Jose L. Gonzales
Jose Luciano Gonzales, 77, of Uvalde died on Dec. 28, 2017, at Amistad Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
A rosary will be recited tomorrow and again Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary.
A funeral mass will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.
He was born on Aug. 1, 1940, to Maria (Martinez) and Jacinto Hernandez Gonzales in Uvalde.
He married Francisca Jaramillo on Jan. 26, 1964, in Sabinas, Coahuila, Mexico
Although he was born in Texas, his family came to Uvalde from Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, for work. At a still-young age, his father died and his mother was left to care for young children. He soon learned the value of hard work. He was raised with strong religious values including love for God, his family and his friends. He made a point and almost a duty to always look out for his loved ones, to which many of them will testify he did well.
From daily visits and birthday parties to weddings and graduations, he was there for not only his own children, but for many of his nieces and nephews that had lost their father.
Gonzales graduated from Uvalde High School and his love for his city and the Coyotes was well known. Although he made the football team in high school, he was not allowed to play due to his after school responsibilities at home and part time job at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
That did not alter his love for the game – if anything it may have ignited a deeper passion for sports. Baseball was one of his all-time favorite hobbies. His favorite professional team was the Houston Astros, long before they were called the Astros and became World Series Champs.
You would often find Gonzales, a long-bearded man, standing along the fence line, cheering on the Coyotes. At football games he always knew the quarter back playing, the tight ends, running backs, etc., always supporting his compadres’ sons, grandsons, nephews – you name it, as long as they were Coyotes, he was a fan. The family says the Uvalde High School athletic department has lost one of it’s best fans, who although unnoticed, always cheered them on.
Gonzales is survived by three sons, Antonio J. Gonzales and wife, Paula, Jacinto J. Gonzales, and Rogelio J. Gonzales and wife, Isela, all of Uvalde; three daughters, Marcela G. Cabralez and husband, Jaime, all of Uvalde, Morima Navarro and husband, Ezekiel, of Mansfield, and Stephanie Hernandez and husband, Gaspar, of Brownsville; one sister, Maria Ascension Gonzales; and two brothers, Diego Gonzales and Faustino M. Gonzales, all of Uvalde; 11 grandchildren, Danika G. Velasquez and husband, O.Z., Serena N. Martinez and husband, Christopher, Jazel Ramirez and husband, Jerry, Pete V. Ybarra Jr., Brianna G. Ybarra, Jose Daniel Gonzales, Christian Gonzales, and Andres Luciano Gonzales, all of Uvalde, Samantha F. Munoz and husband, Samuel, of San Antonio and Royce Joe Gonzales and Arron Gonzales, both of Camp Wood; 23 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 53 years; three brothers, Pablo Gonzales, Jacinto Gonzales, and Ernesto Gonzales; five sisters, Juanita Reyna, Guadalupe Gonzales, Isabel Gonzales, Antonia Gonzales and Guadalupe Gonzales; and two great-grandchildren, Joseph Ybarra and Sam Munoz.
Pallbearers will be Rogelio Gonzales, Royce Joe Gonzales, Jose Daniel Gonzales, David Gonzales, Ricardo Gonzales and Eddie Gonzales.
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