resident Victor Valadez died on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at The VNA Hospice
Center in Valparaiso, Indiana. He was 88.
Born on April 29,
1926, in Johnstown, Pa., he was the son of the late Miguel Valadez and Maria
Luz (Ramirez) Valadez and one of ten children.
Victor was preceded
in death by the love of his life, Eleanor P. Valadez.
He is survived by
his daughter Vickie Lipniskis, and son-in-law Paul of Chesterton; sons
Victor of New York, New York, and Michael M. of Chesterton; grandchildren
Sarah (Richard) Hollaway and Renee Lipniskis and Alana and Michael L.
Valadez, great-grandchildren Leanna and Cameron, all of Chesterton; brother
Michael Valadez of Gambrills, Md.; sister Gloria Miller of Silver Springs,
Md.; sister-in-law Leah Valadez of Scottsdale, Az.; and numerous nieces and
Victor was a WW II
Veteran, serving in the 305th Bombardment Group of the Army/Air Force as a
gunner and aerial photographer.
After his discharge
from the Army, Victor worked as a foreman for Bethlehem Steel in Johnstown.
He married Eleanor
Alva on April 9, 1957. With their three children, the Valadez family moved
to Chesterton in 1969 after he was recruited as a term foreman to help
initiate a new Bethlehem plant operation in Burns Harbor. In 1987, Victor
was a founding member of the LULAC Duneland Council No. 5016, where he later
served as President. Victor was a straightforward man of character who
always selflessly placed his family first. He lived a life worth celebrating
and will be sorely missed.
A private military
service was held at White-Love Funeral Home on June 26. Following cremation,
Victor was interred at Graceland Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers,
the family asks memorial donations be made to LULAC Council No. 5016, P.O.
Box 914, Chesterton, Indiana, 46304, or The Valadez Educational Society,
14712 Lake Terrace, Rockville, MD, 20853.
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