Obituaries (05/12/2012)

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CASE – Merritt C. Jr. Case, 86, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 in Socorro, NM. He was born in Fabius, NY on February 5, 1926, to Merritt C. Sr. and Alice(Reish)Case. Merritt grew up with his grandparents in upstate NY but was a Magdalena resident for many years. He was a proud Veteran, serving as a Corporal with the US Army during WWII. Merritt married the love of his life, Elsie on February 22, 1947. He was a jack of all trades. He worked as a farmer, a Ferrier, a ranch hand, and he was an owner and operator of a trucking Company. He loved horses and raised them all his life. Merritt enjoyed collecting guns and attending gun shows. He especially enjoyed riding and traveling with his wife on his Harley Davidson. Merritt was fond of Begals, and had a few in his lifetime and cherished their companionship. Above all Merritt loved and adored his family. He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved grandson, Brett. Merritt is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Elsie (Brown) Case; his devoted daughters, Wanda Simmons and husband, John; Alanna VanWinkle and husband, George; and Donna Case; his loving grandchildren, Michael; Scott; Chris; Stephen; Wendy; Jeff; Jay; and Lynette; 17 great grandchildren; his sister, Jane French and husband, Ken; three nephews; and many other loving family members and friends. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm at the First Baptist Church of Magdalena, 902 Kelly St, Magdalena, NM. Interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions or donations may be given in Merritt’s honor to Socorro General Hospital Home Health Care and Hospice, 306 N. California ~ PO Box 1009 Socorro, NM 87801.(575) 835-8343. The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to Socorro Home Health Care and Hospice, especially to Sharon Long, who provided exceptional care to our beloved Merritt,Your kindness will always be remembered. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Merritt’s Care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, NM 87801. 575-835-1530

HEATER – James D. Heater Jr., 44, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 4, 2012. He was born in Castro Valley, CA on August 21, 1967, to James Heater and Patricia (Tovson) Pool. James lived in Washington state most of his life, but resided in Socorro for  about 1 year, where he was a faithful volunteer and cook at the Puerto Seguro. He was an experienced chef and enjoyed cooking. James liked to fish, he was an avid fan of Nascar and he enjoyed listening to Classic Rock and going to concerts. James loved his dogs, Sheba, Daisy Mae, and Wrinkles. Above all James loved and adored his family. He was preceded in death by his father, James D Heater Sr. and his grandparents, Arnie and Mable Scoles. James is survived by his loving daughter, Katherine Haga; his devoted mother, Patricia A Pool and step father, Raymond; his sister, Trish Enders and Mark Blagg; his nieces, Mercedes Blagg and Talia Haynes; his uncle, Jack Heater; his devoted cousins, Roger Heater and Cindy Tovson; and many other loving family members and numerous friends. Cremation has taken place, to view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. James’ care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, NM 87801. 575-835-1530