OBITUARY

Abel Flores

May 18, 1929January 12, 2021
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Abel Flores was born on May 18, 1929 and passed away on January 12, 2021 and is under the care of Funeraria Del Angel Chino.

Visitation will be held on February 18, 2021 at 9:00 am at Funeraria Del Angel Chino, 13002 South Central Ave, Chino, CA. Holy Mass will be held on February 18, 2021 at 10:30 am at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 12686 Central Ave, Chino, CA. Committal Service will be held on February 18, 2021 at 12:00 pm at Pomona Cemetery, 502 E Franklin Ave, Pomona, CA.

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Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 18, 2021

  • Holy Mass

    Thursday, February 18, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, February 18, 2021

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Biography

Abel was born locally in Corona and grown organically just like all the fruits and vegetables contained in his garden. He loved his garden and spent many hours of his retired days tending to his plants. Many years prior to developing his green thumb, Abel grew up on 5th Street in Corona. Born in 1929, he was the second to the youngest of his siblings Lupe, Victor, Joaquin Jr., Carmen, and younger brother Manuel. His Parents Joaquin & Librada Flores ingrained the virtue of hard-work in all their children. Aside from a good work-ethic, Abel learned the value of saving for that rainy day, and he ensured that his children shared those same values.

Growing up in Corona, Abel learned to love his community. To his last days, he remained loyal to the many friends he went to school and worked with. Abel harbored a sincere love for his country, and after graduating high school, he enlisted in the Army. The Korean war was in full swing across the Pacific, and Abel was ready to serve his country proudly. During his years in the service he achieved the rank of Corporal, and after serving bravely abroad, he was able to return home safely..

Several years after returning from war, he married his first wife Soledad “Tootsie” Soltero. They had three children named Patricia, Joaquin, and Steven “Richard”. As a family man, Abel was very much involved in his children's lives. Whether it was their sports, scouts, teaching them how to repair their cars (yes, even Patricia), or repairing things around the house; he was there. Survival skills were taught during the summer while camping and fishing in the Sierras or local campgrounds.

In 1977 Abel met Shirley, and soon thereafter they married. Abel welcomed four adult stepchildren named Diana, Raymond, Debi, and Randy. Abel and Shirley both enjoyed traveling the United States, camping, history, museums, botanical gardens, going to the movies, and eating out. Between the two families they had seventeen grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren who they deeply loved.

Abel dedicated forty years of his life working at Lockheed, a job he loved and was proud of. He would rivet the famous Lockheed designs such as SR71, C-130 Hercules, and the C-5. He would help develop advanced technologies to perform reconnaissance in other countries. His job took him to Saudia Arabia, Japan, and a number of states in the U.S. Even after retirement, Abel enjoyed reunions with other retirees, always looking forward to talking about the “good ol’ days”.

As a grandfather, Abel was full of fun, tricks, magic, and life lessons. If you were young enough, he would pull quarters out of your ears or flip a dime on his wrist. Voila! He definitely kept you wondering, how the heck did he do that? And to make himself more mysterious, he would flip his eyelids inside out and scare the bejeezus out of you!

We will all remember his selflessness, consideration, love for us, and especially all the things he taught us! We’re hurt by his passing, but won’t be sad because he will send us down the answers we are in need of. He will always be Shirley’s husband, a father, a grandfather, and a great grandfather.