Gordon Othen Sanders
August 31, 1932  -  November 9, 2017

Gordon Othen Sanders

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Terpening Son Mortuary
611 W. Grand Ave.
Artesia, NM  88210
Thursday, November 16, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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Terpening Son Mortuary
611 W. Grand Avenue
Artesia, NM  88210
Friday, November 17, 2017
10:00 a.m.
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Woodbine Cemetery
200 E. Hermosa Drive
Artesia, NM  88210
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Services are scheduled at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 17 at Terpening & Son Mortuary Chapel for Gordon Othen Sanders of El Paso, TX.

Mr. Sanders, 85, died on November 9, 2017 at Global Hospice in El Paso, Texas.

Fr. Frances Lazer will officiate at the services with burial to follow at Woodbine Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Fabio Sanders, Boonie Michael Gonzales, Marcos Cabral, Mickey Cabral, Carlos Gutierrez and Roman Granados. Honorary pallbearers will be Ruben Cabral, Adam Gutierrez, Samuel Reveles Jr., Gabriel Granados, and Jose Cabral.

Visitation will be at Terpening & Son Mortuary on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Gordon was born on August 31, 1932 in Canyon Tear, TX to Anthony George Sanders and Zenobia (Trials) Sanders.

On September 24, 1955 he married Ofelia Granados in Guadalupe, Mexico. She preceded him in death on July 22, 2012. He was also preceded in death by his sister Irma Green and a brother A.D. Sanders.

Gordon was a longtime resident of Hagerman, N.M. before moving to El Paso two years ago. He was a mechanic and member of St, Catherine's church in Hagerman. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and Lions Club of Hagerman.

Survivors include his daughter Melissa Morales and husband Carlos of Carlsbad, N.M.; brothers Clyde Sanders, A.C. Sanders and Melvin Sanders; grandchildren Fabio Sanders and Boonie Michael Gonzales; great-granddaughters Ofelia Marie Sanders and Amaris Sanders; and numerous nieces and nephews.


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  1. Gustavo Sotelo Jr
    ABQ, NM

    Are condolences to the family;
    My parents would visit Tuffy and his wife they were my dads best friends,they work together out on the fields there in Hagerman. Rest In Peace Tuffy!!!
    The Sotelo family...... Saturday 11/18 2017....

  2. Gustavo Sotelo Jr
    ABQ, NM

    Are condolences to the family;
    My parents would visit Tuffy and his wife they were my dads best friends,they work together out on the fields there in Hagerman. Rest In Peace Tuffy!!!
    The Sotelo family...... Saturday 11/18 2017....

  3. Ramona Lara
    Hagerman, NM

    Tuffy was a good. God fearing man, he will be missed but never forgotten, may he Rest In Peace and may the Good Lord grant his family Peace and comfort.

  4. Ralph Green
    Hagerman, NM

    RIP Tuffy.
    Good man
    Good neighbor
    Good friend
    Good heart
    Good soul.
    You're missed.

  5. Gabriel , Eva Granados y Fam
    Wylie, TX

  6. Harry and Donna Contreras
    Phoenix, AZ

    To one of the greatest men I have ever known, we will always love and miss you. Rest in paradise in the loving arms of our lord.

  7. Marie
    Carlsbad, NM

    My prayers goes out 2 u Melissa, kids & Fam that god gives u the strength. Were alway here 4 u if u need anything

  8. Juan Sandoval
    Roswell, NM

    Thank you for your kindness and your years of service to the students of Hagerman. I am glad I was able to know you and thank you for all you did to help us county kids. I will always remember you. May the Lord have you in his glory.

  9. Andrew Gunnels
    Brownfield, TX

    Rest In Peace Tuffy!! Good man, he was my first real boss back in high school. See you again someday

  10. Michael Waide
    Hagerman, NM

    Tuffy was a great man he was so kind so sweet and he was so friendly. He will definitely be missed. I am sending my thoughts and prayers to Tuffys Family for this difficult time. May Rest In Peace.

  11. Bennie and Bill Shaw
    Hagerman, NM

    We were very saddened to hear of Tuffy's death. It was such a pleasure to work with him for many years at the Hagerman School. That man could do anything he was asked to, also a fantastic mechanic, hamburger cooker for Lion's Club carnival and many other hats. He will certainly be missed and remembered fondly. May he rest in peace and we know he will suffer no more.

  12. Alicia Hughes
    Enid, OK

    Tuffy, what a wonderful man you were, you touched so many lives, you were a true blessing, I know that you will be missed dearly.

  13. Gina Sterrett

    My thoughts and prayers ar with the family. He was a wonderful man!

  14. Delfina stefhon
    Hagerman, NM

    Our condolences ,Tuffy and Dudley were best of friends and worked together for many yrs...May he have eternal rest, Dudley passed away in 2013.

  15. Kenneth Ward
    Hagerman, NM

    A good neighbor for many, many years. You are missed, old friend. Love and Prayers for Missy and your family.

  16. Sheila La Barge (DeLaRosa)
    Aurora, MN

    Tuffy was a blessing to so many people, he's left to many memories to mention. Tuffy will be thought of and missed. Missy, you and the family are in my prayers.

  17. Mr & Mrs Dennis Carlton
    Hagerman, NM

    RIP Tuffy. So, so many of our and our children's memories involve you sir. All good memories that still bring smiles. Anyone who can say you were a friend knows they were blessed.

  18. Irene Gentry
    Albuquerque, NM

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