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Obituary: Terry Dewayne Langham Sept. 20, 1937 – June 7, 2018

on August 20, 2018 - 11:49am

TERRY DEWAYNE LANGHAM Sept. 20, 1937 June 7, 2018

Terry Dewayne Langham was born on September 20, 1937 in Frederick, Oklahoma to Lela Mary and Marvin Wesley Langham. On June 7, 2018, he passed away peacefully at his Los Alamos home into the arms of his savior with his wife, Clarice, by his side. Terry was 80-years-old.

As a child, Terry spent time in Frederick, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Brownwood, Texas. In 1949, at the age of twelve, he moved with his parents and little brother, Taylor, to Los Alamos, New Mexico when it was still a closed city.

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Obituary: Robert Charles Crook March 1, 1925 – Aug. 17, 2018

on August 20, 2018 - 10:47am

ROBERT CHARLES CROOK March 1, 1925 – Aug. 17, 2018

Robert Charles Crook, 93, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 17, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.

Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Ilah Crook; parents, Tom and Ila Crook; brother, Tom Crook and sister, Marie Peckham.

Robert was born on March 1, 1925 in Marland, Oklahoma on the 101 Ranch. His family moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1934. He served in the United States Army Air Corps and was a P-51D Mustang Pilot during WWII.

Robert was an avid photographer, gardener, horseman, fisherman and lover of rodeo, dancing and

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Obituary: Tammy M. Thorn Aug. 13, 2018

on August 17, 2018 - 5:25pm

TAMMY M. THORN Aug. 13, 2018

Tammy M. Thorn, 58, a resident of El Rancho, passed away peacefully on Monday Aug. 13, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Ledford and brother, Cecil W. Thorn Jr.

Tammy was a loving and caring person who helped anyone in need. She worked at Los Alamos National Bank for 38 years and made many friends throughout her career. She finished her banking career at New Mexico Bank & Trust.

Tammy was civic minded and served on various boards including the Sombrillo Nursing Facility and Los Alamos Visiting Nurses, just to

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Obituary: Michael D. McKay Jan. 5, 1944 – Aug. 5, 2018

on August 10, 2018 - 7:30am

MICHAEL MCKAY Jan. 5, 1944 – Aug. 5, 2018

Michael D. McKay, age 74, died on August 5, 2018 of injuries sustained from a sudden accident.

Michael was born in Temple, Texas to Ida Lucille Camiade and James A McKay Jr. In 1966, he married Patricia Ellison and together they had 3 amazing children (Cynthia, Michael, and Jennifer). After receiving his PhD in Statistics from Texas A&M, they moved to Los Alamos, NM in 1973 where he began his life-long career at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory.

After retiring from the Lab, Michael volunteered as a set designer and actor with the Los Alamos

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Obituary: Ann Ruppel Aug. 4, 2018

on August 7, 2018 - 2:39pm

ANN RUPPEL Aug. 4, 2018

Ann Ruppel, 82, died in the early morning hours of August 4th, 2018, in Seattle, Washington.

She was born in Hope, Arkansas and attended Radcliffe College, where she met Hans Ruppel. After they married in 1956, she completed a BA in Political Science at George Washington University. In August 1964, following a stint in New Haven, Connecticut, they moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico, with their three daughters, Robin, Wendy and Joanna.

Ann was an artist.

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Obituary: Tobin ‘Toby’ Karl Walters July 22, 1954 – Feb. 24, 2018

on August 7, 2018 - 1:55pm

TOBIN ‘TOBY’ KARL WALTERS July 22, 1954 – Feb. 24, 2018

Toby, geologist, musician, writer, avid fisherman, father, friend, passed away due to complications from heart surgery.

He is survived by his mother, Billie Walters; his daughters, Nicola and Heather; siblings, Leigh, Kurt and Stella; brother-in-law, Rick Krauss; ex-wife, Alison Pannell; plus a large loving family of nieces and nephews; as well as cherished life-long friends.

Please join friends and family Aug. 18 from 4-6 p.m., to share stories, bring a guitar and fill the afternoon in his remembrance.

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Obituary: Julia (Kushner) Gauthier March 2, 1925 – July 1, 2018

on August 7, 2018 - 6:48am

JULIA (KUSHNER) GAUTHIER March 2, 1925 – July 1, 2018

Julia Gauthier, a long-time resident of Los Alamos, employed in many occupations, a volunteer, and our Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother, died in her sleep on 1 July 2018 after a brief battle with cancer. 

Julia was born Julia Kushner in Passaic, New Jersey on 2 March 1925 to Susan and John (Jan) Kushner (Kusnir), then recent immigrants from what is now Slovakia. Julia (Julie) grew up--“a happy childhood”--in Passaic during the Great Depression and went through the Passaic public school system.

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Obituary: Larry D. Clark July 29, 2018

on August 6, 2018 - 3:50pm

LARRY D. CLARK July 29, 2018

Larry D. Clark, 70, a resident of White Rock, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 29, 2018. He was preceded in death by his mother, June Clark.

Larry retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory after 30 years as a machinist. He enjoyed the outdoors and loved camping with his wife Patricia.

Mr.

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Obituary: George Allen Baker Nov. 25, 1932 – July 24, 2018

on August 6, 2018 - 8:08am

GEORGE ALLEN BAKER Nov. 25, 1932 July 24, 2018

George Allen Baker passed away at home on July 24, 2018. He was born on November 25, 1932 in Alton, IL to George Allen and Grace Elizabeth (Cummins) Baker. He married Elizabeth Ann Coles, September 9, 1956 in Berkeley, CA and she preceded him in death on December 31, 1988. He married Carroll (South) Thomas, November 23, 1990 in Los Alamos, NM.

Mr.

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Obituary: Peter Dean Shalek July 15, 2018

on August 3, 2018 - 5:19am
PETER DEAN SHALEK July 15, 2018
 
Peter Dean Shalek, 88 of Los Alamos passed away July 15, 2018.
 
He was born in Chicago, Illinois to Dr. and Mrs. Victor Shalek. Pete graduated from the University of Illinois and received a PhD in Ceramic Engineering. He worked as a ceramic engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
 
Pete was married to Rosemarie Castelli in 1957 and they were devoted to each other for 61 years. He was an avid tennis player and played until the age of 78. He loved the outdoors and especially hiking, camping, sailing, and biking with his family.
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Obituary: Ruth A. Chavez July 8, 1931 – July 30, 2018

on August 1, 2018 - 8:59am

RUTH A. CHAVEZ July 8, 1931 – July 30, 2018

Ruth Adelina Chavez, beloved Mother, wife, daughter, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and friend passed away peacefully July 30, 2018 in Los Alamos and is now on to her next journey. 

She will be remembered for her warm smile and zest for life and carrot cake. Ruth worked for Los Alamos Public Schools for over 40 years and was the strong business woman beside her beloved and late husband Max. Residing in Los Alamos for nearly 70 years, and raising 5 kids locally, she was well known and popular. 

She is survived by three sons Abel Chavez of

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Obituary: Grace Loretta Boncella Dec. 12, 1922 – June 27, 2018

on July 31, 2018 - 8:09am

GRACE LORETTA BONCELLA Dec. 12, 1922 – June 27, 2018

Grace Loretta Boncella passed from this earth peacefully, surrounded by family and friends, on June 27th, 2018.

Grace entered this world, full of life, on December 12, 1922 to Joseph and Emily Petrick.

Always interested in theater, she would later refer to her life as occurring in “Acts”. Her 1st Act, her childhood, was enjoyed in Cleveland, Ohio. Her dad, Joe, was a policeman who worked the night shift. Emily was a huge movie fan, so every Wednesday she would take Grace and, her sister Alice, to the movies after dinner.

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Obituary: Robert Duane Cowan July 26, 2018

on July 30, 2018 - 5:02pm

ROBERT DUANE COWAN Nov. 24, 1919 – July 26, 2018

Robert Duane Cowan died July 26, 2018.

He was born November 24, 1919 in Lincoln, Nebraska, the eldest of three sons of Ralph Ellis Cowan and Florence Athey Eller Cowan.  The family moved to Wichita, Kansas in 1929, where Bob obtained a bachelor's degree from Friends University (FU) in 1942. He received a Ph.D. degree in physics from The Johns Hopkins University in 1946, with his thesis in the field of atomic spectra, working under Prof. G. H. Dieke.

In 1944 in Wichita, he married Dorothy Mabel Martinson, whom he had met at FU.

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Obituary: William Hyland Chambers July 30, 1922 – July 16, 2018

on July 25, 2018 - 4:18am
WILLIAM HYLAND CHAMBERS July 30, 1922 – July 16, 2018
 
William Hyland Chambers, long term resident of Los Alamos, New Mexico, and known to family and friends as Bill, died following a lengthy illness on Monday, July 16, just two weeks shy of his 96th birthday.
 
Born July 30,1922, in St. Louis, Missouri, Bill spent his childhood in White Plains, New York. Class of 1943, he attended Cornell University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Physics.
 
Recruited for the Manhattan Project, he chose to honor his ROTC commitment and entered the US Army in 1943. He served from 1944-1945 as
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Obituary: Barbara Agnes Nieters Buchen March 2, 1924 – July 19, 2018

on July 23, 2018 - 3:29pm

BARBARA AGNES NIETERS BUCHEN March 2, 1924 – July 19, 2018

Barbara Agnes Nieters Buchen AKA Babsy died peacefully at home on July 19, 2018.

Barbara was born in Denver, Colorado on March 2, 1924 to William and Nellie Mallory Nieters. She was preceded in death by John, her husband of 67 years, her son Jerry, her granddaughter Sarah Buchen, and her three sisters, Mary, Helen and Peggy. She is survived by her children Theresa Hoffman, Katy (Frank) Fuchs, Tony Buchen, Tina Buchen, daughter-in-law Lynne Loucks Buchen, 5 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.

She graduated from Loretta College

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Obituary: Ben Murphy April 26, 1962 – July 13, 2018

on July 18, 2018 - 8:55am

BEN MURPHY April 26, 1962 – July 13, 2018

Ben Murphy passed away on July 13, 2018, in Melbourne, Florida. He was born April 26, 1962.

He is survived by his mother, Nancy Murphy Waller, brother Bart Murphy, sister Susie Murphy Gram, wife Laura Murphy, and daughters Heather, Ashley and Courtney.

He is survived my numerous nieces and nephews.

He was a gentle giving person, and will be missed.

Memorial visitation will take place at Beckman Williamson Funeral Home in Viera, FL. A service in Santa Fe is pending.

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Obituary: Larry Hatler July 12, 2018

on July 17, 2018 - 9:39am

LARRY HATLER July 12, 2018

Larry Hatler passed away on Thursday morning, July 12th at UNM Hospital in Albuquerque.

Larry was born in a cabin outside of Cloudcroft, New Mexico to Eula Mae and Odell Hatler. He was raised in Central New Mexico, outside of Silver City, where his dad was a bull dozer operator at the Kennecott copper mine.

Larry attended Cobre High School and continued his education at the University of New Mexico, ((UNM) where he was awarded both BS and MS degrees in Chemical engineering.

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Obituary: Lo Ree Bunch Feb. 1, 1932 – May 30, 2018

on July 17, 2018 - 8:43am

LO REE BUNCH Feb. 1, 1932 – May 30, 2018

Lo Ree Bunch, 86, peacefully passed away May 30, 2018, at Los Alamos Medical Center with her loving husband by her side.

Lo Ree was the best friend and beloved wife of her only love of 55 years, Paul C. Bunch of White Rock, New Mexico. Devoted mother of two sons, Roger Bunch and wife Mattie, Roger is a Manager at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Health System, and Steven Bunch and wife Bridget, Steven owns Skyland Aircraft. The youngest daughter of her late parents: Earl and Goldie Mae Orten- Waterson. Beloved sister of her late brother and sister: Don E.

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Obituary: Thomas Lee Biggs June 2, 1944 – July 4, 2018

on July 13, 2018 - 5:05pm

 THOMAS LEE BIGGS June 2, 1944 – July 4, 2018

Thomas Lee Biggs, 74, resident of Los Alamos, passed away on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.

Thomas was born on June 2, 1944 in Glenpool, Oklahoma to Helen and William Biggs. 

In his Career with the Army he served in Korea from December 1962-October 1965. Tom received his degree in Electrical Engineering in May of 1971 from the University of Kansas.

He married Vicki Harman on August 14, 1977. Their last residence was in White Rock, New Mexico.

Tom enjoyed boating, water skiing, canoeing, hiking, cross country skiing and overseas traveling.

Tom is

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Obituary: Frances Marie (Evenich) Kasik May 4, 1929 – July 7, 2018

on July 13, 2018 - 4:58pm
FRANCES MARIE (EVENICH) KASIK May 4, 1929 July 7, 2018
 
This beautiful Mother, Sister, Grandmother, Friend, and Great Grandmother became an Angel on July 7, 2018 at her home in Las Vegas, NV.
 
She was born on May 4, 1929 in Raton, NM, as the fourth child of ten from John and Mary Evenich. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert F. Kasik, a WWII Veteran; her brothers, Tony, Steve, Albert and William Evenich and her Sister Matilda Massingale. She has four siblings who are still living, Dorothy Nelson, and Brothers John, Charles, and Danny Evenich.
 
Frances was born in Raton,
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Obituary: Jason Allen Young Sept. 30, 1971 – June 24, 2018

on July 12, 2018 - 5:12pm

Jason Allen Young Sept. 30, 1971 – June 24, 2018

Jason Allen Young was born Sept. 30, 1971 and died June 24, 2018. A Boise native, Jason attended elementary and jr. high school in Boise and then completed high school in Kailua, Hawaii.  

Jason returned to Boise after high school where he developed a passion for rock climbing and snowboarding. He traveled to sites of high adventure, often with his brother. Jason thrived on competitive camaraderie in all of his outdoor activities.

Jason attended ISU and, upon earning his degree, relocated to Los Alamos, New Mexico for work.

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Obituary: Mary Kathleen Majeski Padgett

on July 12, 2018 - 4:48pm

KATHLEEN M. PADGETT March 5, 1946 – June 29, 2018

Mary Kathleen Majeski Padgett, born in Topeka, Kansas March 5, 1946, passed away in Albuquerque, New Mexico June 29, 2018. Her parents Alice Peyton Majeski and Chester Arthur Majeski and her husband of 38 years Gilbert Allen Padgett predecease her. She is survived by three loving cousins Nancy Bennett, Maria Vaughan and Pamela Young.

Kathy spent her early years in Topeka, Kansas and Mobile, Alabama before graduating from high school in 1964 in Colonial Heights, Virginia.

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Obituary: Esther Caroline (Kittelson) Larson Nov. 18, 1926 – June 1, 2018

on July 6, 2018 - 6:00pm

ESTHER CAROLINE (KITTELSON) LARSON Nov. 18, 1926 – June 1, 2018

Esther Caroline Larson passed away on June 1, 2018 peacefully at Aspen Ridge Lodge Assisted Living in Los Alamos, NM.

Esther was born on November 18, 1926 to Martin and Alma Kittelson in Lac Qui Parle County on a farm near Appleton, Minnesota. She was the 5th of eight siblings. Esther attended Moorhead State College and received her Bachelor’s degree in Recreation. Esther also received a teaching degree at the University of Minnesota.

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Obituary: Sharon Martha (Sibbitt) Kettwich MD Dec. 4, 1949 – June 10, 2018

on July 4, 2018 - 5:41pm

SHARON MARTHA (SIBBITT) KETTWICH MD Dec. 4, 1949 – June 10, 2018

Sharon Martha (Sibbitt) Kettwich MD passed away June 10, 2018 at her ranch home in Albuquerque, NM in the presence of her loving family.

Dr. Kettwich was a physician, a commercial pilot, an artist, a businesswoman, an Arabian horse enthusiast, a wife and a mother.

Born Sharon Martha Sibbitt December 4, 1949 in Lafayette, Indiana to Dr. Wilmer L. Sibbitt, PhD Chemical Engineering (Purdue University, Indiana) and Selma D. Otte, Technical Librarian (University of Oklahoma).

Sharon lived her childhood in Los Alamos, NM complete

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Obituary: Jonathan Zachary Montoya June 29, 2018

on July 3, 2018 - 3:50pm

JONATHAN ZACHARY MONTOYA June 29, 2018

Jonathan Zachary Montoya, 28, a resident of Los Alamos, left this world far too early on Friday, June 29, 2018.

Zach was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Dennis and Maria Montoya and John and Vera Mench (GiGi and Poppy); aunt, Stella Sandoval; uncles, Robert and Dennis Montoya; cousins, Robby and Raymond Montoya and close friends, Nick Naranjo and Ricky Gonzales.

Zach is the beloved son of Jennifer Montoya-Aylmer and step-son of Lee Aylmer of White Rock.

Zach’s struggles were real and to pretend otherwise would be a disservice to his

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