Gilbert S. Sanchez
June 8, 1921 – April 3, 2021
Gilbert S. Sanchez, of Pflugerville, Texas passed away on Saturday April 3, 2021 after reaching the age of 99 years old. He died peacefully with his family by his side.
Gilbert was a beloved brother, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, who lived with a passion for capturing memories with his cameras, traveling in his RV, and finding the most memorable white elephant gifts for the Sanchez Family Christmas.
A World War II veteran and recipient of the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, Philippines Liberation Ribbon, New Guinea Campaign Bronze Star, and WWII Victory Medal, he served with honor in the Army Air Force from 1942 to 1945.
He was born on June 8, 1921 to Jose Zaragosa Sanchez and Josefa Zamudio Sanchez in New Braunfels, Texas. He is preceded in death by his parents; his siblings Roy, Henry, Ray, and Sara; and his wife, Barbara Erbert Sanchez and former-spouse, Josephine Rodriguez Sanchez.
Gilbert is survived by five children: Joy Mojica and her spouse, Joel Mojica, Yvonne Lee and her spouse, S. A. Lee, Keith Sanchez and his spouse Jimmie Jo Sanchez, Karen Hickman, and Nathan Sanchez and his spouse Cindy Sanchez; three siblings, Elida Rodriguez, Sara Jonas, and Rick Sanchez; nine grandchildren and twenty-one great grandchildren.
Gilbert will be forever remembered for his contagious smile, dapper style, and cigar in hand. Although we can no longer see him with our eyes or touch him with our hands, we will feel him in our hearts forever. The family celebrates his life and finds comfort in knowing he is in Heaven watching over us.
Live Streaming: His service will be live streamed beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at the link below.
To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Gilbert Sanchez please visit https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/pflugerville-tx/gilbert-sanchez-10137340
Interment will be held at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas at a future date.
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Gilbert S. Sanchez
Carlos Sánchez Rodríguez
April 10, 2021
Uncle Gilbert was for many years after our Grandfather Jose Zaragoza Sanchez passed, the patriarch of the Sanchez family.
We have many beautiful memories of the wonderful times we celebrated throughout the years with he, Josephine, Barbara and our cousins.
Uncle Gilbert always wore a smile and loved family, friends and life and all it had to offer him.
Time is a gift and Uncle Gilbert made the most out of the life that God has blessed him with. He is now resting in paradise together with the elders of the Sanchez family who were already there waiting for him.
Carlos and Lulu Rodriguez
April 9, 2021
First, I want share my deepest condolences to the Sanchez family. Uncle Gilbert will truly be missed and he will always live in my heart as long as I live. Not only was he a great uncle but a friend as well. I share many wonderful memories of him and Barbara being together both in family get togethers as well as visitations to his house in the piny woods of Bastrop especially. I would also mention that he and Barbara were the apartment managers where I stayed at on Willowcreek Dr. in Austin. There we had many "refreshments" together in his apartment. Maybe too many but it is about that time (mid 1980's) that we became friends and stayed friends ever since. Just one memory of the many that I have with him. I always enjoyed his company. But my memories go way farther back when our families would get together either in New Braunfels or Austin when I was young. Also fond memories going way all the back the family get togethers at grandpa and grandma's house in N.B. Uncle Gilbert, thanks for the memories.
April 8, 2021
We're praying for you and your family. May God bless you all.
( Lenard Hill Jr. and family )
April 8, 2021
Uncle Gilbert will always have a place in my heart. I was honored to interview him for an oral history project while attending Texas State for my masters degree. He told me of the conditions he faced away from his family while he was stationed overseas during WW II. He was one of a kind.