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Fernando A. Velasquez, 80, of El Centro, CA, passed August 26, 2020, at El Centro Regional Medical Center due to the China virus and underlying health issues. Fernando and siblings grew up on Mary Avenue in Calexico, and he graduated from Calexico High School Class of 1959, where he made many lifelong friendships that he was still enjoying. Fernando was a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force. While he tried his best to be stationed in or near California, the powers that be sent him to Iceland, Greenland, Winnemucca, Nevada, and eventually Iowa. While stationed in Iowa, he married Patricia Walling in February 1965, and they raised two beautiful children. After his service, Fernando studied at IVC, earning an AA. Fernando was a well known and very respected auto mechanic in the Valley, retiring from Sears Automotive in the early 1990's. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and never missed an opening Dove season with his friends. He was also an Elder of the Mt. Signal Muzzleloaders. Fernando was preceded in death by his father Efren; mother Tomasa, and his siblings Frank, Carmen and Richard. He is survived by his longtime companion, Connie Nolta; sister Consuelo (Cheli) (Wilo); son Victor and three grandsons Ramon, Francisco, and Victor, all of Abilene, TX; daughter Tammy of Rogers, Arkansas; his nieces, nephews, cousins, and so many friends who will miss that beautiful smile and laugh! Fernando is also survived by extended families Doug, Beth, and Kadyn Struckmeyer of Imperial and Rob, Jen, and Kaitlyn Bennett of Tucson, AZ. No services scheduled at this time.

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Published in Imperial Valley Press Online on Sep. 16, 2020.
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September 16, 2020
Connie, Tammy, and all of Mr. Velasquez’s loved ones!
I have unforgettable memories of your dad Tammy! And Connie, you are in our prayers and thoughts! Sending you love and grace. May Mr.Velasquez remain in your heart and give you comfort!!
I Love you both and sending you our sincerest sympathy!
Art and Melo Garcia
September 16, 2020
Fernando's Family
my sincere condolences and prayer. Fernando & I were in school since grammar to high school. Class of 1959 in Calexico. I would once in awhile see him at Sears. As you know he always had a great big smile. May God Bless Fernando and his families.

Ramiro ( Tita ) & Aurelia ( Coco ) De La Rosa
Ramiro De La Rosa
September 16, 2020
Rest In Peace Compadre. We had a good run and didn’t miss much as fun goes. Way to many memories to mention. We will see each other again. Love you brother.
Bill Dato
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