OBITUARY

Rafael Lopez

August 19, 1923August 28, 2020
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Rafael Lopez Obituary

Sunrise: 8/19/1923

Sunset: 8/28/2020

Rafael Lopez was born August 19, 1923 in Los Angeles to Luis G. Lopez and Beneranda Palazuelos. Hailing from Sonora, Mexico, his father immigrated to the United States in 1917. As 1 of 8 children, Rafael grew up in a full house and attended school until third grade before he moved to Mexico. He returned to the United States in 1939 to enlist in the Army to fight in World War II, but was not able to serve due to a foot injury sustained as a child and went back to Mexico to marry his love, Clara Perez on November 15, 1948.

They settled in Los Angeles and Rafael took on several jobs from restaurants to the railroad before landing one on the assembly line at Chrysler in 1955. He transferred to the company’s Detroit headquarters in 1971 and stayed there until 1976, when he retired. Rafael eventually moved to Rancho Cucamonga where he lived out his days enjoying his home and his family.

Rafael Lopez died peacefully at his home on August 28, 2020. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Clara Lopez, and their 8 children Ralph, Carmen, Javier, Irene, Elsa, Victor, Jesse and Danny. He leaves behind 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; as well as 2 sons-in-law and 4 daughters-in-law.

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, September 18, 2020

Memories

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Irene Lopez

September 23, 2020

Those we love don’t
Go away,
They walk beside us
Every day.
Unseen. Unheard but
Always near.
Still Loved. Still
Missed
and always dear.

Irene Lopez

September 22, 2020

Pop visiting 911 🇺🇸Twin Towers Memorial in New York City during his vacation in winter of 2005

Irene Lopez

September 22, 2020

Irene Lopez

September 22, 2020

In Memory of a life so lived, a heart ❤️ so deeply Loved

Irene Lopez

September 22, 2020

BUT POPS, GRANDPA, ABUELITO NOT TRULY GONE,
BECAUSE HIS MEMORY LIVES ON,
IN ALL OF US WHO LOVED HIM,
NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN.
😇♥️😘🙏🏼👍🏼🥇🐢⚾️☮️🎼📻🚗

Irene Lopez

September 22, 2020

We’ll always remember
you Grandpa because
there’ll never be another one 🥇
to replace you in our hearts, 💞
and the love we will always 😘
have for you.”👍🏼
Rest In Peace ☮️ 😇🙏🏼
Love you,
Grandchildren & Great-GrandChildren

Irene Lopez

September 21, 2020

Rafael’s wife Clara and his sister Refugio saying Rest In Peace to their beloved🙏🏼❤️Rafa

Irene Lopez

September 21, 2020

Irene Lopez

September 21, 2020

My Pops 63 Chevy truck that was his joy👍🏼

Irene Lopez

September 21, 2020

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