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Edward R. Gonzales- 2/24/1972-9/02/2023
Affectionately known as "Word, Gonzo, and Lil Ed", Edward was the youngest sibling of a large and loving Family. He was born in North Denver, Colorado, on Feb 24th, 1972, where he grew up and graduated in 1990 as a proud "Northsider" from North Denver High School. As the baby of the family, he was not only raised by his mom and dad but also by all of his siblings who he could always count on to carry him when he was tired of walking or get him a hamburger when he didn't want beans again. Ed was loved by everyone in his family, and he gave that love back freely. Growing up his days were filled with family gatherings, fun times with the Boys Clubs, and summers playing with his cousins. As he got older, Ed was the life of the party but also someone you could count on to have your back if things got rough.
At 19 he joined the United States Marine Corps where he continued this trait and became a brother to many. It was during this time that he met his wife Kim and gained an additional family that loved him dearly. Ed was a dedicated family man and Marine brother, and he was a huge Bronco/Nuggets fan. Most of all though, Ed loved being a dad and he was a good dad. The kind of dad you are lucky to have. Always there to support you but allowing you to make your own way. Ed loved his boys dearly. He was so proud of them and the lives they lead, and he didn't hesitate to tell them or anyone else that needed some fatherly love or advice. He was a good father to all of the children in his life and he loved them all. Ed was a loving husband too. One who still opened the car door after 30 years and brought home flowers for no reason at all. The kind of husband who would stop you just to say, "I Love You, The Most".
Ed was always there for his family and friends and anyone else who needed him. He genuinely loved everyone and if you needed something, he would not hesitate to help. Ed never met a stranger. He would strike up a conversation with anyone and he always knew when someone needed an "I Love You" even if that was all he said. Ed loved spending time with his family and friends so you could always find him talking to one or the other. If he wasn't conversing with someone, you could find him with his "bestest" friend Max, his 140 lb. black shepherd. They were inseparable. Whether it was going to the dog park, fishing, or just taking a ride in the truck while listening to one of his favorite Prince songs or some oldies, they were always together.
To know him was to love him. Ed was Ed. He loved his family, his Mama, his Corps, and his lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His faith in God was strong so although he will be missed by many, he is walking in the light with the Lord, and we will see him again when God calls each of us home.
Ed passed away 09/02/2023 at his home in Brighton, Co. He is preceded in death by his parents, Antonio and Frances Gonzales as well as his brothers Bobby and Anthony Gonzales, and sister Yolanda Gonzales. He is survived by his loving wife Kim, his sons Antonio (Emily) and Ayden Gonzales, Nick Martinez, his grandchildren, Brooklyn and Bentley Solis, and his dog Maxson. Also survived by his sister Terri (Joe) Chavez, Pete (Aggie) Stines, Joseph Gonzales, Charles (Barbara) Gonzales, Liz (Eddie) Lopez, and Larry Gonzales, and families.
The Celebration of Life service will be live streamed by Chapel Hill at http://www.brightonchapelhill.com/ . A reception will follow the graveside service at The American GI Forum - Skyline Chapter at 158 South Federal Boulevard, Denver, Colorado. Signupgenius.com-Ed's Funeral Dinner
In Lieu of flowers, the family has requested that remembrances be made in the form of contributions to Edward's family.