Friday, September 21, 2012

Paul Gordillo, Vietnam Veteran

Paulino Frank Gordillo, lovingly known as 'Paul", was born December 14, 1940 in Decatur, Illinois and passed away September 2, 2012, at the age of 71, with his family at his side.

Paul proudly served his country in both the United States Navy and the United States Air Force, including service in the Vietnam War.

Paul met his wife, Jeannette in 1972, and they married on September 16, 1972 in Salt Lake City.  The family moved to Texas in 1978 and Paul went to work for the Austin Independent School District as a computer programmer.  He retired in 2001, after 23 years of service.  He and Jeannette moved to Georgetown, Texas in 2001, where Paul enjoyed hunting, fishing and numerous sports.  His passion was his family and he loved spending time with them.

On September 5 a service celebrating Paul's life was held at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel in Georgetown.  In attendance were the Patriot Guard Riders who formed a line of American flags at the entrance to welcome the arriving family and friends.

After that service, the Riders led the funeral procession to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen, Texas where the family was welcomed by fifty American flags blowing briskly in the southerly Texas wind.

After the pall bearers moved the flag draped casket into the shelter, the Riders formed a line of American flags around the shelter.

The United States Air Force bugler played taps, and the Air Force Honor Guard folded the American flag that covered the casket into a traditional triangle.  The flag was presented to Jeannette on behalf of the President of the United States, the Department of the Air Force, and a grateful nation for the faithful and dedicated service of Paul to his country.

Paul Gordillo was then laid to rest on the plain of the cemetery as the American flag flew at half-staff in his honor at the top of the hill.

Left to cherish his memory are his dear wife, his children, three sisters, two brothers, two grandchildren and many other dear family and friends.

Memorial contributions in Paul's memory are recommended to the American Cancer Society.

With thanks to The Gabriels Funeral Chapel for biographical information and photo.

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