Proud Laredoan, John Valls, 95, Entered into eternal rest on 11/6/2020 surrounded by family.
Born and raised in Laredo, Texas to Antonio and Rafaela Valls, John was one of ten brothers and sisters. He attended Martin High School, and at the age of eighteen he was drafted into the military in the middle of his Junior Year. He served honorably in WWII for 3 years in the 9th Armored Division under General Patton. During his time of service, a German general and his army surrendered to him, he liberated the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp, and after many months on the front lines his athletic ability allowed him to represent our country on the US Army Basketball team. For his service, he was awarded the Bronze Star as well as many other military honors. Upon arriving home, he accepted an offer to Baylor University to run track and field, where John excelled in the high and low hurdles. He was awarded all Southwest Conference Athlete in 1949 as well as 1950. While at Baylor he married Gladys, the love of his life, and after graduation they returned to Laredo and raised five children. He taught at Martin High School, his alma mater, where he also coached track and field in addition to coaching the 1956 state championship winning basketball team. He was also honored by the Lucy Meriwether Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution with the Distinguished Citizen Award. After retirement, John’s greatest joy was to share his life lessons and experiences in the war with local youth at schools across the community. He also loved to design and build model airplanes, tell stories, and gather together with friends and family every chance he could. You could always find him at the same table every morning at his favorite breakfast restaurant, Cotulla and later Safari. His sense of humor and loud laugh would brighten the day of anyone who came into contact with him. He will be greatly missed.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Gladys Jones Valls. Left to cherish his memory are his children, Edward (Judy) Valls, John Jr. (Valerie) Valls, Tony (Sherri) Valls, Maureen Valls, Larry (Elizabeth) Valls; grandchildren: Christopher (Janel) Valls, Christina (John) Wroby, Nikki (Allen) Murray, Joey (Laura) Ortiz, Alyssa (Scott) Peterson, Randall (Belinda) Manning, Collin (Kendal) Strachan, Bryan Strachan; great-grandchildren: Kimberly & Cody Manning, Catalina Valls, Jones & Hudson Murray, John Robert Ortiz, Lilly & Luke Wroby; siblings: William (Minerva) Valls, Doris Duke Valls, Billy & Nelly Jones; as well as numerous nephews, nieces, other relatives and special friends.
We wish to express our gratitude to family and friends for their support. Caregivers Aurelia “Yaya” Puente, Fidelia “Pilly” Becerra, Dr. Claudia Mercado and Mario Salinas, Superior Nursing Care, Altus Hospice Care, Victor Raymond and Doug Alford
The family will receive condolences on Monday, November 16,2020 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Fred Dickey Funeral Home. Military Burial will be held Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 at 11:00 am at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Due to the COVID pandemic and for the safety of all, the family will also be live streaming the funeral services including a Holy Rosary at www.freddickey.com on Monday, starting at 5:00 pm.
Funeral arrangements are by Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Dr., Laredo, Texas 78041 (956) 723-3611. For your convenience, you may leave your condolences to the family online at www.freddickey.com
Date: Monday, November 16, 2020
Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
A Holy Rosary will begin at 7:00 pm