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Ignacio Gilberto Melchor

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Ignacio Gilberto Melchor

July 31, 1948 – December 29, 2020


Ignacio Gilberto “Gilbert” Melchor, of Comfort, Texas, age 72, passed away at Methodist Main Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, on Tuesday, December 29, 2020.

Gilbert is survived by his devoted wife of 48 years, Sista Gonzales, of Comfort; son Gilbert Roland Melchor (Delia Castillo); grandson Zachary Ryan Melchor, of San Antonio, Texas; daughter Cecilia Marie Melchor, of McKinney, Texas; and loving brothers Peter Perez (Velma), Marcos Melchor and Mario Melchor (Virginia), all of San Antonio. Gilbert is also survived by his loving aunt, Fidelia Ontiveros, of Fredericksburg, Texas; numerous cousins; and other relatives.

Gilbert was born on July 31, 1948, in Comfort to Marcos Melchor and Rosalia Garcia Melchor. He attended Comfort High School and was a member of the Class of 1967.

In 1969, Gilbert enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country for two years in Denver, Colorado. From 1971 to 1976, he was a military personnel clerk (Fort Sam Houston) in San Antonio. In October 1976, Gilbert became a border patrol agent (Class No. 112) with the U.S. Border Patrol in Eagle Pass, Texas.  In May 1988, Gilbert became a deportation officer for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in San Antonio. From 1971 to 1998, Gilbert was a member of the U.S Army Reserves, San Antonio. 

In January 2005, Gilbert retired with over 35 years of government service.  After his retirement, Gilbert enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandson, Zachary, and his dog, “Romo.”  He also loved attending parties and was always looking forward to the next one.

A rosary and memorial Mass will be celebrated on Monday, January 11, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Comfort. Interment will follow at San Jose Cemetery, Comfort. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, no reception will follow. Gilbert’s family will host a Celebration of Life at a later date after the pandemic subsides.

Gilbert is preceded in death by his parents and sister Julia Arizola.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift in Gilbert’s name to either the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Building Fund or the charity of your choice.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent at

Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Schaetter Funeral Home.