Ben Velasquez died at his home in Delta on Aug. 3, 2016. He was 93.
A rosary was held on Aug. 8 at St. Michael's Catholic Church. Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, Aug. 9, with Father Albeiro Herrera-Ciro officiating. Interment followed at Mesa View Cemetery in Delta.
He was born in Sunnyside, Utah, on April 27, 1923, to Benseslado and Rosa (Lucero) Velasquez. He spent his childhood in Canyones, N.M.
He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church. He enjoyed spending time with family, riding his bike, fixing things and walking outside.
He was preceded in death by a son, Harvey; four brothers, Joe, Mike, Levi and Tony; and one sister, Eva Gallegos.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Phyllis Velasquez of Delta; two daughters, Lorraine (Ken) Kiser of Smithfield, Utah, and Berleen (Mark) Brewer of Grand Junction; one sister, Rosita Zufelt of Vernal, Utah; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.
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At about 9:50 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, officers of the Delta Police Department were dispatched to a robbery reported at Arby's, located at 107 Gunnison River Drive. An extensive search of the area was conducted and the suspect was not located.
The suspect was reported to have walked into Arby's and after a brief conversation with an employee, was able to leave the store with a small amount of cash and coins.