends Ted and Jess Swearingen; and his many friends in the community of Farmington and Durango. Ron has never been without a four legged friend and leaves behind his two closest companions Dina and Char.
O’Bar, Jesse R., Jr. 1954 SC ~ 11-Apr-2011 age 78 was born the son of Jesse R. O’Bar, Sr., and Iva Mae Lindsey O’Bar on January 10, 1933 in Union City, Oklahoma. He died on April 11, 2011 in Oklahoma City, OK. Jesse moved to Chickasha at the age of five and attended Chickasha Schools until the 10th grade. His 11th and 12th year was at St. Joseph Catholic School where he received his high school diploma. Jesse attended the University of Oklahoma, transferred to the Wentworth Military Academy, and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, in 1954. He then entered the United States Army serving most of his time in Germany. He married Angelina “Ann” Merenda on October 27, 1956 in Brooklyn, New York. They lived in Brooklyn for several years. In 1961, they moved to Oceanside, New York where they lived until moving to Chickasha in 1964. While in New York, he attended New York University Graduate School of Business and was in management positions at Irving Trust Bank and Mutual of New York Insurance Company. After moving to Chickasha, Jesse started and operated the O’Bar Insurance Agency for 30 years. He continued to be active in the industry until his death. Jesse was a member of the Holy Name Roman Catholic Church. He was also a member of various organizations in the community and was recognized for his outstanding leadership. He was elected and served on the Chickasha City Council representing Ward I. As an honorary life member of the Chickasha High School Vocational Industrial Club, he was recognized for his work with area youth. Jesse was past Exalted Ruler of the Chickasha Elks Lodge. He was also actively involved in the Chickasha Jaycees and the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce. He was a longtime member of the Chickasha Golf and Country Club and played golf throughout the world with his friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Iva Mae O’Bar, two sisters, Doris O’Bar Wood and Dorothy O’Bar Killebrew, son, Jesse R. O’Bar, III, and nieces, Patricia Wood Lewis, Dr. Donna Wood, and Ann Marie Merenda. Survivors include wife, Angelina “Ann” Merenda O’Bar; niece & husband, Susan & Mike McCaughtry; nephew & wife, Retired Lt. Colonel Joe A. & Liz Wood; brother-in-law & wife, Joseph A. and Karen Merenda; nieces, Christine Merenda and Joann Harchuck-Demlien; great niece, Miranda Wood; great nephew, Michael McCaughtry; numerous other nieces and nephews. Jesse will be missed by his many beloved godchildren, family, and friends who loved him and whose lives he touched over his lifetime.
Oller, Willard L., Jr. 1954 HS
Owen, Johnny O. 1952 JC-1954 SC ~ 08-Jan-2011
Patterson, James M. 1954 HS ~ 28-May-2021
James Merrell Patterson was born on 24 July 1936 at the Indian Hospital in Lawton Oklahoma to James Earl “Buck”, and Merrell Fleta (Dietrich) Patterson. He was raised on his Mothers Allotment four miles east of Apache and attended school in both Cyril and Apache. He graduated High School from New Mexico Military Institute in May 1954 and joined the United States Army shortly after graduation. After basic training in El Paso Texas and technical training in Massachusetts he was ultimately assigned as a military policeman in occupied Berlin Germany. Following his honorable discharge, he attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University graduating with a degree in accounting. Following graduation, he moved to Oklahoma City and began work as an insurance agent at USFG. It was here that he met and married Mary Kate Hays. Jim, Katie, and their young daughter Mary Kate moved to Apache in May 1966 where he was employed by the First National Bank, and where they welcomed the birth of Jimmy in June. He worked at the bank for 35 years, serving as President for the last nine. It was here in Apache where they and their family built their life. Jim loved Apache and spent so much of his time working towards the betterment of his community. He served and held leadership positions on the Fair Board, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, School Board, County Excise Board, Comanche Nation Tax Commission, and Comanche Nation Gaming Board. He volunteered as much as he could towards local events over the years including the Rattlesnake Festival, Mo-Betta Quail Hunt, Centennial Park Committee, the Festival of the West, 4th of July Celebrations, Veterans Programs, and Oklahoma Freewheel visits. He was an active member of the Apache United Methodist church serving in many capacities with the last few years as Lay Leader. He was solely responsible for beginning the community dinners at the church that brought so much joy to so many. He was a proud member of the Comanche Nation. He raised cattle and farmed the land as his father had for so many years before him. In the 1990’s Doyle Leatherbury invited him on a backpacking trip to the bottom of Grand Canyon. After he pulled himself out that first trip, he became a passionate hiker of that big hole. 16 trips later, some with Mules, some with his kids, one from the North Rim to the South Rim, all with friends, the final trip at the age of 79 years, he loved every hike. He was preceded in death by his parents Buck and Merrell and sister Molly (Sybil). He is survived by his wife Katie, Daughter Mary Kate, Son Jimmy and wife Cyndi, Grandsons Cameron and Johnathon, Sisters Patsy and Lotsee, nieces and nephews Lisa, Robin, DeDe, Kristi, Kent, Kyle, and Karen. Great nieces and nephews Kendan, Krislyn, Kenzi, Brayden, Devin, Burke, and Cimmaron. Donations may be made to the Memorial Fund at the First United Methodist Church of Apache.
Pitman, REV Omar W., Jr. 1952 JC-1954 SC ~ 20-Mar-2017 was born in Big Spring, TX, in 1933, passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017 in San Antonio. He was surrounded by his beloved wife, Mary Ellen, loving family members, and close friends. Omar was the oldest of two children born to Omar William and Daphne Bernice Barnes Pitman. His dear sister, Nancy Pitman Lohner, preceded him in death. Omar was a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute and of General Seminary in New York. While living in Philadelphia and employed as a social worker at Horizon House, he met his wife, Mary Ellen Engels, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church where they sang together in the choir. Recognized by the City of Philadelphia as a Rising Star, he worked tirelessly on behalf of the mentally ill. They married in November, 1965, with a son, David William, arriving in November, 1969, and daughter, Margaret Ellen, in April, 1974. In 1984, Omar and Mary moved with the children to San Antonio to be closer to family. Omar was proudly active in the lives in his children, serving as President of theatre booster club at McArthur High School where David participated in the drama program, and on the Board of the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio where Margaret played oboe. Omar was never far from God. Although he worked for many years in social work, education, and politics, he was called back to the priesthood in San Antonio. He served as the Associate Rector at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church for 15 years and, after a brief retirement, spent several years as Cannon Missioner at St. Stephen’s and Holy Cross. He was a long-time member of the Lion’s Club and, in full retirement, Omar was delighted to be accepted into the Sons of the Republic of Texas along with his son, grandsons, and cousin. He served as the Chaplain for the SRT Alamo Chapter and participated in various social groups at St. Luke’s, as well as being the Chaplain for the Verger’s Group. Most importantly, Omar and Mary celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their children, grandchildren, nephews, cousins, and close friends in November of 2015. He accomplished a great many things and had a fascinating life, but he will be remembered most for his compassion for and devotion to others. His love for his family and friends is legendary. Omar is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen Pitman; his son, David and his wife, Suzan; his daughter, Margaret Pitman McCoy and her husband, Mark; and grandchildren, Matthew William Pitman, Nace Benjamin Brown, and Daphne Rebecca Brown; as well as his niece, nephews, and cousins.
Powell, Donald R. 1954 HS ~ 17-Aug-1997
Rice, Jr., Harold F. “Freddie” 1954 JC ~ 05-Jan-2018 Harold “Freddy” Rice, 83, a respected leader in the ranching and cattle industry, passed away peacefully on Maui on Friday, January 5, 2018 surrounded by his family. Freddy was born in 1934 and was raised on his family’s ranch in Kaonoulu, Maui. He was proud to be a fifth-generation paniolo and a missionary family descendant of William Harrison and Mary Sophia Hyde Rice. Freddy graduated high school from Punahou School and started college at New Mexico Military Institute on a polo scholarship, where he won his first Intercollegiate National Polo Championship. He was inducted into the NMMI Alumni Hall of Fame in 2009 for Eminence as a polo player. Freddy then transferred to Cornell University where he won his second Intercollegiate National Polo Championship. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University where he had studied livestock marketing, agronomy, nutrition, and rangeland conservation. Freddy began his ranching career at the Hawaii Commercial & Sugar Company (HC&S) and Kahuku Ranch on the Big Island. Together with his first wife, Sally, he used applied science to design modern water and grazing systems while developing wildlife programs and soil-conserving ranching techniques. This included rotation fertilization, mineral supplementation, and the introduction of new species of grass and legumes to Hawaii – all range management advances published by the University of Hawaii. Freddy and Sally were instrumental in the formation of the Kona-Kau Roping and Polo Club and the Hawaii Rodeo Association, which has promoted the sport of rodeo in the islands since the 1950’s. Freddy played a pivotal role in the remarkable advancement of the horse industry in Hawaii: breeding, producing, and training various lines of the American Quarter Horse. Freddy had a long rodeo career which included many state championships in tie-down roping. He continued to compete in Team Roping and Polo Tournaments across Hawaii and the Continental U.S. until his final year. As a pioneering paniolo Freddy managed four different ranches on Maui and Hawaii Island. He was owner of FR Cattle Company operating in North Kohala, Waiono, Kukaiau Ranch, and Lalamilo. Freddy was also well-known as a World Class Sports Fishing Captain. He fished with Morton D. “Buster” May on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and in Cabo Blanco, Peru. As Owner and Captain on the “Malia” and the “Ihu Nui” in Kona, he had several International Game Fishing Association (IGFA) World Records. Including in the 1986 Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament (HIBT): a 1062 pound IGFA World Record on 50lb line for the Luna Niguel Team member, Gil Kraemer. He also captained two additional IGFA World Records with his first wife, Sally, and had a record for the youngest angler in the HIBT to catch a marlin – which was his daughter Morag who was twelve at the time. He also won the Golden Goddess with his daughter Bonnie as the angler. While he was fishing with his son, Mcgrew, they caught over 100 marlin per year in Kona which was also a record. On February 23, 2000 Freddy realized a victory for all citizens of Hawaii in his landmark U.S. Supreme Court Case, “Rice vs. Cayetano”. The decision affirmed that, under the 15th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, a state may not deny or abridge the right to vote on the account of race. Freddy Rice is survived by his children: F. Mcgrew Rice, Bonnie F. Rice, Morag R. Miranda, Sheena R. Golish, Lilah A. Ellis and hanai daughter, Sienna Rogers; his wife Gail Rice and first wife, Sally H. Rice; and his brother, Henry Rice. He is also survived by his ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Roberts, Wendell B. 1954 HS ~ 23-Jul-2007
Romero, Albert S. 1954 JC ~ 05-Jun-2020 Our beloved Albert, 89, passed away on June 5, 2020 of natural causes. Albert was born on August 4, 1930 in Alamogordo, NM, to Soledad and Pedro Romero. Albert is preceded in death by his mother and father, sister Mary, brothers Pete and Tony, and nephew Mark Anthony Romero. Albert excelled as a young athlete capturing the attention of coaches and fans in 1947. In his school days of 1947-1948, 1948-1949 and 1949-1950, his accomplishments earned him honors as a “Three Letter Man” in football, basketball and track for Alamogordo High School. He was selected and played for the famous Alabama Crimson Tide Head Coach Paul (Bear) Bryant who coached the South team in the 1949 New Mexico North-South Football match-up. Albert was chosen to represent Alamogordo High at Boy’s State and proudly accepted the honor and responsibility as a young man. Albert graduated from Alamogordo High School in 1950 and went on to attend college at New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) in Roswell where he played football. While at NMMI he received All Conference honors in his sophomore, junior and senior collegiate seasons, in addition to a spot on the little All-American squad his senior year. He received pro offers from the Baltimore Colts, Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles. Albert was drafted by the Colts in the 15th round of the 1954 draft and went on to play a seven-game exhibition season until he was called to serve his country. Albert was drafted into the US Army and Services reported to Fort Bliss in El Paso for boot camp. PFC Romero served 18 months in the Armed Forces during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1956 having fulfilled his tour of duty. To the very end, Albert was proud of his service in the US Army and participated in parades with fellow veterans as long as he was able. In August 2019 to celebrate Albert’s 89th birthday his children honored him and his service and sacrifice to our country by presenting him with a Quilt of Valor. When Albert returned to New Mexico, he was again courted by NMMI, but this time as an assistant coach for Head Coach Nick Pageant and the Bronco football team. In 1958, Coach Pageant and Albert led the Broncos in capturing the NJCAA Football Championship. It was while he was in Roswell that he met and married Patricia Bagwell. Albert and family left Roswell in 1960 so that he could continue his course work for an academic degree in Santa Fe. Albert went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Saint Michael’s College (College of Santa Fe) in May 1961. While he was working on his degree, he was assistant football coach for Coach Dick Shelley at St. Michael’s High School and then assistant basketball coach for Coach Moon Mullin at St. Michael’s College. Albert and family left Santa Fe in 1962 so he could obtain his Master’s degree in Education from Adams State College. Following his graduation from Adams State, he returned to Santa Fe in 1963 to work as a football coach at Santa Fe High with Austin Basham, Max Norwood, and Ed Knight. Though coaching was in his blood, Albert put his diploma to work and in 1965, Albert began his career as an elementary teacher and basketball coach serving throughout the Santa Fe Public School District, until retiring in May 1995. It was not unusual for Albert to be regularly greeted by former students who referred to him as “Big Al” or “Bulldog” while he was at the grocery store, mall or walking around the Santa Fe Plaza. Albert also worked for the Downs at Santa Fe as a paramedic during summer teaching breaks and shuffle bus driver between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Albert was active in local, state and national politics. Albert was appointed by Governor Bruce King to serve on the NMMI Board of Regents and ran unsuccessfully for Magistrate Judge. In 2010, Albert was inducted into the New Mexico Military Institute Alumni Hall of Fame and received the prestigious Crossed Sabers honor. Albert is survived by lifelong friend and mother of their six children Patricia, Children Cinda (Rod), John (Didi), Angela (Martin), Philip (Marlene), Stephen, Andy (Tami); grandchildren Heather (Torrey), Audrey (Giani), Hillary, Alyssa, Drew, Halle, Joel, Stephen Nico, Rio, Ava, Camille and Katherine, great-grandchildren Addison and Jace, niece Jackie, great-niece April and great-nephew Anthony. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to NMMI in memory of Albert S. Romero online at www.nmmi.edu/development advancement! or mail to NMMI Advancement & Development, 101 West College Boulevard, Roswell, NM, 88201-5173.
Rosen, William M. 1954 HS ~ 29-Aug-2008 born November 29, 1936 in El Paso, TX, to Oskar and Evelyn Rosen, passed away Friday, August 29, 2008. While growing up in El Paso, he attended Dudley, Mesita, El Paso High School, and then graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1954. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Business Administration and was a member of the Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity. It was at OU where he met Elaine Cohen, whom he married in 1958. After graduating from college, he joined his father to run a retail business. Upon his retirement, he began substitute teaching primarily at Coronado High School, which he enjoyed very much. Bill was an active member of Temple Mt. Sinai, where he served as past President of the Temple and past President of the Men’s Club. He also served as Chairman of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. He was preceded in death by his daughter Robbie. He is survived by his wife Elaine, daughter and son-in-law Donna and Mark Moore, daughter Sheila Rosen, and son Steven. A creative, fun-loving, and caring person, Bill will be fondly remembered by relatives and friends both near and far, with all of whom he took great pleasure to keep in touch.
Salley, Richard J. 1952 JC-1954 SC ~ 02-Oct-2009
Schilling, Harold H. 1952 HS-1954 JC
Schrimsher, Max L. 1952 JC-1954 SC ~ 01-May-2018 85, of Scottsdale, AZ, passed away on May 1, 2018. He was born in Frederick, Oklahoma, on May 14, 1932. Max attended the New Mexico Military Institute, located in Roswell, NM, on a football scholarship and graduated in 1954. The all-conference four year Bronco letterman also attained the rank of pf C/LTC and commanded the 1st Battalion. Named a distinguished Military Student, he was commissioned in Armor Branch upon graduation, and entered the service. Max was inducted in to the NMMI Hall of Fame in 1995. He especially enjoyed sharing stories from his time spent at NMMI and in the military. He married Eleanor Bassett of Roswell, NM, in 1958. They were able to celebrate 60 years of marriage in February of this year. Also in 1958, he began working for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, a company he remained with until 1983. He rose from trainee for management, to the eventual Western Division Sales Manager, and was responsible for Goodyear’s sales and marketing in 24 western states. In 1983, he left Goodyear and co-founded the Phoenix based Western States Tire Company. He retired from the tire industry in the mid-1990’s after more than 35 years spent in an industry he truly loved. Max was proud of his military service, and his association with the New Mexico Military Institute Foundation, the Mining AMIGOS, and the Arizona State University Sun Angel Foundation Board. He especially enjoyed supporting Sun Devil football and the student athletes at ASU. He was preceded in death by his parents Alonzo and Lillie; Brothers Cecil, Floyd, Fred and Ted; Sisters Irene, Doris, Camilla, Pauline, and Dolores; and beloved grandson T.J. Schrimsher. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Schrimsher; his son Russ, children Michael, Nicholas and Taylor; his son Tim (Justine), children Sheena Kowalski (Jeff), Patrick, and great granddaughter Harper Shay Kowalski; his daughter Tracy Tonn (Scott), children Jessica and Blake; his sister Bennie Davis (Harvey); brothers-in-law John Bassett (Nolana), and Ben Bassett: sisters-in-law Vera Schrimsher and Marjelaine Schrimsher, and many nieces and nephews.
Schwartz, Marvin 1954 HS ~ 01-Jan-1980
Shaw, Rodney D. 1954 HS ~ 06-Oct-2010 Rodney Dwight Shaw was born Nov. 11, 1935 in Lubbock to the late James and Madge Shaw. He served in the United States Army as a Staff Sergeant. Rodney married the love of his life, Elizabeth Laverne Osborn, Sep. 5, 1958 in Lubbock. He served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher at First Christian Church for many years. He later became a member of Westmont Christian Church. Rodney retired from the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal after 52 years. In his retirement he enjoyed fishing, golf, and Fox news. He was preceded in death by three brothers-in-law, Billy Osbourn and Russell Osborn, and sister-in-law, Wanda M. Junior. Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Laverne; son, Randall Shaw; grandsons, James Cleveland, Joshua Cleveland-Shaw and Caleb Cleveland-Shaw; great-grandsons, Paul and Jeremiah Cleveland; brothers-in-law, Jerry Osborn and wife, Wanda R., Jim Osborn and wife, Terry, and Mike Osborn; sisters-in-law, Kenelice Youngblood, Betty Baker and husband, Deryl, Barbara Thomas and husband, Jim, Wanda Osborn and Judy Osborn; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Shelton, Kenneth A. “Kenny” 1954 JC ~ 01-Aug-2018 was born on November 7, 1934, to Hynson Austin and Madeliene Shelton in a farmhouse near Ropesville, TX. The young family moved to Hobbs in January 1936. Kenny began his education in 1939 in what was known as North Hobbs Elementary. He graduated Hobbs High School in 1952. He was a three-sport varsity letterman his junior and senior years. He received an academic scholarship to New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell along with four of his high school teammates. While in Roswell he met his first wife, Jean Blake. They went to Eastern New Mexico University in Portales where Kenny walked on and received a football scholarship his junior year. Kenny and Jean married on June 12, 1955. Kenny received a BA degree in education in 1956. He spent his last semester student teaching in Hobbs and began teaching and coaching at Heizer Junior High in the fall of 1956. His first ever coach in eighth grade, Mr. Ray Haynes, was his principal. In 1958, Kenny began working at Watson Truck & Supply, Inc., eventually becoming President of the company. After the death of his first wife in 1995, Kenny married Jackie Morris on June 1, 1996. Kenny and Jackie had known each other since they were 13 years old. Kenny retired from Watson’s in 1998 after 40 years of service. Kenny and Jackie fully enjoyed their 22 years together playing golf, traveling, and spending time with their families. Kenny was a servant leader in various community, charitable and church roles over his life, including the Chamber of Commerce, the Arthritis Foundation, Palmer Drug Abuse Program, and the Young Marrieds Sunday School program at First Baptist Church. Kenny enjoyed the best that life has to offer – family, friends, music, dancing, sports (especially golf and football), and of course the Hobbs Eagles. Kenny made friends easily and greatly valued his friendships, many of which were from childhood. He was very intentional about maintaining them. If Kenny was your friend, he was a friend indeed. Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Jackie Shelton; his children – a daughter, Cindy Svendsen (and Jeff) of Dallas, TX; a son, Tommy Shelton of Dallas; a sister, Janece (and Don) Cox of Frisco, TX; 2 granddaughters; 1 grandson; 3 great-grandchildren and one more due on Kenny’s birthday; numerous nephews, nieces and cousins; and Jackie’s children – two sons Michael Robinson (and Phyllis) of LaGrange, TX; and Allen Robinson (and Carol) of Los Lunas, NM; 2 daughters Cindy Colosanti (and Rick) of Vine Grove, KY, who preceded Kenny in death; and Tracy Thompson (and Robert) of Farmington, NM; 5 granddaughters; 4 grandsons; 7 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandson. Kenny was preceded in death by his first wife of 40 years, Jean, and his parents, Hynson and Madeliene Shelton. Kenny was full of joy, zeal, optimism, faith, hope, humor, wisdom, discernment, loyalty, and most importantly love. He lived well and loved well and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him and whose lives he impacted and blessed so richly.
Shumway, Kenneth D. 1954 HS ~ 12-Oct-2008 Kenneth 72, a native of Arizona, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 12, 2008. He is preceded in death by his son, Steven. He leaves behind his loving daughter, Debbie and two sons, Doug and Ron. Kenneth is also survived by the love of his life, Kiyoko, six grandchildren, Danny, Adam, Connor, Colton, and Abby and great grandchild, Mason, and brothers, Spencer, Donald, and Roger.
Simons, John K. 1954 HS ~ 24-Jun-1962
Skidmore, LTC John D., USA 1954 HS ~ 27-Mar-1989
Smith, Ronald E. 1954 JC ~ 01-Oct-1982
Sperry, Sam H. Jr. 1954 HS ~ 16-Jul-2017 age 81, beloved and devoted husband, father, grandfather, passed away peacefully, Sunday, July 16, 2017. He was born in San Angelo, TX, and was a resident of Albuquerque, NM. Sam received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico and his Masters from the University of Montana. He was a mathematician and Statistician, who worked many years for the State of Montana. Sam enjoyed fishing, reading and baseball. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hillard and Edna Sperry; and a daughter, Susan Sperry. Sam is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Joyce Beckes; his daughter, Elizabeth Sperry of Stevensville, MT; his step-children, Judy Beckes Talcott and husband Shameel, Blane Beckes and wife Valerie; step-grandchildren, Roushon Talcott, Travis Talcott, Andrea Womack, Tammy Svanda, all of Albuquerque, NM; his sister, Ann Dockal and husband Harvey of Evans, GA. Sam will be greatly missed by his loving family.
Stacy, James E. 1954 HS
Stouse, Pierre A. D., Jr. 1952 JC-1954 JC
Straughan, Jimmie J. 1952 HS-1954 JC ~ 20-Jan-2012 Civil Engineer, of Golden, CO, passed away on January 20, 2012. He was born May 12, 1934 to Joe J. And Juanita C. Straughan. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Marlene, two daughters, Lisa Hogan of Broomfield and Michele and husband Mitch Hovet of Wheat Ridge and 3 grandchildren, Cole Hovet, Heather Hogan, and Thea Hovet. He was a graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute, the University of Colorado and the University of California, Berkeley. He retired from the National Park Service in 1995.
Thorne, Warner E. 1954 HS ~ 13-Jun-2003
Tinnin, Sidney E. 1954 HS ~ 15-Dec-1996
Troxler, Dale W. 1952 HS-1954 JC ~ 15-Apr-2000
VanHorn, Gary R. 1954 HS ~ 27-Jul-2018 returned to the other side on July 27, 2018. Gary was born on October 12, 1935 in Spokane, WA, to Guy Elliot and Esther Hawley Van Horn. His siblings are Ted Van Horn (Verlaine) and Claudia Mattheson (Glenn). He married Gloria R. Angell, his sweetheart, on July 23, 1960 in Van Nuys, CA. Later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on December 27, 1963. Their children are: Dawn Lakes, Kevin Van Horn, Steven Van Horn, deceased (Mindy), Valerie Opoulus (Brent), Michelle Jones, Guy Van Horn (Victoria), Susan Van Horn-Johnson (Marc) and Julie Wilson (Brett). Gary is survived by his wife, and seven of his eight children. Preceded in death by his son, Steven, parents, and grandsons, Aaron & David.
Veeck, William L., III 1954 HS ~ 28-Jan-1985
Vestal, Robert E. “Bob” 1952 JC-1954 SC ~ 23-Aug-2010, 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.
Ward, George E. 1949 HS-1952 JC-1954 SC
Ware, Jerry W. 1954 JC ~ 16-Feb-2019
Ware, Dr. Paul D. 1954 JC ~ 18-Feb-2014 80, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Paul was born in Haynesville, LA, on January 5, 1934. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Centenary College and his Medical Degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed residencies in Psychiatry and Neurology. He was a member of the American Board of Psychiatrists and Neurologists, Shreveport Medical Society and was licensed in Louisiana, California and Wyoming. Paul practiced psychiatry and neurology for fifty years; he maintained a private practice for 45 years and retired after serving five years as LSUHSC-Shreveport Department of Psychiatry Chairman. Paul’s compassion and desire to help others was at the core of his being. He was profoundly optimistic and determined. Paul had incredible strength, remarkable courage and a generous heart. He had an innate ability to find the goodness in others and led many down a road of continued growth and discovery. Paul, above all, was a teacher. He shared his profound wisdom and was delighted when others could gain from his insight. As his dear friend and colleague, Taibi Kahler, Ph.D., recently shared with him, “You have touched the lives of thousands, and impacted the quality of generations.” Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Audie Pride Ware, his beloved daughter, Paula Denise Ware, and the mother of his children, Adele Ferguson Ware. He is survived by his wife of twelve years, Lisa Harper Ware; son, Paul Dean Ware and partner, D. Paul Babin, of Fort Lauderdale, FL; daughter, Dana Ware Hornby and husband, Michael, of Knoxville, TN; daughter, Danelle Ware of Shreveport; son, Paul Derek Ware, M.D. and wife, Alisha H. Ware, M.D. of Gulfport, MS; grandchildren, David Hornby, Daniel Hornby, Adam Hornby, Allison Ware, Cecilia Catherine Ware, and Mac Ware; brothers-in-law, Mike Harper and wife, Whittney of Minden; David Harper and wife, Kathy of Shreveport; Pat Harper and wife, Trish of Sibley; Jeff Harper of Bastrop, TX; sisters-in-law, Judy Harper of Longview, TX, and Monica Harper of Shreveport, and numerous nieces and nephews. Honoring Paul and his family as pallbearers are David Harper, Michael Harper MD, Pat Harper, Kenny Loftin, Travis Phifer, MD, Charles Powers, MD, Dean Robinson, MD, and Greg Walker. The family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to Montclair Park, Bob Savory, MD, and the team at Willis-Knighton Hospice, and special caregivers, Mark Jefferson, III, VonEric McKee, Deassie Washington and Deborah White. A special thank you is also extended to the countless individuals who expressed kindness to Paul during his illness, particularly at Kayla’s Cafe in Coushatta.
Warren, Sherrill D. 1954 JC ~ 12-Mar-1998
Webb, George E., II 1954 HS ~ 27-Aug-2008
Wilhite, Jr. Sampson L. 1954 HS ~ 10-Oct-2018 Sampson L. Wilhite, Jr., 81, passed away Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at his home in Brentwood, TN. Sam was born October 17, 1936 in Anadarko, OK, to Sam L., Sr. and Lois Mary Courtney Wilhite. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Nancy Cordelia Wilhite and Gala Wilhite Crowe. Sam graduated NMMI in Roswell, NM, and the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, where he received a BSEE. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and NROTC. He married Jane Wilkinson in 1959. Sam served in the US Navy, Key West, FL, as an Ensign and LT/JG. He then worked for Aerojet General as an electrical engineer in Undersea Research and Development in Southern California. Sam had a second career as a Real Estate Broker in San Diego, CA, where he founded his own business then moved with his wife, Jane, to Franklin, TN, in 1991, where he continued to invest in Tennessee real estate. Sam is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jane. He is also survived by his daughters, Laura W. Anderson and her husband, Dean, of Franklin, TN, Elizabeth W. Rees of Durham, NC, and Sarah Jane W. Nacht and husband, Leigh of Tenafly, NJ; grandchildren, Kathryn A. Helson (Eric), Hendersonville, TN, Dean W. Anderson and C. Forrest Anderson, both of Nashville, TN, Abigail Nacht Kilian (Gordon), River Vale, NJ, Dylan L. Nacht, NYC, NY and Lily J. Nacht, Pittsburgh, PA, Madeline R. Rees, Greensboro, NC, and Emily W. Rees, Asheville, NC, and great granddaughter, Laura Claire Helson. His brother-in-law, John Wilkinson, Senatobia, MS, and a niece also survive him.
Wilson, Dr. Terril E., Ph.D. 1954 HS ~ 09-Feb-2013
Wilt, John D. 1954 HS ~ 02-Jan-2018 81, our wonderful husband, dad, grandpa, great grandpa, father-in-law, brother-in-law, and friend, passed away peacefully at his home in Tucson, AZ, on January 2nd, 2018, after a difficult battle with leukemia. John was born in Detroit, MI on November 1st, 1936 to Arthur and Lucy Lee (Dunn) Wilt Bailey. He grew up in New Mexico and was a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute, Class of ’54. John received his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from New Mexico State University, Class of ’62, where he was an active member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He was a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army from 1962-64 and was stationed in Korea for 13 months where he performed the duties of Tactical Director and Surveillance and Entry Officer. After a year and a half in law school at the University of Arizona, he changed career and received his post-graduate degree from the New York Institute of Finance and the Alexander Hamilton Institute in NYC, where he met the love of his life, Patricia Lee Glover. They were married on March 16th, 1968. He spent his career as a stock broker and financial planner in Phoenix and Scottsdale, ultimately opening his own brokerage firm, Murray, Wilt, Bantit. John was a kind, gentle, loving, and very generous man who enjoyed travel, adventure, horses, golf, and loved spending time with family and friends. In 1946, at the age of 10, John was defeated by a girl in the New Mexico State Yo-Yo Championship she had 347 loop-the-loops to his 346. In the early 50’s, John taught ball room dancing up and down the west coast. In 2002 he wrote “Do I Need Help? What You Need to Know about What You Need to Know About…” a book about financial security and protecting your hard earned money. He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Patricia; son Jonathan “Kristen”; daughters Athena, Wendy, Heather King, Summer ‘Pete” Pisciotta, and Alex; grandchildren Bronson, Jarred, Kaylee, Richard, Peter, Sam, Allison, and Jack; great grandchildren James and Jaxon. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Rodney King Wilt, and his step-father, Guy Bailey.
Windle, James Philip 1954 HS ~ 07-Sep-2003
Witham, Stuart A. 1954 JC ~ 27-Jul-2006 “Skip”, age 72, passed away peacefully full of love and optimism, just as he lived his life. He was surrounded by his loving family at his home. He met the many challenges of his later years with grace and dignity. Stuart, known to most as Skip, was born April 7, 1934, in Bakersfield to Harold and Frances Witham. Skip began working in the family TV and Appliance business when he was in the sixth grade. After graduating from Bakersfield High School, he attended New Mexico Military Institute before entering the Air Force in 1954. He completed service as an Airman at bases in the U.S. and Japan. Skip then rejoined the family business, which he operated until it was sold in 1987. In 1987 skip was appointed Executive Vice President of the Better Business Bureau, which he ran until he retired in 2000. Skip had a love for his community and was very active in the community and involved in many social organizations. Skip is survived by his loving bride of 26 years, Sherry; sons, Dane Witham and wife, Rosemary, Michael Sorensen and wife, Lisa, and Chris Witham; granddaughters, Jessica, Natalie and Claire; sister, Kathleen Daniels and husband, Roger of San Jose, CA. Skip had a very loving relationship with his sisters-in-law, Carol Santos and husband, John of Victor, Montana, and Cynthia Pilkington and husband, Tom of Las Vegas, NV; and mother-in-law, Dorothy Jones of Las Vegas, NV. A special thanks to Margaret and Pat for many years of loving care and to Patty and Flo from Optimal Hospice. Special blessings to Rosemary Witham; you were truly Skip’s angel; you are a blessing.
Wollard, Dr. Leo F., Jr. 1950 HS-1952 JC-1954 SC
Wood, Frederick J. 1952 HS-1954 JC ~ 30-Dec-2010
Wood, Samuel W. 1954 HS
Woodard, Thomas L. 1954 HS
Wooden, Curtis D. 1954 HS
Wylie, Charles G., Jr. 1954 HS ~ 03-Jun-2011
Zingery, Gordon W. 1954 HS ~ 15-Jan-2009 Gordon Worth Zingery, 73, born on August 13, 1936 in Houston, TX, passed away on Thursday, January 15, 2009 in Houston, Texas. Gordon will be missed by his family and friends.
Abbott, Stillman Roby 1953 HS ~ 01-Apr-2018 passed away Easter Sunday, April 1st, 2018 after a brief battle with cancer. He was born in Chicago, IL. on June 25, 1935 to Ralph and Winifred Roby Abbott of Dallas, TX. Stillman was a graduate of St. Marks School for Boys in Dallas and attended Southern Methodist University where he was a member of the Kappy Alpha fraternity. After marrying the love of his life, Maria Pena, the couple moved to the San Antonio area where they enjoyed 58 years together. Stillman was a respected and beloved insurance agent for 60 years where he served thousands of families in the San Antonio area. Stillman was an avid coin collector and never tired of finding rare coins from all over the world. He was also a member of the San Antonio Opera Guild, the Alamo Pachyderm Club, the Century Society, and the St. Mark’s Alumni Association. Most of all, Stillman loved his country and thoroughly enjoyed the honor of serving as a Republican Delegate for the Reagan campaign. Stillman is survived by his wife Maria Pena Abbott, his sister Cissy Abbott Kelton, her husband Leslie E. Kelton, numerous nieces and nephews, as well as his personal assistant Peggy O. Morales and care taker Rosie Chavez.
Atwood, LTC John B., Jr., USA (Ret) 1951 JC-1953 SC ~ 20-Mar-2014 passed away on March 20,2014, in Houston, TX, after a prolonged illness. John was born November 4, 1931. John attended New Mexico Military Institute. He was a career officer, valiantly completing two tours in Vietnam. John served in many places throughout the world. John was Commander of Houston District Army Recruiting before military retirement in 1981. John is preceded in death by his sister Charlene and parents, J.B. and Winnona. John is survived by his loving wife Carolyn, children Melissa and John, stepdaughters Rebecca and Debra, multiple grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Barnett, Richard “Dick” Louis 1953 JC ~ 29-Apr-2014 Dick was born in Bakersfield, CA, to Marie (Clerou) and George H. Barnett on May 5, 1933. He was raised in Bakersfield and enjoyed all of the elements back in the day. Dick entered Garces Memorial High School in Bakersfield and was a member of the first freshmen class to graduate. He then attended Junior College at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. In 1956 he completed his education obtaining his Bachelors of Science Degree in Commerce from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN. In 1961 Dick married his sweetheart and true love, Louise Marie Banducci. In his words, “I found the nicest girl in the world and then I married her”. He would say often that his greatest accomplishment is that Louise said, “Yes” to his proposal. Their love story together lasted 52 years and both felt blessed to live an idealistic life; Dick and Louise raised their three adored children in a close knit neighborhood of wonderful friends and created hundreds of precious memories to last a lifetime. Dick was a prominent and well-respected California real estate broker for over 45 years, including the brokerage of major farm and ranch transactions in the San Joaquin, Tehachapi and Antelope valleys of California. He was also a principal in several major housing, shopping center, industrial and hotel developments in California and Texas. Dick was known as a great conversationalist with a quick and humorous wit who made instant friends wherever he went. His favorite topics included his passion for his family, country, church, community and Notre Dame football. Always an advocate for others success, Dick relished in the support and accomplishments of others and was selfless in giving of his time and financial resources to those in need. An avid reader, Dick enjoyed history, biographies, spiritual writings and most recently his daily devotional, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. As Dick said, “This is a terrific tool along the pathway to peace. Read it for two weeks and just watch your life transform”. Through his treatment for Cancer, Dick never lost his champion mindset and approached each day with his signature winning attitude and zest for life. He lived every day to the fullest, until it was his time to “ring the bell”. Dick was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. Those who had the honor of knowing and loving him will miss him greatly. Dick was called home to continue his love affair with his wife, Louise who preceded him in death on April 6, 2014. He is survived by his brother George Barnett, Jr.; son Richard Barnett, Jr., and wife Patricia and their children, Ross and Amber; daughter, Catherine Brno and husband Christopher and their children, Steven and John; son Joe and wife Francie and their children, Megan, Dinah and Michael along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. “Truly, I say to you, this day you shall be with me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43.
Bartlett, Ronald A. 1953 HS ~ 01-Jan-1992
Beall, George D., Jr. 1953 JC ~ 06-Oct-1976 Mr. Beall died at 6:45 p.m. at Scott & White Hospital in Temple after a brief illness. Mr. Beall, a partner in Nunn, Griggs and Beall law firm here, was born July 1, 1934 and attended public schools here. He was graduated from New Mexico Military Institute and then attended the University of the South before going to Southern Methodist University. He was graduated from SMU in 1957 and received his law degree there in 1960. Mr. Beall was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Mr. Beall married Patricia Browning July 5, 1958, in Haynesville, La. He was past chairman of the board of deacons of the First Presbyterian Church and was also an elder. He was chairman of the pulpit nominating committee and was a past Sunday School teacher. Mr. Beall was active in Boy Scout and Girl Scout work. He was past chairman of the Heart Fund and was a member of the Chuck Wagon Gang. Mr. Beall was former president of the Nolan County Bar Assn. Survivors include his wife; a son, Dent Browning Beall of the home; a daughter, Jane Elizabeth Beall of the home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Dent Beall, Sr. of Sweetwater; a sister, Jane Beall Carothers of Dallas; his aunt, Mrs. Ernest Wright and cousins Allen Wright and Don Wright, all of Abilene.
Beedle, Paul R., Jr. 1951 HS-1953 JC ~ 05-Mar-1953
Beers, John N. “Nick” 1953 HS ~ 07-Nov-2016
Bell, Robert B. 1953 JC
Bilbo, Clarence Spence 1953 SC ~ 16-Feb-1998
Bowman, Jack W. 1953 HS
Bradshaw, Leo H. Jr. 1953 HS ~ 09-Mar-2019 84, of Waco, TX, passed away on March 9, 2019. Leo was born in Fort Worth, TX, on September 12, 1934, to Leo Herman Bradshaw, Sr., and Eleanor Rose Cogdell Bradshaw. He attended Dean Highland Elementary, North Junior High, and Waco High School. His final years of high school were spent at New Mexico Military Institute, earning dual diplomas from New Mexico Military Institute and Waco High School. After graduation, Leo attended Baylor University, earning a BBA in 1956. From an early age Leo loved guns. Much to his mother’s surprise, he ordered and received his first gun through the mail when he was nine years old – what would become a lifelong passion had begun. While a student at Baylor, he worked part-time at the family appliance and furniture business of Cogdell’s on Valley Mills Drive in Waco. In June, 1954, Leo suggested to his father that space from a recent expansion of Cogdell’s be used for a gun shop. Leo Sr. agreed, provided Leo, Jr., would stay and run it. By September that year, the gun shop was up and running with Leo at the helm. The foundation for his life’s work was in place. He continued to operate the gun shop at the Valley Mills location for 49 years. In 2003, he moved the gun shop to the Wooded Acres location, where he operated until his death, bringing his total years in the gun business to 3 months shy of 65 years. In a 2011 Waco Tribune article, Leo estimated that he sold 225,000 firearms during his career and that helping young people select their first shotgun was one of the most rewarding aspects of being in the gun business. Over the years, Leo became recognized both locally and nationally as a premiere gun dealer, appraiser, and consultant. He generously volunteered his time with local, state, and national organizations for more than 60 years to share his vast experience and knowledge. Nationally, Leo was a Benefactor Member of the National Rifle Association, a member of the National Rifle Association Whittington Center Founders’ Club, and a Ducks Unlimited Diamond Life Sponsor. On the state level, he was a Benefactor Member of the Texas State Rifle Association and a life and charter member of the Texas Gun Collectors Association that he served as president for three terms. Combining his love of Texas history and guns, Leo was very active over the years with events commemorating the Texas Rangers. In 1973, he served on the Texas Ranger Advisory Commission and the Commemorative Commission celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Texas Rangers. 25 years later in 1998, he again chaired the Commemorative Commission celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Texas Rangers. Since 1990, Leo has been an active member of the Fort Fisher Advisory Committee to the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame where he served as chairperson for multiple terms. Locally, he was a life member of the Waco Skeet and Trap Club and the Central Texas Rifle and Pistol Club. Leo was active throughout his life with the Waco Chapter of Ducks Unlimited and was named Sportsman of the Year by the organization in 1980. A longtime member of Waco Masonic Lodge #92, he was a member of Karem Shrine, Scottish Rite, and The Royal Order of Jesters. He was a member and past president of the Northwest Optimist Club of Waco. Leo was the last surviving charter member of Cogdell Memorial United Methodist Church. The Cogdell family, Leo’s maternal relatives, for whom the church was named, donated the land on which the first church was built and supported the church through the years. For 47 years, Leo served on the Board of Directors of Community Bank and Trust in Waco. The family extends thanks for the love, kindness and support from his many friends and most of all the wonderful gun buddies Leo loved so dearly. Your frequent visits over the last several months were a blessing and the highlight of each day. We will cherish the many stories you shared that are a constant reminder of Leo’s amazing time on this earth. For the loving and compassionate care, the family would like to thank the doctors and staff at Providence Hospital of Waco, Senior Care of Hewitt, Kindred Hospital of Fort Worth, and Providence Hospice of Waco. Special thanks to Dr. David Hoffman, Dr. Ben LaGrone, and Dr. Steven Burgard of Providence Hospital and Rebecca, Dawn, Brenda, and James of Senior Care of Hewitt. Leo was preceded in death by his parents, Leo Herman Bradshaw, Sr., and Eleanor Rose Cogdell Bradshaw; brothers, James Edward “Jim” Bradshaw and Bob Cogdell Bradshaw; and son-in-law, Robert Dennis “Bobby” Smith. Leo is survived by his wife of 41 years, Beverly Jean “Jeannie” Bradshaw, of Waco, who is the mother of their daughter, Brande Colt Bradshaw Draper; his children, Brande Colt Bradshaw Draper and her husband, William Adams “Will” Draper, of Austin, Leo Herman “Trey” Bradshaw, III, of Waco, Dana Rose Smith of Boerne, Karen Rezi Maxwell and her husband, John Pat Maxwell, of Boerne, and Andrew Thaxton “Andy” Bradshaw and his wife, Margaret Lowry, of Fort Worth; his sister, Patricia Ann “Pat” Edge of Houston; his sisters-in-law, Ouida Massey Bradshaw of Fort Worth, Janice Bradshaw of The Woodlands, and Jayne Hicks of Waco; his sister-in-law, Rebecca Bosley and her husband, Jim Bosley, of Kirvin; his brother-in law, James Richard “Dicky” Thornton, Jr., and his wife, Lynita Thornton, of Wortham; his first wife, Audra Rose Bradshaw of San Antonio, who is the mother of Leo Herman “Trey” Bradshaw, Dana Rose Smith, Karen Rezi Maxwell, and Andrew Thaxton “Andy” Bradshaw; his grandchildren, Julia Frances Draper, William Adams Draper, Jr., William Robert Bradshaw, Richard Ross Bradshaw, Brandon Travis Smith, Charles Lowry “Charlie” Bradshaw, and James Lowry “Jay” Bradshaw; numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews; and his longtime employee, Patsy Berry and her husband, Bill Berry, of Waco.
Bradshaw, Robert Randel 1953 HS ~ 14-Jan-2018 died Sunday, January 14, 2018. Bob passed away peacefully in his sleep, at home, with his wife Leslie Odil Bradshaw by his side. He was 81. Bob, known for his intelligence and acute, dry wit, was a self-described “Borger Boy,” having grown up in Borger, TX, outside of Amarillo. There he became a Boy Scout, both literally and figuratively and, with the help of his father, developed a sense of ethics and integrity that served him personally and professionally throughout his life. Bob attended high school at New Mexico Military Institute, then Rice University for one year before deciding that “slide-rule life” was not for him. Friends convinced him that The University of Oklahoma was a lot more fun, so he transferred, joining Phi Delta Theta and ROTC. An inveterate storyteller, Bob often recounted how he became a lawyer quite by accident. He was leaving OU when he came across a recruiting table where he was promised a military deferment if he went to law school. He jumped at the chance and headed to Southern Methodist University (SMU) for his law degree. When he graduated in 1960, Bob joined the United States Air Force and became a JAG (Judge Advocate General). He was stationed outside of Chicago and, later, Ankara, Turkey. Bob enjoyed his military service and was grateful to Uncle Sam for providing extensive travel opportunities and the Officers Club. Bob practiced law in Amarillo and Dallas before joining his boyhood friend from Borger, Jon Coffee, in 1970 in a law firm that would later become Coffee, Goldston and Bradshaw. It was there that he met his future wife, Leslie, although their love story wouldn’t fully play out until some years later. Bob continued to practice law in Austin until he retired. An avid reader, Bob enjoyed learning about everything from history to philosophy. He was a gentleman and a gentle man who lived his life with style and grace, and whose kindness and quiet humor inspired joy and fun in those who knew him. He had a love for jazz, his wife, and his dog, Wolf, who no doubt awaited him as he crossed that proverbial bridge. Bob is survived by wife Leslie Odil Bradshaw, sister Marion Lucille “Bobbe” Wood, and nephew Robert Charles Berwick (both of Colorado), along with grand nephews and nieces Brian Robert Berwick, Jennifer Lynn Shepard, and Julie Ann Wagner. He is also survived by step-children Lisa Kocen and John Slimp and wife Tatyana, as well as numerous step grandchildren, all of Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert Marion Bradshaw and Edna Lucille Jones Bradshaw, and by his sister Elizabeth Bradshaw, of Borger, TX.
Brandt, LTC Clarke M., USA (Ret) 1951 HS-1953 SC ~ 18-Mar-2014 was born on Sep 21, 1932 in Council Bluffs, IA. His parents were Helen and Max Brandt. He lived in Southwestern Iowa in his early years. When his father was called to active duty in 1940, they moved from station to station for the next 9 years. Clarke graduated high school in Coronado, CA, in June of 1949. Four years later he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Army on June 2, 1953. He spent the next 28 years in the Army which included tours in Alaska, Korea, Vietnam, and Germany. He was awarded the Combat Medical Badge during his Vietnam Tour. In 1972 he attended University of Northern Colorado to obtain his Masters Degree in Education. He retired from the active duty in May of 1981 at which time he was awarded the Legion of Merit. After his retirement, Clarke became a full time instructor at the education Center at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Aurora, CO, where he worked until the Post Closed. Clarke is survived by his 4 sons; Kim Brandt and his wife Maxine, Greg Brandt and his wife Renae, Jan Brandt and Trish, and Dane Brandt and his wife Lynn. He is also survived by his 2 brothers Craig Brandt and his wife Jean, and Drew Brandt and his wife Sharon. He is preceded in Death by a son, Bret Brandt and a wife Vivian Brandt. Clarke has ten grand children and 18 great grandchildren. Clarke is also survived by his friend and ex-wife, Trish Young and her son Brett. Clarke was a wonderful father and is loved deeply. He has now entered into heaven to be with his heavenly Father.
Bray, Charles F., Jr. 1953 JC ~ 15-Feb-1997
Breckenridge, MAJ Floyd “Scott” S., Jr., USMC (Ret) 1949 HS-1951 JC-1953 SC ~ 17-Feb-2006, 76, a 10-year resident of Gardnerville, died Feb. 17, 2006, in Gardnerville. He was born July 22, 1929, in Carnegie, Okla., to Floyd Scott Sr. and Alice Marie Breckenridge. He married Gail S. Breckenridge on Jan. 24, 1953, in Roswell, NM. Before moving to Gardnerville, he lived in Mountain View, CA. He was a vice president and manager for Home Savings of America for 16 years. He graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute on Jan. 24, 1953. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring as a major after 20 years. He was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal for Heroic Achievement on June 20, 1968, while serving in South Vietnam. Among his survivors are his wife of Gardnerville; son, Michael Jon of Vista, CA; daughter, Katherine Scott Ziegler of San Andreas, CA; sister, Marilyn McCann of Amarillo, TX; and three grandchildren.
Brown, LTG Charles W., USA (Ret) 1951 JC-1953 SC ~ 15-Feb-2007 a true American Cowboy, who was born June 15, 1932, on a cattle ranch 10 miles SE of Rushville, NE, passed quietly to an ever greener pasture, on February 15, 2007. Charles slipped peacefully away, surrounded by loved ones telling him how much he meant to them. From humble beginnings, Charles graduated in 1953, from one of only 7 four-year college programs at New Mexico Military Institute. Always saying that he was, waiting to see if something better came along, this humble man became known as one of the great leaders in the US Army, rising to the rank of Lt. General, retiring in 1990. He returned to the west he loved, in 1995, allowing him to be close enough to manage his beloved Brown Bros. Ranch, located in the Sandhill’s of Nebraska. In 1958, Charles married Sherry Church, the daughter of another career Army Officer. Son Stephan and daughter Christi were born in Lubbock, TX, where he taught ROTC and sponsored the 500 member rodeo team at Texas Tech University. In his career, he was stationed in multiple US locations, France, Germany Viet Nam and Korea. The move to Colorado was the 29th move in 37 years for Sherry and Charles. His last assignments were in the Pentagon, dealing with Middle East Policy. He was happiest in command of troops, but was regarded as a brilliant logistician. At the end of his career, he was respected in the Middle East among the Israeli as well as the Arab leaders. He could walk with cowboys and kings and be equally at home. As a Brigadier General in Germany, he participated alongside his troops in Rodeo, USA. After an absence from rodeo, of 20 years, he proudly roped a calf in his personal record time of eight seconds, at age 48, to his troops delight. The photograph of this accomplishment was displayed on the front page the Stars and Stripes newspaper, under the caption of “The Cowboy General”. Although he served in the military for 37 years, in combat in Viet Nam and the Dominican Republic – receiving the Bronze Star with Valor, Legion of Merit (twice) and the Distinguished Service Medal- he was proudest of his pioneer heritage. His grandparents helped settled the Nebraska Territories. His parents ingrained integrity into him, making him the honorable head of his own family, who adored him. Charles is survived by his adoring wife and children, beloved daughter-in-law, Terri; and three precious grandchildren, Heather, Lauren and Austin, whom he adored. He is also survived by an enormous cavalcade of friends, throughout the country and the world, who take comfort in the vast array of memories and stories about “Good Old Charlie Brown”.
Brown, Peter S. 1953 HS
Brown, Robert B. 1953 HS
Brown, Robert S. 1953 HS ~ 01-Jan-2000
Buckley, B. Dyne 1953 HS ~ 08-Jan-2019 Bert Dyne Buckley returned to be with his Lord and Savior on January 8, 2019. Dyne made people smile. Even into his final days, he carried a playful nature and clever sense of humor. His ability to lighten someone’s day with a silly joke was unrivaled. But the main reason people smiled around Dyne was because he was kind. This was especially true of the way he treated his wife, children, and grandchildren. His family was his pride and joy, and he was the pride and joy of his family. He was born April 20, 1935 in El Paso, to Willis and Maurine Buckley. As a child, he loved working at his father’s business, ‘Thrift Grocery Store.’ He attended Las Cruces public schools, where he met his future wife, JoAnne Alcott at the age of just 12. The two would go on to marry on February 1, 1958. Dyne graduated high school from the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell in 1953, then from New Mexico State University in 1958. Following college, he served in the U.S. Army before returning to Las Cruces. Dyne worked for Mutual Building and Loan in Las Cruces for many years. Then in 1978, he and his family moved to Elk City, Oklahoma, where he continued his career as President of First Federal Savings and Loan. Dyne embraced Elk City and even served as the Chamber of Commerce President. But his love for Las Cruces and the Mesilla Valley drew him and JoAnne back in 1990 for their retirement years. An avid sports fan, Dyne loved watching a great game. He was especially loyal to the NMSU Aggies, and enjoyed attending basketball games at his alma mater. You could also often spot him in the stands at the LCHS football games. Dyne was passionate about his faith, which made him a pillar in his church. He sang in the choir and volunteered in men’s group and outreach programs. His legacy is the large family that loves him immensely. He is survived by his wife, JoAnne; three sons and their spouses, Randy and Kevia of Tulsa, Russell and Maria of El Paso, and Ron and Traci of Reno; one daughter and her spouse, Dyana and Brian Diffin of St. Louis; and sister-in-law Patricia Sullivan of Keller, TX. He is also survived by eight grandchildren; Jennifer Armstrong, Stephanie McArthur, Whitley Diffin, Kourtney Buckley, Dyne Price Buckley, Jami Buckley, Scott Diffin, and Kaylee Buckley; two step-grandchildren Aldo Payan and Idali Payan; two great-grandchildren; and two step great-grandchildren; along with numerous nieces and nephews who all adored Uncle “Sonny.” He was preceded in death by his parents, Willis and Maurine; sister, Louise Goodman; and infant daughter Mary.
Burkholder, Lee H. 1953 HS ~ 18-Apr-2007 71, passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2007. He was a resident of El Paso since 1957. Mr. Burkholder graduated from UT Austin in 1957 and was a member of the Elks local chapter POE – 187, Texas Society of CPA’s, AICPA, New Mexico Society of Accountants, National Society of Accountants, and Texas Facetors. He was also a life member of New Mexico Military Institute Class of 1953. Lee was a CPA in public practice since 1962. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter G. and Annie Lee Burkholder. Lee is survived by his loving wife, Alleen L. Burkholder, son, Walter David Burkholder 1977 HS-1983 JC of Orlando, FL, daughters, Pamela Montague and husband, Steve of Albuquerque, NM, and Linda Krebs and husband, Matthew of Plano, TX, grandchildren, David Montague, Rebecca Montague, Amanda Krebs, Melinda Krebs, Allison Krebs and Kristen Alleen Krebs. He is also survived by his sister, Bessie Lou Steenman and husband, Larry of San Antonio, TX.
Callahan, J. Patrick 1953 HS ~ 18-May-2003
Carpenter, LtCol Donald R., USMC (Ret) 1949 HS-1952 JC-1953 SC ~ 05-Aug-1995
Cash, Jr., George H. 1953 JC ~ 13-Nov-2014 83, retired flight inspector for Beech Aircraft, died Thursday, November 13, 2014, in Kremmling, CO. Preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Cash; parents, George & Francis Cash. He is survived by his son, Michael S. Cash of Winter Park, CO. In his spare time, George enjoyed gun and knife collecting, movies, classic cars and trains. He was a good father and husband. He will be missed greatly.
Catledge, James W. 1953 HS ~ 01-Apr-1985
Chappelear, Louis 1951 JC-1953 SC
Childers, Dallas, Jr. 1951 HS-1953 JC ~ 17-Aug-1998
Christie, James W., III 1953 HS ~ 24-Aug-2004
Clarkson, Thomas A., Jr. 1953 HS ~ 23-Aug-2005, 69, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2005, at a local hospital from complications secondary to cancer. Born in San Diego, he received his early education there and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute and the University of Arizona, where he achieved high scholastic honors and was a leader in sports, as a student and as a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. A skillful baseball player, he was chosen All American his senior year. He went on to play professional baseball for the Chicago Cubs farm team until his country called him to serve as an Army tank officer in Korea, which began a lifelong devotion to the 10th U.S. Calvary. After discharge from the service, he began a 31-year career with IBM Corp., where he was a successful manager in marketing, serving in various locations of the United States. After retirement, Mr. Clarkson enjoyed a second career breeding and showing cutting horses. He was a member of the National Cutting Horse Association and was an active participant. He was a member of Handley Lodge #1140, A.F. & A.M, Fort Worth Scottish Rite and Moslah Shrine, where he served as potentate in 1997. He was a member of Moslah Shrine Golf Unit and Fort Worth Court #32 R.O.J. The family wishes to thank the doctors and their dedicated staffs who helped us through five years of cancer and heart disease. Special thanks to Dr. Vern Ellis. And special thanks to Dr. John Burk for his attention to last wishes, clear explanations and sensitivity at the end. Our special thanks also to Ranch Nurse Susan Broyles for five years of a special relationship. Thanks also to Harris Hospital cancer floor and Trauma ICU for doing their jobs so well at a very difficult time. Survivors: Wife, Carol Clarkson of Fort Worth; children and their spouses, Tom Clarkson, Jr., of Virginia, Barry and Debra Clarkson of San Diego, CA, Chris and Christie Clarkson of Los Angeles, CA, Brooke and Bob Kieb of Virginia, and John and Alissa Kimbrough of College Station; cherished grandchildren, Danee, Katie, Will, Kendall, Emily, Lillian, Sophie and No. 8, Gus, due in November; mother, Fran Clarkson of San Diego, CA; brother, Jerry Clarkson of San Diego, CA; his canine buddies, Little Red and Casey; and his equine pals, Little Doc and Coco.”
Collingwood, G. Wheat 1953 HS ~ 11-Oct-2016 If wealth is defined by being surrounded by loving friends and devoted family after a long and rich life, then Wheat died a very rich nan. Wheat defined himself by his relationships – his relationship with God, his loving wife of 46 years, his daughter and Granddaughters, and every person he met (all of whom he regarded as friends). Wheat was born in Wichita, KS, to Margaret Shannon Collingwood and Greyson Haslett Collingwood, and he was the youngest sibling to Martha Bay (Black) and Otis Collingwood. Ornery from a young age, Wheat became infamous for using his sister’s pearl necklace as ammunition for his BB gun, putting sand in his teacher’s car’s gas tank, putting a snake in his teacher’s desk, and other mischief. It was no wonder that his father sent him to the New Mexico Military Institute for high school. After graduating from NMMI, Wheat enrolled in the University of Oklahoma, joined Delta Tau Delta fraternity, and majored in fraternity studies. Attending occasional business classes, Wheat relished college life, making life-long friends and enjoying a fanatical devotion to OU football. After college, Wheat returned to Wichita and went into office and industrial equipment sales, eventually starting his own business, Collingwood Office Systems, where he was repeatedly nationally recognized for sales and service to his customers. In 1958, Wheat met his nephew’s kindergarten teacher, Sally Carolyn Rice. Wheat knew immediately that Sally was out of his league, so he married her on August 6, 1960 at his earliest opportunity. Wheat and Sally’s only child, Julie Anne (Blumenthal), was born in 1965. Wheat and Sally raised Julie in Wichita. Never has a family of three been filled with so much love for each other. Their warm home was always open for pool parties, chili dinners, youth group activities, and New Year’s day football games (shown on three televisions at the same time). His beloved bride passed away In 2007. Mourning her loss took a toll on Wheat, but his deep Christian faith kept him focused on his family and friends. In 2013, Wheat moved to Prairie Village, KS, to be closer to Julie and her husband, Michael Blumenthal, and his granddaughters, Sarah Bay and Kate Grace. He spent the remainder of his life doting on Julie, Sarah Bay, and Kate Grace, and enjoying the companionship of his friend, Dotty Watson. A devoted husband, father, grandfather, and companion, Wheat always took interest in his family, listening intently to their stories and attending their school programs and athletic events. Wheat was a lover of all things chocolate, Bud light over ice, OU football, Jayhawks basketball, and the Kansas City Royals. Kind, gentle, and funny, Wheat was loved by all.
Converse, Landree M. 1953 HS ~ 03-Mar-2002
Cook, J. Donald, Jr. 1951 HS-1953 JC ~ 25-Jan-1980
Coors, Henry G, IV, 1953 HS ~ 03-Jul-2019, dedicated husband, father, and attorney passed away at home on July 3, 2019 at the age of 83. He is survived by his loving wife, Zoe Ann Coggins-Coors; his daughters, Kirsten Coors-Houliston, Shelly Coors Riccobene and Lori Coors-Polosky; brother, Kenneth S. Coors 1961 HS; sister, Rowena Hobby; and granddaughters, Sydney Cooper, Ashley Cooper, Caroline Polosky and Claire Polosky. Henry, “Hank” was born and raised in Albuquerque and was a well-known member of the legal community. He graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in 1953 and earned a degree in civil engineering from Rice University in 1958. After college, he served in the U.S. Navy as an engineering officer aboard a destroyer for three years. He earned his law degree from the University of Colorado in 1964 and returned to New Mexico where he practiced law throughout the state for over 40 years. Hank was well-known among his friends and family for his keen intellect, quick wit, tremendous sense of humor and his dedication to helping others. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved fly fishing, skiing, canoeing, and hiking in the beautiful terrain of New Mexico. To his grandchildren, “Papa Hank” was the ultimate cheerleader at their various sporting events and his voice could always be heard above the crowd. He often referred to himself as “The Big Bad Wolf” and was affectionately referred to by his youngest grandchildren as “The Boof.” He took great pride in his community and in recent years participated in tutoring students through a community program for Longfellow Elementary in Albuquerque. He was a devoted member of the Presbyterian Church and in his lifetime served as an elder at First Presbyterian and Sandia Presbyterian in Albuquerque.
Cope, Mack Ladon “Tex” 1953 JC ~18-Aug-2016 age 84 died Sunday, September 18, 2016 at his home in McAlester. Tex was born on February 3, 1932 in Haileyville, Oklahoma, to Clarence and Cora Belle (McMurtrey) Cope. He married Bobbie A. Richardson on November 7, 1959 in McAlester. He played high school and college football and enjoyed watching sports. He was a rancher and refereed basketball games and umpired baseball games for area schools. He was a member of First Baptist Church in McAlester. Survivors include a wife, Bobbie Cope, two daughters and a son-in-law, Sherri Faulconer and husband Ronnie, Connie Dobbs; grandchildren and spouses, Rachel West, Michael Hohenstreet, Marty West, Bryan Gray Dobbs and wife, Ariel, Hillary Kendrick and husband David, Austin Dobbs; great-grandchildren, Christopher Dobbs and Willow Kendrick He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.
Cowan, James H. 1951 HS-1953 JC ~ 30-Aug-2005
Cresto, Bert P. 1953 JC
Curtis, Ernest M. 1951 JC-1953 SC
Daniels, Dr. Jon L. 1951 HS-1953 JC ~ 11-Apr-2011 77, retired Army dentist and community volunteer, died Monday in Las Cruces. Husband of 54 years to Phyllis M. Daniels of Las Cruces and father to Ray Daniels of Chicago and Brock Daniels (wife, Karla Conditt Daniels) of Augusta, GA. Grandfather of Megan, Jim, Knox & Grace. Jon was born in El Paso and raised in Cloudcroft where his parents, Ray & Margaret Daniels, were prominent citizens. He spent much of his youth in the outdoors, developing a life-long passion for fishing, hunting and trap shooting. He attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell for high school (Class of 1951) and junior college (1953) before attending Loyola University School of Dentistry in New Orleans, LA, to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. He had a private dental practice in Alamogordo, NM, from 1960-1964 before returning to pursue his career in the Army. That career took him from California to Washington, DC, and many points in between and included a tour in Vietnam (1967-68). While in the Army, he earned a master’s degree in hospital administration and specialization in prosthodontics. He rose to the rank of Colonel and commanded the dental activity of Fort Riley, KS, from 1980-83. He retired from the Army at Fort Bliss in 1985 and had a private practice in prosthodontics for several years. He enjoyed woodworking and built attractive furniture for the beautiful home that he and Phyllis created. He also built the baptismal font and other projects for First Presbyterian Church where they were both long-time members and he was an Elder. In retirement, the couple enjoyed travel via RV, attending Elder Hostels and visiting family and friends across the country as well as trips to international destinations such as Australia. Jon was a member of Rotary Club of Las Cruces and had participated in various chapters around the country since he first joined in Alamogordo in 1960. He enjoyed flying and had navigated the skies of southern New Mexico as a private pilot into his 60s. After his mother and aunt suffered with Alzheimer’s disease, he became active in support and fund raising activities and served for a period on the national board of the Alzheimer’s Association. In recent years, he volunteered at the Farm & Ranch Museum in Las Cruces and was active in the local chapter of the Military Officers Association of America and the New Mexico Military Institute alumni association.
Davis, LTC Carol Dale, USA (Ret) 1953 JC ~ 01-Dec-2016, age 84, of Silverton, TX, passed away last week in Silverton. Carol was born on Dec. 17, 1932, in Briscoe County to Durward and Stella Weast Davis. He married his high school sweetheart Mary Dudley on Aug. 31, 1952.
Carol was a United States Army lieutenant colonel of artillery, an Airborne Ranger and served with the 101st Airborne during the Vietnam Conflict. He served a total of 22 years, including posts in Germany, Arizona and Louisiana. After retirement in 1979, he ran Brown Hardware in Silverton. Carol loved airplanes, guns and animals and he was an amateur artist, who particularly enjoyed working with pastels. Carol was a lifetime member of the Silverton Church of Christ. Carol was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Davis; a daughter Sherry who died at birth; his parents, Durward and Stella Weast Davis; two brothers, Edwin and James Davis; and two sisters, Pauline Jarnagin and Vera Markart.
He is survived by two sons, Alex Davis and his wife Stephanie of Leesville, LA, and Max Davis and his wife Andi of Arlington, TX; four grandchildren, Morgan Myres and her husband Frank of Leesville, LA, Bradley Davis and his wife Stormy of Leesville, LA, Brandi Davis of Austin, and Sheri Davis, a student at Texas A&M Galveston; and one great-grandson, Lucas Myres. He is also survived by his sister, Faye Gene Rampley of Plainview, TX, and many nieces and nephews.
Davis, James H. 1953 HS ~ 03-Dec-2011 of Houston, passed away peacefully on the 3rd of December 2011. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Betty Brown Davis; his daughters and sons-in-law, Debra Ann Davis Robinson and Charles Frank Robinson, Catherine Roberta Davis Bell and Jacob L. Bell, Jr., and Nancy Dalton Davis Keely and John Keely; his grandchildren, Hannah Elliott Robinson, Harrison Davis Robinson, Ryan Elizabeth Robinson, Tyler Virginia Robinson, Carson Roberta Bell, and Jacob L. Bell, III, all of Houston, TX; and by his brother-in-law, Robert H. Brown and wife Jeanne of Austin. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Morgan J. Davis of Houston and by his brother, Morgan Jefferson Davis, Jr., also of Houston. Born on the 26th March 1935 in Roswell, NM, Jim was brought to Houston in 1936 by his parents. He was educated at The Kinkaid School in Houston, the New Mexico Military Institute and Washington & Lee University where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Upon graduation from Washington & Lee, he attended graduate school at The University of Texas, where he earned his Master’s Degree in Geology in 1960. Jim then embarked on a career in oil and gas exploration where he was a geologist with the Humble Oil and Refining Company (later Exxon Corporation) for 16 years. He then was a Vice President with First City Bank, but soon returned to oil and gas exploration when he joined Brock Petroleum and later started Mahada Energy where he was President. Jim was a member of the Houston Geological Society, the American Institute of Professional Geologists, the Geological Society of America and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. He was also a member of The Houston Country Club, Allegro, Paul Jones and the Cherokee Nation. Jim also served on many boards including The Museum of Natural Science and was an honorary member of The Garden Club of Houston. He loved Sunday dinners with his family, “making sawdust” in his workshop, multiple generations of summer camp closings and his extensive group of friends.
Decherd, Milton E., Jr. 1953 JC ~ 03-Jun-2005
Dentler, Paul J. 1949 HS-1952 JC-1953 SC ~ 24-Oct-2003
Dewson, Dr. James H., III 1951 HS-1953 JC ~ 06-Aug-1999
Dickerson, James M. 1953 JC ~ 30-Dec-2006 45, went to be with the Lord, December 17, 2006. He was the first born in his family, and was a loving joy to them all. He was best known for his humor and his devotion to his family and friends. Every moment Mike spent with his son, Will, was his happiest, and he often told him that. Mike was a graduate of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. He was a draftsman, project manager, and had owned his own business, West End Drafting. He is survived by his wife, Donna; and his most precious gift from God, his son, James William Dickerson. He is also survived by his mother and stepfather, Barbara and Clyde Jordan; father and stepmother, Jim and Jean Dickerson; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Susan and Gene Robertson and Mary and Jeff Stimpson; nephews and nieces, Heather Smith, Brad Robertson, Reeve, Hailey, Jesse and Riley Stimpson. Mike had many friends, among the closest were Chris, Dan, Mike, Tim, Ben and Brian. They grieve with us for the loss of Mike in our lives, but rejoice with the knowledge that he is at peace in God’s care.
Donnelly, Alvah C. 1953 HS ~ 16-Jul-1992
Easterling, Dr. Ross E. 1951 HS-1953 JC ~ 09-Jan-2001
Echols, Hugh T., Sr. 1953 HS ~ 29-Nov-2007 passed away November 29, 2007. Hugh was born December 18, 1934 in Houston, TX. He was a graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute, the University of Houston, and South Texas College of Law. Hugh enjoyed going hunting with his sons and friends. He is survived by his sons, Hugh T. Echols, Jr., 1987 JC and David B. Echols; granddaughter, Haley Echols
Elliott, LTC James W. “Bill”, USA (Ret) 1953 SC ~ 28-Sep-2001
Fabian, Jr., John P. 1953 HS ~ 05-Apr-2018 The Legendary Fisherman and Movie Producer, John Paul Fabian, Jr., has passed peacefully away on April 5th, 2018, he was 83 years old. John was born in Chico, CA, on October 21, 1935 to Dr. John P. Fabian, Sr., and Elsie Fabian. He attended High School at New Mexico Military Institute and went to college at the University of Colorado, California at Berkeley, & graduated with his BS & BA from the University of Oregon. John left a wake, not only on every river in the Northwest and beyond, but upon everyone’s heart who was fortunate enough to know him. He will be well remembered for his abundant creativity, profound story-telling abilities, his smooth and commanding voice, and witty sense of humor. John caught many Big Fish: Known best as a Fly Fisherman, John held two World “Fly Casting” Records: One for Striped Bass (Umpqua River), and the other a 150 lb. Tarpon near Homosassa, FL. His local records included a 33.6 lb. Mackinaw from Odell Lake, and a 25.8 lb. Winter Steelhead from the Siuslaw River (still a record for that river). His other big catches include: a 47 lb. Spring Chinook, a 55 lb. Fall Chinook, a 22 lb. Winter Steelhead from the Umpqua. He also landed many Striped Marlin & Sailfish at the Sea of Cortez, Mexico. Blue Marlin, Kona, Hawaii & Black Marlin off the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. John is a member of the Scientific Anglers Fly Fishing Hall of Fame. John’s film producing career; J.F. Productions, Inc., began in 1963 with his first film “To Catch a Fish”. For the next 30 years he produced 100s of films from TV commercials to feature films. He received many awards for his various films which were mostly edited in Eugene, OR, and finished in Hollywood, CA. From 1963-1973 he produced several more movies along the theme of Fishing. In 1973 he produced an environmental film: “Dammed Forever” discussing the impact dams had on the fisheries along the Columbia River. It was narrated by Bing Crosby, & received many awards, including the “National Teddy Award” (named after “Teddy” Roosevelt and considered the nation’s most prestigious environmental film award). He went on to produce two feature films: “Sasquatch, The Legend of Bigfoot” (1975) and “Buffalo Rider” (1976) which both have cult followings to this day. From 1979-1982, he produced the TV series “Western Outdoorsman” and “Sports Afield”. He also created a 3M video series for Instructional Fly Fishing. 1991-1994, John hosted ESPN’s “World of Big Game Fishing”, which took place in Baja, Mexico; Hawaii, and Alaska. He also produced Recruiting films for the University of Oregon, including their Football Program (under Coach Rich Brooks) and the U of O Basketball Program (under coach Jim Haney). Anne Fabian, John’s beloved wife of 43 years, accompanied him on many of his adventures, and often produced the sound recording for his films. She also helped in advertising and distribution of the films. John also penned the book: “Fishing for Beginners”, published by Anthem Books. John spent his final 20+ year’s bird hunting & River Guiding fishing for salmon, trout and steelhead on local Oregon rivers. He taught 100s of people to fly cast. You could often find John on the McKenzie with one of his black labs Angel, & later Abby. John will not be missed by the Fish or the Ducks! John survived two of his children: Lori Wesley & Brian Fabian. He also survived his brother Nick Fabian. John is survived by his wife of 43 years, Anne H. Fabian, his siblings; Mike Fabian and Jacque Brown, and his other two sons; Scott Fabian, and John Fabian, III. Plus four grandchildren: Stephanie Fay, James Stover, Brook Fabian & Chris Fabian, & Jack and Alex Fabian. Greatgrands: Kevin Fay, Noah Fay, Perry Fay, Jaxon Stover & Aspen Stover. Three step-children: Doug Lyons, Katy Lyons & Burns Lyons & their children: Melissa Lyons, Claire Lyons, Alexandra Rains, Mackenzie Beaumont (along with great grandson Odin Beaumont), Emily Lyons, Samantha Lyons, and Michael Lyons. His final words to us all…..”Now, I’ve finished life’s chores assigned to me, so put me on a boat headed out to sea. Please send along my shotgun and my fishing pole, for I’ve been invited to the fishing hole……if others wonder why I’m missin’, just tell ’em, I’ve gone fishin’.
Farrand, David Dreyer 1951 JC-1953 SC ~ 21-Nov-2017
Fellabaum, John N. 1951 HS-1953 SC ~ 17-Jun-1961
Field, Julian M., Jr. 1953 JC ~ 02-Mar-2004
Fields, Edward J. “Ed” 1953 JC ~ 24-Aug-2015 passed away on Monday, August 24, 2015, at the age of 82. He was raised in Roswell, NM. His family owned The Model, a local men’s clothing store. He graduated from Roswell High School and New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. He served two years as a Lieutenant in the United States Army. He worked as a computer scientist at White Sands Missile Range and retired after 25 years. He also taught computer programing at NMSU. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Boehms Fields, sons Edward James Fields, Jr., (Kim), David Randle Fields, his daughter Janette Fields Boone (Jamey), his sisters Jeannie Barnes (Bob), Fran Layman, his brothers Spencer Fields Beth), Larry Fields (Judy), Chuck Fields (Carolyn) and his pride and joy, his five grandchildren Craig Boone, Alyssa Boone, Cameron Boone, Edward James Fields, III, and Thomas Fields. He was a loving husband, father, Papa and brother. He will be greatly missed. Ed had a great sense of humor and enjoyed golf, reading and his computers.
Fitch, Walter O. “Tito” III 1953 JC ~ 22-Sep-2017 On October 17, 1933, Walter Oren “Tito” Fitch, III, was born in Houston, TX, to Walter Oren and Betty Spence Fitch. On September 22, 2017, Tito drew his last breath in New Braunfels, TX, and was taken from us after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Tito grew up in Eagle Pass, TX, attended New Mexico Military Institute where he was a distinguished military student. He then went on to complete his education at the University of Texas . He served his country in the military for a short period of time after graduating from school and then went into the Insurance business in Dallas. Eventually he headed back to Eagle Pass to become the business partner at the Style Shop where he worked until he retired. Tito was the true meaning of a gentle man. He was loved by his family, adored by his friends and respected by his colleagues. His love for God was obvious because of the way he lived his life helping others. He leaves behind his loving brother Hollis Fitch and his wife Candace, many cousins nieces and nephews.
Fowler, Kenneth D. 1953 JC ~ 15-Apr-2008
Fry, Herbert C. “Poppy” 1951 HS-1953 JC ~ 22-Jul-2009 75, loving husband, father and grandfather, is free at last. He passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2009. Poppy was born Nov. 11, 1933, to Joe Delwin and Emilyn Fry in Brookston, in his great-grandmother’s house. He graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, and Texas Tech University in Lubbock. On Nov. 7, 1958, he married the love of his life, his blonde No. 1, Sandra Kay Cooper, in Dallas. On March 26, 1962, they had their only child, Shelly Kay, his blonde No. 2. Poppy spent his entire work career in the wholesale and retail electronics and appliance industry, before retiring in San Antonio in 1995. He was a true man of his word. His colleagues used to say, “His handshake means more than a contract.” Poppy loved his family and loved to travel. As Poppy would say, ‘This too shall pass.’ He was preceded in death by his brother, J.D. Fry, Jr., 1948 HS. Survivors: Loving wife of 50 years, Kay; daughter, Shelly and husband, Bob Christenson; grandsons, Cody Farrow and Eric Christenson; granddaughters, Alexandra and Lillian Christenson; and niece and nephew, J.D. and Patti Fry.
Giinther, Charles W., Jr. 1953 HS ~ 18-Jun-2007
Gilbert, Ted J. 1951 HS-1953 JC ~ 14-Feb-2020
Glover, John G. 1953 JC
Gober, J. Lafayette, Jr. 1953 JC
Goff, Jerry L. 1953 HS ~ 22-Jul-2004
Grisolano, Anthony V. 1953 HS ~ 17-Aug-2011 (May 24, 1934 – Aug. 17, 2011) Tony Grisolano, 77, of Kirtland, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011. Tony was born May 24, 1934, in Gallup, to John and Viola Grisolano. In 1953, Tony began working for El Paso Natural Gas Company where he was loyal and dedicated for 40 years before retiring in 1992. After retiring, Tony worked for San Juan College from 1994 to 2006, where his passion for golf led to working at the Riverview Golf Course for 10 years, as well as instructing gas compression courses for the School of Energy. Most recently Tony enjoyed owning and operating Tony’s Treasures in Flora Vista. Tony was a father to six children; 11 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. He leaves behind his wife, Becky; sons and daughters, Rick and Carol Grisolano, Kim and Max Hadley, Butch Grisolano and girlfriend, Beci Juckes, Didi and Adrian Estrada, Bridgette and Dallas dewees, Brandy and Paul Jacobson; and grandchildren, Dustin Grisolano, Rami Gillory, Jennelle Lastater, Jeff Grisolano, AJ Estrada, Daniel Estrada, Kaleb Slack, Bodee Dewees, Chloee Dewees, Nathan Jacobson and Julie Jacobson.
Guilliams, Jess M. 1953 JC ~ 08-Sep-2000
Hairston, Thomas N. 1951 HS-1953 JC ~ 05-Mar-1953
Halbert, John B. 1953 JC ~ 26-Jul-1990
Haley, Patrick W. 1951 HS-1953 JC ~ 03-Mar-2013
Hall, Laurance R. 1953 HS ~ 23-Jun-2005
Hamner, Walter S. 1953 HS ~ 01-Feb-1969
Hanawald, LTC Len M., USA 1953 HS ~ 03-Sep-1969 Vietnam-Killed in action while apprehending a prisoner of war in Quang Tri on 3 September 1969.
Harmon, Alan R. 1953 JC
Harper, O. Samuel, III 1953 JC
Hartin, LTC John E., USA (Ret) 1953 JC ~ 25-May-2014, 82, died Sunday, May 25, 2014. John was born March 6, 1932, in Alice to Joseph Eskridge and Audrey Faye Rountree Hartin. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute. John married Susan Ann Mayfield on March 13, 1954. She preceded him in death in 1988. He graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in petroleum geology in 1956. He was a Lieutenant in the Army for a short period of time. John worked as a geologist and manager in the oil field for IMCO Services in West Texas. He and his family moved to Holland in 1968 to set up IMCO’s North Sea operations. In 1973, they moved to Amarillo and John owned his own geology consulting firm. Survivors include two sons, John E. Hartin and wife Vicki of Pampa, and Bruce Hartin of Fort Worth; a daughter, Melanie McKinney and husband Terry of Canyon; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.
Haslam, Dr. Gilbert E., Jr. 1953 HS ~ 15-Jun-1983
Henderson, William H. 1953 JC ~ 03-Jul-2016 83 of Aurora, passed away on July 3, 2016. He was born in Gainesville, TX, April 15, 1933 and graduated from North Texas State University in 1954 as a member of the Lamda Chi Alpha fraternity. Bill served in the U.S. Army right after the Korean War and moved to Denver in 1960 working the oil industry. In late sixties, he began working in the bio-medical field where he received numerous awards including his company’s “Man of the Year Award” in 1973. Bill’s favorite past times were spending time with his children and grandchildren, playing golf, barbequing (a true master), and cheering on his beloved Denver Broncos to three World Championships. He is preceded in death by his parents, William E. (Bill) and Eula Henderson, his brother Norbert and his son Keith. He is survived by his wife Emily of 47 years, son Kelly Henderson (CAPT, USN, ret) (Monica), daughter Holly Van Meter (Guy), grandchildren Candace and Kyle Young, Zeb (Capt, USAF) (Leesa) and Jeremiah Henderson (LTJG, USN) (Laura), Nina and Stasi Van Meter, great grandson Preston Young, brother-in-law Dr. Lewis House (Carol), nephews Eric, Spencer (Shelly) and Ryan House (Katherine), and his beloved kitty Baxter Murphy.
Hickman, Philip R. 1953 HS ~ 01-Mar-1979
Hicks, Billy D. 1953 JC ~ 06-Dec-2008 Born 1933, passed away Saturday, December 6, 2008 in Bulverde after a battle with cancer. Bill graduated Snyder High School in 1951; was a Korean Conflict Veteran; he graduated Sul Ross University in 1957 as Class President and Yell Leader; was former President of the Sul Ross Ex-Students Association. He was the former Ector County Auditor for over 30 years; former Ector County Commissioner; former President of the Texas Association of County Auditors; former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Texas County and District Retirement System; was instrumental in creating the Ector County Employees Credit Union and its scholarship programs. Editor and Publisher of the Information Guide on County Government with statewide distribution and monthly updates, additionally he published the Purchasing Manual for Ector County and Internal Auditing Procedures. Odessa Civic Leader: ‘Father’ of the Permian Basin Fair and Exposition; former Chuck Wagon Gang Boss and awarded the Wagon Master Award; former Rotary Club President; former Director, Treasurer, Boss of the Year and Outstanding Young Man for the Odessa Jaycees; a private pilot himself and founder of the Southwest Air Fair and Expo; President of the Texas Chili Society and a great lover of chili; supporter of the Bracken Christian School and was the Chair of the Audit Committee for the Bulverde Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife Patsi, his son Billy, Jr., and wife Debi; and daughter Kaycee; step-children: Tina, Jenny and her family, Jon and his family, Jerri and her family; sisters and brother Betty and her family; Graydon and his family; Hazel and her family, Geannie and her family; as well as his extended family and many friends and loved ones.
Holden, John D. 1951 JC-1953 SC ~ 06-Jan-2018 (Sept. 30, 1930 – Jan. 6, 2018) Beloved and loyal father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, husband, businessman and friend. Life-long Kansas City resident, Part-timer in Rocky Mountain National Park, Competitive Tennis Player, Golfer, Photographer, Antique Car Buff, Historian with favorite subjects General Douglas MacArthur and Abraham Lincoln. A quiet, mild-mannered gentleman with a great sense of humor. Hail and Farewell! John attended Bryant School and graduated from Southwest High School. After receiving his Bachelor degree from New Mexico Military Institute, he worked alongside his father, Harry (Pard) Holden and brother George Holden in running a family-owned business, H.R. Williams Mill Supply Company, founded by his uncle in 1905. The company grew to be widely respected in the industry in the U.S. and abroad, and was sold to a Swiss company, Sefar Ltd. In 1993. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Richter Holden, daughters and son in-laws, Susan Holden Walsh and Robert Walsh, Karen Holden Young and Peter Young, grandchildren, Kristina and Peter Young, sister-in-law Carolyn Harbordt Holden, nephews Chuck Holden, Tom Holden and wife Lorie, grandnieces Mae and Grace Holden, niece Dale Harbordt Davis and nephew Kurt Harbordt. He was preceded in death by his parents Harry and Harriett Holden, his aunt Mary McClure, and brother, George W. Holden.
Holland, Robert G. 1953 HS ~ 28-Apr-2015
Hooker, Jack Curtis 1953 HS ~ 20-Dec-1997
Hughes, John E., Jr. 1950 HS-1953 JC
Hughey, Norman D. 1953 HS ~ 17-Jun-1994
Hunt, Virgil D., Jr. 1953 JC
Hutter, James L. (LTC, USA, Ret) 1951 HS-1953 JC ~ 29-Aug-2020 LTC. James “Lyle” Hutter, 87, passed peacefully on Saturday, August 29, 2020 in Columbia, SC. Born May 16th, 1933 in Ruidoso, NM, to Vernon and Estelle Hutter. Growing up in New Mexico with his brother Jerry afforded Lyle many adventures on the ranches and farms of family members. He traveled around the U.S. with his father and brother following construction work. His high school years found him back in New Mexico where he enrolled in the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. This was a precursor to what his future would hold in the military. He graduated and was commissioned in the U.S. Army in 1956. In 1959, as a young Lt. in Fort Hood, TX, his friend arranged a blind date with a beautiful young lady named Sue Stephens, a student at Mary Hardin Baylor. Upon seeing her, he stated it was love and first sight, and after a short courtship, they were married on Sue’s 20th birthday. The sixties saw them moving frequently, and during this time they had three children: David, Angela, and Jeff. The family settled in Columbia in 1971, where Lyle retired. Throughout the years, Lyle and Sue provided numerous adventures for their family, from camping it always rained to travels throughout the states. As the kids grew up and married, Lyle officially joined the rank of Grandfather. As “Poppy,” he stayed busy entertaining his grandchildren and sharing our love for camping with stories around the campfire, hikes, and adventures in their backyard in Spring Valley. Lyle, as he was known by all, spent a life of servitude. From his time in the Army to his work with Habitat for Humanity, to his active membership in Spring Valley Presbyterian Church. He was always the go-to guy for his friends. Lyle gave his all to everyone he met. He embodied God, family, duty, honor, and country. He is survived by his wife, Derallin (Gillespie), his sons, David (Jennifer) and Jeff (Joy) and Thomas Priestley, daughter Angela Margle (Tom), as well as six grandchildren, Joe and Jake Margle, Garrett and Olivia, Joshua, and Josie Sue. In lieu of flowers donations made be made in his honor to the Oliver Gospel Mission or Habitat for Humanity.
Ingham, Frank 1953 HS ~ 22-May-1992
Jay, Don M. 1953 JC
Jelosek, Ronald L. 1953 HS ~ 15-Jun-2008 Our father, Ronald Lee Jelosek left this world, peacefully, surrounded by love, on Sunday, June 15, 2008, following a courageous battle with cancer. Ron was born in Rock Springs, WY, on February 19, 1935, to Mary and John Jelosek. His family moved to Albuquerque, NM, where he attended the New Mexico Military Institute. He lived in Colorado for many years before moving to Norman, Oklahoma, where he built Thunderbird Imports and Park on Main. He married Gae Von Thompson on October 1, 1991 and still referred to her as his “bride”. Late in his life, he continued to work hard, refusing to retire, enjoying his customers and friends. He was a man who was constantly in motion and constantly giving to others. If his life can be measured by the people who called him their friend, then he was wealthy indeed. While we could speak to his commitment to his community, the awards he won or the great work that he did in his lifetime, nothing was more important to him than family and friends. He is survived by his children: Sons, Michael Jelosek and wife Lou Ann, Jon Jelosek and wife Lynda, all of Longmont, CO, Matthew Jelosek of Glendale, AZ; daughters, Jennifer Twist and husband Patrick, Jan Jelosek, all of Colorado Springs, and Kassie Jelosek of Glendale, AZ; two stepsons, Jay Thompson and wife Sabrina of Bavaria, Germany and Josh Thompson of Norman, Oklahoma; four granddaughters, and seven grandsons, all who believed that there was no better father or grandfather on this earth. The family would like to thank each and every person who provided Ron, Gae, and their families with love and support these past three weeks and for all the years of friendship. We too were surrounded in love. Their love was eternal, as is ours for him. We love you Dad, and we will miss you.
Jones, Paul H. Jr., 1953 HS ~ 17-Feb-2016 of Tucson, AZ, born November 7, 1935, died February 17, 2016, in his home in Maryville, TN. He is survived by his wife, Marian Jones; his children, Rick Jones, Stacy A. McCoy, Paul H. Jones, III; 7 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren. He was a Korean War veteran and a retired police officer.
Kable, Philip H. 1953 HS ~ 01-Jan-1986
Katzendorn, Ray K. 1951 HS-1953 JC ~ 01-Sep-1983
Kelly, Allison A. 1953 HS ~ 02-Jul-2017 born November 10, 1935, passed peacefully on to a life of eternity with our Father God, our Lord Jesus Christ, and a multitude of friends and family on the morning of July 2, 2017, at the age of 81. Allison was the epitome of a cheerful but quiet giver. His giving and always helpful spirit for others was most often seen only through his tracks, as his life was lived with a giving purpose although never seeking the credit, many times helping those that too often go unnoticed. His family was his pride and joy throughout his life. In his early years, he grew learning the value of hard work on the family ranch. After attending Bristow Public Schools, he then transferred to and graduated high school from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. He then attended the University of Oklahoma, and thereafter transferred to Oklahoma State University from which he earned a business administration degree. Impaired eyesight prohibited his ability to serve in the military, although he was a steadfast patriot. During his college years he developed a love for flying, participating in the OU Flying Club through which he became a licensed pilot. He also possessed a love for music, and was active in theatre intermittently throughout his life. He had a passion for attending musicals, ballets, and an overall love for theatrical arts. He had a love for gardening, flowers, a good cigar, good food and drink, and was an exceptional cook with an ever discerning palate. Among all of the many foods that he enjoyed, he was renowned for his love of fresh Oklahoma peaches which he shared with people throughout the State. Following college, Allison began his career as a sales representative for a wholesale food company out of Bristow. Thereafter, with family interest in banking, he transitioned to serve as a federal bank examiner with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency for approximately 12 years, based primarily in the states of Kansas, Missouri, and Iowa. Following that service, he was then engaged to serve as President of Citizens State Bank from 1970 to 2005, continuing as Chairman of the Board to the date of his passing. He also served as a Director for SpiritBank for a number of years. It was evident that Allison had a real love and respect for all of his bank family. In 1959, he met Norvella Agee, who he later married in 1962. Together they have four children; Matthew, Trevor, Sara and Tabitha. They have 10 grandchildren. Matthew, married to Janna, has Amethyst, Ayden, and Avery. Trevor, married to Kendra, has McKenleigh and Carson. Sara, married to Dower Combs, has Tyler. Tabitha, married to Paul Cornell, has Joshua, Andrew, Rachel, and Caleb. Allison and Norvella lived in Okemah for over 50 years. He is preceded in death by a multitude of family members including parents Albert and Dorcas Kelly, brothers Albert, Tracy, and Levan, as well as wife Norvella who passed away in 2011. He is survived by his brother William Royce Kelly 1959 HS, and wife Julie, of Tulsa, as well as many other nieces and nephews. Allison was known for his robust beard, that began as part of a beard growing Chamber of Commerce fundraising event in the 1960’s in the Bristow Western Heritage Days festival. He had a keen sensitivity for others, and was unabashed in exhibiting emotion throughout his life. His ability to deliver a story with a punchline, without your seeing it coming, was beyond reproach. He always loved a well told joke. In spite of restricted mobility due to back injuries, he remained active by mentoring others throughout the community, teaching many including his children the value of hard work with an always expanding “to do” list. In the category of one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, he persistently rescued and stored discarded items that were then made available for others use in their time of need. Consistently throughout his professional and personal life, Allison, with the support of his family, was involved in community, church, and civic endeavors. He exemplified the Rotary motto of “service above self”, without even being a Rotarian. Although a private person, Allison was a unique individual with exacting analytic abilities. He was a man of eclectic interest, lover of life and family, a man of integrity, mentor for many, lifelong learner, and observer of nature.
Kerlin, Gus L., Jr. 1953 HS ~ 06-Aug-2019 –Son of Gus Lee Kerlin, Sr., and wife Louise Long. He grew up in Charlotte, where he played footbal at Central High School. He played football at the University of Miami and at University of NC-Chapel HIll. He graduated from the University of SC. –Occupation: His entire career was spent building Consolidated Container Corporation. –Lee married Marie Funderburk. They were married 48 years until her death. The couple had 3 children: Amy, Gus, III, and Malcolm, and 4 grandchildren. –He enjoyed golf, tennis, and racquetball.
King, Warren R. 1953 HS ~ 25-Apr-2002, age 67, passed away April 25, 2002 in Salt Lake City. He was born March 31, 1935 in Los Angeles, CA. He was adopted at the age of 3 months by Donald Victor and Lucille Veva McCoy King. He married Donna Sanford in March, 1965 in Las Vegas, NV; and also April 30, 1965 in Bakersfield, CA. Their marriage was solemnized in the Los Angeles Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in November, 1968. He attended William Penn grade school, Emerson Jr. High, and Bakersfield High School in Bakersfield, CA. He attended the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1953-1957 and from 1966-1968. He served in Vietnam from 1966-1967 in the River Patrol. He worked for Standard Oil of California from 1957-1965; for Tosco Oil Co. from 1968-1983; and for the Bureau of Reclamation of the U.S. Government from 1985-2000. He joined the LDS Church in 1967, where he served in various positions. He just completed a full time mission for the church in the Family and Church History Mission. His hobbies include deep sea and fresh water fishing, and baseball. He dearly loved his family.
Kipp, Rex, Jr. 1953 HS ~ 23-Oct-2010 76, a longtime Hidalgo and Luna County resident, passed away at his residence on October 23, 2010. He was born in Lordsburg, NM, on December 4, 1933 to Rex and Mary Dee (Muir) Kipp. Rex was a retired rancher and businessman. He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Carol, and four children; Justin and wife Amy, children, Brock, Tyke and Chance Kipp of Lordsburg, NM; Rexann and husband Tim, children, Kelsi, Kacie, and Tyler Leary, of Ft Davis, TX; Lezlie and husband Joe Ziegenfuss, children, Mikael, Ashley and great-granddaughter Jasmine Johnson of Las Cruces, NM; Craig and wife Susie, children Gatlin, Adam, Lacey and Austin Cole, of Lordsburg, NM. Brothers; John of Las Cruces NM, William and wife Gayle of Santa Teresa, NM. Brother-in-law Phil and wife Bobbie Woolford, of T or C, NM., long time, devoted friend Dick Poe of El Paso, TX., numerous nieces, nephews and friends. After graduating from Lordsburg High School, Rex joined the Army and was stationed at Fort Bliss, TX. After serving in the Army he attended NMSU and UTEP. He returned to Lordsburg to assume the operation of the Muir Ranch which was started by his grandfather the late John T. Muir and his wife Emma in 1882. Rex served one term in the New Mexico House of Representatives, as one of its youngest members, thus following in the footsteps of both his grandfather John T. Muir and his father Rex Kipp, Sr. Rex was proud of the fact that he was a third generation rancher and loved being out in the country. He also cleared and developed many acres of farm land. He served on the board of directors of several New Mexico banks. He owned and operated the E.J. Short Company for many years. After retiring from the ranching business, passing it on to the fourth generation, he and his wife Carol moved to Deming where they have resided for the last twenty-six years. Rex became a pilot as a teenager and enjoyed a lifetime of flying, golfing and skiing. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Lordsburg and the Masonic Lodge. Rex will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Kirk, William F. 1953 JC
Ladd, Earl M., Jr. 1951 JC-1953 SC ~ 09-May-1982
Lama, Tony E., Jr. 1953 JC ~ 07-Dec-2012 (August 31, 1931 – December 7, 2012) Tony Edward Lama, Jr., was born in El Paso, TX, on August 31, 1931. Tony graduated from El Paso High School in 1950, where he was an All District football player. He attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, in 1950 and 1951 and graduated from Texas Western College in 1954. He served in the US Army and was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant. Tony was a natural in the boot business and under his leadership Tony Lama boots became a world renowned name. His custom boots were worn by many U.S. presidents and celebrities. Tony served on numerous boards and was civically active in El Paso throughout his life, receiving numerous honors including the Sun Country Section PGA Amateur of the Year Award, Humanitarian of the Year Award from national Jewish Hospital and Research Center, and recognition awards from the National Shrine Hospitals for crippled and burned children. His life was inspirational and touched many. He is survived by his wife Patricia Lama, Melissa Lama, Catherine and Craig Hyatt, Steven and Molly Lama, Stuart and Dannah Meyers, Mark and Dori Fenenbock, and Dawn Keim. Tony had an unfailing sense of humor and ongoing optimism that will be missed by all those whose life is made richer by knowing him.
Lane, Joseph J., III 1953 HS ~ 06-Mar-2014 Joe was born Sept. 16, 1935 in Roswell, NM, and passed away March 6, 2014 in Tucson, Ariz. Joe was born and raised on the Lane family ranches in Arizona and New Mexico. He went to elementary school in Willcox, Ariz., high school at the New Mexico Military Academy in Roswell, NM, and received his Bachelor Degree in Agriculture from the University of Arizona in Tucson. After his graduation in 1957, he served in the U.S. Army as a First Lieutenant in the Armor Division in Killeen, TX, until 1960. Joe owned ranches in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado. He always considered himself a Cattleman and spent the majority of his ranching career on the O Bar O Ranch north of Willcox at Bonita, Ariz. He sold this ranch in 1983 to devote his full time to government service in Arizona. Joe served in the Arizona Legislature from 1978 to 1988 and was Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 38th Legislature (1987-1988). He subsequently served as an Aide to Governors Fife Symington and Jane Hull. Joe was Director of the Arizona Department of Agriculture until his retirement. Joe was very active and contributed his time to numerous organizations. He was a past President of the Arizona Cattlegrowers’ Association. He was Chairman of the Arizona State Transportation Board. Joe was Chairman of the Arizona Chapter of the American Heart Association in 1993. He received the University of Arizona College of Agriculture Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997 and was named Cattleman of the Year in 2007 by the Arizona Cattlegrower’s Association. He is survived by his brother Charles B. “Doc” (Patti), his son Walter (Karen), his daughter Nora (Phil), his daughter Denise, 10 grandchildren (Dylan, Emma , Andrew, Neil, Adam, Beth, Erin, Alex, Josh and Christian) and four great-grandchildren (Emma, Kavin, Cameron and Kalie). He is also survived by his former wives, Mari and Susan.
Lee, James L., Jr. 1953 SC ~ 26-Jun-2005, a resident of Albuquerque, passed over on June 27, 2005. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 52 years, Clara Lou Lee sons, John Howard Lee and wife Cindy of San Marcos, TX, James Louis Lee, III, and wife Cynthia of Temple, TX, daughter, Janet Marie Ohlig and husband Ronald of The Colony, TX, granddaughters, Samantha Kate Lee, Lisa Marie Ohlig, Tosha Ann Ducker grandsons, Scott Charles Lee, James Louis Lee, IV, Christopher Lee Ohlig niece, Lee Ann Moores nephew, Ralph Dewey Nesbitt sister, Patsy Ann Nesbitt and husband Robert many other loving family members and friends, and his “”daily companion”” Schotzy. Jim was a graduate of Austin High School in El Paso, TX, and a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute SC in 1953. He served his country in the Army from 1953-1958. Jim, a lover of New Mexico and all things Southwestern, was a man of many talents and interests including genealogy, culinary arts, and technology. Jim was a member of Masonic Lodge #130 and the Shrine Temple in El Paso, and the New Mexico Genealogical Society. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who will be deeply missed by his family and all those who knew him.
Leisy, LtCol Robert R., USMC (Ret) 1951 JC-1953 SC ~ 28-Mar-2014 passed away March 28, 2014 at the age of 82. His journey began in the small town of Peter Miguel in the Panama Canal Zone, where he grew up with his two brothers Henry Joe “Hank” and Ralph Leisy. He was the son of Henry Theodore Leisy from Wisner, NE, and Etta Viola Long from Jicarilla, NM. The Panama Canal Zone always had a special place in his heart, as he fondly remembered the mischief his brothers and he managed to create in the jungle. He graduated from Balboa High School in 1949, and always enjoyed attending their reunions. In an unfortunate coincidence, he lost his brother Hank suddenly on February 20th of this year. In 1949, he attended the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, and graduated in 1953, receiving a commission in the Marine Corps as a Second Lt. Bob was to serve his country as a Marine for 26 years, including 2 tours of duty in Vietnam, and was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star with Combat “V”, Air Medal with Gold Star, Navy Commendation Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, The Presidential Unit Citation with three stars, and flew over 640 Combat Air Missions. His other active duty included membership on the Joint Chiefs of Staff panel on Navigation and as chairman played a key role in the early implementation of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) as well as 5 years as executive officer at the Naval Air Rework Facility (NARF) at Cherry Point, NC. In 1979 he retired from the Marine Corps with the rank of Lt. Col. His flying skills once qualified him for an invitation to fly with the Blue Angels, but he declined the honor because he felt the travel would take him away from his family too often. With his first wife Ellen Telfer, Bob had two sons Colin and Roy, who live in North Carolina, and a daughter Zoetta from California. In 1973 he married Delores Vernelson and they would have celebrated their 4st anniversary this year. After living in New Bern, NC, and Virginia, he moved to Key West, FL, in 1986 with his wife Delores, and lived there for 19 years. He was involved in boating with the Key West Power Squadron, and remained active in veteran organizations, including acting as former Beam Man of the Key West Hangar of Quiet Birdmen, Past Commander of the Retired Officers Association of Key West, and Marshall of the Key West Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars. He had a lifelong passion for fishing, sports and boating, loved telling stories and naughty jokes, and enjoyed his retirement years travelling the world with his wife Delores. He is survived by Delores; brother Ralph (Rita) Leisy; his children Colin (Susan) Leisy, Roy Leisy and Zoe (Alex) Romanoff; grandchildren Amanda (Ashley) Porter, Elaine and Brittany Leisy; and great granddaughter Julie.
Leonard, Timothy T. 1953 JC ~ 30-May-2007 72, of Eagle Pass, TX, passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer on Wednesday, May 30th, 2007 at his pecan farm in Eagle Pass. Tim was born in Roswell, NM, on October 4, 1934 to Harry and Mabel Leonard. Raised in Roswell, he attended junior high and high school at the Arizona School for Boys, and junior college at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. He was actively involved in competitive polo at both schools, and was a member of the Arizona Junior State Championship team in 1950. He continued his education at the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Houston, where he studied geology. On August 20, 1955, Tim married Patricia Anne McMillan of Dallas, TX. They resided briefly in Dallas before moving to Roswell, NM. Five children were born to that marriage. In 1958, the Leonard brothers acquired an Angus cattle ranch just outside Eagle Pass, TX. Tim moved the family to the ranch and managed the business until its sale in 1965. During the 1960’s Tim perused his interest in competitive polo, becoming actively involved in high goal professional polo. In 1966, his four man team won the prestigious National 20 Goal Tournament in Milwaukee, WI. In 1969, he purchased a pecan farm south of Eagle Pass on the Rio Grande River, beginning a lifelong passion for pecan farming. He built a successful pecan farming enterprise, and contributed his time and talent to the Maverick County Water Control District where he served on the Board of Directors from 1986 to 1998. Here he was instrumental in initiating the policies governing the measurement and allocation of water among the members of the water district. He served as Chairman of the Board of the water district from 1986-1992. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Pecan Growers Association from 1992-1994.Tim was preceded in death by his parents and Brother Patrick J. Leonard. He is survived by his former wife, Patricia, of San Antonio; son Shannon and wife Jane of El Indio; son Kevin and wife Jolynn of Midland; son Kyle and wife Leah of Eagle Pass; son Patrick and wife Janet of San Antonio; daughter Molly Azopardi and husband Tommy of Wimberly; brother Joe and wife Jody of Roswell, New NM; four grandchildren; an extended family of nephews, nieces, great nephews, and great nieces. The Leonard family would like to express its heartfelt thanks to his constant companion for the last several years, Mary Isabel Harper of Eagle Pass, and to the wonderful staff at both the M.D Anderson Cancer Center and the Jesse H. Jones Rotary House International in Houston.
Lerude, Robert Eugene 1953 HS ~ 01-Aug-2003, 67, died Friday, Aug. 1, 2003, at his Reno, NV, home after fighting cancer for several months. Bob was born Oct. 12, 1935, in Reno. He attended the New Mexico Military Institute and graduated in 1953 from Reno High School where he played football and was a ski team racer. He graduated with a degree in business from the University of Nevada in Reno in 1961. Bob served in the Nevada Air National Guard in Reno and later in the U.S. Marine Corps in San Diego and in Korea. Bob began restaurant work as a teenage fry cook in his parent’s Wigwam Coffee Shop in Reno and developed a lifetime career in the food, beverage and hospitality business. He worked briefly in San Francisco and Las Vegas and then moved to Alaska, where he lived 30 years. Bob served in management assignments on the trans-Alaska oil pipeline project and was involved in other businesses in Fairbanks. For 20 years he owned and operated the Central Motor Lodge and Restaurant in the small gold country town of Central, AK, from which he retired three years ago when he returned to Reno. Bob was a member of Elks lodges in Reno and Fairbanks. He as an avid sportsman and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. After retiring, Bob took up golf and played most of the courses in Northern Nevada and many in Mexico. He traveled extensively in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Mexico, and the United States. He was preceded in death by his parents, Les and Lone Lerude, who together founded the Wigwam Coffee Shop, a one-time Reno landmark at Second and Sierra streets known for its hot apple pie and butter sauce. He is survived by his wife, Mary Kay of Reno; daughter Terry Helmers of Fairbanks; sons Bob of Bakersfield, CA, Francis “Fran” and Mark, both of Sacramento, CA; nine grandchildren; and brothers Warren of Reno and Gary of Nashua, NH.
Lodewick, Dr. Richard B. 1951 HS-1953 JC ~ 01-Apr-2015 was born to Mr. and Mrs. S.W. Lodewick in Roswell, NM, on July 12, 1933. He attended Roswell Public Schools through the eighth grade. As a ninth grader he entered New Mexico Military Institute where he graduated from high school and junior college. While at NMMI he was awarded the honor of Distinguished Military Student. After graduating from junior college, he attended the University of Wyoming where he belonged to Sigma Nu fraternity and where he graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Science with a concentration in petroleum geology. After serving as an officer in the U.S. Army for two years, he entered the University of New Mexico, where he received his Master of Science degree; afterwards, he received his PhD from the University of Arizona, again concentrating in petroleum geology. He worked for Homestake Mining Company, Core Laboratories, and Oryx Petroleum Co., and taught geology at Midland Junior College and the University of Arizona. Dick was deeply loved by friends and family and will be sorely missed. At the time of his death he was living in Placitas, NM, with Clydean, his devoted wife whom he adored. He is survived by Clydean; his children, Steven Ballard Lodewick and Mary Lee Schimmel and her husband Mark; a brother, Lodewick, John W. 1955 HS and his wife Julie; and a sister, Laura Patricia Lodewick.
Loskamp, Alvin N. 1953 HS ~ 19-Sep-2003
Louchheim, Jerome H., III 1953 HS ~ 12-Jan-1999
Lovelace, John Byron “Jack” 1953 HS ~ 31-Dec-2018 Byron Lovelace, who rose from a storied American frontier heritage to forge a successful international career as a business executive and entrepreneur, died December 31, 2018, in Sarasota, FL, surrounded by his loving family. Jack, as he was known to all, was 83. He was born March 25, 1935 in Bozeman, MT, the only child of Winifred (Story) and Jack Campbell Lovelace. Both his maternal and paternal families were among the state’s earliest and most prominent settlers. His great-grandfather was the legendary cattle baron and real-estate developer Nelson Story, who in 1866 drove the first herd of cattle from Texas to Montana. Raised in Bozeman, Jack attended the New Mexico Military Institute and went on to Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, where he earned his B.A. in economics in 1957. He served in the U. S. Navy, attaining the rank of Lieutenant (junior grade). With an eye to opportunity overseas, he enrolled in the American Institute for Foreign Trade (known as the “Thunderbird” school), graduating in 1960. He began his career with the Cummins Engine Company, which in 1963 sent him to develop and oversee various operations abroad. As a young man placed in a challenging leadership role, he directed construction of a major plant in Darlington, England, and later served as Cummins’ general manager for Europe and North Africa. In 1968 Jack returned to the U.S. and ventured into investment banking, first as vice president of Laird, Inc. (now part of Merrill Lynch). From 1970 to 1983 he was co-founder and general partner of Dryden & Company, a New York-based leveraged buyout firm that negotiated the financing and purchase of companies, then directed their growth and eventual successful sale. He was co-owner and board chairman of Casting Supply House, Inc. from 1983 to 1996. From then on he was founder and president of Ramshorn Properties, LLC, a real-estate investment firm, owning and managing multi-family rental properties in New Hampshire. Jack was happily married for 37 years to Jan Hagen Lovelace. They resided mainly in New York and Connecticut for two decades, and also maintained a home in St. Bart’s, French West Indies. Later they lived in Hanover, NH, before settling in Siesta Key, FL, in 2010. They shared a love of travel, and together took numerous memorable trips (Jack had a special fondness for France, and a flair for the Spanish language). An avid sailor who for many years enjoyed cruising and racing in Long Island Sound and off the coast of New England, he belonged to the University Club of New York, the Larchmont Yacht Club, the New York Yacht Club, and the Norwalk Yacht Club. In recent years he was a member of the Sarasota Yacht Club, serving on the finance committee. Admired in life for his strength, know-how, charisma, and humor, Jack will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed. In addition to his wife, he is survived by their son, Peter Campbell Lovelace, daughter-in-law Emily, and granddaughters Molly, Maggie, and Annie, all of Atlanta; as well as John Byron Lovelace II (Jack’s son from his first marriage, to Nancy McDonald), daughter-in-law Joyce, and grandsons John and Robb, of Los Angeles.
Maloof, John G., Jr. 1953 HS ~ 26-May-2001
Martinez, Renato Gilbert 1953 JC ~ 29-Jan-1995
McBee, Michael A. “Mike” 1949 HS-1952 JC-1953 SC ~ 13-Mar-2012 Michael Allan McBee was born on 29 April, 1932, to Mary Louise Delaney and William Dimmitt McBee in Dallas, TX. He passed away 13 March, 2012, after a lengthy illness surrounded by his loving family and clergy. Mike graduated high school at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, then attended Notre Dame for one year before returning to the institute. He was a 1953 Senior College Graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute where he was an outstanding scholar athlete and cadet, achieving the rank of Cadet Major. He was 1st class President, Salutatorian, the winner of the Samuel M. Goodwin Saber Award and according to the ’53 Bronco Yearbook, his fellow cadets will “all remember him as outstanding in everything he undertook”. He played football, was a standout swimmer, diver and tumbler and was on both the boxing and golf teams. Upon graduation from NMMI he was commissioned an officer in the United States Army. 1st Lieutenant McBee served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division and a tank commander with the 2nd Armored Division. While at Ft. Bragg, NC, with the 505th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 714th Tank Battalion, his unit, “B” Company, was the Division Honor Company for three months in a row, a record unequaled up to that time. Upon leaving Bragg, he was stationed in Germany with the 82nd Reconnaissance Battalion. After separating from the service, he joined the family drilling company, the M. J. Delaney Co. And began his career in the oil field drilling wells on the Oakwood and Butler salt domes in East Texas. His industry achievements were acknowledged by his induction into the All-American Wildcatters, an organization that recognizes those who search for petroleum “beyond that of the average oil and gas finder”, at the organization’s annual meeting at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA, in February of 1971. He was a Founding Director of the First National Bank of Park Cities, acquired by BOK Financial Corporation in 1997, predecessor institution to Bank of Texas, N.A. On 1 November, 1958, Mike married the former Evaline “Tina” Griffiths Weichsel at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. He was a member and past President of Brook Hollow Golf Club, The Dallas Petroleum Club, The Dallas Wildcat Committee, as well as a former member of the Coon Creek Club and a member of the Rainbo Club, both in Henderson County, TX. He was also a member of The Idlewild Club and Terpsichorean Club. Mike will always be remembered for his kindness, consideration, generous spirit and ready smile. Mike is survived by his wife, Tina McBee; sister, Ann McBee Buell; sons, Allan Weichsel McBee 1977 HS and his wife, Lynn; Michael Allan McBee, Jr., and his wife, Carolyn; and Robert Weichsel mcbee; granddaughter, Delaney Compton McBee; and numerous nieces and nephews.
McDougal, H. A. 1952 JC-1953 SC ~ 10-Sep-2009 78, of Brazoria, TX, passed away Thursday, September 10, 2009, at Brazosport Regional Health System surrounded by his family. He was born November 14, 1930, in Lubbock, TX, to Porter and Docia (Curry) McDougal and served in the United States Army. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Blanche (Eads) McDougal of Brazoria; son, Robert S. McDougal of Lake Jackson; daughters, Rayna Diane McDougal of Houston, Debra Lea Buchanan and husband, Roy, of Guthrie, Oklahoma, and Martha Scheibel and husband, Jason, of Needville; stepson, Robert Charles Hosack and wife, Vicki, of Katy; stepdaughter, Karen Hosack New and husband, Gerry, of Lake Jackson; sister, Elizabeth Davis of Clovis, NM; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends. He is preceded in death by his parent, and his brother, Lee McDougal.
McGee, COL Robert L. , USA (Ret) 1952 HS-1953 JC ~ 13-Oct-2021 Col. Robert Lee McGee, D.D.S., US Army (Ret.), passed away peacefully at home, October 13, 2021, in Arlington, TX. Burial services with military honors will be held at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 1:15 pm. He was born in Amarillo, TX, August 29, 1930, to the late Anna Leigh Baird McGee and Robert Donald McGee, Lt. Colonel USA. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Robert David McGee, his wife of 51 years, Donna McCormick McGee, his stepdaughter, Deanna Eddy, and his only sister, Mary Ann McGee Wuest, Robert, aka, Bob, Bobby McGee, Poppy, and Grandpie Bob, grew up in the Amarillo, TX area and on his maternal grandparent’s ranch in Channing, TX, and Clovis, NM. While his father was serving in WWII, Robert attended Missouri Military Academy in Mexico, MO. He graduated from Clovis High School. He received a BA from New Mexico Military Institute C/CPT 1953 SCG CDRBCO. He was immediately commissioned to the US Army as a 2nd Lieutenant, 82nd Airborne to Fort Bragg, NC. After fulfilling his commission, he attended and graduated from Baylor Dental school in Dallas, TX and the Oral Surgery Residency program at John Peter-Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, TX. Dr. McGee was Oral Surgeon in Private Practice in Albuquerque, NM and Clovis, NM. He re-enlisted in the US Army Reserves and served as Commander of the 907th US ARMY Medical Detachment and served as Oral Surgeon with the 2291st US Army Hospital and retiring as Colonel in 1999. He enjoyed his one weekend a month doing army drills and two weeks of every summer in M.A.S.H. tents and dental clinics, performing oral surgery and dentistry, and training missions, in the United States and in Panama, Bolivia, and Honduras. Dr. McGee had a heart for the people of the Native American Nations. He was proud to be instrumental to convince the U.S. Army, the need to care for our own U.S. Citizens and he conceived and developed the operation to provide dental care to civilians on the Navajo Indian Reservation, providing realistic mission-oriented training and participating in the field exercises, establishing the 907th Medical Detachment Dental Clinic on the Navajo Indian Reservation. The last 10 plus of his Army career, his two weeks in the summer were spent treating and operating on the people on the Navajo Reservation in a field environment in the Four Corners area of the U. S. While practicing in Clovis, NM, he volunteered his services to care for the dental needs of the children at New Mexico Christian Children’s Home. In addition to his busy dental practice and military service, Dr. McGee, along with his mother, opened Holiday International Travel Agency in Clovis, NM, which his mother continued to operate until her death in 1999. Dr. McGee sold his private practice in 1974 and joined the Veterans Administration Hospitals as Chief of Dental Surgery; opening dental clinics in the VA Hospitals in Wilkes Barre, PA, North Chicago, IL and finally, Amarillo, and Lubbock, TX, where he retired in 2001 He was an active member of Rotary, Sons of the American Revolution, Optimist Club, Toastmasters, and a graduate of Dale Carnegie and Pathways. Dr. McGee volunteered for many community services; one of his favorite and most rewarding, was reading to elementary school age children once a week. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, jogging, and snow skiing. After retirement, Dr. McGee and his wife, Donna, moved to the DFW area in 2003 to be closer to their children and grandchildren. He gave his children and stepchildren the real “Family Vacation”, choosing to drive to California most every summer, stopping to read the Historic Markers along the way. And, ALWAYS, stopping at the Grand Canyon, to look over the rim at “God’s Majesty.” Reminding them, we serve an Awesome God. He was a Christian and Patriot. He made sure his children learned our country’s history and they understood the sacrifices that were made and the price that was paid, for theirs’ and our country’s freedom. He loved traveling in the U.S. and out of the Country. Later in life, he loved to cruise to exotic places with his wife and several couple friends. Dr. McGee was known for his wonderful wit and sense of humor. Some of his favorite quotes were, “The Lord’s in Charge; I am an old paratrooper, I know how to fall without getting hurt; Refuse to become involved in the insanity of others; Be thankful, don’t complain; God Bless America!”. He is survived by his three children, Michelle McGee Perry, Michael James McGee, and Christopher Lee McGee (Tina); grandchildren, Robert Benjamin Perry (Lauren), Robert Connor McGee, Kayla Christina McGee, and Logan Christopher McGee. His stepchildren, Danny Eddy (Debbie), Dana Eddy Martinez, four step grandchildren, and 5 step great-grandchildren, many nephews, cousins, and friends. A special thanks to Encompass Hospice and his wonderful caregivers, Patricia Hobbs, Dana Lincoln, Barbie Gonzales, Nelly Tucker, and Maria Garay. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to New Mexico Christian Children’s Home, 1356 NM 236, Portales, NM 88130 or the charity of your choice.
McKee, Byron D., Jr. 1953 HS ~ 08-Jun-2000
McMurtry, Wayne Kellum 1953 JC ~ 16-Jun-2014
McNabb, Lawrence M. 1953 JC
Miller, Jimmie L. 1953 HS ~ 12-Oct-1999
Moffett, William A. 1951 HS-1953 JC ~ 27-Apr-2014 age 80, surrounded by his family and dogs, passed away peacefully at his home in Santa Fe, NM, on Sunday, April 27, 2014. Bill was born in Washington, DC, on April 6th, 1934 to Janet and George Moffett. Bill spent his early years in CA, and New Mexico. Bill graduated high school in 1951 from the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, and then attended the University of Oklahoma, graduating in 1956 with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. Bill worked for Exxon Oil Company for over 30 years where he was an executive. Bill worked overseas in Venezuela, Australia, England, Columbia and Indonesia. Bill retired from Exxon in 1987 and returned to Santa Fe, NM. Bill will best be remembered as a wonderful husband, father and friend. In particular, Bill was passionate about giving back to the Santa Fe community. For over 25 years, Bill was active in many charities including the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society, SCORE, the United Way of Santa Fe and New Vista. Bill was devoted to helping others throughout his life. Bill is survived by his wife Janet Moffett, daughter Janet Dressel of Santa Fe, his son Mitch Moffett of Golden, CO, and four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Momson, Leo J. 1953 HS ~ 23-Jan-2020 Leo John Momsen September 8, 1935 January 23, 2020 San Diego Leo John Momsen, age 84, passed away January 23, 2020 with his family and caregivers at his side. He was born September 8, 1935 in El Paso, TX, to Leo, Sr. and Helen (Harris) Momsen. As a young lad, Leo enjoyed riding and showing horses. In his 20’s and 30’s, he was an avid skier (water and snow) and parasailer. He was also known to skate board down the Civic Center parking structure ramp in downtown San Diego. Leo was very talented at wood working and crafted many things with precision, including tables, furniture, drawers and shelves. He could make whatever he needed. He loved Mexican food, Krispy Kreme donuts, Johnny Cash, reading the newspaper, the stock market, weather-watching, cats, cinnamon rolls and mariachi music. Leo received his high school diploma at the New Mexico Military Institute in 1953. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting at the University of Notre Dame in 1957. In 1960, he received his law degree from University of California Hastings College of Law. In the 60’s, he was Chief Counsel at Union Title Insurance Company in San Diego. In the late 60’s to early 70’s, he practiced law in private practice. From 1973 until his retirement in 1997, he was Corporate Vice President and Legal Counsel at Foodmaker Inc./Jack in the Box. Leo was married in the early 60’s to his first wife, Marian Jones, and had two children, Karen and Leo, III. After they parted, he married Kathleen Dawson (1967 1972). In 1986, he married Janet Parks. Janet and Leo loved Santa Fe, NM, where they lived full time from 1997-2001. They then returned to San Diego where they spent the rest of their lives together. Leo and Janet loved to travel. They visited Spain, cruised down the Danube, and took many road trips across the southwest. Leo is survived by children Karen Recabaren (Warner), and Leo Momsen, III; step-son Terry Parks (Christine), and step-daughter Polly (Fred); grandchildren Kyra, Sydney, Sophia, Skylar, Sariah, Joanna (Blake), and Elijah (Brooklynn); and great-grandchild, Joanna Sofia. He is also survived by his sister, Virginia (John), niece Sara, nephews Patrick and Michael (Virginia). He is predeceased by his wife Janet (2018), his mother Helen (1994) and his father Leo Sr. (1957).Special thanks to caregivers Patty Beraza, Selma Marquez and Linda Lee. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to San Diego Rescue Mission, Feeding San Diego, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Morrison, Bruce F. 1953 HS
Musil, Louis F. 1953 HS ~ 01-Jun-1976
Norman, Johnny N. 1951 HS-1953 JC
Northcutt, Pat L. 1953 JC ~11-Apr-2020 Pat Lowrey Northcutt, 85, of Amarillo, TX, died April 11, 2020. A private family burial will be held at the Silverton Cemetery. Memorial services will be held at a later date at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Amarillo. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, Amarillo. Pat was born in Silverton, TX, on September 15, 1934, to Artie and D.T. (Chick) Northcutt. He attended school in Silverton, TX, the New Mexico Military Institute, and Texas Tech University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree. Pat was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity at Texas Tech University. Pat was a Captain of the Texas National Guard in the United States Army and a long-term National Guard Service. Pat was a Rancher, Farmer, Implement Business, Banker, Realtor, and Retail Businessman. He served as the Past Director of North State Bank in Amarillo, TX, First National Bank in Tulia, TX, and First State Bank in Silverton, TX. Pat also served and was the officer of Swisher Electric Cooperative, South West Cattle Raisers, State Board of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service, Red Cross in Amarillo, TX, and the Silverton School Board. He was a team leader for five young businessmen to Switzerland for five weeks through the Rotary International of Dalhart, TX, and was a guest host leader of the Belgium Rotary team of seven in the Panhandle of Texas. Pat served on the XIT Board of Directors in Dalhart, TX. Pat was a lifetime member of the Methodist Church and a faithful servant of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church for 35 years. He was a co-organizer of breakfast teams for St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. He shopped for supplies and cooked breakfast on Sunday mornings for fourteen years. With Anne, Pat was a world traveler of the United States, Canada, South America, and many trips to Europe. Pat was a member of three dinner/dance clubs: Amarillo Dinner Club, Sunday Lunch Brunch, and Wednesday Night Dinner Gang. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jean Kellam; brother, Fred Northcutt; son, Timothy L. Smith; and former wife, Glenna Loftis Northcutt.Survivors include his wife, Anne Riley Northcutt; daughters, Christi Hester (Ronnie), Susan Bainum, Sally Brown (Mark), Judy Barbo (Don), Jamie Anne Smith; son, Tab R. Smith (Sandy); and twenty-eight grandchildren and great-grandchildren
O’Keefe, Michael 1953 HS ~ 28-Mar-2010 74, of Coeur d’Alene, ID, died March 28, 2010. Born April 25, 1935, in New York, NY.
Pahk, Joel M. 1953 HS ~ 13-Apr-2010 76, of Honolulu, died April 13, 2010. Born in Honolulu. Retired from SERVCO Forklift & Industrial Equipment; U.S. Army veteran. Survived by wife, Marilyn; daughter, Amy Wong; brothers, Daniel and Isaac; two grandchildren.
Parnell, Sidney A. 1951 HS-1953 JC ~ 21-May-2015 passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015. Sid was born Oct. 11, 1932, in Canadian to Garrett C. Parnell and Ophelia McAfee Parnell. He attended school in Canadian and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1951. He was a 1953 graduate of New Mexico Military Institute Junior College. He was a 1953 graduate of New Mexico Military Institute Junior College. In later years he was an active participant in the New Mexico Military Institute Alumni Trail Ride. Sid cherished those times with many lifetime friends. He was a Veteran of the United States Army serving in Korea. He married Janet Forgey on June 30, 1957 in Canadian, TX. Sid was a rancher from 1963 to present. He was a member and past deacon of First Presbyterian Church. Sid was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and Texas Farm Bureau. He was very proud of his grandchildren and their education from Texas Tech University. Jay received his degree in Petroleum Engineering and Kristin received her PhD in Educational Psychology. He was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Kim Parnell on November 30, 2012; two brothers, G.C. and Ben Parnell and one sister, Betty Jo Jamison.
Parsons, Roger N. 1953 HS ~ 13-Jan-2019
Plummer, Samuel L. 1951 HS-1953 JC ~ 13-Jun-1970 Roger was born on the family farm north of Hugoton, KS. He attended school there until age16 when he attended NMMI for the remaining 2 years of high school. He attended Kansas State for 2.5 years, then Oklahoma State for 2.5 years where he became a Mechanical Engineer. He was the first person in family history to graduate from college. He met his wife, Diane Ollok, his first summer in Fort Worth and they married on July 18, 1959. He worked for General Dynamics, E-systems, Martin Marietta, Lockheed, Bell Helicopter and Hobbs trailers. He worked in the following fields: Garbage trucks, Helicopters, Airplanes, Missiles and Satellites. He retired in 2006. He was a Deacon at First Presbyterian Church, was a toastmaster, bridge player, professional engineer, avid golfer, gardener and a master of all home projects, big and small. Roger was the most generous and loving man always with a smile and compliment for all. He never met a stranger and could strike up a conversation with anyone. He adored animals of all kinds horses, dogs and cats and especially bonded with his own cat Topaz who also loved and adored him. He enjoyed watching golf and his Alma mater OSU Cowboys football games. He rarely sat still and always wanted to be working, helping, doing anything to contribute. He made many beautiful things in his lifetime: clocks, furniture, and stained glass and could fix just about anything “good as new”. He enjoyed travel especially to the family vacation home in Colorado which was a special place to him and he was so fortunate to make one last trip this past summer which meant the world to him. He touched many lives with his shining personality even during the last months of his life while suffering with Alzheimer’s he was helping and looking after others and never forgot to extend thanks for all the help and kindness shown to him. He will be sorely missed by his friends and family. He is survived by the following: his wife of 59 years, Diane Marlene; his oldest daughter, April Louise Parsons and husband, Dale Fessler of Houston; son, David Benjamin Parsons and wife, Tiffany and their two children, Paige and Hannah; his youngest daughter, Sharon Braddy and husband, Wendell and their two children, Cameron and Chandler Cunningham. He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin Wesley and Aldora Christiana Smith Parsons; his brothers, Wesley Wayne and Philip Harold Parsons; sisters, Marjorie Corinne Persinger and Dorothy Christiana Parker.
Poe, Richard Curtis “Dick” 1953 HS ~ 16-May-2015 81, comforted by his family and friends, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 16. Dick Poe was born April 7, 1934, in El Paso and was a proud lifelong resident. He attended Dudley Elementary, New Mexico Military Institute and graduated from El Paso High School. He attended Southern Methodist University and graduated from Texas Western University (now UTEP), with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. After college, Dick jumped right into the family business – automotive dealerships, which started with the A.B Poe Motor Company in 1928. Known for his unforgettable commercials and famous “Hi Folks, I’m Dick Poe” tagline, Dick expanded the Dick Poe Family of Dealerships to include: Dick Poe Chrysler-Jeep, Dick Poe Dodge-Ram and Dick Poe Toyota-Scion. He served on numerous boards over the years, to include State National Bank, Coronado Bank, Sandia Savings & Loan, and Mesa Airlines. He also owned Evergreen Cemeteries and several properties in the El Paso Area. His businesses now employ more than 400 El Pasoans. Dick Poe was an icon in the automotive industry and El Paso. A quiet philanthropist who shunned the limelight where charitable giving is concerned, his support included UTEP and the UTEP Athletics Department and The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce among many others. He was a member of various civic organizations to include the Masonic Lodge, El Maida Shrine and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. A man with few hobbies, except golf in his early years, Dick preferred to work hard, spend time with his employees and family and, when time permitted, he loved going to his cabin in Ruidoso. Dick Poe was preceded in death by his parents, A.B. Poe, II, and Virginia “Meno” Poe, and his brother, Alton “Tito” Poe, III. He is survived by his sister Claudia (Poe) Barry, his sons Richard C. Poe, II 1987 HS and Troy Stephen Poe. He is also survived by nieces and nephews including, Alton B. Poe, IV, Richard Hopper, Faith Poe, Charity Poe-Rakes and Kellie Monticelli. Grand-nieces and nephews include Kameron Harris, Madison Poe, Rebecca Johnston, Jason and Blake Rakes. The family would like to thank all of those special people who touched his life in so many ways: To Jimmy Rogers, Jr., his life-long friend since childhood, to Jim Paul and his amazing staff at Hospice El Paso for their compassion and support, to Dr. Branch Craige and Santa Fe Home Healthcare for their excellent care and the many special caregivers and support staff who worked so hard to help the family make his last days so comfortable. And to all his employees, who were like family to him and special to him in so many ways.
Prestridge, Max R., Jr. 1953 HS
Pundt, Donald J. 1953 HS ~ 16-May-2015 80, died Saturday, May 16, 2015. Mr. Pundt was born Feb. 16, 1935, in Lovington, NM, to Joseph and Coral White Pundt. He was a teacher at Baten Unit in Pampa for Grace of God Prison Ministry. Survivors include his wife, Patsy Pundt; two daughters, Sharon Smith of Borger and Mary West of Pampa; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Rankin, Robert E. 1951 HS-1953 JC ~ 15-Nov-2001
Reid, Charles W. 1953 HS ~ 05-Oct-2001
Rheiner, Dan J., Jr. 1953 HS ~ 01-May-1993
Ross, Harold A. 1953 HS
Russell, James H., Jr. 1953 HS ~ 30-Dec-2000
Samples, Darryl E. 1953 HS~ 25-Sep-1997
Samuell, Murray “Mickey” 1953 HS ~ 29-Sep-2020
Schwalm, Jack H. 1953 JC ~ 15-Apr-2011 age 78, a resident of Belen, passed away on Friday, April 15, 2011. He was born in Clovis, to the late Henry and Ada Sullivan-Schwalm. Jack was also preceded in death by his first wife, Connie Hethcoat Schwalm. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Order of the Eastern Star and United Transportation Union. He retired in 1994 after 41 years of outstanding service as a Conductor with the Santa Fe Railroad. Jack also proudly served his country in the US Army. Jack was an avid hunter and an amateur pointing dog trainer. He was always willing to lend a hand wherever needed. Jack spent his retirement traveling in his RV and chasin` grandkids. He loved his family and will be missed dearly. Jack is survived by his wife, Madeline Cross Schwalm; daughters, Denise Durbin and husband, Richard and Dorinda Brite; son, Harvey Myrle Schwalm and wife, Jeanie; three grandsons, Jason and Ethan Durbin and Dustin Brite; three granddaughters, Carissa and Emily Schwalm and Kristine Brite and his buddy, Sin Dee. He is also survived by many other family members and a host of friends.
Sclavenitis, James Plato 1953 HS
Sechrist, John S. “Zeke” 1949 HS-1951 JC-1953 SC ~ 10-Aug-2012 Age 82, a resident of Albuquerque, died Friday, August 10, 2012. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Shirley; his son, Gary J. Sechrist and fiance Carla; grandchildren, David E Sechrist, Ryan G. Sechrist and wife Linda Gonzalez, Jeffrey J. Sechrist, Cyrus A. Sechrist, Jacob R. Sechrist, and Kourtney A. Kimbrel. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Inez, David, Jr., Eve, Joshua, Jimmy, Ryanna, Aliyah, Isaiah and Julie; many other family and friends. Mr. Sechrist was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Gladys Sechrist, and his daughter, Deborah A Kimbrel. He served our country in the United States Army and in the Army Reserve. He has been a faithful member of St Paul’s United Methodist Church since 1974. Mr. Sechrist retired from Mountain Bell after 31 years, worked with H & R Block for 13 years, was on the board for First Financial as Treasurer and was a counselor at SCORE. He also belonged to Defined Fitness where he worked out with the Water Rats. John was loved by those who knew him and will be greatly missed.
Shannon, Ellis “Reid” 1953 HS ~ 20-Jun-2019 Community volunteer, athlete, outdoorsman A resident of Claremont for 66 years, Ellis Reid Shannon died from a hemorrhagic stroke at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center on June 20. He was 84. He was born August 24, 1934 in Shanghai, while his father was serving as air attaché to Chiang Kaishek, who led the Republic of China between 1928 and 1975. He spent four years in China before moving to Argentina, where his father trained pilots. The family then moved on to Baltimore, MD, where his dad worked as a test pilot. Next they sank roots in La Jolla, CA, where his father headed the experimental flight program for a company that eventually became General Dynamics. Young Reid began taking tennis lessons while working as a ball boy for internationally known players such as Pancho Segura. He was coached by 1930s pro tennis star Les Stoefen, who won three Grand Slam titles in that decade. He finished his high school years at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, where he was both the state’s top-ranked junior tennis player and swimmer. In summers, he worked as a lifeguard in La Jolla. He attended Claremont Men’s College (now Claremont McKenna), taking a year off to compete on the professional tennis circuit. At CMC he also swam, was quarterback of the football team, and played second base on the baseball team. The friendships he forged with his teammates lasted his entire life. He was proud to be a member of CMC’s ROTC unit and after graduation served in the US Army Corps of Engineers, then in the reserves for many years. Mr. Shannon met Georgia Warnock while at CMC, and they married in 1958. They quickly expanded the family, adding two children: Sarah (Sally) and Neal. Together with CMC classmate Tom Ussher, he opened Claremont’s first sporting goods store, The Sportsman, across the street from the post office, in 1958. He later owned a second store, Beaman’s Sporting Goods in Pomona. Mr. Shannon’s store wasn’t called The Sportsman for nothing; he was never happier than when he was camping, fishing or duck hunting. The family fondly remembers weeklong backpacking trips in the Sierras, the Bridger Wilderness, and the Olympic rainforest, all with delicious lakeside trout dinners. A longtime member of Ducks Unlimited and the California Waterfowl Association, Mr. Shannon helped maintain three duck clubs and planted feeding ponds on the duck flyways of the Coachella Valley. Closer to home, he helped organize Claremont’s first Little League team in June 1959, and coached Little League, Pinto and Pony teams for years, as well as the girl’s softball and boy’s baseball teams at the Webb Schools. He was also a founding member and a board member of the Claremont Tennis Club (now The Claremont Club). Mr. Shannon was an active member of the Claremont Rotary Club, and served as its president in 1978-79. Notably, he introduced an innovative CPR training program at El Roble Intermediate School that continues to this day. He was involved for decades with LeRoy’s Home for Boys (now Haines Children’s Services), serving three terms as president of the board, and was a member of the Bear Valley Gang for 50 years. His community service continued after he and Mrs. Shannon moved to Mt. San Antonio Gardens, where he chaired several committees. There, his sporting interests continued, although in a fashion a bit more sedentary, as a member of four bridge clubs as well as enjoying the fellowship of the billiards club. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Georgia; his beloved children Sarah (Todd) and Neal (Wendi) and grandchildren Justin, Claire, Emily and Celia; great grandchildren Emma and newly arrived Camden; sister, Ann Bowers; and niece, Beth.
Shook, James G. 1953 HS ~ 20-Mar-2012 of Las Cruces, NM, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at Mesilla Valley Hospice after battling Parkinson’s disease. Jim was born on February 11, 1935 in Grand Junction, CO, the son of the late H. Benjamin Shook and Dorothy G. Shook. He graduated from high school in 1953 from New Mexico Military Institute. He then attended NMSU for two years and then transferred and graduated from Oklahoma University. He was a member of the SAE fraternity and maintained close ties with his fraternity brothers throughout his life. Afterwards he served his country proudly in the US Army and US Army Reserves as a Captain. After leaving the Army, he joined his father Ben at Shook Tire Company in Las Cruces, NM, where he owned and operated the business until his retirement in 2003. He was active in the National Tire Dealers Association and served as President in 1999. Jim was also a very active member of his local community. He served as a Board member of Western Bank, past President of the Sunrise Lions Club, a lifetime Mason, and upon retirement as a volunteer with BLM. Jim enjoyed the outdoors and was an accomplished artist in oils, acrylics and watercolors. He loved photography, hiking, river rafting and golfing. He traveled extensively and enjoyed trying new cuisine. He enjoyed a glass of wine in his back yard and was constantly vexed by the doves that also shared his sanctuary. An ardent reader, Jim was well versed in news, politics and history and enjoyed discussing his views with his coffee group. Jim was preceded in death by his beloved wife Elizabeth. He is survived by his devoted children, son Jimmy Shook and his wife Salina of Edmond, OK, and daughter Susan Hettinga and her husband Mark of Las Cruces, NM. He is also survived by his five cherished grandchildren, Ben, Will and Alex Shook and Justin and Brandon Hettinga; and his brother Sonny Shook and sister Lisa Pugh both of Dallas, TX.
Shuttles, William E., Jr. 1953 HS ~ 27-Dec-1999
Slaton, John O. 1951 HS-1953 JC ~ 19-Jul-2013
Smith, Bill J. 1951 HS-1953 SC ~ 20-Mar-1969
Snell, Richard M. 1953 HS ~ 18-Apr-2006
Stephens, John Larry 1953 HS ~ 16-Aug-2013
Stephenson, Bill K. 1953 HS ~ 24-Nov-2009 74, passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 in Albuquerque, NM. He was born on February 25, 1935 in Ft. Worth, TX, to Kelley and Ann (King) Stephenson. He is survived by his wife, Veda Stephenson of Carrizozo, NM; son, Mitch Colwell and his wife Audrey of Albuquerque, NM; daughters, Stacy Hendricks and her husband Mark of Carrizozo, NM, Tawn Hill of Albuquerque, NM. Survivors also include grandchildren, Jesse Hill, K.C. Hendricks, Tessa Hendricks, Megan Colwell and Christine Colwell; and his sister, Patty Zumwalt and her husband Tommy.
Stone, Edwin A., Jr. 1953 HS ~ 08-Jan-2005
Streeter, Charles A. 1953 HS ~ 18-May-2015
Talley, LTC John D., USA (Ret) 1951 JC-1953 SC ~ 11-Mar-2013 age 82, left us to join his beloved wife, Nancy on Monday, March 11, 2013. He will be buried beside his wife in Quantico, VA. John was born in Fort Worth, TX, and has lived in Brevard since the early 1980’s. John was a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute, Career Army Officer, Senior Army aviator; served two tours in Vietnam, and retired from the Army after serving in the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics – Headquarters – Department of the Army. For his service, Colonel Talley earned the Legion of Merit Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster and Air Medal with seven Oak Leaf Clusters. John had six sisters, two brothers, two sons, and one granddaughter; along with their families and many lifetime friends. He will be missed.”
Taylor, Charles M. “Chick”, Jr. 1951 HS-1953 JC ~ 29-Aug-2009 Chick Taylor, Jr., 76, of Clovis, died Saturday, August 29, 2009, at Lubbock Heart Hospital, Lubbock, TX. Charles M. “Chick” Taylor, Jr., was born June 27, 1933, in Clovis, NM, to Chick and Pearl Taylor. Being raised in Clovis, Chick, Jr., attended the Clovis Schools. His sophomore year in high school was spent at Wentworth Military Academy and his junior and senior years and first year of college were at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. Chick studied aeronautical engineering at Northrop, served in the U.S. Army, Far East command, was a graduate of army fire fighters Corp of Engineering and was a station chief in Japan during the Korean Conflict. Upon return to the States, he graduated from U.S. Army Officers Candidate School at Fort Sill, OK. As a guided missile and artillery officer, he continued service in the New Mexico National Guard. He attended ENMU, obtaining a BS in Business and Economics. Chick worked in the family business of Chick Taylor Printing and was active in community affairs. He was a charter member of The United Way, was secretary/treasurer of The Clovis Rotary Club, and was President of the Clovis Chamber of Commerce. He served three terms, 12 years, as Mayor of Clovis and was a Past President of the New Mexico Municipal League. His fraternal activities include being a member of Clovis Masonic Lodge #40, A.F. & A.M., Scottish Rite, York Rite, Shriners and Jesters. He was a Past Exalted Ruler of the Clovis-Portales Elks Lodge and Past President of The Clovis Men’s Bible Class. He was a member of The First Church of The Nazarene. He married Scotty Hutcheson December 27, 1954, in Clovis. She survives him along with three daughters, Pamela Magness and her husband James of Arlington, TX, Lori Chadwick and her husband Ray of Grand Prairie, TX, and Micki Hanes and husband Jeff of Bedford, TX. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Morgan Chadwick, Hilliary Eenkhoorn and her husband Mike, Ashlie Austin and James Austin; his brother-in-law, George Hutcheson of Clovis and three nieces, Terry Osborne, Julie Miller and Cindy Banister. Chick was preceded by his mother Pearl, his father Chick, Sr. and one sister, Charlene Wallace.
Taylor, Elton Z., Jr. 1953 JC ~ 01-Sep-2007
Terry, Robert S. 1953 SC ~ 09-Jun-2014 82, of Roswell, NM, who passed away on June 9, 2014. The Sudan Kid Bob was born on July 17, 1931, in Lubbock, TX, and raised in Sudan, TX. He was married to Betti, and on June 3rd they celebrated 61 years of marriage. She survives him at the family home. He is survived by a daughter Sally, grand-daughter Jodi, grand-son-in-law and grand-daughter, Josh and Shannon and great grand-daughter Dillon. He is also survived by his brother Bill and sister-in-law Drew; niece: Druann and husband Barry and their 2 daughters; niece: Allison and husband Jim and their son.
Thomas, Kerwin B. 1953 HS ~ 26-May-2008
Tillman, Lewis E. 1951 HS-1953 SC ~ 10-Jul-2015 went to be with his Lord and Savior Friday July 10, 2015. Ed was born in Tularosa, NM, on September 12, 1931. He attended school in Tularosa and at the New Mexico Military Institute, graduating at the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. He served the nation as an Armor officer in Germany and later attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, earning the rank of Captain while in the Army Reserves. Ed Tillman worked as government contractor and accountant with the Western Insurance Agency. He is survived by his wife, Virginia, of 59 years, his son Martin and wife, Sharon, of Virginia. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eric David and Gladys Oxley Tillman, his brothers David and John Tillman, sister Mary Rose Thompson, nephew Michael and niece Sharon Tillman Henry, and nephew Harry Thompson along with his aunt Catherin and uncle Ed Sanders. Ed will be sadly missed by all who knew him and especially his family.
Trombla, James L. “Jim” 1951 HS-1953 JC ~ 07-Nov-2018 unexpectedly passed away peacefully at home on November 7, 2018. He was born April 27, 1933 in Omaha, NE, to Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Trombla. Jim was raised in Oklahoma City, attended Classen High School and New Mexico Military Institute ( NMMI) in Roswell, NM. He was active in the Boy Scouts and earned the rank of Eagle at age 15. At NMMI, he earned a varsity letter in boxing and participated in intramural softball. After graduating from high school in 1951, he attended the University of Oklahoma obtaining a B.S. Degree in Geological Engineering. Jim was a member of the Delta Tau Delta social fraternity. He earned memberships in Sigma Gamma Epsilon, Earth Sciences honor society and Tau Beta Pi, Engineering honor society. After graduating from OU, he worked in the oil industry as a petroleum reservoir engineer. His work took him from the Texas panhandle to the lower Gulf Coast and on to Canada, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. He was a member of The Society of Petroleum Engineers and served as President of the Republic of Yemen Chapter (Middle East). After retiring and a 50-year absence from the Boy Scouts, he rejoined the BSA and was appointed Unit Commissioner in the North Trail District of the Circle Ten Council, Dallas, TX. Jim married Mary Ann Jackson in Midland, TX, in 1960 and they had three daughters. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann (Dallas, TX), daughter Sharon Trombla (Houston, TX), daughter Robin and son-in-law Ken McDonald (Foster City, CA), daughter Lisa Holt and fiancé Don Zuelly, grandchildren Melissa and Eric Holt (Rowlett, TX) and foster son Tom Tucker and his wife Patty and their two children, Katie and Matthew (North Richland Hills, TX).
Uhli, Herman H., Jr. 1951 HS-1953 JC ~ 05-Dec-1999
Walker, COL James F., USA (Ret) 1952 HS-1953 SC ~ 10-Oct-2011 (April 19, 1929 – October 10, 2011) After suffering a debilitating illness Colonel James Walker went to be with His Lord on October 10, 2011. He last resided in Air Force Village II in San Antonio, TX. James was born to Arthur and Helen Walker on April 19, 1929 in El Paso, TX. He attended California Military Academy (1944-1945), Boise High School (1946-1949), and New Mexico Military Institute (1949-1953). James served with the US Army Medical Corps from 1953-1986. He was a solo helicopter pilot during the Korean Conflict as well as a veteran of the Vietnam War. Colonel Walker was a highly decorated officer who devoted his life to serving his country. James retired to Ephrata, WA, in 1985 where he enjoyed his retirement hunting and fishing and being with his family and friends. He was a very lovable, gentle, and kind-hearted person with a great sense of humor and compassion for everyone around him. He is survived by his wife Ruth; his children James, Jr., Glenn, Thomas, Jules, and Kirstie; his brother John; and his grandchildren Shawna Marie, Dora, and Amanda.
Walker, Dr. R. Gene 1953 HS
Waters, Lawrence A. 1953 HS ~ 15-Jul-1988
Webb, Laurence M. 1951 HS-1953 JC ~ 09-Sep-2003
Weeman, P. Burt 1951 HS-1953 JC ~ 31-Mar-2018 was welcomed into heaven by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, March 31, 2018, after faithfully serving Him for 85 years. Born in Fort Worth on July 15, 1932, Burt attended Arlington Heights High School, New Mexico Military Institute and Texas Christian University. He was founder and president of General Brick Sales Co, Inc., which he built and guided with hard work and integrity. He was a founding member of Christ Chapel Bible Church. Burt was a man of deep faith. His love was for Jesus, his family, and friends. He led others with a generous and compassionate heart, both with and without words. Burt believed the promise of John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Survivors: Wife, Carol Wayman Weeman; daughters, Susan (Mark) Presley, Ann (Bobby) Cooper, and Carol Rea Weeman; a sister, Charlotte (Sam) Clammer; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous other family members, all of whom he dearly loved.
Weil, Richard G. 1953 JC ~ 14-Jan-2012 Colonel Richard “Dick” Weil of San Antonio, TX, passed away peacefully at his home on January 14th at the age of 77. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin Hamilton Weil and Harriet Katherine (Grady) Weil. His life was one of service – to his country, to his family and to his community. From an early age, Dick had a love of adventure that he shared with family, friends and all who knew him. He was an attorney in San Antonio for 50 years, Prosecutor and later Judge for Balcones Heights, rancher, fisherman, hunter, traveler, historian and – most importantly – husband, father and grandfather. He was a founding member of Colonial Hills Methodist Church and was active in many community service organizations such as SAMM Shelter and Meals on Wheels. His good humor, wit and character will be missed by his friends and family, including his wife, Ramona, his three children and their spouses – Marsha K.Williams (Steve), Richard Weil, Jr., (Elizabeth) and Melinda E. Taylor – their children (Matthew and Ryan Williams, Cole and Skye Taylor, Ezekiel and Townsend Weil), Pat Weil, four step-children and their spouses, ten step-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Wertheim, Robert 1953 JC ~ 19 May-2013
White, Charles C. “Charlie” 1951 JC-1953 SC ~ 11-Nov-2005 73, of Horseshoe Bay, TX, died November 14, 2005. A celebration of Charlie’s’ life will be held on Monday, November 21, 2005 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Russo’s Restaurant in Marble Falls, TX. Born April 20, 1932 in Clinton, Oklahoma, he was the son of W.A. & Lily (Oldham) White. He was a graduate of Wichita Falls Senior High School and a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute. He spent two years in the US Army. Charlie worked from 1957 – 1974 at White’s Auto Stores. He held several positions while at White’s, such as Director of Advertising and commissioning of new stores. He was responsible for convincing the newspapers to include advertising inserts into the regular editions – so, he is responsible for all those inserts in our newspapers. Being content with that challenge, Charlie began his endeavors into Aladdin Beauty Colleges, Inc. He started with two small beauty schools in Wichita Falls which grew to a company that at its peak included 31 campuses in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico with almost 400 employees and an annual enrollment of 2000 students. The company was sold in January 2000, and the new owners chose to retain the Aladdin name because of the company’s positive reputation and known quality of education. During his active time at Aladdin, he was instrumental in elevating the profession of the licensed cosmetologist. He served over 12 years on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Cosmetology Schools, a national organization. He also served 3 terms on the Board of Directors for the Texas Association of Proprietary Schools. In that capacity, he testified numerous times before Texas congressional subcommittees to ensure laws were enacted that would protect and promote the cosmetology industry. Charlie enjoyed golf, jet skiing, snow skiing, Dallas Cowboy games, Dallas Maverick games and Indy car racing. He is survived by his sons: Charlie White, Jr., Ronnie White and Darin White; grandchildren: Shawnda White and Conner White and his sister-in-law Carol White. He is also survived by other relatives and close friends. He was preceded in death by two children Michele White and Lance White.
Whitsell, III, Harry Culberson 1953 HS ~ 31-Oct-1954
Wilburn, Joe A. 1953 JC ~ 23-Dec-2008 75, food salesman, died Tuesday, December 23, 2008.
Williamson, George H. S. 1951 HS-1953 JC
Wixon, Curtis J. 1953 JC ~ 20-Jan-2006
Woodard, Donald G. 1953 HS
Woody, Larry L. 1953 HS ~ 01-Jun-1984
Yaple, Richard L. 1951 HS-1953 JC
Adams, Robert H. 1952 HS ~ 11-Sep-2006 was born Jan. 19, 1935 in Okla. City to Dr. Robert H. and Lois Adams. Bob died unexpectedly on Monday, Sept. 11, 2006. He graduated from Classen High in 1952 after attending New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. He attended Oklahoma University, was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, and a member of the 45th Infantry. Bob is survived by his wife of 50 years, Neva Baird Adams, his son Mark Baird Adams and wife Jane, and his daughter Kelly Adams Smith and husband Steve. Bob’s surviving grandchildren are Jessica Ann and Blake Robert Adams, Stephen ‘Tanner’, Michael ‘Trent’ and Lindsey Nicole Smith. His greatest pleasure was playing racquetball daily at the North Side YMCA with his buddies. He also loved manicuring his immaculate ‘putting green’ yard and jogging for miles. He was a member of All Souls Episcopal Church.
Alford, Jesse B., Jr. 1952 HS
Allen, Joe Raymon Potsy, Jr. 1952 HS
Arrington, William L. 1952 HS ~ 11-Nov-2016 was born in Fort Worth on January 26, 1933 and died on November 11, 2016 at the age of 83 years. The services will be a celebration of life at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 727 West Browning Avenue in Pampa on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 1:30 PM. Rector The Rt. Rev. Sam B. Hulsey and Rev. Mark Lang will be officiating. His body was cremated and a part of his ashes will be inurned in the columbarium in St. Matthews. The rest of Bill’s ashes will be spread on his beloved Rocking Chair Ranche. Bill attended New Mexico Military Institute where he was an exceptional athlete. He graduated in the spring of 1952. On October 24th, 1997 he was inducted into the NMMI Alumni Hall of Fame at Roswell, NM. After high school Bill had an athletic scholarship at the University of Oklahoma and pledged Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He qualified for the Olympics and was sent to the Coliseum in Los Angeles. On December 27th, 1955 Bill married the love of his life, Margareta “Greta” Miller at Saint Matthews Episcopal Church. Bill was commissioned as Second Lieutenant Infantry in the United States Army. After college, he was hired by the Cabot Corporation as a Landman trainee in the oil and gas division in Pampa, TX. After active duty, he transferred his commission to the National Guard and was promoted to Captain and commanded Company “B” of the 142nd Infantry of the 36th division in Pampa. After Bill finished his eight year obligation, he continued to work for Cabot as a Landman and finished his certification of becoming a Certified Petroleum Landman. After nearly nine years, Bill left Cabot to form his own oil and gas company. Bill was the owner of Rocking Chair Ranche, which maintains a commercial crossbred cow herd and a farming operation raising wheat, milo, corn and alfalfa. He was a member of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and served as an honorary Director. He was Chairman of the Board of Gray County Title Company, Inc. Arrington was a Certified Professional Landman; a member of the American Association of Petroleum Landmen, the Oklahoma City Petroleum Landmen Association, as well as the Amarillo and Midland associations. He was a member and past president of the Board of Directors of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, OK. He was currently serving on the Executive Committee, was a Chairman of the Nominating Committee and was a member of the Compensation Committee. Bill was past vestry member and senior warden of St. Matthews Episcopal Church, past member and past president of the Pampa Independent School District School Board, being elected for two three year terms, past member of the board of directors of the Pampa Club and the Pampa Country Club, having served as president on both boards. Bill and Greta had two children, William M. “Buck” Arrington and wife Alexia of White Deer, and Melanie and husband Flavious Smith of Fort Worth; four grandchildren, William Lake Arrington II and wife Emily of Pampa, Elizabeth and husband Tyler Holland of Canyon, Hulsey Smith and Peyton Smith, both of Fort Worth; four great grandchildren, Evelyn Grace and William Lake “Tripp” Arrington, III, and Margareta Aston and George Warner Holland. He was also survived by his twin brother George W. Arrington 1952 HS of Canadian, TX. Bill was preceded in death by his parents French and Ollie Arrington; his sister, Ann Arrington Webb; sister in law Jane Arrington; and his wife, Margareta Miller Arrington.
Barrett, Charles B. 1952 HS ~ 15-Mar-2001
Bartheld, Dr. Robert L. 1952 JC ~ 15-Jun-2015 age 82, of McAlester, died Monday, June 15, 2015 at his home in McAlester. Dr. Bartheld practiced general dentistry in McAlester for over 45 years before retiring. Bob was a man of commitment and a leader of his community and profession, serving in many civic and professional capacities through the years. He is survived by 3 sons and a daughter-in-law, Judge Thomas McCann Bartheld of McAlester, Col. (Ret.) William Edward Bartheld, USANG, and wife Susan of Haymarket, VA, Joseph Lyle Bartheld of McAlester; 1 daughter, Elizabeth Lee Bartheld of Washington, DC; 8 grandchildren, Mac Bartheld and wife Ashley, Jacqueline Reynolds and husband Levi, Benjamin Bartheld, Miranda Bartheld, Rachel Bartheld, Rebecca Bartheld, Keaton Bartheld and Kooper Bartheld; 5 great grandchildren, Camryn, Kaine, Bentley, Suttyn and Daxton; 1 sister, Mrs. Barbara Bartheld Smith of Tulsa; a sister-in-law, Virginia Fitter and husband Pat of Edmond; numerous nieces and nephews; special friends, Karla Peppers and Les Williams; and Bob’s devoted staff, including Patty Turner, Sue Marchant and Donna Lewis; and his (man’s) best friend, Daisy. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Patricia.
Beedle, David H. 1952 HS ~ 02-Apr-2006
Bogle, J. Peter 1952 HS
Bonney, Robert E. 1949 HS-1952 JC ~ 27-Aug-1996
Bradley, Thomas A. 1950 HS-1952 JC ~ 06-Jan-2016 83, passed on January 6, 2016, after a long battle with prostate cancer. Tom was born and raised in Wichita Falls, TX. He attended Wichita Falls Senior High then graduated from New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM, in 1950. He completed four years ROTC at NMMI. Tom served in the U.S. Army 8th Infantry Division Signal Corps for two years and six years in the inactive reserve. In 1957, he graduated from Midwestern University, Wichita Falls, TX, with a Bachelor of Science in Geology. Tom worked as a petroleum geologist until 1960. He then joined the effort to construct the Atlas F Missile Complex near Altus, OK, as Site Engineer, and then the Titan II Missile Complex in Central Arkansas where he was Cost Engineer. Tom continued a career in construction management and became a consultant to contractors and law firms until his retirement in 2001. After “9/11”, Tom was asked by the contractor, J.A. Jones, to inspect and report on the construction and administrative aspects of the new U.S. Embassies being built in Tanzania and Kenya to replace those destroyed by terrorists in 1998. Tom served on the panel of neutral arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association. He was active in the Wichita chapter of the US TOO Prostate Cancer Education & Support Organization. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carolyn, and his son, Craig Bradley, now of Lake Mary, FL. When asked what lessons he had learned in life, Tom answered, “read the contract.”
Branum, C. A. 1949 HS-1952 JC ~ 27-Dec-2005 of Albuquerque died Dec. 27, 2005, at the Veterans hospital in Albuquerque. Branum was born June 17, 1931, to Claud and Georgia Branum of Carrizozo. He attended school in Carrizozo and graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell in 1949. He attended junior college at the institute, after which he served as a 2nd Lieutenant for the U.S. Army. He resided in Ormond Beach, FL, for several years and had recently moved to Albuquerque. Surviving family members include his wife, Judy, of Albuquerque, daughter Claudia of Conner, TX, sister Veda Stephenson of Carrizozo and several nieces and nephews .
Bray, William A. 1952 HS
Briscoe, LTC Gerald A., (Ret) 1952 JC ~ 01-Nov-1987
Butler, Wycliffe V. 1952 JC ~ 07-Aug-2020 Passed away peacefully from heart failure at the age of 89, in Albuquerque, NM, on 08/07/2020. He was born in St. Joseph, MO, and his family settled in Albuquerque. His family built and operated the Tesuque Drive In Theatre. Wick worked at the theatre as a film projectionist. Wick graduated from Albuquerque High School, earned a degree from UNM in Business Administration and Physics. He joined the Air Force Reserves as a 1st Lieutenant as a buyer and purchaser of training films. He met his wife, Joyce, an artist, at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH. Wick worked as a realtor while attending UNM Law School. Wick graduated from Law School and passed the NM Bar exam and opened his law practice in 1961, where he continued to practice law for 59 years. Wick’s son, Stewart Butler, who is also an attorney joined Wick in his law practice in 1994. Attorney, Stewart Butler will continue to operate and represent the law firm’s clients at Butler & Butler. Wick was a member of the NM Bar Association, Estate Planning Council and NM Trial Lawyers Association. Wick was a well known family and estate planning attorney. He and Joyce were avid tennis players at Four Hills and Tanoan Country Clubs. Wick and Joyce regularly attended church at the Aquinas Newman Center. Wick and Joyce operated ” Joyce of Hawaii” a Hawaiian women’s wear dress shop in Winrock in Albuquerque in the 1980’s and were members of the NM Advertising Federation. Wick loved reading, cooking and eating dark chocolate. Wick was known for his humor and funny, but bad, jokes and sharing his wealth of knowledge and his views of the latest book he was reading. He is preceded in death by his parents Clifford Butler and Helen Butler and his sister Bonnylu Schuh. He is survived by his wife of 65 years Joyce C. Butler; his daughter, Dr. Renee Butler-Lewis and her spouse Janine Brunjes; and his grandsons, Erik Lewis and Jeffery Lewis; Wick’s son, Stewart Butler, Esq. and his family, wife Tammy Butler PharmD and her daughter, Mariah Jassman; Wick’s niece Jenny Barkovic and nephew Kurt Schuh and their families. Wick, as a former armed services veteran will be interred at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe. Services will be scheduled at a later time due to COVID 19 for his many friends and family.
Byrd, Cornelius Zane 1952 JC ~ 16-Jun-1995
Chavez, George P. 1952 JC ~ 15-May-1989
Churchill, Stanley W. 1952 JC ~ 31-Dec-2017 86, of Temple, TX, died December 31, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was born September 24, 1931, in Clinton, Oklahoma, to Alton and Mildred Green Churchill. He attended the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. He later received his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Arts and Master’s degree in Secondary Education at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. On December 5, 1958, he married Martha Jo Vaughan “Jody”. He served in the United States Air Force during the 1950s. He was the Dean of Vocational & Technical Education at Temple College from 1966 until his retirement in 1988. Post-retirement, he continued to work another 29 years as the Facilities Manager for Workforce Solutions of Central Texas. He is survived by the love of his life, Jody Churchill, his wife of 59 years; his daughter and son-in-law, Terre and Randy Williams, of Phoenix, AZ; his daughter and son-in-law, Kindra & John Warren, of Corpus Christi, TX; his grandson and wife, Brandon & Janelle Loew and great-granddaughter, Raelynn Loew.
Coke, Robert K., III 1950 HS-1952 JC
Coll, Max Welton, II 1950 HS-1952 JC ~ 27-Mar-2014 Husband, father, legislator, river rafter, artist, lawyer, hiker, bird watcher, Santa Fe living, treasure. HE LOVED politics, reading murder mysteries, good food, dogs, New Mexico, politics, sudoku puzzles, fixing things, Poker, woodworking, politics, bolo ties, cooking, movies, wildlife, politics, hardware stores, gadgets, wild places, gardening, politics. HE DISLIKED wearing ties, pretentious people, wars, corruption, fancy cars, shopping, big cities. He is survived by his wife Catherine Joyce-Coll, son, Max W. Coll, III, (Tres), daughter Melanie De Temple, step-children Lisa Wilkens, Brannigan Draic, Gillian Joyce, Brothers Charles Coll & Jon Coll and various grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Dogs Rory, Keeley, Zizi, Ming, LiAn and cockatoo Sophia.
Collins, David L. 1950 HS-1952 JC ~ 17-Dec-2017 was born February 15, 1932 in Chihuahua, Mexico to Arthur and Evelyn (Tessier) Collins. Married Ada “Cook” Reed on November 24, 1967 in Abilene, TX. Mrs. Collins passed away on September 28, 2012. He graduated from El Paso High School then attended the New Mexico Military Institute and graduated from University of Texas at El Paso and obtained a degree in geology. Mr. Collins served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1959 in the tank division in Germany. Owned Tesco in Abilene with his brother Arthur “Art” Collins. He and Ada were well known for their beautiful Christmas display that hundreds of families enjoyed as they drove through their half circle driveway at 925 Sayles Blvd. Mr. Collins enjoyed handing out candy to the children as they visited the display. Hundreds of animated dolls were donated to Abilene State Supported Living Center. These animated dolls are in Quanna’s Winter Wonder Land a part of Christmas Lane so children can continue this Christmas joy for many years to come. David Collins is survived by daughters, Sharon Smith and husband Jimmy of Abilene, Gayle Greer of Sweetwater, and son, Rickey Reed and Valinda Tatom of Old Hickory, TN. A sister, Barbara Purser of Houston, a sister-in-law Abigail Collins of Abilene, seven grandchildren; Craig Campbell, Tina Cruz, Britt Smith, Brad Greer, Tracy Greer, Brian Reed, and April Reed and 11 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and many close and well-loved friends. In addition to his beloved wife and parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Arthur “Art” Collins, and a son-in-law, Terry Greer. was born February 15, 1932 in Chihuahua, Mexico to Arthur and Evelyn (Tessier) Collins. Married Ada “Cook” Reed on November 24, 1967 in Abilene, TX. Mrs. Collins passed away on September 28, 2012. He graduated from El Paso High School then attended the New Mexico Military Institute and graduated from University of Texas at El Paso and obtained a degree in geology. Mr. Collins served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1959 in the tank division in Germany. Owned Tesco in Abilene with his brother Arthur “Art” Collins. He and Ada were well known for their beautiful Christmas display that hundreds of families enjoyed as they drove through their half circle driveway at 925 Sayles Blvd. Mr. Collins enjoyed handing out candy to the children as they visited the display. Hundreds of animated dolls were donated to Abilene State Supported Living Center. These animated dolls are in Quanna’s Winter Wonder Land a part of Christmas Lane so children can continue this Christmas joy for many years to come. David Collins is survived by daughters, Sharon Smith and husband Jimmy of Abilene, Gayle Greer of Sweetwater, and son, Rickey Reed and Valinda Tatom of Old Hickory, TN. A sister, Barbara Purser of Houston, a sister-in-law Abigail Collins of Abilene, seven grandchildren; Craig Campbell, Tina Cruz, Britt Smith, Brad Greer, Tracy Greer, Brian Reed, and April Reed and 11 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and many close and well-loved friends. In addition to his beloved wife and parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Arthur “Art” Collins, and a son-in-law, Terry Greer.
Cotten, Jerry L. 1952 HS ~ 01-Aug-1984
Cox, LTC Floyd W., Jr. 1951 HS-1952 JC ~ 10-Oct-2019 died October 10, 2019, at Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax VA, from injuries after a fall. Dad graduated from NMMI High Class 1949 and Senior College Class 1952. Some highlights of dad’s life: Born January 1931 at Tripler Hospital, Territory of Hawaii. Living at Hickam Field on December 7, 1941 and witnessed the attack on Pearl Harbor. Upon graduation from NMMI in 1952 commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant, Armor, US Army. Served in Korea September 1952 to April 1954, 32nd Regiment (Buccaneers), 7th Infantry Division. Lt. Cox was on the MLR (Main Line of Resistance) July 27, 1953 when the armistice became effective. Other US Army posting including serving with the 11th Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY, & Germany; the 24th Infantry Division, Germany; Instructor Armor School, Fort Knox, KY, and MACV Vietnam. LTC Cox retired in July 1980 with the Defense Intelligent Agency being his last posting. Survivors include his wife of 61 years Theresia “Terry” Cox, Springfield, VA, sons Floyd L. (Linda), Potomac, MD, and Alan (Cassie), Nokesville, VA and grandchildren Ashley, Hannah and Tyler.
Craig, J. Michael 1952 HS
Crain, John C., Jr. 1952 HS
Cunningham, Craig A. 1952 HS ~ 31-May-2012
Cutter, William R. 1950 HS-1952 JC ~ 12-Dec-2018 – It is with heavy hearts that we share very sad news with the aviation community; William “Bill” R. Cutter passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. This is a profound loss for all that knew and loved Bill as the patriarch of his family and the aviation community. A life-long aviation enthusiast, Bill learned to fly sitting on his father’s lap and became an ATP rated pilot in fixed wing, helicopter and lighter than air aircraft, along with achieving several jet and turbo-prop type ratings. As an aviator, he accumulated thousands of hours during his life, with his most recent flying being in his treasured 1944 Beech Model 17 Staggerwing. Continuing the family legacy started in 1928 by his father, William P. Cutter, Bill established Cutter Aviation’s facility at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport in Arizona, which went on to become the company’s largest facility and corporate headquarters. Bill, along with his son Will, grew the Cutter Aviation network by opening numerous locations throughout the Southwest. In his lifetime, Bill was honored numerous times; most notably at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the New Mexico Military Institute, the Pima Air & Space Museum (Hall of Fame, inducted with his father William P. Cutter) and was named “Man of the Year” by Beechcraft. Bill was also proud to have served his country as a member of the United States Army. Throughout his entire life, Bill could always be found walking the ramp and halls of Cutter Aviation speaking with his employees on a first name basis. He had a larger than life personality and was quick to share anecdotes with those around him. He was a gentleman’s gentleman, humbleness surrounded his daily actions. He leaves us with a keen sense of loss and heartfelt gratitude – we are better people for having known him. Bill was preceded in death by his parents William P. and Virginia, wife Gwendolyn and brother Sidney. He is survived by his children, son Will and daughter Kathryn “Kay”; along with four beloved grandchildren, Will 4.0., Brooke, Madison and Anna. Godspeed Bill, and may you dance the skies on laughter-silvered clouds. You will be greatly missed. “Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward. For there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”– Leonardo da Vinci
Darden, Billy J. 1952 JC ~ 23-Dec-2011 age 85, passed on December 23, 2011. He was a professional baseball player for 13 years with a number of teams ending with the Mobile Bay Bears. He was preceded in death by his parents, 5 sisters and 1 brother. He is survived by his devoted wife of 61 years, Elvie Darden, son, Steve Darden, daughter, Terri (Bill) Fassbender, grandchildren, Tracey (Albert) Robinson, Misty (Bob) Spahr, Tina (Ty) Bill, Ricky (Amy) Roberts, great grandchildren, Kelsey, Elizabeth, Rain, Rose, Mia, Lani and Hillel, nieces, nephews and friends.
Davis, Don M. 1952 HS
Davis, James W. “Jim” 1945 HS-1952 JC ~ 08-Dec-2013 age 86, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 at the Veteran’s Center in Claremore, Okla. Jim was born on July 13, 1927 to Robert and Beaulah (Fry) Davis in Roswell, NM, where he was raised and graduated from high school. Following high school, he enlisted in the Merchant Marines and then was later drafted in to the Army, where he served in Tokyo. After returning home, he continued his education at Texas Tech and went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the University of New Mexico. On April 3, 1955 he married Imogene Sawvell in Joplin, MO. The couple moved to the Grove area in 1959 and became ranchers. Jim was one of the first people in Delaware County to raise free range turkeys. He was Baptist in faith. Jim is preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and one son, William “Bill” Davis. He is survived by: his wife Imogene Davis of Grove, one son Michael Davis and raised one grandson, Michael Lee Roy Davis as a son, both of Grove two sisters: Jean Owens of Austin, TX, and Jayne Bower of Las Crusas, NM, two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.
Davis, Stanley K. 1952 HS ~ 20-Mar-1998
DeMund, James P. 1950 HS-1952 JC
di Lorenzo, LTC David L., USA (Ret) 1946 HS-1950 JC-1952 SC ~ 21-Jun-2016 89, died June 21, 2016 in Colorado Springs. He was born on May 17, 1927 in Santa Fe, NM. He served 23 years in the U.S. Army . He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ginger, his children: Cathy, Nick, Maggie, and Leslie, their spouses, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Dilley, Jr., Donald C. 1952 HS ~ 15-Nov-2017 of Pensacola was called home by his heavenly father November fifteenth two thousand and seventeen. Born in Dallas, TX, on May twenty-second nineteen thirty-four to Don and Carol Dilley. Don attended Borger Texas High School, New Mexico Military Institute, Texas Tech University, and University of California Davis. He was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Gamma Mu Business Fraternity, MCC of the High Plains in Amarillo, TX, and Holly Cross MCC in Pensacola, FL. Don served three years on Active duty as an officer in the United States Navy, and then four years as an officer in the United States Naval Reserve. He attained permanent rank of Lieutenant. Don was a farmer in the Gruver, TX, area of the Texas panhandle from nineteen sixty-six until he retired in nineteen eighty-eight. In addition, he had various other business interests in Texas, New Mexico, California, and Florida. Don was a true “Renaissance Man”. He was a talented pianist, pilot, singer, and had a vast knowledge of business and finance. He had a special place in his heart for all animals. Don was kind, patient, generous, and fiercely loyal. He was loved by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. He was known for his quick wit, infectious smile, and dancing eyes. He will be so missed. Don was a true believer and loved his church. He loved and took great pride in singing in the choir at the Holy Cross MCC. We have lost one of the most beautiful people to have ever walked this earth. Don is survived by his life partner of twenty wonderful years Alan D. Williams of Pensacola, FL.
Dinsmore, LTC Ellis Dudley, USAR (Ret) 1948 HS-1950 JC-1952 SC ~ 21-Nov-2011 82, Shawnee, KS, went to be with his Lord Jesus Christ, Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, at the Kansas City Hospice House, Kansas City, MO. Dudley was born Sept. 11, 1929, in El Paso, TX, to Andrew D. “Cub” and Laurene Dinsmore. Growing up he lived in numerous places around the state of New Mexico and spent most of his adult life in Las Cruces, NM. He married Rose Payne on July 28, 1958 and they were blessed with 53 wonderful years together. Dudley graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1952 and entered active duty as an armor officer in the United States Army at Fort Knox, KY. After serving his country for 24 years in the United States Army Reserve, culminating as commander of the 383rd Quartermaster Battalion, 90th ARCOM, Dudley retired in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In addition to his reserve duties, Dudley was a construction supervisor with Burn Construction Company in Las Cruces where he was employed for over 35 years. Dudley and his wife, Rosie, moved to the Kansas City area in 2000. He continued serving his community and country by supervising the building of Frederick Boulevard Baptist Church and serving as an usher. One of Dudley’s greatest joys was serving at the International Loan Closet at Fort Leavenworth where he and his family served international officers, from over 90 countries, attending Army Command and General Staff College. Dudley was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. He attended Harvest Bible Chapel of Kansas City where he served as a greeter. Dudley was preceded in death by his daughter, Sherri Hill on Oct. 11, 2011. Survivors include his wife, Rose F. Dinsmore; son-in-law, Donald Hill, Shawnee, KS; daughter, Cindy Goforth and husband, Kerry, Shawnee, KS; son, Ellis Dudley Dinsmore, Jr., and wife, Debbie, Las Vegas, NV; seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Donoghue, William T. 1950 HS-1952 JC ~ 19-Aug-2007 passed away Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007 after a long illness. Bill was born Nov. 13, 1932, in Houston, to the late Gerald Thomas Donoghue and Louise Huggins Donoghue. He was at home surrounded by family and loved ones who will continue to celebrate his life. As a respected pillar of the community, Bill served on a number of community boards and organizations, including the Victoria Fine Arts Association, the Regional Museum Association, the Victoria Symphony, the 100 Club, and the Chamber of Commerce. The Gerald T. Donoghue family moved to Goliad in 1943, where shortly after WWII they established the Donoghue Arabian Horse Farm. Bill was an avid participant in all aspects of his family’s business activities and was instrumental in preserving the prestigious Donoghue Arabian bloodlines. The horse, no matter what breed, was always in his heart. Bill graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1952. He entered the University of Virginia, achieving a Bachelor of Arts in Economics degree in 1954. He will also be remembered for establishing, with classmate and friend Don Hanna, the first active polo team at UVA. Bill enlisted in the United States Army after graduation and obtained an officer’s commission as a second lieutenant. The following year, Bill successfully completed the Armored Officers Basic Course and was sent to Germany with the 3rd Armored Division. He was discharged from active duty by the U.S. Army in 1957 and remained in Germany. He continued to serve as a reserve officer until honorably discharged in 1964 with the rank of captain. While in Germany, Bill fell in love and married Christa Neidhardt, a beautiful and intelligent young entrepreneur with an established business of her own. With Bill’s zest for life and insatiable appetite for learning, the duo became a formidable pair in a multifaceted partnership. As Bill’s interest and knowledge of antique clocks, furniture, art and collector of firearms continued, his expertise was rarely rivaled. Bill and Christy returned to Victoria in 1961 and established an extraordinary gallery specializing in fine European antiques and interior design. Christy Donoghue Antiques, constructed in 1973, became a landmark gallery and showroom for some of the most notable collections of European antiques in Texas. Expansion and diversification continued into the 80’s when estate and designer jewelry were introduced to an ever growing clientele. Bill Donoghue was awarded a diploma in 1991 from the Gemological Institute of America as graduate gemologist, adding one more credential to a long list of lifetime accomplishments. Bill and Christy elected to close Christy Donoghue Fine Jewels and Antiques in 1999 after 50 years of combine business in Europe and America and divided their time between the K-8 Ranch near Placedo and their residence in Victoria. William Thomas Donoghue was preceded in death by his parents and younger brother, Timothy Huggins Donoghue 1955 HS. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Christy Donoghue; daughters, Charli Donoghue Jett and husband Todd and Hilary Donoghue Blackmon and husband Shaun; grandson T.J. Coppola; sister, Clare Donoghue Beck and husband Tommy; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Drummond, Larry A. 1952 SC ~ 04-Aug-2014
Elkins, Clifford 1950-1952 HS 31-Oct-2021 passed away on October 31st in the company of his beloved wife, Claire. Cliff grew up in Denver, graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute, and served in both the U.S. Army and Marines. He graduated from Georgetown in 1958 and was a member of the Delta Phi Epsilon professional fraternity. Cliff specialized in railroad regulation and spent much of his career lobbying in Washington, DC. He was the Director of the Association of State Transportation Officials under the Reagan Administration and eventually served as a City Councilman in Surprise, AZ. Cliff loved rooting for Georgetown and the USC Trojans. He was a Masters Nat’l race walking champion and enjoyed dancing, politics and traveling. He was so proud of his military service and actively participated in supporting the Surprise White Tank Marine Corp Division, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Service. He was predeceased by his first wife, Margit, and daughter Alana Fishman. In addition to Claire, he is survived by his son Lorren and grandchildren Maddie, Cam, Brian, and Michael. Cliff received love and support from his four stepchildren: Bonnie, Vincent, Merry Ann and Rita. His step-niece, Chameine, provided tender care. He loved spending time during his final years at Temple Sinai in Pittsburgh. Donations can be made at templesinaipgh.org.
Ellis, Robert G. 1950 HS-1952 JC ~ 15-Apr-2012 79, of Las Cruces, died Sunday, April 15, 2012. Bob as he was fondly known was born June 22, 1932 in Denver, CO, to Eldridge and Essie Solomon. He was a retired Construction Engineer, and member of Fairacres Baptist Church. Bob enjoyed the outdoors, sports, golf, the Dallas Cowboys, reading and was an avid Bible Scholar but his passion was for his family. Mr. Ellis will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. He is survived by his loving wife Roberta Henderson Ellis of the family home; sons Robert, James, Dwight, David and Sam; daughters Cindi, Kathleen, Shirley, Marilyn, Kathy and Karen; brother Don Ellis and wife Lida. Also surviving him are many grand and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Robert was preceded in death by his sons Teddy, Ramsey and Truit; an infant sister and his previous wife Margaret Ellis.
Eson, James B 1952 HS ~ 19-Mar-1994
Evans, Reuben W. 1948 HS-1950 JC-1952 SC ~ 17-Aug-2009 was born on Dec. 17, 1929, and passed away on Aug. 17, 2009. He was a loving husband, a proud father and grandfather. He was a soldier, a rancher, a polo player, a world class lover of music and friend of so many around the country and the world. Rube is survived by his three sons, Reuben W. Evans, Jr. 1974 JC, Matthew G. Evans 1976 HS and George A. Evans 1978 HS-1980 JC; and his five grandchildren, Molly, Emily, Abby, McKenzie and Quinn. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Amos Graves Evans and Imogene Evans; his brother, Robert G. Bob Evans 1951 HS; his cousin, James L. “Jim” Evans 1947 HS-1949 JC; and his beloved wife of 52 years, Sargie Ruth Evans.
Farmer, Thomas A. 1952 HS ~ 06-Aug-2001
Faulkner, Eugene L. “Oogie” 1952 JC ~ 18-Mar-2014 81, of Lubbock passed away on March 18, 2014, in Lubbock, TX. He was born on July 25, 1932, in Lubbock, TX, to the late William Paul and Ella Etta Faulkner. He attended the Peacock Military Academy, graduated from Lubbock High School, and attended Texas Tech and New Mexico Military Institute. Following his education he joined the Marines and served his country proudly. After his military career he joined the Lubbock Police Department, and later was the chief of police in Tulia. After his career as a police officer he joined the staff of Horkey Oil Company where he was the vice president. He enjoyed and lived a full life. His military experience gave him a great appreciation for routines; he planned out daily routines and followed them. He also enjoyed the game of golf and had a passion for sports in general. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gene Faulkner; his sister, Maejean; and a grandson, Justin. He leaves to cherish his memory: four sons, Steve Stephens his wife Cindy, Rod Faulkner, Stephen Faulkner his wife Kathryn, and John Faulkner his wife Joni; grandchildren, Chelsey Groves and husband Gregg, Seth Stephens his wife Julie, Dylan, Colton, and Trever Faulkner; two great-grandchildren; and one brother, Paul Faulkner.
Fausett, Robert S., Jr. 1952 HS ~ 01-Jun-1983
Fisher, Jerrold E. 1950 HS-1952 SC ~ 22-Jun-2015 passed away peacefully, on the morning of June 22, 2015, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Jerry was 84 years old. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; Ernest and Jewel Fisher. He has one sister, Jackie Fisher Moore, of Colorado. Jerry is survived by his supportive wife of 30 years, Pat, and his loving family: daughters Terry (Mark) Howard, Stephanie and the late (Bob) Williams, his son Daniel (Annette) Fisher, his step-daughters, Kelly (JB) Coulter and Kim (Ron) Bache, Melinda (Chuck) Blackwood and Mimi (Ed) Dorsey, as well as his grandchildren, William and Reese Coulter, Carter and Kasey Bache, Dallas Plater and Ridgely Dorsey. Jerry was born on January 13, 1931 in Wasco, CA. He spent the first years of his life on his Grandfather’s dairy farm in Wasco, moving to Bakersfield with his family at age four. He attended elementary school in Bakersfield, where he met his business partner of 54 years, Bob Karpe. He played football for B.H.S. with Bob Karpe and Frank Gifford (ONCE A DRILLER ALWAYS A DRILLER!) Jerry attended college at New Mexico Military Institute, graduating in 1952. After graduation, he enlisted in the Army and served two years in Germany. When he returned home to Bakersfield, he enlisted in the Army Reserve and began his fifty-seven year career in rural appraisal. At that time, Karpe-Fisher Appraisal Company was formed; which later became known as Karpe Fisher Merriman Inc. Jerry’s hard work and dedication not only brought him immense pleasure, but also earned him a solid reputation and much respect in the industry. Jerry was extremely supportive of his local community, his alma mater, and many professional organizations. His community involvement focused mainly on youth, education and athletics. Jerry took great pride in having graduated from NMMI and was instrumental in recruiting others to the Institute. He was active in the Alumni Association, serving as a delegate on the alumni board. One of the numerous professional organizations he was involved with included: American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, where he served as president at the local, state, and national levels. Jerry’s family and friends were a high priority in his life. His annual Cayucos beach trips with the family and Saturday lunches with “the boys” were not to be missed. Some of Jerry’s greatest memories were: spending time with family at holidays, semi-annual golf trips, and traveling to watch the Green Bay Packers play.
Flato, Richard A. 1947 HS-1950 JC-1952 SC
Fleming, Joseph B., Jr. 1952 HS ~ 17-Jun-1996
Floyd, Robert C. 1952 HS ~ 01-Nov-2020 passed away on Sunday, the 1st of November 2020, at home in Houston, TX, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Bob was born in Oklahoma and grew up in Midland, TX. After attending Midland High School, he went on to excel at basketball and other sports in the New Mexico Military Institute, qualifying for Enlisted Reserve Corps. Bob then headed to the University of Texas at Austin. He joined the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology. While assisting his ranching family he found himself attracted to legal aspects of the family business, so he joined the International Legal chapter of Phi Delta Phi and went on to earn a Law degree from the University of Houston.Bob became an attorney in 1963, working as an Assistant District of Attorney in Harris County, Houston. He joined Butler & Binion for several years before opening his own legal practice with Floyd, Taylor and Riley. While in semi-retirement, he enjoyed assisting individuals with legal issues in a pro bono capacity. Bob never met a football game or golf course he didn’t like. He was an active member of the Houston Country Club, supporter of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and a proud Texas Ex. He loved travel, dancing, gin rummy card games, movies, music and the occasional practical joke. Bob always counseled for good, saying “It never hurts to be nice”. Bob was preceded in death by his son, Charles Grant Floyd. He is survived by his daughters, Elizabeth Anne Floyd and Kathryn Allyson Floyd, and their respective spouses, James Thomas and Anthony Petruzzella, his brother Timber Floyd and Timber’s wife Peggy as well as his beautiful granddaughter, Isabelle Eloise Petruzzella. He is also survived by beloved cousins in the Floyd, Walker and Cremin families along with a fabulous caregiving network. While he is greatly missed, Bob’s family and friends know he lived his life to the fullest. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a celebration of life will be held at a later date and hopefully in the spring of 2021.Guests may opt to receive updated service information when it is available by visiting Mr. Floyd’s online memorial tribute at GeoHLewis.com and clicking “Receive Notifications” as well as sharing memories and words of comfort and condolence. In lieu of customary remembrances, the family suggests memorial contributions be directed toward the American Heart Association , 10060 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77054; the San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Fund, 1139 Mission St., San Francisco, CA, 94103 (https://www.sffcpf.org/get-involved/donate/ ); or to an Alzheimer’s related charity such as Brain Chemistry Labs (https://brainchemistrylabs.org/).
Fordyce, H. Theodore, Jr. 1952 HS ~ 08-Jul-1999
Forsling, Alfred S. 1952 HS ~ 18-Mar-2017 82, of Hay Springs and formerly of Kimball, died at the Pioneer Manor Nursing Home on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Alfred Sterre Forsling was born in Scottsbluff, NE, on April 13, 1934, the son of Elmer and Lucy (Vander Sterre) Forsling. Al spent his first 10 years living in Casper, WY, before his father moved the family to the Forsling homestead in Kimball. While in high school, Al transferred to the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, where upon his graduation he enrolled in the University of Wyoming, studying Agriculture and engineering. In 1954 Al enlisted in the US Army serving in Germany as an ambulance driver for military families. In 1957, Al enlisted in the US Air Force, where for a second time, he was stationed in Germany, assigned to missile guidance and communications. It was in Lauda, Germany, that Al met his future wife, Renate Olga Schmidt. Upon being discharged and returning home, Al and Renate were married on December 20, 1960, in Scottsbluff, NE. Al and Renate began their new life together on the family ranch, joining his father in the farming and livestock business. It was on the Buck Bush Ranch that they raised their three daughters. Al is remembered by his family for his sharp wit, strong character, loyalty to family, community and friends and for his strong moral compass. Although know to be a man of few words, his actions set the example that his family continues to follow. Survivors include his daughters Ingrid Forsling of White, SD, Andrea Scales and partner Chasity Pettit of Denver, CO, and Anita (Jeff) Brewer of Gordon, NE; sister Phyllis Forsling Miller of Mill Valley, CA; grandson Andrew (Anna) Loy, step grandchildren Jackie, Steven, Timithy and Robert; great grandchildren Mason and Carter Loy. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.
Garoutte, Charles T. 1952 HS ~ 26-Nov-2014
Gart, Morton L. “Morty” 1952 HS ~ 18-Dec-2011 died at his home in North Texas on Sunday, December 18, 2011. Mort grew up in Denver, CO, and attended New Mexico Military Institute. The son of the founder of Gart’s Sporting Goods, he also worked for The May Company, the Zale Corporation and later for Mrs. Trammel Crowe at the Anatole Hotel during his early retirement years. Surviving him are his wife, Valeta, son-in-law and daughter, Steve and Lee Roepke, and grandchildren, Andie and Taylor Roepke, as well as his brother and sister-in-law, William I. “Bill” Gart 1949 HS and Donna Gart, numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and many close friends. His mother and father, George and Goldie
Gillman, Bill M. 1952 HS ~ 24-Apr-2008 73, of Amarillo died Thursday, April 24, 2008. Mr. Gillman was born June 8, 1934, in Borger to Levert and Beulah Gillman and died at Craig Methodist Retirement Community after a long illness. Billy was a true original – a unique person and a brilliant engineer. He attended Borger High School and after marrying his first wife, Jane Pool Gillman, moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas. He graduated with a degree in petroleum engineering. Billy, Jane and their young family then lived briefly in Iraan and Hobbs, NM, where he was employed by Ohio Oil Co. By the early 1960s, Billy had permanently returned to the Panhandle and become a partner in the long-standing family oil business, Travelers Oil Co., with his brother, Johnny. In 1972, Billy remarried to Beverly Ann Gillman. They remained happily married for more than 35 years. Amid his business activities, Billy still found time to indulge in his favorite avocations, particularly fishing, hunting, University of Texas football and a wee bit of gambling. Billy was a singularly generous man and a good and caring spouse, and was well-known in business circles for his honesty and uprightness. Survivors include his wife, Beverly Gillman; three daughters, Rosalind Price and husband Dale and Karen Berg, all of Amarillo, and Cynthia J. Fisher and husband Gary of Houston; two sons, Bradley L. Moore and wife Michele of Austin and Blake E. Moore and wife Tonya of Borger; a brother, Carroll Gillman and wife Doris of Fort Bragg, CA; a sister-in-law, Georgia Gillman of Amarillo; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Gregory, Elias S., Jr. 1952 HS ~ 05-Apr-2008 74, of Applewood, passed away April 5, 2008. He proudly served in the 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hail from 1954-1956 and worked with the Overseas Missionary Fellowship in Thailand from 1960-1963. He served the Lord throughout his life in many various ministries. Beloved husband of 50 years, he is survived by his wife, Nancy Lee Geary Gregory; daughters, Elizabeth Ben-Akiva, Rebecca Volz, Deborah Pearce, Christina McCleary and Charlotte Horen; 23 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Groh, Alfred J. 1945 HS-1947 JC
Hall, Richard G. 1952 JC ~ 01-Aug-1986
Hanzel, James F. 1952 HS
Harman, James W. 1952 HS ~ 10-Jan-2012
Harris, Frank L., Jr. 1952 HS ~ 16-Apr-2013 went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at his home in Sherman, TX, following many years of battling heart disease. He was born on May 19, 1934 to Frank Lee Harris, Sr. and Mona Skinner Harris in Dallas, TX. He had one older sister, Shirley Harris Craycroft, who preceded him in death. He attended school in Dallas and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1952. He served in the U.S. Navy in San Francisco and Guam. In 1962, he married Ann Walker in Lufkin, TX. At that time he was a special agent with Floyd West and Co., Insurance Managers, and continued with them as agent and manager in Ft. Worth, Waco, and San Antonio. In 1969, he and Ann moved to Sherman, joining his father in his independent insurance agency. He continued in the insurance business as a CPCU until 2001. He also was a licensed real estate broker and managed a group of real estate investors in commercial real estate, having properties in Sherman, the Dallas Metroplex, Wisconsin, and Colorado. He continued until liquidating in 2007. Frank spent many years in public service. He served on the Sherman City Council, Board of Directors of the Grayson County Airport, Texoma Regional Planning Commission, President of North Texas Insurance Agents, Chairman of Friends Division of Austin College, Chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, Board of Directors of the Sherman Boys Club, Chairman of the United Fund Individual and Industrial Division, Division Director Industrial Development Committee, Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors of the Bearcat Booster Club, and Board of Directors of Young Life. He received honors from the National Executive Council Aetna Life and Casualty Company, Effective Leadership Award from Sherman Chamber of Commerce, and Boss of the Year from the Insurance Women of Grayson County. He loved spending time with his family and friends, teaching his boys to fish, snow ski, water ski, play golf and recording all of their sports events through junior high and high school. He yearly took friends and family to Colorado to ski and to various golfing destinations. He was a founding member of Sherman Bible Church where he has faithfully served in many areas for the past 41 years. One of his greatest joys was being involved in growth and outreach in Christian service and fellowship. He is survived by his wife, Ann, of 50 years sons, Frank Harris, III, Howard Walker Harris, and Larry Thomas Harris daughters-in-law, Salina Harris, Jennifer Harris, and Kimberly Harris and seven grandchildren. He is also survived by numerous in-laws and their children and grandchildren.
Harrison, Holt B. 1952 HS ~ 14-Mar-2017 age 82, was born June 19,1934 in Baton Rouge, LA. Surrounded by his family and friends, he died on March 14, 2017, at the Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans as a result of an injury on the tennis court. A lifelong resident of Baton Rouge, Holt was a long-standing member of Bocage Racquet Club, an ardent supporter of LSU football, a volunteer and mentor for SCORE, an LSU Laureate Foundation Society charter member, an original team organizer for Bishop Ott Manna Givers and the Founder of Fishing for Investments. He was a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute and LSU Law School. A successful real estate developer and lawyer, he was also a past co-owner in their family business, Harrison Paint Company. Holt proudly served in the U.S. Air Force and later became an accomplished private pilot. His passions included fishing and hunting and he loved the game of tennis to the very end. He is survived by his wife of forty years, Anne Marron Harrison; his children, Holt Trammell Harrison and wife Diana, Stephen William Harrison and wife Carrie, Katherine Danielle Harrison, Jeffrey Marron Harrison and wife Kelly, Susan Claire Harrison and beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Holt Trammell Harrison, his mother, Elmira Harrelson Harrison and his sister Anne Harrison Parnell Gregorie. His pallbearers will be his children. Honorary pallbearers include John Butler, Merlin Pritchard and John Luttrell.
Hartman, John W. 1952 HS
Haynes, Walden James Earl, Jr. 1952 JC ~ 29-Aug-2013 was born on March 5, 1932, to Walden and Polly Haynes in Mercedes, TX, and died on Aug. 29, 2013. He attended New Mexico Military Academy and graduated from Southern Methodist University. He was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force, attaining the rank of Captain. Jim and family were transferred to Oklahoma City in 1967. Jim worked as an AMF bowling salesman until 1978 when he became owner of the legendary 66 Bowl. Jim maintained ownership of 66 Bowl until he retired in 2010. He was inducted into Oklahoma Bowlers Hall of Fame in 2005. He loved being around his friends and family. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Major Carl Seeger; and granddaughter, Angela Stevens. Survivors include his wife, Peggy; daughter, Cori Osborn and husband Hugh; sons, Trey Haynes, Mike Haynes and Mena Ganesan; granddaughter, Sarah Stevens; sister, Paula Seeger; nieces, Becky Seeger and Vicky Seeger; nephew, Jim Seeger; and great-nephews.
Hindi, Nabay 1952 JC ~ 06-Dec-2019
Hooper, Jerry L. 1949 HS-1952 JC ~ 17-Mar-2015 83, passed away on March 17, 2015, at his home in Tulsa, OK. Jerry was born July 5, 1931, to Guy H. Hooper and Mabel E. Hooper in Hobbs, NM. The family moved from Hobbs to Roswell in 1937. Jerry attended Washington Avenue Elementary school, graduated from high school, and then from junior college at NMMI in 1954. After earning his degree in Geology and a commission as a 2nd Lt. from Texas Tech University, he was assigned to Fort Leonard Wood, MO, for the duration of his military service. Jerry married Margaret Adair Travis in 1953 in Roswell. He was employed by Lone Star Production Company and later Adobe Oil and Gas Company, before he formed his own independent oil company. Jerry and his wife enjoyed visiting their ranch in northern New Mexico near Las Vegas. They raised buffalo, llamas, and other exotic animals, kept their ponds stocked with trophy trout, and practiced sound land management methods to improve the quality of the ranch. After selling the ranch, they moved to El Paso, TX. Preceding him in death was the love of his life, his wife, Mardair. Surviving Jerry are Michael T. Hooper, son, and his wife, Josie, of Presidio, TX; Deborah H. Wachsmuth, daughter, and husband, Tom, of San Antonio, TX; Robert G. Hooper, son, of Midland, TX, and Jack P. Hooper, son, and wife, Diana, of Tulsa, OK; three grandchildren, Jerry L. Hooper of Socorro, NM, Jessica Hooper of Tulsa, and Adair Hawkins and husband, Josh, of Dallas; and one great grandson, Sammy Hawkins, of Dallas. Jerry will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Hopkins, LTC David A., USA (Ret) 1950 HS-1952 SC ~ 18-Aug-2007 76, of Tucson, AZ, died August 18, 2007. Formerly of Hyannis, MA, he is survived by his wife of 30 years, Esther Hopkins; son, Stephen of Tucson, AZ; daughter, Karen Menger of Tucson, AZ; step-child, Gladys Pinto of N. Dartmouth, MA; and five grandchildren. Mr. Hopkins was born October 6, 1930 in Newton, MA. A graduate of New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM. He entered the US Army in 1952, serving overseas in Korea, Europe and Vietnam. Retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1972.
House, Col Jon W., AF (Ret) 1952 HS ~ 12-Mar-2012 passed away 12 March 12, 2012. Colonel House received a degree from the University of Texas at Austin. House was a geologist in the oil and gas industry for several years and was active in a number of civic organizations. He was an avid fly fisherman who made his fishing rods and tied his own flies. House fished at Martin’s Cow Creek Ranch in the Pecos Wilderness every year for over fifty years. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sue; son, John; daughters, Vicki and Joni; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren
Huffman, Minor S., Jr. 1952 HS ~ 21-Nov-2004
Isaacs, Willard L., Jr. 1952 HS ~ 30-Jun-2007
Jackson, Thomas O. 1950 HS-1952 JC ~ 19-Oct-1996
Johnson, William P., Jr. 1952 JC
Jones, Walter L. 1952 HS ~ 01-Mar-1989
Jordan, Norman MacDonald 1952 HS ~ 29-Jan-2018, 83, passed away January 29th, 2018 in The Woodlands, TX, of an extended illness. He was born January 1934 in Tulsa, OK to Paul and Norma Jordan. Norm was a graduate from the NM Military Institute and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of NM, where he was a member of the Sigma Tau’s Engineering Honorary Society. He later joined the U.S. Air Force where he spent 11 years as a helicopter pilot flying rescue missions and as an airplane pilot instructor. While in the Air Force he earned his Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He moved to Minnesota where he worked for Honeywell in the mechanical engineering field for most of his career. Here he met his loving wife of 35 years, Sara. Norm and Sara retired in Lamy, NM, where he was a longtime volunteer and a gifted craftsman. He is survived by his wife Sara; his three step children Kurt Heimbuch (Vicki), Kris Heimbuch, Wendy Nichols (Anthony); his four children from previous marriages [Sylvia] Patricia Shaw, Patrick Jordan (Sybille), Jeffrey Jordan, Victoria Parthun (William); eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and beloved ‘puppy’ Ren. Norm is preceded in death by his father Paul Jordan and step-mother Jessie Jordan; mother Norma Larsen (Brewer); and sister Roberta Bishop. In addition to his extended family, Norm had many wonderful friends over the years. Norm was dearly loved by many and will be greatly missed.
Lamer, James K. 1952 HS ~ 31-May-2001
Leonard, Patrick James 1952 HS
Losey, George M. 1943 HS-1945 JC-1952 SC
Lundien, Arthur R. “Ronnie” 1950 JC-1952 SC ~ 08-Aug-2014
Mann, Jack Matthewson 1952 JC ~ 02-Mar-2010 Mr. Mann was born on April 14, 1932, to Jack and Mary Mann in Marshall, TX, and died March 2, 2010. Mr. Mann attended Marshall Public Schools. He was a member of the Boy Scouts where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He attended New Mexico Military Institute and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1954 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. While at Texas, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He worked summers between college years at The Made-Rite Company in Marshall, TX. During 1955 and 1956, Mr. Mann was in the U.S. Army and was stationed in France where he served as a Second Lieutenant. After returning to the United States, Mr. Mann earned a Masters of Business Administration Degree from Harvard School of Business in 1960. Following graduation, Mr. Mann was employed by Humble Refining Company from 1960 until 1961. In 1961, Mr. Mann returned to East Texas and once again joined The Made-Rite Company where he served as General Manager, eventually buying controlling interest of the entire bottling plant. Through the years, Mr. Mann was active in many soft drink associations; serving as president of the Texas Soft Drink Association, president of the National Dr Pepper Bottling Association, and director of the RC Bottlers Association. Jack Mann believed in doing his civic duty and demonstrated his belief by serving as President of LEDCO, director of the Longview Chamber of Commerce and the YMCA, President and director of University of Texas at Tyler- Longview University Center. Mr. Mann was also a member of the Mayor’s Ad Hoc Committee on Higher Education and served on the Letourneau Advisory Committee. He was on the Board of Directors for Longview National Bank which became Texas Commerce Bank and is now Regions Bank. In 2001, the Longview Partnership honored him with “The Chairman’s Award” for his outstanding effort toward civic accomplishment. Mr. Mann was a cradle Episcopalian, attending Trinity Episcopal Church and serving as senior warden, junior warden, treasurer, vestry member, and President of the Endowment Fund. Jack truly loved his church and contributed both his time and effort toward its betterment. If you ever wanted to know the score of a UT sporting event, all you had to do was ask Jack Mann. He loved his Texas Longhorns and would watch any game in which they were playing. His other great passion was hunting with his sons. The five of them enjoyed many an hour in the woods of Alabama and the mountains of New Mexico. Mr. Mann is survived by his wife, Glenda; sons and daughters-in-law, Jack and Carla Mann, Bob and Jeanne Mann, Nat and Michelle Mann, and Dan Mann; grandchildren, Andrea and Jason Doornbos, Molly and Kyle Hughes, Matthew Mann, Curtis Mann, Megan and Mark Hopper, Bobby Mann, Marilyn Mann, Marshall Mann, Anna Mann, Nathaniel Mann and Palmer Mann; and True Mann, the mother of his children. Stepchildren and step-grandchildren include Christy, Amelia, Audrey and Ashlyn Milton, Julie Grimes, Matthew Bottcher, Catharine and Bruce Polsky and Sylvie Polsky. His two sisters, are Barbara Mann Goodson and Mary Ann Mann Armstrong. Jack was a kind and gentle man. He bore no one ill will. He was loved and respected by all and he tried to return the favor.
Marshall, R. Quinton 1950 JC 1952 SC ~ 06-Jul-1995
McBurnett, Wilfred Ray, Jr. 1952 HS ~ 19-Mar-1995
McCarter, Alfred N. 1952 HS ~ 06-Dec-2021 Big A McCarter, 88, died peacefully at his home in Lakeway, Texas on Monday, the 6th of December, 2021 after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Houston on the 15th of December, 1932 to William Blair McCarter and Edith MacDonald McCarter. He was the second of two sons, brother to Blair McCarter, Jr.. Nelson attended Kincaid High School in Houston before enrolling in the New Mexico Military Institute. He attended the University of Texas and the University of Houston where he studied geology and was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Nelson had an extensive career in the oil and gas industry. He began working for a geophysical company in Houston before establishing his own company, AN McCarter Energy, where he worked as an independent geologist and oilman. He was a lifetime member of the American Association of Petroleum geologists. Nelson’s passions in life were hunting and spending time with his family, which he often combined. Some of his most memorable experiences include a hunting trip to Alaska with his son, Mac Jr., and his brother, nephew, and father as well as numerous hunting trips to Africa with his beloved wife, Kay. He lived in close proximity to his daughter, Karen, and enjoyed spending time with her and his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Nelson was known for his contagious laugh and great sense of humor and was always the life of the party. He was a generous, kind outdoorsman who had a love for adventure. He was a hard-working father and strong-loving husband. Special delights in his life were his dog, Baron, and his cat, Torch. Nelson is survived by his wife, Kay, his daughter, Karen Wellspring (Larry), grandchildren April Girard (Sean), Dawn Wellspring, and Eric Wellspring (Jessica), Alexis Dietze, and Christin Dietze. He was blessed with 5 great grandchildren Ashley, Trace, Brayden, Ryan, and Karsyn. He is predeceased by his parents, his brother, Blair, his son, Mac Jr., and his daughter Claire Sublett and her husband, Mike Sublett. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions on behalf of Nelson may be directed to the Tiger Creek Animal Sanctuary in Tyler, Texas. TigerCreek.org
McCord, James M. “Jim” 1952 JC ~ 03-Jun-2013
McCrea, Joel D. “Jody” 1952 HS ~ 04-Apr-2009 On April 4, 2009, Joel Dee “Jody” McCrea passed away from a storied and fulfilled life of Hollywood fame, worldly adventures, and ultimately peaceful tranquility found on the plains of New Mexico. Born in Los Angeles on Sept. 6, 1934, Jody was the oldest of three sons to film actors Joel McCrea and Frances Dee. Upon the advice of their father’s mentor, Western entertainer Will Rogers, the McCrea’s purchased a ranch about an hour north of Los Angeles where Jody and his brothers were fortunate to be raised out of the spotlight. Jody’s rural upbringing, however, would not keep him out of the spotlight for long. Because Will Rogers sent his sons to New Mexico Military Institute and spoke very highly of it, the McCrea’s sent Jody to NMMI for his last two years of high school. He excelled at boxing (winning the New Mexico State Golden Gloves), rodeo (as a roper and bareback rider) and football, before graduating from NMMI in 1952. Jody began college at Principia College in Elsah, IL, where he crossed paths with fellow actor Robert Duvall, before transferring to University of California at Los Angeles, where he threw the javelin on the 1956 NCAA championship track and field team alongside 1960 Olympic gold medalist decathlete Rafer Johnson. After college, Jody joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in New York City as a member of the Special Services. He served for two years as a host on the Armed Services radio channel and then as a host of “Country Style, USA,” an Army-produced recruiting television program. It was during his stint in New York that Jody began to consider following in his parents’ footsteps. He reenrolled in classes with acting coach Sanford “Sandy” Meisner of the Actor’s Studio where Steve McQueen, Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck and others also received their acting start. He then returned to Los Angeles where he acted with his father in 27 episodes of the television series “Wichita.” He also acted in more than 30 movies including “The Broken Land” with Jack Nicholson, “The Glory Stompers” with Dennis Hopper, “Young Guns of Texas” and “The First Texan.” Jody finally found a comedic niche as “Bonehead” in the 1960’s “Beach Party” films, alongside Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, before retiring from acting in 1970. Jody later returned to the Roswell area where he ranched and entertained us all with tales from his world travels and friendships. His ability to always find common ground with everyone with whom he came in contact, and make them laugh, will be remembered and missed. He was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and he attended the Christian Science Church in Roswell. Jody was predeceased by the love of his life, Dusty Iron Wing, whom he noticed dusting a rug on an apartment balcony on his way to pick up another date. He never made it to the date and instead spent the next 19 years of his life happily married to Dusty. Jody is survived by his younger brothers, David T. McCrea 1954 HS and Peter; his nephews and nieces, Wyatt W. McCrea 1980 HS, Clay, Jeni, Bob, Mitchell, Sebastian, Jack and Will; and his grand-nephews and -nieces, Chelsea, Clay Paul, Brooke Ellen, Lou Lou, Payton and David Joel.
McEndree, James A., Jr. 1952 JC ~ 27-Apr-2008 age 76, died peacefully April 27, 2008, following a 2 1/2 year battle with cancer. He was born in Chicago, IL, May 23, 1931 to James Arthur, Sr. and Marguerite Elizabeth McEndree. He is survived by his loving wife of almost 54 years, Carol Audrey McEndree. Other survivors include his daughter and son-in-law James and Kathie Preece, his son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Cheryl Mcendree; his grandchildren Beth and husband Matt Dickerson, Nikolas Preece, Sara McEndree, Adam McEndree and step-grandchildren Amanda and Nathan Myers; his brother-in-law Nathaniel Grunst; his niece, Cynthia Bednarz and his nephew, Martin Grunst, and several great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his grandson, Jeremy Preece and his sister-in-law Cornelia Grunst. During the Korean War, he served in the Air Force, stationed in Albuquerque, NM, where he met his future bride, Carol Grunst. They were married on August 8, 1954 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Albuquerque, NM. Jim spent his career of 30 years in Dallas with Braniff Airlines and Dalfort as quality control supervisor. He loved anything about airplanes and had a life-long hobby building and flying control line and remote control airplanes. Even during his brave fight with cancer, he found joy in building and flying kites. Jim and Carol spent most of their married life together in Irving, TX. The last three years they lived in Temple, TX. Jim was an active member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Irving and served in numerous leadership roles. His church home in Temple was First Lutheran Church. Jim will be fondly remembered by the “Breakfast Club” at the Meridian Retirement Community. He is greatly loved and will be sorely missed by many family members and friends.
McQuiddy, Francis H. 1952 HS ~ 21-Jan-1993
Miskovsky, George, Jr. 1952 HS ~ 17-May-2013 On May 17, 2013, we said goodbye to our beloved father and grandfather, as he left this world to join his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in His eternal Kingdom. George was born on July 28, 1935, in Oklahoma City. He attended Grover Cleveland Grade School, William H. Taft Junior High, and Classen High School. George loved sports and was a lifelong athlete. He played Little League for the Taft Explorers, started as quarterback his senior year, was an All-City swimming champion, and played polo at the New Mexico Military Institute. He also loved to compete with words, and no one was surprised the year he won Oklahoma’s Ciceronian Oratory award. George attended the University of Oklahoma School of Law and was a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. In 1962, he was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar Association as well as the Federal Bar Association, of which he went on to serve as President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. George was admitted to the 10th Circuit Federal Bar and Western District U.S. Court and retired to Senior Status after 47 years of active practice. George served in the United States Army. He completed basic training at Camp Carson (now Fort Carson), CO, and was asked to join the Officer Training Corps. He declined and entered into the Courts and Boards Division of Judge Advocate General. His JAG assignment took him to Vicenza, Italy, where he lived for two years. In his free time, George traveled throughout Europe learning all he could about its rich history and diverse cultures. Prior to being honorably discharged, George was a member of the Southern European Task Force and received a Good Conduct medal. George’s military service was a natural extension of his belief in democracy. He was a member of the Democratic Party all of his adult life and was honored to nominate Oklahoma Governor and U.S. Senator Robert S. Kerr as a candidate for President of the United States at the 1952 Oklahoma State Democratic Convention. An avid sailor, George loved racing yachts. He won races from the Atlantic Coast to the Pacific and at many inland venues in between. He was a Past Commodore of the Oklahoma City Boat Club, the National Irwin 23 Association, and the United States Yacht Racing Union/United States Sailing Association “Area F” (Lake Texoma). He was a Life Commodore of the Oklahoma City Yacht Club and a member of the USYRA, USSA, and the Royal Alberta Creek Yacht Club. He served as a Senior Yacht Racing Judge for numerous local, state, and international regattas, most notably the Prince of Wales North American Men’s Championship (Vancouver, British Columbia) the E-22 International World Championships (San Francisco, CA) the I-23 National Championships (St. Petersburg, FL) and, the Canadian Men’s Championship. He was able to blend this passion into his work by serving as legal counsel for Schock Marine, Inc., and Hobie Industries, Inc. Of course, George’s favorite way to spend the day was on a golf course, and he played some of the finest in the world. At home, he had memberships at Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club and Quail Creek Golf and Country Club. George’s Christian faith and his appreciation for the principles of loyalty, honesty, and morality drew him to Freemasonry. He was a Master Mason attending Blue Lodge #276 and earned both Guthrie Scottish Rite 32nd degree and York Rite at the India Temple Shrine. George married Kristy Diane Rowland, the absolute love of his life, on August 21, 1982. They met on a airplane in Chicago and knew immediately that they were true soul mates. Although they didn’t have any children together, George and Kristy greatly enjoyed raising their ever-growing brood of Norfolk Terriers: Spike, Trixie, Boo Boo, Rozi, Mitzi, and Twinkie. He cared for Kristy until she passed away from complications of rheumatoid arthritis on May 17, 2006. We are comforted by their eternal reunion, which is cause for great joy – and amazed they somehow managed to join the Lord on the exact same day, seven years apart! George was previously married to Margaret Douglas Rucks and Marie Elena Hinshaw. He and Marie have four children: George Josef, III, (Irina), Gregory Kristin (Krissy), Anne Marie (Doug), and Kristina Marie (Yale), all of whom survive him. He is also survived by two brothers: Gary Philip Sr. and Grover Lee a sister, Gail Marie Trice (Milton) his grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Josef Sr. and Nelly Oleta (Donahue) his wife, Kristy Diane and his granddaughter, Mara Elise Lois.
Muhlner, Frederick M. 1952 HS
Murray, Donald H. 1952 HS ~ 26-Mar-2012
Norman, Weims L. 1952 JC ~ 20-Aug-1991
O’Meara, Charles J., Jr. 1952 JC ~ 17-Aug-2005
Patten, Gilbert I. 1950 HS-1952 JC ~ 07-Jun-2001
Patterson, Norman H. 1950 HS-1952 JC ~ 11-Dec-1988
Peel, M. Mabry 1950 JC-1952 SC ~ 27-Dec-2019 Mabry was born on September 19, 1931, to Arlon and Viola Peel in Lubbock, TX. After graduating from Lubbock High School in 1948, Mabry attended the New Mexico Military Institute graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1952. Soon after, Mabry married Barbara Lee Rickett on November 1, 1952, in Lubbock, TX. For many years Mabry was the ultimate caregiver for his beloved wife who lost her battle with Rheumatoid Lung Disease in 1990. She was his first and only love. In 1993, Mabry suffered a full cardiac arrest that ultimately changed the direction of his life. Being in the seed business, Mabry worked for P-A-G Seed Company/Dorman and Company, Gro-Agri, Growers Seed, Agri Placement, and Agrigenetics. His many hobbies included scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, snow skiing and dove hunting. Survivors include his daughters Sharon and her husband Lowell Denton of Navarre, FL; Diane and her husband Mike Abbott of Lubbock, TX; and Cara Berman of Melissa, TX. His grandchildren include Meagan Rose of Brooklyn, New York; Jeremy and his wife Sara Key of Salida, CO; Kenneth Denton of Navarre, FL; and Jason Denton of Dallas, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arlon and Viola Peel; wife, Barbara Lee Peel; daughter, Sherry Lynn Peel; and son-in-law, James Berman.
Percifield, David J. 1952 HS
Peterson, Jr., Herman C. 1952 HS ~ 25-Jun-2016 was born and lived in Santa Barbara for 68 years until he moved to Boise, ID, where he died from complications of lung cancer. He is predeceased by his son, Peter C. Peterson; his first wife, Jeanette (Hurley) Davis; and his second wife, Susan (Wennberg) Peterson. Pete is survived by his daughter, Christie Latour; and step-sons David Breck and Loren Breck. He also leaves behind 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Phillips, John B. 1952 JC ~ 14-Nov-2008 79, passed away on November 14, 2008 in San Antonio after suffering from renal cell cancer. Originally from Abilene, JB was the son of Max Morrow Phillips and Leona Hancock. After high school, JB attended New Mexico Military Institute and served in WWII and the Korean War and was a POW for several months before he was released. JB loved the military as his second family as it taught him many valuable lessons. Captain Phillips was later transferred to Fort Knox and Regensburg, Germany where he served his country before he left the Army for Del Rio, TX. JB married Betty Zuehl and together they raised their four children. Betty preceded him in death on Sept. 6, 1984. JB’s second career was becoming the Mobil Oil Distributor in Del Rio for many years. JB is survived by one son, John Morrow Phillips of Liberty Hill, TX. And three daughters: Beverly Scott of Austin, Lee Ann Weeks of Denver, and Susan McPhail of Kerrville. Five grandchildren and seven step-grandchildren also survive.
Pick, Henry 1948 HS-1950 JC-1952 SC ~ 25-Jul-2020 Everyone who knew Henry Pick loved him for his wit, kindness, loyalty, and generosity. Henry passed away from natural causes at home in Santa Fe on July 25th at the age of 89. He played tennis and golf, fished in the Pecos, and dispensed directions and advice to all until the very end. His family, White Swan Laundry, Rotary International , New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI), and starting the Valdez Industrial Park were the pride and joys of his life. Henry was born in Santa Fe on September 16, 1930 to Henry and Elsa Pick, who preceded him in death. While attending college at NMMI, Henry met his forever partner, Peggy Sue Whitehead. They were married September 5, 1952. Henry is survived by his wife Peggy; children Mike Pick of Albuquerque and Ellen Clauss (David) of Albuquerque; grandchildren Audrey Graham (Steve), Ashten Mizell (Matt), Kristen Clauss and Kevin Clauss (Gwen); seven great-grandchildren; brother Sam Pick (Diane); sister-in-law Nell Pick, and many beloved cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends. Henry was a lifelong resident of Santa Fe. He often reminisced about how he rode his horse into the La Fonda Hotel when he was young. He attended public schools in Santa Fe through the 10th grade. He finished high school and attended junior college at NMMI, where he played football and basketball. He obtained his B.S. in Business from the NMMI senior college in 1952. Henry was one of the few cadets to graduate from the high school, junior college and senior college. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army; after two years of active duty he returned to Santa Fe to work in the family laundry business while serving in the National Guard for three years with a final rank of Captain. Henry was proud of his military service and assured his family he would have been a general if he had made the military a career. Henry and Sam purchased White Swan Laundry and Dry Cleaners in 1965 and grew the business into a uniform and linen supply rental company serving hotels and restaurants in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and other locations in northern New Mexico, as well as St. Vincent’s Hospital and many other local businesses. The Pick brothers provided opportunities to those less fortunate through mechanisms like the prison work release program. Every employee was like family; when Henry sold the business to a national firm in 1988, he helped all 51 of his employees find other jobs. The business sponsored a little league baseball team for over 40 years. The White Swan building remains a local Santa Fe landmark on Cerrillos Road to this day. Henry believed Rotary International was the finest civic organization in the world. He joined Rotary in 1972 and remained active for the rest of his life. Everything he thought, said, or did was governed by the Rotary Four Way Test: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendship? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? Henry was president of the Santa Fe Rotary, District Governor of New Mexico and West Texas, and co-founded Camp RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards). Henry represented nine different Rotary Presidents at International Conventions and was a highly regarded and humorous speaker. He was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow. Henry was inducted into the NMMI Hall of Fame in 1998 in recognition of his life of service. Santa Fe recognized Henry’s lifetime of contribution to the community with the Living Treasure Award in 2015. Henry’s unique style of telling jokes, boogie-woogie piano playing, and handkerchief dancing will be enjoyed by all in heaven.
Pino, Jose Ortiz y., III 1950 HS-1952 JC ~ 17-Jan-2016 descendant of a well-known New Mexican family dating back to the early 1600’s, passed away on January 17, 2016 at the age of 83, after a long illness. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Frank and Mary Ortiz y Davis, his brothers, John and Frank, Jr., and his sister Margaret Truscott. He is survived by Yolanda, his wife of 64 years, his son Jose Ortiz y Pino IV and wife Lori, his daughter, Maria Ortiz y Pino, his sister Maria O. Catanach, grandchildren Miguel and Estevan Padilla and Theodore Ortiz y Pino, as well as many nieces and nephews. Jose was born on May 2, 1932, and spent most of his childhood in Santa Fe where he attended St. Michaels School, later moving to NM Military Institute in Roswell, and NM State University where he received his BA degree. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army , serving for two years in Munich Germany, and was honorably discharged a First Lieutenant. He came home to Galisteo to ranch with his father and enter the field of politics, a long standing tradition in his family. Jose was a Santa Fe County Commissioner for two terms (1958-62), a State Senator (1964-66), and member of the Education and Judiciary Commission, Chairman of the State Parks Commission and Special Assistant to Governor David F. Cargo (1968-70). He introduced and passed the first anti-billboard law in the U.S. He was instrumental in building the Villanueva State Park in San Miguel County. While Jose was performing all his political duties, he and Yolanda owned and operated the famous La Mancha Restaurant on La Vega in Galisteo (1958-71) as well as a general store and bar in the Ortiz “hacienda,” where he also created the Galisteo Historical Museum. He finally retired to do what he loved best write and enjoy nature in his beloved Galisteo. He was the author of several books, including Don Jose: the Last Patron, The Herbs of Galisteo and their Power, and Curandero. He also owned the Remedios & Yerbas shop which he enjoyed very much. He was a loving and caring son, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He will always be remembered and hold a special place in our hearts till we are all together again as a family with our Lord God.
Poarch, William J. 1950 JC-1952 SC
Polk, James “Jim” Kelly 1952 HS, 85, of Abilene, passed away on March 16, 2019 in Abilene. Jim was born on February 14, 1934 in Lubbock, TX, to the late Kelly and Mary (Guitar) Polk. He graduated high school from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. After graduating from high school, he attended Texas Tech University where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and graduated with a degree in Agriculture Economics. Jim and Barbara Hudson were married on April 17, 1964 in Abilene. She preceded him in death on September 5, 1983. He was a local rancher and business owner. He owned Stockman Supply and was the original owner of The Shootin’ Shop with his cousin, John Guitar, III. He was a member of Texas Cattle Feeders Association, Southwest Cattle Raisers Association and supported Cattleman’s Roundup at WTRC. He was a member of the First Christian Church. Jim is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth Polk and husband Tedd Martin of Buffalo Gap, TX, and Jennifer Stelzer and husband Jason of Keller, TX; two granddaughters, Madilynn and Briley Stelzer; two sisters, Ruth Ann Caudle and husband Sam of Dallas, TX, and Jan Harbour and husband Bruce of Dallas; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Family suggests in lieu of flowers memorials may be made to West Texas Rehab Center or Serenity House of Abilene. The family of Jim Polk wishes to extend our sincere thanks to his caregiver Colleen Deaner for her 13 years of care and support.
Polly, Edward L. 1952 HS ~ 08-May-2016 82, passed away May 8, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Hazel; sisters, Mae and Helen Ruth; son, James and grandson, Brent. Edward is survived by his wife of 62 years Jody; son, Terry and wife Paula; grandson, Travis; granddaughter, Candice and husband Justin; great-grandchildren, Brooke, Braydon, Justin and Eli; and faithful dog, Rascal. Edward went to college at the Military Institute. He enjoyed square dancing with Jody; worked in the family business his whole life and was a loving man.
Pouls, Basil George 1950 HS-1952 JC ~ 22 Nov-2017 died peacefully at Genesis Healthcare in Albuquerque on November 22, 2017. “Billy” was born in Albuquerque on February 11, 1932 to parents Costandino “Gus” Pouls and Olga Darana Pouls. He attended Jefferson Middle School and went on to graduate from the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, having experienced the transition from horse cavalry to tanks. After his graduation, he served in the Army Corps of Engineers and taught courses in physics and engineering science to personnel in San Francisco. His keen intelligence enabled him to pursue an advanced degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned his Master’s in Civil Engineering. With that training, he returned to Albuquerque and began work as a civil engineer. He also met and married Amfitriti Olga Ferendinos. Not long after, he founded his own engineering firm with partner Herbert G. Koogle. Under their leadership, Koogle and Pouls Engineering grew to become the premier aerial photogrammetry company in the Southwest. Basil treated his employees with respect, instituting profit sharing and a four-day workweek and earning their loyalty through his fairness and strong sense of ethics. He had immense energy. In addition to running his engineering firm, he opened Khanssons, a gourmet Chinese restaurant in Corrales, with his wife and sister. He was an active member of the community, a lifelong member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church, and proud Greek-American who served on the Church Board of Directors and in the AHEPA for many years. Throughout his life, Basil helped those in need around him. Many will remember instances in which Basil heard about a promising young student without the means to buy books, or a father who could not afford to buy Christmas presents for his children, or an immigrant in need of assistance, all to whom Basil gave what he could, usually preferring anonymity in his acts of generosity. He was a mentor to many young people and enjoyed researching subjects ranging from cacti to art, animal behavior to psychology, history to religion. He loved learning. In his later years, he volunteered his time in local nursing homes, brightening the lives of residents with his infectious laugh and irrepressible sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by his family, including his beloved wife Olga; sister, Constance; his children Mary Ann and Charles; daughter-in-law Lisa, and his grandson Otto.
Powell, CMSgt Fred C., Jr., USAF (Ret) 1952 JC ~ 29-Aug-2012 (November 24, 1931 – August 29, 2012) passed away August 29th 2012, at the age of 80. Fred was born in Paris, AR, on November 24th 1931, and graduated from Westbrook High School in Westbrook, TX, in 1950. Fred attended the New Mexico Military Institute before enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1953. Fred proudly served his country for over 26 years before retiring in 1980. He continued his service to his country by working for Civil Service from which he retired in 1996 at Randolph Air Force Base. His many awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze service stars, and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm. Fred is survived by his wife of 28 years, P. Kaye Powell, his daughters: Yvette Arguijo, Yvonne Hobson, Valerie Shuttlesworth, Marguerite Rael and her husband Robert; and his step-children Melanie Jaffie Crauder, Edward S. Jaffie, Jr., Karin L. Jaffie, and Amber L. Wilson. He will be also be missed by his grandchildren: Robert Arguijo, Jr., Jason Arguijo and wife Nurdan; Paul B. Arguijo and wife Trini, Joshua C. Rael and wife Rebecca, Jennifer, Justin and Jeshua Shuttlesworth, and Gerald Smith as well as his nine great-grandchildren.
Prescott, John S. 1952 JC
Prewitt, R. Eugene 1949 HS-1952 JC
Prinzivalli, Peter J. 1952 JC ~ 22-Jul-2010 died Thursday, July 22, 2010 at age 80. Predeceased by his wife, Rosalind Blandino Prinzivalli; daughter, Lori Prinzivalli Barrett. Survived by his sisters, Thelma Bicucci, Evelyn Butler; son-in-law, Bruce Barrett of CA; sister-in-law & brother-in-law, Shirley Blandino & Kevin Frick; special cousin, Marie Strassner; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Pugh, John D. 1952 HS ~ 29-Jan-2019, 84, passed away on Jan. 29, 2019. He was born in Anadarko, OK, the son of Carrie Louise and Haskell B. Pugh. He attended Anadarko and Oklahoma City Public Schools and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1952. John D studied at The University of Oklahoma and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta. He spent a number of years in Dallas, TX, where he was involved in both the clothing and antique business. He later moved back to Oklahoma, where he became a petroleum landman, a profession which he enjoyed until retirement. John D. was a loving husband, father, brother, and grandfather. He was a member of Putnam City United Methodist Church.
Pursel, LTC Dale A., USAR (Ret) 1948 HS-1950 JC-1952 SC ~ 19-Jul-2013 born January 11, 1930 in Casper, WY, died Friday, July 19, 2013, after battling heart disease for years. Dale graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute Senior College in 1952 and married the love of his life, Sue Cooper. After 2 years in the Army, they moved to San Diego and made Ocean Beach their home. He served in the Army Reserves for 30 years, retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel. In 1954, Dale began working at Neilson Construction Company. He was involved in many iconic building projects in San Diego, most proudly being the UCSD library and Sea World. Dale joined the Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) in 1955 and began his long tenure of serving the community. He made many impacting contributions during his time, including helping to bring the Chargers to San Diego and belonging to the committee that founded the Aerospace Museum. He became a JCI Senator and was one of only five men, in that time, to be lifetime members of the Jaycees. During this time, he also served on the Board of Directors for Sheltered Workshops of San Diego along with being a board member for many San Diego Committees, including being active member of the Lion’s Club. After a major heart attack in 1989, Dale retired from Nielsen, but continued to serve on many boards and committees in San Diego and held key positions on many. Family and friends were most important to Dale. The family sport was waterskiing, spending countless hours on Mission Bay with their boat. Second to this for Dale was basketball. He played on recreational teams at the Muni Gym for 40 years until joining the Senior Olympics. Dale and Sue then traveled the country with the team for twenty years, playing with the National Senior Olympics, his last game being in 2011. Dale and his family had a tradition for over 35 years of “Beach Night” during the summer months. The extended Pursel and Rickling (Jim and Edna) families, and friends met at ski beach every week for what most families would be a once a year reunion. On July 19th, Dale attended his last Beach Night. There in Mission Bay, surrounded by family and friends, he took his last breaths and went to join his wife Sue, in heaven. Dale was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Sue; and is survived by his five children: Dalana (Diane), Sally Morgan (Doug), David (Debra), Robert (Cheryl) and Marie Hennessey (Mike); 9 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren.
Rhodes, Elton D. 1952 JC ~ 01-Nov-2014
Richardson, Morris A. 1952 HS
Ricketson, Wayne E. 1952 SC ~ 13-Sep-2010 Wayne was born on Jan. 8, 1930, in Dalhart, TX, to Ike and V.O. Rickeston. He graduated from NMMI in 1952, where he played baseball, basketball and football. Wayne married Maxine Jennings on June 29, 1952 in Roswell, NM. From 1952 to 1956, he served his country in the U.S. Army with the rank of 1st Lieutenant. Wayne was a previous resident of Roswell, NM. and made his home in Lubbock since 1965. He was a financial advisor for Financial Consultants for 33 years. He was a member of the Greenlawn Church of Christ, serving as an Elder, SERTOMA, Lubbock Ambucks and also served on the Board of Goodwill. Wayne continued his passion for the game of baseball by volunteering as a Little League Coach from 1956-2009. He instructed numerous youth in the Roswell, NM, Midwest Little League and Western Little League. Loved ones include his wife, Maxine; daughters, Jamie Head and husband Robert and Dana Sparks and husband Steve; sisters, Loretta Riley and Stephanie Armstrong; and grandchildren, Tiffany Phelps, Gregory Jones, Justin Jones, Tucker Sparks and Tate Sparks.
Roberts, Paul R., Jr. 1952 JC ~ 01-Jan-2003
Robertson, John P. 1952 HS
Rodolph, LTC John E., USA (Ret) 1951 JC-1952 SC ~ 14-Aug-2005
Rogers, William B. 1952 HS ~ 25-Jul-2010 was born at home in Happy, TX, on July 1, 1934 and left us unexpectedly on July 25, 2010, surrounded by close friends and family. Bill attended Maysville H.S. and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1952. Bill discovered a talent for art and earned a BFA degree from The University of Oklahoma in 1956. After graduation, Bill moved to Dallas, worked in animation, served in the U.S. Army in Long Island City, NY, and then returned to Dallas where he was Broadcast Director for two of the Southwest’s largest agencies. He spent much of the past 30 years writing and producing numerous award-winning documentaries for museums around the country. His art has been exhibited in the Dallas Museum of Art and The Irving Art Museum. Bill will be remembered for his kindness, sense of humor, gentle heart, and creative spirit. He was dearly loved, and will be missed more than words can say. He is preceded in death by parents Jack Stinson and Gertrude Rogers. Bill is survived by loving friends and family including his wife, Cheryl Rogers, two children and spouses, William and Heather Rogers, Robert and Ann Franks, and two step-children and their spouses, Ted and Brooke Murray and Bill and Christian Baker. “Baba” had eight grandchildren for whom he was most thankful to the Lord.
Satterfield, John C., Jr. 1952 HS ~ 12-Jun-2014
Sharp, Richard W., Jr. 1950 HS-1952 JC ~ 19-Jan-2006
Silverman, Ronald J. 1952 JC
Simons, MAJ Gerald S., USA 1950 JC-1952 SC ~ 08-Aug-1966 Vietnam-Killed in action flying a helicopter mission on 8 August 1966.
Sinclair, C. Phillips 1952 HS
Skelly, Robert L. 1952 SC
Sprinkle, Smith 1952 HS ~ 15-Apr-1989
Stephens, James R. 1952 JC
Strand, CAPT Donald F., USNR (Ret) 1952 HS ~ 02-Aug-2000
Strathearn, 1LT Gordon G. 1949 HS-1952 JC
Strelitz, Frederick S. 1952 JC ~ 01-Dec-2003
Suttles, James N. 1952 JC ~ 19-Oct-2009
Taylor, Spencer L. 1952 HS ~ 08-Jul-2011
Thomas, Bradley Morris, Jr. 1952 JC ~ 28-Dec-2003
Thomas, Richard Earle 1952 HS ~ 13-Sep-2012
Thorpe, George L. “Dodd”, II 1952 HS ~ 26-Sep-2016 passed away in Fiddletown on September 26, with his family singing to him as he rested in his own bed overlooking the Gold Country oak trees that he so treasured. He was 83 years old. Dodd is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Mary, and their children, George Lynn and Laurel; Lisa and Jack; Laura and Drew; and their five grandchildren, Elizabeth, Tristan, Ivan, Francesca and Shay. Dodd was born to Mary and George Thorpe in Springfield, IL, on August 8, 1933. His itinerant childhood took him to New Orleans, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona. As a teenager he headed West to join the U.S. Navy, becoming a member of the elite sub-mariner corps during the Korean War. While stationed at Port Hueneme in Southern California, Dodd went on a blind date with Mary Hendrix, who very soon thereafter became his bride. They married in her family’s church in Reseda, after which they moved to Wichita, KS, where Dodd attended college. They later returned to California for good, and Dodd began a career in education as a teacher in Fresno – first at Caruthers High School and then at Central Union High School. Primarily an English teacher, Dodd was also a dedicated track coach. In 1968, Dodd and Mary moved their family to Mountain Ranch, where their love affair with the Sierra foothills began. They were determined to reside above the fog line of the Central Valley, and below the Sierra snow line – and live in a place where they could garden, keep ponies and raise their children in wide-open spaces. Dodd assumed the role of Vice Principal of Calaveras High School before being promoted to Principal at CHS. Dodd’s education career later took him to school districts in Yreka, Colusa and North Sacramento. In mid-life, Dodd studied law, earning his JD degree in the late 1980s. He then practiced law for several years, while also setting his sights on returning to the Mother Lode. In 1986, Dodd and Mary bought a piece of land in Fiddletown and built the house in which they would happily reside for the better part of the next 30 years. Meanwhile, Dodd worked alongside Mary in her educational consulting firm. After they both fully retired, Dodd and Mary’s attentions increasingly turned to enjoying their land and spending more time with their children and grandchildren. Dodd became a blacksmith docent at the Marshall Gold Discovery State Park, spent a number of years working as a volunteer on the Pacific Rim Trail, and deepened his life-long commitment to physical fitness and reading, all the while closely following politics at all levels. He also helped Mary create and sustain her thriving fruit and vegetable gardens, and took great pride in the productive boysenberry bushes and potato hills that he tended on his own. Dodd was a die-hard 49ers fan, a devotee of the Harry Potter books he introduced to all of his grandchildren, and a connoisseur of any food that involved either sauces or chocolate. He knew how to enjoy life’s simple pleasures, sipping on good wine, watching the sunset from his Fiddletown porch with the love of his life, and reveling in a family who respected and adored him to the very end of his days.
Trumbull, Lowell Wingate 1949 HS-1952 JC
Tunnell, Fred Larry 1952 JC ~ 23-Oct-2002 age 70, died Wednesday, October 23, 2002 in a local hospital. Mr. Tunnell was born May 26, 1932 in Quitaque, TX, the son of Clyde and Agnes (Swift) Tunnell. He attended New Mexico Military Institute and received his formal education at Texas Tech University. Mr. Tunnell was a CPA and Partner with Leon L. Hoyt Accounting Firm in Amarillo, TX, for many years. He was the former Chairman of the Board and President of World Service Life Insurance Co. in Ft. Worth, TX. Most recently, he was employed as an insurance agent in Abilene. He moved to Abilene in 1989 from Fort Worth and was a member of Pioneer Dr. Baptist Church. He married Peggy Lanham in 1954 in Silverton. Survivors include his wife, Peggy of the home; four daughters and their husbands, Donna and Phillip Whitten of Scottsdale, AZ, Lisa and David Hurt of Hurst, TX, Jill Tunnell and Dean Espitallier of Denver, CO, and Amy and Mark Mainetti of Higganum, CT; one brother, Richard Tunnell of Pampa, TX; three sisters, Charlotte Smithee of Benton, AR, Eloise Strange of Lubbock, TX, and Frances Babb of Tyler, TX; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
VanDorn, Norman N. 1952 JC ~ 08-Nov-1966
Veerkamp, Reinard W. 1947 HS-1950 JC-1952 SC ~ 13-Apr-2000
Vigil, John E. 1950 JC-1952 SC ~ 13-Jul-2006
Waggoner, Richard W. 1950 HS-1952 JC ~ 26-Aug-2018 On August 26, 2018 Richard Walter Waggoner passed away in the comfort of his Roswell home and in the presence of his loving family. Richard, known to his friends as ‘Dick’, is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lynn Victoria Waggoner, his daughter of Roswell, NM, Jolene Lynn Lilley, (Frank Lilley) and his son of Santa Fe, NM, William J. Waggoner, ESQ 1978 HS. Dick is the grandfather of eight children and great grandfather of eleven. Richard Waggoner, is a native New Mexican, born and raised in Albuquerque, attended and graduated from NMMI in 1950 and graduated first in his class in 1956 from the University of New Mexico School of Architecture. Dick enjoyed a very successful architecture practice throughout the southwestern United States for over 60 years. He designed over 44 projects at NMMI, numerous University projects at campuses throughout the State of New Mexico as well fire stations, banks, restaurants, numerous residences, museums, churches and a host of other commercial and residential projects that will forever remember his extraordinary design and planning talent and expertise. His vision and tireless dedication to solving the ‘space problem’ will be enjoyed by people who live, work and play in the buildings that he designed for generations to come. He was also a keen businessman; instrumental in helping his father-in-law, John H. Trigg, build a successful oil and gas company in the Permian Basin. Richard’s philosophy to serve the community that gives so much to us was time and again demonstrated in the decades of years of his community service in so many organizations such as Board of NCARB, (National Council of Architecture Registration Boards) where he wrote and graded the design portion of the tests required for persons seeking to acquire a license to practice architecture, he served and attended Rotary for over four decades, where he received the Paul Harris Award and was named a Fellow, the New Mexico State Board of Architecture (past Chairman) for eight years, NMMI Foundation Board Trustee for eleven years, President of the NMMI Alumni Association for two terms, admitted to the NMMI Hall of Fame, a Warden of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, City of Roswell Planning and Zoning Chairman and so many others. Dick Waggoner’s zest for life mirrored his passion to soar. He loved flying and as a young man earned his fixed-wing pilot’s license and then with his life-long friend William R. “Bill” Cutter 1950 HS-1952 JC, went on to actually build and fly a biplane. He was one of the first Hot Air Balloon pilots in New Mexico and one of the founding pilots of the now world renowned International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. He enjoyed that sport for many years across the United States; flying with his friends and family and just about anyone else who asked for a ride. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, golfer and world traveler. In fact, at age 55, Dick taught himself to speak German and then took his wife and traveled the country just to use it. Richard W. Waggoner maybe remembered best for never saying ‘no’ to someone who asked him for help. Countless people owe their success to Dick for stopping and taking the time to help them. He did so with a smile and usually a joke. Dick truly loved to see others smile and always had a joke to tell them to see if couldn’t achieve just that, a smile or a laugh.
Waldron, Roman S., III 1952 JC ~ 02-Dec-1999
Wallace, Reba E., Jr. 1952 JC ~ 15-Jun-1999
Warren, John R. 1952 HS ~ 06-Jun-2016 82, passed away June 6, 2016, at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, CA. John was born on Feb. 7, 1934, in Pauls Valley, OK, to O.F. and Nora Sparks Warren. He was the youngest of four children. The family moved to Tulsa, where John attended Cascia Hall. In John’s senior year, he attended New Mexico Military Institute, where he won the Heavyweight Regimental Boxing Title. John attended The University of Oklahoma, where he graduated with a B.A. in business. John married Romayne Lukken in 1953. Well into earning a degree in law, he decided on a different career path in the oil business. He developed a successful independent oil and gas company in Oklahoma City, which became Warren Corporation, a company that has enjoyed a storied 50-year history. During those 50-plus years, he has had numerous successes in Oklahoma, Kansas and Pennsylvania and continued to be active in the oil business until his passing. He was very active in the Oklahoma City community and served on the boards of the First Bank of Bethany, the Oklahoma Zoological Society and the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics. John believed in giving to the community and consequently, offered many financial scholarships to deserving young people. In his free time, John enjoyed playing tennis and videotaping his boys’ athletic accomplishments as well as becoming a proficient helicopter pilot. He enjoyed watching his boys on the football field so much that he would often hover his helicopter over the field to get a better view. In 1985, he married the love of his life, Karin. They enjoyed playing tennis at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club and traveling the world together. John was preceded in death by his son, Ben Warren; his brother, Courtney Warren; his sister, Jo Layne Antry; brother-in-law, Jack Antry; his brother-in-law, Charles Smith; nephew, Mathew Smith; and his parents, O.F. and Nora Warren. John is survived by his wife, Karin; his stepson, Dirk and wife Kellie Harden; his sons, Courtney Warren, Mark Warren, and Ed and wife Mindi Warren; sister, Faith Smith; his nephew, Michael Smith; niece, Tracy Smith; nephew, Steve Antry; nephew, Bill Antry; niece, Kathy Marshall; his niece, Christine Davis Hunst; and his grandchildren, Jeremy and Luke Warren, Jackson Warren, Olivia Warren, and Natalie and Jessica Harden; as well as numerous cousins and friends.
Warren, Wayne C. 1952 HS ~ 12-Sep-2005
Weathers, Donald W. 1952 HS ~ 02-Feb-1989
Weiner, Norton D. 1952 HS ~ 02-Dec-2006
Whitcamp, Willis I., Jr. 1952 JC
Williams, Paul D. 1952 JC ~ 23-Apr-2004
Willis, LTC Maurice L., USA (Ret) 1950 HS-1952 SC ~ 11-Jan-2017 87, beloved Dad, Granddad and Great-Granddad, passed away surrounded by his family peacefully into heaven on January 11, 2017. He was born in Roswell, NM, on September 24,1929 to Joe and Tommie Smith Willis. He graduated from Roswell High School in 1948; he attended and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1952 where he was one of the Institute’s greatest athletes. He was a recipient of the Tom Harmon’s Little All-America Football Team in 1951. Upon graduation, he was commissioned into the United States Army as a 2nd Lieutenant. He faithfully served his country for over 22 years. He served two tours in Germany and two tours in Vietnam. After retiring in 1974 from Fort Bliss, TX, he and his family came home to Roswell. l During his years of service, he received the following commendations: Army of Occupation Medal (Germany); Army Commendation Medal; National Defense Service Medal w/OLC; Vietnam Service Medal; RVN Campaign Medal w/Device; Meritorious Service Medal w/OLC; Bronze Star Medal w/OLC & “V” Device; Legion of Merit; Air Medal; RVN Armor Badge and Meritorious Service Medal (2d OLC). He is preceded in death by his parents Joe and Tommie Willis; his beloved wife Roberta Barbour Willis; sisters Evelyn “Babe” Willis and Ruth Willis; brother J.T. Willis; father in-law and mother in-law Dr. L.D. and Kay Barbour and brother-in-law Johnny Barbour. He is survived by his four children: Steve Willis, wife Paula, children Shannon, Erika and Steven; Dr. Donald J. Willis, children Sean, Jaren, and Jason; daughter Leaslee Willis Neff, husband Edsel, children Chris and wife Amanda, Alycia and husband Trent, great-grandson Pierce, and Cameron; John Willis, wife Samantha, children Jeremiah, Myranda, Jalyn and Charitee; sister Jean Willis, brother Ken Willis, wife Kay and family; brother-in-law Dr. L.J. Barbour, wife Nancy and family; sister-in-law Donna Barbour Fergeson husband Ted and family; Dottie Dye Barbour and family; Margy and son John Charles Barbour. Maurice loved and cherished his wife, children, grandchildren, family, appreciated sports, the arts and was a hardworking man. He loved helping others.
Wilson, Jack W. 1952 JC ~ 31-Aug-2001
Wise, MAJ Joseph R., USA 1952 HS ~ 31-Jan-1968 – Vietnam-Killed in action while acting as an advisor to the ARVN near Darlac on 31 January 1968.
Wolfenberger, Joseph H. (COL, USA (Ret)) 1952 JC ~ 31-Jul-2020 Retired Colonel Joseph ‘Joe’ H. Wolfenberger, 88, died July 31, 2020, at Hillcrest Hospital South, Tulsa, OK. He was born December 23, 1931, in McAlester, OK, to Joseph R. and Laura E. (Wheeler) Wolfenberger. Joe graduated from McAlester High School in 1950, from New Mexico Military Institute in 1952, and from the University of Oklahoma in 1955. On April 9, 1955, he married Mary Elizabeth Biddick, in Ardmore, OK. They shared over sixty years of marriage, before her death on November 12, 2015. In 1955, Joe was commissioned in the United States Army (Artillery), and served in various command and staff assignments in the United States, Europe, and two tours with combat units in Vietnam. His service included two tours with the 82nd Airborne Division and command of the 130th Field Artillery Brigade of the Kansas Army National Guard. Joe retired from the military in 1988 with thirty-three years of service. After retirement, Joe worked at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, and Olsten-Kimberly Home Health Services, as a physical therapist. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Hot Springs Village, AR, Retired Officer’s Association (Past President of Hutchinson Chapter), Past District Commissioner for Mohawk District, Boy Scouts of America and High Adventure Advisor to Kanza Council, life member of National Guard Association of United States and Kansas (former member of Executive Committee), life member of 82nd Airborne Division Association, American Legion, Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Association of the United Army, American Physical Therapy Association, and former member of Hutchinson Rotary Club. He is survived by: his children, Kurt (Terri) Wolfenberger of Newton, KS, Erick (Ruth) Wolfenberger of The Woodlands, TX, Karl (Heidi) Wolfenberger of Broken Arrow, OK, Paul Wolfenberger of Broken Arrow, OK, Brenda (Greg) Peterson of Hartford, CT, Greta (Michael) Kirk of Waterloo, IL; 19 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Joe was preceded in death by: his parents; wife, Mary Wolfenberger; and brother, Richard.
Allerkamp, Richard O. 1951 JC ~ 28-Oct-2009 born December 24, 1930, passed away Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at the age of 78. He is survived by his son, Richard Otto Allerkamp, Jr., and grandsons, Trey Allerkamp, Simon Allerkamp, their wives and children. He was a stubborn old German, who was loved by all, and will never be forgotten.
Allison, CAPT William R., USN (Ret) 1951 HS ~ 06-Feb-2014 Virginia Beach – William Rush Allison, Jr., passed away surrounded by his family on February 6, 2014. Born September 7, 1933, in Abilene, TX, Bill was the only child of Rush and Irene Allison. Receiving his diploma from New Mexico Military Institute in 1951 and degree from Texas A&M in 1955, Bill’s experiences are highlighted by a career in Naval Aviation, retiring with the rank of Captain in 1978. An avid sailor, he returned home to Abilene from the sea in 2002. He will miss his large family, many friends and acquaintances. Bill met and married Antonia Caricato in 1957 in Washington, DC. Bill felt his finest accomplishments are his beloved children: daughter Nancy Turner and husband Drew of Colleyville, TX; daughter Laurie Jay and husband Gary of McKinney, TX; daughter Stephanie Swenson and husband Daryl of Arlington, TX; and grandchildren, Zach, Ian, and Olivia Turner, Ashley Jay O’Boyle and husband Matt, Anna and Eli Jay, Antonia, Isaac, and Elena Swenson, and great grandsons, Zeke and Liam O’Boyle. Miracle Turner preceded her grandfather in death in 1986.
Andersen, Jon Bud 1951 JC ~ 26-Dec-2008
Anderson, Augustus E., III 1951 JC ~ 23-Mar-1988
Arnet, COL Robert A., USA (Ret) 1947 HS- 1949 JC-1951 SC ~ 07-Jul-1995
Arnhold, Ray C., Jr. 1951 JC ~ 14-Oct-1967
Aston, Lincoln 1951 HS ~ 18-May-1995
Beall, William Sebastian 1949 JC-1951 SC ~ 08-Nov-2002
Bettis, Henry H., Jr., JD 1948 HS- 1949 JC-1951 SC ~ 12-May-2006
Bissell, Eugene W. 1951 HS ~ 07-Jan-2005
Blunt, Frank N. 1946 HS- 1949 JC-1951 SC ~ 21-Oct-1997
Booker, Daniel E. 1951 JC ~ 14-Mar-1999
Bouchier, Ronald L. 1951 JC ~ 03-Jun-2014 beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away at his home in Houston on Tuesday, the 3rd of June 2014, following complications from Altzheimers/Parkinson’s Diseases. He was 81. Ronald Bouchier, son of Buena and Tom W. Bouchier, grew up in Post, TX. He was active in sports, the Boy Scouts of America, and graduated Post High School at the age of sixteen. He continued on to New Mexico Military Institute where he made life-long friends, participated in sports, and revealed the leadership qualities that later defined him. Ronnie earned his degree in Structural Engineering from The University of Texas. He was inducted into the Cowboy Honor Society, and served as president of his fraternity, Phi Kappa Sigma, retaining those friendships through the years. Following graduation, Ronnie Bouchier served in the United States Army Corps of Engineers, after which he was employed by Manhattan Construction Company of Houston, TX. He worked in Houston for three years before being sent to Lubbock, TX,to open offices that would oversee construction of commercial properties in Northwest Texas and New Mexico. He married Linda Lott, the love of his life, in Post, TX, in 1960. The couple lived in Lubbock, TX, until 1967 when they and their three children, Blair, Ryla, and Lew, moved to Houston, TX. Once in Houston, Ronnie began a successful career in real estate and commercial office building development. He was also active in banking and overseas investment activities. A consummate gentleman, Ronnie was also known for his integrity and his unwavering belief in the goodness and opportunity in the United States of America. He held a strong belief in education and was a generous and private donor of countless scholarships to young people through the years. He was an enthusiastic participant in the New Mexico Military Alumni Association serving as a Director for twelve years, and its President for three years. Ronnie also served as a member of the University of Texas Student Union Board, enjoying an active association with former and current students. He was an avid reader and collector of books on history, with greatest concentration of interest on military history, especially on World War II. He remembered with great pleasure his trips to Normandy on D-Day anniversaries, and being in the congenial company of other military scholars and historians. He was known for his love of travel, love of family, love of friends, his menagerie of pets, and his wonderful sense of humor. Ronnie Bouchier is survived by his wife, Linda; son T. Blair Bouchier 1980 HS and his wife Janice of Taos, NM, daughter, Ryla Bouchier and her fiance, Frank Spagnoletti, of Houston and son, R. Lew Bouchier 1984 HS, of Austin. He is also survived by his granddaughter, Nicole Bouchier, of Chicago, Illinois and grandsons, Austin and Maxfield Bouchier, of Austin.
Bowen, Lt Col Kenneth R., USAF (Ret) 1951 JC
Bridgford, Richard S. 1951 HS ~ 01-Aug-1955
Brinker, Norman E. 1951 JC ~ 09-Jun-2009 1931 – 2009 – A fun-loving husband; a compassionate father and an industry icon; an inspiration to all who knew and worked with him, Norman Brinker was a man whose character was illuminated by leadership, perseverance and generosity. Mr. Brinker passed away early on June 9, 2009 in Colorado Springs, CO, where he was on vacation celebrating his 78th birthday. He died from aspiration pneumonia. With a smile on his face and an uncompromising commitment to giving and sharing, Norman Brinker’s integrity, entrepreneurship and competitive spirit made him a living legend. Born in Denver, CO, on June 3, 1931, Mr. Brinker was the only child of Kathryn (Payne) and Eugene Brinker. He began his entrepreneurial career by raising rabbits and delivering newspapers while growing up in Roswell, NM. He subsidized himself and paid his own way to attend the New Mexico Military Institute and San Diego State University where he was elected the first non-fraternity student body president and graduated with honors in 1957. In the midst of his college experience, Mr. Brinker joined the U.S. Navy in 1952 and served until 1954. In that same period he earned a berth on the 1952 U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team and later competed in the 1954 Modern Pentathlon World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. In June of 1955, Mr. Brinker married tennis legend Maureen ‘Little Mo’ Connolly (she later died of ovarian cancer in 1969) and, in 1957, began working for Jack-In-The-Box Restaurants that, at the time, consisted of only five locations. He became a major partner and helped build Jack-In-The-Box into a national chain. In 1964, Mr. Brinker moved to Dallas and opened his first restaurant, Brink’s Coffee Shop on Gaston Avenue. Two years later, he launched Steak & Ale, introducing the salad bar into the casual dining experience and grew the business into a network of 109 restaurants before going public in 1971. Steak & Ale merged with the Pillsbury Company in 1976. That year, Mr. Brinker opened the first Bennigan’s Tavern and was also appointed executive vice president and a member of the board and in 1982 became president of Pillsbury Restaurant Group, by then, the second largest restaurant operation in the world. Passionately pursuing his vision, Mr. Brinker, in 1983, recognized an exciting opportunity to energize and grow a chain of 23 restaurants by the name of Chili’s. Soon after making an investment and becoming chairman and CEO of Chili’s Inc., the company went public in 1984 and in 1990 was renamed Brinker International. Today, as a recognized industry leader, the company owns three casual dining chains, Chili’s Grill & Bar, Maggiano’s Little Italy and On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina; also a minority interest in Romano’s Macaroni Grill together totaling more than 1,700 restaurants in 27 countries and two territories, with 125,000 service-minded employees. In 1996, Mr. Brinker, with Donald T. Phillips, released his autobiography, On the Brink: The Life and Leadership of Norman Brinker. In 1985, Mr. Brinker was nationally recognized with the Horatio Alger Award, awarded to outstanding Americans who have succeeded in spite of adversity. Mr. Brinker’s affection for horses led him to polo as a young man. He opened the Willow Bend Polo & Hunt Club in Plano, TX, in 1972. Four years later, he captured two of the grandest prizes in American polo competition, the USPA Gold Cup and U.S. Open. However, in 1993, Mr. Brinker was involved in a serious polo accident that left him in a coma for three weeks and partially paralyzed for three months. Although not expected to live, he returned to work at Brinker International headquarters within 100 days of the accident. Mr. Brinker retired from Brinker International in 2001, but continued to serve as chairman emeritus until his passing. He was former chairman of the United States Polo Association, a member of the Polo Hall of Fame, and an honored recipient of the Elliot Mentor Award from the Elliot Leadership Conference. He was also a recipient of the Augie Award from the Culinary Institute of America, and an inductee into the CIA Hall of Fame. Mr. Brinker was named Operator of the Year by Nation’s Restaurant News before receiving their Pioneer Award. He was also awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by Southern Methodist University, and named Distinguished Alumni by San Diego State University, as well as becoming a member of the New Mexico Military Institute Hall of Fame. In 1990, he was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame, and on May 15, 2009, The Methodist Health System Foundation in Dallas bestowed on Mr. Brinker its coveted Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award. Mr. Brinker was an enthusiastic supporter to a number of civic and charitable organizations throughout the country. He was a longtime member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and until his death was active in the World Presidents’ Organization (WPO). With Mr. Brinker’s guidance and financial support, his former wife, Nancy Brinker founded the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Organization. Both Mr. Brinker and his wife, Toni, were among the founding families of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, and each was active in organizing and supporting the widely acclaimed Brinker International Forum. The couple was also very active participants and supporters of the Salvation Army and The Ruth Sharp Altshuler Circle of the Alexis De Tocqueville Society of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. In addition to his devoted wife, Toni, Mr. Brinker is survived by his daughters Cindy Brinker Simmons and Brenda Brinker Bottum and her husband Steve; daughter Christina Brinker-Aschtgen, and her husband Chad; sons Eric and Mark Brinker, and Bryan Clark and his wife, Kristin; six grandchildren, William Simmons, Connor Bottum, Connolly Bottum, Caleb Brinker-Aschtgen, Emma Brinker-Aschtgen and Devin Clark; also his cousin Barbara Brock and her family.
Brown, Harry L., Jr. 1951 JC ~ 31-Mar-2014 was born August 29, 1930 to Harry and Louise Brown in Oklahoma City, OK. At two years of age, Harry won the Outstanding Baby Award at the Oklahoma State Fair. He was raised in the Fox and Ardmore area as a child and graduated from Ardmore High School in 1948. While in high school, Harry also attended the Georgia Military Academy and the New Mexico Military Institute. He was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity at the University of Oklahoma where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Geology. He then graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas with a Master of Science in Geology. Harry served in the United States Army on a two-year term as a tank commander. Upon completion of his education, Harry moved home to Ardmore and had three sons, Harry, III, Larry, and Jim. As a businessman in the oil and gas industry, Harry also dedicated his hard-work and passion towards cattle ranching in southern Oklahoma, where he enjoyed bulldozing timber and building ponds. He later became involved with the Ardmore Little Theater where he met Carol McDaniel. The two were married in 1967 and lived in Ardmore. One of Harry’s most recognizable hobbies was his love for woodworking; a cradle and rocking horse for his grandchildren were some of his most memorable pieces of ingenuity. Harry also enjoyed traveling throughout the world, camping with his family and friends, sailing at Lake Murray, and scuba diving as a spear fisherman. Harry passed from this life on March 31, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Alan H. Brown; and son, Harry L. Brown, III. Harry was survived by his wife Carol of the home; sons Larry Brown and his wife Danielle of Ardmore and Jim J. Brown and his wife Leah of Ramsey, MN; brother Dr. David R. Brown of Oklahoma City; and grandchildren Cody, Lauren, and Kate Brown of Ardmore and Anthony and Michael Brown of Ramsey, MN. Honorary pallbearers include each of Harry’s highly regarded friends from the Arbuckle Stock Club: Guy Bacon, Lee Coffey, Sam Daube, Bob Grissom, Gene Hill, Mike Richardson, Lynn Watkins, and Rudy White.
Bunn, John R., Jr. 1951 JC ~ 26-Mar-1972
Byrd, Dr. Walton E. 1951 HS ~ 16-Sep-2009 5/24/1933 to 9/16/2009. Walton Byrd, M.D., a beloved father, husband and healer passed away at the age of 76 on Sept. 16, 2009. He was laid to rest by his family in Stayton. Walton dedicated his life to helping patients in countless respects and will be dearly missed by so many he helped along the way. He gave family, friends, and patients alike, the same strength, spirit and compassion everyday; his legacy is one of true benefit to the lives of others.
Callaway, Donald A., Jr. 1951 HS ~ 25-Jul-1991
Cannon, Clem R. 1951 HS ~ 22-Jan-1995
Carlson, Robert C. 1951 JC
Carter, James E. 1951 HS ~ 30-Aug-2020 (Buddy)passed away in Albuquerque, NM, at 89 years of age. He was born in Las Cruces, NM, to Erma and Virgil Carter. He attended Las Cruces High School (Class of 1949) and the New Mexico Military Institute. He was a veteran of the Korean war serving in the Air Force as an airplane mechanic stationed at Luke Air Force base in the 127th field maintenance squadron. Buddy is survived by his wife Brenda of 58 years, his son Jim (Mary) and daughters Andrea (Carl), Sheila, Suzi (Doug), Dina, his sisters Sue and Virginia, his beloved dog Tinker and many life-long friends. He was predeceased by his sister Lois. Buddy was the proud grandfather of 16 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. He was a man of many talents who dearly loved his family and was dearly loved by them.
Chandler, Scott S. 1951 JC ~ 17-Aug-1997
Chesbro, Paul H. 1951 HS ~ 12-Jun-1953
Coddington, Robert E. 1951 HS ~ 15-Sep-1990
Collier, F. Thomas 1951 JC
Coury, John J. 1947 HS-1949 JC-1951 SC ~ 24-Mar-2003
Crane, Dr. Roland F., Jr. 1949 HS-1951 JC ~ 18-Dec-2021 Roland Francis Crane, Jr., M.D. Charleston Roland Francis Crane, Jr., M.D., 90, of Charleston, South Carolina, husband of Edith Kuykendall Crane, entered into eternal rest Saturday, December 18, 2021. A private Graveside Service will be held Tuesday, December 21, 2021 in Mount Pleasant Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Mount Pleasant Chapel. Dr. Crane was born July 6, 1931 in Cincinnati, Ohio, son of the late Roland Francis Crane and Lois Hargett Crane. He was a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute and the Baylor College of Medicine. He was a physician retired from the Ralph A. Johnson VA Medical Center, Charleston, SC. He was an avid amateur radio operator. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Edith Crane of the home; and his daughter, Elizabeth Crane-Wexler of Onancock, VA. He was preceded in death by his son, Paul Crane. A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.jhenrystuhr.com . Visit our guestbook at legacy.com/obituaries/charleston
Crockett, Frederick R. 1951 HS
Crouse, Keith E., Jr. 1951 HS ~ 15-Aug-1989
Cullen, William E. 1951 JC ~ 08-Oct-1952
Daughtrey, Lt Col Robert N., USAF (Ret) 1951 HS ~ 20-Jul-2005
DeFord, COL Maurice H., Jr., USA (Ret) 1949 HS-1951 JC ~ 08-Aug-1995
Dennie, Richard L. 1951 HS ~ 22-Apr-2010 Dallas, TX, passed away April 22, 2010 after a long illness. He is survived by his wife Shirley of 31 years, his granddaughter Ashley Elizabeth Dennie of Mountain City, TX, and his brother Donald Dennie and wife Donna of McKinney, TX. He was preceded in death by his daughter Lori Elizabeth Dennie. He was born February 19, 1932 in Nashville, TN, to Frances N. Jordon and Norrell Dennie. Upon discharge from the United States Army in1955, he entered Southern Methodist University and graduated in 1960. Richard was a long time SMU supporter and a passionate sports fan. He was a member of the SMU Lyle School of Engineering Executive Board which is comprised of senior-level corporate leaders who have the experience and vision to help guide strategic directives for the school. In 1974 Richard founded and was the President of MFC Construction, an architectural and structural concrete project business. He was deeply loved by his family, many friends, and business associates. We will remember him for his enormous positive attitude, selfless generosity, and genuine personality.
Dickinson, Travis R., Sr. 1951 HS ~ 11-Jul-2018
Dowaliby, Charles B. 1951 HS ~ 30-Jun-2017 passed away after a lengthy illness on Friday, June 30, 2017. A longtime resident of Roswell, “Carlos” (as he was known to his friends), was preceded in death by his father James Dowaliby; mother Evelyn Brice Dowaliby; as well as his beloved grandfather Judge Charles R. Brice; and grandmother Mary Evelyn Pruitt Brice. Charles was born on April 15, 1933 in New York City and moved to Roswell when he was six years old. He attended public Schools in the city and later became a cadet at New Mexico Military Institute. He served three years in the U.S. Navy before enrolling at the University of New Mexico where he was a member of Pi Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He graduated with a degree in psychology and Spanish in 1960. He spent many years in Santa Fe where he wrote a political column for the Santa Fe New Mexican and was a special assistant to Governor David Cargo. Charles spent several years traveling in Mexico and later moved to El Paso, serving with the U.S. Border Patrol. Following his retirement, he moved back to Roswell where he enjoyed his final years visiting with old friends and enjoying the company of many pets. Charles is survived by his son Mark Dowaliby; brother James M. Dowaliby M.D.; by many friends including his faithful caregiver, Suzie Waldrip; his adopted second family, Sally, Lisa, and Ross Burkstaller, all of whom will miss his great sense of humor, generosity and loving concern for everyone.
Drum, Babe N. 1951 JC ~ 21-Dec-2014, 84, of League City, TX, passed away on Sunday, December 21, 2014. He was born on November 27, 1930 to Silas N. Drum and Lillie Cowart Drum in Pampa, TX.
Dunham, Richard E. “Dickie” 1951 HS ~ 10-Jul-2008 passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, July 10, 2008. A lifelong resident of Baton Rouge, he was a loving and generous husband, father and grandfather, joyful businessman, golfer and friend to so many. Survived by his wife, Valerie; daughters, D’Ann Zeringue and husband Eric, and Kathryn Witty; son, Richard E. Dunham, II and wife Shannon; stepchildren, Mandy West and husband Gary labauve, and Mark West; and seven grandchildren. This kind gentleman will certainly be missed as a positive influence to so many.
Dutton, William L. 1951 SC ~ 25-Apr-2010
Eaton, Charles D., Jr. 1951 HS ~ 18-Mar-2016 passed away on March 18, 2016, in Tulsa, OK. Chuck was born in Pomona, CA, on August 22, 1933. He group up in Walden, CO, where his most treasured childhood memories were spending time working on his grandfather’s ranch. As a young man, he was an avid skier, and had a passion for flying, getting his pilot’s license in his teens. He was enlisted in the Navy, and worked in the aeronautics industry in California. He worked for American Airlines for 28 years, which brought him to Tulsa in 1967. He was very active in the Boy Scouts for many years, loved camping, hiking, sailing, photography and woodworking. He loved music of all kinds, especially opera. He was reunited with Peggy after 40 years, and married in 1988. They traveled extensively, spent time with many arts and crafts, spent time with friends, family, and doting on the precious grandkids. He lived an active, full life, and was a special man to so many. Chuck was preceded in death by his father, Charles Eaton, his mother Allene Eaton, and son Charles D Eaton, III. He is survived by his wife, Peggy, his daughter Suzy and her husband Kevin, his brother Phil Eaton, sister Jane Johnson, his grandchildren Kinsey and Brogan Eaton and Blake and Katey Burns, step-daughter Janene Lewis and her husband Paul, and their girls, Gabrielle, Olivia, and Alexandra. He will be greatly missed by all.
Edmonds, R. Clyde 1951 SC ~ 28-Dec-2013 born June 28, 1929 in Lubbock, TX, passed away December 28, 2013 in Sugar Land, TX. After graduating from New Mexico Military Institute, Richard joined The United States Army and was stationed in Germany. In his professional career, Richard was an auditor for the State of Texas, and later an executive in the construction industry. He was extremely active with the Shrine during his retirement years helping to support the children’s hospitals.
Evans, Dr. Donald C. 1949 HS-1951 JC ~ 04-Mar-1971
Evans, John W., Jr. 1951 JC
Evans, Robert G. 1951 HS ~ 13-Nov-2003
Evans, Wayne O. 1951 JC ~ 08-Aug-1993
Fieldgrove, Cecil H. 1951 HS ~ 17-Jul-2012 A 78 year old Buffalo rancher born Cecil Herman Fieldgrove on August 16, 1933 in Buffalo, WY, to Charles and Anna Fieldgrove. He grew up on the family ranch at Clearmont. During high school he was active in 4-H and showed champion Hereford cattle at the Denver Stock Show. He also became an accomplished calf roper. Cecil was known for his left-handed skill. He attended Buffalo High School from 1948 to 1951. He then went on to graduate from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell in 1952. After high school he worked for the Brown/Kennedy Cattle Company. He later went into the ranching business with his father north of Gillette. In 1958 he was married to Janice Johnston of Ryan, OK, and they made their home on Little Powder until 1970. When his father and step- mother retired, he then took over the ranch at Gillette and also began to lease his mother’s ranch at Clearmont devoting his time between the two places. He worked for the sale barn in Gillette for extra money. He loved the livestock business and the people he met along the way. He enjoyed trading cattle and trying to make a quick buck. In 1999 he retired and turned the ranch over to his two boys. Later in life, he enjoyed poker parties with his friends, fishing in the mountains, and attending all of his grandchildren’s events. He also was a member of the Kalif Shrine. He is survived by his wife, Janice of 54 years, his two sons: Rusty (Mary Jane) Fieldgrove of Sheridan, WY, and Ryan (Teresa) of Buffalo, WY, one brother, Pat Cusick of San Antonio, TX, one sister, Gwen Barney, of West Valley City, UT, one cousin, Hermanetta Christian of Buffalo, WY, seven grandchildren, one great-grandson, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Foster, Jerry L. 1951 HS ~ 25-Apr-2009 76, of Shumway, AZ, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on April 25, 2009. Jerry was born April 3, 1933 in Fort Thomas, AZ, to Charlie Joyce “Hodge” Foster and Margaret Preston Foster Bourdon. After his father, Hodge, passed away, Jerry spent his younger years raised on Bourdon Ranch by his mother, Margaret and his step-father, William “Bill” Bourdon, with his brother, Roger Foster and his sister, Joyce Foster. In the early 1950’s Jerry joined the Air Force and in 1951 he fell in love with and married Marva Lou “Mickey” Sanders. They raised a family and lived on their land in Shumway, AZ. Jerry spent many years working as an engineer in Africa, South America, Saudi Arabia, and Malaysia. After traveling Jerry was an entrepreneur start his own businesses and in his later years was a Master Mason and a Past Master in the Chalcedony Lodge #6 F and AM of Holbrook, AZ. Jerry was preceded in death by his father, Hodge Foster, his step-father, Bill Bourdon, his mother, Margaret Bourdon and his sister, Joyce Foster Fisher. Surviving family are his wife, Marva Lou “Mickey” Foster, sons Dennis Hodge (Christy) Foster, William Ben (Dawn) Foster, daughters Debbie (John) Leiferman, Diane (Larry) Holland, Jodie (Roy) Calderon, brother Roger Foster, twelve grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren with two more on the way.
Garcia, Antonio S. 1951 HS ~ 25-Jul-2018 Antonio Garcia, 85, passed away on July 25, 2018.
He resided in Salinas for 45 years. He was born February 26, 1933 in Ribeira Funda , Cedros on the island of Faial Portugal. He is survived by his wife Maria whom he married November 19, 1955.
He came to the United States in June of 1970. He expressed his gratefulness every day for his brother Henry Garcia and his wife Maria Balbina for sponsoring his entire family to America. He worked hard as a dairyman in Chualar, CA, for three years. Then he moved to Salinas and worked for 25 years at the Salinas Disposal. He was a member of the Portuguese community. He was a member of Madonna Del Sasso church in Salinas for 45 years. He was a faithful husband and father. He is survived by his 4 children whom he worked diligently to raise. He had two sons and two daughters. He loved his children and adored his Grandchildren. His first son is Joe Garcia, married to Berta Garcia. Joe has a daughter Odelia and she has a daughter Makayla Steenfott; Antonio’s second son is Orlando Garcia married to Hildberta Garcia. Their children are Charlotte and Orlando, Jr.; Antonio’s first daughter is Zelia Garcia-Rapoport. Her children are Fr. Andrew, Darlene and Isaac. Antonio’s second daughter is Lucia Mychajluk married to Christopher Mychajluk. Their children are Rachel, Sophia, Nicoltte and Genevieve. He was predeceased by 1 twin daughter. He enjoyed nature, gardening and making wine. His achievements were formerly debuted in the newspaper. He left a legacy of working hard, being grateful and having an incredible attitude at all times.
Glass, George H. 1951 HS ~ 30-Nov-1997
Gomez, Michael 1947 HS-1949 JC-1951 SC ~ 08-Sep-2009 80, a resident of Albuquerque since 1954, died Tuesday, September 8, 2009. He is survived by his two children, Anna Maria Craytor and husband, Steven of Gresham, OR and Miguel Gomez and wife, Jenny of Albuquerque; four grandchildren, Miquela Craytor, Lana Craytor-Mabry and husband, Kyle, Samual Craytor and wife, Polly, and Maria Cristina Gomez; one great-grandchild, Israel Mabry; sister, Mary Dow and her children and grandchildren; and numerous relatives and friends. Michael was preceded in death by his wife, Maria Pacheco Gomez in 1996. He was born in Roswell, NM, on September 20, 1928 and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology. Michael served in the United States Army in Germany during the Korean Conflict, as a 1st Lieutenant. After moving to Albuquerque, Michael sold insurance for awhile. He then owned several businesses including Crown Lounge. When Michael retired, he volunteered in delivering prescriptions and meals to the homebound. Michael loved to help others. He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Honorary pallbearers will be Miquela Craytor, Lana Craytor-Maybry, Samuel Craytor, Maria Cristina Gomez.
Goodrum, Edward L. 1951 HS ~ 11-Sep-2015 Edward “Ed” Lee Goodrum, 85, passed away on September 11, 2015. Ed was born on February 23, 1930 to Herman and Velma (Bogart) Goodrum. He attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. Ed fell in love and married his beautiful wife Sarah Jane (Shaw) on July 22, 1951. Ed and Janie lived on their ranch in Picacho, NM, where they raised their two sons and daughter. Ed is survived by his sister Pat Jones of Willow Park, TX, and three children, son, Eddie and wife Vicky of Tahlequah, OK; son, Bill and wife Dawn of Capitan, NM; daughter, Jacqui and husband Steve Gonzales of Paradise Pines, CA; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Ed literally never met a stranger and touched the hearts of countless people who knew and loved him.
Goodwin, Jr., Earl C. 1951 HS ~ 05-Oct-2018 On April 10, 1934 in Aransas Pass, TX, Captain Earl Clinton (Tom) and Rubye Estelle Goodwin welcomed their oldest son, Earl Clinton Goodwin, Jr., to the world. Not long after his birth the family moved to Galveston, TX. Earl loved growing up in Galveston. He loved the freedom his bicycle gave him to roam about the island. He would ride to school, to his numerous odd jobs, but most importantly he gave rides to the cute little girl he met in church when they were 12 years old, this little girl being his future bride, Martha Lou. After a brief stay at Ball High School, Earl finished his high school education at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. While there, Earl enjoyed both boxing and football. While boxing was fun, Earl excelled at football; so much so that he was offered a scholarship to the University of Colorado. Even though that offer was attractive to Earl, he was only interested in doing two things: being an Admiral or a Harbor Pilot, and since Annapolis was not knocking down his door, he decided to start his sea going career by going to sea for Standard Oil of New Jersey and later enlisting in the United States Navy. While serving during the Korean War, Earl rose to the rank of First Class Petty Officer as a Quartermaster/Signalman. It was at the beginning of this time in the Navy that Earl and Martha Lou married and began their long life together full of love and devotion. They lived in San Diego until Earl’s Navy hitch was up, after that they moved back to Texas. Upon his arrival back to Texas Earl continued his life at sea by working for G&H Towing Company. Earl’s boat handling and leadership skills soon made him one of the youngest Captains in the G&H Fleet. This skillset led him to his ultimate goal, and in 1965 he was selected as a Deputy in the Houston Pilots Association. Earl loved not only being a Houston Pilot; he loved being a State Commissioned Pilot. His career as a Pilot spanned 31 years, and in those years he dedicated himself not to take his Commission lightly. He served the Association as Boat Keeper and Presiding Officer during his tenure. He was often quoted that “This is the greatest job in the world.” Earl said that because he loved the work, but he really loved the time it gave him to be with his wife and family. Earl was many things in his life: Veteran, Husband, Father, Friend, Mason, Rancher, Store Owner, Pig Farmer, Meat Packer…the list goes on and on, but one thing he said that always rang true was “You are never more than who you are” and who Earl was showed in the Life he lived, a life that was full and unforgettable. God Speed. Earl is survived by his wife of 65 years, Martha Lou; three children: son, David Goodwin and his wife Winnie of Madisonville, LA; daughter, Marti Goodwin of League City, TX; and son, Thomas Goodwin of League City, TX; five wonderful grandchildren: Zachary Goodwin of Jackson, MS, Josh Goodwin and his wife Lindsey of Covington, LA, Turner Goodwin and his wife Kelly of Charleston, SC, Marley Jordan and her husband Cole of Denver, CO, and Meranda Goodwin of Stillwater, OK; along with three great-grandsons: Hudson, Hayes and Cayden. He is also survived by his brother, Floyd Goodwin and wife Jackie of Lago Vista, TX, three nieces, one nephew and their families. Pallbearers: Captains All…Joe Warfield, Ernie Reed, Bud Russell, Randy Rhoads, Ted Schendell, Steve Conway.
Govan, 1LT Joseph G., USA 1951 SC ~ 15-Oct-1952 Korea-Killed in action – asphyxiated by carbon monoxide in his tank while on the Korean front on 15 October 1952.
Graham, William Talmadge “Billy”, Jr. 1949 HS-1951 JC ~ 27-Aug-2016 passed from this life on August 27, 2016 at home after an extended illness. He was born at Mimbres Hot Springs on December 28, 1930 and was delivered by his maternal grandfather, Dr. R. F. Stovall. He grew up on the family ranch on the Mimbres River where he loved to ride from a very young age. His parents were William (Bill) and Reina Graham. Billy went to school in San Juan, then Santa Rita and then Silver City where he boarded with Mrs. Setzler during his 8th and 9th grades. He then moved to Roswell, where he attended New Mexico Military Institute from 1947 to 1952. While attending NMMI he played polo, representing the institute across the United States, including Madison Square Garden in New York and Mexico City, Mexico. He graduated Junior College from NMMI and was drafted into the Army in 1953 and served two years at Ellsworth Military Base in South Dakota. After leaving the military he came back to the family ranch where he met and on August 16, 1957, married Beth Glenn. Billy adopted her children James (Bub) Graham and Victoria (Vickie) Graham. He attended New Mexico State University for a short while. In 1958 he moved back to Grant County where he worked for area ranches and completed his family with the birth of his youngest son, John (Bill) Graham. In March of 1966 Billy moved his family to his in-laws ranch in Hurley and began working for Kennecott Copper Corporation in the Smelter. Billy retired in 1985, and lived on the ranch until his death. He was a 4-H leader and a Grant County Fair board member for many years. He was a member of the Kiwanis, the Elks Club and on a bowling league in Hurley. Billy served Farm Bureau as President as well as a member of many committees. Billy had many friends and a large family that will miss him dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents William T. and Reina Graham and his brother, Richard Graham. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Beth Graham of the home; his daughter, Vickie McCauley and husband Joe of Silver City; son, Bub Graham and wife Gail of Silver City; and son, Bill Graham and wife Lisa of Floyd, NM. Grandchildren: Shaun McCauley and wife Annie of Tucumcari, Heidi Vermillion and husband Josh of Silver City; Ashley White and husband Tyler of Silver City; Autumn Robertson and husband John of Silver City; Brock Graham of Wamego, KS, and Lauren Graham of Junction City, KS. Great Grandchildren: Lexie, Nolan and Riley Vermillion; Preston White and Wyatt Robertson. Sister-in-law, Jean Graham, her children Rick, Robin and Gail and their families. Sister-in-law Bobbie Turner and her daughter Lou Anna.
Granum, Capt Roger B, USN (Ret) 1951 HS ~ 05-Apr-2018 Captain Roger Barnes Granum, USN (Ret), 84, formerly of Annapolis, MD, passed away on April 5th, 2018 in Jacksonville, FL, of natural causes. Roger was born on March 20, 1934 in San Pedro, CA. Roger was the son of Rear Admiral Alfred and Ethel Granum, USN (Ret), of Albuquerque, NM, and the brother of the late Captain Bradford Granum, USN (Ret). Roger was a 1955 NROTC graduate of Yale University. He served 26 years in the Navy as an Intelligence Officer which offered him many opportunities to serve around the world including Hawaii, Alaska, Bahrain, and Italy. He retired in 1982 after serving his last tour as the Commanding Officer of Fleet Intelligence Center, Europe and the Atlantic (FICEURLANT), Norfolk, VA. In his post-Navy career, he retired to Annapolis and worked as a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch. While living in Annapolis, Roger continued to serve both the Navy and the community as an active volunteer in many different organizations. He was a member of the Naval Institute and contributed regular financial advice columns to Proceedings magazine during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. He also served as Treasurer for the Naval Intelligence Foundation for a great many years. Roger was very active in Rotary and was a former past president of Rotary Club of Parole (Annapolis).
An avid boater and sailor, Roger could often be seen motoring about the Chesapeake Bay with family and friends in his beloved Grand Banks cruiser – M.V. AURORA. He had a deep and abiding love of the nautical lifestyle, and because of that interest, he occasionally volunteered his time and experience to teach seamanship skills to the Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy. Roger Granum is survived by his two daughters, Catherine Granum of Pawling, New York and Patricia Doolittle and her husband Paul Doolittle, of Jacksonville, FL. He is also survived by his two grandchildren, James Doolittle and Kimberly Doolittle. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Adele B. Granum, in 2003 and his second wife, Joyce A. Granum, in 2017. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Hanly, Floyd F. 1951 HS ~ 03-Aug-2009
Haren, Charles W. “Tod”, Jr. 1951 HS ~ 24-Apr-2013 79, Leawood, KS, died Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at Saint Joseph Health Center. Tod was born April 26, 1933, in Kansas City, MO, the son of Dorothy and Wells Haren of Kansas City, KS. Tod attended Wyandotte High School, New Mexico Military Institute, University of Arkansas and the University of Kansas where he pledged Sigma Chi and became a lifelong loyal Sig. While at KU, Tod met his future bride, Nathalie Sherwood, a Gamma Phi. After KU, Tod served his country as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division where he was awarded a commendation for his service. Returning to Kansas City, Tod and Nathalie were married in 1956 and started their married life at Lake Quivira. Tod’s career in the construction business has focused on the Haren & Laughlin Construction Company which was founded by his father in 1932 and is now owned and operated by the third generation of his family, Wells Haren. Tod was an active community leader and served as president of the Ozanam Home for Boys, Variety Club, Rotary Club of Overland Park, Greater Kansas City Association of General Contractors, Saddle & Sirloin Club, and was Co-Chair of the American Royal Queen Committee and the Summer Gala 10 of the American Cancer Society. Tod had served as a member or director of the Leawood Zoning and Ordinance Appeal Board, Sigma Chi Alum Chapter, Summer Gala Committee, American Royal Board of Governors, American Royal Board of Directors, Boy Scouts of America, Builder’s Association of Greater Kansas City, Johnson County Unit of the American Cancer Society, Barstow Board of Trustees and the Leawood Foundation Board of Trustees. Tod was awarded the National Jefferson Award for Outstanding Services benefiting the Greater Kansas City Community in 1985, named the Man of Year for the Ozanam Home for Boys in 1978, the Man of the Year by Women in Construction in 1975, made an honorary alum of The Barstow School in 2006 and inducted to the Waterfowlers Hall of Fame in 2010. Tod is survived by his wife, Nathalie Sherwood Haren, his children, Beth Haren Lynch and her husband, Robert, Atlanta GA, Nan Haren Hughes and her husband Gary and his sons Gary, Jr., and Cory, Atlanta GA, Wells Haren, III and his wife Renee, Stilwell, KS, and three grandchildren, Charles Harrison Haren, II, and his wife Cassie, Margaret Renee Haren and Jarrett Wells Lynch, a sister, Gail McMichael and her husband Robert, Sacramento, CA, and his first cousin, Helen Ro Haren, Overland Park, KS.
Harlan, Wade E. 1951 JC ~ 25-Aug-1995
Harris, Frank R. 1949 HS-1951 JC ~ 19-Nov-2006 Magma Update Editor, Frank Richard Harris passed away on November 19, 2006 in Tucson, at age 74. A militant lifelong smoker, Mr. Harris succumbed to its effects. Mr. Harris retired as director of public relations for Newmont Mining Corp., Operations in San Manuel and Superior (formerly Magma Copper Co., and now BHP). A reader and writer, Mr. Harris was a polymath, an armchair traveler, and a man of good taste and proper grammar. He loved the desert and had to live next to it for morning walks and mountain views. Residents of the San Manuel area will remember Mr. Harris as Magma spokesman, founding editor of the Magma Update, a Rotarian, and a long-serving library board member. Frank also drank his share of coffee with the talkers at the San Manuel Drug Store. Born in Cushing, Oklahoma, to pioneering Oklahoma and Texas families. Mr. Harris graduated high school from the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, college from University of Oklahoma, and graduate school from the Thunderbird School of International Management. Mr. Harris is survived by his wife Helen Patricia, daughters Sarah, Ellen, and Ann, sons-in-law Jessie Rodriguez and Carl Hoff, grandchildren Pike Romero (Brandi), Jessica Rodriguez, and Sarah Rodriguez.
Henson, Charles R. 1951 HS ~ 03-Mar-1994
Hillger, Dave R. 1951 HS ~ 16-Oct-2009
Hinkle, James L. 1949 HS-1951 JC ~ 13-Aug-2007
Hinkle, Rolla R. II 1951 HS ~ 02-Oct-2021 Rolla R. Hinkle II was born February 2, 1933 in Roswell, NM to Rolla R. Hinkle and Marian Fell Hinkle. He passed peacefully in his sleep on January 19, 2021 at his home in Ruidoso, NM, at 87 years of age. Rolla attended Roswell schools and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1951. He then attended the University of Missouri, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics. While at the University, he met Julie Ann Schaffer and they were married on December 26, 1955. After graduation, he enlisted in the US Army and was commissioned a second lieutenant. He and Julie were stationed in Weisbaden, Germany from 1956 to 1958. When his time in Germany was complete, they returned to Roswell, then moved to the CA Bar Ranch near Bingham, NM where they spent seven years planning and improving the ranch. During that time, he and Julie had two sons, Rolla III in 1959 and Madison in 1963. The family moved to Roswell in 1965 so the boys could attend school and Rolla became a ranch real estate appraiser with his lifelong friends, David McGee and Dick Armstrong. While doing appraisals he spent a couple of years planning and designing a custom cattle feed yard south of Roswell and in 1970 he broke ground on what was to be known as Chaves County Cattle Corp. which grew to be a feed yard of over 16,000 head. He operated the feed yard until 1985 when he sold it to focus full time on fly-fishing, ballooning and just general fun. Rolla was always looking for the next adventure in which to have fun, and everywhere he went, he was the life of the party. He took the balloon everywhere and one of his greatest joys was being able to host balloon rides for children who were patients at Carrie Tingley Hospital. In 1990 he began to refocus his attention on the ranch near Bingham. He revamped the water system creating small, earthen tanks called “puddle ponds” in order to catch water at all places on the ranch, for which he was recognized with an award from the National Resource Conservation Service. Rolla served as president of the NMMI Alumni association, was a member of the Fin and Feather Club in Roswell and a member of both the New Mexico Cattle Growers and Texas Cattle Feeders Associations, but his favorite association was with the RISERS Roswell’s Imperial Society for the Enjoyment of Roaring and Soaring, which was the original group owning the first NMMI balloon. Rolla eventually moved to Ruidoso, NM where he met and married Marge Woodul, who survives him. He is also survived by his sons, Rolla R. Hinkle III and Madison M. “Matt” Hinkle and his wife Susan, and their children and grandchildren; Marge’s children Jennifer, Jessie, Richard, Bill and Chris and their families; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Julie, his sister Aleen McQuiddy and her husband, Arthur R. McQuiddy, and Marge’s daughter, Cindy.
Hoffman, Joseph J. 1951 JC ~ 30-Dec-2012
Hogan, Martin T., Jr. 1951 JC ~ 19-Jul-1985
Holt, Robert B. 1951 HS ~ 25-Feb-2012 passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, February 25, 2012. Bobby loved Midland, TX, ranching, oil business, polo, rodeos, racing, law enforcement, working out, politics, Mexico, Polo cologne, the Petroleum Club “Round Table”, flying planes, magic, and Western Art. He competed on the professional rodeo circuit, and played polo. He supported the sport of horse-track racing, and Jim Hall’s indycar racing team. He started his dedication to politics as Vice Chair of West Texas finance committee for Bush for Senate in 1964, and continued throughout the rest of his life to raise money for George H.W. Bush and later George W. Bush. One of his political highlights was co-chairing the forty-first Inaugural Committee in 1989. He served six years on the Midland City Council, and two years as Mayor-Pro-Tem, as well as on the Airport Board for over 20 years. He was a commissioner of the Department of Public Safety for fifteen years, under four different governors, where he also held the position of Chairman. Most recently, he was appointed as Vice Chairman of the Border Security Council by Governor Perry. He was one of the original supporters in bringing the C.A.F. to Midland. He has served on many local, state, and national boards and commissions. He was honored at both the New Mexico Military Institute Hall of Fame and at the University of Arizona Outstanding Citizen Award. He was dedicated to public service, honoring his family heritage, and being a wonderful father. He is preceded in death by his parents, Fay Holt Flynt and O.B. Holt, Jr., his sister, Dorothy Faye, and nephew, F. Kirk Johnson, III. He is survived by his daughters, Andrea Catania and Holly Williamson; their mother, Joanie Holt; his grandsons, Holt and Ashlin Williamson, and Rick Catania; his sons-in-law Richard Catania and Barry Williamson; his nieces Debbie Johnson Head and Demar Johnson Hopson. The family would like to thank the wonderful people who have worked for him for many years: Gloria Stephenson, Dean Soper, and J.B. and Audrey Whatley.
Howe, J. Copeland 1951 SC ~ 13-Oct-2010
Hoye, Jerry B. 1951 HS ~ 15-Jun-2000
Huff, Hugh M., III 1949 HS-1951 JC
Imel, Jack E. 1951 HS ~ 02-May-2005
Into, Henry A. 1951 JC ~ 06-Mar-2016
Ireland, COL Merritte W., USA (Ret) 1946 HS-1949 JC-1951 SC ~ 31-Jul-2000 71 of Denver, died July 31. He was 71. He was born Nov. 4, 1928, in Memphis, TN. He is survived by three sons, Victor C., Laguna Beach, CA, Merritte W., III, Golden, and John D., Laguna Niguel, CA; and a grandchild.
Irwin, Claude B. 1951 JC ~ 08-Jun-1997
Johnson, Allan L. 1951 JC ~ 14-Jan-1990
Jolton, Robert D. 1949 HS-1951 JC ~ 17-Jan-2016 husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to countless died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, at his longtime Manchester home. He was 84 years old. Born in Lamar, CO, in 1931, Bob’s military service and longtime career as director of Jewish Federation was forever eclipsed by his devotion to his family, friends and community. Bob’s greatest passion was his wife of nearly 50 years, Judith; their sons, Jeffrey and Steven (Lauren); and his beloved “Grand-Jewels,” Isabel and Bailey, with whom he shared his last days. As strong as Bob’s love of family was his commitment to friends and community. He was unwavering in his devotion not only to Manchester’s Jewish Community, but the community as a whole. Bob passing has left an indelible mark on all the people and projects he touched throughout his life, and his contributions will be deeply missed as much as he will be.
Jones, Dr. Amos D. 1951 HS ~ 08-Jun-1982
Jones, Carl H. 1951 HS ~ 02-Jan-1979
Jones, Milton Frederic 1951 JC ~ 08-Jul-2008 Milton Frederic 79, passed away July 8, 2008. Survivors include his wife Carla Sanborn-Jones; daughter Victoria Ann Jones Kirby of Georgia; Sister Patricia Strahorn of Newark, DE; and grandsons Andrew Stephen Kirby of Jacksonville, FL, and Zachary Ryan Kirby of Roswell, GA.
Joyce, Charles F., III 1949 HS-1951 JC ~ 27-May-1968
Kehler, Donald L. 1951 HS ~ 03-Jul-2000
Kelley, Jon A. 1951 HS ~ 26-Mar-2010 76, of Snyder, TX, passed away March 26, 2010 and has gone to be with our Heavenly Father. Jon was a devout Christain man that not only believed, but lived a Godly life. He was born in Jayton, TX, on June 29, 1933. Jon married Patsy Joann Mason on March 28, 1952 in Lubbock, TX. They raised three kids, of which are Pam Killough, Jon Allen, Jr., Kelley and Bobby Kelley. After attending High School in Jayton, he went to New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. Thereafter he joined the Army and was stationed in Fort Smith, AR. He worked for Mobil Oil Company for 33 years. Jon is survived by his wife Pat of Snyder, a daughter and son in law, Pam Killough and husband Glen of Post, 2 sons and daughters in law, Jon Allen Kelley, Jr., and wife Vickie of Midland, and Bobby Kelley and wife Gay also of Midland. Seven Grandchildren, Chad Williams and wife J.J. of Snyder, Amanda Workman of Canyon, Morgan Clayton and husband Chris of Katy and Jill Locklar and husband Justin of Midland, Marci Atencio and husband Joe of Lubbock, and Kolten and Shelbe Kelley of Midland. 1 Sister, Pat Watkins of Seguin, TX, and four Great-Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his Dad and Mom, Claude Kelley and Sue Crider, 2 sisters Rhoda Lou and Claudine. Jon was a pillar of the community and will be missed by all. “Yea, though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I will fear no evil.”
Kennedy, Frank W. 1951 HS ~ 16-May-1972
Kiker, Theo A. 1949 HS-1951 JC ~ 21-Apr-2022 Theo Arlen Kiker, 90, of Olathe, KS passed away April 21, 2022 at his home. He was born on November 22, 1931 to his parents Marlett and Gladyce Kiker in Frederick, OK. He attended Weaver rural school and finished his schooling at New Mexico Military Institute. He served in the US Army 1953-1955 stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX. During his service he married Betty J. Willbanks in Frederick, OK. After serving, Theo and Betty moved to South Dakota where they farmed and raised their family. During their 68 years of marriage they also lived in Apache Junction, AZ, Hereford and Amarillo, TX, and Sioux Falls, SD before recently moving to Olathe, KS. Although farming was Theo’s first passion some of his other occupations included insurance, commodity brokerage and rental property. Theo is a child of God, a loving husband and father who cherished his family. He valued hard work and held high expectations of himself and others. He will be missed by all. He is survived by his loving wife Betty, daughters Debra (Brad) Schriber of Sioux Falls, SD and Diane (Scott) Daniels of Olathe, KS, grandchildren Jaclyn (Rick) Haley of Waconia, MN, Jennifer (Jason) Boll of Hartford, SD, Kristen (Benjamin) DeBow of Amarillo, TX, Andrea (Michael) Johnston of Canyon, TX and nine great grandchildren. Theo was an only child preceded in death by his parents.
Knowles, Robert Lochlan, Jr. 1945 HS-1949 JC-1951 SC ~ 26-Jun-2005
Koffman, Max A., Jr. 1951 JC ~ 10-Jul-1991
LaForce, W. Watson, Jr. 1951 HS ~ 08-Dec-2019 In the wake of the Great Depression, on January 17, 1933, William Watson LaForce, Jr., was born in Los Angeles, CA. He was the first and only son of Laulie and Watson LaForce, Sr. In 1936, Watson’s family moved from Los Angeles to Midland, TX, with hopes for a new beginning. A Hail Mary dream consisting of a fresh start, a new life, and a new business in the oil industry was met head on and collided with a dust storm on the first day of their arrival by train. The old Clarence Scharbauer house on 602 S. Main would become the home of Watson’s childhood years until 1948. As Watson entered adolescence, he was enrolled into the prestigious New Mexico Military Institute. After three years of rigorous training, he emerged from his commencement among the Corps of Cadets in 1951. In 1951, Watson entered the University of Oklahoma, to pursue a degree in petroleum engineering. He soon became enchanted with Patricia Moore, a young Pi Phi from Chandler, OK, who also attended the University. Watson soon found himself in love with this small town girl who he would marry on September 22, 1956. As Watson and Patti set off on a new life together, he accepted an offer from Continental Oil Company, but soon after took a three-year leave to serve in the Air Force. First stationed at Moore Air Base in Harlingen, TX, Watson entered pilot’s training, and was sent to Tinker Air Base in Oklahoma City, where he was involved with radar maintenance. It was during these years in Oklahoma that Watson and Patti were blessed with their first child, Laulie Francesca in 1958, and their second daughter, Mary Clifton in 1960. Returning to Continental Oil, Watson and Patti lived in Big Spring and Wichita Falls before returning to Midland in 1962. Watson accepted a position as assistant vice president and petroleum engineer for the oil and gas department of The First National Bank of Midland. Then in January of 1965, they were blessed with their first son, William Watson La Force, III, and in July of 1970, they were unexpectedly surprised with a second son, Jeff. By January of 1969, Watson announced plans to become an independent petroleum engineer specializing in producing property evaluations and oil investments for the petroleum industry. Watson, like his father before him, forged a new beginning as an independent oil man, a career and a passion which he would pursue for the rest of his life. Watson maintained a deep faith in the Lord that he lived out through his commitment to service. He delighted in the Baby Boom and the excitement of Midland’s youth, and in 1976, he and Patti became one of the founding members of Young Life in Midland. Young Life would forever remain one of their life-long passions, along with his beloved First Presbyterian Church, his second home, where he faithfully served in many capacities, including a Deacon and a Sunday School Teacher. He carried the mantel of service lightly and modestly throughout his life. Watson thrived on a wave of special projects, any opportunity to re-landscape the yard of a friend or remodel the home of a newcomer, and he never turned down a chance to help a young resident in their quest for a new career. You never saw him without an inventory of gadgets, which he loved to give away at any unexpected moment to someone he felt needed a smile. He couldn’t resist the infectious delight he received through comradery with the “lunch bunch” collection of his oil field companions, or the opportunity to hit the outdoors with his hunting crew. All that knew him, could not help but be drawn to his joyful optimism, his magnetic charisma and his thunderous laughter. Constantly engaged and perpetually involved, Watson served on the Board of Trustees for MHMR. He was President of the Midland Council on Alcoholism, and a founding member of “Clover House”, a residential facility for alcoholics in Odessa. Watson was one of nine appointed to serve on the Alcoholism Advisory Committee of the Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission, as well as serving as a board member for Hillander School, the Board of Governors of Midland Memorial Hospital and the Midland International Airport Advisory Board. Through all, the deepest wellspring of earthly joy in Watson’s life was his wife of 63 years, Patti. He is survived by his children Laulie LaForce Ross, Cliffy and B.J. Beal, Watson and Meredith LaForce and Jeff LaForce, along with his grandchildren, Katie and Tyler Brown, Patricia Bailey Ross, Cynthia Beal, Ashley Beal, Francesca and James Walsh, Michael Beal, Watson LaForce, IV, and Holden LaForce, and great granddaughter Mary Elizabeth Brown. The family would like to express their gratitude towards Lee Swearengin who has watched over them for more than forty-six years, Lucy Gutierrez, Perla Ferrusquia, Home Hospice and loving friends who have been a constant source of support and love.
Lamb, Richard F. 1951 HS ~ 07-Jan-2012
Land, James D. 1951 JC ~ 16-Feb-2014
Lauderdale, James H. 1951 JC ~ 09-Nov-2016 passed from this life on November 9, 2016 . Born June 7, 1931 in Mercedes, TX, his entire adult life was spent in the Rio Grande Valley where his legal practice and community service spanned over five decades. Jim was a graduate of Mercedes High School (1949); New Mexico Military Institute (1951); and, The University of Texas (1953). After two years in the U.S. Air Force, he attended The University of Texas School of Law (1959). Upon graduation, he was admitted to the State Bar of Texas. Throughout his legal career and community service, Jim served as General Counsel for Rio Farms, Inc., as Municipal Judge for City of Mercedes, on the Board of Directors of Knapp Medical Center, and on the school board for the Mercedes Independent School District. He is survived by his daughter, Sara Lauderdale Tippit and husband, John, of McAllen; his son, James H. Lauderdale, Jr., and wife Julie, of Budapest, Hungary; his sister, Laura Nell Lauderdale Cluett and husband, Pete, of Houston. He is also survived by his five grandchildren: John, Chris, and Michael Tippit of McAllen and Will and Katherine Lauderdale of Budapest, Hungary. He was preceded in death in 2008 by his wife Virginia (Ginger) Owens Lauderdale, to whom he was married for 49 years.
LeBow, Joe W., Jr. 1947 HS-1949 JC-1951 SC ~ 15-Feb-2002
LeBus, Roy T. 1951 JC ~ Feb-1979
Lee, Thomas C. 1951 JC
Lester, Jimmy C. 1951 JC ~ 13-Apr-2005
Ligon, David R. 1951 JC ~ 01-Mar-2016 Here’s to the Gypsy, the self-proclaimed Soldier of Fortune. David Robert Ligon 1951 JC rolled into this life Sept. 13, 1931, in Alpine, TX, and blew into the next one, late as usual, on the Ides of March, 2016, in Las Cruces, NM. A boatload of merry souls welcomed him there, including his son, Robert M. “Pete” Ligon; grandson, Byron Ligon; sister, Dulcie Boykin; and his parents, Frances and Aston Ligon. Those who will catch up with him later include his daughter, Vicki Ligon; son, Mark Ligon; daughter-in-law, Carla Ligon; five grandkids; and four great-grands, plus his very lifeblood, friends from every walk, every strata, and every continent. David grew up in Fort Stockton, TX, attending schools there, as well as New Mexico Military Institute, Texas Tech, and New Mexico A&M. But this nomad preferred the school of life, and learned early to follow his heart wherever it took him. He worked on windmills for a living, spending long hours in camps under the stars, teaching himself along the way to play guitar, speak Spanish, cook for crowds, sing a song, tool leather, time a joke, tell a story, and cultivate friendships. Those friendships, and an insatiable thirst for adventure, led him to producing his annual Nickel Creek Music Festival for 40-something years, drilling water wells in Hawaii, traveling the world over, bit parts in television, several marriages, and even selling brassieres (“we cater to the biggies”). He would try anything once, and a friend remarked, “If you don’t know David Ligon, sit down on any corner, anywhere, and I guarantee within 15 minutes, he’ll be by.” He taught folks to slow down, grab every moment and savor it, love your friends like there’s no tomorrow, sing loud, and LAUGH, often and hard!
Lindsey, Robert T. 1947 HS-1949 JC-1951 SC ~ 09-Dec-1978
Luck, MAJ Glenn M. 1951 HS ~ 20-Oct-1999
Massengale, David W. 1951 JC ~ 27-Nov-1999
Massengale, Walter B. 1951 JC ~ 13-Jan-2001
Matzinger, Robert R. 1951 HS ~ 01-Jul-1999
McArdle, Thomas E., III 1947 HS-1949 JC-1951 SC ~ 12-Jun-1997
McClure, George K. 1951 JC ~ 30-Oct-2004
McComas, John E. 1951 HS ~ 01-Apr-1983
McNairy, Robert E. 1951 SC ~ 18-Apr-2018 88, of Pilot Point, TX, died on Wednesday April 18, 2018. Robert was born on February 7, 1930 in Vernon, TX. A son of Maurice Vern McNairy and Alene McNairy. He graduated from Vernon High School in 1947. He went on to the New Mexico Military Institute, where he graduated in 1951. Robert served his country in the United States Army from 1952-1954. After his service, he returned to Vernon, TX. He worked in the administration offices of Vernon Independent School District for 10+ years. He is survived by his sister, Mary Lynn Robertson of Vernon. He is also survived by his two daughters Cecelia Anne Tandy of Louisville, KY, and Susan Martinez of Dallas, TX. He is also survived by his three sons. Bobby McNairy of Sanger, TX, Dan McNairy of Pilot Point, TX, and Bill McNairy of Pilot Point, TX. He is survived by eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, and son, Mark McNairy.
Mayer, Ronald H. 1951 HS ~ 18-Mar-2021 passed away on Thursday, March 18, at the age of 88, in his home in Roswell, New Mexico. A life-time Roswell resident he is survived by his wife Martha Moore Mayer, daughter Suzanne (Will) Burke, step-grandsons William Jr (Ana), Christopher (Brenda) and Matthew Burke and step-granddaughters Lauren and Lindsay Corley and Kristin (Travis) Gerhardt. He is also survived by his beloved granddaughters Sarah (fiance Charles) and Shelby Johnson daughters of his deceased daughter Amy Mayer Johnson. Ronny’s devotion to agriculture showed through his life as a Rancher, Ranch Real Estate Broker, and Appraiser. He served as Chaves County Commissioner in the early 1960s and New Mexico Real Estate Agriculture Commissioner in the 1970s. Ronny was born in San Angelo, Texas on February 22, 1933 to Abe Mayer Jr. and Juanita Heard Mayer who predeceased him in death. He was also predeceased by his brother Len Mayer of Denver, Colorado, and sister Emily Leland of Fredericksburg, Texas. Ronny received his High School diploma from New Mexico Military Institute in 1951 and attended his freshman year of college at Texas Tech University. Then he joined the Marine Corp during the Korean War. In 1957 he met and married Martha Moore of Omaha, Nebraska, while working at Swift & Company as a livestock buyer on the Omaha Livestock Exchange. Ronny and Martha spent the next three years working on the family-owned ranch in West Texas where his two daughters Suzanne and Amy were born. In 1962 Ronny and his family went to work as a foreman on the Latigo Ranch in Santa Rosa, NM for Lincoln County Livestock Co. of Roswell which later became Diamond A Cattle Company. In 1966 he and his family moved to Roswell where his daughters could attend public school. Ronny, who had just received his Real Estate Broker’s license opened up his own company selling farms and ranches under the name of “The Ranchfinder”. He continued his longtime interest in The New Mexico Military Institute and was elected president of the Alumni Association and later was appointed by Governor Bruce King to a term on the Board of Regent at the Institute in the late 1970s. Ronny and his family were very active in owning and operating several ranches in New Mexico, Texas, and Colorado during the 1960s and 1970s. At one time owning a 50% interest in a beautiful mountain ranch just west of Raton, NM adjoining the Vermejo Park Ranch. Eventually, he would fulfill a lifetime dream of owning and operating Latigo Ranch of Southeastern New Mexico. Latigo Ranch was a very nice grazing and hunting year-long ranch next to the Capitan Mountain, just south of the old village of Arabella. In 2010, after selling the Latigo Ranch Ronny and Martha purchased a ranch in Central Texas near where their daughter and granddaughters were living. Ronny’s home base was always Roswell and the surrounding ranch country. He continued to hold small farms and ranches in the area up until 2019 when he got out of the ranching business for good. Always the consummate storyteller he later in life wrote and self-published two books, “No Cry for Help” and “Let’s Cowboy Up”. This along with the many written stories that he has left for his family is his lasting legacy. Ronny Mayer was a loving husband and father, good friend, and mentor to many. He will be missed as there will never be another “Ranchfinder”. In lieu of flowers, please help us remember “The Ranchfinder” by donating to All Saints Catholic School, 2700 N. Kentucky, Roswell, NM 88201, or The Historical Society for SE NM, 200 N. Lee Ave., Roswell, NM 88201, or charity of your choice. Due to current conditions no memorial service will be held at this time. A special thank you to our friends and family who supported us during Ronny’s illness, Susan Gibson (Care Giver), Glynn Shelton (Nurse), and the entire staff of Kindred Hospice.
Miller, Bramblett McDonald 1951 JC ~ 04-Apr-2014 – July 30, 1929 – April 4, 2014 Bramblett McDonald Miller, 84, of Salinas, passed away on Friday, April 4, 2014. He was born on July 30, 1929 in Wolfe, City, TX.
Miller, III, Henry Turner “Bud” 1951 HS ~ 08-May-2018 passed away at his home on May 8, 2018 in Woodinville, WA. Bud was born on December 9, 1932 in Oklahoma City. He graduated from Tulia high school and was very active in the Tulia Jaycees and the state of Texas Jaycees. He won the highest award given by the Texas state Jaycees known as the “Jake” award. Bud worked with his father Henry T. Miller, Jr., at Miller auto until he and his family moved to Washington state in 1968. Bud started his family construction business along with his family and ran enterprise construction until he and his wife Ruth retired in 1991. His two son’s Henry, IV, and Steve and Steve’s wife Debbie then took over. His son Steve Miller and his wife Debbie still have the successful construction company in the Seattle area. After retiring Bud and his wife Ruth traveled extensively in their R.V. for 13 years. Then they were snow birds in the phoenix area for 14 years until Bud lost his eye sight and then he and his wife stayed in their home in Woodinville, WA. Bud loved building anything that needed building, fishing, working in his yard, traveling, cooking and being around his family. Bud had a wonderful life and many friends in Texas, Arizona, California and Washington. Bud is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years, M. Ruth (Smith) Miller. His son Henry T. Miller, IV, (Annie) (ex-wife Wendy) of Chelan, WA, his son Steven K. Miller Debbie) of Monroe, WA, and his daughter Kathy L. Miller of Dallas, TX. His granddaughters, Tiffany Hoester (J. D.), Casey Miller (ex-husband Nate Halligan). His grandsons, Erik Miller (ex-wife Jessie), Henry T. Miller, V, (Meghan) and Chris Miller (Marcy). His great-granddaughter Alexzandria (Lexz) Halligan and great-grandsons Logan, Linkoln and Landon Hoester. Bud was preceded in death by his mother, Pearl Cole. His father Henry T. Miller, Jr., his sister, Dorothy Kostka. His mother-in-law Bulah B. Smith, his brothers-in-law, Tom, Jr., Guy, and Vasco smith. Bud’s grandfather Henry T. Miller started, owned and was editor of “Territory Topic” newspaper in the Indian Territory, then the Oklahoma Territory and then the State of Oklahoma. He and Bud’s grandmother (Fannie Graham) were in the Oklahoma run and did not know each other at that time. Each staked a claim and were each awarded their land which is now Norman, OK. Bud was very proud of his heritage. We all loved Bud and will miss him, he is now in heaven and can see again!
Milroy, Emery B. 1951 JC ~ 31-Dec-2011 82, of Empire, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at Munson Hospice House.
Moir, Eric McD. 1949 HS-1951 JC ~ 26-Jun-1996
Monaghan, Ray K. 1951 JC ~ 03-Oct-2004
Morey, Sammy W. 1949 HS-1951 JC ~ 13-Jul-1956
Morgan, John Hayden 1951 HS ~ 07-Jun-2017 John Hayden Morgan, aged 83 of Nevada, passed away on Wednesday, June 7, in Nevada. He was born Nov. 7, 1933, in Wichita Falls, TX, to Otho Elmer and Argie Isophine (Nelson) Morgan. He graduated from high school at New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM, in 1951. He continued his education at West Texas State University in Canyon, TX, graduating in 1955. While in college he met Jennie Bess George, whom he married in 1953. At the completion of his college degree in business, he entered military service. He served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army until 1957. Upon completion of his military service and Ranger training, Hayden and Jennie returned to Tulia, TX, where they began farming and ranching. When the Berlin Wall was built in 1961, Hayden was recalled to active service and achieved the rank of Captain. The family moved to Nevada in 1965 where he continued farming/ranching. He served his community as a state representative from 1971-1976, then as Presiding Commissioner of Vernon County Commissioner from 1979-1982. Additionally, he served on boards of numerous community organizations. He was especially honored to serve on the Board of Directors of Quality Products, Inc. Hayden is survived by wife Jennie, of the home; two sons, John Morgan and his wife, Evelyn, Lexington, Mo., and Sam Morgan, Nevada; one daughter, Linda Thornburgh and her husband, Jerry, Roeland Park, Kan.; seven grandchildren, Taegan Morgan, Tyne Hulsey and her husband, James, Taylon Morgan, Melissa Wilkinson, Sam Morgan and his wife, Michelle, Jessica Chilcoat and her husband, Aaron, and Erin Thornburgh-Fast and her husband, Paul; seven great-grandchildren, Samantha, Gage, Brandon, Gavin, Hayden, Kinsler and Kimbrel; several great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; two brothers, George Morgan and his wife, Georgia, Tulia, TX, and Roger Morgan, Tulia, TX; and one sister, Marilyn Winborn and her husband, Dwight, Fredricksburg, TX.
Mulkey, Dick E. S. 1949 HS-1951 JC ~ 20-Oct-2002
Murray, James M., III 1951 HS ~ 1974
Northcutt, James J. 1949 HS-1951 JC
O’Connell, Raymond J. 1949 HS-1951 JC ~ 10-Jul-2005 died on July 10, 2005 doing what he loved best, bass fishing in East Texas. Raymond James O’Connell, Jr., was born on September 25, 1931 in Houston, TX, the second child and only son of Raymond James and Gladys (Teenie) Lee Pipes O’Connell. Ray moved to Dallas in 1946 and graduated from Highland Park High School in 1949. He then attended New Mexico Military Institute and graduated from SMU in 1954. At SMU, Ray was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. In both high school and college, Ray was a member of the jazz band, Cell Block 7, playing banjo. Ray joined the U.S. Air Force after graduation. He married Julie Ann Hudson on September 28, 1956 after proposing on their first date. They raised five daughters. Ray accepted Christ as his Savior on June 15, 1972. Ray was a life member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas where he had served as Program Chairman, Camp Board member and editor of the newsletter. He was a member of the Dallas Country Club and Ferndale Club, where he twice served as Board President. His love was Dixieland music, and he continued to play throughout his life, most recently in last week’s Park Cities 4th of July parade. Ray was a partner with his beloved father-in-law, Jim Hudson, in Hudson & Hudson Realtors. He later became an independent realtor. He served as President of the Dallas Chapter of the Society of Industrial Realtors. He was a loving and supportive husband, father, brother, father-in-law and grandfather. Ray always put his family first. He is survived by Kathleen (Kitty) Harlan O’Connell Henry and her two daughters, Kathleen (Kate) Harlan Henry and Hallie Hudson Henry; Julie Ann O’Connell Wallis, married to Michael Allen Wallis, and their daughter, Julie Ann Wallis; Margaret (Meg) Lee O’Connell Fraschilla, married to Francis John Fraschilla, and their two sons, James Francis Fraschilla and Matthew Hudson Fraschilla; Sallie Hudson O’Connell Weibel, married to Mark Alan Weibel, and their two children, Caroline Kelley Weibel and Hudson Raymond Weibel; and Mary (Mollie) Caroline O’Connell Walker, married to Christopher Lee Walker, and their two children, Patrick Lee Walker and Anna Kathleen Walker; his sisters and brothers-in-law Carolyn and Walter Kilbourne of Bethesda, MD, and Anne and Lane Newbury of San Diego, CA; cousins Martha Lou and Dan Beaird; brothers-in-law and wives Jimmy and Claudie Hudson of Austin, TX, and Harry and Shelley Hudson of Marfa, TX.
Payson, COL Samuel C., USA (Ret) 1945 HS-1951 JC ~ 10-Sep-1994
Peacock, John W. 1951 JC ~ 28-May-2012, 80 years of age, passed away after a lengthy illness on Monday, May 28, 2012 at North Caddo Medical Center. John William “Bill” Peacock was born on September 27, 1931 in Shreveport, LA. After graduating from Byrd High School in Shreveport, he attended New Mexico Military Institute and Centenary College before transferring to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Bill graduated from LSU in 1953 with a degree from the College of Commerce. After graduating, Bill served in the United States Air Force as a 1st Lieutenant in Fairford, England. Upon being honorably discharged from the Air Force, he began working for Peacock Surgical & Company. Bill retired in 1998 as President of Peacock Surgical. Bill was a member of First Methodist Church, the Shreveport Club, East Ridge Country Club and was a Paul Harris Fellow of the Shreveport Rotary Club. Bill enjoyed his life, good friends and travelling with his family. Bill owned many dogs throughout his life and had a deep affection for each of them. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mattie Williams Peacock and William Arnold Peacock and sister, Martha Peacock Dart. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sidney Barrow Peacock and their children, Martha Peacock Ross and husband Lew, Barrow Peacock and wife Melanie and four grandchildren whom he adored, Sidney Marie Ross, Russell Peacock, William Peacock and Henry Peacock as well as numerous special friends and extended family members.
Pepin, I. M. 1951 HS ~ 08-Nov-2009
Porcher, James J. “Jim” 1951 JC ~ 12-Oct-2009 79, passed away peacefully on Monday, Oct. 12, 2009, at Paloma Blanca Nursing Home in Albuquerque. Jim was born Feb. 18, 1930, in Deming to Frank Smith and Margarette Bryan Porcher. Early childhood was at the ranch in Cedar Grove, south of Gage, NM. Jim began his life as a cowboy at the age of five. He graduated from Deming High School and attended the University of New Mexico and New Mexico Military Institute. He married Barbara Nash of Wilburton, OK, in 1950. The couple made their home in Cedar Grove and later at the family ranch south of Gage where he worked for his grandmother, Margaret Todhunter.The couple had three sons, James Smith, Paul Gordon and William Dean. In 1965 his parents purchased the POL Ranch east of Columbus where Jim and his brother Bryan partnered with their parents Frank and Margarette to renovate the downtrodden ranch into a first class outfit. Jim was born a cowboy, a pair of boots and a cowboy hat, a part of his persona that he retained until to the end of his life. Jim is survived by his sons, James S. “Jim” Porcher 1971 JC (Ron Bronitsky), Paul Porcher (Richard Gibson), Bill Porcher (Barbara); his granddaughter, Lauren Margarette Porcher; brother, F. Bryan Porcher 1948 HS-1951 JC-1952 SC (Pat); sister, Patricia Porcher Forbes (Henry); nephews, Bryan Porcher, Joseph A. Porcher 1972 HS-1974 JC, and Robert Haack and nieces, Phyllis (Brad) Griffin and Kama Haack Henderson.
Precure, Robert E. “Bob” 1951 HS 18-Mar-2022 passed away peacefully on Friday, March 18, 2022 in Oklahoma City. Bob was born on July 14, 1930 in Choctaw, Oklahoma to Robert Boaz and Rena Mae (Wickens) Precure. He graduated high school from Muleshoe High School in Muleshoe, TX, in 1948. Bob lettered in track, baseball, and boxing, and he was an all-around natural athlete. Bob was a radio man in the Navy and could and would tap out Morse code his entire life. He attended the New Mexico Military Institute and graduated from Oklahoma City University where he played baseball. At O.C.U., he met the love of his life, Kathryn Ann Jones and they were married on February 26, 1956. They were married 59 years, until Kathy’s death in 2015. They loved travelling together. Bob was in the grocery business at Precure’s Grocery in the Britton area for many years. He retired from Sears Roebuck & Co. After retirement he took on a new job working with his sons and daughter at Primary Structure. He loved working with his children. Bob was blessed with so many natural abilities. He had a great ear for music and a beautiful singing voice. He was a natural competitor in all things card games, Wahoo games, golf, softball, bowling, tennis, volleyball -and he was unbelievably good at all of them. Bob loved attending his grand-children’s events, and his vocal/competitive nature would sometimes get him in trouble with the referee/umpire/official. Bob is survived by his six children Mary (Dan) Waters, Cindy (Steven) Swann, Rob (Angie) Precure, Rick (Claudia) Precure, Lynda Barnes and Amy (Shannan) Stewart; his 16 grandchildren Sara, Susan, Becca, Lizzie, Annie, Katy, Molly, Emily, Paige, Cole, Kaitlyn, Jimmy, Drew, Ethan, Evan and Erin and 10 great-grandchildren. He was a wonderful and loving Dad and PawPaw. He loved to have fun and he was not shy about sharing how much God blessed his life. Preceding him in death were his loving wife, his parents, his brother Don and his son-in-law David.
Pounds, Lynnwood E. 1951 JC ~ 15-Oct-1992
Ralls, Dr. Rawleigh H., III 1949 HS-1951 JC ~ 30-Jul-1991
Reagan, Richard B. 1951 JC ~ 29-Apr-2001
Renfro, Norman C. 1951 JC ~ 16-Sep-2018 died at home in Ruidoso Downs, NM, on Sunday, September 16th, 2018 with his wife Beverly by his side. “Big Norm” was born in Eldorado, OK, on November 4, 1929, the only child of Calvin and Irene Renfro. He graduated from Roswell High School in 1948 and attended college at NMMI, where he excelled as an athlete. After completed his associate’s degree, Norm’s career took him to Colorado, South Dakota and California. In 1972, Norm returned to the Village of Capitan, NM, where he owned and operated the Smokey Bear Motel & Restaurant and the Branding Iron Saloon. His love for quarter horse racing led to his co-ownership of Malpais Warrior, a qualifier for the All American Futurity. After selling the restaurant and motel he became a poker dealer at the Inn of the Mountain Gods, a job he truly loved. During this time, Norm also served as a Capitan Village councilman and a two-term Mayor. Norm was an avid golfer and loved all sports, especially golf and football. Over his lifetime Norm achieved four hole-in-ones, the last one, being at Cree Meadows Golf Course in Ruidoso, NM, at age 87. Norm was a kind and gentle soul and well loved by all of his friends and family. He treated everyone with respect and kindness. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Norm is survived by wife Beverly of Ruidoso Downs, NM; Daughter Becky Renfro of Albuquerque, NM; Sons Gary (Carolyn) Renfro of Ruidoso; Mikel & Barbara Krause of Phoenix, AZ; Lance & Heath Lamay of Ruidoso, NM; Granddaughters Lindsey & Casey Mirau of Plano, TX; Tracey Renfro and Fiance Sean O’Brien of Seattle, WA; Tara Lamay of Las Cruces, NM; Brother-In-Law Dennis & Mary Stewart of Ruidoso, NM, Sister-In-Law, Sherry & Marc Stephens of Ft. Worth, TX, and Nephews Marc Stewart of Ruidoso, NM, and Kelly (Kenny) Stewart of Lebanon, TN.
Ridley, Bobby J. 1951 JC ~ 14-May-1984
Rieder, MSG Robert A., USA (Ret) 1949 JC-1951 SC ~ 01-Jan-2009 died peacefully at home on January 1, 2009. He was born in Honolulu, HI, on August 3, 1930. He is preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Birdie. He is survived by his children, Barbara Alderson of Denver, CO; Bobby Rieder, Jr., (Jeanette) of Sinton, TX; and Alfred Rieder (Candice) of Rosenberg, TX; and their mother, Ruby Rieder of Corpus Christi, TX; eight grandchildren, Justin Alderson (Rachel) of Lewisville, TX; Bryan Alderson (Jessica) of Uvalde, TX; Joshua, Jacob and Joey (Melissa) Rieder; Stephen, Camden and Aryn Rieder; seven great-grandchildren; and his companion and loyal friend of many years, Elizabeth Rameriz of San Antonio. Robert, a 1952 graduate of the University of Texas, retired from the U.S. Army after 35 years of service. He was a member of the Hawaiian club and an active member of the ministry team of the Eisenhauer Road Baptist Church. Robert was a 20-year volunteer at the History and Traditions Museum at Lackland AFB and was also very active in numerous hobbies.
Riggins, Robert R. 1951 HS
Rolston, Richard Hummell “Dick” 1951 JC ~ 26-Feb-2006 No longer shall the sun be your light by day. Nor the brightness of the moon shine upon you at night. The Lord shall be your light forever, your God shall be your glory. No longer shall your sun go down, or your moon withdraw, For the Lord will be your light forever, and the days of your mourning shall be at an end.” Isaiah 60: 19-20. Richard ended his earthly journey on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2006, at his home after a short illness. He was laid to rest at St. George Catholic Church Cemetery on Ash Wednesday, March 1, with service conducted by the Rev. Michael Schatzle. Born Dec. 16, 1930, he was 75, and a native and resident of Baton Rouge. He had been retired for a year from the practice of clinical psychology in the private and public sectors. He is survived by his wife, Marcella “Sally” Van Oss Rolston; sister, Ellen Rolston Cabell, Rock Castle, VA; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Airth Rolston, Sr. and Kathleen Hummel Rolston; brothers, William A. Rolston, Jr., and John R. Rolston; sister-in-law, Mary Virginia Murray Rolston; brother-in-law, William D. Cabell; and cousins, Compton Hummel, Jr., and Betty Brook Hummel Cadwallader. He graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute and obtained three degrees from LSU, including a doctorate in psychology. He served in the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant at Fort Riley, KS. He was a member of the Governor’s Mental Health Advisory Council, the advisory board of the Baton Rouge Child Protection Center, vice chairman of the Mental Health Commission of the Capital Area Health Planning Council, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee on Learning Disabilities and member of the Vocational Rehabilitation, Louisiana and American Psychological associations and chairman of the Magnet School Committee for the East Baton Rouge Parish school system. He was a gentle and charitable man who trusted and respected the dignity of others.
Ross, Benny R. 1951 HS ~ 09-Dec-1996
Ross, Dwight M., Jr. 1951 JC
Rosson, Barry L. 1951 JC ~ 16-Jul-2016, 83, died Saturday, July 16, 2016. Born in 1933 in Floydada, TX, he was the son of the late R. B. “Bob” Rosson and Opal White Rosson. He graduated from the University of North Texas in 1953 and served as an Air Force pilot from 195358. He returned to the university in 1958 to pursue a graduate degree and was selected to be a teaching fellow in 1958-59, and also was a member of Phi Alpha Theta honor society. He was employed in the pharmaceutical industry for 32 years holding area and regional management positions. He served as president of the Southeastern Drug, Chemical, and Allied Fields Association, Commander of the Greenville Power Squadron, and was a long time member of Sertoma, American Legion Post 3, and . He was predeceased by an older brother Roy Blaine Rosson and sister Gaye Harrell. Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Joyce Kelly Rosson, sister, Gayle Pfeiffer, son Kelly Rosson (and wife Kim Rosson), daughters, Barrie Collins, Shari Creighton (and husband Jim Creighton), and Jackie Rosson; grandchildren Jami Huguet (and husband Jason Huguet), Josh Huntley (and wife Sarah Huntley), Ross Creighton, Charlie Creighton, Emily Rosson, Megan Collins, Caci Rosson; and great grandchildren Vivian Huguet, Jack Huguet, Sam Huguet, Hank Huguet, Anna Huntley, Benjamin Huntley, and Caroline Huntley; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was a member of the Baptist faith.
Salley, Jerry L. 1951 JC ~ 10-Jun-2010 died Thursday, June 10, 2010, in his home, in Nixa, MO, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Jerry was born, May 31, 1931, on the family farm in Liberal, KS, to Hiram and Mozelle Salley. As a young boy, he attended Liberty School in rural Seward County, not far from the family farm. After attending New Mexico Military during his teen years, he returned home, graduating from Liberal High School. After graduation, Jerry started his career by working with his father in the family businesses of farming and ranching, as well as Salley Tire and Feed. He became a well-known figure in Seward County, with many business interests, including Salley RV Center, Salley Feed Company, and variety of other ventures. He retired and moved to Nixa, MO, in 2003. Jerry had a love for classic cars, four-wheeling, and racing. His passion for cars started as a young man, when he began racing midgets. Over the years, his love of cars grew into a lifelong hobby of restoring classic autos-his collection is still maintained at his home and at the Branson Auto Museum. He is survived by his wife, Leola of Nixa, MO; his sons, Bill and wife Emma Jean of Liberal, KS, Craig of Denver, CO, Bruce and wife Theresa of Tulsa, OK; his daughters, Kay Owsley and husband Larry of Edmond, OK, Reenie Jackson of Liberal, KS, Jeanie Whited and husband Bill of Rochester Hills, MI; his step-daughter Michelle Turner and husband Greg of Wichita, KS; nephews Gregg Yocum and wife Susan of Broken Arrow, OK, Neal Wade Yocum and wife Angie of Oklahoma City, OK; plus many other nieces, nephews, 25 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by wives, Jo in 1993 and Rosie in 2002; son, Tim; and granddaughter, Kim.
Schelldorf, John C. 1951 JC ~ 09-Jan-2012 Sundance, WY. -John C. “Jack” Schelldorf, 80, died Jan. 9, 2012, at “Close to Home” Hospice House in Gillette. Survivors include his wife, Janice of Sundance; children, Marilyn Christensen and Nancy Long, both of Gillette, and David Schelldorf of Sundance; eight grandchildren; and three step grandchildren.
Scherotter, Howard I. 1947 HS-1949 JC-1951 SC ~ 07-Jan-1969
Schilling, Franklin N. 1951 HS ~ 21-Jun-1962
Schnedar, John A. 1949 HS-1951 JC ~ 10-Dec-1998
Schnurmacher, Gerald F. 1951 HS ~ 08-May-2011
Schuler, Warren B. 1951 HS ~ 12-Dec-2003
Schumacher, Robert R. 1951 HS ~ 13-Aug-2009
Seligman, Gerald N. 1951 HS ~ 13-Aug-2006
Sentell, Joseph W. 1951 HS ~ 25-Jan-2002
Sharp, Samuel N. 1951 JC ~ 25-Jan-2012 Our highly conversational and loving father, Sam, passed away on January 25, 2012. Sam, born on September 7, 1931, grew up in his beloved Troup, TX, where he was facilitated to adulthood by his parents Sam and Opal Louise, younger sisters Susan and Diane, and a bevy of loving aunts: Ruby, Pearl, Jewel, Ben, Mary, and Topsy; it was East Texas, after all. Conversation filled with odd detail was a hallmark of Sam’s personality. He had a knack for remembering names and faces as well as knowing where your great grandmother was from and what she liked to bake, or knowing someone who was from where you were… Another hallmark of Sam was his commitment to community. Sam served on numerous civic, charitable and religious organizational boards, both big and small. Sam helped bring other organizations to the Bryan-College Station area including Habitat for Humanity for which he mentored a student to bring it to fruition, donated a house for an office, was instrumental in the background planning and raising core funding, and was able to see the 200th house dedicated in the fall of 2011. Sam also partnered to help bring Hospice Brazos Valley to the area. Sam also founded the Community Foundation of the Brazos Valley. Sam and Louise established The Dictionary Program by giving a dictionary to every 3rd grade student in Bryan ISD and encouraging Cheddar’s Restaurant to do the same for College Station ISD. Acknowledgement of these and other contributions to the Brazos Valley was noted on Sam’s 80th birthday in 2011 when the mayors of Bryan and College Station proclaimed the day ‘Sam Sharp Day’. Sam was honored for his contributions to the community by numerous awards and recognitions. Perseverance was part of Sam’s vocabulary starting very early. A Troup shoe man attached football cleats on an old pair of Sam’s brown shoes when he was on the Troup Tiger High School football team when they didn’t have football shoes in size 13; he wanted to play football and he did. He wasn’t good at it but he did try. He also tried to make a difference in the lives of others and his community; he was successful at that. People were a big part of Sam’s life. His profession was law but he also gave asked for guidance often. After his ’emancipation’ from his paying job, he often met with people at home to talk about their best interests and how they could be met. If you knew Sam, and if he knew you, you probably received at least one cut out article from a newspaper or magazine that had something to do with something you were interested in; and often with a red felt pen underlining to point you to the information of interest. Sam and Louise had an annual New Year’s Day party hallmarked by a 5-gallon crockpot of Bloody Marys and a mascot named Serendipity, and in 1963 they started a 4th of July parade in North Oakwood that still goes on each year; one could say that Sam liked a party. Sam also liked and attended St. Andrews Episcopal Church where he and Louise planted trees and flowers and watched them grow. Sam loved trees and water. Water and trees are the subject of many a painting that Sam would bring home to hang on the walls, but alas, he had to stop doing this when wall space ran out. Sam and his family made a journey to the Gulf Coast of Texas during his last days to see the water and eat seafood at Gaido’s, a favorite haunt. Professionally, Sam began work at First State Bank & Trust, whose name was later changed to First Bank & Trust, as Vice President, Director, and stock holder. Sam later became president of Bryan Building and Loan Association that, at the time, was the largest financial institution in Brazos County. Moving on, he became President of Dillon, Geisenschlag and Sharp, and of the Brazos County Abstract Company. Sam later opened the two-story Sharp Tower where he housed his law office. A sense of humor was never lost on Sam. Sam married his patient and lovely bride, Frances Louise Cronenwett, on September 1, 1956. They moved to Bryan in 1962 after a stint in the Navy and work in Dallas. They have three very smart and adoring children: Sydney Cronenwett Sharp of Dallas, TX; Amy Nelson Sharp of Bryan, TX; and, Stuart Peyton Sharp of Austin, TX. Sam will be missed. Sam was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Evans and Opal Louise Sharp, and his sister Susan Sharp Smith. Sam is survived by his still lovely bride, Frances Louise Sharp; his, children Sydney, Amy and Stuart; the cat, Ash; and the dog, Greta. He is also survived by his sister, Diane Sharp Lederer; and her children, Sally Gene Lederer and Bradley Sharp Lederer; his nephews, Slaton Sharp Smith, Shannon Lee Smith, Will Joseph Cronenwett, and Cary Treadwell Cronenwett; and his brother-in-law, William Treadwell Cronenwett. There are many other family members as well as adopted aunts, uncles and cousins, who are too numerous to list but are loved never the less. The family would also like to acknowledge the love and support of friends during Sam’s life; you know who you are.
Short, Virgil L. 1949 HS-1951 JC ~ 03-Jun-2007 Mr. Short died June 3, 2007, at a Tyler hospital. He was born May 9, 1930, in McCamey to the late Les and Georgia Moser Short. He was owner of Short/Field Chevrolet Dealership in Denver City for more than 24 years, and lived for 20 years in Runaway Bay, where he was a member of Runaway Bay Community Church. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Gwenette Glover Short, Runaway Bay; sons, Gary Short, Cedar Park, Gregg Short, Tyler, and Van Short, Austin; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Silvis, Levi Richard 1951 HS ~ 14-Mar-1996
Smith, Bill J. 1951 JC-1953 SC ~ 20-Mar-1969
Smith, Norman R. 1951 HS ~ 08-Dec-2008 76, passed away Dec. 8, 2008. He was born in Dexter on August 25, 1932, and raised on his family’s farm in East Grand Plains. He was preceded in death by his parents, J. Russell and Agnes McMains Smith. Norman attended New Mexico Military Institute, and New Mexico State University. He is survived by three daughters, Cynthia Miller and her husband, Ron, of Roswell, Sandra Koonce and her husband, Neal, of Houston, and Susan Douvry and her husband, Peter, of Cypress, TX; grandsons, Ryan Miller and his wife, Nicole, and Randy Miller all of Roswell, and Stephen and Christopher Douvry, of Cypress; great-grandchildren, Colton and Nadia Miller, of Roswell; three stepsons whom he loved very much, Gary Stephens and his companion, Joe Blomberg, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Kim R. Stephens 1974 HS and his wife, Allison, and Clyde Stephens 1976 HS-1978 JC and his companion, Rick Boling; step-grandchildren, Michelle and Tanner Stephens, all of Ft. Myers, FL; his sisters, Beverly Burton, and her husband, Don, and Cheryl Smith-Spiedell and her husband, Steve, all of Houston; and numerous nieces, nephews, and wonderful friends. He spent many years as a farmer and in agriculture-related sales. He was a charter member of the East Grand Plains Lions Club, and a member of 4-H, Jaycees, East Grand Plains Volunteer Fire Department, Elks Lodge BPOE, Farm Bureau, the Masons and the Shrine Temple, and was a Boy Scout leader. He learned to fly at an early age and never lost his love of flying. His passion for travel was cut short by his need for dialysis, which was a big disappointment for him. He never met a stranger; he loved life, and had many wonderful friends all over the country. Several very special friends in Ruidoso helped him survive as long as he did with his serious illness this past year, and the family thanks you for all your support.
Snowden, Robert P., Jr. 1949 HS-1951 JC ~ 21-Nov-1995
Sowles, David A. 1951 HS ~ 03-Aug-1963
Spencer, Clyde N. 1949 JC-1951 SC ~ 29-Apr-2005, 76, died Friday, April 29, 2005. He was born November 21, 1928 in Gainesville, TX. Clyde attended Bellaire Presbyterian Church. He graduated from the Senior College of New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. Mr. Spencer was employed for 21 years with the Whirlpool Corporation. Survivors include his wife, Pamelia Spencer of Houston, his daughter, Susan Otell of Missouri City, 2 sons, Michael Spencer of Corpus Christi and Steven Spencer and wife Cynthia of Denton, 2 half brothers, Dr. Ed Spencer of Denison and Ron Spencer of Gainesville, 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Stevens, William C. 1951 HS ~ 02-Feb-1986
Stofer, Preston A. 1951 HS ~ 19-Dec-1993
Stott, Charles E., Jr. 1951 HS ~ 19-Aug-2017 Charlie is survived by his wife of 55 years, Juanita, daughter Vicki (Koch), and sons; Charles, Tim, and Bruce. His seven grandchildren include Lauren, Kayla, Charlie (Koch), Joe (Koch), Matthew (Koch), Natasha, and Ben. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Sr. and Ethel, and sister Priscilla. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, and brother, and valued friend to many others. Charlie was born to Charles Sr. and Ethel (nee McKnight) in El Paso, TX, in 1933 and spent the first 15 years of his life with his parents and sister in El Paso, and Monterrey, Mexico, and other areas of west Texas and northern Mexico where Charles Sr. worked in mining exploration, mine development and mining production. As a high school student Charlie attended the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, after which he attended Texas Western College (now UTEP) in El Paso for his freshman year of college. He later transferred to the Colorado School of Mines from which he graduated with a degree in mining engineering in 1956, like his father 31 years before him. He met Juanita (nee Abell) while working for Phelps Dodge Corporation as a mining engineer in Morenci, AZ, and they were married there in 1962. Their first child Charles Leo Stott was born in Morenci later that same year. Tim, Vicki, and Bruce were to follow after the family had relocated to the San Francisco bay area. In 1968 Charlie graduated with a Law degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, which led to a position as counsel for Amax Mining Company. Departing the Bay Area in 1972, Charlie’s career with Amax took the family to Colorado, Arizona, Washington State, and Connecticut before returning to Colorado for good in 1986. It was during his tenure with Amax in Arizona where Charlie returned to mining operations management from corporate legal services. While at Amax he led the Mount Tolman molybdenum project in Washington State in the early 1980s. He was General Manager of Climax Mine near Leadville from 1982 through 1984. Later, Charlie was the first President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Amax Gold, Inc. from 1986 until 1989. In the following years he worked as an independent consultant in the mining industry, and served as President and CEO of Horizon Resources, from 1990 to 1993. He later served terms in several corporate board positions, chairmanships, and directorships of companies including Western Troy Capital Resources, Brigus Gold Corporation, Apollo Gold Corporation and Getchell Gold Corporation. He was a board member and Chairman of the Board of Hazen Research, Inc., of Golden, CO, from 2002 to 2017. He was also a Trustee Emeritus of the Colorado School of Mines. Charlie loved to ski and run. He had completed the Bolder Boulder for more than 25 consecutive years, most often in Memorial Day tribute to his father’s military service during World War I. He enjoyed a Copper Mountain season pass each season since 1986. Charlie was always happy being in the Colorado mountains he loved, especially when accompanied by his family.
Sullivan, Cornelius P. 1951 HS ~ 21-May-2005
Sullivan, I. Joel 1951 HS ~ 18-Jun-2017 Joel Sullivan, a gentleman and a cowboy, rode off into the sunset on June 18, 2017 at his home in Clint, TX, with his wife Becky at his side. Joel was an honest, generous and fair man who loved his family and friends and didn’t know a stranger. He was born Ira Joel Sullivan on April 11, 1933 in Socorro, NM, to Ira H and Carla Sullivan. He grew up on the Bar A ranch in Dusty, NM. Joel attended the Colorado Military Academy in Denver, CO, and New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, where he was part of the equestrian and polo teams. He had adventures and built friendships at school that lasted a lifetime along with other New Mexico ranching families and businessmen. He served honorably in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict . During a visit to Las Cruces, he met Nita Drummond. They were married in Chamberino, NM, and lived in Las Cruces and Hagerman, NM, until Nita’s death 45 years later. He was an active leader in the H-C 4H club. Joel worked for the New Mexico Farm Bureau Insurance, Co., for 27 years before retiring and moving to Clint, TX. It was here that he met Rebecca Sykes and their love story began. They fit each other like a pair of gloves and shared their dreams of showing horses, roping and raising a few colts. They danced through life for a short 17 years. Joel was preceded in death by his parents, brother Connie, first wife Nita and his favorite horse Cotton. He is survived by his wife Becky and four children, Jody Sullivan and his wife Paula of Canyon, TX, Patrick Sullivan and his wife Patricia of Las Cruces, NM, Ryan Young of Clint, TX, and Kyla Young of El Paso, TX. Two brothers, Charles Sullivan and his wife Bobbie of Winston, NM, and Tay Sullivan and his wife Cheryl of Winston, NM. Six grandchildren, Erin Goad and her husband Justin of Albuquerque, NM, Sam Sullivan of Brighton, CO, Darby Sullivan and her fiance Hayden Campsey of Amarillo, TX, Brendan Sullivan currently in Milan Italy, Jordan Sullivan and her fiance Max Hoener of Rhinebeck, New York and grandson Xander Young of Clint, TX. Sister in law Nancy Lambert and her husband Tim of Rowlett, TX, and Sister in law Catherine Sykes of El Paso, TX, along with many nieces and nephews.
Suttles, Joe C. 1951 JC ~ 13-Jan-2001
Tessier, Jr., Rowland L. 1951 JC ~ 13-May-2018 passed away Sunday, May 13, 2018, at his home in Center Point, TX. He was born April 6, 1930, to Rowland Louis Tessier and Harriet Satterfield Tessier in Texon, TX, an oil company community. He attended schools in Texon and Big Lake, TX, where he graduated from Reagan County High School. He went on to attend New Mexico Military Institute, where he participated in the school’s horse cavalry and other sports. He served as a captain in the New Mexico National Guard for many years. He followed his father’s footsteps in the neon sign business in Roswell, NM, where he had many successful business years and participated in community service through Sertoma Club and serving as president on the New Mexico State Fair board. He enjoyed acting and directing little theater productions, where he also earned recognition. Later he moved on to other businesses in Tucson, AZ, and Las Vegas, NV. Upon retirement, he settled in Comfort, TX, for several years. In 2001, he married Patricia McNally of Center Point, TX, formerly of El Paso, TC. They shared a great love and happy marriage for 17 years. He was an avid genealogist and western history investigator. Rowland was a 60-year Mason and enjoyed all areas of Masonic activities, including blue lodge, York Rite and Scottish Rite areas of service. His home lodge in Center Point, where he was a Past Master, was very special to him, as this lodge was formed by Texas Rangers more than 125 years ago. He frequently gave talks on the history of this ”Ranger Lodge” and was instrumental in helping build up the membership by submitting a magazine plea to other Texas Masons inspiring dual memberships. This financial benefit of his efforts helped save this small lodge and preserve its Texas Ranger history. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Daniel David Tessier. He is survived by his loving wife, Patsy; and children, Denise Lynn Tessier (husband David Goldfarb), Rowland Louis Tessier, III, (Susan), Eric Damon Tessier (Laurel) and Mark Swartz Tessier; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his sister, Sandra Tessier Mock (William); and cousins, Lois Banzet, Betty Johnson and Barbara Purser. We have lost a loving husband, brother, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who delighted all with many stories of his adventures as well as his knowledge of western history. He had a brilliant mind and talented hands for building things.
Tillman, John B. 1951 SC ~ 16-Feb-2009 Retired Registered nurse John B. Tillman, 80, of Phoenix, AZ, passed away Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at Desert Ridge Manor in Phoenix. Mr. Tillman was born Feb. 9, 1929 in Tularosa to Eric and Gladys (Oxley) Tillman. He was raised in Tularosa on a dairy farm by his uncle and Aunt Ed and Katherine Sanders. After graduating from Tularosa High School he attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell where he received his bachelor’s degree and a commission in the U.S. Army. After his military service, he studied at the Chicago Teachers College, and then taught school for a few years before going back to college. He became a registered nurse at the Regina School of Nursing at St. Joseph Hospital in Albuquerque. He was a practicing nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix until his retirement. He was a member of the North Phoenix Baptist Church. Survivors include a brother Ed Tillman and his wife Virginia of Alamogordo; a sister Mary Rose Thompson of Houston, TX; a sister-in-law Lucille Tillman of Phoenix; one niece; and five nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; an older brother David; a brother-in-law Max Thompson; a nephew Harry Thompson; and a niece Elizabeth Tillman.
Tingley, Col Ronald D., USAF (Ret) 1951 HS ~ 08-Oct-2010 77, passed away Friday, October 8, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Joann V. Tingley; children, Rodney L. Tingley and T.J. Tingley and husband, Pat; step-children, Victoria King and husband, Brian, Cheryl Robinson, and Deborah J. Jorden and husband, Pat; grandchildren, Molly Grosskopf and husband, Keith, Paul Potter and wife, Victoria, Jillion Potter, Adam Robinson, Emily Robinson, Johna Robinson, Joel Jorden and fiancé, Debra Jo; brother-in-law Lawrence Whittington and wife, Cindy; and sister-in-law, Johnie Smith. Doug was a cousin to Clyde Tingley as well as the Giomi, Domenici, Menicucci, Mateucci and Tomasi families. Doug attended NMMI, UNM and was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Col. Tingley served in the US Air Force during Vietnam and retired after 26 years as a pilot, instructor pilot and deputy commander of maintenance. He started two Le Peep franchise restaurants in Albuquerque. Doug was a member of the Northeast Church of Christ.
Tittel, Robert E. 1951 HS ~ 20-Oct-2017, 84, passed away peacefully Friday October 20th at his home in Colorado Springs due to Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. Bob was born July 17, 1933 in Russell County, KS, to Clara (Dietz) and Herbert Tittel. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1951 and served in the US Army in Korea from 1953-55. After service in Korea, he returned to Colorado Springs and married Janora Erickson on June 19, 1955 at Immanuel Lutheran Church. This union lasted 62 years and was blessed with two daughters. Bob spent his early career as a methods engineer for Clifton Precision Products, division of Litton Industries. In 1972 he and Janora established Mountain States Filter Supply, Inc. and were in business for 34 years. Bob had a lifelong interest in all things mechanical and developed a love for antique and classic automobiles; restoring various classic cars. He was a member of the Vintage Motor Car Club of America, the Classic Car Club of America, the Horseless Carriage Club of America, the Antique Automobile Club of America, The Packard Club and The Automotive Research Library of the Horseless Carriage Foundation. He was twice President of the Pikes Peak Chapter of the Vintage Motor Car Club of America and Tour Chairman of the 1976 Glidden Tour Revival held in Colorado Springs. He is survived by his wife Janora and daughters Charlene (James) Needham of Colorado Springs, and Kathryn “Kati” (John) Westerheid of Katy, TX.
Towery, Howard A. 1951 HS ~ 20-Apr-2005
VanDenburgh, Richard A. 1949 HS-1951 JC ~ 07-May-2000
Vander Straten, Richard, III 1951 JC ~ 18-Feb-2016 83, died peacefully on February 18, 2016, in Austin, TX. He was born in San Antonio, TX, on August 24th, 1932, to Dorothy Hillje Vander Straten and Richard Vander Straten, Jr. His parents and both sets of grandparents were also born in Texas. After graduation from Alamo Heights High School, he attended the New Mexico Military Institute from 1949 to 1951. In the fall of 1951, he attended the University of Texas at Austin and was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He graduated in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. After graduation from UT, he commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US. Army and served a tour of duty at Fort Hood, Killeen, TX. Following a promotion to First Lieutenant, he was honorably discharged in 1956 and returned to Austin. As a young civil engineer in the Bridge Division at the Texas Department of Transportation, he met Betty Jane Russell. They married in Sinton, TX, in 1960 and lived in Austin where they raised their family of 3 wonderful children. In 1986, Richard retired from the Texas Department of Transportation after 30 years of distinguished service. He was active in the lives of his children, teaching them the value of a strong dedicated work ethic. He volunteered many years of service at Covenant Presbyterian Church where he was a member for 43 years. After Betty’s death in 2005, he married his high school sweetheart, Jacque Swope Riffle. They remained in Austin and celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary on Valentine’s Day, 2016. Richard is survived by his wife Jacque, daughter Lynn Angermeier and her husband Glenn (Greensboro, NC), son Richard Vander Straten, IV, and his wife Mary (Syracuse, UT), son Dr. David Vander Straten and his wife Dr. Melody (Austin, TX); grandchildren Rachel Elise, Wesley Glenn and Charlotte Lynn Angermeier, Catherine Maric “Katie” and Richard Beck Vander Straten, V, and Teagan and Tryne Vander Straten; sister Emily Payne (Corpus Christi) and nieces Mandy Gotto and Beth Carrangelo; sister-in-law Patricia Wiles and her husband Dwight (Osage Beach, MO) and nephews Kerry, Kirk and Kyle Wiles.
VanWie, William J. 1951 HS ~ 28-Jun-1997
Vinson, Wright D., Jr. 1949 JC-1951 SC ~ 02-Sep-1996
Weaver, Claude M., II 1951 JC ~ 28-May-2011
Weiker, John L. 1951 HS ~ 08-Dec-2007
Weinert, Herman III 1951 HS ~ 18-Apr-2006
Wheeler, Frank R. 1951 HS ~ 07-Apr-2012 was born Nov. 12, 1933, in Del Norte, CO, the only child of James Robert and Dorothy Ellen Rhodus Wheeler. His mother passed away when Frank was 4 years old and his father sent him to live with his aunt and uncle, Lucy and Felix Keiser, in Sargent, CO. He lived with them until the summer after fifth grade, when his father remarried. Frank went to live in Monte Vista with his stepmother while his father was in the Navy. In eighth grade his father divorced, and Frank went to live at the “Thompson Place” with E.J. Thompson and his wife, outside of Del Norte. He worked the ranch as a hired hand and developed his lifelong ethic of hard work. He sheared sheep, worked cattle, and dug and sorted potatoes, before he ever got to high school. He went to the New Mexico Military Institute at Roswell, NM, for his junior year of high school and graduated from Del Norte High in the class of 1951. In 1955 he was inducted into the Army where he served at Fort Carson, CO, in the Military Police. He was honorably discharged from the service in 1962. He married Judy Herndon in April of 1956 in Englewood, CO. To this union were born two children, Dorothy (Dottie) in 1957 and David in 1959. They made their homes in Englewood, Boulder and Meeker, CO. Frank worked for Colorado Central Power (later Public Service Company of Colorado), was a retail merchant, and worked for the Rio Blanco County Road and Bridge Department. He spent his free time fishing, hunting, shooting, and camping. He was an accomplished fly fisherman, tying his own flies and chasing the elusive rainbow and brown trout that inhabited the clear Rocky Mountain lakes and streams he loved so much. Winters meant snowmobiling and ice fishing at Avery Lake. In 1984 he began spending his vacation time in Congress, AZ, and moved to Arizona permanently in 1992. In April 2002, he married Marilyn Erickson, and they moved to Show Low. He was once again in the mountains he loved. Their home survived the Rodeo-Chedeski fire and many happy Memorial Day weekends were spent at there with their huge extended family. Frank was widowed in January 2005. He married Bobi Gambosh in March 2007. Together they traveled around, looking for a winter home. They found it in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico. They became the quintessential snow birds, spending summers in Show Low and winters in Mexico. Everywhere he went, Frank was always busy. He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol, various search and rescue units, was a member of the Unity Church and was never without a project in one state of completion or another. His vegetable gardens were the envy of all and he could can and freeze the harvest with the best of them. According to him, his greatest blessings were his four grandchildren: Sam and Ben Wheeler and Tylar and Tori Talkington. He reveled in their achievements and was the proudest grandad that ever lived. When he spoke of their many talents and accomplishments, it was most always with the shimmer of tears in his bright eyes. He passed away in San Felipe April 7, 2012 at the age of 78. He was kayaking on the Sea of Cortez with his wife Bobi and they were lost at sea. He was, to the last, an adventurous and independent man.
White, Frank D. 1951 HS ~ 21-May-2003