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Herbert Gayle Middleton, 97, of Las Palomas, NM died in his home on April 14, 2018.  He was born February 19, 1921 about a mile southeast of Hope, Eddy County, New Mexico.  He was the oldest son of the late Ernest and May (Scoggin) Middleton. In 1938, he moved with his family to Hot Springs, NM and graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1939.  He married his high school sweetheart, Estella Ruth Howe, October 11, 1941.
Gayle was a World War II veteran who fought in the Battle of the Bulge with the 5th Armored Infantry Division.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church where he served for many years as a deacon and trustee.  He owned Middleton Gas Company for sixteen years, and in 1969 he moved to his farm in Las Palomas, NM.  Gayle was a member and president of the school board for six years and a board member of Sierra Soil and Water Conservation District for 30 years.  He loved building things for his family and friends in his wood shop.  He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who always put his family first.  
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Estella Ruth (Howe) Middleton.  At the timer of her death, they had been married 69 years.  He was also preceded in death by his brother, Johnny, and sister-in-law, Helen (Frost) Middleton; sister, Ernestine, and brother-in-law, Scott Bumguardner; sister, Peggy Koenig; and sister, Clara May, and brother-in-law, Leonard Talbert.
Survivors include his brother-in-law, Paul Koenig; son, Bobby Middleton; daughters – Barbara Wiley and husband, Butch, Hazel Cain and husband, Russell, and Debbie Whitehead and husband, Gary; seven grandchildren – Lance Wiley and wife, Sara, Kelly Watson and husband, Greg, Lane Wiley, Kyle Birch and husband, Mike, DeeDee Fuss and husband, Dave, Erin Whitehead, and Sara Whitehead; ten great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the First Baptist Church at 220 N. Broadway in Truth or Consequences, NM, with Pastor Dudley Bristow officiating.  Interment will follow at Vista Memory Gardens Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the building fund of the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 329, T. or C., NM 87901.
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  • Monday, April 16, 2018
    The staff of Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Inc. will keep you and your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to assist you in your time of need.
    ~ Kirikos Family Funeral Home
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    Our prayers and thoughts are with the family. Rest in peace Gayle.
    ~ Paul Koenig   Tulsa, OK
  • Monday, April 16, 2018
    Bobby and Family. So sorry to hear of Gayles passing. He will certainly be missed by all his family and friends. He lived a long and productive life. Condolences to all.
    ~ Jo Gray   Charlotte, NC
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    Gayle was the best man at our parent's wedding and they would always talk about him when we were going through the area. Loved the stories and we will remember him through them.
    ~ Glen Benge   The Woodlands, TX
  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    I will miss him greatly my prayers and love are with all of you
    ~ Barbara White I   Roswell, NM
  • Monday, April 16, 2018
    So long Gayle...............Ken
    ~ Ken Riedemann   T or C, NM
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018
    I am so sorry for the loss of your wonderful father. I have lots of fond memories of him. He was sweet, caring.friendly & always had time to stop and share a smile & a hug. You are very lucky to have had him all these years & he was blessed to have had such a special family. You are in my prayers. Your friend, Lita
    ~ Lita Armijo Perez   T.orC, NM
  • Monday, May 14, 2018
    Our sincere sympathy to all the Middleton family. RIP Gayle
    ~ Bobby &Jenny Chavez   T. Or C,, NM
  • Monday, May 14, 2018
    Our sincere sympathy to all the Middleton family. RIP Gayle
    ~ Bobby &Jenny Chavez   T. Or C,, NM
  • Monday, May 21, 2018
    My heartfelt condolences Bobby. I remember the last time I saw your Dad, was in the Hospital, and you were waiting to hear how he was. He was a wonderful man. Again I'm so sorry for your family's loss.
    ~ Patsy Romero   Albuquerque, NM