Jonas G. Villalpando, Sr. was born in Redwood, Texas, on October 20, 1924, to the late Eligio and Concepcion (Guzman) Villalpando. He moved to San Marcos, Texas in 1930. Our Lord called him home July 8, 2012.
Jonas was preceded in death by his dear wife of 46 years, Lilly, four brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his two sons, Jonas (JJ) Villalpando, Jr. and wife, Carmen of San Marcos, and John (JoJo) of San Marcos; daughter, Mary Lena Zamora and husband, Gilbert of Pflugerville; grandchildren, Janette Villalpando Moreno, Eric and Erica Villalpando, and Nicole and Natalie Zamora; and four great-grandchildren, Eliyana Cuevas, Marilisa and Gabriel Ramirez, and Joshua Moreno.
Jonas proudly served our country in World War II as a medic. He was a well-known skilled mechanic and worked with Lee’s Garage, Ford, and Scrutchin’ s Pontiac. He loved reading and gaining new knowledge through it. He enjoyed listening to Big Band music and would wake his family up every Sunday morning with his Big Band music albums, while he cooked breakfast.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Texan Nursing and Rehabilitation Home of San Marcos for taking good care of Jonas during his stay there.
Celebration of Life Services will be held at 7:00 P.M., Thursday, July 12, 2012, in the Pennington Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow on Friday, July 13, 2012, at 10:30 A.M., at Memory Lawn Memorial Park in Martindale.
Arrangements under the care and guidance of Pennington Funeral Home,323 N. Comanche, San Marcos, Texas 78666, 512-353-4311. Obituary and guestbook online at www.penningtonfuneralhome.com
Erica VillalpandoJuly 11th, 2012 on 4:52 am
Grandpa, I am gonna miss You ver.y much! I will cherish each momeng we had together & I will never forget how much you would make me laugh! Im always gonna remember you telling me that I was not a Villalpando everytime you would see me & tease me. I will carry my last name proudly. We all know your in a better place with no more suffering enjoying your time with Grandma Lily. Until we meet again..Your Grand Daughter
Danny YbarraJuly 11th, 2012 on 9:17 pm
Our deepest condolences to JJ, JOJO, and Mary Lena and their familys. Tio Jonas was always one of my uncles that I looked up to, always smiling and joking around and always helpful. It has been years since I have seem tio Jonas but it happens with life as we grow up and make our way in this world. I will never forget you and Tia Lily. Rest in Peace Tio.
Richard CuevasJuly 12th, 2012 on 12:23 am
We are all so sorry for your loss and will remember Jonas fondly. Your friends the Cuevas Family.
Lena ZamoraJuly 12th, 2012 on 1:44 am
Dad, thank you for the guidance that you have given us. I remember you as a strong man so it hurt at times to see you so weak your last month’s of your life. You are now at peace with Our Lord and mom.
I won’t forget the many times you played your Big Band albums.
The house seems so empty without you.
Rosa Villalpando MooreJuly 12th, 2012 on 4:48 pm
Jonas, John and Mary Elena and grandkids…. I am so sorry on your loss of your dad and grandpa. He was a good uncle to me and to my family and a great brother-in-law to my mom, he would give my mom advice. Our dad would always take us to visit his brother at the garage before we left San Marcos.He always teased my dad about having a big family.As years, went by, he was always happy to see me and always had that Villalpandos smile….. I will miss him very much. Rest in Peace UNCLE JONAS
Zulema a. Garza & Rosemary AlcalaJuly 12th, 2012 on 8:21 pm
We are sorry to hear of your loss. Jonas was a great friend of our Father ( Manuel Arias) we will always remember him in our prayers.
Yolanda Ybarra BassJuly 12th, 2012 on 9:50 pm
My deepest sympathy to the family JJ & Carmen, JOJO. Lena think of you often up here in Iowa. We would always visit the Garage when we came down to Texas to say hi. It was the only time I could get to see JJ and JOJO too. The Villalpando’s Lilly and Jonas were a big part of my family while I lived in San Marcos and went to college at Southwest Texas. At the ripe age of 21 my Aunt Lily taught me how to drive her car. I can image what Uncle Jonas would be saying and him laughing at the two of us. Love you all!!!
THE ALCALA'S....July 12th, 2012 on 11:54 pm
Do Not Cry
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow;
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there; I did not die.
Dora , Enrique, and familyJuly 13th, 2012 on 1:24 am
we are sorry to hear of your loss, jonas, carmen ,and family. our prays are with all of your family.
Esther VillalpandoJuly 13th, 2012 on 9:46 pm
So sorry to hear of Uncle Jonas, passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time. From your Family in Michigan, (Uncle Ignacio G. Villalpando-Children).
Misael SamaniegoJuly 17th, 2012 on 3:38 am
I am sad to hear of my uncle passing. I use to visit him when I was in town I will sure will miss him. Jonas Jr, I have you in my prays