He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1947, was the owner of Style Cleaners for 20 years and later CJ Avila Construction, retiring in 1993. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Men’s Club, Roanoke, St. Vincent de-Paul of Fort Wayne, Knights of Columbus of Fort Wayne, and Saint Francis Bridge Club, and volunteered at Renaissance Nursing Home.
Born June 7, 1929, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Frank W. and L. Lucille (Moritz) Avila. On November 11, 1950, he married his beloved wife of 59 years, Maxine “Mickey” Mae Janiak in Roanoke; she survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Joe (Connie) Avila of Fort Wayne and Mike (Kim) Avila of Fort Wayne; six daughters, Victoria (Mark) Linker of Huntington, Helena (Dan) Robbins of Fairview, N.C., Anita (Mike) Bultemeier of Leo, Marita (Jobie) Johnson of Lutz, Fla., Alicia (Scott) Raber of Churubusco and Paula Avila of Fort Wayne; 27 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ramon (Vivian) Avila of Muncie and Frank Avila of Roanoke; and a sister, Rita (Peter) Tsuleff of Fort Wayne. He was preceded in death by a son, Carlos F. Avila; and two brothers, Ricardo and Juan “Chris” Avila.
Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Roanoke, with visitation one hour prior. Fr. Kenneth Sarrazine officiating. Visitation also from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, October 26, 2010, at Roanoke Memorial Chapel of Deal-Rice Funeral Home, with a vigil service at 7:30 p.m.
Burial will follow service in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Roanoke. Preferred memorials are to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home or Bethesda Lutheran Services c/o Roanoke Memorial Chapel, 240 Crestwood Drive, Roanoke, IN 46783. Online condolences may be made at dealricefuneralhomes.com.