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326 Terry St, Longmont
CO 80501
Phone: 303-776-2313
Alfonso Villa

Alfonso Victor Villa

Friday, December 23rd, 1921 - Wednesday, February 13th, 2019
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Obituary

Alfonso Victor Villa, 97, passed away February 13, 2019 at his home in Longmont.

He was born December 23, 1921 in Frederick, Colorado to Sebastian and Maria (Martinez) Villa.

Alfonso was inducted into the United States Army on March 17, 1943. After completing training as a combat engineer, Alfonso shipped out to North Africa where he spent time guarding prisoners and equipment at Algiers and Casablanca. He then traveled to England where he took underwater demolitions training and prepared for the invasion of Normandy. Serving with the 237th Combat Engineers Battalion, Al was in one of the first waves to hit Omaha Beach on D-Day. His duty was to move forward as quickly as possible to remove obstacles for the rest of the infantry. When the 237th had advanced to Carentan, France, Al was hit by shrapnel from a mortar. Having sustained wounds to the eye and ear he was evacuated back to Southampton, England where he received a purple heart from General Omar Bradley. After recovering in the hospital, he returned to the front lines, and was assigned to the 554th Heavy Pontoon Bridging outfit. He would remain with the 554th through the Battle of the Bulge and all the way to just outside Berlin when the war ended. Private First-Class Alfonso V. Villa was honorably discharged on September 13, 1945. He is a true American hero.

In 1946 he married the love of his life, Connie Barajas in Frederick.

Alfonso was a member of Laborers International Union Local 720. During his working career he worked for the US Post Office, the US Mint in Denver, the Union Pacific Railroad and Western Paving. His early years prior to serving in the Army Alfonso was a coal miner.

He was a member of the Military Order Purple Heart Chapter 434 in Northern Colorado, DAV Chapter 16, Battle of the Bulge Association and the Greatest Generation Foundation. He was also a member at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church.

Alfonso enjoyed cars, trucks and Ford Broncos; the Denver Broncos and he loved to cook. His family was very important to him. Alfonso wanted to make a difference in the world, to leave it a better place for future generations. He loved to tell his WWII stories to anyone who would listen and mostly to his grandson Poncho. He liked tools, organic fresh vegetables, watches and his cedar chest. The Book of Psalms was his favorite book in the Bible. Alfonso annually attended the Coal Miner’s parade in Frederick and the Veteran’s Day parade in Longmont.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Connie and three sons Alfonso Eulalio Villa, Jr., Patrick Richard Villa and Joseph Eugene Villa, two brothers Joe Villa and Vincent Villa and three sisters Corrine Medina, Marge Flores and Mary Labout.

Alfonso is survived by eight children Lorretta M. Villa, Victor S. Villa, Ray Paul Villa, Tomasita Villa, Mary Villa, Greg Villa, Terry John Villa and Connie Lee Villa; 34 grandchildren, 61 great grandchildren, God child Shannon V. Villa and one sister Frances Villa.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:30 pm, with Rosary Prayers at 6:00pm, on Monday February 18, 2019 at the Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 am Tuesday February 19, 2019 at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church. Interment at Foothills Gardens of Memory. Share condolences at www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, February 18th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:30pm
    When
    Monday, February 18th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:30pm
    Location
    Ahlberg Funeral Chapel
    Address
    326 Terry St.
    LONGMONT, CO
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rosary Prayers will be said at 6:00pm during the visitation. The Order of Purple Heart ritual will be presented after the Rosary.
  • Service

    Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 | 10:30am
    When
    Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 10:30am
    Location
    St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
    Address
    323 Collyer St.
    LONGMONT, CO
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  • Interment

    Location
    Foothills Gardens of Memory Cemetery
    Address
    14251 N. 107th Street
    LONGMONT, CO
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    Military honors will be provided by the United States Army and American Legion Post 32, Longmont.

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Frances Villa (Sister)

Posted at 12:12pm
For my brother Alfonso V Villa. Your in my prayers and thoughts, a wonderful man with great memories. Sadly gone, but will not be forgotten! Rest in Peace my brother! And I was honored to be your sister!
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Connie L Villa

Posted at 09:25am
To Daddy, Thank you for all your love and respect you showed me.I was remembering when you use drive us to the mountains, which you loved! And now I Love...thank you Dad for showing me how beautiful nature is. God has taken the two most important people in my life to live in paradise, and now they are watching over us. You were such an inspiration in my life, such a strong,dedicated and Intelligent man..I'm proud to be your daughter, miss you dearly, Love you Dad...your baby daughter, Connie L Villa
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Connie L Villa

Posted at 09:21am
To Daddy, Thank you for all your love and respect you showed me.I was remembering when you use drive us to the mountains, which you loved! And now I Love...thank you Dad for showing me how beautiful nature is. God has taken the two most important people in my life to live in paradise, and now they are watching over us. You were such an inspiration in my life, such a strong,dedicated and Intelligent man..I'm proud to be your daughter, Love...your baby daughter, Connie L Villa
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Mary Squire

Posted at 02:10pm
I had the honor of meeting you such a short time ago. I enjoyed sitting with you and listening to the stories about your experiences during the WW2 war, growing up in Fredrick, and you and your father working in the mines. It was my pleasure to work for you and get to know your family. Thank you for your service and for giving me the opportunity to be in the company of a true American hero. You will be greatly missed and remembered for the honorable man you are.
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Lucy Pineda

Posted at 07:26pm
One of my most favorite people is now with the angels and his Band of Brothers.I just loved this man! He had the funniest "dichos" to tell me everytime I saw him. I know he and my husband Dan are up in heaven telling war stories.He will be missed by my family, I will always remember his funny smile and his kind heart. Thank you for your illustrious service and sacrifice to our country. You are the Greatest of the Greatest Generation Give a big abrazo to Dan!! Lucy Pineda & Family
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