Roberto Gonzalez, 60, our beloved brother, uncle and friend, entered into the glory of his eternal life on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Brownsville.|
Roberto grew up in El Ranchito, Texas, and attended Brownsville High School. He graduated from Brownsville High School in 1971.
Roberto enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from July 1971 to July 1973, earning the rank of Specialist 4. His overseas tour was spent guarding the Berlin Wall. During his U.S. Army service, Roberto was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and was an M-16 Rifle Sharpshooter. Roberto was very proud of his military service.
Roberto loved adventure and held several jobs before he found his true calling. Roberto earned his BA degree in education and taught middle school and high school English for BISD. Roberto held a special love for literature and did his best to instill this love to all his students. Roberto led his students in UIL where they participated in Lincoln/Douglas debates, earning numerous awards. Roberto felt it was not about winning in competitions but challenging their minds.
Roberto was a skilled martial arts instructor, starting his own school, Shao Lin Kung Fu Academy, and was also an instructor in Tai Chi.
In 2002, Roberto suffered a major stroke which left him disabled. Roberto never lost his passion for English and was always a teacher at heart.
Roberto spent the last year of his life at Caring Palm Assisted Living, where he was lovingly taken care of by all the staff.
Roberto was deeply loved and will be profoundly missed not only by his family but by all those fortunate to have known him.
Roberto was preceded in death by his parents, Pedro and Amparo Gonzalez; a brother, Guadalupe Gonzalez, and a brother-in-law, Joe K. Hendley.
Left behind to eternally treasure their memories of him are his brother, Pedro "Pete" (Hilda) Gonzalez Jr.; four sisters, Dora (Tony) Mireles, Viola (Jesus) Sanchez, Corina (Paul) Hendley Baerg, and Rachel (Ralph) Elizondo; six nieces, one nephew, one great-niece, and two great-nephews.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, in the East Chapel at Darling-Mouser Funeral Home.
The American Legion John Hanson Post 43 Funeral Honor Guard will render military honors at 6:45 p.m. followed by the recitation of the holy rosary at 7 p.m. this evening.
All services will conclude this evening and in accordance with Roberto's wishes, cremation will follow.
"Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God an eternal house in Heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Corin. 5:1.
Roberto has put down his tent. He has been set free of this life's labors and pains. Roberto has fought the good fight and finished the race! To God be the glory forever and ever.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Roberto's name, may be made to Evangelical Mission Ministries (EMM), PO. Box 636, Pharr, Texas 78577.
You may view the obituary, sign the guestbook, and send your condolences online to the Gonzalez family at www.darlingmouser.com.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Darling-Mouser Funeral Home, 945 Palm Blvd, Brownsville, Texas 78520, and (956) 546-7111.
Published in Brownsville Herald on Sept. 24, 2013