A memorial service celebrating the life of Raymond A. Vigil, 86, of Mansfield, Louisiana, will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, 2023, at Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Chapel, 943 Polk Street, Mansfield, Louisiana.
Raymond A. Vigil, a beloved father, grandfather, and friend, passed away on July 4, 2023, in Shreveport, La. Born April 17, 1937, in Tularosa, New Mexico, he lived a fulfilling and adventurous life, leaving behind countless cherished memories.
Raymond’s love for the great outdoors was infectious. He had a passion for hunting and fishing, finding solace and joy in the tranquility of nature. When he wasn’t by the water’s edge or in the midst of a hunting adventure, he could be found on the golf course, honing his skills, teaching his children and grandchildren the game of golf, and enjoying friendly competition. Raymond’s enthusiasm for card games was another source of laughter and camaraderie for him and his friends as they bonded over many spirited evenings.
Family meant everything to Raymond, who treasured every moment spent with his loved ones. Watching his beloved teams, the LSU Tigers, and the New Orleans Saints, brought him immense joy. His passion for sports created lasting memories filled with excited cheers and shared victories.
Raymond’s dedication to serving his country was unwavering. He spent several years in the United States Navy, proudly defending the freedoms so important to us all. Following his military service, he joined the paper industry. After many years, he retired from International Paper Company in Mansfield, La. Raymond’s deep commitment and expertise contributed significantly to the company’s success.
Raymond will be remembered for his warm smile, his contagious laughter, and his kind-hearted nature. His friends and family will forever cherish the valuable moments, countless stories, and life lessons he shared. Raymond’s legacy lives on through his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and all those fortunate enough to have known him.
Preceding Raymond in death are his parents; Louis and Anita Vigil, son, John Vigil; brothers, Frank Vigil, Albert Maez, Johnny Vigil, and infant brother Roberto Vigil; sisters, Mary Butte, Josie Osburn, and Angelita Garcia.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 46 years, Hortensia M. Vigil of Mansfield, Louisiana; son, Raymond L. Vigil of Gainesville, Florida, daughter Judy Wilson and husband, Derric of Madison, Mississippi; Stepchildren, Gail Tully of Greenville, Texas, Diane Atwell and husband, Michael of Milton, Florida, Alfonso Fregoso and wife, Mary Paz Toledano of Mexico City, Mexico, Gabriel Fregoso and Dr. Marianna Delgado of Houston, Texas, Erika Fregoso Wysong and husband, Dr. Walter Scott Wysong, IV of Stonewall, Louisiana, Monica Fregoso of Mexico City, Mexico; sister, Linda Breuninger of Tularosa, New Mexico; brother, Charles Vigil of Tularosa, New Mexico; Grandchildren, Jared Kemp, Isabella Vigil, Anna Grace Vigil, Alex Roberts, Conner Roberts, Alfonso Fregoso, Gabriel Fregoso, Francesca Fregoso, Jimena Martinez, George Martinez, Shawn Tully, Matt Tully, Heather Tally, Jessica Tally, Courtney Perry, Candice Vaughn, Jacob Vigil, Jenny Straughan, and 16 great- grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews and other extended family members and friends.
As we say goodbye to Raymond, let us celebrate his life and the joy he brought into the lives of others. His spirit will continue to guide and inspire us on our own journeys. He will be dearly missed but never forgotten.
Rest in peace, dear Raymond. In loving memory of Raymond A. Vigil.