Albert Gonzales: 1928-2005

Albert Gonzales died Oct. 11, 2005, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. He was 77.

Albert Gonzales was born in MacGregor, Colo. (near Milner), on Feb. 5, 1928. He was the fifth of nine children to be born to Phillip and Juanita (Ramirez) Gonzales.

Albert was raised in Mount Harris and attended the local elementary school. On Jan. 27, 1942, when Al was 13 years old, his father was killed in the Victor American Mine explosion in Mount Harris. He continued his education and graduated from Hayden High School in 1947. On Sept. 11, 1949, Al married Marjorie Carroll in Hayden. The birth of twin daughters, Chris and Cindi, completed the family. They continued to live in Hayden while Al worked at the local coal mines. Eventually, the family moved to Craig, where Al managed the Enco Station for many years. In 1969, they were divorced, and Marjorie passed away on Aug. 11, 1970. On Jan. 11, 1972, Al married Peggy Clopton in Vernal, Utah. They have been married for 33 years. During this time, Al worked for Colorado Ute at the Hayden Power Plant and then transferred to the Craig Plant, where he was employed as a Maintenance Supervisor until his retirement 16 years ago. Ever since retiring from the plant, Al and Peggy have owned and operated numerous rental properties around the Craig community. Al was a member of the Elks Lodge. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, canoeing and traveling. He also loved to jitterbug and polka and was quite an impressive figure on the dance floor. Al and Peggy's travels took them to many exciting and exotic locations, but one of the highlights of Al's life was visiting his brother John's gravesite in Florence, Italy, on June 6, 1994, the 50th anniversary of D-Day. John Gonzales had been killed and buried in Italy during World War II. Al's humanitarian spirit led him and Peggy to Mexico several times, where they helped to build orphanages for impoverished and homeless children. His kindness and generosity will be greatly missed.

Al is survived by his wife, Peggy Gonzales of Craig; daughters, Chris (Dennis) Winn of Craig and Cindi Tennyson Gonzales of Prescott, Ariz.; grandchildren Nathan Winn of Palm Desert, Calif., and Nichole Tennyson Enriquez of Portland, Ore.; step-sons Steve Schram of Meeker, Gary Schram of Westminster, and Stan Schram of Vacaville; step-grandchildren Christopher, Timothy, Gregory, and Spencer Schram; step-great grandson, Koda Schram; sisters, Ortencia (Cecil) Bettger of Steamboat Springs, Lil (George) Palma of Craig, Mary (Dick) Key of Crown Place, Ill., and Elsie Greer of Seibert; brother, Nick Gonzales of Durango; and numerous nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

Al was preceded in death by his parents and brothers John, Vidal and Manual Gonzales.

Memorial services were held Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005, at 2 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church with Rod Compton officiating. The eulogy was given by Terry Winslow, the pianist was Anne Carr, and the soloist was Butch McKune. Selections were "Via Con Dios," and "Blessing In The Thorn."

Honorary pallbearers were Nathan Winn, Ryan Enriquez, Christopher Schram, Timothy Schram, Gregory Schram and Spencer Schram.

Services were concluded at the church.

Albert Gonzales will always be remembered as a gentle man ... a gentleman.

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