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George Gonzales

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George Vernon (Bimbo) Gonzales, 55, born on Aug. 24, 1953, and raised in Alamogordo, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2009, at his home in Tularosa. His parents were the late Lazaro G. Gonzales and Belen (Bessie Saenz) Gonzales, lifelong residents of Alamogordo.
George was a graduate of Alamogordo High School and attended New Mexico State University. He joined the U.S. Navy. During his time in the Navy he attended the Naval School of Health Sciences in San Diego and graduated from the Hospital Corps School. He then attended the Health, Sciences Education and Training Command in Bethesda, Md., and was a graduate of the Neuro-Psychiatric Technician School. He was a graduate of the Naval Alcohol Counselor Program in Bethesda. He was a psychology major at the University of Maryland.
He was a counselor at Halemann House in Mesa, Ariz., and also majored in computer science at Maricopa Technical Community College in Phoenix. He retired from the Veterans Hospital in Big Springs, Texas, in 2006.
George received numerous commendations and awards. His hobbies included baseball, music, fishing, hockey, gunsmithing and backpacking.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Andres and Isabel (Gandara) Gonzales and Carmen Salazar and Manuel Saenz; his parents Lazaro and Belen; his brother Rudy Gonzales; his brother-in-law Robert G. Stodgen and his nephew Larry Arriola.
Survivors include his sister Sadie Stogden; three brothers, Edward Gonzales and his wife, Gloria, Albert Gonzales and his wife, Raelene, and Charles Gonzales and his wife, Patricia; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The rosary given by Matias and Josie Chavez will be on Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Mass at Immaculate Conception Church, of which he was a lifelong member.
The Gonzales family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation has taken place locally at PCS.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Apr. 1 to Apr. 18, 2009
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