Obituary of Elisandro Urrea Sr.
Elisandro O. “Alex” Urrea, 90, of Ontario, Oregon passed away Monday, January 7, 2019 in the comfort of his home.
Dad was born October 27, 1928 in Yorktown, Texas to Baldomero and Angelita Urrea. The family moved to Cuero and Pharr shortly after his birth. He began schooling in Pharr, but dropped out to sell tamales, chili beans, and corn on the cob at the local dancehall and the livestock sale yard to help his grandmother financially. The local equity exchange grainary hired him in 1941. Dad worked for the Federal Power and Light Co. from 1944-1959. He met the love of his life Socorro in 1953. They were married on May 8, 1954 in Edinburg, Texas. In the early 60’s, the family migrated to Oregon in the bed of a potato truck. Dad did migrant work, prior to working for Wesley Roberts on the Oregon Slope. Upon moving into Ontario, he acquired employment at Ore-Ida. He took a short break and earned his GED and other certificates. Dad resumed employment with Ore-Ida as a Partsman until his retirement in 1994. He never knew what it was to not provide for his family and the education of his children. Beginning work at the age of 7 and retiring at the age of 62, he left his children a legacy of commitment and fulfillment of a life well-lived.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Socorro; brother Apolonio (Salome) Rodriguez, sisters Janie Duarte, Pat Hernandez, Isa Izaquirre (Eulogio), Celia Rodriguez, Virginia (Antonio) Cavazos, Guadalupe (Jose) Hernandez; in addition many nieces, nephews, cousins, and much-loved family living in Mexico. He is also survived by sons Elisandro, Jr. (Kathy) Urrea and José (Sandy) Urrea, daughters Rocio Anderson and Maria (José) Lopez; grandchildren Cristina, Angelita, Margarita (Ruben), Jonathan (Liz), Alejandra, Samantha (Andrew), Amy (Demitri), Cristóbal, and Miren. 16 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren. Grandchildren were the light of his life which only for them he opened his eyes and smiled one last time.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Antonio, sisters Herminia and Victoria; and brothers Antonio, Vicente, Roman, and Nacho.
Visitation will be held Friday, January 11, 2019 from 2 to 4 P.M. at the Lienkaemper Chapel, Ontario. Rosary and Mass will be celebrated at 10 A.M. Monday, January 14, 2019 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Payette, Idaho. In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation to the Knights of Columbus, c/o Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.
Special thanks and much love to Joann Buhr-Cote, VFMC and to Lana, Anita, and Sharla and staff with Heart & Home Hospice for the wonderful care they provided for our father. Although rough at the edges, he loved you all. Thank you to all for your support of food, cards, visits and prayers.
Services are under the direction of Lienkaemper Chapel Ontario.