It is with unexpected sadness that Arturo (Art) Mendez, age 54, passed away July 14, 2021.
Survived by his wife: Paula Mendez, two stepchildren; Carlton Maxwell and Phoenyx Goosby. Parents; Salomon and Celia Mendez, Sisters; Juana Mendez and Elizabeth Gonzalez and brother-in-law Roberto Gonzalez who was like a brother to him, niece; Celia Seiser and nephews; Julian, Jeremy and Janero Gonzalez. His fur babies; Licks and Mona. Also, a host of aunts and cousins here in the United States and Mexico.
He was preceded to eternity by his brother Juan Salomon.
Arturo was born on July 26, 1966, in East Chicago where he was raised and attended school at Holy Trinity School and then Washington High School. He worked at V.F. Garza where he developed lifelong friendships. He later worked at the casino where he met his wife Paula. Arturo and Paula resided in Katy Texas.
When you look up the word kind in the dictionary, Arturo's picture should be right next to it. He was the definition of kind; loving, gentle, humane, and considerate. He was a loving and calm man and genuinely nice to everyone. He never had a mean word to say about anyone or anything. He always looked for the best in everyone. He loved deeply especially his wife Paula, two stepchildren Max and Phoenyx, and his parents Salomon and Celia. He loved being surrounded by his friends and family and always sought them. He had a great love for his nephews, niece and all his aunts and cousins. He loved animals and was crazy about his two dogs, Licks and Mona. He was an encourager and always wanted the best for everyone. Arturo had a gift for drawing and loved music, all genres and he enjoyed playing his guitar. His favorite song to play was “Stairway to Heaven”. He gave his life to Jesus years ago, had great faith and had a beautiful relationship with our Lord. It would be rare if while having a conversation with Arturo he would not have brought up Jesus. We will miss him dearly, especially his frequent calls that he made to us to stay connected. We find comfort knowing that he is now with his best friend, our Lord Jesus Christ.
As I sit here and mourn your passing, in my heart I have love everlasting. I must leave you in God's capable hands, until once again, we'll walk hand-in-hand. When we meet our God, Savior and Creator, for I have hope there will be a later. Our love was different, and quite unique, and I'll cherish our memories week after week. Until that day when the trumpet sounds, and once again our love will be found. Goodnight my sweet Prince. Miss you! Love, your sad but forever loving wife, Paula 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
Visitation Tuesday, July 27, 2021, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 am with Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. from Our Lady Of Guadalupe Church 3510 Deodar St. East Chicago, Indiana. Interment Ridgelawn Cemetery Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.
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