After a lengthy and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Henry Mendez Trujillo, 82, passed away March 11th, 2014. Henry was born June 12th, 1931 in Fort Sumner NM to Frutoso and Juana Trujillo. He attended Ft Sumner Schools. He joined the U.S. Army in 1948 and served 2 years in the Korean War, where he received the Bronze Star Medal which is the fourth-highest individual military award and received a “V” device for acts of heroism. He received a Purple Heart for being wounded in the shoulder, Korean Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars, United Nations Service Medal for Korea, and the Army of Occupation Medal (Japan).
Henry M. Trujillo was married to Aurora Lovato on August 8th, 1969. He was a devoted and loving husband for 44 years. Henry was a very hard working man. He was business owner of Club Juanita then worked for the NM Dept of Transportation for 35 years where he retired and enjoyed his retirement working on his yard, watching football, feeding his animals and relaxing on the porch with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Henry loved his family very much and was a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan.
Henry was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 2575 of Roswell where he served as a Commander for two years. He was also a devoted member of the Moose Lodge of Roswell.
Survived by his wife Aurora L. Trujillo; brothers Orlando Trujillo and wife Colastica, Manuel Trujillo and significant other Carmen, Fred Trujillo and wife Connie; sister Josie Merryfield; sister-n-law Librada Pacheco and husband Fernando, Ruth Callaway, and Della Lovato. Children Louane Soliz, Patricia Trujillo, Gail Bixby and husband Tim, Barbara Peters and husband Mitch, Irene Gonzales and significant other Rudy Candelaria, Ann Lucero, Melinda Gonzales, Lorraine Cobos and husband Jerry, Sandra Renteria and husband Henry. Grandchildren Peggy Carrillo and husband Joe Ray, Denise Cobos and husband Rudolph, Mark Salas, Matthew Mandonado and significant other Randi Bills, Jennifer Nunez and husband Antonio, Jason Lucero, Eric Lucero and wife Angela, Ruben Morones, Carlos Morones, Rudy Joe Morones, John Cobos and fiancé Ora Hensley, Rebecca Cobos, Cynthia Cobos, Jerry Aaron Cobos, David Renteria and wife Flor, Rocky Renteria, Joey Renteria and wife Yesenia, Sandra Renteria and fiancé Rudy Chavez, Mellissa Mariot and husband Devin, Dora Lynn Trujillo, Xavior Franco and significant other Ashley Jaramillo, Davina Trujillo, Alyssa Lopez, William Vegara Jr. Jeremy Bixby and wife Sonya, Benjamin Bixby, Wesley Peters, Emily Peters. Great-grandchildren Meighan Salas, Mercedes Baca, Alexander Gonzales, Damian Mandonado, Samantha Chavez, Serena Nunez, Maya Lucero, Nicole Morales, Martin Morones, Marissa Morones, Jessica Maldonado, Aracelia Morones, Rudy Joe Morones Jr., Austin Cobos, Amorray Cobos, Aaliyah Cobos-Hunter, Angelyse Cobos, Cesar Castro, Daniel Castro, Eryn Renteria, Evan Renteria, Elena Chavez, Emiteria Soliz, Austin Mairot, Ambroz Mairot, Urijah Bixby.
Preceeding in death are his parents Frutoso and Juana Trujillo, Daughters Rebecca L. Trujillo and Norma Gonzales, brothers-n-law Joe Lovato, Robert Merryfield, Theodore Garcia, sisters-n-law Louisa Garcia, Annie Trujillo, and Wanda Trujillo.
We would like to give a very special thanks to the Caregivers: Barbara Padilla, Jennifer Chavez, Monica Mendoza, and Carl Collins.
A Vigil with Rosary is scheduled for 7 pm, Friday, March 14, 2014 at Ballard Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Ernesto Martinez of St. John’s Catholic Church officiating. Mass of Resurrection is scheduled for 9:30 am, March 15, 2014 at Assumption Catholic Church with Rev. Joseph Pacquing of Assumption Catholic Church presiding. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery with Roswell Veteran’s Honor Guard to conduct Military graveside services. Henry will lie in state from 9 am to 7 pm, Thursday and Friday March 13 & 14, 2014 at Ballard Funeral Home.
Serving as pallbearers are Ruben Morones, Jason Lucero, Rocky Renteria, Jerry Aaron Cobos, Matthew Mandonado and Xavior Franco.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com