Guadalupe "Lupe" Ponce, 80, of Madison City, Iowa passed away Nov. 30, at Hospice of North Iowa Center. Lupe was born in Wellington, Kans., on May 23, 1932, to Luis and Nicolasa Ponce.
They moved to North Platte, where he helped his parents with their family restaurant Tampico Café. He was a North Platte Golden Glove boxer. He married Victoria Polanco in 1951.
In 1968, they moved to Mason City. He worked at Deckers meat packing plant until its closing. Lupe was employed by Armour Foods and retired after 35 years.
He will always be remembered for his warm smile, kind heart, humor by playing jokes, and deep love for family and friends. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, boxing, dancing, listening to Musica Mexicana, and watching Westerns.
He especially liked Westerns that included John Wayne, his favorite actor. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
He is survived by his wife, Victoria; his 13 children: Joe Ann (Nick) Melhus, Bernabay Ponce, Gerald Ponce, Paul (Sheila) Ponce, Christine Nava (Gilberto Andrade), Kim (Randy) Hippen, Veronica (Ledo) Hernandez, Desiree (Lee) Virgin, Valerie (Tom) Winter, Fredericka (Chris) Miller, Raquel Ponce, Gabriel "Gabe" Ponce and Joaquin Nava; special friend, Jose Sierra; one brother, Joe Ponce; two sisters: Juanita (Pete) Luna and Mary Carreras, all of North Platte; 41 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one infant son, Jimmy Ponce; one infant granddaughter; two sisters: Anita Carrazales and Georgoria Hernandez-Guerrero; two brothers: Raymond Ponce and Jesse Ponce; and Ian Decker, father of his great-granddaughter Cecilia Decker.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 5, at Holy Family Catholic Churchin Mason City, with the Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Interment followed at Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery in Mason City.
Fullerton Funeral Home in Madison City was in charge of arrangements.