Obituary: Gary Raper Oct. 5, 1949 – Dec. 1, 2015

GARY RAPER Oct. 5, 1949 Dec. 1, 2015

Gary Raper died Dec. 1, 2015. Gary was born in Los Alamos, the Son of Verdie and Catherine Raper. He is preceded in death by his mother, Catherine.

Diagnosed with epilepsy at 9 years, his disability severely restricted his life. He was cared for at home until he was 36 when he was able to move into a group home managed by the Albuquerque Association for Retarded Citizens. He lived, worked and traveled for the next 20 years due to the wonderful care of this remarkable organization. 

As his health declined he needed more intensive health care. The family owes a debt of gratitude to his most loving nurse, Bill. 

Gary taught us all to love more, to love unconditionally, and to remember at the end of the day, it is our kindness and love for each other that is the only thing that really matters.

A memorial service will be held in the spring. Please make any donations in memory of Gary to the Albuquerque Association for Retarded Citizens.

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