Alejandro B. Gonzales Jr. 77 of Junction passed away Sunday, February 13, 2022 at Kimble Hospital after a hard-fought battle with coronary artery disease and renal failure.
Visitation will be Friday, February 18, 2022 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Kimble Funeral Home with recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:00 pm.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 12:00 noon at St. Theresa Catholic Church with burial to follow at Little Mexico Cemetery, with Father Bala Anthony Govindu officiating.
Pallbearers will be Mitchell Ramon, Richard Ford III, Henry Murr Jr, Gavin Gonzales, Noe Gonzales, Gilbert Gonzales, Victor Gonzales and Hector Gonzales.
Alex “Nune” was born September 1, 1944 at his “Tita’s House” in Rocksprings, Texas to Alejandro Gonzales and Julia Benavides Gonzales. He was a lifelong resident of Junction. As a child he spent many years traveling with his family as migrant workers. They worked in the Texas Panhandle, Colorado, Kansas, California, Idaho, and Utah just to name a few. They harvested potatoes, sugar beets, cotton, cherries, onions, almonds, apricots, pecans, green beans, and more. As a teenager, he learned to shear sheep and goats in Texas, Colorado, and Kansas and continued to shear occasionally until his late 50’s. Life in his younger years was tough, but he worked hard to help support his family. In the early 60’s he gained employment for Hays County Gravel as a mixer driver. In 1966, he began his lifelong career as a mechanic at Nelson Motors Inc. in Junction. In 1971, he moved to San Marcos Texas and was employed by Scrutchin-Cauthorn Motor Company as a mechanic. He earned his ASE Master Mechanics Certification which he proudly kept for over 30 years. In 1975, he opened Alex’s Auto Service at 1008 Main Street in Junction where he owned and operated his business until his retirement in 2003. There he made many friends and taught a few young men about mechanics and his trade that he was proud of. He prided himself in quality work and being a “real mechanic” not a parts changer. In 1976, he met Jean Munguia and started a family; together they raised 4 children and 2 grandsons. He was a horse lover and bred, raised and raced Registered American Quarter Horses. He enjoyed fast cars, drag racing, horse racing, recycling “Junking”, gardening, and BBQing. He loved his family and was especially proud of all of his grandchildren and loved spending time and taking them to feed the horses, playing twister, fishing, riding bikes at the park and telling them little tidbits about his life. In his later years, he enjoyed taking his daily walks at the city park or the track, watching his grandchildren at their sporting events or other activities such as watching horse racing and cooking shows on television. He was a member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alejandro and Julia Gonzales; sister, Julia Robles; brothers, Ernesto Gonzales and Humberto Gonzales; and granddaughter Desiree Alexis Ford.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 47 years, Jean M. Gonzales; children, Raquel Gonzales, Bri Konner, Priscilla Gonzales, and Alex Gonzales III; daughter-in-law, Rhoda Gonzales; sisters, Reyes Menchaca and Francisca Gonzales; grandsons, Mitchell Ramon, Richard Ford III, Henry Murr Jr., Gavin Gonzales, Noah Gonzales, Brady Gonzales, and “Baby “Alex Gonzales IV; granddaughters, Avery Davis, Brooklyn Williams, & Kassie Numrich; great-grandchildren, Richard Ford IV, Lilith Ford, and Logan Ramon, along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Donations may be made in his honor to the Kimble County Library, Kimble County Meals on Wheels or any local charity or scholarship of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Kimble Funeral Home. (325) 446-3076