Obituaries (02/20/14)


JEFFERIES — Written by Valerie Kimble. Former Socorroan Bob Jeffries dies in Colorado. Jeffries posted two cartoons on Facebook on Jan. 24 of this year – a couple of visual puns, to no one’s surprise, because Bob (or Pat, as many knew him) had a yen for the pun and other offbeat humor forms – and he loved to share them with family and friends. The postings were to be his last, because on the following day, Bob found himself in a Colorado Springs, Colo. hospital awaiting heart surgery and the battle of his life. Surrounded by members of his two families – his Socorro family, and his newfound family in Cripple Creek – Bob died peacefully during halftime of the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 2. His two siblings, sister Addean D. Welling and brother Peter R. Jeffries, noted wryly that their brother, a converted Bronco fan, saw the halftime score and said, “the heck with this.” Robert Padaric Jeffries was born on April 12, 1948 in Albuquerque, NM, the second of three children born to Robert P. and Florence Real Jeffries, who preceded him in death. In 1955, the family moved to Socorro, NM, where Bob graduated from high school in 1966, and where his sister and brother still live. Other survivors include his nephew, T.R. Welling and niece, Bobbie Joann Jeffries. One of the best things to happen to Bob was the day he met his soul mate, Beverly Gallegos-Cook, and was immediately embraced by the Gallegos-Cook family, including sons Jeremiah and Gregory Cook and granddaughter Helaina. The extended family includes Bev’s mother Nela Gallegos, brothers Michael and wife Linda, Anthony and wife Vickie, Daniel Gallegos and wife Lisa; many nieces and nephews and two new babies that Bob said were the best ever. The Gallegos-Cook family loved Bob as member, and took turns being at the hospital, even the children. One of them, four-year-old, Noah, gave grandpa, Bev’s older brother Mike, a Spider Man to put up in his room to take care of “Bobbo.”  For the Jeffries family, it was an overwhelming experience to have such support and hugs. Alternately known as Bob or Pat, he attended Otero Junior College and got his bachelor’s from Adams State University. He did master’s work to be a CPA and decided that wasn’t for him. He worked as Hospital Administrator for Socorro General Hospital, and helped build travel trailers for Thunderbird. Later, Bob entered the greyhound racing business with Rocky Mountain Greyhound Park, starting at the bottom and working up to General Manager. He moved on to casino gaming in Cripple Creek, CO, again, starting at the bottom and moving up to General Manager at the Colorado Grande, then the Wild Horse, before joining Century Casinos. Bob had recently retired and was happily enjoying community service and his new life with Bev and her family. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Wildwood Casino in Cripple Creek. In keeping with Bob’s wishes, everyone at the service will be draped with a lei with the message being that Bob wanted to make sure that everyone was “laid.” In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations in Bob’s memory be sent to Victor Elks Holiday Gift Baskets in his name.

Victor Elks
PO Box 181
Victor, CO 80860

LEARD — Lane Leard died without suffering February 8 with his wife, Skeeter, at his side. He was being treated for a stroke suffered January 21. He was a member of The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany.
We will announce a Celebration of Life later when we can get the family here to join our friends in Socorro who are so dear to us.
Our children are: Teresa Leard Foreman and her husband Robin of Connecticut; Kevin and his wife Lorri Leard of Oklahoma; Robert Mills and Josef Walker, his wife Susan, their son Justin Walker, his wife Nicole and baby daughter Lucina, all of Missouri.
Our love and thanks for all this community means to us and especially your kindness, prayers and support in these difficult days.

Skeeter Leard
P. O. Box 129
San Antonio, NM 87832

O’BRIEN — William Thomas “Willie” O’Brien, 40, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. He was born in Socorro, NM, on May 10, 1973 to Francis and Sonja (Lucero) O’Brien and was a lifelong resident. William graduated from Socorro High School in 1991 and attended ITT Tech. He was a generous and a kind hearted person who could never say no to anyone. He was always willing to help. William worked since he was 16 with his “Dad and Mom,” Red and Mary Pierce, in the Pest Control business. William was an avid New York Giants fan. He enjoyed fishing with his “Dad,” Red, golfing with his best friend, Manny Pino, and he really enjoyed spending time with his many friends. He was preceded in death by his father; his maternal grandmother, Romelia (Naranjo) Lucero; his paternal grandparents, John and Bertha (Muller) O’Brien. William is survived by his  mother, Sonja (Lucero) O’Brien; his “Dad and Mom,” Red and Mary Pierce; his “Dad and Mom,” Manuel and Berlinda Pino; his best friend, Manny Pino and his wife, Eunice; aunts, Rosalie Holder; Sandra Hayes; and Geraldine Minitrez and her husband, Rudy; many cousins, and the many wonderful friends that he made throughout his life and work endeavors. The Holy Rosary will be recited on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 10:00 am at San Miguel Catholic Church, 403 El Camino Real , Socorro followed by the Mass of Resurrection at 10:30 am with Celebrant Father Andrew Pavlak. Interment will be held in the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Manuel Pino, Charles Gallegos, Ty Nash, Anil Bagri, Johnny Joe Naranjo, and Rudy Minitrez. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit Willie’s care has been entrusted to:

Daniels Family Funeral Services
309 Garfield St
Socorro, NM 87801