Raymond Basquez, 84, of Augusta, passed away on his 61st wedding anniversary, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. Raymond was born in Capurte, S.D., on Aug. 30, 1928 to the late Rafalia (Jaramillo) and Andrew Basquez. Also waiting on his heavenly arrival were his brothers, Nicholas, Daniel, Gonzales, Jesse and Ralph Basquez, and sisters, Johnnie Basquez and Chancy Lee Sloan.
He served in the Oklahoma National Guard as a PFC. Raymond worked for Lewis Morris Construction before starting his own construction company. He was responsible for building many subdivisions and residential homes in Augusta. He also built many landmarks in the Augusta area including the Armory, the old Augusta State Bank building and was involved in many commercial remodeling projects.
Raymond walked the talk and had a strong faith. His favorite scripture was John 14 and he loved talking about the place that God has prepared for us. He was devoted to his family and committed to his church. On Dec. 24, 1951 he married his wife and soul mate, Corene (Westerman) in Wetumka, Okla., who survives him. Together they built a successful home and business. They opened their home and hearts to many.
Being family was one of the most important values he learned as a child and he taught to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, which includes: sons, Gene (Ruth) Basquez of Augusta, David Basquez of Wichita and Douglas (Nancy) of El Dorado; daughters, Vicky (Robert) Clifford of Augusta and Raylene (Pastor Jerry) Burns of Leon; grandchildren, Mindi, Kristi, Chelia, Jon, Amy, Andy, Brice, Brent, Tricia, Amanda, Matthew, Jerrica, Abbey; and 16 great grandchildren. He is also survived by brother, Jim Basquez of Wetumka, Okla., and sisters, Doris Davis of Glenpool, Okla., Julia (Alvin) Keathley of Wetumka and Maggie (Kenneth) Johnson of Harrisonville, Mo.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Headley Funeral Chapel, 813 State St., Augusta. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Community Crossroads Church, 720 State, Augusta.
Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery, Augusta. Memorial donations made to Community Crossroads Church.