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Memorial Park Funeral Home & Memorial Park Cemetery

6969 East Interstate 40, Amarillo, TX

OBITUARY

Henry Ponce

September 11, 1943June 28, 2020
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Henry Ponce 9/11/1943 -6/28/2020

Beloved Henry Ponce 76 of Amarillo Texas passed away Sunday 6/28/2020.

Henry was born September 11, 1943 in Amarillo, Texas to Eugene and Esquiel Lita Ponce. He moved to California and retired from the long Beach Naval Ship Yard after 18 years. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years Ida Ponce, children, Kathy Ponce, Paul Ponce, Sherrie Ponce, Mirlyn Wilson, Michelle Chavez, and Monica Rivera. 19 Grandkids, 20 Great Grandkids, 3 Great Great Grandkids; three brothers, Richard Carrasco, Jesus Carrasco, Joe David Villareal; six sisters, Marie Ponce Alvarez, Frances Anderson, Anna Gonzales, Debbie Gonzales, Chiquita Ponce Parr, Linda Silva. He is preceded in death by his Parents Eugene Ponce, Esquiel Lita Gonzalez, 3 Sisters, and 6 Brothers.

Henry was a proud member of Fraternity of Eagles where he developed lifelong friendships. He loved to travel to California where he lived for 33 years before returning to Texas. Watching his Granddaughter Muriah Rivera play softball was one of his great joys. Henry’s hobbies included playing competitive pool, listening and dancing to Tejano music. He was a faithful Dallas Cowboy fan. Family time was always very special to him especially enjoying homemade red enchiladas. He was a wonderful, Husband, Brother, Father and Grandfather. Henry touched everyone he met with love and kindness. To know him was to love him.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Joe David Villarreal, Active Pallbearer
  • Tony Taylor, Active Pallbearer
  • Joe Rivera Jr., Active Pallbearer
  • Joe Rivera , Active Pallbearer
  • David Chavez, Active Pallbearer
  • PJ Ponce, Active Pallbearer
  • Derek Ponce, Active Pallbearer
  • Jordan Ponce, Active Pallbearer
  • Joe Galan, Honorary Pallbearer
  • JR. Mascarenas, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Christopher Bargas, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Daniel Soria, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Armando Soria, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Adrian Ponce, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Rosary/ Visitation

    Monday, July 6, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, July 7, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Memories

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Alicia Palacio

July 6, 2020

Henry...you were always caring and sweet to me and my Lil family...you will deeply be missed.

Lanelle Galindo

July 5, 2020

Henry,
It is with a heavy heart ♥️ that I am writing this. It is still hard to believe you went home to the Lord . Our families met as friends here in California, then we were blessed to find out we were actually Family ! I will always cherish the Holidays, BBQ’s, parties, watching Cowboy games together etc. You were such a generous & loving person always helping your family & friends. You will be truly missed but not forgotten. Until we meet again. May you Rest In Peace & God Bless 🙏🏼
Love, 💕
Lanelle & Ralph (gringo)

Annette Montano

July 3, 2020

Henry,
You were one of the kindest and selfless people I've ever known and had the patience of a saint! In the 35 plus years of being married into your family I've never seen you angry or loose your temper ! You would give the shirt off your back if someone needed it ! God has gained an angel ! I'm going to miss you ! May you Rest in peace cousin Henry ...

Kathy Garcia

July 2, 2020

Grandpa, you were simply the BEST ever.. THANK YOU for loving me and my kids with all your heart. I'm blessed to have had you so long, but still not long enough. Heaven is lucky to have you.. You left behind a strong family that will support one another.. We'll all miss you everyday in our own ways. One thing is, we'll all have nothing but amazing memories. Don't worry about grandma.. We'll also love her and take care of her just like you. I will forever miss you and when I see your handsome face it will always remind me that I had one of the best grandpa's ever! Still can't believe it. It will take time to heal, but I know you would want me to smile and cry no more or when I do, they're happy tears. Love you grandpa!! You're one pretty amazing human.💕 your granddaughter
Kathy & Ruben
and great grandkids Xavier, Maximus and Savannah😘😇

Joe Samora

July 2, 2020

It so sad to hear this, However God knows when he will call us. Henry are the same age he was 4 months older then I but we grew up together we were like brothers. Henry is a wonderful man. I will miss you carnal. Praying for the Ponce family, God be with you all.Love you all.

Jennifer Lopez

July 2, 2020

I remember meeting Henry and Ida, one day we went to Eagles with Pauline and Sidney Bargas, when Eddy and I first got together 12 years ago. I remember Henry buying tequila shots for Eddy almost all night. We had a great time. Henry was a very caring loving person. He will be missed.

Renee Ochoa (Mendoza)

July 2, 2020

Uncle Henry, Where do I begin, you have touch so many people, you and Aunt Ida were good friends with my parents, even after you all moved to Texas, and when my dad got sick u guys came n visited him💜That meant so much to us, you r true man who would do just about anything for your family⚓️I am going to cherish the memories I have of you n the last time we messaged each other on FB. Say hi to my parents for me.. May you Rest In Peace Uncle Henry🕊 My deepest condolences to the Ponce family💛

Gina Alvarez

July 2, 2020

Uncle Henry you have always been special to me. Growing up I admired you and loved hanging out with you and the family. When we moved to California for a couple years you always made it a point to show us around. You had always been there for my mom especially when my dad died. I will truly miss you and pray until the day we meet up in heaven. Say hi to my dad when you see him in heaven. I love you uncle Henry.

Janie Ramos

July 2, 2020

Dearest Ida, may our heavenly Father give you comfort during this difficult time. May you be comfort by all the person that care about you during this time.. know that you will be in our prayers and may the soul of Henry ascend to heaven with the angels, and may God welcome him...Janie Ramos

Charlina Contreras

July 2, 2020

Uncle Henry you will always hold a special place in my heart , you were a wonderful person to me and you always praised me on how I got so much done on my own I’m going to miss you cruising by my house always waving or stopping for a short conversation thank you for enjoying my cooking may you RIP and I be there for Tia ❤️❤️

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Biography

      To Henry Ponce, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, he was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around him, he seemed to be eternally happy, and he willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life he touched. For Henry, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, he could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Henry really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

       His parents were Eugene and Esquiel Ponce. Henry was raised in Amarillo. Even as a child, Henry had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around him. He was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. He couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. He was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, he succeeded in entertaining his entire family.

      Always a good playmate, Henry was easygoing and fun loving. He managed to lighten the mood wherever he was, even during family squabbles. He seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Henry managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Henry was raised with 22. He had to many to name.

      All of Henry's playful good humor carried over into his childhood. He was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed him to be constantly on the go. As a result, Henry experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited him very well. He took part in softball. Went to Wesley Community Center. In his spare time, he liked to play baseball and played pool.

      Ask anyone who knew him from school and they would tell you that Henry was a class “cut-up.” He didn’t do it to be unkind or to garner all the attention. Rather, Henry simply enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of his friends and acquaintances having a good time. It could be said that for Henry, grades may not have been the most important thing to him, but he really did enjoy his school experience. Since experience was Henry's best teacher. He enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the “practical” approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in “theory.” Henry graduated from Amarillo High School in 1961. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was math.

      Henry never actually encountered a stranger in his dealings with people. He was drawn to individuals and crowds, using his gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate his audience. This quality allowed Henry to continually develop new relationships, ever widening his circle of friends. Henry delighted in his role among all his acquaintances, because he viewed them all as potential spectators for his performance. Whether it was a story, a joke, a song or just plain fooling around, Henry was always right at home putting on a show among his friends. Henry utilized his interest in others as a great way to connect with them. While growing up, some of his best friends were Lando Palacio, Freddie Palacio, Sidney Bargas, Sal Martinez, Joe Herridia, David Funetes. Later in life, he became friends with Tony and Gloria, Manuel and Eli Dominguz, Joe and Patsy Galan, James and JoAnn Martinez, Gerri and Joe Galindo, and Jimmy and Janice Padilla. Henry loved sharing life and having his home filled with people he knew.

      The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Henry very easy to approach. On August 9, 1980 Henry exchanged wedding vows with Ida Padilla at Layfayette Chapel of Long Beach, California. He tried hard not to impose on his spouse. He was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.

      Perhaps the reason Henry related so well to children was the fact that he never really completely grew up himself. The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped him in raising his own children. Henry was blessed with six, five gaughters, Kathy Ponce, Sherrie Ponce, Monica Rivera, Marilyn Wilson, Michelle Chavez, and one son Paul Ponce. They were also blessed with nineteen grandchildren, Muriah Rivera, and Joe Rivera 111. Henry had the ability to focus his attention on the present moment. If he was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of his attention was directed. Henry's compassionate side prevented him from being a strict disciplinarian, and he could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. He could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play. In fact, Henry had a knack for turning some of those nasty old chores into games.

      At work, as in life, Henry was a real “people person.” He had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and his enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. Henry liked to see himself as something of a virtuoso. When dealing with various projects and problems, Henry was an adaptable realist, using his common sense and trusting his experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Henry's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around him to see Henry as an excellent problem solver. Tile setter. He was employed for 18 by Long Beach Naval Shipyard.

      Henry enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An “arts and crafts” type, Henry liked creating and making things. His favorite pursuits were dancing and listening to Tejano music. Henry was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Henry felt excited and challenged by sports. Even if he wasn’t the best, Henry loved to participate and thoroughly enjoyed the competition and the pleasure of being around other people. Henry relished the opportunities where he could make an impact, and he would often push himself to play above his abilities. A quick thinker who understood the basics, Henry never seemed to get caught off guard, even when confronted with unexpected conflict. Recreational sports included softball,competitive pool and darts. Henry was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were football Dallas Cowboys, and baseball LA Dodgers.

      Henry had an endless appetite for new and different activities. He was always ready to join in the fun and add his flair and energy to an organization. Because of his personality, his humor, and his ability to get along with everyone, Henry's service was greatly valued by the organizations to which he belonged. Throughout his later years, Henry was an active member of the Fraternal order of Eagles in California.

      Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, Henry recognized that his faith was important to him throughout his life. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament.

      Living life in the fast lane suited Henry just fine. It is no surprise that he loved to travel and to visit new and different places. He was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. He was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Favorite vacations included California and San Antonio, Texas.

      Henry was a lover of animals and cherished his pets, enjoying them almost as much as he enjoyed being around other people. One of Henry's favorites was Chicka, a yorkie dog. They were best friends for 3 years.

      Henry believed that you had to experience life, and his life in retirement was no different. When that day finally arrived in 1997, Henry took it in stride as one more way to have fun. His new life involved relocating to Amarillo, Texas from Carson, California. With his boundless energy and a desire to get the most out of life, Henry remained busy with people and projects. In retirement, he found new pleasure in softball, watching his granddaughter play softball. Even in retirement, Henry continued to stay in touch with his old friends and, since he'd never met a stranger, he made plenty of new acquaintances as well.

      Henry passed away on June 28, 2020 at At home in Amarillo, Texas. Henry fought a brave battle against cancer for six years, he passed from a heart attack. He is survived by his loving wife, children, and grandchildren. Services were held at Blessed Sacrament Church. Henry was laid to rest in Llano Cemetery in Amarillo, Texas.

      Henry brought joy to all of those around him. He never had a mean bone in his body. He loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. He loved to share his energy, wit, and his zest for all of his activities with his friends and family. Henry Ponce lived life to its fullest and made everyone around him happier just for knowing him. He will be remembered with a smile.