Raymundo "Ray" Arevalo, 77, of Sunnyside passed away peacefully from complications of a stroke on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011.
Ray was born Nov. 20, 1933 in Edinburg, Texas to Dolores and Irene Arevalo.
He spent his early years in Texas and migrated with his parents as they worked in agriculture, until settling in Sunnyside to provide better educational and employment opportunities for the family.
Ray served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to1953, and was most proud of the time he was stationed in Alaska and learned to ski. Following his honorable discharge from the Army, Ray led an interesting career in public service that included a police officer in Walla Walla; substance abuse counselor; sheriff's deptuty and undersheriff of Dayton County and officer for Hanford patrol, from which he retired. In retirement, he also worked as a bilingual assistant on Election Day for the Yakima County Auditor.
Ray was a loving and caring son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. His devotion to his parents, especially his mother, was an example set for us all to follow.
He loved to fish and work in his garden, but he especially enjoyed and cherished his time with family. He will no doubt continue to cultivate a bountiful garden and catch fish for us all to feast together in Heaven.
Ray is survived by his loving wife, Paula Saenz Arevalo; his children, Martha Arevalo, Irene Ruiz and John (Kelly) Arevalo; stepchildren, Dan Chandler, Mariano (Laurie) Morales, Diana (Eduardo) Ortiz, Rene Morales, Mary (Paul) Morales West and Michael (Deyanira) Morales; siblings, Alexendro (Otila) Arevalo, Zenaida (Rodolfo) Perez, Macrina (Chuck) Garvin, Oralia Arevalo, Odilia (Alex) Rodriguez, Israel (Esmeralda) Arevalo, Ismael (Elda) Arevalo and Gilberto (Neda) Arevalo; 21 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews who enjoyed many wonderful moments with Ray and benefitted from his wisdom and experience.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
We will all miss him greatly.
Viewing and visitation will be held today, Jan. 20, 2011, from 4 to 8 p.m., with a Rosary to be recited at 6:30 p.m., at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, at 10 a.m., at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Grandview, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.
Those wishing to share their memories or sign Ray's on-line memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com
Smith Funeral Home LTD and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.