Arthur Roybal, 84, known affectionately to many friends as “Chappie”, died Saturday, March 3, 2012.
Chappie was born April 15, 1927, in Vigil to Tomasita (Montoya) and Maximiliano Roybal. He was united in marriage Oct. 18, 1948, to Stella Thelma Archuleta at St. Ignatius Church in Segundo.
Arthur was a coal miner who worked at area mines including Frederick, Allen and new Elk for 35 years until his retirement at age 58. He was a member of UMWA.
Among his many hobbies, Chappie loved riding his horse, Ginger, and caring for her. He also was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting with his brothers, listening to Western music and dancing. He was a skilled craftsman who enjoyed woodworking and an avid fan of Primero Bulldog athletic teams.
He loved spending time with his grandchildren, who were the greatest joy of his life.
Arthur was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Stella T. Roybal; his infant daughter, Della Roybal; his brothers, Jimmy, Raymond and Johnny; and his sisters, Florence Aurelia and Susie.
He is survived by his children, Cathy (Gary) Simpson of Trinidad, Dave (Lucy) Roybal of Trinidad; and Antoinette (Brad) Bailey of Westminster.
He also is survived by his brother, Ernie (Daisy) Roybal of Denver; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; his sisters- and brothers-in-law Barbara (Joe) Gomez of Weston, Nettie (Bobby) Abeyta of Weston, Susie Archuleta of Weston, Virginia Archuleta of Weston; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A visitation was held from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday followed by a 7 p.m. rosary recitation at Holy Trinity Church.
A funeral Mass will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, March 9, at Holy Trinity Church followed by interment at Weston Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers are Marino Montoya, Larry Gallegos, Bobby Gomez, Larry Gomez, Donald Gallegos, Todd Snider and Eddie Roybal.
Active pallbearers are Brian Santistevan, Justin Torres, Matthew Simpson, Mitch Stewart, Kevin robinson and Brandon Bailey.
Arrangements made under the direction of Comi Funeral Home.