Ivan Velasco, Sr.

Ivan Velasco, Sr.

April 20, 1938-Jan 1, 2021

He is survived by his wife, Maria E.; son, Ivan (Kathy) Velasco Jr; daughter, Alexandra Velasco; grandchildren: Daniel, Joseph, John; brother, Boris; sister, Victoria. and many other friends and family members. He is preceded in death by his sister, Rosa, father, Carlos, and mother, Olympia. He will be deeply missed.

Ivan was born in San Salvador, El Salvador on April 20, 1938, and immigrated to the United States in the 1960s. He met his future wife, Maria, in San Francisco in 1970. They were married on July 20, 1973, and remained devoted to each other for 47 years.

Ivan was a proud husband, father, grandfather, and mentor. He was a decorated Army veteran, serving two tours of duty in Vietnam and receiving the Air Medal with eight oak leaf clusters. He was a gifted mechanic and welder for United Airlines, commended multiple times over several decades for his skill. Ivan loved helping others, making things with his hands, and spending time with his grandsons.

SERVICE: Friday, January 8, 2020, 11:00AM, West Center Chapel. GRAVESIDE SERVICE AND INTERMENT: FRI, 1:00PM, Omaha National Cemetery. Military rites by Millard American Legion Post 374 & Millard VFW Post 8334. Memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society and the American Red Cross.

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  • Steve and Patti Cooper Posted January 6, 2021 5:49 pm

    What a wonderful man a very good friend Ivan was. His work at United Air Lines as a journey man welder was the best I, as an inspector, had every seen.
    His Viet Nam combat stories, I will always remember.
    A door gunner on a the storied Huey helicopter. Scary scary stuff.
    The home he and Maria built in Temecula, Ca. was worthy of being in Architectural Digest. Absolutely beautiful in each and every detail.
    He lives on through his fabulous Son and Daughter.
    God bless, Maria, we are so so sorry for your loss.
    He truly was a credit to America as an immigrant.
    Came here and made his mark.
    Thanks, Ivan, I am honored to been your friend

  • Ellis Verosub Posted January 8, 2021 11:52 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to Maria, Ivan Jr., Alexandra, Kathy and the boys, and all family and friends. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Teresa Ruiz Posted January 8, 2021 11:59 am

    Nena, Ivan Jr., Alexandra: I am deeply sorry for your loss. Know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Tio Ivan will be always remembered as the wonderful person he was. I personally have really good memories with him and all of you. Sending you lots of hugs. Teresita

  • Patty Moran Posted January 8, 2021 1:18 pm

    My sincere condolences to Maria Elena, Ivan and Alejandra. I will always remember Ivan and his beautiful smile. Our family moved to San Jose in 1976, because of Ivan. He would visit my parents when they lived in San Francisco. After,Ivan and the family moved to Vacaville, I lost track of where they moved to. Ivan was very proud of his children, I had a great respect for him and the family. Ivan will always be remembered in my heart! My dad, Manuel Mendez, is now 89 years old and was quite upset to learn of his death, they had a long history together from as far as when they all migrated here from El Salvador and all worked at San Francisco Airport in the late 1960s.My sincere condolences from my father Manuel Mendez, we are very sorry to hear of your great loss! We send our Love to the Velasco family,Patty Moran 408 394 9988

  • Tránsito Elena Carcamo de Reyes Posted January 8, 2021 4:15 pm

    Mis más sinceras condolencias a Nenita, Iván jr y Alejandra por la irreparable pérdida de esposo y padre, en mi corazón vivirán por siempre, tantos momentos que compartimos como familia, la última venida a Él Salvador, lo disfrutamos, eso recuerdos permanecerán en mi mente y corazón, un fuerte abrazo hasta el cielo ❤️

  • CONCHITA CARCAMO JUAREZ Posted January 8, 2021 5:56 pm

    Words can not even express my sorrow to hear of your tremendous loss! My heart aches to know about my dear cousin Ivan has leave this world. NENITA: Please know that your loving marriage was an inspiration and your love will always continue even though you are parted. We lost contact with you when you moved to Temecula, but be sure that the love still the same in my heart for all of you. IVAN JR. AND ALEJANDRA: I have precious memories of your Dad. Your Dad was an incredible and loving person. No matter how old we are, it’s never easy to lose a parent. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you all grieve.
    May the Lord Bless the Velasco Family.
    Conchita Carcamo
    (408) 903-8016

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