Ignacio "Archie" Archibeque,1939-2012 | VailDaily.com

Ignacio "Archie" Archibeque,1939-2012

Archie peacefully went home to our Lord surrounded by his family early Sunday morning at his home in Gypsum.

Ignacio was born in La Loma, N.M., to Max and Dulia Archibeque. Archie worked as a miner in his early years in the area in various mines and tunnels, and then became a master carpenter in Vail. After a back injury, he worked at the Cordillera Lodge and retired after 10 years of service.

He is survived by Oralia, his loving wife of 53 years. They were married in Encino, N.M. in 1958, and then moved to Minturn in 1960. They bought their first home in Red Cliff in 1962 where they raised their five children: Eva Jo, Maxine (Steve) Jaramillo, Margi (John) Arguello, Tomas (Angel) and Theodore (Stephanie). In 1986 they moved to Gypsum. His 17 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren loved their “Popo” who always welcomed them with open arms and a smile. His early years were spent as the oldest of his six sisters and four brothers where he matured at a young age.

He left his mark on so many including his numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and friends as a hard worker, devout Catholic and a humble, gentle man.

Interests, pursuits, and other leisure activities took the form of gardening, landscaping (his back yard is a work of art), camping, and playing his guitar – but it was his love for fixing things where his talents really shined. His kids kept busy because wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix, and his style epitomized an ‘old school’ work ethic, where he was most fulfilled only after a hard day’s work. He was also a skilled marksman and truly enjoyed his hunting expeditions. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him well.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Victor and grandsons AJ and Bo.

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The Vigil will be held on Tuesday, July 31, at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Eagle. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated by Monsignor Robert Kinkel on Wednesday at 11 a.m. also at St. Mary’s. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Gypsum.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations in his name to Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, AL 35210-9948.

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