|Carlos Jimenez, Jr., 76, retired Air Force Staff Seargent and long time musician of Wellington, Kansas died Thursday afternoon, June 9, 2005 at Via Christi Regional Medical Center St. Francis Campus, Wichita, Kansas.
Carlos was born the son of Carlos and Jesusita (Martinez) Jimenez, Sr. on December 25, 1928 in Indian Harbor, Indiana.
Carlos served his country through the United States Air Force for over 20 years and retired in 1969. During his tour of duty, Carlos served as a Fire Fighter and was involved with USO Tours where he could showcase his musical talent.
He was involved with music for most of his life and following his retirement from the Air Force, he was the band leader and percussionist for Jimenez and the Lazy J Playboys. Carlos and his band played country music and held a house gig for well over 20 years. Throughout his music career Carlos received many awards and honors and was even fortunate enough to play on the same stage as Elvis Presley. Jimenez and the Lazy J Playboys were very well traveled in the New England area and Carlos received induction into the New Hampshire Country Music Association Hall of Fame.
In 1997, Carlos decided to relocate from the New England area to Wellington, Kansas to be closer to his many family members.
Survivors include his children; Rachel Garreau of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Elizabeth Graves of Wellington, Kansas, Jack Jimenez and his wife Noreen of Wellington, Kansas, Gaby Carver and her husband David of Las Vegas, Nevada, grandchildren; Tyler Jimenez, Alec Jimenez, Ely Graves, Melanie Gooch, Dallas Carver, Joshua Carver, great-grandchildren; Regan Register, Frankie Register, Dannie Gooch, brothers; Cevero Jimenez and his wife Bev, Stephen Jimenez and his wife Helen, Tomas Jimenez, sisters; Maria Bansemer, Theresa Flook, Ramona Jimenez, Jeannie Mistler and her husband Roger, Anita Avilla and her husband Bill, Margaret Perez and her husband John, Carmen Lindsey, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Nancy Arebalo.
Mass of Christian Burial for Carlos will be Saturday, June 18, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Anthony Catholic Church, Wellington, Kansas.
Interment with Military Honors will follow in the Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Wellington, Kansas.
Friends are invited to call at the Day Funeral Home from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday, June 13, 2005 through Friday, June 17, 2005.
A memorial has been established in his name and loving memory with the Avenue Of Flags, P.O. Box 339, Wellington, Kansas 67152. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home.
To share a memory or to leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.
Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home and Crematory, 1030 Mission Road, Wellington, Kansas.