Abel Flores Valadez

April 17, 1948April 12, 2018

A final salute.

Abel Flores Valadez was born on April 17, 1948 to Anita Flores and Gaspar Samaniego Valadez in Mertzon, Texas. Abel was called home on April 12, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Juanita Valadez; his children Dominic, Albert, Phillip, Heather, Chris, Maria Elena and Sarinadey; his eight grandchildren; and his five siblings.

Abel always gave his all –with boundless joy and enveloping love. His life was devoted to the service of his country during and after the Vietnam War, to his family close and far, to his friends and to anyone else that was fortunate enough to cross his path. He joined the armed forces during the Vietnam War serving in the Navy and National Guard. His bravery earned him the Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. He also received the National Defense Service Medal and the Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, among other honors. Later in life Abel enjoyed serving with Citizens on Patrol in Odessa, Texas and funeral duty for our fallen soldiers throughout Texas. Abel was a patient and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He delighted in the simple joys of life: a house filled with the sounds of family, going fishing, a good cookout, a day watching the Astros play, a cold beer and reminiscing with his fellow veterans. He lived each moment with a thankful spirit for all the blessings he enjoyed in this life and secure in the promise of eternal life that by God’s grace he knew awaited him.


  • Visitation Sunday, April 15, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 16, 2018
  • Committal Service Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Abel Flores Valadez

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USS Ponchatoula Shipmates Association

April 15, 2018

Eternal Father, Thou who saved
our Shipmate’s soul from earthly grave.
Please comfort those he held most dear
in this their time of grief and fear.
May he stand watch on Heaven’s shore
till we all meet him there once more.
O Father hear our prayers to Thee
for all who’ve served upon the sea.

Mijo, You will be sorely missed! Keep some cookies warm and a joke handy 'till we meet again.
Your USS Ponchatoula Shipmates

LaVerne "Lee" Smikrud

April 15, 2018

I served with Abel aboard USS Ponchatoula. He worked in the bake shop and was always willing to share a piece of cake or cookies or bread or whatever he had been baking that day. He also was happy to share a smile, a joke or a laugh and some pleasant conversation. He was my friend and I've wondered many times what became of him. Few people have touched my life like he did. Just remember that he will be remembered with a smile.
Someone once said that a successful man is judged not by how much money he has, but by the number of friends he has. By this measurement Abel was a very wealthy man.

Rogelia Armendarez

April 14, 2018

Sending our condolences a broken heart is hard to mend but the memories r never gone God bless y'all n we love y'all Jimmy n Rogelia Armendarez I

Sandra Maxwell

April 13, 2018

My condolences to yall...Having wonderful silly memories with the family in all but most Abel scaring BRIAN AND SHANIA with his teeth...Gosh how they looked at him so funny. All of us laughing at the crazy remarks Abel made...jokes we're hilarious...never quite around him...The thing I carry most at church when Abel wrote a check..he always put "We are Blessed"...Juana you were the light of his eye...Y'all's love is amazing...I can go on and on our fishing trips.,..Abel with the moss on his head...An amazing man, him and my Tio Cat are cracking jokes...but watching over everyone...I love y'all...May God be with yall...y'all are in my Heart and the memories I have will stay tucked in my Heart always....Sandra Maxwell

VurginIa Armendarez

April 13, 2018

To My extended Loving Family, Abel will be missed by many he was a kind, loving, caring, happy go lucky man, always wore a smile in good and bad times, never met a stranger and will miss his crazy stories and jokes he always had. RIP Tio Abel until we see you again. I know yoy will be in Heaven telling yiur jokes.. Love you all and prayers.