Ismael Valenzuela

Ismael "Val" Valenzuela Sr, 84, died peacefully at home on 19 Aug 2013, while being cared for by his wife and children while on Hospice care battling COPD and Dementia which was exacerbated following a hip fracture. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Maria de Jesus (Castaneda) Valenzuela, children: San Juanita "Janie" Petersen (Marion J Petersen), Patricia Ramirez (Robert Ramirez), Ismael Valenzuela Jr, Raymond Valenzuela, Linda I Perez, Alma (Letty) Riley (Tom Riley), Jessica M Valenzuela (Sean Stephens). Grandchildren: Christopher Valenzuela, Nina Petersen-Armstrong, Sean Petersen, Moses Valenzuela, Geneva V Harkins, Timothy Valenzuela, Angel Perez, Matthew D Valenzuela, Megan N Riley, Zachary R Riley, and Cameron Stephens. Great-Grandchildren: Samantha Valenzuela, Misty Valenzuela, Savannah Valenzuela, Glen Ismael Joseph Petersen, Marissa Valenzuela, Harmony Valenzuela, Moses Josiah Valenzuela, and Alizabella Valenzuela. He is also survived by his only sister, Minerva V Ibarra (Juventino Ibarra) and (7) nieces and (4) nephews and numerous great-grandnephews and great-grandnieces. He is preceded in death by his parents, Isabel and Maria (Santos) Valenzuela, his siblings, Ramon Valenzuela, Alicia De Luna, Amelia Valenzuela, Irma Reyes, Juanita Valenzuela, and Fernando Valenzuela. Born in Dilley, TX during the Great Depression to Isabel and Maria (Santos) Valenzuela, he was raised in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico and Laredo, Texas. At the age of 22, he entered the Army (2 years Active and 6 years Reserves) and fought in the Korean War where he was a recipient of the Korean Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars and the United Nations Service Medal. After his military service, he married Maria de Jesus (Chuy) and briefly lived in Corpus Christi, TX. While working fulltime at Reynolds Aluminum, he attended Del Mar College and obtained his welding certification. He moved his family to the Southside of San Antonio where they made their home and raised their growing family. He mastered in x-ray welding and was ranked as a "Top-Ten X-Ray Welder" in the United States while working in Power Plants for H. B. Zachary. After retiring from H. B. Zachary (25 years), he was still sought out as a "consultant" to assist in problematic situations. He was an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9186 and one of his favorite pastimes was to fill out crossword puzzles.
Visitation will be on Sunday, August 25, 2013 from 4:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. with a Prayer Service at 6:30 P.M. at Brookehill Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will be on Monday, August 26, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the Funeral Home. Interment with Military Honors will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family is requesting memorial donations to or the . You may sign the on-line guest book at under the obituary section.

Funeral Home

Brookehill Funeral Home
711 SE Military Dr. San Antonio, TX 78214
(210) 923-7523

Published in Express-News on Aug. 23, 2013