Thomas R. Gonzales, Jr.

Thomas R. Gonzales, Jr.

March 28, 1974 – October 24, 2020


Thomas was born in Omaha, Nebraska at the University Hospital on March 28, 1974 and entered into rest on October 24, 2020 at the age of 46.

Preceded in death by grandparents, Ben Gillenwater and Ernie Van Sickle; great-grandparents, Clarence Kindig (Lena), Callie Hecker and Rosa Ponce; uncles, Randy Dean Gillenwater and Ruben Gonzales; aunt, Rita Nielson; and cousins, David Alan Bishop and Kathy Castro.  Survived by four children: Ivanna Gonzales, Isaiah Gonzales, Gianna Gonzales and Matthew Brenen; parents, Thomas R. Gonzales Sr. and Roxanne (Gillenwater) Gonzales; brother, Chris B. Gonzales; sister, Kelsey Gonzales; grandparents, Lena Gonzales, Wanda Van Sickle and Harold Kephart; many aunts, uncle, cousins, and friends.

Thomas worked at OCB Plumbing.  He attended school at ABC Inc.  Thomas was involved with mission, helped out with youth group, daycare, block parties, and co-led overcomer meetings.

Thomas was very kind, warm hearted, loving, loyal, easy to talk to, quirky, funny, loved kids, loved hiking with the kids and dogs.  He had an amazing smile and was always smiling, and he loved to pull pranks on people.  Thomas was an awesome friend, son, brother, and father!

Thomas also served for a short time in the Army, stationed in Hawaii.

VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Saturday, October 31st from 12 Noon to 2pm, at the West Center Chapel followed by FUNERAL SERVICE at 2pm.

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  • Mary Jane Posted October 26, 2020 7:27 am

    Sorry to hear that news Roxy:-(

    • Sandy Janing Posted October 27, 2020 12:32 pm


  • John and Ila Richardson Posted October 26, 2020 8:51 pm

    So many people are going to miss Tom.he was the light in so many people’s life. His beautiful smile will be remembered by many. Remembering Tom as a little boy, always had such a caring heart and growing into such a strong Christian man with even a bigger caring heart. We are proud Tom was a part of our family.💗

  • Fran Hernandez Posted October 27, 2020 6:09 am

    My deepest condolences to the family. Tommy Jr. was so loved by many. Prayers for all the family and friends.

  • Sandy Janing Posted October 27, 2020 12:33 pm


  • Debra Anderson Posted October 27, 2020 4:41 pm

    My heart. breaks for you and the family Roxanne. He was such a good man and helpful to everyone he knew. His smile was infectious and lit up any room. I know he’s hanging with Ace and his heavenly family . Rest in Peace Thomas. Bless your heart.💝

  • Cindy Richardson Posted October 27, 2020 5:05 pm

    I will miss my cousin Tom. He was so much fun and loved the Lord! My prayers go out to Roxy and the family.

  • Steve Anderson & Family Posted October 27, 2020 5:58 pm

    We are all gonna miss Tom very much .There isn’t many people like Tom left in this world.His actions of kindness was truly right from the heart. Roxanne and Family I’m very sorry for your loss.Tom will be missed by many R.I.P. my friend.

  • Lisa Byoune Posted October 27, 2020 6:25 pm

    My brother !! My god be with you baby girl and family . If you guys need any thing let me know.

  • Tavo Posted October 27, 2020 6:25 pm

    You left a big impact in my life. Always had the right words to encourage me through hard times and always put others infront of your needs. My condolences to the entire family. Much love and respect.

  • Lin Bishop Roth Posted October 27, 2020 6:26 pm

    I loved your sense of humor.You were never afraid to be silly enough to do something funny.To make people li augh.Your heart was so full of love and understanding. Your faith was strong.Give your cousin David,your Uncle Randy and your Grandpa Ernie hugs for me.I love you my nephew.Fly high with the angels.⚘⚘❤⚘⚘💋

  • Lin Bishop Roth Posted October 27, 2020 6:30 pm

    Fly high with the angels nephew.🙏🏻👼❤⚘⚘❤💋 You have not left an empty hole in my heart.I will keep all my memories of you there.Your smile and hugs will be felt when I think of you.❤

  • Rebecca juedes Posted October 27, 2020 6:35 pm

    He never be forgotten. Miss you, fly high in heaven. Much love!

  • Jean Hargis Posted October 27, 2020 6:50 pm

    RIP Thomas. Heaven now has that great smile . See you on the other side !!!!!

  • Sheila R Kirkpatrick(Brinkman) Posted October 27, 2020 6:55 pm

    Roxanne and Family you have my condolences, we go so far back, God give you strength and Peace knowing Thomas is with Daddy God resting in his arms, Bless you and Family, LOVE Sheila 10-27-2020

  • Lupe Rosas Posted October 27, 2020 8:16 pm

    May you Rest In Peace and may your loved ones find peace in one another. My deepest condolences to all who knew and loved you.

  • Niki Brandt Posted October 27, 2020 9:56 pm

    Tommy I miss you already….you are truly embedded in my heart till the end of time.. I wish I could have gave you one last kiss to say goodbye. I am blessed to be able to say you were my friend. I will love you forever and never forget you!! You were definitely one of the good ones, one of a kind. Fly high and with peace we will meet again. Love Niki

  • Teodoro Hernandez Posted October 27, 2020 10:02 pm

    To Tommy’s families, so very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. We know he is In the presents of our Lord, and already looking down on us to keep us safe. His heart was in the right pla e and it showed in his demeanor. God Bless your soul Tommy

  • Melissa Davidson Posted October 28, 2020 1:38 am

    When God chose to spread the word and use Tom to do it , he sure chose a great profit . Toms Faith was inspiring and something people couldn’t help but notice . He had a bright glow about him that made him shine . And he was such a great friend to many . He will be missed !

  • larry shestak Posted October 28, 2020 3:40 am

    Tommy Family and friends of the family. So sorry for your loss. May the Lord bless him and all his family and friends and may he R.I.P..

  • Virginia Nava Posted October 28, 2020 10:45 am

    My Heartful Condolences to Tom Jr. families
    So Sorry for your Loss Prayer’s & Hugs sent
    Cousin Virgee from Billings, Montana

  • Francisco Hupp Posted October 28, 2020 11:29 am

    Rest in Heaven primo! Give my brother a hug for me ♥️♥️♥️

  • Pam weatherfield Posted October 28, 2020 11:36 am

    You were my everything my everything wrapped in one you had a beautiful smile you had a beautiful attitude you were a great father son brother and everything else above he will be greatly missed my regards go out to your mom your brother and your children may God bless you will be greatly missed I love you forever and I will miss you

  • LaNette Gonzales-Hernandez Juarez Posted October 28, 2020 11:48 am

    Praying for the family! May all who knew know that he was saved by the blood of Christ and I am rejoicing with the Heavens as this saved man sits on high with the Lord! Let His life and transformation be a testimony to all and leave a legacy for many generations to come!

  • Danny Miller 4028000389 Posted October 28, 2020 12:03 pm

    Man can someone please call me .This is so sad.

  • Carmen Miranda Posted October 28, 2020 12:37 pm

    My heart goes out to the family and close friends of Tom. Prayers for the family.

  • Nicky Brady Posted October 28, 2020 2:26 pm

    I still cannot believe this. My heart is broken for such a great person you are Tommy. You will forever be in my thoughts. Sending many blessings to your family and friends. Godspeed my dear❤️❤️❤️

  • Gabriela Posted October 28, 2020 3:58 pm

    Tommy I’m going to miss you. You were like a father figure to me I’m going to miss going to church with u and Gianna I love u and always will

  • ANGIE DELEON AGUILERA Posted October 28, 2020 8:19 pm

    I have been praying for all that were close to your heart to find strength in the Lord and each other. I am grateful for the many memories we had growing up. Friends like you I could go years without seeing or talking to them. You and I picked up like we just talked a few days ago. Remember so many years of celebrating bdays together with my bday being 3/27 yours 3/28. You have helped so many people because that is who you have always been. Rip my friend.. Ang D

  • Monte LaFleur Posted October 29, 2020 7:21 am

    I am so sorry to lose you bro.i will definitely see you in Heaven. You are walking with the Lord now.

  • Esther Beasley Posted October 29, 2020 7:33 pm

    So sorry for this loss. I’m praying for all of you. May God’s love and peace bring you great comfort. Gianna, you are in my thoughts and prayers often. You are so loved!

  • Teresa Cogswell Posted October 30, 2020 3:44 pm

    Tommy you were the bestest friend kind thinking of others always.i will never forget you.

  • Yolanda Mejia Posted October 30, 2020 6:43 pm

    Roxanne, Tom Sr., Chris, children and Grandparents, remember he is still with you in his SPIRIT. GOD bless all of you !!!!!

  • Vanessa Gonzalez n family Posted October 30, 2020 11:39 pm

    Tomas, from the first time we met at “our family reunion”in Montana, the first movie we went to “Speed” as teenagers, til the stupid moment in iowa that I mishaped you with. I can never tell you what you really meant to me, other than….thank you….for taking my side, even when you knew I was wrong, and always letting me come back with open arms. You were truely a man of great worth, and understanding warmth for not only me, but anyone you came to meet. My heart will hurt for awhile with you gone. I love you Tomas

  • Johnny Posted October 31, 2020 11:25 am

    I truly believe that you were probably the nicest human being that I have and will ever know in my entire life. You always were just the most caring and concerned person and you always put others before yourself, you were so extremely selfless! Tommy I’m going to miss that smile, that laugh, all the corny jokes, but most importantly I’m just going to miss you ❤️

  • Louisa Ramos Posted October 31, 2020 6:37 pm

    Roxanne,, there just aren’t words to write or say for your heartache. You know I Love Tommy , after all these years knowing you and Tom Sr. and Tommy JR. and all your family..I know there were Bad times and Fantastic Good Times Memories that will never be forgotten always in Our Heart.s. You have to be So Proud of Your Son, he carried his own Legacy that no one could fit his shoes and now that his an Angel he’ll still walk and Preach the word of Lord through People he has helped.. Roxanne always remember you have a friend with me.God Bless You and Your Family always. You have a Special Angel watching over you and family now. Much Love.🙏♥️🙏🙏🙏💙

  • Olga Gutierrez Posted November 1, 2020 10:05 am

    To all of my family in Omaha I’m thinking and love you all! Even though it’s been years since I’ve see my cousin I love him dearly and will miss him forever! I remember the 1st time we went to Omaha we stayed at his mom’s Roxy house. Memories forever ion my heart . Lots of love to Roxy my primo Tom and Tommy’s kids!

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