ERNEST A. VIGIL 83, was called home to our Lord on June 9, 2013. Ernest was born in Dixon, NM on December 10, 1929. Ernest is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Julia Vigil; and maternal uncles, Steve Atencio and Alfonoso Atencio of Burbank, California. Ernest is survived by his wife of 60 years, Rafaelita M. Vigil; son, Ernest Gary Vigil; daughter, Debbie Brandle; grandchildren: Brianne Brandle and Brian Brandle II; and Jessica Brandle, mother of great grandchildren: Jeremy Brandle and Jacob Brandle. He is also survived by his brother, Charles Vigil (Mary) of Denver, Colorado; and numerous nieces and nephews. Ernest served his country during the Korean War as as Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1950-1953. After serving in the military, Ernest began his career as a correctional officer at the Penitentiary of New Mexico. During his tenure at the Penitentiary of New Mexico, he received his Master's Degree in Education from Highlands University and went on to develop educational programs for incarcerated inmates to acquire their GED and/or continue their education in taking college courses. Ernest later worked for the Department of Education and the Department of Finance which he retired from in 1980. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the New Mexico Chapter of the . Interment will be held at the Santa Fe National Cemetery on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Rivera Family Funerals and Cremations 417 East Rodeo Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87505 Phone: (505) 989-7032 Fax: (505) 820-0435

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