GREGORIO J. VELA
Gregorio J. Vela, 72, of Wauseon passed away Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at Whitehouse Country Manor following an extended illness. Mr. Vela was born in Hondo, Texas, on March 12, 1942, the son of the late Jose and the late Angela (Rodriquez) Vela. On April 6, 1991, he married Nancy Andrew, and she survives.
Prior to his retirement, he had worked for Koncor Industries in Wauseon. He was a member of St. Caspar Catholic Church and the Wauseon VFW, and was past state commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars for 2001-02, and a VFW National Council member 2004-05. He was a U.S. Marine veteran of the Vietnam War.
Also surviving are his sons, Gregory David (Lynn) Vela of Napoleon and Oscar Lee (Theresa) Vela of Arlington, Va.; stepchildren, Wesley Secondcost of Napoleon and Dana Steele of Texas, Ohio; four grandchildren, Gabriel, Mikhaela, Braylon, and Greyson; three step grandchildren, Sara Secondcost and Brandon and Austin Steele; and a sister, Maria Garcia of Okemos, Mich.
He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Juan (Carmen) Vela, Concha (Salvador) Ramos, Anna (Robert) DeLeon, Juventina (Marcelino) Correa, and Odelia Vela.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday Sept. 4, 2014, at Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home in Wauseon. Interment will follow in St. Caspar Cemetery.
Friends may call 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at the funeral home, where there will be a VFW service at 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to either the VFW National Home for Children, the Fulton County Red Cross or the Wauseon Fire and Rescue Department.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.GrisierFH.com.