Blas G. Mendez, 94, of Decatur, IN, passed away on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Garrison, TX, on February 25, 1925, the son of the late Isaac and Alejandra (Guerrero) Mendez. On September 6, 1947, he married Sarah Marie “Squeeky” Hower and after 66 years, she preceded him in death on December 8, 2013.
He was a parishioner of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church and was a member of its Holy Name Society. Blas served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII in the South Pacific Theatre. He worked for Masolite Concrete Products and retired in 1987 after 37 years. He was a lifetime member of both the American Legion Post 43 and the V.F.W.
Blas was also a lifelong member of the American Federated Musicians and played in several local bands including the Decatur Dixie Cats, Latin Combo, and The Tre-Mendez.
He is survived by his 2 sons, Jesse M. (Cindy) Mendez and Anthony B. (Ingrid) Mendez both of Decatur; 7 daughters, Barbara C. (Mark) Corral, Dolores A. Lopez, Lee Andra (Frank) Aguon all of Decatur, Patricia E. (Dennis) Stapleton of Milwaukee, WI, Kathryn A. (Jeffrey Gaskill) Hake of Decatur, Anita M. (Don) Main of Indianapolis, and Annette M. (John) Liederbach of Decatur; a brother, Paul Mendez of Markle; a sister, Connie (Richard) Moreno of Ft. Wayne; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Blas was preceded in death by a son, Joseph Michael Mendez; a grandson, Damien M. Corral; a great granddaughter, Serenity J. Zimmerman; a son-in-law, Domingo Lopez Jr.; 2 brothers, Robert Mendez Sr. and Manuel Mendez; 6 sisters, Mary Robles, Barbara Gomez, Maria Del Jesus Chavarria, Annie (Garcia) Tyler, Tomasa Serna, and Rita Vargas
Visitation will be from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 13, 2019 at Haggard-Sefton-Hirschy & Zelt Funeral Home, with a reciting of the Holy Rosary at 8:00 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 14, 2019 at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, with visitation 1 hour prior from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary’s Parish Hall. Father David Ruppert will be the celebrant and Military Honors will be rendered at the Church by the American Legion Post 43 Color Guard. Burial will immediately follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery,
Memorials may be made to Riley Children’s Hospital in honor of Jacob Corral and in memory of Serenity Zimmerman.
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