A rosary is scheduled for 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at Ballard Chapel, for Felix Sepulveda, 95, who passed away, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at his home surrounded by his loved ones. A funeral Mass will be recited at 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at St. Johnâ€™s Catholic Church with Father Juan Antonio Gutierrez officiating. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery. Felix was born December 30, 1915, in Garfield, to Francisco and Ester Otero Sepulveda. His parents preceded him in death.
He is also preceded in death by his sisters: Carolina and Orfita Sepulveda; his brothers: Joaquin, Andronico, Pete, Frank and Salvador Sepulveda. Felix married Mary Gamboa in Alamogordo on October 13, 1954. They moved to Roswell 63 years ago and he worked for Prices Creamery for 25 years before his retirement. She survives him at the family home. He is also survived by his sons: Samuel G. Martinez and his wife, Bernice, of Roswell, David G. Sepulveda and his wife, Lydia, of Albuquerque; his daughter, Rosemary G. Martinez and her husband, Gabriel â€œPepe,â€ of Roswell; 10 grandchildren: Kristina Roque, James Ortega, Stephanie Ortega Del Angel, Saul Prieto Jr., Veronica Silva, Michael Martinez, Sammy Martinez Jr., JoJo Martinez, Jason Sepulveda and Monique Sepulveda; 16 great-grandchildren; 11 great-greatgrandchildren; his very dear niece and nephew: Annie Gonzales and her husband, Cassie; Carlos Sepulveda and his wife, Yolanda; and numerous other nieces and nephews. Felix served in the United States Army during World War II. He was a private first class with Company A 160th Infantry. During World War II, Felix was issued several medals and honors, Asiatic-Pacific Theater, Philippines (Liberation), Good Conduct and Victory Medals. On Feb. 6, 2010, Felix was honored as the oldest member in Roswell, at the age of 94. from the VFW Post 2575 at the World War II Banquet.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, James Ortega, Saul Prieto Jr., Michael Martinez, Sammy Martinez Jr., JoJo Martinez and Jason Sepulveda. Honorary pallbearers will be his great-grandsons, James Ortega Jr., Julian Ortega, Saul Prieto III, Dominic Vallejos, Christopher Parker, Silbano Talamantes Jr., Angel Aguilera, Frankie Ortega, Donovan Valdez, Ricardo and Armando Silva. Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com