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Pablo Lopez Sanchez

Obituary for Pablo Lopez Sanchez

November 18, 1919 - November 21, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 99

... lived his life by honoring God, his family and his country ...


Pablo Lopez Sanchez, a World War II veteran who served at Pearl Harbor, passed away November 21, 2018 at the age of 99. He lived his life by honoring God, his family and his country. Pablo was the second of 13 children born to Bernardino and Coleta Sanchez. He had seven brothers and five sisters.

Pablo helped his family survive the Great Depression by enlisting in the Civilian Conservation Corps where he acquired lifelong skills and a long love of nature. At the age of 19, he followed in the steps of his seven brothers and enlisted in the Navy. He completed boot camp at Corpus Christi Naval Station and went on to serve as the operations lead for the PBY aircraft at Ford Island. He and his seven brothers became known as the Band of Brothers and are memorialized at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas. Pablo's greatest grief was the loss of his younger brother, Gilberto Sanchez, who died at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir during the Korean conflict. Sgt Gilbert Sanchez's remains were recovered and brought home in January of 2015 with full military honors.

Upon his return to Corpus he met and married Delia Ortiz Sanchez. They were married for 64 years and raised four children, Imelda, Sylvia, Cynthia and Paul. He worked at Kelly Air Force Base for 38 years to support his family and ensure that his children received a good Catholic education. Pablo inculcated in his children their core values and set their moral compass. He ensured that his children not only embraced and navigated the American way of life but that they also remained true to their Hispanic heritage. Pablo was a loving and true husband to the love of his life, Delia and a very devoted father to his children. His capacity for generosity knew no bounds.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Delia Ortiz Sanchez; his parents, Bernardino and Coleta Sanchez; his brothers, Augustine, Bernard, Arturo, Jesse, and Gilberto. He is also preceded in death by his sister, Consuelo. And, his grandson, Mark Peterson. Survivors are sisters' Lupe Penrose, Elvira Cordova, Gloria Cardenas, Rosemary Sanchez, and brother Sylvester Sanchez.

He is survived by his daughters, Dr. Imelda Idar (Dr. Stephen Thornton), Sylvia Peterson, Cynthia Plueger (Michel Plueger) and his son, Paul O Sanchez (Melinda Dehoyos Sanchez). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Chris Sanchez Bregman, Richard Idar, Monica Sanchez Chandler, Michael Plueger Jr. and his great grandchildren, Michaela Plueger, Michael Plueger, Richard Michael Idar, Noah, Chaz and Beau Bregman, Georgia Chandler and Lincoln Chandler.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 5th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM with recitation of the rosary at 7:00 PM in the chapel at Porter Loring on McCullough.

On Thursday, December 6th, a procession will depart Porter Loring at 9:00 AM for a Mass at 9:30 AM at St. Matthews Catholic Church, 10703 Wurzbach Road with interment to follow in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with military honors.

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