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Drew J. Gomber

May 18, 1949 — January 15, 2024

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Drew J. Gomber, an esteemed Old West Historian and author of Lincoln County, New Mexico, passed away on Jan 15, 2024, leaving behind a legacy as enduring as the legends he devoted his life to.

Born to John F. Gomber and Annamay Gomber, (nee O’Neill) of Waldwick, NJ, Drew's fascination with the untamed spirit of the American frontier was sparked at an early age. His passion for preserving history led him on a remarkable journey, culminating in a distinguished career as noted historian and published author on Billy the Kid, the Lincoln County War, and other famous and infamous, history and Hollywood characters, of the 19th century American West.

As Lincolns resident historian, in the town Drew called home for nearly 3 decades, he painted vivid portraits of lawmen and outlaws, heroes and villains. Drew brought America’s past to life along what President Rutherford B. Hayes declared in the late 1800s, “the most dangerous street in America” ensuring the legacy of the Old West and would never fade into obscurity.

Drew also spent some time in Hollywood, as an actor, and technical consultant on films, TV, podcasts, and radio talk shows.

Drew graduated high school during the Vietnam War. Inspired by his dad’s service as a WWII pilot with the 14th Flying Tigers, Drew enlisted and served his country with honor and distinction with the United States Air Force, 36th Fighter Wing in Bitburg, Germany, a front-line NATO base during the Cold War.

On April 26th, with full military honors, Drew will be laid to rest at the peacefully beautiful, Ft. Stanton, State Veterans Cemetery near Capitan, NM, a fitting tribute to his unwavering commitment to his country.  His friends, family, and admirers are invited to gather, share memories, and pay tribute to a life well-lived. Drew leaves behind a legacy of knowledge, inspiration, and friendship that will endure for generations to come.

In lieu of flowers, Drew was an advocate for and lover of animals, we ask that donations in Drew’s honor be made to Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary, a nonprofit, last stop hospice sanctuary for older, injured, and abandoned animals.   Which Drew supported them over the years. https://www.kindredspiritsnm.org/ 505-660-1402 / 505-471-5366

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Celebration of Life

Friday, April 26, 2024

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Fort Stanton State Veteran Cemetery

1398 State Hwy 220, Fort Stanton, NM 88323

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