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Aurelio “Willie” Nunez

October 31, 2021

Aurelio “Willie” Nunez 96, died Sunday October 31, 2021 at his Newton residence.  He was born October 14, 1925 in Newton, Kansas to Jesus and Ventura “Terrones” Nunez.  On July 6, 1949 he married Jovita “Jo” Hernandez at Newton, Kansas. They shared 64 years together and she preceded him in death on April 2, 2011.

Willie was a lifelong active member of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Newton. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus.  Traveling was an enjoyable time for Willie. He especially enjoyed traveling in Mexico. He promised each grandkid to take them on a trip when they turned 10 years old and many fond memories of these trips were made through the years.

With time and patience Willie could repair anything.  He ran Nunez repair in Newton for many years before his retirement. Willie made lifelong friends with many of his customers caring for their routine home maintenance and repairs.

He is survived by his daughters Rita (Ben) Large; Maryann Locken; sons Phillip (Kitty) Nunez and Aurelio “Willie” (Kennan) Nunez Jr.  He is also survived by his sister Frances Gomez and several grandchildren and great grandchildren which he adored.

Willie is preceded in death by his parents, wife, one brother Max and two sisters Vita Sanchez and Isabel Alanzo.

Memorial Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Monday November 8, 2021 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with The Reverend Jorge Lopez, celebrant. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will precede the Mass at 10:00 a.m. at the church. Private family inurnment will be in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery Newton.

Memorials are suggested to Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church or Good Shepherd Hospice and may be left with Petersen Funeral Home

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11 thoughts on “Aurelio “Willie” Nunez

  1. Willie will be missed for his happy smile and pleasant personality. He never seemed to get frustrated with a problem; he would repair it and leave with a smile and some pleasant conversation. He often talked about his family. We will miss a good friend.

  2. Grandpa always treated me like a daughter. He was kind and loving and made me feel like a real part of the family. I will miss his sweet and mischievous smile, which he passed on to my hubby, Willie. Rest in peace and love, Dad. 💙

  3. Your dad was always ready to receive Holy Communion when we took it to him. I will remember him as a kind man. My deepest condolences!

  4. I was a recipient of that 10yr old adventure! During that summer, grandpa was supposed to take me to the library on Jovitas direction, but we somehow always found our way to ice cream instead.
    I’ll forever remember him leaning over and telling me “now, don’t tell your grandma”.

    Thank you for your love and heartfelt care. We will miss you.

  5. My Uncle Willie and Mary were two of my favorite visitors when they came to visit me in New Jersey. He stayed on my third floor of my house..he called his apartment. We toured the city and laughed so much. We had our special bond. He is always in my heart.

  6. Willie and Jovita were very special people to our family. They took very good care of my parents through many years. Willie fixed many an appliance for us and was a man of many talents.

  7. I will always remember Willie’s upbeat happy attitude when ai met him at work at Hesston Corporation.

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