Robert Samuel Letcher, 73, passed away on Sept. 30 in McIntosh, surrounded by his loving family. Robert was born May 13, 1943 in Aguadillo, Puerto Rico, to the late Robert and Maria (Trevino) Letcher. He served his country as a Field Medical Technician in the U.S. Navy. Robert loved using some metal detectors he collected over the years to search for crystals and gems to add to his ever-growing collection, and was very interested in researching and practicing hypnosis. His love for his furry friends was a bond like no other. Bear, Precious, Buddy and Molly were not just man’s best friends to Robert, they were a cherished part of his family as well. Most people will remember Robert for the absolute admiration and unconditional love for his grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his beloved wife Sondra Letcher; son David Letcher; stepson David Miller; sisters Judy Evans and Linda Perrini and grandson Joshua Heid. Robert is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Erica Letcher of Holland, Mich.; daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Raymond Heid of McIntosh, and Lisa Letcher of Palm Bay, Fla.; brothers and sister-in-law, Bill and Priscilla Letcher of Denville, N.J. and Samuel Letcher of Holland, Mich.; sister, Margo Falco of N.J.; and five grandchildren, Jilian Heid, Jewlia Heid, Allie Andrews, Dillan Andrews and Amanda Letcher. Services will be held at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at a later date.

Leota Harriman
Leota Harriman

Leota started working for The Independent in 2006, working her way up through the ranks. An employee buyout in 2010 led to her ownership of the newspaper. Leota has served on the board of the N.M. Press Association, and is currently its First Vice President. She is passionate about health and wellness, especially mental health, and loves making art. She can be reached at news.ind.editor@gmail.com.