11/26 Obituaries

Gerald Sonleiter

Services: Have been held.
Gerald Sonleiter, 85, died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005, in Altus, Okla.
He was born March 16, 1920, in St. Charles, Mo., to John and Lillie (Meise) Sonleiter. He graduated high school in Cotton Valley, La., and then joined the U.S. Air Force. He married Kay Wilson in March of 1946 and had two children. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a clerk until his retirement.
He later married Nadine McCracken on May 17, 1988, in Las Vegas, Nev. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the First Baptist Church in Altus, Okla. His family said he enjoyed woodworking, loved to fish and was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Kay Wilson Sonleiter; his parents; one sister; one brother-in-law and one step grandchild.
He is survived by his wife, Nadine; his daughter, Vicki Buck (and husband, William) of Vernon, Texas; his son, Rick Sonleiter (Marily) of Tulsa, Okla.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; one step-daughter, Mazie Blair (Henry) of Tucumcari; four step-grandchildren; 17 step-great-grandchildren and four step-great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday with Jeff Moore officiating. Burial followed at the Altus City Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Kincannon Funeral Home of Altus.

Pete Valverde Sr.

Services: 10 a.m. today.
Pete Valverde Sr., 77, died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005.
He was born May 31, 1928, in Tucumcari and was a member of the St. Anne’s Catholic Church. He was retired from the Arch Hurley Irrigation Conservancy District.
He is survived by his three sons, Charlie Valverde, Pete Valverde Jr. and Salo Valverde, all of Tucumcari; his daughter, Marcy Maestas (and husband, Manuel) of Tucumcari; his brother, Marcello Valverde Jr. of Tucumcari; his sisters, Nora Romero of Albuquerque, Felice Sena and Adela Garcia, both of Tucumcari; his daughter-in-law, Judy Martinez of Tucumcari; his companion, Maggie Garcia of Tucumcari; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
The Rev. Fr. Leo Padget, pastor of St Anne’s Catholic Church, will officiate the mass. Pall bearers will be Carlos Valverde, Gino Otero, Julian Valverde, Marco Garcia, Jess Blea and Tony Sena. Burial will follow at Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Dunn Funeral Home of Tucumcari.