Robert Mendoza has left this life to be with his wife, Sue Mendoza. He passed away at the age of 89 in the early morning hours of Sunday, April 7, 2013. Scripture teaches that joy comes in the morning and it did for Robert who knew as well as it can be known what it means to make of one’s life a consistent and beautiful expression of joy. Robert leaves a legacy of joy.
Robert was a devoted husband, loving and caring father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He lived a rich life as one who served his country well, was a consummate professional and never met a stranger in his community. He married Sue Peralta in 1947 and quickly became a favorite brother-in-law to the Peralta girls and their families.Robert was born on May 5, 1923, in Galveston, Texas to Antonio Mendoza and Adela Casares Mendoza. He was one of nine brothers and sisters who grew up on Avenue M in Galveston where he made lifelong friends. He served in WWII as a Sergeant AM with the Air Force 4th combat squadron that served in China, Burma and India (CBI). He flew supplies in for the Marauders and the Ghurkas in Burma (CBI theater). He was very proud of his service to our country.
During his career as an electrician he was a Member of the International Brothers of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 527 in Galveston where he served for over 50 years. As a member of the IBEW he brought several young men into the profession and local union, something he was very proud of. Robert worked at the Electric Supply Company, various chemical plants in the Texas City area and retired from the U. S. National Bank in Galveston.
Robert and Sue had many friends and were members of The Xochital club, a group of friends and family that spent many years together. They laughed, danced, vacationed together and were lifelong friends. They also enjoyed their wonderful friends of the Giovanni club. Robert always kidded how those club members used to take his money at their weekly card games. After Sue died, they rallied around him to keep him busy and well fed. Robert was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Galveston Golf Association, served as a Marshall at the golf course, and very proud of his association as Little League coach for the Child’s Motor team.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Robert (Bobby) Mendoza and Felicia and his daughter Rose Marie Mendoza; grandchildren Sarah Philips, Hollie and Rob Mendoza and Victoria Alba; great grandchildren Camille and Chloe Mendoza; one sister Elvira Duran, sister-in-law Mrs. Rafael Mendoza, brother-in-law Louis (Bunte) Cavasos as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Robert was predeceased by his wife Sue, his parents and siblings, Jaime Mendoza (twin brother), Carlos, Lee, Tony, Rafael Mendoza, Margaret Cavasos and Amparo Colunga.
Pallbearers will be Ralph Mendoza, Donald Cavasos, Rob Mendoza, Andrew Luna, Raul Castro and Randy Wilder. Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Pelosi, Bunte Cavasos, Boomer Marinelli, Ray Flores, Abe Santos and S.S. Eggleston.
The family will be forever grateful to his caregivers at UTMB and Sigma. Specifically to family Antoinette Jensen and Felicia Mendoza who allowed him to enjoy his last years in his home among his family and friends. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions in Robert’s name to the charity of your choice.