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Ilfeld, A.C.
In Loving Memory A.C. Ilfeld Jr. July 19, 1919 - September 23, 2001 We remember how much you enjoyed life; fishing and wonderful family gatherings in summers at the Pecos, trips to California to the ocean and to visit with our cousins, our fun trips to Las Vegas, Taos, Ruidoso, the many family parties with your children and grandchildren, your great smile and the sparkle in your eyes, the fun and laughter you gave us through the years. You lived life to the fullest and did it on your terms."EGGZACTLY!" We miss you very much. Ace & Carla, Suzanne & El, Julie, Christie, Elizabeth, Lisa & Brian, Tony & Christine, David & Ginger. ABQ Journal September 23, 2002

Ilfeld, Robert M.
Robert M. Ilfeld, born January 25, 1926, passed away on April 26, 2008. Son of Max and Bertha Rosenau Ilfeld, and a member of one of New Mexico's most illustrious pioneer families, Bob grew up primarily in Taos, New Mexico. He attended Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs and the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. He graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1994 with a degree in nuclear physics. Drafted into the army that same year, he was sent to Los Alamos to work on top-secret projects as a young physicist. Upon release from the service, Bob attended graduate school at California Institute of Technology, earning his Masters degree in nuclear physics. At the start of his professional career, Bob worked on a variety of projects with General Electric in New York. He was then called to manage a family business in Jackson, Michigan. As president of the company, Quick Industries, he converted the focus from metallurgy to plastic extrusions and expanded the business from one plant to six, located throughout the Midwest. While at Quick, he was sponsored to return to MIT as a Sloan Fellow, earning an MSM degree from the Sloan School of Business. After a few more years with Quick Plastics, the opportunity arose for him to return to MIT as an Associate Director for Executive Programs at Sloan. He moved from there to Minneapolis, then Seattle, to work for a small conglomerate, as Director of Operations Analyses, helping to buy, sell, and manage several divisions. At age 53, Bob retired and returned to New Mexico to be near his parents and replant his roots in New Mexican soil. Retirement lasted only three months, when he became a Financial Consultant for Dean Witter Reynolds Company, now Morgan Stanley. Retiring in 2007 as Senior Vice President and Financial Consultant, after more than 28 years in the business, he considered brokering to be the most enjoyable and challenging of his diverse careers. In 1999, Bob married Pearl Thompson and they traveled together extensively. Bob enjoyed travel, and meeting new people. He played bridge avidly from an early age, earning Life Master status. Golf was another passion, which he enjoyed both for the sport itself and for golfing friendships. Showing his lively sense of humor, he said in his last days, "I am Bob Ilfeld and I approve this message." In addition to his devoted wife Pearl, Bob is survived by his sister, Florence Beier and her husband Rolf; his children, Rick Ilfeld and wife Betsy, Kathy Stillings, Marty Ronish and husband Ed, Ellen Ilfeld and her partner Judith Evans, and step-daughter Marsha Schumacher and husband Kent. Bob is survived by two grandchildren, Mark and Bonnie Ronish, as well as four step-grandchildren; Mark Thompson, Ben Thompson, Krissy Zikkos, and Michelle Lardizibal, and their children. Bob will be remembered for his gifts of love and generosity to his family, his friends, colleagues and clients, and for his fortitude and courage in meeting his life's last challenges. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent in his name to The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, 4407 Menaul Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110-2951 (www.nmso.org); The New Mexico Jewish Historical Society, 5520 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109 (www.nmjewishhistory.org); or The National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016 (www.kidney.org/support/donation_form.pdf) Family wishes to thank the Home Instead staff. Memorial service will be Saturday, May 3, 2008 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of the Daniels Family Funeral Services, 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE. Albuquerque, NM 87109 Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd, NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010 ABQ Journal May 02, 2008

Illing, Richard G.
Lt. Col. (Ret.) USAF Richard G. (Dick) Illing, 89, a member of "The Greatest Generation" passed away in Albuquerque on September 10, 2007 after a valiant battle with prostate cancer. He went peacefully surrounded by his loving family. Born on July 1, 1918 in Flushing , NY to Richard and Elieze C. Illing. His early interest in aviation was fueled by a plane ride at the now La Guardia airport at age 10. Richard moved to Lake Mahopac, NY where his stepfather, Dr. James L. New and mother encouraged his education. At NY University he was president of his fraternity Phi Gamma Delta and upon graduation was designated highest ranking Honor Graduate of the ROTC Engineer Battalion. He was commissioned into the Army Air Corp where he was Squadron Engineering Officer of the 49th Fighter Pursuit Group, 8th Squadron in Australia and New Guinea receiving the Legion of Merit. Upon his return to the U.S. he received his engineering graduate degree from The University of Michigan. Richard worked on many projects for the USAF, Western Development Division, Air Force Special Weapons, Dept. of Defense and the Atomic Energy Commission. His military service spanned 20 years and retired as a Lt. Col. He then worked as an aeronautical engineer for Sandia National Laboratories and retired after 24 years of service. service was a loving and supporting father, husband, and friend. He always used compromise and compassion to make things work. As an active nature and wildlife conservationist his photography and writing of the Southwest will always be cherished. He resided for over 60 years at the base of his beloved Sandia Mountain. His sense of humor will always be remembered in his "Coyote Call" to gather us, whether it be in the Taos Gorge or a local mall! Dad, you were the pillar of strength in our lives. You'll always be our hero! Until we meet again may you share the Father's eternal life of understanding and joy in heaven and soar with eagles in the Wild Blue Yonder! Richard is survived by Mary A. Illing his loving wife of 31 years; daughters, Layne N. Hedrick and husband, Robert, Lawne W. Callan and husband, Robert; son, Ty C. Illing; grandchildren, Robert Callan III, James LeGrande Callan, Cheyenne and Taylor Illing; stepchildren, Theresa (Terry) M. Harper and husband, Bob, Edward P. Snyder and Christian P. Snyder. He was preceded in death by his brilliant daughter, Lynne Reid Illing and his first wife, Geraldine Cornell Illing. We would like to thank Anna Kaseman Presbyterian Hospice for all their kindness and care, especially Dr. Lydia Lawson, Cid Jaso, Janis Kelton, Allison Martin, Virginia Nolan, Brenda Sandburg, Mary Trudell and Margaret Montoya. A Funeral Mass will be held on September 15, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of the Risen Savior, 7701 Wyoming Blvd. NE. Cremation has taken place as were his wishes. A private Service with Military Honors will be held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. In memory of Richard, contributions may be made to Prostate Cancer Research, The Sierra Club or a charity of one's choice. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW, ABQ, NM 87107, 505-343-8008 ABQ Journal September 13, 2007

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