August 20, 1955 - July 25, 2021
On Sunday, July 25, 2021, Marshall Raymond “Ray” Gonzales, loving husband, father (Pops) of five children, thirteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, unexpectedly passed away at age 65.
Ray was born on August 20, 1955 in Oakland CA to Ernie and Sally Gonzales. He was a master craftsman and small business owner in custom upholstery for 47 years, more recently semi-retired, driving part-time for a medical transport company. He married Michele Mello on September 14, 2003. They blended their families never using the word “step” children. He is survived by two sons Richard and Ben, two daughters Raelene and Lisa. His daughter Chelsea preceded him in death November 1, 2010.
He had a passion for collectibles, especially 1:18 die cast cars, modifying them with custom tires, lift kits and more. He loved interior painting and decorating with Michele as they created two homes together over the years. He took pride always trying to have the most gorgeous lawns in the neighborhood. He loved a special genre of music especially Old School and the Groove. He was known for his quick and most often humorous wit. His heart was larger than life, willing to come to bat for anyone who needed help. His spirit was one of kindness and compassion, with his faith in Jesus as his foundation.
Ray is also survived by his sisters Gloria (Bill), Ernestine, Rebecca, Emily and Terri (Rick) and brothers David, Daniel (Carol) and Manuel as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his Pops Ernie, his mother Sally and his older brother Joseph.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, October 1, 2021 at Vintage Church, 4343 W FM 93 Temple, Texas at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to Vintage Church’s Reach and Build -Vintage Kids.