RAYMOND D. CHAVEZ, age 88, of Las Cruces was called home by the Holy Spirit to be with his Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Ray, as he was fondly known to family and friends, passed away peacefully surrounded by love at La Posada - Mesilla Valley Hospice. Ray was born in Las Cruces on November 19, 1924 to Adelina Bombach who taught him his prayers and his strong Catholic faith. Ray graduated from Las Cruces Union High in May 1943. He attended New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, now known as NMSU. Ray worked for Mutual Building Savings and Loan, Doña Ana Savings and Loan, U. S. Agency of International Development, New Mexico Savings and Loan Commission under the late Governor David Cargo. Ray's greatest passion was for our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. He was a faithful member of St. Genevieve's Catholic Church. Ray is survived by his children, Frieda M. Chavez (Joe D. Valdez), Isaac V. Chavez (Minerva B. Chavez), Christina Chavez Kelley (Michael G. Kelley), and Vivian M. Frietze (O. Leonard Frietze); sister, Natalia Gonzales; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Cremation has taken place and the Holy Rosary for Ray will be recited at 10 AM Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at St. Genevieve's Catholic Church, 100 S. Espina with a Memorial Mass to be celebrated by Father Ricardo Bauza immediately following the Holy Rosary. The Rite of Committal and Inurnment of cremains will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery where he will be laid to rest. Military honors will be accorded by a New Mexico Army National Guard Honor Guard and the Marine Corps League - El Perro Diablo Detachment. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Genevieve?s Catholic Church, Mesilla Valley Hospice, or a
. Service arrangements have been entrusted to Baca?s Funeral Chapels and Sunset Crematory, 300 E. Boutz Road, Las Cruces (575) 527-2222.
Published in El Paso Times from July 8 to July 15, 2013