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GONZALEZ, RENE' H. We honor Rene' H. Gonzalez for the great man that he was, his extraordinary sense of humor and the wonderful joy he brought to everyone who met him. Rene' was born in Tucson, AZ on February 11, 1928 to Francisco Gonzalez and Eloise Moreno. He was the 4th child of seven; brother of Frank, Louis, Stella, Charles, Maria and Armand. They grew up in Southern California during the depression. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles in 1947 and went to East LA Junior College for two years. In 1950, he was drafted into the US Army. In Sept of 1951, he was shipped off to Korea and assigned to the 7th Cavalry, C Company. He was a brave soldier who risked his own life in combat to save others and in his later years often questioned why he survived while others were less fortunate. On Nov 6, 1951, he was injured by a grenade and nearly lost his right hand. He received a Purple Heart and was medically retired in 1952. He was proud to have served his country but he never was able to fully escape the horrors of combat. When he was released from the hospital he returned to Los Angeles to find that his mother and sister had bought a small diner for Rene' to run, Rene's Malt Shop. He then went on to work in the insurance business and in 1956 began to work as a field salesman for the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Yellow Pages. It was there that he realized his calling for sales, but more importantly, in 1959 that is where he met Diane Fayette, a representative in the Public Office of the Yellow Pages. On Sept 5, 1959 they were married and moved to Downey. In 1961, they bought their first home in a wonderful neighborhood of Whittier, CA and welcomed their first child, David Brian. That day, he quit his job and because he always had interest in automobiles and the mechanics of the car he opened an automotive machine shop called HP Motor Parts. In 1963, they welcomed their second child, Steven Rene, and Rene' began to work as a Manufacturer's Representative for parts and machinery in the automotive industry. In 1967, they welcomed their third child, Nancy Diane. In 1972, Rene' went to work for Hopper Shop Equipment Sales and in 1974 relocated his family to Agoura, CA. Rene' traveled throughout California. In 1978, they relocated to Encinitas, CA where Rene' had responsibility for the Southwestern states and Baja Mexico. There he made many great friends in the business. In the late 1980's, he started his own company, Renesco. In 1997, Rene' and Diane moved to San Marcos. Rene' will be remembered for his great sense of humor. He made a lasting impression on all who had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know him. He was very proud of his family, his children and his grandchildren. He cared so much for everyone and was a father figure to many including others beyond his own family. He was always so positive and upbeat no matter how he was feeling. The world will be a little less bright with his passing, but, our loss is Heaven's gain. He will truly be missed. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Diane of San Marcos, CA; his son, David of New Braunfels, TX; his son, Steven and his wife Marcia of Beverly, MA; his daughter, Nancy and her husband, Brett Ludwick of San Marcos, CA; and grandkids, Dillon, Kathryn and Kyle Gonzalez of Beverly, MA and Devyn and Daniel Ludwick of San Marcos, CA. He is also survived by his brother, Charles M. Gonzalez of San Diego, CA; sister, Maria Benson of Florence, OR; and brother, Armand O. Gonzalez of Whittier, CA. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 3 p.m. on Thursday, January 3, 2013, with visitation prior to the Mass, at St. Mark's Mission Church on Sarver Lane in San Marcos. Interment with full Military Honors will be held at Miramar National Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 4, 2013. Arrangements are by Alhiser-Comer Mortuary

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Jan. 3, 2013
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