Category: Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Jim E. “J.J.” Johnson

Jim E. Johnson,  “J.J.” passed away unexpectedly on January 17, 2016 at the age of 73.

He was preceded in death by loving wife, C.J. Johnson.

Survivors include son  D.J. Johnson, sister Helen, brother James and several friends.

Jim Johnson PicMemorial Services will be held Friday, January 29, 2016 at 5 pm at the Comi Chapel with Pastor Cary Nelson officiating.

Inurnment at a later date.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Lory David Phillips

Lory David Phillips age 65 departed this earth on January 25, 2016 surrounded by loved ones.

Lory was born on March 8, 1950 to J.J. Phillips and Virginia Wilson, who proceeded him in death as did his sister Georgia.

Lory is survived by the love of his life Anita of the Family home. His loving wife, best friend and shotgun rider for over four decades of fun and adventures. Lory’s legacy and the family name he was so proud of will be carried on by his sons David and wife Michelle of Houston, Texas. Jason and wife Tenelle of Raton, and his four special grand children Stone, Abigail, Samantha and Ella Phillips. He leaves behind his brother and best friend Jackie Phillips of Raton, sister Jo Ann and husband Wayne Bomar of Texas, as well as his sister in law Lucille Gabol and brother in law Johnny Quartieri and wife Rachel. He truly embraced the role of being an uncle and will be greatly missed by his nieces and nephews of whom some were almost like a second set of children. Numerous cousins will also feel the loss of Lory.

phillips loryLory was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. He dedicated his early year to training race horses and even managed to merge his passions for photography and horse racing into a paying job. He spent 13 years working for the Raton Public Service Company before joining with his wife and sons to enter the broadcasting field where together they owned and operated KCRT and Coyote Country for the last 25 years. These years required a lot of hard work but also provided him the opportunity to spend large amounts of time with family and friends and do tons of really cool things.

Lory was best known for his kindness and his generosity for helping others . He enjoyed the company of good friends and spending time at the Raton Elks Lodge. He had a great sense of humor and an undying commitment to his family and friends.

A Memorial Service will be Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 11:00 am at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel in Raton with Dr. Monty McGowen officiating. All are invited to also attend a celebration of Lory’s life at the Raton Elks Lodge at noon.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Lory Phillips are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Betty L. Peterman


Betty L. Peterman, 89, longtime Raton resident, died December 3, 2015 in Scottsdale, AZ at Sunrise Senior Assisted Living.  Betty and her husband Robert Peterman moved to Raton in 1961.  She relocated to Scottsdale, AZ in 2003.

Betty was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota May 15, 1926 to Wayne and Josephine Spatz. She grew up on the family homestead in Perkins County South Dakota. She graduated from Hettinger High School in 1943 and attended Black Hills Teachers College in Spearfish, South Dakota.  She taught in a one room school house in Perkins County before moving to Seattle, Washington where she worked for Boeing after WW II. She then moved to Ontario, Oregon where she met her husband Robert Peterman and they were married on August 11, 1951.  After living in Oregon and Idaho for several years they moved to New Mexico in 1957.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne and Josephine Spatz, her husband Robert in 1994, two sisters Virginia Wickersham and Ruth Stillman and one brother Wayne Spatz, Jr.

She is survived by her children Barbara Carlini of Raton, Barry (Janie) Peterman of Scottsdale, AZ and Kristin (Floyd) Sanders of Luera Ranch near Magdalena, NM; five grandchildren, Susan (Scott) Parker of Raton, Emilia Carlini of Raton, Jill (Jim) Fernandez of Trinidad, CO, Kurt Sanders of Scottsdale, AZ and Ryan Sanders of Magdalena, NM; two great-grandsons Jordan Carlini of Las Cruces, NM and Jason Parker of Raton. One brother Hartley (Frances) Spatz and sister-in-law Janene Spatz also survive along with several nieces and nephews.

Betty was a wife and homemaker and was a long time member of Chapter N PEO. She was also a member of Zion’s Lutheran Church in Trinidad, CO.

candlesCremation has taken place and a memorial service for Betty Peterman will be held at Zion’s Lutheran Church in Trinidad, CO at 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 30, 2016 with Pastor Andrea Doeden presiding.  A private family inurnment will take place at Fairmont Cemetery in Raton, NM.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Zion’s Lutheran Church, Trinidad, CO or to Chapter N PEO % Loretta Butler, Raton, NM.

Arrangements by the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home.


In Loving Memory of Randy Kohlman

Randy Kohlman, age 69 of Raton, NM, passed away Saturday, January 23, 2016 in Albuquerque, NM.

He was born October 6, 1946 in Raton the son of Francis and Emma Bacca-Kohlman. As a child Randy would preform the Randy’s Comedy Show for all the neighborhood kids. He graduated from Raton High School in 1965 and was a member of the JCs, the Elks Lodge, Bowling League and was an avid golfer.

kohlmanRandy worked more than twenty years for Safeway, White House Restaurant, White House Bar, Silver Dollar Bar, Johnny’s Bakery and the Yucca Hotel. Randy loved watching old movies, Horse Races, and spending time with family and friends. He especially loved watching trains. He also loved the horse race bugle call, Disneyland and Mickey Mouse.

He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother Ronald Kohlman and beloved pet, Boots.

He is survived by his children, Kim Gallegos and husband David of Raton, Shana Kohlman and wife Chrystal of Albuquerque, NM and Jaime Encinias and husband George of Atlanta, GA. Grandchildren Melanie Gallegos, Devon Encinias, Cassia Encinias and Ezekiel Romero, Brothers Richard Kohlman and wife Sissy of Albuquerque, NM and Roger Kohlman and wife Sandy of Pocatella, Idaho, numerous nieces, nephews friends and pets Riley, Max and Charlie.

Memorial services will be Friday, January 29, 2016 at 2:00 pm at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor George Encinias officiating..

A reception after the service will be at the Raton Elks Lodge.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Randall James (Randy) Kohlman are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Orval Lowell Thompson

Orval “Lowell” Thompson, age 89, went to be with the Lord on January 24, 2016.  He was born on March 28, 1926, to Claus and Lola Thompson in Monte Vista, CO.

thompson lowellLowell served in the Army towards the end of WWII and was in the Battle of the Bulge.  Returning to the San Luis Valley, he joined forces with his father taking care of the family farm.  In June of 1947, he married his first wife, Ardith Earnhart.  They were married for 35 years.  During this time, he farmed and inspected vegetables until he moved to Trinidad in 1968 to manage the Trinidad Lanes.  At this time, Lowell was actively participating in bowling leagues and tournaments at local, state and national levels.

In 1973, Lowell and Ardith bought the Sears franchise in Trinidad and ran the store until her death in 1983.  Lowell continued with the Sears store along with his second wife, Mary Helen Barnes. Mary passed away in 2013.

After he retired, he was a grounds keeper at Trinidad Lake for a couple of years.  Lowell also, in his retirement, was very active in the local VFW.  He especially enjoyed working with the local school children encouraging participation in the VFW programs Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen.

Lowell was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved gardening and his pets.  He had a big garden in his yard until he moved to the Spanish Peaks Veterans Living Center in 2014.  He lived here until his death.

He is survived by his sisters Janet and Janean, his brother Myron (Dot), daughters Laurel Tortorelli and Sharlyn Garduno (Gerald), son Roger Thompson (Darlene), 10 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren.  Also surviving are two step daughters Sharin Barnes, Nonie Tapp (Dane) and their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Memorial Services will be Monday, February 1, 2016 at 2PM at First Christian Church in Trinidad, CO, with Pastor Cary Nelson officiating.

Inurnment will be held Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 1PM at the Alamosa Cemetery with graveside services and military honors conducted by Ft. Carson Honor Guard.

Donations may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice or the Spanish Peaks Veterans Living Center in Lowell’s memory.  The family will greet people at the Trinidad Elks Club directly after the service.

In Loving Memory of Charles (Chuck) Terpening

Charles (Chuck) Terpening was born May 19, 1924 in Prairie Grove, Arkansas the son of Charles E. and Opha Ramsey Terpening. He passed away Sunday January 17, 2016 in Springer, NM he was 91.

terpening chuckCharles spent most of his adult life serving his Lord. He spent time in American Samoa, China and various states helping build churches, including the Baptist Church in Cimarron where he was pastor for a few years. He was a Veteran of the United States Navy.

Chuck is survived by two sisters, Irma Terpening (Morse) and husband Buddy of Cimarron, Evelyn Terpening (Howarth) and husband Don of Las Cruces, NM. Two children, daughter Marry Eddy and husband Jack of Cimarron and son Ed Terpening and wife Regina of Mack, CO. Numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and very good friends.

Memorial services will be Saturday, January 30, 2016 a 2:00 pm at the Cimarron Baptist Church in Cimarron with Pastor Rick Rindi officiating.

Inurnment will be in Tucumcari, NM at a later date.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Charles (Chuck) Terpening are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Annie L. Sandoval

Annie L. Sandoval, 86, born and raised in Springer, New Mexico and long time resident of Albuquerque, passed away on  Friday, January 15, 2016.  

She was preceded in death by her parents Nabor and Faustina Sandoval.  

sandoval annieShe is survived by her brothers Alfred Sandoval, Richard Sandoval and sister Viola Orellana and many nieces and nephews.  

A mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 30, 2016 in Springer, NM at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 11:00 am.

Questions and/or condolences please call (505) 898-5330.

In Loving Memory of Carl E. Maldonado

Carl E. Maldonado, age 76, passed away at Mt. San Rafael Hospital on January 17, 2016.

He was born in Walsenburg, CO, on August 18, 1939.

Preceding him in death is father Frank Maldonado, mother Vangy Roybal Maldonado, brother Art Maldonado, grandsons, Dylan Maldonado, and Jacob Maldonado.

maldonado carlCarl is survived by wife Patricia “Tish” sons Ernie (Marlene), Mike (Cassie), Ron (Kathy) and John Maldonado, daughters, Carlene (Andy) Pacheco, Deb Erickson (Nikki) Maldonado, sisters Norma Cruz, Vivian (LeRoy) Quintana, sister in law Maxine Maldonado, special niece JoAnn (Abel) Rodriguez, mother in law, Emma Cruz, brothers and sisters in law, Ron Cruz, Cass (Nancy) Cruz, and Vickey Sardello, 28 granchildren, 25 great grandchildren, one Godson, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral Mass will be Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 1PM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Private inurnment at a later date.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Benita R. Salbato

Benita R. Salbato, age 65, passed away after a lengthy illness at home, surrounded by her family on January 17, 2016.

She was born in O’Neill, Nebraska on January 30, 1950 to Elane (Milnar) and Anton A Kaup who preceded her in death.

She attended Stuart High School in 1968. Benita then attended Kearney College.

On August 23, 1970, Benita was united in marriage to Gene Salbato at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stuart Nebraska.

salbatoShe was employed as an insurance agent for 45 years, having worked for Garbo Insurance, Plant Insurance and most recently Griego Insurance Agency, where she worked until her illness prevented her from doing so.

Benita was a member of Holy Trinity Parish.

She enjoyed playing slots. Her greatest joy was being with family and her grandchildren.

Survivors are husband Gene of home address, sons Mike (Melissa) Salbato, Trinidad, Wayne (Michelle) Salbato, Trinidad, grandchildren, Mara , Myka, Mason and Paige, sister Brenda (Harvey) Sutton, Omaha, NE, brothers Rod (Nora) Kaup, Stuart, NE, Mel (Kathy) Kaup, Omaha, NE, Jack (Sharon) Kaup, Stuart, NE, sister in law Jean Salbato, Trinidad, numerous nieces, nephews and many dear friends including Karen and Ed Griego who became her extended family, Lorraine Lucero for her friendship  and Sangre de Cristo Hospice Staff  and Christy Worley who all gave her excellent care and comfort.

Funeral Mass will be Monday, January 25, 2016 at 10AM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Inurnment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery

Persons wishing to do so may make contributions to the American Cancer Society, 1445 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Frank Pete Stublefield Jr

Frank Pete Stublefield Jr. age 89 passed away Tuesday January 12, 2016 in Raton.

A Memorial Service and Celebration of Love will be Saturday January 16, 2016 at 2:00 pm at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel in Raton with Chaplin Connie Shields officiating.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Frank Pete Stublefield Jr. are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.