Raymundo "Ray" Angel

"Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it."

When I think of it, that is how I will remember Raymundo "Ray" Angel, 94, of Las Vegas who died on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013.

He is survived by Joanne E. Angel; daughter, Naina and Dairus Panthaki; grandchildren, and great-granddaughter, Layla Marie Panthaki.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy McElroy Angel (2011); son, Robert Angel (2008), and parents, Reymundo and Lina C de Baca-Angel.

Ray was a lifelong resident who felt he was blessed with good friends who kept him active and helped out tirelessly. He is best remembered as the AST for the National Guard, and a Pearl Harbor survivor.

Many of his troopers remained a constant source of friendship and care throughout his life. In addition to his troopers, he loved the attention and friendship of Barbara Venturi, Rosina Romero, and Katherine "Kat" Kugler. He was an active member of the Immaculate Conception Church, B. P. O. Elks Lodge 408, the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, and VFW Post #1547.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Thursday from the Immaculate Conception Church. Prior to the rosary, friends will gather from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for a potluck at the Elks Lodge on Collins Dr.

Please contact Barbara Venturi and 1-505-429-1035. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday also at the Immaculate Conception Church. The interment will follow at a later date in the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Contact Joanne Angel at 505-259-2705 for further information. Cremation has already taken place.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to B. P. O. Elks Lodge Scholarship Fund, Attn: Phil Leger at BPOE 408, P. O. Box 937, Las Vegas, N.M. 87701.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.gonzalesfunerals.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Billy G. Rogers at Gonzales Funerals & Cremations, 2315 Hot Springs Blvd. 425-9319 or 1-800-525-9319.
Published in Las Vegas Optic on Dec. 4, 2013