A resident of Roswell for the past 40 years, Gilbert O. Ornelas passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at the age of 65. He passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Big Spring, Texas, on Aug. 2, 1948, to Serapio and Santiga Ornelas. They both preceded him in death; as well as his brother, Carlos Ornelas.
Gilbert served in the U.S. Army and fought in the Vietnam War. On Dec. 1, 1973, he was honorably discharged from the armed forces. Then, on July 14, 1974, he married the love of his life, Maria del Carmen Macias. They have four children: Elvira Martinez and her husband, Rodrigo, Carmen Gonzales and her husband, J.D, Sylvia Garcia and her husband, Gustavo; and his son, Gilbert Ornelas Jr. and his wife, Catrina. He has 12 grandchildren and one on the way; Saulito Carrillo Jr., Richard Gonzales, Gilbert M. Ornelas III, Gustavo Garcia Jr., Samantha Carrillo, Marco Gonzales, Steven Garcia, Jeremy Ornelas, Crystal Garcia, Aaliyah Ornelas, Tiana Ornelas, Emrie Ornelas, Nathan Ornelas, Angelique Garcia; and a soon to be born grandson.
Gilbert also has his brothers: Eddy Ornelas and his wife, Rosa, Max Ornelas, Arturo Ornelas; sister, Mary Gonzales and husband, Lupe; brothers-in-law: Jose, Hector Macias and his wife, Veronica, Ramon Macias, Pablo Macias and his wife, Mari; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Thank you so much to Dr. Badine and staff, Hospice and special thanks to Father Gonzalo.
A rosary is scheduled for 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at St. Peters Catholic Church. Mass is scheduled for 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, also at St. Peters Catholic Church, with Father Andrew Miles presiding. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery with Roswell Veterans Honor Guard conducting military graveside services.
Serving as pallbearers are Saul Carrillo Jr., Richard Gonzales, Gilbert Miguel Ornelas, Gustavo Garcia Jr., Marco Gonzales and Steven Garcia.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.
The hope that we have is that through Jesus Christ we will see each other again. He is not “gone” but still alive and breathing in Heaven, completely healed of pain and tear free. As a family, you all stick together, grieve together and be there for each other through it all. Thank God for all the amazing years, days, hours, moments we all got to spend with him here on Earth. We love you, Daddy!