Ayala, Jr., Aurelio, SN

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San Antonio
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Date of Passing
Dec 11, 2011
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Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery - San Antonio, Texas
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Aurelio Ayala Jr., born Oct. 14, 1928, passed away peacefully on Dec. 11, 2011 with Josephine, his beloved wife of 60 years, by his side.
A 1947 graduate of Campbellton High School, he received a diploma in business administration from Draughon's Business College in 1954 and later attended St. Mary's University.
Aurelio was a Navy veteran of WWII and an Army veteran of the Korean War in which he served as a part of the HQ 1st 187th Airborne RCT, having two combat jumps. Following his time in the military, he worked in civil service for Kelly Air Force Base for over 30 years.
Aurelio married Josephine, the love of his life, on July 5, 1951. From the birth of his first child in 1952 to the birth of his thirteenth child in 1974, he made raising and providing for his family his main priorities. Aurelio was a dedicated family man who enjoyed taking his wife and kids on frequent trips to the coast. He was always encouraging of his children to be active both inside and outside of school, attending every practice, game and school activity that he could.
Aurelio was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church for over 45 years. He was an avid reader of the newspaper and stayed well-informed of local, national and world events. This interest definitely contributed to his excellent memory, as he was able to recall details of his childhood. He enjoyed sharing his many stories with his family and friends.
As a sports fan, he could be found watching games on TV, especially baseball, every chance he got. He owned many pets, including dogs, birds and turtles, over the years that he cared for deeply. His great sense of humor was well-known, and he was extremely quick-witted. He never went a day without playing the lottery, except for Sundays.
He is preceded in death by his parents Aurelio and Sara Ayala, brothers; Willie Ayala, Beto Ayala, and Carlos Ayala. He is survived by his wife; Josephine Ayala, children; Dianne Steffey (Michael), David Ayala (Kathy), Desmond Ayala (Tammy), Yolanda Rodela (Carlos), Geraldine Vela (Tony), Vivianne Almaraz (Mike), Aurelio Ayala III, Kathleen Rocha (Daniel), Marco Ayala (Ida), Daniel Ayala (Nancy), Mario Ayala, Matilda Ayala Fousie (Larry), and Micaela Elizondo (Noe); 26 grandchildren; and 11-great-grandchildren; brothers; Frank Ayala (Lisa), Ralph Ayala (Elida) and numerous nieces, nephews, and family members. The family wishes to express their thanks to all their friends and relatives for their prayers and support, and to the staff at the Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital, Alamo Heights Rehab Center, and to the parishioners of St. Lawrence Catholic Church.

Visitation will be on Sunday, December 18, 2011 from 12PM to 9PM at Mission South Funeral Home with the Holy Rosary to be recited at 7PM. A funeral procession will be departing the funeral home at 8:30AM on December 19, 2011 to begin a 9AM Mass at St Lawrence Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Ft. Sam Houston. For personal acknowledgment you may sign the guest book at www.missionparks.com in the obituary section
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