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Victor Valadez dies at age 88

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Longtime local 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 nephews.

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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Posted 7/2/2014