Mr. Apodaca, 58, died Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at his home.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary.
Ricky was born February 22, 1955, in Roswell, New Mexico; the son of Albert Apodaca and Trina (Peralta) Apodaca. He was a lifelong area resident including Hagerman, Dexter and Artesia.
On Feb. 8, 2007, he was married to Nohemi Castro in Artesia.
Ricky was an A Operator for Navajo Refinery. He was of the Catholic denomination, a member of the N.R.A. and a former member of the Artesia Moose Lodge. Ricky was an avid outdoorsman, including hunting and shooting. He enjoyed rock ’n’ roll music, dancing and riding his Harley.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Nohemi Castro of the family home; son, Marty Apodaca, and wife, Krystle, of Albuquerque, N.M.; step-sons: Rudy Chavez, Jonathan Chavez, Michael Chavez and Daniel Chavez, all of Artesia; brother Albert Apodaca, of Leesburg, Virginia; sisters: JoAnn Vallejos, of Dexter, N.M., and Julia Oropesa, of Roswell, N.M.; step-grandchild Aiden Chavez, of Artesia; five nephews; four nieces; 12 great-nephews; four great-nieces; three great-great-nephews; and two great-great-nieces.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Terpening & Son Mortuary. Please express condolences at artesiafunerals.com.