Eloy Gonzales Sr., 92, of Rawlins passed away Jan. 4 at Memorial Hospital of Carbon County surrounded by his family.
Born April 3, 1927, in San Pablo, N.M., Eloy served in the U.S. Army as a communications specialist. He served in Korea where he learned the Korean language, which he exercised whenever he could. After his military service, Eloy worked at the Wyoming State Penitentiary and the Union Pacific Railroad.
Eloy will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 71 years, Aurora. They had 12 children: Robert and Vivian Gonzales of Las Vegas, Nev.; Frances and Jim Vigil of Laramie; Julia and David Cruz of Fort Collins, Colo.; Yolanda and Ralph Padilla of Laramie; Alice and Ted Garcia of Rawlins; Elsie and Phil Sanchez of Rawlins; Anthony and Jackie Gonzales of Laramie; Cathy and Lawrence Pino of Rawlins; Richard Gonzales of Albuquerque, N.M.; John and Di Gonzales of Rawlins; Trindad and Eva Gonzales of Albuquerque, N.M.; and Eloy Jr. and Beatrice Gonzales of Rawlins. The family includes 31 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren.
Eloy is also survived by his siblings, Polly Gonzales, Rose Lucero (Gilbert), Eloy Gonzales (Anadeen), Beatrice Jeron and Gilbert Gonzales (Linda).
He was preceded in death by his parents, Juan and Secundina Gonzales; his infant son, Daniel; his grandson, Andy Vigil; and daughter-in-law, Di Gonzales.
Eloy was a fan of boxing, football, and wrestling. He enjoyed reading the Bible and other religious books. He liked to gather with friends and family, listened to a variety of music and enjoyed dancing. Other activities he enjoyed included hunting and fishing. He was a collector of hats and military memorabilia. He kept track of everyone’s birthdays and anniversaries and he never failed to call on those days. His sense of humor was a joy for everyone.
Eloy shared love, wisdom and guidance with all. He touched our lives in unmeasurable ways that we will carry in our hearts for the rest of our lives.
Viewing will take place from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at Jacoby Funeral Home. Rosary/Mass will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at St. Josephs Catholic Church.
Jacoby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Tributes and condolences may be offered online at www.jacobycares.com.
This is a paid obituary.