Ralph Salas

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Ralph Florentino Salas

Ralph Florentino Salas, 79, beloved husband and father, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, the ones he laughed with, lived for, and loved on, February 18, 2018.

He was predeceased by his grandparents, Victor Salas and Rafelita Gabaldon, his grandparents, Esau Lopez and Melior Chavez; and his parents, Carlos Salas and Evangelina Lopez. Ralph is also predeceased by his dearly loved daughter, Brenda Evangeline Salas.

Ralph is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Betty (Valencia) Salas; his two sons, Charles Salas and his wife Kym, Danny Salas and his wife Cynthia; his daughter, Sandra Salas-Wasson and her husband Joseph Anthony. He is survived by his grandchildren, Charley Ramos, her husband Adrian and his daughters Adri and Loren; Elias Salas and his fiancee Jordan Acosta. Perhaps his greatest treasures are his great-grandchildren, Brenda Ramos, Kris Ramos, Mia Salas, and Elias Salas. Ralph is also survived by his sisters, Gloria, Dolores, Margaret and husband Ray, Velma, and Lorraine.

Ralph was born in Torreon, New Mexico before moving to Albuquerque where he lived his life and raised his family. He served in the Navy during the Korean War Era. After his service to the United States, Ralph retired from the public service sector working with the Employment Security Division for the State of New Mexico and under two mayoral administrations with the City of Albuquerque. Owning a beautiful military jeep, Ralph was a very active member of the Road Runner Convoy of New Mexico. Ralph was blessed with having a good head on his shoulders, which enabled him to make very sound decisions. He was able to create a successful and beautiful life for his wife and family. Ralph's extraordinary gifts were also the reason people of all walks of life looked to him for guidance and assistance.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude first and foremost to the medical personnel, especially the infusion staff of the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center for the care they took with Ralph over the years; also, to the medical personnel and staff of the University of New Mexico Hospital, the Lovelace Rehabilitation Hospital and East Mountain Hospice.

We thank God for the gift of Ralph's life and the blessing of the time we spent with him. He loved his family so much!

A memorial service honoring Ralph's life will be held Tuesday, February 27, 2018 with a rosary at 10:15 am and celebratory mass at 11:00 am at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, 5415 Fortuna Rd NW, Albuquerque. Burial will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 7999 Wyoming NE, following the mass.

Published in Albuquerque Journal from Feb. 25 to Feb. 26, 2018
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