Erminio L. Ybaben


CARLSBAD, NM, JAN. 11, 2002 — A funeral for E. L. ‘Chino’ Ybaben, 78, of Sandia Street, will be 10 a.m. Friday at San Jose Catholic Church with the Rev. Valentine Jankowski officiating. Interment will follow at Santa Catarina Cemetery, with honors Carlsbad Veterans Honor Guard. A vigil will be 7 p.m. today at San Jose Catholic Church with Ray Anaya reciting.

Mr. Ybaben died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002, at Carlsbad Medical Center.

Denton-Funchess Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

E. L. ‘Chino’ Ybaben was born Feb. 18, 1923, to Florencio Ybaben and Ambrosia Lopez Ybaben in Loving. He grew up in Carlsbad.

During World War II, he served in the Army, where he was a prisoner of war of the Bataan Death March, being held in the following camps: Lipa Batangas, Philippine Islands building Air Field, January 1943 to March 1944; Sablan Field building Air Field from April to September 1944; and Hanawa Japan Copper and Lead Mine January to August 1945. He received the Bronze Star.

On May 20, 1946, he married Eduvigen Minjares in Carlsbad. They raised Elisa Minjares Serrano as a daughter.

From 1962 to 1972, Mr. Ybaben lived in Covina, Calif. For several years, he worked for IMC Potash. Mr. Ybaben was a member of San Jose Catholic Church, DAV, American Legion Post 7, VFW Post 3277, Ex-POW Association, Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor and Battling Bastards of Bataan.

Mr. Ybaben was preceded in death by a brother, two sisters and a daughter, Florence Gomez, on Nov. 20, 1999.

Survivors include his wife of Carlsbad; sons, Tom, Frank, John, Fred and Richard Ybaben of Carlsbad; daughters, Ruth Ybaben, Dolores Montes, Susie Galvan, Debbie Jim and Teresa Ybaben of Carlsbad and Elisa Minjares Serrano; brothers, Florencio Ybaben of Fort Lipton, Colo., Reynaldo Ybaben of San Antonio, Texas, and Rainer Ybaben of Loving; sisters, Carolina Luna of Yucca Valley, Calif., Eva Quinones of Carlsbad and Lupe Becerra and Rosie Taylor of Fort Lipton; and 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers are Paul Gomez, Tommy Ybaben, Robert Ybaben, Fausto Montes Jr., Anthony Galvan and Fred Ybaben. Honorary pallbearers are his grandchildren.

Friends may call 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Denton-Funchess Funeral Home.


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