OBITUARY

Blas O. Rayos Jr., M.D.

December 18, 1924July 28, 2013

Dr. Blas Oliveros Rayos, Jr., of Indialantic died Sunday, July 28, surrounded by family following a brief illness. He was 88. Born in Manila, Philippines, on Dec. 18, 1924, he was a retired medical doctor and Air Force colonel who loved to say he was an immigrant who lived the American dream.

He was the son and namesake of Blas Rayos Sr., a pioneer in education in the Philippines who founded the University of Pangasinan in Dagupan City, and his mother Gregoria Oliveros. Blas Jr. served both his native home and his adopted country. Too young to enlist, he worked as a civilian clerk for the military during World War II and eventually enrolled in ROTC; later in life he served as a U.S. Air Force physician. He went to medical school at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila and came to the United States to complete his medical residency. Working at French Hospital in New York City, he met a nurse who would become his bride, Bernice. They were wed in 1958 and embarked on a life’s journey that would take them around the globe and back to the United States, where they would raise their seven children and spend 54 years together. He became a U.S. citizen in 1964. After private medical practice in Rahway, New Jersey, he joined the Air Force, traveling to Texas, California, Germany and Chicksands, England before he eventually moved his family to Florida when he was assigned to Patrick Air Force Base Hospital in 1980. He was a member of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Indialantic for 30 years. In retirement, he enjoyed gardening, tending to a backyard orchard of mango and exotic fruits, and spending time with his four grandchildren.

He is survived by his children Joseph Blas, Chevy Chase, Md.; Patricia, Gainesville; Richard, Seattle; Kandace, Los Angeles; Gail Rayos Burbank and her husband Joe of Maitland; Carol Rayos Davis and her husband Daniel of Melbourne Beach; grandchildren Sarah and Anna Burbank, John and Kathleen Davis; and sister Perla Rayos Gazmen, Philippines. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Bernice, who passed away March 2013, and his daughter, Mary.

Visitation is at the chapel of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Indialantic, on Monday, August 5 at 10 a.m. followed by Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Burial service and reception will be at Fountainhead Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Palm Bay.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Monday, August 5, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, August 5, 2013

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Family Reception
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June 2, 2014

Please accept our condolence on the passing of your father.We shared some wonderful times in Minersville and NJ. Take care during this difficult time. Love, Cousins, Aldona and Edward Butler

August 6, 2013

Dear Gail, Joe, Sara and Anna,

We wanted to let you know how sorry we were to hear the news. He sounds like a wonderful man who had a wonderful life, wife and family! Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all!

Lisa, Michael, Amanda, Bridget LaPorte

LAURA WILLIAMS

August 5, 2013

Dear Gail & Joe and all of your family,
What a wonderful legacy both of your parents leave you, Gail. I know your hearts must be heavy and yet we have to believe your mom and dad are with God now and living in eternity. Please know I love you guys and am thinking of you.
Many blessings, Laura Williams

D. Barrington

August 4, 2013

Joe, just wanted to let you know that my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time.

Gail Rayos Burbank

August 4, 2013

We miss you and will always love you, Dad...You made us proud!

Minamahal na asawa, ama at lolo - Sana magkaroon ka ng mapayapang paglalakbay sa makabilang buhay.


[English translation of tagalog message]
Beloved husband, father and grandfather, may you have a peaceful journey to heaven.

Marc Landy

August 4, 2013

Richard & Family,
My sincerest condolances to you during this time of transition and sorrow. Sounds like your Dad was a good man and that he lived an honorable life with Christ in his heart. Now he will be reunited with your Mom; together at peace.
Best,
Marc Landy
Puyallup, Wa

Beth Schoenmakers

August 3, 2013

What a full and accomplished life Dr. Rayos had! As a friend of Rich, I certainly appreciate and value the legacy of his children, their faith and commitment to community and service. My prayers are with you, that you are experiencing the grace of knowing that he is at peace and has rejoined his beloved Bernice.

August 2, 2013

Dear Pat, I am so sorry for your loss; but, it is your father's gain! He is now in that better place and joyful! My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Nancy Craft Coile, substitute teacher with ILC

August 2, 2013

Dear Pat:
I'm sorry for your loss. Your father had a wonderful life and knew Jesus, and is with your mother now.
Continued blessings on your family.
Love and prayers, Nancy Allen, ILC
nursery worker

Maureen Kane

August 2, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with your family, especially Gail, Joe, Sarah and Anna - may God bless each of you as you mourn the loss of your wonderful father and grandfather.