Abdon “Ab” Marmolejo entered eternal rest on Monday, August 30, 2021 (in San Antonio, Texas) after recent months of battling ill health. Born January 17, 1942, in Yorktown, Texas, Ab always maintained an active lifestyle.
After high school graduation in Lake Station, Indiana, he joined the United States Air Force for which he served in Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, and Iceland. In between his tours of duty, he returned to Victoria, Texas, where he attended Victoria Junior College and met his devoted wife, Diana, of 56 years. Ab’s last assignment in 1975 was at Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas, his final tour before retiring from military service in 1983. Abdon continued/completed his college education at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1984. He later worked with ROTC at Texas Tech University for 20 years.
Upon retirement from work, Ab and his family settled in San Antonio. He enjoyed and played softball with the Blazers in the SA Seniors Softball League, became a parishioner of St. Helena (alongside his family), and enrolled in community education courses for seniors (ALIR) through NEISD. Ab’s compassion for those less fortunate became his driving force to active membership with St. Vincent de Paul and the Knights of Columbus. Drives (in his pickup) to the SA Food Bank (for loading with food for the SVDP pantry) became a regular practice.
Long vacations were not relished, though Ab did enjoy AMTRAK trips in the mountains. He also loved working in his yard where he nurtured a beautiful rose garden along with various other beauties of nature. Additional passions of Ab’s included: music, reading, and watching sports games/activities.
Abdon is survived by his wife, Diana; son, Greg; brother, Sonny; two sisters-in-law, Joan Sanchez and Elba Gill; several nieces and nephews. Two fur babies, Bella and Vinny, were faithful companions.
Funeral Mass will be held at St. Helena Catholic Church (14714 Edgemont St., SA, TX 78247), Thursday, September 23,2021 at 10:00 a.m., followed by a service of interment of cremated remains at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery (1520 Harry Wurzbach Road, SA, TX 78209)Thursday, September 23,2021 at 1:00 p.m.. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Vincent De Paul at St. Helena. Funeral Services entrusted to Puente and Sons Funeral Chapels – Northeast.