ARCHULETA, MAJOR, BENNY JAMES, RET. Of DeSoto was born Feb. 13, 1942 in Mountainair, New Mexico passed away August 6, 2005 in Dallas, Texas following a courageous battle with cancer. Entering the U. S. Army at 18, he was an Airborne/Ranger, qualified as a helicopter pilot, and served two tours of combat in Viet Nam. In 1976 he was selected to be Headquarters Commandant of the Second (Hell on Wheels) Armored Division at Fort Hood, Texas by General George Patton, Jr. (son of the famed WWII General Patton Sr.) He won several awards and medals including the Combat Infantry Badge, and three Bronze Stars (one for Valor) He retired from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a B. S. in Aviation Management and later attended the University of Texas. After completing military service he taught JROTC at various high schools for the next 16 years. He was responsible creating and developing the first JROTC Program at John Tyler H. S. He taught ROTC at H. Grady Spruce High School for twelve years. While at Spruce, his program was awarded Honor Unit with Distinction four years in a row. The highlight of his life was marrying his current wife, Loana and spending twelve happy years with her. Together they founded and successfully operated Cowboy Vending of Dallas. Besides his lovely and loyal wife Loana, he is survived by his two sons, James L. Archuleta and Benny J. Archuleta, Jr. of Anchorage, Alaska, Mother, Sarah Archuleta, brothers, David, Manuel, Mike, and Mark Archuleta, sisters, Dorothy Wright, Ruth Issacs, and Linda Herrera, all of Albuquerque, NM, grandchildren, Benny J.,III, Jeremy Archuleta, Bailey Blomberg, Reese Frosch, Aden and Aren Frosch and step-children, Carlton and Shaurie Frosch of Mabank, TX., Virginia Woody of Bedford, TX, Andrew and Ann Frosch of Piscataway, NJ, and adopted sons, Greg Bankhead and Russell Donham. Services will held at 11 A. M. Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at West/Hurtt Funeral Home with Rev. Lyle Metzler, officiating. Interment with Honors will follow at Dallas/Ft. Worth National Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials are encouraged to Baylor Health Care Foundation for Sammons Cancer Center, 3600 Gaston Ave. Suite 100, Dallas, Texas 75246. West / Hurtt Funeral Home 217 S. Hampton Road DeSoto (972) 223-6314
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Published in Dallas Morning News on Aug. 9, 2005