Billy J. Abundis, 39, of Knoxville, Iowa, and formerly of Clear Lake, died on Friday, May 11, 2018, at the Knoxville Hospital, in Knoxville.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 17, at 1 p.m. at Hogan Bremer Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 3rd St. NE, Mason City, with the Rev. Neil Manternach of Epiphany Parish officiating. Inurnment will follow in Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery, Mason City.
Billy’s family will greet relatives and friends Thursday morning, May 17, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
Billy Joel Abundis was born on Aug. 12, 1978, in Des Moines, the son of Primo and Sanjuana (Vega) Abundis. From an early age Billy learned what it meant to be a fighter; he encountered multiple health issues throughout his life, starting with his first open heart surgery at the age of seven. Although these issues accompanied him throughout his life, they never kept him down.
For many years, Billy worked at Fareway and Louie’s Meat Market, both in Clear Lake, where he would visit and laugh with anyone who crossed his path. His gift of gab and kind heart led him to many friendships throughout the years, all of which he cherished dearly.
Billy was known for his love of his family and friends, music, and playing cards. As a family they enjoyed spending holidays together, one of the favorites being Fourth of July, when Billy would grill for the whole family. Sunday nights were poker night at Billy’s and he enjoyed hosting family and friends for hours of cards. Billy also had a passion for music; he would spend countless nights staying up late in his garage and working on his latest piece.
Those grateful in sharing in his life include his father, Primo (Sherri Cravens) Abundis, Knoxville; wife, Jessica (Moon) Abundis, Knoxville; kids, Cassandra and Juan, both of Clear Lake; brothers, Eric (Brenda) Abundis, Plymouth, and Cody Abundis, Clear Lake; step-mother, Donna Hendricks, Clear Lake; step-brother, Travis Hendricks, Clear Lake; nephew, Tyler Abundis, Plymouth; grandmother, Margaret Sankey, Algona; aunts, Marie (Roger) Boyenga, Texas, Rosie (Scott) Boerboom, Minneapolis, Minn., and Sherri (Ken) Lamoth, Florida; and special cousins, Carmelita (Manuel) Balderas, and JJ (Blanca) Sanchez. Billy will also be greatly missed by his many friends and his extended family in Mexico.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Sanjuana; and his grandparents.
The Hogan Bremer Moore Colonial Chapel, Mason City, was in charge of arrangements.