March 29, 2006 Obituaries

Verlin D. Himelick

Services: 1 p.m. (EST) Friday at New Hope Baptist Church in Gas City, Ind.

Verlin D. Himelick, 79, died Monday, March 27, 2006, at his home in Gas City, Ind.

Mr. Himelick was born April 4, 1926, in Jonesboro, Ind., to Waldo and Fern (Roe) Himelick. He attended Jefferson Township High School with the class of 1944. His high school education was interrupted by serving his country during World War II with the U.S. Marines in Okinawa, and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign.

Mr. Himelick married Cora Mae Bass on April 27, 1947, in Tucumcari. He spent most of his life in the Upland, Ind., area. He had been a farmer and truck driver for Sutter’s Dairy for 20 years and Jack Himelick Gravel for more than 30 years and retired in 2005.

He and his family helped develop Victory Acres, the 114-acre family farm that has been in the Himelick family more than six generations. The ministry is to aid in drug and alcohol rehabilitation for inner city people.

Mr. Himelick was a member of New Hope Baptist Church of Gas City, and formerly attended the Jefferson Christian Church, Upland.

Mr. Himelick was preceded in death by a son, Rex Edward, and two brothers, Victor and Joe Himelick.

He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Patricia (husband Curt) Campbell of Wabash, Ind.; three sons, Gary (Mona), Marion, Darrell (Lisa), Marion and Terry (Mindy), all of Upland; two brothers, Jerry and Jack (Judy) Himelick, both of Upland; 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Grant Cerny and Eric Himlick will officiate services. Burial will follow at Jefferson Cemetery in Upland.

Memorials may be made to Victory Inner-City, P.O. Box 11151, Indianapolis, Ind. 46201, or New Hope Baptist Church Building Fund, 800 E. South “C” Street, Gas City, Ind. 46933, or New Hope Hospice, 730 W. 35th St., Marion, Ind. 46953.

Arrangements are by Jones-Smith Funeral Home of Upland.

E.J. Birchfield

Services: Have been held.

Earven James “E.J.” Birchfield died Jan. 29, 2006, in Conroe, Texas.

Mr. Birchfield was born Feb. 15, 1931, in Tucumcari.

He was a retired veteran of the United States Army, serving in the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was an Airborne Ranger, Jumpmaster and a member of the Elite 82nd Airborne Unit. He received four Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star, a Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Vietnam Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal, family members said.

Mr. Birchfield was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4709 and a former bullrider with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

Burial followed at the Houston National Cemetery.

Mr. Birchfield is survived by his wife, Shirley Birchfield of Montgomery, Texas; his mother, Gladys Birchfield of Socorro; four daughters, Susan (husband Robert) Haddox of Montgomery, Ronda (Donnie) Hall of Odessa, Texas, Jacque Richardson of California and Vickie (Mike) Miller of Washington; a son, Russell Birchfield of Nephi, Utah; a sister, Louise Darnell of Socorro; a brother, Vernon (Carol Lea) Birchfield of Springfield, Mo.; four grandchildren, Shane Haddox, Chris Haddox (fiancée Rhonda Choate), Cendy (James) Morris and Wendy Morris; a great-grandson, Caleb Haddox and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 570127, Houston 77257-0127.

Arrangements were by Metcalf Funeral Directors of Conroe.

Elfreda McGehee

Services: Have been held.

Elfreda McGehee, 84, died Friday, March 24, 2006, in Littlefield, Texas.

Mrs. McGehee was born Aug. 20, 1921, in House.

She married John Richard McGehee on May 4, 1940, in Las Cruces. The two farmed in the Post/Slaton, Texas, area before moving to Lazbuddie, Texas, in 1952, where John farmed until his death in 1992.

In 2003, Mrs. McGehee moved to Littlefield, Texas.

Mrs. McGehee was a homemaker and an avid artist. She was a member of the Lazbuddie Church of Christ, and Crescent Park Church of Christ in Littlefield.

Mrs. McGehee was preceded in death by her husband and a brother, Albert Hendrix.

Mrs. McGehee is survived by two sons, Jerald (wife Kay) McGehee of Santa Fe and Kenneth (Joyce) McGehee of Littlefield; three brothers, Billy Hendrix of Lubbock, Texas, Cecil Hendrix of Prue, Okla., and Nathan Hendrix of Albuquerque; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

David Bennett officiated services. Burial followed at Lazbuddie Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Littlefield Emergency Medical Service, P.O. Box 1267, Littlefield, Texas 79339, or to a favorite charity.

Arrangements are by Ellis Funeral Home of Muleshoe, Texas.

Venceslado Romero

Services: Have been held.

Venceslado “Ben”/”Perea” Romero, 77, died Wednesday, March 15, 2006, in Albuquerque.

Mr. Romero grew up in Tucumcari and married Jennie Griego on June 6, 1947. They were both parishioners of Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church.

Mr. Romero served in World War II and the Korean War and was a member of both the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

Mr. Romero owned and operated Ben’s Barber Shop in Tucumcari and Ben’s Carpet Service in Albuquerque.

Family members said he was an accomplished fisher and hunter and was known as “Catfish Ben” at Bluewater Lake in western New Mexico.

Mr. Romero was preceded in death by his wife.

He is survived by three daughters, Barbara (husband Bruce) Olson, JoAnn Romero (boyfriend Ernest Segura) and Anna Romero; two sons, Robert (Linda) Romero and Peter (Debbie) Romero; a brother, Jose (Susie) Romero; a sister, Pauline (Anthony) Pacheco; 10 grandchildren, Dominic, Natalie and Sara Olson, Christopher and Justin Romero, Vicente and Cecilia Gonzales and Peter, Rory (Samantha) and Monique Romero and two great-grandchildren, Venceslado Romero and Garrett Romero.

Burial took place at Santa Fe National Cemetery.

Arrangements were by Salazar and Sons Mortuary of Albuquerque.