Obituary for Lennis E. ‘Skip’ Taylor

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Lennis Earl ‘Skip’ Taylor passed away May 22, 2020, at his home in Los Alamos surrounded by his wife, Mary, Son Adrian, Daughter Batrice and beloved dog B.

Lennis had a distinguished career as a pipefitter and was still a member of Local Union 412 at the time of his passing. Lennis was born on December 23, 1936 in Allen, Oklahoma.

​Skip will be remembered for his courage, honesty, and kindness. Skip loved camping and was an avid hunter in the New Mexico Mountains. He loved good stories, jokes, and was a passionate reader of his Bible. He was extremely knowledgeable in World and American History. Skip will also be remembered as one of the best football players under Coach Bob Cox of Los Alamos High School with 36 college offers to play football.

​Skip was preceded in death by his parents Rubin Clyde and Flossie Taylor, Sons Jerry Wayne Taylor and Michael Ray Taylor. Grandsons Antonio Vigil and Pablo Vigil. Also, Father and Mother-In-Law Paul C. and Ernestine Olivas, Brothers-in-law Manny Olivas and Peter Olivas.

​Skip is survived by his loving wife Mary of 64 years, Children Adrian Earl Taylor and Batrice Inez (Gerry) Vigil, Brother Jerry (Virginia) Taylor, Brother Clyde Alexander, Grandchildren Arie Lyn Taylor, Jeremy (Rita) Taylor, Robert Taylor and Kristin Louise. Great Grandchildren Aryanna Taylor, Tatyana Vigil, Finn Taylor, and Malcom Chavez. Former daughters-in-law, Andrea Gentry and Theresa Taylor.

Skip is also survived by close Brother-in-law and Sister-in-law Tony and Rose Lujan, Niece Bernie (Rick) Quintana, Great Nieces Elysha (Bobby) Bustos and Sasha Quintana, Sister in law Loretta Olivas, close friends Roy White, Corky Thorn and George Brooks as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

​Skip also had a very special loving relationship with his Niece Bernie and Great Granddaughter Tatyana Vigil.

​Services will be held Thursday, May 28th, 2020 at 1:00pm, Los Alamos Crossroads Bible Church located at 97 East Road, Los Alamos.

Obituary for Samuel K. Ortiz

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Our beloved father, son, and brother – Samuel Kane Ortiz, III, age 58 of Albuquerque, NM passed away on Monday, May 25, 2020 in Albuquerque. He was born on April 7, 1962 in San Leandro, CA. He was the son of Samuel Kane Ortiz and Frances Martinez. Samuel was a commercial plumber and a member of the New Mexico Pipe Trades Local #412 Union.

He is preceded in death by his Father and sister Karen Marie Lopez. Samuel is survived by his mother, Frances McDowell and husband Jay of Raton, four sons, Samuel Ortiz and wife Amanda of Steamboat Springs, CO. Alfonso Ortiz and wife Stacy of Raton. Joseph Ortiz of Raton and Jordan Ortiz of Trinidad, CO. One sister, Lillian Esparza and husband Rafael of Albuquerque, one step-sister Debra Valdez Martinez and husband Daniel of Denver, CO., and many cousins and friends.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be recited by Frank Cimino Jr. on Friday June 5, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will follow with Connie Shields officiating. Burial will be at the Mt. Calvery Cemetary in Raton.

Limited funeral attendance and celebration of love for Samuel Kane Ortiz are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

Obituary for Howard Budwin Larsen

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Howard (Bud) (Sonny) Budwin Larsen died March 7, 2020, in the Albuquerque VA Hospital.

Born July 14, 1938, to Nan Biffle Larsen and Bud Larsen in Albuquerque, NM. He attended Immanuel Lutheran School, Washington Jr High, and graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1956.

He served in the Marine Corps from 1956-1958 in Japan with 4 years in the Marine Reserves.

As a kid, he loved to ride his bicycle on the west mesa, catch cat fish in the clear ditch, spend summers with relatives on farms around Grenville, NM, and see westerns, musicals, comedies, documentaries, and film noir movies at the Chief, Rio, Kimo, and El Rey Theaters. He enjoyed going to the Alvarado Hotel to watch the trains and visit the exquisite gardens with fig trees and gold fish.

Bud was a renaissance man. He was a hair stylist with his mother at Bea’s Beauty Shop, an Arthur Murray dance instructor, a physical trainer at Vic Tanny’s, and he worked as a pipe fitter with the Pipe Fitters Local #412. He had a flair for etching and building model airplanes.

He loved to play golf, visit, hunt, and go to lunch with his friends – Robert, Tim, Joe, Duane, Paul, Ann, Malinda, Shirley, Allen, Sandy, Clemente, Roscoe, Collin, Pam, Kim, Carla, Jim, Fabian, and many others.

Bud’s parents and daughter, Lainie Simone, preceded him in death. His grandson, Dax Cumbie, passed away on March 27th. He is survived by his sister, Shirley Larsen Anderson, grandson, Gage Cumbie, great grandson, Chase Wood Cumbie, nephew, David Anderson and wife Birgit, great nephews, Kai & Toren, great niece, Aurelie, and niece, Amber Anderson and husband Shawn O’Brien, and great nieces, Teagan and Zoe.

Bud enjoyed his farm in the South Valley. He had chickens, turkeys, numerous fruit trees, vegetables, grapes, hay, and a bountiful pecan tree, He shared his produce with friends. If you look closely in the film, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, his blue house, back pasture and his tractor are seen in the last scene of the film.

Bud will be buried in the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to:

Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque

225 San Mateo Blvd. NE

Obituary for Billy L. Dalton

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Billy L. Dalton

April 26, 1930 – May 1, 2020

Las Cruces – Born April 26, 1930, in Clovis, NM, to Walter S. (Dan) Dalton and Sallie Maud Dalton. Bill was a retired Pipe Fitter and member of the Local Pipefitters Union 412. Bill’s first job as a teenager was setting up the bowling pins at the local bowling alley. Bill had his own plumbing shop in Alamogordo, NM before obtaining his apprenticeship in Pipefitting, which was his trade for the remainder of his working career. Bill was raised in Roswell, NM where he met his wife to be, Patsy Ruth Dalton. They were married for 58 years before her death in January of 2008. They raised three daughters: Carolyn Hepker, married to Robert (Bob) Hepker, Susan Rethwisch, married to Thomas (Tom) Rethwisch and Melinda Terrell, married to Don Terrell. Together they were also blessed with five grandchildren: Robby Hepker, Kristy Hepker-Garcia, Billy J. Dalton, Jamey Hepker and Shane Terrell and six great-grandchildren: Cody Hepker, Brenden Hepker, Kaden Garcia, Rebecca Dalton, Jamey Hepker and Lexi Hepker.

Services will be held in Roswell, NM, through Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Friday, May 8, 2020, from 4-7 p.m. at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Graveside services are on Saturday, May 9, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at South Park Cemetery.

Obituary for Rodney L. Pacheco

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In Memory of Rodney L. Pacheco, age 48, passed away on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. Mr. Pacheco was a Local 412 members for 24 years.

Obituary for Hugh A. Honeycutt

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In Memory of Hugh A. Honeycutt
Al Honeycutt of Los Chavez, NM, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, February 15, 2020. Al was born on June 15, 1929 in Tucumcari, NM. He served in the US Navy from 1948-1952, and was a disabled Korean War Combat Veteran. Al was a pipefitter by trade and a member of Local Union 412 from 1957 to present. Al was an ordained minister who left a legacy of faith and a passed on a love for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ to his family.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, Fred Honeycutt, and Virginia Reed Honeycutt. Al is survived by his wife, Grace; his former wife and mother of his children, Nettie; His three sons, Steve and wife Sharon, Mike and wife Barbara, and Ben and wife Laura; Step son, Steve; 8 grandchildren, Christa, Jessica, Joshua, Jacob, Luke, Paul, Rebbecca, and Thomas; and 11 great-grandchildren, Deanna, Ethan, Seleah, Helena, Izryal, Seth, Jude, Damien, Uriah, Posy, and Jaedyn. Al requested not to have a viewing. A Graveside service will be held on Thursday, February 27 at Santa Fe National Cemetery beginning at 10:30. Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., (505)864-4448.

Obituary for Kenneth E. Cole

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Kenneth (Kenny) Cole, 63, passed away at his home in Roswell, N.M, on February 19, 2020.

Kenny was born to William D. and Elivra Cole on June 29, 1956.

Kenny grew up in and around Portales, NM where he attended school. Kenny knew at the age of 10 he wanted to be like his dad and become a plumber and he followed his father around as much as he could learning the craft of plumbing, it turned out to be  his lifelong career, plumbing…where he worked for Plumber & Pipefitters Local 412 in Albuquerque NM as well as Donner Plumbing also in Albuquerque NM and Super Plumber in Roswell NM.


Kenny loved working outdoors and mowing with his riding lawn mower this was something he really enjoyed. He did enjoy his beers and having bar-b-ques whenever possible. He watched a lot of Justin Network TV and one of his favorite things to do was go to Albuquerque to visit his best friend Mikey. Kenny was a strong believer in God and wouldn’t be shy about telling folks that he believed, and he displayed on Facebook quite often that belief. He was kindhearted and cared when others were hurting when a member of their family had passed…Kenny would be the first to provide the griever with hope, compassionate and support.


Kenny Married Peggy Ruth Arnold on September 28, 1977, his wife of 42 years survives him, he is also survived by a son Richard of Roswell NM, two sisters

Dawson Cole of Artesia NM and Sandy Eminger who resides in Texas.

Preceded in death by his parents William D and Elvira Cole, one son John Cole, two sisters, Sharon Cole and Carol Cole and one brother Alan Cole.

To send flowers to Kenneth’s family, please visit our floral section.



February 24, 2020

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Ballard Funeral Chapel
910 S. Main St.
Roswell, NM 88201


February 25, 2020

2:00 PM
South Park Cemetery
3101 S. Main St
Roswell, NM 88203

Obituary for Edwin W. Brown

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Edwin W. Brown was born in Winslow, AZ on June 23, 1974. He passed away at his home in Bread Springs, NM on February 1, 2020. He attended Red Rock Elementary School, Gallup Middle School, and graduated from Gallup High School in 1992. He went to University of New Mexico – Gallup, NM Branch right after high school. Later he joined Local Union No. 469 in Phoenix, AZ for Pipefitter Union in 1995. Then he transferred to Local Union No. 412 in Albuquerque, NM. He traveled to Mississippi, Maryland, and various states. Ed used to say we’re rock stars. He was a bull rider in high school and after that Edwin joined Navajo Nation Association of Navajoland. He attended the Cody Custer Bull Rider School in Wickenburg, AZ. Also went to JR Hunt Saddle-Bronc School at Pinedale, NM. Edwin was preceded in death of his late father Edison Brown whom was also a pipefitter. Edwin is survived by his wife, Sophina Brown and his three sons Ethan, Elliott and Evan Brown.

Funeral services for Edwin will be on Friday, February 7, 2020 at 10:00 AM at the below location:

Rollie Mortuary

401 East Nizhoni Blvd

Gallup, NM 87301

A donation meeting will be held 25 miles South of Gallup on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 5:00 PM at Bread Springs Chapter House. Donations can also be made by contacting Rollie Mortuary at (505) 863-4452 and providing your debit/credit card information under Edwin Brown. Anything will help. Thanks from The Brown Boys Ethan, Elliott and Evan. Wife, Sophina Brown.

A bank account has been set up with Wells Fargo under ‘Edwin Wesley Brown’. Please visit a branch to contribute.

Obituary for Robert F. Lee

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Robert F. “Bob” Lee passed away on December 22nd, 2019 at the age of 70 in the town of his birth, Las Cruces, NM.
Bob moved to Santa Fe at a young age, where he graduated high school in 1968. In 1974, he moved to Grants to work at the uranium mine. There, he married his wife, Kay, on December 15, 1979. After their son was born in 1981, they moved back to Las Cruces, opening Bob Lee Welding Service in 1983. It was said that he could weld a gum wrapper to a truck bumper. After operating his business for 11 years, he became a journeyman in the UA Local 412 Steam Fitters and Pipe Welders Union, from which he would retire after 17 years. He was a life member of Picacho Gun Club and Las Cruces Horseman’s Association and held officer positions in both organizations over the years. Bob was also a life member of the NRA and the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association and member of Aztec Lodge 03 and Kingston Lodge 16 AF&AM. Bob loved his family, dancing, crossword puzzles, the Dallas Cowboys, camping, shooting, and playing cards. He was an excellent cook who found all manner of ways to use green chile in creative dishes. His friendly demeanor and kind disposition made him fast friends with just about everyone he met. He always had a smile at the ready and a funny anecdote for any occasion. Bob was a proud father who instilled in his son the importance of honesty, integrity, humor, and the value of friendship and kindness.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Kay; their son James (Jessi) and grandchildren Jack and Vera; sister Marikay (Antelmo Martinez) Lee-Martinez; nephews Jeff (Katie) and Kevin (Lisa) Martinez.
He was preceded in death by his father Levon, Mother Wanda, and nephew Christopher.
Services will be held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on January 4th, 2020 at 1 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his name to Picacho Gun Club (PO Box 594 Las Cruces, NM 88004) and Las Cruces Horseman’s Association (PO Box 132 Mesilla Park, NM 88047).
Arrangements by Getz Funeral Home, 1410 E. Bowman Ave. Las Cruces, NM 88001. Please visit to sign the local online guest book.To send flowers to the family of Robert F. Lee, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.
Published on Getz Funeral Home’s website.

Obituary for Gerald B. Perkins

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In Memory of Gerald B. Perkins, age 79, passed away on November 25, 2019. Mr. Perkins was a Local 412 member for 62 years.