A rosary, followed by a memorial Mass is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at St. Johnâ€™s Catholic Church, for Raymond Gonzales, 68, who passed away on Jan. 19, 2011, at Roswell Regional Hospital. Fr. Juan Antonio Gutierrez O.F.M. will officiate. Cremation has taken place according to his wishes. Raymond was born April 20, 1942, in Roswell, to Chon and Anita Lopez Gonzales.
Both parents preceded him in death. He is also preceded in death by his son, Adolph Casillas; daughters: Sonia Casillas, Maria L. Gonzales and Josephina Gonzales; and brother, Chon Gonzales. He is survived by the love of his life and forever soul mate, Diana Casillas; sons: Luis Casillas, of Raton, Raymond J. Gonzales Jr., of Alabama, Brian C. Gonzales, Ryan L. Gonzales, Johnny C. Gonzales and Lupito Gonzales; daughters: Lucy Campos and Dolores Canchola, of Austin, Texas, and Maria F. Gonzales; brother, Lupe Franco; sisters: Minda Garza, Gloria Martiniz, Chrystina Montoya, Fina Green and Connie Barrela; grandchildren: Gerald, Mari Chrystina, Daniel, Diana, Tino Destiny, Armando, Breanna, Jr., Beams, Savannah, Matti, Jeremey, Anthony, Roy Marissa, Xavier, Angel, Raven and Destiny; and two greatgrandchildren: Amanda and Graiden. Raymond was a lifelong resident of Roswell and was of the Catholic faith. His favorite thing to do was to cruise in his car and spend time in the country.
Raymond was a real bargain hunter, he really enjoyed going to thrift stores to find a good deal. He loved to be on the road; he was a truck driver for years. Raymond would make a trip to Austin every two weeks to see his daughter.
The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. El Sayah and his staff, the ICU staff at Roswell Regional Hospital, Dr. Karimian and Dolores for all their special care. Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com