Jerry Chavez Sr. was born Nov. 4, 1951, to Willie Chavez and Lucy Lueras in Roswell, NM. He passed away July 21, 2014, at ENMM Center where he lost his battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in May 2013 and fought hard to get better but lost the battle. Jerry passed peacefully with his wife by his side.
He is survived by his wife Julie; father Willie; sons Michael Ray Chavez and wife Donna, Jerry Chavez and Gina, Ray Allan Schaffer and wife Linda; daughter Norma Lynn Irwin and husband Dan; sisters Irene Chavez and Nora Barr and husband Stan; aunt Cecilia Garcia and Viola Chavez, uncle Jake Chavez, aunt Oralia Lueras, Minnie Guevara, uncles Mike, Ramon and Robert Lueras. He has three grandchildren Anna Winkler and husband TJ, Rylea Ross, Bradley Chavez of Roswell; three great grandchildren Jay Dee, Sol Winkler and Kailea Ross; nephews Ruben Sanchez and wife Larissa, Mathew Morales and wife Michelle, Isaac Maestas, C.J. and Brian Barr; nieces Melissa and husband Josh and Tammy Maestas; step grandchildren Reshea and Johnathan Kelly, Amanda, Kimberly and Jennifer Irwin and step great grandchild Kobe Kelly.
He was preceded in death by his mother Lucy Lueras Chavez and his sister Carolina Maestas. Paternal Side: Pablo & Gregoria Chavez, Guermo & Cornelia Chavez, uncle Leo & Johnny Chavez. Maternal side: Greatgrandmother Mele, grandfather Manuel Lueras, grandmother Emilia, Librado Lueras, Tony Lueras, Senaida Lueras.
Jerry started working at Pop’s Drive Inn when in high school. He joined the Navy during the Viet Nam War, was discharged honorably and went to work for Armstrong Construction for 26 years as a road Superintendent, then worked for Constructors Inc. For two years then for Rusty Ryan from Forrest Tire for two years.
Jerry will be cremated as per his wishes. A rosary is scheduled for 6 pm, Thursday, July 24, 2014 at St. John’s Catholic Church. A funeral mass is scheduled for 10 a.m., Monday, July 28, 2014, also at St. John’s Catholic Church. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery with Roswell Veteran’s Honor Guard conducting military graveside services.
Serving as honorary pallbearers are his father Willie Chavez, sons Michael Ray, Jerry Chavez and Ray Allan Schaffer, grandson Bradley Chavez and nephews Ruben Sanchez and Mathew Morales, brother in law Manuel Ortega and Roger Maestas, special friends Tom Rico, Billy Duran and Rusty Ryan, special brother and sister in-law Manuel and Lilly Ortega special aunt and uncle Ramon and Enedina Lueras.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com
THE DAY GOD CALLED YOU HOME
God looked around his garden
And He found an empty place.
He then looked down upon this earth,
And saw you tired face.
He put His arms around you
And lifted you to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful
He always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering,
He knew you were in pain,
He knew that you would never
Get well on earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough,
And, the hills were hard to climb,
So He closed your weary eyelids,
And whispered “Peace Be Thine.”
It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you didn’t go alone,
For part of us went with you
The Day God Called You Home.