Juan Mendez

Juan Osberto Morales Mendez

1935 – 2008

Born on October 21, 1935 in the city of Chimaltenango, Guatemala, Central

America, our dad was the fi rst born of a big family which consisted of 3 brothers

and 15 sisters.

He was the only child of Juan Morales Sr. and Clemencia Mendez. He was raised

by his stepmom, Raquel de Morales. During his childhood, he took care of his

sisters and was the constant companion to his dad. During his youth, he was

always dedicated to his job as a machine operator.

On May 29, 1959 he married his wife, Raquel Morales and they lived together for

49 years. From that union were born seven children; Victor Hugo (Mayda Juarez),

Silvia Magdalena (Salatiel Guzman, Nicaragua), Gustavo Abel (Aracely Blanco),

Grace Magali (Amilcar Alvarenga, El Salvador), Alma Lorena (Jose Corado), Edwin

Estuardo (Sara Reimer), William Abrahan., 13 grandchildren, Hugo Josue, Joel

Alfredo (Stefanie Toews), Bruce Osberto, Raquel Aracely, Blanca Aleeza, Sara

Rebeca, Pablo, Noe, Silvia Susana, Grace Imelda, Ruben Dario, Seth William, Kevin

Jose, as well as many nephews, nieces and friends.

His selfl ess nature was an example to us; he taught us to love our families, to

work hard and to help whoever was in need and to respect and accept all people.

His favorite past time was fi shing and taking his grandchildren out for ice cream.

He did not care how tired he was, he always was ready to go to lakes and rivers

and camping. He loved to tell stories about the old country and scare everybody

around the campfi re with his scary stories.

In 1990 he came with his family to Canada where his life had a big change and

adjustment. However he kept in his heart a special place for his home country and

even though English was diffi cult, it never prevented him from making all kinds

of friends. A favourite memory of the grandchildren is how he liked to scare them

with his dentures. He always stressed to children and grandchildren to be polite

and to follow the example of the three wise monkeys.

He lived in Saltcoats, SK for seven years and then moved to BC and lived in Enderby

until his passing on Saturday, November 8 at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.

On Thanksgiving day he went to take a nap from which he never woke up.

He accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his savior in his earlier years and he was

baptized in March 1956 at the Baptist Church. He always trusted God and he was

sure that he would have a crown in heaven waiting for him. It was sure a blessing

for us to see him getting closer to God during the last months.

We all want to express our thanks to our father for all his years of love, dedication

and sacrifi ces.

Preceding him in death are his father Juan Morales, his mother Clemencia

Mendez, his sister Ortencia, his grandchildren Jo Alen, Sammy Lee and Benjamin

Juan Stuart.

His granddaughter, Grace Imelda Alvarenga, deeply expresses her gratitude to dad

for all the years of love and care and for being like a father to her; his words of

comfort to brighten up her sad moments will be with her all her life.

All the family wishes to express their gratitude for all the expressions of sympathy,

prayer and care.

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not

grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:31

A visitation was held on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at Fischer’s

Funeral Services, 4060 1st Ave. SW, Salmon Arm where a funeral service followed

at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Dan Winsby offi ciating. A reception was then held at The

Gathering Place, 350 30th Street NE, Salmon Arm.

Arrangements entrusted to FISCHER’S FUNERAL SERVICES & CREMATORIUM LTD.

(250) 833-1129, E-mail condolences to fi schers@sunwave.net.