Pete J. Lopez

Pete J. Lopez, 63, was welcomed into eternal life by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Oct. 19, 2013, where he joins his son and other loving family members.

Pete is preceded in death by his eldest son, Johnny Ray Lopez; his grandson, Jacob Lopez; father, Alejandro Lucero and mother, Gregorita Lopez; sisters, Cleotilde Vigil and Sarah Quintana; brother, Philimon Lopez, and nephew, Benito Lemos; father-in-law, Jose Quintana; and mother-in-law, Margaret Quintana.

He is survived by his wife and best friend, Della Lopez; daughters, Janet Lackey and Joann Gonzales and husband, Miguel; son, Joseph Lopez and Roberta Dimas; grandchildren, Samantha Lopez-Marshall and George Pearce, Brandie Lopez and Junior Bracamontes, Johnathan Lopez, Jonah Lopez, Brandon Gonzales, Mykah Lackey, Gianna Lackey, Markis Lackey, Makayla Lackey, Eric and Michael Spry and Joe Lovato; brothers, Francisco Lopez and Lorraine, Benito Vigil and Lucy, Nelson Lopez and Diane, Tony Lucero and Jerry Bustamante; sisters, Irma Archuleta, Alice Gallegos and Ray and Cecilia Gonzales and Albino. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Pete was a loving and devoted husband who cherished his wife and marriage of 44 years. Pete never let a day go by without telling his wife how beautiful she was or how much she meant to him. He would frequently tell her she was the air he breathed and he would never want to be without his precious angel.

As a father through his life he strived to teach his children the values of hard work and diligence in everything they did and how to be humble and stand for righteousness. He was a God-fearing, hard-working, loving, devoted father who always put the needs of his children before his own.

As a grandfather, Pete taught his grandchildren to love and support each other. To always be there for one another and to always put God first. He taught them life lessons, values, selflessness and forgiveness. Even though his teachings were serious, he still tried to make them fun and understanding for them. His stories and memories will forever be engraved in their hearts and minds.

Pete retired after 25 years as a Psych-tech supervisor at the NMBHI where he was then able to follow his dream of being a full-time rancher, where his hard work ethic flourished. He would sing praises to God while he fed his cattle, expressing his gratefulness for the blessings in his life. He laid the foundation and was the cornerstone and glue of his family. He will be cherished and forever missed. His example will be eternally instilled in our minds and hearts till the day his loved ones join him in Heaven.

Funeral services for Pete will be held and the Las Vegas Christian Center as follows: an evening service will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday. Pastor Ray Rubi will officiate the funeral service at 10 a.m. Friday. Interment will follow the funeral at the San Jose Cemetery in Las Vegas.

Serving as pallbearers will be: Johnathan Lopez, Jonah Lopez, Brandon Gonzales, George Pearce, Mauricio Bracamontes and Miguel Gonzales. Joseph Alex Lopez will serve as honorary pallbearer.

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Funeral arrangements for Pete have been entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home; 801 Douglas Avenue, Las Vegas; 425-6551.

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Nelson Funeral Home
801 Douglas Avenue Las Vegas , NM 87701
Published in Las Vegas Optic on Oct. 23, 2013