|Birth: ||Aug. 14, 1922|
|Death: ||Dec. 23, 2003|
Lionel Halona, 81, of Tohatchi, passed away Dec. 23, 2003 in Gallup, N.M. He was born Aug. 14, 1922 in Buffalo Springs, N.M., to John Todea and Ben dez bah Todea. His mother’s clan is The Salt People. His father’s clan is The Tangle People.
Mr. Halona served in World War II from February 1942 to October 1945 with the U.S. Army Infantry and HQ CO 11th Tank Battalion, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Tunisian, Rome and Arno.
He was a rancher, farmer and carpenter. He is survived by seven daughters, Delores Halona of Tohatchi, N.M., Hilda Rose Halona of Gallup, N.M., Patricia Halona of Albuquerque, N.M., Pearl Jean Halona of Thoreau, N.M., Jeanette Ranger of Phoenix, Ariz., Gertrude Spencer of Gallup, N.M., Gertrude “Trudy” Spencer of Crestview, N.M.; two sons, Lawrence G. Halona of Shiprock, N.M., and Michael P. Halona of Tohatchi, N.M.; and a sister, Mabel Beyal of Buffalo Springs, N.M. He is also survived by 28 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Alice Halona, his father John Todea, his mother Ben dez bah Todea; two daughters, Carolyn Halona and Lorraine Rose Legah; a son, Leroy Halona; a brother, Tsosie Halona, a granddaughter, Leah Halona; and a grandson, Joshua Linford.
Burial will be at the family cemetery in Buffalo Springs, N.M.
Military graveside services will be presented by Tohatchi Veterans Chapter.
Pallbearers will be Bruce Beyal, Patrick Brown, Vincent Chicharello, Christopher Halona, Lawrence G. Halona II, Nicholas Halona, Jan-Michael Sandoval and Michael Trottier.
Buffalo Springs Cemetery
New Mexico, USA
Created by: Kenneth D. Bogard
Record added: Dec 29, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 8218986