Eddie Rangel, born on March 27, 1949, peacefully passed away in his sleep on October 7, 2023. He was married to Charlotte Rangel for an incredible 46 years and has now been reunited with his beloved wife in heaven. Eddie is also preceded in death by his parents, Mildred Dietrich and Ignacio Rangel, and his two brothers: Ignacio Jr Rangel (Neches) and Manuel (Mele) Rangel.
Left behind to honor his memory are his loving son Robert Rangel, devoted daughters Michelle Flores (chopper) and spouse, Tatiana Jaramillo. Eddie was the oldest of five siblings, survived by Rita Reyes and spouse, Anita Rangel (Noni), Daniel Rangel, Rey Ann Nastacio-Cata, and Tara Gabaldon. His legacy extends to four grandchildren: Dante, Armani, Trinity, Brianna; as well as five great-grandchildren.
Eddie had a heart for children and opened his home to many in need. He generously shared the word of the Lord and offered prayers to those seeking solace. Known for his incredible love for children and unwavering faith in God, Eddie was a father figure to countless individuals.
His dedication to serving extended beyond family and friends. Eddie bravely served in the Vietnam War between March 4, 1968, and March 3, 1971. Despite having an opportunity to pursue a career in professional baseball, he made the selfless choice to serve his country in Vietnam.
In addition to his military service, Eddie coached youth baseball, basketball, track, and cross country in Bernalillo. He willingly offered his knowledge and skills to the little league as well as middle school and high school students. Eddie's commitment to nurturing young athletes knew no bounds.
Eddie was known for being a true friend who never hesitated to offer a helping hand. He provided solace and protection to many, and although occasionally stubborn, his love was unwavering and unparalleled.
Throughout his life, Eddie was affectionately referred to as a husband, Dad, TaTa, brother, Ed, Eddie, but above all, he will be remembered as a devoted Child of God.
His passing has undoubtedly left a void in our lives that cannot be filled. We mourn the loss of Eddie Rangel with tears and broken hearts. May we find solace in the enduring memories of his love and the indelible mark he left on this world.
The following Psalm 16 contains the golden truth of the resurrection and what was on Eddie's kitchen table with a letter of a word of encouragement:
1 Keep me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge.
2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.”
3 I say of the holy people who are in the land,
“They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
4 Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.
I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods
or take up their names on my lips.
5 Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.
6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.
7 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
8 I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful[b] one see decay.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
WORDS OF ENCOURGEMENT:
After the storm,
God sends blue skies,
After Deep valleys,
Lovely hills arise.
After dark nights,
God sends the dawn.
After hearts break,
God gives a song.
After our tears,
God sends more grace.
After our pain,
God grants more faith.
After our loss-
After our grief,
God grants us joy.
And deeper peace.