Obituary for VIGIL

Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Wednesday October 23, 2013

VIGIL, ARCELIO (ARCHIE) E. age 67, our Beloved Brother, Uncle, Cousin, Friend, is finally at Peace. Archie was born on September 19, 1946 and stepped into Eternity on October 17, 2013. Archie was a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps serving a 13-month tour in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968 and was a recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal, Vietnamese Campaign Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon. Upon returning from Vietnam, Archie attended the University of New Mexico where he earned an Associates of Art Degree. He loved playing basketball and was always an amazing player, he was a Dallas Cowboy Football Fan, Lady Lobo Basketball Fan, and a Johnny Tapia and Holly Holmes Boxing Fan. He was very generous and had a heart of gold and would give anybody the shirt off his back. He would always end his phone conversations with "Give my best to everybody." Archie was preceded in death by his father, Jose Ruben Vigil; mother, Gertrude Vigil; brothers, Gerardo Vigil, Armando Vigil; sister, Toni Valdez; brothers-in-law, George Valdez and Victor Gray; sister-in-law, Patty Vigil; nieces, Eileen and Lisa; nephews, Anthony Valdez, Joey Vigil and Isaiah Vigil; lady friend, Ruth Herrera; and his dog and best friend, Paco. Archie is survived by brothers, Ruben, Robert and wife, Orlinda, Roy and wife, Mely, Orlando and wife, Kam; sisters, Orelia (Rae), Rosie, Gloria and husband, Richard and Carmen and Allen; over thirty-five nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and great-nephews; and his cat, Boots. Archie has a special place in our hearts and we will miss him dearly. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Archie's name to the Disabled American Veterans or Paralyzed Veterans of America. Visitation will be Friday, October 25, 2013 from 9:45 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 5415 Fortuna Rd, NW with a Rosary to be recited at 10:15 a.m. by the Knights of Columbus; Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Committal Service is scheduled for the Santa Fe National Cemetery, Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 11:15 a.m. The family would like to thank the Knights of Columbus for reciting the Rosary; to the Choir at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary and family members for the beautiful music; and to the Gabaldon Mortuary Staff for their professionalism and kindness. Semper Fi. Please visit www.gabaldonmortauryinc.com to sign the online guestbook. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary Inc. 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW (505) 243-7861

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