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Teodoro "Ted" Flores

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Ted was born July 24, 1935, in Tularosa, the land that he loved. He was a member of St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church and graduated from Tularosa High School in 1955. He traveled the seas while in the Navy, which he joined in 1956 and served until 1960 and, as always, returned to Tularosa. He also went to school in Florida in the late 1950s while serving. He then worked as an instructor in electronics for many years in North Island in San Diego until 1967. As much as he loved San Diego and living close to his sister's family, he again returned to Tularosa. He lived in his home in Tularosa and worked as a locksmith at the Inn of the Mountain Gods for as long as his illness would allow. He so loved living within walking distance from the Tularosa Creek.
Durning his years in Tularosa, he loved being involved with the annual Tularosa Fiestas. He was taught when he was 14 years old by Sr. Manuel Dominguez how to "shoot the Yuncasos" - the loud booms heard during the fiestas that symbolized the warnings from the soldiers to the settlers of Indian attacks. He kept up this tradition for 55 years.
Ted suffered from Parkinson's disease, which took over his life. He moved to Alamogordo to live with his sister and eventually lived at the veterans home in Truth of Consequences. He was at the veterans home for the last four years until his demise Oct. 18, 2007.
The family is forever grateful to the personnel of the veterans hospital. They lovingly cared for our brother until we brought him home one last time to his beloved Tularosa.
He will rest in peace with his father, Enrique Flores, his mother, Amelia Gamboa Flores, his brothers, Henry Jr., Frankie Flores and Johnny Flores, his sisters, Drucilla Huggins, Lola Chavez, Josephine Ferguson and Rebecca Kersting, and his nephews, Pat Ferguson and Steven Alexander.
Tularosa is where he will remain, to be visited by the remainder of his family: Jeni Alexander and her family, Joe Flores and his family, Kenny and Renata Flores, Ramona and Pete Turner and their family, Helen Armijo Savoie and her family, Godfrey Chavez and his family, and James H. Ferguson and his family.
Ted will surely be missed by the many friends and family that are scattered throughout New Mexico and come to visit in this beautiful valley.
Honorary pallbearers will be Fred Utter, Albino Flores, Alex Chavez, Jim Ferguson, Jerry Armijo, Godfrey Chavez, Pete Turner, Panta Provencio, Angel Provencio, John Salazar, Alexander and Lauro "Baby" Montoya Jr.
Rosary will be recited by his sister, Jeni Alexander, Sunday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at St. Francis de Paula Church in Tularosa. Coffee and donuts immediately following at the Parish Hall.
Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday, Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. with food provided at the Parish Hall following the Mass.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Oct. 19 to Nov. 4, 2007
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