Joe Benito Archuleta

Joe Benito Archuleta was born May 28, 1935 in Alamosa, Colorado to Antonio and Irene Archuleta. Joe passed peacefully on November 17, 2009, at home following a lengthy illness surrounded by his loving family. Joe leaves his children, daughters Wanda Archuleta, Lupita Yribia (Robert), Patricia Archuleta (Manuel), Fidelia Archuleta (Shea), sons Antonio Archuleta, and Joe B. Archuleta Jr. (Samantha). Joe also leaves behind 27 grandchildren and ten great grandchildren, as well as, many family members and good friends. Joe's sister Mary R. Bachmeier (Martin) is the last remaining daughter of Antonio and Irene Archuleta. Joe was married to Martha Ruby Allen, October 6, 1962, she preceded him in death in 2008 after 47 years of marriage. Also preceding him in death are his daughters Juanita Negrete and Susan Archuleta. His parents Antonio Archuleta and Irene Archuleta (Valencia) also precede Joe in death. Followed by siblings, Andy Archuleta, John B. Archuleta, Josefina Valdez and Macedonio Archuleta. Joe lived in Alamosa until 1942 and at the age of six moved with his family to Colorado Springs. Joe with his family on the Westside in Old Colorado City. He attended Midland, West Junior and graduated from Palmer High School in 1954. Following graduation in 1954, he started work at Fort Carson Quarter Master Laundry, until 1981 completing 27 years of service. Joe was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, and good friend. He would say, His way was the right way. He loved being with family. If you needed help, he was there for them. He liked camping, fishing, mechanics, barbequing, partying, drinking beer, and all types of music he collected from family and friends. He was also known for his Mexican goulash. If asked “What was new?” Joe would say, “Whatever you tell me.” He also said that saying “good morning” sounded too much like “mourning”. “How is your day?” was better. He'd say, “Some people talked bad about people when alive, and good when they passed.” So he would say, “I guess now, I am one of the good people.” He never said goodbye. That was too final, it was “See you later.” So now I say, “See you later Uncle Joe.” Visitation will be Thursday, November 19, 2009, 4:00PM - 8:00PM, Rosary will be recited at 6:30PM at The Springs Funeral Services, 3115 E. Platte Avenue. Mass of Christian Burial, Friday, November 20, 2009, 10:00AM at St. Dominic Catholic Church, 331 Main Street, Security, CO.
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3115 East Platte Avenue Colorado Springs, CO 80909
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Published in The Gazette from Nov. 19 to Nov. 20, 2009