Kenneth Paul Dukes

May 02, 2001

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Faith Assembly in Imperial for Kenneth Paul Dukes, 66, of El Centro, who died Sunday in San Diego. Pastor Joe Finnell will officiate.

Military services will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mr. Dukes was born June 23, 1934, in Wichita, Kan. He lived in the Imperial Valley for more than 47 years. He came to the Valley while enlisted in the U.S. Navy and later attended Imperial Valley College. He married Zoitsa Likos.

Mr. Dukes worked in law enforcement for 26 years and later for the U.S. Border Patrol for 10 years. He retired in July 1999.

After retiring, Mr. Dukes became a pastor and shared his testimony at many churches throughout the Valley.

He was a member of the American Legion and the Korean Veterans Association, where he served as a chaplain.

He was involved in youth activities throughout the Valley for many years, including umpiring girls softball, boys baseball and coaching Pop Warner football, according to family.


Survivors include his wife, Zoitsa Dukes of El Centro; daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Gerry Salontai of Rancho Santa Fe; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Teresa Dukes of Imperial; sister and brother-in-law, Betty and David Blackwell of Oklahoma; and grandchildren, Heather Salontai of Grapevine, Texas, Jennifer Salontai of Rancho Santa Fe, Brandon Salontai of Waco, Texas, and Michael and Sofia Dukes, both of Imperial.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Maria L. Ontiveros, 76, of Calexico, who died Sunday in her home.

Memorial services will be at 7:30 tonight in Hems Bros. chapel with Dr. Kenneth Tittle of El Centro officiating.

Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. Thursday in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mrs. Ontiveros was born on May 31, 1924, in Los Angeles. She lived in the Imperial Valley for more than 38 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Amador D. Ontiveros, in 1985.

Survivors include her children, Wilfredo Benitez of Las Vegas, Livoria Moniz, Jose B. Benitez, Lucia Garcia and Lorenia L. Ontiveros, all of Calexico, Alma Benitez of Modesto, Leonor Benitez of Watsonville, Gloria Ontiveros of Santa Maria, Maria C. Torres of El Cajon and Gabriel Ontiveros of El Centro; 45 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

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