In loving Memory
Raymond Cardenas Camarillo
Order of Procession
Rosary: Lynda Camarillo and Eric Prischtt
First Reading: Be Not Afraid
Responsorial: Anthony Robles
Sirach 44:1, 10-15
Gospel: Psalm 103
Offertory Song: Raymond R. Villa
Intercessions: Revelation 21: 1-5b, 6b-7
Remembrance: Rev. Niko Atonio
Recessional Hymn: John 6: 37-40
Into Your Hands
Daniel & Matthew Camarillo
Prayer of St. Francis
Susan C. Gannon and Vince Camarillo
On Eagle's Wings
Raymond Cardenas Camarillo is the oldest of four children born to Atanacia and
Julian Camarillo. His two sister’s Vera Orozco and Helen Aquallo are still living. His best friend
and brother Frank Camarillo passed away in September 2015. The family lived in Pacoima,
CA for most of their childhood. Raymond joined the US Army Infantry Division in 1944 and
served in World War II. He spent 7 months in Luzon, Philippines and a year in Japan which took
one month to get there on a boat. He was in the 25th Infantry Division where he then received
numerous metals including Good Conduct and the Bronze Star. He was honorably discharged in
Raymond worked in several positions before falling into masonry. On December 7th,1946 he
married Mercedes Quezada. They had five children; Nicholas, Susan, Gilbert, Gregory and Vince.
Nicholas passed away at the age of 21 on March 11th,1969 while serving in the US Army.
Raymond & Mercedes were married for 67 years. She then passed away July 28th, 2013 from
Cancer. Raymond is a proud grandfather to 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren whom
all love and respect him. He was Gramps, Grandpa, GG, Compa, R.C and Papi to them
In 1970 he started his own masonry business as well as working for other masonry contractors
before becoming a master craftsman in masonry. The first trip he ever took his family to was
Yosemite National Park. It was his favorite vacation spot. Followed by Carpenteria State beach,
he and Mercedes would load up their trailer, the kids and stay for a weeks at a time. He had an
infinite love for the ocean. He had traveled to Washington, Arizona, Monterey and Tennessee. He
participated in Cub Scouts, Boys Scouts and Knights of Columbus in his spare time. He
volunteered his time for local school, park projects, Mary Immaculate Church, and Guardian
Angel Church in Pacoima, a place he was proud to call his birthplace.
His morning ritual consisted of the paper (sports page to be exact) along with a cup of coffee. He
preferred to spend his time outdoors in the company of his little dog, Chata. His favorite foods
were popcorn, huevos ranchero, menudo nopales and.... Mexican food all together. He loved to
attend family parties and visit with his sisters. He was devoted to and loved his family immensely.
He spent his days at the VA Hospital Adult Day Care Center where he visited his fellow Veterans.
He was very popular there as he was always happy and social. In his later years, he participated in
the Veterans Parade held in San Fernando and was escorted by Richard Villa, a Vietnam Veteran.
You can be sure he always had an ear to ear smile as he waved his flag going though the parade.
He was so proud to have served his country.
In October 2015 he also went on a trip of a lifetime, escorted by Ramon Estrada; they attended
the Honor Flight Southland program in Washington D.C and visited WWII Memorial park. He
visited his WWII monument, the Pentagon, amongst other historical sites. When he arrived back
home, our Hero was greeted by our family along with an airport full of well wishers and live
music. What an unforgettable sight!
On October 2nd, 2016 he went to Hawaii to attend his 25th Infantry Division reunion. He was
escorted by Gilbert and Lynda Camarillo. While on the flight right before lift off, the stewardess
announced there was a WWII Veteran on board. Cue to a big loud round of applause from the
entire plane! Hooray!! Hawaii was special place as he had taken Mercedes in the past to attended
the 25th Infantry reunions. It was a bitter sweet return for his last visit.
Raymond lived to the age of 90! He accomplished so much in his time. He was loved and
cherished by all and will be dearly missed. As he would say.... "What a life! What a life!"
Raymond joined the US Army Infantry Division in 1944 and served in
World War II. He spent 7 months in Luzon, Philippines and a year in
Japan which took one month to get there on a boat. He was in the 25th
Infantry Division where he then received numerous metals including
Good Conduct and the Bronze Star. He was honorably discharged in 1946.