CHILLICOTHE -Victor G. Gonzalez, age 91, of Chillicothe passed away at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his family.
He was born on Sept. 15, 1921, in Peoria, the son of Arnulfo and Maria Garcia Gonzalez. He married Dora C. Ramos on May 6, 1950, in Chillicothe.
He is survived by his children, Elaine (Richard) Crady of Chillicothe, Carlos Gonzalez of Chillicothe, Ralph Gonzalez of Tremont, Annette (Kevin) Snodgrass of Pekin, Victor Gonzalez of Chillicothe and Marc Gonzalez of Chillicothe; 24 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Alejandro Gonzalez; and one sister, Elena Rivas of Peoria. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Victoria; three brothers and four sisters.
Victor worked for Celotex Corporation in Peoria for more than 25 years. He was a member of St. Edward Catholic Church, where he was a Eucharistic minister and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Victor enjoyed being a disc jockey playing Mexican music. He was a veteran serving in the U.S. Army in the 9th Infantry during World War II. He received the Purple Heart. He was a member and past commander of the Chillicothe VFW Post 4999 and the bingo chairman.
He was a friend to everyone he met and hero to many.
Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at St. Edward Catholic Church. Father Keith Walder will officiate. Visitation will be held on Sunday evening from 3 to 5 p.m., with a recitation of the Rosary, at Weber-Hurd Funeral Home in Chillicothe. Burial will be in the Chillicothe City Cemetery, with military rites.
Memorials may be made to St. Edward Catholic Church or school.
Online condolences may be submitted through www.weberhurdfuneralhome.com.