Ed Leupold

Funeral services are to be held for Ed Leupold, age 92, at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 10, at the First United Methodist Church. Concluding services and interment with honors will follow at Mt. view Cemetery. He died early Thursday morning at the Deming Bee Hive Home. Leupold was born September 3, 1921 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the son of Frieda and Edwin H. Leupold. He attended school in Belen and graduated from high school in 1939. His college education and editorship of The Lobo, the University of New Mexico student newspaper, were interrupted by three years of service with the Army Air Force. He worked as a radio and radar mechanic, spending two of the years in England. He returned to UNM to become editor of The Mirage, the UNM yearbook, and graduated from UNM In 1947. He also received his Master's degree from UNM. He began his teaching career at Espanola High School and taught high school English and Journalism for nine years. From there he moved to Deming High School where he taught another 28 years. He retired in 1985 after 37 years of teaching, 35 years of sponsoring weekly editions of high school newspapers, and 32 years of sponsoring high school yearbooks. He also directed seven plays at Deming High School in his early years there. In 1986 he was inducted into the Southwest District Hall of Fame of the New Mexico Education Association. The next year he was inducted into the New Mexico State Hall of Fame. He served as president of the Deming Educational Retirees Association for six years and as president of Widowed Persons Service for one year. He founded and edited "The Roadrunner" for 11 years while he was executive secretary of the Deming Education Association. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Deming and conducted Sunday schools classes there, something he also did earlier at the Presbyterian Church. He and his wife Marjorie began delivering Meals on Wheels in 1986. For several years he was involved in coaching Little League Baseball and later became the director of the program. He was also Pack Leader of Cub Scouts when his sons were involved. Leupold was known for his love of photography and for his faithful attendance at all Deming HS sporting events. After he retired, he was given a lifetime activity pass by Deming Public Schools. He also loved to write feature stories for the Deming Headlight which were usually accompanied by one of his photos. He was an avid newspaper reader, reading at least four different papers a day until his death. Many Deming households still have old sets of World Book encyclopedias which they bought from Leupold giving them easy access to information before the Internet. He was preceded in death by Marjorie, his wife of 37 years who died January 15, 1989, by his parents, by a sister, Frances, who died in 1949 and by a daughter-in-law, Janie Leupold. Survivors include his brother Art and his wife Betty of Albuquerque, and his five sons and their families: Kenneth and his wife Barbara and daughter Jessica of Deming; and son Jonathan of Wichita Falls, TX., and Wayne and his wife Mary Frances of Farmington and their daughters Penny Brown and Amy Leupold and grandson Parker Brown of Provo, UT; Charles and his wife Frances and their sons,Joseph, Joshua, Josiah, Joel and Jeremiah and granddaughter Ameryse and grandsons Jordan and Jaidev ofSalinas, CA; Keith and sons Zachariah and Nathan and daughter Brita of Las Cruces; and Jamesand his wife Kim of Bermuda Dunes, CA, and daughter Jordan and grandson Cashof Texarkana, Arkansas. Pallbearers will be the five sons and Jimmy Costulis. Honorary pall bearers will be brother Art Leupold, Jim Lindsay, Shanty Bowman, Arnold Feil, Jack Creamer, Joe "Butter" Milo, Richard Leyba, Jonathan Leupold, Zach Leupold, Mike Jaime, Harold Morrow, Joe Hossley, Joe Bill Nunn, David Robbins, Larry Martinez, Lori Dawson, Nancy Dawson Winkle, Jaime Phillips, Anne Knoop Keeler and Neva Hash Hill. The family would like to thank Norma Vasquez for her care for the past six years, Dr. John Lundy for all of his help, Mimbres Memorial Hospital for their care in his two recent stays, Mimbres Home Health and Hospice for of their help the last few weeks and the Bee Hive Home of Deming and Penny Echevarria for making his last weeks comfortable and safe. After the graveside service, the family would like to invite everyone to a reception in the gym of the First United Methodist Church. There will be tables of Leupold's pictures for people to take as a way to remember him. In lieu of flowers, Leupold asks that contributions be sent to: Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center in Abiquiu, NM; French Camp Academy at One Fine Place, French Camp, MS 39745; at 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231; MADD at 511 E. John Carpenter Freeway, Suite 700, Irving, TX 75062; or the Marshall Memorial Library at 110 S. Diamond in Deming. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels. Exclusive provider for "Veterans & Family Memorial Care". To sign the online guest book or to send a card, please visit our website at www.bacasfuneralchapels.com.

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Published in Deming Headlight from Sept. 7 to Sept. 8, 2013