Antonio "Tony" A. Gonzales Sr., 80, a lifelong resident of Las Vegas passed away at his home Monday, Nov. 25 surrounded by his loving family.
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He was born in Las Vegas on Nov. 8, 1933, to the late Sofia Duran Gonzales and Rafael Gonzales Sr.
He attended West Las Vegas High School and participated in the basketball team. He later attended Immaculate Conception High School where he played basketball with the I.C. Colts and graduated with the Class of 1953. Right after graduation, Tony enlisted in USAR and served two years in the Korean War and was later stationed in Naples, Italy, since his four older brothers were already stationed in Korea. He attended Highlands University for two years and worked at the State Highway Department from April 1964 and retired May 31, 1994, as a Certified Technical Engineer.
He married Mary Priscilla Ortega on Dec. 29, 1969, and was just a month shy of their 44th anniversary.
Tony enjoyed deer hunting with his brothers, nephews and friends. After his retirement he enjoyed fishing and most of all was an avid reader of New Mexico history.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Rafael and Sofia Duran Gonzales; brothers, Ralph, Frank, Roy and Johnny Gonzales, and sister-in-law, Helen Ortega Salazar.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Priscilla; daughters, Anna Marie (Mark), Rose Marie (Juan), Rita Marie (Darian), Maria Elena, and Antonio A. Jr. and wife, Brenda; two grand-children, Julianna Marie, Torrey Martin Jr., and "baby" Gonzales; sisters and brothers, Josephine Medina, Dan Gonzales and wife, Ruby, Carmen Segura and husband, Leo, Orlando Gonzales and Michael Gonzales; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Rosary services will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at Our Lady of Sorrows Church. Funeral Services will be conducted at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Sorrows Church with Father Anthony Akabogu as celebrant. Burial of cremains will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Las Vegas.
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Arrangements are under the direction of Rogers Mortuary; 600 Reynolds Ave, Las Vegas; 1-800-479-3511 or 425-3511.
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Published in Las Vegas Optic on Nov. 29, 2013