September 18, 1930 - March 27, 2013
September 18, 1930 - March 27, 2013
Jose Andres Saldivar was born on September 18, 1930 to Julia and Andres Saldivar. He was born and raised in Progresso, TX along with his only brother, Audon Saldivar.
In 1948, at the age of 18, he left his home to go work in Mabton, Washington. He enjoyed his independence and travelled extensively through northern California and Washington State.
In 1956 he began courting Victoria Dela Fuente, a girl he met while visiting his grandparents in La Fe del Gulfo, Mexico. In May 10, 1958 at 28 years of age, he married his lovely bride.
Following their wedding Jose Andres and Victoria moved to northern California to start their new life. Four years later, they moved along with their three oldest children to Orangeville, MI to be near his only brother and his family. It was in Orangeville that Jose Andres and Victoria began to make plans to settle down and no longer work as migrants.
On April 26, 1967, Jose Andres was baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ. Couple days earlier his dying mother made Andres promise that he would change his life and come to know Christ.
Following her funeral Andres was baptized in Orangeville, MI and became a faithful member of the Apostolic Assembly Church.
Andres and Victoria had heard that there was work in Holland, so he ventured out and sure enough he was hired. It was in Holland where they were able to purchase their first home in 1969 for $12,500.
Jose Andres worked as a Core Maker for Nineteen years at Western Foundry until he was hired in 1985 at Donnelly Corporation where he worked until he retired in May 1994.
Jose Andres and Victoria had six children: Maria and Alex Hernandez, Joe Saldivar, Eleno and Maria Saldivar, Ana and Roel Galvan, Yolanda and Alfonso Barajas, and Ruth and Oscar Rodarte.
Sixteen grandchildren: Racquel Hernandez-Nyhoff, Joel Hernandez, Estella Hernandez-Nyhoff, Eleno Saldivar Jr., Gabriel Saldivar, Nichole Saldivar, Jessica Saldivar and Houston Saldivar, Bijan Rodarte, Claudia Barajas, Alexander Galvan, Caleb Rodarte, Adrianna Saldivar, Austin Barajas Santiago Rodarte, and Andres Saldivar.
Fifteen great-grandchildren: Adrian Nyhof, Dion Nyhof, Brenden Nyhof, Mirah Nyhof, Dylan Nyhof, Daniel Hernandez, Danica Hernandez, Briana Hernandez, Michael Herandez, Jose Andres Saldivar II, Cammeron Saldivar, Isaiah Saldivar, Jazlyn Saldivar, Jayden Andres Saldivar, and Evelyn Hernandez.
In May 10, 2008, Jose Andres and Victoria celebrated their golden anniversary.
Funeral services will be 11:00am, Saturday, March 30, 2013 at Lakeshore Memorial Services, 11939 James St., Holland. Officiating will be the Revs. David Garcia, Rocky Anaya, and Solomon Lopez. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be Friday, March 29 from 6-8pm, at Lakeshore Memorial Services.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Holland.
Please visit www.lakeshorememorial.com to leave a message or memory for the Saldivar family.
Those who knew him know that he loved God with all his heart. He was a humble man that woke up early every morning to pray and read his Bible in the evenings. He loved road trips, watching the evening news as well as western movies and boxing. He loved Chevy cars and Toyotas. When Andres would hear that someone was sick, he would always go buy them a bag of groceries and would often go to the hospital and pray for the sick. He was always willing to extend a hand to those less fortunate. Even though he was a quiet man, to his family he was known as a good story teller. He enjoyed telling riddles to his kids. He enjoyed making tamales with his wife and enjoyed sitting outside trapping moles and keeping the squirrels off the bird feeder.
He served as the church treasurer for 19 years and was the Men’s president for 3 years.
His favorite scripture of the Bible is Ephesians 2:20
His three favorite songs are La Esperanza de todo Cristano,
Yo quiero trabajer por el Senor and Para mi es Cristo as sung by Bro. Solomon Lopez
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