Raymond showed courage in the face of adversity, with a 2 year struggle with a terminal illness. Surrounded by family and friends, Raymond M. Valadez, beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, great grandfather peacefully went to be with the Lord. Raymond a longtime resident of Gilroy, is survived by his wife of 57 yrs. Madeline, daughters Lisa DeLeon, Sonya [Ray] Ramsay, Christina Valadez [John Nava] and 6 grand daughters, 1 grandson, and 2 great grand daughters and 2 great grandsons. Sisters Crucie M. Valadez, Dr. Concepcion M. Valadez, Petra M. Valadez, Cipriana Villalobos [Juan], brother Juan M. Valadez, Dr. Senon M.Valadez[Teresita], and many nieces and nephews through out the US.
Raymond was a man of many trades, from owning Ray’s Deluxe Barbershop in down town Gilroy for many years, being a security guard, plumber to working for the Gilroy Unified School District for 24 years. His favorite pastimes included fishing, camping, photography, gardening, traveling to Europe, Philippines, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico and many of the National parks. He loved going to the Indian casinos to enjoy a penny slot machine as well as the buffets.
Dedicated to the Gilroy Veterans post #217. He also served in many position as well as Commander of American Legion post #217 for 2 yrs. Board member of the Legion Hall Association, President of the Filipino-American Seniors Citizens club for 8 yrs. A 30 year Elks Lodge member, and Morgan Hill Fish & Game.
He was a man of integrity, valor and honor, who had a positive influence on many lives. Raymond will be dearly missed by family, friends and his cat Spooky.
Vigil will be held Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 at 7:00 PM at Habing Family Funeral Home and visitation will begin at 5:00 PM. Funeral Mass will by Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 at 10:00 AM at St. Mary Catholic Church, 11 First St., Gilroy followed by burial at Gavilan Hills Memorial Park.