Billy Ray Hern

Jun 30,1950---Sep 16,2020

Billy Ray Hern 

June 30, 1950 to September 16, 2020

Billy Ray Hern, age 70, resident of Rio Rancho, NM passed away Wednesday, September 16, 2020.

Billy is preceded in death by his parents Pearlie Mae and Calvin Henry Hern, nephews Jason and Lucas.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years Janie Sue Hern. Children Renee, Richard and wife Jessica, Aimee and husband Tony.  Grandchildren Courtney and husband Logan, Emily, Hugo, Vera and Maisie.  His sister, Linda Candelaria of Arkansas.  Brothers- and Sisters-in-law’s Allen, Judi, Jerry, Faye, and many nieces and nephews.

Billy was in the first graduating class of West Mesa High School in 1968.  He proudly served in the US Navy from 1968 to 1972 and then joined the Navy Reserves and served for 20 more years.  He retired as a Chief Petty Officer loved the Navy every day of his life.

Billy Retired from Lectrosonics, Inc in Rio Rancho January 2018.  He loved his job there and his coworkers were his second family.

Honorary Pallbearers are Allen Rogers, Jerry Rogers, Eddie Sifuentez, and Wes Herron.

A special thanks to the Staff, Nurses, and Doctors at Presbyterian Rust Cancer Center and Presbyterian Rust Hospital.

Billy you will be missed by your family and friends. May you have “Fair Winds and Following Seas.”

We love you PaPa Bear.


Arrangements entrusted to:

Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque

225 San Mateo Blvd NE

(505) 764-9663


Wesley Sep 21 ,2020

Friend ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

Bill was a great friend, a valued shoulder to bounce ideas & problems against for perspective, and he was an incredible mentor. His influence will be felt for years to come in all those that knew and loved him.

Courtney Mae Hern Sep 21 ,2020

Granddaughter ,Rio Rancho ,New Mexico

I love you Papa. These past few days I keep thinking about all the memories we have together. Every day you drove me to school, watching movies together, and you being there for me at every accomplishment. I love you so much, and I miss you beyond comprehension. You are my hero, and I admire all the hard work you've done throughout your life. I aspire to have you ambition and resilience. Until we meet again, I love you Papa.

PETER A DURAN Sep 21 ,2020

Veronica Duran ,RIO RANCHO ,New Mexico

RIP.CHIEF!!! GOD BLESS!!! Janie & you guys..... Pete & Veronica Duran.........

Jill Trujillo Sep 22 ,2020

I didn't have the honor of knowing "PaPa Bear" But I would like to thank him for his service to our great country. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. May God comfort you during your time of sorrow. R.I.P.

Joe Pino Sep 24 ,2020

Shipmate ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

Chief Hern I mourn you loss. Thank you for all the wonderful memories as a shipmate and a friend. RIP Joe Pino MCPO retired. Condolences to your family.

Al Simballa Sep 27 ,2020

'Shipmate' and friend. ,Tijeras ,New Mexico

Al Simballa Sep 27 ,2020

'Shipmate' and friend. ,Tijeras ,New Mexico

Janie,kids and others I don't know, I can't tell you how sorry I am to hear of Bill's passing. It was great to see you at Jackie's service and I wish we could have connected after that. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with Bill and all of you. God bless you guys and I'm sorry!