Funeral services for Alfonso Esteban Gomez, 78, were held Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010, at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home. Burial followed in Minerva Cemetery in the Minerva community.

Mr. Gomez died Friday, Jan. 29, in Manor Oaks Nursing Home in Rockdale.

He was born May 9, 1931, in San Benito to Alfonso Esteban and Maria (Coy) Gomez.

He was a 1948 graduate of Brownsville High School and a 1952 graduate of Texas A&M University with a bachelor of science degree in engineering.

Mr. Gomez was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in the U.S. Air Force. He was honorably discharged in 1954 as a first lieutenant.

He worked for U.S. Steel in Gary, Indiana, as an industrial engineer for 27 years.

After retirement in 1984, Mr. Gomez moved back to his home in Brownsville until 2007 when he moved to Austin.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, walking, horse racing, football and crossword puzzles.

Mr. Gomez was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Santiago, Mario, Juan and Alejandro Gomez; a sister, Maria Olympia Myers; and three infant siblings.

Survivors include two daughters, Maria Gomez of Rockdale, Rosanna Gomez Oliver and husband Eddie of Austin; two sons, Alfonso Gomez of El Paso, James Gomez of Rockdale; three brothers, Alvaro Gomez and wife Patricia of Merrillville, Indiana, Eliberto Gomez of Hobart, Indiana, Emilio Gomez and wife Maria of San Benito; four sisters, Olivia McDonald of Corpus Christi, Alma Villarreal of Brownsville, Argentina Garcia and husband Samuel of Brownsville, Anna Cowan of Orange County, California; a sister-in-law, Sylvia Gomez of Huntsville; and three grandchildren, Edward T. Oliver of San Diego, California, Lyndia N. Oliver of Austin, Juan M. Salazar of Rockdale; also, a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Alfonso Gomez III, James Gomez, Eddie Oliver, Edward T. Oliver, Guillermo Villarreal and Donald E. Perryman III.

Honorar y pallbearers were Alvaro Gomez, Eliberto Gomez and Emilio Gomez.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

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