OBITUARY

Raymond Gonzalez

May 16, 1949February 9, 2021
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Raymond was born on May 16, 1949 in Mission, Tx to Thomas and Manuela Gonzalez of Monterrey, Mexico and Mission, Texas. Raymond is survived by 5 children, Christina, Rosie, Stephanie, Raymond Jr, and Victoria; Numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; And his wife, Pita. Raymond married Pita in Salinas, California on June 19, 1982. He also leaves behind 7 brothers, Roy, Ruben, Juan, Thomas, Danny, Jesse, and Joe; and 3 sisters, Espie, Rosa, and Rachel. Raymond retired in 2017 after 25 years of hard work in Fleet Maintenance. He maintained vehicles and equipment and made sure the City of Mission, Tx ran smoothly. Raymond loved road trips, was an avid golfer, keen fisherman, and dedicated welo who loved his family, especially his grandkids. Raymond will be missed immensely but never forgotten.

Services

  • Rosary Service

    Monday, February 22, 2021

  • Visitation

    Monday, February 22, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

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Priscilla Gonzales

February 22, 2021

Hi grandpa Raymond. It’s sad of me to say that I do not have a picture memory of us two together. I did not get to grow up with you like I had wished I would have, but Im here to say that I’m glad that you lived a wonderful life. May you Rest In Peace. I’m sorry for your loved ones to lose you too soon.

Your grand-daughter and great-grand kids

Priscilla Gonzales
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Mericelda Garcia

February 22, 2021

We only met Raymond when he came to live & work in Mission. Of course, he reconnected with our mom, Teresa Silva Limon, who also happened to be Raymond’s Madrina. My mom was so happy to see Raymond because he brought back so many memories. She & Tia Manuela, her cousin, had been close in their youth & their teen years. Mom and Tia Carmen (her sister) were soon able to visit with Tia Manuela & all her family in Mission. Mom visited often with Raymond & enjoyed his company for the short time she knew him.
Although we were not able to grow up with this wonderful family of Tia Manurla’s, we easily became good friends with Primo Raymond & Mary!
We have forever memories of a soft spoken, easy going Primo who frequently & lovingly spoke of his family! Rey, my husband, & I enjoyed visiting with Raymond & Mary in our home, at Prima Elva’s, & we shared Friday night outings when we would sometimes go to a restaurant for dinner & then to another restaurant for dessert! Once we drove to Brownsville to try out a restaurant he & Mary had read about, another day we drove to South Padre Island, where we sipped Margaritas by the water. Wonderful conversations, always! Of course, Raymond met my extended family of in-laws,(7 families) who also were saddened to hear of his passing, We all enjoyed his special ham recipe when he & Mary joined our 2 familiefor Thanksgiving dinner many times while they were here in Mission. He proudly shared one of the hams & others brought turkeys & ham. Lots of family, lots of good times!
Rey & I have shed our tears, we have prayed, and we know we have many memories of the good times, & the difficult times, because when mom passed, Raymond came home from a company meeting to be with us at the hospital. How could I possibly make this a short comment? We knew him for only a few years, yet his impact in our lives, once we knew him, certainly made Forever Memories in our hearts.
Rest In Peace, dear Primo. We loved you as we love your Mary.

Anita Lugo

February 18, 2021

My Uncle Raymond was the best at making our Thanksgiving ham, not to mention his bbq. I remember arriving at their house and walking into kitchen seeing him cutting the ham. I’d say, “hi Uncle Raymond, how are are you doing?” His responses would be, “ why, and who wants to know?” I’d tell him; he sounds guilty already, and he’d laugh. I admire him for many things but, above all, his priority and love for family. Although he wasn’t a man of many words, everyone knew that if they messed with us; they’d messed with him. We were looking forward to him coming down for his Texas visit, but God had different plans. There are no words to express my brokenness but only through tears, expressing how much I miss him and love him. We had prayed for healing. God not only healed him but He also set him free. He who the Son sets free is free indeed. Luv u my Tio💕

Yesenia Lugo

February 18, 2021

Yesenia Lugo

February 18, 2021

We were bless to share many memories with you uncle Raymond. I hope you are doing what you love in heaven... endless games of gulf & fishing.
We will deeply miss you and remember they good times we shared with you.

Rachel & Art Fernando

February 17, 2021

Rachel & Art Fernando

February 17, 2021

“Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity.”

Sara Marinelli

February 17, 2021

Some of my favorite childhood memories are those spent at Uncle Raymond and Tia Pita’s house in Salinas with our families.
But, I genuinely loved my time spent in Texas with them. I always felt safe and taken care of like I was their own. Our drives to work, weekends in Grand Prairie or just spending time at home are all great memories I will always treasure. They were always there for me!
Uncle Raymond was a man of few words, but his loyalty and love for his family didn’t need words. He was a special person in our families lives and he will always be remembered!
I look forward to the time when we no longer have to see our loved ones suffer from disease, sickness and death. Revelation 21:3-4

Jaime Acevedo

February 17, 2021

I was saddened by the recent news of Raymond’s passing. I had the honor of knowing Raymond while working for the City of Mission. Raymond and I had several things in common. We both liked to play golf and fish but the biggest similarity was that Raymond and I ended up back in Mission Texas after growing up much of our lives in California. He in Modesto/Salinas and myself in Gilroy. I had the honor of playing golf on several occasions with Raymond at Shary Municipal Golf Course. I remember he would always talk about retirement and returning back to his beloved California. While he was considered family in the community of Mission his real family was in California. His eyes would light up when he would talk about retirement and going back to be with junior and his daughters. I was saddened when he retired because I knew I wouldn’t see him again but happy for him because he was finally going home. RIP Raymond and maybe we will met up someday on the fairways in Heaven!
Jaime Acevedo

Anita Porcello

February 16, 2021

When I think of Uncle Raymond, many fond memories fill my mind. My earliest memories are from the years that He & Tia Pita lived in Salinas while I was in elementary school. Along with my parents, we would spend hours at Uncle Raymond & Tia Pita's house; normally on weekends and holidays and my sister and I after school sometimes. Uncle Raymond would pick us up in his powder blue VW Bug. And, I never quite realized it back then, but Uncle Raymond was so "COOL!" We would hang out at their house and have dinner and me, my sister, Baby Raymond (as he was known back then), and Tori would all run around outside until the sun went down and we headed home to Soledad.
Then, they broke our hearts and moved to Texas. We were devastated because spending time with Uncle Raymond & Tia Pita had become such an integral part of our daily routine. And Mom would no longer have her brother just a short drive away.
Although I only visited them a few times in Texas, I loved every minute of it! We were so overjoyed when they came back to California after Uncle Raymond's retirement. Once they were back I was able to have them to my house for BBQ's and they would even make a trip to Salinas during the holidays to watch my daughters dance in the Nutcracker. My Dad, Uncle Raymond, and My Husband also enjoyed playing golf together.
The time I spent with Uncle Raymond was always so enjoyable.
He was the most easy going, hard working, loyal man. I don't have a single memory of him being angry or mad. And the devotion he had to his family was a quality to admire.
Uncle Raymond, although I will not be able to see you, your spirit will be with me always. I Love You.
Your Niece,
Anita

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