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Ibarra: Gonzala G. Ibarra, 80, died Tuesday in Grants after a lengthy illness. She was preceded in death by her husband, Francisco Ibarra; her son, Sabino; and her brothers, Julian and Ignacio Valles. She is survived by three sons, Max Ibarra and his wife, Fantos, of Los Angeles, Gabriel Ibarra and his wife, Matilde, of San Rafael, and Jesus Ibarra of Grants; and two daughters, Guadalupe Bustos of San Rafael, and Christine Dominguez and her husband, Jesus, of Silver City. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Her grandchildren are Max, Sylvia and Delia Ibarra of Los Angeles, Rudy and Jesse Dominguez of Silver City, and Jeanette, Evelyn, Yvonne and Christina Ibarra of Grants. Visitation was to be held today at Grants Mortuary Chapel beginning at 4 p.m. with a wake service at 7 p.m. The funeral will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Grants. Officiating will be the Rev. Jesus Diaz, Pastor Rafael Rueda and Pastor Jesus Munoz. Pallbearers will be Jesus Dominguez, Johnnie Valles, Julian Montano, Johnnie Valencia, Juan Padilla and Rene Chavez. Honorary pallbearers will be her many friends and acquaintances. Burial will follow at Grants Memorial Park. Grants Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Iden: Earl C. Iden, 65, who was well known in this area as one of the state's leading authorities on New Mexico mining laws, and who was a past president of the New Mexico Mining Assn., died Saturday at his home in Albuquerque. He was a senior partner in the law firm of Iden and Johnson of Albuquerque and general counsel for the Santa Fe Railroad in New Mexico.

IMBODEN: Col. Daniel C. Imboden, U. S. Army (Rtd), a former resident of Silver City, died the past week at San Luis Obispo, Calif. Word of his death was received by Mr. an Mrs. James S. Ryan. Fifty years ago, Col. Imboden resided in Silver City and served as secretary of the Chamber of Commerce. At the outbreak of World War I he entered the military forces, was commissioned a lieutenant and served throughout the war. Thereafter he made the Army a career for a period of years and became a reserve officer. In World War II, he returned to active Army duty with the rank of colonel and served on the staff of the commanding general of the Northwest Pacific States at Fort Lewis, Seattle, Wash., where he had an outstanding record. Funeral services were held in San Luis Obispo, followed by burial in the National Cemetery at the Presidio, Monterey, Calif., with full military honors.

Imboden: Eldon Imboden, 87, passed away Wednesday at Fort Bayard Medical Center. He was born in 1906 to Leslie and Loula Maye (Allen) Imboden in Sweetwater, Okla. Mr. Imboden had been a resident of New Mexico since 1925. He worked at Western New Mexico University as a maintenance supervisor until his retirement in 1972. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church of Silver City. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, George Imboden, one son, Leslie Imboden, and his first wife, Allibe (Allen) Imboden. He is survived by his wife, Clara Imboden of Silver City; one daughter, Gloria Valkingburg of Phoenix; and two sons, David Imboden of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Allen Imboden of California. He is also survived by two stepsons, Jim and Frank Kincheloe, and one stepdaughter, Charlotte Timpton, all of Silver City; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Family members selected Curtis Bright Funeral Home to serve them.

INGRAHAM: Ratie J. Ingraham, 95, passed away Wednesday at the Fort Bayard Medical Center where she had been a patient for the past six years. She was born Dec. 29, 1889 in Oakland, N.Y., and came to New Mexico as a health seeker in 1945. She had been a continuous resident here since that time. Mrs. Ingraham was preceded in death in 1962 by her husband, Robert L. Ingraham, a retired Kennecott employee. As a professional musician, Mrs. Ingraham played the piano and was also a vocalist. She served as a theater pianist for several years. In this area she contributed her talent as a church and lodge musician. Survivors are three sons, Lee Ingraham and Philip D. Ingraham of Painted Post, N.Y., and Robert M. Ingraham of Silver City: a grandson, Prince George, British Columbia; two granddaughters, Helen Francis of Kensington, Md., and Dolores Schwfeger of Rochester, N.Y.; and three great-grandchildren, Mrs. Ingraham was a member of the Bayard Methodist Church and was a former member of the Robert Taper Rcbekah Lodge of Bayard. There will be a brief service Friday at 2 p.m. in the Curtis-Bright funeral chapel with the Rev. C.M. Henderson officiating. Interment will be at Memory Lane Cemetery in Silver City. Arrangements are by the Curtis-Bright Funeral Home

Funeral services were held last Friday at the Curtis Mortuary Chapel for Robert L. Ingraham of Arenas Valley, who died Nov. 20 at his home following an illness of two weeks. The Rev. Harold E. Johnson, pastor of the Santa Rita Community Church, officiated. Born Feb. 15, 1888, in the Township of Independence, Allegheny County, New York, the deceased was engaged as a young man in the silk Industry as a weaver. He became affiliated in 1918 with the Ingersoll Rand Company of Painted Post, N. Y., as a machinist and later became the Zoreman in charge of all machine tool repairs, serving 28 years, In 1944, Mr. Ingraham moved to New Mexico seeking a better climate for his wife and accepted a position in The machine shops of the Kennecott Copper Corp. Chino Mines Division, at Hurley, where the couple resided for 11 years prior to his retirement six years ago. During his employment at Kennecott the deceased served as president of the International Association of Machinists local union. In 1916, as a member of Company K Infantry of the National Guard, he served in the Mexican Border campaign prior to the outbreak of World War I. Survivors are his wife of 55 years. Ratie J. Ingraham; three sons, Lee and Philip Ingraham of Painted Post, N. Y., and Robert M. lngraham of Silver City; a sister, Mrs. Roxy Kerr of Hornell, N. Y.; two granddaughters, Mrs. Charles L. Francis of Reserve, N. M., and Mrs. Mark Crowe of Corning, N. Y; a grandson, Robert Philip Ingraham, stationed In San Diego with the U. S. Navy, and one great grandson, Kevin Crowe, also of Corning. Interment was made in the mausoleum in the Silver City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Cecil Emery, Sherman Harper, Tom White, Ernest Hagan, Eugene ?laby and Jimmie Stone.

Ingraham: Longtime Daily Press columnist Robert "Bob" Ingraham died of cancer Wednesday at his home in Silver City. He was 84. Born Jan. 15, 1911 in Hornell, N.Y., Ingraham came to Silver City in 1949. As editor of the Silver City Enterprise, Ingraham received the E.H. Shaffer Award for editorial writing. While working for newspapers in New York State, he was the recipient of Cornell University's Edward R. Morrow Award for newspaper feature writing. Ingraham was internationally known as the founder of the American Kitefliers Association. With Paul Garber, curator of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, he was one of the progenitors of the 1960s kite renaissance in this country. Assisted by his wife, Hazel, Ingraham founded, published and edited Kite Tales, a magazine which had subscribers in 50 states and 27 foreign countries when it was published in Silver City. The magazine, now a quarterly, is published in Baltimore. Ingraham handcrafted hundreds of kites that he designed himself. He was the inspiration for Cielo Encantado, a kite festival that is held here each October. "It was Bob's fiesta," said fiesta founder Mark Richard. "Since Silver City was the home of the American Kitefliers (Association), and Bob was its founder, it was a natural thing to do. He picked the dates. His connections made it a success (Kitefliers) came from all over because of Bob's association." The Ingraham Award, given to "the outstanding person in the field of kiting," was first presented at the fiesta's inaugural. It has since become a national award, presented by the American Kitefliers Association. Before writing his Observations column in the Daily Press, he was a humorist in other newspapers in New Mexico and New York State. As a columnist, Ingraham had a knack for talking about serious subjects in a lighthearted way, sounding at ease whether talking to his neighbors, Fred the robin, or the Gingrich family. He had heart-to-hearts with barking dogs, boom boxes and presidents. His last column was about his dream of becoming a violinist conductor, an old man remembering a boy walking backward with a fiddle case under one arm and hands in coat pockets to fend off a winter wind. Ingraham played the violin for 70 years. He played with the Western New Mexico University orchestra and was concertmaster for three years. He also performed locally with pianist Millie Clark. In addition, he taught violin until recent months. He is survived by his wife, Hazel; a daughter, Helen I. Francis of Kensington, Md.; a son, Robert P. Ingraham of Prince George, British Columbia, Canada; his brothers, Lee W. Ingraham of Tucson, Ariz. and Philip D. Ingraham of Painted Post, N.Y.; a granddaughter, H. Mercedes Clemens of Gaithersburg, Md.; grandsons, David I. Frances of Tempe, Ariz. and Paul D. Ingraham of Victoria, British Columbia; and a niece, Dolores I. Schwieger of Tucson. Ingraham's parents were the late Robert L. and Ratie Mosher Ingraham of Grant County. An open memorial service will take place at noon Saturday, Oct. 7, during the Cielo Encantado kite fiesta. No other services are planned. Those wishing to remember Ingraham may contribute to a fund for music scholarships being established in his name at WNMU.

Ingraham: Longtime Daily Press columnist Robert "Bob" Ingrtaham died of cancer Wednesday, Sept. 27 at his home in Silver City. He was 84. An open memorial service will take place Saturday at noon during the Cielo Encantado kite fiesta at New James Stadium on U.S. 180 West. No other services are planned. Mr. Dave Turner will present the eulogy. Those wishing to remember Mr. Ingraham may make donations to the Western New Mexico University Foundation addressed to Robert M. Ingraham Music Scholarship, WNMU Foundation, P.O. Box 1158, Silver City, NM 88062, in care of Jerry Joy. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels.

Ingram: Margaret L. Ingram, 86, a resident of Hacienda de Salud in Silver City, entered into rest Thursday. She was born May 7, 1907, to the late Charles and Nellie Hardy in Indian Head, Md. Mrs. Ingram was a housewife and attended the First Baptist Church of Silver City. Calling hours will begin at 11 a.m. Monday with the funeral service starting at 2 p.m. at Baca's Funeral Chapels. The Rev. Jesse Liles will officiate. Interment will be held Tuesday afternoon at 3 at Fort Bliss National Cemetery. Surviving Mrs. Ingram are her sons, Richard Ingram and His wife, Eileen, of Silver City and Charles L. Ingram of Alaska; her daughters, Annette Hamilton and her husband, William, of Tucson, Ariz., and Barbara Sharpe of Las Cruces; a brother, Edwin Hardy; and a sister, Bessie Keller of Maryland. Also surviving are nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association, 70 E. Lake St., Suite 600, Chicago, Ill. 60601. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels.

Ingram: Roy Lee Ingram veteran of World War I and well known resident of Silver City, died last Saturday in the Veterans Administration Hospital at Albuquerque. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Margaret Ingram; two sons, Richard and Charles; and two daughters, Annette and Barbara; also by two grandchildren and two brothers and a sister. Funeral services will be held in El Paso at 3 p.m. Friday with military burial in the Fort Bliss National cemetery.

Ingram: Pat Ingrain, 76, a longtime resident of Socorro, died Monday. He was worshipful master of Socorro Masonic Lodge No.9 and raised May 1,1950, Silver City Lodge No 8. He is survived by his loved wife of 50 years, Elaine Ladd Ingram, and three daughters, Laddenc Ingrarn Korhonen of Caldwell, Idaho, Lelaine Ingram Urban of Las Vegas, Nev., and Leilani Ingram, also of Las Vegas. He is also survived by five grandchildren seven nieces; nine nephews; two sisters, Lauie Ingram Kilpatrick of Soconro and Joveta Ingram Hamilton of Bosquc Farms; and two brothers, Sherman Willis Ingram of Socorro, and Herman A. ""Mike"" Ingram of Nevada City, Calif. Memorial services were held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Socorro.

Services for Mrs. Cora C. Inman, 76, will be held today at the Curtis Mortuary Chapel with burial this afternoon at Magdalena. Mrs. Inman died at h e r home in Silver City Sunday evening. Immediate survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Iris Brand, Powell, Wyo., and Mrs. Terry Tipton, Silver City; two grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Hester Davidson, Santa Paula, Calif.

Inmon: John "Jack" Inmon, 65, a Silver City resident, died early Friday at Fort Bayard Medical Center. Visitation began at 10 this morning at Baca's Funeral Chapels in Deming and the funeral service will be there this afternoon at 4. The Rev. Glenneth Harrington, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, will officiate and interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Mr. Inmon was born Jan. 20, 1928, in Deming. He was a graduate of Deming High School and attended New Mexico State University. He worked on the home ranch until 1957, then for Securities Acceptance Corp. and Grant County Bank. He retired from Home Federal Savings Bank in Deming as a loan officer. He was a member of the Deming and Silver City Kiwanis clubs, and a former member of the Silver City Chamber of Commerce, and was active in the Grant County Archaeological Society, holding offices and positions. He was a collector of Indian artifacts and old coins. He is survived by his wife, Gerrie, of the home; his mother, Thelma Inmon of Deming; two sisters, Iona Gamertsfelder of Green Valley, Ariz., and Delia Perez of Deming; three nieces; three nephews; and a numer of great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Roy Elmore Inmon. Pallbearers will be Gary and John Paul Gamertsfelder, Tom Roy Perez, Larry and Mike Eby, and Bill Smyer. Honorary pallbearers will be Tommy Perez, Paul Gamertsfelder, Bob Spangler, and Bob, Bill and Ed Burns. Baca's Funeral Chapels of Deming is in charge of arrangements.

Ipsaro: Joseph Ipsara Sr., 74, a retired relay technician for Western Electric and a resident of Fort Bayard, entered life eternal Thursday at Fort Bayard. He was born June 17, 1918, in Jersey City, N.J., to the late Joseph and Rose Ipsaro. Survivors include his son, Joe Ipsaro Jr. of Rio Rancho, and two grandchildren, also of Rio Rancho. No services are scheduled. Cremation has been entrusted to Baca's Mimbres Crematory. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels.

William M. Irvin, 54, of Silver City, was killed last Saturday in a highway accident between Deming and Columbus when the truck he was driving went out of control and overturned. A resident here for 15 years, Mr. Irvin operated a radio and TV business on West Market St. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Aurora Irvin; a son, Richard, and a sister, Mrs. Oliver Wallace, Fayetteville, N. C. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Curtis Mortuary chapel, the Rev. A. B. Cavanaugh of the First Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in the Silver City cemetery."

Irvin: Nina W. Irvin, 76, a resident of Tyrone, entered eternal rest early Wednesday morning at her home. She was born Jan. 30, 1915, in Granbury, Texas. Mrs. Irvin was a member of the Methodist Church, and was a homemaker. Cremation has taken place with Baca's Mimbres Crematorium. A memorial service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Trinity Methodist Church in Bisbee, Ariz. Survivors include her husband, J.B. Irvin of Tyrone; three sons, Bill Irvin of Silver City, Jim Irvin of Portland, Ore., and David Irvin of El Paso, Texas; a daughter, Susan Quinn of Silver City; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Memorial contributions may be made to the hospice program at the Gila Regional Medical Center. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Hillcrest Funeral Chapels.

IRVIN: J.B. Irvin, 80, a resident of Silver City entered eternal rest Tuesday at Horizon Southwest Nursing Horne. Mr. Irvin was a 12-year resident of Grant County, coming from Bisbee, Ariz. He retired as a hoisting engineer with Phelps Dodge Corp. Mr. Irvin was a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Private family services will be held at a later date in Bisbee. Survivors include three sons. David Irvin and his wife, Ella, of El Paso, Texas, William Irvin and his wife, Nella Jo, of Bisbee, and James Irvin and his wife, Maricella Zamor Irvin, of Portland, OR.; a daughter, Suzanne Quinn, and her husband, Ted, of Silver City; a sister, Billie Wainwright of Mobile, Ala.; eight grandchi1dren; and one great-grandchild. Cremation was with Baca's Mimbres Crematorium. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapel."

Irvine: Christopher A. Irvine, 24, a resident of Silver City, passed away Sunday 10 miles west of Silver City. He was born May 29, 1969, in Wellington, Kan., and was a 1987 graduate of Silver High School. He was a mechanic by trade, and loved cars and working on anything with an engine in it. He was a forgiving, understanding person with a heart of gold who never held a grudge and lived life to its fullest. He also enjoyed hunting. He is survived by his mother, June Jones, of Silver City; his father, Christopher G. Irvine of Milwaukee; a stepsister, Diana Wolfe of Phoenix; a stepbrother, Chris Jones of Phoenix; a grandmother, Mildred Irvine of Wellington; a grandfather, C.S. Russell of Wellington; six aunts, Margaret Prewitt of Garden City, Kan., Colleen Nottingham, Tammy Rayl and Betty Farley, all of Wellington, Wandra Goodrum of Fountain Valley, Calif., and Margrete Critchfield of Raymond, Okla.; six uncles, Glenn Russell, Dusty Russell and Bob Russell, all of Wellington, Floyd Irvine of Joshua Tree, Calif., Bert Irvine of Phoenix, and Richard Irvine of Niangua, Mo.; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Patrick Lynn Irvine; a grandmother, Betty Jane Russell, and an uncle, David Warren Russell, Funeral services will take place Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Curtis Bright Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Dave Strain officiating. Family members selected Curtis-Bright Funeral Home of Silver City to serve them.

IRWIN: MARGARET A. IRWIN, 91, of Las Cruces and formerly of Deming, entered eternal life Wednesday September 1, 1999 at La Posada, Mesilla Valley Hospice. She was born March 7, 1908 in Doming and had resided in the Mesilla Valley for the past twenty years. Survivors include her daughter, Anna Wagley and husband, Leon of Las Cruces; one grandson, Ernest Wagley and wife, Lisa and great-granddaughter, Sydnie all of Waco, Texas. She was pre- ceded in death by her husband, Ernest H. Irwin. At her request, cremation will take place and no services are planned. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Irwin's name to Mesilla Valley Hospice, 299 E. Montana, Las Cruces, NM 88005 or to the Deming Luna Mimbres Museum, 301 S. Silver, Deming NM 88030. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels, 300 E. Boutz

IRWIN: Claude Bertram “Bert” Irwin, 66, a lifetime Luna County resident, passed away Sunday at Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces. Visitation will be held Thursday afternoon from 2-6 at Baca’s Funeral Chapels in Deming. Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 10 at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Craig Cockrell, pastor, officiating. Concluding services and interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Irwin was born Jan. 26, 1931, in Deming to Claude S. and Ruby Irwin, and had been a lifelong Luna County farmer and rancher in the Columbus area. He was a member of Deming Masonic Lodge No. 12 of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and the Shiners. He was a former Luna County commissioner, having chaired the commission for four years. He was a member and director of the Luna Cotton Co-op, and director at Columbus Electric Co-op for many years. He was a member of the New Mexico Cattle growers Association and the First United Methodist Church of Deming. His family includes his wife of 46 years, Dona Irwin of Deming; a daughter, Janet Smyer of Prescott, Ariz.; a son, Craig B. Irwin of Las Cruces; and seven grandchildren, Lee, Lindsay, Lane and Lucas Smyer, and Jennifer, Chase and Aaron Irwin. His nephews and nieces are Bill and Andrea Waite, Linda Darling, Kim Allen and Lyn Neal. He is also survived by an aunt, Margaret Irwin; and two uncles, Leo and Woodrow Thorn. Mr. Irwin was preceded in death by his parents, Claude S. and Ruby Irwin, and his sister, Lois Burke. Pallbearers will be Steve Allen, Lyn Neal, Dan Lucas Jr., Kevin Penn, Grayson Smyer, Gary May, Joe Delk and Tom Roy. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mimbres Valley Hospice, 108 E. Poplar; Deming Luna Mimbres Museum and Customs House, 301 S.

ISACSON: Ruth Isacson, 9, entered life eternal Saturday afternoon at Fort Bayard Medical Center. Services are pending. Entrusted the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels.

Isbell: Novice M. Isbell, 78, of Bayard, entered eternal rest early Friday morning at Gila Regional Medical Center. She was born May 5, 1913, in Rochester, Texas, and had been a resident of Grant County since 1940. Mrs. Isbell was a homemaker and former co-owner of Isbell Furniture Store, and a member of the Bayard Church of Christ. Calling hours will be from 4-6 p.m. Sunday in Baca's Hillcrest Funeral Chapels, where funeral services will be held Monday morning at 10. Concluding services will follow in Memory Lane Cemetery. Mr. Duane Springer will be officiating. Survivors include her husband, Clyde O. Isbell of Bayard; a son, Randall C. Isbell and his wife, Linda, of Deming; two daughters, Sue Ann Hood and her husband, Charles, of Hurley and Mary Beth Crow, also of Hurley; two brothers, Kash Power of Abilene, Texas, and Kirby Joe Harcrow of Denver; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Casket bearers will be Brad Scruggs, Ruben Cortez, Kevin Crow, Timothy Hood, Vernon Howard and Terry Hood. Honorary bearers will be Paul Martinez, Leroy Cooper and W.C. Holland. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to the Portales Children's Home, H.C. 69 Box 48, Portales, N.M. 88130, or to the Church of Christ Bible Chair, P.O. Box 169, Silver City, N.M. 88062. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Hillcrest Funeral Chapels.

ISCHER: Marianne N Ischer, 61, died Wednesday evening In Silver City. He was a communicant of he St Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and was a member of Saint Vincent’s Guild. She had been a resident of Silver City for 23 ears, and she and her husband owned and operated Sierra Communications for 2 years. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Fisher of Silver City; one daughter, Cathy Cushing of Deming, Wash.; two sons, David Fischer of Silver City and Lee Fischer of Neenah, Wis.; two brothers, Ted Nabbefeld of Waupaca, Wis., and Tom Nabbefeld of Appleton, Wis.; and three grandchildren. Rosary was recited at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Wheeler Funeral Home chapel and the Mass Qf the Resurrection was celebrated at 10am today In the ‘St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Monsignor A. James Milano officiating at both services. Interment followed at the Fort Bayard National Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Henry Powe, Lynn Detweiler, A.M., Scheier, Tom Powers Sr., Charlie Marquez and Rudy Carrubo. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a contribution may do so to the National Asthma Center, Attention: Memorial Department, 3800 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, Co. 80206. Funeral arrangements were by the Wheeler Funeral Home of Silver City.