Philip (Flaco) Gallardo Bañales, age 93, departed this life on September 6 at his home in San Jose, CA. He was surrounded by loving family and friends.
Mr. Bañales was preceded in death by his devoted wife, Jessie, with whom he shared 58 years of marriage. He is survived by four children: Caroline Avila, Romelia Bañales-Rangel, Julian J. Bañales and Angel Bañales. He leaves behind four grandchildren, Fernando Cazares, Juan Bañales-Rangel, Azelia Bañales and Anthony DiAngelo, and one great-granddaughter, Bella. He also is survived by brother Vincent G. Bañales, sisters Lupe Gallegos and Annie Rumbold, and countless nieces and nephews, godchildren, cousins and friends.
Born in Anaheim, California, he resided in Corcoran and Aptos CA, before moving to San Jose, CA where he was a lifelong resident for 48 years.
Philip is a veteran of the United States Army, where he earned several medals. He served one and one-half years with distinction as a Medical Surgical Tech in Korea, immediately following WWII. He received an Honorable Discharge in April of 1947. The discipline and patriotism he learned in the Army never left him, as friends and family will attest.
Upon his return from the Army, he engaged in a number of professions, including auto mechanic. He also worked for General Motors as an Assembler for 18 years and Kaiser Permanente in Housekeeping and Maintenance. His success in these pursuits can be directly attributed to his work ethic, discipline, resourcefulness and his natural mechanical ability.
A Wake and Rosary will be held this Monday Sept 11 at 3pm – 7pm and at 7pm, respectively, at Darling and Fischer Funeral Home. Mass will be held at Most Holy Trinity Church on Tuesday Sept 12 at 11 am, with internment following at 12:30 pm at Calvary Cemetery. A Reception will follow. Services will all be held in San Jose, CA.