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Arturo J. Ornelas Sr.

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Wonderful father and proud Tata
Arturo J. Ornelas, 77, of Tularosa, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2009, at Mountain View Medical Center in Las Cruces following a courageous battle from injuries sustained after being hit by a motor vehicle.
Mr. Ornelas was born Nov. 22, 1931, in Isleta, Texas, to Eliodoro and Hilaria (Castanada) Ornelas. He retired from civil service in 1988 after over 30 years of service. He was a wonderful artist and was well known for his sense of humor. The community was taken by his unique sense of creativity shown through his paintings and carvings.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Carmen Sanchez Ornelas, in 2003; a daughter, Bertha Ornelas, in 1998; his parents; and his only brother, Oscar Ornelas Sr.
Survivors include his sons David Ornelas and fiancee, Eva Villegas, of Las Cruces, Ernesto Ornelas, of El Paso, Arturo J. Ornelas Jr. and wife, Sheila, of Alamogordo, and Leonardo Ornelas, of Tularosa; daughters Frances Cope and husband, Arl, of La Luz, Veronica Hardison and husband, Jerry, of Tularosa, Sylvia Carter and husband, Jeff, of Pocola, Okla., Priscilla Moncada and husband, Robert Jr., of Alamogordo, and Christina Yara and husband, Ron, of Peoria, Ariz.; 19 grandchildren; and his beloved pet Chihuahua, "Nini." 
A rosary of Christian hope and wake service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Monday, March 16, 2009, at St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church with Matias and Josie Chavez officiating.
Mass of the Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church with Fr. John Peterson, O.F.M., as celebrant.
Interment will follow at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
The family will greet friends from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Monday at Alamogordo Funeral Home Chapel.
Pallbearers will be his grandchildren, Marcos Ornelas, Jacob Ornelas, Kenny Hardison, Raymond Moncada, Kassandra Hardison and Eleanor Sanchez.
The Ornelas family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services. 

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Mar. 14 to Mar. 28, 2009
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