Albert H. Hernandez, 87 went to be with the Lord on Sunday Apr. 22. He died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. Albert was born on Apr. 24, 1924 in Hondo, New Mexico to Estevan and Miquela Hernandez. He grew up on the family ranch in Hondo with six brothers and seven sisters. Albert worked in the Shipyards in San Pedro, California. After that he was drafted into the U.S. Army during WWII where he fought in Austria and Germany. Upon returning from his service he completed Farm and Ranch School, worked for Southern Pacific Railroad, and after 32 years with the New Mexico State Highway Department, he retired.
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Albert married Ysabel Ventura on Oct. 4, 1947. They made their home in Carrizozo, New Mexico where they raised their five children. Albert and Ysabel enjoyed a loving and devoted marriage for over 64 years.
Albert was preceded in death by his mother, father, five sisters, and three brothers. Surviving Albert is his wife Ysabel, five children Mannie (Mary), Albert (Bennie), Mary, Yolanda (Robert), and Ray (Lori); grandchildren Yvette (Ami), Paul (Sheryl), Lynette (Mark), Justin (Alice), Matthew (Nikole), Lucas and Daniel; great-granddaughters Dakota, Salinda, and Alexis.
Albert enjoyed gardening, tending to his animals, watching sports and most of all spending time with his grandchildren. He will be most remembered for his youthful sense of humor and as a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. Albert will be missed by his family, friends and community.
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course. I have kept the faith: from this day forward there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at this day: and not unto all them also that love his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Prayer service will be Tuesday, April 24, at 7:00 PM in Santa Rita's Catholic Church in Carrizozo where the funeral mass will be on Wednesday, April 25, at 3:00 PM with burial to follow at the Evergreen Cemetery in Carrizozo.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lagroneruidoso.com.
Published in Ruidoso News from Apr. 26 to May 25, 2012