Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1953

Ted Stiffler JAMES "TED" STIFFLER, 83, of Bloomfield, NM, passed away Dec. 20, 2017 in Farmington, with interment at the Aztec Cemetery in Aztec, NM. He was born Aug. 31, 1934, in Ranger, TX, to James M. Stiffler & Opal J. Needham. Ted attended Ranger High School in the Class of 1953 but graduated from Aztec. Ted pursued college at Abilene Christian College where he met his first wife, Charlotte. He then continued his education at Fort Lewis College. He began his career working for the railroad in Winslow, AZ, then followed the drilling rigs in San Juan County. In 1957, he started work for the Southern Union Gas Company and helped build the Lybrook Plant. He retired 36 years later to pursue other interests including a recently purchased Guide and Outfitter business. Ted served his community through 30 years on the Bloomfield Fire Department serving as the volunteer chief of the department as well as 10 years on the city council. Of all his interests his favorite was his family and his church. He will be missed by all he touched. Ted was preceded in death by his first wife of 56 years, Charlotte; parents, James M. Stiffler and Opal J. Stiffler; one grandson & two great-grandsons. He is survived by his wife, Dottie; sons, Jim (Michal) Stiffler, Charles R. Stiffler and Tracey (Valerie) Brown; daughters, Jerrie (Leland) Wilson and Terrie (Doug) Phelps; brother, Jerry (Tim) Stiffler (RHS- 1955); 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.