Funeral escort for USMC CPL Raymond Joe on 12/30

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The family of USMC CPL Raymond Joe is requesting a funeral escort on Wednesday December 30, 2020.

STAGING: 9:30 Salazar Mortuary, 3rd Street Southwest, Albuquerque, NM
KSU: 10:00 am
DESTINATION: Gallup Veterans Cemetery, Gallup, NM
ROUTE: west on I-40 (141 miles)

Gravesite service will be at 12:30pm, conducted for immediate family only. Thereafter, visitors may pay their respect immediately following services will be conducted in accordance with CDC and Navajo Nation Covid-19 guidelines to protect friends and family. Thank you for understanding and cooperating.

USMC CPL Raymond Joe served in the USMC from 12/1991 to 12/1995. He is a decorated combat engineer veteran. He was a Master Blaster with Chevron Mining until he went to school for nursing. He earned his ADN in Nursing in 2011 and has been a very well known, skillful, intelligent and caring RN. He served the northern NM population throughout his nursing career. He was a cardiology RN at San Juan Regional Medical Center, an ICU RN at Navajo Nation Medical Center, a flight nurse at Gallup Med Flight, an ICU and Tour Supervisor with Gallup Indian Medical Center and then a home health nurse with Giving Home Health.

USMC CPL Raymond Joe lost his battle to COVID-19 on December 19, 2020 in Albuquerque at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center.  He is one of the few male Navajo nurses that can speak fluent Navajo.

USMC CPL Raymond Joe is survived by his mother Mary J. Joe of Manuelito, NM, spouse Eugenia“Gena” Johnson from Farmington, NM, and sons Tristan, Noah and Chance along with a daughter Shundiin. Ms. Johnson is also an ER RN at Navajo Nation Medical Center.

During his military career, Mr. Joe was awarded 4 medals; Nation Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Southwest Asia Service Medal. He was a proud Marine corps veteran, father, brother, cousin, uncle and husband. He will be tremendously missed by so many. He was admired by many and always had a special caring way he would talk to the elderly patients. He was always the family man and kept his family close to his heart and home. To him, family was first and he always helped everyone in need. He was very devoted to his work and family. He was also an avid Arizona Cardinals fan. He will be sorely missed by many. The nursing profession has lost a great Nurse and person. Semper fi Marine! We love you so much.

On behalf of the Navajo Hopi Honor Riders, we send our condolences and prayers to the family of USMC CPL Raymond Joe. We thank you for your service, you will never be forgotten. Rest in peace marine.

Contact: Eugenia Johnson