Michael Anthony "Gonzo" Gonzalez
1963 - 2018
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Michael Anthony "Gonzo" Gonzalez

Rural Delphi - Michael Anthony "Gonzo" Gonzalez, 54, of rural Delphi, died Wednesday-Feb. 21, 2018, at 12:20pm, at his home, after a 4 1/2 year battle with cancer. He was born July 28, 1963 in Tampa, FL, to the late Louis Gonzalez, and his mother Darline Del Pino Melendreras, who survives. His marriage was to Beth A. Black in North Redington Beach, FL, on Aug 25, 2004, and she survives. He received his GED from Jefferson High School in Tampa, FL. He was a U.S. Army Ranger, also trained as a medic, stationed in South Korea. He formerly worked for Apria Healthcare in Lafayette, as a sales liaison for 4 years, then for the Indiana Veteran's Home, West Lafayette, in the business office, managing claims and other administrative work, for the past 2 years. He was a member of the Delphi United Methodist Church, very involved with the men's ministry, ultimately leading it, sang in the praise team, and adult choir, and was active with the church's mobile food pantry. He also helped lead a worship service once a month at Carroll Manor Home. He then was called to be pastor at the Wheatland Ave. United Methodist Church, Logansport, the past year and a half. Gonzo's passion was to minister to any and all outside his church. God was his light, and he wanted to share that love with anyone, anywhere, anytime!! He truly loved the good Lord with all his heart and soul. He also enjoyed natural horsemanship training, leading many seminars, both local and abroad. He was a black belt in martial arts, and enjoyed teaching high risk youth his skills and discipline. He was a gourmet cook; loved to sing and play his guitar; an avid reader, who spoke four languages. He enjoyed acting, and starred in many training films, and had been an extra in a few TV shows. He recently completed his EMT training as sick as he was, but did, and helped others with training and testing. He also enjoyed 18th Century Historical Reenactments. He dearly loved his wife Beth, and all his family and many friends.

Surviving: wife-Beth A. Gonzalez of Delphi; mother & step father-Darline & Val Melendreras of Tampa, FL; children: Michael, Sarah, & Abby; step son-Eric; grandchildren: Christian, Cameron, Casen, Sophia, & Janessa; sisters-Melanie & Griselda; brother-Charlie; beloved nieces & nephews. Services: family & friends will be received Sunday from 3:30pm until his celebration of life service at 5:30pm, at the Delphi United Methodist Church, 1796 N. US 421, Delphi, IN 46923, Rev. Todd Ladd & Rev. Sheri Rohrer officiating. Beth encourages contributions to the Delphi United Methodist Church Mobile Food Pantry, which Gonzo was passionate about making sure people had what they needed. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi, in charge of arrangements. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com/

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Published in Journal & Courier on Feb. 24, 2018.
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February 17, 2019
In Loving Memory, and as the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Joe & Cheryl Valentino/Clanton
March 2, 2018
Mike and I have been friends for many years through the world of Martial Arts. We trained together with many different legends in Kenpo, taught together in the GLASS program and STORM Team at Jefferson High School, fought next to each other at tournaments and enjoyed many years as good friends.

I really admired Mike's tenacity, motivation and endurance in all that he did, especially in his final fight with cancer. He was a very passionate human being and I think that's what drew people to him. He wasn't afraid to stand up for what he believed in; I think more people should be like him.

I was really looking forward to seeing him again this summer and comparing notes on health & nutrition. I guess that will have to wait a little while longer.... I will miss him. He was a good friend.

I'm sorry that Beth and his kids and family have to go through this, but I think they would agree that he is much happier now and probably gets to do what he 'really' loves to do from now to eternity.
Brant Rose
February 28, 2018
My Bubba ! My Hero ! I love you to the Heavens and back.
Griselda Gonzalez/Bittinger
February 26, 2018
My sincere condolences to the Gonzalez family. I've known Michael since birth and we grew up in a great era together. So very sad that you got promoted before me and I sure hope to be promoted as you were and live in the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with you in eternity. Until we meet again Gonzo may your soul rest in paradise. Please give all my loved ones hugs and kisses as you reunite with them. I love you Gonzo!
Zina Regalado
February 25, 2018
Beth and family - I am so incredibly sorry for your loss of Gonzo! I can tell from the 2 short times I was blessed to be in your home and from reading his obituary that he was a very loved man who dearly loved on others. He is in the presence of our Lord now and I know that Jesus is well pleased with his work and mission here on this earth. People come in and out of our lives for a number of reasons, even if it's for a very short time, and I feel so blessed to have met this man and his dear wife who lived on the other side of the scary railroad tracks I will never forget you both ❤

Prayers and hugs for you all!
Suzette Post
Suzette Post
February 24, 2018
Another man who knows how Blessed He is. He is Present Now With His Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ! His last breath in this life came right before his first breath in Eternity. I will try not to be jealous, Brother.
Greg Younts
February 24, 2018
Michael, we never made it to the kitchen together, but we sure enjoyed sharing our love of food! While we missed that opportunity I'm so happy that you can now be Home
Tim Osborn
February 24, 2018
Gonzo was a great guy always smiling and full of hugs He will be missed but I am sure he is dancing and singing in heaven. May God be with all of you.
Debbie Shockey and Family
February 24, 2018
So sorry to here of Gonzo's passing. I always enjoyed talking to him when passing him in the IVH halls. He had a smile and always singing even when he had bad days. He will truly be missed.
Sherrie Yoder
February 23, 2018
I would like to express my deepest condolence to the family of Mr.Gonzalez.
He worked with my son in high school and taught him a life lesson, that he to this day holds on to. He put him on the right path teaching him martial art.
Know that Mr. Gonzales is with his Heavenly Father rejoicing.
Bea Figueroa
February 23, 2018
You will be missed Gonzo fly high with the other angels. I will never forget your smile and the smile you brought to others. You were a kind soul and a dear friend. Rest in heaven.
Tara Vandivier
February 23, 2018
To my brother in Christ. You were a blessing to all. A beautiful example of Christ in all you did. You touched so many feed so many helped so many. And now receiving your crown. For no greater love does a man have but to lay down his life for another.What and grand reunion it shall be. When you build the kingdom of God here for others making the way for others.My brother until we see you again for a child of the king it isn't good bye it's see you soon .
Rev Les Bittinger
February 23, 2018
Our Prayers are with you and family. Memories help to heal, they will make you laugh and smile. Prayers for you. Rip Michael
Joe & Cheryl Valentino
February 23, 2018
My brother, my best friend, we connected in so many ways especially spiritually. We shared our favorite scriptures together as well as stories on how wonderful Jesus is to us both. Then how much fun we had as children . This is not real to me that your gone. I will always carry you in my heart and continue your legacy and LOVE others as you did. Rest in the arms of Jesus my bubba till we see each other again in HEAVEN.
Griselda Gonzalez Bittinger
February 23, 2018
So sorry for your loss, Beth. You Mom had been keeping us posted on his health.
February 23, 2018
To our friend Michael
February 23, 2018
Beth, you will always have those memories of the Beach and we will always be so grateful to have known Michael, may God Bless you and be beside you at this time.Michael is already singing on the Beach in Heaven telling everyone about you.
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