Rudy Gonzales, 76, of Ruidoso passed away Saturday, January 28, 2017, in Rio Rancho, NM. He was born April 2, 1940 at Raton, NM to Violet and Henry Gonzales. He moved to Lincoln County in 1952 at the age of 12 after following the Horse Racing Circuit. He won the All American Futurity as a trainer in 1967. Besides race horse training, he was also a jockey and a carpenter working on many houses in Lincoln County. He loved to go fishing and hunting. He married Jane Sanchez on November 29, 1959 at Ruidoso.
He is survived by his wife, Jane; his children, Donna Pafford, Wilbur “Jabo” Gonzales, Violet Norman, Charlie Gonzales, Jennifer Kennedy, Jerry Joe Gonzales, Nick Gonzales and Gloria Jane Gonzales; 24 grandchidren, 21 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren; his siblings, Nick, Pat, John, Irene and Leanor. He was preceded in death by a son, Rudy “Buddy” Gonzales Jr.
Visitation will be Thursday, February 2, at LaGrone Funeral Chapel from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM with the funeral mass on Friday, February 3, at 10:00 AM at St. Eleanor Catholic Church.
We extend our sincere condolences to the entire Gonzales family. In this sad time may you find strength from our Heavenely Father's promise that we can be reunited with our loved ones who have fallen asleep in death by means of a resurrection and death will be no more, Revelation 21:3-4, John 5:28. Then 76 years will be only a few! What a wonderful day that will be!
May this precious hope that awaits us, the love of family and friends, bring you a measure of comfort now and in the days ahead.
Payne FamilyRuidoso, NM