Oct. 29, 1923 – April 9, 2014
Guadalupe Velasquez died in the early hours of April 9, 2014 surrounded by his children after a short battle with cancer. Lupe was born on Oct. 29, 1923 in Sunlight, Wyo. to Simon and Hospicia Velasquez. He was the youngest of 14 children.
During World War II, Hospicia and many of her daughters moved to Minnesota to work in the packing plants in South St. Paul. Many of the boys, including Lupe, came after their military service in the war. Lupe was a member of World War II VFW Post No. 6690. Each year, he would still travel to different locations in the country to meet up with the few remaining members of his post. Both Lupe and his brother, Simon, enjoyed sharing stories of their service and experiences with the younger generations of their family, including their Wyoming family that they would see each summer.
Lupe was an active member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, Council No. 4184. After serving in the war, he made his home in Minnesota, where he worked at Armour’s and was president for 30 years.
Lupe was a fantastic man–a World War II veteran, husband, father, son, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend.
This farewell is only a “see you later.” The family will miss the twinkle in your eye, your jokes, your storytelling of days gone by, your bright smile and wittiness. They thank God that he shared you for as long as he did and for all that you were. Baker’s Square gatherings in the summer will not be the same without you.
Lupe was preceded in death by his wife Connie, 12 brothers and sisters and other extended family. He is survived by his six children, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews. He is also survived by one brother and best friend Simon Velasquez, 94, of Woodbury, Minn.
Local relatives include nephew Jesse Martinez and great-nephews Matthew and Nic of Lovell, and the Katie Martinez and Jennifer D’Alessandro families of Powell.
A Mass of Christian burial was held Tuesday, April 15 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Saint Paul and interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Joseph Klecatsky & Sons West Funeral Home-www.klecatsky.com