November 1, 1918 - August 3, 2007
Jose Olmedo "Joe" Archuleta was born Nov. 1, 1918, in Rodarte, N.M., to Enrique and Lucy (Sandoval) Archuleta. He was raised and attended school in Rodarte.
Joe married Lucy Fresquez on Dec. 5, 1939, in Penasco, N.M. They made their home in Rodarte until moving to Leadville in 1943 and then to Hayden in 1955. Joe worked in the mines while in Leadville and for the railroad in Hayden. He retired after 30 some years of employment.
Joe enjoyed fishing, hunting and loved to whistle. He also enjoyed caring for his large family.
He was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church.
Joe died Aug. 3, 2007, at the Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center in Craig.
He is survived by his daughters, Sally Archuleta, of Hayden, Mary Ann (Frank) Franco, of Mack, Lucy Archuleta, of Hayden, Sylvia (Jeff) Archuleta, of Hayden, Vickie Archuleta, of Hayden, and Bernardine Faricy, of Grand Junction; sons - Joe (Pita) Archuleta, of Craig, Ernest (Linda) Archuleta, of Hayden, George (Letha) Archuleta, of Hayden, Solome (Cindy) Archuleta, of Elko, Nev., and Pat Archuleta, of Fruita; 16 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Lucy, his parents, a sister, Arsenia, and a brother, John, and sons, Orlando, Fidel and Bobby.
Vigil services were Aug. 7, 2007, at the Grant Mortuary Chapel.
Funeral services were Aug. 8, 2007, at St. Michael Catholic Church with Father Randy Dollins officiating. The soloist was Joyce Miller who sang "I'll Fly Away" and "The Little Church in The Wildwood."
She was accompanied on the guitar by James Campbell. Pallbearers were Joey Archuleta, Cody Franco, Curlin Archuleta, Levi Archuleta, Raymond Archuleta and Nathaniel Archuleta. Interment followed in the Hayden Cemetery.
Memorial Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Grant Mortuary.