Our loving Husband, Dad and Grandpa, Selso Nelson Gonzales, 83, went to be with the Lord on December 29, 2019, in San Antonio, Texas where he has resided for the past 4 years.
Selso was born in Roswell, New Mexico on December 8, 1936 to Sofia Nelson Gonzales and Manuel Gonzales.
He married the love of his life, Sally Luna Gonzales on January 20, 1957.
He began his career in the 1960s with New Mexico Transportation Company (TNM&O) and retired in the early 2000s. His love of the transportation industry and all of the people he met through the years gave him great joy.
Selso was never one to sit still. He was very often found outdoors gardening, riding his bike, walking his beloved dog Shasta and enjoying nature, sunshine and the fresh air. He loved learning about any subject, especially history and was a self-taught artist who created beautiful oil paintings.
Selso was a man who loved life and his family. He was an exceptional husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and in turn was adored by each and every one. He is survived by his wife, Sally; his daughters, Annette Gonzales, Debra Gonzales and her partner, Barbara Hernandez; his granddaughters, Tarrah Moreno and her husband Victor, Dawn Schmidt and her husband JJ; great-grandchildren Emely Moreno, Madison Schmidt, Maisie Schmidt, Maddox Schmidt and Avery Schmidt.
He is also survived by his sisters, Pat Mendoza, Beatrice Cordova, Betty Trombly, and Evie Lucero and his brothers, Bobby Gonzales and Steve Gonzales and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded by his father, Manuel Gonzales, his mother, Sofia Gonzales and his brother, Benny Gonzales.
Anyone who knew Selso would know that he was witty and loved jokes. We know heaven will be filled with good jokes, lots of cookies, cake and ice cream.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on February 1, 2020, at First Church of the Nazarene, 501 N. Sycamore Ave. in Roswell.