Floyd J. Gonzales


Posted: Sunday, October 10, 2004


  Floyd J. Gonzales

Floyd J. Gonzales

Kachemak City resident Floyd J. Gonzales died Monday, Sept. 27, 2004, at South Peninsula General Hospital in Homer. He was 81.

Memorial services were held Saturday, Oct. 9, at Glacierview Baptist Church in Homer. Pastor Rick Wise will officiate.

Mr. Gonzales was born Sept. 9, 1923, in Baton Rouge, La. He graduated from high school and had two years of college. He also served in the U.S. Army Air Forces for four years. After being discharged from the military, he began working for Gulf State Utilities, which is now Energy in Baton Rouge. He worked there for 40 years before retiring in 1985.

Mr. Gonzales was a member of the Southside Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, La., and Glacierview Baptist in Homer.

He worked as a food coordinator at the Homer Community Food Pantry for about seven years, until a stroke slowed him down. He continued to work when he was able.

He also received the Citizen of the Year award in 1998 in Homer and a community service award from the Homer United Methodist Women's Mission Group in 2004. He was a council member for Kachemak City. He also received an appreciation plaque from Glacierview Baptist Church for his many years of service to the Lord.

Mr. Gonzales received several awards from March of Dimes and received the Cornerstone Award from Wycliffe for building a substation in Peru. He enjoyed taking pictures of the people who surrounded him in his life and mowing his lawn.

"His greatest joy was serving his Lord and Savior in mission work in Homer and in different parts of the United States and Honduras. Floyd loved people and especially children and animals.

"He also enjoyed giving out candy and goodies at church and at the Food Pantry to make the children's faces light up. It made him glow. In his younger days, he was know as 'Superman' for swinging on vines with the children at outings. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was loved by many and will be greatly missed," his family said.

Mr. Gonzales was preceded in death by his son, Larry; daughter, Fay; his father, Theophile Leopold Gonzales; his mother, Nola Adams; and brothers, J.J. Gonzales and Ray Gonzales, who was killed in World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria F. (Fridge) Gonzales; son, Ray Coy Gonzales; daughter, Darlene Sue (Gonzales) Slade; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were made by Homer Funeral Home in Homer.

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