Raymond Arthur Pacheco, age 72, passed away unexpectedly at home on December 25, 2017.
Ray served as a United States Postal Service employee and was retired after 43 years of service. He was born on August 3, 1945, to Joseph Pacheco and Silvia (Flores) Pacheco. He was one of eight children. As a young man, Ray served in the Vietnam War. It was while he was in the Army, stationed in Chestertown, MD, that he attended a birthday party and fell in love at first sight with Sharon Capel, embarking on a journey with her that began with their marriage on July 5, 1966, and would last more than five decades.
Ray is survived by his loving wife, Sharon (Capel) Pacheco, his four children, Raymond, Kathy, Michael, Shari and by many grand and great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by brothers, Edward, Joe and Ronald; and sisters, Phyllis and Marie.
Ray was many things; a stable, dedicated, dependable husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend whose hard work and high standards ensured that those he loved had everything they needed; a stickler for promptness and detail; an independent spirit who valued self-sufficiency and asked for little from others; a savvy bargain-hunter who could haggle with the best of them. He was also generous and thoughtful, likely to pick up just the right gift for someone just because they crossed his mind, always ready to lend a hand if someone needed help.
He loved being outdoors in nature, especially the mountains, where he might be found exploring with his metal detector, searching for hidden treasures and interesting objects – or perhaps hunting, fishing or playing golf. You might also find him at the Elks Club, playing a game of pool, or maybe out bowling. Wherever he was, you could be sure he was surrounded by friends. He had a lot of good friends because he was one; lots of people thought the world of Ray.
At home with his family, Ray loved to cook; his chili was so good and he loved to make it so much that his nickname was ‘Chile Ray’. Other perennial favorites were salsa and breakfast, complete with a hot cup of ‘coff’.
Ray had a big life, and he filled it all the way up with love and food and countless things, large and small, that will never be forgotten and can’t possibly be replaced. In the wake of his passing he leaves an endless amount of gratitude and grief.
In lieu of flowers, Ray’s family asks that those who wish to remember him do so with a donation to the suicide prevention organization of your choice, especially those who focus on veterans. Active Heroes www.www.activeheroes.org Suicide Prevention Lifeline www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org Mission 22 www.mission22.com The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention www.afsp.org/
Services are under the direction of Return to Nature Funeral Home, Colorado Springs, Colorado www.returntonaturecolorado.com