Buffington Funeral Home

424 St Peter Street, Gonzales, TX


Pedro DeLuna Sr.

May 13, 1936June 29, 2020
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Pedro “Pete” A. DeLuna, Sr., of Gonzales, Texas passed away on June 29, 2020. He was born on May 13, 1936 in Monthalia, Texas.

Cremation Rites are under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home in Gonzales, Texas. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Pete was a truck driver for forty plus years. He enjoyed and had a love for any and all 18 wheelers. He spent 20 plus years driving a cement truck, retiring from Alamo Concrete. He enjoyed traveling and watching western movies. Above all that, he loved spending time with his family, especially with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Pete is survived by his loving wife of forty-two years, Elisa T. DeLuna of Gonzales, Texas, his children; Rose Estrada and her husband, Eddie of Gonzales, Texas, Sylvia Mendoza and her husband, Arthur of Schulenburg, Texas, Elogio DeLuna of Gonzales, Texas, Jane Escobedo and her husband, Mario of Gonzales, Texas, He was preceded in death by his parents Santos and Felciana A. DeLuna, his first wife; Refugia D. DeLuna, one son; Pedro “Pete” DeLuna, Jr., sisters; Epifania D. Perez, Juana D. Contreras, Santos D Longoria, two brothers; Jesse A. DeLuna, and Elogio A. DeLuna.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Elisa, his children, nineteen grandchildren, thirty-five great-grandchildren, sisters; Lupe D. Brazil of Schertz, Texas, and a plethora of nieces and nephews, and all his driving buddies.

The family would like to thank Gonzales Memorial Hospital, ER staff, EMS personnel, and the ladies of Davita Dialysis Center for the care everyone devoted to caring for Pete over the years.

To join the family in celebrating Pete’s life, and to offer words of comfort, please go to: www.buffingtonfuneralhomegonzales.com


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Pedro DeLuna Sr.

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Stephanie Stewart

July 21, 2020

Grandpa, our last conversation has given me closure. In my mind I replay your last words to me over and over and it brings me peace and comfort. Coming home to TX will never be the same. You're in a better place now. Watch over us until we meet again. Love you!

Stephanie Stewart

July 21, 2020

Grandpa enjoyed spending time outdoors with the family whenever he could. Miss hearing you tell your stories, even though I heard them so many times. Love & miss you grandpa!

Mary Vargas-Trujillo

July 9, 2020

My sincere condolences to my Aunt Elisa, Rose, Sylvia, Elogio, Jane and the rest of the family. Your dad was a great man, I’m going to miss his big hugs and him saying “ hello beautiful” when I’d come over to visit. I will cherish all the memories of our family camping trips. Rest In Peace Uncle Pete.

dan sanchez

July 9, 2020

to many to tell all. The fishing trips and sleep overs we had we were like one big happy family. He was like a big bear and all the family were always loving. Pete, elojio, baby, burger king, rosa, my hart goes out to you. May you find comfort in knowing that your dad was a great man. He was a big influence in my life and never judged me when i was down but lifted me up with advice and love. I will miss you oso love you always and thank you.

Jeanette Burton

July 9, 2020

My Thoughts and Prayers are with all of you... May you Rest In Peace Mr.DeLuna

Andrew Eureste

July 8, 2020

Condolences to Deluna Family Rest In Peace (Pete Sr.)our prayers go out to the immediate family God Bless

Linda Rodriguez

July 7, 2020

Many Memories with Mr. Deluna!! His family has always been family. My deepest condolences to everyone. 🙏🏼❤️

Berry and Lupe Martinez

July 7, 2020

Our condolences to the family. Rest In Peace Mr. DeLuna

Maria Mendoza

July 7, 2020

Our condolences to the DeLuna family from the children of Aurelia and Faustino Martinez, Austin, TX.

Carmen Rodriguez

July 6, 2020

My condolences to the family. May he rest in peace.



Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, he possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. He had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and he was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Pedro always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Pedro was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

    Pedro was born on May 13, 1936 at Tinsley Ranch in Monthalia, Texas. His parents were Santos and Feleciana DeLuna. Pedro was raised in Mathis, Texas. Always able to express himself well, Pedro possessed strong interpersonal skills. He was optimistic in his outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in his communication. Armed with a great wit, Pedro was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

     Blessed with a balanced attitude, Pedro was able to relate well with others. His occasional role as family mediator gave him the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Pedro was raised with Six Siblings. He had two older sisters, Juana and Epifanin, two younger brothers, Jesse and Elgio, and two younger sisters, Guadalupe and Santos. Pedro had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

    As a young child, Pedro showed his creative ability in many ways. He was outgoing and animated. Pedro enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests. In his spare time he liked spend time outside and going hunting.

     Friends and acquaintances found Pedro an easy man to get to know, and those close to him would often praise his open, practical style of communication and relaxed approach to life in general. Pedro was uncomplicated and straightforward in his relationships, which allowed him to accept people for what they were. Later in life, he became friends with Jesse Gomez, Roland Escobedo, Juan Camarillo,MartinPeralez, and John Rodriguez.

     On October 21, 1978 Pedro exchanged wedding vows with Elisa Rodriguez Tello at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Gonzales, Texas. Pedro was attentive to Elisa's feelings, and he charmed Elisa and others with his gift for being able to give freely and generously. A good listener with an engaging personality, Pedro was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

     Very much like a kid himself, Pedro identified with the inquisitive and creative side of his children’s personalities. He was able to direct his energy and spontaneity towards helping his children acquire added common sense skills. Pedro was blessed with five children, three girls, Rose, Sylvia, and Jane, two boys, Pedro and Elojio. They were also blessed with nineteen grandchildren and thirty-five great-grandchildren. Stephanie, Jacob, Elisa, Eduardo,Dominick, Kevin, Arthur, Jr., Demarcus, Pedro III, Alyssa, Aimie, Joe Angel, Elojio, Jr., Matthew, Julian, Anthony, Ruthie, Russ, Jr., Rochelle.

     Pedro was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around him. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Pedro’s strengths included being able to think on his feet. He could be a leader who sought impact for his decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Pedro was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. He was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Pedro could multi-task, and he was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing him to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in his work environment. His primary occupation was a Truck Driver. He was employed at Transit Mix, Ingram for 6 years, and Alamo IOC for 21 years.

     Pedro enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. He had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that he did. He put this creativity toward all of his pastimes. His favorite pursuits were BBQuing, drinking, camping, hunting, watching western movies, and working on puzzles. He was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Because he liked to take risks, Pedro was a perfect match for athletics and exercise. He was enthusiastic and confident about these activities. Pedro was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were watching his football teams, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Washington Redskins.

     Pedro was a gifted problem solver who worked hard to help accomplish group goals. This skill made him a wonderful asset to the various groups and organizations to which he belonged. Always matter-of-fact about what needed to be done, Pedro worked steadily to meet any organization’s goals. Throughout his later years, Pedro was an active member of LULAC.

     Pedro held close traditional values and as a result, faith was important to him. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church for 60 years. During that time, he was prt of the Jamica Cooking Committie.

     Travel and vacations were experiences that Pedro truly enjoyed. He preferred to seek out excitement wherever he went and he was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” He was willing to leave his plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included fishing at Rockport, Texas and camping at Canyon Lake.

     Pedro was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Pedro’s favorites was Tyson, a small poodle. They were best friends for 6 years. His family was rounded out by his one dog, Snowhite.

     When Pedro’s retirement finally came in 2000, he was well prepared. He used logical analysis of his retirement options in order to ensure his retirement would be fulfilling. Still, he was able to easily adapt to possible changes and enjoyed just having fun and being relaxed. In retirement, he found new pleasure in watching western movies and completing puzzles.

     Pedro passed away on June 29, 2020 at Gonzales Memorial Hospital in Gonzales, Texas. Pedro passed from a sudden heart attack. He is survived by his wife, Elisa, his children,Rose, Sylvia, Elogio, and Jane,nineteen grandchildren and thirty-five great-grandchildren. Services were held at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel. Pedro was laid to rest in Smiley Latin Cemetery in Smiley, Texas.

     Pedro was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, he relied on his senses to increase his involvement and awareness of others. He was always able to provide amusing repartee to his friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Pedro had a theme song written about him, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” He enjoyed his life and the experience of living it.