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RAYMOND -- Harry L. Raymond, 63, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on December 31, 2008, while serving in Iraq for the last two and a half years with the Military. Harry was born May 31, 1945, the son of Harry and Arbutus (Bourbine) Raymond in Blissfield, Michigan. Harry lived a great life as a devoted husband and loving father. He spent a great part of it in Socorro, NM. You may remember him walking the sidelines, coaching from the bench, or standing in a dugout. He coached his sons in every sport beginning with Pinon League. When the boys were too old to coach, he became a referee, and officiated their games in high school. He is remembered as "Mr. Raymond" to countless players and students from throughout the years. He came to New Mexico early on when the military called him to service as an MP in the Army and assigned him to Stallion Site on White Sands Missile Range. This is where he first met his soul mate, and soon-to-be wife, Anita Gallegos. Throughout the years they have moved from time-to-time, until most recently, when he felt a second, inner-call to service. Harry served the last 27 months with his eldest son, Steven, alongside Soldiers and Marines in the Al Anbar Province. He executed numerous combat missions as part of a classified project dedicated toward saving countless lives of military members. His conduct and actions were part of a historical effort that will become a footnote in history in the decades to come. He was a very quiet, soft spoken, determined man. He was at his happiest moments in the final months serving his country and planning his retirement and ultimate reunion with Anita. Though we lost him way too early, he will never be forgotten. He was more than a husband and a father, he was our friend. We will miss you Pops, Dad, Daddy. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Arbutus Raymond; and two brothers, Ronald and Dave Raymond. Harry is survived by his wife of 41 years, Anita Raymond of Albuquerque; three children, Steven J. Raymond and wife, Gina of Las Vegas, NV, Gerald C. Raymond and wife, Shana of Little Rock, AR, and Melanie Rodriguez and husband, J.O. of Albuquerque; eight grandchildren, Teresa, Chase, Haley, Brandon, Mariah, Hannah, Justin, and Steven; two brothers, Gerald Raymond and wife, Jan, and Danny Raymond and wife, Marsha all of Michigan; two sisters, Marjorie Handy and husband, Nelson, and Shirley Bunting and husband, Gene, all of Michigan; sisters-in-law, Jackie Raymond of Michigan, and Carol Burnett of Socorro, NM; and mother-in-law, Bertha Gallegos of Albuquerque. A Visitation for Harry will be held on Tuesday, January 6, 2009, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., in the Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services-Sara Rd, 4310 Sara Rd, Rio Rancho, NM, at Meadowlark Ln. The Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, January 7, 2009, 10:00 a.m., also in the Sara Rd Chapel. Interment will follow in Vista Verde Memorial Park with military Honors presented by the United States Army Honor Guard. A Memorial Web-cast will be available to view the service on our website at www.danielsfuneral.com. A Gathering for family and friends will be held from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1771 Rio Rancho Blvd, Rio Rancho, NM, with refreshments. Memorial contributions may be made to the Our Fallen Soldier Fund, P.O. Box 131593, Carlsbad, California 92013. Arrangements are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Road SE, Rio Rancho, NM, 87124, (505) 892-9920
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