MISSION – Jose Jesus Gonzalez, age 85, of Mission, Texas passed away on September 5, 2017. He lived a life characterized by the virtues of love, faith, family, honor, and integrity. He was born in Hidalgo, Texas on December 13, 1931. The son of Fidel and Victoria Montalvo Gonzalez, he was one of 13 siblings. After graduating from Mission High School, he traveled to Los Angeles, California where he worked for The Pacific Electric Railway & Motor Coach Company.
While he was living in Los Angeles, he was drafted to serve in the Army and served as a Tank Commander in Company B, 4th MTB, 112th Armor division during the Korean War. After his service during the war, he was released from active duty honorably and returned to the states as a member of the Army National Guard of Texas. He served his country for a total of 9 years, 10 months, and 3 days.
Once honorably discharged, he moved to San Antonio, Texas where he studied to become a barber. It was in San Antonio that he met and fell in love at first sight with the love of his life, Emma Riojas Gonzalez. Jose and Emma were married at Saint Henry’s Church in San Antonio, Texas on June 23, 1957. In 2017, they celebrated 60 years of a loving marriage together.
Jose, also known as “Joe” or “JJ” by his friends, was a devoted and loving husband and father. He is survived by his six children: Jose Jesus Gonzalez Jr. and his wife, Thelma Gonzalez, Patricia G. Avila, L. Javier Gonzalez, Juan Carlos Gonzalez and his wife, Alejandra Gonzalez, Monica E. Gonzalez and her husband, Raul Longoria, and Priscilla Gonzalez. He devoted his life to supporting and loving his wife and children and was especially dedicated to making sure that all of his children pursued higher education. His support and encouragement was pivotal in making this a reality for all of his children. He had a tireless work ethic and supported his family by working at the US Post Office for more than 30 years.
To those of whom he delivered mail, he became a friend and to many, like a family member. Having been a community member of Mission, Texas for most of his life, he had countless friends and was loyal and devoted to them as well.
He was a beloved grandfather to six grandchildren (Sergio Gonzalez, Marisol Gonzalez, Jose Andres Gonzalez, Caris Longoria, Leah Longoria and Sofia Gonzalez), all of whom embody his kindness, love of life and devotion to family and friends.
Visitation will be held at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission, Texas from 5:00-7:00 pm on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, followed by a Rosary from 7:00-8:00 pm. A Funeral Mass will be held on Sept. 11, 2107 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Mission, Texas from 9:30 am-10:30 am, followed by burial rites at 11:00 am at the Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery in Mission. Services are under the direction of Ric Brown Family Funeral Home of Mission.