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“Herlinda, Please know that you and your family are in our prayers. May you find peace in knowing that Raul is now sitting in heaven with the Lord.....Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Phil & Lil Mora Mary Gomez - CO

“My deepest sympathies go out to your family for the loss of Buddy. He is in good hands now with God and will be well taken care of. Just remember...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Mona Nache Garcia - East Moline, IL

“We follow a pathway that has no end as we travel through life day by day. Together with those who are dear to our hearts and are there by our side...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Frank Gomez - AZ

“Victoria, Holding you and your family close in prayer. May you feel God's strength and comfort. ”
4 of 6 | Posted by: Sue R. - Andalusia, IL - Friend

“Heaven is a place nearby, so there's no need to say goodbye. God Bless you Linda, Joe, Vickie, Lydia and Jennifer. Your forever in our hearts and...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Lupe Gomez - MO

“My deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your family Victoria. Your dad will be taken care of by God now. May he rest in peace. ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: Darla Lehmkuhl - Moline, IL


Raol Gomez, 81, of Moline, IL, died Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at St. Anthony's Nursing & Rehabilitation.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 22, 2012 at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., 6601 38th Avenue, Moline, IL. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time at the funeral home. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery. Memorials may be made to V.F.W. Post #8890, 1810 1st street, East Moline, IL, 61244.

Raol was born on July 24, 1931 on Hero Street in Silvis, IL, the son of Ambrosio and Amanda (Gonzales) Gomez. He married Herlinda Agnes Zamora on May 28, 1955 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in East Moline, IL. Raol worked as a set up man for John Deere Harvester, retiring in 1986. He was a member of St. Mary's in Moline as well as the V.F.W. in East Moline. Active in local politics, Raol was the Precinct Committeman in Moline as well as an advocate for his brother, Joe, in contributing a great deal to the Hero Street Movement. Raol enjoyed bowling, horseback riding, and riding motorcycles. In his younger years, Raol was a competitive boxer at a local gym and was nicknamed "Buddy the Boxer". He always loved dancing weather it was in the ring or on the dance floor. It was a little known fact that Raol could build almost anything and was an architect at heart following only the blueprints in his mind. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

Survivors include
Wife Herlinda Gomez Moline, IL
Children Joe Gomez Conroe, TX
Victoria (Brian) Gomez-Holst Moline, IL
Lydia (Alex) Quinones Aurora, IL
Jennifer Gomez Moline, IL
Grandchildren Briahna Holst
Stephanie (Stu) Saucier
A.J. Quinones
Mirasia Gomez
Great Grandchildren Solei & Sydney Saucier
Sisters Matilda Lopez
Lilly Gomez
Josephine Carrera

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Joe, Art, Tom, Robert, and Rudy; sister, Alice.

Online condolences may be left for the family by visiting his obituary at www.esterdahl.com.