Raymond Gonzales, age 58, of Odessa, TX, went to be with the Lord on July 17, 2018 after a courageous battle with a lengthy illness.
Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 PM, Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be at 10:00, AM, Friday, July 20, 2018 at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dr. Jimmy Braswell officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Raymond was born to Antonio & Delia Gonzales on March 28, 1960 in Odessa, Ector County, Texas. He was an oilfield machinist by trade for 30+ years. He was an active member of the IHRA and NHRA drag racing communities. Raymond had a passion for the sport, spent countless hours teaching young racers and loved building race cars with his fellow racers. His other passion was watching his grandson Dawson play football. He was at every game near and far and was his biggest supporter.
Raymond officially married Leah Claiborne on July 7, 2007. Raymond spent the last 22 years loving Leah and together they raised seven children.
Raymond is preceded in death by his parents.
Raymond is survived by his children, son, Jason Crowder and wife Dawn of Odessa, daughter, Jami Riggs and husband Quinn of Odessa, son, Dustin Taliaferro, daughters, Misty Hunter and husband Clint of California, Jennifer Olivo and husband Nick of Midland, Kassie Wright and husband Mason of Odessa and Brandi Case and husband Mikey of Odessa; his grandchildren, Dawson Reynolds, Jessica Riggs, Cory Riggs, Colten Crowder, Learic Crowder, Caleb Stuessy, Madison Dowlen, Logan Hunter, Branson Hunter, Makayla Gonzales, Benjamin Olivo, Haylee Olivo; 7 great-grandkids, 5 sisters, 1 brother, countless nieces and nephews and an entire drag racing family.
Memorials may be made in honor of Raymond Gonzales to Home Hospice, 619 N. Grant Ave., Odessa, TX. 79761.
Arrangements are entrusted to Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home. To send family condolences please sign the guestbook at www.sunsetodessa.com.
Dear Leah, Family and Friends. We are so very sorry and saddened by the passing of Raymond!! We wanted so badly to get back down there and see everyone and Raymond again before this day came. We want to wish our heartfelt sympathy to everyone who knew and loved him!! Raymond was a very special man and he will NEVER be forgotten, he will always be in our hearts as he touched so many of us! He gave me my first Ride in the Camaro he used to race that I purchased from Larry and as long as I live there will be a decal on the back window commemorating him for helping build that car and he'll always be riding with me wherever we go!!! May God help everyone through this tough and sorryful time and give us the peace in knowing he is no longer hurting and is watching over each and everyone as their guardian angel!! God Speed My Friend!!!!
Shawn and Heather ConawayNiantic, IL
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Don and Josie- please know that we are there in thought even though we can't be there physically. Love you- know that we are here if you need us.
Darliin Leah and family, I've kept up with your family thru your mom and know you have had a long journey in this Valley of Cancer. I didn't know Raymond well, but have heard such wonderful compliments about him and his life. You have been a special wife and companion to him. Please know that I will be lifting you up this weekend and all the weeks ahead as you travel down a new path without your partner. Hugs and love from colleen <><
colleen (beeson) coxGRANBURY, TX