Obituary for Leatherman

Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Tuesday September 12, 2000

Arnol Eugene (Gene) Leatherman died September 7, 2000 after a short illness. He was 84. Gene was born in Fargo, Oklahoma, November 18, 1915. He moved to New Mexico when he was 10 years old. He graduated from Kiowa school, where he was active in track and a basketball star. He married Wilda Bacon in 1938. They shared and enjoyed more than 62 wonderful years together. He worked at Sunshine Dairy for some years, then began working for ATSF Railroad in 1942. In his years with the railroad, he moved his family to Las Vegas, New Mexico and Albuquerque. He retired from the railroad after 36 years of service in 1977. Upon retirement he and his wife moved to Raton. He enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing and camping with his family. He is survived by his wife, Wilda Bacon Leatherman of the home; two children, Dale Leatherman and wife, Mary of Silver City, NM, and Anna Trantham and husband, Bill of Raton; one sister, Neva Bacon and brother-in-law, William (Bill) Bacon of Raton; nine loving grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews also survive him. He was preceded in death by one son, Harvey Leatherman, in 1998. He was a a very loving, caring, giving man. A beloved husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed. He was a member of UT Union for 69 years, and a member of Retired Rails. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Raton, where he was deacon and Chairman of Trustees for several years. He was Deacon Ametrius at his passing. Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held at First Christian Church (330 N 3rd Street), Saturday, September 16, 2000 at 11:00 a.m., with Reverend Cleve Bishop and Clyde Barnes officiating. Anyone who would like to share favorite memories of Gene is invited to do so at that time. Gene loved flowers, especially carnations and roses. Or memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home