Obituaries

Obituary: Roland Caspersen Dec. 16, 1936 – Jan. 3, 2021

ROLAND CASPERSEN Dec. 16, 1936 – Jan. 3, 2021

A man of intellectual curiosity, laughter, love and friendship left earth Sunday, January 3, 2021, to join the heavenly hosts. He struggled with cancer for two years.

He was born to Roy and Astrid Caspersen on December 16, 1936, in Oslo, Norway. Worried about the war clouds looming over Europe, in January 1940, Roland’s grandfather, William Caspersen, joined his American born daughter, Astrid, in New York to prepare a new home in the United States.

Roland and his grandmother, Dagmar Caspersen, were to come in mid-April. Germany invaded Norway on April


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Obituary: Barbara Griego James Feb. 10, 1957–Jan. 10, 2021

BARBARA (GRIEGO) JAMES Feb. 10, 1957 – Jan. 10, 2021

Barbara (Griego) James of Visalia, California passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at the young age of 63.

Barbara was born on February 10, 1957 in Anchorage, Alaska. She grew up in Los Alamos, NM and graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1975.

She is preceded in death by her daughter Marie Johnson, parents David and Mary Griego, brother Don Griego and sister Rosanne Griego Kincaid.

Barbara retired from Visalia Unified School District in July, 2020 after 25 years of service. She was looking forward to traveling with her husband


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Obituary: Loyal Dean ‘Ben’ Benham Jan. 8, 2021

LOYAL DEAN ‘BEN’ BENHAM Jan. 8, 2021

Loyal Dean “Ben” Benham passed away January 8th, 2021 from heart failure in Corvallis, Oregon.

Ben was preceded by his beloved wife Millie. 

He is survived by his sons Tom and Jeff. Ben was a strong, caring supporter of his extended family and friends, and lover of the outdoors.

Ben was born in northern Minnesota, though he spent most of his youth in Washington state, working on farms and rebuilding cars even before he could drive. 

Ben and Millie met in Las Vegas while he was stationed at Nellis Air Force Base. When he was transferred to Spain, Millie followed, and


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Obituary: Helen Archuleta Aug. 15, 1939 – Jan. 3, 2021

HELEN ARCHULETA Aug. 15, 1939 – Jan. 3, 2021

Our beloved Helen Archuleta, 81 took her final breath on January 3, 2021, after a long battle with COVID-19. Surrounded by true heroes—the amazing health care workers and staff of Los Alamos Medical Center—who worked day in and day out risking their lives fighting to save hers.

Although it will be hard to fathom this earthly world without Helen physically here, she is now at eternal peace with God who led her spirit home to heaven and lives on in all those who had the pleasure of knowing her. 

Helen leaves behind the love of her life, Videlio “Phil” Archuleta


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Obituary: John Eric Rundberg May 13, 1986 – Jan. 8, 2021

JOHN ERIC RUNDBERG – May 13, 1986-Jan. 8, 2021

John Eric Rundberg, a resident of Socorro, New Mexico, died unexpectedly on Friday, January 8th in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the age of 34.

He was born May 13, 1986 in Los Alamos, New Mexico, the second of three children born to Bob and Ginger Rundberg. He grew up in Los Alamos, where he attended Los Alamos High School, played club rugby, and taught swimming lessons as a lifeguard at Canyon Vista Pool in White Rock.

He attended New Mexico Tech in Socorro, where he became involved with Pygmy Rugby, first as a player and later as the team’s unofficial photographer.


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OBITUARY: Joshua Miko Dec. 26, 2003 – Jan. 9, 2021

JOSHUA DAVID MIKO Dec. 26, 2003 – Jan. 9, 2021

Joshua David Miko was born on December 26, 2003 and was called back to heaven at the age of 17 on January 9, 2021.

He died doing what he loved – camping.

Josh is the son of David and Janice Miko and was born and raised in Los Alamos.

Josh was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Joseph Miko; maternal grandparents, Charles and Barbara Heise; and uncle, Richard Heise.

He is survived by his parents; sister, Rebecca Miko; grandmother, Dolores Miko; and many other relatives and friends.

Josh was very active in the community, being a long-standing member


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Obituary: Loring Cox, Jr. April 24, 1919 – Dec. 29, 2020

LORING COX, JR. April 24, 1919 – Dec. 29, 2020

Loring Cox, Jr. was born on April 24, 1919 to Thomas Loring Cox and Araminta (Ninnie) Cox in Birch River, West Virginia. He grew up on a farm in rural West Virginia, back when rural meant very basic, as one of ten children.

After finishing school, he started working at a law firm, but soon had an opportunity to get a job with the federal government, which paid better and had more job security.

At the outbreak of World War II, he was stationed in Bermuda. He volunteered for the Army Air Corps, much to the displeasure of his boss. He wasn’t able to qualify as a pilot


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Obituary: Frank Ernest Chávez Feb. 13, 1935 – Dec. 28, 2020

FRANK ERNEST CHÁVEZ Feb. 13, 1935 – Dec. 28, 2020

Frank “Ernie” Chávez (Poppy), of Albuquerque and Los Alamos, passed away on December 28, 2020 at home, with his wife of sixty years by his side.

He was born on February 13, 1935 to Gertrude Zimmerly Archuletta in Socorro, NM.

Frank married Ruth Alarid on July 30, 1960 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Albuquerque, NM.  They had three children, Michael, Craig, and Janice.

Frank was preceded in death by his mother Gertrude Archuletta, his parents-in-law Jesus and Aurelia Alarid, his son Michael, and his cousin Elaine Russell, who was like a sister


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Obituary: Tomas Duran Dec. 14, 1952 – Dec. 30, 2020

TOMAS DURAN Jr Dec. 14, 1952 – Dec. 30, 2020

Tomas (Tom) Duran Jr, 68, of Farmington, NM passed away Wednesday December 30, 2020.

Tom was born December 14, 1952, in Albuquerque, NM to the late Tomas and Frances Duran of Cuba, NM. He grew up in Cuba, NM, with his six siblings.

After four years in the US Army, Tom relocated to Farmington, NM where he pursued his journeyman’s electrical license, laying the foundation for his professional career. During this time of professional development, he met and married his wife Rebecca (Becky) in 1980. The two welcomed twins Stephen and Linda in the Spring of 1982.


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Obituary: William Wesley Combs Jr. July 20, 1929 – Dec. 10, 2020

WILLIAM WESLEY COMBS July 20, 1929 – Dec. 10, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our beloved father, William Wesley Combs, Jr., who died on December 10, 2020 from COVID-19. He was 91.

The anguish we feel about his passing is difficult to describe. He was not a young man, but he was taken from us too soon. He still had things to do and to say.

But we choose to remember his remarkable life and character. Bill Combs was born on July 20, 1929 in Northeastern Mississippi (Houston) and raised in Raymond and Inverness. He graduated as Valedictorian from Inverness High School in 1947, and


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Obituary: Sam Donaldson Dec. 27, 2020

SAM DONALDSON Dec. 27, 2020

The Sam Donaldson passed away peacefully at home in Los Alamos, NM on December 27, 2020 after a brief illness resulting from complications of Parkinson’s disease.

Because Sam shared the same name as the famous ABC News journalist, people would often ask if he was “The Sam Donaldson;” to which he would reply, “I am not the ABC Sam, but yes, I am The Sam Donaldson.”

The Sam Donaldson was born in Bath, Maine to Scott and Minnie Thelma Donaldson. His father was a career Navy man which led to many moves along with his sister Nancy and brother Scott. The family eventually settled


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Obituary: James A. Baran Sept. 24, 1938 – Dec. 29, 2020

JAMES A. BARAN Sept. 24, 1938 – Dec. 29, 2020

James A. Baran, 82, a long time Los Alamos resident, passed away Tuesday, December 29, 2020 in Los Alamos.

He was born September 24, 1938 in Parma, Ohio, the son of Andrew and Josephine Baran.

Jim graduated from Case Institute of Technology with a degree in Physics, then later received his Master’s of Science Degree in 1963 from Kansas State University, where he also earned his Doctorate Degree

Jim began his 30 year career at Los Alamos National Lab in 1968 and at his retirement received a certificate of appreciation.

In his early years he was heavily involved


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Obituary: R. Richard Bartsch Oct. 26, 1940 – Nov. 20, 2020

R. RICHARD BARTSCH Oct. 26, 1940 – Nov. 20, 2020

Richard Bartsch dedicated his life to peering into the building blocks of matter and energy that power the stars and savoring fresh air with friends and family beneath the open sky.

Over a decades-long career as an electrical engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the nation’s premier nuclear research center, he authored or co-authored more than 90 research papers on energy and nuclear fusion and collaborated with scientists in Japan and Russia.

He died at home in Sequim, Washington Nov. 20, 2020, surrounded by family after a four-year battle


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Obituary: Adam James Oschwald May 29, 1986-Nov. 22, 2020

ADAM JAMES OSCHWALD May 29, 1986 – Nov. 22, 2020

Adam James Oschwald passed unexpectedly on November 22, 2020. He was 34 years old. He was born in Las Cruces, NM, to Anita McCormick and William Oschwald.

He is survived by his daughters, Lydia, Jaydin and Isabella, sister, Valerie Naranjo (James), grandfather C.T. Tirre, godparents Jim Oschwald (Kirsten), Cary Oschwald-Mellos (Mike) and partner Ciprianna Roybal. He also leaves many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Adam was a very talented artist. He had attended Santa Fe Community College where he studied art. His passion of music


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Obituary: Vickie Sue Eagan Dec. 13, 1941 – Dec. 27, 2020

VICKIE SUE EAGAN Dec. 13, 1941 – Dec. 27, 2020

Vickie Sue Eagan,79, a resident of Los Alamos was born December 13, 1941 to Roscoe and Georgia Horner in Alva, Oklahoma.

She lived in Alva with her parents and sisters, Sondra and Jacqueline until she wed Gerald Eagan. She lived in Las Alamos until her death December 27, 2020.

Gerald and Vickie moved to Las Alamos, New Mexico where they lived in the same residence their entire life together raising their two children, Jeffery and Diane. Vickie is fondly remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She dedicated her life in support of her family.


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Obituary: Myra P. Branch Feb. 4, 1962 – Dec. 26, 2020

MYRA P. BRANCH Feb. 4, 1962 – Dec. 26, 2020

MYRA P. BRANCH, after a courageous, graceful and inspiring seven-year battle with Cerebellar Ataxia, Myra passed away on December 26, 2020. 

In spite of her challenges, Myra lived joyfully, motivating others to do the same. She was born on February 4, 1962 in Española, to Soraida and Henry Pacheco of El Guique.

Surviving Myra are her husband, Don Branch of Los Alamos; daughter, Amanda (Shedrick) and grandsons, Azariah, Asher, Royce of Garland, TX; son, Tim (Nadine) of Española; parents, Soraida and Henry; brothers, Leo (Celinia) of El Guique and Eddie


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Obituary: Molly Nancy Murphy Holm Nov. 19, 1921-Nov. 22, 2020

MOLLY NANCY MURPHY HOLM Nov. 19, 1921 – Nov. 22, 2020 

November 19, 1921 – Molly Nancy Murphy Holm – November 22, 2020. Two bookends for a beautiful life.

The only daughter of Henry Murphy and Mary Sophie Douglas, Molly was born and grew up in Portland, Oregon. As a child, Molly liked to garden. In 1933 her rose garden won Second Grand Prize for the Royal Rosarian and 4H Club Rose Contest in Portland.

Molly attended Multnomah High School, then transferred across town to attend Commerce High School, where she learned bookkeeping, typing, shorthand, and college preparatory subjects. After high school,


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Obituary: Nicolas Emmett Storey Jan. 8, 2001 – Dec. 18, 2020

NICOLAS EMMETT STOREY Jan. 8, 2001 – Dec. 18, 2020

On Friday, December 18, 2020, Nicolas Emmett Storey, beloved son and brother, passed away at the age of 19 from an accidental drug overdose.

Nic was born on January 8, 2001, in Los Alamos, NM to Brad and Amy (Rose) Storey. Nic attended Barranca Mesa Elementary School and Los Alamos Middle School. He graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2019.

In grade school, Nic enjoyed dancing, playing the cello, cub scouts, swim team, participating in science fairs, sledding, and learning to ski. Many of his friends will remember the video of his dub-step dance


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Obituary: Robert Dannewitz March 28, 1923 – Dec. 18, 2020

ROBERT DANNEWITZ March 28, 1923 – Dec. 18, 2020

Robert Dannewitz was born on March 28, 1923 in Decatur, Illinois. He was the son of Mary C. Wright and William Dannewitz.

Bob started working at Muller corp. as a design draftsman upon graduation for high school. In 1953 Bob Picked up his family and went west after accepting a position at LANL(Los Alamos National Laboratory) and fell in Love with Los Alamos with the Great outdoors, his love for this never faded.

Bob retired from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1982 He worked in many divisions, and enjoyed his work, but mostly those he worked with.


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Obituary: Loren G. Lundquist April 14, 1942 – Dec. 16, 2020

LOREN GILMORE LUNDQUIST April 14, 1942 – Dec. 16, 2020

Loren Gilmore Lundquist, born April 14, 1942 to Mae Lorraine (Obenland) Lundquist and Gilmore John Peter Lundquist, passed away Dec. 16, 2020 due to complications from a brief illness.

He was a kind, generous man of integrity with a delightful, wry sense of humor. He served his country for many years, and he will be sorely missed by his family and friends. 

Any obituary of Loren Lundquist should rightfully contain as many details as possible, but Loren lived such a rich life that it’s hard to live up to his standards.

He was born in Alexandria,


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