Feb. 23 Obituaries
Published: Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005
Bevan Odenweller, 59 Services: 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Portales Senior Citizens Center Mr. Bevan Odenweller, 59, of Portales, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born on Feb. 26, 1945, in Cleveland, to Florence and Charles Odenweller. He married his wife, Dianne in Logan on Feb. 14, 1998. The Odenwellers moved to Clovis in 1999 and lived in Portales for the past year. Family members said Odenweller was a lifelong master gardener and enjoyed sharing his bounty and knowledge. He was active in the Senior Citizens and enjoyed playing duplicate bridge He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Parks Odenweller. He is survived by his wife; two sisters, Chariss Southwood-Smith of Hackensack, N.J., and Vickie Millard of Honolulu, Hawaii; and several nieces and nephews. Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. James Robert Vercelline Jr., 40 Services: Have been held. James Robert Vercelline Jr., 40, of Aurora, Colo., died Wednesday, Feb.16, 2005, in Aurora. He was born June 9, 1964, in International Falls, Minn., to James Sr. and Anna Mae Vercelline. In 1973, the family moved from Duluth, Minn., to Tucumcari. In 1977, the family moved to Clovis. Vercelline attended Yucca Junior High school and Clovis High and was involved in sports and theater. Vercelline also participated in math and science league. He graduated from high school in 1982. He graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in science and went on to receive his teaching certificate. He worked briefly at the Bronx Zoo in New York and traveled to Korea to teach English. He even taught in a village in Alaska. His love for teaching took him to Montbello High school in Denver. Family members said he tried to instill in his students his love for science. They also said he enjoyed theater and was involved with the Gaslight Players and played Billy the Kid at the Caprock Ampitheater. He is survived by his father and mother; three brothers, Chris of San Diego, Calif., Roger (and wife, Yunga) of Bethel, Alaska, and Kevin of Anchorage, Alaska; three sisters, Dorothy Kinley (Mike) of Wasilla, Alaska, Ann Larsen of Anchorage, and Michelle McLaughlin (John) of Anchorage; four nieces, four nephews and one great niece, all of Alaska. Condolences may be sent to the Vercelline family, in care of Anna Vercelline, PO box 2856, Bethel, Alaska 99559. Donations in his memory may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation, 4351 Garden City Dr., Landover, Md. 20785. Arrangements were by All States Cremation Service in Denver.
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