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GURULE -- Jeremy. The family of Jeremy Gurule thanks their many friends and relatives whose sympathy and thoughtfulness will always be remembered and deeply appreciated. RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME OF ALBUQUERQUE 225 San Mateo NE 764-9663
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HANSEN -- Henrik Bernhard Hansen ("Hank"), a resident of Manzano del Sol Good Samaritan Village, passed away March 18, 2010 at the age of 88. Hank first moved to New Mexico in 1972 after a distinguished US Air Force career that spanned three wars. Following his retirement from the military, he spent 10 additional years working for the Air Force in the Civil Service. Among his military honors were the World War II Air Bronze Star for Meritorious Service in Viet Nam. Until his final illness, he was active in a number of Albuquerque service organizations, including the Mile High Optimists Club, and served as a volunteer at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center for more than 20 years. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, a Freemason and a Ballut Bayad Shrine member. Born in Plainfield, NJ, Hank grew up in nearby Metuchen where in high school he developed a lifelong interest in writing. But when World War II broke out, he was unable to pursue this interest or further his education. Instead, after high school graduation, he enlisted in the the Army Air Corps and served as a B-24 radio operation and gunner, completing 50 combat missions with the 460th Bomb Group out of Spinazzola, Italy. After the war, Hank returned to spend six years as editor of a small town newspaper, the weekly Metuchen Recorder, where he wrote a column called "Along Main Street." With the onset of the Korean conflict, Hank was recalled to active duty and remained in the Air Force until he retired with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer. Over the years he attended night school and ultimately obtained his college degree from Chapman College in Orange, CA in 1970. Hank greeted life's challenges with grace and good humor, best exemplified by a tendency to spontaneously break into song. He will be greatly missed by his loving family--his wife of 62 years, Elizabeth, daughters; Caroline Gallagher and Suzanne Mauck, his brother, Allen, two grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son Henrik Allen. Viewing will take place at French Mortuary, Lomas Chapel at 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE Monday, March 22, 2010 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Service will be Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at French Chapel also. Interment at Sunset Memorial Park will follow. Members of the Mile High Optimist Club will serve as honorary pallbearers. Donations may be made in Hank's memory to the Albuquerque Veterans Administration Medical Center. 1501 San Pedro Drive SE, 87108. Ambercare, 2129 Osuna NE 87113. Please visit our online guestbook for Hank at RememberTheirStory.com. French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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HART -- Adolph William Hart, 72, resident of Los Lunas, passed away Tuesday, March 16, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Priscilla; sons, Claye and Colin Hart; three grandchildren, Devin, Miranda, and Kendall. Adolph was a proud member of the Buffalo Soldiers, local chapter. He was also a highly decorated NYPD detective as well as an author. Cremation has taken place. Please visit our online guest book for Adolph at RememberTheirStory.com French 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505)897-0300
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HUMBLE -- ERIC L. Humble, 60, passed away March 19, 2010. Eric was born January 24, 1950 in Tampa, Florida. Eric is survived by his wife, Jan; parents, Bill and Gerry Humble of Amarillo, TX; son, Cody, Joseph and wife, Laura, and Leanne Humble all of Cedar Creek Lake, TX; grandson, Jack Humble; sister, Rebecca and husband, Ted Liles. Eric was employed at Builders Trust for 17 years. Services will be Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Christ Unity Church, 9800 Candelaria NE. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to UNMH Cancer Center. Eric will be loved and missed by all who knew him.
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HUYBRECHTS -- Louise Huybrechts of Albuquerque passed away on March 18, 2010. She was born in Stabroek, Belgium on January 14, 1919 to Felix and Elizabeth (Van Bouwel) Janssens. Louise graduated from St. Agnes College in Antwerp, Belgium with degrees in Fashion Design and Home Economics. Following graduation, she taught at the same college until she, her husband and children moved to the United States in 1952. Louise is survived by her husband of 62 years, August J. Huybrechts, her children; Dirk and wife Jeanne Huybrechts of Los Angeles, California, Frank and wife Linda Huybrechts of Oak Park, California, Ralph and wife Gay Nell Huybrechts of Albuquerque, Paul Huybrechts of Los Angeles, California and Miette and husband George Michie of Charlottesville, Virginia; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; a brother Louis of Belgium. A sister in law Julia also of Belgium and many nieces and nephews. A private memorial was held for the family with a public memorial service to be announced at a later date. Please visit our online guestbook for Louise at RememberTheirStory.com. French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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JOHNSON -- Harry E. Johnson, Jr., 51, passed away on March 18, 2010. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Harry's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 2400 Southern Blvd SE Rio Rancho, NM 87124 (505) 891-9192
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JOHNSON -- Rick Johnson - Many of us lost a rare and special friend, and the community a respected and passionate leader when cancer claimed Rick Johnson this week at age 66. Rick finally ended his two and a half year standoff with that wretched disease..but cancer plays dirty, so it prevailed. However, it found a true foe in Rick Johnson, who beat the odds and exceeded doctor's expectations throughout. Rick was born in Evansville, Indiana, and lived a childhood filled with exploration of neighborhood forests and canoe-filled lakes. He terrorized old ladies on his bicycle "Blue Flame," wearing his orange action figure cape-much to his mother's chagrin, as it was her bath mat. Rick moved to NM as an adolescent, became a Jefferson Jet, miraculously stayed out of the pokey, forged decades-long friendships, and is still close to many of his junior high buddies today. He attended Highland High School as a jock-preferring sports and girls to studying, and cars to books...but his quick mind and huge intellect spared him from bad grades and detention-most of the time. At UNM, he pledged Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, knowing it would be a strong academic environment.but then helping him get the most out of his college years in "Animal House" style. He cemented many more strong and lifelong relationships with his Pike brothers. He also began a lifetime love of words-excelling in English, writing, psychology and literature-all of which prepared him for a career in advertising. His first professional job, however was as a banker. He was lifted off the UNM campus by the California Wells Fargo recruiters, and spent his first tenure on the west coast learning economics on the job. He also discovered he had a keen business acumen, management abilities, and a love of numbers-which he eventually parlayed into a graduate degree in banking from the prestigious Wisconsin School Of Banking. Missing Albuquerque, he returned and was lured into advertising to join George Mellekas as Vice President of Mellekas and Associates in the early 70's, but then back into banking by another mentor named George-George Maloof, from whom he learned focus and great business lessons like "less is more." Fulfilling a dream of owning his own business, he formed Rick Johnson and Company in 1977 on a card table in his den. He incorporated in 1979, and over the next few years with his beloved wife and partner, Debbie, went on to build the ad agency into one of the largest and longest-tenured success stories in the region. The agency is now well into its thirty-third year, managed by the second-generation leadership of a trusted and valued management team that has worked side by side with Rick and Debbie for decades, along with an enormously talented and dedicated staff. Rick was a generous and involved member of the non-profit community in ABQ, where he shared his considerable talents, insights and drive. He served as a board member of many organizations, including ACCION, Albuquerque Community Foundation, Explora, Greater ABQ Chamber, Middle Rio Grande Business Education Collaborative, NM First, NMSO, UNM Alumni Association, UNM Foundation, Anderson Schools of Management, YMCA, Youth Development Inc. Rick is remembered among those groups for his wry and gracious humor, his uncanny ability to build consensus from chaos, and his piercing compassion for the causes he served. Often when asked, and more often when intrigued and inspired, he also shared his gifts in service as a committee member for ARCA, New Mexico Business Roundtable for Education, UNM Colleges of Arts & Sciences and Communications & Journalism, and more. Rick was honored by the NMAF as a Silver Medalist, KAFB as an Honorary Commander, UNM Outstanding Alumni and more. He and Debbie received the GACC Maxie Anderson Small Business of the Year, TANM Tourism Professionals of the year, Spirit of Achievement Award from National Jewish Hospital, and the New Mexicans of Vision Award from the YWCA, and NMBW Power Brokers for 11 years running. The agency won over 1500 local, regional and national creative awards in its first 30 years, as well being a charter member of the NM Private 100, and receiving the EMORY award for effective business management from Affiliated Advertising Agencies International. Rick thrived on exercise and the outdoors and was an avid tennis player for years, his favorite hitting partners his adored daughters Lauren and Leslie. In recent years he turned his attention to golf, from which he derived huge joy (and frustration) on courses all over the country. However, he favored his home course, ACC, and his regular treasured Tuesday afternoon group of long-time and dear friends who laughed as hard as they worked on their games. He and Debbie also jogged together every weekend, and prior to his illness spent every weekend for almost three decades on the trails together. He ran eight miles the day before his crushing diagnosis. The Johnsons also loved to travel, and were fortunate to be able to see the world together. Rick had a rare ability for languages, and, in addition to Spanish, spoke enough Chinese and Japanese to get directions to the bathrooms and restaurants. Rick's optimism and creativity carried over into his courage and determination in his attack on cancer, earning him the love and affection of the many close friends and caregivers. Rick and Debbie and the family want to send deep gratitude to the many, many angels who kept us out of cancer's clutches, including personal friends, the amazing, efficient and compassionate medical and nursing staff at UNMCC and UNMH, led by the brilliant Dr. Fa Chyi Lee. We are also indebted to the management team and staff at RJC and appreciative of the folks at Pres Hospice. Rick is survived by his wife, partner and soulmate, Debbie; treasured daughters, Leslie Johnson of ABQ and Lauren Hegna of KC; son-in-law Corey Hegna; grandson Jacob; and granddaughter Emily; His brother Doug; and sister-in-law Ruth Johnson helped provide a foundation of hope and love throughout his illness. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Rick Johnson Memorial Fund at the ABQ Community Foundation, P. O. Box 36960, Albuquerque, 87176. They will be used to support the UNM Cancer Center, UNM Hospital and the Rick and Debbie Johnson Marketing Center at the UNM Anderson Schools of Management. A Memorial Service will be held for Rick on Tuesday, March 30, 2010, 10:00 a.m., at the Roy Disney Performing Arts Theatre inside the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th Street NW. Please visit our online guestbook for Rick at www.RememberTheirStory.com. French 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333
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KING -- MARIA TERESA. The family of Mrs. Maria Teresa King would like to thank all of their relatives and friends for the kind expression of sympathy extended to them during their bereavement; to Father Nick Nichols, St. Anne Catholic Chuch, presider of the Mass; to Deacon Pablo LeFebre for reciting the Rosary; and to the pallbearers. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW
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KNIGHT -- Richard L. Knight, 77, a resident of Albuquerque since 1967, died Friday, March 19, 2010, of complications following heart surgery. He was born May 17, 1932, in Randlett, Utah to Glen L. and Martha (Richards) Knight. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne; and daughter, Lorri Knight of Tijeras; brother Jim Knight and wife Glenda of Salt Lake City, UT; sister Glenda Sadlier of Vernal, UT; brother-in-law Arlen Jensen of Westhaven, UT; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, John L. Knight; and brothers Gary G. Knight and Charles G. Knight; brother-in-law D. Ray Sadlier; and sister-in-law, Macksene (Ferry) Jensen. Richard, better known as Dick, was a Ph.D. theoretical physicist. He was a professor at Utah State University before joining the Dikewood Corporation in Albuquerque. He later worked for SAIC and Sandia National Laboratories, then in 1979 formed his own company, Applied Physics, Inc. In 1985, his company received a certificate of appreciation and recognition for high level scientific research and development from then Governor Tony Anaya. Dick retired in 1992 after which he and his wife traveled extensively to pursue their passion for scuba diving. Dick is best remembered for his analytical mind, love of adventure and riding his Honda Goldwing in Birkenstocks. In addition to scuba, he spent countless hours climbing mountains, rafting rivers, downhill skiing and exploring the mountains and deserts of the west in a four wheel drive vehicle. A celebration of Dick's life is being planned on his birthday, May 17, 2010.
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LEON -- Damien Anthony Leon born December 15, 2009, has joined his brother Antonio Leon with our Lord Jesus Christ on March 17, 2010. He is survived by his parents Manuel Leon and Stephanie Herrera; sister Alexandra; grandparents Ray and Loretta Herrera, Rudy and Natalie Leon. Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at Calvary Church, 4001 Osuna NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. Burial following at Sunset Memorial Cemetery. Please visit our online guestbook for Damien at www.RememberTheirStory.com. French 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333
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