OBITUARY

George R Gonzales

March 2, 1924November 3, 2019

George R. Gonzales, retired U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant, passed away at home, peacefully surrounded by loving family, on November 3, 2019, at the age of 95. George was born in Logan, New Mexico, on March 2, 1924, to Rosendo Gonzales and Dorotea Miranda Gonzales. As a youth his favorite memories were of sneaking some of his mother’s freshly made tortillas, stuffing them in his pockets, and heading out to hunt or chop wood in the “bosque” with his father. Throughout his life he enjoyed singing and playing the guitar. He joined the U.S. Army, where he served for two years until 1947. After an honorable discharge, he joined the U.S. Air Force where he served honorably until retirement in 1968, due to a heart attack sustained in Vietnam. He moved to Tucson, Arizona, in 1989 to be near his sister, Josephine Gonzales Morris, and his brother, Filiberto Gonzales, now both deceased. In retirement he spent his time tinkering with cars, attempting to fix anything and everything, gardening, the occasional casino visit, and spending time with family. George leaves a treasured legacy of making his green chili, for which he is legend in the family. Also, if you were lucky, George created a charming or humorous nickname for you, which often followed you through adulthood. This brought delightful laughter and enjoyment that will live on. George is survived by his nieces, Dorothy Bustillos and Stephanie Ortega, who were care-givers for him for the last 10 years until his death; his other nieces Betty Gottsdanker, Becky Thomas, and Carol Banihashemi, his nephews, Ross Ortega and Mark Jacobsen; his daughter, Linda Gonzales and son, Eddie Gonzales, both of Pueblo, Colorado; several grand and great grandchildren, his remaining first cousins, Carol Peters of Henderson, Nevada, Andrew Gonzales of El Paso, Texas, and Eloy Gonzales of Clayton, N.M., as well as numerous grand and great grand-nieces and nephews.

Services

23 November

Gathering

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Funeraria del Angel South Lawn

5401 South Park Ave
Tucson, AZ 85706

23 November

Funeral Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Funeraria del Angel South Lawn

5401 South Park Ave
Tucson, AZ 85706

23 November

Celebration of Life

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Funeraria del Angel South Lawn

5401 South Park Ave
Tucson, AZ 85706

Memories

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Stephanie Ortega

November 15, 2019

Angie Ortega

November 15, 2019

Dear Papo,
I want to thank You, Grandma, and Uncle Phil for all the Love you gave me growing up ♥️ You taught me so much about Life and I can't ever thank you enough. My favorite memory is when we would go to the swap meet on the hunt for piñones than go back home and start the marinades for making your homemade beef jerky 💙 and oh my my it was the best jerky I had ever had to this day ♥️ You always had food on the table and welcomed everyone to eat and enjoy themselves. I will forever miss our talks and the war stories you told me about and just how to enjoy life. I was Truly Blessed and Grateful to have you in my Life Papo and you will be in my 💓 Forever 💛 Luv Boopsie 😘😘

Dorothy Bustillos

November 15, 2019

Uncle George and I had fun at the casino. The casino was his happy place. And he also went shopping with me.
We had fun times, and laughs.
I will miss him so much.
Love and miss you Watson.
See you in my dreams.

Stephanie Ortega

November 15, 2019

Uncle George was one of a kind❤. He taught me how to make bunuelos, green chili, and scrambled eggs with mayo, which actually tasted really good. He taught me so much.❤ He taught me patience, especially with him😂. I miss him so much.😥 I know we will all be together again someday . Until then, he will remain forever in my❤.
Love you❤Miss you, Papo😥
Your Sweetheart❤

Betty Gottsdanker

November 14, 2019

Amber Perez

November 14, 2019

My memories with Uncle George...I have so many. As a kid he used to pick me and my brother up from school in his favorite long silver car. He would take us to McDonald's and back to his house where he would do his gardening. He always had red and green chilis growing. We would play outside with his favorite dog, ChaCha. Growing up we always called Uncle George PAPO, that was our name for him. PAPO was always there for my mom and always helping with us. The way I got my nick name from him was when I was 8 yrs. old. He picked us up from school and I was wearing a little make up. As soon as he saw me, he said you are my CLOWN. From that day on my name was the CLOWN❤️. Besides his great green chili he would make, I also enjoyed beef jerky he made. He always had a bag ready for us to eat. Eventually we moved back to California and I only saw PAPO when he came to visit California . One of my best memories I have is when I was in the hospital it was Easter Sunday 1998 and I was in labor when PAPO and Uncle Phil came to visit me .I was so nervous I thought PAPO would be disappointed in me because I was so young having a baby. I was wrong. He showed me so much love and that's when he gave Daniel his nick name BUNNY D. It was an honor and blessing having both Uncle Phil and PAPO by my side that day . As I got older I was able to go visit him in Tucson, and the moment I would step in his house all the great memories of joy would come to me. PAPO was always so good to me. You will be missed PAPO. Love always, your CLOWN❤️

Greg Gottsdanker

November 10, 2019

George was the last of his generation of the Carson/Tucson Gonzales family. This is an epoch passing.
I will miss the delight my wife Betty would get from frequent visits and phone calls to him. The mutual remembrances of favorite activities from the past, including the snuggling with our beloved dog Daisy and the hummingbirds that soared in his memory and seemed to combine with the spirit of the hummingbirds in our garden. He always asked about me and remembered my latest aches and pains while minimizing his own grave physical challenges. George also loved to share his humorous remembrances with our daughter Alessa and kept a special bond with her too.
The family has lost its last direct link to the old times but George deserves his release and rest at long last.

Betty Gottsdanker

November 9, 2019

My names evolved through the years. I was given Betty Clara at birth. When I was little, Uncle George called me the “Queen Bee.” I was the oldest, bossiest, and “B” for Betty maybe; he was so clever. During my college years he called me the “Black Star of India,” I wore my hair dramatically parted in the middle, very straight, and both uncles said I looked East Indian. They even bought me a tiara once. Black Star eventually became “Natasha,” from Rocky and Bullwinkle; I played along in our back and forths with each other. Eventually, Natasha morphed into “Natachi,” and I stayed Natachi until a few weeks before his death. As he lay in his bed, unable to get up anymore, I whispered in his ear, “Natachi is here.” He said, “Ah, Natachi. Natachi Margarita Orellana de Gonzales, now that’s a good name for you.” We both laughed and laughed out loud.
Uncle George even gave himself a nickname. He and I shared a love for hummingbirds, and I have tons of them in my backyard. He told me the story of how he had caught one in his hands once, and then set it free, an experience he never forgot. A year ago, I was on the phone to him, and a hummingbird flew up to the window and looked right at me. I told him about this hummingbird, and he said, “That’s Georgie.” I’m coming to check on you, to say hello. After that, “How’s Georgie?” was a constant question in our conversations. One day I found a hummingbird lying face down in my back yard, its wings spread out; I’d never seen one so still like that. I ran inside to call Greg, my husband. We both stared at it, we were stunned, dumbstruck we went inside. When our courage returned, we went out to gather him, but he was gone. And a week later so was my Uncle George. “Georgie”, you will be missed and will remain in our hearts forever.
With love, your niece Natachi

Trisha Bettis

November 9, 2019

I Love You Uncle /Nino George

Terry Ortega

November 9, 2019

Uncle George was a very sweet, funny person and a great green chili maker. My memories of him were when Linda, Les, Ross, Carol and I would play poker at his house, and when Ross, my dad and Uncle George would talk about the Dodgers and watch their games. We always had a lot of fun. He will miss him greatly, but we will always have those wonderful memories.

FROM THE FAMILY