Deaths and funerals (02/13/13)


Roy “Dwayne” Luce
Roy “Dwayne” Luce passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, in Dublin, Texas. He was born June 10, 1932, in Clovis, to Leonard and Edith (Gresham) Luce. He was preceded in death by his parents.
In 1963, he started in the cattle business in New Mexico. He and his wife, Judy, had several ranches throughout New Mexico, and the feed lot in Belen until 2010. Dwayne is known well for being a great cattleman, horseman and rancher.
Dwayne was a quiet man, but a good teacher. Dwayne treasured his family and the many friends he made along the way.
He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force.
He is survived by Judy (Dearing), his wife of 42 years; his children, Billy and wife, Becky, of Bent, N.M., Michele Wright and Tammy Engle, both from Stephenville, Texas; grandchildren, Shawnee and husband, Josh Markland, Tyler Wright, Shyann and husband, Cody Stevens, Brandin Engle, Kody Engle, Kayla King, Shilo King and Ryder King; great-grandchildren, Codey, Jaron, Kelton, Rowdy and Kashley Markland, Brylee and Shaylee Stevens; and many more family and friends.
Memorial services will be held at Green Creek Baptist Church in Dublin, Texas, at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13. Burial will be at the Green Creek Cemetery in Dublin, Texas.
Pallbearers will be Brandin Engle, Tyler Wright, Ryder King, Josh Markland, Cody Stevens and Stanley Stone.

Gloria M. Sanchez
Gloria M. Sanchez, age 71, a resident of Belen, passed away on Friday, Feb. 8.
She was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. The Lord took our beloved mother, grandmother and sister and was greeted in heaven with loving arms by her loving parents, Horacio and Cecilia Chavez.
Gloria enjoyed laughing, loved joking around, always had a smile on her face and loved making people smile.
Gloria is survived by her loving family, son, Raymond Sanchez; daughter, Andrea Casaus and her husband, Sonny Casaus; two grandsons, who were the love of her life, Brandon and Everett Casaus; sister, Mary Jane Carabajal; and brothers, Leo Chavez and Gillie Chavez. She was also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and several dear friends who were more like family to her.
A viewing will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14, with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. A final visitation will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church at 9:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 15, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Paul Bendinskas, Joe Tafoya, Vince Vallejos, Steve Kuenzler, Tom Abeyta and Matthew Garcia.
Sign Gloria’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Robert “Bob” Sawyer
Robert “Bob” Sawyer, a resident of Glenwood, N.M., and former Belen resident, passed away on Monday, Feb. 11, at the age of 78.
He was a dairyman and farmer for 30 years in the Rio Grande Valley before going to work for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, where he retired after 17 years.
He was preceded in death by his son, Michael “Mikey”; and parents, Robert and Grace Sawyer.
Bob is survived by his children, Roberta Goodson, Martin Sawyer, Leroy Sawyer, Deanna Montoya and Christopher Sawyer, of Belen, and Daniel Sawyer of Albuquerque, and their spouses; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A visitation will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, with a memorial service to be held 2:30 p.m. Interment will be in Kezar Falls, Maine.
Sign Bob’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Harley E. Schwartz Sr.
Harley E. Schwartz Sr., age 74, passed away on Friday, Feb. 8.
He was born in Mercer, Wis., on Oct. 19, 1938, to Viola and Raymond Schwartz.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Betty; brother, Wayne; parents, Viola and Raymond; and his beloved son, Tommy.
Harley is survived by his loving partner, Linda, who was always by his side; his sons, Billy, Jimmy, Robert and Harley Jr.; brother, Jack Schwartz; daughters, Marilyn, Debbie and Cindy; step-children, John R., John L., Pam, Kathy and Mike; as well as many grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Harley was a lifetime member of the Rio Grande Estates Fire Department
Memorial services will be held at the First Baptist Church of Los Chavez, 09 Los Chavez Park Road, at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 16. Pastor Boyd Morerod will preside, with the Rio Grande Estates Fire Department Honor Guard. There will be a procession to the Rio Grande Estate Fire Department immediately following the memorial services at 108 Rio Communities Blvd. for the last call ceremony and reception, provided by the Rio Grande Estates Fire Department Auxiliary.
The family would like to thank Brother Boyd for his caring and compassionate service, along with the entire staff of medical professionals that made his final moments pain free and peaceful.
Harley cared deeply about the services provided by the Valencia County Fire Department volunteers.
The family requests that donations be made in Harley’s name to RGEFD, P.O. Box 527, Belen, N.M., 87002.