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Raymond D Chavez

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Raymond D. Chavez, 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 Nov. 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, the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, Sun Country Savings and Loan, and The Coparceny. Ray and his family lived in Las Cruces and Santa Fe, N.M.; Caracas, Venezuela; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Rockville, Md. and El Paso, Texas. For the past two years, he lived at Trails West in Las Cruces. 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. For many years, he was also a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church. He became a Cursillista in 1966 and was touched by the Holy Spirit. Ray was a proud American. He joined the U.S. Army in July 1943, right after graduating from high school. Ray fought hard for our freedom and served his country for over nine years. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War and was awarded the American Theater Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, Korean Service Medal, a Bronze Star and the UN Service Medal. He was a member of the American Legion, Veteran of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans; his name is listed on the Veterans Wall in Las Cruces. Special thanks to the staff at Mesilla Valley Hospice who helped Ray during his peaceful transition and final moments. 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 of Pacifica, Calif.; grandchildren, John L. Breeden, Jr. (Christina), Barbie Breeden, Mark Diaz (Tone Diaz), Joaquin S. Chavez (Jessica Hurst), Bianca Heyming (Nicholas), Michaela S. Kelley, Jessie Chavez Nowell (Crystal Herrera), and Dominik Frietze; as well as great-grandchildren, Derek Breeden, Emma Breeden, Jacob Breeden, Lucas Diaz and Emmanuel "Manny" Heyming. Other survivors include numerous friends and extended family members, nieces, nephews and cousins. Ray was preceded in death by his sisters, Josie Ignacio and Bertha Fajardo, and brothers-in-law, Rudy Ignacio and John Gonzales. Cremation has taken place and the holy rosary for Ray will be recited at 10 a.m. 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 Ray 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. Your exclusive providers for "Veterans and Family Memorial Care." To send condolences online, log on to
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News from July 7 to July 9, 2013
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