Deaths and funerals (03/30/13)


William James “Jim” Cox
William James “Jim” Cox went to be with the Lord on March 21.
He was born in San Antonio, Texas, on Jan. 14, 1935, to Jonathan Saunders Cox and Marjorie Lee Saunders. He had one sister, Joan Chrismer, deceased.
Jim was a man of many accomplishments, had a true zest for life and loved challenges. He graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, with a degree in business.
At SMU, he was an extemporaneous speaker on the debate team, a member of Lambda Chi Fraternity and a cheerleader for the University.
Jim served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force at Kirkland when he moved to Albuquerque in 1958. Then served as a major in the reserves from 1957-1979. During that time, he built two apartment complexes in southeast Albuquerque — Park Terrace and La Vista. Jim was very active in the Methodist and Presbyterian Churches throughout his life, was a lay preacher in the 1960s while he served as chairman of the board on the finance committee.
While working in the insurance business, he was a board member for the YMCA and worked in fundraising, raising more than anyone had done before!
He served as president of Albuquerque Rotary Club during 1985-86 and was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship award two times during his many years of service with the Rotary.
In 1964, Jim developed El Cid Greenhouses in Tomé, and cultivated 25 acres of farm fields, which later became El Cid Park Residential Area.
Afterwards, he moved to Australia for 15 years, serving as a capital fundraiser for charities. Upon returning to his home in Rio Rancho, he became a certified real estate broker at the age of 75!
Jim is survived by his wife, Barbara Ann Cox; his five children, Joan Cox Ntiforo, Jonathan Cox, Karen Lieurance, Karner Cox and James Cox; and his 10 grandchildren.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday April 6, at Sandia Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Jim Cox memorial fund P.O. Box 45411, Rio Rancho, NM 87174.
To view information or leave a condolence please visit Daniels Family Funeral Services, 2400 Southern Blvd.,Rio Rancho, NM 87124, 891-9192.

Ruben A. Garcia
Ruben A. Garcia, age 33, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Friday, March 22.
Ruben loved his family and would do anything to make them happy.
He is survived by his wife, Veronica; and his daughter, Kenya.
A vigil was held at the home of Fernando Ruiz, in Los Lunas, on Thursday, March 28. Services were held at Grace Fellowship Church, on Friday, March 29.  Interment took place at San Clemente Cemetery following the service.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 866-9992, 2211-D Main St., where an online guest register is available at

Rabul “Roy” Maldonado Sr.
Rabul “Roy” Maldonado, Sr., age 72, a resident of Los Lunas,  went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, March 27, while at home, surrounded by his loving family, after a lengthy illness.
He was pastor of Bread of Life Ministries, and worked in construction locally, and in the oil fields. His greatest passion was helping people.
Rabul was preceded in death by his wife, Maria Delia Dennett; parents, Modesto and Andrea Maldonado; daughter, Lisa Sandoval; grandson, Ceasar Fabela; three brothers, Manuel, Martin and Modesto; five sisters, Manuela, Frances, Cora, Julia and Maryann.
He is survived by his fiance, Julie Valadez; children, Eva D. Lopez, of Ft. Worth, Texas, Emma Fabela, of Odessa, Texas, Glenda Pesina, of Big Spring, Texas, Rabul “Roy” Maldonado Jr., of Hobbs, Leslie Jones, of Paradise, Texas, Isaac A. Maldonado, of Los Lunas; 18 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three brothers, Adolfo, Jessie and Ramiro Maldonado; one sister, Chavela Gonzales; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, beginning with a viewing from 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, April 1.  The final viewing will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 2, followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Terrace Grove Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Dennis Garcia Jr., Amos de los Santos, Greg Pesina, Tyson Maldonado, Tyrell Maldonado and Terrin Maldonado. Honorary pallbearers will be Junior and Daniel Maldonado and Jeremiah Martinez.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Rabul’s name to Feed the Children.
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

Harold “Hal” Edward Throm
Harold “Hal” Edward Throm, age 89, a resident of Belen, passed away on Tuesday, March 26.
Hal Throm, known by many as “Grandpa,” was born in 1923 in St. Louis, Mo.
After joining the Army and fighting in WWII, he raised a family, retired and relocated to Belen just 20 years ago.
He was a supportive role in his daughters business, Boardwalk Gymnastics.
He loved being a grandpa to his three grandchildren, attending almost every single event and game he possibly could. His family and many other families from the gym will remember and most definitely miss his humorous and entertaining personality.
He will never be forgotten, not only because he was known by many, but he made a lasting impression.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Mary Louise Ames Throm; three siblings; and his son, Christopher Throm.
Hal is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Josie Throm; his children, Jeff Throm and Lori Kapalko; and grandchildren, Sgt. Shadayn Kapalko, Sean and Shyanne Kapalko.
Contact Romero Funeral Home at 864-8501 for further information. Sign Hal’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.