Rafael Chavez Sr., 59, of Gonzales, passed away Monday, July 9, 2018. He was born Oct. 13, 1958 in San Luis de la Paz, Mexico, the son of Mariano and Josefina Arredondo Chavez. He married Irma Rodriguez in 1985.
Rafael worked for several years for Boothe Hatchery and then for Caraway Ford as a mechanic for the past 26 years. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
He is survived by his wife Irma Chavez of Gonzales; daughters, Daisy Garcia and husband David, Rosario Cortes and husband Alvaro and Andrea Chavez, all of Gonzales; son, Rafael Chavez Jr. and wife Jamie of Seguin; grandchildren, Eleazar “Ace” Chavez, Elianna Chavez, Ylaina Cortes, Gahbii Gallegos, David Garcia Jr., Carlos Garcia and Julian Garcia; brother, Mariano Chavez Jr. of Mexico City, Mexico; and half-brothers, Francisco and Carmelo Chavez of Mexico City, Mexico. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Teresa Garcia; and brothers, Raul, Antonio and Jesus Chavez.
Visitation will be held from 5 - 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 with the Rosary being recited at 7 p.m. at Seydler-Hill Funeral Home. Mass of the Christian burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 12 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Reverend Michael Pienemann officiating. Interment will be at St. James Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers include Rafael Chavez Jr., Gerardo Rodriguez, Luciano Rodriguez, Ramon Gomez, David Garcia Sr., and David Rodriguez. Honorary pallbearers are Carlos Garcia, David Garcia Jr. and Eleazar “Ace” Chavez.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home, Gonzales.