Olen Lowe, 90
Olen Lowe, 90, of Portales, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales.
He was born Nov. 28, 1912, in Fairplay, Mo., to Nora and Walter Lowe.
Mr. Olen moved to Texas when he was young, and lived in Borger for several years, where he worked in the oil fields. He married Mary Ann Bobo in Portales on Nov. 24, 1931. In 1943, He entered the U.S. Army and served during World War II. Upon discharge, he returned to working in the oil fields and operating a 100-acre farm west of Portales. He then began working as a farm mechanic, and was employed by the Terry Dairy Farm for many years. He had been a resident of the Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales since 1997.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Chester Lowe; a half-brother, Walter Lowe, Jr.; two sisters: Kathleen Lowe and Pearl Imoe; and his wife.
Mr. Lowe is survived by several nieces and nephews including Patricia Hamilton of Kalispell, Mont., and Gaylon Bobo of Portales; several cousins including Louise Bilderback of California; and many friends.
The graveside service will be officiated by the Rev. Garlan Hughes.
Mr. Lowe’s friends have been asked to serve as honorary pallbearers.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.
Services are at 3 p.m. Monday at Restlawn Memorial Park in Portales.
Juan Salaz, 84
Juan B. Salaz, 84, of Portales, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, at the Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales.
He was born June 6, 1919, in Corazon to Margarita and Jose Salaz.
Mr. Salaz grew up in the Las Vegas, N.M., area and graduated from Highlands University as a silversmith. He then entered the U.S. Army Air Force and served during World War II in England. Upon discharge, he moved to Texas, where he met and married Rosa Guadalupe Cordova on Oct. 19, 1950, in Hereford, Texas. The family moved to Portales in 1953, and he began working as a carpenter. He worked with Fred and Gene Collins in Portales for several years until his health failed.
Mr. Salaz enjoyed working with jewels and stones, and was an avid handyman. He was known to family as a quiet, simple man who enjoyed spending time with family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; five sons, Levie Salaz, George Salaz, Luiz Cordova, Henry Joseph Salaz and Raymond Salaz; a daughter, Maria Suzanna Salaz; four brothers, Marcos, Tobias, Jose, and Ernesto Salaz; and a sister, Marcelita Lucero.
He is survived by four sons: Gene, Leroy, Jose and Carlos Salaz, all of Portales; a daughter, Dora Martinez of Tucumcari; a sister, Antonia Lucero of Amarillo; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
The Celebrant for the services will be Fr. Tobin Hitt.
Burial will be at Portales Cemetery
Pallbearers will be Henry Salaz, George Salaz, Anthony Salaz, Kenneth Salaz, Gene John Salaz, Liberato Salaz, David Salaz, and Fabian Gallegos.
Honorary pallbearers will be Gene, Leroy, Jose, and Carlos Salaz.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary in Portales.
Services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales.
Rex Ormon, 74
Rex Ormon, 74, of Clovis, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, at his home in Clovis.
He was born Dec. 26, 1928, in Lockney, Texas, to Thomas and Arva McCree Ormon.
He married Dorothy Frear on Aug. 14, 1949, in Clovis. He was a 1951 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University where he was 1951 student body president, Greatest Greyhound 1950 and member of Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities 1951. He was a member and former deacon of First United Presbyterian Church in Clovis. He joined the Fitzhugh Insurance Agency and, along with Jim Malloy, formed the Fitzhugh, Malloy & Ormon Insurance Agency.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Kenneth and Harold Ormon; and one grandson, Blake Rundell.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Tom Ormon (and wife Nancy) of Keller, Texas; two daughters, Julie (Alton) Tindell of Willard and Patti (Ted) Stallings of Clovis; and five grandchildren, Chad Ormon, Chelsea Ormon, Scott Rundell, Cameron Stallings and Crystal Curbo.
Rev. Lance Clemmons will officiate the memorial services. Cremation has taken place.
Honorary pallbearers will be, Delbert Kuhn, B.B. Lees, Lewis Yarborough, Jim Malloy, Lee McKinney and Bill Sparks.
The family requests memorial contributions to the First Presbyterian Church.
Arrangements are by Muffley Funeral Home in Clovis.
Services are at 10 a.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church in Clovis.