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Life Story / Obituary
Antonio “Tony” Trevino lived a life of generosity. His love of his family was evident in the many ways he stepped in to help and care for them. He had a good sense of humor and a positive outlook on life. His genuine and good- natured personality will be deeply missed.
The 1950’s were known as the decade of the baby boomer. Exciting times indeed with the many talents of professional baseball players Mickey Mantle and Hank Aaron, as well as the rock music icon, Elvis Presley and movie heartthrob, James Dean. Families still huddled around television to catch the latest westerns such as Gunsmoke, anything featuring Lucille Ball or the Ed Sullivan Show. On October 6, 1953 Jose and Dora (Guzman) Trevino welcomed home their sixth child, Antonio whom they called, “Tony” in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
The family had relocated to the area from Texas in pursuit of better opportunities for their growing family. Tony’s Dad worked several jobs supporting the family, while his mother was a homemaker tending to the family’s needs. Growing up in the Oakwood neighborhood, Tony and his siblings had an amazing childhood. Known as being a protective brother, Tony was always up for fun; climbing trees, playing tag and fishing at Howard’s Lake. The Trevino children grew up romping around in what is now known as the Parkview Hills complex in town. Back then, it was their playground. In addition to fishing, Tony also loved baseball and was athletically inclined, as was much of the family. In 1972, Tony proudly graduated from Loy Norrix High School in Kalamazoo.
Directly after high school, jobs were plentiful. Tony went to work in the booming paper industry in the Kalamazoo area. In 2013, after nearly forty dedicated years, he retired from the James River Paper Company. During those years, his life was still filled with room for plenty of trout fishing and deer hunting. Tony successfully bagged several bucks over the years, but never what he considered as, “the big one.” He loved to camp, especially in the Upper Peninsula at Tahquamenon Falls. Camping, fishing and hunting aside, his all time favorite pastime was riding his beloved Harley Davidson motorcycle. But his passion was not without hardship, when in the early part of the decade he was struck by a car while riding to work. Tony was severely injured and if it wasn’t for a compassionate pedestrian who administered first aid on the scene, he may have died. As a result of the accident, part of Tony’s leg was amputated, but not his spirit. He continued to ride and find joy in all areas of life, especially his family. He loved his German Shepherds, enjoyed good humor and never complained about a good meal. His great love of jokes, his big heart and his infectious laughter will be his legacy. Sadly, Tony died too soon and his memories will never be forgotten.
Antonio “Tony” Trevino, age 62, died at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 5-8 pm at the Life Story Funeral Home, Betzler, 6080 Stadium Drive (375-2900) and services will be held at 11 am on Wednesday at the same location. Members of his family include his Mother Dora, 5 sisters: Yolanda Halstead of Medina OH, Rosalinda Trevino of Kalamazoo, Marcie (Scott) Beattie of Shelbyville, Laura Trevino, Mary (Doug) Coble of Otsego, 2 brothers: Raymond (Anne) of Alamo Twp and Hector (Maria) Trevino of Gobles. He was preceded in death by his Father Jose, his brother Jose Jr. and sister Sylvia. Cremation will take place after the service. Please visit Tony’s personal memory page at www.lifestorynet.com where you can archive a favorite memory or photo and sign his guestbook.