Fred A. Sanchez, 82, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, in Winslow. A memorial service was held Feb. 4 at Victory Ministries.
He was born to Emma Maestas and Jose Sanchez in Wagon Mound, N.M., on Sept. 9, 1929. He came from a big family of seven brothers and sisters, all raised in Trinidad and Hoehne, Colo.
Fred enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 17, and fought in World War II. He retired in 1966 after 20 years of service.
He was a happy go lucky man, who liked to play jokes on his many nephews and nieces. He was also a good dancer and loved music.
Survivors include his sister, Elsie Guevara of Eagle Pass, Texas; two stepsons, Larry and David Dean of California; his nieces, Ida TeWinkel (Ken) Theresa Armijo and Henrietta Baca (Richard), and nephew, Otis Lunsford (Annette), all of Winslow, nephew Joseph Manzanares (Pat) and niece, Virginia Garcia of Pueblo, Colo.; and his longtime companion, Pat Ami of Winslow and children.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jose and Emma Sanchez; his wife, Mary Dean Sanchez; one stepdaughter; two sisters, Ophelia Sanchez Maestas and Sophie Sanchez Lunsford; four brothers, Phil, Arcelio, Joseph and Onesimo Sanchez; two nieces, Alvinita “Bina” Gomez and Cynthia Sanchez; and one nephew, Tommy Montano.
Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow was in charge of the arrangements.