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Obituary: Douglas Avery Williams Aug. 18, 1928 – May 4, 2019

on May 17, 2019 - 3:10pm

DOUGLAS AVERY WILLIAMS Aug. 18, 1928 – May 4, 2019

Douglas Avery Williams, a resident of Los Alamos, New Mexico, passed away peacefully May 4, 2019 at his home in White Rock, in the company of his family.

Douglas was born August 18, 1928 in Greenfield, Massachusetts, son of James Lowell Williams and Dorothy Pearl Wallace and brother of Peter Oliver Williams. With the untimely passing of his mother, he then acquired a gathering of stepbrothers: Bruce, Berkeley, Ronald, Roger and Eric Eastman, sons of Lowell’s second wife, Marie Barker Williams.

Douglas graduated in 1946 from Westfield High

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Obituary: Donald E. Humpton March 6, 1932 – April 22, 2019

on May 14, 2019 - 11:44am

DONALD E. HUMPTON March 6, 1932 – April 22, 2019

 

Donald Edward Humpton was born in Burlington, Iowa on March 6, 1932 to his parents Dorothy and Frank Humpton.

 

He grew up in Burlington where at age 14 he met the love of his life, Colleen Storrer. Colleen's father owned a grocery store down the block from the Humpton household. Donald started making lots of trips to the corner grocery to see this girl. On June 17, 1951, at age 18 he married his sweetheart who was 17 and just a few days past her high school graduation.

 

The happy young couple began their family in Burlington having

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Obituary: Bettie L. Kerr Aug. 18, 1929 – May 12, 2019

on May 14, 2019 - 11:17am

BETTIE L. KERR Aug. 18, 1929 – May 12, 2019

Bettie L. Kerr, 89, passed away on May 12, 2019 at Aspen Ridge Lodge in Los Alamos, where she was a resident for the last 18 months.

Bettie was born on August 18, 1929 in Roswell, New Mexico to parents, Jewell Ryan and Carleton Poe, both from well-known families in Chavez and De Baca counties.

When her parents divorced, Bettie moved to her grandparents' homestead near Ingleville, NM with her two sisters. Bettie’s mom worked as a clerk in the De Baca County Clerk’s Office in Ft. Sumner and Bettie would stay with her during the summer.

Bettie and

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Obituary: Mark ‘Rocky’ Aaron Robinson Oct. 4, 1950 – April 28, 2019

on May 9, 2019 - 7:24am

MARK ‘ROCKY’ AARON ROBINSON Oct. 4, 1950 – April 28, 2019

After a long fight with Alzheimer’s, Mr. Robinson died peacefully Sunday, April 28, 2019, surrounded by his family.  Friends and family will gather at Pinon Park (A.K.A Rocket Park) this Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 2 p.m. to celebrate the life of Mark Robinson. An interment Service will be held at Union Chapel and cemetery in Ira, Iowa June 8, 2019.

Mark Aaron Robinson was born in Des Moines, Iowa. He was an Ecological Engineer, Environmental Scientist, and author.

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Obituary: Bandel Bezzerides June 30, 1940 – May 7, 2019

on May 8, 2019 - 8:44am

BANDEL BEZZERIDES June 30, 1940 – May 7, 2019

Dr. Bandel Bezzerides was born in Stockton, CA on June the 30th, 1940 and passed away, May 7, 2019.

He attended the University of California at Berkeley as an undergraduate for physics and was awarded the prestigious University Medal in 1961, which is bestowed upon the top graduating senior. That same year, at age 21, he was named one of Time Magazine’s “Best and Brightest”.

He received his Ph.D.

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Obituary: Paul P. Whalen March 1, 1931 – April 30, 2019

on May 6, 2019 - 3:32pm

PAUL PATRICK WHALEN  March 1, 1931 – April 30, 2019

It is with great sadness the Whalen family announces the passing of long time Los Alamos resident, Paul Patrick Whalen on April 30, 2019.

Paul was born in Grand Island, Nebraska on March 1, 1931. He attended a 2-room country schoolhouse for 9 years then transferred to the city high school where he met the love of his life Rosemary Egelhoff.

Paul was a star athlete and set the state track record for the 880 yd run in 1949. He was also an outstanding student and the Valedictorian of his graduating class.

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Obituary: Walter ‘Wally’ G. Watts April 22, 2019

on May 3, 2019 - 8:43am

WALTER ‘WALLY’ G. WATTSWalter “Wally” G. Watts, age 75 passed away on Monday, April 22, 2019 in Los Alamos, NM.
 
A Celebration of Wally's life will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 11 AM at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, 1738 North Sage Street, Los Alamos, NM 87544. A reception will follow at the church.
 
In Memoriam donations will be sent to the auto mechanics department in a nearby town. Information will be provided as soon as it is set it up.
 
Wally’s life was about surviving, loving his family, and dreaming up projects that fixed things, often in unusual, out-of-the-box
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Obituary: Loretta J. Maes April 15, 2019

on May 3, 2019 - 5:59am

LORETTA J. MAES April 15, 2019

Loretta J. Maes passed away on April 15, 2019, peacefully at home in Las Vegas, NM, at the age of 74.

She was born in the beautiful countryside of Cebolla, NM. Loretta was a loving person who traveled the world through her education. She held a Bachelor of Social Work from NM Highlands University where she developed close relationships with the students and faculty.

Loretta is preceded in death by her beloved son, Patrick Ismael Medina; her grandson, Manuel Saenz; her sister, Lydia Garcia; and her three brothers, Gilbert, Joseph and Sonny Maes.

Loretta is

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Obituary: James J. Bramble Feb. 1, 1920 – April 25, 2019

on April 30, 2019 - 5:55am
JAMES J. BRAMBLE Feb. 1, 1920 – April 25, 2019
 
James J. (Jim) Bramble, 99, a longtime resident of Los Alamos, passed away peacefully Thursday April 25. He was surrounded by family at the Los Alamos home of his grandson James Chrobocinski. 
 
Jim was born February 1, 1920, one of six sons of Lewis R. Bramble and Winifred T. (Kelly) Bramble of Phillips, Wisconsin. Jim grew up in Phillips, Neillsville, and Janesville, Wisconsin, and graduated from Janesville High School. Jim attended Milton College, where he met his future wife, Shirley Ann (Pat) Sveum, whom he married in 1941.
 
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Obituary: Robert E. Luders April 25, 2019

on April 29, 2019 - 6:07pm
ROBERT E. LUDERS April 25, 2019
 
Robert E. Luders died at home peacefully April 25, 2019 surrounded by children.
 
He was born in 1923; spending his childhood in Kelseyville, California. He came to Los Alamos during WWII where he worked with war dogs and pulled a lot of guard duty, eventually becoming building manager at P-9. 
 
Robert moved to La Cueva in the mid-60’s and to SE Alaska in 2015. 
 
Robert is survived by his wife, Connie Darnell; daughter Rosemary and husband Max Kelly; son Rick Luders and wife Margaret and many grand and great-grandchildren.
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Obituary: Everett D. Holmes Jr. Aug. 3, 1937 – April 26, 2019

on April 28, 2019 - 10:09am

EVERETT D. HOLMES JR. Aug. 3, 1937 – April 26, 2019

Everett D. Holmes Jr. (81) passed away on Friday, April 26th, 2019 at the Los Alamos Medical Center. 

That simple dash between the date of birth and the date of death listed on everyone’s tombstone had a lot of meaning to Everett and he was very proud of the way he lived his dash. He was a 20-year cancer survivor.

He was born in West Hudson Hospital in Kearny, New Jersey – the first child of Everett Daniel Holmes Sr. and Anna Theresa (Kelzenberg) Holmes on August 3rd, 1937.

He was a 1955 graduate of Kearny High School, upon graduation he

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Obituary: Stephen Richard Meyer Dec. 20, 1950 – Feb. 21, 2019

on April 25, 2019 - 7:15am
STEPHEN RICHARD MEYER Dec. 20, 1950  Feb. 21, 2019
 
Stephen Richard Meyer, of Pasco, WA, passed away at age 68 Thursday, February 21, 2019.
 
Stephen was born on December 20, 1950 in Minneapolis, MN to Gerald and Patricia (Ziebell) Blatzheim. He graduated from Anoka High School in 1967, then joined the Army and served during the Vietnam War.
 
Following his time in the service, Stephen worked as a commercial shellfisherman on Long Island, NY.
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Obituary: Gloria Zakar 1951 – April 9, 2019

on April 24, 2019 - 10:25am

GLORIA ZAKAR 1951 – April 9, 2019

Gloria Zakar passed away peacefully with family members by her side on April 9. 2019.

She was born in Pfarrkirchen, Germany, but came to the United States at the age of 3 months. Her extended family remained in Hungary, but Gloria was able to occasionally visit with them over the years. Hungarian family remained an important part of her life and a touchstone for her family connections.

Gloria met George at the young age of 18. They quickly fell in love, married, and had a daughter Andrea and son George (Bandi). The family moved to Los Alamos in 1975. She

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Obituary: Mildred Virginia Benham March 2, 2019

on April 22, 2019 - 8:37am
MILDRED VIRGINIA BENHAM March 2, 2019
 
Millie “Sissy” Virginia Belcher Benham passed away gently, surrounded by family on March 2, 2019. 
 
She is survived by husband Loyal (Ben), sons Tom and Jeff, daughter-in-law Bev, cats Heidi and Brindle, sisters Marilyn, Margaret, Carol, Diana, and Penny, brothers Chuck and David, and a myriad of Belchers, Benhams, and others to whom she was friend and mom. She was preceded by her brother Sam.
 
It was her great joy to care for others. She was always there to help out with advice or freshly baked cookies.
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Obituary: William A. Wilds Nov. 22, 1933 – March 13, 2019

on April 15, 2019 - 6:28pm

WILLIAM A. WILDS Nov. 22, 1933 – March 13, 2019

William A. Wilds, a resident of Los Alamos, passed away on Saturday, March 13, 2019 at the Los Alamos Medical Center.

William was born in Fremont, Nebraska on November 22, 1933 and lived in Nebraska and Colorado until high school. William moved to North Hollywood, California mid-way through his junior year of high school.

After graduating high school in North Hollywood, William started his career as a machinist and later progressed to mechanical design and engineering in the defense sector.

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Obituary: James Campbell Wilhelm April 5, 2019

on April 12, 2019 - 9:53am

JAMES CAMPBELL WILHELM April 5, 2019

James Campbell Wilhelm, 70, of Albuquerque and formerly of Los Alamos passed away unexpectedly on April 5, 2019. 

Jimmy, as he was affectionately known, graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1966 and as a Registered Nurse from the University of New Mexico in 1974. He served in the US Navy from 1966 - 1972.

In his earlier years Jim enjoyed camping and backpacking with his many friends and family and more recently traveling with his wife.

Jim was preceded in death by both of his parents Richard and Doris Wilhelm of White Rock.

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Obituary: Eric O. Martinez April 17, 1964 – April 4, 2019

on April 10, 2019 - 2:54pm

ERIC O. MARTINEZ April 17, 1964 April 4, 2019

His heavenly Father lead one of his angels back home, Eric O. Martinez, on April 4, 2019 at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Medical Cancer Center in Denver, CO; while being treated for Multiple Myeloma (bone cancer).

He could not have been in a better facility due to the professionalism of the staff that cared for him. Our Lord and Savior just had other plans for Eric. 

Those whose lives he touched will be devastated by his death, but know Eric for who Eric was.

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Obituary: Sandra McGinty April 1, 2019

on April 8, 2019 - 3:15pm

SANDRA MCGINTY April 1, 2019

If you were out on the town and ran into Sandy McGinty, chances are you'd find her with a cigarette in one hand a drink the other. She might be at the bar or behind it, but she'd always be ready for a conversation and to make a new friend.

Born Sandra Kinney in Akron, Ohio in 1940 to Cread and Margaret (Jennings) Kinney, she was married before her 18th birthday to her high school sweetheart, John "Butch" McGinty. Two years later, with baby boy in tow she was crossing the Atlantic on the Queen Mary to join her husband on his Air Force posting.

Two daughters

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Obituary: Edward Little March 27, 2019

on April 2, 2019 - 10:29am

EDWARD LITTLE March 27, 2019

Edward Little, a long-time resident of Los Alamos, went to be with the Lord, passing peacefully on March 27, 2019, just shy of his 99th birthday. 

Ed is survived by his wife of 75 years, Mary, his son Robert, his daughter, Susan (Russell), his grandsons Michael (Courtney) and Jacob (Sara), his great-granddaughter Ellie, and cousins, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, William H. Little, Sr. and Elizabeth Little and his brother William H. Little, Jr. (Fleata).

Ed was born in 1920 in North Carolina.

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Obituary: Line Woo March 17, 1923 – March 26, 2019

on March 30, 2019 - 1:41pm

LINE WOO March 17, 1923 – March 26, 2019

Line Woo, 96, passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2019.

Though petite in stature, Line Woo was a strong willed and determined woman imbued with internal fortitude. After her second divorce, she transformed herself into a successful business woman decades ago when such a career choice for a woman was frowned upon.

She became a jeweler and operated two successful businesses whilst at the same time raised and nurtured her three children. All three went on to pursue successful careers in their own right.

In her retirement years she enjoyed a full and

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Obituary: John A. Chapman March 11, 1930 – March 23, 2019

on March 27, 2019 - 5:54pm

JOHN A. CHAPMAN March 11, 1930 – March 23, 2019

John A. Chapman, 89, a resident of White Rock, NM passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2019.

He was born March 11, 1930 in East St. Louis, Ill.  At the age of 17 John joined the Marines and served in China and also served during the Korean War. After discharge, he worked for several railroads firing steam engines.

John moved his family to Los Alamos, NM in 1956 where he served his community as a Police Officer.

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Obituary: Cappy Love Hanson Gordon May 12, 1946 – Feb. 8, 2019

on March 27, 2019 - 5:42pm

CAPPY LOVE HANSON GORDON May 12, 1946 – Feb. 8, 2019

Cappy was born in California on May 12, 1946 and passed away in Douglas, Arizona on February 8, 2019.

She is survived by her husband and dearest love, Dennis Gordon.

She came to New Mexico in 1988 and lived primarily in Los Alamos until she and Dennis moved to southern Arizona in 2004. She loved the Sangres and the Jemez, and hiking and snowboarding. She loved birds and animals and filled her life with them. She was an avid birder.

Above all, she loved the music and magic of words; she was an award winning, published poet and author.

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Obituary: Edward Rauchfuss Jan. 28, 1930 – March 23, 2019

on March 26, 2019 - 5:02pm

EDWARD RAUCHFUSS Jan. 28, 1930 – March 23, 2019

Ed was born to Marvel and Eugene Rauchfuss.

He graduated from Powell High School and was active on sports. During his youth he was a partner in his father’s bee business. He spent four years in the Air Force, stationed in Denver, Colorado where he met his wife Vera. The union brought forth three children.

Ed graduated from the University of Wyoming where he earned a BA in in teaching. He taught 4th grade in the Powell School System. He went on to graduate from the North Carolina College in 1967 with a MA in Audio Visual.

He was hired by Los

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Obituary: Betty Ann Lindsey Perkins March 15, 2019

on March 23, 2019 - 8:03am
BETTY ANN LINDSEY PERKINS March 15, 2019
 
Betty Ann Lindsey Perkins, age 86, of Los Alamos, NM passed away peacefully March 15, 2019 after fighting myelodysplastic syndrome for multiple years.
 
Betty was born and lived in Amarillo, Texas, but spent much of her childhood in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
 
She enjoyed her summers in the Jemez and in the Pecos riding horses, attending Girl Scout Camp, enjoying Santa Fe, and appreciating the cool mountain temperatures. Her father served as an accountant for the Los Alamos Ranch School and her grandfather served as the Governor of New Mexico.
 
Betty met
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Obituary: George Frank Erickson May 10, 1929 – March 5, 2019

on March 22, 2019 - 7:40am

GEORGE F. ERICKSON May 10, 1929 – March 5, 2019

George Frank Erickson died peacefully in Los Alamos on March 5, 2019 with family by his side. 

George was born in Oak Park, IL on May 10, 1929. He had a colorful childhood on the streets of Chicago exploring the wonders of energetic chemical reactions and high power electrical devices that sparked the technical passions that he carried with him through the rest of his life.

He spent time in Buffalo, NY while taking classes at the State University of New York and later joined the Naval Reserve as an electronics technician.

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