Jesse R. Gonzales
Passed away on May 15, 2020
Jesse Gonzales of Houston, Texas passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, May 15, 2020, aged 96.
He grew up in Houston during the Great Depression. He attended the Allen Academy School in Bryan, Texas. In 1941, as a Houston Golden Gloves boxer, he won Texas State Champion and competed at the Golden Gloves National Tournament in Chicago, IL.
During 1942-1945, he served in the United States Army Air Corps (Air Force) during World War II as an Aerial Gunner and was stationed at multiple bases throughout Europe. During 1947-1950, he re-enlisted and became 100% disabled due to a service-related injury in Alaska.
In 1952, he married his love, Maria and their marriage lasted 51 years until her death in 2003. Together they raised a family that continues to grow.
He enjoyed watching westerns and spending time with his family. He instilled values in his children such as honesty, strong work ethic, and to treat others by the golden rule. He was known to have his children read the bible before they could go out to play, which at times included their friends.
He was a loving, caring, and compassionate person with a heart of gold and had a great love for God and family. He was much loved and will forever be in our hearts.
Jesse is preceded in death by his wife Maria and son John. He leaves behind 7 children, 24 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 5 great-great grandchildren, 1 sister, 1 sister-in-law, and 12 nephews and nieces.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Jesse R. Gonzales
May 20, 2020
I'm grateful to have met my Uncle Jesse and all my cousins. May Tio and his son John Rest In Peace, They are in the care of our Lord in heaven. My condolences to The Gonzales Family.
God Bless his Caretakers for their patients, understanding and unconditional love ❤️. My heart goes out to You guys for always being their for him.
Love, CousinLillian Gonzales & Aunt Frances
May 20, 2020
Mr. Gonzales - had the biggest heart, what I loved about him was his innocence and kindness when speaking. He didn’t say much, but when he did, the room would get quiet, all ears focused on what he was about to say - followed by laughter! He had that innocence about him. He was the coolest! Never really showed much emotion, so never knew what he was about to say - but sure did know how to keep the family together. He took Mrs Gonzales to church on Sundays, slept a lot during the day and would stay up in the evening watching movies. He would come out of his room, walk around the living room, say a few things then go into the kitchen with Mrs Gonzales. Taking Mrs Gonzales to Sears and the stores were routine and weekly things he did for his wife and his family. And who can forget his signature car, his Oldsmobile - he bought a new car every couple of years from Uncle John’s on N. Main. Mr. Gonzales was the coolest - how he managed to keep his family together, and have his children laugh at the silliest things and focus on Sunday get togethers, only he and Mrs Gonzales knew how to do that - I miss everything about those weekends, may you RIP Mr Gonzales and reunite with your wife and your first son in heaven. Gigi.