Was born in Questa, New Mexico. He was the 2nd oldest child of Soraida and Feliciano Rael. His father sent him to McCurdy private school in Santa Cruz de la Canada, New Mexico. There, Principal McCracken entrusted him with the care of farm animals big and small. He attended New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. He later attended the University of Oklahoma to get his Masters in Geography. He did his basic training at Ft. Carson. He was then stationed at Ft. Still before serving his country in Korea near the demilitarized zone. He was later recalled to Ft. Polk. He enjoyed and was successful with many careers including surveying for New Mexico Department of Highways and Transportation. He retired, with awards, from Tinker Air Force Base where he worked on the B-52 bomber team. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Bernie, his daughter Renee, his son Orlando Jr., his son Jonathan (Monica), his daughter Yolanda, granddaughters Tomi and Annalisa, his sister Berlinda, sister Clarita, brother Isaac, sister Rogeria, brother Paul (Carolyn), sister Abedonia, brother-in-law Elifas (Reynalda), sisters-in-law Lila, Belda, Alicia, and Emma (Ben). Services to be held in Questa, New Mexico at a later date. Please contact family directly or make a note in guest book: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/norman-ok/orlando-rael-10278821 if you would like an invitation.