Juan Gonzales passed away at Hospice House Hutchinson, Kansas at 4:40 am November 14, 2018
Juan Gonzales, 69, of Hutchinson, passed from this life on November 14, 2018. He was born July 1, 1949, in Hutchinson, the 7th child of Juan Florez and Guadalupe (Martinez) Gonzales. Juan was a member of Hutchinson High School class of 1968 and earned an associate’s degree from HCC. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam era.
Juan was an accomplished bass player, playing in bands from the age of 14. Preparing food for people was his way of showing his love of food and people and he was the owner of Juan’s Restaurant in northern California and the Crazy Horse Dining Hall in Arlington.
Juan showed his skill at building and mentoring as the Special Projects Developer and Transitional Jobs Coordinator for people coming through New Beginnings and rebuilding their lives. He was instrumental in developing community resources for the initial start of NOEL Lodge.
Juan married Shara Phillips on December 31, 1986, and they enjoyed their life together for 33 years and brought together a family of eight children.
He is survived by: his wife; sons, Don Baringer, Wichita, Madio Gonzales, Sage Gonzales, Tempe, AZ, Kilo Gonzales, Mesa, AZ, Miah Gonzales, Brooklyn, NY, Matthew Griffin, Hutchinson; daughters, Samantha Canales (Lance), Fresno, CA, Gabrielle Gonzales, Hutchinson; grandchildren, Keenon Gonzales-Brown, Gena Gonzales, Dakota Gonzales, Chastity Schral, Sagey Gonzales, Kali Gonzales, Jasmine Gonzales; six great-grandchildren; siblings, Gilberto Gonzales (Rosa), Fernando Gonzales (Vanessa), Rachel Gonzales, Angie Harms; sister-in-law, Sally Berger (Rick); and brother-in-law, Tom Phillips.
Juan was preceded in death by: his parents; siblings, Rodolfo, Roberto, Armando; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dan and Martie Phillips; and brother-in-law, Jim Phillips.
His love and wisdom will be greatly missed.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Monday, November 19, 2018, at Elliott Chapel. A reception will follow at Rice Park Community Building. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 8 p.m., with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday at Elliott Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to New Beginnings, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.
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