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Obituary: Terry D. Langham Sept. 30, 1937 – June 7, 2018

on June 14, 2018 - 10:06am
TERRY D. LANGHAM Sept. 30, 1937 June 7, 2018
 
Terry D. Langham, 80, a long-term resident of Los Alamos, New Mexico, was born Sept. 30, 1937 in Fredrick, Oklahoma.
 
He died peacefully at home on June 7, 2018 with his wife, Clarice, by his side.
 
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.
 
Arrangements are under the direction of De Vargas Funeral Home.
 
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Obituary: James Jim Patrick Borrego Feb. 20, 1965 – June 11, 2018

on June 13, 2018 - 10:59am

JAMES JIM PATRICK BORREGO Feb. 20, 1965 – June 11, 2018

On the afternoon of June 11, 2018, the angels came to lead our brother, James Jim Patrick Borrego into paradise.

Jim was born on February 20, 1965 in Los Alamos, to Tony and Jessie Borrego. He was a lifelong resident of White Rock and the second of four sons. He graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1983 and later from ITT Tech in Albuquerque. He then began his career at LAHS in the electronics department and after 25 years, planned his retirement at the end of June, prior to him falling ill in the early spring. 

Jim lived a quiet

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Obituary: Clinton Webb Jan. 14, 1936 – June 6, 2018

on June 10, 2018 - 9:54am

CLINTON BERT WEBB Jan. 14, 1936 – June 6, 2018

Clint Webb, 82, peacefully passed away in his home with his loving family by his side. He fought a long, courageous and dignified battle, but the long term effects of Alzheimer’s took its toll.

Clint was born on January 14, 1936 in Brigham City, Utah and adopted by Bert and Hattie Webb shortly after. He was adored by his mother and he loved and adored her until she passed away when he was 15 years old. He grew up in Las Vegas, NV and met his wife while in High School, but they didn’t start dating until after they both graduated.

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Obituary: Elizabeth Weiss Jan. 16, 1931 – May 12, 2018

on June 8, 2018 - 7:47am
ELIZABETH WEISS Jan. 16, 1931 May 12, 2018
 
Elizabeth Weiss, 87, of Los Alamos, passed away May 12, 2018, after a lengthy illness.
 
She was born Elizabeth Schwenkert in Ulm, Germany January 16, 1931 and immigrated to the US in 1950. She lived in New York City where she met her husband, Eugene and they wed in 1954. Elizabeth had two children and worked with Eugene in the family dry cleaning business.
 
In 1992, Elizabeth moved to Los Alamos, where she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, going to the pool, and sewing.
 
Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband
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Obituary: Charles ‘Chuck’ Clevenger Aug. 6, 1942 – May 4, 2018

on June 7, 2018 - 10:05pm

CHARLES ‘CHUCK’ CLEVENGER Aug. 6, 1942 – May 4, 2018

Charles “Chuck” Clevenger passed away May 4, 2018 at his home in Edgewood, NM. He was born August 6, 1942 in Kansas, to the late Marion and Margaret Clevenger.

He went on to become a Journeyman Wireman in construction until he retired in 2011. He was initiated into the IBEW Union Local 611 in April 1964 where he remained a member for 54 years.

Chuck enjoyed hunting, fishing, tools, and Ford’s. He was rough around the edges and enjoyed giving everyone a hard time but deep down had a big heart.

Chuck was preceded in death by his sisters,

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Obituary: Jason David Zurbrugg Nov. 3, 1978 – May 28, 2018

on June 4, 2018 - 3:13pm

JASON DAVID ZURBRUGG Nov. 3, 1978 – May 28, 2018

Jason David Zurbrugg, 39, passed away unexpectedly on May 28, 2018.

He was born Nov. 3, 1978 in Columbus, Indiana, to David Lawrence and Diane Jean Davis Zurbrugg. He married Beckie Angell Morrison November 3, 2009 in Columbus, Indiana.

Jason overcame many trials in his short life to become a much loved, talented and knowledgeable father, step-father and husband. Jason was brilliant. He loved being outdoors and worked in landscaping and pond design.

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Obituary: Kenneth John Wilson July 1, 1926 – May 24, 2018

on June 4, 2018 - 2:26pm
KENNETH JOHN WILSONJuly 1, 1926  May 24, 2018
 
Kenneth John Wilson, age 91, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 24, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Marge.
 
Ken was born July 1, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois to John and Ruth Wilson. He attended one year at the University of Chicago before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Force. After an honorable discharge in 1945, he chose to continue his education at Grinnell College in Iowa. This choice was a wise one, since in addition to studying economics, he met a lovely young lady from Tulsa, Oklahoma, named Marjorie Webster.
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Obituary: Judith S. Dudziak March 17, 2018

on June 1, 2018 - 7:32am
JUDITH S. DUDZIAK March 17, 2018
 
Judith S. Dudziak, 82, of Los Alamos, New Mexico, passed away on March 17, 2018 in Dallas, Texas of heart and lung failure.
 
She grew up in Western Pennsylvania and earned a BA from the University of Pittsburgh in 1963. She and her husband, the love of her life, Donald J. Dudziak, were married for over 58 years. Judy and Don lived in Pittsburgh, both working at the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory (Naval reactors) until 1965, when they moved to Los Alamos, NM. There they raised their 3 children, Alan, Matt, and Karin.
 
Judy remained in Los Alamos
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Obituary: Rebecca Easley July 10, 1928 – May 29, 2018

on June 1, 2018 - 6:25am

REBECCA EASLEY July 10, 1928 May 29, 2018

It is with great sorrow that I inform you that Rebecca Easley passed away on May 29, 2018. She would have been ninety on July 10, 2018.

Rebecca and her husband, George, were married in Kokomo, IN on June 18, 1950, just two weeks after they graduated from Indiana Central College. They have three sons: Matthew (Sue) in St. Louis, MO; Brett (Susan) in Santiago, Chile; and Jonathan (Paula) in Tucson, AZ. They are blessed with 22 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Becky taught English and Reading in Ohio, Indiana, Minnesota, and New Mexico.

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Obituary: Wanda Mae (Wagner) Higgins July 16, 1920 – May 28, 2018

on May 31, 2018 - 10:14am

WANDA MAE (WAGNER) HIGGINS July 16, 1920 – May 28, 2018

Wanda Mae (Wagner) Higgins, age 97, passed away May 28, 2018 surrounded by family and music at Hummingbird Music Camp in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. 

Wanda was born July 16, 1920 in Dolores, Colorado to Elmer and Sarah (Kellogg) Wagner. She moved to Albuquerque in 1937 and married Kenneth Lloyd “KL” Higgins in 1939. Together they founded Hummingbird Music Camp, where she cooked, cleaned, and supported every child who came to camp as a team with her husband.

She received many accolades over the years, including the NM Platinum Music

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Obituary: Allan Lacy June 6, 1938 – May 25, 2018

on May 31, 2018 - 9:59am
ALLAN LACY June 6, 1938  May 25, 2018
 
Allan Lacy, 79, passed away peacefully May 25, 2018 with his son Keith by his side.
 
Allan was born June 6, 1938 to George and Esther Lacy near Valley Forge, PA. Allan was raised on the family farm and was the youngest of seven children. He graduated High School and went on to join the Army where he specialized in Explosive Ordinance Demolitions.  
 
While serving in the Army, he met and fell head over heels in love with Delores Ruth King.
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Obituary: Betty Jo (Wiblin) Warthen June 30, 1932 – May 21, 2018

on May 31, 2018 - 9:21am
BETTY JO (WIBLIN) WARTHEN June 30, 1932  May 21, 2018
 
Betty Jo (Wiblin) Warthen, of Spartanburg, SC, died May 21, 2018 in Santa Fe, NM at age 85.
 
She was born on June 30, 1932 in Trout, West Virginia, to the late Roxie Nelia McClung Wiblin and the late Joseph Bryant Wiblin. Betty graduated from Williamsburg High School (Greenbrier County, WV) in 1949 and taught in a one-room school near Richwood, WV. She then attended Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. She taught briefly in Hebron, Ohio.
 
Betty was the loving wife of the late William Perry Warthen.
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Obituary: William (Bill) D. Moss Nov. 25, 1924 – May 15, 2018

on May 31, 2018 - 9:07am
WILLIAM (BILL) D. MOSS November 25, 1924 May 15, 2018
 
William (Bill) D. Moss was called home to the Lord on May 15, 2018.
 
Bill was born on November 25, 1924 in Verona, PA. He is survived by his wife Olive Moss and their 3 children and spouses, David Moss (Jennifer L.), Suzanne Frary (John), and Dwight Moss (Nereida Ortiz), as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
 
Bill and Olive were married on October 21, 1951 in Denver, CO and moved to Los Alamos in 1953. Bill was a graduate from Sterling College, Kansas with a degree in Biology and Chemistry.
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Obituary: Jeffrey Kent Darnell July 19, 1961 – April 14 2018

on May 30, 2018 - 10:23pm
JEFFREY KENT DARNELL July 19, 1961 – April 14, 2018
 
Jeffrey Kent Darnell passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, April 14, 2018. He was born July 19, 1961, in Boulder, Colorado, to Carlton H. and Ruth A. (Ogle) Darnell.
 
He was preceded in death by both sets of Grandparents, three uncles, two aunts, one step-son and one grand-niece.
 
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Welborn of Los Alamos, daughter, Chloe of Los Alamos, and his parents of Albuquerque.
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Obituary: Karen Larson-Mariner June 6, 1954 – Nov. 12, 2017

on May 27, 2018 - 4:35am

KAREN LARSON-MARINER June 6, 1954 Nov. 12, 2017

A memorial service for Karen Larson-Mariner is going to be held in Los Alamos, NM at Guaje Pines Cemetery, on June 2nd at 1:00pm. Karen returned to her heavenly home on November 12, 2017 at the age of 63. She passed peacefully surrounded by her loyal and caring family, with her firm and steadfast faith in the Lord providing comfort in her last days.

Karen was born of the late Donald and Barbara Larson of Los Alamos, NM on June 6, 1954. She lived in Los Alamos most of her life, graduating from LAHS in 1972. Karen was a lifelong learner who

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Obituary: Marlan Lyle Shepard Nov. 26, 1929 – May 19, 2018

on May 23, 2018 - 10:20am

MARLAN LYLE SHEPARD Nov. 26, 1929 May 19, 2018

Marlan Lyle Shepard, 88, died May 19, 2018, in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

He was born on November 26, 1929, to Gertrude Forrest Replogle Shepard and Elmer Shepard in Sidney, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents, older brother Norman Lee Shepard, and sister-in-law Alice Shepard. Marlan is survived by his wife Jody, two sons David and John, granddaughter Delila E. Cuevas, grandson-in-law Cesar Cuevas, and his nephew Christopher Lee Shepard and his family.

Marlan was graduated from Miami University at Oxford, Ohio, and Oregon State

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Obituary: Minette May Swift July 11, 1938 – May 8, 2018

on May 22, 2018 - 12:48pm

MINETTE MAY SWIFT July 11, 1938 – May 8, 2018

Mrs. Minette May Swift of White Rock, New Mexico went to her Savior on May 8, 2018 at the age of 79.

Minette was born to Frances and William Martin on July 11, 1938 in St Louis, MO, the youngest of four children. Her father died after an illness in 1939. In 1948 she moved to Denver, CO with her family, including her adoptive father, Wilfred Barteau.

Minette attended Cathedral High School in Denver, where she met her husband Robert (Bob) Swift in 1953. Minette and Robert married at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver on

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Obituary: Andrew A. Herrera May 12, 2018

on May 21, 2018 - 10:35pm

ANDREW A. HERRERA May 12, 2018

Andrew A. Herrera, 27, a resident of Espanola, passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

Andrew was preceded in death by his mother, Tina Marie Garcia, father, Vincente Herrera; aunt, Denise Montoya; grandparents, Inez and Mariano Garcia.

Andrew is survived by his grandmother, Christella Garcia; uncle, Michael Montoya Jr.; sister, Chantelle Gallegos, baby sister, Serenity Montoya; great aunts, Veronica Garcia, Sandra Garcia, Marie Romero, Bernadine Garcia, great uncles, Fermin Garcia and Mark Garcia; cousins, Destiney Montoya and Nathan Tapia, and best friend,

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Obituary: Cleo M. Naranjo May 19, 2018

on May 21, 2018 - 4:39pm

CLEO M. NARANJO May 19, 2018

Cleo M. Naranjo, 59, tribal member of Santa Clara Pueblo passed away due to a sudden illness on May 19, 2018, with his family by his side.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Rina Swentzell and his grandparents, Rose and Michael Naranjo.

Cleo is survived by his loving wife, Leslie Naranjo; daughter, Devonna Naranjo and companion Darren Calvert; sons, Nathaniel and Michael Naranjo; grandson, Troy Naranjo; sister, Roxanne Swentzell; nephew, Porter Swentzell and fiancé Nicole Gonzales; nieces, Rose Simpson and Cedar Rain; cousin who was like a sister, Rowena

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Obituary: J.W. ‘Bill’ Schultz May 15, 1929 – May 18, 2018

on May 21, 2018 - 12:36pm

J. W. ‘BILL’ SCHULTZ May 15, 1929 – May 18, 2018

J. W. “Bill” Schultz passed away on Friday, May 18th after a long illness, surrounded by his loved ones.

Bill was born on May 15, 1929, in Madison, WI, the only child of Gustave and Alice Schultz. His childhood was spent in Madison, WI and Newburgh, NY.  In March, 1943, he moved with his family to Los Alamos, NM where his father had been asked to work with the Manhattan Project. In 1947 he graduated, in a class of 20 Seniors, from Los Alamos High School where he made many lifelong friends.

Bill was an avid sportsman and had a passion for

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Obituary: Roger London Jan. 27, 1941 – May 13, 2018

on May 16, 2018 - 4:09pm

ROGER LONDON Jan. 27, 1941 – May 13, 2018

Roger London,77, was born in Morgan, Utah on January 27, 1941 to Glenna and Jay London. He died peacefully on May 13, 2018 from complications of pancreatitis, with his family and friends beside him.

Roger started working at LANL as a summer student in 1960 in the explosives division. He remained in that division for 38 years. Roger was a tech, an Assoc. Group Leader and a Group Leader. He worked on the original PHERMEX and was also a team leader for the Armor/Anti-Armor program in 1989, a job he was especially proud of.

Roger was one of the last

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Obituary: John ‘Jack’ Gosling July 10, 1938 – May 10, 2018

on May 16, 2018 - 10:46am

JOHN “JACK” GOSLING July 10, 1938 – May 10, 2018

John “Jack” Gosling, age 79, died May 10, 2018.

Jack was born July 10, 1938 in Akron, Ohio to Arthur Warrington and Wilhelmina Bell Gosling, and spent the early years of his life there with sister Elizabeth Ann, brother Arthur, and a slew of young school and neighborhood friends. A 1956 graduate of Buchtel High School in Akron, Jack lettered in basketball, track, and cross country.

He graduated magna cum laude from Ohio University in 1960 with a major in physics. He was selected for Phi Beta Kappa and won the A. A.

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Obituary: Phyllis B. Norman Oct. 25, 1924 – May 7, 2018

on May 12, 2018 - 9:57am

PHYLLIS B. NORMAN Oct. 25, 1924 – May 7, 2018

Phyllis Benzel Line Norman was born October 25, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois. She was predeceased by her parents Philip James Line and Rose Mary Benzel Line, husband of sixty years Lester Ralph Norman and her dog Gracie.

At the time of her death, she was 93, still lived on her own with a sharp mind, did her own grocery shopping and drove her car. She died peacefully in her sleep. When she was 87, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. She declined chemotherapy and radiation, and she was put on hospice.

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Obituary: Dwight Hall Ray July 2, 1933 – April 19, 2018

on May 10, 2018 - 3:21pm

DWIGHT HALL RAY July 2, 1933 – April 19, 2018

Dwight Hall Ray, 84, passed away April 19, 2018 as a result of complications from heart surgery in Phoenix, AZ.

He was preceded in death by his Father Otho Basil Ray; Mother Alice Dean Ray, Brothers Julius Ray, wife Ida, and O. B. Ray, wife Maxine. Dwight was born in Webster County, Kentucky and later moved to Evansville, Indiana.

After graduating from high school, he went to work at Servel, Inc. Then he joined the Navy and served aboard the USS Midway Aircraft carrier.

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Obituary: Jerry Lynch April 27, 2018

on May 9, 2018 - 10:25am

JERRY LYNCH April 27, 2018

Jerry J. Lynch, 64, a resident of Santa Fe was called home to the lord on April 27, 2018. He is preceeded in death by his father, Joseph E. Lynch and son Jerry Lynch Jr. He was an amazing father, husband, friend and mentor who was humble to everyone, dedicated to his family, loyal to his union brothers and sisters, and has a contagiously humorous side that was unforgettable.

He started his career as a dedicated member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union #611 which he joined on October 11, 1974. Throughout his career, he worked as an

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