OBITUARY

Mr. Geronimo Ronnie Samonte Dyogi

July 20, 1949July 23, 2016
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Geronimo, “Ronnie” Samonte Dyogi, age 67, passed away on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Sugar Land, Texas. Geronimo was born in Manila, Philippines to the late Ramon Dyogi, Sr. and Aurora Samonte.

Geronimo attended Mapúa Institute of Technology in the Philippines. He spent much of his adolescence and young adulthood in international travel and training beginning at the age of 6 years old in various athletics and would go on to represent the Philippines in Judo for the Munich Olympiad in 1972. Geronimo’s father, Ramon, Sr.’s work in the Philippine consulate allowed him to often attend Geronimo’s Judo matches. While living in Japan his coach steered him from his free-style wrestling beginnings to a world class judo athlete.

Geronimo trained at Tokyo’s Kodokan Institute, established in 1882 by Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo, and received his first dan (first degree) black belt in Japan at the young age of 15. He took third place at the Asian Games held in the Philippines and subsequently won third place in three Asian Judo Championships held in the Philippines (1966), Taiwan (1970), and South Korea (1974); fifth place and seventh place, respectively, in the World Championships held in Mexico (1969) and Germany (1971); and tenth place in the Olympic Games held in Munich (1972). After this long line of International Judo matches, he completed his competitive years and moved on to join the Dyogi family, who had immigrated to the United States.

Geronimo’s family had moved from the Philippines and settled in San Francisco, California, where he met his wife, Evelyn in 1973. They married in 1977 and had 2 children, Michele and Stephanie. Geronimo held various roles throughout his working years, was a certified auto mechanic, and ran his own auto repair business.

After moving from California to Texas, Geronimo worked for the City of West University Place, located in the Houston area, in their Public Works division. He retired after 15 years of proud service to the City of West University Place achieving multiple city-wide employee-of-the-year awards and gaining several certifications in water treatment operations. At his retirement celebration he had the honor of a standing ovation from his co-workers and friends.

Geronimo is survived by his wife, Evelyn, daughter, Michele, daughter, Stephanie and her husband, Jonathan; and 2 grandsons, Alexander and Joseph. He is also survived by his siblings, Blanca, Marcial, Araceli, Albert, and predeceased by Ramon, Vicente, and Antonio – who recently passed away on July 8, 2016.

Two visitations are scheduled at Earthman Southwest Funeral Home located in Stafford, Texas on Wednesday, July 27 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Thursday, July 28 with a Catholic Rosary starting at 6:30 pm and Funeral Vigil Liturgy to follow. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Laurence Catholic Church in Sugar Land, Texas beginning at 10:00 am, with the burial to immediately follow at Davis Greenlawn Cemetery in Rosenberg, Texas.

If you would like to make an offering for Ronnie's Family the following are ways to contribute to Geronimo “Ronnie” Dyogi’s Memorial Fund. Copy and paste the entire link in to your browser:

PayPal (If you have a PayPal Account or would like to sign up) https://www.paypal.me/ronniedyogimemorial

Venmo (If you have a Venmo Account or would like to sign up) http://venmo.com/Stephanie-Dyogi-Garcia?txn=pay&note=For+Geronimo+Dyogi+Memorial+Fund

Go Fund Me: https://www.gofundme.com/ronniedmemorial

Please send cards to:

The Dyogi Family 142 Lissa Lane Sugar Land, TX 77479

Checks can be made payable to: Michele Dyogi

Eternal rest grant unto Geronimo, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon Geronimo. May he rest in peace, Amen!

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, July 27, 2016
  • Visitation Thursday, July 28, 2016
  • Vigil Service Thursday, July 28, 2016
  • Funeral Service Friday, July 29, 2016
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Mr. Geronimo Ronnie Samonte Dyogi

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Steven Anderson

August 1, 2017

Ronnie was a great man I worked with him at the city of West University Place Texas. we had our martial arts in common and we talked about that a lot. my wife adored him as well RIP my friend you will be missed.

Dave Terry

August 6, 2016

My sincere condolences to Evelyn and and his too daughters Michele & Stephanie and the entire Dyogi family....

Gaby Perez

August 5, 2016

I am so sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to your family.

Olga Garza

August 4, 2016

My deepest and most sincere condolences to all the family. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace.

Preston Loya

July 31, 2016

My deepest condolences to the Dyogi family. Ronnie was a good, honest, and helping man. He was the kind of man that would take his own shirt off his back and give it to you, so you would have one. I had the honor of working w Ronnie at west university place for a short while, but knew him even longer because he worked for my father (Max Loya) in the water department.once again I'm sorry for your loss.

William Gilmore

July 29, 2016

I wish to express my sincere condolences. You family is in my prayers.

AURORA RAMIREZ

July 28, 2016

Evelyn and Family - At times when words are hard to find, I just want you to know I am praying for you.

Gerardo Barrera

July 27, 2016

My condolences to the entire Dyogi family as this is a sad loss. Ronnie was a great co-worker and a friend. He will be missed. May he rest in peace.

July 27, 2016

Evelyn and family - Ronnie was a delightful and dedicated employee. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. The City of West University Place

Josette Brown

July 26, 2016

Jonathan and Stepanie - We are sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you at this time. Your Motiva Co-Workers