Category: Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Richard Dax Bradley

Richard Dax Bradley, affectionately known as “Ricardo”, passed away peacefully on March 19, 2017.

He was born to Patricia Tapia and Kenneth Bradley on February 9, 1968 in Trinidad.

He loved his music, especially Metallica. He also loved his dogs, Sammy and Roxie. He would stand up for the National Anthem during any football game. He absolutely loved the Broncos.  He was an excellent cook and would always make something for the Bronco games because that’s what he looked forward to. He loved to BBQ when we had family reunions and his chili was out of this world. During the holidays his family looked forward to his chili. He liked fishing and going for rides with his friends in the mountains. When he could, he was always willing to help out his friends and family. He loved his family especially his niece Holly and his nephew Zane.

He is preceded in death by his great grandmother, Soledad Maldonado, his grandparents Petra Tapia, Mike Tapia and Edith Ash. His father Kenneth Bradley. Uncle, Isidro Tapia, cousins Isidro Tapia, Rebecca Aguilar and Rena Aguilar and nephew Matthew Rivas.

He is survived by his mother Patricia Tapia and Reuben Gonzales, sister, Shawn (Mark) Cescolini, brother, Damon (Louise) Bradley, nieces, Holly Bazanele and Tyanne (Noah)Hainbach, nephews, Zane Bazanele (Alicia Campos) and Harley Bradley. Aunts, Rose (Stanley) Aguilar, Judy (Mike) Hernandez, Jennie Tapia and Betty Tapia. Uncle, Leslie (Jo-Di) Tapia, numerous cousins and special friends Shirley Casias and Ambrose Esquibel.  He also had many friends and was loved by them all.

Visitation will be Monday, from 2PM-6PM at the Comi Chapel.

Rosary will be Monday, March 27, 2017 at 7PM at the Comi Chapel

Funeral will be Tuesday , March 28, 2017 at 10Am at Holy Trinity Church.

Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers are Jimmy Tapia, Ambrose Esquibel, Michael Hernandez, Mark Hernandez, Les Aguilar, Danny Aguilar, Brian Tapia, Robert Aguilar, Daniel Aguilar Jr., Dameion Tapia, Drew Kohn, Austin Hallmark, Grayson Hallmark, Matthew Tapia, and Frank Dahmer.

Active pallbearers are Shane Fatur, Jude Anaya, John Tapia, John Dean Bacich, Damon Bradley and Timothy Tapia.


Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.


In Loving Memory of Diana “Susie” Parker

Diana “Susie” Parker age 70, passed away on March 18, 2017 at her home in Raton, New Mexico surrounded by her family.


parker sShe was born May 10, 1946 in Raton, New Mexico to Henry Stockton and Thelma Slater. Susie married Fred Parker Jr. on March 26, 1966 in Raton, New Mexico; a marriage that lasted 51 years.
Susie was preceded in death by her parents and sister Donna Hume.



Susie is survived by her husband Fred Parker Jr., daughters Debra and Mike Montoya of Raton, NM; Becky and Ernie Walker of Albuquerque, NM; Two grandsons Eric and Ryan Montoya. Numerous relatives and friends.

Susie was a wonderful wife and mother, along with raising her family she worked part time at Ace Hardware and Yaksich Long Funeral Home. Her grandsons were the light of her life and gave her many years of love and enjoyment.

Visitation will be on Tuesday March 21, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Yaksich Long Funeral Home with Pastor Josh Wood Officiating. Burial to follow at Fairmont Cemetery.

In lieu of food and flowers please send donations to St. Jude Hospital in Susie’s name.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Susie Parker are under the direction of the Yaksich Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Wesley Kendrick

Wesley Kendrick passed away on March 18, 2017, at his home in Raton, NM, surrounded by his family and friends. He was 88 years old. Wesley was born in Cimarron, NM on November 29, 1928, the second son of Clyde Kendrick and Lula Gavin Kendrick. Wesley and his family lived on a farm near Levi, NM, north of Wagon Mound, and raised pinto beans like the rest of the local farmers.

After the death of his brother Heber in 1940, the family moved to Raton. Wesley had many jobs as a teenager in Raton. Since his house had a telephone, he got a job as a call boy for the Santa Fe railroad, riding his bicycle to wake up engineers and conductors to go to work. After school, he drove a grocery truck for K & S Grocery, delivering groceries to houses around town. For a short time, he was a fire boy for The Santa Fe railroad, and got to ride a few steam engines over Raton Pass. Later, Wesley drove a greyhound bus to Denver and Amarillo. This was a quite short lived occupation. He also worked for the Colfax County Road Department and several construction companies in the Farmington and Chama area.

kendrickWesley enlisted in the United States Navy from 1950 to 1954 during the Korean War. He was assigned to the construction battalion, or Sea Bees. After a short time in San Diego, Wesley was deployed to Guam, where he operated large cranes at Apra Harbor, loading and unloading military cargo.
After the Navy, Wesley worked for the New Mexico Highway Department. He married Margaret Van de Valde in 1962. In 1966, he left the highway department to start Colfax Construction Company. He worked for many ranches in the area, building roads, dams, stock tanks, water lines, or whatever was needed. Wesley semi-retired in 2004, but his official retirement was last Saturday, March 18, 2017.

Wesley was preceded in death by parents Clyde and Lula, brother Heber, wife Margaret (Peggy), and step son Ed Luksich.


He is survived by stepchildren Ricky Freeman, Jerold Luksich, Margaret Owen, children Susan Butt, Wesley Ted Kendrick and their families. He also leaves 12 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Public viewing will be Tuesday March 21, 2017 at 5:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services for Wesley Kendrick will be held at the Yaksich Long funeral home at 10:00 on Wednesday, March 22. 2017 Interment will follow at Fairmont Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Rusty Luksich, Travis Luksich, Wesley Kendrick, Randy Butt, Chris Hatfield, and Wesley Butt.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the NRA or a charity of your choice.

A pot luck dinner will be held at the residence immediately following the service.

Funeral services and celebration of love for Wesley Kendrick are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of James Richard Schulte


James Richard Schulte passed away at the age of 63 on March 16, 2017 in Binghamton, NY, after waging a valiant battle with cancer.  Jim resided in Vestal, NY where he lived with his loving wife Rhonda for the past 9 1/2 years.


Jim was the youngest child of Albert and Erma Yob Schulte.  He was born on March 20, 1953, in Raton, NM, where he  grew up with his two brothers,  Paul and Robert.  He was a 1971 graduate of Raton High School.  He  attended the University of New Mexico., (UNM),  and obtained his accounting degree.  After college, Jim  resided in Albuquerque and Santa Fe while working  for the Public Service Company of New Mexico as a Rate Analyst. He taught  computer related continuing education courses at UNM and coauthored a textbook dealing with spreadsheets and word processing and  later started his own computer consulting business. He was sought out by  headhunter groups and traveled  to locations  for longer term consulting on site.  He did consulting work for large companies like Kaiser Permanente in Reading, PA and Ryder Truck in Miami, FL.  Once, while on assignment working for a client in France, he traveled to  Austria near Tyrol to discover  areas where his grandparents  Maria Bertol and Remigio Yob, originated.   


Jim concluded his consulting in 1999, when he was hired by IBM to work in their Denver region.  While in Denver Jim met  Rhonda and they were married in  2001.  Jim and Rhonda made their home in Lakewood, CO until moving to Vestal, NY in 2007, after Jim  was hired by Raymond Corporation as a Project Manager in their information technology area.


He is survived by his dear wife Rhonda, his brothers Paul and wife Kathryn of Parker, Colorado and  Robert and wife Georgia of Albuquerque, New Mexico as well as 12 nieces and nephews. In addition, he will be missed by classmates, co-workers and friends.


SCHULTE JIMJim had a great sense of humor and was loved by all.  He made friends wherever he was.  He especially  loved to talk politics and he loved country western music (old style). If given a microphone, he would sing his favorite country songs anytime.  His passions were wine, a good martini and a cigar, casinos, Denver Broncos and UNM Lobos.  He was also a stamp collector at an early age.  Jim had a special place in his heart for his love for fishing and hunting arrowheads with his dad, Albert,  while growing up in Raton. He was a true lover of dogs, and his Denver Dude is missing him terribly.


Rhonda and Jim’s brothers plan interment of his remains and  celebration of  Jim’s life in Raton during Memorial Day Weekend on Saturday, May 27,  with his mother, Erma’s services who passed away on January 4, 2017 at 97 years old.


We love and miss you Jim!  



In Loving Memory of Dorothy C. Battistone

Dorothy C. Battistone, passed away March 16, 2017 at the Trinidad Inn Nursing Home. She was 92.

Dorothy was born on October 30, 1924, to Olive (Cornella) and Domenic Bonato.

She attended school in Sopris, Colorado.

On November 16, 1942, Dorothy was united in marriage to Anthony (Tony) Battistone in Trinidad, CO.

She enjoyed taking rides, looking at the deer in Tercio, going to Cripple Creek, taking care of her beautiful lawn and dancing. She also made a delicious meal of Polenta and rabbit.

She was an avid Colorado Rockies and Denver Broncos fan.

Dorothy looked forward to getting her hair done weekly with her sister Edith, something she continued doing, after her sister’s passing.

A woman of faith, Dorothy prayed daily. Her granddaughters were her pride and joy, and she loved attending their school, sports and dancing events .

She will be missed by all those who were fortunate to have her in their lives.

Preceding her in death are parents, Olive and Domenic, beloved husband Tony, son Ernie, siblings, Edith Vecellio, Josephine (Victor) Machietto ,Antoinette (John) Coszalter, Angie (Tony) Valenti, Jim (Carmella) Bonato,  Albert (Mary) Bonato, brother and sisters in law, Johnny (Kay) Battistone, Eva Battistone and Pierina Hughes.

Left to cherish her memory is daughter JoAnn(James) LePlatt, , granddaughter Olivia (David) Bachicha, great granddaughters, Adrianna Bachicha, Victoria Bachicha, sister, Sister  Olivia Marie Bellegante, all of Trinidad, nieces, nephews, cousin other relatives and many friends.

Visitation will be Wednesday, from 4PM-7PM at the Comi Chapel.
Funeral will be Thursday, March 23, 2017 with Rosary at 9AM at Comi Chapel followed by the Funeral Mass at 10AM at Holy Trinity Church.
Interment will be held at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers are Jim Casias, Joe Bonato, Gene Vecellio, Angelo Vecellio, Kirby Bonato, Mike Dardanes, Albert Bonato and Jim Bonato.
Active pallbearers are Dave Bachicha, Tony Vecellio, Abe Cordova, Johnny Cordova, John Bonato and Frank Cantoria.
Persons wishing to do so may make contributions to the Holy Trinity Restoration Fund, 235 N. Convent, Trinidad, CO 81082, in Dorothy’s memory.
Obit submitted by Comi Funeral Home.
Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Gary Wayne Walker

Gary Wayne Walker, age 67, died Sunday, March 12, 2017 in Amarillo, Texas.

Graveside Services were held at 10:30 AM Central Time on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at the Bertrand Cemetery in Felt, Oklahoma by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico.

walkerGary Wayne Walker was born on September 11, 1949 in Clayton, New Mexico to Don and June Walker. He attended school in Boise City and graduated from Boise City High School. He went on to attended college at Lamar Community College, Oklahoma Panhandle State University and Oklahoma State University. Gary married Janet (James) Walker in Boise City, Oklahoma. He was a bull rider and a bronc rider and was very involved in rodeos for several years. After he could not rodeo any longer he farmed on the family farm. Gary was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.


2 DAUGHTERS: Amber Kunshek and her husband Brett of Overland Park, Kansas, Dana Sparkman and her husband Trey of Boise City, Oklahoma.

1 SON: Gary Don Walker and his wife Melissa of Olathe, Kansas.

4 GRANDCHILDREN: Seville Kunshek, Piper Kunshek, Emma Walker and Luke Walker.

HIS COMPANION: Harriet Bourk of Boise City, Oklahoma.

3 SISTERS: Joyce Farmer and her husband Joe of Boise City, Oklahoma, Janet Horner and her husband Herbie of Guymon, Oklahoma and Judy Winkler and her husband Bill of Dallas, Texas.

8 Nieces and Nephews and their spouses.

MEMORIALS: The family asks that memorials be made in Gary’s memory to the Cimarron Memorial Hospital, 100 S. Ellis, Boise City, OK 73933 or to the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Rodeo Club, P. O. Box 430, Goodwell, Oklahoma 73939.

Graveside ServiceWednesday, March 15, 2017
10:30 AM

Bertrand Cemetery

Felt, Oklahoma 73937

In Loving Memory of Isabel Romero

Isabel Romero was born on January 11, 1931 in Denver Colorado. Isabel went to be with the Lord on March 11, 2017 at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Isabel Romero is preceded in death by her mother and father Grace and Celso Lopez. Her first husband Theodore Mendez and husband Leroy Romero. Her sisters Sara Cruz, Louisa Lucero, Bobby Lopez, Sally Mares, Tonia Cruz, and Celso Lopez. Her daughter Marylou Campos and her son Robert Mendez, her granddaughter Jackie Mendez and Gran baby Matthew Mendez.
Isabel is survived by her sister Jean Romero and Joseph Romero, sister Lili Trujillo, Brothers, Charles and wife Valerie Lopez, Isadore Lopez, and Gilbert Lopez and wife Eve.
Isabel is survived by her sons and daughter in laws George and Anna Mendez, Ralph and Virginia Mendez, Jimmy and Frances Mendez, Phillip and Chrystal Mendez all of Raton, NM. Mike and Sandy Mendez of Aurora Colorado, Danny Mendez of Rio Rancho and son in law Carlos Campos of Albuquerque, NM.
Isabel is also survived by her daughters and sons-in-law. Virginia Mendez, Dolores Mendez, Mary Frances and Ruben Saenz all of Raton, NM. Isabel and John Trujillo of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Isabel Romero had 34 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by 4 step children, 10 Step grandchildren, and tow step great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews, and close friends.
Isabel loved her family very much including her extended family which included those she worked with in the Raton Schools as a Foster grandparent for the past 19 years. She will always be loved and missed by everyone.
A public viewing for Isabel Romero will be on Friday, March 17 2017 at 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Chapel of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home chapel.
Funeral Service for Isabel Romero will be on March 18, 2017 at the First Baptist Church at 9:00 a.m. with Pastor Josh and Pastor Mark officiating, followed by Rite of Committal and Internment at Mount Calvary Cemetery.


A dinner will follow be at the St. Patrick’s/ St. Josephs Parish Hall.
Funeral arrangements for Isabel Romero are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of William Joseph Ricottone

William Joseph Ricottone, 83 passed away March 13, 2017. 


ricattoniWilliam was born April 18, 1933 to Bioggio and Santina Ricottone in Aguilar, Colorado.  He was known as Coach, Rick, and Buddy to his family and friends.  He was proceeded in his death by his wife Marlene (Dosen) Ricottone, brothers Paul and Tony Ricottone, sisters Josephine Briggs, Jeanne Thomas, Carolyn Malano, Theresa Reynolds, and Mary Ricottone.  He is survived by his sister Wilma Ruiz, Uncle Nick Dosen, Aunt Ann Dosen, daughter Jacqueline (Paul) Butcher of California,son Michael (Rejan) Ricottone, granddaughter Bayley Ricottone, grandsons Paul Butcher (California), Connor Ricottone and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Special friends and all of his Poker family.  Rick was a teacher and coach at Aguilar High School his entire career until he retired.  He enjoyed fishing and weekend trips to the cabin at Monument Lake.  He especially loved playing poker and thoroughly enjoyed the friendship and competition it brought into his life. He loved going and watching sporting events especially the Broncos and his grandchildren’s sporting events.  As an avid Bronco fan he attended many games and Super Bowls.  

 Visitation will be Thursday  March 16, 2017, 3PM to 6PM, at Comi Funeral Home in Trinidad.   

Funeral  Mass  will be celebrated Friday  March 17, 2016 at 10AM at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Aguilar.  Entombment will follow at Good Shepherd  Mausoleum at Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

Honorary Pallbearers : Joe Arnone, Nick Dosen, Calvin Johnson, Lou DiPaolo, Dino Olguin, and Morris Gade. 

Active Pallbearers: Craig Baudino, Karl Barela, Mike Cozzetta, Mike Daurio, Ted Skube, and Mike Riggo. 

The loss of a father, grandfather, and friend is never easy and always heartbreaking.  He will be greatly missed each and every day in our life.  The voids he filled in our lives in different ways will not be easily replaced.  May God bless him and keep him until we can be together again.  Special thanks to his home care providers, Parkview NICU, and Sangre De Cristo Hospice for the care he received through this turbulent time.   

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home. 

In Loving Memory of Rodolfo (Rudy) Valerio

Rudy Valerio was blessed to go to the Lord on March 6, 2017.  He was 62 years old.


Rudy was born on April 15, 1954 in Nazas, Durango, Mexico.


ValerioRudy loved life. enjoyed fishing, hunting, and working at the Soup Kitchen until July 2016.  He loved to sell produce, to knit and sew and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.  He will be remembered for his special tamales and stacked enchiladas, but most of all, he will be remembered for his sense of humor, love of dancing, and his love for his family and friends.  He will be truly missed.


Rudy was preceded in death by his mother Antonia Valerio Dominguez, his father Eulalio Lopez, Robert Lobato, Luis A. Lopez and Danessa Garduno.


He is survived by Trey Lobato, Sam Lobato, Terrie Lobato, his family in Mexico being his daughter Claudia Valerio, grandchildren, Joel and Manuel Valerio, sisters Lourdes Valerio, Violeta de Jesus Valerio Lopez, Delia Valerio Lopez. Dora Valerio Lopez, Monica Valerio Lopez, Chuya Valerio Lopez and brother Carlos Valerio Lopez, uncles Jesus Valerio Domingues, Andres Valerio Domingues, aunts Marta Valerio Domingues, Consuelo Valerio Dominguez, Eva Jemina Valerio Domingues niece Ana Luisa Velasquez and Rigoberto Velasquez.


Also surviving are friends Sam and Betty Garcia, Joan Sisneros and family, Lisa Garcia and family, Sandy Villegos and family, Susie Lopez, Leticia and Leonard Higdon and family , Luis A. Lopez III, wife Kelly Lopez and family, Carmi and John Jones and family, Carlos R. Lopez and Kristine Munson, Bobby and Priscilla Garduno and family, Jorge and Letty Luna and family and special auntie, Ramona McQueary.


Funeral Services will be Wednesday, March 15, 2017 with Rosary a 9AM  the Comi Chapel followed by the Funeral Mass at 10AM at Holy Trinity Church.

Private inurnment at a later date.


Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of James K. Clark Sr

James K. Clark Sr. passed away on February 27, 2017 in Trinidad, CO.


He was born on January 22, 1938 to William K. Clark and Rose M. Ruzic, who preceded him in death.


Big JimBig Jim loved his family and friends and enjoyed riding motorcycles. In his younger years, he also liked playing football and racing stock cars.


Big Jim moved to Trinidad in the 80s and fell in love with the town and the people.


Big Jim leavers behind  children, James Jr. and Melissa Clark, Trinidad, CO, Robert and Mary Clark, Missoula, Montana, Sandy Clark, Arizona, Marie Clark, Illinois, Larry Clark, Illinois, numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends. 


At his cremation with private family services.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.