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Jesus Ezequiel Valadez

August 14, 1922 ~ August 3, 2020 (age 97)

Obituary

With heavy hearts that we inform you of the passing our father, Jesus Ezequiel Valadez, who was born on August 14, 1922, in Maldowe, Texas. Our father was 97 years old when he went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Monday, August 3rd, 2020, in Washington, Illinois.


Dad married Guadalupe Domínguez Cedillo† in1942 and had 12 children: Bertha E., María Luisa, Fernando R †., Carlos, Gustavo R., Alejandro R., Elia Gpe., Rolando R., Juan, Cecilia M., Adrian M., and Luis Alberto. Together with them, a son in law Tomas Niño, daughters in law, Guillermina, Enriqueta, Ana María, Ruth Lilly, and Janet, his 39 grandkids, 50 great grandkids, and 15 great grandkids also mourn his absence.


Dad survived his parents José S.† & Luisa Valadez †, his stepfather Abelino Garcia †, his bothers Antonio † & Manuel † Garcia, his son Fernando Raul † and three sons-in-law: Herlindo Herrera †, Alfonso Gutiérrez † & Elpidio Sandoval †.


Father's love of reading transformed him into a cultured and self-taught person despite having only had an Elementary education. Dad learned many diverse trades and occupations from an incredibly young age. He bravely faced The Great Depression as an orphan child under the care of his maternal grandparents. One of his proudest accomplishments was participating in the construction of the Astrodome roof, which was one of his first jobs in Houston, Texas where he lived for more than 40 years before moving to Illinois. His co-workers lovingly nicknamed him "Jesse" and his childhood friends called him "Valita."


His smile shall be remembered by many people, but his anecdotes, jokes, charisma, beautiful penmanship, and melodious whistling, shall forever echo in his family's hearts. Our father now rests in peace with our Lord, but his legacy shall be perpetuated in each one of his children and his loving descendants. ¡Until we meet again!


A Private Family Memorial Service shall take place at First United Methodist Church, Peoria Illinois to celebrate his life, on Friday the 14th (which was to be his 98th birthday). The service is going to be officiated by his children Rev. Luis A. Garcia y Rev. Elia Gpe. Sandoval.


"Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful servants." Psalms 116:15


Con profundo dolor en nuestro corazón, anunciamos que nuestro padre Jesús Ezequiel Valadez, quien nació el día 14 de agosto de 1922, en Maldowe, Texas y a sus 97 años, partió a la presencia de nuestro Salvador Jesucristo el pasado lunes 3 de Agosto del 2020 en Washington, Illinois.


Contrajo matrimonio en 1942 con Guadalupe Domínguez Cedillo†, con quien procreó a sus 12 hijos: Bertha E., María Luisa, Fernando R.†, Carlos, Gustavo R., Alejandro R., Elia Gpe., Rolando R., Juan, Cecilia M., Adrian M., y Luis Alberto. Junto con ellos, su yerno Tomas y sus nueras: Guillermina, Enriqueta, Ana María, Ruth Lilly, Janet, sus 39 nietos, 50 bisnietos y 15 tataranietos lloramos su ausencia.


Don Jesús Ezequiel sobrevivió a sus padres, José y Luisa Valadez, su padrastro Abelino Garcia†, sus hermanos Antonio y Manuel Garcia†, a su hijo Fernando Raúl†. y de sus tres yernos: Herlindo Herrera†, Alfonso Gutiérrez†, y Elpidio Sandoval†.

Disfruto de la lectura, lo cual lo convirtió a pesar de solo haber cursado la escuela elemental, en una persona culta y autodidacta, ya que se desarrolló en diversos y múltiples oficios desde su difícil niñez pues enfrentó la gran depresión siendo huérfano bajo el cuidado de sus abuelos maternos. Unos de los trabajos de que se sentía orgulloso, era el haber participado en la construcción del techo del Astrodome, uno de sus primeros trabajos en Houston Texas, donde vivió más de 40 años antes de mudarse a Illinois. Sus compañeros de trabajo cariñosamente le llamaron "Jesse" mientras que sus amigos de la infancia le llamaron "Balita".


Su sonrisa será recordada por mucha gente, pero sus anécdotas, chistes, carisma, hermosa letra, y silbido melodioso, serán un eco a nuestros oídos. Y aunque hoy descansa en el Señor, seguirá su legado en cada uno de sus hijos y su gran descendencia, ¡Hasta pronto!


Se hará un Servicio Familiar Privado para celebrar su vida, en la First United Methodist Church, en Peoria Illinois, en una fecha próxima, donde oficiaran sus hijos el Rev. Luis A. Garcia y Rev. Elia Gpe. Sandoval.


"Estimada es a los ojos de Jehová, la muerte de sus santos." Salmos 116:15

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