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Visitation

Vining Funeral Home
Friday April 16th, 2021
6:00pm - 7:00pm

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Praying of the Rosary

Vining Funeral Home
Friday April 16th, 2021
7:00pm

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Visitation

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Saturday April 17th, 2021
9:00am

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Praying of the Rosary

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Saturday April 17th, 2021
10:00am

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Mass of Christian Burial

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Saturday April 17th, 2021
11:00am

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Committal

Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery
Saturday April 17th, 2021
12:00pm

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Raul Lopez

Raul M. Lopez, of Clifton, Arizona, passed Friday March 26, 2021, at the age of 87.

Raul was born into this world October 9, 1933, to Hilario and Guadalupe Lopez of Clifton, Arizona. His early days were spent in a modest house near the river just north of Clifton. At age five he suffered the loss of his mom. Shortly afterward Tata Lalo married our Nana Rosa. Lalo and Rosa raised Raul and his four siblings: sisters Gloria, Celia, Amelia, and brother Reynaldo, in a home on the hill of east Clifton.

As a kid, Raul worked hard and played hard. Like many men from his era, he started working at an early age. During his school years, Raul worked for the Sanitary Market making deliveries between Clifton and Safford. Shortly after high school he served 3 years as a Light Weapons Infantry man in the “Bushmasters” 158th infantry unit in Safford.

Raul married Rose Silva from Bernardo, New Mexico, and they raised three children: Sharon, Jeff, and Steve. As a family we enjoyed our favorite camping spots throughout different parts of Arizona and New Mexico.

Raul’s different job opportunities came to him from Southwest New Mexico and Eastern Arizona. As a copper miner, he eventually found himself back in Clifton.

Raul married his second wife, Aida Johnson. Our family quickly grew to become six. Dad and Aida were married for 43 years. They both shared a passion for adventure and travel. They each enjoyed being close to their family and friends. As all six of us were off making lives of our own, Dad and Aida lived in the old blue house on Smelter Hill Road.

Retiring from the Phelps Dodge Corp., Raul started a second career as the owner and operator of RR&A ice company. For 16 years Raul delivered and sold packaged ice in all of Greenlee county. His ice company sponsored youth baseball and made contributions to the local veterans’ organizations in Clifton.

Raul is preceded in death by: his parents, Lalo and Rosa; his brother, Reynaldo; his wife, Aida; and his great-grandson, Jacob.

He is survived by: his blessed sisters, Gloria, Celia, and Amelia; his loving children, Sharon, Jeff, and Steve; his three children by marriage to Aida, Ronald, Sandra, and Susan; seven great-grandchildren and eight grandchildren. His legacy will live on through us and the people whose heart he touched.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Raul will be celebrated Saturday, April 17, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church by Rev. Nathaniel Mma. Committal will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery with military honors conferred by the Clifton American Legion Lloyd C. Hill Post #28 Honor Guard.

A rosary and prayers for Raul will be offered Friday evening, April 16, 2021, at 7:00 p.m., at the Vining Funeral Home and Saturday morning, April 17, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Family will receive friends Friday evening, April 16, 2021, at 6:00 p.m., at the Vining Funeral Home and Saturday morning, April 17, 2021, at 9:00 a.m., at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.


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Guestbook

It's been a month today since we laid you to rest. I miss you terribly Dad. I long to hear your voice and laughter, to see your beautiful eyes sparkle when you smile. I mostly miss the times we shared together... watching old westerns, talking a little bit about everything, drinking coffee in the morning while watching the birds feed, motivating each other to tackle the task at hand and reminiscing about the past. I miss hugging you and hearing you say "I love you." I'm trying my best to get through this Dad, but it's really hard because not only did I loss you as my father, I lost my best friend as well. I love you Dad and miss you sooooo much.

Sharon May 17 2021 9:04 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Raul Lopez

Sharon May 17 2021 8:32 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Raul Lopez

Berta Manuz Apr 23 2021 9:44 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Raul Lopez

Berta Manuz Apr 23 2021 9:44 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Raul Lopez

PATRICIA HERNANDEZ Apr 17 2021 7:33 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Raul Lopez

Henry Marquez Apr 16 2021 9:20 PM

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Ruth Silva Apr 13 2021 5:54 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Raul Lopez

Terri Villescas Apr 9 2021 9:34 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Raul Lopez

Andreana Rossi Apr 1 2021 11:37 PM

Our condolences to the Lopez Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Mr. Lopez was a very kind and respectable man. He always went out of his way to say "Hello" and ask "How you were doing?" He would often stop by and offer a bag of ice on a summer day. Good byes are not forever and not the end; It simply means I'll miss you until we meet again! Shane Dunagan & Family

Shane Dunagan Apr 1 2021 10:46 AM

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