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    Obituary: Harold Raymond Scofield

    Harold Raymond Scofield, 93, of La Junta passed away on Nov. 27, 2019, at the Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center in La Junta. He was born in Rocky Ford on Aug. 14, 1926, to Oren B. & Leland Tulip (Land) Scofield. He married Grace McGlothlin on May 3, 1946, in Raton, N.M.; she preceded him in death. He farmed west of Rocky Ford in 1947-48. On Nov. 1, 1948, he went to work for the City of La Junta from which he retired on April 30, 1992. After retiring, they would travel all over the W…

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    Patrick Espinoza

    Patrick Espinoza of Rocky Ford, Colorado entered into rest in La Junta, Colo., Nov. 20, 2019. He was born June 30, 1970 in Rocky Ford, Colorado to Bernie and Delfino Espinoza. He is 49 years of age. Patrick is survived by his parents, Bernie and Delfino Espinoza, brothers, Jerry Espinoza, Gary (Annette) Espinoza, Dennis Espinoza, Paul (Julie Apodaca) Espinoza, Padrino and Madrina, Richard and Flora Alcon, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.He enjoyed going for rides, listening to music, vis…

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    Tiana Machelle Yocam

    Tiana Machelle Yocam, 27, of Keystone, Neb., passed away unexpectedly Sept. 2, 2019, and went to be with our Lord and Savior. She was born July 20, 1992, in Aurora, Colo., to Mark and Terri Yocam and has an older sister, Tasha. She attended Elbert School from Preschool to 8 th Grade and participated in numerous activities including volleyball, basketball, soccer, track, band, and 4-H. At the age of 7 she started rodeoing in the Little Britches Youth Association at Kiowa. This was the start of…

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    Appreciation: Norris was a Western hero

    Robert Norris had a close friendship with John Wayne and played college football for Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, but the Colorado rancher was an icon in his own right.“I remember being a kid going through airports and out in public people used to come up and ask him for his autograph or would want to buy him lunch,” Norris’ son Bobby Norris said. Former Colorado Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell said Norris embodied the “spirit of the West.” Norris purchased the T-Cross brand for $50, making him the…

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    Mary Aurora Pequete

    Mary Aurora Pequete, 93, lifelong La Junta resistant passed away on Nov. 12, 2019, at the Fowler Nursing Home. She was born on June 11, 1926, in La Junta, Colo., to Andres and Matilde (Whatley) Pequete. Mary was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, and also Our Lady of Guadalupe/St. Patrick Catholic Church. She was a nurse at the Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center from 1956 until retiring in 1986 where she enjoyed helping and caring for her patients and others. She loved her family a…

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    Obituary: Virgil E. Mascarenas

    Virgil E. Mascaremas, 85, passed away on Nov. 6, 2019, in Aurora, Colo. He was born on Oct. 21, 1934, in La Junta, Colo., to Augustine and Claudia (Whatley) Mascaremas. He married Jenny Reyna on Feb. 2, 1963. She preceded him in death on July 3, 2015. Virgil served in the United States Army from 1957 and was honorably discharged in 1963. He owned and operated Virgil’s Upholstery Shop on 2nd & Lewis. He enjoyed fishing, watching sports, visiting with family and really enjoyed being a grand…

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    Obituary: Emberlynn Marie Rocha

    Emberlynn Marie Rocha, 15, of La Junta passed away on Nov. 6, 2019, at the Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center. She was born to the proud parents of Albert and Tina (Osburn) Rocha on Oct. 10, 2004, in La Junta, Colo. Her unique way of living and thinking brought all she knew joy and happiness. Her playful argumentative way created her lasting impression upon all she met. She is loved by her caring family, grandparents, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles and cousins. She is survived by her p…

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    Marian V. Johnson

    Marian V. Johnson (Miller), 92, of La Junta passed away on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. in Lamar, Colo. Marian was born in Swink, Colo., on Jan.13, 1927, soon after the family moved to Timpas where she was raised with her six siblings. She was the oldest of the six and was the last surviving sibling.Marian started her career at The Harvey House, eventually moving on to work at the Santa Fe Railroad where she met Pete Robert Johnson, whom she married and moved to Albuquerque, N.M., with to start th…

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    Paul Lawrence Reyher

    A celebration of life memorial service for longtime Wiley, Colorado area resident will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, at the Wiley Community Church with Pastor Mike Schneider officiating and Reverend Ron Skorick of the La Junta First Christian Church co-officiating. A private family inurnment service at the Wiley Cemetery will be at 10 a.m. preceding the church celebration of life service. Following the church service a catered lunch will be served at noon at the Wiley Old Rock …

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    Thomas D. Miller

    Thomas D. Miller, 80 years old of Pleasant Prairie, Wis., passed away Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Grande Prairie Health & Rehab Center, Pleasant Prairie. He was born March 7, 1939, in La Junta, Colo., the son of the late Henry and Lydia (Will) Miller. Survivors include his wife of nearly 60 years, Patricia (nee Hart); two children, Steven (Barb) Miller of Winthrop Harbor, Ill., and Shelly (Billy) Neeve of Florida; siblings, Ray (Jan) Miller, Elaine (the late Jim) Harper; and the late Darre…

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    Jennifer Sue “Ginger” Reed

    Jennifer Sue “Ginger” Reed, 69, passed away on November 4, 2019 at her La Junta home. She was born in La Junta on August 15, 1950 to Bill and OlaVee Reed. She worked at the Hickory House and McDonald’s for many years. Ginger is survived by her brothers, Jim (Cindee) of Las Cruces, NM; Bill of Glenwood Springs, and sisters, Kathy of Colorado Springs, and Nancy of Colorado; two nieces and nephews and many wonderful cousins also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents. She had many clo…

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    Obituary: Mario A. Hernandez

    Mario A. Hernandez, 83, of La Junta passed away on Oct. 30, 2019, at the Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center. He was born on Dec. 10, 1935, in Mexico City, Mexico, to Daniel Rojas and Refugia Lopez (Aguilar) Hernandez. He was employed by the Atchison Santa Fe & Topeka Railroad for 29 years. He became a naturalized citizen in 1988. Mario enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and taking trips to Cripple Creek. He also enjoyed watching and attending Colorado Rockies games whe…

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    Obituary: Martin Jerome Masar

    On Oct. 31, 1956, Edith Mae and Paul Anthony Masar gave birth to Martin Jerome Masar in David City, N.E. Martin was baptized in the Catholic Church and grew in his faith as an active part of the youth ministry. He spent much of his childhood in Craig, Colo., where his father taught him to love the outdoors, learning to fish and hunt. These past times remain a large part of the Masar family today. Masar met his wife, Vicky, while in college in Omaha, Neb. They were married in Lexington, Neb., …

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    Tommy L. Henderson

    Tommy L. (T.L.) Henderson, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away at age 76 on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, in his son’s home in Austin, Texas surrounded by his family and his dog. T.L. was born on Aug. 16, 1943, in Leon, Iowa and was raised in the Clearfield and Lenox area where the Hendersons have farmed for five generations. Tom was baptized and was active in the United Presbyterian Church of Lenox. He excelled at baseball, basketball, football, and 4-H where he enjoyed showing live…

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    Obituary: Wayne Eugene Smith

    Wayne Eugene Smith was born Aug. 22, 1945, in Hopewell, Va., the ninth of 10 children, to Clifford and Agnes (Thorne) Smith. Wayne passed away suddenly at age 74 on Oct. 22, 2019, in Minneola, Kan., of natural causes. He served in the Air Force at Whiteman AFB in Missouri from 1964 to 1968. After discharge, he joined the Kansas City, Mo., Police Dept then later went on to serve as a Federal Police Officer in Colorado at Fort Lyon VA Hospital as well as in Oklahoma at the OKC VA Hospital. He w…

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    Obituary: Frank J. Wood

    Feb. 29, 1924 – Oct. 24, 2019 Frank J. Woods, a former Las Animas resident and business owner, passed away peacefully in his home in Denver on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at the age of 95. Frank was born on Feb. 29, 1924, to Louise Henrietta (Schroeder) Woods and Frank Emerson Woods in Emporia, Kan. He moved with his parents and older brother, Donald Emerson Woods, and his twin brother, Phillip John (Jack) Woods, to Las Animas in 1928, where his father opened Woods Fair Store, which was later…

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    Tommasina Jordan

    Tommasina Jordan, 94, of Fowler passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, at the Fowler Health Care Center. Arrangements are pending with Ford – Ustick Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to www.fordustick.com.

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    Obituary: Roxie Mae Mourning

    A celebration of life for former longtime Lamar resident, most recently of Swink, Colo., Roxie Mae Mourning, will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at the Lamar First Baptist Church with Pastor Darren Stroh officiating. Interment will follow at the Fairmount Cemetery in Lamar. Visitation for Roxie will be held from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, at the Peacock Family Chapel. Per the family’s request, the casket will be closed at the church. Roxie Mae Mourning was bo…

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    Muriel June Stier

    Muriel June Stier, 80, passed away on Oct. 23, 2019, at her Rocky Ford home. She was born on Aug. 31, 1939, in Dunbar, Pennsylvania to Charles & Frances (Lehmen) Hennen. Murial married Danny Joe Stier; he preceded her in death. Muriel served several years in the United States Navy. She retired from Mountain Bell after decades of work. Muriel is survived by her daughter, Diana (Dave) Zenz of Rocky Ford; sister, Carol Cooke of Aurora, Colo.; sister-in-law, Peggy Ann Briseno of Grand Prairie…

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    Carmen Mary Hernandez

    Carmen Mary Hernandez of La Junta, Colorado, entered into rest in Pueblo, Colo., Oct. 22, 2019. She was born to Ernesta and Isidro Guerrero, July 16, 1946 in La Junta, Colo. She was 73 years of age. Carmen is survived by her husband; Armando Renteria of Rocky Ford, Colo., children, Arthur Hernandez of Odessa, Texas, Irene Hernandez of La Junta, Colo., Veronica Hernandez of Pueblo, Colo., Anthony Hernandez of Rocky Ford, Colo., Jose (Amandalynn) Hernandez of Mesa, Arizona, Neyha Hernandez of C…

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    Cecilia Josephine Young

    Cecilia Josephine (Jo) Young, 58, of Manzanola, Colo., passed away on Oct. 21, at Parkview Medical Center, Pueblo.Cecilia was born in Shattuck, Okla. on Oct. 31, 1961, a daughter of the late Peggy Lou (Barnes) and Cecil Leroy Bohn.She graduated from Denver University with a Bachelor’s of Accounting.She was the wife of Eric Young, they were married on Aug. 15, 1998, in Denver, Colo.Jo enjoyed camping, fishing and boating and her endeavors to Puerta Vallarta with her loving husband. In her spar…

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    Obituary: Dennilee Hill Mishou

    Dennilee “Sissy” Hill Mishou, 67, passed away on July 5, 2019, at her Saint Paul, Minn., home. She was born on April 24, 1952, in La Junta to George A. and Verona (Allen) Hill. Sissy went to school in La Junta, graduating with the class of 1970. She attended Western State College in Gunnison, Otero Junior College, Cottey College in Nevada, Mo. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley with a bachelor of arts degree in special education and a minor in elementary/vocatio…

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    Julio G. Rodriguez

    Julio G. Rodriguez, 95, passed away peacefully with family by his side on Oct. 10, 2019, at Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colo. Mr. Rodriguez was born in Mexico City, Mexico, on Jan. 9, 1924, to Fructoso and Avelina Gutierrez Rodriguez. After graduating from high school, he came to the United States in 1943 on a work visa at the age of 19 where he met the love of his life Louise Ceballos. Two years later on July 19, 1945 the two were united in marriage. He received his American Citizensh…

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    Magdalena Barela

    Magdalena Barela, 91, passed away on Oct. 14, 2019, at her La Junta home surrouned by her family. She was born on April 22, 1928, in La Junta, Colo., to Catarino & Aurelia (Guerrero) Mata. She married Catarino Barela, Sr. on September 10, 1953 in Raton, N.M.; he preceded her in death on January 8, 1996.Magdalena worked at the turkey plant in Cheraw, the fields and also the pickle plant. She was also well known for her wonderful cooking. She loved her dogs Lolo and Sara and her cat, Spence…

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    Obituary: Lenora Fern Horn

    Lenora Fern Horn, 87, of La Junta, Colo., passed away peacefully Saturday, Oct. 5, surrounded by her loved ones. Lenora was born June 4, 1932, in Las Animas, Colo. She was the daughter of the late Obal and Leda Mae Failing. She was a loving and devoted wife to Leslie Horn, whom she married in 1951. Lenora went on her first date with her future husband on her 16th birthday and they eloped to Raton, N.M., to be married three years later. They celebrated 68 years of marriage in May. Lenora gradu…

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    Obituary: Helen Nadine Martin

    Helen Nadine Martin passed from this life into eternal life on Oct. 3, 2019, at the Crowley County Nursing Center in Ordway, Colo. Nadine was born May 15, 1933, to Herbert and Tressie (Deeter) Knowlton at home in White Rock, Colo. She attended White Rock School, across the road from her sixth through eighth grades, she again attended White Rock. Her first year of high school was in Fowler, but she got sick and missed a lot of school, and with transportation to school an issue, she quit school…

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    Frank Lotrich

    Frank Lotrich, 81, of Rocky Ford, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at the Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Ford – Ustick Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to www.fordustick.com.

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    William Medina

    Mass of Christian Burial for Las Animas, Colorado resident, Bill Medina will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Las Animas, Colorado with Father Henry Wertin officiating. Rosary will be held prior to the Mass at 10:30 a.m. Cremation will take place following the service and inurnment will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, at Fort Lyon National Cemetery with military honors provided by the local VFW and American Legion Post. William Joseph …

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    Anna Mae Strain Nunnelee Everett

    Anna Mae Strain Nunnelee Everett, 94, retired educator, musician extraordinaire, story teller, and family matriarch, died in Ft. Collins, Colo., on Aug. 1, 2019. Anna Mae died on Colorado Day – she was a descendant of 19th century Colorado settlers and a proud Coloradan.Anna Mae was born on July 24, 1925, in La Junta, Colo., the only daughter of Leco P. and Coy Beavers Strain. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother George L. Strain, a brother Captain Dean B. Strain, who was kille…

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    Herbert Keiji (Herb) Mameda

    Herbert Keiji (Herb) Mameda, 90, of Rocky Ford, Colo., passed away Thursday, Sept. 12, at his residence.Herbert was born in Rocky Ford, Colo., on Nov. 7, 1928, a son of the late Mitsu (Suetsugu) and Keitaro Mameda.Herb graduated from Swink High School in 1946 then received his Bachelor of Science from the university of Colorado. Herb then went to Northwestern University to attend the School of Dentistry, graduating in 1959.He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1951 – 1953.Herb…

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    Yorel “Jean” Burkhalter

    Yorel “Jean” BurkhalterFebruary 5, 1938 – September 29, 1919 Yorel “Jean” Burkhalter, 81, formerly of La Junta, was called home to Glory on September 29, 2019, at Fowler Health Care Center, where she had resided the past 3 years. She was born on February 5, 1938 in Rocky, Oklahoma, to Mal R. and Ruby (Jackson) Wilburn. She attended several schools throughout Oklahoma, before moving to Tipton, OK, where she graduated from High School. In Tipton, she met the love of her life, Virley. They were …

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    Earl Eugene Hollis

    Earl Eugene Hollis, 88, passed away on Sept. 20, 2019, at his Swink home. He was born on July 1, 1931, to Earl and Martha (Pressnell) Hollis in La Junta. He married Gwendolyn “Gwen” J. Crane on Sept. 14, 1950; she preceded him in death on Oct. 17, 2010.Earl was a member of the United States Air Force where he served for 21 years. Earl and Gwen had five sons and raised them during Earl’s Air Force Career. After Earl’s discharge from the military, the family returned home to Swink, where Earl a…

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    Donna Tomky

    Donna M. Tomky ended a courageous battle with ovarian cancer on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at home in Albuquerque with husband, Bob Geer and friends at her side. Donna was born in La Junta, Colorado on Saturday, August 25, 1951 to Orville and Loretta Tomky where she grew up with siblings Tom, Karen, and John on their family farm near Olney Springs, Colorado. Donna graduated from Crowley County High School in 1969. She earned her Bachelor of Science as an R.N. at the University of Northern C…

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    Audrey Fern Yeater

    Audrey Fern Yeater passed away Aug. 7, 2019, in Kingman, Ariz. Audrey was born June 5, 1938, in La Junta, Colo., the fourth child of Fern and Nelson Wickham, one of eight siblings that lived in Cheraw, Colo. Audrey was a terrific cook, a wonderful seamstress, and an arts and crafts genius, making pieces for shows in which she participated. Audrey is survived by her children, Steven Norris of Mesquite, Nevada and Kerri Larsen of Modesto, California. she was preceded in death by her daughter, R…

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    Sarah A. Muniz

    Mass of Christian Burial for Sarah Muniz will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Las Animas, Colo., with Father Henry Wertin officiating. Rosary/Scripture Service will be held prior to Mass at 9:30a.m. also at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Fort Lyon National Cemetery. Sarah Abdulla Muniz was born Aug. 30, 1931, in Brawley, Calif., to John and Juanita (Chavez) Abdulla. Sarah was their first daughter of three daughters along wit…

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    Obituary: Manuel Bonifacio Vasquez

    Manuel Bonifacio Vasquez of La Junta, Colo., entered into rest at his La Junta home on Sept. 14, 2019. He was born to Carmen and Eddie Vasquez Sr. on Sept. 9, 1970, in La Junta, Colorado. He was 49 years of age. Manuel is survived by his parents, Eddie and Carmen Vasquez of La Junta; siblings, Anita (Richard) Chavez of Rocky Ford, Colo., Randy (Linda) Perea of Indio, Calif., Donnie (Lavette) Perea of Indio, Calif., Edward (Laura) Vasquez Jr. of Lakewood, Colo., Elizabeth (Jon) Metzger of La J…

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    Gloria Jean Madrid (Lopez)

    Gloria Jean Madrid (Lopez) passed away on Sept. 12, 2019, after a 5 month battle with cancer. She was born on Feb. 5, 1945,in La Junta, Colo., to Rafael and Abbie Lopez (Guill). Gloria married George Madrid on May 29, 1965, at St. Patrick’s Church in La Junta. They moved to Denver in 1966. In 1974 she became employed at Gates Rubber Company. In 2006 she retired as the Executive Assistant to the Vice President. After her retirement she volunteered at St Rose of Lima where she typed the weekly …

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    Rowena Joy Hashberger

    Rowena Joy Hashberger, 78, of Rocky Ford, Colorado, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, at Crowley County Nursing Home. Born on January 26, 1941, in Logansport, Indiana, she was a daughter of the late Thomas E. Drye and the late H. Leona Drye. She was married to David E. Hashberger, of Rocky Ford, Colo., for 57 years.She graduated from high school in 1959 in Toccoa Falls, Ga., and went to work as a bookkeeper. She was a beloved wife, devoted mother and doting gr…

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    Edward Mathew “Buddy” Crowel

    Edward Mathew “Buddy” Crowel, 91, passed away on Sept. 11, 2019, at his Denver home. He was born on August 15, 1928 in Rocky Ford, Colo., to Mathew & Geraldine (Williams) Crowel.He graduated from La Junta High School in 1948. In 1949 he went into the U.S. Army until 1953. He worked as a Deputy Sheriff with Denver County for 32 years. Edward was a Deacon and a devoted longtime member of the Friendship Baptist Church.He is survived by his sisters, Alice M. Estelle and Mary Jackson; Edward’s…