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, WY to Roy and Pricilla Valdez. He attended school until the 7th grade, then worked on the family farm in St. Xavier, MT. 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, CA he married Luisa Vargas in 1954 and to 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 Associates 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 to South American countries. He earned numerous awards and certifications and treasured the life lessons and friends made across the world. Many summers were enjoyed by visiting Montana and Mexico to see his beloved family.
Nearing retirement, in 1991, Eladio married Constance Schneider. They lived in Indianapolis, IN for five years before settling in Hardin, MT 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 Big Horn River. Eladio is 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, MT. 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 ten years at Redeemer Lutheran Church. The last few months of his life were spent residing in Billings, MT 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, Jr. Valdez of Gurnee, IL, Santiago Valdez of Indiana, Mario Valdez of Albuquerque, NM, Ramiro Valdez of Gastonia, North Carolina, Rick (Shelly) Pitsch of Billings, MT, Becky (Terry) Hollibaugh of Billings, MT, Robert Pitsch, Jr. of Arizona and Consuela Valdez of Muncie, IN. He was the cherished brother of Ruth Cabrera of Wapato, WA, Lupe Watson of Billings, MT, Anita (Leo) Harmon of Hardin, MT, Ramona (Ted) Somdahl of Callaway, MN, and Jessie Ressler of Rock Springs, WY, 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.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to VFW Post 7481, 110 Frontier Ct Hardin, MT 59034 or Redeemer Lutheran Church, 323 Crawford Ave. Hardin, MT 59034, in his memory.
Visitation will be Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 6-8 pm at Bullis Mortuary, 507 North Center Ave. Hardin, MT. Funeral Service will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 323 Crawford Ave. Hardin, MT on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 11:00 am followed by interment with Military Honors at the Fairview Cemetery. Reception at Big Horn County Fairgrounds, 167 Sawyer Loop, Hardin. Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.