Arthur L. Gonzales Sr.
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Arthur L. Gonzales Sr., of Salinas, passed away on his 93rd birthday on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. He was born Aug. 5, 1921 in Tucson, AZ.
Arthur served in the U.S. Army, Foreign Service for three years and seven months, the Continental Service for 11 months, and was in the Pacific from 1943 to 1945. He was a member of the Bushmaster's in Company G, 158th Infantry. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, American Theatre Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon.
Arthur was a Bartender for more than 40 years, crossing guard for Fremont Elementary School, the owner of Gonzales Furniture Mart, and a security guard throughout Monterey County.
He was a member of American Legion Post 31, V.F.W. Post 7895, and lifetime member of D.A.V. Post 101. Arthur participated and was honored in the Veteran's Day Parade in Salinas the last two years.
He enjoyed playing bingo, going to the Y.M.C.A., and especially walking. He also enjoyed trips to Reno, and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dora R. Gonzales on Jan. 8, 1993.
Arthur is survived by his sons, Arthur J. (Ethel) Gonzales Jr. of Salinas, Edward I. Gonzales of Modesto; daughters, Dora A. (David) Alvarado of Spreckels, Norma J. Agamao of Prunedale; 14 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at the Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 W. San Luis St. Salinas, CA 93901.
Rosary will be at 7:00 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at the Struve and Laporte Chapel.
Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 1 Railroad Ave., Spreckels, CA 93962.
Burial will follow with military honors at Garden of Memories Cemetery, 850 Abbott St., Salinas, CA 93901.
Reception to follow at the American Legion Post 31, located at 14 W. Laurel Dr., Salinas, CA 93906.
Funeral arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home.
Online condolences to www.struveandlaporte.com
Struve and Laporte Funeral Chapel
41 West San Luis Salinas, CA 93901
Published in The Salinas Californian from Aug. 11 to Aug. 14, 2014