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Ricardo E. (Wero) Gutierrez

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Ricardo E. (Wero) Gutierrez, 85, of Tularosa, passed away in El Paso, Texas, on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Feb. 24, 1923, to Juan Jose and Aurelia Borunda Gutierrez in Alamogordo. Ricardo was a descendant of the founding fathers of La Luz Canyon and the Tularosa Basin. He graduated from Alamogordo High School in 1941 and served in the U.S. Navy in World War II on the USS Natoma Bay from 1943 to 1946. Ricardo was an aircraft mechanic at Holloman Air Force Base from 1946 to 1974. He worked at Dyna-Corp at Ratscat from 1974 to 1984. After retiring, he worked and rendered his services at Alamogordo Funeral Home.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Elisa Flores Gutierrez; four sons, Steve and his wife, Jill, of Las Cruces, Ricky and his wife, Yvonne, of Tularosa, Artie and Teresa, of Las Cruces, and Phillip and his wife, Martha, of Alamogordo; one daughter, Patsy, and her husband, Dean Taliaferro, of Tularosa; two brothers, Ernest and his wife, Maruja, of Falls Church, Va., and Gilbert and his wife, Henrietta, of La Luz; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father; daughter Camille; and brothers Albert, Steve, Fidel and Rudy Gutierrez.
The family will receive relatives and friends at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008, at St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church. The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. by Ray Flores.
Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 17, 2008, at St. Frances de Paula Catholic Church with Father Tran, O.F.M., as celebrant.
Interment will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Tularosa.
Pallbearers are Eric Gutierrez, Raul Gutierrez, Sara Taliaferro, Kenneth Gutierrez, Greg Gutierrez and Manuel Rodriguez.
Honorary pallbearers are Frutoso Marrujo, Gabriel Sanchez, Ramon Pino, Mike Baca, Mike Gaston, Eddie Torres and Barret Covington.
The Gutierrez family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services. 

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Nov. 14 to Dec. 1, 2008
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