|Birth: ||Jun. 13, 1919|
|Death: ||Jan. 20, 2007|
Emilio A. Hernandez
Born in McAllen, TX on Jun. 13, 1919
Departed on Jan. 20, 2007 and resided in Forest Grove, OR.
Emilio A. Hernandez, 87, a resident of the Forest Grove community, died Saturday evening, January 20, 2007 at his daughter's home in Hillsboro.
Prayer Service will be held each evening beginning at 7:00 PM starting Wednesday, January 24, 2007 thru Friday, January 26, 2007 at the Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home, 2308 Pacific Avenue in Forest Grove. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 10:00 AM at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 1660 Elm Street in Forest Grove, with Reverend David Schiferl of St. Alexander's Catholic Church in Cornelius, celebrant. Burial Rites and Interment will follow at the Forest View Cemetery in Forest Grove with Full Military Honors under the direction of the American Legion Smith-Reynolds Post #14 in Vancouver, Washington.
EMILIO ANTONIO HERNANDEZ was born June 13, 1919 in McAllen, Texas, the son of Guadalupe Hernandez and Isidora (Garza) Hernandez. He was raised by his grandparents and received his first five years of education in Texas and his sixth year in Mexico. When he was 18, he played professional baseball in Mexico for two years.
He was a Veteran of World War II, having been drafted into the United States Army in 1942. Emilio was among the thousands of young men who stormed Omaha Beach in 1942. He served for four years until receiving his Honorable Discharge on June 25, 1946 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas at the rank of Corporal.
On November 26, 1946, Emilio was united in marriage to Hortencia Gutierrez in Edinburg, Texas. Following their marriage they made their home in Texas until 1962 when Emilio brought his family to Oregon, following the migrant workers path living in a labor camp in the Twin Oaks area south of Hillsboro. Emilio found year round employment as a foreman on a farm near Forest Grove and they soon moved into the Forest Grove community, where they have made their home since. Emilio and Hortencia celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary this past November.
Emilio eventually got out of working in the fields and went to work as an injection machine molding operator for Tektronix in Beaverton. Emilio worked for Tektronix for ten years until he retired in 1972.
The Hernandez family along with other families were instrumental in beginning an organization called V.I.V.A. to establish a support network for the increasing number of Hispanic families entering the county. This organization disbanded in 1972 but attempts to support the Hispanic community continued. In 1972 at a meeting of 35 families, Centro Cultural of Washington County began to take shape. Over the next thirty-four years, Centro Cultural has grown into an instrumental part of the Cornelius community expanding to include the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center. Emilio served on the board for Centro Cultural for several years.
Emilio was quite active in the community. He was a member of the St. Alexander Parish in Cornelius, where he had served as an Eucharistic Minister as well as on the Liturgy Society. He also was a founding member of the Santos Youth Futbol Club and on the National Law and Education Board. Emilio was very supportive of the migrant workers and was always ready to lend a helping hand whenever it was needed.
Among his interests, Emilio enjoyed camping, fishing, dining and visiting the casino with his wife. He also adored his grandchildren and was quite the storyteller.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Guadalupe and Isidora Hernandez; two brothers, Hector Hernandez and Arturo Hernandez; and a daughter, Elva Coronado.
Emilio is survived by his wife, Hortencia Hernandez of the family home in Forest Grove; four daughters and sons-in-law, Elizabeth and Samuel Perez of Forest Grove, Oregon; Mary Edna and Baltazar Aleman of Cornelius, Oregon; Mary Elma and Romulo Perez of Hillsboro, Oregon; and Enedelia and Michael Schofield of Hillsboro, Oregon; a son, Emilio Hernandez of Forest Grove, Oregon; two brothers, Lupe Hernandez and Rafael Hernandez both of McAllen, Texas; and two sisters, Alicia Martinez of Forest Grove, Oregon and Elva Johannes of Wautoma, Wisconsin.
Also surviving are eleven grandchildren, Hilda Rodriguez and her husband, Armando, Jr., of Tualatin, Oregon; Hermelinda Guzman and her husband, Jesus, of Fort Stewart, Georgia; Agapito Perez and his wife, Miechelle, of Fort Huachuca, Arizona; Rene Aleman of Cornelius, Oregon; Esteban Aleman and his wife, Maria, of Forest Grove, Oregon; Elma Sanchez and her husband, Fernando, of Hillsboro, Oregon; Xochi Perez of Hillsboro, Oregon; Ruma Perez of Hillsboro, Oregon; Joey Schofield of Camp Pendleton, California; Jessica Schofield of Hillsboro, Oregon; and Zack Schofield of Hillsboro, Oregon; sixteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-granddaughters; numerous nieces and nephews; hundreds of godchildren and adopted children los muchachos.
The family suggests that remembrances may be made to St. Alexander's Catholic Church; Centro Cultural of Washington County; Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center; St. Alexander's Catholic Church Food Bank; Santos Futbol Club; American Cancer Society; or to any other organization in which one is aware that he participated in, in his memory.
Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home in Forest Grove is in charge of the arrangements. 503-357-2161
Viewing (Visitation) Hrs: Wednesday, 1/24 12;00 Noon to 8:00 PM
Thursday, 1/25, 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday, 1/26, 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
@ funeral home
Hortencia G Gutierrez Hernandez (1924 - 2007)*
Forest View Cemetery
Plot: Block 11, Row F, Grave 13
Created by: Tracy Turner
Record added: Dec 08, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23298392