Valentin Elmo Romero
Warren-McElwain Mortuary Lawrence Chapel
120 West 13th
Lawrence, KS
Valentin Elmo Romero

Valentin (Val) Elmo Romero, 87 of Lawrence, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014.

He was born on February 14, 1927 in Lawrence to Severiana (Ramirez) and Juan Romero. Val graduated from Liberty Memorial High School, Lawrence, in 1945. He attended the University of Kansas briefly prior to being drafted. He was a United States Army Veteran of WWII. He served in the European Theater while in the Army. Following his military service Val worked at the Motor Inn-Skelly filling station until 1962. In 1962 he went to work for the US Postal Service until his retirement in 1992. On April 7th, 2011 he went on an Honor Flight with other WWII Veterans to tour and view the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. He was active in his retirement in NARFE (National Association of Retired Federal Employees), Knights of Columbus, and various other community organizations. He served as an Eucharistic minister, volunteered at the St. John's Mexican Fiesta every year and was active in the church. He loved to travel and visit historical sites, fish, garden, and spend time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, Joseph, an older sister, Gladys Lira and an older brother, Ramon Enrique Romero, Sr. He married Elizabeth (Liz) Dela Cruz on November 9th, 1957 in Osawatomie, KS. He is survived by Liz and their four children, Cecilia Godwin (Andrew), Leawood, KS; and Christopher Romero (Jeanne), Rueben Romero and Sarah Tunget, all of Lawrence. Val and Liz were blessed with nine grandchildren, Dustin Koehler (Jess), Winfield, IL; and Kristy Allen (Steven), Michaela Gerstenecker (Garret), Nicholas Romero, and Raymond Hall, all of Lawrence; Justen Romero and Joseph Romero, Topeka, KS; Della Romero, Lawrence; and Eryn Godwin, Leawood, KS and three great-grandchildren.

The family will greet friends and family on Friday, December 12th, from 6 to 8 p.m. with a Parish Rosary that will be recited at 7:00 p.m. at Warren McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 13th at St. John the Evangilist Catholic Church, Lawrence. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery following mass.

The family suggests memorial contributions may be made in his name to Visiting Nurses Hospice, 200 Maine, Suite C; Lawrence, KS 66044.

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Published by Lawrence Journal-World on Dec. 10, 2014.
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I can't believe Val has been gone that long. It doesn't seem like it because I still think of him, and was thinking about him just last week. Think about him too every time I'm in Checkers and see Sarah, who reminds me so much of Val. Blessing to all who read this, and loved Val !
Steve Hicks
December 4, 2019
I fondly remember working with Val at the post office at the south station on 23rd street. What a wonderful smile and positive person. Thank you Val for that. The solace, compassion you exhibited towards others.
tom krause
December 17, 2014
I worked with Val at the Post Office. He was always so good-natured, humorous and friendly. He was both a gentleman, and a gentle man. His faith showed. God bless all of the family and Val's many friends in our memories of this great man.
Steve Hicks
December 13, 2014
Thoughts and Prayers are with you
Douglas Wright
December 13, 2014
To the family, we are sorry for your lose of your love one. We sure will miss seeing him. He was sweet gentle man. We always enjoy seeing him in church and the grocery store. We are with you Liz and your children. You are in our hearts and prayers. We sure will always remember him. May God Bless you and your family.
George & Louise O'Brien
December 12, 2014
May God strengthen and comfort the family during your time of sorrow.
December 11, 2014
I am very sorry for your loss of Val. He was truly a gentleman and a gentle man. He had a ready smile for everyone. He will be greatly missed.
Mary Demeritt Gordon
Mary Gordon
December 11, 2014
Dear Cecelia and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss.
The Herman/Stein Family
December 11, 2014
To Liz and Family,

You are in our hearts and prayers at a time that is most difficult. May God replace the sorrow with the most happiest memories of such a Great Husband, Father and Grandfather. Valentin's dedication to his family, his church, and his friends will be missed but never forgotten... May God Bless Him and each of you.
Leo Souders, Jr. & Family
December 10, 2014
to the wonderful romero family, I have very great memories of you all. ive known you all for quite a long time, and I can say from my heart that I love you all deeply. valentin was always such a joy to spend time with as with all of you, I often think of the times we laughed with eachother over something we seen on tv or a joke we said.may I say that im sorry for your loss, for he was and is a great man, but im so thankful that I have very dear memories of my times with you all. love you all
mark griffin
December 10, 2014
Valentin (Val) was a kind and caring man and a wonderful father-in-law. He was also blessed with common sense. I will always remember a bit of wisdom he shared with me at a time of youthful frustration - "Andy if you have time to do it wrong then you have time to do it right". Val, you will be missed.
Andrew Godwin
December 10, 2014
To : Romero Family our thought and prayers are with you through this difficult time Tom Ramirez Jr. and Vicki Family.
Tom Ramirez
December 10, 2014
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