Deaths and funerals (09/12/13)


Doroteo G. (Joty) Baca
Doroteo G. (Joty) Baca, age 84, a resident of Tomé, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 5.
He was a proud member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, and in his earlier days participated in their fundraisers, and proudly served along with Virginia as Mayordomos. He was instrumental in getting the cemetery land donated to the church. Joty also participated in the installation of the crosses on top of Tomé Hill.
He was also active with the Tomé Fire Department. He participated in many events to raise money for the Boys Ranches of New Mexico. He proudly rode with the Sheriff’s Posse.
Joty was one of the founders of Cibola County Campout, where he and Virginia brought tremendous joy to many children of the area.
Joty served in Korea as a staff sergeant in the Army as a surveyor. This resulted in a lifetime of sadness and confusion as he carried the painful and unhealing wounds of a soldier.
He worked as a postal carrier and manager for Ramah Lake Venture. He and his dear friend, Griego, ran riding stables in the East Mountains.
He was recognized worldwide for 60 years of work preserving America’s Original Colonial Spanish Horse. The breed, now in danger of extinction. He was awarded lifetime achievement by the Horse of America’s Registry and recognized by American Indian Horse Registry. His dream was to raise awareness to the plight of the horse that built this country. He traveled across the country and to numerous fairs and events in the state talking about the importance of preserving this historical treasure.
He will be missed by so many who loved him dearly.
Joty is survived by his wife of 62 years, Virginia Baca; nine children, Dorothy Koenig and Ted, Richard Baca and wife, Carolyn, Anthony Baca and wife, Patsy, Paulina Saunders, Mark Baca, Annette Gonzales and John, Diane Eggler and husband, Pete, Gregorio Baca, Roxanne Thomas and husband, Lar. He adored all his numerous precious grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A viewing and Rosary were held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday, Sept. 8. A final visitation and Funeral Mass was held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Monday, Sept. 9. Interment  followed at Tomé Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, please consider donating the “Joty Baca CS Horse Fund.” Donations can be sent in the name of “The Center for America’s First Horse” PO Box 31, Johnson, VT 05656.
Sign Joty’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Dorothy Lee Dillard
Dorothy Lee Dillard, age 83, a resident of Belen, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 8.
“Dot” was born in Huntington, W.Va., in May 1930. She moved to New Mexico in 1950. Dot loved her family, her pets and critters of all kinds.
Dot was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Kyle Dillard Jr.; her parents, Robert and Virginia Gill; and brothers, Jack Gill and Paul Gill.
She is survived by her daughters, Jan House, of Aztec, and Denese Auge and husband, Edward, of Belen; and son, Kyle Dillard III, of Belen. Dot also leaves behind six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A very special thank you goes out to the caregivers at Good Life Assisted Living Center in Los Lunas. Their loving care will always be remembered.
A graveside service was held on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Terrace Grove Cemetery.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Humane Society in Albuquerque.
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

Richard Lee Handley
Richard Lee Handley, age 68, went home to be with our Lord on Wednesday, Sept. 4, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He passed quietly with his wife, Susannah, by his side in his Las Nutrias home.
He was well known for his quiet sense of humor, his honesty and integrity and his love for the land and big engines.
He graduated from Los Lunas High School and NMSU with a degree in agricultural engineering. After a few years with the Army as a research engineer and then in the oil field, he returned to the family farm in Las Nutrias in 1971.
He loved raising his four daughters on the family farm.  Besides his family, he loved the land — the smell of newly-mown alfalfa and the sound of corn growing in the breeze. He used to quote his own father saying, “On a still night you can hear the corn grow.” He loved the scent of the freshly plowed dirt as he turned it with his John Deere plow. He used his AG engineering degree to modify and build farm equipment.
In the winters, he loved working on old cars and hot rods, the bigger the engines the better. He was especially proud of his ’67 Cobra kit car and his ’32 Model B Ford. He was a member of the Rickshaw Car Club in Albuquerque. He competed with his cars in many shows winning often.
He was an avid skier and loved life. He will be missed.
He was preceded by his parents, Ralph and Harriet Handley; and his beloved sister, Barbara Pruett.
Richard is survived by his wife, Sana; his four daughters and three stepchildren, Juliet and Rob Gram and children, Bryan and Lauren; Janis Allen and daughter, Mariah; Jacquelyn and Will Roberts and daughterm Lahna; and Jeanne and Mike Melancon and children, Shawn, Jason and Micaela; Frannie and Tom Miller and their daughters, Elida and Zia; Kena and Alan Price with their children, Aneka and Quinn; and Geoff and Brandi Decker with Lainee.
The celebration of his life was held Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Chihuahua Bible Chapel in Veguita. Interment followed at the Chihuahua Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Rob Gram, Will Roberts, Jimmy Pareo, Shawn Melancon, Jason Melancon and Bryan Gram. Honorary pallbearers were Tom Miller, Geoff Decker and Alan Price.
Flowers are lovely, but a lasting contribution can be made in honor of Richard Handley to the New Mexico Cancer Center, 4901 Lang Ave. NE Albuquerque, NM 87109.
Sign Richard’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Howard Evan Metcalf
Howard Evan Metcalf, age 85, a resident of Belen, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 7.
Howard was a loving husband and father. After 12 years of military service, he worked as a large-equipment diesel mechanic in the United States, and abroad for many years. He loved fishing, polka and square dancing, and playing dominoes with friends. He enjoyed many family outings in the mountains, and loved to be outdoors.
Howard was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine Metcalf; daughter, Betty Allen; and two sons, Jerry and Darryl Metcalf.
He is survived by his children, Sondra and husband, Craig Schlotterback, of Peralta, Bev Edwards, of Los Alamos, Mike Edwards, of Belen, and Vicki and husband, J.T. Adams, of Belen; nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and two nieces.
Services will be held at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel on Thursday, Sept.12, beginning with a viewing at 9:30 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be J.T. Adams, Travis Adams, James Edwards, Jerry Smith, Robin Gettings and Mike Edwards. Honorary pallbearer will be Troy Metcalf.
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

Robert L. Shuman
Mr. Shuman, 91, died Saturday, Sept. 7, at his home. Cremation is under the direction of Terpening and Son Mortuary.
Robert was born Jan. 9, 1922, in Kirkland, Texas; the son of Joseph Lee Shuman and Zola Mae (Coats) Shuman.
He served his country in the United States Air Force during World War II.
On April 11, 1946, he was married to Nelda Ruth Booker in Lubbock, Texas. They moved around a lot, but considered Peralta home.
Robert was an electrical engineer. He received his bachelors degree in electrical engineering in 1950 from Texas Tech University.
He was a member of the Church of Christ. In every location Robert and Nelda lived, he was very active member in church. He was a true shepherd, a teacher, preacher and song leader. He also helped establish the church in Bosque Farms.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Robert Lee Shuman II.; and a sister, Maydell Brooks.
Survivors include his wife, Nelda Shuman, of the family home; daughters, Karen and husband, Bob, Cheryl and husband, Doyl, Pam, Cynthia and husband, Les, and Shauna and husband, Todd; sons, Greg, Joe and wife, Laneigha, and Johnny and wife, Debbie; grandchildren, Angel, Zachary, Lynetta, Robin, Amber, Stacy, D.L., Leslie, Lene, Brian, Season, Matt, Klyrisa, Jennifer, Meagan, Colin, Chris, Caris, Lee, Tiffany, Landon, Carter, Christopher, Cara Beth, Jessica, Tyler and Ashley; great-grandchildren, Ana, Katelyn, Megan, Taylor, Toby, Trevor, Truxton, Sarah, Joseph, Jacob, Joshua, Mason, Abby, Kayla, Emma, Nolan, Kolton, Hanna, Jaidyn, Avri, Haley, Mackenzi, Laurel, Levi, Samuel, Graham, Leanna, Shelton, Liam, Rowen, Sadie Jo, Pierce, Sissy, Adrian, Bailey, Micah, Amanda Radyn, Baby Girl, Adaelyn, Embry, Peyton and Presleigh; great-great-grandchildren, Carleigh and Arlaric; sisters, Louise Hadaway and Ruby White; and brother, Wayne Shuman.
Memorial services were held Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Bosque Farms Church of Christ.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Terpening and Son Mortuary. Please express condolences at

Philip (Mike) Thoma
Philip (Mike) Thoma, age 56, a resident of Peralta, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
Mike was born Feb. 24, 1957. Mike is survived by his wife, Cindy, of 33 years; his daughter, Micah, and husband, Stephen Bogue, their twin daughters, Bailey and Cierra and son, Kolton; and his son, Joshua, and wife, Tinisha Thoma, their son, Brailyn, and daughter, Mcaidyn; father-in-law, Dale Whitlow; Vicki and Miguel Ojeda, John and Linda Thoma, Gina Thoma, Gigi and Dennis Zacharias; six nephews, three nieces and two great-nephews; and many others who loved him.
Mike owned his own business, MJ Glass, for more than 20 years. He officiated for the New Mexico Activities Association, USSSA, ASA and PGF for 30 years.
Services have already taken place.
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