Gilbert, 76, died in his sleep of natural causes on April 11, 2020. He was born on July 6, 1943 to Prestinia Richardson in Hondo, NM. He was one of 7 siblings. Gilbert married Virginia (Virgie) Marie Lucero in 1965. They were married until her death in October 2015.
Gilbert has resided in New Mexico all of his life with the exception of his military service. In the 1960s he joined the Navy and was stationed in San Diego, California and Okinawa, Japan. He was honorably discharged in 1964. After returning to New Mexico, he met and married Virgie on July 28, 1965 in Alamogordo, NM. Soon after, they moved to Roswell, bought a house on Emerald Dr. where they raised 5 boys.
Gilbert was an avid gardener. Every year you could count on a variety of vegetables from the garden. During the summer, the patio table offered fresh produce and a salt shaker. It also had fruit trees, peaches, apricots and cherries were always plentiful. So much so, we would usually give the most.
In his spare time, he enjoyed painting New Mexico landscapes. Every fall there was chile season, year after year there was roasting and ristra. He enjoyed hunting and fishing in the mountains, lakes and rivers of New Mexico. It seems that Gilbert and Virgie lived ordinary lives as New Mexicans. But they survived by raising five sons. As a testament to a life well lived, all five went to live productive lives of their
Gilbert Alfred and his wife Sandy live in Overland Park, KS, Jerry Samuel and Jeana follow his career and have lived in several locations (most recently moved from Delaware to Fountain, CO), Richard Gary and Kathy live in Falcon, CO, Gabriel Grant and Rebecca live in Albuquerque, NM and Granville Lucero and Dina live in Las Cruces, NM.
He was predeceased by his mother and his brothers Frank. His brother Bert died shortly after Gilbert. He is survived by his brothers Balois Richardson, Ernie Jimenez and his sisters Joann Sanchez, Cecelia Sanchez and Rosemary Smith. There are several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A Rosary will be at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, September 16, 2022, at St. John’s Catholic Church Mass to follow at 10:00 a.m. Immediately following mass, Gilbert will be laid to rest alongside Virgie at General Douglas L McBride Veterans Cemetery.
Gilbert, Jerry, Richard, Gabriel, Granville with our now adopted dad Uncle Raul Lucero
invite you to join us at the American Legion to celebrate the lives of our parents from 12 to 4.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematorium. An online register is available at www.ballardfuneralhome.com.