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Edward Ed Schlueter

Edward ”Ed” W. Schlueter, 86, of Aztec, passed away Sunday, June 25, 2017, in Aztec. He was born Feb. 26, 1931 to Henry and Anita Schlueter in Peetz, Colo.

Ed graduated from Sterling High School in 1949. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1951 and was honorably discharged in 1954. He moved to Farmington in 1956 to work for Standard Pipeline. In 1959 he and his brothers went to work for Monarch Construction Company. Then in the mid ‘70s Ed and Vern started their own oilfield construction company, Trio Construction. They retired in 1990. Ed married Mary McMahon in 1964 and they had one daughter, Sandra. Ed’s greatest joy in life was his grandchildren and great-grandson.

Ed was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Schlueter in 2013; parents, Henry Schlueter (1938) and Anita Schlueter (1967); four brothers, and eight sisters. He is survived by his daughter, Sandra (Steve) Lanier; brothers, Arnold and Ray (Betty); grandchildren, Savannah, Sierra and Skylar Lanier; great-grandson, Ryder Kottke; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 30 at Zion Lutheran Church, 7455 Foothills Drive in Farmington, with interment following at Greenlawn Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Zion Lutheran Church.

Pallbearers are Steve Lanier, Matt Stalcup, Alex Stalcup, Brandon Smith, S.D. Simkins and Cody Simkins. In lieu of flowers, memorial or donations can be made in Ed’s name to Zion Lutheran Church and Four Corners Good Samaritan Nursing Home.

Emilio Merced Florez

Emilio Merced Florez, 21, of Blanco, was taken home by our heavenly father Sunday, June 18, 2017, in Fort Stewart, Ga. He was born Dec. 27, 1995, in Farmington.

Private First Class Emilio was a U.S. Army Infantryman assigned to Company B, 3rd Combined Arms Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. He graduated from Bloomfield High School in 2014.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held June 27 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Blanco followed by internment at the Santo Nino Cemetery in Gobernador.

Rita Thomason

Rita Thomason, 62, of Aztec, passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in Farmington. She was born June 25, 1954, in Sterling, Colo. to Neil and Marguerite Sawyers.

A memorial service for Rita was held June 27 at Cope Memorial Chapel of Aztec.

Melvin Knight

Melvin Knight, 71, of Aztec, passed away surrounded by family on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in Aztec where he was a 50- year resident. He was born Feb. 28, 1946 in Portales. Melvin was preceded in death by one daughter, his parents, two sisters and one brother. He is survived by two sons, one daughter, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two sisters. A memorial service for Melvin will be held 10 a.m. Monday, July 10th at the LDS Church in Aztec.


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