Ildefonso D. Ochoa
Ildefonso “Poncho” Ochoa 87, departed this world and entered the Kingdom of Heaven on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Kindred Hospital in Webster after a lengthy illness. Poncho was born in Morelos, Coahuila Mexico to Matias Ochoa and Maria De Luna Ochoa. He immigrated to the United States in the late 50’s and settled in Galveston. An intelligent, self-educated man, with a passion for reading and a strong work ethic, Poncho, along with his brother, opened up a business in the early 60’s at 35th and Avenue H. After working together for a number of years, he opened his own business known as Apache Mexican Food at its present location, 511-20th Street.
Blessed with a keen business sense and with his wife Francis who possessed strong customer service skills and delicious recipes, the restaurant soon became an island icon. Poncho loved his business and his customers and could be seen at the restaurant every day even long after his retirement. An avid reader, Poncho loved to sit down with anyone and discuss many topics especially politics and business. He could often be seen involved in deep discussions with customers or family.
Poncho believed in being involved in his community. He was a member of Comerciantes Unidos, a group of local merchants committed to the principles of small businesses. He was also a member of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and a member of Woodmen of the World, where he held several offices including Auditor.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Carlos Ochoa, Felipe Ochoa, Juan Ochoa and Enrique Ochoa, sisters, Candelaria Ochoa and Enriqueta (“Queta”) Ochoa and sister-in-law Alicia (Licha) Ochoa. He is survived by his sister Leuconoe Ochoa Maldonado, daughters Anna Ochoa Olivares, Yolanda Ochoa Harris ( Jimmy), Veronica Ochoa Vaughn (Roy) and sons Ildefonso “Al” Ochoa Jr. (Angela) and Felipe “Phillip” Ochoa (Belinda), former son-in-law and good friend, Miguel Lopez, granddaughters Jackie Duran, Natalie Ochoa, Marian Ochoa, and Rebecca Lopez, grandsons Stephen Ochoa (Spouse: Lacey), Richard Ochoa (Spouse: Marleyna), Bryan Olivares, Taylor Thrailkill, and great grandchildren Owen Ochoa, Sophia Ochoa, and numerous nieces and nephews
The family wishes to thank the staff of the CICU of Jennie Sealy Hospital along with the staff of Kindred Hospital in Webster and a special thanks for the love and care given to Poncho by Miguel Lopez.
Visitation will be Friday, March 3rd, 2017 from 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. at Carnes Funeral Home in Texas City. A Rosary will then be recited from 7:00p.m.-8:00p.m. at the same location. Celebration of Life Funeral services will be on Saturday, March 4th, 2017 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Carnes Funeral Home in Texas City with Deacon Andy De Young officiating. Burial will follow at 11:30a.m. at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson, Texas.