GALESBURG — Alejandro “Alex” L. Gutierrez, 95, of Galesburg, died at 3:58 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg.
Alex was born Dec. 30, 1923, in Comfort, Texas, the son of Dionicio and Gregorio (Lopez) Gutierrez. He married Ramona J. Gimenez on Nov. 7, 1943, in Galesburg. Ramona preceded Alex in death exactly 10 years earlier on May 28, 2009.
Alex is survived by three sons, Ramon (Diana) of Kerrville, Texas, and Larry M. (Rosemarie) and David, both of Galesburg; three daughters, Dolores “Dolly” Sundell, Esther Fox and Regina Hodge, all of Galesburg; and one brother, Alvaro “Al” (Olivia) Gutierrez of Galesburg. Alex is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents and wife, Alex was preceded in death by three brothers; one son, Alejandro “Sonny” Gutierrez Jr.; one daughter, Theresa Gutierrez; and one granddaughter, Alexis Marie Gutierrez.
Alex served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 116th General Hospital and under General Patton with the 3rd Army. After the Army, Alex worked as a freight handler at CB&Q Railroad for several years. He then worked for Maytag, retiring in 1982. He was a 29-year member of I.A.M. Local 2063.
Alex was a long-time member of St. Patrick’s Church in Galesburg, where he served as a eucharistic minister, usher and member of the choir. He was also active in S.P.E.C., Cursillo and W.A.T.C.H. Alex was a member of Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post #285 and a founding member of the Galesburg Chapter of League of United Latin American Citizens Club. Alex was an avid golfer and a member of the Greenbusters golf league. He was a lifetime Chicago Cubs fan and attended his first game in 1943. Alex was also able to attend game one of the World Series in 2016. Alex had a wonderful relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and a great love for his family and friends.
Services were held Monday, June 3, 2019, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. The Rev. William T. Miller officiated followed by Military Funeral Honors.
Memorials may be made to the Notre Dame Catholic Church or organization of your choice.