Concepcion “Chon” Hernandez, age 90 of Miamisburg, Ohio, and formerly of Defiance, Ohio, passed away on April 26, 2022, at the Dayton Veterans Administration Hospice, “Victory Ridge,” surrounded by his family.
He was born on April 13, 1932, in Reynosa, Tamp., Mexico, to Francisco and Faustina (Martinez) Hernandez. He was a migrant worker in Texas, Indiana, California, Arkansas, Washington, and Florida. He joined the U.S. Army in 1952 and served through 1954. He was a member of the 7th Infantry, 31st Regiment in the Tank Company and served in the Korean Conflict. After receiving his Honorable Discharge, Chon worked for the City of Edinburg, Texas, as a sweeper operator before moving to Defiance, Ohio, in 1964. He worked at the General Motors Central Foundry Division for 30 years as a quality inspector and retired in 1994.
He married his grade school sweetheart Josefa (Garcia) on January 28, 1956. They were married for 66 years and had eight children. He was Josefa’s “Clark Gable.”
Concepcion was a Life member of the VFW Post #3360. He served in the Ohio National Guard for three years. Upon his arrival in Defiance in 1964, Chon joined St. John’s Catholic Church. Later he joined the Guadalupana Society at St. John’s. Chon and Josefa moved to Miamisburg, OH in 2016 and they were members of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Springboro, Ohio.
Chon liked family gatherings especially during the holidays. On his weekends off he took his family on outings around the area. He enjoyed traveling, watching western movies, writing poetry, dancing, outdoor BBQs, being punctual, and visiting casinos. Most importantly he loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Concepcion is survived by his wife, Josefa, and children Sylvia (Jassim) Zatari, Javier (Ann Marie) Hernandez, Cristina (Mike) Thompson, Clarita Hernandez, Faustina Layne, Rogelio Hernandez, Connie (John) Skaggs, and Gerardo (Susan) Hernandez. He is survived by eight grandchildren, Cristina Gibson, Colin Layne, Clara Carter, Alex Layne, Simon Hernandez, Allissa Hernandez, Benjamin Hernandez, Elisa Skaggs and two step-granddaughters Shelbe Lane and Brandy Skaggs. There are three great grandchildren Isabella Gibson, Sean Gibson, Mariah Carter and three step-great-grandchildren Lucy, Pearl, and Marigold Lane.
His oldest sister Aurora Soto helped raise him and Chon always considered her children as his siblings. They are Eva (Fidel) Piñeda, Hortencia (Pedro) Salinas, Paula (Juan ) Zepeda, Guadalupe (Guadalupe Jr.) Garza, Jose Juan Soto, and Jesse (Irma) Soto. He also leaves behind special nieces Mary Galindo, Esmeralda Bocanegra and Vicky Ricardez.
Concepcion was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Felipe, Valentin, and Nasario Hernandez; and sisters Aurora Soto, Reyes Rodriquez and Basilisa Ricardez; as well as his siblings including George Soto, Micaela Flores, Rafaela Mares, Arcelia Campos, and Mary Ellen Flores.
Visitation will be held from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, 2022, at Schaffer Funeral Home with a Rosary Service at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, May 2, 2022, at St. John’s Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Riverview Memory Gardens with graveside military honors conducted by VFW Post #3360.
Memorials can be directed to St. Jude Children's Hospital. Online condolences can be given at www.Schafferfh.com.