Daniel Franco Gonzales

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Service Information
Effingham Chapel - Rincon
2460 Highway 21 South
Rincon, GA
Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
St. Boniface Catholic Church
Funeral Mass
Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019
11:00 AM
St. Boniface Catholic Church

Daniel Franco Gonzales, 95, died peacefully in the home of his loving daughter, Cynthia, and her husband, Michael Felipe. He was the eldest and last of four siblings; son of Pablo and Eulalia Gonzales.
Born April 14, 1924, in Belen, N.M., Daniel lived and died in humble loving gratitude of family, faith and country. His life was filled with meaning and purpose far beyond what he ever imagined possible.
He would say his life began with a dream, "after my mother died. I looked up in the sky and saw a plane and said to myself someday I want to fly airplanes."
A few years later, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years, serving in Korea and Vietnam as a flight engineer. He was proud to proclaim he was a member of the Air Force family.
From Dover, Del., he retired to Seattle, Wash., and began a second career with Boeing Aircraft Company until he fully retired.
Then he and his wife, Sara, traveled the highways in their RV, making new friends, seeing new sights and prospecting for rocks and gems. After residing in Ajo, Ariz., and Elba, Ala., he and Sara eventually moved to Georgia to live with their daughter, Cynthia. Several years later, they moved to Magnolia Manor in Richmond Hill where Daniel lived until recently.
Dan was strongly committed to his faith. He enjoyed telling stories, helping others with household projects, watching old Westerns and collecting tools, coins and rocks. Most of all, enjoyed spending time with his family.
Married 62 years, Daniel's death was preceded by Sara's in 2010. He is survived by three loving children: daughter, Cynthia Lynn Felipe and her husband, Michael, of Rincon; son, George Paul Gonzales, PA-C, and wife, Sandra, of Knoxville, Tenne.; and son, Dr. James Lawrence Gonzales, and wife, Mary Jane, of Dunwoody.
Spread out between the East and West coasts, he is loved and esteemed by seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
A funeral mass was conducted Dec. 28, 2019, at St. Boniface Catholic Church. Interment followed at the Catholic Cemetery in Savannah, where he joined his beloved wife, Sara Curtis (Bradshaw) Gonzales.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be given to St. Boniface Catholic Church, 1952 Hwy. 21 S., Springfield, Ga. 31329 or .
Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home, Effingham Chapel. 912-754-6421
Published in Effingham Herald from Jan. 1 to Jan. 7, 2020
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