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Andrew H. Gonzalez
(January 21, 1921 - July 26, 2014)

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Andrew H. Gonzalez

U.S. Veteran

ANDREW H. GONZALEZ VICTORIA - Mr. Andrew H. Gonzalez from Victoria, Texas, was born January 21, 1921 and passed away July 26, 2014 at the age of 93. He was born in Tynan, Texas, and was a smelting room supervisor at Alcoa where he retired. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Paula Gonzales Gonzalez, and his daughters Lena (Sidney) Pecha from Victoria, Elizabeth (Robert) Rodriguez from Victoria, Mary Ann (Dr. Roberto)Miranda from Austin, Terry (George) Flores from Victoria, Yolanda (Robert)Griffith Cedar Park, and Maria (Dennis) Muckensturm from Corpus Christi, Texas. Also, survived by his sons Andrew (Vera) Gonzalez Jr. from Houston, Robert (Patricia) Gonzalez from Houston, Ruben (Celia) Gonzalez from Houston, Fernando (Rose) Gonzalez from Houston, Albert Sanchez from Baytown, Scott Sanchez from Katy, and Marcos Sanchez from Baytown, Texas. He is also survived by 34 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, and 20 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 45 years, Elvira R. Gonzalez, his sister Viviana Villalobos, sister Josepha Gonzalez, sister Erevia Lopez, sister Luisa Lopez, brother Jesus Gonzalez, as well as his father Desiderio Gonzalez, and his mother Sylvestra Hernandez. Visitation will be Monday, July 28, 2014 at Artero Funeral Home between 5 PM and 9 PM with a Rosary at 7 PM. Funeral services will be Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church at 2 PM, with Father Pat Knippenberg to officiate. Burial will be at Heritage Memory Gardens. Pallbearers will be Albert Sanchez, Fernando Gonzalez, Michael Gonzalez, Marcello Zamarripa, Nicholas Torres, and Valerie Soto. Mr. Gonzalez served in the US Army as an infantryman. Technical Sergeant Andrew H. Gonzalez fought in battles through Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe. Technical Sergeant Andrew H. Gonzalez was awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge, four Bronze Star medals were also awarded for his valor in four combat campaigns, one service stripe, and two overseas service bars. Technical Sergeant Andrew H. Gonzalez served for three years and two months being honorably discharged on September 19, 1945. Mr. Gonzalez took vocational trades and learned bodywork, carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, as well as cabinetry. He used these skills to build his house in Ozark Street. He was also active in helping youth through the Boy Scouts, Little League Baseball as a coach and assistant, the Catholic Youth Organization, and was a very active member in campaigning for his favorite legislators. From the words of his loving family, he was a jack of all trades, but a master of them all. The words from his stepchildren and great-grandchildren they loved him very much and will miss him. He always had a great time with grandbabies playing and joking with them. He always put a smile on his face and had happy times together with family. He was the best man with a big heart and he loved everyone. Words from his grandson, even in his 90's, he liked an occasional drink. Poured 2 glasses tonight, one for me and the other will be left alone in his memory. Words from his granddaughter, today we lost my grandfather, and immensely charismatic figure in our ever expanding family. I try to see the void his absence leaves but only see an amazing legacy, but with love, courage, and quiet persistence. His 90+ year long life is an example of true achievement visible in the beautiful personalities of his children, grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren. We are many, all in mourning, yet all profoundly grateful. Words from a granddaughter, the world lost a great man today, but heaven gained one. Words from a granddaughter, heaven gained a strong soldier and a wonderful man today. Words from a great-grandson, when I was 16 grandpa told me, 'boy, when I was your age I had two jobs!' The good die young, the great live forever. Words from a granddaughter, goodbye sweet grandpa. I'm thankful I'll always remember your adorable smile, sweet laugh, and Big heart. In closing, words from a granddaughter, he was everything you heard, saw, and knew about him, and more. His love was great, true, and honorable. He is every good thing about me. The man that loved his first love, his first wife true, faithfully, and gentle. He found resurrection in his second wife and showed that a broken-hearted man can live and love again in joy, faith, strength and happiness. He was a man with grace, leadership, and the teachings of a legend. He was an avid fisherman, carpenter, plumber, craftsman, serviceman, and humanitarian. I think of him often, and I imagine I always will every time I do something good for me, my family, friends, or strangers, because that was what he was to me. He is everything good about me. He is the greatest man I ever knew. The final word from a daughter, my father hung the moon and the stars.

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