Leon Gonzales

Leonides "Leon" Gonzales, 71, of Altus, departed this life into God's arms on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 peacefully in his sleep after a long hard battle with kidney cancer. Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 5 in the Kincannon Memorial Chapel with Freddie Villa officiating. Burial followed in the Francis Cemetery, near Humphreys, under the direction of the Kincannon Funeral Home.

The family will received friends for a wake service on Sunday in the Kincannon Memorial Chapel.

Leon was born on Aug. 28, 1941 in Linares, Nuevo Leon, Mexico to the Rev. Guadalupe and Maria Gonzales. He was brought in to the United States when he was eight years old. He married Victoria Billarreal in Blair on October 21, 1962. Leon lived and worked as a farm laborer in Headrick and Humphrey's and moved to Altus in 1981. Leon was a Christian and loved serving our Lord. He was a Sunday School teacher most of his adult life and retired when his health declined.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Danny Gonzales.

Leon leaves behind his beloved wife, Victoria Billarreal Gonzales, of 50 years, of the home; two sons, Leon Gonzales, Jr. and wife Joe Elda of Houston, Texas, and Jimmy Joe Gonzales of Altus; a daughter, Irene Gonzales and husband Rudy of North Richland Hills, Texas; seven grandchildren, Arcadio Gonzales, Michael Gonzales, Jay Gonzales, Isaac Gonzales, Angelica Gonzales, Cameron Gonzales, and Mark Paul Gonzales; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Guadalupe Contreras and husband Manuel of Wyoming, and Maria Lopez and husband Aurelio of Altus; three brothers, Rev. Gualberto Gonzales and wife Maria, and Rev. Juan Gonzales and wife Estelita, all of Altus, and David Gonzales and wife Raquel of Montana; and several nieces and nephews.

Leon departed his life, but before he did, he couldn't stress enough that if you ever wanted to see him once more, he would want everyone to be saved. That when your time comes to meet our loving God, he will be waiting to greet you in Heaven's gates. He loved his family, but he loved God more. He will be missed by many.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Francis Cemetery Association, C/O Tommy Sadler, 15960 S. CR 209, Altus, OK 73521.

Online tributes may be made at kincannonfuneralhome.com

Published in Altus Times from Aug. 6 to Aug. 7, 2013