Deaths and funerals (10/10/12)


Susie June (Hagee) Charlton
Susie June (Hagee) Charlton, of Amarillo, died Oct. 5.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Angus Cemetery in Lincoln County, N.M., beside her husband and parents. Many of her family are interred there, including her Hagee grandparents and her sister, Louise.  Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 S. Georgia, Amarillo, Texas.
She was born June 24, 1918, in Alto, N.M., to W.T. (Scot) Hagee and Lena Belle (Easley) Hagee. She married Harry James Charlton on Dec. 27, 1935, in Clovis.
She graduated from Capitan High School, in Capitan, N.M., in 1936 and moved to the Claud community, north of Clovis, where they had a wheat farm for many years.
She was a long time member of the Claud Rainy Day Club. She and Harry sold their farm and bought property between Willard and Estancia about 1971 and lived there until his death.
She was a member of the New Mexico CowBelles during that time. After her husband’s death, she moved to Los Lunas to be closer to her youngest son and his family. About 1993, she moved to Amarillo and bought a home close to her daughter and her husband.
She had many interests and hobbies that kept her busy and active. In 2006, she moved into the Ware Living Center, where she received the best care for the past five years.
The family would like to extend special gratitude to the staff at Cherry II, Ware Living Center as well as the BSA Hospice staff for their loving care of “June Bug.”
She was predeceased by her husband, Harry J. Charlton, on Oct. 19, 1982; father, W.T. (Scot) Hagee on Dec. 22, 1982; mother, Lena Bell (Easley) Hagee on July 5, 1961; sisters, Ilene Louise (Hagee) Fitts on Jan. 28, 2004, Betty Jean (Hagee) Decker in September 1960 and Betty’s husband, Richard C. Decker, on April 14, 1990.
She is survived by two sons, H. Gael and wife, Paula M. of Greenville, Texas, and Gerald B. (Jerry) and wife, Mary Lee, of Bosque Farms; a daughter, Sandra J. (Sandy) and husband, Johnnie R. Wright, of Amarillo; her grandchildren, Jon A. Charlton of Sydney, Australia, Colin T. Charlton and wife, Jonikka of McAllen, Texas, Gerald A. Charlton and wife, Maria Teresa (Tess) and C. Brian Charlton,  all of Albuquerque,  Gregory A. Charlton and wife Sarah A., of Las Cruces, and B. Tyler Harrington and wife, Kelly, of Frisco, Texas, Eddie R. Wright and wife, Michelle, of Tijeras, Sammie K. Wright and wife, Boonsong, of Las Vegas Nev.; seven great-grandchildren, Ian G, and Duncan S. Charlton of McAllen, Texas, Victoria M., Michaela E. and Amanda N. Charlton of Albuquerque, Dominic and Olivia Charlton of Las Cruces, and Sydney G. Harrington and Keera A. Harrington of Frisco, Texas; a sister, Margaret (Maggie) Hagee; a brother, William R. (Bill) Hagee and wife, Grace; and brother-in-law, William D. (Bill) Fitts, all of Tularosa; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m.,  Wednesday, Oct. 10.
Please sign our online guest register at

Micheal Hobbs
Micheal Hobbs, age 22, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away Monday, Oct. 8.
Arrangements are pending at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 864-4448, 418 W. Reinken Ave., where an online guest register is available at

Ramon Mireles
Ramon Mireles, age 80, a resident of Belen, passed away on Monday, Oct. 8.
Contact Romero Funeral Home at 864-8501 for further information.  Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Fidel Richard Sanchez
Fidel Richard Sanchez, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 7.
Contact Romero Funeral Home at 864-8501 for further information. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Bernardino “Bernie” Valdez
Bernardino “Bernie” Valdez, age 83, a resident of Belen for 20 years, and a resident of Albuquerque since 1952 prior to moving to Belen in 1990, passed away Saturday, Oct. 6. He was a retiree of Duke City Lumber.
Bernie is survived by his wife of 30 years, Irene Ann Valdez; 19 children, 44 grandchildren, 57 great grandchildren, five brothers, three sisters and many nieces and nephews.
Cremation will take place and no services are planned.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 864-4448, where an online guest register is available at

Brandon Young
Brandon Young, 29, of Dixfield, Maine, our beloved son, brother and friend passed away after succumbing to injuries following a motor vehicle accident in Belen on Monday, Oct. 1.
Brandon was born Sept. 28, 1983, in Lewiston, Maine, and spent most of his younger years growing up in Byron and Dixfield. He loved to jump and swim at Coos Canyon, snowmobile and hunt the Byron area, spending time with his grandfather, Norman Young Jr., who predeceased him in 2011. We know they are together watching over us now.
Brandon graduated from Dirigo High School in 2002 and Nascar Technical Institute in 2006. He traveled the country working on wind turbines as a Commissioning/SCADA Tech and was employed by Renewable Concepts.
He enjoyed his years developing many long lasting friendships. His most cherished moments were coming home to Maine to visit family and friends, eating a true Italian sandwich and whoopie pie. Brandon’s sense of humor and willingness​ to watch over his family and friends will be deeply missed.
Brandon is survived by his two sons, Gage and Cole Young, of California, his pride and joy; his mother and father, Michelle (Blais) and Norman Young III of Dixfield; sister and brother-in​-law, Amanda and Tim Kane, of Dixfield, their three children, Sean, Leah and Zach; brother, Craig Young of Rumford; grandparents, Ann Blais of Turner, Gerard Blais of Lewiston, Marion Hodsdon of Dixfield and Janet Law of Byron; aunts and uncles, David and Terri Blais of Indiana, Julie and Mark Daniels of Lisbon, Dan and Mary Blais of Colorado, Anita Blais of Lewiston, Melissa and James Ramey of Byron, Terry Dube of Sabattus; best friend and cousin, Ryan Plourde of Nevada; cousins, Jay and Derek Blais of Lewiston, Matt Boucher of Rumford; and many aunts, uncles,  cousins, friends and special friend, Jessica Martinez.
A special thank you to the Los Lunas community for their search efforts and support during this difficult time. May God bless you Brandon. We love and miss you dearly.
Words of condolence and tribute may be shared with Brandon’s family on his tribute wall at
A celebration of Brandon’s life will be held outdoors at noon on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Coos Canyon Campground in Byron, Maine.
In lieu of flowers, a college scholarship for Brandon’s two sons will be established at the Oxford Federal Credit Union in Mexico, Maine. Office: 225 River Road, PO Box 252 Mexico, Maine, 04257.
Arrangements are in the care of the Wiles Remembrance Center, 42 Weld St., Dixfield, Maine.