Gustavo "Gus" Lopez (1918 - 2018)

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Gustavo "Gus" Lopez, a resident of Wagon Mound, N.M. was taken from us on Aug. 7, 2018, to be with his Heavenly Father. He died peacefully at home.
Gus was a Catholic all his life and was a member of Santa Clara Catholic Church in Wagon Mound. Gus was born on Dec. 10, 1918, to Savino Lopez and Salome Fernandez Lopez in Piedra Lumbre, N.M.
He is preceded in death by his parents; sister Amalia Arguello; brothers Alfonso Lopez, Felipe Lopez and Gillie Lopez. Gus was married to Frances Maes in June of 1950, they had three children together.
He is survived by his wife, Frances, and children. His sons are Edward Lopez, Robert Lopez (Dolores) and Ralph Lopez (Peggy).
His grandchildren are: Frances Cordova; Estrella Lopez (Bernie Jaramillo); Robert Lopez; Angela Johnson (Travis); and Alyssa Lopez (Tim Murphy).
He is also survived by great-grandchildren Kristyana Cordova, Cruzita Cordova, Bernie Jaramillo Jr., Diego Jaramillo, and Analiyah Lopez. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and many other family members and friends.
Throughout his life Gus enjoyed the outdoors: ranching, gardening, making beautiful hand-carved furniture, hunting, and fishing. However talented Gus was in his many interests, the one thing that stands out most was his love and caring for his family especially his grandchildren. He was drafted and proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He was assigned to the 804 Battle Tank Destroyer and served in North Africa prior to entering into Europe as the war escalated. He received the Purple Heart Medal for injuries endured during the war and the French Croix De Guerre Medal.
He owned the Wig Wam Bar for many years where many long-lasting friendships were made and to this day still remain. In addition, he worked for the New Mexico State Forestry and New Mexico State Audit divisions. His favorite pastime was spending time with his family and close friends.
Rosary services will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12, at Santa Clara Church in Wagon Mound. Funeral Mass will be on Monday, Aug. 13, at 10:30 a.m. with the following serving as pallbearers: Robert Lopez, Lance Lopez, Travis Johnson, Bernie Jaramillo Jr., Samuel Lopez, and Diego Jaramillo. The remainder of Gus's grandchildren and Tim Murphy will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Interment will be held at the Santa Clara Cemetery in Wagon Mound, N.M.
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Arrangements are under the direction of Rogers Mortuary, 600 Reynolds Avenue Las Vegas, NM. 1-800-479-3511 or 505-425-3511.
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Published in Las Vegas Optic on Aug. 10, 2018
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