Filadelfio Trujillo, 89, a resident of Las Vegas passed away on Tuesday following an extended illness.
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He was preceded in death by his parents, Manuel and Irene Jaramillo Trujillo; and a son, Charlie Trujillo.
He is survived by his wife, Dulcenea of the family home; one daughter, Leonore Montaño and husband, Joe, of Las Vegas; one son, Edward Trujillo and wife, Marie, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; three sisters, Brigida Montoya and Mary Baca, both of Albuquerque, and Aurora Montoya and husband, Julio, of Rio Rancho; two brothers, Filemon Trujillo and wife, Frances, and Eloy Trujillo, all of Albuquerque; three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.
Trujillo was born on Aug. 7, 1924 at Jaramillo Ranch, the oldest of six children of Manuel and Irene Trujillo. He was raised by his grandparents, Margarita and Manuel Jaramillo. At the age of 13, he was responsible to help at the Jaramillo Ranch raising crops, cattle, and mending fences. Finishing his eighth grand education, he was known to hitch a ride to Las Vegas to acquire a vocational education at the WPA (Works Progress Administration) learning carpentry, masonry, mechanics and welding skills that he used working for the Santa Fe and Atchison & Topeka Railroad for 42 years. He served as a laborer, mechanic, welder, and machine operator, retiring in 1984 in Ft. Sumner.
On July 17, 1943 he was inducted into the Army at Ft. Bliss, Texas. Due to his severe nearsightedness, he was honorably discharged Sept. 29, 1943. His hobbies included being a mechanic of small engines and welder after work and on weekends. In Ft. Sumner, neighborhood kids would bring their bikes to be fixed at no charge. In his backyard he would raise a garden of corn, pinto beans, calabasas, and watermelons. In 2005, he and his wife moved to Las Vegas when his health prevented him from pursuing his hobbies and to be closer to their daughter.
A visitation was held from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday in St. Francis Chapel at Gonzales Funerals & Cremations, 2315 Hot Springs Blvd. Services will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Church today (Friday) beginning with a rosary at 9 a.m followed by the Mass of Christian Burial. The interment will follow in the San Antonio Cemetery in Los Montoyas with military honors provided by VFW Post #1547.
The family wants to extend gratitude to the health professionals of Alta Vista Regional Hospital, Dr. Kanode, and Ambercare.
The family has requested memorials be sent to the Building Fund at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 403 Valencia, Las Vegas.
Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.gonzalesfuneals.com.
Arrangement are under the direction of Billy G. Rogers at Gonzales Funerals & Cremations; 2315 Hot Springs Blvd., Las Vegas; 425-9319 or 888-525-9319.
Gonzales Funerals & Cremations
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Las Vegas , NM 87701
Published in Las Vegas Optic on July 3, 2014