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    Xavier Gilberto Serros Jr.

    Xavier Gilberto Serros Jr. of La Junta, Colo., entered into rest Feb. 14, 2020, in La Junta, Colo. He was born to Rosemary and Xavier Serros, Sr. April 8, 2013, in Pueblo, Colo. He was six years of age. Xavier is survived by his parents, Rosemary and Xavier Serros Sr. of La Junta, Colorado, brothers, Anthony, Sebastian and Julian Serros, grandparents, Saul Mota Of Odessa, Texas, Annie Ibarra of Odessa, Texas, Rosamaria Carrasco of Manzanola, Colo., Gilberto Serros of Odessa, Texas, several au…

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    Obituary: Jerry Brooks

    A graveside memorial service for Jerry Brooks will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, at the Bent/Las Animas County Cemetery Elder Chapel in Las Animas, Colo. Military Committal Rites will be provided by the local V.F.W. and American Legion Posts. There will be a celebration of Brooks’ life following graveside services at the John Rawlings Museum Grand Hall. A memorial service will be held in Longmont, Colo., at a later date. Jerry Dean Brooks died on Feb. 14, 2020, at his home in L…

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    Delfido Cruz

    Delfido Cruz, 83, of Rocky Ford, passed away on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, at his home. Arrangements are pending with Ford – Ustick Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to www.fordustick.com.

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    Nancy Joan Inge Baker

    Nancy Joan Inge Baker, 86, a native of La Junta, Colorado died on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, at Sky Ridge Medical Center near Denver, Colo. Nancy is well known to many for her humor, independence, love and perseverance. Her most precious endeavor was being a mother to her seven children and then a grandmother of many grandchildren. She worked diligently to support the interests of all children in the community through her efforts and family participation in La Junta Public Schools, Koshare India…

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    Melvin Wolf

    Melvin was born in Crowley County, Colo., and lived his entire life in the state. He attended grade school through the sixth grade when an eye infection kept him out of school for a year. He chose to not return to school but rather help work the family farm north of Olney Springs. Melvin sowed his wild oats in the Crowley County area until he met the love of his life, Aloha Sorensen, at a dance. After a short courtship and a flat tire, Aloha’s parents, Bob and Veda Sorensen, agreed that Melvi…

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    Valentine “Tim” Torrez

    Valentine “Tim” Torrez of Dodge City, Kan., entered into rest, Feb. 9, 2020, at his residence. He was born to Mike and Rosa Torrez May 21, 1955, in La Junta, Colo. He was 64 Years of age. Tim is survived by his son, Eli Torrez of Kansas City , Mo., siblings; Catalina (Jim) Harris of Plano, Texas, Alvino Torrez of La Junta, Pedro Torrez of La Junta, Blas (Tammy) Torrez of Hugo, Colo., Jose (Darlene) Torrez of Santa Maria, Calif., Ledia (Mike) Ayala of Leoti, Kan., Nieces and nephews include, W…

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    Anthony Ray Grajeda

    Anthony Ray Grajeda, 45, died unexpectedly at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo on Feb. 4, 2020. He was born on June 27, 1974, in La Junta, Colo., to Rosemary Grajeda and Wadsworth “Kiechi” Keith. He attended schools in La Junta and received his GED from Otero Junior College. He was married to Jessica Gutierrez from La Junta from June 27th, 1998 to February 2008. He lived in Pueblo most of his life and was a certified welder and worked at CF&I Steel Mill in Pueblo. He moved to Denv…

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    Bill Bernard Hodges Jr.

    Bill Bernard Hodges Jr. was born in Pueblo Colorado on Aug. 12, 1947. He passed away on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. He is the son Ruth Lankford, Hank Lankford, William Hodges Sr., and Marie Hodges. Those that were closest to Bill often called him: Hodge, Coach, Bro, or Hodgie . He is the older brother to Gail Martinez and Mare Schmit and deeply loved his aunt Joan and all of their families. Hodge graduated high school in 1965 from Pueblo Central High School. He worked at a variety of places and gra…

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    Lyndal Helen Reed Jones

    Lynn Jones, 81, passed away Feb. 5, 2020, in La Junta, Colo. She was born June 25, 1938, in Perkins Okla., to Charles N. and Thelma J. (Gibbons) Reed. The family moved to Colorado and settled near La Junta. Lynn attended Fort Bent school, Herren Junior High and La Junta High School, graduating in 1956. She married the cowboy of her dreams Raymond L. Jones on Aug. 29, 1957, and they raised three children who all became Kids Rodeo Champions: Clinton, Raelynn and Justin. They tried their luck at…

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    David Floyd Allen Youngblood

    David Floyd Allen Youngblood, 80, of Rocky Ford, Colo., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 4 in Pueblo, Colo. David was born in Rocky Ford, Colo., on Jan. 9, 1940, a son of the late Edna Iva Allen (Mellon) and Floyd Clarence Youngblood. He graduated from Rocky Ford High School in 1958. He was the husband of Darla J. (Jenkins) Youngblood. They were married on Aug. 7, 1999, in Evergreen, Colo. David’s career started in road construction and as a crane operator. He had a successful excavation business in…

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    William Hodges

    William “Bill” Hodges, 72, of Manzanola, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at his home. Arrangements are pending with Ford – Ustick Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to www.fordustick.com.

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    Mary Ann Garcia

    Mary Ann Garcia, of Rocky Ford, Colo., entered into rest Feb. 4, 2020, at Parkview Hospital in Pueblo, Colo. She was born to Louise and Daniel Garcia, Jan. 2, 1973 in Denver, Colo. Mary Ann was 47 years of age. She is survived by her wife, Cassie Garcia of Rocky Ford, Colo., mother, Louise Garcia of Manzanola, Colo., sister, Cathy (Bill) Dalton of Colorado Springs, Colo., Niece, Julie (Mike) MC Daniel of Colorado Springs, Colo., great niece, Kaylee Mc Daniel of Colorado Springs, Colo., aunts …

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    Obituary: Cheryl Milsene Freidenberger

    Cheryl Milsene Freidenberger passed away in Palisade, Colo., on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. She was born on Dec. 16, 1949, in La Junta, Colo., to Chester and Milsene Bay. Cheryl graduated from La Junta High School in 1967 and went on to marry her high school sweetheart, Robert Freidenberger, on June 7, 1970. Cheryl was an active member of the La Junta community, which included many years volunteering for the Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center Hospital Auxiliary. She was a past president of …

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    Durward W. Jacobs

    Funeral services for longtime Las Animas, Colorado, resident, Durward W. “Bill” Jacobs, will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, at Horber Funeral Chapel, 404 Locust Avenue, Las Animas, Colorado. Pastor Diane Hutson will officiate. Interment will follow at Bent County Las Animas Cemetery, 28082 County Road 10, Las Animas, Colo. Durward W. “Bill” Jacobs was born on Jan. 29, 1928, in Lamar, Colo., to Edna May (Hooper) Jacobs and George Wilson Jacobs. He passed away on Sunday, Feb. 2, 202…

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    Ronald D. Darcey

    WICHITA – Ronald D. Darcey, 70, passed away on Jan. 30, 2020, at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. He was born on Jan. 14, 1950, at Pawnee Rock, to James and Marguerite (Flick) Darcey. He married Virginia Ann Lane on Aug. 12, 1978, at La Junta, Colo. She survives. Ronald was a Wichita resident for the last 4 years, coming from Nashville, Ark. He retired in 2006 from Tyson Foods as a comptroller. He enjoyed clay sculpting and cross stitching. Ronald was an avid KU suppo…

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    Paula K. Archuleta

    Funeral Services for Las Animas, Colo., resident, Paula Archuleta were scheduled for1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 at the First Church of the Nazarene in Las Animas, Colorado. Pastor Carlton McKay will officiate. Cremation will follow the funeral services and inurnment will take place at a later date. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, at Horber Funeral Chapel. Paula K. (Smith) Archuleta was born on Jan. 20, 1954, in Dallas, Oregon to Glenn C. and …

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    Connie Jo Wickham

    Connie Jo Wickham, 76, passed away at her Apache Junction, Ariz., home on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. She was born to Ralph and Louise (Boden) Boone on Jan. 17, 1944, in Nashville, Kan. She spent her early years in Texas, Missouri and Kansas before moving to La Junta. She attended La Junta Jr. and Sr. High School’s graduating in 1963. She married the love of her life, David Wickham on March 4, 1961. Connie is survived by her husband, David, of the Apache Junction home, 3 daughters; Cindy Wickham…

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    Peggy Joan (Wilburn) Morehead

    Peggy Joan (Willburn) Morehead, 83, of Little Rock, Arkansas, formerly of Blytheville, Arkansas and La Junta, Colo., passed away on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, at Presbyterian Village surrounded by her loving family. Peggy was born in Pueblo, Colo., on Sept. 25, 1936, to John and Marguerite (Owens) Willburn. She was a homemaker who was devoted to her family as a wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. Peggy was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Blytheville, AR. Her hobbies included …

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    Clara Irvin

    Clara Irvin, 81, of Greeley, formerly of Rocky Ford, passed away on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the Life Care Center in Greeley. Arrangements are pending with Ford – Ustick Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to www.fordustick.com.

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    OBITUARY: Herbert Brady

    Herbert Brady, 76, of Rocky Ford, was found deceased on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, at his home. Arrangements have been entrusted to Ford–Ustick Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to www.fordustick.com.

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    Carlos Apodaca

    Carlos Apodaca, 28, passed away unexpectedly at his Rocky Ford home on Jan. 20, 2020. He was born on Feb. 23, 1991, to Anthony & Eva (Sanchez) Apodaca in Pueblo, Colorado. He married Paulina Baca on Nov. 6, 2019, in Colorado Springs. Carlos enjoyed his work as a floor installer. He enjoyed playing pool with his father, working on cars, playing sports and spending time with his kids, his nieces and nephews and family and friends. He enjoying taking his mother out in his truck and doing don…

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    David Fraser

    David Fraser, 61, of Rocky Ford, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, at the Minnequa Medcenter in Pueblo. Arrangements are pending with Ford – Ustick Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to www.fordustick.com.