Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Luis M. Reyes

Luis M. Reyes

August 5, 1923
Atotnilco, Jalisco, Mexico
December 5, 2014
Phoenix, Arizona

Luis Moreno Reyes, 91, of Phoenix, passed away on December 5, 2014 in Phoenix. He was born on August 5, 1923 in Atotnilco, near Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Luis came to the United States in 1942, at 19 years old, and learned english by reading the newspaper and listening to the radio.

He met our mother, Frances Cordero, a Harvey girl who worked at the Posada Restaurant in Winslow, Arizona. They were married in 1945, enjoying 47 years together, and raising 9 children. He began his career laying railroad tracks for the Santa Fe Railroad. He transferred to the Ice Plant, which was the largest in the US at the time. He started as a laborer, icing box cars that carried perishable foods, with ice blocks weighing 300 pounds.

In any given day, 100 trains could be loaded with ice. Each train would have up to 30 railraod railroad cars to ice, no train ever left late. Our father was promoted to the position of Assistant Foreman, and was responsible to see that enough ice was made in order to ice the box cars. He coordinated shipment with the Yard Master and Dispatcher.

During his career at the Ice Plant, Luis took a correspondence course in auto mechanics, and received and Auto Mechanics Certificate. He built a building, opened and owned a very successful auto shop. This certificate helped our father get a promotion to position as a machinist with the Santa Fe Railroad. He inspected the steam engines that required our fathers signature, and received several promotions over the next 39 years, all with injury free service, and retiring as a motor car maintainer.

Luis was very dedicated to his family working for the railroad, running his own auto mechanic shop, and selling vacuum cleaners. He was a great salesman and was number 1 in sales for that district. Our father always ensured the fmaily needs were always taken care of. He was a very patient man, always giving good sound advice, through lectures.

We all learned good solid work ethics through his teachings, leading us by example. He was active at Madre de Dios Catholic Church in Winslow, Arizona as a Crucista.

His generosity never, never ceased, always caring and giving to his family, even to his last days.
In his eyes, all his children and grandchildren are NUMBER 1.

Luis is survived by his daughters, Mary Louise Moore, Susan Estudillo, and Charlotte Lopez; his sons, Tom Reyes, George Reyes, David Reyes, and Louis Reyes Jr; 2 sisters and 7 brothers; 18 grandchildren, as well as numerous great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Frances Cordero, and also his second wife, Maria Reyes; as well as one son, Frank Reyes.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, December 11 from 8:00am-10:00am, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery, located at 8502 West Pinchot Avenue in Phoenix.  A Rosary will be recited at 9:15am, by Sister Lydia and Sister Linda.  A Funeral Mass will follow the visitation, starting at 10:00am, officiated by Father Stephan.  Interment will follow the Mass at Holy Cross Cemetery, located at 10045 West Thomas Road in Avondale.

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