Deaths and funerals (04/18/13)

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Frank Aragon
1953-2013

Frank Aragon, age 60, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Thursday, April 11.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Esperion and Juanita Orona Aragon; and son, John Paul Aragon.
Frank is survived by his loving partner of 33 years, Nadine Pino; son, Frankie and wife, Sherry Aragon; daughter, Denise Aragon; son, David and wife, Kerrie Renteria; daughter, Christina and husband, Benjamin Lueras; son, Vince Aragon and Salena Tafoya; grandchildren, Kaitlin, Mariah, Savvanah, Darius, Audrey, Dante, Yasmine, Nobalee, ZeeAna and Owen; brothers and sisters, Tino and wife, Loretta Aragon, Vee and husband, Roman Chavez, Delfin and wife, Ida Aragon, and Ralph Aragon. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Services were held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church on Monday, April 15.
Thank you friends and family for prayers, love and support. Also a special thank you to Nicole Viallapando and staff at Belen Meadows Center.
Sign Frank’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Olen Carl Chambers II
1927-2013

Olen Carl Chambers II, age 86, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 12, at his home in Los Lunas.
He was born on June 9, 1927, in Mena, Ark., to Olen and Vivian Chambers. He graduated from Mena High School. After high school, he joined the U.S. Army Air Forces and served in the Korean War.
Olen then worked as an electrician with the IBEW Local Union 611. He retired after 45 years. Olen was a member of the Lion’s Club, Elks, Masonic Order, and Moose Lodge. He belonged to Moose Legion 134 and Lodge 1517, where he was a life member. He received his 50-year life certificate and his Fellowship Degree of Merit.
He was past governor for Lodge 1680, Past District 6 president, past grand north in Moose Legion 134, past Arizona-New Mexico Moose Association president, past Moose International Deputy supreme governor, past Moose International Legion ambassador, and present life member of the highest degree to be received: The Pilgrim Degree of Merit.
Friday was his day to spend time with his friends and Moose family at the lodge. He loved spending time there, and recently met a special friend, “Buddy”. He enjoyed collecting stamps and coins.
He loved animals, especially his two dogs, Cuddles 1 and Cuddles 2. He loved being outdoors and having a garden. He could often be found listening to music and singing in his garage, while working on various tasks.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife and mother of his six children, Jimmie Sue Chambers; his wife, Betty Chambers; his son, Theodore “Teddie” Chambers; and his brother, Kenneth Chambers.
Olen is survived by his five children, Linda and husband, Don Gose, Olen “O.C.” and wife, Kay Chambers, Michael and wife, Patricia Chambers, Larry and wife, Donna Chambers, and Norman and wife, Barbara Chambers; his sisters, Carol Wilson and Marilyn and husband, Eddie Ferguson; 15 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and many other loving nieces, nephews and relatives.
Olen “Papa” was deeply loved by his family, and will be greatly missed.
All services will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel, on Thursday, April 18, beginning with a viewing at 9:30 a.m., with a Funeral Service to be held at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Terrace Grove Cemetery.
Sign Olen’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Thomas C. Corpe
1918-2013

Thomas C. Corpe, age 94, a resident of Belen, passed away Wednesday, April 10.
He was born Aug. 11, 1918, around Buffalo, Wyo., the youngest son of Joanna Willits Corpe and Thomas Mason Corpe. He was very loved, absolutely respected and admired.
He had more than 50 certifications from Sandia Labs. Thomas was an avid gun enthusiast, a member of the Sandia Employee Pistol Team, and an active member of the NRA for many years.
He was a pilot of small aircraft and a career 20-year veteran of the United States Navy.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Maudie Lee Corpe; sisters, Betty and Agnes; brother, Harold; and stepson, Robert.
Thomas is survived by his children, Chris Corpe, Candace Corpe and stepson, Carl Beattie; loving grandchildren, Aura and Leah; great-grandchildren, Rory, Wyatt, Ellie, Mary and several nieces.
A memorial service with full military honors will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 24, at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel.
Friends and family will be notified of the time for the BYOB fest.  His cremated remains will be spread at the site of the USS Arizona in Hawaii at a later date.
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 www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Wayne Robert Larson
1938-2013

Wayne Robert Larson, age 74, a resident of Tomé, passed away on Saturday, April 13.
He was born on Sept. 2, 1938, in Mahnomen, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Al and Emily Larson; brother, Winston Larson; sister, Wanda Larson; and uncle, Leonard.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Amy Larson; son, John and his wife, Lori; daughter, Katrina and her husband, Bob; and son, Karl and his wife, Karen. He is also survived by his sister, Winnie and her husband, Douglas; five grandchildren, Jacob, Adam, Stephen, Sierra and Bodie; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Wayne served three years in the U.S. Army, which brought him to Albuquerque. He was honorably discharged in 1960 and joined the Albuquerque Police Department, where he worked until he retired in 1981. After retiring from APD, Wayne worked as a carpenter, collector of vintage building materials and restorer of antiques.
A funeral service will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tomé at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 18. A visitation will be held at 10 a.m., prior to the funeral service. Internment is to follow at Tomé Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranches.
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 www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Beverly Ann Loranca
1932-2013

Beverly Ann Loranca, age 80, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Monday, April 15.
She was preceded  in death by her father, Jody Pointer; mother, Nadine Houser; two brothers, Jerry and Jo Dean Yowell; son, Kirk Downing; great-grandson, Brooklyn Vallejos; two sons-in-law, Bryan Orr and Grady Wimberly.
Beverly is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Juan Loranca of Los Lunas; three daughters, Georgia Miller and husband, Donald of Portales, Bobbie Cox and husband, Dale of Belen, and Trish Wimberly, of Belen; nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
All services will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m., with a funeral service to be held at 7 p.m. Interment will be held at a later date.
Sign Beverly’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Eugene “Gene” R. Morgan
1941-2013

Eugene R. Morgan, SMSGT  USAF (ret.), age 71, a resident of Los Lunas, went home to his Lord and Savior on Friday, April 12.
He was a charter member of the Los Lunas Rotary Club,  a member of the Blue Max Aviation Society Albuquerque, International Airport and A.O.P.A.
Gene was born on Sept. 21, 1941, in Utica, N.Y. He spent many years training or on missions at the following: Big Bear Community College, Moses Lake, Wash.; Community College of the Air Force, NCO Academy; Flight Engineer on Sikorsky HH-53 and HH-3 Helicopters; 1550th Kirtland AFB 1976-1982, Albuquerque; Hill AFB, Ogden, Utah; Francis E. Warren AFB, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas; Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, Texas; Larson AFB, Moses Lake, Wash.; Bentwaters, Royal Air Force Base, England; Woodbridge England and lived in Ipswich, England 1970-74; 1975-76 Assigned to the U.S. Navy for search and rescue missions at Keflavík, Iceland; 1966-67 Vietnam War veteran, Air Rescue Det 14 39th Air Rescue stationed in Đà Nẵng Saigon South Vietnam Nakhon Phanom, Udorn, Thailand; flew missions in Mụ Giạ Pass, North Vietnam, Vientiane, Laos and Cambodia; and flew missions in Malta, Cypress, Italy, Greenland, Norway, Crete, Morocco, Gibraltar and Spain.
He retired after 20 years of honorable service, in which time he received the following medals: Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, AF Longevity Service Award Ribbon with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Combat Readiness Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, NCO Professional Military Education Ribbon, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with one Bronze Star, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm.
His FAA licenses were: single, multi-engine, instrument, air frame and power plant mechanic, inspection authorization. At one time he was a FAA designated mechanic examiner who issued licensees to new mechanics. He also was part of the charter board for the aviation program curriculum at Central New Mexico Community College.
Gene was the owner of Morgan Aviation in Mid-Valley Air Park for more than 30 years. His business was his love and his passion for his aviation was where he restored, bought, sold, painted and repaired general aviation aircraft.
He was an avid deer and elk hunter and had many years of wonderful stories he would share. He had a passion for NFL football and avid Buffalo Bills and the New York Giants fan. He made friends wherever  he went, and is survived by countless friends and acquaintances throughout the aviation community and the world.
He was preceded in death by Emerson Morgan Sr. and Beatrice Sheets Morgan; sisters, Janet Well and Nancy Nichol; and daughter, Michelle Cordero.
Gene is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Judy; daughter, Melinda Morgan of Morrisville, N.Y.; Michael Morgan and his wife, Nicole, of Los Lunas; daughter, Heather Sanchez Morgan and her husband, Richard Lee Sanchez Jr., of Fort Carson, Colo.; grandchildren, Joshua Springer, of Munnsville, N.Y., Ryan Springer of Morrisville, N.Y., Carlos Cordero, Cassaundra Cordero, Cassie Cordero of Los Lunas, and Leanne Morgan and Jonathan Morgan, of Los Lunas; great-grandchildren, Caleb Eugene Sanchez,  Alexa Sanchez, Ava Sanchez of Fort Carson, Colo., and Jasmine Springer of Munnsville, N.Y.; sisters, Dorothy and her husband, Ray Gunther, of Hamilton, N.Y., Phyllis and her husband, Charlie Faulkner, of Lexington, Ken., Dianne and husband, Bill Gunthorpe of Morrisville, N.Y., and Barbara Springer and husband, Tom, of Madison, N.Y.; brothers, Emerson Morgan Jr. of Bouckville, N.Y.,  Larry Morgan of Norwich, N.Y., and Alfred Morgan Sr. of Camden, N.Y.
Gene was a loving, devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother who was loved dearly and respected by many. He will be greatly missed.
Keep em flying!
Services will be held Thursday, April 18, at San Clemente Parish Catholic Church, 244 Luna Ave NE, Los Lunas, beginning at 8:30 a.m. with a visitation, the Rosary will begin at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. A reception will follow services. Burial will be at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, April 23, with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to www.woundedwarriorproject.org, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kan., 66675.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 2211-D Main St. 866-9992, where an online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Maurice “Bill” Nittler
1934-2013

Maurice “Bill” Nittler, age 78, a resident of Belen, passed away in the evening of Wednesday, April 10.
He was born Dec. 24, 1934, in Shickley, Neb., to Rose and Frank Nittler. He was a member of Our Lady of Belen and of the Knights of Columbus.
Bill and Sally moved to Belen in 2004 after his retirement from the first National Bank in Cortez, Colo. Bill devoted 50 years to a career in banking.
He was always involved in the community in which he lived and joined service oriented clubs: The Jaycees in Denver and the Lions Club in Mancos Colo., his home before moving to Belen.
As a teenager, Bill began radio DX-ing with his brother, Francis, and he continued to enjoy the hobby throughout his entire life. He and friends started a DX club and published newsletters on the subject.
He also enjoyed stamp collecting, and recently, he and his wife, Sally, joined the geo-caching community, an organization of people who enjoyed finding caches hidden by other members using GPS coordinates to find the sight of the hidden caches.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rose and Frank Nittler; brothers, Francis Nittler and Leroy Nittler; sisters, Rosella Graham and Mildred Viola; and grandson, Toby Jones.
Bill is survived by his beloved bride of nearly 56 years, Sally; children and spouses, Tammy Hettchen and husband, Bob, Robin Nittler, Jennifer Nittler, Andrea Stevens, Matthew Nittler and wife, Brandy, Lesley Davis and husband, Greg, Ethan Nittler and wife, Kimberly; grandchildren, Matthew, Corey, Emilee, Kristopher and spouse, Kimberly, Kelton and Mackenzie, Brandon and spouse, Katie, Caitlin, Paige, Summer, Harley, Cody and Dylan; great-grandchildren, Samantha, Nathan, Hailey, Emma Leigh and Miley Raye; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The Nittlers would like to thank Noblin Funeral Service, and if you would like to send flowers, please contact Davis Floral at 864-8722.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Belen Knights of Columbus, 121 South Ninth St., Belen, or Catholic Daughters, 101 A. N 10th St., Belen.
Services were held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, Wednesday, April 17. Interment will be private.
Serving as pallbearers were Ethan Nittler, Matthew Nittler, Robert Hettchen and Greg Davis. Honorary pallbearers were Kristopher Nittler, Matthew Hettchen, Corey Hettchen and Kelton Stevens.
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 www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Crespin Padilla
1951-2013

Crespin Padilla, age 61, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away Tuesday, April 16.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 866-9992, 2211-D Main St., where a complete obituary and online guest register is available at, www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Tonya Rene Sherman
1984-2013

Tonya Rene Sherman, age 28, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Wednesday, April 10.
A visitation and Rosary were held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, April 17. A final visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, April 18, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Sign Tonya’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Ronald Tiley
1944-2013

Ronald Tiley, age 68, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away Sunday, April 14.
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 www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Arlie Lee Wade Sr. (Sonny)
1947-2013

Arlie Lee Wade Sr. (Sonny), age 66, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 26.
Sonny served in the Army as a marksman and is decorated with a Bronze Star Metal. He returned to his wife, then Nancy Smith. He later married Evelyn Burns, who preceded him in death in 1997. Sonny married Sharyl Hardage in 1998.
Sonny is survived by his wife, Sharyl Wade; sons, Buster and Louis Wade; and daughter, Vinita Burns. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 10 nieces and nephews, one who is Tina Holt.
All services will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel, on Saturday, April 20, beginning with a visitation at 9:30 a.m. and a funeral service to be held at 10 a.m.
Sonny will rest in peace, as he wished, with his wife, Sharyl Wade.
A special thank you to those who are true friends to Sonny and Sharyl Wade.
Sign Arlie’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.