Jose 'Oscar' Balderrama

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Celebration of life services for Jose "Oscar" Balderrama will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23, at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 540 W. 4th St., Cortez. Please come and share stories of the good times had with Oscar.

Longtime Cortez resident Oscar Balderrama passed away at his home on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. He was born Aug. 18, 1955, in Chihuahua, Mexico. Oscar enjoyed many activities including 4-wheeling, camping, and reminiscing with old friends over an ice-cold Bud Light.

Oscar was preceded in death by his son, Jearl Blake Ruiz; his mother, Trinidad Balderrama; his father, Jose Ruiz; and by his brother, Martin Ruiz-Balderrama.

Surviving Oscar are his wife, Sue Ruiz of Cortez; his son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Kelli Thompson of Cortez; his daughter, Jacqueline Hart of Cortez; his sister, Alicia and husband Juan Guzman and their children, Martha Alicia, Juan Carlos and Ricardo, all of Chihuahua, Mexico; and numerous relatives and many friends.

Arrangements are being made through Ertel Funeral Home. For further information or to send condolences, log on to and click on the obituary section.