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Elmo Leroy Chavez, died at his home in Truth or Consequences, NM on Saturday, August 3, 2019.  He was born on July 2, 1938 in Animas Creek, NM to Ruben and Filomena (Majalka) Chavez. Elmo Leroy was a hardworking man, who retired from the City of Truth or Consequences Sanitation Department after 38 years of service.  He was a Veteran serving in the National Guard Army for 13 years.  He always made sure his family was provided for.  His favorite pass times were always accompanied by his beloved wife, Rosie A. Chavez.  They loved riding around town, going to his little ranch in Animas Creek to feed the animals, spending time with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Most evenings family would easily find them sitting at his favorite spot at A & B Drive-In.  Elmo Leroy was a very kind man to everyone because he loved everyone.  He loved playing the accordion and singing for family gatherings.  His smile and his heart of “GOLD” will forever live in us, like his favorite songs he used to sing, they will continue to live in our souls.  Elmo Leroy is survived by his wife of 58 years, Rosie A. Chavez; five children – Bernice L. Flores, Mary E. Chavez, Leroy Chavez Jr. (Alice), Jimmy L. Chavez (Shirley), and Benny Petalcu (Rebecca); 17/Grandchildren – Barbara L. Chavez, Anthony E. Flores, Crystal Segura, Alex Chavez, Rosemary Gurulé, Tanya Murillo, Nora Chavez, April Chavez, Samantha Chavez, Jimmy Chavez Jr., Conrad Chavez, Daniella Chavez, María Chavez, Benny Montoya, Mark Petalcu, Angela Torres, and John Petalcu; 30/Great-Grandchildren – Barbra Aron-Lee Chavez, Adrian Chavez, Alessandra Flores, Misael Flores, Amaya Flores, Trinity Gurulé, Caleb Gurulé, Jessleyn Palacios, John Michael Romero, Shawn A. Romero, Teddy Hernandez, Emma Rose Chavez, Alex Chavez Jr., Mathias Chavez, Ezekiel Chavez, Aidan Chavez, Leroy Chavez, Tommy Benavidez, Andres Martinez, Breezy, Camden, Isaac, Adriana, Dominic, Jaycee, Brynlee, Janelle, Jodi, Levi and Terryn; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruben and Filomena Chavez; brothers and sisters – Isaac Chavez, Becky Chavez, Herbert Chavez, Edwin Chavez, Bernice Chavez, Gloria Chavez, and Ruben “Tino” Chavez; and son-in-law, Efren R. Flores Jr.  Viewing for family and friends will be held on Thursday, August 8, 2019, from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Kirikos Family Funeral Home Chapel.  A Prayer Vigil will be held on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.  Mass of Christian Burial will follow celebrated by Rev. Michael Williams.  Rite of Committal and interment will follow in the Vista Memory Gardens Cemetery.  Serving as Casket Bearers are Jimmy Chavez Jr., Conrad Chavez, Benny Petalcu, Anthony E. Flores, Alex Chavez and María Chavez.  Honorary Casket Bearers will be Albert Villaseñor, Adrian Chavez, Oscar Flores and Zac Dennis.  

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  • Wednesday, August 7, 2019
    The staff of Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Inc. will keep you and your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to assist you in your time of need.
    ~ Kirikos Family Funeral Home
  • Wednesday, August 7, 2019
    To Rosie and the rest of the family we want to express our most sincere condolences. He is now playing his accordion to the ones gone before. R. I. P. My friend.
    ~ Elfego and Irene Sedillo   Moreno Valley, CA
  • Wednesday, August 7, 2019
    To Rosie and the rest of the family we want to express our most sincere condolences. He is now playing his accordion to the ones gone before. R. I. P. My friend.
    ~ Elfego and Irene Sedillo   Moreno Valley, CA
  • Friday, August 9, 2019
    So long Leroy …………………...Ken...………….
    ~ ken riedemann   Truth or Consequences, NM