Oct. 9 Obituaries

Sergio Delgado Silva
Services: 6:30 p.m. Friday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.
Sergio Delgado Silva died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005, in Presa Nueva, Mexico.

He was born Feb. 18, 1976, to Andres and Sara Delgado Silva.

He moved to the United States in 2001. He married Frances Garcia of Clovis in 2002. He was employed by Bonestroo Dairy in Roosevelt County.

Family members said he enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Frances; his parents; a son, Jose; a sister, Margarita Delgado; three brothers, Juan, Gustavo and Ignacio Delgado; nine nieces and nephews, all of Presa Nueva, Mexico.

The family is handling the arrangements.

Marsden M. Pye, Jr.
Services: No local services. Cremation has taken place.

Mr. Marsden M. Pye, Jr., 74, of Portales, died Oct. 6, 2005, at his home west of Portales.

He was born Nov. 28, 1930, in Harrisburg, Pa., to Mae and Marsden M. Pye.

He graduated valedictorian from Wattsburg High School at the age of 16. In 1948, he worked on refrigeration units at an electrical company. He moved to Alaska to work until his early 20s. He joined the Army during the Korean War, served in France, and was trained as a surveyor. After discharge he returned to Alaska, worked with Bechtel Construction for 28 years on construction sites all over the globe including Saudi Arabia and Hawaii, where he met Sadie Allen. They were married on Aug. 16, 1963, in Las Vegas, Nev. In 1985, he left Bechtel Construction and went to work for Howe-Baker Engineering. He was assigned to Portales, where he worked until his retirement in 1996. Since then, he and his wife have traveled the world and have lived part time in New Mexico and part time in Hawaii where they own a home. Family members say his passion for fishing made him travel to foreign countries, and that he was also a voracious reader as well as a gourmet cook who enjoyed playing bridge with his wife and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Clifford; and two sisters, Marietta Perry and Margie Brewer.

He is survived by his wife, Sadie; a daughter, Malia Whalin (and husband, Perry) of Amarillo; three grandchildren, Erica Whalin, Jami Whalin, and Ian Whalin; and a sister, Betty Heckler of Pa.

The family plans to return him to Hawaii where services and burial will occur at the Auwaiolimu Congregational Church on Oahu. The family may be reached at their home in Portales.

Announcement by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Euel Luce
Services: Friends are welcome at the family gathering at the Golden Acres Activity Center at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 10, 2005. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. at the Portales Cemetery.

Mr. Euel Luce, 71, of Portales, died Oct. 7, 2005, at the Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales.

He was born May 15, 1934 in Clovis to Fern and J. W. Luce.

He moved with his family to Floyd in 1947, graduated from Floyd High School in 1951, married Kay Buzzard on Nov. 25, 1951, and divorced in 1979. From 1952, he farmed in Hereford, Texas. From 1957, he farmed in Floyd. In 1963, he moved his family to Portales and worked for Swift and Co. until the early 1980s. In the past 19 years he was a mail contractor, carrying mail between Clovis and Portales.
Family members say he worked on his small farm and helped neighbors with their farming, enjoyed dances and gospel singing, and although he was a Baptist, often worshiped at other churches in the area.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a granddaughter.

He is survived by two sons, Larry Luce (and wife, Rhonda) of Portales and Bryan Luce (Carrol) of Clovis; two daughters, Susan Looney (Dink) and Sally Ruiz, all of Portales; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a stepmother, Opal Luce of Portales; four brothers, Nolan Luce of Phoenix, Az., Joe W. Luce of Portales, Jack Luce of Caprock and Ed Luce of Tulsa, Okla.; three stepbrothers, F. H. Smith of Dallas, Elmo Smith of Sacramento, Ca., and the Rev. Hayden Smith of Carrizozo; three sisters, Darlene Richardson of Hereford, Texas, Charlene Seales of Portales and Norma Faye Griffin of Midland, Texas; several aunts and uncles; numerous young people who considered him their grandfather, and the Floyd High School class of 1951.

The Rev. Kenneth Dunsworth will officiate at the services.

Pallbearers are Bryan Lee Luce, Bobby Mack Luce, Tyler Dan Luce, Dearil Looney, Jimmie Looney, Michael Looney and Sam Allan Ruiz.

Honorary pallbearers are the members of Floyd High School Class of 1951.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.