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Tom Joy
(1932 - 2008)
Visitation for Tom Joy, 76, of Carrizozo, will be Tuesday, July 8, at Gateway Church of Christ in Ruidoso from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. with the funeral service beginning at 9 a.m. with burial to follow at the Capitan Cemetery.
Mr. Joy passed away Friday, July 4, in Carrizozo. He was born April 16, 1932, at Hope. He was a rancher, having worked at the Flying H Ranch and other ranches in Eddy, Lea and Lincoln counties. He then lived in Farmington from 1990 until 1996 working as a truck driver in the oil field. He moved to Carrizozo in 1996. He loved to hunt, listen to country music, visit with his friends and write stories. He married Mary Jo Norton March 10, 1954 in Artesia.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary Jo of Carrizozo, two sons, Dwayne and his wife JoAnn, of Capitan, and Mike and his wife, Amy, of Roswell; daughter Kayla Clifton and her husband, Glenn, of Ruidoso; sister Luvina McGuire, of Peralta; brother Bill Joy and his wife Joan, of Artesia; grandson Travis, his wife, Shelley, and their children Alex, Marissa, Shaina and Trista; grandson Jared and his wife, Angie, and their daughter Jewel; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Fuss and Winnie Joy, and a sister Delma Widner.
[Alamogordo Daily News 7-8-2008 Retyped by Elaine Watson]



L. E. (Bill) Keys Killed in Fire



Elizabeth Monica Kuchinsky

(1951 - 2010)
Elizabeth Monica (Timm) Kuchinsky, 59, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, entered into eternal rest, Jan. 8, 2010, after a short battle with cancer.
She is survived by her husband, Allan Kuchinsky of the family home; her children, Bryan Fanning of Alamogordo, Stuart Fanning and wife, Rachel, of Snowshoe, W.V., Heather Fanning of Alamogordo and Maureen Fanning Adams and husband, Robert, of Ruidoso; stepdaughters, Donna Shurtz and husband, David, of Wichita Falls, Texas, Linda Payne and husband, Robert, of Greensboro, N.C. and Pam Peterson and husband, Kirk, of Herndon, Va.; three sisters, Bernadette Takacs of Cleveland, Ohio, Monica Hunter and husband, Tony, of Alamogordo and Marian Stryczny and husband, Ted, of Windham, Ohio; four brothers, Phillip Timm of French Town, N.J., Bart Timm of Washington DC, David Timm and Matthew, both of Cleveland; and 16 grandchildren.
Liz was a strong, determined woman, who dedicated her life to her children, family and friends. She touched the lives of everyone she came in contact with. There was never a time you couldn't talk to her about any problem you were facing that she wouldn't give you some kind of inspirational words which left you feeling better and able to tackle anything you were facing. Her impact on earth will be felt for generations to come as a result of her love and caring for everyone who entered her life.
She was the best wife, sister, mother, grandmother and friend anyone could hope to ever ask for, and not a day will go by that she is not thought about and missed very much by us all. We love you mom.
Memorial Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, at the VFW Bingo Hall. A reception will immediately follow the service at the Bingo Hall.
The Kuchinsky family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation will take place locally at PCS.
[Published in the Alamogordo Daily News from 1/10/2010 - 1/24/2010]

Richard Raymond Lewis
(June 25, 1909 - Feb. 10, 2011)
New Mexico was still a territory when Richard "Dick" Lewis was born in a log cabin tow miles south of Wee, the eighth of 10 children born to Dave and Sophronia Lewis. He was the only living grandson of George Washington and Elizabeth Lewis who arrived by wagon train in 1884. During his lifetime; the world has moved from wagon wheel to rocket ship.
Dick served as a teacher, principal and superintendent in several New Mexico towns from 1928 to 1974. Since retiring in 1974, Dick served on many city and state committees that focused on the education and well being of senior citizens.
Dick was preceded in death by his wife, Edith, in 1990 and a son, Wesley, in 2007. He is survived by two daughters, Lynette Robertson and Jean Schimmer and her husband, Bill, of Alamogordo; a foster daughter, Jolene Cox, of Albuquerque; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren and numerous other relatives.
Over the past seven years, Dick received excellent, loving care as a resident of the Aristocrat Assisted Living facility.
There will be a memorial celebration of his life for family and friends Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at 10 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 16th Street and Cuba Avenue, with the Rev. Mary Taken officiating. The family will greet friends at a reception following the service.
[Alamogordo Daily News Feb. 11, 2011 - Retyped by Andrew Lee Bristol.]

Dorothy Nell Lightfoot
(1944 - 2010)
Dorothy Nell Lightfoot, 66, passed away Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, in Alamogordo. She was born Jan. 14, 1944 in Harding to Waymon Earl and Dorothy A. (Tackett) Lightfoot.
She was preceded in death by her father; brothers Edward and George Lightfoot; and a son, Richard Lightfoot.
Survivors include her mother, Dorothy A. Lightfoot; brother Wayne Lightfoot and his wife, Karen; sister-in-law Margaret Lightfoot; and numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.
Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, at Corona Auditorium in Corona.
The Lightfoot family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation will take place locally at PCS.
[Published in Alamogordo Daily News from February 23 to March 9, 2010]

Joseph L Mancillas
(1946 - 2009)
He touched many people's lives and was touched by many. Joseph L. Mancillas, 63, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2009.
He was born June 1, 1946, in Cloudcroft to Lucas and Angelita (Marquez) Mancillas. He has four sisters, Flora Lowery, of Kansas, Lucy Garcia and husband, Felipe, of Alamogordo, Pat Smith and husband, Ed, of Albuquerque, and Esther Davis and husband, Richard, of Cloudcroft, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Carlitos; and brothers-in-law Samuel Lowery, Robert Garcia and Jerry Smith.
Joe lived most of his life in Cloudcroft. He married Sherry Williams Crosson and had two boys, Jody and Jonathan, both of Cloudcroft. Joe worked in construction, logging and a wrecker service. Wrecker business and felling trees became his profession. He owned Cloudcroft Wrecker Service for over 35 years and was the local coffee courier. In 2004, he married Judy Smith Goode. He enjoyed hunting, horseback riding and dancing. He was well known and respected for his kindness and willingness to help others. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
He was a man from the mountain. He loved the mountain. He is our mountain. His memory will live in our hearts forever.
Pallbearers will be Robert Garcia, Richard Davis II, Mike Davis, Felipe Garcia Jr., Lucas Davis, Ricky Smith, Theresa Young, Aletha Leon, Michelle Smith and Vanessa Garcia.
Honorary pallbearers will be Felipe Garcia, Richard Davis, Ed Smith and Richard Smith.
A funeral service will be conducted at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, at First Assembly Worship Center with Pastor David Crispin officiating.
The rosary will be recited at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 11 a.m. in the church with Father Bruce Hausfeld, O.F.M., as celebrant.
Interment will follow in James Canyon Cemetery.
The Mancillas family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.
[Alamogordo Daily News, October 24, 2009 -- Retyped by Andrew Lee Bristol]

In Memory of Joe
Many turn out to remember beloved Cloudcroft resident
Alamogordo Daily News, Posted: 10/24/2009 12:00:00 AM MDT
By Duane Barbati, Staff Writer
Family, friends and business colleagues said their final goodbyes Friday to Cloudcroft businessman and community fixture Joseph L. Mancillas at a funeral service and Mass of the Resurrection.
A procession of tow trucks, fire engines, ambulances and fire rescue support vehicles to honor Mancillas streamed past closed businesses and government buildings along James Canyon Highway from Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Mancillas passed away after he fell from his bucket truck while trimming pine trees on Swallow Place at a local business around 10 a.m. Sunday.
On Wednesday, Cloudcroft Police Chief Matt Flotte said it was determined to be an accidental death.
"He was utilizing his bucket truck to trim trees at a local business," Flotte said. "He fell out of the bucket and hit the ground."
At a funeral service conducted at First Assembly Worship in Alamogordo on Thursday, Mancillas was described as a friend and family man. He enjoyed hunting, horseback riding and dancing. He also would help anyone who needed his assistance.
Pastor David Crispin said Mancillas was a very attentive man.
"He was a very engaged man," Crispin said. "He stayed connected with people. He was a pleasant person to be around. Joe was a very resourceful person."
Mancillas owned Cloudcroft Wrecking Service for more than 35 years. He worked in construction, logging and owned a tree trimming business.
Village of Cloudcroft Volunteer Fire Chief Erich Wuersching said he knew Mancillas his whole life, but knew him closely for 25 years.
"Joe was very friendly," Wuersching said. "He would help a person with anything."
Wuersching said he remembers a time when tow trucks were called out at the same time as the fire department.
"Joe was always with us on calls and helping people," he said. "He always took care of people in their time of need. It wasn't really his job to help people. His job was to just drive the wrecker, but Joe helped out with the situation."
Wuersching said Mancillas was always a phone call away.
"If someone needed help, you just gave him a call," he said. "I remember many times, especially with the fire department, that Joe helped firefighters. He would go to any emergency incident."
Wuersching said Mancillas would help firefighters by pulling hoses and setting up equipment on structure fires.
He said he remembers Mancillas helping in a winter snowstorm sometime between 1991-92.
"Joe really should have been on the volunteer fire department," Wuersching said. "The power was knocked out during the winter snowstorm. Joe was all over the place pulling trees off of power lines and cutting up all kinds of stuff with his chainsaw. He was running around trying to get things fixed and roads open. Joe was just a guy trying to help out."
In each of the services commemorating Mancillas' life, the family thanked the people of Otero County for their outpouring of support and love in the family's unexpected loss.
[Transcribed by Andrew Bristol from materials sub. by E. Watson]

Donald McClellen
Donald McClellen passed away Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, in Alamogordo.
Best known to us all as "Sarge," the white-haired old man with the German shepherd in the beat-up old Jeep.
He was an accomplished and proud man, well liked by many. He will be missed.
He proudly served in the Marine Corps and was able to survive 18 months as a P.O.W.
Sarge was also a carpenter with excellent carpentry skills.
He is survived by a daughter in Spain and his beloved best friend and companion Fujimo (his dog), as well as all of those of us who got the honor to meet him and know him and call him friend.
[Published in the Alamogordo Daily News from 2/3/2010 - 2/4/2010]

Mason Wright McCracken
(1916 - 2010)
Manson Wright McCracken died Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, at the Betty Dare Good Samaritan Center in Alamogordo. He was born on Aug. 29, 1916, in Alamogordo to William Manson "Steve" McCracken and Mary Ann "Annie" Wright McCracken and was the second of eight children. Steve and Annie were pioneers to the region. Annie and her family homesteaded in 1900 in a region now known as Timberon, while Steve arrived from Texas in 1895, worked as a ranch hand and ultimately established the McCracken Ranch, now known as Bug Scuffle Ranch.
From an early age, Manson worked herding angora goats on the family ranch until a severe dustbowl-era drought forced the herd's destruction. Manson then turned to work as a logger, a job which took him all over the Sacramento Mountains for the next quarter century. Working first for Southwestern Lumber and then Prestridge Lumber Company, Manson principally operated heavy machinery.
It was during these years that Manson met and married Frances V. Daugherty, the daughter of another pioneering family. Meeting at a dance in Cloudcroft (they both loved to dance) the couple courted for five years before marrying in El Paso on July 11, 1941. Together, they had three children: Richard (Tim), Gary (Jummy) and Louise. The family lived for most of their early years in logging camps in the Sacramento Mountains, primarily near Weed, where the children attended school.
In 1960, the family moved to Alamogordo, where Manson worked for the next 32 years for his friend Buster Lane, first at Lane Plumbing and G and L Construction and then for 23 years at Alamo Pipe and Supply, where he ultimately retired in 1993.
Manson's marriage to Frances encompassed 52 wonderful and fulfilling years, until her illness and death on Dec. 20, 1993.
Manson's experiences on the ranch and in his logging career created a deep knowledge and love of the mountains that would last a lifetime. Whether he was scouting for arrowheads, hunting for deer or just camping with family, he loved to be out in the "country." Listening to his trove of stories about his life and experiences was a favorite experience of family and friends, especially around the campfire.
Manson is survived by his children and their spouses, Richard (Tim) McCracken and wife, Phyllis, of Alamogordo, Gary (Jummy) McCracken and wife, Richalan, of Albuquerque, and Louise Pate and husband, Scott, of Boles Acres; by grandchildren Richard (Rick) McCracken Jr., Todd McCracken, Gary McCracken, Daniel Pate, Michael Pate and Cori Lacy; by 13 great-grandchildren; and by sisters Maurita Brown, of El Paso, Maudean Bates, of La Luz, and Ruthena Hamm, of Alamogordo.
Manson was preceded in death by his wife, Frances; parents Steve and Annie McCracken; and by four siblings, Gertrude Snyder, Annie (Doot) Bonnell, Wilson (Curl) McCracken and Steve (Bud) McCracken.
Memorial service will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010, at the Alamogordo Funeral Home chapel with Ron Tyson officiating
Pallbearers include Rick McCracken, Todd McCracken, Gary McCracken, Dan Pate, Mike Pate and Jason Lacy.
Interment will follow at Monte Vista Cemetery.
The McCracken family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.
[Published in the Alamogordo Daily News from 1/30/2010 - 2/16/2010]

Francis Patrick McGough
(1924 - 2009)
Lt. Col., U.S.A.F., retired
Francis Patrick McGough, 86, of Alamogordo, passed away Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, at his home.
He was born in Waterbury, Conn., to Martin Patrick and Catherine Frances (Shea) McGough. Mr. McGough married Lorraine Fuller on April 10, 1948, in Watertown, Conn. He retired from the U.S. Air Force on July 31, 1967, after 25 years of service. Francis served his country during World War II as a P-51 fighter pilot in Europe and went on to serve in Korea and Vietnam.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine (Fuller) McGough, of the family home; their seven children, one daughter, Susan M McGough, of Alamogordo, and six sons, Francis J McGough, of Hawaii, Hawaii, Donald T. McGough, of Pearl City, Hawaii, David C. McGough, Richard J. McGough and wife, Patricia, of Waipahu, Hawaii, Kevin M. McGough and wife, Leilani, of Hawaii, and Mark L. McGough and wife, Catherine, of Plano, Texas; 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Francis was a member of the Elks, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and a life member of the Daedalians.
Funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Alamogordo with Fr. Bruce Hausfeld, O.F.M., officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Holloman Air Force Base Steel Talons Honor Guard. A reception is to follow at the Elks Lodge, 2290 Hamilton Road in Alamogordo.
The McGough family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements.
[Published in the Alamogordo Daily News from 1/8/2010 - 1/22/2010]

Danna Lee Robertson McNatt
(1965 - 2010)
Danna Robertson McNatt, 44, passed away Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, in Albuquerque. She was born on April 4, 1965, in Alamogordo to Paul and Sue (Daniel) Robertson.
Danna graduated from Alamogordo High School in 1983 and worked as a retail merchandiser. She loved rock collecting, taking sunset pictures, arts and crafts and doing things with her hands. She was very giving and loved making quilts and baby blankets for family and friends, which she learned to do from her mother-in-law, Virginia Zinn.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Edgar "Danny" Daniel.
Survivors include her grandmother Billie Daniel, of Alamogordo; mother, Sue Daniel and her husband, Vern Inabnitt, of Las Cruces; husband, Joe Tom McNatt, of Peralta; sons Billy Dan Daniel, of Alamogordo, and Clete Tyrel Powell, of Las Cruces; and stepchildren Deonna Jo McNatt, of Elk City, Okla., and Clinton Lewis McNatt, of Farmington. Danna is also survived by her father, Paul Robertson, of La Luz; sister Suzanne Robertson Dunmire, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; six grandchildren; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, March 5, 2010, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Bryant Hausfeld, O.F.M.
Interment will follow at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery.
The family will greet friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 4, 2010, at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home.
The McNatt family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.
[Published in Alamogordo Daily News from March 2 to March 18, 2010]

Eula L McNatt
(1893 - 1990)
San Patricio Woman Killed
By the Associated Press
At least three people were killed in traffic accidents on New Mexico roads this past weekend, authorities said.
The victims were identified as Eula McNatt, 96, San Patricio; Daniel Wright, 34, Los Lunas; and Richard Sifuentes, 25, Bayard, officials said.
Ms. McNatt was a passenger in a westbound car on U.S. 70 in Lincoln County when the car collided with an eastbound vehicle Sunday morning, state police said.
She was taken to Ruidoso hospital, then transferred to Gerald Champion Memorial Hospital in Alamogordo, where she died Sunday night, officers said.
Wright was killed when his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck Saturday evening on New Mexico 6 east of the Rio Grande bridge in Los Lunas, Los Lunas police said.
Sifuentes was killed Friday night when he was struck by a car as he was crossing New Mexico 56, the Grant County Sheriff’s Department said.

Eula L. McNatt
Eula L. McNatt, 96, of Tularosa died Sunday at Gerald Champion Memorial Hospital.
She was born February 25, 1893 in Mayhill and had been a lifelong resident of Otero County. Mrs. McNatt was a life member of the Woodmen of the World and an active participant in the Tularosa Older American Center.
Survivors include a son, Roderick L. McNatt and his wife Sandra of Truth or Consequences; three daughters, Louise Babers of San Patricio, Lucille Marr of Tularosa and Roslyn (Mrs. Robert) Santistevan of Aztec; nine grandchildren, Bill Babers of Portales, Patty Rea of Ignacio, Colo., Ernest Waller of Dove Creek, Colo., Joyce Holland of Clovis, Jimmy McNatt of Oregon, and Evelyn Trammel, Don Marr, Gerald Marr and Louise Parker, all of Tularosa; 21 great grandchildren; 29 great-great-grandchildren, and a sister, Cressie Dockray of Mayhill.
Mrs. McNatt was preceded in death by her husband, Roderick M. “Roe” McNatt, in 1962.
Memorial services will be conducted on Wednesday at 2 p.m at the Tularosa United Methodist Church with the Rev. Lowell Swisher officiating.
Interment of the cremains will follow in Tularosa Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Hamilton Funeral Home.
[Alamogordo Daily News 1990 Retyped by Elaine Watson]

Daniel Edward Meents
(1949 - 2010)
Early on Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, we lost a great husband, father, brother, son, uncle and friend when USN retired ATCM Daniel Edward Meents unexpectedly went to heaven.
He was the son of Constance and Edward Meents, of Alamogordo, who survive him. He was born in Sioux Falls, S.D., in 1949. In 1968 he graduated from high school in Sioux Falls. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1969.
He was stationed in Norfolk, Va.; Atlanta, Ga.; Jacksonville, Fla.; El Paso and Dallas. In 1999, he retired as the command master chief of VAW 78 in Norfolk. He also worked for the U.S. Customs in Washington, D.C.
He lived with his family in Norfolk until recently moving to Robbinsville, N.C., in late 2009. He loved his new home in the Great Smoky Mountains.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Madeline, and his son Phillip, of Bristow, Va. He is also survived by his parents; his mother-in-law, Nellie Phillips, of Robbinsville, N.C.; his brother-in-law Alan Phillips, of Petersburg, Va.; his brother Michael Meents, of Minneapolis, Minn.; and his sister Julie Estabrooks, of Columbia, Mo. He has extended family in Robbinsville, N.C.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Santa Barbara, Calif.; and Columbia, Mo. He also had many friends all over the country who will miss him.
He was pre-deceased by his father-in-law, William Dallas Phillips, his grandparents, and many aunts and uncles.
A celebration of his life will be held at Stecoah Baptist Church in Robbinsville Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at 2 p.m. where military rites will be conducted by Eller Rogers American Legion Post 192 and Carringer Webster VFW Post 8635. Visitation will be an hour before the service.
Townson-Smith Funeral Home is assisting the family.
[Published in Alamogordo Daily News from February 10 to February 24, 2010]

Lovor Mancillas Medina
(1928 - 2010)
Lovor "Louie" Mancillas Medina, 82, passed away Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, in Alamogordo. A lifelong resident of Cloudcroft, he was born Aug. 2, 1928, in Cloudcroft to Frank and Lupe (Mancillas) Medina.
Louie was a decorated Army veteran, serving in the Korean War from 1951 to 1952, combat infantry, where he was awarded the Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star.
Louis retired from Otero County Electric Cooperative after 25 years of service. He also volunteered his services to Sacred Heart Catholic Church for 24 years. In addition, Louis was a member and organizer of Fiestas Guadalupanas for 23 years at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cloudcroft and Our Lady of the Light Catholic Church in La Luz.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Elia Medina, of the family home in Cloudcroft, and seven sons, Louie Medina and wife, Twila, of Albuquerque; Freddie Medina, of Hobbs; Frank Medina and wife, Karen, of Las Cruces; Joe Medina and wife, Elizabeth, of Cloudcroft; Richard Medina and wife, Lisa, of High Rolls; Alfred Medina, of Cloudcroft; and James Medina and wife, Rose, of Cloudcroft. He also enjoyed 17 grandchildren, including Diane Medina; brothers Joshua, Jordan, Christopher and Lucas Medina; and many great-grandchildren.
The rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cloudcroft by Deacon Don Dickman. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m., with Fathers Bruce and Bryant Hausfeld, O.F.M., as celebrants.
Pallbearers include Louie Medina, Freddie Medina, Frank Medina, Joe Medina, Richard Medina, Alfred Medina, James Medina, Diane Medina and Christopher Medina. Honorary pallbearers include Paul Marez, Damon Marez, Manny del Palacio, Joe del Palacio and Willie Romero.
Interment will follow at James Canyon Cemetery.
The family will greet friends from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cloudcroft.
The Medina family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.
[Published in Alamogordo Daily News from October 5 to November 5, 2010]

Randal Gene Melton
(1944 - 2009)
Randal Gene Melton, 64, passed away suddenly on Saturday, July 25, 2009, in Rio Rancho.
Randal was born October 26, 1944, in Sacramento, N. M., to Robert and Velma Melton. He grew up in the Weed area. His father was a logger and had his own sawmill.
Randy was a veteran of the U. S. Army, serving during the Vietnam War. He took his country and freedom very seriously.
He had driven a truck for Burch Trucking, and during that time had entered statewide truck rodeo competitions and had won first place trophies. He had worked for Mark Jones, of Victor Corp. and for several years he was superintendent over dirt work projects. He was an avid hunter who loved his dogs, enjoyed yard work and gardening. He loved his family and looked forward every year to the Melton family reunion. He was married to Barbara Cook in 1977 and, for more than 25 years, had operated a logging business.
Surviving Randal are two sons, Chris and his family, of Alamogordo, and Randal Jr. and his family, of Cloudcroft; three stepchildren, David, Kim and Richard Cook; four brothers, Shearld Melton and his wife, Jan, of Roswell; David Melton and his wife, Linda, of Las Cruces; Bill Melton and his wife, Carol, of Cortez, Colo.; and Bobby Melton and his wife, Sue, of Piñon; one sister, Nancy, of Alamogordo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Allen; four sisters, Jean, Ruby, Pearl and Juanita; and one son, John Melton.
Services celebrating his life will be Thursday, July 30, 2009, at 2 p.m. in the Mosquero Community Church, at Mosquero with Rev. Lester Stone, Baptist minister of Alamogordo, officiating Pallbearers will be Bill Melton, David Melton, Sherald Melton, Bobby Joe Melton, Chris Melton and Randal Melton Jr. Honorary Pall bearers will be Lynn Cook, Mark Jones, Charlie Baker, Angel Aroyo, Duke Edwards, George Smith and David Prichard.
Interment will take place in the family plot at Mosquero Cemetery in Mosquero.
[Alamogordo Daily News, July 28, 2009 - transcribed by Andrew Bristol from material sub. by V. Stanbrough]


John J Mershon
(1908 - 2004)
John J. Mershon, 95, a longtime resident of Otero County, died Tuesday, July 6, 2004, in Alamogordo.
Mr. Mershon was born September 16, 1908 in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, to John Moss and Mabel Frances (Adams) Mershon. He graduated from Mena, Arkansas High School and attended Oklahoma Baptist University for most of four years. After marrying Milicent Lucille Browne in Washington, D. C. in 1936, they moved to Mayhill, New Mexico in 1938 where he worked in his father’s lumber business. In 1941 he entered a partnership with Bernie Bounds to raise and market produce in Mayhill and Carrizo Springs, Texas. Mr Mershon participated in the organization of the Otero County Electric Cooperative, Inc., and served as a director for a number of years. In 1956 he was a member of the founding board of directors of the First National Bank in Alamogordo where he served as director and director emeritus. He began developing recreation property in Cloudcroft in 1957. He was elected to the New Mexico State House of Representatives in 1958 and served 12 consecutive terms, retiring in 1982. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite, the York Rite and the Shrine.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Milicent of the family home; two sons William F. Mershon and his wife Marilyn of Mayhill, and James B. Mershon of Parachute, Colorado; three grandchildren, Stewart and Daniel Mershon of Parachute, and Molly Glass and her husband John of Alamogordo; one great granddaughter, Haylie Glass of Alamogordo; and three sisters, Elizabeth Grady of Ft. Worth, Texs, Katherine Gordon of Maryland, and Willedra Beard and her husband Bernard of Oklahoma City.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, John Charles Mershon; two brothers William F. And Samuel Mershon; and two sisters, Virginia Paris and Helen Ruth Mershon, M.D.
At Mr. Mershon’s request, cremation has taken place and a private family service will be conducted.
Services are under the direction of Hamilton-O’Dell Funeral Home in Alamogordo.
[Alamogordo Daily News July 9, 2004 - Retyped by Elaine Watson]

Neil Wayne Mitchell
(1964 - 2010)
Neil Wayne Mitchell passed away Wednesday, April 14, 2010. He was born in Clovis, NM on April 28, 1964 to parents Richard and Mary Mitchell. The family lived for a short time in Albuquerque and Moriarity, where Richard was employed with the State. They found their way back to the Mitchell’s beloved mountains in 1968 and built Chalet Camper Village, an RV park located 5 miles east of Cloudcroft on Hwy 82.
Neil attended all 12 years of his schooling in Cloudcroft, becoming a second generation graduate of Cloudcroft Schools in 1982. He then attended UTI in Phoenix, AZ where he received his automotive diesel mechanic certification. Upon completing his training there, he returned to his home in Cloudcroft and was employed in Alamogordo with Milne RV. During this time he married Jonell Myers and they made their home in James Canyon. To this union were born six children. He soon left Milne RV to assist Richard with the operation of Chalet Construction, eventually taking over as sole owner of this enterprise. Neil was very skilled at his work and loved his job. From septic tanks, to roads, placement of mobile homes, to snow removal, you name it, Neil was the man to call. He is known and respected throughout our southern mountain communities. He strived to please and loved nothing more than to know that he had done a job well.
He married his present wife Cressie, whom he called his ROCK, in January 2005. They made their home in Mayhill on land which has belonged to her family for 8 generations. Together they fulfilled their dream of creating their beautiful mountain home. He so effortlessly made so many of their dreams come true and they were blessed with many wonderful memories of working together, side by side. One of their greatest joys was vacationing in Colorado each summer where Neil enjoyed a break from his hard work. He bravely allowed Cressie to chauffeur him on many beautiful Jeep trails, again a man of much patience.
A man of few words, a gentle giant, Neil could move mountains and DID! He was a great friend, mentor, son, brother, grandfather, father and husband. You only had to meet him to love him. He was very involved in his community and served on the Cloudcroft School Board. He was a great supporter of his children and attended many a band concert, ball game and track meet. Neil lived to support his children and they were one of the most important aspects of his life. To them he also passed on his love of agriculture and supervised the raising and showing of their fair animals. Neil loved his heavy equipment and it wasn’t just a job, it was a passion. A good day for him involved any day that he was driving his truck, that is what he loved. Neil has left a mighty impression on the lives of many and some big boots to fill; a great example for his children. Neil lived life happy every day and is glad to be in his new home, let us celebrate him reaching his destination and beginning his walk with God.
Romans 8:18 “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
Neil is survived by his wife Cressie, of the family home. His six children include Jared Wayne of Alamogordo, Justin Neil of Tularosa, Jordan Ely of Portales, Jessica Marnell and her husband Josh Ham of Tularosa, Brittney Jerrica of Las Cruces, and Trever James of Cloudcroft; two granddaughters, Sadie Lynn and Saige Marie, also of Alamogordo; father, Richard and his wife Deneice of Cloudcroft; mother, Mary Mitchell of Alamogordo; sister, Carla and her husband Gary Jones of Cloudcroft and their children Kayln and Trent; brother Lawrence Mitchell of Washington State and numerous other extended family.
A funeral service will be conducted at 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 16, 2010 at Cloudcroft Methodist Church with Eddy Coleman, Rev. Bill Sharp and Bill Boverie officiating.
Pallbearers include Dwayne Brown, Lynn Ellison, Mike Crokovic, Gary Jones, Vance Myers, Ridge Watson, Billy Davis and Frank Batte. Honoray Pallbearers are Carey Cook and Jim Robinson.
Interment will follow at James Canyon Cemetery.
The Mitchell family has entrusted their loved on to the care of Hamilton-O’Dell Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.
[Unknown newspaper, unknown contributor]

Hipolito Monrreal
(1920 - 2010)
Hipolito Monrreal, 90, left this world on Friday, Jan. 22, 2010, to rest his tired heart.
He served his country during World War II and received numerous medals, including the Purple Heart. He lived through the Great Depression and worked with the Union Pacific Railroad.
He is preceded in death by his parents Manuela and Petra Monrreal, five brothers and three sisters.
He leaves behind a sister, Sally Terrazas; a brother, Santos Monrreal; six nephews, five nieces and numerous great nephews and nieces.
With his heart he touched all his family.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, at St. Rita Catholic Church in Carrizozo with Father Franklin Eichhorst, O.F.M.
The Monrreal family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation will take place locally at PCS.
[Published in the Alamogordo Daily News from 1/28/2010 - 2/11/2010]

Kenneth Moore
(1942 - 2010)
Kenneth Moore passed away on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, at age 68.
He was best known as "Cowboy." He lived in the Tularosa area since 1983. He was a proud and accomplished man, and loved by all.
He is survived by his mother Thelma Hanna; longtime companion Jo Moore; brother Tom Moor and wife, Kathy; nephews Levi, Wayne and Luke; daughters Cyndi Henley and husband, Cecil, and Kim Quigley and husband, Shawn; stepsons James and Scott; grandchildren Amanda and husband, David, Keith, Vanessa, Kierstin, Skyler and Conner; and great-grandson Gary.
Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Alamogordo Funeral Home chapel.
[Published in Alamogordo Daily News from February 17 to March 3, 2010]

Grace Louella Nenninger
(1916 - 2010)
Grace Louella Nenninger, Lou, of Alamogordo, passed away Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at the extraordinary age of 93 (and a half). She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, and son Larry and is survived (amazingly, considering the grief she gave them) by her daughters Franke Gill, of Dallas, Marty Mills, of Cloudcroft, Sue Kehoe, of Artesia, and Teresa Bornmann, of Alamogordo, who were comforted in knowing she kept all who were able to visit her laughing until the end.
Born in Sapulpa, Okla., in 1916 to James Story Taylor and Orabell Ashurst, she grew up in a difficult time with resources hard to come by. She proudly passed to her children her ability to discover a great deal and make a meal from nothing. She was known by her friends for her love of bridge, a good football game and a better joke (which she always seemed to pull out of her memory on mostly appropriate occasions).
Her nine grandchildren, Meg, Micah, Stuart, Graham, Taylor, April Candace, Nichole and Colin, also survive her. When asked how many great-grandchildren she had, she would reply, "They're all great!" She loved to have her gaggle of great-grandchildren Trier, Jeremy, Josh, Valen, Wesley, William, Hayley, Keiran, Grace and Reece around, but especially when they were outside in the backyard and not under her feet. And she will be missed by her ever faithful and loving dog, Zippy, who was her favorite of all the aforementioned.
Just before she passed, she was reorganizing her recipes on her computer. We are so glad to have them (although "some" of this and "some" of that make for interesting meals). Per her request, anyone who still possesses one of her jelly jars (including hospital laboratory staff) should return them to any of her children for reuse.
We are required to insert this disclaimer, written by Lou (or we will not inherit anything!)
"Do not believe anything the wretched girls tell you. I was kind and generous and loving and beautiful and in general the most wonderful person you could ever have known. So there."
Please join her family in sharing your fond memories of her at memorial services to be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home in Alamogordo.
[Published in Alamogordo Daily News from February 17 to March 3, 2010]


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