Charles L. Kuykendall
February 18, 1951  -  July 24, 2017

Charles L. Kuykendall

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Terpening Son Mortuary
611 W. Grand Ave.
Artesia, NM  88210
Thursday, July 27, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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First Baptist Church
322 W. Grand Avenue
Artesia, NM  88210
Friday, July 28, 2017
2:00 p.m.
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Woodbine Cemetery
200 E. Hermosa Drive
Artesia, NM  88210
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Paws and Claws Humane Society
501 Paddy Wagon
Artesia, NM  88210
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Funeral Services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 28 at First Baptist Church for Charles L. Kuykendall of Artesia, New Mexico.

Mr. Kuykendall, 66, passed away on July 24, 2017 in Artesia.

Pastor Rick Sullivan will officiate at the service with burial to follow at Woodbine cemetery. Pallbearers are Randy Kinnibrugh, Arvin Kinnibrugh, Don Manthei, Eddie Seeley, Jason Krogman and A.J. Krogman.

Visitation will be on Thursday, July 27, from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Terpening & Son Mortuary.

Charles was born on February 18, 1951 in Artesia; the son of Thomas and Marceline (Herod) Kuykendall. On October 25, 1973 he married Judy Miller in Artesia. He was a lifelong resident of Artesia.

He was an Operator For Navajo Refining and enjoyed hunting, spending time with his grandson and volunteering for 7024U.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife Judy Kuykendall of Artesia; daughter Trudy Goldsmith and husband Jack of Farmington, NM; sisters Connie Krogman and husband Jim of Artesia and Carol Peters and husband Ray of Great Falls, MT; grandson Tommy Goldsmith; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions can me made to Artesia Paws and Claws Humane Society, 501 Paddy Wagon Road, Artesia, NM 88210.


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  1. Riley Ray
    Hot SpringsVillage, AR

    What can I say about Charlie that hasn't been said. Just seeing him on the street brightened your day. His sense of humor was always in play. I had the privilege of hunting with him a few times and it was the best time I've had in the field. Judy, you were blessed to have him in your life. I feel privileged to have known him for the time that I did. May God bless you and your family.

  2. Sandy Rhyne Pierson
    Hereford, TX

    I'm so sorry for your loss. You were the love of his life. I first met Charles when he delivered cleaning for Fashion Cleaners for my Mom, Opal Rhyne. He was also so sweet. And I attended school with you, Judy. You two were made for each other. God now has a wonderful angel to watch over us. My love to you and your family.

  3. Oscar and Helen Sosa
    Artesia, NM

    We offer our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to Judy and all the family in this time of sorrow. Artesia has lost a very kind hearted man and an ambassador of the true meaning of what makes Artesia a wonderful place to live. He spread warmth and friendship to each and everyone he came in contact with and left a cheerful feeling with you at the end of your visit with him. He was always ready to help in anything a person may have needed....and always with a great attitude .....This will be one that will be missed by so many for a long time....Artesia lost an outstanding man ......Rip Mi amigo....

  4. Terry and Raymond Hummel
    Artesia, ND

    I did not know Charlie but a short 5-10 years but only as an acquaintance. My fondest memory of Charlie was before his mother had passed, he would park at Jamaica Park and walked with the pug(s) around the park. The neighborhood cats had become their friends and would walk around the park with them as he gifted them with snacks. It was like Pied Piper. Such a heart of gold. Prayers to Judy and the family during this sad times.

  5. LuAnn Beardemphl
    Lubbock, TX

    Judy, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you deal with Charlie's sudden departure. I never saw him that he wasn't smiling, and every time I saw him, he always asked about my mom. He was such a kind and caring person. I pray that God comfort you as only He can, and that your memories will sustain you during this difficult time. God bless you.

  6. Denise Tidwell Tice
    Artesia, NM

    Dear Judy and family ~ so many people have depicted Charlie perfectly ~ what a kind precious soul he was to all. I will remember him and his eternal smile forever. I hope your sweet memories Give you comfort, and I know God will cover you with His grace. Much Love and prayers ~

  7. Janie, Buddy and Lauren Davis
    Rio Rancho, NM

    Our love, thoughts and prayers go out to Judy, Trudy, Carol, and Connie today. Charlie was a great husband, father, brother, and friend. He was a true Gentleman and will be missed by many! Rest In Peace and know that we will never forget you and all the wonderful things you did for so many people to put a smile on their face! There is no doubt that heaven is more joyful with you there! We are sending our love and condolences to Judy and her family😇❤️

  8. William Propsner
    Artesia, NM

    My prayers and deepest heartfelt sympathies are with the family. God Bless you Judy. Ann and i are praying for you in this time of sadness. We liked Charles so much, his humor and kindness. He will be missed by all. God Bless you.

  9. Terri Hamilton
    Artesia, NM

    Rest In Peace Charles. You were much loved and respected by your friends & family. What a wonderful legacy! Prayers for Judy, Trudy and all other family.

  10. Larry Taylor
    Artesia, NM

    I have nothing but good to say about Charlie! Started years ago with the Family Fasitch Softball Team, then The Hawks, then just a great friend. Man, he could swing that bat like nobody else. We've all been blessed to know him and you! You two were quite a team. And Trudy, he's always been so proud of you.
    Our prayers for you all!

  11. Corey Tolle
    Artesia, NM

    Judy, Connie, and Trudy,
    Everybody who met Charlie, liked him. I will always remember the pug and the cat story, it showed how much Charlie loved animals. I loved playing softball with him, He was a joy to be around. Thinking of you all.

  12. Frank Guinan

    Sorry to hear he was a good man

  13. Deborah Scott Craft
    artesia, NM

    Charlie was one of the "good ones" and I'm gonna miss him.

  14. Jo Lynn Schneider
    Artesia, NM

    Judy I was so shocked to hear about Charlie, It truly breaks my heart for you and his entire family. I feel like I've known him my whole life. When he was coming over to Jamaica park I started calling him the cat whisperer because all of the cats came running to see him as soon as he got there. He always made you feel like he was truly glad to see you. You will all be in my thoughts during this sad time.

  15. Paige (Andrews) strawn
    Tulsa, OK


    I am so sorry about your Dad. My heart hurts for your family. Praying for all of you.

  16. Rick & Bobbie(Parrish)Ranspot
    Cameron, TX

    So very sorry for your loss, Judy. May God be with you and your family.

  17. Gloria Heredia
    Artesia, NM

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.
    May God bless you all and be at each one's side always.

    Gloria and Toby Heredia

  18. Terry Rodriguez
    Artesia, NM

    Judy and Trudy, my heartfelt condolences to you and the rest of Charlie's Family. He was such a great man and friend. I will miss our catching up on who is working and who is not working for the company. Just know that Charlie was a very special person to many people. Love and prayers to you all.

  19. Nancy & Cheyenne Dunn
    Artesia & San Francisco, NM

    Our hearts are broken...there's one less good man in the world now. Our love to Judy and family.

  20. Yvette (Briseno) Moore
    Artesia, NM

    Trudy -
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. I remember him from our Basketball days. I will be praying for you and your mom and extended family during such a difficult time. God Bless All of You.

  21. Jacque and Frank Waters
    Artesia, NM

    Judy and family we are so sorry for your loss. Charlie was such a good kind spirit and he will be greatly missed. I will always remember his s sense of humor, ever present smile and the twinkle in his eye. May you find peace in the memory of his love and kindness.

    Jacque and Frank

  22. Viva Miller
    Hamburg, IA

    Sincere condolences for Charles's family and friends. May each of you feel God's arm around your shoulder giving you strength, guidance and love through difficult times today and all days to come. We are blessed to have had the opportunity to have Charles to have touch our lives.

  23. Phyllis Hartley Norman
    Malakoff, TX

    Judy, my heart is with you today and in the coming days. My deepest sympathy is sent to you and your family . I know first hand how hard this is for you. My Bob traveled to Heaven 16 months ago. My love is with you and I am praying for you. One hour at a time sweetie. I wish I could hug you & be there for you. I lover you.

  24. Ernest Brown
    Artesia, NM

    So sorry for your loss. He was a great neighbor.

  25. Gene and Wendy Rogers
    Artesia, NM

    I'm still in disbelief. I'm so very sorry Judy. Praying for you and all Charlie's family and friends. I will never know how to detail my truck in under an hour now. God Bless.
    Gene and Wendy R.

  26. Harriet Fanning
    Frederick, CO

    Another wonderful soul has entered the gates of heaven. Judy, Trudy please know that we are thinking of you and you are in our prayers. Our love to you, Harriet and Sam

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