Reyes Gonzales, 78, of Clovis, NM passed away on July 21, 2021, in Clovis, N.M. at Plains Regional Medical Center.
A rosary will be held on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 10:30 AM at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 108 Davis St., Clovis, NM 88101. A funeral mass of the resurrection will be celebrated following the rosary at 11:00 a.m. with Father Sotero Sena officiating. Burial will immediately follow at Lawn Haven Cemetery in Clovis, New Mexico. Arrangements are being conducted by Steed Todd Funeral Home.
Reyes was born in Clovis, NM on September 2, 1942, to Edward and Elmira Gonzales. In 1958 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and proudly served his country. On February 3, 1962 he married Clara Rubio in Clovis, NM and they were married for 59 years. The majority of his work career he was employed as a mechanic with Firestone, Sears and the Clovis Municipal Schools where he retired in 2000. He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic church that loved his faith. He was also a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 25.
He was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Elmira Gonzales, brothers Edward and Rudy, brother-in-law Carlos Lueras, nephew (godson) Timothy Gonzales and his in-laws Acencion and Euphelia Rubio.
Survived by his wife Clara Gonzales; his daughters; Agnes Gonzales, Las Cruces, NM, Regina (Karlo) Jajliardo, San Antonio, TX, Katrina (Ray) Vigil, Corrales, NM, Corrina Gonzales, Albuquerque, NM and Sabrina (David) Jablonski, Rio Rancho, NM; three siblings, Juila Lueras of Clovis, Johnny (MaryAnn) Gonzales, Old Hickory, TN, and Irene (Juan) Rodriguez, Clovis, NM, 15 grandchildren (Jazz Gonzales, Reyes M. Gonzales, Maclovio Gonzales, Amanda Espinosa, Paula Jajliardo, Christian Jajliardo, Monica Vigil, Angelica Vigil, Adrianna Gonzales, Joshua Jimenez, Jacob Jimenez, Nicholas Jimenez, Vanessa Jimenez, Noah Jablonski, and Abbi Jablonski) and 17 great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be his Godsons: Billy Joe Apodaca, Mauricio Urioste, Joseph Barela, Rick Lueras, Dabian Garcia and BJ Chavez. Honorary pallbearers: grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Although Reyes tended to have a serious demeanor, he also had a very kind and loving heart for those he loved and cared for. Throughout his life he worked hard to provide for his family and even after retirement, he continued to work hard and keep himself busy, and was a life long member of the Disabled American Veterans. Reyes loved the outdoors; he especially liked fishing, picking pinon, camping with family and friends and in his younger years was an avid hunter. On any given day you could drive by his home and see him sitting in his favorite spot watering his lawn. He took great pride in maintaining a nice, well-kept lawn and home. He enjoyed taking walks, visiting with his friends and neighbors. Family meant the world to him, especially his daughters, siblings, grandchildren and great grandchildren; they all held a very special place in his heart. Despite numerous health issues, his wife and family were his primary motivation to keep going and he loved them unconditionally. He will be greatly missed by all.
The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the doctors, nurses and other staff from Plains Regional Medical Center who assisted in his care. A huge “thank you” to Fr. Sotero Sena, Fr. Michael Niemezak, Fr. Eli Valadez, Deacon Steve Garcia, Deacon Juan Rodriguez, the musicians and all the family, friends, and neighbors for their assistance, support and prayers during this difficult time.
Services in Loving Care by Steed Todd Funeral Home and Crematory
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