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CURKENDALL -- John M. Curkendall, age 51, passed away suddenly, Tuesday, December 7, 2004 at his residence. John was an instructor of Electrical (Residential) Trades at TVI. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating. John was preceded by his father, John W. Curkendall, who passed away also on December 7, 1985. John is survived by his mother, Elsie J. Testa; his brothers, Stephen C. and Joseph D.; his sisters, Barbara J. and Patricia G. A Memorial Service will be held in the Chapel of Direct Funeral Services on Tuesday, December 14, 2004 at 3:00 p.m. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th ST. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008
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DARNELL -- Edward Phillip Darnell, 89, passed away on Tuesday, December 7, 2004 in Midland, Texas. He was born in Texas but spent most of his life in Albuquerque. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Grace Darnell; one brother, Robert Darnell and wife, Jerri of Houston, Texas; one sister, Elizabeth Ticer of Wolfe City, Texas; four children, Margaret Bowlin and husband, Jack, Barbara Roland and husband, Less, Robert Darnell and wife, Mary Jane and Gail James and husband, Jerry. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. He worked for the Santa Fe Railroad until 1950, when he went to work at Sandia Base. He retired in 1972. Private graveside services were held on Saturday, December 11, 2004, at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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DEATS -- Melvin Peter Deats a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on November 19, 2004. He was preceded in death by his mother, Kathryn Deats; and his brother, Donald Deats. He is survived by his daughter, Heather Cano and her husband James; his son, Dallas Dakota Deats; hi grandchildren, Amanda Cano, Kassia Cano, Kendra Deats and Kane Deats; his sister, Susan Wetzel and her husband James; his brother, Jack Deats and his wife Peggy; his nieces, Stephanie Griego, Lisa Deats and Sarah Deats; and his nephew, Dwanye Bratton. He will be greatly missed. With utmost respect for Mel's wishes, cremation has taken place. a memorial service is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 13, 2004 at Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque, 225 San Mateo NE. 764-9663.
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DECICCO -- Anthony Joseph DeCicco, 77, a resident of Rio Rancho, passed away on Friday, December 10, 2004. Anthony was born May 17, 1927 the son of Charles and Cecilia DeCicco in Brooklyn, New York. Anthony was a sales representative with the AMREP company for 15 years in Rio Rancho before retiring. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Stephanie DeCicco of the family home; four children, Carl DeCicco and wife Karla, Stephanie Waldschmidt and husband John, Michael DeCicco, and Toni Miller-Siebuhr; one brother, Nick DeCicco; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. The Rosary will be recited on Sunday, evening, December 12, 2004 at 7:00 PM in the Chapel of Vista Verde Mortuary, Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Ln., Rio Rancho with the Mass of Resurrection celebrated on Monday, December 13, 2004 at 1:00 PM at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 1502 Sara Rd., Rio Rancho. Interment will follow in Vista Verde Memorial Park. Arrangements by Vista Verde Mortuary Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920
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DILLARD -- Ralph E. Dillard Lt. Col. USA (Ret.), May 13, 1915 to December 10, 2004. He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Dillard Butler and her husband Marvin J. Butler, grandsons Charles T. Walter, his wife Stephanie, his children Lisa Marie Romero, Cynthia Rose, and Charles Christopher, his new children Mason Whitener and Emily Zumwalt, William Ralph E. Walter, wife Mary and their daughter Jennifer, Christopher R. Walter, his wife Geri and their children Christian and Daniel, and his only granddaughter Dorothy Marie Beggio, her husband Sean and their children David and Timothy. He is also survived by three special friends, Lu Beggio and Ruby Perez, and Mike, Tammy and Mariah Johnston and 3 nieces, Barbara, Carol, and Cindy. He was preceded in death by his father Ralph E. Dillard Sr., mother Frances Barker Dillard, his beloved wife Betty (Ruby E. Dillard) whom he adored for 49 years and his 3 pals Bart, Susie, and Murphy. Ralph enlisted in the Army in the early 1940's and started his career at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX. He then spent 3 years on the Missouri State Highway Patrol. During this time, he apprehended a dangerous criminal and had his story broadcast on Gang Busters and printed in a Detective magazine. He reenlisted in the Army in 1947 where he served until 1968. He was very proud of both his civilian and military police career. He was a member of Mesa Lodge 68, Scottish Rite Temple, Ballut Abyad Legion of Honor, Sojourners, VFW 401 and American Legion Post 99. Visitation will be at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, Sunday, December 12, 2004, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Monday, December 13, 2004, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. He will be sorely missed by the family who loved to spoil him especially Dede. Private interment will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery at a later date. There will be no services per Ralph's request. In lieu of flowers, Ralph asked that memorial contributions be made to the New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranches, 6209 Hendrix NE, 87110. "...and I will raise you up on eagles wings, bear you on the breath of dawn, make you to shine like the sun and hold you in the palm of My hand..." French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, 275-3500
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DOYEL -- Monte Dean Doyel, age 66, died at home on December 3, 2004 after living an exciting and rewarding life. Born on August 14, 1938 in Hollis, Oklahoma he moved with his mother and brother to Albuquerque in 1951 when he was a junior high school student and immediately began his great passion for sports-discovering track and playing baseball, football and basketball. A member of Highland High School's class of '56, he lettered in three varsity sports each of his three years establishing the New Mexico high school pole vault record, which stood for numerous years. As a pole-vaulter for the University of New Mexico, he was the Skyline Conference champion-establishing a collegiate record. In 1961 he graduated from UNM with a BS in biology and chemistry; and, as he was about to be drafted, he accepted a five year commission in the United States Marine Corps as a naval aviator. Monte flew the A-4E Skyhawk for two squadron rotations to Vietn
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DRAKE -- Ellen May Drake passed away in Albuquerque at the age of 100 on Monday, December 6, 2004. Mrs. Drake was born on September 10, 1904 in Las Vegas, NM to parents, Charles and Bessie Rogers. Her father was the "Village Blacksmith" whose business was on Bridge Street. As a child, she and her family lived by the plaza. After the death of her father, her mother supported the family as a school teacher, midwife, and as a Deputy Sheriff of West Las Vegas. Mrs. Drake was a wife, mother and homemaker. She also worked in the city clerk's office in Las Vegas. Mrs. Drake was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Drake (former Chief of Police of Las Vegas); brothers, Arthur, Robert and Alfred Rogers; children, Betty Gillespie and Carl Gillespie, Jr.; and niece, Colleen Davis of Albuquerque. Mrs. Drake is survived by her sister, Martha Yearout (89), niece, Sandra Browning and husband, Bob, of Fowler, CA. Private services and interment were held at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Albuquerque. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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GALLO -- Ida M. Gallo, 84, a resident of Albuquerque for 25 years, died on December 3, 2004. She is survived by her son, Mario R. Gallo; daughter, Billie Jeanne Paul; numerous grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren and numerous great great grandchildren. Ida is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Gallo. Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held at a later date. French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505) 897-0300
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GARCIA -- Lola S. The family of Lola S. Garcia would like to thank God for giving us our mother. We would also like to thank the staff at Share Your Care, Salvation Army, Silver Crest and West Wind House Assisted Living, her second home. We want to thank our spouses, Ray Gonzales for opening his home to mom when mom was ill or needed special care. Christian Garcia, Joe Torres, Alfonso Soliz and Ida Garcia for their love and support. We want to thank our special angels, Rose Mary, La Veada, Kim Gonzales and Andrea Garcia for all the time and care you gave mom, and all other caregivers. To the clergy at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, Carmen Rodriguez for the rosary and music and Robbie Quintana for the music at the mass. To Quality Continuum Hospice, Cynthia Watson, Mary Newell and Dr. Samuel Goldman. We thank our family and friends for support and prayers. To the Moose Lodge for the use of the hall for the reception. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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GARCIA -- Teresita Garcia, Thank you to all of those who consoled me in my grief for my mom, and attended the services. A very special thank you to Dee as all the nursing staff at Manor Care Heights. Thank you to Zia Hospice and everyone who has shown concern. Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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