Roberto G. Rangel, 62, of Mabton passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2007, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born April 28, 1945, in Mission, Texas to Guadalupe Becerra Rangel Sr. and Consuelo Gonzalez Rangel. He later migrated with his family to Sunnyside in 1962.

Roberto received his high school equivalency from Grandview High School. He later attended the University of Washington.

In 1966, he married Felipa Vidaurri in Sunnyside. They divorced in 1979. In 1981, he married Rosario Sendejar. They separated in 1993.

Roberto worked various jobs including, migrant work, social work, owned and managed Mexican movie theatres and a drive-in, owned and operated a music store in Grandview and later worked for Smuckers for 10 years in Grandview.

Roberto learned how to play the accordion at the age of 14 and was well known throughout the Valley for his musical abilities. He played at many local events including weddings and quinceañeras.

He enjoyed teaching others how to play music, watching western movies, drinking McDonald’s coffee, going to church and sharing many stories and jokes. Roberto cherished spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his ex-wife, Felipa Vidaurri of Sunnyside; his children, Consuelo Rangel of Sunnyside, Roberto V. Rangel Jr. and companion, Rose Salazar, both of Sunnyside, Esther V. Rangel of Seattle, Laura E. Rangel of Mabton, Rigoberto S. Rangel and companion, Michelle Meza, both of Grandview, and one step- daughter, Janie V. Soto of Sunnyside; and 11 grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers, Feliciano Rangel and wife, Mary, of Sunnyside, Ruben Rangel and wife, Lucy, of Richland, Cruz Rangel and wife, Viola, of Moses Lake, Guadalupe Rangel Jr. and wife, Janie, of Newport, Nieves Rangel of Moses Lake and Rogelio Rangel of Moses Lake.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Consuelo and Guadalupe Rangel Sr; his brother, Raymundo Rangel; his ex-wife, Rosario Sendejar; and one son, Roel Rangel.

Viewing and visitation will be held Wednesday, June 20, 2007, from

4 to 8 p.m., with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, June 21, 2007, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Comments are subject to moderator review and may not appear immediately on the site.

Please read our commenting policy before posting.

Any comment violating the site's commenting guidelines will be removed and the user could be banned from the site.

Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Sign in to comment