José “Blackie” H. Valenzuela Sr.

José “Blackie” H. Valenzuela Sr., 80, of Kingsville entered eternal rest on June 13, 2019.

Mr. Valenzuela served his country honorably as a serviceman in the U.S. Army. He retired from the Kleberg County Sheriff’s Department.  Prior to that, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council No.2623 and worked on many fundraising campaigns. He was an avid supporter of the Javelinas and the Texas Longhorns.  He was also a huge fan of the New York Yankees and the Dallas Cowboys. His quick wit, making us laugh and keen sense of humor will be missed by all who love him.

Mr. Valenzuela was preceded in death by his wife, Endelia Garcia Valenzuela; son, Daniel Valenzuela,; parents, Eulogio and Florita Valenzuela; brother, Ovidio Valenzuela; and sister, Celia Valenzuela Salazar.

He is survived by his sons, Jose H. Valenzuela (Josephine), Gilbert Valenzuela (Nancy) and Herman Valenzuela (Socorro); daughters, Audrey Marie Valenzuela and Jenny Valenzuela; 11 grandchildren, Alexis, Amanda, Brittany, Daniella, Danniel Ray, Dante, Jalen, Jose Daniel, Josie Marie, Marco and Mersadiez; and David Valenzuela, a brother in every sense of the word.

“May the angels lead you into paradise; may the martyrs greet you at your arrival and lead you into the holy city, Jerusalem.” May you have eternal rest, dad, until we meet again. You will live in our cherished memories.

A rosary was recited on Monday, June 17 at 7 p.m. at the Ramirez-Salinas Funeral Home, 230 E. Ella Ave. in Kingsville. Services for Mr. Valenzuela were held on Tuesday, June 18 at 1 p.m.  Celebration of life was held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at 1430 Brookshire St. Interment to followed at Rest Haven Cemetery.

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