Angel Banuelos passed away on July 11 in the quiet of his home surrounded by family and friends. Born on February 15, 1923 to Domingo Banuelos and Urbana Menchaca in Topeka, Kansas. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mary Banuelos (Perez). Angel had 2 children Michael and Rebecca and 4 grandchildren, Michelle, Estevan, Melissa, and Alissandra. He had 1 great grandchild, Andrew McDonald. They all knew him as Papa. Angel had 3 brothers, Larry, Domingo, and Luis and 1 sister Pauline. When he was 9 years old, his mother moved to Chatsworth, CA after his father's death in 1929. His mother Urbana remarried and they had 4 more children, Alfonso, Margarito, Rosa, and Albert. Growing up Angel loved nature, this continued thru his life. He loved camping, fishing and hiking. In March 1943 he was drafted into the Army, going to Fort Riley Kansas and Camp Shenango Pennsylvania. He was deployed to Scotland joining the 5th infantry division, MP platoon. He received the Purple Heart and the Croix De Gueree. He fought at the Battle of the Bulge being honorably discharged on October 7, 1945. Returning to Boyle Heights, he met and married Mary Perez. They moved to Torrance where he was employed by Mobil Oil refinery for 35 years retiring as a foreman. He enjoyed working there and made some lasting friends. He was a big prankster. He had a saying, "You name it, we did it, and sometimes we didn't". Angel loved his family and enjoyed playing with the neighborhood kids. He was a excellent teacher and willing to help anyone. He will be missed by his family and all that knew him and the memories of him will last in all our hearts. Services will be at Rice Mortuary at 10:00 am on July 21. Burial will be at Riverside National Cemetery on July 22. at 12:45pm. Go to www.LAfuneral.com for more information.
Published in Daily Breeze on July 18, 2013