Obituaries 2/23/2013

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ROADY– David Preston Roady, 63, passed away Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, in Socorro. He was born in Albuquerque on Nov. 23, 1949, to Floyd and Floy Mae (Lowe) Roady. Dave moved to Socorro at a young age and attended Socorro Public Schools. He graduated from Socorro High School and joined the Air Force where he enjoyed a career as an aircraft mechanic from 1969 to 1973. He worked as a civil servant for the United States Government for 43 years at White Sands Missile Range. He loved to fish, hunt and tinker. Dave always made sure everything was in working order and would fix anything that needed attention. Despite physical setbacks and illness, Dave continued to persevere and carried out his handy man hobbies that he loved to do on a daily basis. He was preceded in death by his parents and his stepdaughter Michelle Baca-Peralta. Dave is survived by his devoted wife, Jan (Schmitt) Baca-Roady; his loving children, Stephanie Palic and husband, Allen, David Roady Jr. and wife, Christy, Lisa Simpson and husband, Rob and Becky James and husband, Simon; his stepson Miguel Baca and wife, Mary Lou; his brother, Daniel Roady and wife, Sandy; his half-sister, Michelle Linteo and husband, Bill; his loving grandchildren Tait Palic, Gunner Palic, Avery Palic, Kegan Roady, Bailey Roady, Kurt Simpson, Haley Simpson, Mitchell James, Haden James, Bradley James, Michael Peralta, Arianna Peralta, Brittany Peralta, and Jessica Baca. He also enjoyed his great-grandchildren, Kristiannah Foote and Lyrix Cox. Cremation has taken place and the family will have private services. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Dave’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, NM 87801, 835-1530.

WILSON – Spencer Wilson, 84, a native of Albuquerque, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, from complications of pneumonia. He is survived by his wife of over 37 years, Kathleen  Wilson; children John S. Wilson of Albuquerque, and James A. Wilson of Cincinnati; grandchildren Matthew, Donovan, Samuel, and Leon Wilson; step-children, Terri Klas and Deborah Brooks of Albuquerque, and Philip Dixon of Ridgecrest, Calif.; and stepgrandchildren, Jessica Dickman, Sarah Moon, Andrew Brooks, Christi Gronowski, Casey Brooks, and Ryan Dixon. He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Frances Wilson and his sister, Marian Cornish, but remembered by her surviving children, Spencer, Tommy, Timothy and Dwight. Spencer retired from New Mexico Tech as a history professor in 1995 after over two decades of teaching. He published two books on the history of the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, the latest in 2012, as highlighted in a recent edition of Albuquerque Magazine.  Spencer served on the New Mexico Historical Society, including two terms as president, and was still an active member on the board of directors of the Friends of the Cumbres and Toltec historic rail line. He was much beloved by all and will be sorely missed. Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Friends of the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, 4421 McLeod NE, Suite F, Albuquerque, NM, 87109. Please visit our online guestbook for Spencer at www.FrenchFunerals.com. French, 1111 University Blvd. NE, 505-843-6333

NIERI – Joseph James Nieri, 73, a resident of Albuquerque, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. He is survived by his brothers; Robert D. Nieri and, Eugene L. Nieri, both of Albuquerque. Mr. Nieri was preceded in death by his mother, Anita Nieri and father, Joseph Nieri. Mr. Nieri was an array operator for the Very Large Array in Socorro.  He was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Please visit our online guestbook for service times and dates for James at www.FrenchFunerals.com. Interment will take place at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. French, 1111 University Blvd. NE, 505-843-6333.