RAUL GUZMAN AVILA, 64
Raul "Petrie" / "Bapa" Guzman, 64, of Northlake, Illinois, passed away, Wednesday, May 26, 2021 due to complications related to COVID-19.
A Celebration of Life and Spiritual Rebirth will be held at Northlake Funeral Home, 140 E. North Ave, Northlake, IL 60164 starting at 1:00 pm and ending at 7:00 pm. Pastor Robert Pinzon will be officiating, service will commence at 4:30 pm. Family and friends are welcome any time before 7:00 pm
Raul was born August 14, 1956 in Teloloapan (Los Sauces), Guerrero, Mexico, to Luis Guzman Brito and Maria del Socorro Avila. Raul was employed as a press man for Meyercord Revenue, he enjoyed his work and made many close friends. Raul enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling whenever possible and specially spending time with his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed, golfing, bowling, watching his favorite soccer team (Cruz Azul) and gardening at home.
As per his daughter's school report on her father, "His greatest strength is his resilience, he came from nothing and survived so many trials and tribulations in his lifetime that he can easily adjust to any situation and is not easily afraid. He can easily adapt, and he says that his life is great now". Anyone that knew Raul's can attest to his daughter's statement of her father.
Raul is survived by his beloved wife of 40 year Dorothea, daughter, Melisa Guzman, son Deric Guzman, two grandchildren, Jose Luis Becerra III and Nathanial Ross Knop, and his beloved dog (Kiddie) Flower of Northlake, IL; Sisters Ernestina Rodriguez and Quirina Guzman of Santa Ana, CA; Brothers Luis Guzman of Omaha, NE and Israel Guzman of Chicago, IL; and multiple nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Raul's parting advise to others: "Always work hard and continue improving in life. You will continue to learn, and things will get better and better as life goes on. Even if you are poor or don't have an education, never give up... things will come to you and fall in place as long as you work hard."
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