Obituaries – William Joseph Rouke & Guerrero Gomez

William Joseph Rouke

William Joseph Rouke, 91, passed away on Friday, July 28, surrounded by his loving Family in Pagosa Springs, CO.

William (Bill) was born April 27, 1926, in Detroit, Michigan, to Frank & Francis Rouke.  He graduated from Cass Technical High School in Detroit and worked as a draftsman for Smith, Hinchman & Grylls, the oldest architectural offices in America.  He attended Wayne State University and finished his degree at Michigan State University.  Bill had a successful career as a structural engineer, licensed in 20 states, and designed and built multi-level parking garages.  He later moved to Van Horn, where he owned and operated motels and construction companies.  Bill retired and moved to Pagosa Springs permanently in 2000.  He had a wide range of interests including sports, being a pilot, boating, tennis and golf.  His favorite sport was racquetball, which he played 3 times a week into his 90’s.  He was a member of the Pagosa Lakes Recreational Center since its inception and made many wonderful friends there throughout the years.

He is pre-deceased by one brother George Rouke, 3 sisters, Marion Lawicki, Gertrude Lerminiaux, Bernadette Furlan and a son, Kevin Rouke.   He is survived by spouse Margaret Rouke, 6 children:  Daughter, Eileen Rouke-Alpine, TX; Son, Stephen Rouke (Lisa) -Alpine, TX; Son, Mark Rouke (Guido)-Ft Meyers, FL; Daughter, Susan Rouke (Coop)-Denver, CO; Daughter, Shawna O’Briant (Dan)-El Paso, TX, Daughter, Shea O’Briant (Tim)-Pagosa Springs, CO. 7 Grandchildren:  Amy Stinnett (Austin), Autumn Rouke, Heather Rouke (Chris), Carter Rouke Stern, Gabriella Rouke, Alexandra Rouke, Samantha Reed and great grandchild Hannah Clark.  He is also survived by many nieces and nephews who lovingly referred to him as “Uncle Buddy”.

We would like to thank the entire medical team and staff at Pagosa Springs Medical Center for providing kind, thoughtful and dignified care of Bill and for being a support group for the entire family; we cannot express how much we appreciate each and every one of you.

Memorial will be held : to be announced at a later date.

Floral contributions will be accepted or contributions to the American Cancer Society.

Guerrero Gomez

Guerrero Gomez passed away on July 29, 2017 in El Paso, Texas with all her loved ones by her side.

She was born on March 6, 1925 in San Bernardo Durango Mexico to Simon Frausto and Maria De Los Angeles Lopez

She leaves behind two Daughters; Maria Luz Rocha, and Esther Gomez; a Son Francisco Gomez Sr. and Nine grandchildren, 22 Great-Grandchildren, and Nine Great-great-Grandchildren.

She returned to the place she longed to be with her beloved mother and husband. She will forever be in our hearts.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday Aug 1, 2017 at Heritage Funeral Home in Van Horn, Texas.

Rosary will be held on Wednesday Aug 2, 2017 at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Van Horn, Texas at 9:00 AM.

Mass will be held on Wednesday Aug 2, 2017 at 10 am at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with Fr. Apolinar Samboni Officiating. Interment will follow at Van Horn Cemetery.

Pallbearers are, Issac Ibarra, Jory Gomez, Aaron Garcia, Jon Yglecias, Diego Rocha, Noah Garcia, Lindsey Edwards, Joe Anthony Sanchez, Cy Garcia, Nate Yglecias, Francisco Gomez Sr., Ernesto Rocha Jr., Francisco Gomez Jr., Willie Edwards, Antanacio Garcia, Luie Garcia.

Services are entrusted to Heritage Funeral Home of Van Horn Texas.


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