Raymond V. Bernal

2013-07-24T00:00:00Z Raymond V. BernalClassifieds Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 24, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Raymond V. Bernal

88, born November 4, 1924, passed away on July 22, 2013 in his home surrounded by his family. He leaves behind his beloved wife Juanita; children, Raymond V. "Sonny" Bernal, Jr. (Cherie), Monica Bainum (Lee), Ricardo Bernal and Irma Bernal (David Pope) as well as many grand and great-grandchildren. Father had a very good work career that began as a track laborer in May 1940 then a locomotive hostler from 1942 to 1943. He served our country in the Air Force from 1943 to 1945 where he received The Air Medal five times, three bronze stars for D-Day, Battle of the Bulge and Rhine River Bridge. The day after his discharge he went back to work for Southern Pacific Railroad as a Relief Foreman, then continued as a foreman until 1962. He was honored to be the first Hispanic foreman on SP and as a foreman he laid the first Ribbon Rail in the State of Arizona. SP Railroad would not promote so he left to work for Bell Aerospace/Lockhead Electronics where he was quickly promoted to Supervisor then to Support Superintendent. Dad's own words, "I was a high school dropout and all the rest were college people." In 1973 he became a Federal track inspector until his retirement. Visitation will be on Friday, July 26, 2013 at MARTINEZ FUNERAL CHAPELS from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., followed by a Visitation at Holy Family Church at 10:00 a.m., Rosary 10:30 a.m. and Mass at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will be at Holy Hope Cemetery. Arrangements by MARTINEZ FUNERAL CHAPELS, 2580 S. 6th Ave., Tucson, AZ.

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