Luis Felipe Gonzalez, 50, of Laredo Texas, was called home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 24, 2021, after a valiant battle with complications due to Covid-19. Luis fought for over seven months as family and friends did all they could through prayer and intercession and as his loving wife Marlene watched over the care he was receiving like a guardian angel.
Luis married the love of his life Marlene on March 1, 1999. Throughout their 21 years of marriage Luis and Marlene have been a blessing to so many. Luis, with the support of his family would stop at nothing to lend a helping hand where ever it was needed, allowed many people to live with their family and worked himself to the bone to meet the needs of others. One of Luis moto’s was, “I want everyone to experience the love of a family like mine.” On social media, friends describe him as “A man that will give you the shirt off his back”.
One of Luis’s greatest passions and how he was so well known by many was his love for water. Luis first entered the water business after some formal education in the late 80’s to early 90’s. After selling water systems for someone else Luis realized he could do it better on his own and started the company “True Water,” in 1992. Luis had such a love for talking to people that during his sales pitches/water tests, Luis often times walked out with a sale and new friends.
Luis was so well known for the silly jokes he told and his famous greeting “hello there sunshine”, and a laugh that made everyone around him laugh with him. He was always so happy. Even while he was suffering in the hospital, Luis took every opportunity to brighten a nurse’s day with a joke. Luis stayed true to the man he was until the end making funny faces with his wife over skype two nights prior to his death. Luis, you will be missed!
Here are Marlene’s, his wife’s words she used to describe Luis less than one day after finding out Luis had gone home to be with Jesus.
“My heart is hurting and my mind is lost. This morning my husband passed away. I have no words to express what I’m feeling, he fought so hard and he never showed me defeat or that he was giving up but I knew he was tired. I saw him suffer so much during these past seven months, we lived a good life and it was so hard for us to be apart for so long since we have always spent all our time together. We did everything together. We were blessed with a husband and father that gave us so much of his time and that spending time together as a family was his priority, not only his family but he was also devoted to the friends he had. He helped everyone regardless if he knew them or not. If he could do something for someone every day that would make his day. He had his days as he was only human but, he could never stay mad at anyone and he always forgave. His children were everything to him, he loved all of them so much!! He left us so many memories! He will forever be loved and missed!”
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Gamez and Sons Funeral Home & Cremation Services where a rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. Cremation will be held at a later date.
Funeral services are under the arrangement of Gamez & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services, 1029 Bob Bullock Loop, Laredo, Texas 78043.
In accordance with city ordinance, the number of visitors will be limited to 50 percent occupancy capacity. Please feel free to wait in your vehicle for a turn if funeral home reaches capacity. All visitors must wear a face mask before entering the building and use hand sanitizer provided upon entry. Visitors must provide their own face covering. Anyone that is knowingly sick or has upper respiratory illness is asked to stay home and may be denied entry.