Deaths: February 4, 2002

February 04, 2002


Visitation will be  from 6 to 9 tonight in Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Niland for Sulpicio "Sammy" Duque, 98, of Niland, who died Thursday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Duque was born April 20, 1903, in the Philippine Islands. He married Erlinda Castolero on Jan. 8, 1977, in the Philippines.

Mr. Duque moved from the Philippines to Washington state in 1927, where he farmed. He moved to the Imperial Valley in the 1940s, settling in Niland. He farmed in that area for many years, mainly growing tomatoes and vegetables.


He was a member of the Legionarios del Trabajo in America.

After his retirement he enjoyed staying active in his garden.

Survivors include his wife, Erlinda Duque, of Niland; daughters and sons-in-law, Shella Duque-Daffern and Chet of Germany and Sammie and Rick Garcia of San Diego; grandchildren, Solomon Garcia of San Diego and David Daffern of Germany.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight in Hems Bros. Mortuary Chapel in El Centro for Glenn O. Neill, 80, of El Centro, who died Thursday in Royal Convalescent Hospital in Brawley.

 Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro with the Rev. Joseph Marr of Calipatria officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen.

Mr. Neill was born Sept. 17, 1921, in Grady, Okla. He attended schools in Oklahoma, graduating from high school there.

Mr. Neill had lived in the Imperial Valley since 1940. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II, earning the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

He worked as a route salesman after the war for Brawley Steam Laundry and Valley Steam Laundry in El Centro, which later became Sparkle Cleaners & Laundry and is presently American Uniform and Laundry. He worked for a total of 23 years for those companies.

He was preceded in death by four sisters and two brothers.

Survivors include his very good friend, Carrie Hutcheson of El Centro; sister, Dorothy Paul of Brawley; nephews, John Paul of El Centro and David Boxell of Hilmar; and niece, Bobbie Lou Smith of Peru, Ind.

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