J.R. Stewart
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Baca's Funeral Chapels
300 East Boutz
Las Cruces, NM
J.R. (Ray) Stewart, 61, of Las Cruces, NM entered eternal life on November 27, 2017. He was born in El Paso, TX, son of John Raymond and Virginia Stewart. J.R. graduated from Las Cruces High School and earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from New Mexico State University. He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years and was very proud of his military background. J.R. then joined the police academy and became a Las Cruces Police Officer in 1979 and retired after 35 years of service. He was loved and respected in our community. J.R. served his country and community with honor and volunteered much of his time to those organizations he held dear to his heart. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Lodge 8, and National FOP Trustee. He also was a member of the following organizations: Fourth Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus Assembly #0684 and also Knights of Columbus Council #1226, American Legion Post #10, Lifetime Member of the Disabled American Veterans, Moose Lodge #2081, Armaduras LEMC and Los Indigenes de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. He was a communicant at Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Genevieve Catholic Church.

In 1977, J.R. met the love of his life Rosie Hernandez Stewart. They married on November 11, 2000 and were inseparable and lived an adventurous life. They were each other's rock and loved each other deeply.

J.R. leaves his beloved wife Rosie; his daughter, Ashley and her husband Jeremy. He also leaves his mother Virginia; his only sister Tika her husband Jack and brothers, Juanie and wife Brenda, Andre and wife Debbie, Chris and wife Esther, Jimmy and wife Debbie; his grandchildren, Brody and Kennedy. Other survivors include his father-in-law, Hilario Hernandez; brothers-in-law, Polo and wife Mary, Tony and wife Roseanne and his sister-in-law Donna and her husband George as well as numerous nieces, nephews and godchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, John Raymond Stewart and his mother-in-law, Anne P. Hernandez.

J.R. was friend to all. To know him was to love him. J.R. left a legacy in law enforcement and pure goodness that is incomparable. We will miss him and try to emulate his passion for life in all that we do.

J.R. will be reposing from 2 PM to 4 PM Friday, December 1, 2017 in Baca's Funeral Chapel, 300 E. Boutz Road. A Prayer Vigil is scheduled for 7:30 PM the same evening at St. Genevieve
Catholic Church, 100 S. Espina where the Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Saturday, December 2, 2017. The Rite of Committal and Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery with military honors accorded by the Marine Corps League – El Perro Diablo Detachment.

Serving as casket bearers will be Santino Hernandez, Paul Hernandez, Chito Hernandez, Chris Hernandez, Ryan Stewart, Aaron Stewart, Shelton Dodson, Rudy Trevino, Ralph Rios and Michael Hernandez. Honorary bearers will be Jacob Hernandez, Santiago Stewart, Daniel Stewart, Brody Salas, Kennedy Garcia, Sergio Hernandez, Benny Hernandez, Antonio Hernandez, Marissa Stewart, Tatiana Stewart, Raelene Stewart, Olivia Stewart and Zade Legaretta.

J.R. was a dear friend to many and will be deeply missed. Rest in peace 141.

Entrusted to Baca's Funeral Chapels of Las Cruces, 527-2222. Your exclusive providers for "Veterans and Family Memorial Care." For online condolences logon to www.bacasfuneralchapelslascruces.com
Published by Las Cruces Sun-News on Nov. 30, 2017.
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MEMORIAL EVENTS
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Reposing
2:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Baca's Funeral Chapels
300 East Boutz, Las Cruces, NM
Dec
1
Prayer Service
7:30p.m.
St. Genevieve Catholic Church
100 S. Espina, NM
Dec
2
Funeral Mass
10:00a.m.
St. Genevieve Catholic Church
100 S. Espina, NM
Dec
2
Committal
St. Joseph Cemetery
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MAY OUR GOOD LORD WELCOME YOU INTO HIS HEAVENLYKINGDOM WITH OPEN ARMS, SIT YIU AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER AND ALLOW YOU TO LIVE A JOYFULL ETERNAL LIFE WITH HIM AND YOUR LOVE ONES. REST IN PEACE MY BROTHER IN CRIME.
FORMER LCPD DETECTIVE
LEE M. MEDINA
LEE MEDINA
January 4, 2018
I am so sorry this happened to you.
LaNette Tomten
December 12, 2017
Virginia, Rosie and family,
Ron and I were sorry we could not be available for JRs services but please know that you all were in our thoughts and prayers.
Ronnie & Cheryl Navarrete
December 5, 2017
I did not know J.R. well, but he was a kind man that always had a smile. Rest in peace. My condolences to the Stewart family .
December 4, 2017
Rosie my heart goes out to you and the family. JR was a good friend. I will miss him greatly. Rosie you will always be part of the Fraternal Order of Police Family. May the Lord Bless you.
Albert Hill
December 4, 2017
James Bonnell
December 4, 2017
sincere condolences to you and your family. May God bless you and give you strength to get through it.
lupe jimenez
December 3, 2017
Rosie and Stewart family, our sincere condolences. May God bless you and give you strength to get through this hard time. JR was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed!! Sincerely, Mister, Norma and Bianca Paz
December 3, 2017
J. R., Thank you for being a wonderful part of all of our lives. God truly blessed us with you. You will always be with us in our hearts. Sherri
Sherri Kehs
December 3, 2017
We thank you for your dedication and safety for the citizens of Las Cruces. We offer our deepest condolences and prayers to your family and friends as well as the Las Cruces Police Department. May the memories you have help ease your pain and give you comfort during this difficult time. Rest easy our brother.
NMSP Motors Team
December 2, 2017
Our condolences to Rosie, Ashley, Virginia and all family and friends. May JR rest in peace for all eternity... in all of God's glory.
Lorenzo n Sandra Padilla
December 2, 2017
RIP My friend. Fly with the angels My prayers go out to The Stewart family. ❤❤❤
Carmella Olguin
December 2, 2017
May your memories of JR comfort you. He was one of the nicest people I worked with when I was with the Public Defender Department.
Deborah Lee Thuman
December 2, 2017
Rosie, Virginia and the Stewart families, my condolences on your tremendous loss. I worked at the PD a few years back and interfaced with him--he was a wonderful, respectful officer. Thank you JR for your service and may you rest with Jesus.
Mickey Galvan
December 2, 2017
sandy bruner
December 2, 2017
I was deeply saddened at hearing of J.R.'s death. I count myself among the many who did not know him well, but were affected nonetheless by the quality of being that made him a beloved and respected member of our community. Please know that all of the goodwill J.R. generated is alive and well; that each life he touched, in the smallest of ways, is the better for having known him.
Dael Goodman
December 2, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, mother, daughter and family. J.R. was a amazing man he was extremely helpful and so full of life and joy I can't remember seeing him without a smile. This town will not be the same without him but I hope that more people will follow in his legacy and keep it going. I know there are no words to say to make the pain any less for his wife having been a widow it is hard but I pray God wraps his arms around the family and keeps them safe. Gone too soon but you will forever live on in our hearts and memories. R.I.H. J.R. STEWART.
Christina Hernandez
December 2, 2017
Wish I had known J.R. as well as his mother, Virginia. For as long as I remember, they have all been a wonderful and loving family to their neighbors and community.
Marcos Torres
December 2, 2017
Rosie and the Stewart family, my deepest condolences in Ray's passing. Our hearts mourn with you and we pray the good LORD gives you comfort and strength during this difficult time. Heaven has received another angel!
Becky Ordunez-Polanco
December 2, 2017
My condolences to the Stewart family.
He was the GODFATHER of Las Cruces.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICES.
R.I.P. MY FRIEND
YOU WILL BE MISSED
Rafael Garcia, Jr
December 2, 2017
My condolences to all his loved ones. May God bring you the strength during this difficult journey. RIP JR Always remembered never forgotten..
Sylvia Avalos
December 2, 2017
Our deepest sympathy and condolences to Rosie and the entire family. We had just seen and talked to JR and his Mom the day before. Rosie may God give you and the family strength. Your in our prayers. Vickie Escalante, Nick Escalante, Veronica Teran.
Vickie Escalante
December 2, 2017
Our sincere condolences to all the family.
Thoughts & prayers ~ RIP J.R.
~ M/M Larry Sandoval
December 2, 2017
Virginia, Rosie, Andres, Chris, Tikia, Jimmy, Juanie, our deepest condolences to you All. We are just as shocked as the whole community over the great loss of JR # 141. I will always remember all the good times we had with him. His beautiful smile. May he fly high with the Angels now. He will be your special Guardian Angel watching over you. May you Rest In Peace JR. With all our love from Dallas Margaret Cano-Roybal, Irene Diaz-Bailey, & Ida Diaz-Morales. We love you all.
Margaret Cano-Roybal
December 1, 2017
Rosanne Camunez
December 1, 2017
Ernie and i are very sorry for your loss. Chris, Esther, Tatiana and brothers, our sincere condolences. We offer condolences to all his family. He was so respected and loved by so many. You will have so many memories to share of this wonderful man.
Ernie & Vicky Garcia
December 1, 2017
Sincere condolences to the entire Stewart family on such a tragic loss.
Marlena Beyer
December 1, 2017
My condolences to Rosie and the Stewart family.
Chris Cooper
Christine Cooper
December 1, 2017
Ms. Stewart, Roise, Andre, Chris and extend Stewart Fm.

No one can prepare you for a loss; it comes like a swift wind. However, take comfort in knowing that JR is now resting in the arms of our Lord.
Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember our dearly departed. May the love of family and friends comfort you during these difficult days. your loss has deeply saddened me, but I know that this is far from what you are going through right now. You are in my thoughts and prayers. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family.

Edward H. Avalos Jr.
Edward H. Avalos Jr.
December 1, 2017
I have known JR and his wonderful mother for many years. He is the epitome of the respected, caring and loving officer and gentleman that we all knew him to be. All of his family, friends and citizens of Las Cruces have lost an irreplaceable treasurer. RIP dear friend.
Debbie Pickett-Ramsey
December 1, 2017
Prayers for the Family. RIP Ray.
Kip Bullock
December 1, 2017
God Bless you and your family God will indeed welcome My son JR whom He loves and am pleased
December 1, 2017
Miguel Romero Jr & Family
December 1, 2017
Heartfelt condolences to family and friends of J.R. As an honorable member of our community, you will be truly missed. Rest in paradise Jr Stewart.
Steven & Ysela Chavarria
December 1, 2017
Remembering a fallen officer who contributed so much to the Las Cruces community with bravery and honor.
Judge Kieran Ryan
December 1, 2017
Our sincere condolences to the family, Mr Stewart was a very good person,we admired him tremendously. From the Delgado Family
SANTOS Delgado
December 1, 2017
Hey JR, may you be with our Lord forever. I remember you when we would cross paths at the city. God's Speed...We'll see you there...
JR Lozano
December 1, 2017
May the Lord embrace you as you enter the kingdom of heaven with him. Our deepest condolences are extended to Officer Stewart's entire family. He was a true blessing to this community.
Mr. & Mrs. Calderon
December 1, 2017
My condolences to the family he will be missed
Lupe Jimenez
December 1, 2017
Dear Rosie, Jennie, Chris and Stewart family,

No words can express or lessen your grief and our sorrow over your loss. May the Almighty help through this difficult time.
Manue J. Lopez
Manuel Lopez
December 1, 2017
R.I.P. JR you will be missed.
Johnny Hinojosa
December 1, 2017
Rosie, you and JR were always so nice and sweet to me when I came into the picture, Todd and I are truly saddened over JR's passing. You and all of your family are in our prayers and are comforted in knowing he is watching over all in heaven. RIP JR.

Todd & Pat Gregory.
Todd/Pat Gregory
November 30, 2017
Rosie and the extended family, I'm so sorry to hear of Ray's passing. Rosie he was your soulmate, now you have another angel watching over you. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. May he Rest In Peace.
Blessings always,
Bernice
Bernice Montano-Andazola
November 30, 2017
It an honor to have known you! Prayers for your family.......
Alvin Hernandez
November 30, 2017
Rest In Peace
Jeannie Chavez
November 30, 2017
I'm so very sorry for your loss, my heartfelt condolences to all the Stewart Family. Prayers and blessings being sent to help everyone get through this difficult time. With love Jeanine Chavez and Family.
Jeannie Chavez
November 30, 2017
I am so sorry Rosie and Virginia. I know Ray was the rock for both of you and his passing leaves a huge hole in each of your hearts. I'm sorry I couldn't come back for the funeral, but know that you are in my prayers. May the Blessed Mother wrap you in the cloak of her comfort, and her Son give you each the strength you need during this time. Barb Stewart
Barbara Stewart
November 30, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with Rosie, his mom Virginia, and all of J.R.s family. I offer my deepest condolences to you all. He was a very real and dear friend to me since 1997. I loved him like a brother and indeed he was my brother in the FOP. I miss him already.
Frank Gale
November 30, 2017

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." Matthew 5:9
We're keeping Rosie, Ginny and all JR's Family in our Thoughts, Hearts & Prayers.
May God Bless You All and Hold you close. RI.P. JR
The Silva and Griego Families
November 30, 2017
Our deepest condolences to the Stewart family. May the grace of God be with you during this time. May he fly high with the Angels.
Robert and Precilla Nieto
November 30, 2017
Last of the "Old School!" Going to miss your laugh. Your smile. At least I have the memories.
Bo Nevarez
November 30, 2017
Our sincere condolences, our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family. JR's contagious smile will forever live on in our hearts and minds.
Ron & Sylvy Galvan-Lucero
November 30, 2017
Our sincere and deepest condolences to all of you. My heart breaks for you Ashley. May your Dad rest in peace. Heaven gained another Angel.

Praying for you all during this heartbreaking time.
Jill M
November 30, 2017
My deepest condolences for your loss of your beloved husband, father & Grandfather Officer J.R. Stewart. My thoughts & prayers to his family, friends, friends in Law Enforcement, and friends in Fraternal Order of Police. Hugs! With respect! Gloria Chavez-Sampson, wife of a USA MP Veteran
Gloria Chavez-Sampson
November 30, 2017
My dear sweet long time friend I'm still at a loss for words, I will miss dearly miss you. God Bless you Rosie, Virginia and family.
Christina Lessau
November 30, 2017
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Dr. Rolando C Cadena and Staff
November 30, 2017
Our thoughts, prayers and love go out to Ashley Stuyvesant-Garcia and the Stewart family. May you find peace and strength during this time of loss. God Bless.
The Stuyvesant Curlee Family
November 30, 2017
My deepest sympathy to Rosie and the entire Stewart family. JR was one of a kind! He was a friend to all. He was loved by so many people. He was my friend and I will miss him so very much. I am sending so many hugs and prayers to all of you. Rest In Peace JR...I love you my friend.
Mellissa McBee
November 30, 2017
R.i.p officer 141 Mr Stewart you will be miss. You always had a smile on ur face every time I would see you :) at the hospital or lab ,my condolences to ur beautiful wife and all ur family praying for peace to ur family in this hard time for them sending a big hug to all ur family ,thank you for everything you did for the community and ur service in las cruces and military Thank you officer 141
Becky Rojo
November 30, 2017
My condolences to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Frances Escalante
November 30, 2017
To Stewart family, our sincerest and deepest condolences for this huge loss to you and us, Members of the community. I had the pleasure of meeting JR when I was majoring in CJ; very funny, loving, caring, helpful, etc., etc. I felt "honored" that a few years ago, my son and I went to a Gus Macker Tournament, couldn't find handicapped parking (serious knee problem). JR was parked in his motor cycle monitoring traffic. I waved "hi" to him, he responded. I then asked him "why don't they have more handicapped parking?" His immediate response was, "follow me." He briefly stopped traffic, asked that we follow him. He escorted my son and I to a back entrance, towards a corner, and VERY CLOSE walking distance to the basketball courts. He informed people 'there' that he was allowing me to park 'there.' JR, may you rest in peace and KNOW that you are so very loved in this community and will be missed DEARLY!! To your family, treasure all of the beautiful memories he has left. My prayers are with all of you and those of us who still cannot believe this tragic incident.
Cristina Parra-Zaragoza
November 30, 2017
Met JR long time ago, remember (fondly) our morning coffee ritual at Village Inn after his graveyard shift. Had many good times that I will never forget, he was a great man and a great friend, he will be dearly missed by all whose lives he touched. My deepest and most sincere condolences to his family...
Tony Melendrez
November 30, 2017
My condolences to the family, prayers for all during this difficult time. RIP 141.
Tellez L101
November 30, 2017
I am so sad to hear of the tragic unbelieveable accident that took our hero and gentle giant from us. He was loved by our family as one of us, my mom took care of J R and his siblings when they were kids. We will miss J R with all of our hearts. Our love and deepest sympathy to Virginia, Rosie, and the rest of the family.
Marylou Vigil
MaryLou Vigil
November 30, 2017
My sincere condolences on the loss of a great man.
Keith Turney
November 30, 2017
I met JR (Ray) Stewart in elementary school Hermosa Heights he is one of my oldest friends
I will miss him, my condolences to his family, may he rest in peace
Louie Sanchez
Friend
November 30, 2017
My sincere condolences go out to you Rosie and the Stewart, Martinez and Hernandez families. I feel so blessed to have shared so many holidays and great memories with your families and Ray. He will be sincerely missed. I love you all and will continue to pray for your comfort and healing.
Delilah Delgado Armendariz
November 30, 2017
My Condolences to the Stewart Family, Thank you Mr.J.R. Stewart for Serving and Protecting our Community! May you RIP !
Citizen
November 30, 2017
To Virginia, and the rest of JR's family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I respected JR for many years and am sad that he will no longer be around.
Patti McGuire
Patti McGuire
November 30, 2017
We are going to Miss you J.R.
May God rest your soul. Our Son was soo Fawn of you.
Bardwell Family
November 30, 2017
Christine (Workman) Davis
November 30, 2017
My condolences to Rosie and the entire Stewart family. I worked alongside him on many occasions in my EMS days and I will always remember how passionate he was and what a skillful rider he was. Those days will live on in my heart. JR will be missed and fondly remembered. Though I am not able to attend his service, I am there in spirit and offer my heartfelt prayer that the Lord keeps everyone close as you grieve and that JR is welcomed to his kingdom with his loving embrace.
Christine (Workman) Davis
November 30, 2017
Virginia, Rosie, Ashley and all Stewart family. May the Lord comfort you during the loss of your loved one, J. R. May the love of Jesus surround you with peace and understanding. Our love to all.
Dean &Jessie Stuyvesant
November 30, 2017
Rosie our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you and all the STEWART FAMILY. J.R. REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND . GOD BLESS .
M. Tito and Eva Hinojosa
November 30, 2017
I would like to offer my condolences to the Stewart Family for the loss of their loved one J. R. Stewart. God Bless You.
Emma Rodriguez-Bratton
November 30, 2017
Virginia, Rosie & Family
Manny & I are so sorry to hear of Ray's passing. He will be truly missed by all those who knew him. He was a big part of our family. Our prayers are with you & family. May he Rest In Peace with the Lord. May you find comfort in the Lord.
Gloria & Manny Figueroa
November 29, 2017
Virginia and family, we are so sorry to hear about JR. Harriet, Gail and I remember you all with great fondness. God Bless.
Barb Wodzin
November 29, 2017
To all the Stewart Family,
JR was a character and a true friend. Virginia, words can't express my sorrow of losing a child.
Rosie, You were the light of his life.
Bless you all in this time of sorrow.
Joey Sanchez & Kathie Galletta-Sanchez
Joey & Kathie (Galletta)-Sanchez
November 29, 2017
So very sorry for your loss God Bless you!
Sara Villarreal
Friend
November 29, 2017
Hernandez Family: very sorry for your loss. Praying for God's grace, mercy & peace. God bless you always, Dave & Roni
Roni Padilla
November 29, 2017
Rosie
My condolences to you and your family for your loss. JR was a good friend and special person to me and will be missed. I'm so very sorry.
Maria Weisser
Friend
November 29, 2017
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