Angel V. Velasquez Sr., of Hood River, Ore., was born in Hanford, Calif., on Feb. 13, 1950. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on Oct. 12, 2012, with his beloved wife at his side in Hood River at the age of 62.
Angel loved his family. He is survived by his loving wife, Cecelia “CeCe” Velasquez; his cherished sons and daughters-in-law, Angel Jr. and Jessica Velasquez, and Jovil and Kathy Velasquez; his beloved grandchildren, Frank, Angela, Angel III, Julian, Kyleigh, Quienton, Ashlee, KayLee and Hunter; and great-grandson, Raiden.
Angel loved to be around family and especially his grandchildren. He loved caring and cooking for his grandchildren and his family.
Angel is also survived by his caring brothers Socorro Velasquez of Colton, Calif., Frank Velasquez, of Lindsay, Calif., Joe Velasquez, of Armona, Calif., Jesse Velasquez, of Hanford, Calif., and Julian Velasquez, of Lemoore, Calif.; his adoring sisters Nancy Millan, of Lindsay, Calif., Della Garcia, of Stockton, Calif., Jenny Wright and Marty Velasquez, of Lemoore, Calif. Angel is also survived by his beloved Chihuahua, Lucy, who was a loving and faithful companion.
Angel attended Armona Elementary and Hanford West Campus and graduated from Columbia Gorge Community College. He worked for many years as a farm laborer for Wells & Sons in Hood River and later as a truck driver for the United States Forest Service in Carson, Wash.
Angel’s childhood years were spent in Lemoore, Calif. At the age of 19 he moved his wife and son Angel Jr. to Hood River and the couple later had their youngest son, Jovil. Angel and CeCe moved to Hanford, Calif., in 2008 to be close to his siblings, nieces and nephews whom he loved very much.
In August of this year when he was diagnosed with his illness, Angel and CeCe were moved back home to Hood River by their sons Angel and Jovil to live the remainder of his life surrounded by family; his sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren.
When Angel was still able to he made time for his hobbies which included cooking, gardening, watching TV, woodworking, building furniture and hunting and collecting treasures from yard sales and flea markets.
Services to honor Angel’s life and mourn his passing are planned for 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1501 Belmont Ave., Hood River. Remembrances may be made to Heart of Hospice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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