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Jesus Munoz

May 19, 1997 ~ January 25, 2020 (age 22)

Obituary

In Loving Memory of Jesus Humberto Munoz, also known as 'Suess', 22 years old, residing in Bakersfield, CA. Jesus departed this world for heaven on January 25, 2020, in his place of birth, Omaha, Nebraska, due to medical stress. Jesus was born on May 19, 1997 to Jesus (Beto) and Gina Munoz. 

For the first years of his life, Jesus and his mom, Gina, and brother, Antonio, lived in Omaha, southern California, Pella, and back to southern California. At the age of 5, Jesus along with his brother Antonio (age 4 at the time) were provided with a more permanent home in Pella, in the care of their maternal grandparents, Pete and Colleen Ravestein. As brothers, Jesus and Antonio were inseparable. But they were also more than just brothers, they were best friends who always looked out for one another, did everything together, and had a deep bond and also a special handshake that they made when they were young and lasted until he transcended. Jesus enjoyed hours of skateboarding at the skate park, fishing in the nearby pond- catching fish after fish with no pole, only fishing line, a hook, and a worm,‚Äč and spending summer days swimming at the aquatic center, with his brother Antonio, always at his side, every step of the way.  Also, as a child, Jesus liked wrestling and climbing up trees, or on top of houses- or anything that offered him a challenge, including the time he and Antonio, as young adults attempted climbing a mountain together in the desert. He enjoyed going to Angel Tree camp during the summer. He regularly attended services and Sunday school at Liberty E. Free Church and Third Church in Pella. He attended Pella Community Schools from kindergarten until fourth grade. 

When he was 12 years old, he and his brother lived at Boys Town, in Omaha. Through middle and high school, he enjoyed wrestling, track, basketball, and especially loved being a part of the cross-country team. He loved to run, and he was quick! Jesus loved his mom very much and had a very special bond with her. Even when he and his mom were apart, she was a part of his life and they would stay connected through letters and calls. Because of her love for Jesus, she would pursue their relationship no matter where life took her. They had many enjoyable times and a lot of great memories together.

At the age of 17, Jesus moved to Des Moines, IA to live with his mom, Antonio, and youngest brother, Ismael. His littlest brother, Ismael, always had a special place in Jesus' heart and he loved to spend time with him. He nicknamed him ‘Little Biggie’ and they also had a special handshake. Also, during that time, Jesus had his first job, working at Spaghetti Works in Des Moines. 

At 18 years old, Jesus moved with his mom and two of his brothers to Bakersfield, CA. He and his mom would bond by taking long walks through the desert together, while he would push Ismael in the stroller. Jesus and his mom would also enjoy laying in the grass at the park and having deep conversations about life and what was important to him. He was also happy to newly reconnect with his other younger brother, Frankie. In Jesus’ recent years, he spent his time listening to music, making music, writing songs, poems, prayers and expressing himself through writing.

Jesus was a born-again believer and baptized in 2016 in Bakersfield, CA. Those who knew Jesus knew he did not have an easy life. There were many obstacles, trials, and hard times that came his way. He found his hope in God. He endured and he overcame. 'I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.' (2 Timothy 4:7).

Jesus was ready and willing to tell anyone he could about his faith and about God, who he lovingly referred to as 'Dad'. His heart's desire was to share Christ and the Good News of the hope he found in Jesus Christ with everyone.

Jesus is survived by his mom, Gina Munoz, and 3 brothers: Antonio (21), Frankie (18), and Ismael (6); Grandparents Pete and Colleen Ravestein; Aunts and Uncles: Sonya and Dan Bittner, Christa and Aaron Fitzgerald, Leah and Derek Stephens, Joshua and Brittney Ravestein, & Diana and Victor Garcia; Cousins: Noah, Lydia, Titus, and Moriah Bittner & Thorin and Daxton Fitzgerald; Great-Grandparents Emilio and Betty DeLaFuente. He is preceded in death by his Grandpa, Don Terrel and his mentor and ‘big brother’, Paul Doepel.

We know that God has you in heaven, but we will forever have you in our hearts. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. 1 John 5:12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the LORD saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"  1 John 2:17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

 

 

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