1921-2016

Memorial services for Meliton Max Ronquillo will be held at 9:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, at St. Mary's Church in Las Animas, Colorado.

Meliton Max Ronquillo was born on March 10, 1921, in Las Animas, Colorado, to Benino and Pacomia (Ballez) Ronquillo. He passed away peacefully on Aug. 2, 2016, in Las Animas, Colorado, at the age of 95.

Max spent much of his rich life serving his country in the United States Navy. He contributed his skills during two major wars, working as a shipfitter aboard the famous USS Saratoga during World War II, and continued to aid in the war effort throughout the Korean War. At the completion of his military service, he found himself back in his home of Las Animas, Colorado, where he worked at Fort Lyon until he retired. Max was one of six children. He was a member of the Las Animas City Council and St. Mary's Catholic Church of Las Animas.

Max is survived by his sister, Juanita Clem; daughter, Margaret (Frank) Arnold; grandchildren, Gabriel Marquez, Marc Marquez, Eric Waldo, Lori Waldo, and Shawna Turnbaugh and great-grandson, Alex Turnbaugh.

Max was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Carmen (Cortez) Ronquillo; and daughter, Maxine Marquez.

For more information or to leave online condolences, visit www.horberfuneralchapel.com.