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Obituary for Ignacio Lopez

February 1, 1923 - September 26, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 95

Remembering Nacho Lopez


"Who would believe that a kid from Rancherias and a girl from Mier would be able to educate five kids and get them through college?"

Our beloved dad, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother, Ignacio (Nacho) Lopez, passed away on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at the age of 95. He left a legacy of inspiration and love in a life of achievement. He was born on the first of February, 1923, in Rancherias, Tamaulipas, Mexico, to Natividad Lopez and Porfiria Perez Ayala. Nacho was the second oldest of a family of 13 children, and being with his siblings was one of his greatest joys. His love for all of his family was unconditional. Nacho went to World War II in 1941 at about the same time he decided he would make the USA his future. His tour of duty took him from Texas to New Caledonia to Tokyo and then back to the US. He was always very proud of his military service. That pride showed again more recently when he was among many WWII veterans who visited Washington, DC as part of the Alamo Honor Flights, created to honor our nation's veterans.

When Nacho settled into San Antonio, he frequently returned to his hometown to visit his family. In nearby Mier, there was a dance that was widely advertised, and Nacho, who loved to dance, made his way there, a drive of about a half hour. While he was there, he saw someone he said was "…the most beautiful woman…" from across the dance floor. Nacho did not know who she was but immediately, as he has recounted the story for many years since, said, "…that's the girl I'm going to marry!" That beautiful woman was his beloved Laya (Eladia). Together they raised a family of five children in San Antonio. Nacho's mission in life was to send his kids to college. He and Laya never wavered from their goal. Until the end of his life, he took enormous pride in that achievement- and the opening quote above became the theme for many conversations.

Nacho was in US Civil Service at Kelly Air Force Base, where in the early 1960s he was selected to enter a new field called Computer Programming. In our early memories at home, the hallway telephone would ring at all hours of the night. Nacho would answer the call and he would dictate, in the dark, a new set of instructions to fix whatever the problem was, and would say, "OK, run that program. If it doesn't run, call me back. If it runs, I'll see you in the morning." Nacho would never get a call back.

Nacho always had a smile and a positive outlook. As in his love for God, Nacho was steadfast in his love for Laya. Married in 1953, nearly 65 years ago, Nacho made it clear that his wife and his family were the most important part of his life. As he got older, he never gave up his thought that no matter what happened, God kept him on this earth to take care of Laya, and that sense of duty kept him going right up to when he passed away.

Among the many things we remember about Nacho, it was how he loved to talk to anyone, even total strangers, to discuss and learn what was going on. Laya said that Nacho would make conversation with the wall if he could.

And the children all remember just how much he loved them. Throughout their lives, he was their biggest fan and never embarrassed to show them how he felt. He would talk about how proud he was of them and their growth and accomplishments. In a family of five children, he somehow found a way to make each one of them feel special. Today, each one assumes they are Nacho's favorite, and the others are just kidding themselves.

Nacho was a servant of God. He was very active at St. Margaret Mary Church where he attended Mass and weekly prayer meetings. Nacho's faith in God was unwavering.

There are so many memories in a life of 95 years, and so many we would like to recall now. But the one memory that seems to capture all the love and devotion he felt for his family, was whenever he would spot one of his children, grandchildren, or great grandchildren, or his siblings, a look of joy would cross his face and he would beam a huge smile at you and shout, "Hey!!!! Great to see you!"

Ignacio Lopez is preceded in death by his father, Natividad Lopez, his mothers, Teodora Perez Ayala and Porfiria Perez Ayala, and his older brother, Jose Galecio. He is survived by his beloved wife Eladia Inez Hernandez (Laya); his children and their spouses: Jorge (Martha), Dr. Maria Lopez Howell (Dr. Mark), Dr. Rosa del Carmen (Carlos), Gerardo (Mary), and Ignacio. By his grandchildren and their spouses: Dr. Gregory (Catherine), Elyse Turner (Matthew), Blake Howell, Candace Howell, Richard Garza, Renata Garza, Adriana, Marisa, James, Jeffrey, Carissa, and David. By his great-great grandchildren: Rocco, Domenico, Maria Valentina, Sophia Grace, Matthias, Tomas Turner, Claudia Turner, Asher and Parker. Finally, he is survived by his siblings, their spouses, and their families of nephews and nieces: Servando (Rosario), Hesiquio (Belia), Eduardo (Rosalba), Juan (Rosalba), Rodolfo (Lydia), Fidel (Graciela), Dr. Roberto/Beto (Dr. Narci), Catarino/Kino (Aminta), Flora, Sylvia Guerra (Francisco), and Jose Natividad (Oralia).

On Monday, October 8th at 6:00 PM, recitation of the rosary will be held in the chapel at Porter Loring on McCullough.

On Tuesday, October 9th, a procession will depart Porter Loring chapel at 9:30 AM for a Mass of the Resurrection at 10:00 AM at San Fernando Cathedral, 115 Main Plaza followed by interment in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

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