Funeral services are scheduled for Tom “Tuffy” Deck Jr., of Roswell, for Sunday, March 17, 2013, at 2 p.m., Chavez Funeral Home in Ft. Sumner. Graveside services will follow at Ft. Sumner Cemetery. Floyd Goodloe will conduct services.
Tom was born on Jan. 17, 1933, in Roswell, to Tom Deck Sr. and Gladys E. Moss, who preceded him death. He was also preceded in death by son Tom Deck III; sister Edith McDougal; first wife Barbara Tyler; second wife Yvonne Edwards; son-in-law Bruce Ott; and brothers-in-law, Melvin Key, Robert Edwards and Billy McDaniel.
Tom is survived by his children, Janice Ott, of McAlester, Okla., Richard Deck and wife Lisa, Jeff Deck and wife Kathy, of Roswell; sisters, Dorothy Deck Edwards, of Ruidoso, and Evelyn “Bunkie Key” of Boot Ranch, Yeso; grandchildren, Jamie Cole, Jessica Nooner and Garrett Ott, of Oklahoma, Christopher Deck, of Roswell, Lindsay Deck, of Albuquerque, Randy Jobe, Shane and Daryn Deck, of Roswell, and Corey and Kelsey Deck, of Roswell; brother and sister-in-law, Ralph Meadows and wife Bea, and Jodie Yowell and husband Don; and many nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren.
Tuffy was raised on the Lazy T Bar Ranch in Ft. Sumner and graduated from Ft. Sumner High School in 1951. He was well known to the area as a rancher, having worked on many well-known ranches across New Mexico. He was a pilot as a young man, flying his family to church and Roswell from the ranch. Tuffy also worked as a truck driver for many years, traveling coast-to-coast and locally for projects in the Phoenix area before retiring and returning to live near his family in Roswell. He was a great storyteller and would make a “mean pot of beans.” He was very proud of his children and grandchildren and will be remembered by all.
A loving thank you to Tom’s special friend and companion, Myrl West.