Obits Jan. 7

Gerald Raymond Robinson

Gerald Raymond Robinson died January 1, 2004 in Albuquerque.
Gerald was born in Riverhead, N.Y., December 23, 1954.
He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1973 after graduating from Riverhead High School. While in the Air Force, he was stationed in Texas. He came to love the southwest and made Texas his home.
Several years later, he moved to Tucumcari where he lived for the remainder of his life.
He became an active member of the Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Tucumcari.
Gerald is survived by his mother, father, three brothers and three sisters all of Riverhead, N.Y.
He is also survived by six nieces, four nephews and three great nephews.
Services will be Saturday, Jan. 10 at noon at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Tucumcari.

Albert Kenneth Leach

Albert Kenneth Leach, 81, died in Amarillo on Friday, Jan. 2, 2004.
Leach was born Dec. 7, 1922 in Belleview to John and Mary Leach. He graduated from High School in 1940 and joined the U.S. Army and served during World War II.
He married Dessie Lassater July 8, 1945. They moved to Glenrio where they ranched and operated the State Line Bar. He retired from ranching and moved to San Jon. He raised race horses and spent time with his family.
Leach is survived by his step daughter Margaret (Terrill) Crenshaw of Antioch, Calif.; daughter-in-law Shirley Terrill of Clovis; two brothers Ernest Leach (Veda) of Portales and Wallace Leach of Gallup and one sister, Mary Blakley of Rogers. He is also survived by six grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Dessie in 1973 and by a stepson, Nolan Terrill in 1989.
Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 6 at the First Baptist Church of San Jon with Roy Mitchell officiating. Burial followed in the San Jon Cemetery.
Donations may be made to Baptist St. Anthony’s Hospice in Amarillo or Cal Farley’s Boy’s Ranch.

Kenneth Clarence Ayers

Kenneth Clarence Ayers, 90, died in Trigg Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003.
Ayers was born July 21, 1913 in Atalissa Iowa. He served in the U.S. Army as a pilot instructor during World War II and was stationed in Tucumcari.
Following the war, he and his wife opened a lounge in the basement of the Vorenberg Hotel in Tucumcari. They later opened and operated the Ayers Steak House and Lounge on Route 66.
He is survived by his daughter Janice Rock (Junior) of Logan. He is also survived by three grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son Kenneth Ayers Jr. and his wife Marie.
Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 5 at Dunn Memorial Chapel and burial at Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery.