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Valdimar “Val” Gomez

Valdimar “Val” Gomez
May 05
10:35 2021

Valdimar “Val” Gomez, 81, of Breckenridge, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, May 1, 2021, in Abilene. His funeral mass will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, 2021, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. His interment at the Breckenridge Cemetery will immediately follow the funeral mass. The family will welcome friends and family for a rosary/visitation from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, in the Melton-Kitchens Chapel of Memories.

Valdimar Ramirez Gomez was born on February 29, 1940, in Seguin, Texas, to parents Manuel and Genoveba Gomez. He married Mary Cantu on January 24, 1959, in Crosbyton, Texas, where Val worked on a farm. They moved to Breckenridge in January 1976 after visiting friends and fell in love with the lake as he loved to fish. Val worked for Petco/Breck Operating, where he was known to whistle up and down the halls, for over 40 years until his retirement. He then went to work for Harper, Inc. on their farm in Woodson, where he met one of his best friends, Lester Atkinson. He lived a life of old-fashioned values that encompassed a hard-working ethic, which explains why he continued to work 40 hours each week, while battling cancer, up until his death.

He loved dancing and insisted it be to country by Alan Jackson or Spanish by Cornelio Reyna. He also loved spending time with his family and grandkids on his ranch in Woodson. He loved starting his mornings with breakfast at McDonald’s. He did not believe in sleeping in (so if you heard a knock on the door at 7 a.m., you knew who it was), and always arrived at least 15 minutes early to anything.

Valdimar is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Gomez; daughter, Angela Gomez; grandson, Michael Martinez; parents, Manuel and Genoveba Gomez; four siblings, Dionicio, Pete, Janey, and Anita; and his best friend and companion of many years, Bertie Faye Deubler.

Val is survived by his children, Lupe Ponce and husband Johnny of Breckenridge, Rosie Gomez Arriola of Breckenridge, Valerie Hinton of Breckenridge, David Gomez and wife Leslie of Andrews, Texas, and Ector Gomez of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Kristie Silva, Gabriel Ponce, Joni Ponce, Juan Martinez Jr., Marcos Arriola, Chris Arriola, Laticia Ragle, Shelby Gomez, Davina Gomez, Richie Gomez, Steven Gomez, Nicole Richardson, Savanna Hinton, and William Joseph Hinton; great-grandchildren, D’Andrey, Alexander, Albert, Domingo, Abby, Ava, Michael, Mia, Keaton, Zaea, Graysie, Christina, Travis, Rayden, Charli, and Karter; four great-great-grandchildren; along with many, many friends.

The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. William Prater and Barbara Medina-Palacios, PA, and everyone at the Breckenridge Medical Center for their care and compassion over the years.

Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society and may be left at the Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home office. Condolences can be made at

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