Henry George AcevesOctober 10, 2017
Henry G. Aceves, passed away peacefully, on October 10, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.
Henry was born in Albuquerque, NM and raised on a ranch in the Manzano Mountains (Rancho El Chinchonte). He attended Estancia High School and the University of Albuquerque. He was a businessman, rancher, developer, conservationist, devoted Husband, Father, Papa, Uncle, and Godfather to many. He was a diehard Dallas Cowboy and San Francisco Giants fan. Henry started his business in Old Town in 1974, Aceves Old Town Basket & Rug Shop. He also developed Plaza Don Luis in Old Town in 1994. As a rancher, his most treasured time was working on his ranch in the Manzano Mountains.
In 2011 he was awarded Conservationist of the Year from the East Mountain Soil and Conservation District and the same year was awarded the Harry E. Kinney Good Neighbor Award.
Henry was a good steward of his land in the Manzano Mountains and was instrumental in making a firebreak which saved many homes during the 2016 Dog Head Fire.
Henry was hard working, kind, generous, loving and respected by all. He was a mentor to many, and especially a mentor and father figure to his nephew, Ruben Martinez. He unequivocally gave of himself to help those in need. He was a man of faith and was a 3rd Degree Knight of Columbus, Council #641, for 47 years.
He served on the San Felipe de Neri Church Finance Council. At Christmas time, for many years, together with the Old Town Optimists, he organized and monetarily supported a toy and food party for impoverished children.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Luis and Emma Schubert Aceves.
He leaves behind his wife of 47 years, Karen; his children, Erin Aceves, Ashley Aceves (Mychael Wilson); seven grandchildren, Santiago and Camarae Chavez, Josiah, Jacoby and Marcus Wilson, Craven and Kysen Wimberly; sister, Fita Witte (Jerry); and brother, Louie Martin Aceves (Esther).
A special thank you to Melissa Romero, his caregiver assistant, who took extra good care of him during his illness. A thank you to the UNM Cancer Center for all the angels who touched his life through their compassion and care, especially Dr. Dulcinea Quintana and Shari Freyer, PA.
Indeed, Henry Aceves was a special man and he will be missed and continually loved always.
Solamente La Mano de Dios podra separanos.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Henry’s name to the San Felipe de Neri Church Arise and Rebuild Fund at P.O. Box 7007, Albuquerque, NM, 87194.
Pallbearers: Ruben Martinez, Antonio Torres, Eddie Aceves, Jeff Witte, Jon Witte, Ryan McGuire, Ray (Noonies) Wright, Jr., Michael Chavez. Honorary Pallbearers: Santiago and Camarae Chavez, Josiah, Jacoby & Marcus Wilson, Craven and Kysen Wimberly, Angelo Martinez, Ramon and Armando Torres, Jerry Sanchez, and Jonathan and Henry Espinosa.
Rosary will be recited Sunday, October 15, 2017, 3:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 1860 Griegos Drive NW, Albuquerque, NM. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Monday, October 16, 2017, 9:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 1860 Griegos Drive NW, Albuquerque, NM. Private Interment will be at the Aceves Memorial Cemetery.