Eladio Valdez

Thursday, March 14, 2019
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Eladio Valdez, 85, went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 2, 2019. He was born February 18, 1934 in Sheridan, Wyoming to Roy and Pricilla Valdez.

He attended school until the seventh grade and then worked on the family farm in St. Xavier, Montana.

He volunteered for the United States Navy in 1952 and proudly served this country in the Korean War as a Boatswain mate on the USS Chevalier. While stationed in San Diego, California, he married Luisa Vargas in 1954 and this union was blessed with six boys and twin girls.

Eladio raised his family in Indiana where he also attended night school. He received his GED and obtained an associate’s degree while working multiple mechanic jobs. He enjoyed a 22-year career with Allison Transmission within the General Motors Company as a training and sales representative.

Eladio’s success as a bilingual diesel mechanic allowed him to travel abroad for years teaching his skills in South American countries. He earned numerous awards and certifications, and treasured the life lessons and friends made across the world. He enjoyed many summers visiting Montana and Mexico to see his beloved family.

Nearing retirement, in 1991, Eladio married Constance Schneider. They lived in Indianapolis, Indiana for five years before settling in Hardin, in 1996. Together they were active members and volunteers at Redeemer Lutheran Church. They also enjoyed dancing, attending his yearly Navy reunions, caring for his parents, and socializing with family and friends around the area. They especially cherished a day spent on the Bighorn River.

Eladio was a lifetime veteran. He was an active and loyal member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7481 and American Legion Post 8 in Hardin. Eladio served as Chaplain and Honor Guard.

Eladio was devoted to his heritage, organizing and preaching God’s word to the Hispanic population of Hardin and surrounding areas for 10 years at Redeemer Lutheran Church.

The last few months of his life were spent residing in Billings, Montana close to family, reminiscing through photos and family heirlooms.

Eladio is survived by his wife Constance Valdez of Billings; children Pepper (Traci) Valdez of Billings; Eladio Valdez Jr. of Gurnee, Illinois; Santiago Valdez of Indiana; Mario Valdez of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Ramiro Valdez of Gastonia, North Carolina; Rick (Shelly) Pitsch of Billings; Becky (Terry) Hollibaugh of Billings; Robert Pitsch Jr. of Arizona; and Consuela Valdez of Muncie, Indiana.

He was the cherished brother of Ruth Cabrera of Wapato, Washington; Lupe Watson of Billings; Anita (Leo) Harmon of Hardin; Ramona (Ted) Somdahl of Callaway, Minnesota; and Jessie Ressler of Rock Springs, Wyoming; along with their families.

Tata was blessed with many wonderful grandchildren: Eladio Jr., Alicia, Luna, Adrian, Heather, Lucas, Reece, Davita, Angie, Rianna, Patrick, Luisa, Santiago; and great-grandchildren; as well as Connie’s beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Pete and Roy Valdez; sister Marie Ornelas; baby girl; son Dominque; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family would like to thank the Billings Clinic Cardiology Department and hospital staff for their assistance.

Memorial donations may be sent to VFW Post 7481, 110 Frontier Ct., Hardin, Montana 59034 or Redeemer Lutheran Church, 323 Crawford Avenue, Hardin, Montana 59034.

Funeral Services were held at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Hardin on March 7, 2019, followed by interment with Military Honors at the Fairview Cemetery. Bullis Mortuary was entrusted with the arrangements.