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HANGAS — Larry Matthew Hangas, age 72, of Guthrie, Oklahoma, passed away June 7, 2015, in Guthrie. He was born on July 26, 1942, in Littlefield, Texas. His parents were Matt Hanges and Mary Elizabeth Robinson.



<span class="normal">LADNER — </span>Ladner, Troy D. "Biz," 42, passed away peacefully on October 13, 2014 with his sister by his side. He was born in El Paso, Texas on September 25, 1972 to John Virgil and Thais Ann (McIntyre) Ladner. Biz graduated from Ysleta High School. He obtained a degree in agriculture from New Mexico State University and later attended Shriner College in Kerrville, where he studied business and marketing and eventually obtained an additional degree. Biz belonged to Alpha Gamma Rho and was especially proud of this because of the many lifelong friends he kept throughout the years. He moved to San Pedro, NM in 2006. He grew to love NM, but dreamed of going back to Texas. While in New Mexico, Biz worked for Tresco Inc, Farm Bureau Financial Services and NM Cattle Growers. He was an avid football fanatic – Go Longhorns! He loved everything Texas, even his New Mexico brand was TX. Biz loved hunting with Topher, Julian and Tracey and fishing with Gianetta and Jimmy Don. He enjoyed his good ole Texas music, Reese's peanut butter cups, tacos, McDonald's chocolate shakes and KFC. He liked the occasional "Biz Bomb", Crown and coke and spontaneous parties. He never left the house without his jeans starched just right, a nice shirt, cool boots and cologne. Biz always had a big truck and he would go anywhere in it, including taking consumers on "the Roller Coaster" on Neel street in Socorro. He liked to kid around with everyone (like Dad) and was stubborn as a mule (like Mom). He loved his friends and would do anything in the world for anyone. He never met a stranger. He had a good attitude about life, and death, and put his life in perspective. Biz felt he was fortunate for many things, this is evident by the many, many friends he had. To name them all would be impossible. Biz valued his relationships. Most importantly he wanted everyone to know, he never gave up, he just gave out. He was always a cowboy at heart. He was preceded in death by his beloved parents. He is survived by his devoted sisters, Tara L. McDowell and husband, Chris; and Tana L. Hudson and husband, Michael; his best and longest friend, Wes Wrye and wife, Ivy and girls, Bailey and Macey; and best Gals, C-laudia Salopek and Clara; and many other loving family members in Kansas and Missouri. Biz is greatly missed by his AGR brothers and families, his countless friends and all those that knew and loved him. Biz wanted a Regatta / Pot luck on the Rio Grande and party at his sister's house for his memorial. It will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 12:00 pm. HAPPY TRAILS!! In Biz's honor, memorial contributions and donations may be made to: The Biz Ladner 4-H Scholarship Fund, First State Bank, 103 Manzanares Ave, Socorro, NM 87801; (575)835-1550. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit <span class="hyperlink"><a href=""></a></span>.