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Aaron Rael, Sr.

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Aaron Rael Sr. 93, born along the banks of the Red River on September 24, 1916, peacefully departed this world on December 20, 2009 just as he came into it; lovingly surrounded by family. The eldest son of Jose Enrique and Adonisa Rael, he spent his early childhood working at his family’s sheep camps in the Sangre de Cristos Mountains, homesteading the west side of the Rio Grande, and rounding up wild mustangs by Ute Mountain. Always a true shot he harvested his first deer at age ten. He loved the great outdoors and always admired hard-working people. Aaron was proud of serving his country during World War II, he enlisted in the US Army in 1942. He served with the 7th Infantry Division in the Pacific theatre and saw heavy action in the Aleutians, Philippines, and Solomon Islands and Okinawa. After receiving an honorable discharge in 1945, Aaron worked as a foreman at the molybdenum mine near Questa, and later took over his family business Rael’s Market that he ran for over forty years. A lifetime resident of Questa, he served as the local historian, and published a chapbook in 2006 highlighting his early years in Questa. Aaron was active in the Questa VFW Post # 7688, SPMDTU, St. Anthony Catholic Church, Cabresto Lake irrigation Co., and the Citizen’s Ditch Association. He was proud to be an heir of the San Antonio del Rio Colorado Land Grant. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ruth (Archuleta) Rael, Children: Cynthia Rael-Vigil (Armando Vigil II), Roberta Rael, and Aaron Rael Jr. (Maggie Evans Rael). Grandchildren: Armando Vigil III, Enriquetta Vigil, Esperanza Vigil, Javier Vigil, Lucia Martinez, Moises Rael, and Eleanor Tamaya Rael. Brothers: Richard Rael, Vito Rael, the late Melecio Rael and the late Fred Rael. Sisters are Euralia Torres, Grace Martinez, Tina Padilla, Margaret Cummings and the late Delia Gonzales.

Rosary was recited on December 22, 2009. Funeral mass was held on December 23, 2009. Both services were held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment wash held at the El Pueblito Cemetery in Questa.

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Date of Death December 20th, 2009
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Location 818 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur
Taos NM 87571
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Irene Duran published condolence .

Ruth & family Thinking of you at the time of your great loss. Mr. Rael was a very dear friend of our family. My father and him will be reminacing the good old days. Trusting the Lord to give you comfort for today, strength for tomorrow and hope for the future. With Deepest Sympathy and Heartfelt Prayers. The Pacheco Family

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Dear Ruth and family, I'm sorry for your loss. I'm thankful for getting to meet and get to know Aaron. He will be missed. Sincerly, Frank Struck and boys

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My dear friend Cynthia and Rael Vigil family, Our deepest sympathy in your loss. You are always in my prayers. In reading of him, he was a great man...God Bless you always...

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Peggy Nes & Bob Alderisio published condolence .

Aaron Rael Sr was one of the most decent, kind & thoughtful man we ever knew. He will be greatly missed by the many, many people whose lives he touched. Our love & prayers go out to all his beloved family, to dearest Ruth, to Buddy & Cynthia & Roberta, to his beautiful grandchildren, his brothers & sisters, and to all who had the great priveledge, & joy of knowing him. Peggy & Bob

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