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Obituary: Irene Paine Sept. 13, 2019

on September 16, 2019 - 7:39am

IRENE PAINE Sept. 13, 2019

Irene Paine, 90, and half years old passed away the morning of Friday, September 13, 2019 with her children by her side.

She called Espanola home. She was born in Brooklyn, NY and moved to New Mexico when she was just 16.

Before moving to Los Alamos, NM, she was one of only a few children chosen to sing at the funeral of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

She left a full paid scholarship to the Julliard School of music when her father came to work as a glass blower for the Manhattan project.

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Obituary: Michael Paul Dugan Sept. 27, 1948 – Sept. 8, 2019

on September 12, 2019 - 8:10am

MICHAEL PAUL DUGAN Sept. 27, 1948 – Sept. 8, 2019

Michael Paul Dugan was born on September 27, 1948 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the second of what would become seven children of Paul and Colette Dugan.

The family eventually moved to Los Alamos and Mike became known as the one who could fix anything. He took great pleasure in helping family and friends with challenging fix-it projects, always with creative solutions.

Mike joined the U.S. Navy upon graduation from high school and served in Guam during the Vietnam Era.

Upon his return, he married Mary Waldschmidt.

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Obituary: Roger Minot Clough May 1, 1932 – Sept. 8, 2019

on September 12, 2019 - 7:51am

ROGER MINOT CLOUGH May 1, 1932 Sept. 8, 2019

Roger Minot Clough, age 87 of Los Alamos, passed away on Sunday, September 8, 2019.

Roger was born May 1, 1932 in Meriden, Connecticut to Raymond and Katherine Helen (Malay) Clough. He graduated from Hicks Memorial School in Tolland, CT in 1950. 

He served in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Norfolk VA. (1950-1954), worked for Pratt & Whitney Corp. in Connecticut after release from the Navy in 1954, and then spent a few years as a house painter both New Mexico and then Maine. 

After a down-turn in the economy, he attended the University of Maine

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Obituary: Lorraine Montoya Sept. 7, 1948 – Sept. 9, 2019

on September 12, 2019 - 7:33am

LORRAINE MONTOYA Sept. 7, 1948 – Sept. 9, 2019

Our beloved mother, Lorraine Montoya, 71, of Abiquiu, NM, passed away following a short illness on Monday, September 9, 2019 with her family by her side.

She was born to the late Napoleon and Josefita Martinez on September 7, 1948, in Abiquiu.

Lorraine is preceded in death by her sister Teodorita Garcia, her late husband Jose Ortega, and brother-in-law Gilbert Vigil.

She is survived by her loving husband of 19 years, Hernando Montoya and her 4 children: Jose Ortega, Joyce Ortega-Tapia (John Tapia), Vangie Trujillo (Donald) and Josephine

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Obituary: Adeline (Addy) F. Reeves Jan. 20, 1927 – Sept. 7, 2019

on September 11, 2019 - 7:55am

ADELINE (ADDY) F. REEVES Jan. 20, 1927 – Sept. 7, 2019

Adeline (Addy) F. Reeves passed away on September 7th in her home with family around her.

Addy was born in Oakdale, NE, on January 20th, 1927 to Herman and Lena Walters and was raised on their family farm with her four siblings. 

She graduated from Oakdale High School, hopped the train to Omaha with her older sister, Millie, got a room at a boarding house, and landed a job as a secretary. She soon met Frank, her husband of 62 years, who was a recent enlistee in the U.S. Navy.

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Obituary: Melanie Fugate Aug. 29, 2019

on September 9, 2019 - 7:42am

MELANIE FUGATE Aug. 29, 2019

Melanie Fugate, 59, of Los Alamos passed away on August 29, 2019.

She is survived by her beloved daughter Lauren as well as her brothers Douglas and Byron Jakel, sisters-in-law Pattie and Michiko, nephew Connor, niece Mackenzie, friend and former husband Mike and friend and former mother-in-law Karene Elliott. Other friends include the Grimes and Riley families.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Melanie moved to Albuquerque where she graduated with distinction from the University of New Mexico with a BA in English & Philosophy.

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Obituary: Inez Evangeline Christensen Nov. 1, 1925 – Sept. 2, 2019

on September 5, 2019 - 8:33am

INEZ EVANGELINE CHRISTENSEN Nov. 1, 1925 Sept. 2, 2019

Inez Evangeline Christensen passed from this life and entered the presence of her Savior Jesus on September 2, 2019 in Los Alamos, New Mexico.  Surrounded by her loving family, Inez received a body free of cancer and dimmed vision.

Inez was born in Antelope, Montana to Theodore Raymond Knutson and Inga Evanger Knutson on November 1, 1925 and grew up in rural North Dakota as the oldest of 16 children.

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Obituary: Father Robert Anthony Busch, Ph.D., April 3, 1962 – Aug. 27, 2019

on September 3, 2019 - 7:25am

FATHER ROBERT ANTHONY BUSCH, PH.D. April 3, 1962 – Aug. 27, 2019

Father Robert Anthony Busch, Ph.D., who served as Pastor of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Canyon, Texas and Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Amarillo, passed away August 27, 2019. He was 57 years old.

Vigil was celebrated at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Canyon. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, August 31, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Ann's in Canyon with Bishop Patrick J. Zurek, presiding, with priests of the Diocese of Amarillo and other dioceses concelebrating. Burial was in Memory Gardens.

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Obituary: Kramer Woodard April 28, 1954–Feb. 20, 2019

on August 29, 2019 - 7:02am
KRAMER WOODARD April 28, 1954Feb. 20, 2019
 
Kramer Woodard was born April 28, 1954, in Omaha, Nebraska to Charles and Dorothy Woodard and passed away in Albuquerque Feb. 20, 2019.
 
He was named after his paternal grandparents, Charles and Nettie Kramer. He was a happy and lovable little boy--always wanting to give gifts to everyone who came to the house, whether it be a favorite toy or a simple clothes pin.
 
By age 12 he had lived in four different states before the family moved to Los Alamos, NM. Kramer attended Pueblo Jr. High and was a graduate of Los Alamos High School.
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Obituary: Gilbert H. Archuleta, Sr. Aug. 20, 2019

on August 26, 2019 - 4:27pm

GILBERT H. ARCHULETA, SR. Aug. 20, 2019

Gilbert H. Archuleta, Sr., 74, a resident of Servilleta, passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2019.

He was preceded in death by his father, Leo; his mother, Ruth; brother, George L. Archuleta; sister, Gloria Alvarado; son, Anthony Archuleta; father-in-law, Joe A. Giron; and mother-in-law, Dulce Nea Giron.

He worked for years through Semi Service in Salt Lake City as a Diesel Mechanic. He moved to New Mexico, where he worked for Los Alamos Public Schools for 10 years, where he retired.

He enjoyed tending to his property and watering his yard.

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Obituary: Judith (Judy) Hunter Miller Aug. 20, 2019

on August 25, 2019 - 6:00am

JUDITH (JUDY) HUNTER MILLER Aug. 20, 2019

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so. 

With characteristic grace, courage and faith, Judith (Judy) Hunter Miller passed away at the age of 74 on August 20, 2019, surrounded by loving family at her home in White Rock, New Mexico. 

She is survived by her father Robert Hunter, sister Linda Ellingson, sons David and Jonathan, three grandchildren and her devoted canine companion Addie.

In addition to her long nursing career at Los Alamos Medical Center and Los Alamos National Laboratory, Judy will

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Obituary: James Bunch April 23, 1934 – Aug. 20, 2019

on August 24, 2019 - 7:05am

JAMES MARION BUNCH April 23, 1934 Aug. 20, 2019

James Marion Bunch was born April 23, 1934, in Hastings, NE. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 20, 2019 at age 85.

After graduating from Hastings High School in 1952, he married Elayne Grothen in 1954 and completed his BA in physics with a math minor at Hastings College in 1956.

They had two children, Robyn and John. Jim completed his PhD in solid state physics at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in 1967. Then the family moved to Los Alamos where Jim was a staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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Obituary: Chris Hollis Feb. 14, 1937 – Aug. 19, 2019

on August 23, 2019 - 7:08am

CHRIS VALENE HOLLIS Feb. 14, 1937 – Aug. 19, 2019

Chris Valene Hollis passed away in Los Alamos, New Mexico on Monday, August 22, 2019.

She was born on February 14, 1937 and was the only child of Jack and Dalma Hinds King. Chris lived in Lawton, Oklahoma until her graduation in 1957 from Cameron State Agricultural College with an Associates in Arts degree in Home Economics. Following a summer working at Disneyland, she attended Oklahoma State University until her marriage to William Wesley Hollis on December 27, 1958.

Chris and Bill had two children: William Kirk Hollis and Elizabeth Ann

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Obituary: Beatrice Joyce Huggins Keen June 29, 1930 – Aug. 16, 2019

on August 22, 2019 - 6:19am
BEATRICE JOYCE HUGGINS KEEN June 29, 1930  Aug. 16, 2019
 
Beatrice Joyce Huggins Keen was born in Erick, Oklahoma June 29, 1930. Joyce entered heavens gates, at the age of 89, Aug. 16, 2019.
 
Joyce’s parents were Beatrice Gladys and Forest Fowler (Pete) Huggins. She was preceded in death by her mother Gladys Davenport and step-father LB Davenport, father Pete Huggins and brother Duane Huggins.
 
Joyce was survived by her two children Janet Leyendecker, and Jerri McTaggart and husband Kevin.
 
Joyce had 5 grandchildren, Brandy Lee and husband Ronnie, Tiffany Jones, Rebecca Kunkel
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Obituary: Robert E. Morrison July 14, 1947-July 21, 2019

on August 20, 2019 - 4:41pm

ROBERT E. MORRISON July 14, 1947 July 21, 2019

Robert E. Morrison died July 21, 2019, at home in Los Alamos seventy-two years and one week after his birth on July 14, 1947, in Logan, Utah.

His family moved often and he had been enrolled in thirteen schools by the time they returned to Los Alamos for Bob's high school years. As a member of Bob Cox's track team, he set the LAHS pole vault record in 1965, a mark that held until 1993. Bob walked down to Sullivan Field during practice to congratulate the young man who broke it.

After serving in Vietnam during the 1968 Tet Offensive Bob joined

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Obituary: Robert Jefferson ‘Bob’ Bartholomew March 5, 1927 – July 28, 2019

on August 16, 2019 - 7:41am
ROBERT JEFFERSON ‘BOB’ BARTHOLOMEW March 5, 1927 – July 28, 2019

A good and faithful servant who loved his family, his friends, his country, and his God. 

Robert Jefferson “Bob” Bartholomew, 92, of White Rock, died Sunday, July 28, 2019 in Santa Fe following a short illness. 

Bob was born in Denver March 5, 1927, to Richard and Helen Olive (Reeve) Bartholomew. After short stays in Colorado and Idaho, the family moved to Raton, New Mexico in 1934, where Bob grew up in the coal mine camps of Brilliant and Koehler.

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Obituary: Dr. PauI Wagner Dec. 27, 1923–Aug. 9, 2019

on August 15, 2019 - 10:33am

DR. PAUL WAGNER Dec. 27, 1923 – Aug. 9, 2019

PauI Wagner, 1st Lt Ret,  of Albuquerque, NM was born in Troy, Rennselaer County, New York, 12-27-23.

He is a veteran of World War II where he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps flying 25 combat missions as a B-17 Flying Fortress pilot in Europe with the 8th Air Force. At war's end he was a First Lieutenant who had been awarded the Air Medal four times, had three ETO battle stars and a Presidential Citation for his combat experience. He remained in the US Army Reserves until the end of the Korean conflict in 1954.

He was educated after WWII at

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Obituary: Scarlett Ruby Martinez Aug. 10, 2019

on August 12, 2019 - 4:49pm

SCARLETT RUBY MARTINEZ Aug. 10, 2019

Scarlett Ruby Martinez, 4 Months, a resident of Española, passed away peacefully with her parents at her side on Saturday, August 10, 2019.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Nancy Serna-Sanchez; great-grandfathers, Modesto Espinoza, Benigo Martinez and George Baca; and great-aunt Diana Martinez.

Scarlett was a beautiful baby girl who quickly gained the love of everyone around her. She had the drive to keep fighting throughout her life. She had such a feisty personality for such a young age. She loved to be held and always comforted.

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Obituary: Irene Davis-Dellinger Jan. 28, 1924 – Aug. 6, 2019

on August 10, 2019 - 6:57am
IRENE DAVIS-DELLINGER Jan. 28, 1924  Aug. 6, 2019
 

Irene Davis-Dellinger passed away at the Los Alamos Medical Center this past Tuesday, August 6.  

A 52-year resident of White Rock, Irene was born in Freiburg, Germany, Province of Saxony, on January 28, 1924, the only child of Kaufman Wilhelm Weichelt and Flora Charlotte Irmgard Schmidt.  

Irene grew up in the City of Dresden, studied to pursue a career in music, but was forced, along with her mother, to flee the city on foot during the Allied fire bombings of February 1945.  

Reaching the advancing Allied front lines, she sought

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Obituary: Les E. Templeton Aug. 15, 1959 – July 31, 2019

on August 8, 2019 - 10:15am
LES E. TEMPLETON Aug. 15, 1959  July 31, 2019
 
Les E. Templeton, 59, of Los Alamos died July 31, 2019.
 
Les was born Aug. 15, 1959 in Odessa, TX. to Gene and Dorothy Gene ("D.G") Templeton.
 
Les was preceded in death by his father Gene and is survived by his mother D.G. and older brother Lance (Marian) Templeton of Alexandria LA, daughter Amber of Oklahoma City, son Bryce of Los Alamos, ex-wife Linda (Hand) of Los Alamos, as well as numerous close personal and professional friends.
 
Les was an accomplished athlete and attended Patrick Henry High School in San Diego, CA.
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Obituary: Michael P. Geelan July 15. 2019

on August 8, 2019 - 9:55am

MICHAEL P. GEELAN July 15, 2019

Mike Geelan, 69, passed away at his home in Aransas Pass,Texas on Monday, July 15, 2019. 

He was employed by Los Alamos National Laboratory for 28 years.

Mike grew up in Los Alamos and enjoyed the outdoors, especially the mountains. In his mid-twenties he built a cabin in the Jemez, where he loved hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and spending time with friends, family, and his dogs. 

Mike met and married Cindy Hammons, his wife of 38 years. They eventually moved to Cindy’s home state of Texas, where they enjoyed living by the ocean.

Mike was a devoted

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Obituary: Kenneth Bernard Bowman April 15, 1926 – Aug. 2, 2019

on August 7, 2019 - 11:21am

KENNETH BERNARD BOWMAN April 15, 1926 – Aug. 2, 2019

Kenneth Bernard Bowman (Ken) entered into eternal rest on Friday, August 2, 2019 with his children at his side. He was 93.

Ken was born on April 15, 1926 in LaPorte, Indiana. He was the youngest of the three children born to Rodney Bernard and Anna Marie (Klassen) Bowman.

After graduation from La Porte High School, Ken attended Purdue College before going to Fairchild Aircraft in Hagerstown, MD to begin his drafting/engineering career. Over the years he also worked for Pullman Car Company and then Bendix Corporation in Indiana.

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Obituary: Kenneth Ian Thom Nov. 19, 1936 – July 27, 2019

on August 2, 2019 - 8:11am
KENNETH IAN THOM Nov. 19, 1936  July 27, 2019
 
Ken Thom passed away peacefully at home Saturday, July 27, 2019 after suffering a fall.
 
Ken was an almost lifelong resident of New Mexico, moving here as a young child with his family.
 
He graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1955, and attended the University of New Mexico for several years. Ken served his country in the NM Air National Guard from 1959-1965, and worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1969 until 1994.
 
Ken is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Anne Thom, his beloved daughter Holly, husband Aaron
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Obituary: William Joshua ‘Bill’ Schutz Sr. Feb. 17, 1927 – July 25, 2019

on July 30, 2019 - 5:27pm

WILLIAM JOSHUA ‘BILL’ SCHUTZ SR. Feb. 17, 1927July 25, 2019

William Joshua “Bill” Schutz Sr. passed away peacefully from natural causes on July 25, 2019 in his White Rock, New Mexico home at the age of 92.

Bill was born in Silver City, New Mexico on February 17, 1927 to parents Leo Sr. and Josephine Schutz and grew up in Santa Fe.

He graduated from St. Michaels High School in 1945 and soon after enlisted in the US Navy during WW II. His service was in the Pacific theater with his best friend Dick Delgado (deceased).

Bill worked for 42 years with the US Postal Service in Los Alamos.

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Obituary: Carolyn (CJ) Buckner July 9, 1941 – May 7, 2019

on July 29, 2019 - 12:54pm

CAROLYN (CJ) BUCKNER July 9, 2019 – May 7, 2019

Beloved artist and long-time resident of Los Alamos, Carolyn (CJ) Buckner passed away May 7, 2019, after a yearlong battle with neuroendocrine cancer. She was just shy of her 78th birthday at the time of her passing.

CJ, as she preferred to be called, was born in Cedar Rapids, WI. on July 9, 1941. Daughter of Valentine and Alice Birch, CJ spent most of her childhood moving around in the upper Midwest in several different parts of Iowa and Wisconsin.

Upon completing high school, she began her undergraduate studies at the University of Iowa in

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